“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” : 17March2001: New York City: Blue Man Group and Brazilian BBQ

Up at 07:45 and Andrew and I went to purchase some apple juice and food to accompany our lobby breakfast. $1.39 for a medium sized apple juice! Triple what you would pay in Toronto. We picked up some pastries and coffee in the lobby for breakfast. We met Alex and sister Barbara at a bistroContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 17March2001: New York City: Blue Man Group and Brazilian BBQ”

“Virus # 26 Director’s Cut: Chapter 17 “Lessons Learnt from COVIDs: Governments with No Money Left”

Wealthy capitalist countries handed out money like candy canes to both individuals and businesses. Various augmentations to unemployment insurance, wage subsidies and low interest loans to businesses just to name a few. The money was so easy millions preferred staying at home collecting it instead of working! Just ask the late Tsar Alexander of RussiaContinue reading ““Virus # 26 Director’s Cut: Chapter 17 “Lessons Learnt from COVIDs: Governments with No Money Left””

“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!”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 11August2000: Epidavros, Greece: Ancient Theatre of Epidavros and Bandit French and Dutch Campers

After breakfast took a 35-minute bus trip to the ancient theatre of Epidavros. Very dry country and up and down hills with pine forest throughout. There are roadside memorials to those killed on the road. A little shrine with pictures of the deceased and a candle that can be lit along with flowers. Nothing newContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 11August2000: Epidavros, Greece: Ancient Theatre of Epidavros and Bandit French and Dutch Campers”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 9August2000: Epidavros, Greece: On the Flying Dolphin: Partying Until 2 a.m.

Woke up early and left Hotel Stanley in Athens to Piraeus to catch the hydrofoil Flying Dolphin to Epidavros. A very raunchy and decrepit taxi driver ripped me off “accidentally” taking me to the wrong dock. Finally reached the right dock and cursed the crook just making the boat. The boat is more like aContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 9August2000: Epidavros, Greece: On the Flying Dolphin: Partying Until 2 a.m.”