Christmastime comes to Annapolis

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“[Annapolis] served as the seat of the Continental Congress in 1783–84 and was the site of the 1786 Annapolis Convention (which called for the Constitutional Convention held the following year) and the Annapolis Peace Conference, held in 2007. Annapolis is the home of the United States Naval Academy and the original campus of St. John’s College.” –Wikipedia

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Never having  been to Annapolis, much less, it’s capital building and the waterfront area, it was a lot of fun walking around at night. The capital building is the oldest in the United States,  built between 1772-9 and was for a year a the United States capitol for a year. I have been to areas somewhat like it, but it has its own flavor and it is a step into a world that was. Existing streets, buildings, and bars, lots of bars. Outside one a guy goes on drunk about how he is the world’s biggest, as. . . .

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All that history, beautiful old building, several hundreds of year old, a touching tribute to Alex Haley (statues above), and lots of boats, but it never hurts to have lots of merchandise for that yuppie crowd with disposable income who live in, much less frequent the neighborhood. Especially around the holidays.

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17But the boats are absolutely fun, decked out for the holidays!

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Part of the problem with making what was once a real working place, now turned tourist area, is that part of the charm which made the place so enjoyable is bulldozed over. I saw this many years ago in St Augustine, Florida, where the people who held on to the little stores and shops, suddenly were being economically shoved out financially due to the gentrification by yuppies who could pay bigger rents. A good example is when you see a Starbucks come in, then those customers are not too far behind. A struggling gallery, probably a local store before, bulldozed over by a delicatessan. The old timers who made the place no longer can afford the rents. This seemed evident by the signs below.

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Being late at night there was not a lot open, as there would have been in the daytime, but the Waterfront Warehouse was an interesting find in the middle of walking around. The small exhibit displayed two slaves turned soldiers during the Civil War. It was informative and nicely done in an existing old structure.

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A lot of nice history in these winding streets, and some goofiest.

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What could be more attractive than the very well, but tastefully lit, Governor’s Mansion?

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