First Class

Catching the TGV fast train to Paris

After our stellar rail experience between Rome and Venice a few weeks ago, I was really looking forward to this one. We don’t have anything close to a fast train in Australia, and crossing large swathes of distance in a few hours is a completely alien experience to us Aussies….


Rome to Venice by train with Rail Europe

By far the easiest way to get to Venice from Rome is by train. If you’re booking from Australia, then go to the Australian Rail Europe site, otherwise head to the Worldwide Rail Europe site. Booking early is key.  We booked two First Class seats for $AU174.  We booked in…


Emirates A380 top deck layout with pictures

I’ve made this super special image of the top deck of an Emirates A380 that’s meant for viewing with a couple of companion articles on the site. Emirates have a number of different A380 layouts and this is the one that we flew from Melbourne to Dubai in First Class,…


Emirates First Class with a toddler

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to fly First Class with Emirates. It’s a marvellous experience, and it’s certainly not lost on me that most people won’t encounter it. It’s also not lost on me that we’ll probably never have this opportunity again. This trip has been paid…


Emirates Lounge Melbourne (with a toddler)

The Emirates Lounge, located on Level 3 at Tullamarine, is quite large and situated right next to the boarding gates. It’s been in operation for only a few months, opening in January 2016. There’s no division between First and Business in Melbourne, so the lounge did get a bit crowded…


Emirates Chauffeur Drive

One of the perks of flying with Emirates in either First of Business is their Chauffeur Drive service. You get driven from home to the airport when you leave, and the airport to your accommodation when you arrive  (and vice-versa if your return flight is with them also). As my…