UNESCO World Heritage Photo Essay: the University of Virginia

Designed and established by Thomas Jefferson as a retirement project, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville is one of the architectural highlights on the East Coast of the United States. Always bustling with students coming from and going to classes, UVA—as it is also called—is a lively place. Together...

Retracing America’s Pioneering History at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia

In the 1700s, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was the westernmost frontier of the British colonies in North America. The people—pioneers—who settled in this region brought customs and traditions from their respective home countries. First minding their own business and simply trying to make a living, later they mingled, creating a...

New Orleans – History, Cuisine, and Culture in the American South

Named after the 18th-century French Duke of Orleans, a regent of King Louis XV, New Orleans is one of America’s most cuisine-centric and culturally vibrant cities. The largest city in Louisiana, New Orleans is where you need to be for some distinct Southern vibes. New Orleans’ subtropical climate means...

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Charlottesville’s Star Attraction

As the only presidential home in the United States that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is without question the crown jewel of all the attractions in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. The fact that there’s such an important historic site here in C’ville is one of the...

Civil War Battlefields: Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia

After two and a half years of living in the United States, I’ve become fascinated by this country’s history—its colonial and early history, to be more specific. Our move to Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year was partially motivated by this interest of mine. The city and its surroundings were...