WALK WITH ME ~ a new feature here, I invite you to share the beauty of my city, Baltimore. Often depicted in movies and on television showing a less desirable side, it is also known as "Charm City" and in more ways than one, lives up to that name. My home is in the cultural/historic district, so wonderful for walking. Where centuries old buildings stand amidst gleaming skyscrapers, an eclectic mix, quiet yet with the colorful bright lights of the city at night and bustling, busy city streets by day.
Our first walk takes us only one street over, to Cathedral Street. Here, The Baltimore Basilica, America's First Cathedral has made its home. Dedicated in 1821 it celebrated it's 200th anniversary just this past May 31, 2021. My photos show views from my apartment window and from the street. Below all images is a LINK for a virtual tour of this magnificent cathedral. On the cathedral grounds is a favorite spot of mine, the Pope John Paul II Memorial Garden. A small but peaceful spot to pause any day. Dedicated in honor of his visit to Baltimore in 1995 it features a bronze sculpture by Joseph Sheppard surrounded by sheltering trees and flowers against a beautiful mural backdrop. The entire garden is constructed in the shape of a fish, yellow and white flowers represent the papal flag and red and white blossoms represent Pope John Paul's homeland of Poland. The flowering mural holds symbols of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.