‘The World is My Oyster’ away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

I know, I know. It’s been a while since I last produced an edition. A long while.

I’ve actually sat down to write something a few times. In fact each time we’ve been on holiday this year – London, Nashville and Cartagena- or family or friends have come to stay with us I’ve knocked a few paragraphs out but then lost the drive to finish what I started.

Well, Rose and I have just got back from a trip to New Orleans and I think the virtually exclusive diet of omega 3 ( more later) has had a substantial effect upon my energy levels. And appears – how long this may last I have no idea – to have instilled a degree of discipline into me again.

Anyway, back to our little trip away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

We narrowed it down that we would take our break in the United States. But where? Well, the place must have music and good food. How about New Orleans we thought, it had been twenty-five years since our last visit. Actually now I think about it , I thought of it and suggested it to Rose. She gave the ‘thumbs up’.

With the plan approved I set about making the arrangements. Flights booked with United Airlines- we are members of MileagePlus, it’s loyalty programme (program for non-UK readers) – and then I booked 7 nights at Homewood Suites by Hilton. A hotel conveniently located just 3 blocks away from Bourbon Street.

With our arrangements made I then booked Ziggy’s holiday. An 8 night stay (this made for a less busy outbound day for us) at his favourite (favorite for non- UK readers) hotel and spa on the island. Pampered Paws . Where else !

For the inquisitive amongst you (this presumes that someone has actually bothered to read this) we caught the 11.00 hours Tropic Air flight to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport where we connected with the United Airlines 13.14 hours flight to Houston where – after a bite to eat and something to drink – we caught the United Airlines 18.39 hours flight to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Upon landing we collected our suitcases fairly quickly, caught a taxi and were in our hotel room at 20.30 hours. And just forty-five minutes later we were in a bar in Bourbon Street!

The next day after eating breakfast -nothing like the view I usually enjoy at – Estel’s Dine By the Sea – we took the bus (US$ 3 each for unlimited travel) to the nearest Walmart. It had to be done so my view was to get it out of the way early and then start enjoying ourselves !

It wasn’t too painful and we completed the mission within a couple of hours and amongst our purchases we got enough Dentastix to last Ziggy half a year.

A joyous Ziggy guarding his ‘stuff’ on our return.

With the horrible shopping out of the way it was time to ‘hit’ the French Quarter for a shucking good time!

“They need a good shucking”.

Meet Lorenzo and

just look

and see how he shucks!

And for only US$ 13.50 for a dozen. At that price the world is my oyster !

Today’s headline is based on the second track on side one of the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome released in 1984 by Frankie Goes to Hollywood which reached number 33 on the US Billboard 200 and number 1 on the UK Albums Chart .

For another shucking good read keep your InBox open.


  1. Brian Johnson says:

    Hello My name is Brian Johnson. My wife and I bought property on the Laguna side of the island. I have been following your posts for many years. Evan spoke to you at pirate bar about 4 years ago. We want to start building we are in town now til Thursday. I know that you used Daniel Camal. Was that a satisfying build experience. Are there other options for contractors to talk to?

    Thank you. Brian.

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Hi Brian. If you email me at johneast.net@gmail.com I will provide a fuller response to your questions. John

  2. tacogirl says:

    Looks like you are both having a fabulous vacation.

    1. It was a great little get away Laurie. Been back just over a week.

  3. Ed Kircher says:

    Ahh. A fellow oyster connoisseur. I had no idea. The one seafood I miss in Belize. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

    1. Hi Ed. We both love oysters.

  4. Bill says:

    Was the oyster bar Ajaxs? Looks like it ….I have spent many hours in New Orleans

    1. No Bill. It was Remoulade (Arnaud’s).

  5. robert kellett vernon says:

    Your kinda in my neck of the woods , i’ll be emailing you soon about something nearer to home , think Murdock, Trust you both had a great time , weve just bought a 34ft A class motor home to go touring with our two cats all over the USA. Great to hear from u guys.

    1. Hi Robert. Long time ‘no speak’. Hope all is good for Carolyn and you. You’ve got me intrigued re Rupert Murdoch. The motor home sounds cool.

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