We started at Fort McHenry, where despite the lack of rockets' red glare, we saw the Star Spangled Banner yet waving. We'll return with Butch sometime to get the royal tour there. He and Janet met while they worked as tour guides there.
After that we went to Federal Hill, which has a great view of the Inner Harbor. You can see the grass is so yellow here. We left the west, but we brought the dry weather with us. It hasn't rained for weeks now!
Next, we dropped by the library of the Peabody Institute (of Johns Hopkins University). It is so beautiful. I don't know if you can touch any of the books. It's almost like a museum rather than a library.Other than the reference books, everything was locked behind plexiglas.
On Mt. Vernon Square Baltimore has a great monument to George Washington, the first monument to the first president , on which construction began in 1815. However, due to some dilly-dallying, it was completed after the monument to George completed in 1827 in Washington State Park (also in Maryland).
We stopped by Westminster Church, where Baltimore's favorite son, Edgar Allan Poe was buried. Is there anything as great as a graveyard where a really scary guy is buried?
On the way back to the car we walked through Lexington Market, which has been here for about 230 years. It was like a trip to Mexico, with the open stalls inside. We bought a Berger chocolate topped cookie there, because it is a famous Baltimore treat, and because we needed strength to start the walk back to the car.