Author Archives: Penny Zibula

North America

The Miss Hampton II Magical History Tour:

View Hampton Harbour from the Space Museum Roof Top (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Leisurely Introduction to the Charms of Hampton, Virginia. Hampton, Virginia is very much like your classic Southern lady: a combination of modern style and traditional values with a complicated, and sometimes dark, past. Once aware of her enigmatic presence, you’ll want to make her acquaintance. A three-hour harbor tour aboard the Miss Hampton II […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

Three Squares and a Snack in Corning, New York:

Poppleton Bakery (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Family-owned Eateries that Promise a Satisfying Day Trip for Your Taste Buds Once upon a time, the word “Corning” conjured up visions of the blue and white casserole dishes that went from oven to table. A couple of breakages and several long-distance moves later, I still own, use and love what’s left of my original […]

Asia / Food & Beverage

Lose Yourself in a Lost Plate Food Tours Offering in Xian:

Tuktuk Used by Lost Plate Food Tours in Xian (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Food, Culture and History are the Ingredients for a Great Find The night was damp. The narrow streets and alleyways dark and forbidding. But neither the weather nor the labyrinth that makes up Xian’s Muslim Quarter made me uneasy. It was the break-neck speed of the tuktuk in which we were hanging on for dear […]

Europe / Travel

Dead Center Tours Revisits Belfast’s Darkest Decades:

City Hall Belfast (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

True and Unbiased Accounts of the Troubles that will Haunt You Forever Paul was four years old in 1972 when a business a few doors down from his family’s home in a volatile neighborhood of North Belfast was bombed. The tot slept through the sounds of the blast and the imploding glass. But what he […]

North America

Living History Museums at Jamestown and Yorktown:

America’s Story from the Struggles of the First Colony to Her Fight for Independence How did you enjoy your July 4th holiday? Do you know and understand the over 150-year chain of events that led up to the Declaration of Independence? We thought we did, but that was before we visited the Jamestown Settlement and […]

Europe / Travel

History and Art at the Quart Pottery Museum:

The Pottery Museum in Quart, Costa Brava, Spain (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

700 Years of Catalan Tradition in Clay “Here we go again,” I thought, donning the apron and sitting down at the wheel. This was my second time in a year I found myself trying my hand – or rather hands – at pottery. John Keddy and Rocky Hill Pottery in the New York Finger Lakes were […]

Europe / Travel

Ireland’s History in Stone at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum:

Who Says Dead Men and Women Tell No Tales The rain came down in buckets. Then it didn’t. Then it did. It seemed the overcast skies over Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery Museum were determined to show us who was in charge. The weather may have been damp and ugly, but our spirits could not be dampened. […]

Accommodation / North America

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia: 

Make the Most of Your Hampton Visit at this Business and Family-Friendly Hotel Hampton, Virginia is one of those towns that travelers all-too-often passed through on their way to other destinations. But it is also a town whose time has come to be a destination in its own right. Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads […]

Europe / Food & Beverage

Discover the Remarkable Medieval Village of Pals:

Let Your Senses Guide You as You Explore This Costa Brava Gem Warm sunshine and clear blue skies smiled down on Simon, Otto and me on our drive to the Costa Brava town of Pals. Little did we know the mixed bag of experiences that awaited us. But I’ll tell you right now, had we […]

Road Reads

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman:

This Unlikely Heroine Will Steal Your Heart Simon, Otto and I were in Spain – I don’t remember exactly where – when Elizabeth, my sister-in-law, emailed me with a suggestion to read “ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine”. Since her book club would be meeting during our pending visit to York, she thought I would enjoy […]