Legendary Food: ‘Ben’s Chili Bowl – The Chili Half-Smoke’, Washington DC

Washington, DC, has a little bit of everything for history buffs and foodies, but it’s Ben’s Chili Bowl, which sits on the historic U Street once known as Black Broadway, where the two come together. Insider’s Lisa Paradise stopped by for a bite of the chili half-smoke: a half-pork, half-beef sausage smothered in homemade chili crafted from a generations-old secret family recipe that has remained popular for so many generations it was named the city’s signature dish.

Top Art Exhibitions: ‘Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera And Mexican Modernism’ (2020)

“Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection” is on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 24, 2021.

Air Travel: ‘Flight Of The New Concordes – A New Supersonic Era’ (Video)

The Concorde took its last flight in 2003, making commercial supersonic travel a thing of the past. In recent years, however, a number of companies have been laying the groundwork for a new supersonic era.

Retirement: ‘How Social Security Works’ (Video)

Since 2010, Social Security’s cash flow has been negative, meaning that the agency does not collect enough money through taxes to cover what it is paying out. Even though there was still this vast trust fund behind Social Security, they started tapping that fund’s interest.

Starting in 2021, they will have to dip into the trust fund itself to cover those benefit payments, and even that pool of cash has an expiration date. Trustees of the fund expect that by 2035 it will not be enough to cover full benefit payments. Due to COVID-19, that date may come years sooner than expected, which has some retirees seriously worried about their future.

Fruits: ‘The History Of Orange Trees’ (Video)

Orange trees are among the most popular fruit trees grown around the world. But the orange has a unique history that is intimately tied to human civilization and deserves to be remembered. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provide illustration. As very few images of the actual event are available in the Public Domain, images of similar objects and events are used for illustration.

Walking Tours: ‘Baden-Baden’ In Southwestern Germany (Video – 2020)

Baden-Baden is a wealthy spa town at the edge of the Black Forest in Baden Württemberg. The town is located south west Germany, near the border with France – around 1 hour by car from Strasbourg.

Baden-Baden is famous for thermal bath and the Kurhaus complex (built in 1824) with the Spielbank (casino) where also Dostoevsky gambled during his 5 week stay which makes it a popular destination also for Russian tourists. We see the centre and the spa area on this walk among some shopping streets as well as the main sights like the Spielbank and Trinkhalle on this short walk.

Timeline: 0:00 Evangelische Stadtkirche 2:00 Augustaplatz 4:00 Lichtentaler Straße 5:00 Leopoldplatz 6:00 Sophienstraße 7:00 Kurpark 10:00 Trinkhalle 12:45 Lange Straße 13:45 Around the Town Hall (Rathaus) 16:30 Marktplatz 21:00 Bäderviertel 25:00 Gernsbacher Straße 28:30 Lange Straße (Shopping Street) 30:00 Luisenstraße 32:00 Leopoldplatz

Filmed in October 2020

Travel Video: Hiking The 25-Mile ‘Tonto Trail’ Of The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Spent two days backpacking on the Hermit’s Rest Viewpoint to Tonto Trail to Bright Angel Trailhead in the Grand Canyon.

The dynamic interplay of soft and hard layers of stone created an open benchland at the rim of the Inner Gorge called the Tonto Platform. Easily visible from several South Rim overlooks, the greenish Tonto rocks have eroded into an obvious exception to the striking vertical cliffs that characterize most of Grand Canyon.

The Tonto Trail follows this natural trans-canyon route for 95 rough, unmaintained miles, from Red Canyon on the east to Garnet
Canyon on the west. All of this makes the Tonto Trail unique among Grand Canyon pathways. Most descend from the rim towards the Colorado River, but the Tonto Trail offers passage by foot up and down the canyon, parallel to the course of the river. Because of its length, most hikers approach the Tonto Trail not as a single unit, but rather as a series of installments, breaking the route down into four or five sections defined by rim-to-river trails and the natural lay of the land.

A notable lack of reliable water makes most of the Tonto Trail a daunting, possibly dangerous, proposition, but the section between Bright Angel Trail and the Hermit Trail is blessed with three water sources hikers can count on. As a result, this segment of the Tonto Trail offers a degree of civility not found elsewhere along the trail, and it is here that most hikers get their first exposure to the unique nature of this singular trans-canyon route.

Travel: Makkum, Friesland, In The Netherlands (Video)

Makkum is one of those small, but charming towns in the northern province of Friesland. Also a short impression of the harbor of Stavoren and a lot of migrating geese nearby.

Makkum is a village of Súdwest-Fryslân municipality, west of Bolsward on the banks of the lake IJsselmeer in the province Friesland of the Netherlands. It had a population of around 3,460 in January 2017, making it the largest village of the former municipally Wûnseradiel. 

Travel: United Kingdom – England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom is a sovereign country located off the north­western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north­eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands.[16] Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland. Otherwise, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the southwest, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The total area of the United Kingdom is 94,000 square miles (240,000 km2).