THIS WEEK'S JOHNNY JET 1/23/2003
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Our flight back to LAX was easy and relaxing. This was one
of the few times I did not take out my computer and work. Instead,
I just laid back and fell a sleep watching the movie Gold Member in my phat
seat. What's funny about that is, the next day; Amber Airplane had "Mini
Me" on her flight. She said he was so tiny, that he literally was
only up to her knee cap. During boarding he stood on the floor in between
the First Class seats so know one would see him, and no one did. Also
on the plane was an abusive passenger who started yelling at her for no apparent
reason. Upon deplaning, “Mini Me" said, "Amber, I almost jumped over
my seat and beat him up for you". Verne (Mini Me) is now second
to Johnny Jet, as her favorite passenger.
The big party we went to this week was the after party for the American Music Awards. Our good friends from Teen People hosted it at a bar called Ivar, near Hollywood Boulevard. The party had lots of stars. There was N'SYNC to Hugh Heffner . (Heff strolled in with 7 (SEVEN) girls. They were all holding hands and Heff was fittingly in the middle. When he walked by I said "Uncle Hugh, where have you been?" He just laughed and went upstairs directly to the VIP room. You know you are at a great party when they hire one of the top performers to give a little private concert. This year they had Nelly rock the house. Although they had plenty of food, it would've not been right to be only 3 blocks a way from Roscoe's and not stop by for a late night snack of fried chicken and waffles .
Well, after writing about Raffaello’s a few weeks’ ago, a reader recommended that I try Neil's Pasta and Seafood only a few blocks away from Raffaello’s in San Pedro. This reader emailed me to say he arranged with Neil to let him know that I was coming and that I would be bringing the ultimate Italian connoisseur, my Pops! Well, it turns out Neil is from the same island in Italy (Ischia) as my grandparents. Therefore, he immediately hit it off with my Dad and took the menus away from us and started to bring dish after dish out to our table. Every time the waiter dropped a meal off my Dad looked at me with this stuffed look and said " Is this the last one ?" Neil's is a great place for an Italian feast. The food, service, and decor are excellent. The best part is the bread and the spread for it (tomato sauce, mascarpone cheese, and parmesan). It's worth it to go there just for that. We went twice in the past week, once for lunch and the other for dinner . I recommend lunch because dinner is a bit pricey for it's location. Info: Address: 383 W 5th St., San Pedro, CA tel. 310.548.3495
More Italian food: another one of my Dad's new favorite Italian restaurants
in Marina Del Rey. He doesn't love it for the food, although it
is good and the portions are
(including half orders)! He and most people love it for the
killer garlic rolls
and price. You have to love a place where everyone joins in and
sings "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's Amore" (On
"that's Amore" everyone toasts including all the waiters, so its non stop
drinking the cheap house wine). We went twice this past week,
including once for my good friend
party. Guess how much it cost per person for a
party of 12
? Nope, guess lower... lower... $15.00, can you believe
that? Another place we went to in Marina Del Rey was
Jerry's Famous Deli
. My Dad wanted a Reuben and this place is a great Jewish
delicatessen that has locations all around L.A. The food is always
good, the menu is bigger than the Cheesecake Factory’s, and the
soup is to die for, or bring you back to life!
Good News! Remember my horror Travelocity story ? Well, after months of exchanging emails with Travelocity's senior people, they finally made good. Travelocity refunded my $70.00 and sent me an acceptable apology. Don't get me wrong, I still would've rather had everything go as originally planned, but at least they saved face. This whole ordeal taught me a valuable lesson. Don't expect everything is all set just because you pressed the purchase button on the internet and received an email from the company. Make sure you read the fine print and then call the airline, hotel, car rental, or cruise (whatever you’ve booked) to make sure it went through.
Better News! Guess who called me up the other day and said they were getting on a plane in an hour to come visit me? That’s right! My sister Carol and my niece and nephew! How great is that? Monica, my sister's good friend talked her into coming because it was a holiday weekend and Tom (Carol's husband) was away in Paris. Monica comes out to L.A. all the time because her husband works out here. Since their kids are best friends with my sister's, traveling together would make for a smooth trip for the kids and the adults. We decided not to tell my Dad, and instead we surprised him. I asked my Dad if he wouldn't mind coming to the airport with me to pick up Monica because she needed a ride. Well, operation "Surprise the hell out of my Dad" worked. Monica and her husband came out first with my nephew in tow. My Dad was shocked to see him and thought that they just delivered Johnny to me for the weekend. Then we walked towards baggage claim and out popped my sister off of the elevator along with my niece .
What a great weekend we had and I will tell you all about it next
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Johnny Jet and Richard Roe have teamed up to personally escort small groups to locations around the world. The first tour will be Italy May 2003. A second tour to Italy will occur in September/October. Each tour will be 14 days and will escort approximately 14 people, including Richard and Johnny.
The advantage of these tours, over all others, is the personal attention given to every detail by Richard and Johnny. The emphasis will be on FUN!
We chose Italy because of the incredible wonders and diversity this destination offers. We will not race from place to place; rather take time to truly absorb all of this country's riches.
The sights, food, the people, combined with the personal attentions given by Richard and Johnny will make for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Richard Roe has traveled extensively around the world in the past 25 years. He has traveled to 60 countries on 5 continents and has lived a total of 4 years in Europe including all of 2001 in Italy, preparing for this tour. Richard has 3 children, and currently lives in Manhattan Beach, CA. Richard recently completed the production, marketing and promotion for the Oscar nominated feature length documentary film "Pop & Me". "Pop & Me" is the story of Richard and his son Chris, who embark on a journey around the world to 26 countries in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, meeting with other fathers and sons. "Pop & Me" won 6 festivals and was bought and distributed by MGM and is currently available at video stores and other retail outlets. Richard has appeared on 20 nationally broadcast television shows, including Oprah, The Early Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, and the BBC. He has been featured in People Magazine and many newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, and on National Public Radio. To learn more about this wonderful project go to www.popandme.com .
Each 2 week tour will be US$ 3,500.00 per person based on double occupancy. Included; All rooms (always with private bath), breakfast and dinner, all local transportation and admissions. Not included: airfare to and from Rome (Johnny Jet can assist you, if you wish), lunches and beverages.
Extra Tours: Early June-to Venice and the Italian Lake District, and other choice locations in Europe. Please inquire for more information.
These tours will sell out quickly. We welcome you on a first-come first-serve basis. For reservations or more info contact Johnny@johnnyjet.com .
Week #1. Rome, Florence, and the Etruscan towns of Orvieto, Savano, and Pitigliano. Three wonderful days and nights seeing the incredible sights of Rome; including the Coliseum, Roman Ruins, Spanish Steps, Pantheon Trevi Fountain, Borghese Palace, and more. Two days in Florence. Including the incredible museums and a day trip to Siena and the famous Chianti Region. Then, two days in the Etruscan towns which will surprise and delight tour members. These town are almost unknown to tourists and we guarantee you will be Amazed at what you will see.
Week #2: The "Cinque Terre" Tour: These five hillsides, ancient towns are approximately 60 miles South of Portofino, and is becoming one of the most adored travel destinations in the world. This area is famous for its hiking, wines, and the invention of Pesto. We will be based in Lerici, an ancient Roman fishing village near the Cinque Terre. This is the town Richard lived while in Italy, so we will take you to sights and restaurants way off the beaten tourist path. In addition to hiking in the Cinque Terre, day trips will be made to Portofino, Lucca (amazing!) Carrara (where we will walk in some paths of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo as this is where their marble came from), Pisa, and ancient medieval hill villages, to sample the local customs and food!
Tour # 2 May 16-30 2003
The Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri. This area is absolutely stunning. In the summer months it is too crowded with tourists, so this is why we will be there in May. We will base in Positano for 4 nights. Richard says "In my 25 years of traveling the world, I have never seen - in the evening - a more romantic place". We will visit Sorrento, and the Roman hilltop village of Ravello. A day trip to Pompeii will be one of the terrific highlights. We'll take a 30 minute ferry ride to Capri. Folks this place is flat out amazing! It also has what we feel to be the greatest luxury stores. There are many museums and of course a ride through the Blue Grotto. Truly a spectacular experience: Sicily. In November of 2001, Richard traveled throughout this incredible island, and says "Sicily is the best surprise I've had in my travels, and I have no idea why it isn't heavily promoted. Perhaps tourists fear "The Mafia". Well, if this exists, it makes Sicily even safer. A friendly place to visit. Egyptian, Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine masterpieces of architecture. We will visit Palermo, Erici, Marsala, Selinunte, Agriegento, Piazza Armerina, Syracuse, Taormina (near Mt. Etna), and Cefalu. We promise you an amazing experience!
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