Author Archives: Penny

North America / Travel

Take to the Sky at the National Soaring Museum:

Front entrance of the National Soaring Museum (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Discover Sailplanes Past and Present at this Elmira, New York, Treasure Among other things, Elmira, New York is a “soar spot” for me. No, that’s not a typo. This charming town in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes is known as the soaring capital of the world. One reason is the National Soaring Museum, […]

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Remembering 2019:

Fountains Installed in Piata Unirii, Bucharest, After 1989 (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Deepest Darkness and Brilliant Light It all began on New Years Day 2019 with a flat tire. We were leaving our friends’ timeshare where we had spent a couple of days of fun, relaxation, great food, and even better company. I hope this isn’t an omen for the coming year,” (expletives excluded) I grumbled to […]

Africa

See Inside Casablanca with Urban Adventures Tours:

When Time is Short, Go Local. Casablanca is a city with a rich history, a hodgepodge of architectural styles, and fabulous food. So, how do you experience this delightful city when you only have a few hours? This was our dilemma on our most recent Holland America repositioning cruise. And our answer was the “Medina […]

Accommodation / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

Make Colonial House Inn Your NYC Happy Place:  

Stairway to the Upper Floors of the Colonial House Inn (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Charming Oasis in the Heart of  the Big Apple New York City is an unforgettable place to visit, but it can easily become an assault on the senses. Towering skyscrapers can make you feel closed in. Competing smells of deli food, Asian fair, and a host of other foodie fantasies compete with not-so-pleasant smells. […]

Europe / Road Reads / Travel

God’s Buried Children by Daniel Farcas Ph.D.:

Fountains Installed in Piata Unirii, Bucharest, After 1989 (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Tale of Cruelty, Courage, Compassion and Survival If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that “Look for the surprises,” is my motto. In this case, the surprise found me in the form of Daniel Farcas. He emailed me, asking if I would review his 2014 book, “God’s Buried Children.” The […]

North America / Travel

CityPASS Savings On Sightseeing:

Taking in Top Attractions Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank When visiting a city with more than one must-see attraction, the costs can add up fast. And if you’r traveling as a family, the admission fees can be prohibitive. In a number of major metropolises, CityPASS can help keep costs down while making those must-sees […]

Europe / Travel

Titanic Experience

Two Historical Perspectives on One Unforgettable Maritime Tragedy Part 2: Titanic Experience Cobh Several months after Simon, Otto, and I immersed ourselves in history and tragedy at Titanic Belfast, we found ourselves in County Cork, Ireland. There, in the town of Cobh, we discovered another fascinating aspect of the story at Titanic Experience. This was […]

Europe / Travel

Titanic:

Two Historical Perspectives on One Unforgettable Maritime Tragedy Part 1: Titanic Belfast The story of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic has been the subject of books, poems, films, documentaries, theatrical productions, and much speculation. Most focus on the final hours of the doomed ship and her passengers, but before Titanic’s end, her story […]

North America

Celebrating Liver Mush in Shelby, North Carolina:

Fried Liver Mush (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

How Could Something that Sounds as Nasty as Liver Mush Taste So Good? The intoxicating aroma of frying food, a tuxedo-clad dog walking placidly by its human’s side, music and laughter everywhere, and lines of hungry festival goers waiting for their taste of gastronomic nirvana piedmont style. This was the warm welcome that embraced our […]

North America / Travel

Unforgettable Rochester, New York:

Panoramic View of High Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester, New York (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Indulge All Your Senses While Exploring this Dynamic City On a sunny four-day weekend my husband, my guide dog, and I visited Rochester, New York for the first time. We immersed ourselves in the art, architecture, history, entertainment, food, and libations of this upstate New York city. And by the time we left, we had […]