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A Highly Recommended Cigar Auction Site – Bond Roberts

4 May

A few years ago in Havana, November 2018, I was invited to a private lunch with Rob Fox of JJ Fox & Andy Ryan and during the long and excellent Italian meal, smoking vintage Partagas Stratford House and fresh PL Coronas RE, at Sergio’s in Miramar they detailed a plan they had along with Rob Read more…

Looking for Yankee Mike – A retired Lufthansa B-747-200

28 Sep

In normal times this would have been a weekend trip to Switzerland to visit Portmann cigars – the usual VW annual vacation bus trip… In normal times – nowadays it is hard to predict what is normal and where you can travel. Switzerland won’t let Belgians in without a 14 day Quarantine, so it made Read more…

Smoking In The New Normal – ANS – Pharmacy Herf August 2020

10 Aug

I hadn’t been to Frankfurt airport since last November, so picking up John there was a shock, a kick in the gut. The terminal was empty and resembled more of a ghost town than what I had in mind – one of Europe’s busiest airports… It was sad to see and would have added more Read more…

Almost Back To Normal – Except For The Masks – At Chateau Henri LCDH Cologne

1 Jul

Last time Frank, Jay and I met in Cologne at the LCDH for cigars was in February. In the meantime I was supposed to have flown to Havana and back, visited northern Italy and Spain and we would have met again a few times – all cancelled due to “stay at home and be safe” Read more…

Cuba, China, Friends, Karma and Covid-19 – A Tale Of Friendship And Humanity

6 Apr

In February last year in Havana with my Scottish mate John Bongo we had one of those pleasant and nice experiences that travellers have when venturing out of their comfort zone – which I and my friends always have as we do venture out. After a good dinner with friends at Destino we were ready Read more…

March 2020 – Cancelling Cuba – STAY AT HOME !!

19 Mar

Last November after returning from Cuba I booked my next HAV flight for 19th March – today. I’d be in Havana usually February for the Habanos Festival, but after 15 years I felt I don’t need another one – so I thought March would be quieter. After returning from Hong Kong last December, the news Read more…

Advice For My Chinese & Asian Friends

5 Feb

My advice for my all Asian/Chinese friends due to recent actions by a Chinese company NOT affiliated with me in any way … : 朋友們, 這是一免責聲明。 最近有一間中國公司嘗試登記以下網名: (,,, 雖然我已經表明這個登記有違我的網誌名稱,而且本人與該公司沒有任何關連,這項登記依然在進行當中。 若你看到 ” flyingcigar ” 相關字樣的公司或雪茄品牌,這些都不是由我出品,且與我無關。 請遠離這些雪茄,而若你想要抽到好的雪茄,請去買真正的古巴雪茄。 Thank you ! Nino