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Baltimore Joy

After a long work-week, I woke up to a beautiful Friday morning. There was no rain, no overcast, and the temperature was perfect. Not wanting to waste a day inside or in the District amongst lost tourists, I opted to take a quick road trip to Baltimore!  Yes, I braved the congestion of interstate 95 so that I could spend the day in Charm City.

Baltimore of course, holds a very special place in my heart. It’s where I went to college and got my first taste of freedom, made some amazing memories with great people, and where my adulthood kicked in. Though it’s been many years since I’ve lived there, a little bit of joy and nostalgia kicks in every time I visit. I also find it really fun to revisit old places and see them with new perspectives.

Since I’m a sucker for museums, I decided to head over to the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). As I drove up, I couldn’t help but look at the beautiful blue sky. I could have just sat outside all day and took it in, but I came for the exhibits, so inside I went.

Baltimore Art Museum

The Baltimore Museum of Art

I was instantly reminded of why I enjoyed this museum. The BMA hosts several collections of art ranging from American to Contemporary to African to Modern. The Cone Collection (named after the Cone sisters Claribel and Etta), is the museum’s most prized collection.

Claribel and Etta Cone| Photo Source: The Baltimore Museum of Art

Claribel and Etta Cone| Photo Source: The Baltimore Museum of Art

The sisters amassed a works from Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gough, and Henri Matisse. The works of Matisse collected by the Cones are considered to be the largest in the world.

BMA Matisse






HENRI MATISSE Reclining Nude I (1907) Bronze



HENRI MATISSE Blue Nude (1907)

There were many more works of Matisse at BMA. It is definitely a must see if you’re ever in town.


ANDY WARHOL Top: The Last Supper (1989) Bottom: 1. Oxidation Painting (1978) |2. 2nd Floor Contemporary Gallery|3. Shadow (1989) |4. Rorschach (1984)

The Baltimore Museum of Art is a great place to escape and soak up art and culture for the day. Admission is FREE and open is Wednesday – Sunday. Add it to your to-do list the next time you visit B-more.


Sending you dreamy bliss,


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