Boats and Cadets in Annapolis (08/12/03)
Last updated 8/15/03
Annapolis, Maryland is a quaint,
cute little town with a long (but quiet) history and much character.
Its main claim to fame these days is the Naval Academy which has
graduated more than 150 years' worth of classes and possesses a very
nice campus with the grounds open to general public (yes, you can see
the cadets running laps in their uniforms). Annapolis is also
home to many boat races and other sailing related events, and in its
harbor you can observe sailboats from all over the world. On Tuesday
night of our visit the two local attractions -- the Academy and the
harbor -- joined together in a wonderful open-air jazz concert
performed by the symphonic band of the Naval Academy at the docks. I
can't think of a more romantic way to pass an evening than listening to
the sound of jazz while watching the sky turn dark over the bay and
observing boats sailing by... A great ending to a day spent walking
around the historic downtown with its red-brick decor (buildings,
walls, fences and sidewalk -- all built from seemingly the same
bricks), touring the bay and the Academy campus, and lunching at the
most friendly Jewish deli out there Chick-n-Ruth's (great sandwiches
and service like you're their long-lost nephew). Oh yes, there was also
a visit to the dentist for the ever-suffering Daria, but who cares to
hear about that.
Annapolis has a lot of boats ...
... and lots of pretty buildings on the Naval Academy Campus
... and nice architecture all throughout the town!