Category Archives: Holidays

This includes our holiday destinations as well as public holidays when we are not in work.

Mexico day nine – tequila day

After the exertions of yesterday and the sun getting the better of me we had 9 hours sleep, yes 9 (nine) hours. The body must have needed it.

Bran flakes only for breakfast, no eggs, bacon, omelete or pancakes like the rest of the holiday-makers!!

Then back off to our favorite spot for an hour of my book before a planned walk. But before the walk I was persuaded to attend a tequila tasting session. Michele didn’t fancy it so off I went on my own to the members presentation. Mexican tequila is not like that in the UK nor is it drink the same. No lime or salt, just taken with ice. There must have been 20 of us all in a semi circle. On my left another Russian born who now lives in the US but this time a lady as well as a Chinese born American lady and on my right a girl of my dreams! A Maria Sharapova double, six foot plus blonde who was stick thin from Southampton by name of Tazmin! Lucky me but sorry to say no photographic proof so you’ll have to take my word for it 🙂

Over the next hour we all had to taste 11 different flavours of tequila (orange, cranberry, mango, tamarind, coffee and chocolate etc.) But not without the silly theatrics. Lots of Spanish phrases and swaying of the hips. To help with the digestion there was Nacho and salsa freshly made to help soak the tequila up.

All four of us were in constant trouble with our host as we were busy discussing the tequila flavours. Yes favourite was the tamarind one!

By the end all 11 bottles were empty and all the salsa gone too.

Tazmin was explaining that she was on a weeks holiday at the hotel before joining the team as an employee. Brave move but I’m sure she’ll make a good go of it.

Later in the afternoon I joined the real lady of my dreams before we headed off to the Mexican for our evening meal. Again the food was OK but not as good as the Thai!

Chicago 2016 – Day 7 (Poorly Wife)

Today has not been what we expected even though the weather this morning has been the best so far with warm sunshine.

We woke up to Michele feeling nauseous, hot then cold, a blocked nose and a headache 🙁

I went off to find a pharmacy, which was not too far a drive. A quick chat with the pharmacist & I was on my way back to the hotel. The first dose of tablets did no good at all as they caused Michele to be violently sick!

As there was nothing I could do Michele told me to catch up with Julie & Joe. But rather burden them with my presence I asked could I borrow their access card for the arboretum at Morton ( & off i went on my own to chill.

after parking the car at the main visitor centre car park I elected to walk the perimeter trails 1, 2, 3 & 4 including the extension to ‘Big Rock’ I had a couple of hours walking on my own in perfect weather conditions. I even took a detour up to the ‘Big Rock’ which reportedly was left there by a glacier millions of years ago. The trail close to the visitor centre was busy but the further away you got the quieter it was & at some points i didn’t see anyone for 15+ minutes.

Arriving back at the visitor centre i stopped off for a loom at the displays & have a refreshing fruit yogurt. I chatted with the visitor centre staff who advised I’d walked about 5 miles. A really enjoyable time as I don’t usually get to spend so long in my own company. At one point on the walk I’m sure I heard a woodpecker in the tree canopy above me.

Arriving back at Julie & Joe’s I was told Joe had gone out to clear his head but if i wanted to join him for a pint by all means do so. So off i went to Warren’s Ale House at Weaton ( where i found him perched at the bar. After a chat & a beer I left Joe & headed off to see how Michele was. All seemed OK, but still tucked up in bed. The only thing bothering her now was a headache.

I went back to Joe & Julie’s to meet Tom Joe’s best man who had just arrived from San Diego. Julie & the girls had been out to have their nails done but soon arrived back. Nor long after they got back & Julie  had had confirmation of the house report. There was still some work to agree on but things seem to be going in the right direction.

Just as I was about to leave Joe’s dad appeared after his drive from his home a few hours away. I said my goodbyes & went to get Michele out of bed & some food in her.

Now sat in bed writing my blog before an early night ready for tomorrow.


Chicago 2016 – Day six (lazy day)

Today has been the laziest day of the trip so far

I had a Skype call with my mum this morning, before we headed out for breakfast or was that brunch? We went to Butterfield’s again but this time all I wanted was a simple BLT! But not in the USA don’t get me wrong, the food here is great but every late is oversized, there are no half measures. The BLT was like half a loaf with crusts included. Then there was the side of fries too. Nothing is in half measures.

A walk around the shopping mail emptied my pocket rather than the belly I’ve grown over here!

I let Michele drive the car this afternoon on the car park, I’m not a good instructor, no patience, albeit Michele is a good driver, I’m a poor passenger!

We called at Julie and Joe’s late afternoon and caught up with Aunty Jilla, the rest of the house was asleep!

I had errands to do, pick suits up, pick Rachel and Nick up from lisle station and finally get the sandwiches from subway.

I dropped the car off at the hotel and asked for a lift back to Julie and Joe’s only to be told by the Hilton bellhop they won’t drop off at private hoiuses only businesses! Joibsworth

Avoid evening with the family at Julie’s