Author Archives: Penny Zibula

Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel

BiteMojo Food Tours:

Mural of Eyes in Trastevere, Rome, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A New and Flexible Way to Discover Local Culinary Treasures. In recent years, food tours have become almost commonplace on travelers’ itineraries. We’ve taken a guided walking tour in Barcelona, peddled a quadracycle tour in Fort Lauderdale, and careened through narrow streets in Xi-an in a tuk-tuk.  Now, BiteMojo has taken the gastronomic go-round to […]

Europe / North America / Travel

Goodbye 2018, and Good Riddance:

Sunset in Civitavecchia, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Okay, Good Riddance to Some of It. Have you ever said, “I can’t wait for this year to end,” somewhere around September? If your answer was yes, you probably made that statement as a result of a year that seemed to have brought more sorrow than joy. This was 2018 for my family and me. […]

Food & Beverage / Travel Tips

The Charlotte Pimento Cheese Quest: 

Pinky's West Side Grill in Charlotte (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

This Tasty Spread is Northern Grown but Southern Owned.   We thought we knew Charlotte, North Carolina, well. After all, our eldest son lives there. But in our never-ending quest to always look for the surprises, we came face-to-face with Charlotteans’ shameless obsession with a substance known as pimento cheese. I first made the acquaintance […]

Accommodation / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

The Hyatt Regency Rochester:

Otto von Guidemeister Lounging Poolside at the Hyatt Regency Rochester (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Where 5 Star Luxury, Stellar Service, and down Home Friendliness Meet. Entering the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Rochester felt as if we had walked into a place where every detail had been carefully thought through and executed. Cool marble covered the floors and warm wood-lined the walls, giving the expansive lobby an air of […]

Accommodation / Miscellaneous / Travel / Travel Tips

Secret Hacks to Save on Hotel Costs

For vacationers, a hotel can either be the destination itself or simply a place to hang up your boots at the end of a long day of exploring. Whatever your purpose for booking a room, one thing is for sure: everyone wants to save a little extra. Of course, it’s not always easy finding the […]

Accommodation / Service Dog Savvy

Wagging Tails of Hotel Horror:

Blown Glass Pumpkins at the Corning Museum of Glass (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

“The Blind Room” and Other Stories. I may be too old to Trick or Treat, and my kids are too old for me to live vicariously through them while guilting them into sharing some of their loot. But, it is Halloween, and no one is too old for six-legged “tails of horror” on the road. […]

North America / Travel

An Eyeful From the Observation Deck at Central Place, Arlington:

A View of the Washington Monument, the Capitol and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from the Observation Deck at Central Place, Arlington (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Far More than a Tower with a View. Washington, DC lay spread out before us: a history junkie’s buffet of iconic buildings and monuments. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of Arlington’s brand new Observation Deck at Central Place, we took in a 360 degree panoramic view of our Nation’s Capitol, lush green spaces, the Potomac, Georgetown, […]

Europe / Travel

Discover the Charms of Cesky Krumlov: 

This Czech UNESCO World Heritage Town Will Steal Your Heart. Cesky Krumlov was our final destination on the first day of our October, 2017 road trip from Prague into Slovakia and back. We heard and read about how enchanting it was, but so were the other towns at which we stopped on our way to […]

Accommodation / North America

Be Prepared for Royal Treatment at The King’s Daughters Inn:

Luxury, Tranquility and Sustainability in the Heart of Durham, North Carolina. Durham is well known for basketball, Duke University and Duke Medical Center. It is also a city that not only promises a surprise around every corner, it delivers. So when you want an ideal location for a family vacation or romantic getaway, the King’s […]

North America

Hurricane, Heartbreak and Hope:

NOAA Map Showing the Track of Hurricane Florence (Image derived from the NOAA website)

Three weeks of Heaven and Hell. This week you should be reading about the King’s Daughters, a charming bed and breakfast in Durham, North Carolina. In fact, you should have been reading about it last week. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence dropped in uninvited and wrought havoc in Eastern North Carolina. This, coupled with a devastating diagnosis, […]