40 days until Tokyo!

Today marks the 40-day countdown to my next trip to Tokyo and to say I'm excited is an understatement. We're going to firstly spend an evening in Schiphol Airport's Hilton Hotel and then fly to Tokyo the following morning with Finnair, via Helsinki. This was how I got to Tokyo when I brought my nephew, ...

Improving the BA boarding experience?

Let's face it - boarding a plane is seldom an enjoyable experience. Boarding flights can be a very messy and difficult experience, especially when you consider the number of attempted queue-jumpers, the people who can't find their (clearly marked) seats and those who expect to be able to bring on more luggage than their allowance ...

Exploring Kanazawa: Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden

Last month, as part of our two and half weeks in Japan, we visited somewhere completely new to us: Kanazawa. It's located North-West of Tokyo, on the opposite side of the Honshu island and is the capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa has only relatively recently been served by a Shinkansen service to Tokyo and ...

London to Tokyo: First Class with British Airways

Our latest trip to Japan started in Heathrow Airport, with a tasty and much-needed breakfast in British Airways' Concorde Room. This is the lounge set aside for passengers traveling First Class. Yes, First Class. But before you jump to any conclusions, I can assure you that our tickets were not full price. We used a combination ...

New BA safety information video is a welcome change

As someone who flies with British Airways a lot, I can tell you I was getting enormously sick of their safety information video. A slightly creepy cartoon, showing spaced-out passengers gliding around the cabin. They moved as if they'd been tranquilized and the voiceover made me shudder every time I heard it. Once you've seen it ...

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