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Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, San Francisco.

 

That should be all for the last quarter, unless a surprise Vegas trip pops up.

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SF for business and possibly a day or two in Kenwood (Sonoma) not for business. Hope the lights are turned back on by then.

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Grand Cayman in November. Undecided for Christmas yet, thinking either phoenix or San Diego to get some comfortable weather unless a good deal in the Caribbean pops up.

Have you been to Grand Cayman? We're going in December for the first time.

 

I'm gleaning tips from the unknown anonymous at https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g147367-i321-Seven_Mile_Beach_Grand_Cayman_Cayman_Islands.html and

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147367-i321-k12763977-Help_with_dinners_please-Seven_Mile_Beach_Grand_Cayman_Cayman_Islands.html . Navigate upward for more. First time I've found the TripAdvisor forum.

 

Note to self: those who cannot remember to test prescription snorkel goggles before departure are condemned to repeat the Cancun Binder Clip Hunt of 2010.

We did not eat any "island" food. The demographics in Cayman are very different from other islands. Mostly serviceable Italian food. Luca is nice and has a good wine list. Bacaro is decent but buggy at sunset (and there's a dengue outbreak!). XQ pizza was a quite good for bar pizza type food but not on the water.

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Milan, Piedmont, Turin ... and boom ! I've blown 2 weeks so, now being short on time with only one week left, I gotta rush east to feast near Padua, otherwise Max will be bumming, and after that I'm juggling multiple reservations cuz I have reservations about Venice where I go every year anyway (for the New Year and much more) ... spoke to La Subida and can redirect there for a bunch cuz they are indeed open as is Radikon and Sasha is happy to see sweet little Chambo again but Gravner is growling about their vacation time and those daughters don't want to be doing Chambo a solid, witches ! Dario is cool to see Chambo again and an interpreter will be required again etc etc ... but the Subida houses are still without wifi (WTF !) and cell service is stupendously spotty to the point that you can't rely on it ... and even though she said that she'd give me the best located option for cellular data, I'm not convinced ... so I'm scratching my head about what to do ... but I don't have time to research anything cuz I'm too busy posting here and running a global empire*  ... hmmm ... decisions decisions ... made the difficult decision to skip Florence this year for the first time in many, many years (I usually arrive Florence perfectly timed to do some scouting and then hit the winter sales on the exact day that they start ... I have all this stuff down to a science) ... but I do love love love being in Italy over these Xmas NYE holidays cuz it's so festive and fun and hence I do some version of this trip every year, always including Piedmont cuz life's not worth living without a major winter white truffle mid-December blizzard (which is a bit late but still fine if you go to fine places) ... well I don't do this EVERY year ... that's an exaggeration ... but every year for the last 7 years, yes

 

* FYI the Asian work trip was a WILD success ... bot manufacturing is now up and running ! ... the Kimchi Princess, who's quite the Asian tiger, convinced me to skip China and setup operations in Seoul ... so I did ... and it's proceeding better than I could have ever imagined ... all the stars are aligning and everything is falling into place such that I've decided that I've earned the right to celebrate a bit and sneak in a little vacation because 2020 is going to be a blockbuster success story ... stay tuned ... Chambo is on the verge of total Universal domination and I think it's now unstoppable ... but it's going to take time ... I'm feeling good
 

Bogota this weekend and Cape Town in January.


Oh look above, there's my good friend mitchells ... or at least he was, until he started slandering me and my champagne en Chine, the bastard ! Remember The Bastard, mitchells ?

You need to learn how to live a little cuz your comment demonstrates a lack of knowledge in that important department ... as we shall see at some point in the future ... at a time and place of my choosing ... game on ! and don't forget that you started this war ! As always, it's never Chambo that starts any of this stuff ... for Chambo received a blistering, sarcastic assault on his good taste ... you should have made love to me mitchells when you had the chance ... it's too late now !
 
I have made it abundantly clear in the past to you that you know nothing about my lifestyle choices !
 
To wit ...
  

 

Yes, made a pit stop in Castelnau Le Lez. Thought it would be nice to hang poolside on a vineyard for a day and drink Rose from the vines a few meters from the pool. I could definitely get into the Chambo lifestyle.

 
mitchells, please be careful talking about things of which you know virtually nothing ... ie The Chambo Lifestyle.

 


I'll have you know that that September ie in 2016 I was there, mitchells and I didn't like the place AT ALL.

 

Total nouveau riche !

 

Way too much money with too little taste was poured into the place.

 

Met a good buddy there ... he's a NYC Greenpoint-loft-based artist friend (he's been in GP since before it was trendy and his big canvas totally out there mostly abstract w some tiny human-ish figure-oids interspersed among the colors seems like a good Green fit) ... who has a place outside Montpelier up in the hills where doth grow the vines ... and he looked at me funny upon arrival at the Castel and said "You really wanted to come here :unsure: ?" and I grimaced :( and said "Sorry, man, was given bad info. I'll take care of the 50 euro Pibarnon rosé and we'll make the best of it and then blow out of here ... and so we sat, we chat, we drink and we keep on moving ... and went to where I really wanted to go which was the brand newly opened Terminal#1 pop-up from the bros, where I was invited and we had a great time hanging outside, tucking into tons of tapas and drowning our blues in some reds and whites ... and that was our night, mitchells

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We did not eat any "island" food. The demographics in Cayman are very different from other islands. Mostly serviceable Italian food. Luca is nice and has a good wine list. Bacaro is decent but buggy at sunset (and there's a dengue outbreak!). XQ pizza was a quite good for bar pizza type food but not on the water.

 

Thanks; we'll probably try Luca. I have a longtime hatred of dining in the same hotel we ever stay in (especially for breakfasts) so I'm mapping out as many alternatives as possible. Morning jogs (dengue time!) before she wakes always help me scope out walkable options. Probably not the Camana Bay mall's Brooklyn Pizza and Pasta.

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Bogota this weekend and Cape Town in January.

The food in Bogota does not suck. And very inexpensive. Definitely coming back here to eat....

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Bogota this weekend and Cape Town in January.

The food in Bogota does not suck. And very inexpensive. Definitely coming back here to eat....

And the national airline does indeed suck....

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Let me rank the six trips I just did back to back.

 

1. Barcelona (yes, surprise)

2. Miami (great beach weather)

3. New Orleans (would easily beat Miami, but the weather was brutal)

4. San Francisco (city fine, Dreamforce crowds ridiculous, hotel awful - because any good hotel was full of Dreamforce crowds)

5. Denver (not really Denver, middle of nowhere outside the city but hotel was fine)

6. Orlando (the boring end of Disneyworld is champion boring, everything over-priced, weather over-cast, did I say boring?)

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We’re basically in Austria every weekend, don’t know if that counts. But next weekend Italian Alps, also for skiing.

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