The train ride was easy and uneventful. They served a breakfast snack right after we boarded in Cologne, and a lunch snack just after Brussels. Since we were in the Premium class, we were able to fill out a form and pre-request a taxi for €7 extra. It was nice because the taxi line stretched from outside all the way into the middle of the station. We took the quick taxi to the new hotel, Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet. It’s near the Bastille Plaza, and in fact we drove right through it on the way to the hotel. I planned to […]
I’m back in Medellin, this time in the city proper instead of Rio Negro. I’m so excited because Elle and Max will be here in just 2 days to visit me! I decided to go with a slightly nicer hotel this time, the Four Points Sheraton, and so far I really like it. I’m going to move into a suite tomorrow so that we can have a door between us and Max for his naps and when he goes to bed earlier. I can’t wait!
I’m at the end of what was supposed to be a 3-day trip here but ended up being an overnight because the mission changed. I’m at a hotel near the Rio Negro airport that serves Medellin. The place I’m at is kinda neat; Max would love it if he could stay here because there’s an upstairs bedroom that overlooks the main floor. Max doesn’t know it yet, but he and E are coming to visit me in about 2 weeks when I come to Medellin again for a week. Anyway below me are some pictures of the place. After 4 […]
Yesterday the 4th floor (below me) accused me of spilling water on the floor because their apt. smelled humid. My roommate verified for them there was no leak or spill in my bathroom. Apparently today they had a repairman in and our maid let him in our apartment because now I have no toilet. You think they would have told us before doing something like that.
More on my trip to Utrecht in November: Did I mention I was in a fairly nice hotel? I was going to spend a total of 2 nights in Utrecht, and I didn’t have time to do a ton of research, so all I did was do a search of hotels rated 4 stars and above in Utrecht and compared that search with my daily hotel limit. The Park Plaza came in under the limit and seemed to be easy to find. An additional factor is that I was initially denied a rental car authorization and I planned to take […]
I forgot to mention yesterday that the Shore Excursion office never got back to me about the post-cruise excursion. I had to go back during their evening working hour, re-explain what I wanted to do, and re-authorize them to charge us $55 per person for the tour. Looking back, we could have done it differently. We did it the right way because 1) we’re honest and 2) we wanted to guarantee that we’d be with Ted and Joelle. Purely for information purposes I can tell you that we could have put Joelle and Ted’s extra bag tags on our luggage […]
Well, last night really did turn out to be a late one! After the nightly entertainment was over yesterday, Ted and I wound up in the casino watching the 5 or 6 people there play Blackjack and Roulette until the tables closed at 1:30. As we walked out of the casino, we struck up a conversation with a couple from England who were playing one of those machines with a pile of coins inside where you have to drop your coin so that the sliding drawer eventually pushes money over the edge. (Know what it’s called? Please leave a comment […]
Yeah I know, what a cop-out, right? According to the reviews I’ve read, the Hotel American is 100% Italian. From what I’ve seen it looks like a great place, and we splurged a little (as if we’re not spending enough already on this trip). A double room with a view of the canal will run us €190 a night, with a 5% discount if we pay in cash. I’ve heard many good things about the American including that it has a free internet terminal in the lobby, so you may get some updates from there. Then again, I may handwrite […]
Once again we decided to stay in the same hotel as our family after the cruise, especially since they will be in Athens 2 nights. We will be at the Divani Caravel Hotel, which seems to be a fairly nice hotel athough a little ways away from the main Plaka area. Discount hotel companies don’t seem to do too much business with the Caravel because every place we found showed the same price as the hotel website. We wound up booking through Travelocity. They say we’re getting a Superior Double room with a view for €136.17 a night, but naturally […]
Ellen and I have talked about doing a Mediterranean cruise, with or without friends and family, since we found out we were moving to Spain. Ted and Joelle thought it sounded like a great idea, and in the summer of 2002 we started looking at our options. We wanted to have a Spain departure so that they could come visit our house first, which really narrowed down the cruise options. Royal Caribbean has a 7-day cruise that starts and ends in Barcelona, but we were having trouble finding a good price. In November 2002, Joelle went to a travel agent […]