Road Reads / Travel Tips / Uncategorized

A Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

What Happens When Mystery Spawns Creativity “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, was both a book club and road read in 2006. We were driving back and forth between our home in Atlanta and New Bern, getting what was supposed to be our new life in order. And because my heart wasn’t at all in this […]

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 […]

Uncategorized

Getting Ready for 2017:

An Impromptu Band at Jackson Square, New Orleans

But Wait! Where the Heck Did 2016 Go? Sometimes I think we’ve lost our minds. No, I’m not talking about the recent election campaign and subsequent results. That took insanity to an entirely new level. What I’m talking about is us, Simon and me. We’re a stable couple in our mid-sixties, living in a lovely […]

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 […]

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 […]