RKS Travel: Toronto to Athens: Escaping the COVID Shield

In 3 years I have been somewhat housebound as far as international travel goes. Paris in October of 2019. How great it was. Time to spread the wings so off to Greece for a real vacation. Very smooth car ride to Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Expecting pandemonium, we left some 4 hours of cushion. But believeContinue reading “RKS Travel: Toronto to Athens: Escaping the COVID Shield”

RKS True Story: Roma Panhandlers and a BMW in Athens

So I am sitting in a neighbourhood square in the Pangrati district of Athens having a late lunch with my wife and some friends. In the course of an hour 3 Roma panhandlers appeared  putting on a dramatic and a tiresome act that has been perfected over the decades. It could be Rome, Paris orContinue reading “RKS True Story: Roma Panhandlers and a BMW in Athens”

“Travels to a Different Time” : March 2002: Cancun Mexico; Off to Chichen Itza and Tulum Again

This is third trip to Chichen Itza, the second time for Alexandra but Andrew’s first visit. The trip by bus with a guide will cost $300 CDN. The bus picked us up at the hotel at 08:30 and we arrived there some two and half hours later in steaming jungle heat. A few tawdry souvenirContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : March 2002: Cancun Mexico; Off to Chichen Itza and Tulum Again”

“Travels to a Different Time”: March 2002 Cancun Mexico: The “Quaint Fishing Village” of Puerto Adventuras   

I recall at the briefing from the tour company rep at the hotel there is a quaint fishing village within walking distance of the hotel. What is quaint is a matter of opinion and when it is uttered by a tour company representative is it as meaningful as discussing the honesty of the former viceContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time”: March 2002 Cancun Mexico: The “Quaint Fishing Village” of Puerto Adventuras   “

“Travels to a Different Time” : 11March2002: Cancun, Mexico: The Hefty Juice and Omelette Lady

Delicious breakfast at buffet restaurant. There is a juice lady and an omelette lady. The juice lady makes custom smoothies with your choice of bananas, papaya, mango and various melons. The omelette lady makes custom omelettes and you put on your plate the ingredients you want and voila she prepares the omelette. Tasty Mexican eggsContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 11March2002: Cancun, Mexico: The Hefty Juice and Omelette Lady”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 10March2002: Cancun, México: Mexican Shakedown

Off from Toronto to Cancun on an Air Transat L-10-11 a rather aged plane at least 20 years old. But steady as she goes the flight was smooth. Why can’t you get a cold beer on a Canadian airline? Food was fit for a dog. I think it might have been Rotini in a vegetarianContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 10March2002: Cancun, México: Mexican Shakedown”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 15March2001: New York City: The Wonders of Central Park

For the trip to Toronto Pearson Airport paid a bit extra for limo service. I have had bad luck with airport taxis. On my last trip to Boston when returning home from Toronto Pearson Airport I had an airport taxi that stalled at each stop. And before that a driver that took me towards HamiltonContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 15March2001: New York City: The Wonders of Central Park”

RKS Travel: So Your European Flight Delay/Cancellation/Rescheduling Has Caused You Aggravation: Your Rights as a Passenger

Thanks to less than astute airline and airport management coupled with the Canadian federal government’s COVID obsession Toronto Pearson’s Airport is now the worst in the world for delays and baggage loss. However I have several recountings of numerous European delays, flight cancellations and a stern warning from a diplomatic contact to avoid checking inContinue reading “RKS Travel: So Your European Flight Delay/Cancellation/Rescheduling Has Caused You Aggravation: Your Rights as a Passenger”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 13August2000: Good-Bye Greece

Woke up to a beautiful sunrise and a mediocre breakfast at a faded beauty of a hotel. The Greek yogurt with Greek honey is always a treat. The dining room is huge and the obnoxious bright fluorescent lights make you feel like an inmate at a penitentiary. A view of the fountain but is sadlyContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 13August2000: Good-Bye Greece”

“Travels to A Different Time” : 12August2000: Epidavros, Greece: Off to The Sunken City and Staying at a Grand Hotel In Athens on the Decline!

Off in a boat with a local met at a restaurant to see the sunken city. Atlantis? Just out of the port into another bay with ancient ruins on the hills. It was thought there was a town there in antiquity but an earthquake or volcano destroyed it and it slid into the sea. IndeedContinue reading ““Travels to A Different Time” : 12August2000: Epidavros, Greece: Off to The Sunken City and Staying at a Grand Hotel In Athens on the Decline!”