Memorial Weekend (May,2001)
was very rainy and we didn't know what to do... So, we've decided to visit
(3 hours drive), just for fun if you can call it so. We together with our
2 friends almost woke up at 7am and left our home on the rainy grey day.
Mike was driving all the way and we were studying(what do you suppose?)
...hmm... technical memos about Java performance and multi-thread issues.
Isn't it cool ;-)
arriving there and driving to the downtown we've observed surrounding regions.Folks,
it looked bad, dirty and just like Philadelphia if you know what I mean.
Downtown is small and nothing special I think. Our first goal was to visit
Aquarium, rain seemed to be finished, and we just got out of our car
and moved forward. The line of people was huge and rain started again.
Only Mike was clever enough to have rain coat that supposed to protect
his photo camera and him (exactly in this order!). So, in 30 minutes we
got our tickets for the evening only, one can't go inside before the specific
time. Nevertheless we found a pool with very handsome seals for free and
were very excited to observe those cute animals.
meantime our friends decided to eat and they wanted to go in Italian restaurant
only, so we walked to Little Italy which was really very little and had
about 10 restaurants on 3 streets. We found one without line of people
and mild prices. After we have been seated everything became worse. First
they didn't have lunch menu, it was only on the street and instead one
should use dinner menu and they just reduce price accordingly for the lunch
size (new practice in a restaurant business, isn't it?). Soup was good
but salad was very strange with main component as raw artichokes (anybody,
is it possible at all?) and the funniest thing of all was my order of mushroom
ravioli. Just imagine a big round plate with 5 small raviolies on it for
the price of $10. Isn't it exciting to eat $2 ravioli? Everybody was shocked
and didn't say nothing...
we got back to Aquarium and walked through it. It has large aquariums but
not so many. The best was sea dragons and sea horses (like fairy tale animals),
then colorful frogs and many different squids. Unexpectedly dolphin show
was simple and dull :-( So, Sea World rulez!
thing about Baltimore it promenade around Inner Harbor with many seafood
restaurants. Even it was rainy many people was walking there,eating and
talking. Mike and I ordered 1lb of creamed mussels and were completely
satisfied. Walk on the promenade was so romantic...
day was sunny and even more people were around. We've visited Walter Art
Gallery and saw very interesting exhibition of Asian art. Then we've eaten
in one more seafood restaurant even better than a day before. What else?
is Charles street with many good restaurants on it and very strange building
with Barnes&Noble carved in the old power plant. (I hope it's true).
Don't be worried, this day wasn't finished yet. Our friends had an idea
of visiting Annapolis, capital
of Maryland. After arriving we've spent 30 minutes searching for some available
parking lot. Annapolis is small city, it has a great view of the harbor
with private yachts standing by. Also there is one street with several
dozens shops and restaurants. After very long discussion all four of us
decided on French restaurant. The food was delicious and tasty and the
waiter was very courteous. We left it with empty wallets but with full
stomachs and warm feelings. Exactly when we were getting out of the parking
lot a heavy rain started and it was going on forever more or less till
we get back home. My driving experience was disturbing with sleeping passengers
Conclusion: Even in
on a rainy day people can travel and have fun, right?