A visit to Las Vegas

Situated in the Mojave Desert, its Spanish name means "The Meadows" because of the wild grasses and desert springs originally found there. An oasis in an otherwise dry and unwelcoming place, it became known to Native Americans over 10,000 years ago. It was discovered by the modern world in 1829, when a young Mexican scout [...]

Old Town, Annapolis

About three years ago, we visited Annapolis, MD and walked through Old Town. While it was a bit hot during the early afternoon hours, it cooled off nicely toward the evening and we had a wonderful time walking about. I love it when towns make the effort to preserve their historic sections. Not only is [...]

Larriland Farm, Maryland

Larriland Farm is a place where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables. It's in Woodbine, Maryland, well into the countryside, so it's a nice getaway from the city. They use integrated pest management techniques to grow their crops, which means insecticides are only used as a last resort. This makes their fruits and [...]

Stats about cigarette companies

The following infographic presents some interesting facts about big tobacco: The largest US tobacco company, Philip Morris International, is the 94th most profitable company in the country. The top three US tobacco companies made over $50 billion in revenues in 2009. China is the largest cigarette producing country in the world. Tobacco companies from that [...]

The John Douglass Brown House in Alexandria

The John Douglass Brown House stands apart from the rest of the houses you see in Alexandria because of the choice of its building material: wood. (Most of the houses in that part of the town are brick.) The simple, rustic architecture talks of an early, more modest beginning as a farmhouse, not a townhome [...]

Alexandria, Virginia

The city of Alexandria (Virginia, USA) began its life in 1749, as a port for Scottish and English merchants. Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia, across the Potomac River from southern Washington D.C. The city encompasses 15.75 square miles at an average elevation of 30 feet above sea level. It was named in honor of [...]

Natural Bridge: 20 stories high

Formed who knows when, by the collapse of a cavern, Natural Bridge, located in Virginia, is a monument that has been admired by people for over two centuries. Legend has it that George Washington surveyed it in his youth, for Lord Fairfax. What we do know for sure is that Thomas Jefferson bought it, built a [...]