Trip Report: The big win, big science, and a big storm: London, Geneva and Edinburgh with BA/IHG

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.

Trip Report: A Californian status run – LHR/SAN/LAX/SFO, and half a dozen hotels.

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.

Trip Report: The FT Advantage – The Bentley London Waldorf Astoria Collection, LHR-GIB in BA Club

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…

Toes Over Toronto

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.

Bristol Ballooning

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 […]