There are two schools of thought regarding quick free points earning opportunities. Some people think they are a waste of time, while others believe you should get all the points you can, whenever you can.
I’m in the latter category, which is why I have taken advantage of these free points below. From my experience, I can say that these opportunities can be useful. On my recent trip to Europe, which yes, I still have many diary posts left to
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My first full day in Nice wasn’t actually spent in Nice. Truth be told, I actually didn’t spend a ton of time there, instead opting to use it as a base for day trips around the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera for those of you who are uncultured).
I took a 20 minute bus ride to Eze, a
Continue reading Europe 2013: Nice – Cote d’Azur, Day 8
For the most part, the ride to Nice was uneventful. We finally got out of the clouds and fog about 2.5 hours into the journey, and it was then sunny for the rest of the way. I activated my Eurail pass for the ride, giving me unlimited train travel for the next 15 days of my trip. I had opted for first class, thinking there would be more room to stretch out, but the first class section on the TGV
Continue reading Europe 2013: Paris to Nice, Day 7
On my final day in Paris, I headed to Montmartre, home of many famous artists such as Dali, Monet, and Picasso, as well as Sacré-Cœur Basilica. I’m not sure if it was because it was off-season or if I just wandered through the wrong areas, but I was pretty unimpressed with the neighborhood. Sure, some of the old, winding streets were cool, but otherwise it was pretty dead. I get the feeling that the area’s days of being a prime
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Progress! Although I didn’t get out and about until around 11, I at least set an alarm for 9.
My first stop was the Pantheon, home of the decaying corpses of such French greats as Voltaire, Hugo, Rousseau, Dumas, Braille and the Curies.
The sign in Braille under Braille’s name was a nice touch, though how you’d manage
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Despite not getting up until around noon, my first full day in Paris ended up being my most ambitious of the trip so far. I ended up walking some 13 miles around the city, starting from Place Monge.
I started by heading to the Jardin des Plantes, which was half a block away. Since it was early January, there wasn’t much growing, but they did have a dinosaur statue.
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It was supposed to be easy. I left myself plenty of time to walk to Limehouse station, get on the DLR, switch to the Northern Line at Bank, and take it to St. Pancras International to meet my train to Paris.
In practice, it was much less so. I walked to the station and scanned my Oyster card, just to get to the platform in time to see a train for Bank depart. “No big deal,” I figured, there’s another
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London, Day 2
After a surprisingly jet-lag-free sleep thanks to Brewdog, I was up at a reasonable hour. I decided to follow the Thames from Limehouse to the city. Theoretically, one can follow the Thames Walk, but between closed gates and a wandering path, it’s better to just follow the road closest to the shore of the river for most of it. I ended up near Tower Bridge, which I then crossed to head toward my ultimate destination for the
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Following my shuttle adventure, my flights to Manchester were pretty uneventful. Nobody tried to sing to me, and nobody tried to kill me. I used miles to fly on U.S. Airways in first class and Envoy the whole way. Between it being off-season and having the US Airways credit card, the ticket was only 55,000 miles, which is a fantastic deal.
Port and Ice Cream for
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6:21 am, day one.
The airport shuttle was already waiting for me when I got to the front door. I apologized for being late and said the drivers normally call when they are a couple of minutes away.
The driver said, “Oh, you’re right on time!”
He was already far too excited for that time of morning, but I hoped for the best and hopped into the van.
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