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The Devastating Coronavirus Impacts on Travel-Related Entities: 

Statue in Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PA (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Present is Bleak, the Future Uncertain, but these Creative, Committed People Refuse to Give-up. In recent posts, I’ve documented our experiences during the Coronavirus (CoVid-19) crisis: our tumultuous two weeks in Europe, how we’re coping at home, and resources to keep us from going crazy. As a travel writer, I strive to inform, entertain, and […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Miscellaneous

Don’t Let Coronavirus Curb Your Wanderlust: 

The Unique Staircase at Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal and Believed to be the Inspiration for the Hogwarts Staircase in the Harry Potter Series (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

How to Shelter in Place and Still See the World. To say these are strange times is an understatement. The government tells us that because of coronavirus we can’t leave our homes, visit family and friends, gather for religious and social activities, or travel. Our so-called leaders demand we shelter in place except to obtain […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel Tips

A Review of My UK SIM Card:

Nick Brennan, CEO of My UK SIM Card visiting Ghent in Belgium (photo provided by Nick Brennan)

Staying Calm, Cool, and Connected. We often take for granted the degree to which we are dependent on our cell phones. This hit home in September 2019 when Simon and I arrived at London Gatwick late at night and couldn’t activate our European SIM cards properly. We had purchased them before leaving the U.S. and […]

Europe / Travel

Coronavirus, Europe, and “What the Hell Do We Do Now?”:

How what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, smarter, and more compassionate It was supposed to be a magical six-week journey to Italy, Croatia, and England. We had been planning this trip for months: Exploring Milan for the first time, TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Sicily’s stunning port city of Catania, and the press trips […]

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 […]