So you think you might come to Balímer,
Hon? Before moving here 20 years ago I wouldnít have been
impressed with the prospect of visiting a big eastern city like
Baltimore. All I envisioned was blacktop and concrete. Since
then I have been enlightened as to the rich heritage and great
opportunities that await those coming to visit this area that I
now call my home. Let me encourage you to plan to spend more
time before or after the symposium to take in all the
attractions of this great American city.
Baltimore is as clean as any other city in
the USA, large or small. The Convention Center is nestled
between the Inner Harbor complex and the Orioles ballpark.
Elevated walkways interconnect the Convention Center with
hotels, parking garages, restaurants, department stores as well
as the Inner Harbor, allowing you to conveniently walk around
the downtown business area. You can catch the Water Taxi for an
evening in historic Fells Point or cruise the bay in the Clipper
City sailing ship. It is easy to spend a day between exploring
the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Aquarium with its
Amazon River Forest.
You will not be far from the Cross Street Market where
you can catch the colloquial flavor of Baltimore while having
lunch. Baltimore is famous for seafood and shopping in Inner
Harbor complex. We have so many outstanding restaurants that I
canít begin to list them, including several that are also
Since you have come all the way to visit Baltimore,
you will not want to miss seeing Washington, D.C. There is so
much to see there a whirlwind tour can take a week. The National
Air and Space Museum is a day in itself and another day can pass
swiftly by while you as you peruse the Smithsonian Institution,
not to mention the memorials, the Capitol, and the Washington
Monument. By the way, we have the first Washington Monument
right here in Baltimore.
So, I could go on like this for many pages,
but my fingers are getting tired. You can put your own fingers
to work and begin planning your stay in Baltimore by exploring
the IMAPS website at http://www.imaps.org/imaps2001/sights.htm.
I encourage you to plan at least a week on either side of the
IMAPS Symposium and get the most out of your trip to Baltimore.