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Back To Portmann Cigars In The Vintage VW Bus

8 Oct

It was the annual VW Bus ride ( with a large flowerpot as an ashtray ) with Frank and Jos down to Switzerland and Portmann cigars. A few boxes had to be picked up and, honestly, we missed the friendship, hospitality and love that the whole Portmann family extends to all their customers and friends. Read more…

Christian’s Great Weekend

4 Oct

It was the end of the Hermantour, the year long celebration of Christian’s 50th birthday and he had invited the same large group of friends to have a fantastic weekend full of friendship, excellent food and good spirit. I left on Friday morning, smooth driving all the way into the Netherlands for a few cigars Read more…

US Tourism in Cuba And Its Consequences – By Anthony Hayslett

26 Sep

Having experienced the large influx of US tourism to Cuba and particularly to Havana in the last few years myself, I asked a good US friend for his opinion of the consequences it has had – along with the increased influx of other tourists from Europe and elsewhere – trying to see Cuba “before the Read more…

Cigares Avec Mon Frere Simon

11 Sep

It was a day just like the days Simon and I had in Havana together. Smoking, drinking, eating, exploring and having good conversations … Smoke we did – six cigars each, and talk we did too, a lot and into the night. Mon frere Simon and his lovely Eve from Montreal are on a European Read more…

Rik’s First Cigar – Cracking a Cab For A Friend

27 Aug

Khun Rik is my long time Thai buddy and aircrew colleague since he first flew a Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta shuttle with me back in 1998. We became good friends then and over the years he helped me plan numerous vacations in Thailand, visited us frequently in Germany and even flew on my last flight in my Read more…

The Big ANS Summer Meeting – By John Bongo

16 Aug

Being from Scotland, where you’re not allowed to smoke inside, the lack of decent facilities where you can smoke a cigar in relative comfort and warmth outside makes enjoying a cigar an almost impossible task. So, imagine the surprise and disbelief on my friends faces when I told them I was going to a cigar Read more…

Fraternizing With Cubans Verboten

14 Aug

From my Havana trip last May – notes on an unpleasant experience with my “landlady” … : While the Casa “Mar” was fantastic, had I known that “fraternization” with the Cuban staff was “Verboten” I’d not have taken it. I am not in Cuba to avoid the locals, I like to speak Spanish and express Read more…