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Announcing High Country Travel and Tours Travel Trade Show

A Map of Israel and Jordan

Travel Trade Show Simon, Otto and I are excited to be presenters at the “Passport Around the World” Travel Trade Show, hosted by High Country Travel and Tours, right here in New Bern, NC. Our topic will be “Traveling in Israel and Jordan”. We hope this will be the beginning of a mutually beneficial professional […]

Middle East / Travel

The Stunning Mosaics of Madaba:

Greek Mosaic Preserved in the Madaba Archeological Park (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Revealing Jordan’s Treasures in Tile and Glass The day was picture perfect. The sun was a warm yellow orb against a clear blue sky. The temperature was mild with a soft breeze. But what Simon, Otto and I were about to discover in the central Jordanian town of Madaba, made this glorious meteorological event pale […]

Accommodation / North America / Travel

The Fine Art of Hospitality at Degas House:

Historical Marker Outside Degas House

“Night at the Museum” New Orleans Style If you take a stroll down Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans’s long-established Esplanade Ridge neighborhood, be sure to stop by The Edgar Degas House Museum, Courtyard, Studio and Inn. There is much more behind the 18th century façade than meets the eye. The first thing you’ll notice is […]

North America / Travel

An Afternoon at the Corning Museum of Glass

Traditional Glass Forming Equipment Used for Making Bottles (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Learning How to Make It, Break It and Blow it The sky outside the Corning Museum of Glass was gray. Inside, enormous windows and 500 transparent, translucent and opaque skylights squeezed every ounce of natural light from that dull afternoon to bring out the best in the thousands of historic and contemporary glass items on […]

Accommodation / Middle East / Travel

Let Candles Hotel Light Your Way to Petra:

Candles Hotel in Wadi Musa Close to Entrance to the Petra Historical Site (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Homey Refuge Amid the Ruins of Jordan’s Glorious Past Driving from Amman, with several not-to-be-missed stops along the way, Simon, Otto and I were headed for our long-anticipated visit to the magical ancient city of Petra. But by the time we arrived in the charming restored historic town of Wadi Musa, all we wanted […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey:

The Potent Pride of Lynchburg TBEX (Travel Bloggers Expo) conferences have become an important part of my blogging efforts. The sessions offer practical solutions to blogging issues. The connections Simon, Otto and I have made have brought us new friends and valuable resources. And then there are the FAM (familiarization) trips such as our visit to […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel

Confessions of an Unrepentant Diverbo Addict:

Warning! Volunteer Just Once for this Unique Language Program, and You’ll Be Hooked For Life. When Simon and I discovered Diverbo Pueblo Ingles nearly 15 years ago, it was one of those random events that would later prove to be life-altering. We were living in Atlanta at the time, adjusting to being recent empty-nesters and […]

Europe / Travel

The Town of Guimaraes and the Genius of Leonardo da Vinci:

You Never Know What Surprises Can Be Found in a Historic Portuguese Palace We were in the historic town of Guimaraes, Portugal to explore medieval core of the town and then move on. But we discovered an unexpected treat in the town’s restored 15th century Ducal Palace. On the upper level, a temporary Leonardo Da […]

Accommodation / Europe / Travel / Travel Tips

Inside Innside Manchester: 

Innside Manchester (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

This Friendly Hotel Offers Casual Comfort In England’s Gateway to the North. When Simon, Otto and I travel, we make a conscious effort to avoid chain hotels whenever possible. The reason is the moderately priced establishments tend to be stuffy, uninteresting and pretentious. That’s why our two-night stay at Innside Manchester was such a delightful […]

Accommodation / Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel

3 Days in Basque Country:

This Vibrant Northern Province Will Leave You Longing for More If you’ve spent any time at all exploring the pages of this blog, you’ve probably figured out that Simon, Otto and I are in love with Spain. The diverse landscapes, historic wonders, fascinating architecture, mouth-watering regional cuisines and above all, the warm, friendly people, have […]