The first stop on my Southern Tour: Charm City. Yes, that would be Baltimore or B-More, as the folks here call it. I adore the city that gave us Edgar Allen Poe, and the directors, John Waters and Barry Levinson. What a hipster town!
Oh, and as I drove in, I was so delighted to see the famous monument of George Washington all lit up.
I must confess, I am also enamoured with Charm City, because my brilliant daughter and her lovely husband live there. They still had their holiday decorations up on their mantel. She made the little felt cut-outs herself. She's such a creative gal.
They accompanied me to the Enoch Pratt Free Library where I gave a talk about
finding your joie de vivre. To my surprise, they had a big poster advertising the event
in front of the library! (If you click on the link above, you can hear a podcast of my talk.)
There's a little bit of French throughout Baltimore. They have a wonderful farmers market and people walk everywhere. Here's a very stylish femme d'un certain age I found at Anthropolgie. Her name is Julie and as it turns out, she's lived in France and often visits my home town on the Cape. We got to talking and decided we would meet up this spring. Tres charmant!
After the book event at the library, my daughter, her husband and I went out for a wonderful dinner at The Brewer's Art. It was my daughter's birthday.
Happy Birthday, Callie!
Next stop, Amherst, Virginia where I have a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. More soon. xo