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Paul Colins

For better, this is America.

Photo of the Week!

F 10.8; 1/800; ISO 100; 97mm.

Shot on the north side of the White House — looking southward — in Washington, DC.

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“There is Hope”

Photo of the Week!

F 8; 1/160; ISO 100; 24mm.

Shot at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

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Soon, child, soon!

Photo of the Week!

F 8; 1/160; ISO 100; 45mm.

Shot at El Pentágono De Olvide in Madrid, Spain.

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The recovery has begun, but…

The Daily Flyer

Welcome to the ninth edition of “The Daily Flyer,” The Higher Flyer‘s newsletter that gathers up and summarizes some of the day’s most important travel-related happenings.  Today, May 20, 2020, we’re venturing out of our coronavirus slumber (it’s been two months!) to cover the measures airlines and hotels are taking to prepare for the post-outbreak “return-to-normalcy,” and the hurdles that some must clear to get there.  Read further for coverage on a potentially interesting service concept from Delta, a guide to aspirational hotels worth visiting after this is all said and done, and the story of a single man living in a massive luxury hotel.

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Darkness falls on Washington

Photo of the Week!

F 5.6; 1/80; ISO 100; 21mm.

Shot on the east side of the Washington Monument — looking westward — in Washington, DC.

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American Airlines First Class Shuttle Review

A convenient, comfortable, and cost-effective way to hop through the Northeastern United States.

In a very, very crowded field of competitors all vying for the customers who transit the lucrative Northeast Corridor, American Airlines has perhaps the most robust offering.  Just about every hour on the hour for fifteen straight hours — from 6am to 9pm to be precise — every single day, you can fly AA between Washington, New York, and Boston.  It couldn’t get more convenient than that and, if you’re running late to the airport, no worries!  You can just get on the next flight without changing your schedule too drastically.  This level of flexibility is great for the business travelers who frequent these routes, and the comfortable seats and relatively cheap fares are just icing on the cake.

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“There is no darkness but ignorance”

Photo of the Week!

F 5.6; 1/100; ISO 100; 57mm.

Shot at Leicester Square in London, England.   Continue reading ““There is no darkness but ignorance””

On perceiving “good” value

The most recent review published on The Higher Flyer evaluates international business class onboard American Airlines’s now-retired fleet of Boeing 767s.  There’s nothing particularly exciting nor noteworthy about the experience, but with lie-flat seats, direct aisle access for all passengers, and upgraded dining options on offer, your expectations for a product marketed as “Flagship Business” are likely going to be met but not exceeded.  It delivers all that you could want in decidedly-average fashion, but because the fares are prohibitively expensive, it’s nearly impossible for me to recommend it.  When compared to significantly cheaper, if not better, alternatives, it’s the textbook definition of a terrible deal… although some might disagree with that assessment.  There’s an inherent ambiguousness to higher flying reflected here, and that poses an interesting question:  what makes a “good value” good?

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Back to Boston Baseball

Photo of the Week!

F 5; 1/400; ISO 100; 50mm.

Shot at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  

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