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Europe / Travel

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 – […]

Africa

See Inside Casablanca with Urban Adventures Tours:

When Time is Short, Go Local. Casablanca is a city with a rich history, a hodgepodge of architectural styles, and fabulous food. So, how do you experience this delightful city when you only have a few hours? This was our dilemma on our most recent Holland America repositioning cruise. And our answer was the “Medina […]

North America / Travel

An Eyeful From the Observation Deck at Central Place, Arlington:

A View of the Washington Monument, the Capitol and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from the Observation Deck at Central Place, Arlington (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Far More than a Tower with a View. Washington, DC lay spread out before us: a history junkie’s buffet of iconic buildings and monuments. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of Arlington’s brand new Observation Deck at Central Place, we took in a 360 degree panoramic view of our Nation’s Capitol, lush green spaces, the Potomac, Georgetown, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Europe

Make a Viking Splash in Dublin:

A DUKW Operated by Viking Splash in Dublin (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Family Fun on land and water. The weather was damp, cloudy with occasional showers – a typical day in Dublin – and we were going to be on the water as part of our Viking Splash Tours adventure. One way or the other, “waterlogged” was the operative word. When Simon, Otto and I began our […]

Europe

Confessions of an Unconventional Barcelona Tour Guide

Introducing Leon Parris: Barcelona, Spain was the site of our first Sandemans New Europe Walking Tour, a tip-based introduction to many major European cities including Barcelona. It was also a day of discovery, not only of Barcelona, but of how a tour guide can transform historical and architectural facts into a magical experience. This was […]

Middle East / Travel

The Stunning Mosaics of Madaba:

Greek Mosaic Preserved in the Madaba Archeological Park (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Revealing Jordan’s Treasures in Tile and Glass The day was picture perfect. The sun was a warm yellow orb against a clear blue sky. The temperature was mild with a soft breeze. But what Simon, Otto and I were about to discover in the central Jordanian town of Madaba, made this glorious meteorological event pale […]