Great Place Wednesday: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism. The temple complex[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Chicago River

The Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles that runs through the eponymous city, including its center (the Chicago Loop). Though not especially long, the river is notable for being a reason why Chicago became an important location, as the link betweenthe Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley waterways. The River is also noteworthy for its[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Fells Point, Baltimore

Fell’s Point is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, and home to a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, and over 120 pubs. Located on the harbor and famous for its maritime past, it now boasts the greatest concentration of pubs/bars in the city. The pubs and bars in Fell’s Point provide excellent entertainment and nightlife. This waterfront community[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Bled, Slovenia

Bled (German: Veldes) is an Alpine town alongside glacial Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Bled. It is most notable as a popular tourist destination in the Upper Carniola region and in Slovenia as whole, attracting visitors from abroad, as well. The town was first attested in written sources as Ueldes in 1004 (and as Veldes in 1011). The etymology of the name is unknown[…]