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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Enjoy a Leisurely Quebec City River Cruise:

Chateau Frontenac from the Water

Stunning Scenery and an Entertaining History Lesson on the St. Lawrence Quebec City is a perfectly balanced combination of fascinating history, magnificent landscapes, cosmopolitan atmosphere and friendly inhabitants. The city is walkable, and touring on foot or by hop-on-hop-off bus is a true pleasure. But one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the magic […]

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At the Millworks It’s All About Pennsylvania:

Smoker outside the Millworks in Harrisburg, PA

A Unique Harrisburg Restaurant Elevates Food, Beer and Art to a Whole New Level. Looking for something more than food for your next meal? Something to feed all your senses? If you happen to be in midtown Harrisburg, PA, you’re in luck. The Millworks has everything you need to satisfy your hunger pangs, as well […]

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Drink Your Fruity Fill at Strawbale Winery:

Home to Unique Wines, Jumping Chickens and Cuddly Cats The city of Sioux Falls disappeared behind us as we navigated the road leading to Strawbale Winery. The South Dakota autumn sky was a brilliant blue, and the late afternoon sun warmed us through the open windows of our car. From what we had been told […]

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Huntsville’s U.S. Space and Rocket Center:

Dining in the Shadow of a Saturn V Rocket and More If you’re old enough to remember July 20, 1969, you surely remember where you were and what you were doing the day Neil Armstrong uttered those famous words, “A small step for man. A giant step for Mankind.” For me, it was the day […]

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Discover Union Block Italian Bistro, Hammondsport:

The Perfect End to a Finger Lakes, NY Day Approximately halfway between the Big Apple and Niagara Falls lies the area known as the Finger Lakes. Many businesses in this haven for tourists and summer residents close down during the off-season, but not Union Block Italian Bistro. This casual eatery offers locals and tourists alike […]

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Thirst-Quenching Surprises at Southbound Brewing Company:

SouthBound Brewery in Savannah

There’s Always Something New at Savannah’s First Production Microbrewery Finding out if there’s more to drink in Savannah, Georgia than sweet tea and mint juleps can be a most pleasurable experience. If you choose to undertake this mission, checking out the city’s growing microbrewery scene would be a fine way to start. Of course, you’ll […]