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The Turkey Trot:

Thanksgiving On the Road Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The best way to spend it? At home, cooking a huge feast for our family, good friends and – as in recent years – a couple of young Marines from Camp Lejeune as part of our community’s Thanksgiving with the Marines annual event. But […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #015] The Other Lincoln Bedroom:

The David Wills House in Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is one of those places that stays with you, no matter how long ago and far away your last visit was. It is an area of many diverse WOW’s. On our first visit to Gettysburg, but certainly no our last, my biggest challenge was choosing just one. […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #014] Sitio Barriles in Panama:

A Perfect Blend of History and Nature. While in Panama earlier this year, we drove from our rented digs in Boquete to visit Volcan high in the western highlands. But as usual, it was the unplanned surprise that WOWed us. Based on a conversation with an American expat in downtown Volcan, we found ourselves four […]

North America / Uncategorized

Six Legs Back at the Annapolis Boat Show:

A Year Later and a Lot Dryer It was just over a year ago that I put my first post, Six Soggy Legs at the Annapolis Boat Show, up on this blog site. In that post, I complained about the non-stop rain, talked about doing girl stuff while the guys lost themselves in gadget land […]

Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #013] Argan Trees

From Their Birthplace in Morocco, These Amazing Trees Spread Their Precious Oil Around the Globe Our first encounter with the argan tree (also known as tree of life) was in Israel’s Negev Desert, a long way from its origins in southwestern Morocco. The trees and the oil they produce turned out to be one of […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #012] Chocolate and Churros in Madrid:

Want to Take a Dip? Come on in, the Chocolate’s Fine If you only have one breakfast in Madrid, make it chocolate con churros at Chocolateria San Ginés. The café, which was opened in 1894, is located in a passageway near the San Ginés Church. But the café’s close proximity to eternal salvation has never […]

Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #011] The Ramon Crater:

Geological Wonder in Israel’s Negev Desert Think of an enormous asymmetrical hole in a desert that looks less desert-like with every passing year, and you’ve got a geological WOW called the Ramon Crater. When Simon, Otto and I visited my family in Israel in 2013 we saw many exciting and mind-boggling sights, but on our second […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #010] Arendtsville, PA

Small-Town Sunshine Trumps Moonshine Any Day We were in The N.E.W. A-Ville Inn, in search of a lead to some good Pennsylvania moonshine, but what we found was a WOW of a different kind. On our last full day in Gettysburg, PA, Simon, Otto and I found ourselves in an area of southern Pennsylvania where […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #009] The Damascene Jewelry of Toledo, Spain:

Modern Artisans Use Ancient Techniques to Create Timeless Beauty Toledo, 45 miles south of Madrid, is a town of many WOW’s. The only way to describe this Castilian gem is “magical”. The perfect fusion of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures can be seen everywhere, including the stunning hand-made damascene jewelry to be found throughout the […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #008] The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral:

A WOW of a Whisper So there I was, sitting on a bench, minding my own business, when I heard a voice whispering to me from behind my head. Normally, this would have given me a start, since the only thing behind me was a solid wall, but I had been forewarned. The voice was […]