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British Airways First Class Review LHR-PHL Avios Award – Mom’s Perspective Wins!

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It’s been a while since I’ve flown British Airways First Class so when the opportunity arose to redeem my Avios points on Mom’s trip directly home from London to Philadelphia, I figured why not give Mom a First Class finish to our luxury Paris & London trip. I already knew what to expect but seeing […]

Concorde Room Heathrow

British Airways Concorde Room (First Class Lounge) Review at Heathrow

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Airlines, Business Travel, Heathrow Airport (LHR), London, Travel with Mom

I’ve read it’s been called “The Millionaire’s Door” and Mom and I got to walk through that door after we passed through fast track security at London Heathrow Terminal 5.  We were greeted at that door by a British Airways staff member who looked at our boarding passes and said “Welcome”.  I opened the nondescript […]

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Sky Garden London Review: Free Skyline Views and a Rooftop Bar

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in Gardens, London, London Sightseeing, Travel with Mom

Londoners are quite funny as they name the new buildings in the city based on their shapes – there’s the Gherkin, Cheese Grater, Shard and the Walkie Talkie.  I’m not sure of the proper names of the buildings or even their addresses but everyone seems to know what you are talking about if you say […]

Santa hat, stockings on sale in Paris

Thanksgiving in Paris, the Year Mom Boycotted Our Turkey Dinner

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Growing up in my small family, Thanksgiving dinner meant that we pulled out the dining room table to add a leaf to seat six.  The china cabinet was opened and the dishes on display most of the year were carefully removed and set for dinner.  Pulling out the silver drawer as a child allowed me […]

Paris Cafe Croque Madame Ham Cheese Egg Sandwich

Travel Lesson Learned at Cafe de la Paix in Paris at Opera

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We had just arrived in Paris after the long journey from JFK to Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle and we were hungry.  After getting sorted in the charming small luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Therese, we started walking around the area – the 1st arrondissement.  There are a plethora of cafes, restaurants and even the Pierre […]

Eiffel Tower Paris

How To Visit the Eiffel Tower with Mom? Patience and a Slushee Required

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      When planning Mom’s trip to Paris, I asked “Do you want to visit the Eiffel Tower” and she said “No, my friends said it wasn’t worth it.”  (who are these friends?). On our first day in Paris we met our Versailles tour at the Eiffel Tower and when we returned Mom said […]

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Mom’s First Trip to Paris & London – The 10 Day Itinerary

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Family Travel, London, New York, Paris, Points World, Travel with Mom

My “travel hacking” hobby as some call it, has definitely provided me with unbelievable memories from trips around the world.  One of the best parts of this “hobby” is sharing the travels with my family.  Two years ago, my then eleven year old niece, traveled on her first trip to Paris & London (business class) […]

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10 Travel Roommate Questions I Need To Ask and Disclose

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Family Travel, My Thoughts and Musings, Travel

You think you know your friends and family well?  Try traveling with them to learn more than you ever needed to know (I really should have them complete the travel roommate questions).  Who would have guessed my country mouse friend was a cruise ship liquor smuggler?  I found out when I said “I didn’t know […]

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A Funny Conversation with My Toughest Travel Client – MOM!

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Last year I planned to surprise my mom for her birthday in February with a trip to Europe using my BA Travel Together Award Ticket (a benefit of the BA Chase VISA card where I get a 2 for 1 deal with my points + taxes) but then my world changed in February and had […]