Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island
Later today Sergio and I leave
the frozen tundra Boston to visit a friend who lives on Grand Cayman Island. We’ve never been to this tiny Caribbean island and we are excited not only to see Steve but to also visit someplace new.
Blogging may slow down a bit while we are away so apologies in advance for anyone who may be waiting on a comment to be approved or if I don’t follow up as quickly as I normally do through the other channels that I push my content.
I promise to take many pictures and will have plenty to share upon my return.
Earlier this month work brought me out to California. Rather than flying home right away, I decided to cash in some loyalty points and stay at the Westin Market Street in San Francisco’s SOMA district for a night so I could visit a friend I’ve known since grade school who now lives in North Beach.
When given the choice, I like to stay in SOMA. The neighborhood is convenient to touristy destinations like the waterfront and Union Square as well as the financial district and plenty of gay bars (one needn’t only spend time in The Castro). The Westin San Francisco is situated between Mission and Market Street. The property was clean and well managed, and I would return to without hesitation. My 24th floor hotel room offered me a lovely view of Union Square which is about four blocks away. The property backs up to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Four Seasons and a very popular Equinox gym. Additionally, a pedestrian walkway called Yerba Buena Lane has a half dozen upscale bars and restaurants all within a 2-3 minute walk.
If you are contemplating a visit to SF or have a pending trip planned, this may be a great property for you to consider booking. The hotel is large and steps from the Moscone and just a few blocks from the financial district.
Five months from today El Al airlines will start flying non-stop from Boston to Israel. Unfortunately that won’t be in time for anyone attending Tel Aviv Pride, but I’m happy to see another international carrier coming to Boston’s Logan Airport.
El Al airlines joins a growing list of international carriers that have been wooed by Boston’s demographics and our former Governor, Deval Patrick, to start flying to Boston. New international carriers who in recent years have started flying from Boston include: Copa Airlines (Panama Carrier), SATA Airlines (Azores), Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Hainan Airlines (China) just to name a few.
Do you have plans to travel internationally in 2015? If so, do tell – where?
Regular readers will recall that in the fall I encouraged you to book a trip to a warm destination (if you could) in late January or February to break up the winter. Maybe it will make you feel good to know that I follow my own advice; two weeks from today, we fly to The Cayman Islands to visit my friend, Steve.
Steve is near and dear to my heart because if it weren’t for my blog, we may have never met. Back in the day Steve also wrote a blog and that is how we met. A chance visit to Boston to see a concert gave us the chance to meet in person and we hit it off. Steve’s the kind of guy who melts your heart the minute you meet because he is handsome and thoughtful. Although I’ve known him for a few years, until now I’ve not had a chance to visit him so I’m really looking forward to seeing where he lives, meeting his friends and visiting someplace new.
Have you ever been to the Cayman Islands? Tell me all about your experiences.
This week Virgin Hotels opened the doors to its first property in Chicago.
Located in the Loop in the historic Old Dearborn Bank Building at 203 N. Wabash Ave. The 26-story art deco building has 250 guest rooms, including 40 one-bedroom suites and two penthouse suites.Virgin Hotel Chicago offers free Wi-Fi at unlimited bandwidth and lack early check-in or late check-out fees, room service delivery charges, business center transactions, and other fees associated with many hotels.
Virgin Hotel Signature Lounge Bed
Virgin Hotels has plans to open a second location in Nashville in the summer of 2016 and a third property in New York City in the fall of 2017. Virgin hopes to announce two more locations by the end of 2016, with the brand hoping to have 20 locations by 2025. Hopefully Boston is on that short list!
If money and time was not an issue, what one destination would you put on your “Must See” list for 2015? I often write about traveling but only get away from New England one or two times a year for pleasure.
There are so many places I would like to see that it would be tough to limit my answer to just one location. However, I’ve always wanted to visit Cape Town South Africa and I do regret not having visited New Zealand when Sergio and I went to Australia back in 2009 so those two destinations would rank high on my “Must See”. Where would you like to visit if you could go anywhere in the world and why?
A surprise business trip means that I will be flying out to California for work for the next few days and may be slow to respond.
Despite the fact that I’ll be inside conference rooms all day long, I’m still happy to get away from the cold that has gripped Boston if even for just a few days.
Thank you for your patience if I’m slow to approve any comments, post on Facebook & Twitter or respond to email.