Sunday, July 03, 2011

Annapolis Vacation #2

Our vacation in Annapolis is winding down; today is our last full day of rest and relaxation. Our trip hasn't just been about lazing by the pool and meeting other campers of the human and canine kinds. Dave, Hypatia and I also took a couple of trips into Annapolis and did some sightseeing.

The highlight of our first trip was a boat cruise. Here are Dave and Hypatia waiting to board the vessel.

The United States Naval Academy is located right on the harbor, so we got some good looks at it from the water.

We also saw a variety of pleasure-crafts and very official-looking naval vessels.

A couple of days after the cruise, we took a trolley tour of the city. Since I was busy keeping tabs on Hypatia, who didn't cooperate quite as well on the trolley as she did on the boat, I wasn't able to get any photos of the city's beautiful brick buildings. If Dave hasn't posted his photos on facebook yet, he probably will do so soon.

In addition to being the home of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis is the state capitol of Maryland, and the county seat of Anne Arundel County. I did get one shot of the city from a scenic overlook across the bay. The trolley driver gave us a chance to disembark (and Hypatia got to relieve herself) and take some photos. In the foreground of this photo, taken with my iPhone, you can see the state of Maryland's World War II Memorial. It looks a bit like a scaled down version of the national WW2 Memorial in Washington DC. I don't know which structure was built first. In the background of the photo you can see the Naval Academy.

Annapolis is a charming little city. Its ambiance is quite different from that of Charlestown, South Carolina, but its history and charm are just as intriguing as Charleston's. Since it's a much smaller city, it's charm is less diluted by big city trappings than Charleston's.

Today's final photo shows how Hypatia spent her time when she wasn't sightseeing or socializing.

That wraps up my accounts of our Annapolis vacation. Annapolis definitely is a city worth putting on your travel agenda if you haven't been there.


Barbara said...

hahahahaha! David looks like such a tourist in the first photo.

Evie said...

@ Barb:

I probably looked just as touristy as he did. We do that look pretty well.

Dotti said...

Hey, I've got news for you: You ARE tourists! :D) Steve and I stopped in Annapolis on a recent Chesapeake area trip and loved it; it is very quaint.