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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 […]

Europe / Travel

Meet the Beautiful People of Ireland:

There Must be a Pot of Gold at the End of this Irish Rainbow (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

They’ll Steal your Heart, and Fill you with Joy in Return They shine brighter than leprechaun gold, spread more warmth than fine Irish whiskey and are gentler than the lambs that dot the hillsides and fields of the Emerald Isle. Their unique combination of generosity, thoughtfulness and humor flow like mothers’ milk, nourishing your spirit, […]

Europe / Travel Tips

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 […]

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Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Mayport, Florida:

A Family Tradition of Flavor and Freshness The State of Florida is famous for many things: among them Disney World, The Everglades, hurricanes and fresh, delicious seafood. An excellent representative of the latter is Singleton’s Seafood Shack, a funky, unpretentious restaurant in the Jacksonville area. We discovered Singleton’s when Gary, our youngest, took us there […]

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Both Hands On the Wheel at Rocky Hill Pottery:

When Fingers Meet Clay, Anything Can Happen It was a two pound lump of clay, reminiscent of the plasticine I played with as a child. But master potter and owner of Rocky Hill Pottery, John Keddy told me it could be transformed into something functional if I followed his instructions, and I believed him. Simon, […]

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Award-Winning Whiskey – Great Wagon Road Distilling Co:

Great Wagon Road Sign

A Tantalizing Taste of Ireland in the Heart of Charlotte, NC. Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, (GWR) is “a place with character, built by a character.” When I first saw those words on the website, it made me smiled. But when Simon, Otto and I met GWR founder and owner, Ollie Mulligan, that clever phrase […]