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Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel

BiteMojo Food Tours:

Mural of Eyes in Trastevere, Rome, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A New and Flexible Way to Discover Local Culinary Treasures. In recent years, food tours have become almost commonplace on travelers’ itineraries. We’ve taken a guided walking tour in Barcelona, peddled a quadracycle tour in Fort Lauderdale, and careened through narrow streets in Xi-an in a tuk-tuk.  Now, BiteMojo has taken the gastronomic go-round to […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

Three Squares and a Snack in Corning, New York:

Poppleton Bakery (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Family-owned Eateries that Promise a Satisfying Day Trip for Your Taste Buds Once upon a time, the word “Corning” conjured up visions of the blue and white casserole dishes that went from oven to table. A couple of breakages and several long-distance moves later, I still own, use and love what’s left of my original […]

Asia / Food & Beverage

Lose Yourself in a Lost Plate Food Tours Offering in Xian:

Tuktuk Used by Lost Plate Food Tours in Xian (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Food, Culture and History are the Ingredients for a Great Find The night was damp. The narrow streets and alleyways dark and forbidding. But neither the weather nor the labyrinth that makes up Xian’s Muslim Quarter made me uneasy. It was the break-neck speed of the tuktuk in which we were hanging on for dear […]

Europe / Travel

Dead Center Tours Revisits Belfast’s Darkest Decades:

City Hall Belfast (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

True and Unbiased Accounts of the Troubles that will Haunt You Forever Paul was four years old in 1972 when a business a few doors down from his family’s home in a volatile neighborhood of North Belfast was bombed. The tot slept through the sounds of the blast and the imploding glass. But what he […]

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 […]

Europe

Make a Viking Splash in Dublin:

A DUKW Operated by Viking Splash in Dublin (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Family Fun on land and water. The weather was damp, cloudy with occasional showers – a typical day in Dublin – and we were going to be on the water as part of our Viking Splash Tours adventure. One way or the other, “waterlogged” was the operative word. When Simon, Otto and I began our […]

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 […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

At the Millworks It’s All About Pennsylvania:

Smoker outside the Millworks in Harrisburg, PA

A Unique Harrisburg Restaurant Elevates Food, Beer and Art to a Whole New Level. Looking for something more than food for your next meal? Something to feed all your senses? If you happen to be in midtown Harrisburg, PA, you’re in luck. The Millworks has everything you need to satisfy your hunger pangs, as well […]

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 […]

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Getting Ready for 2017:

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 […]