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 (©

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. […]


You Can’t Keep a Good Ship Down:


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

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 […]


Indulge Your Eyes and Fingertips at Madrid’s Royal Tapestry Factory:


Where Age-Old Techniques Produce Timeless Beauty. Her name was Camino, meaning “path”, and she was our charming tour guide at the Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid. Her demeanor was professional, but her appreciation for what she was showing and telling us was clear: the function, product and history of an 18th century factory commissioned by […]

Hints for Happier Travels / North America

Just Won a Free Trip to a Dream location?

An Impromptu Band at Jackson Square

Here’s How to Avoid Letting Additional Expenses Turn Your Vacation Into a Nightmare. Congratulations! Your ticket was drawn, and you’re the lucky winner of a  free vacation. Now what? One of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether or not you  can afford to go. You can have the time of your life, […]


Nelson’s Victory

Crest Over the Companionway of the HMS Victory

Step Into History at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard The lady was undergoing yet another facelift. The ravages of time were still evident from the many beatings she had taken. But we had to admit, the old girl looked remarkably good considering she was over 250 years old. The HMS Victory, the flagship Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson […]

North America

The National Civil War Museum Tells it Like it Was:

A Field Hospital at the National Civil War Museum

Experience Both Sides of the Bloody Conflict that Nearly Shattered a Nation. For many, it’s easy to pass judgement regarding the right and wrong of the American Civil War. And, to some degree, I too am guilty of this mindset. The people I admire most when it comes to this highly charged subject, are those […]


A Warm Sicilian Welcome Awaits You at Hotel Sirius:

Entrance to Sirius Hotel in Taormina, Sicily

An Ideal Location for Sampling the Many Charms of Taormina. It was late afternoon when Simon, Otto and I drove through the gates and down a steep ramp into the parking lot on the roof of Hotel Sirius. We had just arrived in the remarkable hill-top Sicilian town of Taormina, and we were about to […]


Spending a Day in Linköping:

The Main Square in Gamla Linkoping

There’s No Such Thing As Boredom in This Historic Swedish Town. It was mid-morning when Simon, Otto, a fellow travel blogger, and I were met at the Linköping train station by Maria, our guide for the day. The weather was mild and sunny, we had our schedule in hand and Maria was ready to show […]