Author: Jen Brown

Monticello on the Mountaintop
Photo Highlight, Virginia

Monticello on the Mountaintop

Legend records that when Thomas Jefferson was informed that British troops were on their way to Monticello in 1781, he calmly offered the messenger, Jack Jouett, a glass of Madeira. After that he offered his guests breakfast before sending his family to safety in a carriage. It’s amazing that Banastre […]

Prague at Night
Europe Travel, Photo Highlight

Prague at Night

I probably have over 50GB of travel photos, but some are just too special to keep filed away. I’ve mentioned in an earlier post the benefits of off-season travel, and this freezing late December night was no exception. It was cold, and often wet and snowy, but the sights were so […]

Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantine Beauty
History & Archaeology, Italy, Photo Highlight

Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantine Beauty

I often fall into a daydream about past trips when staring at the computer all day at work, and this past Friday was no exception. Germany, 2009, Christmas 4-day weekend, what to do? Italy was the answer! Italy is a quick Ryanair hop from Germany, and after setting up in Bologna (where […]

Nearby Natural Wonder
Nature Lovers, United States Travel

Nearby Natural Wonder

There’s no need to go all the way to the Grand Canyon to see a natural wonder. Right off of Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County, Virginia is the Natural Bridge, a site sacred to the Monacan Indians, and one of the natural wonders of the world in the nineteenth century. It seems […]

United States Travel

Fort Story: the little military base you’ve never heard of.

Adventure is hardly the word that comes to mind when visiting Virginia Beach, but adventure can be found almost anywhere, you just have to look for it. It’s easy to miss something off the beaten path amid the advertisements for parasailing, dolphin watching, and bar-hopping (not that there’s anything wrong […]

Shenandoah Silence
Nature Lovers, United States Travel, Virginia

Shenandoah Silence

Sometimes when you have a case of the Mondays on a Wednesday, the only thing left to do is just get in the car and drive. Fortunately, I live exactly 25 miles from the Swift Run Gap entrance to the Shenandoah National Park, so I left work early and started another journey. The adventure […]