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Goodbye 2018, and Good Riddance:

Sunset in Civitavecchia, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Okay, Good Riddance to Some of It. Have you ever said, “I can’t wait for this year to end,” somewhere around September? If your answer was yes, you probably made that statement as a result of a year that seemed to have brought more sorrow than joy. This was 2018 for my family and me. […]

Europe / Travel

History and Art at the Quart Pottery Museum:

The Pottery Museum in Quart, Costa Brava, Spain (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

700 Years of Catalan Tradition in Clay “Here we go again,” I thought, donning the apron and sitting down at the wheel. This was my second time in a year I found myself trying my hand – or rather hands – at pottery. John Keddy and Rocky Hill Pottery in the New York Finger Lakes were […]

Europe / Food & Beverage

Discover the Remarkable Medieval Village of Pals:

Let Your Senses Guide You as You Explore This Costa Brava Gem Warm sunshine and clear blue skies smiled down on Simon, Otto and me on our drive to the Costa Brava town of Pals. Little did we know the mixed bag of experiences that awaited us. But I’ll tell you right now, had we […]

Accommodation / Europe

MICs Sant Jordi:

Let this Stress-Free Accessible Accommodation Enrich Your Barcelona Experience MICs Sant Jordi is a fully accessible hotel comprised of 32 comfortable well-designed apartments. It is also the key component that can make all the difference in whether or not an individual with a disability can enjoy the many other accessible aspects of Barcelona. Simon, Otto […]

Central and South America / Europe / Middle East / North America / Travel

Taking Stock of 2017:

Sunset in Civitavecchia, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Good, The Great, and the Bittersweet As I write my last post for 2017, it’s 26˚F outside. There’s no snow on the ground, but it’s bloody cold! I’m sitting in the comfy recliner in my warm office, wrapped in a cozy blanket, lap desk and laptop resting securely on my knees. In an odd […]

Europe / Travel Tips

Leon Paris and the Gaudi Effect:

Exploring the Works of Barcelona’s Most Famous Architect and his Peers Following our first Barcelona walking tour with Leon Parris, Simon, Otto and I jumped at the opportunity to let this remarkable guide lead us through the city’s most famous architectural sites including a number of the notable Gaudi creations. Now, architecture is a subject […]

Europe / Travel

3 Must-See Cities in Southern Spain – Part 3:

The Alhambra (©simon@myeclectcimages.com)

Granada Granada is a city of contradictions. Its history is equal parts seductive beauty and repulsive acts, unwavering courage and unfathomable cruelty, industriousness and destructiveness, glory and shame. Granada beckons you to walk its narrow streets and sit in its open squares. You can ski the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains in the morning and relax […]

Europe / Travel

3 Must-See Cities in Southern Spain – Part 2:

Plaza de España - Site of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Sevilla The fourth largest city in Spain and the capitol of Andalusia, Sevilla has a laid-back charm that’s hard to beat. Parade of Conquerers Although legend has it that Sevilla was founded by Hercules, the area saw a variety of occupiers, including Phoenicians and Greeks. Then, in 206 BC, the Romans sent the Carthaginians packing. […]

Europe / Travel

3 Must-See Cities in Southern Spain – Part 1:

The Roman Bridge and Tower in Cordoba

Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada Are Waiting to Embrace You If Madrid is Spain’s heart, Andalusia including the cities of Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada own a large piece of its soul. It is a region of majestic mountains, sun-drenched beaches, turbulent history, mind boggling architecture, over-the-top scrumptious food and happy, friendly people. So, what’s there not […]

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 […]