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San Diego 2024: food & drink

San Diego 2024: food & drink

Thursday This year we arrived in San Diego in the early evening, so after checking in to the hotel {link to hotel blog post} we drove to Hillcrest Brewing to check out what they had on offer....

San Diego 2024: where we stayed

San Diego 2024: where we stayed

Where We Stayed Much like in 2023 and other years past, we divided our week-long stay between Hotel Circle and Pacific Beach. Holiday Inn Express - Mission Valley Located within a few minutes walk...

2023 Year in Review

2023 Year in Review

Previous years-in-review – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 In 2023 we focused on longer, slower trips. That led to less total flying than in...

Seychelles: snorkel excursions

Seychelles: snorkel excursions

Snorkel Trip with Geoli Charters (Praslin) There was 100% chance of rain according to Google but we awoke to sunshine, yay! We were picked up by van a little after 9am at our hotel, the driver was...

Seychelles: La Digue restaurants and takeaway

Seychelles: La Digue restaurants and takeaway

Glorious Bakery We stopped in for take-away pizza (margarita) on our first day. Better than the Lobster Bay pizza on Praslin and priced fine at 150scr ($10.50). Enough for us to split with two...

Seychelles: La Digue sights

Seychelles: La Digue sights

Anse Severe This was our 'local' beach, just down the street from our accommodations, and featured multiple beach bars. Eric tried snorkeling on our first day but the combination of shallow water...

Seychelles: Praslin restaurants and takeaway

Seychelles: Praslin restaurants and takeaway

Lobster Bay Restaurant Our first dinner on Praslin, conveniently located just a 2 minute drive from our hotel with a few parking spots out front. We had stopped in earlier to make a reservation and...

Seychelles: Praslin sights

Seychelles: Praslin sights

Fond Ferdinand Park Vallée de Mai is the most popular spot to see the famous coco de mer palm trees, but it is expensive at $30pp. Instead, we opted for the smaller and less expensive Fond...

Seychelles: Mahe restaurants and takeaway

Seychelles: Mahe restaurants and takeaway

La Perle Noire Restaurant This was our first night on the island, and we arrived right as they were opening at 6pm. Even though the restaurant was fully booked, the owner kindly gave us a table...

Seychelles: Mahe sights

Seychelles: Mahe sights

Anse Royale Beach Our flight landed in the morning, and we had several hours to kill before we could check into our self-catering place. Since the weather was nice Eric pointed us to Anse Royal...

Seychelles: where we stayed

Seychelles: where we stayed

Villa Bella (Mahe) Our check in was easy - the owner was waiting for us and showed me around while Eric unpacked the car. There was an additional tourism fee that needed to be paid in local currency...

Seychelles: flights & lounges

Seychelles: flights & lounges

Altogether, we took a total of 7 flights going and returning from the Seychelles. Three of those flights were standard Southwest Airlines flights to position us to Chicago, or get us from New York...

Seychelles: introduction

Seychelles: introduction

Photos of the tropical Seychelle islands have intrigued me for years. Beaches lined with palm trees and massive boulders, plus large tortoises and the world's largest coconut? Yes please. However,...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: evening in Madrid

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: evening in Madrid

We dropped off the car at the airport and took an Uber into the city. After relaxing in the room for a bit, I stopped into ALE-HOP to look for comfy socks and found a pair of fluffy rainbow slippers...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Valencia, Spain (Mar)
Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)</br />Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)