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Hurricane, Heartbreak and Hope:

NOAA Map Showing the Track of Hurricane Florence (Image derived from the NOAA website)

Three weeks of Heaven and Hell. This week you should be reading about the King’s Daughters, a charming bed and breakfast in Durham, North Carolina. In fact, you should have been reading about it last week. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence dropped in uninvited and wrought havoc in Eastern North Carolina. This, coupled with a devastating diagnosis, […]

North America

The Miss Hampton II Magical History Tour:

View Hampton Harbour from the Space Museum Roof Top (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Leisurely Introduction to the Charms of Hampton, Virginia. Hampton, Virginia is very much like your classic Southern lady: a combination of modern style and traditional values with a complicated, and sometimes dark, past. Once aware of her enigmatic presence, you’ll want to make her acquaintance. A three-hour harbor tour aboard the Miss Hampton II […]

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 […]

North America

Living History Museums at Jamestown and Yorktown:

America’s Story from the Struggles of the First Colony to Her Fight for Independence How did you enjoy your July 4th holiday? Do you know and understand the over 150-year chain of events that led up to the Declaration of Independence? We thought we did, but that was before we visited the Jamestown Settlement and […]

Accommodation / North America

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia: 

Make the Most of Your Hampton Visit at this Business and Family-Friendly Hotel Hampton, Virginia is one of those towns that travelers all-too-often passed through on their way to other destinations. But it is also a town whose time has come to be a destination in its own right. Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads […]

North America

The Art and Heart of Michele Maring Miller:

Water Color of a Local Iowa Scene (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

An Amana Colonies Living Treasure In rural Southern Iowa lie the Amana Colonies – seven in all – where time moves slowly and sweetly. Among the gentle people, in the community of West Amana, live Michele Maring (pronounced Mah-ring) Miller and her husband David. Together they are the heart and soul of Michele Maring Miller […]

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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 […]

Accommodation / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

Set Your Watch to Island Time at Hotel Tybee:

Your Gateway to Affordable Family Vacations. Surrounded on three sides by ocean, Tybee Island, Georgia is a beach lovers paradise. Every summer families, couples, and individuals flock to its shores in search of fun and relaxation. But not everyone enjoys crowds, humidity, and 100-degree temperatures. Not to mention high season prices for accommodations and activities. […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

The Mouthwatering Magic of Claude’s Chocolate: 

See a Wonderful Display of Chocolate at Claude's Chocolates Store in St. Augustine (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Indulge Your Senses and Don’t Forget to Share Do you love fine chocolate? If the answer is yes, do I have a scoop for you! The next time you’re in Ponte Vedra or St. Augustine, Florida, – the lucky people who live there already know – be sure to pamper your palate at Claude’s Chocolate. […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

The Westerdam Docked in Cadiz

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and Her Cruise-Shy Husband (Part 1. Days 1-5 Aboard the Westerdam) Traveling by cruise ship means different things to different people. To some, it’s a haven for the lazy and shallow. To others, it’s the only way to go. For me, it’s something I would like to do more often, […]