Weekend Jaunt to Europe, Part V: Spontaneity (St. Gilgen, Austria)

I generally pride myself on being a solid speller and grammaristicianizationer.  I will happily admit, however, that ‘spontaneity’ is one of those words that just never looks quite right, no matter if it’s spelled correctly or not. Whenever I plan trips, there needs to be an element of “epicness” to them, or else I won’t go.  There has to be something that compels me to either the journey or the destination.  Spontaneity can be very compelling, especially to a place that has your heart.

Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal: First Class 30th Birthday Trip, Part E

Planning Re-planning Lufthansa A330 Old First Class DFW-FRA Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lufthansa First Class Terminal Oslo to celebrate Chris Guillebeau Singapore A380 Suites Class FRA-SIN Singapore Airlines Private Room and Singapore 777-300ER First Class SIN-HKG Hong Kong and the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge and 747 First Class HKG-SFO When it comes to First Class, the airlines are in a bit of an arms race, and we all benefit.  While many airlines want to cut service and reduce cost, they all carve out a little in the budget to take care of their Very Premium Customers.  These are the ones that pay thousands of dollars/euro/pounds/wampum for First Class seats and service.  Then there are people like me, who use points to do all of it for free.  But I digress. If you go to Lufthansa’s website, or look at the back of your First Class ticket, you’ll read about the myriad benefits available to First Class customers on zie airline.  They have a Business Class Lounge at Frankfurt Airport in addition to a First Class Senator Lounge.  These are well-stocked, uniquely designed, and may or may not be reviewed here in a few days.  But there’s another service available to First Class customers flying Lufthansa.  Hidden off to the [whatever cardinal direction it is] is an experience unlike any other: Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal. First things first: how do you get to it?  Well, most of Lufthansa’s literature will say you have to be departing Frankfurt… read more

Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife: was I insane?

Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife: was I insane?

Planning Re-planning Lufthansa A330 Old First Class DFW-FRA Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lufthansa First Class Terminal Oslo to celebrate Chris Guillebeau Singapore A380 Suites Class FRA-SIN Singapore Airlines Private Room and Singapore 777-300ER First Class SIN-HKG Hong Kong and the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge and 747 First Class HKG-SFO Well hey there.  Last time we spoke, you learned all about a fun and happy adventure I had on a really nice Lufthansa flight from Dallas to Frankfurt.  The seat was nice, food was excellent, and service was very punctual and genuine.  It set a very good benchmark for me, because the astute reader will remember I’m going to be comparing this to Suites Class on Singapore Airlines, First Class on Singapore Airlines, First Class on Cathay Pacific, and, the one you’re most excited about, Domestic First Class on American Airlines (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNSZgbJsSxU). The one critique I have of the Lufthansa flight is the scheduling.  The flight leaves DFW at 4pm, which makes it hard to get more than 3-4 hours of sleep.  Or, in my case, an hour and a half.  The temperature of the cabin (which I forgot to mention in my last post) was set to Scald, which for this cold sleeper didn’t lead to a wonderful sleep experience.  Now, you might think it’s hard to complain about a flight in international First Class, but I’m a Top Gun Complainer, so there. Face-melting temperatures aside, I arrived in Frankfurt on a very cold and very… read more

 

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