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You know when you're flying in economy class and you're walking through the terminal clutching your carry-on luggage and a Cinnabon, desperately seeking out a WiFi signal or comfortable seating, when...you pass a pair of sliding doors that briefly open to reveal what looks like a hidden wonderland within the airport? When this happens to us, our heart melts a little in agony that the experience of a first class lounge is so unattainable at that momentbut it wasn't last week, when Virgin Atlantic invited us into the holy grail of airline lounges: their Upper Class Clubhouse at London's Heathrow Airport.
What can we say about the place, except that it made our wildest airport dreams come true? The fact that free WiFi, complimentary Bumble & Bumble salon appointments, a pool table, an outdoor deck and even a HOT TUB exist in one place at an airport means we're going to need several hours to fully absorb it all, and thus we arrived nice and early.
After the jump, tons of pictures and more about that hot tub...
We were able to fly on Virgin America from LAX to SFO this morning for the airline's inaugural Day in the Cloud Challenge--the first-ever online puzzle challenge that can be played in the air and on the ground. We competed against another Virgin America flight using the GoGo in-flight WiFi (which was complimentary to all guests on VA flights today.)
GoGo's WiFi network was understandably overstressed this morning but once we were able to play the game, things did not get easier. These games are actually quite hard! And there was a very cool prize at stake. The two flights were vying to win a free netbook for everyone on the plane.
So how did it end up? Well, we were on the winning flight but we're still not sure how this game works.
· 'Calling All Jeopardy Geniuses' For Virgin America's Impossible Trivia Game [Jaunted]
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It's been a full 24 hours now since the inaugural flight of Jetblue's LAX routes landed, and although we've detailed the ribbon cuttings on both coasts, we haven't yet told you about the party in the sky.
Since this flight was a regularly scheduled one, many of the Chinese tourist passengers sitting around us thought it their lucky day to get free mimosas on board in addition to gift bags featuring airplane-size Absolut vodka. And so we noshed on cookies and crackers and drank our drinks 35,000 feet above the flyover states, as Jetblue's VP of Airports, Alex Battaglia, went up and down the aisle collecting our trash. You won't catch any of the higher-ups at the legacy carriers doing that.
Nothing's cheaper than free, and in New York City, we take what we can get. Luckily, what's available beginning this summer is nothing short of awesome as the hotly-debated High Line Park opens to the public.
Built in the 1930s to transport freight through the warehouses of the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an elevated rail track that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street. The last train traveled its scenic route in 1980, and since then proposals for its future have included everything from completely disassembling it to turning it into a mile-long lap pool.
The final decision to add nature and make it a pedestrian-friendly park couldn't have been more perfect for this year of staycations, and so we headed up a level yesterday in the first few hours of the High Line's public life to check out the greenery and scenery.
After a trip to the Pike Place Market in Seattle, your next big touristy stop is the Space Needle. Inspired by the TV Tower in Stuttgart and built in 1962 for the World Fair, the Space Needle is practically what put Seattle on the map--in the days before Nirvana and Starbucks, of course.
Today the monument is open pretty much from 9am-11pm everyday. Tickets cost $16 for a ride up to the top for adults and if you plan on seeing any of the other Seattle museums or the Seattle Aquarium on your trip, you can buy a ticket package. (Word is, you really only see savings if you plan on going to three or more of these.)
Yesterday evening, in a penthouse high above the dusky rooftops of Tribeca, Lufthansa Airlines and Ritz-Carlton Hotels launched their new "Star Chefs" partnership to once and for all banish bad airline food from the consciousness of Lufthansa passengers. Thankfully we were there, right in with the CEOs and the Executive Chefs themselves as scallops emerged alongside the reassurance that Lufthansa will stand by quality in the skies no matter what direction the economy may take.
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Ok, so technically it wasn't the Seven Minutes in Heaven game that you started playing with all your friends after watching "Teen Wolf," but Jaunted did get about seven minutes yesterday to talk with Bridget Marquardt about her Travel Channel show, "Bridget's Sexiest Beaches."
We've been doing weekly recaps of the show here every Friday (check out our take on Bridget's trip to Spain here) and we know that you have been dying to hear what Bridget had to say about filming her time on the sand.
Here's what Bridget told us about how the show came about, her traveling experience, her love of the beach and what happened behind the scenes. And if you're hoping to find Bridget on your next trip to Santa Monica, listen carefully around the 5:40 mark.
Is it spring yet? With snow beating down on the tarmac yesterday at Detroit Metro Airport, we're extremely sad to say that Punxsutawney Phil was right again. Nothing is more depressing than agreeing with a groundhog on the weather.
So instead we turned our focus onto the awesome interior of one of our favorite terminals, the inside of Northwest's sprawling Concourse A, which has a wingspan of some 78 gates.
Keep reading for our video of the concourse.
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Telling people you’re from Montreal can be quite the conversation starter. That’s because whoever has been there tends to love the city, and people that haven’t been there, want to go there. What makes Montreal standout as the most unique city in the province of Quebec and in Canada entirely, is that it contains a melting pot of cultures, both English and French. Visiting or growing up there, is like experiencing a slice of Europe in the middle of North America.
As regular Ryanair masochists can imagine, the world’s first long-haul, "no frills" flight is not a concept that particularly fills us with longing. But Air Asia X’s launch sent prices from London to the Far East plummeting when booking opened last November, so we were intrigued. Would people really put up with no frills on a 13 hour flight? We turned reluctant guinea pig to find out.
A quick admission to start with. We were originally told that this was the inaugural flight to KL. Except when we got to the Air Asia launch party the night before, we realised it wasn’t – the first flight was taking off as we listened to The Saturdays. However, with the glitches we experienced on day two, we’re kind of glad we didn’t catch the first one.
Short week. Summer. Friday. Yeah, we're about ready to start the weekend, too. But before we head out for some adventures, we're taking a little inspiration from this awesome "photo-romain" of New York City.
Meanwhile, for those of you dreading a Saturday and Sunday in front of the computer, have no fear: Weekend Editor Victor Ozols has a special something planned for the next couple days!
· More Travel Videos [Jaunted]
We tried our damnedest to cook up a travel angle on the whole Miley Cyrus drama, but we just couldn't do it. So instead of stretching, we're gonna set you up with a classic travel news link dump to wrap up the day.
Europe--and Lonely Planet--wanna see your travel videos, and Tijuana is picking up the pieces after an insane gun battle. Protesters *won't* be greeting the Olympic Torch in Pyongyang. And, yes, everyone wants a piece of the Gossip Girl action. (Including us!)
· Europe Wants Your Videos [Budget Travel]
· Mystery Surrounds Tijuana Drug Shootings [LAT]
· Torch Relay Map [Google Maps]
· Bretty Snyder's Travel Blogs to Watch [BNet]
· Congressman Hopping on Amtrak's Sunset Limited [Houston Chronicle]
· OMFG: "Live Like Gossip Girl" Package at The Franklin Hotel [HC]
[Photo from the Sunset Limited: Susansfh]