22 Jan 2018

Pre-cruise West Hollywood


Allyn and Jessica love to bond over certain silly programs when she visits us, such as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules. So what a treat it was for her to have a drink at Sur and dinner tonight at Pump in West Hollywood, both owned by Lisa Vanderpump.

We were hosted by Jessica's friends Jason and Rob as a gracious thank you to our recent Honolulu extravaganza.



The evening was capped off at The Abbey, the world’s most popular gay club.


21 Jan 2018

Private Jet on the Cheap


Today starts our annual winter vacation (I’m not sure from what). As usual I will be back in action reporting at least once from every stop along the way.

We are on the jet headed to LA which is where our cruise will commence Tuesday.

We decided to try JetSuiteX which represents it’s supposed to be just like flying privately, but at prices competitive with Southwest and JetBlue. Pretty much they pull it off.



Here is how it works:

12:00 – Arrive at their private office and check in – no security, no lines, bags taken right from our car and brought in and tagged by them.

12:10 - Hop on a van with the other 18 passengers while they load the luggage

12:15 – Drive to the tarmac and get on the plane

12:30 – Plane taxis out

12:40 – Plane takes off

1:27 – Touchdown

1:35 – Had bags and outside.

Bottom line – From car to car, we saved about 1 hour 20 minutes. That is huge.

Total elapsed time car to car including checked bags – 2 hours

All this is like a private jet.

Unlike a private jet, they go a few times a day and just go to Burbank. The seats are like coach, not much different than a small private jet.

Our cost was about $400 total for two. A small private plane that take the same short elapsed time and convenience would be over $5,000.

What a pleasure. They fly to Las Vegas and five California destinations.

We will do it again when convenient.

If you want, put it my referral code, ZVEKIE, and we will each save $20 next time around. No biggie, but what the heck.

Please note that this is a newer cleaner look for JetSetWay. 




10 Oct 2017

Saguenay, Quebec, 2017



Today we are in Saguenay, Quebec, 120 miles north of Quebec City. Pretty much there are no settlements north of here all the way up to the Canadian Arctic Islands. It is very isolated, clean, and the folks are very friendly.

Yet It was first settled way back in 1676 as a French fur trading post.



We awoke this morning to almost an earie peaceful fog rising and reflecting off the absolutely still water.



We are traveling with my sister and brother-in-law, Frankie and Dick.



We took a nice walk around town enjoying the Fall colors.

09 Oct 2017

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 2017


Hello from Quebec City where we are doing a 10-day cruise to New York City and hopefully will enjoy the changing of the colors.



Quebec is a beautiful quaint city. Not everyday can be sunshine though.

There are so many lovely outdoor cafes. We passed.



It’s fun to be back on the Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner where last winter we circumnavigated South America for 62 days. That cruise our cabin was located in the very front of the ship. This time we are at the stern. No inference need be drawnJ.



Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

28 Aug 2017

London and Greenwich, 2017


Our summer trip is wrapping up in London, still our favorite stop in this part of the world. As usual we are staying in the West End, the fun part of town rather than at a chic fancy hotel in a chic fancy area.

Theater night in London is always a treat. We were thrilled with School of Rock, the Muscial, a musical adapted from the 2003 blockbuster movie. We did not know the show even existed but knew we had to go when we heard Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote 14 new songs for it. As they say here, it was brilliant.

After we wisely went with our concierge’s recommendation of a wonderful dinner house. San Carlo Cicchetti, known just as Cicchetti, serves Italian tapas in a bustling, trendy, upscale environment.

The next day, wanting to visit someplace new, we spent the afternoon in Greenwich. Since the weather was perfect we took a sightseeing boat down the Thames River seeing and learning so much.

The London Eye is gigantic up close. It is almost as big as The Linq in Las Vegas. (Newer ones always need to be a hair bigger for bragging rights). 

The London Bridge is in the background past the Tower Bridge (which is way more impressive looking.)

The ride to Greenwich was a fine destination in itself. Visiting the Royal Observatory was really fun and informative.

Straddling the Prime Meridian is a hoot also. You could actually do this any place on a straight line from here to the South Pole (and up to the North Pole) if you knew where to stand and if you could walk on water.