About Hugh Talley

About Hugh Talley — Retired Hello, (Hola,) My name is Hugh, I am 63 years old and have spent a great part of my life traveling the world. I spent 14 years in the United States Army which gave me the opportunity to visit and live in many countries. I have worked most of my life in logistics and fleet management. I retired in October of 2011. My wife, Liz, is from El Salvador. I met her and fell in love with her when she came to work for the company that I worked for in September of 2000 and we were married in November of 2004. I came for my first visit to El Salvador in March of 2004 and fell in love with the country right away. Liz and I would visit the country 2-3 times a year and I would always feel peaceful, calm and revitalized from the visit. I love what the country has to offer, the wonderful people, the beaches, the mountains, the beautiful sites and the history to name a few. I retired in October,2011 and we relocated here in El Salvador in November,2011 to start our new life. I think that this is a beautiful country and a wonderful people with a lot of potential and opportunity that is overlooked by many people.

Hugh’s Birthday 2016

December 28th was my Birthday, I am another year older, but I am not sure I am any wiser, maybe a little.
I had a great Birthday thanks to Elizabeth, our family, friends and the many family and friends who sent me good wishes on face book and e-mails.
Elizabeth prepared a great lunch for me, our family and friends that are here with us. We had roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, corn pudding and she baked me my favored cake, a cherry nut cake. It was a great meal and a fun day. I think that everyone enjoyed it, I know that I did. I am still enjoying turkey sandwiches.
After everyone had left that night I was able to talk by phone, to my daughter Marisol, my son-in law Alex and my son Matthew in the states. I really enjoyed my Birthday this year. I felt better than I have in years, I thank God for all of my blessings, which are many. I am looking forward to the new year.
We are adding some pictures from my Birthday lunch. We would like to thank you all for your support. Please leave your comments and questions and we will get back to you soon.
Hugh & Elizabeth

El Jardin de Celeste

 By: Hugh C. Talley
Elizabeth, her sister, Chata and I was in Ahuachapan last week o the 22nd of December and we stopped to have lunch at Restaurant El Jardin de Celeste (The blue Garden), this is a beautiful restaurant located on the route of the flowers.
Elizabeth and Chata had the beef tenderloin and I had the breast of chicken with mushroom sauce for dessert, Elizabeth and Chata had the macadamia nut pie,  I had the cheese cake with strawberries. The food, the service and the prices were excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant. They also have very nice cabins that you can rent, starting at $55.00 a night, this is a wonderful area, the climate is much cooler and less humid than along the coast.
 We have posted some pictures of our visit.
Please leave us your comments or suggestions. Elizabeth and I also want to thank all of you who read and follow our post.

Decameron Beach Resort

 By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I was able to visit the Decameron Beach Resort during my recovery. The resort grounds are beautiful, clean and will kept. The pools are very nice. The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable with a nice view. They have the main restaurant, the ChackBalam Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, buffet style. The food is mostly the local Salvadoran cuisine. The food here is fair but not great, if you are not there early in the meal, it gets pretty picked over. They also have five specialty restaurants but you have to be in the lobby by 6am to sign up for the dinner meal and they book up very fast. We did not get to dine at any of these because we did not understand that we had to sign up by 6am to do this. There are four bars on the beach and one disco bar. The bars on the beach serve drinks, beer and mixed drinks from about 11am to 2am. The beer is Pilsener, which is one of the local brands, I like it, but a lot of people do not. The drinks are made with off brand lacquer, but again they are not bad for the most part..I would advise you to bring your own insulated cup because they serve you in very small plastic cups. I should mention that Decameron is all inclusive so all food and drinks are included in the price.

We enjoyed our stay there, but the draw backs were the check in, which took over an hour, the food was fair but could have been a lot better, and they did not inform us that we had to sign up by 6am for the five specialty restaurants. The pluses were the rooms were clean and comfortable, the grounds are will kept and beautiful, the pools are really big ad very nice. The service was really good, and it is all inclusive. We plan to go back for another visit to give it a fair chance, but at this point, we have visited other places here that we like much better.

The location is Acajutla, Sonsonate – El Salvador, this is about an hours drive our home in Cara Sucia..

We have added some pictures that we took at the resort, I was still recovering from my surgery so I did not get all the pictures I would have liked to.

We hope you enjoy this post, it is my first since my surgery. I hope to be writing more very soon.

We always enjoy your comments and suggestions, so please let us hear from you. We also want to think all of our readers and followers for your support.

I Am Back

 By: Hugh C. Talley

I am glad to say that my doctor has released me back to a normal life style. I went through a series of test week before last which included, x-rays, blood test and an electrocardiogram, everything come back normal, my heart is back to normal size, is functioning normal and the swelling in my abdomen, legs and feet has gone away. My doctor says I am doing fine and I do not have to go back for 3 months unless I have problems.

I plan on getting back to my blog posting soon. I am looking at maybe making some changes to my site in the near future, I am weighing my options on this and will keep you posted.

I want to thank all of my followers who wished me good health and recovery, this really meant a lot to me.

I have added some pictures of my time in the hospital and recovery. The hospital was very bad, but the doctors were very good, in fact great, I do not think there are any better in the world. I can not say enough about my main doctor, Dr. Mauricio Ventura Centeno, God truly blessed him with great knowledge and skills, I would highly recommend him to anyone with heart problems.

I will be doing a blog post very soon. Elizabeth and I thank you all and God Bless.

 

My blog Update

I want to say that I am sorry that I have not been posting on our blog.
I have been very sick and now I am going to have an operation. I have a condition called constrictive pericarditis, the protective sac around my heart has calcified and is not letting my heart perform as it should to supply blood and oxygen to my body, my legs, feet and abdomen have swollen up and now I have fluid in my lungs. I have been going to hospital for treatment and test since March, my Cardiologist told me yesterday I would have to have the operation right away or I could have a heart attack any time. They will have to go in and remove the sac from around my heart without damaging the heart. The doctors say after this if it is successful I will feel like new, I will be able to jog, walk long distance and all the things I have lost over the last 5 years, I can not walk to the car without being out of breath. I will be going in the hospital Monday morning, doing test and prep on Tuesday and they are going to operate on Wednesday.

I would appreciate any prayers that my followers would like to offer for me. Thank you.

I hope to be able to write some in about one to two months, I do not know how long before I can get out and travel around the country.

I hope I can be back at this very soon. Thanks for the support.

Hugh

El Salvador’s Brewery Tour

Hugh, Coffee Plants Background By: Hugh C. Talley

 

It has been a while since we have posted on our blog sites, I have had some health issues but feeling better now and hope to be posting a lot more. I found this very interesting, hope our followers find it interesting and useful.

 El Salvador’s Brewery Tour

 

Salvadorean Tours, a tour company that offers sightseeing tours in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is a very good company and a great way see some of the best sites in Central America. I think the El Salvador brewery tour is very good especially if you like beer.

El Salvador’s ‘Stop Over Project’ Adds Brewery Tour

TOUR OPERATOR | EL SALVADOR TOURISM | OCTOBER 30, 2015

Minister of Tourism José Napoleón Duarte, along with Cadejo General Manager, David Falkenstein, and the Marketing Manager of Salvadorean Tours have launched a new product called “Stop Over Brewing Tour” as part of the country of El Salvador’s Stop Over Project.

Stop Over was released by the Ministry of Tourism earlier this year and exempts passengers in transit through El Salvador from travel taxes in the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to passengers in transit so they can tour the country for up to 48 hours.

The tour consists of a unique experience where tourists will visit the Cadejo Brewing Company plant, the largest craft beer plant in Central America. Visitors will get to know in detail the process of brewing and beer-making.

“The Ministry of Tourism is providing its full support to the private sector for the diversification of the country’s tourism offer. This tour is a new option for tourists who decide to make a stop in El Salvador and want to know the city and take part of a unique experience in Central America,” Duran said.

Salvadorean Tours is the company responsible for promoting the tour. Passengers who opt for the Stop Over Brewing Tour will be transferred from the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to the Cadejo Brewery plant and vice versa. The approximate price of the tour will be around $75, including the round-trip transportation.

Salvadorean Tours recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an award that recognizes excellence in hospitality and is granted only to businesses that have consistently earned good reviews from TripAdvisor travelers by continuously providing superior service to its customers.

“The launch of this new Stop Over Brewing Tour reinforces our commitment of constantly innovating our tourism services in El Salvador. This new tour is an excellent choice for travelers in transit who want a unique experience in Central America while traveling throughout the region,” said Rodrigo Moreno, marketing manager of Salvadorean Tours.

The tour is available every day of the week and is conducted by experts in the field. It must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

This great new experience can be booked exclusively on Salvadorean Tours website: http://www.salvadoreantours.com

We hope you find this information helpful and interesting. Please leave us comments and suggestions so that we get the information you want.

La Dolce Vita II

DSCN3334By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I were able to spend a couple of days at a very nice little resort named La Dolce Vita II on San Bas Beach last week, it is a restaurant and small hotel right on the beach front. La Dolce Vita is not a luxury hotel, but if you want something that is very affordable, clean and right on the beach this is a very nice place. The rooms range from $35 – $65 a night, rooms have bathroom with shower, cable TV, Air Condition and free Wi-Fi.

The owner Sr. Carmine Cedrola is from Italy, he is a Chef with an international background and he was named “Chef of the Year” for 2014 by the Salvadorian Restaurant Association. Sr. Cedrola relocated to El Salvador 20 years ago with his wife, who is from El Salvador. Sr. Cedrola teaches a culinary course at the local university and he has a cooking show on the TV network. Sr. Cedrola speaks very good English and Spanish, we found him very interesting and enjoyed talking with him. Elizabeth and I enjoyed the food at the restaurant, over the two days stay we enjoyed the calamari, the omelets, pizza and fried shrimp. The menu has a very good variety of seafood, pasta and local cuisine.

The beach is very clean and the sun rise and sun set were beautiful. Elizabeth and I enjoyed walking on the beach. I enjoy watching the ocean and the waves but I do not care to swim in the ocean. At night, in our room we could hear the ocean waves hitting the shore, I found it very peaceful. They have very nice swimming pools, one for adults and one for children at this hotel. We spent a lot of time in the pool, it was clean and very nice. Like I said I do not like to swim in the ocean, but I love the pool.

After two days we headed back home, but really enjoyed our little vacation. We would recommend La Dolce Vita II, it is a nice place, it was safe, affordable, the food was very good, staff was great and a special thanks to Jauiver Alvarado the manager, he was very helpful. Elizabeth and I hope to visit again soon.

We have attached some pictures, we hope that you enjoy them. Please let us hear from you with your comments or questions. Thank you for reading our blog.

 

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Our 4th of July 2015

DSCN3334 By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I celebrated the 4th of July with some family members at our home in Cara Sucia. We had a great time with the family. We did not have fireworks, but we had plenty of good food.

I made barbecue ribs and chicken on the grill. Elizabeth made potato salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob. We had cake for dessert. Elizabeth and I really enjoyed the evening with family to celebrate our American Holiday, everyone enjoyed and had a good time.

I have attached some pictures we took, hope you enjoy and we hope you enjoyed the Holiday as much as we did.

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Nubes Café

DSCN3409 By: Hugh C. Talley

My wife’s uncle Arturo and some of his family from Belize came to visit the family here last week. Elizabeth and I went with them to visit the scenic “Route of The Flowers” near Ahuachapan. This is a very beautiful area with a lot of history.
We went to Nubes Café for lunch and as always this was very enjoyable. We had the tortilla soup, barbecue ribs, grilled meat, rice, vegetables and salad. The food was very good, everyone enjoyed it very much. After eating we walked through the beautiful gardens. This is a great place to visit and have a good meal if you are in the Ahuachapan area.
We have attached some pictures from the trip, hope that you enjoy them.

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Rancho Brisas Del Mar

DSCN3973 By Hugh C. Talley

We discovered a new beach resort that is near Cara Sucia, it is Rancho Brisas Del Mar and is only 10K from Cara Sucia; We went to visit the resort and have lunch. I found it to be a very nice place, it is right on the beach and the beach is very clean. The restaurant overlooks the beach and is very clean, they have rooms for rent that range from $20 to $40, the rooms are fair but not great. The pool area is nice and very will kept.

We enjoyed the lunch, we had grilled fish and grilled shrimp with rice and salad, the food was very good and there was plenty of it.

I enjoyed the afternoon having lunch and spending time with family at the beach. I will definitely make a return visit to this resort if only for a day trip. It is a nice place.

We have attached some pictures. Hope you enjoy our blog, please leave us your comments and thoughts.