Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Streets of Baltimore

We have now completed our hectic week in Maryland. Sunday we went to Annapolis and had a splendid sail in the pictured 74 foot schooner Woodwind II, operated by the Kaye family. Highly recommended.

Tuesday I set foot on the streets of Baltimore for the first time since 1957, when I was there as a young radio officer in the Merchant Navy. Since then, Charlie Pride has recorded an excellent song called "The Streets of Baltimore". Amazingly, Joni and Les had never heard the song. You can avoid the same mistake by clicking on this YouTube address:

The police station pictured above is one specially created for the TV series "The Wire" and is the only rough-looking building in the street. In truth, Baltimore has been cleaned up, renovated and re-built out of recognition since my last visit.

Wednesday, we spent all day travelling to Boston. It is a one hour flight, but not if the aircraft you are supposed to be boarding is severely out of action.

Still, we arrived here yesterday evening and were met by Samantha and Matthew at Logan airport, then whisked first to an excellent pizza, finally to Samantha's apartment in Braintree.


talesfromagarden said...

I always loved that song a bit sad though!You are getting a lot of mileage up flitting across the world!That was a long break from 57 to 2011 must have looked different all right!

Vic Heaney said...

Sad songs are always the best, Tales.

When I was a teenager I was a big fan of Slim Whitman. My father always used to say "Slim never seems to get the girl!" True of most country songs.

As for clocking up the miles - started when I was 17 - never really stopped.