|Timeless architecture at its best!|
|Someone you recognize?|
Hope your weekend was restful and joyous. Mine flew by like lightning. Trying to really focus on where I want to go with this blog and performance of my music dictates that I tackle something everyday. Trying to stay in the moment as much as possible (which can be challenging) helps to slow down a life that can quickly pass you by.
|Never get enough of this....|
|This awaited us when we got|
out of our car.
Many of my friends and family live where temperatures are extreme and dangerous. Getting out to do activities in open spaces can be hazardous. The hours between 10-2 are like a ghost town here at the pool (which is how it should be!). Sunscreen doesn't always do the trick. So, many either stay in or take part in activities that are at a location in which they'll have to pay. That is if they are lucky enough to have something fairly close.
Being in Pennsylvania we have seen almost 90 degree weather with a fair amount of rain. Because of this our priority yesterday was to try to find something that would be indoors and within a ninety minute drive. We decided on Baltimore, Maryland. Something educational was preferred. The Hubster checked out the site for the Walters Art Museum. Turns out that it is free! They are open from 10-5 on Sunday, so it gave us plenty of time to sleep in, have breakfast, and make the drive without having to worry about the museum closing. I threw together egg and cheese biscuits and we were on our way.
|This lovely knocker was at the|
entry to the stairs shown below.
|If only I had one of these!|
|These busts are renditions of |
William and Henry Walters.
|The stairs were smooth|
along with the art
positioned at the top/
William Thompson Walters:
There were two exhibits that I loved beyond words. The first was the very the armor room I mentioned above. There are impressive displays of full armor for both an adult and child/small adult(?), a mace, two-handed long swords, French fighting swords, crossbows, flintlocks, and more...! The second was a room that had jewelry made by Tiffany and René Jules Lalique. I have included a few pictures of my favorites. All of them are substantial in size and equally breathtaking.
|Another Lalique masterpiece!|
|Could you imagine |
wearing this eye catcher!?!?
Now...you know that we would not go to a city and not try out a recommended eatery. We chose Burger Bros. It had a $$ dollar sign, and has many positive reviews. The restaurant was fairly busy even at 3:00. We decided on a cheeseburger, two bacon cheeseburgers, ten wings with traditional sauce, and a large order of french fries to share between us. Baby Girl also got a mint shake, Baby Boy a bottled soda while the Hubster and I shared a small refillable fountain soda. So how did it stack up? Well, we had a bit of sticker shock. The bill came up to $48.25 (after tax). We usually try to keep our bill down to about $40 for a family of four. It was our splurge meal of the week, but it felt a little overpriced. The mint shake was green but tasted of vanilla with coloring added and called mint. The burgers were tasty and the wings had the perfect amount of kick (signaled by their orangish-red hue). However, the Hubster had one that tasted questionable. I should add that the fries were also delicious (very similar to Five Guys), however there was not quite enough to feed the four of us (we asked the counter person if it would when we ordered). We normally do not share a soda, and Baby Boy would usually get a shake also. It would have been another $10 if we did that! As for our ratings (1-10) for a place that is not full service would be 6.5 for taste/5.0 for value.
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What do you think? Does that price seem reasonable? If you live in the Towson (where Olympic Champion Michael Phelps is from) area is this the typical price? As we venture through other areas during our road schooling I will be sharing places that are really budget conscious and leave you feeling good about the experience, or at the very least in your comfort zone. When they are not I will let you know that also. Of course everyone has their perspective and ideas regarding value. My opinion is usually based on feeding four on a single income.
|Vanilla shake...green in color.|
|You could tell by the color|
that they would have kick!
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|Baby Girl's cheeseburger....!|
Til next time,
|Dreams of cotton candy and neapolitan ice cream.....|