Annapolis and DC: Travel Notes

This was not my first trip to Annapolis or DC, but this was definitely a trip in which I discovered some great new places. First on the list is Navette, the consignment shop where I bought this lovely J.Crew maxi dress for $16. I feel like the people of Annapolis dress pretty well and I am happy to take their second hand items from the likes of Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie.

The gold tassel necklace you see is from Absolutely Fabulous Antiques for $10. Further down on Maryland Avenue is Evergreen Antiques where I found this seashell jewelry holder for $10. Both shops are full of the nautical-themed vintage and antique items I love.

I can’t go to Annapolis without stopping in DC to visit with friends and family and to see the monuments and museums. My sister and I caught a very cool exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery called Dancing the Dream, which featured dancers throughout the generations — from Josephine Baker to Beyonce.

My friend took me to Farmers Fishers Bakers, a great breakfast place on the Potomac right in Georgetown. This was by far one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. It was like a gourmet breakfast buffet where the waiters never stop bringing you more food. I can’t say that I’ve ever had sushi and french toast all in one sitting, but I think I could get used to it!

Fall trip: Baltimore

Baltimore has an east coast vibe but the grittiness of a city that has seen hard times. It’s as if someone mixed Cleveland and Norwalk in a blender, and for that I like some of the juxtaposition. A $5 palm reading is in the same shopping center as a Cheesecake Factory. And at the same time, areas like Fells Point with locally-owned seafood restaurants, Irish bars featuring live music, and trendy clothing boutiques seem to prosper, with a younger preppier crowd filling the bars. Here are some photos:

Outfit to and from the airport: (Added the Hunter Wellingtons after the flight), Old Navy jean jacket, Ralph Lauren striped top, Target scarf, H&M skirt, Dooney & Bourke purse (thrifted)

Part of the Inner Harbor flooded while we were there. We went to dinner the first night in Fells Point. Bars and restaurants were having flood sales.

We went to Bertha’s Mussels for delicious mussels cooked in Guinness beer and broiled shrimp and scallops. Here is their ceiling light covered in green bottles.

I visited the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum as well as his current grave site. Below is where he was originally buried.

I also toured the old U.S. Navy war ship the USS Constellation, which was constructed in 1854. You can walk through all four decks of the boat and see the seaman’s and captain’s quarters.

Weekend recap: Annapolis/DC

I had a great time this past weekend. We stayed in the beautiful and charming city of Annapolis, and by the end of the weekend, we did not want to leave. We went shopping in Georgetown, ate crabs at Cantler’s, saw some of the great monuments in DC, and visited the Naval Academy including a stop at the tomb of John Paul Jones. I also highly recommend listening to the Devil in the White City on audiobook if you are ever traveling. It made the 4-5 hour car ride go by extremely fast.

Travel perspectives: Holiday in Rome

When I think about dream vacations my mind always drifts away to Italy. I always think I would have to visit Rome because of all of the beautiful art, monuments, and buildings. But I also know that Italy has beautiful countryside and coastal towns. So I have a question to all of those traveler’s out there. Which two cities are the most important to visit in Italy and the easiest to accomplish in a small amount of time? Top image: Summer house near Sicily; Bottom photo the Pantheon