In the 1930’s, my father and his family lived, for awhile, in Berlin, Maryland…

… which is now one of America’s Coolest Small Towns. They must have lived there because of its proximity to Ocean City, where the Rapoport family (Joseph Rapoport was my father’s father) had a boardwalk amusement store (scroll down for news of it burning down in suspicious circumstances in 1954).

Les UDs stopped at Berlin for lunch on their way back from Assateague on Monday, eating at this diner, which turns out to be famous because it was featured (along with the rest of the town) in Runaway Bride.

The Atlantic Hotel (1895) dominates the town and has sitting rooms like this.

Sunset. Just now. From our hotel balcony.

Mr UD, Still Smiling, As We Pause on Our…

Wild Life Trail hike
on Assateague Island.

An amazing, bird-filled walk,
during most of which we had
the whole place to ourselves.

Mr UD, Smiling Through a Chilling, Thrilling …

… boat trip along the
marshes, channels, and inlets
between Chincoteague and Assateague.

A horseshoe crab bejeweled with seashells…

… at Assateague Island on
a cold, glorious, evening.

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