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Lowther Castle, a Modern-Day Phoenix

This Lake District Wonderland Rises From the Ashes of Excess and Neglect. The sun was out. Perhaps not exactly a reason to get wildly excited, but after a week of continuous rain throughout our visit to England, Simon Otto and I were absolutely elated. Aside from the opportunity to spend several hours outdoors without constantly dodging […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

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 […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

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 […]

Middle East / Travel

The Stunning Mosaics of Madaba:

Greek Mosaic Preserved in the Madaba Archeological Park (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Revealing Jordan’s Treasures in Tile and Glass The day was picture perfect. The sun was a warm yellow orb against a clear blue sky. The temperature was mild with a soft breeze. But what Simon, Otto and I were about to discover in the central Jordanian town of Madaba, made this glorious meteorological event pale […]

Accommodation / North America / Travel

The Fine Art of Hospitality at Degas House:

Historical Marker Outside Degas House

“Night at the Museum” New Orleans Style If you take a stroll down Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans’s long-established Esplanade Ridge neighborhood, be sure to stop by The Edgar Degas House Museum, Courtyard, Studio and Inn. There is much more behind the 18th century façade than meets the eye. The first thing you’ll notice is […]

North America / Travel

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 […]

Accommodation / Middle East / Travel

Let Candles Hotel Light Your Way to Petra:

Candles Hotel in Wadi Musa Close to Entrance to the Petra Historical Site (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Homey Refuge Amid the Ruins of Jordan’s Glorious Past Driving from Amman, with several not-to-be-missed stops along the way, Simon, Otto and I were headed for our long-anticipated visit to the magical ancient city of Petra. But by the time we arrived in the charming restored historic town of Wadi Musa, all we wanted […]

Food & Beverage / North America

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 […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel

Confessions of an Unrepentant Diverbo Addict:

Warning! Volunteer Just Once for this Unique Language Program, and You’ll Be Hooked For Life. When Simon and I discovered Diverbo Pueblo Ingles nearly 15 years ago, it was one of those random events that would later prove to be life-altering. We were living in Atlanta at the time, adjusting to being recent empty-nesters and […]

Europe / Travel

The Town of Guimaraes and the Genius of Leonardo da Vinci:

You Never Know What Surprises Can Be Found in a Historic Portuguese Palace We were in the historic town of Guimaraes, Portugal to explore medieval core of the town and then move on. But we discovered an unexpected treat in the town’s restored 15th century Ducal Palace. On the upper level, a temporary Leonardo Da […]