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 travelfun.biz (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

Tiki Oasis 2021

[28-JUL through 91-Aug 2021, San Diego, CA, US]

Back in 2019, my sci-fi con buddy Nathan said I gotta go to Tiki Oasis – it is over the top fun. SO I said okay, I’m game. Registered for Tiki Oasis 2020 and -BOOM- COVID hit. So – I rolled over my tickets to 2021 and here are my pictures in no particular order… Few pictures are from Angela, as marked. Click on the pic or link below to check out all of the Tiki photos:

Tiki Oasis 2021 -Live entertainment day and night!

Key West in June 2021

[June, 24-27, 2021 Key West, FL US]

So… I missed the “Key West Food and Wine Fest 2021” back in January due to SARS-CoV-2 (or COVID-19). It was the very first time I missed the Food and Wine Fest since it’s inception over a decade ago… So I had to get my Key West travel in this year especially since I really wanted to get some of the “Death in the Afternoon Absinthe” by Key West Trading Co. So here are some pics from the tasting room at the Key West Trading Co as well as some pics from the Vino Wine Bar – and a few others – click on the pic below or the link under the pic:

Old Town Alexandria looking onto King Street from O’Connell’s Restaurant patio

Oh, if you want more information on Key West Trading Co., here is their website: keywesttradeco.com

Old Town Alexandria, VA 2021

[June, 18-20, 2021 Alexandria, VA US]

This is my first travel location for fun since last year’s Key West Food and Wine Fest in January of 2020 (see prior post) due to the worldwide SARS-CoV-2, or better known as COVID-19, pandemic. I was at the Port of Alexandria, Virginia, US – or better known as Old Town Alexandria. Got a room at the Hotel Indigo – first time at that hotel – which sits just a block off of the Potomac River.

Went up and down King Street as usual, but had dinner at a new spot – Gadsby’s Tavern – where George Washington and Ben Franklin used to hang out. Here are my pictures from the weekend adventure, click on the picture or link below:

Old Town Alexandria looking onto King Street from O’Connell’s Restaurant patio

Oh, if you want more information on Gadsby’s, here is their website: gadsbystavernrestaurant.com