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Accommodation / Middle East / Travel

Let Candles Hotel Light Your Way to Petra:

Candles Hotel in Wadi Musa Close to Entrance to the Petra Historical Site (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Homey Refuge Amid the Ruins of Jordan’s Glorious Past Driving from Amman, with several not-to-be-missed stops along the way, Simon, Otto and I were headed for our long-anticipated visit to the magical ancient city of Petra. But by the time we arrived in the charming restored historic town of Wadi Musa, all we wanted […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey:

Sight Glass on a Continuous Feed Still athe the Jack Daniel's Distillery (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Potent Pride of Lynchburg TBEX (Travel Bloggers Expo) conferences have become an important part of my blogging efforts. The sessions offer practical solutions to blogging issues. The connections Simon, Otto and I have made have brought us new friends and valuable resources. And then there are the FAM (familiarization) trips such as our visit to […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel

Confessions of an Unrepentant Diverbo Addict:

The Meeting Center for Pueblo Ingles at La Alberca (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

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:

Wooden Model Representing Leonardo da Vinci's Concept of a Tank and Troop Carrier (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

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 […]