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Europe / Food & Beverage

Camembert and Livarot:

Village of Camembert

Two of the Cheesiest Villages in Normandy. The Camembert was at it’s peak: smooth and creamy on the inside with a firm skin. I took a bite. The flavor was mild with a slight tang. Once upon a time it would have been pure perfection. But that was before I tasted Camembert de Normandy in […]

Road Reads

Sick, Sadistic and Impossible to Put Down:

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis. If nothing else, “Invisible” is the perfect road read if you want to insure not falling asleep at the wheel. Four hours from home on our return trip from Montreal, we had completed one book, and there was too much driving time left not to begin another. This […]

Accommodation / Hints for Happier Travels

Looking for a Change from Traditional Hotels?

Front of apartment

Consider AirBnB for Your Next Vacation. When you’re traveling on business, or in need of a place to rest your head for the night during a long road trip, a clean hotel room with a comfy bed, good shower and reliable wifi is true perfection. But when you’re traveling for pleasure, there is an alternative […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Turning Up the Heat and Hospitality in Historic St. Augustine:

Signage at the New Location

Discover Datils and Other Good Eats at Hot Shot Bakery N’ Café. As Sherry Stoppelbein snapped our picture, I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. But Simon and I were committed to earning our spot on Hot Shot Bakery N’ Cafe’s Wall of Flame, so we each took a bite of Datil Popper… and smiled. Yes, […]

Accommodation / Food & Beverage / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

Hotel Pur, Quebec City:

Updated Room at Hotel Pur, Quebec City

Where every detail says “Bienvenue” The entire hotel was under major renovation, and Simon and I expected a certain amount of chaos and inconvenience. What we found instead was a warm welcome and a peek into the bright future of Hotel Pur. Ironically, Hotel PUR wasn’t even on our radar when we were planning our […]

Road Reads

The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton

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?

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 […]