Lazy Weekend in Lyon: The Hilton Lyon, Parc Tete d’Or, and Salon du Chocolat

Hilton Lyon Normally on a short weekend location is the most important factor for a hotel for me, but on this trip I wanted to make sure we had breakfast too. I ended up booking a 100 Euro/night rate at the Hilton Lyon. We were put on the executive floor and given executive lounge access due to my HHonors Gold status (still 100% on executive lounges outside of the USA). The room was small but comfortable, nothing to write home about pro or con. There was a really nice view of the Parc Tete d'Or from the hotel - supposedly one of the largest parks in Europe. Breakfast was simple but satisfying, generally just eggs, bacon, sausage, and an assortment of continental breakfast type foods. During happy hour and "sweet [...]

Lazy Weekend in Lyon: Introduction

Last week my wife and I spent a quick long weekend in Lyon, France with a nice little layover in London to boot. It wasn't the cheapest trip, but it was some much needed R&R away from the little one. I haven't seen a lot of stuff out there about Lyon, so hopefully this trip report will remedy that. I decided not to do it live because I needed the rest - hopefully it won't take me too long to finish! Before we get to the fun stuff, a little bit about how we got there. Flights: British Airways First Class Boston to Lyon Back when US Airways switched to Oneworld there was a small window of time when you could book British Airways tickets without fuel surcharges. We took advantage [...]

Bavarian Summer: Rating the Toddler Friendliness of Our Hotels

I wasn't planning on reviewing the hotels we stayed in on our trip, but I got to thinking I would have loved to see a parent's view on the toddler friendliness of these hotels before we got here. So instead of a "review", I just wanted to give a few thoughts on how each of the hotels we stayed at were equipped to deal with toddlers. As always, bear in mind we were in a unique situation having only one child and grandparents in a nearby room. Crowne Plaza Salzburg I booked two rooms at this hotel for 30,000 IHG points per night - the going rate was about 190 Euros/night so it was a pretty good deal. In terms of location, the Crowne Plaza worked out well for us. [...]

Bavarian Summer: Visiting Museums and Biking in Vienna

We had a three and a half hour drive from Berchtesgaden to Vienna - managing to get through with only one toddler meltdown (too hot in the car seat). After we got to Vienna, I dropped everyone off at the Hilton Vienna Plaza and then drove to drop the car off at the other Hilton in town. To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect from Hilton, but we ultimately really enjoyed the city and it was a great way to end our trip. We spent the first day visiting two museums - the Kunst Historiches and the Haus der Musik. The Kunst Historiches is one of Vienna's premier art museums - it has an excellent collection the majority of which I did not see because toddlers just have a [...]

First Flight with an Infant: Tyson’s Corner, Dairy Godmother, and Mount Vernon

First Flight with an Infant: Hopes and Fears First Flight with an Infant: Preparation and Planning First Flight with an Infant: A Quick and Uneventful Hop from BOS to DCA First Flight with an Infant: Tyson's Corner, Dairy Godmother, and Mount Vernon First Flight with an Infant: Georgetown, the Smithsonian, Cherry Blossom Festival, and Brabo Tasting Room First Flight with an Infant: AMEX Platinum Makes the Flight Home Easier I've decided to turn this "first flight" series into a trip report since I think we learned some things about how travel differs with an infant. We arrived in D.C. at 8:00 AM on Saturday, and by 8:00 PM Sunday both we and the baby were exhausted. Here's what we did and the lessons we learned each step of the way. [...]