Of Rice and Indigo, Of War and Sunken Ships

Georgetown, South Carolina was founded in the early 1700s as a colony settlement, named after King George II of England. Being positioned right at the convergence of the two rivers Great Pee Dee and the Waccamaw made it a high profile seaport, especially in the 1800s and 1900s. Today its Port of Georgetown is the…

Sea Gazing at the Edge of America

George Gershwin composed his classic opera Porgy and Bess while staying on Folly Island Beach in the 1930s, and Glenn Miller performed live right on the Pier. People from all over the world have kicked up their feet in this small beach community for decades. My brain turned into a recalcitrant montage of beach-themed 80s music…

The Ruins of Heidelberg Castle

Mark Twain wrote about Heidelberg, “I have never enjoyed a view which had such a serene and satisfying charm about it as this one gives” in his book A Tramp Abroad and it still rings true. In the heart of Germany, Heidelberg rests over the Odenwald mountains divided in two by the Neckar River. Germany’s…

Asamkirche of Munich; Two Brothers and their Labour of Love

The Asamkirche is Munich’s most unique church. Known formally as the church of St. Johann Nepomuk, this tiny late Baroque gem was built by the brothers Cosmas and Egid Asam over the period of thirteen years. For this entry I chose Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” for obvious reasons.   Before the brothers began building…

Everybody’s Going Uptown in Dallas

Uptown is a glitzy newer neighbourhood in Dallas, freshly made up of the lower parts of other neighbourhoods closest to downtown. It was created and named solely to attract real estate developers to revitalize it, plowing over all the real culture and leaving this new creature with the natural historical richness of swimming pool. That…

Throwing Down in Deep Ellum

Imagine a mashup of Greenpoint-Brooklyn, New Orleans’ French Quarter, and Atlanta’s Little Five Points, before L5P became so dilapidated that you could kick trash up like fall leaves. 

Cove Lake State Park

Cove Lake State Park is one of Tennessee’s 12 State Parks and is located in Caryville, less than 30 miles north of Knoxville. The land may be ancient, but its man-made lake is the result of the Caryville Dam project back in the 1930s. Nearly 700 acres on Eastern side of Cumberland Mountains were acquired…