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An Afternoon at the Corning Museum of Glass

Traditional Glass Forming Equipment Used for Making Bottles (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Learning How to Make It, Break It and Blow it The sky outside the Corning Museum of Glass was gray. Inside, enormous windows and 500 transparent, translucent and opaque skylights squeezed every ounce of natural light from that dull afternoon to bring out the best in the thousands of historic and contemporary glass items on […]

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey:

The Potent Pride of Lynchburg TBEX (Travel Bloggers Expo) conferences have become an important part of my blogging efforts. The sessions offer practical solutions to blogging issues. The connections Simon, Otto and I have made have brought us new friends and valuable resources. And then there are the FAM (familiarization) trips such as our visit to […]

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Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters:

Entrance to Court of Two Sisters

How a High End Notions Business Became a New Orleans Dining Destination New Orleans (NOLA) is famous for its deep roots in jazz and outstanding food. On a recent trip to the Big Easy, Simon, Otto and I immersed ourselves in both via a jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters. The terrace, one of […]

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Thanjai a Neighborhood Restaurant in Montreal

South Indian Cuisine Sets Taste Buds Aglow. During a visit to Montreal, Simon, Otto and I discovered Thanjai Restaurant. In previous posts, I advised my readers to, “look for the surprises.” Well, since I’m always on the look-out for the unexpected, it’s no surprise that we found another gem when we least expected it. The […]

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Enforcing Fine Flavor at Cop A Donut:

In New Orleans, Police Officers Don’t Just Eat Donuts, They Make Them. Cop A Donut first appeared on our radar at 35,000 feet. Simon, Otto and I were on a Delta flight to New Orleans (AKA NOLA). In conversation with Deborah, our friendly flight attendant, she told us about her brother’s business in Kenner, just a […]

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Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel and Convention Center:

The Sheraton Sioux Falls (Photo credit - Sheraton Hotel)

Where Familiarity Breeds a Good Night’s Sleep Yes, the Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel and Convention Center was a chain hotel. So, what was wrong with that? As far as we were concerned, absolutely nothing. When Simon, Otto and I travel, we most often opt for a bed and breakfast, AirBNB or other smaller accommodation. Our […]

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Feel the Heartbeat of Downtown Rapid City:

Graffiti in Art Alley, Rapid City

How Modern and Traditional Art Transformed This Area From Drab to Dynamic. Drunks, druggies, decay and detritus. That was downtown Rapid City before 2011. On October 7 of that year Main Street Square officially opened to the public. It was an important step toward a revitalization that continues to bring enthusiastic locals and tourists flocking […]

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Turning Up the Heat and Hospitality in Historic St. Augustine:

Signage at the New Location

Discover Datils and Other Good Eats at Hot Shot Bakery N’ Café. As Sherry Stoppelbein snapped our picture, I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. But Simon and I were committed to earning our spot on Hot Shot Bakery N’ Cafe’s Wall of Flame, so we each took a bite of Datil Popper… and smiled. Yes, […]

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St. Louis Cemetery #1 Walking Tour: 

Tomb of Marie Laveau

Who Would Have Thought Death Could Be So Much Fun. Cemeteries have always had a muting effect on me. Whether they were military, historic or associated with the death of someone I knew, my tendency to crack lame jokes and be otherwise irreverent took a back seat to my desire to be respectful. That was […]

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Hotel Pur, Quebec City:

Updated Room at Hotel Pur, Quebec City

Where every detail says “Bienvenue” The entire hotel was under major renovation, and Simon and I expected a certain amount of chaos and inconvenience. What we found instead was a warm welcome and a peek into the bright future of Hotel Pur. Ironically, Hotel PUR wasn’t even on our radar when we were planning our […]