Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Maryland, My Maryland

One of the great loves of my life is travel. I not only like to travel, but I like to plan to travel. I like reading about places to visit, browsing the guide books at the book store and poring over the NY Times travel section over the weekend. By the time I got to high school I had my first list of places I wanted to see -- London and St. Paul's; Paris and the Louvre and India and the Taj Mahal. From then on the list kept growing. For every place I visited two more popped up. As time went by the places I longed to see became more exotic. Right now Laos and Bhutan are at the very top. I don't know if I will get to either destination, but I enjoy reading about them.


I've been to Maryland a number of times, but had never had the good fortune to spend time in Frederick County and the area where Marydon and Harold live. What a great treat. Not as exotic as Bhutan, but I had a wonderful touring morning. We saw a number of sites related to the Civil War, which was fascinating. A definite high point was a historical marker about Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He also helped form the government of the Maryland, and became US Senator from Maryland. In a fascinating side note -- thank you Wikipedia -- I learned that one of my favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, was named for him.

A charming bed and breakfast

Maryland country church

I had a wonderful time during our tourist day. There are few things I enjoy more than seeing historic sites with dear friends who also have a deep interest in history. But I also learned a great lesson. Yes, I still want to visit Bhutan and Laos and Wales and the Lake Country in England. But if I never leave the East Coast there is more than enough to enjoy, to see for the first time and to keep me learning. So please pass me the Maryland guide book. I've got to read about Annapolis. 

12 comments:

Mimi said...

HI Buttercup!!!
NOw you and I share a few more passions, travel, and preparing to travel, I do the same thing,before going some where new, I have it all planned out every detail!!! I LOVE LOVE HISTORY!!!! I love learning about every single thing and love to ask questions, I just want to fully understand and absorb it all, so much to see in these great States of ours, that is why I had a goal to see all 50 states before I turned 50 and I did it with 4 months to spare!!!! Now I can go travel the world!!!! But exotic places, oh gosh I have so many places to see, but I love your sense of fun and learning, you and I are separated twins!!!!haha
hugs,
jamie
I have been to Annapolis, it is charming beyond words!!!!

Sheilagh (60 x60) said...

Hi Buttercup,

I would love to be your guide if you popped over here;o)

Christina Farley said...

What lovely pictures. I also like traveling and there are so many great places to see in the States.

Jemi Fraser said...

Great pics! There are so many places I'd love to go to ... one of these days!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I used to dream of traveling but have rarely gone beyond our state borders. Yet there is so much to see and learn. History is one of my passions and I too have learned so much in places close by. I do however love to do what I call arm chair traveling and have seen so many places through others eyes. Just as you are sharing pictures and history of what you have seen. Thank you for the trip to Maryland this morning. It's another place I've never been.

LemonyRenee' said...

Buttercup, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to some of my state's historical sites. I, too, love to travel, but have been somewhat grounded these past few years while my children are small. We went to London and Amsterdam for our honeymoon. We spent an entire day in St. Paul's.

Next time you're down my way, let's do lunch.

Chatty Crone said...

Hi, glad you had a nice time. Is Mary realted to Sherry by the way?

The pictures are pretty.

My son got married in Baltimore - Inner Harbor - and I have been to Annapolis too.

Nice area.

Sandie♥

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Such lovely surroundings, can see why you love that area so. Little trips like this soothe the soul, and make us appreciate the beauty we find.
Life is good, isn't it?

Nancy M. said...

How true! There are so many awesome places not too far off from us! I love to travel too! I think maybe I should look a little closer to home next time I get a wandering heart.

debbie said...

DEAR PRECIOUS BUTTERCUP, I LOVE READING YOUR STORIES ABOUT GOING TO MARYLAND. YOU ARE SO PRETTY, JUST LIKE A BUTTERCUP.
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A LOVELY TIME AND I AM SO HAPPY YOU DID. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO PARIS AND THEN CHINA BUT RIGHT NOW I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO THE OCEAN AND COLLECT SEA GLASS AND SHELLS...AND JUST SEE THE UNITED STATES. I ALSO LOVE HISTORY AND ASKING QUESTIONS AND LEARNING. I LOVE TRAVEL BOOKS AND POSTCARDS.
HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.
ANGEL HUGS
DEBBIE

Sybil said...

What a fantastic weekend you had I am so happy for you and all the blogger friends tat you met up with. I think you already know how much I love travelling and the very thought of traveling..I look through all the travel magazines and have visited hundredes of places in my imagination...just till I can get there you understand !!
You know that you are truly welcome to come to the UK...It is very tiny compared with your wonderful country but is quite magical.
My next trip will start in only 10 days...airlines permitting !! we leave 5yh may for the Eastern Caribbean..,
Much Love Sybil xx
PS. I just LOVE your photograph,

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, Lilac Lane ~ Sweet friend, your writes are kindly appreciated. You are an absolute delight & we so have chatted all week about your stay with us. You are delightful. TY for bringing such joy to our hearts. I love my sweet smelling gifts, Carol ... they linger beautifully.

Hugs, Marydon