I have mentioned many times that I had walked to the grocery store or the library. Most of you are aware that I live in Baltimore City. I love how easy it is to walk to everything that I need on a daily basis because I don’t like to drive. Actually it isn’t the driving I don’t like it is the parallel parking. *ugh*
Today I walked to the library to pick up three books that I had reserved on-line. During my walk I started to take pictures of the beautiful fall leaves and then I shot a few pictures of houses. I love the architect in this part of town. We live on the north side of Baltimore and most of the houses are over 100 years and each is unique which I love. To those of you in Europe 100 year old houses aren’t that old. However here in the states most houses are not that old. Here are a few pictures I took that I hope the other architecture fans will enjoy.
This is the old Roland Park shopping mall that is reported to be the first mall in the US, it dates back to the late 1800's. When I was a child there was a Baskin Robbins at the end and I would walk here with my grandmother for ice cream. I was heartbroken when the ice cream store moved out because it had so many lovely memories for me.
This is the library branch that was recently remodeled.
Conveniently right across the street is a Starbucks where I stopped for tea before walking home.
This is a neighborhood icon, the Eddies grocery store. Forty plus years ago my grandmother used to call and order her groceries and they would deliver them and carry the bags into the kitchen. This place was definitely ahead of its time. They also have the very nice prepared food. Many of my neighbors order their entire Thanksgiving dinner from Eddies. At lunch they do a booming sandwich and soup business.
Here is the church where I was baptized many decades ago.
I wanted to include some random house pictures from the walk to the library. I think it is a lovely old eclectic neighborhood. I hope you enjoy the walk.
I hope you enjoyed the brief tour of the north side of Baltimore. The reason I wanted to write this post is that I think people have a big misperception of Baltimore. Television shows like "Homicide" and "The Wire" portray a city that I don’t know and I have lived here a long time. My Baltimore is very serene and calm, nothing like the city I see on TV. I hope this gives you an idea of my day today.
Today was a great day for me. Here are my happy thoughts:
• I had a nice walk to the library and got my step count over 8 miles by 2pm. Woo hoo!
• It was a lovely day to enjoy a nice mug of tea outside at Starbucks after the library. This gave me a few minutes to start browsing one of the books.
• I ran into a few neighbors on my walk who were out exercising. One lady was using Nordic poles and raved about them. Do any of you use them or have an opinion about them? If so please let me know I would love to hear what you think.
• I am getting very excited about the Hopkins Women’s Health conference on Saturday. If it is half as good as I expect I will be thrilled.
• Dan Sr. and Dan Jr. were able to get together for lunch today downtown. Since I know how much my Dan enjoys spending time with his son it makes me happy when they find time to get together.
It was a very good day. I found myself randomly smiling for no reason just because it was a beautiful day.
Dan mentioned going out for dinner tonight which means I need to make myself presentable. Talk to you all again soon. I hope your day was as nice as mine. :-)