A day in Annapolis

March 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

Maddie & Zoey enjoying the sun

Maddie & Zoey enjoying the sun

While the pups were enjoying the sun, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and go to downtown Annapolis.

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Middleton Tavern

Middleton Tavern

Annapolis is quite a historic city.  It is the capital city of Maryland and actually acted as the Nations capital for a year in the 1780’s.  The entire downtown is a National Historic Landmark.  I absolutely love all the old buildings.

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The U S Navel Academy founded in 1845 is also located right in downtown Annapolis where tours are available, although I haven’t taken one.  An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed here (I can visualize Richard Gere zipping around on his little motorcycle now, ahhhh!).

Chase Lloyd house

Chase Lloyd house

There are a lot of houses on tour including the Chase Lloyd House where Chase Lloyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived.

Shops along Green St.

Shops along Green St.

McGarvey's Saloon & Oyster Bar

McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar

Another fun and unique thing about Annapolis is “Ego Alley”.   Ego Alley is a small, narrow waterway that leads to the heart of the city. It got its name from the endless parade of boats and yachts that traverse this dead-end canal, usually only to see and be seen.

Ego Alley

Ego Alley

Walkway along Ego Alley

Walkway along Ego Alley

My next destination was to the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer’s Market, or the “Amish Market” as most people call it.

Amish Market in Annapolis

Amish Market in Annapolis

Although located in Annapolis, all the Amish merchants are from Lancaster PA, the heart of PA Dutch Country.  The market is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  The rest of the week the merchants are preparing items to sell.   And boy do they have a huge assortment!  Cheeses, produce, bakery items, more kinds of candy that you could ever imagine, preserves, etc., etc., etc.

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amish market

Most of the market’s products are grown and prepared  in Lancaster County using traditional PA Dutch recipes that have been handed down by the Amish though the generations.

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I picked up some beautiful vegetables, meat, a loaf of home-made wheat bread, and I had to get a piece of shoefly pie, a traditional Amish pie.  It’s different from anything I’ve ever tasted, and if you’ve never had it, it’s kind of hard to describe.  The filling is sort of like the filling of a pecan pie, but not as sweet, the main ingredient is molasses, and it has a crumbled topping.  Sooo good!

Shoefly pie

Shoefly pie

After going back to the house to walk Maddie and Zoey and have some snuggle time, Donna picked me up and we went to dinner at a small Greek restaurant called Georges Restaurant.  It’s just down the street from where I’m staying and it is so inviting and cozy.  George and his family have had this restaurant since 1983 and it’s always good, and always busy.

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We got to Georges before the crowd hit. It was full when we left

We had one of their specialties, George’s Special White Pizza.  It was topped with chicken, smoked salmon, capers, spinach, red onions, feta cheese and Greek olives.  It was delicious!

Enjoying one of Georges specialty pizzas

Enjoying one of Georges specialty pizzas

George preparing a special meal at the booth next to ours.  Fun!

George preparing a meal at the booth next to ours. Fun!

The end of another wonderful day in Maryland!

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