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Thursday Flakes: Wine Regions, Sustainable Travel and Reclining Seats

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I’ve taken six flights since the last Thursday Flakes. Two Tuesdays ago it was Mexico City to Juarez then crossing the border for El Paso to Dallas and Dallas to Columbus. Then on Monday it was Columbus to Nashville, Nashville to Cancun and finally Cancun to Mexico City. Late arrivals and early morning flights but everything worked out.

I came back to the United States for my brother’s wedding was on Friday morning at the beautiful Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have to admit it was a great location for a wedding. We got to walk around afterwards and there were so many beautiful, flowers, plants and trees everywhere. Wedding or not, it’s an incredible place to visit.

Now I’m back in Mexico again. Next wedding is my cousin’s in Miami 4th of July weekend.

What’s your favorite wine region in the United States? What about favorite wine region in the world? Do you recline your seat on a plane? When was the last wedding you attended? Have you ever been on a safari?

Feel free to answer and discuss these interesting questions in the comments below.
Anyways onto Flakes...


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Last But Not Least

New feature for reclining seats?