Archive for October, 2006

Wotif They Cared?

More to come on this but yet another example that online doesnt mean good service…..it might be cheap and handy but at the end of the day good old fashioned customer service still wins out.

 In case you are in doubt I am talking about WOTIF the hotel booking service who left me high & dry in Paris ….well sitting on a plastic seat at crappy Charles De Gaulle Terminal 1 for 12 hours.

 As I said ….more to come when the battery is recharged

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October 24, 2006 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Hollywood in Angouleme

Well you may just ask where is Angouleme. It’s about 2 hours by TGV South West of Paris and about 100km North of Bordeaux. So why are they filming one of the local action series there…..good question but that didnt stop many of the town folk taking time out from their usual “busy” Mondays to watch the action as one of the cast scaled the side of a building (fully strapped in of course). The most excitement for years it seems.

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October 24, 2006 at 5:10 pm 1 comment

When Are Planes Going to Fly Backwards??

There must be a disconnect between check-in staff and the pilots………on three occasions I have asked and had confirmation of a forward aisle seat and on each occasion the closed I’ve come to the front is when I get on the plane.

Today’s experience was with Lufthansa. At check-in at San Francisco I repeated my request and was given two tickets, both with Aisle Seats, 32H to Munich and 24C from Munich Paris. The SFO-CDG leg was acceptable…somewhere in the middle…..but……….24C on Lufthansa from Munich to Paris means down the back….the very, very back. Indeed the last row……..go figure.

When finally Boeing or Airbus are able to fly backwards (by design) then I’m set. Until then…..I will continue to wait for the day I can fly with One World again.

Star Alliance must be the most disjointed ‘alliance’ I have had to deal with. They don’t have a concept for profiles for travelers – even for premium frequent flyers, nor do they have any understanding of simplifying the travel process. Take a look at One World……..it works and makes traveling more enjoyable.

I hope that the (not so) good people from Star Alliance read this……….even better they may one day return emails to their customer service teams.

October 22, 2006 at 4:58 am 1 comment

Blowing of Steam in San Francisco

T.G.I.F !! One more day of work and then the weekend travelling again. Dont you just love getting an energy burst at midnight when all you really want to do is sleep but your body is somewhere across the Pacific Ocean time-zones.

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Great place, especially at midnight and you always find people out and about.

Hopefully some photo’s tomorrow from Presidio Golf Course.

October 20, 2006 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

6AM Tourist

Seems like the only time to get out and see the sights is either late at night or early morning. Couldn’t sleep last night to rode the Cable Car from Powell to Fisherman’s wharf and back. This morning I was determined to see the Golden Gate first-hand.

Even came across my little friend in this picture. He (or she) wouldn’t move and continued to show for the Camera for at least 15 minutes…..either that or he had frozen to death overnight and was listing in the breeze.

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From Crissy Field (bottom of GG) headed up Divisidero to “Postcard Row” where the Victorian houses line most of the streets. This picture must have been used by every tour guide, brochure and advertisement for San Francisco. Riding up Divisidero makes to feel like you are in a Clint Eastwood movie car chase……its up and down , up and down , up and down…

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 That was probably the best hours of sightseeing I have done for a long-time.

October 20, 2006 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

US of A – San “Ho-say” (Jose)

Slept 10 hours on the plane….feel good and ready for tomorrow’s reviews and meetings.

Well that was till I got the call to join the motley crew on the “Party Bus”…..took 3 people to convince me (I was just playing hard to get)…..I headed out thinking we were goin’ cruisin’ round town.. This is where imagination comes in as the bus is in the parking-lot of the Doubletree Hotel, music pumped up, drinks flowing freely and and and……

I’m in the middle of  a self inflicted abstination period and “happily” sipped my Diet Pepsi and had a great time with some of the EMM team.

Hoping someone took a photo !!!

October 18, 2006 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

SQ002 – HKG – SFO – Upgraded to Economy

Not much to say except thank-god for the empty plane….learning slowly and painfully to cope with new travel policy.

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Still cant work out why they need all those metal lumps between each seat that dig into your back & side as you try to sleep…..maybe its because they dont want you to enjoy a flat bed (well sort off) down the back of the bus.

October 18, 2006 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

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