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The blog focuses on varied travel destinations for ambitious couples and families, trip reports from the world of aviation, reviews of exciting and luxurious hotel concepts, romantic city breaks and tips for culinary highlights.
The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route was the busiest international air route in the world in 2018, with 30,187 flights per year, according to an analysis by travel information service OAG Aviation Worldwide. The corona pandemic has certainly reduced this number significantly. However, there are still numerous daily connections between the two Southeast Asian cities. We decided to take a morning flight with Singapore Airlines. I was very excited to see what the Singapore Airlines Business Class Boeing 737-800 NG had to offer in regional traffic.
The introduction of the new Turkish Airlines Business Class Boeing 787-9 was heavily advertised by the airline and caused a lot of hype even before its launch. When I booked this flight to Kuala Lumpur, my anticipation was also immeasurable. You can find out whether my expectations were fulfilled in the following detailed trip report.
Until now, I only knew Turkish Airlines in Economy Class and Premium Economy, which has since been discontinued. On our trip to Kuala Lumpur this year, we were finally able to try out Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A321. In this review, you can find out what makes Turkish Airlines so much better than other European airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France or SWISS.
This time we went to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus during the Whitsun holidays. On the return journey, we were lucky enough to fly Aegean Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A321neo from Athens to Berlin.
Aegean Airlines is still one of my favourite airlines for travelling within Europe. The crew members are always friendly and welcoming and pride themselves on providing genuine Greek hospitality. To renew my frequent flyer status, I have to take four flights with the airline every year. I normally use my Business Class upgrade vouchers for these flights. However, as we were travelling to Cyprus as a family today, we took our seats in Aegean Airlines Economy Class and were curious to see if the service behind the curtain was just as good.
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Opened in 2004, the Hilton Kuala Lumpur is one of the best hotels in Southeast Asia according to TripAdvisor. After a relaxing time on the Malaysian island of Penang, we wanted to unwind a little in Kuala Lumpur before our departure to Bangkok. You can find out whether the five-star Hilton Kuala Lumpur was the right choice in the following hotel review.
During our stay in Malaysia, we really wanted to see more than just Kuala Lumpur. As we had already been to the Malaysian island of Langkawi a few years ago, this time we opted for the island of Penang. Fortunately, there is also a Hilton Group hotel on the holiday island and so we spent three nights at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang.
In May 2023, we spent five nights on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Looking for a base to explore the breathtaking beauty and rich culture of this fascinating island, our path led us straight to the stunning Hilton Nicosia in the island's vibrant capital. With a perfect blend of first-class service, contemporary ambience and luxurious amenities, this hotel proved to be our perfect choice.
Luxury hotels in Venice are a dime a dozen, some are located directly in the winding alleyways, some a little further out. The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, which we chose as our domicile for our trip to Venice at the turn of the year 2021/22, is no exception. Find out what our stay was like and what benefits you can expect as a Hilton Diamond status guest in the following hotel review.
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After arriving on Singapore Airlines from Kuala Lumpur, we made our way from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. We could have also gone to the Business Lounge in Terminal 2, but I had read that the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Terminal 3 only reopened in November 2021 after extensive renovation and expansion work. You can find out whether the journey was worth it in the lounge review.
Unfortunately, after more than a week, our stay in Malaysia came to an end. Before we went to Bangkok via Singapore with Singapore Airlines, we were able to relax in the Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur before departure. You can find out what the lounge in the international departures area of Terminal 1 has to offer and how to get access in our lounge review.
A gigantic airport is being built at breakneck speed near Istanbul. On our way to Malaysia, we visited the Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge Istanbul and were impressed by its size and the wide range of facilities on offer. Why? Details in our lounge review.
The Lounge Tempelhof at BER Airport is the second large airport lounge at the capital's new airport. We were able to visit it before our early morning flight with Turkish Airlines. Find out what we liked about the lounge and where there might still be room for improvement in our lounge review.
Aegean Airlines has been investing heavily in its airport lounges since September 2021 and is equipping them with the new corporate design "AEGEAN's neo era". The airport lounges in Athens and Thessaloniki have now reopened with a new look and more capacity. The Aegean Business Lounge Larnaca has not yet been renovated and we made a short detour there before our flight to Athens.
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At the end of October we were drawn out into the world again. Our first flight since the beginning of the Corona pandemic was via Athens to Crete. The largest Greek island convinced us during the holiday preparation with valuable history, lots of culture and beautiful nature. The weather is characterized by the Mediterranean climate, so the summers are hot and dry and the winters are rainy and mild. You can find out what you can experience on the sunniest island in the Mediterranean here in this article.
I have visited the Californian metropolis of San Francisco several times, but the city is always worth a visit. Before my departure, I had concerns about the severe air pollution caused by the forest fires in the immediate vicinity (November 2018). You can find out in the following travel report whether my worries were justified and which sights in San Francisco I saw on the short trip.
Our second day in Traverse City started very comfortably and we didn't start our tour until around 10:00 am. We went to the Old Mission Peninsula, a promontory which juts out into Grand Travers Bay.
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