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Paris in June

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Paris Air Show

Up close and personal with jumbos and superjumbos at Le Bourget in Paris, where Qatar Airways definitely stole the show!

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Grenada

Snaps from a few days at Spice Island Beach Resort – a really great hotel with amazing staff set on the pristine Grand Anse Beach.

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24 Hours in London

 

I absolutely love London — it’s one of the few cities on the planet I could easily see myself living.

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Philharmonie de Paris / Paris Philharmonic

Checking out the new Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie de Paris (Paris Philharmonic), a real hunk of architecture in Parc de la Villette in Northeast Paris.

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Flying Cathay Pacific first, Hong Kong-Paris

If you want pure bliss, spend 12 1/2 hours in the air with Cathay Pacific. Here’s a snapshot of my amazing flight from Hong Kong to Paris — definitely the best airborne experience of my life.

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Pre-departure drinks and snacks:
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Cathay offered two full supper service menus – one traditional first class service and one created by the executive chef of the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. I opted for the Mandarin-inspired fare:

Supper service soup: Vichyssoise

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Supper service starter: asparagus, truffle, ham

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Supper service main course: Lamb

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Supper service dessert: Amazing cheesecake with a pot of rhubarb20344480902_784655e769_z

Expansive breakfast: 19730314244_24498acc63_z

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Among aviation geeks there’s a bit of lore around Cathay’s famous onboard rice cooker. When I asked Marcia from the cabin crew about it, she was more than happy to show it off along with the other fun features of the galley like her skillet!

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Landmark Mandarin Oriental

I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at some great hotels in my travels but none beats the combination of style and service at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong this week. Spectacular!

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Around Hong Kong

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More photos on Flickr


Springtime in Vancouver

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The start of the 50,000-strong Vancouver Sun Run – always a beautiful race!
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Post-race stretch:

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Flying Singapore Airlines

Over the holidays I had a chance to fly Singapore Airlines on the A380 between New York and Frankfurt and it was nothing short of spectacular.

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JFK-Frankfurt meal service:

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Frankfurt Airport:

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Frankfurt-JFK meal service:

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Paris for New Year’s 2015

Seen around Paris…

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Garry Winogrand on the Paris Metro

Garry Winogrand’s work is on exhibit at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, but you don’t need an admissions ticket to enjoy it – the Metro is filled with his fabulous work right now:

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Around Paris

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Fondation Louis Vuitton – Paris

In Paris during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday I had a chance to check out the new Fondation Louis Vuitton / Louis Vuitton Foundation museum set amidst the trees of the Bois de Boulogne park. The Frank Gehry-designed building was spectacular!

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Flying Air France HOP!

I had a chance to fly the new Air France regional brand HOP! between Frankfurt and Paris this week. The Crew was excellent (better than my experiences with Air France mainline) and it was a nice change to board the E190 old-school style via air stairs.

Boarding at Frankfurt Airport:

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Inflight service:

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Terminal 2F at Paris-Charles de Gaulle:

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Flying Lufthansa 747-8

Last week I had a chance to fly Lufthansa’s new 747-8 for the first time between New York and Frankfurt. It was an incredibly quiet, smooth ride and the service was excellent. On my return, I had a long layover in Frankfurt after connecting from Nice, so I had a chance to check out the huge Z Concourse Lufthansa Business Lounge.

Lufthansa Lounge at JFK:

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Main deck of the 747-8:

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Upper deck of the 747-8:

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Late night JFK-FRA supper service in business class:

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Lufthansa Lounge at FRA Z Concourse:

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Plane-shaped gummy bears:

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Dinner service, FRA-JFK business class:

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Around the French Riviera

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The Princess Grace crash site:

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Villefranche:

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Beaulieu-sur-mer:

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Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco:

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Monaco:

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St-Tropez

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I happened to be in St-Tropez on the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Provence, which was commemorated with American flags throughout the town:

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Summer in Nice, France

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On the beach in Nice

Nice’s beach may have nearly no sand to speak of, but it does have a great view of plans on final approach to Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur!

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Paris to the Côte d’Azur via TGV

Flying may have a slight speed edge over the TGV between Paris and Nice, but gliding through the countryside sure beats battling the airports.

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