Trip Reports – Europe

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Review: Turkish Airlines A330 Business Class Istanbul-Washington DC

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For the final leg of my trip back to the States, I flew in Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Washington DC. Turkish operates this route pretty frequently, with 10 weekly services. They are actually opening a lounge in Dulles for premium cabin passengers! This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: 1.…

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Review: Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul (“July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge”) – Absolutely INSANE!

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Turkish Airlines has just one giant, central departure lounge at their their hub airport in Istanbul. It is commonly known as the CIP lounge, for “commercially important passengers,” like those traveling in premium cabins. After the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, however, Turkish Airlines changed the name of the lounge to the “July 15…

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Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin Room – My Private Steam Room!

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With United’s routing rules, I was able to include a 23-hour layover in Istanbul. For my one-night stay in Istanbul, I booked the Park Hyatt Istanbul through American Express’ Fine Hotel & Resorts program. This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: 1. Trip to Southeast Asia – Introduction 2. Hyatt at the…

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Review – Turkish Airlines Business Class Stockholm-Istanbul

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Shortly after I arrived to Stockholm from Bangkok on my Thai Airways flight, I was on my way to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. For this 3-hour flight flight, I got to experience the old Business Class product on Turkish’s A330-200. This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: 1. Trip to Southeast Asia – Introduction…

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3 Reasons Why You Should NOT Go On Iceland’s Most Popular Day Trip – A Weekend in Iceland (Part 2)

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The Golden Circle tour is one of the most popular bus trips for travelers visiting Reykjavik.  The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit 3 tourist destinations: 1) Geysir geothermal area, 2) Gullfoss waterfall, and 3) Thingvellir National Park.  Because it provides quantity (3 separate tourist attractions), yet can be done within one 8-hour day, it is near…

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Top 5 Tips for Visiting the Blue Lagoon – A Weekend in Iceland (Part 1)

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For anyone traveling to Iceland, it is likely that you will consider visiting the Blue Lagoon.  After all, it is the single most popular tourist destination in Iceland.  Because of its proximity to Keflavik International Airport, the closest airport to Reykjavík, many visitors find a way to work the Blue Lagoon into their itinerary during an…

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British Airways Galleries Club Lounge LHR Terminal 5A – Review & Trip Report

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This was my first visit to one of the BA Galleries Club Lounges at LHR’s Terminal 5. I visited the lounge located in the North section of Terminal 5A past security. This picture report is part three of a ten part trip report from my travels to the south of France. British Airways Terraces Lounge JFK British Airways Club…

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Trip Report & Review – Iberia Velázquez VIP Lounge – Madrid Terminal 4S

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I really enjoyed and was impressed by Iberia’s Velázquez VIP Lounge which is located in Terminal 4s (non Schengen departures) past security and was completely renovated in late 2011. This is part eight of a nine part trip report from my travels to the south of France. British Airways Terraces Lounge JFK British Airways Club World (Business) JFK-LHR B777-200…

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Trip Report & Hotel Review – Marriott AC French Riviera / Côte d’Azur – Hotel Review Juan les Pins

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This was my first stay at an AC Hotel, a Spanish chain that Marriott entered into a managing/franchising joint venture with back in 2011. Juan les Pins is located about 20 minutes from Cannes and 35 minutes from Nice. The town is much smaller than both of those cities, the restaurants more reasonable, (no reservations…

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