Florenceville-Bristol in Canada, the French Fry Capital of the World

8 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Truffle oil french fries © flickr.com - Tony Webster/cc-by-sa-2.0

Truffle oil french fries © flickr.com – Tony Webster/cc-by-sa-2.0

Florenceville-Bristol is an unincorporated community in the northwestern part of Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada along the Saint John River. It held town status prior to 2023. On 1 January 2023, Florenceville-Bristol amalgamated with Bath, Centreville and all or part of nine local service districts to form the new town of Carleton North. The community’s name remains in official use.   read more…

German Village in Columbus

7 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  12 minutes

The Book Loft © Postdlf/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Book Loft © Postdlf/cc-by-sa-3.0

German Village is a historic neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, just south of the city’s downtown. It was settled in the early-to-mid-19th century by a large number of German immigrants, who at one time comprised as much as a third of the city’s entire population. It became a city historic district in 1960 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, becoming the list’s largest privately funded preservation district, and in 2007, was made a Preserve America Community by the White House. In 1980, its boundaries increased, and today it is one of the world’s premier historic restorations. German Village is bound by Pearl Street on the west; East Livingston Avenue on the north; Lathrop Street, Brust Street, Grant Avenue, Jaeger Street, and Blackberry Alley on the east; and Nursery Lane on the south. Although German Village is an eclectic community, the area is known as a Columbus “gayborhood.” While there are no gay establishments within German Village, the neighboring Brewery District and Merion Village have several.   read more…

Charlottesville in Virginia

6 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  10 minutes

Confederate Memorial on Court Square © Bob Mical/cc-by-3.0

Confederate Memorial on Court Square © Bob Mical/cc-by-3.0

Charlottesville, colloquially known as C’ville, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, which surrounds the city, though the two are separate legal entities. It is named after Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. At the 2020 census, the population was 46,553. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Charlottesville with Albemarle County for statistical purposes, bringing its population to approximately 150,000. Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, and Nelson counties.   read more…

European Quarter in Brussels

5 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Union Reading Time:  16 minutes

Rue de la Loi © flickr.com - Euro Pictures/cc-by-2.0

Rue de la Loi © flickr.com – Euro Pictures/cc-by-2.0

Most of the European Union’s Brussels-based institutions are located within its European Quarter (French: Quartier Européen, Dutch: Europese Wijk), which is the unofficial name of the area corresponding to the approximate triangle between Brussels Park, Cinquantenaire Park and Leopold Park (with the European Parliament’s hemicycle extending into the latter). The Commission and Council are located on either side of the Rue de la Loi at the heart of this area near Schuman railway station and the Robert Schuman Roundabout.   read more…

Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris

4 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  9 minutes

Café de Flore © Celette/cc-by-sa-4.0

Café de Flore © Celette/cc-by-sa-4.0

Boulevard Saint-Germain is a major street in Paris on the Rive Gauche of the Seine. It curves in a 3.5-kilometre (2.1 miles) arc from the Pont de Sully in the east (the bridge at the edge of Île Saint-Louis) to the Pont de la Concorde (the bridge to the Place de la Concorde) in the west and traverses the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements. At its midpoint, the boulevard is traversed by the north-south Boulevard Saint-Michel. The boulevard is most famous for crossing the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter from which it derives its name.   read more…

Kinshasa in Congo

3 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© flickr.com - Antoine Moens de Hase/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Antoine Moens de Hase/cc-by-2.0

Kinshasa (Lingala: Kinsásá), formerly Léopoldville (Dutch: Leopoldstad), is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Once a site of fishing and trading villages situated along the Congo River, Kinshasa is now one of the world’s fastest growing megacities.   read more…

Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv

2 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean Reading Time:  5 minutes

Bauhaus Center on Dizengoff Street © MichaGross/cc-by-sa-4.0

Bauhaus Center on Dizengoff Street © MichaGross/cc-by-sa-4.0

Dizengoff Street (Hebrew: Rehov Dizengoff) is a major street in central Tel Aviv, named after Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff.   read more…

The Vasco da Gama

1 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  7 minutes

in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0

in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Vasco da Gama is a cruise ship operated by German cruise line nicko cruises. Completed in 1993, she previously sailed for Holland America Line as MS Statendam, for P&O Cruises Australia as Pacific Eden and for Cruise & Maritime Voyages as Vasco da Gama. In 2020, following CMV’s filing for administration, she was sold by CW Kellock & Co Ltd. at auction to Mystic Cruises’ parent company, Mystic Invest for US$10,187,000.   read more…

White House of the Confederacy in Richmond

1 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Farragutful/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Farragutful/cc-by-sa-4.0

The White House of the Confederacy is a historic house located in the Court End neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. Built in 1818, it was the main executive residence of the sole President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, from August 1861 until April 1865. It was viewed as the Confederate States counterpart to the White House in Washington, D.C. It currently sits on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.   read more…

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