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My First Time in American Airlines International Business Class — and The Verdict Is…

After being in an Admirals Club airport lounge for the first time, being seated as a passenger in the first class cabin on an airplane for a domestic flight operated by American Airlines from Atlanta to Miami, and being in the Flagship airport lounge for the first time — a review of that experience is forthcoming — I boarded the Airbus A319 EOW airplane for another first for me…

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Last Hilton Hotel in Abu Dhabi Leaving December 18 2019 — and Another Review of the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi

After its grand opening only almost 6.5 years ago in the summer of 2013 — and after the Hilton Abu Dhabi left the Hilton brand on Monday, December 31, 2018 after greater than 45 years since it opened in 1973 — the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi will be leaving the Hilton brand as per this notice which was posted at the official Internet site of the hotel property…

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Guess Where These Photographs Were Taken — November 23 2019 Edition

Amidst all of the news and rhetoric pertaining to the upcoming election and presidential impeachment hearings — as well as travel, miles and points in general — I thought I would take a moment to post a game for you to play just for fun: can you guess where was these photograph were taken?

The answer to the question…

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Review: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort — With Breakfast, Divided

The semi-circular driveway in front of the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort property was crowded with people and clogged with cars; but I managed to find a temporary place to park my rental car so that I may check in at the busy front desk.

As street parking is at a premium — meaning that virtually no available free parking spaces are available near the resort property — I had no choice but to park in the gated parking lot across the street, which costs…

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to Charge Entrance Fee to Visitors — and My Trip Report

Boasting greater than 2.5 million visitors in 2018 alone on 2,965 acres, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Georgia is one of the legendary locations where part of the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War occurred from Sunday, June 19, 1864 through Saturday, July 2, 1864 — and it has been a free and natural respite from everyday life for visitors in the northern Atlanta metropolitan area since its inception in 1935…

…but that tradition of greater than 84 years ends on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, when a cashless vehicle general admission entrance fee of…

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How Overlooking Something Minor Can Become Significant — and Easily Avoidable

Overlooking paying attention to something minor can lead to becoming significant for at least one of two reasons: completely by mistake; or by being lazy and taking a short cut to avoid having to do more than seemingly necessary.

I went to a restaurant for dinner earlier tonight on this rainy evening, wiped my feet on the mat inside as the woman at the hostess stand greeted me. I was escorted to a table; and the waiter eventually came and took my order.

After he left, I decided to use the washroom — but I noticed that…

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Video: I Attended a Las Vegas Wedding Ceremony — Complete With an Elvis Presley Impersonator

I had never attended a wedding ceremony in Las Vegas — until a friend of mine and his fiancée invited me and a group of other frequent fliers to his wedding, which occurred exactly two years ago today at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel on Friday, October 27, 2017.

Most of the attendees — as well as the groom and myself — are veteran frequent fliers. When I asked the groom why he wanted to get married this way, he replied “Why not?!?” He and his fiancée thought it would be a lot of fun…

…and who was I — or anyone else, for that matter — to argue?

Among the different packages which were available — 14 of which involved being married by an impersonator of Elvis Presley — the couple chose the Elvis Pink Caddy Luxury Model Wedding Package, which is described as follows…

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Rehabilitation of The Bridge Which Damages Trucks: 11Foot8 to Grow Up to Be 12Foot4

Almost everything has been tried: a plethora of traffic warning signs, special traffic signals, and even a reinforced solid steel bar to protect the railroad overpass known as 11Foot8 from being damaged by ignorant drivers of high-profile vehicles — such as buses, trucks, recreational vehicles and other tall conveyances — from continuously smashing them into the old bridge; but the clearance underneath this span will be raised eight inches by…

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Exploring the Inside of a Dormant Lava Tunnel in Iceland

The island of Iceland was formed as a result of volcanic activity — it lies on the divergent boundary between the Eurasian plate and the North American plate, over which one can walk across via a bridge at Miðlína — so the existence of lava tubes is of no surprise…

…and visitors can walk through an actual dormant lava tube — through which hot molten lava once flowed thousands of years ago — at the Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel.

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