Countries Visited

Available categories

Video of Cayman Islands

Sitting in LAX waiting for the plane

We left with plenty of time to get to the airport with the Cancun shuttle people picking us up at 9am for the flight at 12:10pm.

The queue on arrival at Cancun airport to get your boarding pass was literally most of the way down the airport. It took us ages to get through and then the security queue was just as bad. But we got onto the flight.

Arriving in Houston the situation was just as bad (flight delayed leaving Cancun and we only has about 75 minutes to go through Immigration, Customs and then back through security for the LAX flight)

Quite stressful and only just made our flight to LA.

Now 13 hours to Auckland – plane should depart in about an hour.

End of the trip–time to head home

We are ending our trip soon – last breakfast and then departing at 9am for the Cancun airport. We have 4 flights to get home all back to back.

Cancun – Houston – (2 hours and 20 minutes - 1280 km)

Houston – Los Angeles (3 hours and 43 minutes - 2205 km)

Los Angeles – Auckland (13 hours – 10,490 km)

Auckland – Christchurch (1 hour and 20 minutes – 763 km)

Should be home in a day + a few hours.

I asked for a Cognac and this is what I got!


And yes that is a brandy balloon – heaps of Cognac!

P1070152  P1070153

Pam’s cocktail is todays special “Excellence Amanecer” – comprising Curazao Liqueur (blue stuff), white rum, vodka, strawberry syrup, orange juice, pineapple juice and coconut cream.


I decided to go Parasailing today as it is our last day before the 4 flights to get home.

The cost was $66 for about 15 minutes in the air. You got taken out in a small boat to the main boat to go on the chair.

Pam was a definite no to this one – so I had to go alone.

P1070049  P1070054

From the small boat being taken to the larger boat.

P1070055  P1070057

No safety ropes to hold me in and basically not much to hold on to.

P1070060  P1070101

I managed to do a couple of self snaps while up in the air.

[Group 6]-P1070061_P1070066-6 images

A nice panoramic shot from up in the chair of the hotels along the beach line  (click for a larger version of the image)

P1070067  P1070073

Just a pipe to put your feet on

P1070069  P1070071

A great view from above

P1070072  P1070075

P1070077  P1070078

P1070079  P1070084

P1070089  P1070090

P1070098  P1070102

Notice that rope is not very large!

P1070121  P1070142     

The reset from the air and one of the people who took photos and wanted me to buy them!

I just like this garden scene

[Group 8]-P1060579_P1060580-2 images



A few cocktails in the bar and then dinner in the French Restaurant Chez Isabelle

A few cocktails in the bar and then dinner in the French Restaurant Chez Isabelle.

P1060741  P1060742

Cocktail of the day -  Caribe Esmeralda – Curazao Liqueur, White Rum, Gin, Peach Liqueur, Banana Liqueur and coconut cream.

And a Margareta Up – Tequila, Triple sec, Orange Liqueur and Lime Juice.

P1060744  P1060745

A Pina Coloda and a simple Bloody Mary

P1060746  P1060747


An amuse bouche of Escargot (Snail) – very tender and lovely. I think first or second time I have tried snails.

P1060754  P1060755 

A starter of Seared Tune and Steak Tar Tar and a duck pate.

P1060756  P1060759

Pam had and Duck – the duck had a chinese flavour which I think did not suit a French restaurant.

P1060760  P1060762

Seared Mahi Mahi with Rice and Prawns – and Pam finished with a Crème brûlée.

P1060764  P1060765

Have I mentioned that I love this all inclusive deal – amazing.

Cost of tonight $0.00

A private tour and ….

I had seen on some brochures and the hotel TV that they do cooking lessons and tours of the hotel kitchens. I looked around and ended up calling the concierge and he said there was one today but i could not find any details about it so I went to the hotel reception and spoke to the concierge there (different person) who looked up and said there was nothing until Friday/Saturday and we check out on Friday.

He said he would see if he could arrange the chef to do a special tour in the time before we leave.

Later in the afternoon the concierge rang to say that the chef was able to do the tour tonight at 5:30pm for Pam & I.

Wow – we were to meet in the Martini Bar at 5:30 so we arrived early and had a few Margaritas while we waited.


Chef Ernisto who said the tour will take 15-20 minutes

P1060709  P1060710

In order for us to do the tour we needed to dress up in Chefs Whites as it is a real kitchen. Pam had to have a hair net as well as the hat.

As part of the tour we venture into a lot of the kitchens that the restaurant has and seen the prep areas and people setting up for tonight's service.

There was someone dealing with Avocados who had hundreds to scoop out the flesh to make guacamole.

As part of our tour we got to cook our own dish in the real kitchen while the staff had to do the real cooking for customers.

P1060716  P1060712

P1060713  P1060715

Pam did Prawns with a Mango Sauce and I did a fillet steak.

P1060717  P1060718

P1060719  P1060720

Pam plating her disk

P1060721  P1060723

The chef and us with our dishes.


The finished masterpiece's – and they were lovely to eat.

The tour that was supposed to take 15-20 minutes ended up being 1.5 hours. We had a great time and appreciated the executive chef spending 1.5 hours of his day with us - amazing

Bar #2 - The revive bar


[Group 3]-P1060582_P1060585-4 images


These were non alcoholic drinks – about 10am.

Mine was called a Relax – a combination of Orange, Carrot, Peach and Banana.

Pams was a Energizer -  a combination of Papaya, Yogurt, Ganola and Honey.

Copyright © Chris & Pam - 2020