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Set Your Watch to Island Time at Hotel Tybee:

Your Gateway to Affordable Family Vacations. Surrounded on three sides by ocean, Tybee Island, Georgia is a beach lovers paradise. Every summer families, couples, and individuals flock to its shores in search of fun and relaxation. But not everyone enjoys crowds, humidity, and 100-degree temperatures. Not to mention high season prices for accommodations and activities. […]

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Hardship and Hope at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum:

Powerful and Poignant Accounts of Leaving Home and How the World Has Benefitted. Ireland is like a savory and sweet stew, composed of multiple textures and complex flavors. Throughout the last 700 years, the stew has boiled over, sending its contents out into the world to influence the flavors of other nations and cultures. The […]

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The Mouthwatering Magic of Claude’s Chocolate:  

See a Wonderful Display of Chocolate at Claude's Chocolates Store in St. Augustine (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Indulge Your Senses and Don’t Forget to Share Do you love fine chocolate? If the answer is yes, do I have a scoop for you! The next time you’re in Ponte Vedra or St. Augustine, Florida, – the lucky people who live there already know – be sure to pamper your palate at Claude’s Chocolate. […]

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The Mespil Hotel in Dublin, Ireland:

Entrance to the Mespil Hotel in Dublin (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Comfortable Retreat for Business or Pleasure Immediately upon entering our room at the Mespil Hotel, we knew we were welcome. The greeting was hard to miss, coming in the form of a platter of dainty petit fours, and a chocolate, “Welcome,” written in flowing script directly on the plate’s surface. It was late afternoon […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and Her Cruise Shy Husband (Part 3. Going Below the Surface on the Westerdam) If you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, you’ll remember how kid-pleasing food and pumpkin juice appeared directly on the tables in the dining hall at Hogwarts. You’ll also remember the elves working hard below the […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

Food Preparation in the Westerdam Galley (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and her Cruise Shy Husband (Part 2. Food and Fun) Ask anyone to talk about their experiences aboard a cruise ship, and the answer will boil down to two components: food and fun. In both these areas, Holland America Westerdam excelled. From a Gala Night dinner menu featuring jumbo shrimp […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

The Westerdam Docked in Cadiz

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and Her Cruise-Shy Husband (Part 1. Days 1-5 Aboard the Westerdam) Traveling by cruise ship means different things to different people. To some, it’s a haven for the lazy and shallow. To others, it’s the only way to go. For me, it’s something I would like to do more often, […]

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The Galaxy Hotel****, Krakow, Poland:

The Perfect Place to Relax and Recharge. Visiting Krakow and surrounding areas is nothing if not intense. Her past is at the same time dark and stained with blood and illuminated by courage and glory. Her present is vibrant and her future optimistic. Whether you are returning from a day imersing yourself in the horrors […]

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Vic the Chili Man and the Hotdog Revolution:

The Chili Man's Stand (simon@myeclecticimages.com)

His Deliciously Unconventional Line-up keeps Them Lining Up. The next time you’re in Charlotte, NC, head uptown to the corner of 4th and Tryon streets. There’s something I’d like you to see. I can just hear you say, “A hotdog cart?” But stay with me here. Acquaint yourself with Victor Werany – AKA “Vic the […]

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Leon Paris and the Gaudi Effect:

Exploring the Works of Barcelona’s Most Famous Architect and his Peers Following our first Barcelona walking tour with Leon Parris, Simon, Otto and I jumped at the opportunity to let this remarkable guide lead us through the city’s most famous architectural sites including a number of the notable Gaudi creations. Now, architecture is a subject […]