Category: Airports

Thanks Delta Sky Club!

I may have partaken in some extra, excellent quality, lotion for my very tanned and slightly peeling ankles (ankles. . .srsly- nothing else is peeling!?!?).  Almost makes up for our flight to JFK being cancelled.  Spirits remain high, though.  🙂

With the reemergence of the Marks & Spencer Winter Berries & Prosecco Crisps, it can only mean one thing: Christmas!!

Of course, the 14 flights I booked a couple of weeks ago should have given that away too. . .

When you go to London for a meeting but barely leave the airport. . .

DAA Executive Lounge, Dublin Terminal 1

The Harry Potter Shop, Heathrow Terminal 5

Hilton London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Heathrow Terminal 5

Souvenir Shopping- Harrods Terminal 5



Ohai!  We did indeed manage to escape the dirty bowels of the Southampton Airport and arrive home just before 11pm on Monday night.  Our luggage wasn’t as lucky but did arrive mostly intact two days later.  So, my to do list:

  1. Riviera Maya Recap- is on its way.  Tomorrow maybe. . .maybe.
  2. 2016 Year in Review Post- latest it’s ever been.  Haven’t started it yet.
  3. 2017 Holiday Planning- has already started.  This is the first place we’ve ever lived where we’re not the only ones planning in January.  For the first half of the year, we’re currently looking at: Warsaw, Valencia, the Amalfi Coast (or the Seychelles- can’t decide) & Ibiza.
  4. Restocking the house- On Point.

The veggie bowl is full.  Plus, there’s kale, spinach, rocket, local pink prawns, gnocchi, fresh pasta, chickens, root veggies, peppers & mushrooms, all the cheeses.  The dry cleaning has been dropped off, swimsuits washed, sheets and towels changed out, top to bottom house clean (even though it wasn’t dirty).  Scott has even had a haircut already.  Seriously- on point. . .if I do say so myself.

Oh, and Happy New Year!  🙂


. . .until now, and what a surprise it was to find ourselves here today.  With delays and bumps and missed flights, we will have trekked through five countries in 36 hours, and our only option for getting home today is via Southampton.  Fingers Crossed.

Our flight from Dublin to JFK was almost downright pleasant this time.

Israeli Couscous, Feta & Fresh Mint Leaves; La Croix Water

Plenty of Reading Material

Cozy Shawl

The flight passed super quickly- even the two extra hours we spent waiting for a gate at JFK due to snow.

We’ll just ignore the fact that I was (once again) tagged for extra security. . .

On the work front, my recent trip to India was very successful. In terms of experiencing the country itself, it was perhaps less so. Between the hotel, the office, and the car service to and from all venues, there wasn’t much time to really “see” India.  One important thing I did learn: there are lots of unlimited buffets in Bangalore. Oh, and there are 20 or so craft brew pubs … about 20 more than I expected from the home of Kingfisher!

Barbeque Nation

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Rajdhani Thali Restaurant

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Windmills Craftworks

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Park Plaza Hotel

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Surprise suite upgrade!

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Awesome overview of chaos

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Breakfast dosa

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Melange Restaurant 

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The Gadang 

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On Campus Lunches 

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Above Ground Lounge @ Bengaluru Airport (3am!)

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(which I had with every meal, including breakfasts) 

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We’re here again in DTW, awaiting our flight back to France and all things froggy.  We really did consider other options this time: leave the airport and spend the day in Ferndale, go to a day spa, get a hotel room for the day, but when we checked the forecast this morning and saw cold and snow, we decided to sit in a cozy lounge and catch up on some reading.

Although we’ve lost so much faith in being Delta medallion members this past year that we’re planning on switching our allegience to Air France/KLM for the foreseeable future, at least they’ve improved the food.

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Back to my book.  🙂



This year’s post is not comprehensive.  We just went too many places, so I’ve had to edit.  I’ve left out most of France, the UK, and quite a few places in the US.  Here are some leftovers. . .  🙂

Barcelona, Spain

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Annecy, France

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Saronic Gulf Islands, Greece

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Milan, Italy

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Portland, Oregon. . .USA

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Atlanta, Georgia. . .USA

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Brussels, Belgium

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Bruges, Belgium

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Now on to planning 2015!  So far, we’re tentatively looking at London, New York, Barbados. . . and maybe Sardinia.  🙂


Post work boilermaker paddle!  🙂