Postcards from Daddy: Souvenirs from the road

I'm not much of a souvenir collector in my travels.  I've always wanted to find something to collect, but I also usually try to to avoid clutter at home.  Having said that, apparently I do keep a collection of airline amenity kits...(sigh).  
I've flown close to 2 million miles ...
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Back to Flying the Friendly Skies, For Now.

Why would anyone willingly subject themselves to United Airlines in its current state?  That's a fair question, and one I ask myself on occasion. (Including on this site almost 2 years ago).  I've discussed my thought process about United before, and we even discussed this on a recent ...
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Lufthansa A340 Business Class from Dusseldorf to Chicago

Lufthansa’s current business class hard product is not revolutionary, but it is a decent seat, and the service is usually good.  At the end of our family trip, and a quick visit in Dusseldorf, this was a comfortable way to get us back home.
 
Lufthansa A340, showing the ...
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Amenity Kit Review: Thai Airways First Class (Rimowa 2014)

How about an amenity kit that looks like a mini Rimowa luggage case?  A few airlines offer these on occasion in their premium cabins.  I have only had one opportunity to pick one up, on my flight on the Thai Airways A380 between Frankfurt and Bangkok. For our introductory post on ...
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A Four Hour Layover in Dusseldorf

While we were fortunate to have easy nonstop flights on our trip to Europe there was one connection we had to make, in Düsseldorf, and unfortunately it was 4 hours.  I love airports, but that was far too long to spend there, so we decided to venture into the city for a short time. ...

Amenity Kit Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst - early 2015

I recently reviewed United's newest amenity kit with items from Cowshed.  For comparison, here is the previous version of the amenity kit that replaced.  The contents are similar, but the case is the main difference.   For our introductory post and description of the categories, and ...

A Few Days Exploring Zürich

While this wasn't our first trip to Zürich, it was the first time we had a few days to spend some time.  Is is a lovely place to visit, especially in the summer, although as someone who some may call cheap, the prices of most everything are a bit hard to swallow.  We chose this ...

Amenity Kit Review: Lufthansa First Class (Escada Male Summer 2014)

A nice amenity kit that can be repurposed as a tablet case.  Just like Lufthansa First Class, this is a pretty solid offering. Here I will review the Escada amenity kit I received when I last flew Lufthansa First Class in the summer of 2014. For our introductory post and description of the ...
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American Airlines 137 from Dallas to Hong Kong diverts to Calgary

Hello from Calgary.  I wasn't planning to be visiting Canada today, but due to a medical diversion that is where today's AA137 flight from Dallas to Hong Kong landed. 
Interestingly, it is not my first medical diversion, and in fact the second one on a flight to Hong Kong.  This ...
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Very Important Baby Service at the Park Hyatt Zürich

Our daughter is always important to us of course.  It was nice to have a hotel that advertised and delivered making her important as well.  We had a lovely stay at the Park Hyatt Zürich on our recent family trip to Europe and took advantage of their Very Important Baby service. ...
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Swiss Business Class to Zurich and Dusseldorf

One nice thing about our European trip was that we happened to be traveling between hubs of Star Alliance airlines, so we had the convenience of nonstop flights.  With a baby and all of the accessories we were carrying, that was much appreciated.  

We had a great stay in ...
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The Airbus A350 XWB visits Milwaukee

I've talked about my home airport in Milwaukee (MKE) before.  I like convenient parking, short lines, the excellent Gallery of Flight Museum, and the fact that I can be there in less than 20 minutes on most days.  There isn't usually much interesting traffic coming through the ...
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Trip Report: A few days in Copenhagen Denmark and Malmö Sweden

After a mostly uneventful trip, with in Lufthansa Business Class from Chicago to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Copenhagen, we had arrived in our first destination.  Being our first trip with a baby, as we would find out, perhaps unsurprisingly, our travels would be very different than in the ...

I love (and live) to travel, but sometimes even I need a break.

It is a bit odd that too much travel has prevented me from updating my blog about travel.  

Unfortunately, I've been on a run of lots of business travel which has left me very little free time. I'm not keeping up the pace of my posts as much as I hoped, and worse, I'm not as home as ...

Lufthansa Business Class from Frankfurt to Copenhagen

After our Lufthansa Business Class flight from Chicago on the 748i, we had a few hours in the Frankfurt airport before our connection to Copenhagen. At our arrival gate, despite being among the first off the plane, there was a long wait for our stroller (common theme on this trip as I would ...
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Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i Business Class O'Hare to Frankfurt

I've flown the Boeing 747-8i before, but this was my first time in the newest Lufthansa Business Class product.  It isn't all that cutting edge, but it is a big improvement on their previous product.   Even despite the price premium, this was a much better experience than what United ...
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Trip Report: Introduction to my Family Trip to Europe with a Baby

We're back from our first long haul international trip with our daughter.  There were certainly countless changes from our former travel patterns, but other than keeping a more open and flexible schedule, we weren't really too constrained by our new travel companion.

The Lufthansa ...
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Trip Report: Exploring Lisbon, Portugal

I have heard many good things about Portugal, so I was fortunate to have a business trip there earlier this year.  I didn't have much time to explore, and I never left Lisbon, but I'm glad I finally got to knock this city off my list of places to visit.  I flew US Airways Business Class to ...