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Ireland’s History in Stone at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum:

Who Says Dead Men and Women Tell No Tales The rain came down in buckets. Then it didn’t. Then it did. It seemed the overcast skies over Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery Museum were determined to show us who was in charge. The weather may have been damp and ugly, but our spirits could not be dampened. […]

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 […]

Europe

Embrace the Mysteries of Brú na Bóinne: 

Entrance to Brú na Bóinne

A Journey Into Ireland’s Neolithic Past Imagine driving through a modern residential neighborhood in Ireland. Now imagine standing among Neolithic burial mounds from the late Stone Age minutes later. A scene from a science fiction movie? No, this is the reality of Brú na Bóinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of mysterious […]

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 […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel / Travel Tips

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 […]

Europe

Make a Viking Splash in Dublin:

A DUKW Operated by Viking Splash in Dublin (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Family Fun on land and water. The weather was damp, cloudy with occasional showers – a typical day in Dublin – and we were going to be on the water as part of our Viking Splash Tours adventure. One way or the other, “waterlogged” was the operative word. When Simon, Otto and I began our […]

Central and South America / Europe / Middle East / North America / Travel

Taking Stock of 2017:

Sunset in Civitavecchia, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Good, The Great, and the Bittersweet As I write my last post for 2017, it’s 26˚F outside. There’s no snow on the ground, but it’s bloody cold! I’m sitting in the comfy recliner in my warm office, wrapped in a cozy blanket, lap desk and laptop resting securely on my knees. In an odd […]

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 […]

Europe / Travel

Travel Back in Time at the Wieliczka Salt Mine: 

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Preserving Poland’s Subterranean Treasures for Future Generations. As my fingers traced the mother’s face, her horror and anguish were transmitted straight to my heart through my fingertips. I was carefully exploring the figures in a salt carving depicting the Slaughter of the Innocents 300 feet below ground in the Chapel of St. Kinga. This was […]