November 6, 2015

Some More Adventures

One of the best things about blogging is meeting the people who have been kind enough to read Pigtown*Design over the years. Each of these meetings has proven to be a great experience. Several months ago, a reader got in touch and said that she’d be coming into Baltimore on a cruise ship and would be in port for about 12 hours. IMG_6246She wanted to see the city and so I jumped at the chance to show her and her husband around. We started at historic Fort McHenry where we walked around the sea-wall and then caught one of the Flag Talks and had the opportunity to learn about the flag. Ricki is the blonde across from me.IMG_6212

This is one of the “smaller” flags – it’s 22x35 feet, rather than the massive 36x48 foot flag that Francis Scott Key saw when he wrote the anthem.

From there, we headed to the equally historic Fell’s Point, just across the harbour from the Fort, where we watched some of the construction going in… And yes, those are out-houses hanging from the cranes!IMG_6214

After a drive around the city, and the corresponding architectural tour, we headed back to the ship to eat! Apparently, that’s one of the best things about cruising… you can eat and drink anytime you want. We grabbed a light lunch and then walked around the ship. IMG_6216

The Crystal Symphony is a relatively small ship – only 900 passengers as opposed to 6,000+ on the larger ships. It’s beautifully appointed and has loads of amenities. IMG_6226IMG_6238

After a wander around the ship, it was tea time! OMG! That’s one of the things I miss about living in the UK – wonderful scones, delicious clotted cream and Earl Grey tea. IMG_6240IMG_6241

I *might* have put one two of the little pots of clotted cream in my bag for later use. YUM! If you’ve never tasted it and are put off by the “clotted” part of the name, it’s like the lightest whipped butter, or buttery whipped cream.

As I was heading off the ship after a fun day with new friends, I was rewarded with the most glorious sunset… even if it was just after 5:00 in the afternoon. I love sunsets that wash everything in gold light. IMG_6248IMG_6254I hate daylight-savings time.

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The local Greek Orthodox Cathedral has two big events a year – one’s a huge flea market and the other is a weekend full of great food. This year, they scheduled tours of the church, which is literally a stone’s throw from my office, and the inside of which I’ve never seen. building 013

Contrary to what it seems like on the exterior, the interior’s actually quite square. It was originally a Congregationalist church, built in the late 1800’s, but the Greeks acquired it in 1937 after it had been empty for a number of years. Although the Greek Orthodox church doesn’t have a tradition of elaborate stained glass windows, this church has some of the original Tiffany glass windows,IMG_6339IMG_6345 as well as others they’ve added.IMG_6338


The centerpiece of the church is a massive chandelier that looks like iron, but is really anodized aluminum. IMG_6340

As I was leaving, I stopped to light a candle for a friend who’s just been diagnosed with all sorts of bad things.IMG_6346 He was my tallest friend growing up, so I picked the longest candle in his honour. I loved that they had a box of sand where you could place the candles. Or extinguish them.

More adventures this weekend. Stay tuned!


  1. I must say I'm so curious about Baltimore because of you and that show I'll not name ;) come back and I'll take you to tea next time!

  2. Wow, beautiful windows! And I love the idea of you taking a reader on a tour of the city as an add-on to her cruise!

  3. What a full day! Girl, I admire you - talk about making the most of it ( whatever IT is)!

  4. Vicariously enjoying your adventures along with you, Meg. These sound like great adventures and it was fun to glimpse the ship interiors (I've never been on a cruise). Now you've got me on a search for clotted cream!

  5. Enjoyed this post and seeing that clotted cream has me hankering for some. I once enjoyed tea at Fortnums and was served whipped cream with my scone, which I swiftly sent back. I was shocked quite frankly they would pass that off as clotted cream (they did manage to find some for me since I asked!). That may work with some out of towners, but not on a London girl born and bred!

    Also, enjoyed the tour of the church, which looks like it has Byzantine elements to its design from the outside, a happy accident I suppose.

  6. yes -after years of blogging it turns out that meeting people through the blog is the most rewarding part. I just came back from a weekend spent in Atlanta with one of my best friends Michael Hampton (whom I met through blogging) - spent tons of time with 'My Blue Remembered Hills' -had cocktails with 'The Peak of Chi' - and met Terry of 'Architectural Tourist'. It always comes back to people.


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