There is so much to say about Baltimore but the easiest way to put it is this: We fell in love with this city. We’re not sure if it’s the blue-collar-turned-artistic-haven atmosphere or the fact that it’s got such a cool Harbour, but Baltimore really surprised us in the best way and we absolutely can’t wait to get to return someday.
After fighting our way through D.C. traffic, we finally made it to Baltimore just prior to lunch. We were banking on eating at a Chick-Fil-A on our trip, and today’s lunch was the opportunity. Even just driving into the city, we immediately could feel the exciting vibe that this city has and were already feeling the most excited we had all trip.
We parked the car and made our way to Chick-Fil-A. It was thoroughly delicious, and we were eager to get exploring. We first stopped by the Barnes & Noble across from the National Aquarium. We were awestuck and couldn’t put the camera away for more than a minute at a time because we kept discovering more beautiful stuff we wanted to capture. When we’d had enough of exploring the gigantic Barnes & Noble (which, despite being a chain store, was super fun to walk around in), we walked all along the inner harbour and ended up in Fell’s Point.
Being one of the more historic parts of the city, we had the time of our lives and stood in amazement at the beauty of these gorgeous row homes that seemed to line every street we turned down. We walked up and down Broadway which held tons of cute little shops and boutiques, a few of which provided us with fantastic little souvenirs to take home.
It was sweltering outside and we had little to drink, so we had a freshy squeezed lemonade that lasted us all of 2 minutes while we sat on a curb in the shade. We couldn’t get over what an incredible place this was and just how much it felt like home. We both knew that, if we were to ever move to the US, Baltimore is where we would land. No questions asked.
We’d seen signs for the Water Taxi, so we hopped on it and made our way back towards the Aquarium where we started. Getting to see the views of the skyline from out in the water was magical, and only added to our sense of wonder about the city we’d never heard much about.
After we’d hopped off the taxi, we spent a little time exploring a few more shops before figuring out how we wanted to end our day in Baltimore.
Having heard about the great view from Federal Hill Park, we made our way around the Inner Harbor and climbed up the grassy hill to the very top, but only after we’d taken a few minutes to explore American Visionary Arts Museum, the nearby art and sculpture gallery nearby. So many of the cool sculptures were made of broken glass and mirrors that it was hard to pull ourselves away before making it back up Federal Hill!
But once we did, what a beautiful sunset we were met with. It was like we made it up at the perfect time with clear skies that resulted in some pretty gorgeous colours. We soaked in the moment and reveled in our newfound love of the city of Baltimore. If at no other point than this one, we knew one day we’ll come back.
After watching sunset, we were quite hungry. With a ton of great restaurants in Fell’s Point, we hopped in the car and made it back to that part of town. We stopped back in at Hats on the Belfry to pick up the cute sunhat for Leanne that would be a prop in our shoot later on this week. From here, we headed to a local creperie that had only soft opened, and it was incredible. Aidan had a pulled pork crepe, and Leanne had a Thanksgiving crepe. We also split a dessert crepe which was amazing.
Then it was time to make the drive back to Pittsgrove. The whole ride in the car we couldn’t help but point out the countless things we’d seen or other mental notes we’d made about what to visit when we eventually return. We were completely caught off guard at the beauty of Baltimore, and what a pleasant surprise it was!