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Middle East / Travel

Early Impressions of Jordan:

A View of Amman from the Citadel (©simon@my eclecticimages.com)

Forget What You Think You Know, and Follow Your Senses When we told family and friends we were planning to visit Jordan, the reaction was mixed. “That sounds amazing!” “Are you sure?” ”Muslims think dogs are unclean, so you will have trouble with cabs, restaurants and accommodations.” And last, but not least, “Are you crazy?” […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Travel

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise, Chapter 11:

Welcome to Boquete

Panamanian Paradise Found It’s a sunny day in Boquete, Panama. The temperature is in the mid-70’s with a light breeze. Simon and I are working at the round table on the patio at the casita that has been our home for the past two months. Otto, as usual, is basking in the sun in the […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel / Travel Tips

Want an Introduction to English Wine? Look No Farther than a’Beckett’s Vineyard

Award Winning a'Beckett Vineyard Pinot Noir (photo from the a'Beckett website)

There are many excellent reasons to visit Wiltshire, England: Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Avebury Circle, and that’s just for starters. But, if you like trying new English wine, make sure you include a tour of A’Beckett’s Vineyard in your plans. Here’s why. A Delightful Way to Discover Something New – English Wine On a grey Wiltshire […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel Tips

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 […]

Accommodation / Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel

The Magical Island of Nasslingen:

A View of Nasslingen from the Water

Nature’s Gift to the Stockholm Archipelago Nine travel bloggers who had never met before, on a boat to Nasslingen, a small island they’d never heard of, with a yellow Lab who never cared where he was. That was how July 12, 2016 began. By the time it ended in the early hours of the following […]

Accommodation / Central and South America / Travel / Travel Tips

Panama City on a Budget

A View of the New Panama City from Casco Viejo

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise, Chapter 10: Although we’ve spent our four visits to Panama in the Chiriqui Highlands town of Boquete, our first two trips began and ended in Panama City. We haven’t spent much time there since Copa Airlines started a shuttle service between Panama City and Chiriqui Province’s capital of David. […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

Enforcing Fine Flavor at Cop A Donut:

Boozy Donuts from 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 […]

Accommodation / Food & Beverage / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

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 […]

Central and South America / Hints for Happier Travels

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise Chapter 9

A Very Special Wheelchair Donated to an FPI client by the Coronado Rotary Club

The People the Travel Brochures Forgot: Over the last three years, I’ve written at length about Panama, and what a happy and friendly country it is, and I stand by it. But, as with everywhere else, there are some less sparkling facets to this Central American jewel. In 2014, Simon and I were in Boquete […]

Europe

Manchester’s John Rylands Library:

Exterior of the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Is It a Castle? Is it a Cathedral? No, It’s a Wife’s Lasting Tribute. The John Rylands Library may not have looked like a library, but it definitely smelled like one. You know that subtle scent; a combination of books of all ages, and the people who read them. I’m not suggesting that either have […]