Articles in Journeys

What’s Doing in Dallas


Following yet another sweltering summer (as I am writing this, it’s 97° F/36° C), Dallas, Texas is preparing for two very welcome events: cooler temperatures and the State Fair of Texas.
The State Fair of Texas, which runs from September 26 through October 19, has taken place in Dallas every year since 1886, with the exception of two short hiatuses during the First and Second World Wars. It occupies a 277-acre …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 13, 2014


It’s the weekend.  Once again, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may not have had time to read over the past week.  Here are five stories that are worth putting on your reading list:
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Louis Hotel in Munich, Germany.  The hotel was difficult to locate but the good food and service and a prime location in …

Lobby Bar – September 12: Goldilocks Sleeps Well, Catapulting Fruit, Comfort Crashing, and Overweight Aircraft


The Lobby Bar – A Mockingly Deviant Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Time Compression. How much in-flight service can an airline squeeze into an hour-long flight? Jonathan Spira flies from New York to Montreal in Air Canada’s Business Class cabin, where he somehow consumes three meals and manages a four-hour nap in under 48 minutes. Fortunately, he wasn’t offered a thin mint.
Goldilocks and the three pillows. Christian Stampfer peruses …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 6, 2014


Another weekend is here. Once again, it’s time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler stories you might not have had time to read over the past week. Here are five picks that should be on your list:
1.) The results of the 2014 Air Travel Pet Peeves poll are in and, for a third year running, insufficient legroom captured the top spot as the number one peeve that irritates frequent …

Lobby Bar – September 5: Inclined to Recline, Admiral Ackbar Visits France, A Six Ton Boxing Match, and What Would Hamlet Do?


The Lobby Bar – A Deceptively Devious Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Can you top this?  The world’s oldest flight attendant, Robert Reardon, officially retired last week.  While it’s widely assumed that the man was using his job as an excuse for free trips, it’s more likely that Reardon was simply trying to obtain a new world record, which he did by a few months.  Months.  That’s like bidding …

What’s Doing in Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Versailles, known for its château as well as for the treaty that bears its name and officially ended the First World War, served as the de facto capital of France for over a century and was the cradle of the French Revolution.
Located just over 10 miles (17 kilometers) from the center of Paris, the town was founded by King Louis XIV in the late 17th century. Louis XIV, known as …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2014

The Boeing 747 is the world's most recognizable aircraft

Chicago’s Palmer House hotel opened its doors on September 26, 1871, a mere 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and had to be rebuilt.  It reopened its doors in 1875.
John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened its doors on September 4, 1904.  At the time, Astor also owned half of the Waldorf-Astoria.  It’s known for its iconic …