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Sitting in the park, people watching, and making small talk with strangers: some of my favorite things to do in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon.

I found this lion in my old photos. (I’m still recuperating from the broken toe.) He’s one of many varied statues in Mount Vernon Park, four squares that surround the Washington Monument.

Architecture buffs, city planners, and history buffs may enjoy a tour.

I’m getting the urge to visit again soon.

Swimming in Indiana

A good friend is visiting all 50 states. The idea does not appeal to me.

My mind is opening after reading about this gorgeous area about an hour from Chicago.

Combined with the art, architecture, and history of Chicago…..someplace I gotta go.

And lots of places to swim right in the city. Fabulous!