Jim Haughwout's Odyssey
If I only had 7 years…
Writer prepares to retrace early humans’ journey out of Africa’s Great Rift Valley
Paul Salopek will begin trip in Ethiopia and hopes to reach most southerly point of South America in seven years
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If I only had 7 years…

Writer prepares to retrace early humans’ journey out of Africa’s Great Rift Valley

Paul Salopek will begin trip in Ethiopia and hopes to reach most southerly point of South America in seven years

Full article here

So many choices

So many choices

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page
St. Augustine
Going to Cornwall: Stay (and eat) at the Lugger Hotel
We spent Easter Break (a four-day weekend in the UK) in Cornwall this year, staying at the Lugger Hotel. It was a wonderful experience.
We took advantage of their “(Bed & Breakfast) & Dinner” option, getting a nice room, a two-course breakfast and a three-course dinner in one package. Each morning, we started with a nice breakfast that consisted of great food (tip: start with the Cornish yogurt and local fruit compote), friendly service, and a view of the water (the hotel sits right on the harbour). We came back each night to drink in the lounge, an even better dinner (tip: go with the local fish, they do a great job with it) and a well-appointed room. Interspersed with this was a nice turn-down service, nightly poems in our room, and both a Good Friday and Easter chocolate treat in our room. When we checked out we got a third treat (a Goodie Bag to get us through the holiday traffic back to Sussex).
The hotel is in Portloe, a really charming village on the Roseland Penninsula (hint: Ignore Google Maps and drive into Portloe from the south). You can watch the fisherman go out in the morning and hike along the cliffs around the town (even going down to some private coves). From Portloe, you can go to St. Mawrs with ease (and St. Ives in 75 minutes).
Visit the hotel online at http://luggerhotel.co.uk. Enjoy!

Going to Cornwall: Stay (and eat) at the Lugger Hotel

We spent Easter Break (a four-day weekend in the UK) in Cornwall this year, staying at the Lugger Hotel. It was a wonderful experience.

We took advantage of their “(Bed & Breakfast) & Dinner” option, getting a nice room, a two-course breakfast and a three-course dinner in one package. Each morning, we started with a nice breakfast that consisted of great food (tip: start with the Cornish yogurt and local fruit compote), friendly service, and a view of the water (the hotel sits right on the harbour). We came back each night to drink in the lounge, an even better dinner (tip: go with the local fish, they do a great job with it) and a well-appointed room. Interspersed with this was a nice turn-down service, nightly poems in our room, and both a Good Friday and Easter chocolate treat in our room. When we checked out we got a third treat (a Goodie Bag to get us through the holiday traffic back to Sussex).

The hotel is in Portloe, a really charming village on the Roseland Penninsula (hint: Ignore Google Maps and drive into Portloe from the south). You can watch the fisherman go out in the morning and hike along the cliffs around the town (even going down to some private coves). From Portloe, you can go to St. Mawrs with ease (and St. Ives in 75 minutes).

Visit the hotel online at http://luggerhotel.co.uk. Enjoy!

Awesome vacation idea (Tigers, jungles and stays at Oberoi hotels!)

Awesome vacation idea (Tigers, jungles and stays at Oberoi hotels!)

I moved my online photos over to Flickr for easier access. There are organised by travel location.

Six Days in the Bernese Alps - Things To Do
This month we spent six days in the Bernese Alps (hiking, walking, climbing, relaxing and eating). We chose the centre our trip around the Lauterbrunnen vale (the above picture) based on its beauty (it was the place that JRR Tolkien based Rivendale on). However, we bought a Jungfraubahn pass so we could take trains all over.
Excursions
There is skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer. We liked the summer as we could see snowy mountains while hiking in green valleys. The hikes had there share of climates (23C at 700m, 10C at 2000m and 3C at 2800m). If you only have two days, take the train to Kleine Scheidegg. From here you can hike up the Eiger glacier, viewing the mountains up close. Next you can return for a drink or bit to eat before hiking down a combined bike and walking trail into Wengen. For some pictures from this excursion, click here.
Where to Stay
We stayed in Interlaken, but quickly learned found that the place we would have enjoyed was Wengen. Wengen is incredibly charming, with nice markets, hotels and restaurants. The view from Wengen cannot be captured in words or pictures (mountains above, a view into the valley below, hiking or skiing all around). You have to experience it for yourself.
Where to Eat
Food is not cheap in Switzerland. As such, it is key to find nice places where you do not mind spending the money. We managed to get off the tourist trail for most of our dining.
While in Wengen, we had a fantastic lunch at the Romantik Hotel Schönegg: a roasted goat’s cheese salad with field greens, tomato relish, avocado and fresh herbs (paired with a nice local white wine). If we had been staying in Wengen, we would have had at least one dinner there as well. We definitely recommend it.
While in Interlaken, we walked down to where the locals eat (by the corner of Alpenstrasse and Frieistrasse). We found several nice places, but returned for three evenings at Restaurant Tenne (3800 Interlaken, 033-822-94-22) for wood-fired pizza and fresh pasta (the Canton of Berne is in the south, proving great access to Italian food). The best days to go are Thursday and Friday (enough patrons to be lively but quiet enough for really personal service).

Six Days in the Bernese Alps - Things To Do

This month we spent six days in the Bernese Alps (hiking, walking, climbing, relaxing and eating). We chose the centre our trip around the Lauterbrunnen vale (the above picture) based on its beauty (it was the place that JRR Tolkien based Rivendale on). However, we bought a Jungfraubahn pass so we could take trains all over.

Excursions

There is skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer. We liked the summer as we could see snowy mountains while hiking in green valleys. The hikes had there share of climates (23C at 700m, 10C at 2000m and 3C at 2800m). If you only have two days, take the train to Kleine Scheidegg. From here you can hike up the Eiger glacier, viewing the mountains up close. Next you can return for a drink or bit to eat before hiking down a combined bike and walking trail into Wengen. For some pictures from this excursion, click here.

Where to Stay

We stayed in Interlaken, but quickly learned found that the place we would have enjoyed was Wengen. Wengen is incredibly charming, with nice markets, hotels and restaurants. The view from Wengen cannot be captured in words or pictures (mountains above, a view into the valley below, hiking or skiing all around). You have to experience it for yourself.

Where to Eat

Food is not cheap in Switzerland. As such, it is key to find nice places where you do not mind spending the money. We managed to get off the tourist trail for most of our dining.

While in Wengen, we had a fantastic lunch at the Romantik Hotel Schönegg: a roasted goat’s cheese salad with field greens, tomato relish, avocado and fresh herbs (paired with a nice local white wine). If we had been staying in Wengen, we would have had at least one dinner there as well. We definitely recommend it.

While in Interlaken, we walked down to where the locals eat (by the corner of Alpenstrasse and Frieistrasse). We found several nice places, but returned for three evenings at Restaurant Tenne (3800 Interlaken, 033-822-94-22) for wood-fired pizza and fresh pasta (the Canton of Berne is in the south, proving great access to Italian food). The best days to go are Thursday and Friday (enough patrons to be lively but quiet enough for really personal service).

I fly a lot (and I belong to a lot of frequent flier clubs). Every once in awhile, I forget (or the person booking my tickets forgets) to add my frequent flier number to my booking. This is not so bad on a short flight; it is a big waste on a trans-continental one.

This happened this week on two Virgin Atlantic flights. So I just went to their site to claim a missed trip. It took them less then six seconds (yes, six seconds) to process the claim and credit me with the miles.

This is an amazing customer experience.