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December 26, 2014 / oneworld82

Christmas in Italy with the Family

It’s that time of the year again: Christmas. The shopping, the decorations, the craziness of the Northpark Mall in Dallas (literally: Dallasites are CRAZY about shopping and even more so about this Mall) put everyone in a good spirit. But spending this special time of the year with family is what really makes it special – and so I arranged to go back to Northwestern Italy to enjoy some good old Italian food and fun.

For those of you who do not remember, my hometown is named Ventimiglia after an ancient tribe (the “Intemelii”) who lived here before the Romans decided to conquer this beautiful part of the World overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Today this town of roughly 30,000 souls lies at the border with France, right across Menton. Tourism is the number one source of income for the city, followed by flower production. While the town is pretty much dead in wintertime, it’s very lively during the summer months when Northern Italians, Germans, Swiss, and other people from colder lands decide to take a break and come visit.

To get there I would fly American Airlines old triple-seven-two-hundred from Dallas to London, before connecting to British Airways to Nice. I would then spend four days home before coming back home – Lufthansa to Frankfurt and then on to Toronto  followed by Air Canada to Dallas. The trip report will be divided into the following chapters:

  1. Back to Europe! AA DFW-LHR in First Class (772)
  2. A Short Intra-European Hop: BA LHR-NCE in Business Class (320)
  3. Thoughts and Images from the Italian Riviera (and Family Time)
  4. The Journey Back Home Commences: LH NCE-FRA in Business Class (320)
  5. Luxury Travel at its Best: Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport
  6. Best Way across the Pond? LH FRA-YYZ in First Class (744)
  7. Home Stretch: AC YYZ-DFW in Business Class (E75)

I hope you will enjoy the report. Oh, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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