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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 / North America / Travel

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

Lowther Castle, a Modern-Day Phoenix

This Lake District Wonderland Rises From the Ashes of Excess and Neglect. The sun was out. Perhaps not exactly a reason to get wildly excited, but after a week of continuous rain throughout our visit to England, Simon Otto and I were absolutely elated. Aside from the opportunity to spend several hours outdoors without constantly dodging […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel / Travel Tips

Want an Introduction to English Wine? Look No Farther than a’Beckett’s Vineyard

Award Winning a'Beckett Vineyard Pinot Noir (photo from the a'Beckett website)

There are many excellent reasons to visit Wiltshire, England: Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Avebury Circle, and that’s just for starters. But, if you like trying new English wine, make sure you include a tour of A’Beckett’s Vineyard in your plans. Here’s why. A Delightful Way to Discover Something New – English Wine On a grey Wiltshire […]

Europe

Manchester’s John Rylands Library:

Exterior of the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Is It a Castle? Is it a Cathedral? No, It’s a Wife’s Lasting Tribute. The John Rylands Library may not have looked like a library, but it definitely smelled like one. You know that subtle scent; a combination of books of all ages, and the people who read them. I’m not suggesting that either have […]