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9 Fascinating Facts About John Quincy Adams

Today marks the 250th birthday of John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States (and son of our second POTUS, John Adams). Born on July 11, 1767 in a part of Braintree, Massachusetts that is now known as Quincy, the younger Adams was a pretty interesting guy. From his penchant for skinny-dipping to...

25 tips for cruise newbies – from choosing the right ship and smart packing to dining choices and spa time

Are you a nautical novice? Check our 25 top tips for getting it right when you walk up the gangway for the first time... PLANNING AHEAD 1: There is a cruise for everyone, but it’s important to choose sensibly. There’s no point booking a holiday on a 24-hour party ship if you prefer to be tucked up...

5 Facts About Bottled Water

The selling of bottled water can be dated back to 1622 at the Holy Well in Malvern, United Kingdom, which sold bottles of Malvern spring water. In the last 30 years, consumption of bottled water has increased dramatically and the average American now consumes 30 gallons of bottled water every year. But is bottled water actually better,...

Tips for Your Visit to Mount Vernon

Mansion Tours Length of Tour Mansion tours last 15-35 minutes, depending on the number of guests each day. Tours may be abbreviated during our busiest periods, March through June and on federal holidays. If you are visiting during our busy season and would like to spend more time in the mansion, we recommend our premium mansion tour. PREMIUM...

10 Japanese Rituals and Festivals

There’s a stark difference between societies today and those in the past, mostly coming in the form of rituals. Today’s societies, or the “modern age” has very few of them, while in the past rituals were an integral part of everyday life. Rituals, in broad terms, are a form of invitation by the society...