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Goodbye 2018, and Good Riddance:

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

Okay, Good Riddance to Some of It. Have you ever said, “I can’t wait for this year to end,” somewhere around September? If your answer was yes, you probably made that statement as a result of a year that seemed to have brought more sorrow than joy. This was 2018 for my family and me. […]

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The Hyatt Regency Rochester:

Otto von Guidemeister Lounging Poolside at the Hyatt Regency Rochester (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Where 5 Star Luxury, Stellar Service, and down Home Friendliness Meet. Entering the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Rochester felt as if we had walked into a place where every detail had been carefully thought through and executed. Cool marble covered the floors and warm wood-lined the walls, giving the expansive lobby an air of […]

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An Eyeful From the Observation Deck at Central Place, Arlington:

A View of the Washington Monument, the Capitol and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from the Observation Deck at Central Place, Arlington (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Far More than a Tower with a View. Washington, DC lay spread out before us: a history junkie’s buffet of iconic buildings and monuments. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of Arlington’s brand new Observation Deck at Central Place, we took in a 360 degree panoramic view of our Nation’s Capitol, lush green spaces, the Potomac, Georgetown, […]

Accommodation / North America

Be Prepared for Royal Treatment at The King’s Daughters Inn:

Luxury, Tranquility and Sustainability in the Heart of Durham, North Carolina. Durham is well known for basketball, Duke University and Duke Medical Center. It is also a city that not only promises a surprise around every corner, it delivers. So when you want an ideal location for a family vacation or romantic getaway, the King’s […]

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Hurricane, Heartbreak and Hope:

NOAA Map Showing the Track of Hurricane Florence (Image derived from the NOAA website)

Three weeks of Heaven and Hell. This week you should be reading about the King’s Daughters, a charming bed and breakfast in Durham, North Carolina. In fact, you should have been reading about it last week. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence dropped in uninvited and wrought havoc in Eastern North Carolina. This, coupled with a devastating diagnosis, […]

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The Miss Hampton II Magical History Tour:

View Hampton Harbour from the Space Museum Roof Top (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Leisurely Introduction to the Charms of Hampton, Virginia. Hampton, Virginia is very much like your classic Southern lady: a combination of modern style and traditional values with a complicated, and sometimes dark, past. Once aware of her enigmatic presence, you’ll want to make her acquaintance. A three-hour harbor tour aboard the Miss Hampton II […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

Three Squares and a Snack in Corning, New York:

Poppleton Bakery (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Family-owned Eateries that Promise a Satisfying Day Trip for Your Taste Buds Once upon a time, the word “Corning” conjured up visions of the blue and white casserole dishes that went from oven to table. A couple of breakages and several long-distance moves later, I still own, use and love what’s left of my original […]

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Living History Museums at Jamestown and Yorktown:

America’s Story from the Struggles of the First Colony to Her Fight for Independence How did you enjoy your July 4th holiday? Do you know and understand the over 150-year chain of events that led up to the Declaration of Independence? We thought we did, but that was before we visited the Jamestown Settlement and […]

Accommodation / North America

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia: 

Make the Most of Your Hampton Visit at this Business and Family-Friendly Hotel Hampton, Virginia is one of those towns that travelers all-too-often passed through on their way to other destinations. But it is also a town whose time has come to be a destination in its own right. Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads […]

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The Art and Heart of Michele Maring Miller:

Water Color of a Local Iowa Scene (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

An Amana Colonies Living Treasure In rural Southern Iowa lie the Amana Colonies – seven in all – where time moves slowly and sweetly. Among the gentle people, in the community of West Amana, live Michele Maring (pronounced Mah-ring) Miller and her husband David. Together they are the heart and soul of Michele Maring Miller […]