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Europe / Food & Beverage

Discover the Remarkable Medieval Village of Pals:

Let Your Senses Guide You as You Explore This Costa Brava Gem Warm sunshine and clear blue skies smiled down on Simon, Otto and me on our drive to the Costa Brava town of Pals. Little did we know the mixed bag of experiences that awaited us. But I’ll tell you right now, had we […]

Road Reads

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman:

This Unlikely Heroine Will Steal Your Heart Simon, Otto and I were in Spain – I don’t remember exactly where – when Elizabeth, my sister-in-law, emailed me with a suggestion to read “ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine”. Since her book club would be meeting during our pending visit to York, she thought I would enjoy […]

Accommodation / Europe

MICs Sant Jordi:

Let this Stress-Free Accessible Accommodation Enrich Your Barcelona Experience MICs Sant Jordi is a fully accessible hotel comprised of 32 comfortable well-designed apartments. It is also the key component that can make all the difference in whether or not an individual with a disability can enjoy the many other accessible aspects of Barcelona. Simon, Otto […]

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Learning and Libations at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse:

The Fascinating Story Behind Ireland’s Liquid Legend What is the proper way to drink Guinness? Well, you reverently place your lips to the rim of the iconic glass, draw up some of Ireland’s magic brew through the foam cap at the top, then work your way down to the last silky drop at the bottom. […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel Tips

When Travel Hands You a Lemon, Juice It:

Putting Preparedness, Resiliency and Flexibility to the Test. They say shit happens, and it just did. Instead of reading about our fabulous experience at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, you are about to read about one of our few travel lemons, and how we plan to handle it. Introducing Our Lemon Yesterday was a beautiful […]

Road Reads / Travel Tips

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Book Cover as Displayed on Amazon (Artwork from the book published by HarperCollins)

A Tale of Dreams and Personal Legends It was Christmas, 2005, and one of my presents was an audio version of “The Alchemist” read by Jeremy Irons. Little did I know at the time what a precious gift it was. Fast forward to summer, 2006 when Simon and I were driving between Atlanta and New […]

Accommodation / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

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. […]

Europe / Travel / Travel Tips

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 […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

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 […]