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Title: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 18, 2015, 09:44:22 PM
I'm not good at writing up trip reports, but I still want to show (off) some pictures of recent trips and what the costs were.

Iíll divide each trip in a separate post.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 18, 2015, 09:44:35 PM
First up:

Colorado 2012

Flights:
LGA-DEN UA Y
DEN-EGE UA Y
EGE-DEN UA Y
DEN-EWR UA Y

Hotel:
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Cost:
25k UA
4 Hyatt credit card certs


I want to comment about the United Club in DEN:
It's a simple standard UA lounge, but what made me not forget about it till today is the staff. No kidding.
There's one middle-aged, terribly-shaped, scary-looking women working there who made our two lounge stays an unforgettable experience.

We arrived in DEN UA East Club hungry after a 4 hour no meal flight. My wife prepared a few sandwiches to eat, but before even getting the second bite that lady noticed us eating, she came over to us with an unapologetic tone informing us that we can not eat our own food in the lounge.
It didn't help explaining her we're from NY and we still have a few hours till our next flight and we can only eat kosher.

I'm not saying what I did was appropriate, but when she left we started eating again. And guess what, she came back again warning us not to eat.
I noticed her peeking from the sides like a spy making sure we don't eat... for two hours (!) we played cat & mouse...
After two hours she managed to see us eating. She called in a lounge manager for backup.

The manager didn't seem to really care, she just told us with a smile that per the lounge rules we should only eat the in-house food and left.
But that other lady just didn't stop coming back warning and harassing us again and again until we left for boarding!

On the return flight we decided to use the west club instead so we can avoid her. Anyone who's been to DEN knows what a long walk this is.  But lo and behold, after a few minutes she showed up! (apparently she 'serves' both lounges).
She immediately noticed her trouble makers. We made eye contact, and boy was that scary.

After trying a few bites I decided it's just not worth the hassle and left my sandwich for our flight home.

The most ridiculous lounge experience I ever had.


Descending into EGE:

(http://s10.postimg.org/6mm1c1js9/IMG_1089.jpg)

(http://s15.postimg.org/fbz3g1hbv/IMG_1088.jpg)


EGE Airport after landing:

(http://s22.postimg.org/ven2sikj5/IMG_0594.jpg)

(http://s12.postimg.org/4qr0z6y4t/IMG_0595.jpg)


Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

(http://s28.postimg.org/qtblanx6l/IMG_1023.jpg)

(http://s3.postimg.org/z60webeoj/IMG_1072.jpg)

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(http://s4.postimg.org/49r8ma24t/IMG_0619.jpg)

(http://s12.postimg.org/mnx1v0v9p/IMG_0631.jpg)

(http://s27.postimg.org/7uodg591f/IMG_0609.jpg)


Chair-lift in back of hotel:

(http://s29.postimg.org/opo4ek0c7/IMG_0671.jpg)

(http://s23.postimg.org/7awrnxyjf/IMG_0679.jpg)


Hot air balloon:

There were two balloons flying some are pictures I took of the other balloon and some are from a (company) photographer who was down there and gave (sold) us the pictures when we landed.
(http://s4.postimg.org/vusslnhhp/Balloon_Image_035.jpg)

(http://s21.postimg.org/u5xep3osn/Balloon_Image_037.jpg)

(http://s18.postimg.org/4vtoq0dfd/Balloon_Image_041.jpg)

(http://s13.postimg.org/gqbogk2nr/Balloon_Image_075.jpg)

(http://s11.postimg.org/j3w01c1hf/Balloon_Image_077.jpg)

(http://s8.postimg.org/r7u25wzyd/Balloon_Image_096.jpg)

(http://s18.postimg.org/5mr09j56h/Balloon_Image_098.jpg)

(http://s28.postimg.org/wffguxtj1/Balloon_Image_099.jpg)

(http://s18.postimg.org/3sir5j7jt/Balloon_Image_107.jpg)

(http://s9.postimg.org/4vfzw5vpr/Balloon_Image_112.jpg)

(http://s28.postimg.org/txhntpol9/IMG_0930.jpg)

(http://s16.postimg.org/ndjvwnehx/IMG_0970.jpg)

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Driving on the highway:


(http://s3.postimg.org/91noc0w0j/IMG_0025.jpg)

(http://s14.postimg.org/gikvft1ap/IMG_0028.jpg)



Next up: Germany - Israel - SQ Suites - FCT FRA
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Yaalili on February 18, 2015, 09:57:36 PM
Wow, such an interesting DEN story too.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2015, 10:32:38 PM
Nice pics.

FT has a name for those lounge agents, they're called dragons.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on February 18, 2015, 10:41:02 PM

Great stuff. Keep it coming!

Flights:
EWR-DEN UA Y
Are you sure you didn't depart LGA?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 18, 2015, 10:50:49 PM
Great stuff. Keep it coming!
Are you sure you didn't depart LGA?

You're right. How'd you know?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on February 18, 2015, 10:53:45 PM
You're right. How'd you know?
How could I miss your first departing airport
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: TimT on February 18, 2015, 10:56:37 PM
Great pics. Which camera did you use ? Are those storm clouds in the last 2 photos or just a darkened window ?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 18, 2015, 11:01:48 PM
Great pics. Which camera did you use ?
Canon Rebel T3i DSLR

Are those storm clouds in the last 2 photos or just a darkened window ?
Honestly I don't remember.
Either that or maybe because my photos are stored on G+ and they applied some awesomeness to it.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: E-MAN on February 19, 2015, 10:39:23 AM
Keep em coming!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Toasted on February 19, 2015, 11:05:51 AM
Amazing stuff!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2015, 11:10:12 AM
Amazing pics!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AharonInIsrael on February 19, 2015, 11:44:48 AM
Great pics, thanks! (and crazy story- she could probably be a mashgiach somewhere with her diligence :P)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: TimT on February 19, 2015, 11:48:41 AM
(and crazy story- she could probably be a mashgiach somewhere with her diligence :P)
Perfect. http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1343.msg1069445#msg1069445
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Chapshnell on February 19, 2015, 12:40:58 PM
Great pics! Went to Beaver Creek, CO in 2012 & had a fantastic summer experience.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: moish on February 19, 2015, 12:42:04 PM

Driving on the highway:


(http://s3.postimg.org/91noc0w0j/IMG_0025.jpg)

(http://s14.postimg.org/gikvft1ap/IMG_0028.jpg)



amazing - the greens look so unnatural
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: TimT on February 19, 2015, 12:45:25 PM
amazing - the greens look so unnatural
maybe because my photos are stored on G+ and they applied some awesomeness to it.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 01:56:53 PM
Great pics! Went to Beaver Creek, CO in 2012 & had a fantastic summer experience.
I was also there in the summer of 2012.
I guess not at the same time because Beaver Creek was judenrein during our stay.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 03:24:51 PM
Germany/Israel 2014

Flights:
JFK-FRA SQ R
FRA-TLV LY J
TLV-IST TK J
IST-FRA LH Y
FRA-JFK LH F

Hotels:
Sheraton Tel Aviv
Prima Palace Jerusalem

Lounges:
Luxx Lounge FRA (crap)
Dan Lounge TLV
Turkish CIP Lounge IST
FCT FRA

Cost:
57.5k SQ (wife was on a standard award)
30k AA
75k UA (good old days)
12k SPG
Paid for Prima Palace


Short preview:

Fun part: It all started with a Twitter SMS from Dansdeals about the Alitalia Israel sale for $590 RT, which was a good incentive to get our acts together and pull trigger for a Israel trip.
Mrs. JoeCha wasn't that thrilled about flying coach on Alitalia, but a sale is a sale.
One day after booking, something popped up in my mind: AJK!
Inspired by his amazing trip report (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25470.0) I decided to copy it (thank you for the idea!). I quietly cancelled the ticket (at 23 hours) and I booked an amazing award trip which included SQ suites, TK lounge in IST, Lufthansa first class terminal and LH F.

AZ departs from T1 in JFK while SQ departs from T4, so I arranged a Global Entry interview for my daughter so I can get my wife into T4 without realizing what I'm up to. But when we arrived at the airport my wife insisted we first check in our luggage with AZ in T1 so we don't have to schlep it to the interview. I had to be a really bad and overpowering husband to convince her that it doesn't make sense.

It was hell of a fun when I proceeded to the SQ first class check-in counter after the interview. It took her a minute or two to realize what happened...

We arrived in FRA early morning and left in the evening. So we had a prearranged driver waiting for us to tour Frankfurt and Worms.

Thrill part: AA shut down my account a few weeks before my booking because I exploited a loophole in Citi's system (how this is their business is up for debate).
But I had a second account which I used to book our business class tickets on ElAl.

American Airlines is notoriously known for not cancelling tickets in advance, letting passenger's check in but being denied boarding. I was nervous not knowing whether they flagged my second account. I got a tip from one of the DDF admins/mods that AA is usually notating the PNR if they plan on 'surprising' the passenger and it's viewable in Sabre. A DDFer with access to Sabre emailed me the PNR notes (thank you!). It looked good.

When the GA scanned our boarding passes a red light started blinking and beeping, I almost missed a heartbeat. He took the boarding passes to the computer and typed something. I was sweating, almost convinced we're not flying. But after a minute he told us we're good to go and the issue was because of the infant on the reservation so he had to manually process it (whatever that means).

Flights: SQ was amazing. Flashy hard product and a staff excitingly willing to go out of their way making you happy.
TK and LH air crew were very nice.
LY FA didn't even try to be nice.

Lounges: I was way more impressed with the Turkish Lounge in IST than FCT in FRA, It's just beautiful and massive. But of course you don't get the personal service that the FCT is known for. And it was clear the IST ground and lounge staff didn't love us. I can't blame them  ;).

Hotels:
Sheraton TLV is beautiful.
Prima Palace is bad. They offer mediocre kosher breakfast but air conditioner didn't work,bathtub was dusty, bed uncomfortable and tiny rooms.


I'll post some pictures in the following posts.



Next up: a hop into Washington DC
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 03:38:01 PM
SQ couples suite:

They even had a airplane toy for the baby! (not the big one you see on the picture).


(http://s16.postimg.org/75t3v450l/image.jpg)

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Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 03:50:21 PM
Turkish Lounge:

(http://s12.postimg.org/v14rnkb71/20140326_042230.jpg)

(http://s3.postimg.org/qc8qauwcj/20140326_042248.jpg)

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(http://s30.postimg.org/m8jpt7mkx/image.jpg)

(http://s29.postimg.org/k4u6hsdqv/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 04:11:12 PM
Lufthansa First Class Terminal FRA:

This is going through 'security':

(http://s3.postimg.org/cswy29ooz/20140326_094956.jpg)



(http://s11.postimg.org/dsgd6ippv/20140326_073925.jpg)

(http://s21.postimg.org/oxnxe031j/20140326_075114.jpg)

(http://s18.postimg.org/6wo9uh8k9/20140326_075720.jpg)

(http://s17.postimg.org/wzumw0iy7/20140326_075734.jpg)

(http://s22.postimg.org/rpmb8lv8h/20140326_075949.jpg)

(http://s24.postimg.org/5o07ghqk5/20140326_083222.jpg)

(http://s13.postimg.org/ukadflsg7/20140326_094944.jpg)

(http://s11.postimg.org/xuz8gmunn/image.jpg)

(http://s7.postimg.org/63vfcvcjv/image.jpg)

(http://s18.postimg.org/tk84eddi1/image.jpg)

(http://s12.postimg.org/d7niavd7x/image.jpg)


Walking under this huge bird being escorted to the flight:

(http://s13.postimg.org/3tuwiw407/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on February 19, 2015, 04:12:24 PM
Best pictures are the LH ducks.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 04:18:43 PM
Best pictures are the LH ducks.
  :)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 04:20:12 PM
Border crossing to Lebanon:

(http://s15.postimg.org/ofmaxdwzv/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 04:24:57 PM
Rosh Hanikra:

(http://s28.postimg.org/cdkt4ragt/IMG_3038.jpg)

(http://s14.postimg.org/57y5n09td/image.jpg)

(http://s3.postimg.org/jcqjh4nyb/image.jpg)

(http://s11.postimg.org/sr8fbt0hf/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2015, 04:33:22 PM
Why do I not remember the water being so clear at Rosh Hanikrah?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Matovu on February 19, 2015, 04:48:12 PM
why the border crossing ?
showing above TLV - IST
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on February 19, 2015, 04:48:42 PM
Why do I not remember the water being so clear at Rosh Hanikrah?
Because you weren't wearing your G+ goggles :)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on February 19, 2015, 04:49:08 PM
why the border crossing ?
showing above TLV - IST
It's at Rosh Hanikrah.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Matovu on February 19, 2015, 04:50:04 PM
got you
was just there 1 month ago
but was windy and the Chair Lift was closed.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 04:52:07 PM
Why do I not remember the water being so clear at Rosh Hanikrah?

You tell me.
Because you weren't wearing your G+ goggles :)

I don't think so. I googled for pictures and the water looks identical to my pictures.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 04:53:02 PM
Masada

(http://s13.postimg.org/3r6w1orwn/104.jpg)

(http://s27.postimg.org/asvqd4s37/127.jpg)

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(http://s16.postimg.org/yuh4or6ud/165.jpg)

(http://s22.postimg.org/vasam2cf5/166.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 05:21:40 PM
Lebanon Border:

(http://s30.postimg.org/tedb15rf5/image.jpg)

(http://s27.postimg.org/i8s8qom5v/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 05:36:54 PM
Sheraton Tel Aviv:

View from our room:

(http://s24.postimg.org/pi5rcokhh/image.jpg)

(http://s14.postimg.org/fawqid9kh/image.jpg)

(http://s15.postimg.org/x51xi0itn/image.jpg)

(http://s3.postimg.org/ylicnxpvn/image.jpg)

(http://s1.postimg.org/fad4zz9qn/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 05:42:03 PM
Hey Bibi

(http://s22.postimg.org/mqjoq9kyp/IMG_3763.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on February 19, 2015, 05:44:20 PM
Hey Bibi
This in Rechavia?

I rented an apartment on that block and it was amazing.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 05:45:03 PM
Akko

(http://s16.postimg.org/j7rraddd1/image.jpg)

(http://s17.postimg.org/qgufx3nqn/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 05:45:24 PM
This in Rechavia?


Yes
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2015, 05:46:32 PM

I rented an apartment on that block and it was amazing.
I'm guessing you didn't have to worry about any terrorist going crazy near your house :P
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 05:53:19 PM
Akko

(http://s7.postimg.org/kbwlhvgp7/image.jpg)


(http://s1.postimg.org/3u2l7kn4f/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 06:02:57 PM
Well, to each their own

(http://s3.postimg.org/gp3fj6k3n/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 06:16:06 PM
Frankfurt Synagogue

(http://s10.postimg.org/3omv4dgnt/image.jpg)

(http://s10.postimg.org/4tgx9r34p/image.jpg)

(http://s22.postimg.org/cndswgeox/image.jpg)



Oiy, Chabad guys

(http://s2.postimg.org/ryyn0a13d/image.jpg)

Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 06:21:03 PM
Rashi's House

(http://s7.postimg.org/ouhqcb77v/IMG_2885.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 06:23:02 PM
Rashi's Mikva

(http://s12.postimg.org/fa9mn8rsd/IMG_2897.jpg)

(http://s27.postimg.org/q4hzkdr8z/IMG_2896.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 19, 2015, 06:28:24 PM
A fairytale supposedly about Rashi's mother when she was pregnant with Rashi. The wall moved in to save her from being smashed by an oncoming horse and carriage.

(http://s4.postimg.org/60jh8qrql/image.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Yaalili on February 19, 2015, 09:45:56 PM
Amazing.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: TimT on February 19, 2015, 09:47:31 PM
Amazing.
+100
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: D93 on February 20, 2015, 03:00:38 AM
Border crossing to Lebanon:

(http://s15.postimg.org/ofmaxdwzv/image.jpg)
My favorite pictures are always the "photography is forbidden" ones!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AharonInIsrael on February 20, 2015, 03:13:15 AM
Thanks! Your pics have finally pushed me over the edge- I'm definitely getting a REAL camera before our next trip :)

That looks quite new to actually be Rashi's house- they say it's the real deal?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: moish on February 20, 2015, 03:27:12 AM
Thanks! Your pics have finally pushed me over the edge- I'm definitely getting a REAL camera before our next trip :)

That looks quite new to actually be Rashi's house- they say it's the real deal?
its called the raschi house but was built many years after rashi died
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AharonInIsrael on February 20, 2015, 03:42:13 AM
its called the raschi house but was built many years after rashi died
Thanks, it looked old, but not 900 years old :-)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 20, 2015, 08:05:48 AM
its called the raschi house but was built many years after rashi died
IIRC they told us it was the house of Rashi, but was destroyed during the holocaust and later rebuilt with the original material.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: moish on February 20, 2015, 10:14:55 AM
IIRC they told us it was the house of Rashi, but was destroyed during the holocaust and later rebuilt with the original material.
not sure who told you that, but they are mistaken. ditto with the mikva. makes for a good story though
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: DMYD on February 20, 2015, 10:30:48 AM
Nice very entertaining. 
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 20, 2015, 11:01:19 AM
not sure who told you that,

Tour guide, and I think maybe I heard the same thing from the museum staff.


ditto with the mikva. makes for a good story though
Wow, that makes everyone visiting there feel like a fool after realizing.

If I may ask, how do you know that it's not true?
(I agree the burden of proof is on them, but I'd still be interested to know if you have some more information about the legitimacy of all that)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 20, 2015, 11:28:24 AM
Washington DC 2013

Flights:
JFK-IAD UA Y
DCA-EWR UA Y


Hotel:
Embassy Suites Crystal City

Cost:
JFK-IAD: free
DCA-EWR: 10k UA
40k HHonors points


Short preview:

With God's help and a little of my intervention, I ended up with a few free one way tickets to Washington DC. I had to produce these tickets in order to make work of something (much better). Hint: AirTran.
I thought it might be a shaila of בּל תשׁחית not to make use of them, so we decided to do a day trip to DC with plans to fly in 10:00 AM in the morning and fly back on the same day 8:00 PM to New York on a 4.5k Avios ticket.

We took the subway to JFK.
We had no luggage, just a small bag with 4 sandwiches and pretzels.
We landed on time in IAD.

We covered the Halacaust Museum, Bureau of printing and Engraving and just toured and taxied around town.

But when we got back to the airport for the return, AA first delayed the flight with 2 hours because of heavy rain and after finally boarding the aircraft and waiting 30 minutes on the tarmac with closed doors the captain announced that the flight is cancelled(!).
After getting back to the airport we realized that AA and UA grounded all planes and only US was still flying out that night. But of course their flight DCA-HPN was fully booked.

AA rebooked us on the next morning flight. But I didn't have my tefilin with me and that flight would get me back too late for davining, so I cancelled the ticket and booked an early morning award on UA for 10k.

We overnighted in the Embassy Suites. Got the presidential suite because of my HHonors Gold status (or more likely because they didn't expect anymore guests anyway..).



Next up: Cancun
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 20, 2015, 11:35:55 AM
Embassy Suites: (the inside)

(http://s24.postimg.org/72vya4bbp/IMG_1598.jpg)



(http://s28.postimg.org/tskh7kdal/IMG_1593.jpg)

(http://s14.postimg.org/8i5xs7jmp/IMG_1591.jpg)

(http://s21.postimg.org/y5x92ubav/IMG_1585.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: CS1 on February 20, 2015, 12:19:28 PM
Those are great. I like the 5 numbered outdoor Jacuzzis in your PH Beaver Creek photos
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on February 20, 2015, 01:05:50 PM
Those are great. I like the 5 numbered outdoor Jacuzzis in your PH Beaver Creek photos
It made me try out all five  :D
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: CS1 on February 20, 2015, 01:09:35 PM
It made me try out all five  :D

smart move. Also it's better than sharing them with lots of strangers
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: moish on February 21, 2015, 01:55:04 PM

Tour guide, and I think maybe I heard the same thing from the museum staff.

Wow, that makes everyone visiting there feel like a fool after realizing.

If I may ask, how do you know that it's not true?
(I agree the burden of proof is on them, but I'd still be interested to know if you have some more information about the legitimacy of all that)
everything that tour guide said is now suspect

i usually do my own research before visiting such places.

my information was from 3 different books

The Cultural Guide to Jewish Europe
Traveler's Guide to Jewish Germany
A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe

you can also see here http://www.worms.de/de-wAssets/docs/tourismus/broschueren/englisch/flyer_Judentum_e.pdf

and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worms_Synagogue

its possible that you are referring to the synagogue which was probably at the same location of the synagogue that was present at the time Rashi was in town (5 years). However, several iterations prior.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 01, 2015, 04:11:39 PM
Cancun 2015

Flights:
JFK-CUN AA J
CUN-JFK AA J


Hotel:
Fairmont Mayakoba

Cost:
29k MR (with 40% BA promo)
2 Fairmont CC certs and suite upgrade
Paid base price for third night + suite upgrade

Short review:
I'll have to disagree with Dan's conclusion in his post The Most Underrated Credit Card? (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/60259) and say that the most underappreciated card is the Fairmont Visa card. The card gives you two free nights and elite status that rewards its members with suite upgrade certificates. Effectively receiving two nights in a suite.

The Fairmont Mayakoba is MASSIVE (how do you capitalize CAPS?).

It's located in the gated Mayakoba Resort which houses 2 other lavish resorts including the Rosewood (where you get checked in on a boat and ridden with the boat to your villa) with Hyatt now in construction of the new Andaz Mayakoba.
Guests of all the resorts have access to some of each other's facilities.

The overwhelming majority of rooms are actually separate villas with 1, 2 or 4 guests per villa.

A few unlucky guests end up in regular rooms in the main lobby building. Which might explain why Dan doesn't seem to be a huge fan of this resort (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=17387.msg1073216#msg1073216).

Our vila was a two guest villa, with us occupying the full top floor and balcony over the lagoon.

The property is huge, but there are golf carts constantly coming and going taking you wherever you want (to the beach, for example, wich is a full mile from the lagoon villas).

Sailboating on the ocean and boat tours on the lagoon is free.

Staff were extremely nice and helpful. I'd rate them at the same level of Hyatt's staff, way above top Waldorf Astoria service.

Chabad of Playa delivered to our room warm food every night, they did a wonderful job. And even went out of their way accommodating us.
After a short convo, it turns out the Shliach is a DDFer. Who is not?

It seems to me that both fractions of chabad are represented in Playa.
My experience was with the group that subscribes to the school of thought that Moshiach can come from the dead.


I'll post pics in following posts.

Next up: Hong Kong/Hangzhou
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 01, 2015, 05:04:34 PM
Hotel property

(http://s9.postimg.org/pd2btjp33/IMG_4082.jpg)


(http://s28.postimg.org/4n3vnzpz1/IMG_4086.jpg)


(http://s27.postimg.org/ffbqdok1f/IMG_4089.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/FxynXrp.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/YBiHlEv.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/JSeAV19.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/zeqYdNf.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/3zf9NCc.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/DdoXqmA.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/h4QWlpR.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 01, 2015, 05:19:56 PM
Hotel's beach

(http://s3.postimg.org/ymqa1lb7n/IMG_4128.jpg)


(http://s10.postimg.org/xn5wbe17t/IMG_4194.jpg)


(http://s21.postimg.org/3mj0o2euv/IMG_4234.jpg)


(http://s4.postimg.org/aliwtigal/IMG_4261.jpg)


(http://s28.postimg.org/dvu3ydqgt/IMG_4275.jpg)


(http://s4.postimg.org/m882rr9x9/IMG_4290.jpg)


(http://s15.postimg.org/ni8fre8bv/IMG_4532.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/zSzxqqD.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on March 01, 2015, 06:10:27 PM
Some beautiful shots.

Glad your AJK-esque surprise trip worked out. Now you know how hard it can be to effectively pull off!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 01, 2015, 06:11:18 PM
Some beautiful shots.

Glad your AJK-esque surprise trip worked out. Now you know how hard it can be to effectively pull off!
;) thanks man!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: skyguy918 on March 01, 2015, 06:32:20 PM
...
I'll have to disagree with Dan's conclusion in his post The Most Underrated Credit Card? (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/60259) and say that the most underappreciated card is the Fairmont Visa card. The card gives you two free nights and elite status that rewards its members with suite upgrade certificates. Effectively receiving two nights in a suite.
...
Hard to say exactly where it rates, but big +1 on the Fairmont being a really solid card that more people should get. I used my 4 free nights and $300 in dining/spa credits at the Kea Lani (Maui, HI), where I ended up in an oceanview suite without using any additional upgrade certs, as well as a 3rd night free and suite upgrade on a paid (but still pretty cheap) stay at the Fairmont Washington. Not bad for just 2 cards.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Matovu on March 01, 2015, 07:17:33 PM
+1
Stayed at the Lake Louise Property for free in a 1,400.00 a night suite 3 nights, just for opening a card.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: TimT on March 01, 2015, 07:40:43 PM
Beautiful pics you got there.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 01, 2015, 08:44:38 PM
+1
Stayed at the Lake Louise Property for free in a 1,400.00 a night suite 3 nights, just for opening a card.
I squeezed a value of over $2500.

I wonder why there isn't that much talk about it in the blogosphere.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 01, 2015, 08:45:34 PM
Beautiful pics you got there.
Thank you. Only issue that annoys me is that some pictures are way too big.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: TimT on March 01, 2015, 08:49:03 PM
Thank you. Only issue that annoys me is that some pictures are way too big.
Were these taken with the rebel T3i ?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 01, 2015, 09:46:34 PM
Were these taken with the rebel T3i ?
No, the Cancun pictures were shot with rebel T5i.

Upcoming HKG pics were all taken with my S5, I tried to travel light.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 08:00:47 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61187

Interesting, I had the same experience with Alamo, I ended up with almost $100 more than my original reservation.


When I asked them about it they told me it's prepaid fuel.
I told them I'm not interested, but the agent warned me there are no gas stations around the area and I'll have to pay me if I return an empty tank.

Only problem: once I got out I noticed quite a few gas stations.

I now called them back to refund me for the unused gas or I'm disputing the charge.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 08:11:38 AM

A few unlucky guests end up in regular rooms in the main lobby building. Which might explain why Dan doesn't seem to be a huge fan of this resort (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=17387.msg1073216#msg1073216).


Well, turns out here (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61187) that Dan was actually in the same (type of) room I was in.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: sruly on March 02, 2015, 09:52:10 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61187

Interesting, I had the same experience with Alamo, I ended up with almost $100 more than my original reservation.


When I asked them about it they told me it's prepaid fuel.
I told them I'm not interested, but the agent warned me there are no gas stations around the area and I'll have to pay me if I return an empty tank.

Only problem: once I got out I noticed quite a few gas stations.

I now called them back to refund me for the unused gas or I'm disputing the charge.
My rate at Hertz was $48 for 3 days but they added $50 for insurance but as soon as I asked him about it he took it off so my total stayed at $48.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 10:28:06 AM
Well, turns out here (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61187) that Dan was actually in the same (type of) room I was in.
My beef wasn't with the room. Was the several other issues that we encountered that I wrote about.

I gave them feedback, hopefully that at least caused them to turn up the temperature on the pools.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: sruly on March 02, 2015, 10:47:31 AM
I gave them feedback, hopefully that at least caused them to turn up the temperature on the pools.
My understanding was that the pools were not heated.

When JoeCha was there he said temperatures was about 85 but when I was there it barely touched 75
so maybe that's why the pools were a lot warmer for him,
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 10:51:37 AM
Could be. Pretty pathetic if true.

Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: sruly on March 02, 2015, 10:52:39 AM
Could be. Pretty pathetic if true.
I agree big downside.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 10:53:45 AM
I guess I'm just not sure what you guys saw.

A resort with cold pools and a beach full of seaweed and rocks  (and a mile away from most rooms) isn't going to compare to an Andaz Maui with stunning very well heated pools and a pristine beach right on location.

Yes, the property is beautiful and serene, but I felt it didn't deliver much more than that.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: skyguy918 on March 02, 2015, 10:55:00 AM
I guess I'm just not sure what you guys saw....
What's the question? Some people see B/B, some W/G, etc, etc ;D
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: sruly on March 02, 2015, 10:56:11 AM
I guess I'm just not sure what you guys saw.A resort with cold pools and a beach full of seaweed and rocks  (and a mile away from most rooms) isn't going to compare to an Andaz Maui with stunning very well heated pools and a pristine beach right on location.
Or the Westin Lagunamar
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 10:56:39 AM
What's the question? Some people see B/B, some W/G, etc, etc ;D

Lol.

If it weren't for my Fairmont free nights and the fact that they have just a small handful of resorts I wouldn't go back.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 11:40:22 AM
a beach full of seaweed and rocks 



Yep, that's true.

But the beach service was amazing.
I found an empty spot past the restaurant and the beach guy schlepped over beach chairs, umbrella and even cold beer just for us.

(and a mile away from most rooms)

Not sure why you'd care about that. Never had to wait more than 2 minutes for a golf cart.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 11:44:42 AM
Construction at the Andaz Mayakoba

(http://s17.postimg.org/o9ubxpp67/IMG_4423.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 11:47:30 AM
Yep, that's true.

But the beach service was amazing.
I found an empty spot past the restaurant and the beach guy schlepped over beach chairs, umbrella and even cold beer just for us.
 Not sure why you'd care about that. Never had to wait more than 2 minutes for a golf cart.
Did you go with kids? Maybe that's the difference here if you didn't.

Kids don't just sit around on a beach chair, and when the beach is rocky/seaweedy it's not very useful.

And shlepping a stroller on and off a golf cart to get anywhere is annoying.

If I went without kids I'd have gone to the Zilara anyway.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 11:48:59 AM
I'm sick. I can't get enough of these photos.

Descending

(http://s17.postimg.org/xfbvj27cf/IMG_4054.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 11:50:13 AM
I'm sick. I can't get enough of these photos.
Great pics btw. Have you been to a photo DO yet?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 11:52:22 AM
Did you go with kids? Maybe that's the difference here if you didn't.

Kids don't just sit around on a beach chair, and when the beach is rocky/seaweedy it's not very useful.


Yes, a 15 m/o baby.




If I went without kids I'd have gone to the Zilara anyway.
Nah, the Rosewood Mayakoba  ;)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 11:54:47 AM
Great pics btw.
Thanks.

Have you been to a photo DO yet?
No.
But the worst photographer can't ruin a real nice scenery.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 12:00:14 PM
Yuuummy!


(http://s3.postimg.org/8xeqru20z/IMG_4035.jpg)


(http://s9.postimg.org/v6jot1k9b/IMG_4036.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 12:01:03 PM
Yes, a 15 m/o baby.

 Nah, the Rosewood Mayakoba  ;)
Well a 15 m/o is different than a 3.5 year old, but your 15m/o will just sit still while you sit on a beach chair?

And a double stroller is a much bigger pain to keep shlepping on and off a golf cart ;)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 12:14:56 PM
And a double stroller is a much bigger pain to keep shlepping on and off a golf cart ;)
I can just imagine.

Well a 15 m/o is different than a 3.5 year old, but your 15m/o will just sit still while you sit on a beach chair?


In my dreams...
We brought along a lot of beach toys for her.
The sand past the restaurant area, away from the water, was clean enough to let her play in the sand.

See the difference.

Away from the water:

(http://s7.postimg.org/6bd9pt8ez/IMG_4595.jpg)


Near the water:

(http://s28.postimg.org/4svpdenql/IMG_4235.jpg)

Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 12:47:43 PM
Fair enough.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 01:36:39 PM
Nah, the Rosewood Mayakoba  ;)
You buying :)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: 3yummyboys on March 02, 2015, 01:39:24 PM
Seeing these pics and Dans TR I am not feeling any desire to visit Cancun
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 01:46:58 PM
Seeing these pics and Dans TR I am not feeling any desire to visit Cancun
So Miami again for the umpteenth time?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: 3yummyboys on March 02, 2015, 01:49:00 PM
Not that I go to Miami all of the time, but I don't see how it's worthwhile to go to Cancun and Miami at least has a plethora of kosher food.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2015, 01:53:29 PM
Not that I go to Miami all of the time, but I don't see how it's worthwhile to go to Cancun and Miami at least has a plethora of kosher food.
It's different. Different is good.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: 3yummyboys on March 02, 2015, 01:55:53 PM
It's different. Different is good.

Fair enough
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on March 02, 2015, 03:17:31 PM
Not that I go to Miami all of the time, but I don't see how it's worthwhile to go to Cancun and Miami at least has a plethora of kosher food.[\b]

Ah, it warms my heart when I see comments like these.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on March 02, 2015, 03:22:41 PM
Ah, it warms my heart when I see comments like these.
Plethora, or the kosher food part?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on March 02, 2015, 03:35:22 PM
Plethora, or the kosher food part?

Was being facetious. To some people, it seems that the only places on that exist on earth are places that have kosher restaurants.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on March 02, 2015, 03:37:19 PM
Was being facetious. To some people, it seems that the only places on that exist on earth are places that have kosher restaurants.
Got it.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: 3yummyboys on March 02, 2015, 06:44:06 PM
Although I will concede that other places do exist, it's so much easier when you don't have to hunk about and pack food
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 02, 2015, 06:46:14 PM
Although I will concede that other places do exist, it's so much easier when you don't have to hunk about and pack food
Yeah, but how many times can you go to the same 3-4 places again and again?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on March 02, 2015, 06:52:51 PM
Although I will concede that other places do exist, it's so much easier when you don't have to hunk about and pack food

Easier for sure.

But you've essentially relegated yourself to about 5 or 6 destinations, none of which would rank in the top fifty as geographically aesthetically desirable.

You'll never see a place like below, for instance. If you want to trade that for a kosher roast beef sandwich, who am I to judge?

(http://i.gyazo.com/4088d19671797abe6c8905a5c4f8a4e5.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: eliteflyer on March 02, 2015, 11:17:42 PM
Easier for sure.

But you've essentially relegated yourself to about 5 or 6 destinations, none of which would rank in the top fifty as geographically aesthetically desirable.

You'll never see a place like below, for instance. If you want to trade that for a kosher roast beef sandwich, who am I to judge?

(http://i.gyazo.com/4088d19671797abe6c8905a5c4f8a4e5.jpg)
for me, it's not about the roast beef sandwich; it's about where I would take my kids and not need a vacation afterwards
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: efflpetzel on March 03, 2015, 01:02:08 AM


You'll never see a place like below, for instance. If you want to trade that for a kosher roast beef sandwich, who am I to judge?

(http://i.gyazo.com/4088d19671797abe6c8905a5c4f8a4e5.jpg)
well said.

Impossible to argue with this post
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: 3yummyboys on March 03, 2015, 10:01:08 AM

Easier for sure.

But you've essentially relegated yourself to about 5 or 6 destinations, none of which would rank in the top fifty as geographically aesthetically desirable.

You'll never see a place like below, for instance. If you want to trade that for a kosher roast beef sandwich, who am I to judge?

(http://i.gyazo.com/4088d19671797abe6c8905a5c4f8a4e5.jpg)

I agree but my point want that Cancun doesn't seem to offer much more than Miami. Now if you ask me hawaii vs. Miami then I would forgo the kosher food :)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on March 04, 2015, 11:25:42 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61187

Interesting, I had the same experience with Alamo, I ended up with almost $100 more than my original reservation.


When I asked them about it they told me it's prepaid fuel.
I told them I'm not interested, but the agent warned me there are no gas stations around the area and I'll have to pay me if I return an empty tank.

Only problem: once I got out I noticed quite a few gas stations.

I now called them back to refund me for the unused gas or I'm disputing the charge.


"Hello,
 
Thank you for allowing Capital One to assist you regarding your recent dispute with ALAMO APTO DE CANCUN billed to your account on 02/23/2015.  At this time a credit has been issued to your account in the amount of $74.87. We have also charged the amount back to the merchant. This credit will appear on your next monthly statement. We consider your case closed. A letter of confirmation has been sent to your address on file.
 
 
If you have questions, please give us a call at 800-887-8643.  Our Transaction Support Center Representatives are available from 7 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Regards,
 
Capital One
Transaction Support Center"
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 03:38:58 PM
Asia/Mideast 2015

Flights:
JFK-ICN OZ F
ICN-PEK CA J
PEK-HGH CA J
HGH-HKG KA Y
HKG-DXB EK F
DXB-JFK EK F

Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui

Cost:
105k AC
7.5k BA
178k EK
15k HGP


Hello everyone,  I just got back from a long/short exhausting trip - which I must admit was the best trip I ever had in my life.

The reason why? I flew Emirates first class.

Total trip didn't last more than 81 hours, logged over 42 hours on a plane, touched 5 countries, had 6 takeoffs and landings, and circled the globe  (not at its widest part though).

(http://s11.postimg.org/yrumsdy6b/GCM.png)


It all began last week Monday morning, when I got myself a few bagels and spreads (I wasn't sure the airlines will have KSML made after Pesach), dialed up an Uber and nice black Escalade showed up  (I always seem to be getting SUV cars when I add JFK as my destination even on an UberX trip).

Arrived at JFK T4 to crazily long security lines  lines, of course no TSA Pre on my boarding pass since I was flying an international carrier  (Asiana), but I decided to try my luck.

I got into the TSA Pre line, and when the officer asked me for my BP, I just waved him my Global Entry card and lo and behold, he let me go!

After 3 minutes I was past security (could've been 2 minutes if not for that lady in front of me who stood like a dummy astonished or confused by the fact that she don't have to take her shoe off. #n00b).

OZ uses the LX business lounge for their premium cabin passengers, which is a shame of a lounge, so I made other plans.

I always wanted to check out the roof deck of the Delta Sky Lounge which gives you an outdoor look of plane landings, so I did what I had to do in order to be considered a Delta premium cabin passenger, scanned my mobile boarding pass at the lounge front desk and beep, I'm in!

The lounge itself is quite decent, but just that you don't forget you're not in a facility operated by any decent European or Asian airline - they don't offer complimentary premium beverages.

I spent a while outside on the deck, then I excused myself from the Delta ticket and I was on my way to board my flight.

(http://s7.postimg.org/nr2ccadbf/20150413_105719.jpg)

(http://s10.postimg.org/vv1145w7d/20150413_105738.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/zpvUIbzFBqM4fdLX52Hf3iKK4HdevLvJVljQ6IDqt3GB=w338-h190-p-no)

OZ F is phenomenal! I don't know why I'd doesn't get more attention on the blogosphere, fully enclosed suites and outstanding service by the cabin crew, it was a highly pleasurable flight experience.

In short: what can possibly go bad with 13 hours of unlimited screwdriver and mojito?...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xd8CJKofiv8/VTalAYDi2AI/AAAAAAAAVj8/XhcYpQs-9gA/w1516-h853-no/20150413_124023.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OW7MwLZCcsY/VTRObVvAFeI/AAAAAAAAVW8/N8hv75oM-ec/w480-h853-no/20150413_123512.jpg)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 03:55:10 PM
Landing in ICN

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-X6BwZM_lUW0/VTRObdwewLI/AAAAAAAAVW8/IWHrK4B-mPQ/w1516-h853-no/20150414_161207.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-N4KQLjLWmMM/VTRObVzZdcI/AAAAAAAAVW8/4fp_BG5VVFc/w1516-h853-no/20150414_025822.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pFcuYWQ2Phg/VTRObdqqIiI/AAAAAAAAVW8/nfFl1wOq168/w1516-h853-no/20150414_162330.jpg)

After landing in Seoul, I spent a while in Asiana' first class lounge and then boarded my Air China flight to Beijing.

OZ F Lounge
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-68wlFMW_KhQ/VTRObf42huI/AAAAAAAAVW8/CyG9u-ceCSc/w1516-h853-no/20150414_164945.jpg)

Upon landing in PEK, your immediately get the feel in which country you are in - because of political rifts between the Chinese government and Google, Facebook and other American companies,  access to their sites are completely blocked.
That means no Facebook, Google search, gmail, or any service provided by these companies,  including Google Drive, YouTube, Google Maps etc.
And they're constantly tightening the grip on people trying to circumvent the firewall by setting up VPN services.

I can mostly get around just fine without all that for a few days, but one thing that I can't live without is email. So I set up my office computer to never sleep and from time to time I logged in from my laptop to my PC by using TeamViewer just to follow up on emails.

PEK
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8zgstJmr1GE/VTRObbKId4I/AAAAAAAAVW4/9l1fN2AiCs8/w1516-h853-no/20150414_201422.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-InHWJbNgveU/VTRObTPYUXI/AAAAAAAAVW8/_khyHK1592c/w1516-h853-no/20150414_201502.jpg)

That all was followed by two non-eventful flights from Beijing to Hangzhou on Air China and Hangzhou to Hong Kong on DragonAir.

Hangzhou
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kjB5A_KwjTs/VTRObTijeRI/AAAAAAAAVW8/5CYwDXdXEe0/w1516-h853-no/20150415_111211.jpg)

We landed at a remote gate in HKG and took a cab to the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui.

Landing in HKG
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sp1hFkQDseg/VTRObU2kgnI/AAAAAAAAVW8/2rZtdnUfCck/w1516-h853-no/20150415_215506.jpg)


Cabs are very cheap in Hong Kong, total fare for the 40 minutes ride equalled $36 USD.
It is important to get HKD cash in the airport as the cabs don't accept credit cards or US dollars.

The Hyatt is a very nice property and courteous service, they even picked up a kosher dinner for me from Kehilat Zion (which I ordered by email from New York).
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 04:11:33 PM
And then the real fun begins.

Since I booked my Emirates ticket with EK miles I was entitled to complimentary Chauffeur service. A black Mercedes picked me up from the hotel and dropped me off at the airport.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PXQYOVWq93s/VTRObRy44-I/AAAAAAAAVW8/vcLwO_Ec5j8/w1516-h853-no/20150416_043803.jpg)

I got into the Emirates first class lounge, davened a stressful shachris in the prayer room constantly thinking what would happen if a Muslim will decide to join me in my prayers - and possibly feel that I offended his religion by davening there. (I'm now thinking whether it was even permitted to daven in a room designated for Muslim prayers).

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6ZcVHXwkXfA/VTRObVqShBI/AAAAAAAAVW8/8QsH0-_jOkQ/w1516-h853-no/20150416_055703.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-auILj48e6_s/VTRObYyan_I/AAAAAAAAVW8/rIkU7ZTrPxY/w1516-h853-no/20150416_055825.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-PfTc-uxo0kc/VTRObZroEvI/AAAAAAAAVW8/Q4Mat6kL6CU/w1516-h853-no/20150416_064745.jpg)

Then I boarded!
Emirates operates the B777 on the HKG-DXB route (unless you take the one-stop flight via BKK) and the A380 for DXB-JFK, giving me the chance to sample both of their aircrafts.
They also have a few A340s in their fleet but they're slowly getting rid of them).

I don't even know where to begin describing Emirates' first class suites. It's just amazing.
Every inch is lavish with no specific reason - just because it's Emirates.
In the front there's a place called the 'social area' with fresh cut fruit and the most expensive champagne and liquors (no full service bar on the 777), and you can always press the button to ask the FA to make you any cocktail you wish.
But apparently that's not enough, what if you're not in the mood of seeing an FA now? No problem! Every seat has a minibar with Pepsi and some other drinks. I mean, seriously?

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TM19gTZPFmo/VTROba6GfBI/AAAAAAAAVW8/pVOzsUJj2kw/w1516-h853-no/20150416_072609.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VkJHRlmdwHs/VTRObclsuaI/AAAAAAAAVW8/3E8Y9QP_gkE/w1516-h853-no/20150416_072644.jpg)

Need to get a good look on your nice face? We have a beautiful mirror in front of you.

Need something light to eat? Well, you can ask the flight attendant whatever you want. But here Emirates also took into consideration those loners who are not socially stable enough to take the courage and ask a flight attendant - they place a basket of light nosh in your suite! (which they remove during takeoff and bring it back later...)
You can adjust the natural light of the window by using either the light shade or the dark shade...
And everything is controlled electronically by a press of a button on the touchscreen controller, even to open or close your suite doors you have to use the touchscreen (took me a while to figure that out...)

Emirates prides itself by having a crew of over 15 nationalities on all flights, all the first class crew came to me to introduce themselves with their name and country of origin and that I shouldn't hesitate to ask anything I wish etc.

The whole flight experience was just amaaaazing, I simply didn't want it to end. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that next flight will be the A380 with the on board showers...

Landing in DXB
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LdLdP5Fcx2g/VTRObUHaGrI/AAAAAAAAVW8/sHivhPKJFEg/w1516-h853-no/20150416_115839.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7_spKDQMye4/VTRObQBGLnI/AAAAAAAAVW8/0W2JxdheCzA/w1516-h853-no/20150416_120002.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-h0lUAwiGEhg/VTRObeh9jxI/AAAAAAAAVW8/AeikDieOo1U/w1516-h853-no/20150416_120133.jpg)

I landed in Dubai 12 noon. At first I was a little afraid being that I look quite Jewish so I wore a cap,  but after a few minutes I realized that the majority of the passengers in DXB are westerners and I felt completely safe to remove my cap. I just got a few weird stares from some white robe people who I'd bet they come from the tribal areas in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but that's all.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-RdhRd6uAQ88/VTRObes3VHI/AAAAAAAAVW8/kMISXyl-u0M/w1516-h853-no/20150416_122608.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RPqzWssOJug/VTRObfj7oAI/AAAAAAAAVW8/lEbYGbY0F8Y/w1516-h853-no/20150416_121132.jpg)

I took the train from my terminal to the new A380-exclusive terminal.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-y95rT-cWbZ0/VTRObSmBe_I/AAAAAAAAVW8/N1g6bvCF2a0/w1516-h853-no/20150416_123653.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HevFjqOZ_GM/VTRObWs0FDI/AAAAAAAAVW8/3kdTzfNHxPs/w1516-h853-no/20150416_123708.jpg)

Dubai airport is the nicest airport I've been to. Massive duty free shops and beautiful design.

I spent an hour shopping at the Emirates store, I got myself a miniature EK A380 (am I childish?) and proceeded to the first class lounge. 

My new little toy
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ksbX0g9VJqw/VTRObRFg95I/AAAAAAAAVW8/cuEUgoHmvDk/w1516-h853-no/20150419_131648.jpg)

Nice couple
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DapaQsYMmp8/VTRObYnmMBI/AAAAAAAAVW4/Wj7ZSTDZGWo/w480-h853-no/20150416_124226.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-A_az8vxk_Zs/VTRObe_YjbI/AAAAAAAAVW8/1qY9znEgDrk/w1516-h853-no/20150416_125529.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qUkvkPCsK2o/VTRObbthEdI/AAAAAAAAVW8/vyn8BSfkj9k/w1516-h853-no/20150416_125526.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5CbM0USyAE0/VTRObZI_EvI/AAAAAAAAVW8/hoXfW2ADQC8/w1516-h853-no/20150416_142127.jpg)

Well, I wouldn't call it a lounge. It's rather a first class terminal.

The terminal consists of 3 floors with the ground level for economy, the second level designated for first class and the top floor for business class passengers.
All with separate gates for their respective cabin.

You can't stop wondering just how much extra cash these folks must have. Everything is blown out of proportion, massive and unbelievably beautiful.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Na7ncJ5yrr8/VTRObbsTYPI/AAAAAAAAVW8/g-GK9iVg_GE/w1516-h853-no/20150416_135020.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xstfUqhxHvw/VTRObeyUTYI/AAAAAAAAVW8/WVistQUKoQs/w1516-h853-no/20150416_140330.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Mak3ISeCP1s/VTRObURgRFI/AAAAAAAAVW8/xc6nVXd7eNI/w1516-h853-no/20150416_142251.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ahU7qnmo5e4/VTRObYTAvQI/AAAAAAAAVW8/psJ-P_Ghhq0/w1516-h853-no/20150416_142306.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-XnUtWMSSTJ4/VTRObQtMefI/AAAAAAAAVW8/0aZc3IBkiIw/w1516-h853-no/20150416_142701.jpg)

Finally they called for boarding, and within minutes I was in my seat.

Departure was delayed by 35 minutes due to the fact that DXB, despite being the busiest airport in the world (topping LHR and JFK), has only one runway in operation.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/MuegZ_i4ibga2mJLzw2b0kBWmS815tABhoAnEz7Ikv50=w338-h190-p-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/EPs96qp3am7ybTs6o9Epiqf0LCRO03TVbew9Qa7M91j9=w338-h190-p-no)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 04:24:36 PM
First class on the A380 is basically identical to the experience on the 777, with the 'only' difference of having the on board bar and the on board showers.

I also think that the suites on the A380 are narrower than those on the 777 (maybe because it's on the upper level?)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qY8gwLX5bDs2P6IizeMH2zdjVEmsF_OmCF5X5meYbT9T=w368-h207-p-no)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tCB5r7Yi7mM/VTRObZeVnnI/AAAAAAAAVW8/Ui63zNs7e18/w1516-h853-no/20150416_144746.jpg)

After the Lebanese head FA came to introduce himself and complain on his bad luck that most of today's flight attendants are women (!) making his job more difficult due to them "speaking in another language than the men" (I couldn't tell whether he was serious or just joking), a Japanese flight attendant came over taking appointments for the shower.

He told me that maximum shower time is 5 minutes of water and 30 minutes of spending in the shower room.
That's just brutal.
I mean, even inmates in federal prison get more than 5 minutes of water. 
In no way is 5 minutes going to be enough for me.
So I asked him since the limit of 5 minutes is due to the limitation of water on air, being that the first class cabin only had 4 out of 14 occupied seats, would he let me use the 'portion of water' designated for one of the empty seats? He told me he has to ask someone ( I hope he didn't ask the captain...) and came back with a positive answer.
Yay! 10 minutes of turbulenced shower time!
I felt like I won the lottery (childish, I know).

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--GJg-M9ZxPE/VTRObXaxKoI/AAAAAAAAVW8/AThZTQAkrDw/w1516-h853-no/20150416_144844.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xGwWM4GkjUk/VTRObafZ5_I/AAAAAAAAVW8/Ri8KyMoTTvk/w480-h853-no/20150416_144828.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-I5hI2vG87q0/VTRObXSjLtI/AAAAAAAAVW8/AZFK_oTmHSU/w480-h853-no/20150416_144840.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5EhDlEMjOPo/VTRObSc1JNI/AAAAAAAAVW8/vjqmQqjrcNk/w480-h853-no/20150416_144924.jpg)

When my scheduled shower tone came,  a flight attendant knocked on my suite to pick me up and gave me a 'tour' of the shower room, while the two designated shower attendants waited outside. The shower had two types of toiletries, a relaxing version and a reviving version. Why not.

How does the shower feel like? Well, just like your  regular shower at home. Powerful, hot and... some light turbulence...
But it just feels amazing just thinking about what you're doing now: showering 36,000 feet in the air... I'm not sure what else could be added in terms of in-flight luxury. Maybe a mikvah?

Out I was, and had the remaining time of the flight sleeping and spending time at the bar.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/935f3djEW4kwFr54ZP6bwvKXA5czy3F4ljLFgSm1M6dL=w338-h190-p-no)

The bar itself is a cool experience. You get to schmooze with different sort of people from all over the world.
A New York orthodox Jew with a South African dean, an Australian businessman and a Indian flight attendant discussing politics, religion, aviation and technology.
Only in the Emirates bar.

By the end of the flight, doing my last round of bar visits, the situation seemed to look like Purim in the evening, I saw some FAs enjoying the bar's beverages (even though they're not allowed to drink on duty) and the atmosphere went a little out of -------- I won't bore you with the exact details, but it was quite interesting to say the least :)

Finally, the pilot announced the saddest PA I've ever heard, to prepare for landing.
I just didn't want this flight to end...
The social area and bar are being cleared from all drinks and instead replaced with some nice stuff and dim lights.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-F8u8kiFQBlo/VTRObfgGCQI/AAAAAAAAVW8/EI4_YKO2R1U/w1516-h853-no/20150417_041840.jpg)

After landing I was out of the airport in 10-15 minutes, thanks to Global Entry. The EK chauffeur agent directed me to my car which was already waiting for me and home I went!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Dr Moose on April 21, 2015, 04:29:15 PM
I always wanted to check out the roof deck of the Delta Sky Lounge which gives you an outdoor look of plane landings, so I did what I had to do in order to be considered a Delta premium cabin passenger, scanned my mobile boarding pass at the lounge front desk and beep, I'm in!


lol
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Achas Veachas on April 21, 2015, 04:34:37 PM

In short: what can possibly go bad with 13 hours of unlimited screwdriver and mojito?...

I can think of a few things... :P
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 04:37:49 PM
I can think of a few things... :P
I almost missed a heartbeat when the agent in ICN (helping me getting my onward boarding pass) asked me if I had alcohol.  :D

I have no clue why he asked just me  ;D
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on April 21, 2015, 05:44:46 PM
Great stuff!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JayR on April 21, 2015, 06:04:28 PM
Wow. That must have been a whirlwind of fun. Nice TR.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on April 21, 2015, 06:42:39 PM
Nice TR! Did you actually spend any time on the ground? What was the purpose of the trip?

Quote
I mean, even inmates in federal prison get more than 5 minutes of water. 

alol

Also, how much was the EK A380 toy?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 07:07:10 PM
Nice TR! Did you actually spend any time on the ground? What was the purpose of the trip?


Business


Also, how much was the EK A380 toy?
$150-200
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on April 21, 2015, 08:01:54 PM
Business
 $150-200

You've inspired me.

Just got this one:

(http://i.gyazo.com/e85b0795636b02e64e5b9db41a3ae450.png)



Is yours 1:200?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 08:40:36 PM
You've inspired me.

Just got this one:

(http://i.gyazo.com/e85b0795636b02e64e5b9db41a3ae450.png)



Is yours 1:200?

Yes. Heavy metal.



You can't buy it anywhere, they only sell it in DXB.

Where did you get yours from?



(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yr6yXLujNWg/VTRObSjy24I/AAAAAAAAVW8/h3c41-lLAvs/w1516-h853-no/20150417_123553.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-smYTfjZG4JE/VTRObVaZveI/AAAAAAAAVW8/rTZyM2WhbBM/w1516-h853-no/20150417_002439.jpg)


You can't buy it anywhere, they only sell it in DXB.

Where did you get yours from?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on April 21, 2015, 10:03:05 PM
You can't buy it anywhere, they only sell it in DXB.

-1

http://www.geminijets.com/

...or any of their many distributors which sell online.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 10:20:29 PM
-1

http://www.geminijets.com/

...or any of their many distributors which sell online.

-1

Find me one place selling EK models. The website above doesn't sell them.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on April 21, 2015, 10:34:16 PM
-1

Find me one place selling EK models. The website above doesn't sell them.

I didn't buy an EK model... (see pic above).

But, since you asked:

http://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Jets-Emirates-Diecast-Aircraft/dp/B00J69GP2S
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121624518804?lpid=82&chn=ps
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 21, 2015, 11:17:32 PM
I didn't buy an EK model... (see pic above).

But, since you asked:

http://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Jets-Emirates-Diecast-Aircraft/dp/B00J69GP2S
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121624518804?lpid=82&chn=ps
I didn't say you can't buy other airline models, I was talking about EK which I was told is only being sold at the Emirates store in DXB.

Those Ebay sellers are apparently unauthorized resellers.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: coralsnake on April 21, 2015, 11:22:06 PM
-1

http://www.geminijets.com/

...or any of their many distributors which sell online.
The PanAm ones remind me of Catch Me if You Can.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on April 21, 2015, 11:29:14 PM
I didn't say you can't buy other airline models, I was talking about EK which I was told is only being sold at the Emirates store in DXB.

Those Ebay sellers are apparently unauthorized resellers.

I never said I bought an EK model; not sure where you came up with that...

In any event, you're confused with the term reseller.

The licensee is Gemini Jets. Gemini Jets can, and does, manufacture, sell, and distribute EK model planes.

People, like me, can buy those jets from Gemini or any of the distributors, or second-hand sellers. None of which are "unauthorized."

DXB is far from the only place that EK Gemini model 200s are sold.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Einstein on April 21, 2015, 11:33:37 PM
Beautiful Pics! keep em coming!
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 22, 2015, 08:28:50 AM

The licensee is Gemini Jets. Gemini Jets can, and does, manufacture, sell, and distribute EK model planes.

People, like me, can buy those jets from Gemini or any of the distributors, or second-hand sellers.
Don't really wanna go into a stupid back and forth here,  but how do you know that?

I haven't found any legit place selling EK planes.
And ebay is not  proof of anything.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on April 22, 2015, 09:40:13 AM
You've inspired me.

Just got this one:

[Picture of Etihad model]


You can't buy it anywhere, they only sell it in DXB.

Where did you get yours from?

-1

http://www.geminijets.com/

...or any of their many distributors which sell online.

-1

Find me one place selling EK models. The website above doesn't sell them.

 :o :o :o

And then:

I didn't say you can't buy other airline models, I was talking about EK which I was told is only being sold at the Emirates store in DXB.

Those Ebay sellers are apparently unauthorized resellers.

And, as for them being a licensee, they the reproduction licenses from airlines and aircraft manufacturers, and distribute to others who can sell them.

Asking me how I know that is asking me how I know one is supposed to go at green and stop at red.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on April 22, 2015, 10:10:38 AM
Great TR. Can't wait for my EK flights in a couple of months. Two flights on the A380...
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 22, 2015, 10:26:06 AM
Why not take 4 for the price of one?

Lucky wrote about flying JFK-MXP-DXB-BKK-HKG all on the A380 for 100k AS.

Though I'd rather sample a different aircraft than flying twice the same.

Are you gonna shower twice?  ;)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on April 22, 2015, 10:35:55 AM
Why not take 4 for the price of one?

Lucky wrote about flying JFK-MXP-DXB-BKK-HKG all on the A380 for 100k AS.

Though I'd rather sample a different aircraft than flying twice the same.

Are you gonna shower twice?  ;)
More if they allow it :)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on April 22, 2015, 11:50:38 AM
More if they allow it :)

I know some crews allow it :)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 22, 2015, 01:06:13 PM
I know some crews allow it :)
Bribe them?...
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on April 22, 2015, 01:27:54 PM
I'm sure i can justify my child needing his own shower...

Will see how many i can get.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 22, 2015, 02:34:35 PM
I'm sure i can justify my child needing his own shower...

Will see how many i can get.
Haha... How cheap we're ready to go for luxury.  :)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on April 22, 2015, 02:36:09 PM
Haha... How cheap we're ready to go for luxury.  :)
Looking to get the most bang for my mile.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: CS1 on April 22, 2015, 02:51:44 PM
More if they allow it :)

one shower per flight sounds good -- probably not really great water quality from the Arab desert areas...
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on April 22, 2015, 02:52:28 PM
one shower per flight sounds good -- probably not really great water quality from the Arab desert areas...
One pre sleeping and one pre arrival.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on April 22, 2015, 03:06:36 PM
probably not really great water quality from the Arab desert areas...
???
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: benjie1305 on April 22, 2015, 03:33:46 PM
I'm sure i can justify my child needing his own shower...

Will see how many i can get.

Does the kid have its own seat? ;)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Marco Polo on April 22, 2015, 03:46:48 PM
Does the kid have its own seat? ;)
I didn't get that many AS cards.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on May 04, 2015, 10:24:05 PM
You've inspired me.

Just got this one:

(http://i.gyazo.com/e85b0795636b02e64e5b9db41a3ae450.png)



Is yours 1:200?

Ain't she a beauty?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on May 04, 2015, 10:58:39 PM
Ain't she a beauty?
Nah, my desk is much nicer  :P
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on May 04, 2015, 10:59:17 PM
Much heavier than I thought it'd be.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on May 04, 2015, 11:01:36 PM
Yep
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Achas Veachas on May 05, 2015, 12:04:20 AM
Ain't she a beauty?

I dunno I just don't think of the 380 as a beauty. It's huge, it's powerful, I watch it land over my house a few times a day and it gives off the impression of a lumbering beast.

The 747-800, now THAT'S a beauty.

I would classify them like this, the 380 is the king of the skies while the 747 is the queen.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: AJK on May 05, 2015, 12:06:20 AM
Agreed. But I was talking about the model. I,  too, prefer the 747 looks.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on December 07, 2015, 02:47:43 PM
BUMP  ;)
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: JoeCha on December 08, 2015, 11:25:21 AM
BUMP  ;)
Lol,  ok. Will upload some stuff later today.

MU F and CZ F
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on December 09, 2015, 08:24:07 AM


Will upload some stuff later today.
Do you live on Mann's planet?
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Joe4007 on December 15, 2015, 09:16:50 PM
So I guess you're on Miller's planet.
Title: Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
Post by: Yehoshua on December 22, 2015, 06:00:23 PM
Wow, OP, great pictures! Really enjoyed looking at them and reading your commentary.  Thanks for sharing.