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: 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…

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 […]