Some snapshots from my recent June trip to Baku, Azerbaijan. I spent an afternoon wandering The Walled City of Baku, the archaic part of the city positioned on the edge of the Caspian Sea and surrounded by a 12th century wall. Continue reading “Baku, The Walled City”
The Torpedo Factory, located in Alexandria, Virginia, is a “WWII torpedo factory-turned-art center” that allows artists to display and sell their art in refurbished studios. Continue reading “Around Town: Torpedo Factory”
During the Cold War (1947), John Steinbeck visited the Soviet Union, alongside photography Robert Capa. Steinbeck wrote about their travels, and Capa photographed them. One of their stops along the way was Tbilisi. Steinbeck described their time in Georgia (and 70 years later it is still true), writing: Continue reading “Tbilisi and Steinbeck”
Do you like a good ghost story? What about tales of Blackbeard and pirate duels? Civil War battle reenactments? Live music?
What are you waiting for? Visit Charleston already. Continue reading “Charleston Continued: Can’t Get Enough”
I played “tourist” in my city of Washington, DC this week, and re-visited some monuments on the National Mall. I’ve visited the Lincoln Memorial no less than a dozen times, each time noticing new details with a fresh eye, like the Angel of Truth Mural above Lincoln’s engraved speech. Continue reading “Around Town: Remembering History”
I took an overnight train to Boston from Washington, DC (photos here), determined to take in as much history and culture in a 72 hour window as possible . Boston is a city rooted in rebellion and revolution, which is a continued source of pride. It is also the city of nicknames: Beantown (baked beans) , The City on a Hill (John Winthrop), The Hub (Oliver Wendell’s The Hub of the Universe), and America’s Walking City. Here are some suggestions for visiting the oldest city in America.
My initiatory Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge post takes me back to last summer, when I visited Charleston, South Carolina in the dead of summer.
A short drive out of downtown on the way to Folly Beach, you’ll find (what is suspected to be) the oldest living tree in the U.S., the Angel Oak Tree. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be between 400 and 500 years old. Find more facts on the tree here. The visitors, like me, stood back and marveled at the tree before moving in closer between the intertwined branches for a closer inspection.