2021 June – Cigar Dinner Aroma De Cuba Cigar Club In Gent Belgium

18 Jun

I had heard a lot about the Aroma de Cuba cigar club, after all most of my good Belgian friends are members there and we had met in Havana, Kortrijk and other places individually but I had never attended a cigar meeting with them. So when my buddy Frank told me about the first ADC 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…

Lucky Again – New Cigar Lounge In The Village

2 Feb

I had been blessed by having several places in the village where to enjoy a cigar both alone and with friends. But then the Irish Pub closed so it was good to have Cafe Emrich as an option, good quiet place with good service – until that one also closed… I found a good quiet Read more…

Picking Up The Cabs – A Visit To MRN In Hong Kong

29 Dec

I had two nice Cabs waiting for me in Hong Kong and if that was not incentive enough for a trip there, my friend Javi was also flying there for a quick business trip …. Javi and I have shared a few trips to Havana and the fun they entail so what better than having Read more…

Keeping It Simple – Cuba November 2019

5 Dec

The more I travel to Cuba the more I concentrate on things, places, friends and experiences that are important to me now that I’ve seen enough to evaluate what is and is not of interest. There’s a saying in Spanish : A veces perdiendo se gana …. As a good friend was not able to Read more…

Meeting The Great Roller Maritza Acuña Again

29 Sep

I  have known Maritza now for 15 years and have met her frequently in Havana at the H.Upmann factory where she leads the 60 best Category 9 rollers of that factory. In fact she gave us in the Portmann group a class in rolling cigars at that factory back in 2007 … I have met Read more…