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Review: Suite at The ITC Grand Chola, Chennai India


On my business trip to India, we spent a few days in the south of the country, in Chennai.  There are some excellent hotels here, and while there we stayed at the ITC Grand Chola, which is affiliated with Starwood Preferred Guest.  Like my stay at the Westin Gurgaon, I successfully ...

Malaysia Airlines B737 Thailand to Malaysia Review

Malaysia Airlines short haul Intra-Southeast Asia service offers top quality service even on short flights within the region. Blowing competition out of the water by offering full service even on flights less than 2 hours in length!

As my trip around the world continued, I flew from Kuala ...
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Malaysia Airlines First Class Lounge Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines First Class Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur international airport is supposed to be Malaysia Airline’s finest lounge; the 24 hour lounge offers both a business class and first class lounge and is located in the Satellite terminal, where all long haul flights operate from. I ...
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Hotel Review - The Kimpton Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco

When I stay in hotels, I'm normally a Hilton man, but on our trip to San Francisco for Valentine's Day weekend, the opportunity presented itself to mix things up a little bit.  The Argonaut Hotel (a Kimpton property) was offering a great deal, and since both my wife and I love older boutique ...

Review: Executive Suite at the Westin Gurgaon, India

The Westin in Gurgaon, India is a fresh, modern hotel relatively close to Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi, and to the office where I would be working for a few days.  It also came highly recommended from a colleague, and it is pretty well reviewed online.  It was a very nice hotel, and ...
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Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class Paris To Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines First Class is supposed to be among the World’s Best inflight experiences. The Airline is a one of the few Skytrax 5 star airlines and offers First Class exclusively on their six A380 Aircrafts that fly between Kuala Lumpur and Paris and London. After the MH370 and MH17 ...
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Sightseeing at 35,000 Feet - Dallas to San Francisco

I've made many, many trips to California since I met my wife in 2006, but all of those have been to Southern California.  My wife and I made an impromptu trip to San Francisco for Valentine's Day, and on the way, a nearly cloudless sky all the way from Dallas to the City by the Bay made for an ...
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Lufthansa First Class with a seat and a bed Frankfurt to Toronto

Lufthansa First Class is a relatively attainable luxury for those who play in the miles/points world.  Its not easy to get, but its doable. For this flight, I was excited to finally be able to enjoy the 'seat and a bed' cabin upstairs on the 747-400.  I've flown Lufthansa First several ...

Flight Review - Virgin America Main Cabin, DAL-SFO-DAL


The A319 "Virgin & Tonic" at DAL getting ready to depart to New York's LaGuardia Airport
My wife and I typically haven't done much of anything for Valentine's Day, but a few weeks prior to the big day, Prita started hinting that she'd like to do something this year.  It just so ...
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A Saturday Drive In Search Of America's Original Hamburger

Frequent readers of the Road More Traveled know that I'm a conossieur of some truly crazy driving trips.  There was the time I drove to Boston to catch a cruise ship, and a journey of 102 miles one way to buy a box of kolaches.  Cheap gas (currently $1.99 a gallon here in the Dallas ...

I Witnessed a Deadly Car Accident in Bahrain

I spent 3.5 years in the US Air Force Reserves and never saw a day of combat. I’ve never actually witnessed a friend or family member or even a pet die either, knock on wood. Outside of movies, I’ve never seen anyone actually die. Until I was in Bahrain.
It was a crisp, clear ...
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The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt

I've stayed in Frankfurt many times on layovers.  This time, thanks at least in part due to having more time with a late afternoon arrival, I decided to leave the airport area to stay in the city.  I decided on the Le Meridien Parkhotel.  It would be the 3rd Le Meridien hotel of this ...
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Propositioned by a Taxi Driver or Genuine Bahraini Hospitality?

I am still replaying this occurrence in my mind and wondering exactly what happened, so perhaps it is best to get some feedback from you.
I arrived in Bahrain around 10pm and after a lengthy wait to obtain a visa (a total ripoff at $45 for an overnight transit visa) followed by a failed attempt ...
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Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker Charms A350 Inaugural Audience

I had this image of Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker in my mind as a feisty yet unapproachable man who would not "lower" himself to interact with passengers, instead choosing to sit alone in his suite the entire flight as his entourage of personal FAs and staff fawned over him. The FAs still fawned over ...
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The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt

For the second time on my trip, I would be the only passenger in the First Class Cabin on a long haul flight.  Not too shabby!

the Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 Combi that would take me to Frankfurt
 
Then again, shabby could be a word used to describe the First Class ...
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Qatar Airways A350 Inaugural DOH-FRA: First Economy Class Trip Report


I was one of the privileged 320 passengers onboard the first A350 commercial flight, flying on Qatar Airways from Doha to Frankfurt on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
The decision to take part in this historic event was made less than a week before the flight and by that time business class ...
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Trip Report: Air China Business Class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330

This flight review of Air China's business class is a continuation of my trip from Auckland to Los Angeles. About 15 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the newly renovated Air China Business Class Lounge and made my way over to the boarding gate. The gate was not that far away but I wanted to ...
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TAM “Business” Class B777 São Paulo (GRU) to Paris (CDG) Trip Report

As my around the world tour continued, my next stop was Paris, and after just a day layover I had to leave the fantastic city of São Paulo to continue my trip. Although my trip was booked in First Class, I was booked in TAM’s Business Class for this leg of the trip because as of ...
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