As this was my family’s first time taking Emirates, we were all really excited to head to the airport early, in order to give ourselves plenty of time to soak up the experience. We had a 10:40pm departure out of Terminal 1 that night, so we decided to take the 6:30pm airport train from Barcelona Sants train station to Terminal 2. From there, we took the airport green shuttles to Terminal 1.
After spending three days in London, we had reserved seats on the Eurostar to Paris, where we would spend the next few days for sightseeing. As this was my first time taking the Eurostar, I had done some research prior to the trip, and found out that they had recently acquired several new e320 trains. These trains appeared to be nicer and offered a more comfortable seating environment compared to the classic Eurostar.
On the morning of our trip, we wheeled seven pieces of luggage out to the taxi, bound for the airport. For a travelling party of three, I thought seven bags was a bit ridiculous, but oh well. The check-in counters opened at 10am for our 1pm flight, so I had booked a taxi for 9:30am. I had hoped to maximize the amount of time we could spend at Cathay Pacific’s new lounge in Vancouver.
Ever since I started my hobby of collecting miles and using it to redeem premium travel, I’ve always wanted to book a trip with my parents to show them what it’s like, since they have only traveled in economy. I knew they would love the pampering, but I also wanted to show them that travelling in business class isn’t as unattainable as most people think it is.
Introduction: Cinque Terre Nestled along the north western coast of Italy is a group of five fishing villages known collectively as Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands”. Their relative remoteness from other major cities in Italy has allowed the area to preserve its culture and authentic Italian feel. The dramatic scenery of the Italian coastline, along with the towns built up densely upon the steep cliffs makes it one of the most photographed locations in Italy, and is attracting more and more tourists every year.
Florence is an extremely photogenic and beautiful place to visit, no matter where you go. The narrow streets and the sea of red roof houses give it so much personality, and it is hard to mistaken it for any other place. With that said, there are still some prime locations that allow you to capture the best of Florence. Follow this guide to discover the top 5 best views that Florence has to offer.
Travelling between cities in Italy is most easily done by train, and is often the fastest, as there is an extensive rail network and plenty of high speed train service. This is true for travel between Rome and Venice, which is the option we went with. We had reserved two seats on Italo, one of the high speed rail services in Italy.
Our first stop in Italy was Rome, a city with no shortage of awesome landmarks and ancient architecture. If you wanted to see everything, you could easily spend a week or more here, depending on how much you want to take in at each site. We only had a couple days, so we were only able to see the main landmarks.