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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

Discover the Charms of Cesky Krumlov: 

This Czech UNESCO World Heritage Town Will Steal Your Heart. Cesky Krumlov was our final destination on the first day of our October, 2017 road trip from Prague into Slovakia and back. We heard and read about how enchanting it was, but so were the other towns at which we stopped on our way to […]

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 / 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 / Travel

Ireland’s History in Stone at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum:

Who Says Dead Men and Women Tell No Tales The rain came down in buckets. Then it didn’t. Then it did. It seemed the overcast skies over Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery Museum were determined to show us who was in charge. The weather may have been damp and ugly, but our spirits could not be dampened. […]

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

Embrace the Mysteries of Brú na Bóinne: 

Entrance to Brú na Bóinne

A Journey Into Ireland’s Neolithic Past Imagine driving through a modern residential neighborhood in Ireland. Now imagine standing among Neolithic burial mounds from the late Stone Age minutes later. A scene from a science fiction movie? No, this is the reality of Brú na Bóinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of mysterious […]

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 […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel / Travel Tips

Learning and Libations at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse:

The Fascinating Story Behind Ireland’s Liquid Legend What is the proper way to drink Guinness? Well, you reverently place your lips to the rim of the iconic glass, draw up some of Ireland’s magic brew through the foam cap at the top, then work your way down to the last silky drop at the bottom. […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel Tips

When Travel Hands You a Lemon, Juice It:

Putting Preparedness, Resiliency and Flexibility to the Test. They say shit happens, and it just did. Instead of reading about our fabulous experience at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, you are about to read about one of our few travel lemons, and how we plan to handle it. Introducing Our Lemon Yesterday was a beautiful […]