The charm city had me at hello – baltimore’s brilliance will beguile you (from dudley news)

Penny told us all about Baltimore, from its pivotal part in the American War of Independence and thes US Civil War all the way up to the dignified response of the people after police shot dead an unarmed man Freddie Gray. Little league pitch count The world saw images of a night of rioting but not the peaceful protests day after day which rich, poor, black and white marched for peace, including our guide Penny.

Historic landmarks on the tour include Carroll Park and the grounds of the Mount Clare Mansion, the B&O Museum, the Babe Ruth Museum, the home of H.L.Mecken (Baltimore’s journalistic curmudgeon), and Westminster Cemetery, where lies Edgar Allen Poe and some of Baltimore’s most notable historic figures. How to design a garden The tour starts with M&T Bank Stadium where the Ravens play, and ends with Oriole Park at Camden Yards – an award-winning archtectural wonder with a baseball stadium seamlessly built around a historic port building.

One of the most iconic relics in America is the star spangled banner, currently taking pride of place in Washington’s Smithsonian musuem, and in Baltimore you can see where the legend which spawned the national anthem started – Fort McHenry, where the bravest of the brave fought off a British Navy bombardment in 1812 as the giant flag flew above them inspiring everyone in the city and country. Slow pitch softball swing It was the last time the star-shaped fort would be attacked and after another 100 years it became a national monument. Pitch definition music Wondering around the battlements really gives you a feel for the birth of a nation.

You get more for your buck at hotels in Baltimore than nearby Philadephia, New York and Washington D.C, which makes it the perfect place to stay to visit all three. Diy outdoor wedding decorations There is a good variety of hotels including the high end Monaco Baltimore Hotel, which used to be the headquarters of the giant B&O railway company, the trendy boutique Hotel Indigo, to the usual offerings of chains like Hyatt cheaper Red Roof, Oconolodges. Fantasy sports network We stayed at the Lord Baltimore and you can read my review here.

The city also is a key city in African-American history, from slavery, underground railway to civil rights. Define pitch in physics It was the first “red-line city” – sadly the disgustingly simple practice of drawing a red line on a map in 1910 to mark out black and white neigbhbourhoods was copied by other cities, leading to racial problems which still exist in America to this day. Cbssports fantasy baseball The city is still segregated, with the black 67 per cent of the 650,000 residents mostly living in the poorest neighbouroods with the worst transport links.

Tourists would of course, never have any reason to venture into those parts of the city, but the greatest television of all time – The Wire – changed that. Front yard ideas without grass Taxi drivers ended up giving up saying: “are you sure?” when tourists, some who must be a walking cash point to robbers, asked to see the low rises, high rises, “Hamsterdam” or some “real corners.” Thankfully, most don’t leave the safety of the cab. Timber merchants leeds The docks featured in the second series are safer to walk around albiet a lot quieter when the bustling port made the city one of the most important in the country.

David Simon’s incredible love letter to the city where he worked as a crime reporter brought all aspects of the city alive in vivid detail and my heart skipped a beat whenever I heard the instantly recognisable “woop woop” Baltimore police siren. Landscape photography settings But, I was struck by the humour of the people of Baltimore, black or white, young and old, whether in a bar or on the street asking for directions, a joke and a laugh were only a sentence and smile away.

Baltimore is a ballsy city and has a certain edge. Landscape photoshop The city was a power house during the industrial revolution, fell on hard times at the end of last century and is now back on the up, a bit like my home town Birmingham.

And I’ve been known to get raring drunk in Birmingham and exaggerate but if conservation turns to places to booze – I will proclaim again: “Fell’s Point, Baltimore is the best place to drink in the world.”

Factbox: Four nights in Baltimore (two nights at Hotel Indigo and two at Lord Baltimore) Return direct flights with British Airways from London Heathrow To Baltimore. Fencing classes near me From £869 per person based on 2 sharing including all taxes. Facebook app for mac To book call Purely Capital Region USA on 0844 80 444 80 or visit