Trip Reports Posts

Flight Review - British Airways Club Europe, London-Istanbul and Rome-London

After a relaxing visit to the British Airways Galleries South lounge at London Heathrow, it was time to hit the air once again for our flight to Istanbul.  These flights would be on British Airways' intra-European business class product, Club Europe, my first experience with European business ...
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Saturday Scenic Drives - Southern California's Angeles Crest Highway

Being a driving fanatic, I always try to get in a little four-wheeled exploring whenever I go to visit my wife's family in Southern California, preferably someplace where I can escape SoCal's notoriously awful traffic.  Even with the freeways that double as parking lots, there are plenty of fun ...
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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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Hotel Review - Doubletree by Hilton London Heathrow Airport

Our "layover" in England on our way to Turkey was scheduled at 23 hours, 20 minutes, thus necessitating a night in a hotel in London.  The thought occurred to us to splurge on a fancy hotel in the city, but given that a) we had already planned a drive out to Stonehenge and Salisbury, thus ...

Driving the English Road More Traveled on the Wrong Side of the Road


After a pleasant if underwhelming flight from Atlanta to London in British Airways First Class, we had just under 24 hours at our disposal in England before our onward flight to Istanbul to catch our cruise two days later.  So what's a self-described road trip fanatic to do?  What ...

Bali Depansar Ngurah Rai International Airport - Photo Tour

 Bali Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport has undergone a major restoration project since my last visit to Bali nearly fives years prior, and this time upon landing I was shocked to find an airport that felt like a major international airport on both my arrival into Bali and ...

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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Flight Review - British Airways First Class, Atlanta to London Heathrow



At last, after months of planning and anticipating, it was time to hit the skies and head across the pond for our Mediterranean cruise.  Since we used miles, we had to take a circuitous route to Istanbul, first heading to Atlanta, then London before taking our final hop to ...
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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 ...

The Srinivasans' European Vacation, By Land, Air, and Sea


I hope all of you enjoyed following #wheresupgrd, a brief glimpse into our long-awaited vacation to Europe from which I just returned on Monday.  Now it's time for the real work - putting together a much more detailed set of trip reports chronicling our 12-day adventure across three ...
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Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge at LAX

The American Airlines Admirals Club at LAX is located airside (after security) in terminal 4 near gate 40. It’s a co-op lounge shared with the Qantas Club. Open to premium cabin passengers on international flights, first class passengers on three-cabin JFK flights, Admirals Club card holders, ...
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Follow the UPGRD Hat Across Europe with "Where's UPGRD?"


It's family vacation time, and this summer, we have an extra special multi-mode trip on tap featuring award flights in First Class, a road trip in England, and a Southern Mediterranean cruise.  There will be plenty of trip reports over the rest of the summer (and probably into the fall), ...

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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Flight Review - American Airlines A321 First and Main Cabin Extra, DFW-LAX

It was time for our periodic trip to SoCal to visit my in-laws a few weeks ago, and since I didn't have time to make it a road trip, what better opportunity to engage in some plane-geekery.  Over the past couple of months, American has been deploying new Airbus A321 aircraft on the DFW-LAX ...
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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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Restaurant Reviews - The Cuisine of Southwest Mississippi

Our 3-day weekend in Mississippi meant plenty of time for one of my favorite pasttimes while on vacation - eating.  Anytime "food" and "Deep South" are mentioned in the same sentence, your mind may immediately wander to all things fried.  And while there are plenty of places to get your ...

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 ...