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Travel Back in Time at the Wieliczka Salt Mine:  

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Preserving Poland’s Subterranean Treasures for Future Generations. As my fingers traced the mother’s face, her horror and anguish were transmitted straight to my heart through my fingertips. I was carefully exploring the figures in a salt carving depicting the Slaughter of the Innocents 300 feet below ground in the Chapel of St. Kinga. This was […]

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The Mespil Hotel in Dublin, Ireland:

Entrance to the Mespil Hotel in Dublin (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Comfortable Retreat for Business or Pleasure Immediately upon entering our room at the Mespil Hotel, we knew we were welcome. The greeting was hard to miss, coming in the form of a platter of dainty petit fours, and a chocolate, “Welcome,” written in flowing script directly on the plate’s surface. It was late afternoon […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and Her Cruise Shy Husband (Part 3. Going Below the Surface on the Westerdam) If you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, you’ll remember how kid-pleasing food and pumpkin juice appeared directly on the tables in the dining hall at Hogwarts. You’ll also remember the elves working hard below the […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

Food Preparation in the Westerdam Galley (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and her Cruise Shy Husband (Part 2. Food and Fun) Ask anyone to talk about their experiences aboard a cruise ship, and the answer will boil down to two components: food and fun. In both these areas, Holland America Westerdam excelled. From a Gala Night dinner menu featuring jumbo shrimp […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

The Westerdam Docked in Cadiz

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and Her Cruise-Shy Husband (Part 1. Days 1-5 Aboard the Westerdam) Traveling by cruise ship means different things to different people. To some, it’s a haven for the lazy and shallow. To others, it’s the only way to go. For me, it’s something I would like to do more often, […]

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The Galaxy Hotel****, Krakow, Poland:

The Perfect Place to Relax and Recharge. Visiting Krakow and surrounding areas is nothing if not intense. Her past is at the same time dark and stained with blood and illuminated by courage and glory. Her present is vibrant and her future optimistic. Whether you are returning from a day imersing yourself in the horrors […]

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Confessions of an Unconventional Barcelona Tour Guide

Introducing Leon Parris: Barcelona, Spain was the site of our first Sandemans New Europe Walking Tour, a tip-based introduction to many major European cities including Barcelona. It was also a day of discovery, not only of Barcelona, but of how a tour guide can transform historical and architectural facts into a magical experience. This was […]

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Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Mayport, Florida:

A Family Tradition of Flavor and Freshness The State of Florida is famous for many things: among them Disney World, The Everglades, hurricanes and fresh, delicious seafood. An excellent representative of the latter is Singleton’s Seafood Shack, a funky, unpretentious restaurant in the Jacksonville area. We discovered Singleton’s when Gary, our youngest, took us there […]

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Both Hands On the Wheel at Rocky Hill Pottery:

When Fingers Meet Clay, Anything Can Happen It was a two pound lump of clay, reminiscent of the plasticine I played with as a child. But master potter and owner of Rocky Hill Pottery, John Keddy told me it could be transformed into something functional if I followed his instructions, and I believed him. Simon, […]

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Award-Winning Whiskey – Great Wagon Road Distilling Co:

Great Wagon Road Sign

A Tantalizing Taste of Ireland in the Heart of Charlotte, NC. Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, (GWR) is “a place with character, built by a character.” When I first saw those words on the website, it made me smiled. But when Simon, Otto and I met GWR founder and owner, Ollie Mulligan, that clever phrase […]