Phyl - Travel Writer, Photographer & Solo World Adventurer

EDENTON – The Cotton Mill Conversion

Re-purposing a 1900's Cotton Mill for the 21st Century, in Edenton, NC. March 11th,  2015. How lucky could I be………..I had read about the Cotton Mill conversion and asked Eleanor if she would put it on our itinerary when I visited.  Little did I know ,she would ask her...

QUITO – Casa Gangotena

QUITO  -  Casa  Gangotena. I walked…. and walked….. and walked some more around the Old Town and each time, I  would stumble on something I had not seen before.  One day I was on the Plaza San Francisco, an expansive cobblestone square with sweeping views.   I was...

LIVING in CASCO VIEJO, Panama City, Panama,

July 2014. LIVING in CASCO VIEJO, Panama City. View of the skyscrapers in modern Panama City across the water from Casco Viejo. Casco Viejo. the old section of Panama City overlooks the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal with a view of cargo ships lined up in the...

LETTER from CUENCA – STREET ART

September 2013. STREET  ART  in  CUENCA, ECUADOR. Walking leisurely around Cuenca, enjoying the beautiful layout and architecture of the Historic Center, I arrived at one of the two staircases leading from Paseo 3 de Noviembre to the lower level, across the  River Rio...

Letter from Portland Oregon – BARISTA

Letter from Portland, Oregon - BARISTA COFFEE SHOP in the Pearl District. If it’s historic old warehouses, great street life and a funky, cool atmosphere that attracts you, then look no further than the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon.  Centrally located and...

LETTER from CUENCA – The New Cathedral

October 15th, 2013. Introduction. .Among the Colonial Architectural treasures in Cuenca, are the Churches dating from the mid Sixteenth Century, when the powerful Inca Empire was conquered by the Spanish Conquistadores, a band of Conquerors  known for their bravery...

Letter from Quito, Ecuador

Originally published: February 25th, 2014. LETTER from QUITO, ECUADOR. Centro Historico. I am staying in a Posada on a narrow cobblestone street, a five minute walk from the Independence Plaza, also known as the Grand Plaza, in Quito, the Capital City of Ecuador. This...

LETTER from Ecuador – Banos de Agua Santa

March 15th, 2015. Ecuador has one of the greatest volcanic densities in the world with thirty active volcanoes giving rise to continuous seismic activity.  Of these, there are ten volcanoes that are highly active and this includes Tungurahua,  five miles outside of...

Returning to Panama City

August 2014. Returning  to  Panama  City..............Living with a Family in the San Francisco neighborhood. When traveling overseas, do the research, know where you are going and follow a plan - except that the plan does not always work out - which is why I get...

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