By Madison Smartt Bell

With a writer’s prepared eye, an established resident’s familiarity, and his personal sly wit, acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell leads us on a stroll via his followed fatherland of Baltimore, a urban the place crab tarts, Edgar Allan Poe, hair extensions, and John Waters videos by some means coexist. From its founding prior to the innovative conflict to its position in renowned culture—thanks to seminal movies like Barry Levinson’s Diner, the tv express murder, and bestselling books by means of George Pelecanos and Laura Lippman—Baltimore is the USA, and in Charm City, Bell brings its tale to bright existence.

First revealing how Baltimore acquired a few of its nicknames—including “Charm City”—Bell units off from his local of Cedarcroft and unearths his manner around the city’s crossroads, joined periodically by means of a bunch of fellow Baltimoreans. Exploring Baltimore’s renowned function in background (it was once the following that Washington deliberate the conflict of Yorktown and Francis Scott Key witnessed the “bombs bursting in air”), Bell takes us to such impressive spots because the internal Harbor and Federal Hill, in addition to the various undiscovered corners that provide Baltimore its unique personality. all of the whereas, Charm City sheds deserved mild onto a occasionally neglected, sometimes eccentric, yet regularly fascinating position.

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Com) is a rental agent for, among other things, some handicapped-accessible homes that have multiple-bedrooms, multiple-baths including accessible showers, full kitchens, and pools outfitted with lifts. Most cost less than $200 a night and are located in Davenport. Medical Travel Inc. org) is another source of rentals, scooters and vans, and medical equipment, and can satisfy other needs of disabled travelers, including those with terminal illnesses, and their families. Some hotels also have special “hypo allergenic” rooms for those with severe allergies or asthma.

Also be sure to ask how far you have to travel to pick up and drop off a rental car. Some lots are miles from the airport, adding to the time you’ll spend waiting in line and catching shuttles. S. airports are more stable and consistent than ever. Generally, you’ll be fine if you arrive at the airport 1 hour before a domestic flight and 2 hours before an international flight; if you show up late, tell an airline employee, and you may be taken to the front of the line. Bring a current, governmentissued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport, and if you’ve got 38 C H A P T E R 2 .

You won’t need anything dressy unless you are going to an upscale restaurant or attending an event that requires it (and this is theme-park-ville, so most won’t). Assume the weather will be warm to hot, so make shorts and lightweight clothing a priority but remember layering if you’re coming December through February, when it can get downright cold at night. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, a hat, a bathing suit and cover-up if you’re coming in summer, plenty of socks (the humidity and miles of walking makes a change of socks every now and then good practice), and your camera.

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