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The English Restaurant in Spitalfields, East London

October 22, 2022

When in the Spitalfields area of London, we often stop by the English Restaurant.  We first visited as part of a food tour and have returned numerous times over the years.  It’s right across the street from Spitalfields Market, on the corner of Brushfield Street and Crispin Street.   The English Restaurant 52 Brushfield St, London E1 6AG, UK #spitalfields #spitalfieldsmarket #spitalfieldslondon #eastlondon #eastend #eastendlondon #theenglishrestaurant #englishrestaurant #brushfieldstreet #englishrestaurants #englishfoods #towerhamlets #shoreditch

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London at Night in Black and White

London Nights in Black and White

October 22, 2022

Here are pictures from our recent trip to London.  The weather was crisp and the trees were changing.  The black and white photos help capture the cool Fall evenings.   London at Night in Black and White For more Black and White photos of London see – Fall in London. #london #londonengland #cafesandalleyways #cafesalleyways #Octoberinlondon #londontravel #uktravel #parlimentsquare #blackandwhitephotos #blackandwhitephotosLondon

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London in Fall

Fall in London

October 21, 2022

London is a favorite destination, and we had a chance to visit in the Fall. The weather was starting to get a bit chilly, and the black and white photos capture some of the feeling of Fall in London. London is a great place to visit and Fall was a fun time for our trip. For more Black and White photos of London see – London Nights in Black and White. #london #londonengland #cafesandalleyways #cafesalleyways #Octoberinlondon #londontravel #uktravel #parlimentsquare #blackandwhitephotos #blackandwhitephotosLondon

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May 18, 2022

We recently took a trip to Cancun. After five days by the pool, it was time to head home.  We flew out of terminal four at CUN where Priority Pass grants access to The Lounge In Partnership with Air Transat. (sort of a clunky name for a lounge). Here are some pictures from our visit. Check in was easy, we provided our Priority Pass card along with our boarding passes, and were in the lounge in a matter of minutes. The lounge was a modest size room with a bar in the center. There was seating areas around the edges of […]

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Turkish Air Cafes and Alleyways

Booking Turkish Air Business Class to Israel

May 18, 2022

As airline prices surge, points and miles can make a big difference in stretching the travel budget.  We experienced this when booking a great deal on a business class flight to the Middle East.  Our first stop on the Middle East trip is Israel and we wanted a flight we could book with points and miles. Turkish Airlines offered a one-way business class flight for 45,000 airline miles plus, $233.60 in taxes (per person).  The business class flight departs from Dallas, flies to Istanbul, and then connects through to Tel Aviv.  Turkish Airlines is not an airline we considered much in the past, […]

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Spice Souq Dubai

A Visit Through the Souqs of Dubai

December 6, 2021

Our trip to Dubai included a half day at the Souqs of Dubai. These markets are a fun place to wander through the old part of Dubai. We caught a taxi from the hotel which dropped us off right outside the Spice (or herbs) Souq. The sights and smells of the spices abound Upon leaving the spice souq we walked towards a road with many small shops. The shops were filled with souvenirs and saturated with bright color. If you’re interested in buying, haggling for a good price is part of the shopping experience. Whatever you are shopping for you, […]

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Ordinary People Traveling to Extraordinary Places

cafes and alleyways about us

Our passion to travel takes us to cafes and alleyways around the world. From neighborhood cafes in Paris to a street market in London, we’ll take the road less traveled to hidden gems, new experiences and mouth watering eateries.

Whether it’s your first time abroad or you’re an accomplished traveler, we’ll share inspiration and tips for traveling the world.  Let’s pack our bags, grab our passports, relax in our seats…we’re now ready for take off!

 Mike  and   Maria

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