anticipation & preparation: baltimore, maryland

I didn’t have much time to prepare for my trip to Baltimore, as it was a sudden decision, but I did manage to read a little about some places to go during my visit.  I decided I’d try to visit the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Basilica of the Assumption, the George Peabody Library, and the American Visionary Art Museum.  I also hoped to walk all around the Inner Harbor and to Fells Point. Of course, I also wanted to visit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine so I could get a stamp for my Passport to Your National Parks. I would also meet Terry, my roommate from nursing school, for dinner one night.  Besides that, I’d be open to any other opportunities that presented themselves.


Baltimore Inner Harbor & the Aquarium

I had read a couple of books set in Baltimore long ago (see books below with star ratings).  Anne Tyler is a famous Baltimore author, and I found one of her books, Clock Dance, on my shelves, unread.  I would take it along.  I would also take American Nomads, which I was reading and wanted to finish by the end of February.  I hoped to laze around a bit and read during my escape.

Books set in Baltimore:

  1. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler ****
  2. Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler ****
  3. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (currently reading)
  4. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  5. Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
  6. Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
  7. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  8. Digging to America by Anne Tyler
  9. Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler
  10. Morgan’s Passing by Anne Tyler
  11. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  12. The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler
  13. Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler
  14. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
  15. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
  16. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  17. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
  18. An American Summer by Frank Deford
  19. Ten Indians by Madison Smartt Bell
  20. Charm City by Madison Smartt Bell
  21. Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore by Madison Smartt Bell
  22. Charm City by Laura Lippman
  23. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  24. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  25. The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (1965-2010)
  26. The Corner by David Simon and Ed Burns
  27. Chesapeake by James A. Michener
  28. 111 Places in Baltimore That You Must Not Miss by Allison Robicelli
  29. Walking Baltimore: An Insider’s Guide to 33 Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, and Hidden Treasures in Charm City by Evan Balkan

Streets of Baltimore

There are a number of movies set in or filmed in Baltimore.  The ones I’ve seen have star ratings in the list below.

Movies set in Baltimore:

  1. Marnie (1964)
  2. Diner (1982)
  3. Tin Men (1987)
  4. The Accidental Tourist (1988) ****
  5. Avalon (1990)
  6. He Said, She Said (1991) ***
  7. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) ***** (parts filmed in Fells Point)
  8. Homicide: Life on the Streets (1993-1999)
  9. Liberty Heights (1999)
  10. The Sum of All Fears (2002)
  11. The Wire (2002-2008)
  12. Hairspray (2007)
  13. He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) ***
  14. Putty Hill (2010)
  15. I Used to Be Darker (2013)
  16. The Shape of Water (2017) ****

Street art in a gritty neighborhood

Finally, I prepared a small journal with my intentions.


my journal and travel guides to Baltimore


my intentions for Baltimore

I would head to Baltimore from February 21-23, 2020. 🙂


Fells Point


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