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Europe / Food & Beverage

Camembert and Livarot:

Village of Camembert

Two of the Cheesiest Villages in Normandy. The Camembert was at it’s peak: smooth and creamy on the inside with a firm skin. I took a bite. The flavor was mild with a slight tang. Once upon a time it would have been pure perfection. But that was before I tasted Camembert de Normandy in […]

Europe

Fall Under the Spell of La Alberca:

Part of the Village Square in La Alberca

Discover the Magic of This Charming Spanish Village. It would have made a perfect postcard picture. In fact, it probably did. A sun-drenched village square, historic buildings and a beautiful church assembled under a soft blue sky. But this scene wasn’t a 3×5 glossy, sanitized scrap of tourist paraphernalia. Simon, Otto, our friends and I […]

North America

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 […]

Europe

You Don’t Have to Be Catholic to Fall in Love with the Vatican:

Entrance to the Vatican Museum

How a LivItaly Tour Brought History, Art, Faith and Culture to Life. Pamen our extraordinary LivItaly tour guide, was describing the magnificent ceiling 63 feet above the exquisite inlaid marble floor, while, directly behind us, a massive heart-stopping scene of salvation and damnation loomed over us as if preparing to suck us into its tumult […]

Food & Beverage / North America

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, […]

North America

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 […]

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

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 […]

Middle East

We are Going to Israel – Why Don’t You Come With Us?

A Typical Street in Old Jerusalem (©simon@myecelecticimages.com)

Join Simon and the Six Legs on a once-in-a-lifetime tour to discover the mysteries, treasures and charms of Israel from March 5-15, 2017. This beleaguered land has survived centuries of war and religious conflict to become the jewel of the middle east. We have created a unique tour that will introduce you to the many faces of Israel. […]

Europe

You Can’t Keep a Good Ship Down:

Nor a Bad One, Such as the Vasa. The crowd of travel bloggers moved with slow deliberation around the perimeter of the viewing area examining the Vasa from every angle. For some of us, it was seeking out the best shot of the massive hulk that dominated the entire museum. For others, it was drawing […]

Europe

Indulge Your Eyes and Fingertips at Madrid’s Royal Tapestry Factory:

Where Age-Old Techniques Produce Timeless Beauty. Her name was Camino, meaning “path”, and she was our charming tour guide at the Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid. Her demeanor was professional, but her appreciation for what she was showing and telling us was clear: the function, product and history of an 18th century factory commissioned by […]