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November 25, 2018

My latest hotels in the Philippines!

And here I go with my latest escapes to the East, that is Asia and of course lovely Philippines. Let me do this post just on the hotels I patronized while visiting there this past week.

So having told you about the airports now comes the lodging and hotels are plenty in previous trips, and posted in my blog. This time tried all new hotels so my vocabulary of Filipino hotels is expanding lol!

I arrived after a long flight as usual lately to Cebu city in the island of Cebu, Philippines. My hotel here was a dandy connected to a Robinson’s shopping mall. This was the Summit Galleria Cebu hotel. The official webpage is here: Summit Galleria Hotel Cebu

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This was great as the rooms are spacious, and the indoor heated pool wonderful; the restaurant Providore. The Robinsons Galleria Cebu lifestyle complex, and Summit Galleria Cebu hotel offers a direct access to the Robinsons shopping mall occupying levels 4 to 14 of Robinsons Place Mall. A wonderful combination which I enjoyed very much! More on the mall here: Robinson Galleria Mall Cebu

While at Manila, I stayed at the Microtel by Wynham hotel another dandy property centrally located next to the biggest mall in the Philippines, Mall of Asia. The webpage is here: Microtel by Wynham Manila

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Manila

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Located in the Mall of Asia shopping complex in Manila. It features an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant. It is a 15-minute drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The mall provides a cinema as well as shops and restaurants.  Pasay district is a great choice for travellers interested in food, shopping for clothes and restaurants. And it was very convenient for a night out of live music nearby. Webpage for Mall of Asia here: SM Mall of Asia Manila

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While at Cauayan in Isabela province I stayed at a more modest hotel the Tapi traveler’s hotel. Huge executive room and bath thus, and a simple cafeteria restaurant with outdoor swimming pool. The main page of the hotel is here: Japi Travelers’ Hotel Cauayan

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cauayan

cauayan

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cauayan

Very nice friendly service here and a shuttle to the airport for free. The place is quiet fora relaxing stay over in your way to visit the caves which are very popular here even if I had no time to see them.

In all it was made easy because I was always with local people and moving by car so the experience will be different if independant travel was done. However, all recommended.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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November 25, 2018

The airports of the Philippines!

As I continue to post on the Philippines so I won’t forget lol! Let me tell you about the airports I have been lately in my travels there this past week.

I decided to do this trip in my blog by sections rather than the whole story. Bear with me trying to be creative lol!

My airport for the last few years have been the Nantes Atlantique normally call the Nantes airport even if it is in the city limits of Bouguenais in the department 44 of Loire Atlantique in the region of Pays de la Loire. Yes old Brittany and the closest major airport from me.

I needed to go earlier than usual due to the strike of the yellow jackets or gilets jaunes going on in France nowdays blocking the roads to ask the government to bring back the taxes on fuel/gasolines that are very high even by French standard ! The fight will be long and planning many days of demonstration road snail traffic and block of main roads. I left home by 4h to avoid the blocking which knew from social media was to begin at 6h, done deal easy in to my covered parking at Nantes!

A bit of history I like on it. The airport was done using lands near the castle of Bougon former castle fortress of the 9C at the origin of the village of Bouguenais. Fitted out from 1932, it welcomed in 1934-1935 a factory of the Breguet establishments. In 1939, the grass runway was replaced by a runway concrete of 900 m × 40 meters. During the occupation, the Nazis made a veritable camp with barracks, blockhouses, concrete bunkers. From there left the Luftwaffe bombers to bomb England. The Allies, measuring the strategic importance of the site, with the nearby aviation factory, bombarded the terrain in1943 and the factory was three-quarters destroyed and made inutilisable. At the end of the war, the French Air Force resumed possession of the land, which the Nazis had destroyed the infrastructure at the time of their retreat. In 1948-49, the land area is increased to about 300 hectares. The first commercial activities of the aerodrome appeared in 1951, with the construction of the first building (wooden), while the activities of tourism and test flights developed.

The airport has a terminal consisting of three main parts called Hall 1, 2, 3. A fourth part, Hall 4, was added with a lighter architecture, initially dedicated to the regional subsidiary of Air France, before hosting more generally regional flights with small modules as well as part of flights of Volotea. A gradual optimization of airport facilities starting from 2020, with a three-stage phase of work up to 2035, including the extension of the tramway to the airport. As a consequence of the abandon of the airport project of Notre Dames des Landes.

Is growing but still a wonderful small airport easy in and out and great parking facilities. From here most of the time fly out with Air France, sometimes HOP and less Vueling or Iberia. The webpage is at Aéroport Nantes Atlantique

Nantes

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And as I got earlier than usual here, had time to enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the nice le Grand Comptoir restaurant at second level by security entrance and gates. I had the menu du jour filet mignon in mushroom sauce with a glass of Cheverny red wine, and coffee just nice for 22€. More on the this and other restos in the airport here: Le Grand Comptoir at Nantes airport

 

Nantes

From here I fly all over even north to Amsterdam or south to Madrid for connections but most of the times to Paris CDG.  The landing here is always on Terminal 2 F from Nantes and going but this time needed to go to Terminal 2 A by bus, easy. As had used it before and plenty in my blog just you tell you is very easy but huge and can be overwhelming for new visitors or not used to big airports.  From Orly done flights out of the  Paris region. I have a post explaining it all.  More in my previous post here: To From Paris airports

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And of course, had to have my Starbucks coffee in T2A before the passerelle photo above to my gate A37 and HKG.

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Then, have a previous post on those connecting airports of mine for the last few years. This time went by Hong Kong again and very tight needed to ask assistance with Cathay Pacific airline which were wonderful to take me to the gate lol!

This is my previous post on the transit airports and HKG is there too. It is a nice airport mind you but as always in these tight budget travels the connection are very tight and no time to see much in them.  My transit airport as in HKG

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hong kong

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I ,then continue into Cebu Mactan International airport, Philippines. Here I have been a couple times already so it was easy in addition to always been waited for, the trip back to the hotels is always by car and pleasant company.

Here is  my previous post on Cebu on my last trip there Jan18: Going HKG to Cebu Philippines

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Well, this is not over as on a business trip which this was needed to see clients in other parts of the Philippines;so went back to Manila Nino Aquino International airport of which have previosly visited and it is a rather big nice airport with all facilities as well.  Here is my previous take on the trip and the Manila airport here: Another dandy in the East, Manila

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manila

Again, traveling in the island nation of the Philippines, went this time to a new airport that of Cauayan in the province of Isabela north of Manila. They tell me by bus or car is about 12-14 hrs from Manila but by plane was only 2! Again flying internally on Cebu Pacific airline which as routine was always late!  Cebu Pacific uses Airbus A319/A320 for its Manila-Cauayan-Manila route.The airport is very small and limited facilities just a big runway to accommodate island travel and visit the caves which are famous here and attract some tourists from abroad. The airport was recently reopen (nov 2nd) after suffering heavy damage from storm Rosita. The airport is best explained here Cauayan airport site info

Cauayan

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And the trip back was very loong and even more delays at Cauayan airport , the flight with Cebu Pacific was delayed 3 hours (the longest delay ever for me, there is always a first), been lucky in the past but….I needed to go thru Manila airport and from there Philippines airlines to Cebu airport ,where just stayed at the airport for the connection domestic to international and my flight back home!

So the return home was from Cebu airport passing again by Hong Kong airport this time with a bit more time no assistance needed but not enough time to look around yikes! and from HKG to Paris CDG T2A all using Cathay Pacific again, rather nice service and on time. At Paris CDG took again my Air France from T2F to Nantes arriving on time.

However, the gilets jaunes were and are still on strike. The leaving the airport was easy but just at the junction with the N165 roundabout the barriers were beginning to be put up for a block, just barely past them. Arriving by Vannes, the snail traffic blocks were going on by the city center exit ,however, took the direction Rennes N166 to go around my job and cut back into the smaller departamental roads and towns to avoid all blocks. The blocks were there there in Vannes all over and on the N165! Got home safe and sound and quick, you just need to know your alternative routes always. Cheers

By the way the gilets jaunes are right !Yes! and as a road warrior love my free roads of France especially in my dear Brittany! This is in Vannes from youtube video

 

Now be safe on the roads, and know more than a GPS lol! Hope you enjoy my latest round of airports and my latest on the Philippines, more to come soon. Enjoy your Sunday.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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