Our Bloomsday story offered a welcome change in tone and voice from the travel headlines that seem to dominate the mainstream media here.
This week we’re on location in Bordeaux, the heart of French wine country, with one of the great names in Australia wine. Australian wine, you say? In Bordeaux? Well yes. I had better explain, though full details will follow in several weeks once a news embargo is lifted. I’m here in the centre of Bordeaux,
My immigration experience at Heathrow was ghastly. You could almost smell the COVID in the packed, putrid, largely maskless environment.
Can something as logistically focused and technologically based as a global distribution centre be beautiful? In its own almost futuristic way, yes.
There is a buzz in the air and unlike my favourite character from Toy Story this buzz will not crash to earth.
When he returned to the Vietnam embassy in Manila the senior official hugged him and said, “Hahn, you are a hero of our country.” Both men cried with the emotion and the sheer significance of the moment.
The country may have been through two brutally tough years but as with newly established IPP Air Cargo it’s almost take-off time following the lifting of travel restrictions.
Hoardings like this are a symbol of aviation and tourism recovery and I can tell you that Vietnam will be right up there among the leaders of that revival.
“The features of the destination are a magnificent archipelago of 90 pristine islands and the beauty of it is that it’s never been touched.”
Take one boiled egg (remember to discard the shell) and insert into the Prosecco rosé (gently please, it does not require Magnum Force)
“So people started to believe and when you see something on a national scale like this, something inside you makes you want to be part of it – for me even before I joined Riyadh Airports.”
He has captained the ship through the most tumultuous, sustained and severe storm in our industry’s history. He has done it with a trademark determination and a remarkable calm. Al Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara – when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Over dinner Lal told me how he would watch the wealthy residents and citizens of Dubai turn up to his workplace in their swanky cars. “I would look at the cars and decide which one I would buy one day,” he said. Not dream about. Decide. And that is precisely what he did.