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 […]

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 […]

Asia / Travel

Propaganda Poster Art Center in Shanghai:

Discover How One Man’s Determination Preserved History.  Shanghai, like the rest of China, is abundant with awe-inspiring treasures. Some are well-known and in plain view, while others are easy to pass by. One such treasure is the Propaganda Poster Art Center. Housed in an unassuming apartment building in Shanghai’s former French Concession, the museum/art gallery […]

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 […]

Central and South America / Travel

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans Part II

The Main Terrace of Machu Picchu as the Sun Crests the Surrounding Mountains (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

After joining up with the Great Escape Publishing (GEP) photography group and spending some time in Cusco we made excursions into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to visit various villages that had something special to offer. Of course our ultimate goal was a visit to Machu Picchu.

Central and South America / Travel

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans

Dying Alpaca Yarn the Traditional Way in Chinchero ((©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Tossing and turning in my bed and struggling to get enough air into my lungs I finally had to admit that even after a full week in Cusco I had still not completely acclimatized to the altitude.

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Why There are No New Posts

Hi this is Simon. I am sure that many of you are wondering why you have not seen any new posts from Penny, recently. Unfortunately, Penny has landed in one of the intensive care units (SICU) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital, Chapel Hill, with an extremely severe case of pneumonia. She was […]

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 […]

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 […]