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The Antigua Curry Club London 2, September 20 - 28, 2019
We are going on a new "Antigua Curry Club London 2", in September 2019.  This page has details of the expedition.  Please call or write if you would like to join us! 

Our India Call Center:   7832-8466 or 5916-5331.   Or cernikovsky@hotmail.com.

People going so far:
Tomas & Lorraine, Margie & Julio, Frank & Linda, Karen, Suzanne & Kevin ... your name here !
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After all the bus trips to Guatemala City, the The Antigua Curry Club went to London in June 2016, to eat some great curry, see a few exhibitions, a couple of plays, sightsee and shop.  Details of that trip are at the bottom of the page, with some photos from the trip.

Cost:

On this new 2019 trip, I provide organization, but everyone will pay their own expenses, flights to London, Chelsea Cloisters apartment (I recommend) and meals.  You also are expected to provide your own London transportation, by Tube (Underground), taxis, buses or UBER.  All events have a time associated with them.  We will wait some 10-15 minutes and then get started.

Looking forward to your ideas.  I can update this page with more details as we go.  Lorraine and I will be coming to London from a stay in Germany, Linda and Frank from Portugal.


Where to stay: 


I would recommend Chelsea Cloisters, in the heart of Chelsea and a 5 minute walk to Sloane Square Tube station or a 10 minute walk to South Kensington Tube.  I have again got from them a special offer for people coming with The Antigua Curry Club.  

These are "serviced apartments". (http://www.chelseacloisters.co.uk/accomodation ).  Lots of mainly young people from all over the world live there by the week or the month when their companies post them to London to work.  They have "studios", suitable for one person, and "One bedroom" apartments for couples.  The rental rates are all inclusive of daily maid service, weekly towel and linen change and VAT.   They also have two bedroom apartments with a larger living room and two bathrooms.   See details below.

What to do:

This time, two of the best Indian restaurants outside India, one old-fashonioed, and the oldest in the UK, (as old as the Queen, born in 1926) in Regent Street, the second, Amaya, modern, with a Michelin star, luxurious, in Belgravia.  Plus organized activities, dinners, more theatre this time, a side trip to Paris for lunch and free time.

  Sep Tomas & Lorraine Tomas & Lorraine      
Tue 17 arrive 11:25 from DUS The Tunbridge Wells Hotel Chartwell, Winston Churchill's house, with lunch Dinner in Tunbridge Wells  
Wed 18   The Tunbridge Wells Hotel Hever Castle Dinner in Tunbridge Wells  
Thu
19 Margie & Julio
Chelsea Cloisters EVITA, Tomas & Lorraine have tickets.   Margie & Julio arrive with dinner, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre  
Fri
20 Frank & Linda
Chelsea Cloisters Frank & Linda arrive 11:00 Kew Gardens and Chihuly exhibition, lunch at Kew 7 p.m. Dinner at "The Old Cheshire Cheese", 145 Fleet Street
Sat
21 Kevin & Suzie
Chelsea Cloisters Kevin & Suzie arrive   7:30 Dinner at "Maroush", 38 Beauchamp Place, lebanese, walking distance from Chelsea Cloisters
Sun

22   Chelsea Cloisters START THE WEEK:  1 p.m. meet everyone in Peter Jones rooftop restaurant, Sloane Square, lunch   7:30 dinner at "Veeraswamy", UK's oldest Indian restaurant.  99 Regent Street
Mon
23   Chelsea Cloisters 11:00 V&A Museum: Mary Quant exhibition. Pioneer of the "swinging sixties" British clothing revolution in the 60's. Twiggy etc 6:00 drinks at "Gordon's Wine Bar" near the Playhouse Theatre 7:30 Playhouse Theatre "Fiddler on the Roof", tickets about GBP 100-145, Tomas & Lorraine have tickets
Tue
24   Chelsea Cloisters Linda, Frank, Lorraine, Tomas … maybe you, too ... lunch in Paris  … free day for people not going to Paris.  Margie & Julio to the "Fat Duck" in Bray d'Orsay Museum … "Degas at the Opera" exhibition, shop at a small market in the Latin Quarter, drinks at "Les Deux Magots" in Saint Geirmain des Pres return from Paris late
Wed
25   Chelsea Cloisters   meet 12:00 at the Leicester Square "tkts" booth, to see if they have tickets for any good play tonight 1:00 p.m. dim sum lunch in Chinatown, a couple of blocks from TKTS, Gerrard Street, theatre at night
Thu
26   Chelsea Cloisters BEFORE 11 a.m. meet at Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1, for the "Beatles London"  Walk.  You need Tube tickets or an Oyster Card! Lunch somewhere near Abbey Road 7:30 dinner at "Amaya",  Halkin Arcade, Entrance via Lowndes Street, Belgravia, a Michelin starred Indian restaurant with 45 different bite sized Indian "tapas" dishes.  15-20 minute walk from Chelsea Cloisters
Fri
27 Margie & Julio leave for PRG
Fri
27   Chelsea Cloisters 10:30 a.m. Borough Market, 1,000 years old, across from London Bridge Tube station.  Meet in the entrance of the market. Lunch in the market 2:00 "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Shakespeare's GLOBE, a few minutes' walk from the market.  GBP 20-47.  Tomas & Lorraine, Frank & Linda
have tickets.
Drinks after the play at "Level 9" Tate Modern, next to the GLOBE, with splendid views of London
Sat 28   Chelsea Cloisters 10:30 a.m. meet to go to Portobello Road market, antiques, clothes, food lunch in the Spanish restaurants in the market Good bye, "Antigua Curry Club London 2"
Sun 29 leave 8:40 for DFW





See details:

Dear Tomas,

Good morning and thank you for your enquiry. We would be delighted to assist and give below the discounted rates for you. There are a few changes in how we offer rates nowadays as these change frequently due to dynamic pricing. As our availability changes, with less availability, the higher the nighty rate. I can therefore offer you these rates until 1st July 2019 but this maybe subject to change after this date. Any bookings made before 1st July 2019 will benefit from the rate given below, after which, we will recheck rates for the period required and pass this on.

 

All enquiries must state that this is for The Antigua Curry Club group booking and directed to lettings@chelseacloisters.co.uk for the attention of Della

The rental rate includes daily maid service (except Bank Holidays), weekly towel and linen change and VAT. Extra days are calculated pro rata of the weekly rate.

Rates are based on a minimum 1 week stay and different rates would apply if the stay is shorter stay.

 

One bedroom (Standard Double bed with sofa bed in living room)

£145.00pd (Should be £161.00 pd) Flexible terms with payment on arrival. (In lieu of deposit Agents form)

£135.00pd AP terms, monies taken on day of booking (Advance Purchase form), so this is £945 for the week !  And you can come earlier or stay later.

or

 

Standard Studio (Standard Double bed)

£109.00pd (Should be £121.00 pd) Flexible terms with payment on arrival. (In lieu of deposit Agents form attached)

£96.00pd AP terms, monies taken on day of booking (Advance Purchase form), so this is £672 per week!

Flexible: Notice of cancellation is required 72 hours or more prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation charge. If notice of cancellation is received less than 72 hours prior to arrival then a 1 nights rental will be charged for stays of 1-6 nights and a 2 night charge for stays of 7+ nights. Chelsea Cloisters will pre authorise the credit card for 1 day, in order to validate the booking. Payment due in full due on arrival.  Once in house if a guest wishes to shorten their stay no refund is given.

or

 

ADVANCE PURCHASE Prepayment: The total price of this reservation will be charged on the day of reservation and is non refundable.

Please note: If the booking is cancelled or modified, the total price of the reservation will be charged and is non refundable.

Our apartments are fully furnished and comprise of ensuite bathrooms and fully equipped kitchenettes. We offer twenty-four hour security, CCTV, reception, porterage, satellite television, Wi-Fi ( chargeable) and services of two international restaurants (Japanese and Argentinean).

Wi-Fi BT Vouchers can be bought online http://www.btwifi.com/ or at the Lettings Office which is open 9am-9pm Mon-Fri (except Bank Holidays): 24hrs = £10, 5 days = £27.00, 30days = £40.00

Based in the heart of Chelsea, we are within easy access of London’s attractions and sites. South Kensington tube station is a 5 minute walk away and enables quick access to the City, Canary Wharf, West End and international connections from Heathrow and Gatwick. 







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The first night we met at Marousch, in Kensington, for a Lebanese dinner, warming up for curries later in the week.  Click on any photo to see a larger image.
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The next day, it was the "Jack the Ripper" London walk, starting at the Tower of London.  Click on any photo to see a larger image.
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The first curry, in Brick Lane, was planned for many months for a restaurant which Lorraine and I visited last year.  The manager called us on our trip in Malta a week earlier to say his restaurant would close on Mondays for Ramadan, but arranged with a friend across the street for the same menu at the same price.  Good dinner.  UBER on the way back home.  Click to see a larger image.
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The next day, art galleries.  And in Leicester Square, half priced tickets to see Madama Butterfly (in English) at the Collisseum.
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On our way to a Chinatown lunch.
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OK, OK, this is supposed to be The Antigua Curry Club London, but we went to Chinatown for dim-sums. Click to see a larger image.
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At 2:30 a.m. that night, a fire alarm in the apartments we stayed in caused hundred of people to get out in pyjamas in the street.
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Luckily, even at 2:30 a.m. there was a shop open, so we had a wine and crackers party in the street. Click to see a larger image
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The high point of the trip, dinner at Veeraswamy, the UK's oldest Indian restaurant.  Like the Queen, who was celebrating the week we were there, Veeraswamy was born in 1926,  Fabulous dinner.  Veeraswamy is rated by some as the best Indian restairant outside of India.  (The second best is in New York ... Next year, in 2017, we went to  "The Antigua Curry Club New York"!)  Click to see a larger image.
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Veeraswamy, delicious.
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We were supposed to chose the main course between prawn, chicken and lamb.  Instead, they gave everyone all three dishes. Click to see a larger image
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Veeraswamy, UK's oldest Indian restaurant.
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Veeraswamy, UK's oldest Indian restaurant.
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We all went to the Victoria & Albert museum for two interesting exhibitions and lunch.  Some people had lunch inside, some out in the sunshine.
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One of the exhibitions at the V&A was Boticelli. 
Got it ?  Boticelli ... Venus ? Click to see a larger photo.
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Some of us made a side trip by boat on the Thames for a day in Greenwich.
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At the Royeal Observatory in Greenwich, we stood (and sat) on the Greenwich meridian. East on the left, West on the right. Click to see a larger photo.
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At the end of the week, we spent part of the day inPortobello Road, shopping the market and finishing the week with Spanish tapas.  Click to see a larger image.
 
Details of the trip:


Please note that there will be some walking and riding on the Tube.  In each case, if you do not want to walk or use the subway, there are taxis, buses or you can join Uber and call your ride.  

Some of us are staying in Chelsea, at the Chelsea Cloisters on Sloane Avenue, two blocks from Kings Road and a 5 minute walk from the Sloane Square tube station (and the lovely Peter Jones department store).  Chelsea Cloisters has wi-fi, at a cost. 

April 29:  People going, so far: 
Tomas & Lorraine (Chelsea Cloisters), Werner & Maria Elena (IBIS Earls Court), Julio & Margie (Browns'), George & Dianne (Chelsea Cloisters), Margaret (Chelsea Cloisters), Norma (Chelsea Cloisters), Raul & Cindy (Chelsea Cloisters). 

For details of Chelsea Cloisters, click here.

For details of London Transport, visit https://tfl.gov.uk/

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Click here for a map of London
 showing main sites of the trip.
Sunday June 5

People arrive at Chelsea Cloisters and other places and make themselves at home.  Just next to Chelsea Cloisters a "Sainsbury's Express", a nice small supermarket, open early and closing late in the evening. 

There is a Thai restaurant downstairs and other restaurants within walking distance, although Sunday evenings are fairly quiet.  My favorite is 15 minutes' walk, at 38 Beachaump Place, "Maroush".  That's where Lorraine and I will be there for dinner Sunday evening, say 8 p.m. (so far, also Raul & Cindy, Dianne & George, Maria Elena & Werner, Margie & Julio).
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Click to see map of Chelsea
Monday June 6

Make your own breakfast.  I think that everyone has been to London, so they probably don't need a tour of London. 

We will meet at 12:30 for lunch to get an orientation for the rest of the week, in the restaurant of Peter Jones, in Sloane Square, a nice department store 5 minutes away from Chelsea Cloisters, or across Sloane Square from the Sloane Square Tube station.  The restaurant is on the top floor, a good self-service with wine, beer, expresso, and has views over Chelsea and Kensington.

Monday evening, we will go by tube to the Tower Hill station and at 7:00 p.m. have our own private, scary London Walk tour of Jack the Ripper history and area where he did those horrible deeds.  SEE: http://www.jacktheripperwalk.com/.  Cost:  £13 for Super Adults (65+).  You should arrive between 6:30-7:00 and pay the guide.    The large walk, with 30-40 people, leaves at 7:30, but our private walk for 10 is £130 just for "The Antigua Curry Club London" and leaves at 7 p.m.

The tour ends close to Brick Lane, which is full of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants and we will have a nice late dinner at the Eastern Eye Balti House.  Maria Elena & Werner will meet us at the restaurant.  Brick Lane has an interesting history, starting in the 17th century with the Huguenot immigrants from France, escaping the French catholic king.  They brought with them the silk trade.  They built a church.  As they got more prosperous, they moved out, but in the 19th century were replaced by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, who made the street a market and turned the church into a synagogue.  As they got prosperous and moved out, in the 20th century, Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants took over, opened dozens of restaurants and the synagogue changed to a mosque, with a new minaret added to it. 

Now, it is changing again.  It is close to the financial City of London, and London's creative East End, it is Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani restaurants on the ground floor, and young French, Italian and other European professionals upstairs.  London is now the 6th largest French city, with more French than in Bordeaux or Strasbourg and many of the young French live in the area.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brick_Lane  and http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-18234930

Eastern Eye Balti House, about 9:00 p.m.  65a Brick Lane, corner of Brick Lane and Princelet Street.

Lorraine and I will probably go earlier to shop for supplies in the Bangla Town Cash & Carry, at 67-77 Hanbury Street, watch their cute advertisement at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wptYXl9OzEs
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Click to see Tower Hill and Brick Lane, just east of the City of London
Tuesday June 7

There are two interesting exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery (behind the National Gallery, north of Trafalgar Square). 

We should meet there at 10:30 in the museum entrance.  One is "Russia and the Arts, the Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky" (see http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/43127076-russia-and-the-arts-the-age-of-tolstoy-and-tchaikovsky-at-the-national-portrait-gallery) and the other "Celebrating Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855" (see http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/43533401-celebrating-charlotte-brontë-1816-1855-at-the-national-portrait-gallery.

We have to mix art with food and the National Portrait Gallery is about 4 short blocks, walking across Leicester Square, from Chinatown.  Karen suggested Chinatown, and although she is now not coming with us, we'll do dim-sums in Chinatown on Gerrard Street ... Golden Dragon, poor service for non-Chinese customers, but fabulous food and a huge variety of dim-sums.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d680500-Reviews-Golden_Dragon-London_England.html.   Golden Dragon 28-29, Gerrard Street.

Dinner on your own.
  
 
Wednesday June 8

A day on your own, shopping!  Peter Jones is 5 minutes away http://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/peter-jones and Harrods not too far.

If you don't like shopping, then there is a fabulous exhibition at the British Museum, "Sicily: culture and conquest", see http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/sicily.aspx .  Loraine and I will see it on May 15, I already bought tickets, because after one day in London, the next morning, we are heading for 10 days in Sicily.  I think it is a very interesting exhibition.

the other thing you should do while in London, if you haven't done it yet, is take a flight on the London Eye.

We will go see "Kinky Boots", Tomas & Lorraine, Raul & Cindy, Norma, Margie & Julio (see http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/sep/15/kinky-boots-review-adelphi-london).  I bought 7 tickets in the Dress Circle at GBP 69.50.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Please arrive by 7 p.m. at the Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 The Strand, London WC2R 0NS. 
Nearest TUBES:  Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
  Click on the map on the right to locate the theatre.


Locate Adelphi Theatre
Thursday June 9

I suggest that we meet at 10:30 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Kensington and visit "Boticelli reimagined", an interesting exhibition... see details at http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-botticelli-reimagined/.  Maybe more interesting is the "Undressed" exhibition of underwear through the ages, see a New York Times article.

Depending on the weather, we can have lunch either at the V&A Cafe or the Garden Cafe.  After lunch, I think we can walk across the street to the Natural History Museum's Darwin Center Cocoon, a 2009 extension, opened for Darwin's 200th birthday, see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/galleries-and-museum-map/darwin-centre.html.  It documents Charles Darwin's discoveries, the voyage of The Beagle.  It is fascinating and hands-on.

And for dinner, we will meet at Veeraswamy, UK's OLDEST INDIAN RESTAURANT, see http://www.veeraswamy.com/.  Dinner at 6:30!  (Time may still change, watch this space)

Veeraswamy is a couple of blocks from Picadilly Circus.  Mezzanine floor, Victory House, 99 Regent Street.  Entrance of Swallow Street, a tiny alleyway off Regent Street. 

So that will be three curry dinners, one at the bottom end of the market on Monday, the other at the very top this evening, yet anotre "after theatre" the next day, see below.   In the middle of the Indian restaurant market, there is a crisis in the U.K., a shortage of chefs and people willing to work long hours, all combined with tighter immigration.  Please read this interesting New York Times article provided by the Antigua Curry Club's Los Angeles research department.  Lorraine and I have run into this problem, when researching our trip last year.  I was planning to have this dinner in 35-years' my favourite Moti Mahal in South Kensington, but we were served by Serbian waiters, with a Serbian cook ("yes", they said, "the Bangadeshi owner still comes to visit".)  The food was not good, so we opted for the top of the market Veeraswamy.

    
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Locate Veeraswamy in central London

Friday, June 10

If weather is good, then a fun tourist thing is to go by boat from Westminster to Greenwich.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich  In Greenwich, there are pubs and restaurants.  There is the Royal Navy College with a splendid museum.  For those willing to walk up the hill, there is the Greenwich Royal Observatory ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Observatory,_Greenwich
... you can take a photo standing on the Greenwich meridian.

You can also take a flight on London's newest attraction, the Emirates Air Line.

We will go and see The Mousetrap.  It is in its 64th year, the world's longest-running show, see https://www.the-mousetrap.co.uk/Online/ . Tomas & Lorraine, Raul & Cindy, Margaret, Dianne & George, Norma, Margie & Julio. I bought 10 Grand Cicrle Seats for £46 Stalls each. 

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and we have to pick up tickets at the ticket office.  Please arrive by 7 p.m. at the St. Martin's Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9NZ, just off Upper St.Martin's Lane.  Nearest TUBES:  Leicester Square and Covent Garden.  Click on the map on the right to locate the theatre.


Margaret suggested that after the show we have dinner at Dishoom, another Indian, just down the street from the theatre.  See:  http://www.dishoom.com/covent-garden/ Looks like a nice, trendy restaurant in the heart of the theatre disctrict.
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Locate St.Martin's Theatre

Saturday, June 11
:  Free day. 

If you like, then in Kensington, on Saturdays, there is a good market in Portobello Road.  Notting Hill Tube station.  The market advertises itself as "the world's largest antigues market" and, sure enough, begins with upmarket antiques.  As you go down hill, it becomes cheap antiques, later turns to food stores (among them a fabulous Spanish shop), vegetables and fruit and ends with clothing, jewelry and so on.  Assuming the weather is fine, this is a good way to spend a few hours on Saturday.  There is a variety of restaurants for lunch, from pub food to tapas and oriental. 

Click on the right to locate Portobello Road.  Let's meet at 10:30 at the NORTH EXIT from the Notting Hill Tube Station.  See map.

Lorraine and I will lead a tour.  So far, Lorraine & Tomas, Cindy & Raul, Margie & Julio.   See more at:  http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/


Locate Portobello Road
Meet @ Notting Hill Tube Station NORTH EXIT

Sunday, June 12:
  Depart for home or your next destination.
 


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Chelsea Cloisters have offered a large discount on their normal rates based on a 1 week stay to The Antigua Curry Club on their STUDIO apartments. Suitable for one or two people the studio apartment has a combined living and sleeping area complete with double bed, table and chairs for dinning, (no sofa), kitchenette with washing machine/dryer and en-suite bathroom. For the Antigua Curry Club the specially negotiated rate is £700.00 per week based on the flexible policy (this is usually £815.00 per week) and £665.00 per week Advance Purchase (this is usually £745.00 per week).  To get the rate and booking details, contact Della at della.kapadia@chelseacloisters.co.uk at the Chelsea Cloisters.

For a couple, I would suggest to book a "one bedroom apartment". A one bedroom apartment sleeps up to three people and comes equipped with a double bed in the bedroom, table and chairs for dinning and a sofa bed in the living area. The apartment also features a kitchenette with washing machine/dryer and en-suite bathroom. 
The specially negotiated rate is £1015.00 per week based on the flexible policy (this is usually £1095.00 per week) and £945.00 per week Advance Purchase (this is usually £1025.00 per week).  I paid this price some time ago.  These are "serviced apartments". (
http://www.chelseacloisters.co.uk/accomodation
).  Lots of mainly young people from all over the world live there by the week or the month when their companies post them to London to work.  The rental rates are all inclusive of daily maid service, weekly towel and linen change and VAT.
  They also have two bedroom apartments with a larger living room and two bathrooms.

You may want to come earlier or stay later.  Lorraine and I will be in Sicily and Malta two weeks before, arriving in London June 5, and New Orleans after.

 

 

The Antigua Curry Club is looking for several more curry eaters  there may still be two or more memberships available for resale.  If you know anyone who may be interested, please tell them to call our India Call Center at 7832-8466 or e-mail cernikovsky@hotmail.com


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