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2020 Seemed So Bright: Dublin to London on British Airways and London to Washington on Virgin Atlantic

Boarding a BA A320 at DUB

This recap of my return trip, British Airways Dublin to London and Virgin Atlantic London to Washington, is the sixth in a series of six posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering my stay at the Hilton Belfast, is available here. Note:… Read more »

Review: Hilton Belfast

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Front of Hilton Belfast

This review of the Hilton Belfast is the fifth in a series of six posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering the Giant’s Causeway and my exploration of Western Belfast, is available here. Note: this trip was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic,… Read more »

Belfast Part 2: Causeway Coast & Black Taxi Tour

This is the fourth in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering the first part of my stay in Belfast, is available here. Note: this trip was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus may reflect a very different… Read more »

Belfast Part 1: The train from Dublin and Exploring the City

River Lagan at dusk

This is the third in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering my three nights in Dublin, is available here. Note: this trip was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus may reflect a very different world than we… Read more »

[UPDATED] Cancellation experiences: Delta revenue, Aeroplan and American award, and Iberia award; Hotels.com and Club1hotels

There has been a lot of constantly shifting policies and debates as to what airlines are required to do with regard to existing bookings in light of COVID-19. There are lots of nuances and honestly it seems airlines are not being consistent at all.  But I thought I’d share my… Read more »

Three Nights in Dublin, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin and Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

This is the second in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering my flights from DC to London to Dublin, is available here. I had five nights total in Ireland and Northern Ireland. After my long day of travel,… Read more »

F***ed by a Virgin: Virgin Atlantic Washington to London, Six Hours at Heathrow, & Aer Lingus Heathrow to Dublin

This is the first in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. Virgin Atlantic Flt. 22, Washington-Dulles to London-Heathrow (IAD-LHR) Airbus A330-300, Economy Sched. Dep. 6:25pm          Sched. Arr. 6:40am +1 Actual Dep. 6:20pm           Actual Arr. 6:37am +1 Aer Lingus Flt. 159,… Read more »

Airline #71: Luxair to Paris-CDG and Air France Paris to Washington

Luxair Dash 8

This is the conclusion of a much-delayed series covering my Labor Day (August-September 2019) trip to Paris and Luxembourg. My last post covered my day exploring Luxembourg City. Luxair Flt. 8013 Luxembourg to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (LUX-CDG) Sched. Dep. 11:00am   Sched. Arr. 12:00pm Actual Dep. 11:00am     Actual Arr. 12:05pm Air… Read more »

One Unusual Day in Luxembourg and the Park Inn Luxembourg

This is the third in a much-delayed series covering my Labor Day (August-September 2019) trip to Paris and Luxembourg. My last post covered my hotel stays in Paris at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand and the Mercure Paris Bastille Marais. I had a really nice few days in Paris, which… Read more »

Paris Hotels: The Intercontinental Paris Le Grand and the Mercure Paris Bastille Marais

This is the second in a much-delayed series covering my Labor Day (August-September 2019) trip to Paris and Luxembourg. My last post covered my flight out on Air France and my brief stay at the Ibis Paris CDG. For my three nights in Paris, I split my time between two… Read more »