Category: LA to Cancun

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All night long, thanks Lionel Richie

Now I’m ready to raise the roof and have some fun with Lionel and as we walk through the kaleidoscope of colour of Vegas pulsating around us I can’t help but think Life is definitely good, wild and sweet.   Great seats, just at the right height and just close enough to the stage, we are ready for a major flashback to our teens – the 80’s a time of red tracksuits, leather pants and big hair. Im […]


Picasso’s – Las Vegas – USA

The Bellagio has an outstanding art collection and has its own gallery. For their Picasso collection they have taken it a step further with the opportunity to dine surrounded by a magical collection of original works. Picasso restaurant is luxuriously fitted out with rich carpets, large windows swathed with generous drapes of fine fabric and tables sparkling with silverware and glassware fit for a king. Every wall is decorated with Picasso paintings and drawings. Some fantastic bright examples of cubism […]


Viva Las Vegas

I look down my bucket list and nowhere can I see Las Vegas. But guess what, when I wrote the list I really hadn’t imagined what was possible or what was really ahead of me. Now here I am heading out of LA toward Las Vegas and I’m actually really excited.   It feels like such an adventure, we are driving across the desert, the dry sparse landscape feels like I’m on the set of a sci fi flick. I […]


Tempo – Cancun – Mexico

My love as usual, seventeen steps ahead, found that chef Martin Berasategui, a spanish chef of many hats and several restaurants has opened a restaurant Tempo right here in this resort. Now the most amazing thing is the price of things in Mexico. Despite having all you can eat and drink tickets to this resort, with a three michelin star restaurant offering alacarte options at around $22 a main and a tasting menu for around $45 or $70 with a […]

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Turquoise water, the white soft sands of Cancun

Welcome to Mexico, turquoise blue sea, crystal white sand, idyllic beach pavilions swathed in fabric billowing in the breeze and knee deep in shiney golden bodies. A Mexican beach resort is probably not the first choice we would usually make. The freedom of independent travel and sitting in and living a location rather than being a tourist is such a wonderful thing. This trip is a little different though, we are attending an event that just happens to involve several […]

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Thrills Through Hollywood Hills

One last spin before we tuck the Mustang up for the last night. Up through the Hollywood Hills so we can look down over Los Angeles and really take it in.   The homes in the hills feel more real than some of the super mansions we have seen this morning. More like real homes show pieces. We climb up through the hills along famous Mulholland Drive. The landscape is fascinating, there is a dry crinkly crust to the earth […]

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From now on, I can’t stop grinning

  Los Angeles is vast, spread out from the Hills to the coast covering 1,300 km2 and the best way to see it is drive. I reckon we have the best way to drive too, cruising in our Mustang convertible.     With no need to rush and no intention of trying to see all of it, we choose to just take an easy drive. From West Hollywood we start with a slow tour of Beverly Hills. Huge homes, manicured […]

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Langer’s Deli – LA – USA

Next stop Langer’s Deli for the famous No.19 hot pastrami sandwich, house-made coleslaw, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing on rustic rye bread with Dill pickles on the side. Some say “the best” hot pastrami sandwich in America!   We squeeze the Mustang into a parking space on the busy road and we wander down to the unassuming deli on the corner. Langer’s  has been right here serving the same food since 1947. Here I am nearly 70 years later about to take […]


Eggslut – LA – USA

Early morning Downtown LA had a very different vibe than I had imagined.  I expected to be driving into a metropolis of ant like activity, buzzed by a city as it wakes up, but it was very quiet. The buildings were unremarkable concrete blocks, not lot of romance, design or style. It felt sort of grey, monotone and ghostlike. More like a  city of practicality.      We arrived ready for our breakfast but nothing was open. We had planned to arrive early […]


Providence – LA – USA

Providence is LA’s two Michelin star restaurant that has been a success for the last decade. Chef Michael Cimarusti focussing principally on his passion for seafood. I’m really looking forward to this.    We decided it was close enough to walk and wanted to see a bit of LA so we headed off with what we thought was loads of time. We wandered down sunset boulevard, past the house of Blues, a rusty old building that had been a classic […]