Author Archives: Penny Zibula

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE

In recent weeks, you may have found it impossible to leave a comment on this site. Readers have reported that they consistently receive an error message after answering the simple math problem. When Simon and I tested it out, we received the same message. Now, we can’t all be that lousy at math, so Simon […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

Vic the Chili Man and the Hotdog Revolution:

The Chili Man's Stand (simon@myeclecticimages.com)

His Deliciously Unconventional Line-up keeps Them Lining Up. The next time you’re in Charlotte, NC, head uptown to the corner of 4th and Tryon streets. There’s something I’d like you to see. I can just hear you say, “A hotdog cart?” But stay with me here. Acquaint yourself with Victor Werany – AKA “Vic the […]

Europe / Travel

Meet the Beautiful People of Ireland:

There Must be a Pot of Gold at the End of this Irish Rainbow (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

They’ll Steal your Heart, and Fill you with Joy in Return They shine brighter than leprechaun gold, spread more warmth than fine Irish whiskey and are gentler than the lambs that dot the hillsides and fields of the Emerald Isle. Their unique combination of generosity, thoughtfulness and humor flow like mothers’ milk, nourishing your spirit, […]

Europe / Travel Tips

Leon Paris and the Gaudi Effect:

Exploring the Works of Barcelona’s Most Famous Architect and his Peers Following our first Barcelona walking tour with Leon Parris, Simon, Otto and I jumped at the opportunity to let this remarkable guide lead us through the city’s most famous architectural sites including a number of the notable Gaudi creations. Now, architecture is a subject […]

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Confessions of an Unconventional Barcelona Tour Guide

Introducing Leon Parris: Barcelona, Spain was the site of our first Sandemans New Europe Walking Tour, a tip-based introduction to many major European cities including Barcelona. It was also a day of discovery, not only of Barcelona, but of how a tour guide can transform historical and architectural facts into a magical experience. This was […]

Road Reads / Travel Tips

The Mitch Rapp-up:

When the Author Died, Was His Fictional Character Worth Resurrecting? My last Road Reads review, Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath: Oh, How We Wish Those Boys Were Real,  posted on August 4, 2017. At that time, I promised to let you know if Kyle Mills has successfully resurrected the legacy of the late Vince Flynn. […]

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Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Mayport, Florida:

A Family Tradition of Flavor and Freshness The State of Florida is famous for many things: among them Disney World, The Everglades, hurricanes and fresh, delicious seafood. An excellent representative of the latter is Singleton’s Seafood Shack, a funky, unpretentious restaurant in the Jacksonville area. We discovered Singleton’s when Gary, our youngest, took us there […]

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Both Hands On the Wheel at Rocky Hill Pottery:

When Fingers Meet Clay, Anything Can Happen It was a two pound lump of clay, reminiscent of the plasticine I played with as a child. But master potter and owner of Rocky Hill Pottery, John Keddy told me it could be transformed into something functional if I followed his instructions, and I believed him. Simon, […]

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Award-Winning Whiskey – Great Wagon Road Distilling Co:

Great Wagon Road Sign

A Tantalizing Taste of Ireland in the Heart of Charlotte, NC. Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, (GWR) is “a place with character, built by a character.” When I first saw those words on the website, it made me smiled. But when Simon, Otto and I met GWR founder and owner, Ollie Mulligan, that clever phrase […]

Europe / Travel

3 Must-See Cities in Southern Spain – Part 3:

The Alhambra (©simon@myeclectcimages.com)

Granada Granada is a city of contradictions. Its history is equal parts seductive beauty and repulsive acts, unwavering courage and unfathomable cruelty, industriousness and destructiveness, glory and shame. Granada beckons you to walk its narrow streets and sit in its open squares. You can ski the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains in the morning and relax […]