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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:

Sight Glass on a Continuous Feed Still athe the Jack Daniel's Distillery (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

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:

The Meeting Center for Pueblo Ingles at La Alberca (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

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 […]

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:

Parade in Pamplona Celebrating the Basque Language and Culture (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

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 […]

Middle East / Travel / Travel Tips

The Tower of David Night Spectacular: 

Night View of the Jerusalem Citadel

Four Thousand Years of Jerusalem’s History in Sound and light The Old City of Jerusalem has had me under its spell since the first time I walked its ancient stones in 1971. We were treated to new aspects of the city on three separate pre-conference tours while in Jerusalem for the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Expo) […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Middle East / Travel / Travel Tips

Your Jordan Pass:

View of Part of Amman from the Citadel

Opening Doors to Jordan’s Rich Past and More. As we recently discovered, Jordan is a sparkling jewel among nations. From a historic, cultural and culinary standpoint, it hits all the high notes for me. And the people are among the most friendly and kind you’ll find anywhere. Now, in case I was too subtle, I strongly […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters:

Entrance to Court of Two Sisters

How a High End Notions Business Became a New Orleans Dining Destination New Orleans (NOLA) is famous for its deep roots in jazz and outstanding food. On a recent trip to the Big Easy, Simon, Otto and I immersed ourselves in both via a jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters. The terrace, one of […]

Food & Beverage / Travel

Boquete Brewing Company:

A Jewel of a Microbrewery in Panama’s Chiriqui Highlands. The moment you enter Boquete Brewing Company, you know you’re in for a delightful experience. Walls decorated with beer coasters and drawings of the brewing process, tempting aromas wafting from the food truck just outside the covered deck and lots of smiling, satisfied customers give the […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Travel

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise, Chapter 11:

Welcome to Boquete

Panamanian Paradise Found It’s a sunny day in Boquete, Panama. The temperature is in the mid-70’s with a light breeze. Simon and I are working at the round table on the patio at the casita that has been our home for the past two months. Otto, as usual, is basking in the sun in the […]