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The Devastating Coronavirus Impacts on Travel-Related Entities: 

Statue in Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PA (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Present is Bleak, the Future Uncertain, but these Creative, Committed People Refuse to Give-up. In recent posts, I’ve documented our experiences during the Coronavirus (CoVid-19) crisis: our tumultuous two weeks in Europe, how we’re coping at home, and resources to keep us from going crazy. As a travel writer, I strive to inform, entertain, and […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Miscellaneous

Don’t Let Coronavirus Curb Your Wanderlust: 

The Unique Staircase at Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal and Believed to be the Inspiration for the Hogwarts Staircase in the Harry Potter Series (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

How to Shelter in Place and Still See the World. To say these are strange times is an understatement. The government tells us that because of coronavirus we can’t leave our homes, visit family and friends, gather for religious and social activities, or travel. Our so-called leaders demand we shelter in place except to obtain […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel Tips

A Review of My UK SIM Card:

Nick Brennan, CEO of My UK SIM Card visiting Ghent in Belgium (photo provided by Nick Brennan)

Staying Calm, Cool, and Connected. We often take for granted the degree to which we are dependent on our cell phones. This hit home in September 2019 when Simon and I arrived at London Gatwick late at night and couldn’t activate our European SIM cards properly. We had purchased them before leaving the U.S. and […]

Europe / Food & Beverage

An Italian Days Food Experience to Pamper Your Palate:

Take an entire day to savor the edible jewels of Emilia Romagna. Italy is known for many spectacular attributes, but it’s the food for which it is most famous. Each region has its unique cuisine, culinary history, and traditions. On our most recent trip, it was the food of Emilia Romagna that stole our hearts. […]

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 […]

Europe / Road Reads / Travel

Road Reads: The Longest Day

Book Cover for the Longest Day (from Amazon.com)

The Classic Epic of D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Cornelius Ryan Reading this well-written and researched historical account of the D-Day invasion evoked powerful emotions. But when I visited Omaha Beach, nothing had prepared me for the overwhelming flood of grief and gratitude that swept me back to the pivotal events of June 6, 1944. It […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel

The Greenville Breakfast Tour Will Kick-Start Your Day:

Fare from the Breakfast Buffet at Spoonbread in Greenville, SC (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Deliciously Wicked Wake-Up Call for Your Taste Buds Food tours in major cities have become easy to find over the last decade, but the most important meal of the day has been sadly ignored. That is until now. John Nolan, owner and sole guide of Greenville History Tours has taken the lowly morning repast […]

Accommodation / Central and South America

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans – Part III

Peruvian Lady Fishing in the Reed Beds Around Uros on Lake Titicaca (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Part of a trip to the Andes of Peru should include Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Uros. And a visit to the world’s highest navigable lake would not be complete without a cultural visit that includes an overnight stay with a family on the island Amantani and a tour of Taquile.  But if […]

Miscellaneous / Service Dog Savvy

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge:

Otto enjoying the sun in Boquete, Panama (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Saying a Tearful Goodbye to My Sweet Otto. Otto von Guidemeister passed away in his sleep last night. I don’t know how else to break the news. As you can imagine, we are all devastated, because everyone who knew Otto couldn’t help but love him. The chemo seemed to be working until several spots showed […]