Trip Reports Posts

Flight Review: American Airlines B777-200 Business Class, Paris to DFW


Exactly one week after leaving home to head to Europe, it was time to wrap things up and head back home again.  On the way over, we went the long way via Philadelphia so I could sample the former US Airways Envoy Class, but on the way home, we kept it simple and took the nonstop to ...
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Trip Report: Lufthansa Premium Economy Frankfurt to Dubai, Boeing 747

This flight review is for my trip from Frankfurt to Dubai flying Lufthansa Premium Economy on one of their recently retrofitted Boeing 747-400s. Premium Economy products have been around for a couple years now but this was my first time flying a true Premium Economy product (United's Economy Plus, ...
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Visiting Glacier National Park in Off-Season


I just returned from a two-day journey on Amtrak to Glacier National Park in Montana followed by two days of hiking in the park. My trip report has already been written, so stay tuned for that. As tourist season approaches for Glacier, though, let me offer these observations—
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Lounge Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at Hong Kong HKG

There are three Star Alliance partner lounges at Hong Kong International Airport but the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge is definitely the best option for Star Alliance Gold members and those flying in premium cabins on Star Alliance operated flights. Located near the front of terminal 1, just ...
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Why I Fly Virgin America to Hawaii

There are a lot of choices when you fly to the Hawaiian islands, but there is only one airline that will get your to Hawaii in true style, and that is Virgin America! Virgin America prides itself in making flying fun again, and its brand new A320s are among the best ways to get to the Hawaiian ...
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Bottoms Up - A Beer Review of the Czech Republic and Romania

I like to play the part of amateur foodie while traveling, as I'm always on the lookout for food and/or drink that is unique to the place I am visiting.  In the Czech Republic and Romania, that means saving room for beer.  I'm actually not much of a beer drinker, but a little research ...
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The Hyatt Regency in Kyoto, Japan

After our delayed flight into Tokyo, we missed the flight we had originally scheduled to take us from Narita to Osaka, so we took a high speed train directly to Kyoto.  In retrospect, this was probably easier than our original plan which would have required a terminal change, another flight, ...
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A Gastronomical Review of the Czech Republic and Romania

Of course, when my wife and I travel, the primary purpose is to see and do interesting things, but there is always a significant secondary consideration - we like to eat.  To us, eating traditional or locally popular dishes is a good way to experience the culture and history of whatever place ...

ANA First Class from Chicago to Tokyo Narita

International First Class on an Asian carrier; definitely one of the more exciting parts of this hobby.  I've flown ANA before, but never in First Class, so as we got on board, I had pretty high expectations.  I think for the most part these expectations were met, my main complaint was ...
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Tales of Transylvanian Castles, Kings, and Ruthless Dictators


The day had finally arrived - October 29, 2015, our 9th wedding anniversary, and the trip to Transylvania, and specifically to see Bran Castle aka Dracula's Castle, to celebrate that we'd been eagerly awaiting.  Why Bran Castle and Transylvania?  The "Dracula" legend is something ...
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The Old, The New, and The Ugly in Bucharest

The primary motivation for my wife and I's trip Romania was a road trip to Bran (aka Dracula's) Castle, but we did have a full day and a half day in the capital city of Bucharest on either side of that adventure.  Bucharest (BucureČ™ti) is a metropolis of roughly 2 million people and the 6th ...
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Trip Report: ANA Boeing 777 Economy Class, San Francisco to Tokyo

A few minutes prior to boarding time, I left the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge and made my way to gate 94 where my ANA “Inspiration of Japan” Boeing 777-300ER was waiting. Boarding was delayed approximately 30 minutes due to the late arrival of the incoming aircraft so I just hung ...
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Hotel Review: Hotel Scala, Bucharest

Selecting a hotel in Bucharest creates an interesting conundrum for travelers.  Several of the major chains (Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Starwood) have a presence in Romania's capital city, so if you're a points junkie, you have ample options to choose from.  On the other hand, a little ...

Lounge Review: British Airways Concorde Room at New York JFK

British Airways operates from terminal 7 at New York's JFK airport. The British Airways Concorde Room at JFK is located airside adjacent to gate 1. Once you clear through the First Class Check-in and Fast Track security lane, keep to your left and walk past the waiting area for gate 1. This part of ...

Trip Report: Dragonair (Cathay Dragon) A330 First Class, Hong Kong to Beijing

Dragonair was recently rebranded by their parent company, Cathay Pacific, and will soon be called "Cathay Dragon." Oftentimes mislabeled as Cathay Pacific's "low cost carrier," Dragonair is actually Cathay Pacific's regional airline operating both narrow-body and wide-body Airbus aircraft to ...
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Getaway to Japan for a week

I traveled a lot in 2015; most of it was work travel, but I had some fun personal travel as well.  One of the best trips was to Japan with my wife.  We have wanted to go there for some time, and we finally were able to make it work.  We had some good experiences both while getting to ...
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Trip Report British Airways Boeing 747 First Class, New York to London

I'm just gonna cut to the chase and give you the spoiler. By first class standards, British Airways first class is not the best product. They aren't horrible by any means but for the price you pay in miles and cash (fuel surcharges and airport tax), British Airways first class leaves a lot to be ...
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Hotel Review: Archibald City Hotel, Prague

Our primary concern for our stay in Prague was proximity to the main sites in Old Town, along with being a reasonable distance from Prague Castle, either by foot or via mass transit.  Price was a secondary concern, though frankly, unless you're dead set on staying at one of the big chains, even ...