My Top 40 cities.

I am fast closing in my 200th city that I have visited with over 100,000 inhabitants. With each city, I rate their: Natural and Built aesthetics Their liveability Their Culture Crime rates and safety Transportation Their “Vibe 12 of my favourite cities are in Europe, nine in the USA, five in Asia,four in the UK, two in Canada, four in Australia, one in New Zealand, one in South America and two in the Middle East. My top 40 cities ranked are: 1 Paris 2 Berlin 3 Barcelona 4 San Francisco 5 Melbourne 6 Adelaide 7 Stockholm…

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Qantas goes outdoors with its iconic safety video

I love a good safety video! No idea how many I have sat through now over the years!  It ius now April and I have sat through the 2016 Qantas video 23 times. It runs for 5min 28 secs so I have spent two hours listening to it! Initially, I was a little dismissive but every time I see it, I am mesmerised. This year, Qantas opted for an enthralling collection of 16 Australian iconic locations introduced by real people to build its safety instructions around: This year, Qantas opted for an enthralling collection of 16 Australian…

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My First 787 flight is booked

It has taken a while but I am finally going to fly on a 787!  I am booked in mid-June for the three hour 15 minute Trans Tasman hop from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand in LAN’s Premium Business Class. LAN are one of my favourite airlines and I am looking forward to their lunch time service! Reviewers compliment their service, meals and wine, and entertainment selection. This flight will mean I have flown on every type of Boeing 7 series aircraft: 707 first in 1971 with BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) 717 -first flown 2001 with…

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“Flyadeal” to Fly – Saudia’s new Airline marks shakeup in Kingdom’s air carriers

What do you think of the name “Flyadeal”? Flyadeal is the name of a new budget airline that will launch in Saudi Arabia in mid 2017. Owned by the country’s flag carrier Saudia, the new airline will fly both domestic and international routes from a hub in Jeddah using Airbus A320s. Saudia are saying they want to take advantage of rising tourist numbers in the Kingdom. The carrier certainly puts its pricing intention up front!  Saleh Al-Jasser, Saudia’s director general was reported to say:  “The new airline aims to deliver value for money to cost-conscious customers.…

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London renames underground stations for Shakespeare’s 400th

To mark the 400th anniversary on Saturday April 23rd of William Shakespeare’s death a special edition Tube map has been produced. The 14 Underground lines with their 367 stations have all  been replaced with characters and plays from Shakespeare’s works, along with play locations, actors and patrons: Bakerloo Line: Heroines Line Central Line: Lovers Line District Line: Servants and Friends Jubilee Line:  Fathers and Kings Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are interchange stations on the Northern Line. Westminster station near the UK Houses of Parliament is known as King Lear. Shakespear’s greatest supporters have stations.  Queen Elizabeth 1 (Bank Station)…

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London to Paris for only $42

There is something very civilised about catching the Tube to Kings Cross/St Pancras station for the Eurostar journey between the English Capital and French capital. One moment you are using pounds, speaking English and enjoying a Cornish pasty and the next you are whizzing under the water emerging 2 hours 16 minutes later in Paris, my favourite city in the world ready to start speaking French, using Euros and hunting for the best Croissants! Eurostar is offering a £58 ($US84) round trip from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet or Ashford to Paris, Brussels & Lille in Standard…

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Win a free “private” JetSuite trip -San Fran and LA.

Boardingarea.com are offering the chance to win a free flight on the first JetSuiteX service on April 19 from Concord Buchanan Field Airport in the San Francisco Bay Area to Burbank Bob Hope Airport in the Los Angeles area in a new JetSuiteX Embraer 135 jet! You even get a domestic flight to get you to the Bay Area and JetBlue frequent flyer points for the inaugural flight! JetSuiteX, is a public charter service which aims to offer a “private jet experience“.  The aforementioned Embraer 135 has only 30 seats arranged in ten rows of three leather seats -so lots of…

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Tesla vs 737 race- amazing video

Have you seen this amazing video of a Tesla racing a Qantas 737? Tesla Motors Australia arranged the race with Qantas at Melbourne’s Avalon airport. The Tesla Model S P90D with “Ludicrous Mode” has a maximum speed of 250km (150mph) and can accelerate to 100km/h (60 mph) in three seconds! gave the 737 a” bit of a run for its money!” The Tesla gave the 737 a” bit of a run for its money” but in the end it was the aeroplane that prevailed as it lifted off the runway.   Related Posts After 299…

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Getting Exercise- A walking guide to world airports

I don’t like spending much time in airports. Every minute in an airport feels like a minute wasted! I mentioned last week, however, that I use spare time in airports to help build fitness whilst flying by using the experience to build toward my 7 to 10 thousand daily step goal. I even sacrifice riding in the airport shuttle trains to achieve this. As a train nut, this is a sacrifice! Walking also enables me to  people watch and plane spot. Let’s face it, using the time to get exercise is probably better than being a  couch…

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My 300th 737 Flight

I noted a couple of weeks ago, that I had reached my 299th flight on a 737! With Melbourne to Canberra, Australia on a Qantas 737 VH-VXG today, I reached my 300th 737 flight. Effectively 8.5 times around the world on various 737s! With Melbourne to Canberra, Australia on a Qantas 737 VH-VXG today, I reached my 300th 737 flight. Effectively 8.5 times around the world on various 737s to airports in 19 countries on five continents! I have flown further with the 747 (774.769 km vs  341.081 km) but I have not boarded any other…

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