Back to London 06-thru-10 OCT-2022

[06-October-2022 to 10-October-2022, London, UK]

As travel shut down from the pandemic, I did not go to London, UK for two years. That ended when I flew in October of 2022 for a quick whirlwind tour of the usual places I hang out at.

The Elizabeth line (the picture above is from Heathrow station) was still split in two: westbound to/from Paddington and eastbound to/from Paddington. (The Line is now now contiguous through Paddington since 05-Nov-2022 – so I guess I have to go back and take the Elizabeth Line from Heathrow to Canary Wharf.) Here is the official tube maps from TfL or Transport for London.

I stayed at the Kimpton Fitzroy (hotel website) right off the Piccadilly Line Russel Square tube station. One of my memory chips failed and I lost a ton of pictures but here are the ones I was able to salvage…

Click on the picture or link to view all of the pictures:

Kimpton Fitzroy hotel

Virgin Voyages Richard Branson Birthday Bash Cruise 2022-July

[17-July-2022 to 22-July-2022, Virgin Voyages Caribbean Cruise]

After being delayed for two years, The Richard Branson Birthday Bash Virgin Voyages took to the sea from 17-July-2022 to 22-July-2022. I booked through Shelby at (or on Facebook here). The cruise left the Port of Miami to Cozumel and then to the private beach for Virgin on Bimini. But enough talk, here are the pictures – just click on the pic below or the link under it to go to the picture page. The first set are pictures I took followed by selected the pictures that were shared by the TravelFun group:

Pool Deck Party on Virgin Cruises

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Alghero Sardinia Italy

[25-June-2022 to 04-July-2022, Alghero, Sardegna (Sardinia) IT]

Francesa invited me to her 50th birthday bash in Alghero, Sardegna in Italy. I flew into JFK via Delta since they had better times than AA. Met up with Francesca and then flew from JFK to MXP (Milano, IT) on AA in Economy Plus, which is like domestic First Class except the seats are a tad narrower. Then from MSP, flew to AHO (Alghero) airport via EasyJet.

Then we got a car and drove to the villa we are staying at – met up with Kim and Laura. Let the adventure begin. Kim left early on Friday. Marco flew in after Kim left and we continued our adventures. Here are the pictures. I did an initial cut from 1000 to 400 and I was going to trim a bit more but it got tedious too fast so here are all 400 in the order they happened. Also, I gave up commenting on the pics after the first batch so sorry about that – just click on the pic below or the link under it to go to the picture page:

The Villa at Alghero, Sardegna, IT

Zetta Wine Dinner with Cedric the Entertainer

[24-March-2022, Los Angeles, CA, US]

This is a trip I picked since I was invited by Smith Devereux Wines. The dinner was great. Met with the Cedric the Entertainer, the Ian Devereux and the Melier family.

And I made great friends there from the next table over and we had a few pictures taken with Cedric the Entertainer. We had several wines but the main wine was the Cedric’s Zetta Wine named in honor of Cedric’s mother. You can read the details here on Zetta Wine.

I have a handful of pictures from the event here – just click on the pic below or the link under it to go to the picture page:

Zetta Wine Dinner with Cedric the Entertainer

Key West Food and Wine Fest 2022

[26-30 January, 2022 Key West, FL, US]

So this is the 13th Annual Key West Food and Wine Fest 2022. My 12th time here 🙂 I missed the first one ever last year in 2021 due to COVID. Oh well…

Every year, the weather is different, from blasting hot, just right, to cool to cold. This year, it tended to be mostly cool during the day and cold at night.

There were a lot of events and there were less attendees than normal. Hopefully in 2023, we will get back to normal crowd levels. Anyway, enough words, let the pictures do the talking. Pictures are in chorological order. I left some brief comments under some pictures. So you can click on the pic below or the link under it to go to the picture page:

Key West Food and Wine Fest 2022