Exploring Robertsau Forest on two wheels, via Strasbourg’s Velhop bike hire scheme.
Full report on my 2013Q4 project: chasing IHG’s Big Win promotion. I battled the St Jude storm in the UK; discovered CERN and Geneva with Marian Call and fellow fans; flew LCY-EDI-LHR-GVA-LHR-EDI on BA (enjoying the lounges along the way) and, of course, sampled four different IHG properties to meet all my challenges.
In-depth report of my push for HHonors Gold and BA Silver, starting 2013 by hotel-hopping and tier-point running around California. Covers first class train travel in the UK, BA longhaul in premium economy and business, AA domestic first class in the US, various Hiltons, and sightseeing in three cities.
My luxury-holiday-on-a-budget: a 5* London hotel (my first HHonors redemption), business class flights (from the sale), and a boat (cheaper than Gibraltan hotels!) in the Med in June. All wonderful, until weather conditions put my plane home in an entirely different country…
Europe’s ‘most dangerous airport’- the runway at Gibraltar extends out into the sea; is bordered to the south by the Rock, which generates difficult wind conditions; and then there’s a road across the runway to the Spanish border! However, this does mean you can get really close for some planespotting, so that’s exactly what I did.
A little after 9am this morning found me perched on a bench with four strangers, each of us anonymously dressed in oversized red jumpsuits, further constrained by straps that pull awkwardly at limbs. I’d been temporarily relieved of all my possessions except my clothes, lest I somehow cause harm with them later; permanently relieved of almost $200; breathalysed; swabbed for narcotics; had surrendered my passport; and waived my right to sue over distress, injury or death.
All because I fancied a stroll.
One of Bristol’s summertime attractions is its Balloon Fiesta and, wind-direction permitting, for a few days in August the skies above the city fill with balloons. One of the advantages of living in the village these days is that I can walk to the suspension bridge in a couple of minutes, so once the twitter feed confirmed the first launches I was able to catch then on their ascent from Ashton court. A week later, I was lucky enough to be able to experience the reverse angle, taking to the Read more […]