North America

Feel the Heartbeat of Downtown Rapid City:

Graffiti in Art Alley, Rapid City

How Modern and Traditional Art Transformed This Area From Drab to Dynamic. Drunks, druggies, decay and detritus. That was downtown Rapid City before 2011. On October 7 of that year Main Street Square officially opened to the public. It was an important step toward a revitalization that continues to bring enthusiastic locals and tourists flocking […]

Road Reads

Sick, Sadistic and Impossible to Put Down:

Book Cover for "Invisible" by James Patterson and David Ellis,

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis. If nothing else, “Invisible” is the perfect road read if you want to insure not falling asleep at the wheel. Four hours from home on our return trip from Montreal, we had completed one book, and there was too much driving time left not to begin another. This […]

Europe

You Don’t Have to Be Catholic to Fall in Love with the Vatican:

Entrance to the Vatican Museum

How a LivItaly Tour Brought History, Art, Faith and Culture to Life. Pamen our extraordinary LivItaly tour guide, was describing the magnificent ceiling 63 feet above the exquisite inlaid marble floor, while, directly behind us, a massive heart-stopping scene of salvation and damnation loomed over us as if preparing to suck us into its tumult […]

Accommodation / Hints for Happier Travels

Looking for a Change from Traditional Hotels?

Front of apartment

Consider AirBnB for Your Next Vacation. When you’re traveling on business, or in need of a place to rest your head for the night during a long road trip, a clean hotel room with a comfy bed, good shower and reliable wifi is true perfection. But when you’re traveling for pleasure, there is an alternative […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Turning Up the Heat and Hospitality in Historic St. Augustine:

Signage at the New Location

Discover Datils and Other Good Eats at Hot Shot Bakery N’ Café. As Sherry Stoppelbein snapped our picture, I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. But Simon and I were committed to earning our spot on Hot Shot Bakery N’ Cafe’s Wall of Flame, so we each took a bite of Datil Popper… and smiled. Yes, […]

North America

St. Louis Cemetery #1 Walking Tour: 

Tomb of Marie Laveau

Who Would Have Thought Death Could Be So Much Fun. Cemeteries have always had a muting effect on me. Whether they were military, historic or associated with the death of someone I knew, my tendency to crack lame jokes and be otherwise irreverent took a back seat to my desire to be respectful. That was […]

Accommodation / North America

Hotel Pur, Quebec City:

Updated Room at Hotel Pur, Quebec City

Where every detail says “Bienvenue” The entire hotel was under major renovation, and Simon and I expected a certain amount of chaos and inconvenience. What we found instead was a warm welcome and a peek into the bright future of Hotel Pur. Ironically, Hotel PUR wasn’t even on our radar when we were planning our […]

Middle East

We are Going to Israel – Why Don’t You Come With Us?

A Typical Street in Old Jerusalem (©simon@myecelecticimages.com)

Join Simon and the Six Legs on a once-in-a-lifetime tour to discover the mysteries, treasures and charms of Israel from March 5-15, 2017. This beleaguered land has survived centuries of war and religious conflict to become the jewel of the middle east. We have created a unique tour that will introduce you to the many faces of Israel. […]

Europe

You Can’t Keep a Good Ship Down:

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Nor a Bad One, Such as the Vasa. The crowd of travel bloggers moved with slow deliberation around the perimeter of the viewing area examining the Vasa from every angle. For some of us, it was seeking out the best shot of the massive hulk that dominated the entire museum. For others, it was drawing […]

Road Reads

The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton

Book Cover (courtesy of Amazon.com)

The A B Cs of Murder Simon and I have read all kinds of fiction and nonfiction audio books to pass the miles on long road trips. From books that made us think to stories that gave us chills. With the exception of romance novels, we’ve covered most genres. Lately, though, we’ve taken to reading […]