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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 […]

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Coronavirus, Europe, and “What the Hell Do We Do Now?”:

How what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, smarter, and more compassionate It was supposed to be a magical six-week journey to Italy, Croatia, and England. We had been planning this trip for months: Exploring Milan for the first time, TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Sicily’s stunning port city of Catania, and the press trips […]

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History Comes Alive at JORVIK Viking Center in York, England: 

One of the Dioramas at the JORVIK Viking Center (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Where modern technology brings the past into the present York, England is one of my favorite places to visit. Not only because my sister-in-law and her husband live there, but because the city consists of layer upon layer of history. One of these fascinating layers is comprised of remnants of the Viking era, 800 – […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Europe

Discover Mountain Magic in Madeira With Lido Tours:

A View of the Southern Shore of Maderia from the Miradouro do Cabo Girao Lookout (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Knowledgable Guide Plus a Sturdy Jeep Equals a Perfect Day in This Island Paradise. We were asleep when our cruise ship, the Holland America Nieuw Statendam docked at Funchal, the capital city of the Portuguese island of Madeira. But once fully conscious, Simon, Otto, and I couldn’t wait to get feet and paws on […]

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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 […]