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The extremely helpful concierge gave me a full page of restaurants within walking distance (and another page of places within a mile or so — definitely within walking distance for college students.  In fact, it is probably a good idea to walk the half mile to Little Italy so you can take advantage of all the pasta.)

Here are some — in no particular order.

At Harborplace (remember that’s attached by a skywalk to our hotel) besides the usual suspects like McDonald’s and Starbucks, there is Cheesecake Factory, Edo Sushi, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, La Tasca, Lenny Deli, M & S Grill, Oasis, Tir Na Nog Irish Restaurant and Pub, and Uno Chicago Grill.

Let me mention also — Sullivan’s, right next door, great steak house; Miss Shirley’s, a phenomenal breakfast place, ask anyone on the convention committee; McCormick & Schmick’s (an upscale chain, but good seafood, even in a town famous for it); anything in Little Italy, especially Chiapparelli’s or Sabatino’s; Bertha’s, in the funky, fun Fells Point area, a cross between a tourist attraction and a great seafood restaurant; Obrycki’s Crab House, 1727 E. Pratt St., a Baltimore institution; Uncle Lee’s Chinese; Samos, a little further, authentic neighborhood Greek, 600 S. Oldham St.; the Hard Rock Cafe you can see from the hotel; the Power House places for food and music, and, of course, the James Joyce Pub on President St.

See you soon — I’ll be the one with a fork in my hand.

A little over one week until the Star-Spangled Convention!  Today I’d like to mention things to see right around the Inner Harbor.

1. Harborplace and Gallery — An upscale, 2 story mall, with lots shopping (don’t miss the Best of Baltimore shop), many food stands and restaurants (you MUST have a crabcake in Baltimore), and many forms of entertainment, from spontaneous “street” performances to a wide variety of nightlife.  Best of all, it’s attached to the Hyatt by a skybridge.

2. The National Aquarium — That’s National as in U.S.A. The Aquarium is huge and has many examples of sea life that you can’t see anywhere else.

3. The Maryland Science Center — March 23 is the last Friday after Five, $8 adission from 5 to 8 p.m., includes IMAX, planetarium, live science, and all the exhibits.

4. Historic Ships in Baltimore — These ring the harbor, from the Hyatt to the Aquarium.  the ships you can visit include the U.S.S. Constellation, a WWII submarine, and a Coast Guard Cutter.

These are all directly on the harbor. You can squeeze at least one of these in between registration and dinner.  Another activity is just to ride the Charm City Circulator, a free shuttle that loops the area and is a good way to get an overview.

It is 4:30 here, and I am getting hungary, so tomorrow I will probably give some restaurant suggestions.

See you very soon!

Ann

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