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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 […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel / Travel Tips

Want an Introduction to English Wine? Look No Farther than a’Beckett’s Vineyard

Award Winning a'Beckett Vineyard Pinot Noir (photo from the a'Beckett website)

There are many excellent reasons to visit Wiltshire, England: Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Avebury Circle, and that’s just for starters. But, if you like trying new English wine, make sure you include a tour of A’Beckett’s Vineyard in your plans. Here’s why. A Delightful Way to Discover Something New – English Wine On a grey Wiltshire […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel Tips

Thanjai a Neighborhood Restaurant in Montreal

South Indian Cuisine Sets Taste Buds Aglow. During a visit to Montreal, Simon, Otto and I discovered Thanjai Restaurant. In previous posts, I advised my readers to, “look for the surprises.” Well, since I’m always on the look-out for the unexpected, it’s no surprise that we found another gem when we least expected it. The […]

Road Reads / Travel Tips / Uncategorized

A Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

What Happens When Mystery Spawns Creativity “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, was both a book club and road read in 2006. We were driving back and forth between our home in Atlanta and New Bern, getting what was supposed to be our new life in order. And because my heart wasn’t at all in this […]