±1 hour from Frankfurt: Castles, half-timbers, Roman encampments, and wine

Rüdesheim am Rhein, from Niederwalddenkmal

Both the air and the Riesling are crisp on this June day in Germany, and the sun is bouncing off my wine glass with reckless summer abandon. Big blue sky above, the Rhine River below, a 700-year-old castle on all sides—it’s an uplifting scene. Rheinstein Castle (German: Burg Rheinstein), where I’m eating lunch, is one of the […]

Germany’s Condor Airlines is a pleasant surprise

Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines is not a company that strikes a chord with most international travelers. But, its loyal German fan base (it’s a German company) and an expanding roster of international travelers are taking notice of this company’s growing international presence. As a partner company of parent Thomas Cook Travel, this airline focuses on selling leisure […]

Singapore Airlines 11-Day Fare Sale to Europe and Beyond


Singapore Airlines is celebrating their 20 years of service on the New York-Singapore route with a decent fare sale. Flights from New York to Frankfurt, Singapore and five Southeast Asian destinations start at $799. They are all aboard the A380, the world’s largest and most spacious commercial aircraft. Fares include round-trip, Economy Class travel, as well […]

Singapore Airlines’ A380 Around the World Trip

Chillin' in Business Class

Greetings! In case you are new (welcome!) I’m writing about my around the world trip on Singapore Airlines’ A380- the world’s largest commercial aircraft. My routing was New York (JFK) to Frankfurt to …


Boarding the A380

With the introduction of JFK-Frankfurt-Singapore daily service, travelers can now circumnavigate the globe on the A380 with one carrier.   LINKS: NY to Frankfurt | Singapore to Tokyo | Tokyo to L.A.   Since the flight to Singapore wasn’t departing until 11:55am, we had about two hours before re-boarding. The gate area was packed with a […]

Around the World on Singapore Airlines A380 Superjumbo Aircraft

Johnny Jet Getting Ready To Board

With the introduction of JFK-Frankfurt-Singapore daily service, travelers can now circumnavigate the globe on the A380 with one carrier. RELATED:  10 Reasons to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel | Raffles Hotel | Crowne-Plaza Airport Hotel | Why Changi is one of the best airports in the world | Hawker Centers | Lo Hei or Yu […]

Frankfurt & Lufthansa A380


I left off last week from Paris. From there I made the mistake of taking a taxi to the CDG airport—can you believe it cost 72 euros (US$104)?! Next time I will take the train. CDG Airport It seems everyone is always throwing the Charles de Gaulle Airport (website) under the bus, but I love […]

Germany To Turkey


Guten tag from Germany! This week we travel by train along the Mosel River to Frankfurt, to stay at a newly remodeled airport hotel that’s so conveniently located, not only to catch an early flight but to go downtown as well. From there, we board a Turkish Airlines 737-800 plane to Istanbul to get ready […]