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North America / Travel

Take to the Sky at the National Soaring Museum:

Front entrance of the National Soaring Museum (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Discover Sailplanes Past and Present at this Elmira, New York, Treasure Among other things, Elmira, New York is a “soar spot” for me. No, that’s not a typo. This charming town in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes is known as the soaring capital of the world. One reason is the National Soaring Museum, […]

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Remembering 2019:

Fountains Installed in Piata Unirii, Bucharest, After 1989 (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Deepest Darkness and Brilliant Light It all began on New Years Day 2019 with a flat tire. We were leaving our friends’ timeshare where we had spent a couple of days of fun, relaxation, great food, and even better company. I hope this isn’t an omen for the coming year,” (expletives excluded) I grumbled to […]

North America

Celebrating Liver Mush in Shelby, North Carolina:

Fried Liver Mush (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

How Could Something that Sounds as Nasty as Liver Mush Taste So Good? The intoxicating aroma of frying food, a tuxedo-clad dog walking placidly by its human’s side, music and laughter everywhere, and lines of hungry festival goers waiting for their taste of gastronomic nirvana piedmont style. This was the warm welcome that embraced our […]

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 […]

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 […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Travel

BiteMojo Food Tours:

Mural of Eyes in Trastevere, Rome, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A New and Flexible Way to Discover Local Culinary Treasures. In recent years, food tours have become almost commonplace on travelers’ itineraries. We’ve taken a guided walking tour in Barcelona, peddled a quadracycle tour in Fort Lauderdale, and careened through narrow streets in Xi-an in a tuk-tuk.  Now, BiteMojo has taken the gastronomic go-round to […]

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 […]