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Make Colonial House Inn Your NYC Happy Place:

Stairway to the Upper Floors of the Colonial House Inn (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Charming Oasis in the Heart of  the Big Apple New York City is an unforgettable place to visit, but it can easily become an assault on the senses. Towering skyscrapers can make you feel closed in. Competing smells of deli food, Asian fair, and a host of other foodie fantasies compete with not-so-pleasant smells. […]

Europe / Road Reads / Travel

God’s Buried Children by Daniel Farcas Ph.D.:

Fountains Installed in Piata Unirii, Bucharest, After 1989 (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Tale of Cruelty, Courage, Compassion and Survival If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that “Look for the surprises,” is my motto. In this case, the surprise found me in the form of Daniel Farcas. He emailed me, asking if I would review his 2014 book, “God’s Buried Children.” The […]

Europe / Road Reads / Travel

Road Reads: The Longest Day

Book Cover for the Longest Day (from Amazon.com)

The Classic Epic of D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Cornelius Ryan Reading this well-written and researched historical account of the D-Day invasion evoked powerful emotions. But when I visited Omaha Beach, nothing had prepared me for the overwhelming flood of grief and gratitude that swept me back to the pivotal events of June 6, 1944. It […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

The Greenville Breakfast Tour Will Kick-Start Your Day:

Fare from the Breakfast Buffet at Spoonbread in Greenville, SC (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Deliciously Wicked Wake-Up Call for Your Taste Buds Food tours in major cities have become easy to find over the last decade, but the most important meal of the day has been sadly ignored. That is until now. John Nolan, owner and sole guide of Greenville History Tours has taken the lowly morning repast […]

Accommodation / Central and South America

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans – Part III

Peruvian Lady Fishing in the Reed Beds Around Uros on Lake Titicaca (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Part of a trip to the Andes of Peru should include Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Uros. And a visit to the world’s highest navigable lake would not be complete without a cultural visit that includes an overnight stay with a family on the island Amantani and a tour of Taquile.  But if […]

Miscellaneous / Service Dog Savvy

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge:

Otto enjoying the sun in Boquete, Panama (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Saying a Tearful Goodbye to My Sweet Otto. Otto von Guidemeister passed away in his sleep last night. I don’t know how else to break the news. As you can imagine, we are all devastated, because everyone who knew Otto couldn’t help but love him. The chemo seemed to be working until several spots showed […]

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 […]

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 […]