I was at a wedding recently and got chatting to someone on my table about travelling. This always excites me as I love to hear about other people’s plans – you never know where it might inspire you to go next! We got on to the topic of miles and points so I suggested that… Read More You learn something new every day… For me it was about Emirates
One of the most important jobs I think any teacher can do is to be an examiner. We spend years preparing our students for a few hours of leak performance in the exam hall and, in my opinion, not enough colleagues are involved in marking. It does put a lot of pressure on an already… Read More Not enough time for a mini-break? Try a ‘micro-break’!
To finish off the trip report, I thought it would be good to compare our highlights and favourites of various aspects. Favourite flight MA: Of all the flights taken, I think the most enjoyable was the Dreamliner 787-9 LAN return flight from FRA to MAD. The plane appeared clean(er), and cool. The cabin crew were… Read More Episode 8 – Reflections
The final leg of our trip was back to Dublin to finish our ticket, and then part ways to fly home separately. We took the Heathrow Express back to the airport and used North Fast Track security – through in moments. We made our way, via Starbucks of course, to the South Lounge and were… Read More Episode 7 – the final leg
Following breakfast we headed out along the riverside. MisterAirmiles had a plan of checking out a couple of nearby museums, gentle stroll, wander through old town followed by coffee and cake. Our hotel was virtually on the riverside and our room had a lovely view, so we had an idea of where to go. We… Read More Episode 4 and a half – no sausages in Frankfurt.
We had booked the shuttle bus to the airport for 0800, but there was one outside and leaving at 0750 so we jumped on that one, and were at the airport 10 minutes later. In contrast to Frankfurt, which we found to be very tricky to navigate, Madrid is a breeze. We went via Fast… Read More Episode 6 – the wide-bodies’ ageing cousin
After a busy day, We checked out and took the train back to Frankfurt Airport. This time it was one of the lovely DeutsheBahn ICE trains, which are fabulous. We were the airport about 5 minutes faster than it took in reverse, but I think that we lost this time again in having to go… Read More Episode 5 – same drill; different day
Disembarking was smooth, easily followed signs to exit, through electronic EU passport control to the train platform. €9.60 for 2 singles to the main Frankfurt station. 20 minutes later and a short walk to the InterContinental Hotel – priority check-in, up the lift to 21st floor Club lounge and we were sipping a cool Reisling… Read More Episode 4 – another day, another InterContinental
Lovely, relaxed breakfast at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid – Mister Airmiles has already reported on this. Swift checkout followed by a taxi ride had us at the airport in no time. I can’t get over just how big the airport is. It has 4 runways, acres of space in the terminal (T4 and satellite… Read More Episode 3 – the wide-bodied jet of dreams
On the recommendation of the night porter from check-in at the Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport, we took a taxi into the centre of town to the Intercontinental for our next night’s stay. I was really impressed with the taxi service which displayed a fare list in the window. It was 2.40EUR for pick up and… Read More Episode 2 (and a half) – no flying today but a brilliant InterContinental stay