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…

Happy Days With Niki And The Taiwan Cigar Club In Europe – Day Four – Leuven With Frank

26 Sep

Niki had asked me what he and his friends should see and do in Brussels – I told him very honestly : Get out of there, Belgium has nicer cities than that … 🙂 So on the day before their departure back to Taiwan, after visiting Ghent and Bruges they took the train from Brussels Read more…