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Confessions of an Unrepentant Diverbo Addict:

The Meeting Center for Pueblo Ingles at La Alberca (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Warning! Volunteer Just Once for this Unique Language Program, and You’ll Be Hooked For Life. When Simon and I discovered Diverbo Pueblo Ingles nearly 15 years ago, it was one of those random events that would later prove to be life-altering. We were living in Atlanta at the time, adjusting to being recent empty-nesters and […]

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The Town of Guimaraes and the Genius of Leonardo da Vinci:

Wooden Model Representing Leonardo da Vinci's Concept of a Tank and Troop Carrier (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

You Never Know What Surprises Can Be Found in a Historic Portuguese Palace We were in the historic town of Guimaraes, Portugal to explore medieval core of the town and then move on. But we discovered an unexpected treat in the town’s restored 15th century Ducal Palace. On the upper level, a temporary Leonardo Da […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Magical Island of Nasslingen:

A View of Nasslingen from the Water

Nature’s Gift to the Stockholm Archipelago Nine travel bloggers who had never met before, on a boat to Nasslingen, a small island they’d never heard of, with a yellow Lab who never cared where he was. That was how July 12, 2016 began. By the time it ended in the early hours of the following […]

Europe

Manchester’s John Rylands Library:

Exterior of the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Is It a Castle? Is it a Cathedral? No, It’s a Wife’s Lasting Tribute. The John Rylands Library may not have looked like a library, but it definitely smelled like one. You know that subtle scent; a combination of books of all ages, and the people who read them. I’m not suggesting that either have […]

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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 […]

Europe

Fall Under the Spell of La Alberca:

Part of the Village Square in La Alberca

Discover the Magic of This Charming Spanish Village. It would have made a perfect postcard picture. In fact, it probably did. A sun-drenched village square, historic buildings and a beautiful church assembled under a soft blue sky. But this scene wasn’t a 3×5 glossy, sanitized scrap of tourist paraphernalia. Simon, Otto, our friends and I […]

Europe

You Don’t Have to Be Catholic to Fall in Love with the Vatican:

Entrance to the Vatican Museum

How a LivItaly Tour Brought History, Art, Faith and Culture to Life. Pamen our extraordinary LivItaly tour guide, was describing the magnificent ceiling 63 feet above the exquisite inlaid marble floor, while, directly behind us, a massive heart-stopping scene of salvation and damnation loomed over us as if preparing to suck us into its tumult […]