At First Blush
The Cherry Blossom Festival And 4 Days In The Commonwealth

Encircling the Tidal Basin in a ring of champagne pink and cottony-white blooms, Washington D.C.’s cherry trees have colored the capital city for more than a century. Dating back to 1912, the original 3,000 trees were a gift of friendship from the mayor of Tokyo City. Shading the sidewalks along the basin and carpeting the shores skirting the Potomac, the iconic blossoms signal the arrival of spring more surely than any date on a calendar. What better way to mark their arrival than a four-day getaway through beautiful and historic Washington D.C.?

Thanks to a milder-than-usual winter and the early advance of unseasonably warm temperatures, Washington D.C. may be blushing a bit sooner this year. If the forecast holds and the blossoms peak March 19-22 as predicted, the city will see one of the earliest blooms to date (despite a recent cold snap). Spring’s looming arrival has organizers of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival scurrying to prepare for the event while travelers make plans to be in town for the peak bloom that occurs when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees are flowering. Be sure you’re prepared for your next Washington D.C. road trip too by booking your travel, rental car and hotel in advance because the festival draws quite the crowd!

In addition to strolling the picturesque paths and snapping photos of blooming trees against a backdrop of national monuments, the festival is also a cultural celebration with events scheduled throughout the city. The fun kicks off with a Pink Tie Party featuring cocktails and dancing before the opening ceremony at the Warner Theatre with performances by American and Japanese artists. The event includes a kite festival and a fireworks display, a Japanese Street festival and the National Cherry Blossom Parade. Visitors can view the goings-on by boat, biking tour or simply sitting back on the lawn and relaxing beneath the blushing shade.

Day 1: Mall Walking In D.C.

While in the capital, travelers should make a point not to miss the National Mall. This 2-mile-long stripe of verdant green is lined with the nation’s most important monuments and museums. It is bookended by the Lincoln Memorial on the western end and the U.S. Capitol at the east with the Washington Monument squarely in the middle. Nearby sits the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial and a simple granite wall set into the earth that honors the 58,209 Americans who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. To the north of the Washington Monument, the grassy Ellipse links the Mall to the White House, the nation’s most famous home, while the Library of Congress and the National Archives provide more history to explore in the world’s first-ever planned capital city. And best of all, the experience is free.

New to the D.C. Mall is the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The 19th museum in the Smithsonian collection is a massive three-tiered bronze corona erected on the very land where African slaves were once traded. Inside this 400,000-square-foot structure, travelers discover exhibits honoring music legends and politicians, social activists and freedom fighters. See a World War II-era Tuskegee airplane and the hymnal carried by Harriet Tubman, Chuck Berry’s beloved Cadillac and a restored segregated Pullman railcar. All told, the museum is home to more than 33,000 objects and is a treasure trove of American history.

Beyond the Smithsonian’s newest wonder, other highlights in the world’s largest museum await, from the National Zoological Park to the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery to the National Museum of Natural History. Just be sure, to take one last glance at the cherry blossoms before you make your way across the Potomac, past Arlington National Cemetery and on your way south to the next stop on your Old Dominion road trip: Charlottesville, VA.

Day 2: The City That Jefferson Built

Sandwiched between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Alleghenies, Charlottesville rides the ridge of the Shenandoah Mountains, making it both an easy and scenic day trip from our nation’s capital in a comfortable rental car from Advantage.

Peppered with towering trees and hiking trails that snake their way toward secret waterfalls, Shenandoah National Park is the perfect stop-off to stretch your legs before heading on to the home of one of the nation’s most famous patriots and his beloved residence, Monticello. “Little mountain” as it was named, was the family home and final resting place of Thomas Jefferson. Statesman, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, Jefferson built the neoclassical plantation on land he inherited from his father. Throughout the home, evidence of Jefferson’s genius and ingenuity abounds: dumbwaiters and disappearing beds, a duplicate-writing machine and an extraordinary clock run by weights and pulleys. After retiring from public office, Jefferson spent the remainder of his life writing, educating and perfecting the estate and its gardens. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark can tour the meticulously restored house and its grounds before heading down the road to Mitchie Tavern, a 200-year-old inn that still reflects the Colonial spirit and authentic way of life in Jeffersonian times.

Thomas Jefferson’s influence on Virginia continues at nearby University of Virginia, the “academical village” he both founded and designed. Tours of the campus showcase its imposing colonnades and serpentine brick walls, the Pantheon-like rotunda and 13 West Range, the room where author Edgar Allen Poe once resided before leaving the university when his stepfather cut off his gambling money.

After the campus tour, travelers can wander the charming streets of Charlottesville where quirky shops and cobbled streets give way to horse lands and rambling country roads. Enjoy a fine meal at a streetside cafe before making your way to Pippin Hill Vineyard. Don’t miss the nooks and crannies that are yours to explore at the Daedalus Bookstore or a plate of Hogwaller Hash at the Blue Moon Diner. Just make sure to catch a concert at the city’s most unusual music venue, The Garage, a single-car stall where musicians play to fans who listen while reclining on the grassy hill across the street.

Day 3: America’s Beginnings

The third day of the Old Dominion road trip begins in Colonial Williamsburg where blacksmiths and carpenters, seamstresses and apothecaries roam the living-history museum in period costume. Listen as a wig-maker explains his craft or to the fife and drums that parade through the center of town. Enjoy a lively discussion of politics with a rowdy Patrick Henry or watch as justice is doled out at the Governor’s Palace. Four historic taverns offer meals that honor their origins while a large cast of everyday townsfolk remains continually immersed in the mid-1700s, bringing to life the conversations, customs and way of life of early America.

A short drive down the road is Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, making this one of the most historic D.C. road trips you can plan! Established as James Fort, the colony survived for 83 years despite starvation, a lack of fresh water, disease and attacks from the native Powhatan nation. In fact, between 1609 and 1610, nearly 80 percent of the residents died in what has become known as the “starving time.” Today, Jamestown is a 46-acre living history venue with re-creations of Jamestown Fort, Powhatan Indian Village and the three ships that brought the Jamestown colonists from England in 1607. Dressed in period costumes and offering a variety of hands-on activities, the area is chock full of things for history buffs of all ages to do. Just down the road, the actual historic site offers an in-depth look into the archeological remains of the colony and the stories that researchers continue to unearth about some of America’s earliest settlers.

Day 4: Battles For America’s Future

If Charlottesville is Jefferson’s turf, Fredericksburg is George Washington’s. The father of our country and his extended family were prominent in the area. The 40-block historic district is on the National Register of Historic Places and contains such sites as Rising Sun Tavern, built and operated by Washington’s brother Charles; the Hugh Mercer Apothecary shop; the Mary Washington House, where George’s mother lived; and Kenmore, home of Washington’s sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Fielding Lewis.

The Civil War raged around Fredericksburg, and the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park commemorates four major battlefields – Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse – as well as Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Visitor centers interpret the action with audio-visual presentations and museum displays.

As you plan your drive with these D.C. road trip ideas, make sure to make time for a side trip and swing over to Culpeper to visit the Civil War battlefield at Brandy Station, site of the largest cavalry engagement in North America. The battle itself was inconclusive, but it marked the end of the Confederate cavalry’s dominance in the war.

Back in Fredericksburg, save room for a treat from Carl’s Frozen Custard, which may be the nation’s only walk-up frozen dairy emporium listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Behind its neon-lit Art Moderne façade, Carl’s has been dishing up frozen custard – which differs from ice cream in that it contains eggs – since 1947. It’s great for a late-night snack, and because it’s open until 11 p.m., it’s wildly popular with students from the nearby University of Mary Washington.

Some things to know: The custard is soft-serve and comes in three flavors – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry – though shakes and sundaes are also available. Carl’s is a cash-only operation. And be prepared to stand in a very long line, even in bad weather. Yes, it’s that good.

A Journey in Time

This four-day tour of the Virginia Commonwealth is easy to do with just a rental car from the Washington D.C. Advantage location, a map program, and a little bit of planning. From Fredericksburg, the drive back to Dulles International Airport and our modern, busy world is just over an hour away.

Over the course of four days, this journey walks in the footsteps of history, from our nation’s capital to the man behind the Continental Congress and from the earliest settlement days before America even had a name to the dark days of civil war. A living pilgrimage, it connects us to our past, gives context to our tomorrows and offers us all a lot to think about.

When planning your trip, be sure to visit Advantage.com to make your rental car reservations and travel plans ahead of time.

Driving Times:
Washington D. C, to Charlottesville – 2 hours 20 minutes
Charlottesville to Williamsburg – 1 hour 53 minutes
Williamsburg to Jamestown – 18 minutes
Jamestown to Fredericksburg – 1 hour 57 minutes
Fredericksburg to Dulles International Airport – 1 hour 16 minutes
Side trip: Fredericksburg to Culpeper/Brandy Station – 53 minutes

Learn how to stay safe while traveling for business

Road tripping is cheaper than flying, especially if you’re going to more than one place. This makes it a popular choice for business trips; the company rents the car and pays for your hotels and gas, and you hit the highway for a few days.

Whether you’re traveling alone or with someone else, it’s important to keep safety in mind on your trip. You want to be prepared for anything, whether you break down in a remote area or no longer have service, but need to access your maps.
Use these tips to make your next business road trip both safe and successful

Share Your Itinerary

If you know where you’ll be and when, which is likely with a pre-planned business trip, then give your itinerary to a good friend or your significant other. Even a loose plan of where you’re going could be valuable in case something happens.

For example, if you’re in an accident, and don’t show up a scheduled meeting, the person with your itinerary can say, “Well, she was driving from Burlington, Vermont to Albany, New York today, so she’s likely somewhere between those two points.”

Don’t forget to check-in with someone regularly as well. This ensures that whoever has your itinerary also knows that you did in fact make it to the second stop, or that you were stuck at the first one for an extra day or two, setting your schedule back a few days.

Bring a Non-Lethal Self Defense Tool

Driving through deserted parts of the U.S., especially at night, can be scary. Without knowing where you are, or anyone that lives nearby, you want to be protected. While an attack of any sort may be unlikely, being prepared ensures you’ll leave the situation safe and sound.

One of the best non-lethal self defense tools is a taser or stun gun, both of which are legal to carry in most states in the U.S. They’re also easy to use and effective: “Your taser gun can immobilize an assailant from up to 15 feet away giving you valuable time to escape the situation and find help,” explain self defense experts from the Home Security Super Store. This makes it a great non-lethal weapon to have on your road trip, allowing you to protect yourself without getting too close or severely injuring anyone else.

Home Security Super Store. This makes it a great non-lethal weapon to have on your road trip, allowing you to protect yourself without getting too close or severely injuring anyone else.

 

Download Helpful Apps Ahead of Time

There’s an app for nearly everything, and many of them can make your business road trip safer. Here are a few apps to download before leaving for your trip:

  • Gas Buddy – Quickly locate nearby gas stations when you realize you’re almost empty at the last minute.
  • iExit – Know where the nearest restaurant, hospital or store is with this simple app.
  • Me – Get detailed maps, for both highly populated and completely remote areas. They’re accessible offline as well, making this an important app for every road trip warrior.

Be Well-Rested

An estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers report having fallen asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days, according to The CDC. You don’t want to be one of these drivers, injuring yourself or someone else at the same time, but sleeping in unfamiliar places can cause you to get less rest than usual.

In this case, make use of rest stops, where you can take a nap if need-be. This is especially helpful when driving at night. Even if you’re not tired, you may be more likely to doze because it’s dark outside.

Use an app like USA Rest Stop Locator (Android, iOS) to find the nearest napping spot, along with ratings and reviews for each one. When traveling solo, these reviews will be helpful in determining whether a rest stop is safe for you to crash at for a few hours.

Keep Emergency Equipment on Board

Don’t let a bad cut or minor injury send you off course. Be prepared for any potential incident with a simple road trip kit. You can buy them for as little as $20, depending on what you want included. For less than $40, for example, you can get this Top Gear Premium Road Trip Assistance kit, which comes with a reflective safety vest, charged LED flashlight, 34-piece first-aid kit and more.

If you have many of these items at home already, toss them into a bag to make your own emergency kit. Keep it in the trunk or backseat for easier access while driving.

Make your next business road trip as safe as it is successful so you can return ready to take on your next big project.

Author: Guest Blogger Jessica Thiefels

While trips around the world can seem glamorous, there’s more than strictly business to think about. Between cultural norms, language barriers and simply arriving at your destination on schedule, the whole experience can seem daunting.

Taking the time to fully prepare for your travels can make all the difference. Use the tips below to make sure your first international business trip won’t be your last.

Get Your Documents in Order

The first thing to do before any international business trip is to get a passport. If you’ve already got a passport, check that it hasn’t expired—be sure to research the country’s regulations about passports, as some will not accept passports that expire within six months.

Once you have a valid passport, find out if you need to get a visa and whether or not you should hire security for the duration of your stay. Now is the time to call both your bank and insurance companies to let them know that you’ll be traveling and get any necessary documents from them.

When you’ve gathered everything you need, put all of these documents (and copies of documents) together in a travel folder, so you’re not rushing around on the morning of your flight trying to find everything. Also, keep in mind that electronic copies are good to have on hand, in case you loose the hard copies.

Check Travel Advisories

The easiest way to check for travel advisories is by using the State Department’s website. It can give you a good idea of what to expect when you’re travelling. If you see a travel advisory for the country you’re visiting, don’t panic. Most of the time travel advisories simply tell you that you’ll need a vaccination (try to do this 4-6 weeks before you go).

If there’s an advisory for violence or terrorist attacks, find out exactly where these attacks are happening so you can make the most informed decision about your safety. As always, be aware of your surroundings and always know where the U.S. embassy is for each country.

Roll Don’t Fold

Rolling your clothes instead of neatly folding them is one of the best methods of saving space. The bulkiest items should be kept in the corners of your bag in order to distribute the weight evenly, and then rolled items should be compiled in the middle of your bag. Note that clothing made of synthetic fibers, such as nylon, as less likely to wrinkle than cotton or other natural fabrics.

All rolled items should be at the bottom, while formal wear, cotton button-downs or slacks are arranged neatly on top. Another technique that can be used is bundle wrapping, or packing clothes into one solid bundle that fits snugly into your suitcase. This technique will leave you with the fewest wrinkles and unwanted creases. Find your most versatile shoes and bring just one or two pairs to reduce weight—emptying your bag, or paying a fee when you get to the airport, is not ideal.

Research the Customs of the Country You’re Visiting

Thorough knowledge of the country you’re visiting can make or break a business trip. Especially when visiting for the first time, it’s important to know about the business customs of other countries.

In particular, research greetings, standards of dress, and rules of gratuity and who pays for a meal during a business meeting. In Japan, for example, it’s customary for all businesspeople to dress in dark business suits, whilst in America business-casual would be appropriate for the very same meeting.

It’s also important to learn a few phrases in the language of the country you’re visiting. Use a tool like this Language Map to see which language is most commonly spoken in the country you’re visiting. This ends up serving as a great way to boost your resume and earn the respect of your foreign colleagues as well.

Author: Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and has five years of experience in the marketing world. She is currently a lifestyle blogger and has been featured on Ms. Career Girl and LifeHack.org. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07.

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

Portland had been on “states to visit” list for a long time. It took a couple of tries but thankfully earlier this year I packed my bags for a short weekend trip to Portlandia. It was everything I imagined and provided me with a glimpse of what I can look forward to next time. Here is a breakdown of where we stayed, what we ate and what we saw!

ACE HOTEL | 1022 SW Stark St // Probably one of the most instagramed hotels in Portland, from their photo-booth snapshots to their iconic lobby. Ace is a boutique hotel thoughtfully designed to feel like your cool friends home. I was traveling with two other friends so we decided it would be fun to stay in their triple bunk bed room. It took us all back to our dorm room days. Note that if you decide to get the triple shared room – the bathroom’s are down the hallway and not in the actual room. The Ace is centrally located and great for a short weekend.

Place to Eat

PINE STATE BISCUITS | Multiple Locations // Biscuit lovers unit! This place will have all you carb lovers in heaven. The biscuits are giant fluffy but with a little bit of crunch on the outside, they just melt in your mouth. If you’re feeling extra hungry and adventurous try the Reggie Deluxe – a biscuit with fried chicken, egg, bacon & cheese topped with gravy!

COURIER COFFEE ROASTERS| 923 SW Oak Street // Go here and order the canelle – actually make that two cause you’ll want another. Oh their chocolate chip cookie is pretty darn amazing as well.

MAURICE | 921 SW Oak Street // Right next to Courier coffee lies Maurice, a charming cafe/bakery – with only a few tables I’d guess they can seat between 20 to 25 people at most. We enjoyed some light snacks here before dinner though I wished we saved some room for an early dessert. Their dessert display looked magnificent.

FARM SPIRIT | 414 SE Morrison St // A true farm to table restaurant this restaurant serves up a 100% plant based menu. With limited seating – you must make reservations for the multi-course dinner in advance.

LE PIGEON | 738 E Burnside St // According to Bon Appetite – Le Pigeon put Portland on the culinary map. Come here to try a French-inspired cuisine though their burger seemed to be dominating when we were dining here.

We didn’t have enough time to visit all the place’s I wanted to eat but next time I’d love to try Toro Bravo, Tasty and Alder, Tasty and Sons, and Cylde Common.

 

Where To Shop

There is no shortage of cute and adorable shops in Portland. Specifically in the West End you will find a number of independent shops. My favorites include –

ALDER AND CO | 616 SW 12th Ave // I’ve admired this shop online for many years so it was wonderful to see everything in person. It’s as delightful – full of great home and kitchen goods.

WEST END SELECT SHOP | 927 SW Oak // Women’s shop with unique finds, inspired by the owner’s ‘select shops’ she frequented while living in Japan.

Clash Royale HackClash of Clans HackMy Cafe Recipe Stories HackGolf Clash HackPokemon Duel HackMobile Legends HackSuper Mario Run HackRoblox Robux HackClash Royale Cheat HackYugioh Duel Links Gems and Golds HackStreaming Movie Online 2017

QUIN| 1022 W Burnside St // An artisinal candy shop with caramels and soft candy chews. Their product is top notch without all the artificial colors, waxes, sweeteners and fake flavors. Definitely worth the visit.

Outside of the West End check out…

THICKET | 4933 NE 23rd Ave // A boutique outdoor garden with a beautiful arrangement of plants. They carry an assortment of plant goods as well as vintage items.

SCHOOLHOUSE ELECTRIC | 2181 NW Nicolai // Another shop I’ve admired and even collaborated with in the past. The shop is stand alone but worth the visit to check out. They’ve got a cafe with sandwiches and small bites in the front as well!

Sites To See

Of course, we couldn’t leave without seeing the natural side of Portland. We loved visiting Multonmah Falls, a short drive from the city it was a great escape. Take a short walk/hike from the parking lot to see a beautiful view of the waterfall.

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

View the original article here

Check out more blogs from the experienced traveler Gary Leff at View From The Wing

Not all Asian carriers have the top business class products, but all of the truly best business class products are offered by Asian or Middle Eastern carriers.

Not all Asian carriers have the top business class products, but all of the truly best business class products are offered by Asian or Middle Eastern carriers.

Take Singapore Airlines. With a four-across configuration like in first class, Singapore Airlines seats are incredible wide and they are also relatively private.

There’s plenty of storage space as well as the little touches like an in-seat mirror. Interestingly in the latest generation of the seat the ‘shell’ is the same size as before but the seat itself lost two inches of width. In exchange for width there’s additional storage space. One of the common complaints, believe it or not, about the old seat was that it was too wide.

img_1795_zps6a20ef32

img_1802_zps055d57eb

img_1804_zps026e6e7a

And of course Singapore does a really spectacular job with onboard meals. They offer ‘book the cook’ which allows you to pick from an extensive menu and they’ll have your selection onboard for you.

If there’s a knock on Singapore it’s that they don’t provide amenity kits, or pajamas, but they do stock the lavatory with amenities.

Or take Taipei-based Star Alliance member EVA Air which offers a business class product that’s four abreast on the Boeing 777-300ER. That means all aisle access.

The seat is reverse herringbone and very similar to what Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, and others offer. It’s one of the best business class seats in the sky in my opinion.

img_4777

img_4779

img_4783

They offer pre-order meals in their business (“Royal Laurel”) class and onboard internet. They serve some of the world’s best champagnes.. in business class, not first (a class they do not offer).

These are truly fantastic business class products. Increasingly US airlines are eliminating first class, with American slated to be the last carrier offering it and then only on their small fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. And US airlines don’t offer service or food that’s as good in first class as some of the better carriers offer in business.

But I’ll still always take first class over business class. Let me offer the most extreme example. I’ll choose American’s old first class on their unreconfigured Boeing 777-200s over Singapore business class.

First class means a more spacious seat. It’s a more private, less crowded cabin. It’s easier to get the attention of a flight attendant for whatever need you have, like drink refills, even with the inconsistent crews on US airlines.

I believe the seat is the most important feature, especially when comparing to business class. And though the meals on American and United in first won’t be spectacular you aren’t giving up all that much even compared to the best business class meals be it on Singapore or Austrian.

Here’s the old American Airlines first class seat onboard the Boeing 777-200:

img_8028

img_8031

img_7722

There’s a blanket and mattress pad with small pillow in first class, it was on the seat’s ottoman. And there’s a big pillow and blanket above the seat in the overhead, too. Together they make for quite nice bedding.

img_7723

img_7725

And there are pajamas. Perfect for a night’s sleep.

img_7765

The seats even swivel. The most unique feature is that you can turn the seat to face many directions with about a 180 degree turn. If you’re traveling with someone, turn complete to face them and they can do the same.

Is this a proper international first class experience? Absolutely not. But I will take it over business class any day.

Check out more blog from this experienced traveler Gary Leff at View From The Wing

View the original article here

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

A couple weeks ago Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things came to visit for some LA fun and to celebrate Will of Bright Bazaar’s brand new book (for all you color lovers – definitely pick one up for yourself). I’ve been excited to check out Pine and Crane the newest hippest Taiwanese restaurant in Silverlake, so we decided to spend the day in Silverlake before meeting up with our friends.

I really loved our visit to Pine and Crane – Vivian Ku, the owner/chef kindly welcomed us into her restaurant which was named after her grandfather’s noodle company. I loved hearing her story – Vivian has worked in various restaurant in the past and then studied at CIA to get a better understanding of cooking techniques. The produce at the restaurant comes from her very own family’s farm nearby. Sure you can go to SGV for some delicious Taiwannesse food but I can promise you that the experience at Pine and Crane will feel totally different.

pineandcrane_050814_031_blog-683x1024

pineandcrane_050814_048_blog-683x1024

pineandcrane_050814_009-edit_blog-682x1024

pineandcrane_050814_052_blog-683x1024

We ordered – all of the cold appetizers that they had for the day which rotate daily, scallion pancakes, spicy shrimp wontons, beef roll, dan dan noodles, and mapo tofu. Yes you read that correctly we got all of that for lunch, the portion sizes are good we wanted to try an assortment of dishes so we got more than enough to fill our bellies for lunch and then some for later. I loved all the dishes but my stand out favorite were the spicy shrimp wontons. Best wontons ever (Vivian what kind of magic sauce you got in there!?). Also I have to say I LOVE the milk tea at Pine and Crane the Passionfruit black tea which was also quite delicious.

pineandcrane_050814_039_blog-txt-683x1024

pineandcrane_050814_070_blog-683x1024

pineandcrane_050814_091_blog-683x1024

pineandcrane_050814_036_blog-1024x683

Besides having great food you can see from the photos they did a great job with the creative and decor – the ambiance feels so different from any other Taiwanese restaurant you’ll go to. If you’re in LA stop by Pine and Crane today. Thanks to Vivian and Moonlyn for welcoming us into their space.

pineandcrane_050814_075_blog-683x1024

pineandcrane_050814_092_blog-683x1024

pineandcrane_050814_026_blog-684x1024

pineandcrane_050814_085_blog-677x1024

I had so much fun hanging out with Jeanne and exploring Silverlake totally wish she lived closer to me. To check out the other places we visited check out our steller story here.

PINE AND CRANE
1521 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.668.1128

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

Click here to check out the original article!

Check out more blogs from the experienced traveler Gary Leff at View From The Wing

British Airways has a one minute spot with two kids debating the merits of American Airlines and British Airways business class.

American and British Airways (along with Finnair and Iberia) have an anti-trust immunized joint venture across the Atlantic, which allows them to share revenue and coordinate schedules and pricing. They are (or in theory should be) largely indifferent as to whose metal you fly across the Pond.

So naturally the argument in this spot is that both are awesome! They highlight:

  • Fully flat seats
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Personal touch screen monitor with on demand entertainment (movies, tv shows, games)
  • Inflight Power
  • Amenity Kits

American and British Airways business class aren’t the same, and business class isn’t even the same on the same airline regardless of equipment.

For the most part, American Airlines doesn’t just offer “fully flat seats” they also offer “direct aisle access.” On all of American’s transatlantic aircraft that have been retrofit with flat seats, except their 757s, they offer direct aisle access which is something British Airways does not offer.

American has 5 different fully flat business class seats and planes that do not yet have flat seats.

On all retrofit aircraft except the Boeing 757 it is a no brainer to fly American Airlines rather than British Airways. Here’s what British Airways business class looks like on its Boeing 777:


Here’s an American Airlines business class seat on the Boeing 787-8:

American Airlines also offers inflight internet on its Boeing 777-300ER, retrofit Boeing 777-200s, and Boeing 787s.

On the other hand, American’s 767s and flat seat 757s there are tablets, not personal televisions.

So contra the British Airways child’s take, business class products aren’t the same.

  • Features and benefits differ — from inflight internet to video on demand, depending on the aircraft.
  • Seats differ substantially — American’s 777-300ER, retrofit 777-200, Airbus A330, and Boeing 787s offer much better seating than British Airways dense configuration that’s 8-across on their 777s (compared to 4-across at American).

On the other hand, you don’t want your American Airlines business class swapped in for an unreconfigured 777 whose seat looks like this:

Check out more blogs from the experienced traveler Gary Leff at View From The Wing

View the original article here