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 […]

Accommodation / Europe / Travel / Travel Tips

Inside Innside Manchester: 

Innside Manchester (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

This Friendly Hotel Offers Casual Comfort In England’s Gateway to the North. When Simon, Otto and I travel, we make a conscious effort to avoid chain hotels whenever possible. The reason is the moderately priced establishments tend to be stuffy, uninteresting and pretentious. That’s why our two-night stay at Innside Manchester was such a delightful […]

Accommodation / Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel

3 Days in Basque Country:

This Vibrant Northern Province Will Leave You Longing for More If you’ve spent any time at all exploring the pages of this blog, you’ve probably figured out that Simon, Otto and I are in love with Spain. The diverse landscapes, historic wonders, fascinating architecture, mouth-watering regional cuisines and above all, the warm, friendly people, have […]

Middle East / Travel / Travel Tips

The Tower of David Night Spectacular: 

Night View of the Jerusalem Citadel (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Four Thousand Years of Jerusalem’s History in Sound and light The Old City of Jerusalem has had me under its spell since the first time I walked its ancient stones in 1971. We were treated to new aspects of the city on three separate pre-conference tours while in Jerusalem for the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Expo) […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Middle East / Travel / Travel Tips

Your Jordan Pass:

View of Part of Amman from the Citadel

Opening Doors to Jordan’s Rich Past and More. As we recently discovered, Jordan is a sparkling jewel among nations. From a historic, cultural and culinary standpoint, it hits all the high notes for me. And the people are among the most friendly and kind you’ll find anywhere. Now, in case I was too subtle, I strongly […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters:

Entrance to Court of Two Sisters

How a High End Notions Business Became a New Orleans Dining Destination New Orleans (NOLA) is famous for its deep roots in jazz and outstanding food. On a recent trip to the Big Easy, Simon, Otto and I immersed ourselves in both via a jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters. The terrace, one of […]

Food & Beverage / Travel

Boquete Brewing Company:

A Jewel of a Microbrewery in Panama’s Chiriqui Highlands. The moment you enter Boquete Brewing Company, you know you’re in for a delightful experience. Walls decorated with beer coasters and drawings of the brewing process, tempting aromas wafting from the food truck just outside the covered deck and lots of smiling, satisfied customers give the […]

Middle East / Travel

Early Impressions of Jordan:

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 […]