Experiences

  • The best restaurant in Bangkok: Nahm or Gaggan?

    At the end of April, the prestigious list “The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2014” was released and much to my delight,  not one but even two restaurants from Bangkok where on the list. Coincidence that I would be in the city only 2 weeks later? I think not! So, I picked up the phone immediately and started dialing.. ring.. ring..

    For the Best Restaurant in Asia & n°13 on the list ‘Nahm’, which is located in the fancy ‘Metropolitan by COMO’ hotel, I was able to secure a table for lunch. Thai Cuisine is key here.
    However, ranked 17th on the list, ‘Gaggan’  focuses […]

  • Lufthansa First Class 747-400 vs 747-8i

    During the month of March, I had the opportunity & pleasure to experience Lufthansa First Class for the very first time. And second time as well!
    Spread out over the course of one week and nearly 20.000 miles up in the air, I hopped around the globe with United Airlines & Lufthansa.

    I flew Lufthansa’s “Queen of the Skies” 747-400 on the New York – Frankfurt route, where a few days later I got on the plane to cross the Atlantic yet again, destination Mexico City on board a Lufthansa 747-8i.
    Thankfully the 747-400 featured the ‘new First Class’, I really can’t get […]

  • Stellenbosch Wine Festival

    While I was in South Africa, one of the country’s most popular festivals took place in the town of Stellenbosch, only 50 kilometers from Cape Town and easily to be reached by car or train.
    With a population of roughly 160.000 inhabitants & home to a renowned University, the town is primarly known for its wine production and is also part of the Cape Winelands municipality, together with Paarl, Franschhoek, Worcester,…  Thanks to  Stellenbosch mountain, Simonsberg, Drakenberg,.. the scenery while driving through the region is simply breathtaking.
    Stellenbosch Wine Festival
    Yes, I got lucky, extremely lucky even, how often do you get a […]

  • Waterkloof Restaurant

    Can only an art historian be mesmerized by a painting? Or does it take philosophers to debate existence? I think not. Nor does it take a Chef to appreciate fine dining.

    At first I didn’t know that South Africa, or in this case Cape Town and surroundings, had such spectacular restaurants. Unknowingly, I walked into the restaurant ‘Burrata’ at The Old Biscuit Mill for dinner and as luck would have it, it turned out to be voted the best Italian restaurant in 2013 by Eatout. An even more pleasant surprise was that they still had a table to spare. Doing some research online is […]

  • New Year’s Eve in Dubai

    After having spend 5 days in Oman, it was time for me to try the country’s national air carrier, Oman Air, on a flight to Dubai where I would be spending New Year’s Eve, as I already may have mentioned a few times I believe. If you’re wondering about the flight: wouldn’t hesitate to fly them again.

    Several weeks before the big day, it was announced that Dubai wanted to break the World Record “world’s largest fireworks display” , perhaps not really a shocker as they seemingly don’t mind splurging a bit, and these fireworks were mainly going to take place […]

  • Swiss First Class from Zurich to Dubai & Muscat

    For Christmas I decided to travel to Muscat, Oman before heading to Dubai where I would be watching the fireworks for New Year’s Eve. The carrier taking me there was Swiss, not in economy, not in Business but in First Class! As you may recall, I wrote a post about my first Business class flight onboard Brussels Airlines, coming back from New York, so yes I had been very looking forward to this flight!

    Swiss First Class is higly ranked and renowned for its service level and inflight dining experience. Amongst Miles & Points enthusiast, it’s also considered to be one […]

  • Is it safe to travel to Cairo?

    I recently stayed in Cairo from Saturday January 4th until Monday January 6th and in light of the current situation in the country and the struggles some travellers might have, I would like to share my thoughts on visiting Cairo at this time. The situation is (or can be) rapidly changing in the near future as a few important events will take place very soon: constitutional referendum, parliamentary & presidential elections.

    A few years ago, prior to the Revolution I visited Sharm El Sheikh and during, I spent some time in Hurghada. I know, package deals in touristy places, but forgive […]

  • Champagne on top of the Eiffel Tower

    In my previous post, I was trying to handle a machinegun without getting hit with too much recoil.. Mission accomplished. Sort of. Now, let’s fast forward 9 days… aaaaand I’m in Paris. This time it really is my birthday.
    Short weekend getaway, during which I was staying at the lovely Intercontinental Le Grand Paris, granted a nice upgrade to a junior suite and received other pleasantries such as a keychain, biscuits, complimentary breakfast, etc. I love birthdays.

    The adjacent restaurant Café De La Paix, has a very jummy Tartare de bœuf on their pricy menu that blends well with a nice Talisker or Lagavulin whisky and french fries. Although we all know […]

  • Driving a Ferrari in Las Vegas

    November has been pretty epic to say the least and it even exceeded every single one of my expectations, which is always great! The Lakers getting creamed in the Staples Center, meeting Frequent Flyers in LA, driving a Mustang GT to Vegas, flying over the Grand Canyon, visiting the Christmas market in Paris, drinks in Rome … well you might have already caught a glimpse of all that on Instagram.  Best. Birthday. Ever.

    But the icing on the cake, the cherry on the pie, the moment suprême? Fulfilling a childhood dream, not just a dream, but the dream: driving a Ferrari.. […]

  • Favourite pictures – September 2013

    Aha, won’t be long now before United Airlines gets me across the pond, all the way up to Los Angeles & Las Vegas! Hollywood & Vegas, baby!
    I think I’ve got it all figured out, except for 2 hotel nights. And a flight. And a trip to the Grand Canyon. And some other silly things. Procrastination got the better of me…
    But it’s going to be awesome!

    Before I embark on this next journey, I’d like to share my favourite pictures taken during my previous one in September. They aren’t the next cover for a magazine, but to me they tell a story, they are […]