Greetings Travelers, its been way too long. Way too long for so many things. If you’re wondering whats been going on in the Kattrax world; let me tell you. Egypt in November was nice. So nice we are returning this coming November with an optional 3 night extension to an all inclusive resort in Sharm El-Sheikh, near the Red Sea, known for its sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Sharm is one of the few places I’ve been wanting to visit.
in 2 weeks we will be off to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Expo2020 is happening for another month and we are excited to be a part of it. For the first time in history, there will be an African Dining hall, ”Alkebulan”in one of the pavillions. Alkebulan was the original name for Africa. It was used by the Moors and the Nubians. Its meaning: Mother of Mankind. The hall is headed up by award winning Harlem Chef, Alexander Smalls. One of his highly acclaimed chefs, running things is handsome Belgian trained, Chef Coco. A few of the restaurants there are: Afro Street, 7 Seafood, & Chicken Coop. Oh we’ve got a lot of goodies lined up for the 8 nights we’ll be there.
A question is asked, ”Is it safe to go there?” Well compared to what? The United States leads the world in the number of Covid infections. Crime rates are higher and vaccination rates are significantly lower ( UAE is the most vaccinated country on earth). As far as missile attacks go…Just as the UAE leads the world in the best of everything you better believe they’ve got the best protection for their country.
Finally, Black Paris is just around the corner after Covid shut down everything. Our African restaurants and Ricki Stevenson’s Black Paris Tour will be in full effect. Oh those never worn red bottoms purchased at Christian Loubatin’s 4 years ago will make their debut in Dubai when a few of us will dine at ATMOSPHERE, the tallest restaurant in the world on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa. I swore I’d only wear them either in a hotel or on a cruise ship ; didnt want to scuff up the bottoms but now, what the hell.
Australia in June… fingers are crossed that their borders will open for us.
We’ll be in Negril, Jamaica in July at the Tree House – Its a sold out take over and I cant wait. Also in July is the long awaited North Sea Festival in Rotterdam followed by the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. There is some space available. South Africa in September followed by a Kenya Safari and beach getaway..
2023: I promised myself I would limit the tours, no more every month in a different country. I’m sticking to it. February Ghana, March Colombia, June Tuscany by Motorcoach, and last but definitely not least; The Maldive Islands in December. 2023 tours are filling up fast so don’t miss out thinking oh its so far away.