Christopher D. Wright

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Christopher D. Wright

My husband and I are passionate about traveling and food. When we travel, our goal is to get a real feel for the place we are visiting. We do not just seek out the main attractions but get off the beaten path, try to experience what the locals experience. We have a great respect for other cultures, history and food. We try to work all of this into our travels. I started this Blog to share our adventures in hopes that others might have a better experience when they travel.



Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Caerphilly May 19th 2022

After three years in the planning and rescheduling 4 times, the day has finally arrived. We are on our way to Ireland and Scotland. Covid has made this trip the most rescheduled trip ever, including our recent trip to New Mexico. Even though this trip was fully planed in May of 2020, over the last two years the dates have changed, things are not open because of Covid, then back open, timed entry then no timed entry. The last two months we spent a great deal of time firming up reservations, and rearranging days so that we could do everything we wanted to do. So, here we are, sitting in the Polaris lounge after a relaxing train ride from Providence to Newark Liberty Airport. We could have flown out of Providence but then the planes are ... read more
Potato Hash
The train to HolyHead
The B & B

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 26th 2022

During all of our travels over the last 20 years, we have always strived to do more than sightsee, and truly experience the culture of the places we are visiting. What better way to become fully emersed in the local culture than by the food they eat? Today, was a day devoted to total emersion in the food of Mexico. But first, alarms went off at 5:30, sounds early, but I had the best night of sleep since I can’t remember when, so getting up was not so difficult. Besides I got to finish yesterday’s blog have some coffee and watch the sun rise over the National Palace and Zocalo. They were also raising the flag for the day. We started our food emersion with breakfast in the terrace restaurant. Breakfast is included in the room ... read more
raising of the flag
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 25th 2022

This entry is actually being done on the 26th, after the day of travel I was in bed by 9:30 and exhausted. The day started very early, we were up at 4:30 and at the gate by 6. In hindsight we could have probably slept another 45 minutes, but you never know what the lines will be like a Newark Liberty Airport. The airport was packed, I think many travelers did what we had done and came down the night before to insure they made their connections. The weather was a bit cold and freezing rain. It delayed our flight by about 30 minutes as all planes had to be de-iced. That is not a comforting thought for me, I don’t like flying that much in the first place, but add an extra procedure and my ... read more
The Welcome
The Room
View from the Room

North America » United States » New Jersey » Newark February 24th 2022

And so, another journey begins. We were scheduled to fly out Friday morning at 6 am, but we live in Southern New England, and snow happens here. Our flight was cancelled yesterday, so we spent the day rescheduling. In order to make sure we would get out of Providence before the pending storm, we opted to leave the night (tonight) before and spend the night at a hotel at the Newark Liberty Airport. This of course meant Tarragon would spend a night alone and it would not be until Friday evening that his nanny arrived. But he was well petted and fed before we left. He certainly knew we were leaving because he spent much of the afternoon shunning us under the bed. Flying out of Providence is so very simple, we were checked in and ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver January 2nd 2022

Not much to blog about here either. The entire day was spent taking back the rental car and changing our flight. For the last 24 hours United kept texting and e-mailing that severe weather was causing flight delays and cancelations. So, we just decided to go to the airport (had to take the car there anyway) and see if we could get a different flight. It was a zoo, lines everywhere, the departure board was flashing red with tons of cancelled flights (covid and weather related) we stood in the customer service line for 90 minutes, but we did get a flight change. Have to spent another night in Denver, but we got a much better flight directly to Boston. We just need to take car service from Logan airport back to Providence. This was basically ... read more
Rockies
Clock Tower
Ribeye

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver January 1st 2022

This is a very short entry the day was spent driving to Denver, in not great weather. We woke up to about 3 to 4 inches of snow outside of our window. We ate breakfast in the hotel. They were so short staffed, they couldn’t even clean the tables, just sat people in the bar. In reality, they could have cleaned the tables, just were organized enough to do so. After breakfast loaded up the car and headed out. The first part of the trip was not so bad. But by the time we got to Wagon Mound NM, it turned very ugly, snow, blowing snow, cars in the ditch, multiple care pile ups. The average speed was about 40. It stayed pretty bad until Colorado Springs, then cleared up a bit until about 45 miles ... read more
Driving Conditions
Road to Denver
Cold Cows

North America » United States » New Mexico December 31st 2021

Today was a very chill day, nothing really on the itinerary except pottery shopping. We slept until 9, so did Tarragon. After that we got ready and headed to Tia Sophia’s for our last New Mexican meal (dinner is anything but New Mexican.) Tia Sophia is a breakfast and lunch only hotspot. Fortunately, the wait time was on 15 minutes, as opposed to the 1 hour wait at Pasquals. It is nothing fancy, pretty much a New Mexican Diner. The food is anything but diner food. All the traditional dishes were on the menu, Green Chile Stew, Huevos Rancheros and so on. Chicken Enchiladas were the Friday special so of course that is what Jerry had, with red sauce. The sign out front said “not responsible for too hot chile”, it was spicy but certainly not ... read more
Frito Pie
Chicken Enchilada
Amuse Bouche

North America » United States » New Mexico December 30th 2021

The original title for today’s blog was going to be Taos, since that was the primary city, we were going to for the day, however, as will be explained letter, I just had to change the title to the most significant sight of the day. We again slept in, as we decided at 5 am when the alarm went off, to skip the museum we had planned for the afternoon, sleep in and head out later for Taos. It allowed us to sleep a couple more hours, although Tarragon does not when his breakfast is delayed. We had a quick breakfast at the hotel and were on the road by 10:15. The first stop of the day was the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. This is a bridge that is roughly 800 ft above the Rio Grande ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 29th 2021

We decided to take it easy this morning and leisurely got ready for the day. We skipped breakfast at the hotel and instead decided to have an earlier lunch. This turned out to be a good thing, because Café Pasquals is quite popular and our wait time was an hour. We used this time to do some shopping. Went to a great chile store next door and bought three different types of red chile. Then we walked around looking for pottery, no luck yet. When our table was ready, we got a text and we headed to the restaurant. The wait now was an hour and a half, when we left it was up to 2 hours. It was well worth the wait. The place is very small and there was no personal space, almost sitting ... read more
Pasquals
BLT
Bison

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 28th 2021

Today was a busy day, quick breakfast in the hotel then off to our Cooking Class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. There is also a great shop which has everything you need for New Mexican cooking. Normally, we prefer to take a hands-on class, but there were just not much in the way of hands-on offerings that also included eating what you cooked. So, we took a Demo class entitled “Traditional New Mexican I.” The chef had a great deal of experience including formal French training. Chef Mary Don Wright, did a great job of explaining everything form the types of peppers to the actual process of making your red or green chile. It was the best demo class we have taken, since taking one from our Friend Tina Brusha at the Portland Whole ... read more
The Finished Meal
Capirotada
Vivac Winery




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