Friday, December 3, 2021

Hertz Hurts: A Cautionary Tale

 After just completing successfully a one-day Alamo car rental to get ourselves from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, we discover in David Rowell's invaluable The Travel Insider Newsletter an account of an extremely unpleasant experience endured by a woman who had reserved a car.

Hertz, of course, was in bankruptcy for a year, but that's no excuse for what happened to this woman, her companion, and her elderly cocker spaniel. She wrote a detailed letter to Hertz that went viral on Twitter and Hertz has already promised her compensation (the fact she's a practicing lawyer doesn't hurt her cause). 

Hertz has of course done even worse by customers. if you consider getting thrown in jail worse. 

Something to think about before your next car rental.

Comments Welcome Again on the Wandering Warners: Moderation in All Things

One of our occasional readers recently mentioned that it wasn't possible to leave a comment on our blog.

We've fiddled with the settings and think we've enabled commenting after its disappearance a long time ago. 

Please feel free to give it a try. Comments come to us for moderation and it will be interesting to see if it really works. 

A task like this helps to postpone some of the mundane but necessary jobs we have to complete after being away from home for a couple of weeks.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

A Tale of Two Dinners

Last night at the Tuscany Caffe in Dania Beach, Florida, we enjoyed Fiochetti Di Casa.

Tonight it was a lovely crab pasta as we relaxed back at home.

A Change in the Weather

A pleasant flight, even if 90 minutes late.

We arrived at N Terminal, took the train to C, and arrived at our gate for BLI, where boarding won’t start for another 10 minutes.

Seattle is rainy. What a surprise.

Late Departure at FLL

The incoming Alaska red-eye from Seattle arrived late, so we’ll be departing late as well.

It will be a tight connection from there to the Bellingham flight.

We’ll see what develops.

We did enjoy our dinner last night so we’re easing our way back to reality.

In the meantime, we’ve been entertained by a small bird flying around and a noisy door alarm that whined for 20 minutes until somebody arrived to fix it. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dinner in Dania Beach

We said our farewells to our Toronto friends, Bud and Jessie, at MIA after taking a Lyft from the cruise terminal to the chaotic-as-always airport.

We picked up our rental car and drove to Dania Beach, where we’re staying overnight at the Dello Hotel.

A room was ready for our 11:00 AM arrival, so we brought up our rollaboards and drove over to Hollywood Beach to stroll along the boardwalk and admire the Christmas decorations.

Tonight’s dinner will be at same little joint we enjoyed so much in April. We’ll see if it’s as good as it was then.

Disembarking Marina

We’re in Miami. All good things must come to an end…

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Aboard Marina: Sunset

Aboard Marina: Covid Test Day

An hour in line that didn’t fly by. Still, all the precautions allowed us to cruise.


Aboard Marina: Red Ginger Repeat

Duck and Watermelon Salad, Bulgogi Ribeye (the spiciest dish we’ve ever eaten on Oceania), and their famous Bounty Cake (which didn’t do much for us).