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The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton

Book Cover (courtesy of Amazon.com)

The A B Cs of Murder Simon and I have read all kinds of fiction and nonfiction audio books to pass the miles on long road trips. From books that made us think to stories that gave us chills. With the exception of romance novels, we’ve covered most genres. Lately, though, we’ve taken to reading […]

Hints for Happier Travels / North America

Just Won a Free Trip to a Dream location?

An Impromptu Band at Jackson Square, New Orleans

Here’s How to Avoid Letting Additional Expenses Turn Your Vacation Into a Nightmare. Congratulations! Your ticket was drawn, and you’re the lucky winner of a  free vacation. Now what? One of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether or not you  can afford to go. You can have the time of your life, […]

Accommodation / Europe

Hotel Carlemany, Girona, Spain:

Sculpture in the Lobby of Hotel Carlemany

Hospitality and Heart Define this Costa Brava Hotel As we drove slowly through the center of Girona in search of our accommodations, what we saw was anything but awe-inspiring. Perhaps it was the long drive from Guadalajara, or the fact that we were just plain tired, but everything around us seemed drab and uninteresting. But […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #091] Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room:

The Building that Houses Mrs Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, GA

No Visit to Savannah Could Be Complete Without It. It was Summer, 1988, and we were sweltering in Savannah, GA. Our boys were seven and five, and we had taken them to Hilton head, SC for a week at the beach. By the time Wednesday rolled around, we were all itching for a bit of […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #082] Panamanian Roadside Dining:

It May Not Be Fast Food, But It Definitely is Good Food. The car thermometer read 38 degrees. This might be considered to have been on the cool side, except for the fact that in Panama, temperature is measured in celsius. Yes, it was around 100 degrees fahrenheit on the road back to Boquete after […]

Food & Beverage / Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly Wow #080] Pepo Brewery in Israel:

Moti Bohadana’s Unique Way of Honoring the Women in His Life. There are many nations that come to mind at the mention of better-than-average beer: Ireland, England, Germany, the Czech Republic and, thanks to the proliferation of microbreweries, the United states, to name a few. But Israel? It would have never entered my mind until […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #079] A Box of Chox in Boquete, Panama:

How a Los Angeles Attorney Turned Her love of Chocolate into Profit. The first time I met Deborah Gershon, she was offering samples of her handmade chocolate from behind a vendor’s table at the weekly Tuesday Market in Boquete. That tiny bite gave such a jolt of pleasure to my taste buds, I had to […]

Food & Beverage / Hints for Happier Travels

7 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Hungry Travelers:

Feed Your Face Without Emptying Your Wallet. Do you love to travel, but the cost of feeding yourself and/or the family while on vacation makes you lose your appetite? Here are some tips to help keep you and your bank account full. 1. A taste of home: It may sound obvious, but bring as much […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #075] Celebrating Ceviche in Panama City, Panama:

Good Things Come in Small Styrofoam Cups. It was naked as the day it was caught. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. First, the shell and vein had been removed. And then there was the citrus in which it was “cooked,” the hot sauce and the small amount of chopped onion. All I knew […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #073[ King Trumpet Mushrooms at Sioux Falls Farmers Market: 

When an Enterprising Young Man Nurtures Friendly Fungi, Good Things Grow. On a sunny Sioux Falls, SD Saturday morning, Simon, Otto and I were enjoying a stroll through the weekly farmers market, when our WOW sensors detected a find. In this case, the WOW turned out to be a table bearing king trumpet mushrooms, and […]