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JEFF BORMES: THE COOLINARY ARTIST
JEFF BORMES: THE COOLINARY ARTIST

By Ron James So far, I've gushed about all of the great dining Spanish and Portuguese establishments reviewed in this feature. And no wonder – these are the best of the best we experienced in the land of delicious and innovative dining. This brings me to Le Moi and...

THE ILLUSION OF WELL BEING IN ALICANTE
THE ILLUSION OF WELL BEING IN ALICANTE

It’s a kickback morning in Alicante Spain. It’s jet lag day three, but the worst is likely behind us. The sun is shining making for a pleasant way to get reacquainted with one of our favorite Spanish seaside cities. This will be our fourth and longest visit in our...

BULLET TRAIN TO ALICANTE
BULLET TRAIN TO ALICANTE

It’s 9:45 am and we’re at Madrid Atocha Station waiting for our bullet train to Alicante. Our Uber ride from our hotel across the city was a whopping 5.85 EU. This will be our worst day of jet lag. I managed four hours of sleep, waking up at 2:30 am. I checked the...

FIRST DAY IN MADRID
FIRST DAY IN MADRID

We slept until 2:30 in the afternoon. (5:30 am San Diego time) Got up and made our way to Plaza Mayor where we found our favorite calamari sandwich joint. It was a delicious bargain for 3.50 EU. We love the positive energy of urban Spain and our cafe happy hour that...

FIRST NIGHT IN MADRID
FIRST NIGHT IN MADRID

After 25-hours of travel we settled in to our home for two nights in Madrid. Before we fell into bed, we needed an antidote to airline junk food. Luckily we stumbled into a cool little parrilla, De Maria Parrilla PRECIADOS, about a block from our hotel. It was an...

TAPAS TO CHOWDER ADVENTURE BEGINS
TAPAS TO CHOWDER ADVENTURE BEGINS

Tomorrow we're off on a three-plus month adventure that will take us from San Diego to Spain, Miami to Montreal, and to New England. We’ll be staying two nights in Madrid to get over jet lag, then bullet train to Alicante, where we’ll spend a month and a half. Then...

Safe, Sated and Satisfied Mexican Riviera Cruise
Safe, Sated and Satisfied Mexican Riviera Cruise

  We didn’t have high expectations for our recent Mexican Riviera New Year’s cruise on Holland America’s Koningsdam–we just needed a convenient pandemic cruise fix out of our hometown port of San Diego. We had sailed twice years ago on Holland America ships and...

Santa Fe’s Canyon Road: A Tour & History
Santa Fe’s Canyon Road: A Tour & History

If we had to name Santa Fe’s top draw for us, it would be Canyon Road. We have collected art from around the world as mementos of our travel adventures. Yet, compared to many other art communities we’ve visited, Canyon Road stands apart. Not only because of the number...

CRUISING ANTARCTICA
CRUISING ANTARCTICA

By: Margie Goldsmith You can do this, I told myself. I stripped out of my yellow expedition jacket, wool cap, gloves, fleece layers, tights, rain pants, and long underwear, down to my bathing suit. I was ready to step into the frigid South Atlantic Ocean off Deception...

Uncharted Waters: Traveling in the Time of Covid
Uncharted Waters: Traveling in the Time of Covid

We’re about to begin a three-month adventure in Spain and Portugal. It’s been a long time in coming, for obvious reasons. Over the past 18 months, we planned the trip three times, but Covid surges and lockdowns in the US and in Europe forced us to postpone, again and...

A Stormy Sundowner in Kenya

Ron and Mary James thrill to a perfect sundowner on their last night on the Masai Mara. There bliss it interrupted by a lightning and thunderstorm.

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