The Marriott Hotel Amman in November 2008! Rare view! Enjoy Jordan!:) Thanks to heavy security it is impossible to get a decent shot nearer from this landmark hotel in the jordanian capital! Cherish the hospitality!:)

The Marriott Hotel Amman in November 2008! Rare view! Enjoy Jordan!:) Thanks to heavy security it is impossible to get a decent shot nearer from this landmark hotel in the jordanian capital! Cherish the hospitality!:)
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Rare photo from the front of the hotel with good views all around the building! ( November 2008 ). MORE ABOUT MARRIOTT:

Marriott was founded by J. Willard Marriott 1927 when he and his wife opened a root beer stand in Washington D.C..[4] As a missionary in the sweltering, humid summers in Washington, Marriott was convinced that what the city needed was a such a place to get a cool drink.[5] They later expanded their enterprises into a chain of restaurants and hotels.[6]
Marriott hotel located at Tampa International Airport, taken from top level of parking garage

The Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia is Marriott International’s longest operating hotel, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.[7] Their son and current Chairman and Chief Executve Officer, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr. has led the company to spectacular worldwide growth. Today, Marriott International has about 3,150 lodging properties located in the United States and 67 other countries and territories.

Marriott International was formed in 1992 when Marriott Corporation split into two companies, Marriott International and Host Marriott Corporation.

In 2002 Marriott International began a major restructuring by spinning off many Senior Living Services Communities (which is now part of Sunrise Senior Living) and Marriott Distribution Services, so that it could focus on hotel ownership and management. The changes were completed in 2003.[8]
Marriott International headquarters in the Bethesda area of unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland, United States
Singapore Marriott Hotel

In April 1995, Marriott International acquired a 49% interest in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC.[9] Marriott International believed that it could increase sales and profit margins at the Ritz, a troubled chain with a significant number of properties either losing money or barely breaking even. The cost of Marriott’s initial investment was estimated to be about 0 million in cash and assumed debt. The next year, Marriott spent 1 million to take over the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta and buy a majority interest in two properties owned by William Johnson, a real estate developer who had purchased the Boston Ritz Carlton in 1983 and expanded his Ritz holdings over the next twenty years.

The Ritz began expansion into the lucrative timeshare market among other new initiatives made financially possible by the deep pockets of Marriott, which also lent its own in-house expertise in certain areas. There were other benefits for Ritz-Carlton flowing from its relationship with Marriott, such as being able to take advantage of the parent company’s reservation system and buying power. The partnership was solidified in 1998 when Marriott boosted its interest in Ritz-Carlton to 99 percent. By 1999 revenues from the 35 hotels it operated around the world totaled about .4 billion.

Marriott International owned Ramada International Hotels & Resorts until its sale on September 15, 2004 to Cendant. It is the first hotel chain to serve food that is completely free of trans fats at all of its North American properties.[10][11]

In 2005, Marriott International and Marriott Vacation Club International comprised two of the 53 entities that contributed the maximum of 0,000 to the second inauguration of President George W. Bush.

On July 19, 2006, Marriott announced that all lodging buildings they operate in the United States and Canada would become non-smoking beginning September 2006. "The new policy includes all guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, public space and employee work areas."


Gettysburg NBP – April 2008 Pic 024

Gettysburg NBP – April 2008 Pic 024
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The famous Lutheran Seminary on the western edge of hisoric Gettysburg. From the cupola, on top of this building, US Brigadier General John Buford was able to watch the arrival of CSA Major General Henry Heth’s 3d Corps’ division and monitor the progress of the battle.

Photo by: Michael Noirot

Founder of the town Reston Virginia : Robert E Simon – Feb 29th 2008

Founder of the town Reston Virginia : Robert E Simon – Feb 29th 2008
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I saw Robert E Simon walk in to the Cafe Monmarte in Reston as i was having lunch with Sotwe Boyd. Stowe Boyd is a Reston Veteran and knows everybody. He pointed me to Robert E Simon and I went over nad asked him if I could take a picture.
As the Network Solutions Social Media Swami I am meeting some great people. Robert E Simon is a legend-

New Starwood Hotel in Tysons Corner, The Westin Tysons Corner 2008 New modern luxury destination! Find the best of yourself at The Westin Tysons Corner. After a recent million renovation, our hotel offers all the personal touches you need to retreat from the rigors of travel and emerge revitalized and renewed. Located in the heart of the Tysons Corner neighborhood and convenient to shopping and major highways, our hotel is also minutes away from the dynamic city of Washington DC A rich and vibrant shrine to American history, Washington DC also offers world-class dining and shopping. We strive to create a restorative atmosphere by anticipating the needs of our guests and tending to them intuitively. Our 405 superbly comfortable guest rooms are each equipped with High Speed Internet Access, a flat panel TV, 24-hour room service and our signature bath amenities to help replenish your body and elevate your senses. We are also proud to offer an invigorating WestinWORKOUT® Gym. These unique fitness facilities feature Stairmasters, LifeCycles, treadmills, weights, and everything else you need for an energy-building workout thats second to none. A tranquil oasis residing beside our nations capital, The Westin Tysons Corner offers something for everyone, whether you want to work, relax, or explore.

Hokie Pride 2008: Part 1 of 3 “The Rebuilding”

download all parts at This is a Band of Brothers style video. Part 1 of 3 total parts is called The Rebuilding. It showcases highlights of the season early on as the young hokie team takes the field with many questions about the future of the team. Showcases highlights from ECU, Furman, Western Kentucky, UNC, Georgia Tech. Part 2, called “Growing Up” will showcase the heart of Virginia Techs 2008 schedule as the young team will have to grow up fast with a trip to Memorial Stadium vs Nebraska followed by BC, FSU, Miami, Maryland, and UVA Music: “Band of Brothers Theme”- Unknown “Woad To Ruin”- Hans Zimmer Videos From: links on Go Hokies!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Durbin Rocket 3 (USA) 2008

The Durbin Rocket runs excursions on Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, West Viginia every weekends during summer. Which is a Climax locomotive No. 3, a 55-ton standard gauge Class B Climax built in 1910 for The Moore-Keppel Company in West Virginia. One of only three remaining operating Climax geared logging locomotives on earth. Website
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Colonial Williamsburg / Williamsburg, Virginia / May 2008

Colonial Williamsburg / Williamsburg, Virginia / May 2008
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I’m away until this eveninig, but will be around to visit later today and tomorrow morning.

From my set entitled “Colonial Williamsburg”
In my collection entitled “Virginia: Beach, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown: May 2008”…
In my photostream

Reproduced from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Colonial Williamsburg is the historic district of the independent city of Williamsburg, Virginia. It consists of many of the buildings that, from 1699 to 1780, formed colonial Virginia’s capital. The capital straddled the boundary of two of the original shires of Virginia, James City Shire (now James City County), and Charles River Shire (now York County). For most of the 18th century, Williamsburg was the center of government, education and culture in the Colony of Virginia.

Colonial Williamsburg is meant to be an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or accurately-recreated colonial houses and relating to American Revolutionary War history. Prominent buildings in Colonial Williamsburg include the Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol, The Governor’s Palace, and Bruton Parish Church. However, rather than simply an effort to preserve antiquity, the combination of extensive restoration and thoughtful recreation of the entire colonial town facilitates envisioning the atmosphere and understanding the ideals of 18th century American revolutionary leaders. It was here that Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Monroe, James Madison, George Wythe, Peyton Randolph, and dozens more helped mold democracy in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States.

The Historic Area is located just east of the College of William and Mary, founded at Middle Plantation in 1693, just prior to the establishment of the town as capital of Virginia and its renaming. The university’s historic Wren Building stands at the west end of Duke of Gloucester Street.

Colonial Williamsburg is a major source of tourism to Williamsburg, as well as a touchstone for many world leaders and heads of state, including U.S. Presidents. The United States hosted the first World Economic Conference at Colonial Williamsburg in 1983. It is the centerpiece of the surrounding Historic Triangle of Virginia area, which has become a popular tourist destination for visitors domestic and foreign. The other two points of the Historic Triangle are Jamestown and Yorktown.

Early in the 20th century, the restoration and recreation of Colonial Williamsburg, one of the largest historic restorations ever undertaken, was championed by the Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and the patriarch of the Rockefeller family, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., along with the active participation of his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, who wanted to celebrate the patriots and the early history of the United States.

Many of the missing Colonial structures were reconstructed on their original sites during the 1930s. Other structures were restored to the best estimates of how they would have looked during the eighteenth century, with all traces of later buildings and improvements removed. Dependency structures and animals help complete the ambiance. Most buildings are open for tourists to look through, with the exception of several buildings that serve as residences for Colonial Williamsburg employees.

Notable structures include the large Capitol and the Governor’s Palace, each carefully recreated and landscaped as closely as possible to original 18th century specifications, as well as Bruton Parish Church and the Raleigh Tavern.

The major goal of the Restoration was not to merely preserve or recreate the physical environment of the colonial period, but to facilitate education about the origins of the idea of America, which was conceived during many decades before the American Revolution.

In this environment, Colonial Williamsburg strives to tell the story of how diverse peoples, having different and sometimes conflicting ambitions, evolved into a society that valued liberty and equality.

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Farmcast: Smart Growth Meets Smart Food Local Food Tour 2008

Join us as we follow the trail of local food as it winds its way through rural/urban edge farmland in Virginia, to restaurants and customers in Washington DC metro area. The tour highlights the network of relationships and issues that support or threaten the continuing food community connection. Along the way meet up with the people whose forethought and persistence have enabled this local food network to grow. Part of the 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.