Baltimore visitor: Your city is a diamond in the rough

TampaBWI Thurgood Marshall AirportOriole Park at Camden YardsPhillips SeafoodJohns Hopkins Hospital

I have lived in different states and currently reside in Tampa, Fla. I had always heard that Baltimore was a bad place. This summer, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My research revealed that the best facility for treatment is Johns Hopkins Hospital. I traveled to Baltimore for a consult and then surgery. Thankfully, I will win this battle, but I did want to comment about your city.

My family and I arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Having been in several airports in my life, I found BWI pleasant from the staff and layout to appearance. We used the light rail, which does not exist here in Tampa, and again, we were pleased. Our stay was at Homewood Suites on President Street, and we managed to take in several of the sites, all of which were great. From Camden Yards to Phillips Seafood and Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, my family felt at home.

Your city proved to be a diamond in the rough. We were treated with a greater respect than I could have possibly imagined. As for Johns Hopkins, I don't believe that a better facility exists. We were treated as if we were old friends. Baltimore, my family and I thank you.

Gary G. Felice, Tampa, Fla.

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