Author Archives: Penny Zibula

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, […]

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 […]