Cigars over the pond

“Smoking cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavour, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out!” -Winston Churchill


If there is an iconic cigar aficionado, Winston Churchill fits the bill and with Churchill we must think London.


While London like so many other big cities has tightened the rules on smoking in general, there are still places to enjoy a good cigar. Click here for the rules


Private establishments are permitted to have smoking areas. Many are high end but there are also a few that are part of ‘pubs’.


Forbes has put together a nice list of high end smoking lounges and Foursqaure has lots of input from cigar smokers.

If you want some place elegant try, The Garden Room at the Lanesborough and for your pub experience, Boisdale of Belgravia will probably fill the bill.




Tip: When packing your bags put cigar cutters and punches in your checked bags, there is a good chance they would get confiscated during a security check.


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Over the bounding sea

June proved to have a wondrous surprise, a transatlantic journey on the QM2. Having completed and passed Cunard’s educational courses on their ships and destinations I earned a free trip with a companion on the QM2.

My daughter and I boarded the magnificent vessel uncertain of what 6 full days at sea would be like. Although I’ve been on ‘cruises’ there was never more than a day or so at sea, so 6 was going to be interesting.

One might expect to get bored, but we actually did not have enough time to do everything we wanted to do. We did manage to take an acting class with a troupe from RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), learn the basics of playing bridge and take afternoon tea. Besides the nightly entertainment and dancing the RADA troupe performed The Taming of the Shrew, which was great. Not to forget, the lecturers onboard were top notch. John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Dr. John McMichan of the Mayo Clinic and more.

Of course dining is always an experience on board a cruise ship and we made the most of it, with a lunch at Todd English and dinner at the Lotus.

Perhaps the best part of cruising is the people you meet. Most people who cruise look forward to dining with someone from across the country or across the world, and get surprised by connecting with someone in your own backyard. It’s amazing the differences and similarities you encounter with each conversation.

One couldn’t traverse the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Southhampton without taking a least a day or two in London. We did the whirlwind tour from Picadilly Circus to the Tower of London, catching sites like Big Ben, London Bridge, the Tower of London Bridge (beautiful) and taking the river cruise as well. The changing of the guard may be a touristy thing to do, but we were tourists and took in the full half hour ceremony.

Travel continues to be a delightful passion and I can’t wait to do more and help others experience our wonderful world.

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