I made a promise to you all (and to myself) during New Years that I would finally introduce some travel posts to the blog. I mean, Rachel In Flight was originally intended to be a blog heavily influenced by travel so what is taking me so long? Well, I have finally started to take the time to dig up photos and memories of trips and you will be happy to know they will be on sprawling across your computer screens much more often. First up: Baltimore.
I recently spent the July 4th holiday in the Inner Harbor of beautiful Baltimore, MD. It was a spur of the moment trip with my better half and while it may not have been planned in advance, it was packed with activity. We were fortunate enough to land a room at the Hampton Inn which is nestled in the most ideal spot against the Inner Harbor; just a few short blocks away from all of the fun that the Harbor has to offer.
I have always been partial to city living and one of my favorite aspects of being inside any city center is the architecture. How I never pursued architecture as a career is slightly mind boggling since I am constantly taking photos and analyzing the structure of buildings (this is also one of my favorite parts of living in Philadelphia). I am especially obsessive with the structure and design of historical buildings. You can literally feel the culture and history just by looking at them. Baltimore does not disappoint in this area; the modern skyscrapers mixed with the classic landmarks is a dream.
First up was the hunt for a seriously delicious lunch. Being self-proclaimed foodies, the bf and I wanted to be sure we went somewhere that was A – not a chain, B – near the water and C – serving the killer seafood that Baltimore is known for. We landed at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company which was in the perfect spot and home to a whole lotta beer. Sure, maybe it is a little cliche to want to drink beer and eat seafood all while gazing at the boats in the water, but hey – we were tourists, remember? The lobster crab cake that landed on our table was out-of-bounds yummy and as you can imagine, we were happy to take on the beer flight which featured all 3 of Gordon’s seasonal beer (yum)!
Next Stop was the place I was most excited to see, the National Aquarium. The Inner Harbor is known for their aquarium and it is quite impressive. Due to the holiday, the Harbor was very busy which had the Aquarium incredibly crowded; therefore, it was a little difficult to take in all that the aquarium has to offer (hence the lack of pictures). This aside, we were able to view a few great exhibits including once of my favorites: the jellyfish! I was also in complete awe of the rainforest exhibit that showcased the most real-life experience of being in the wild (including the humidity).
To see more of what Baltimore has to offer or to plan a visit of your own, check out Baltimore.org.
[All photo credits belong to Rachel In Flight & Aaron James]Pin It