Fly alpsFrom our valley in the Apennines, up & over the alps, with a night in Atlanta we finally arrived in Austin! After a whirlwind week in Texas for a family wedding, I’ve got TONS of posts to finish up and share with you…from the long flights & even longer delays (strikes in France both Air Traffic Controllers and Ground Control) to Blue Bonnets, BBQ and too much TexMex (Ok – that not really possible)!

One of the rare flights over the alps with a clear view!

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A few tips from transatlantic travel tips:

  1. Book through the airline – not a consolidator especially if you have multiple connections. You may find a cheaper flight but you may not be covered if you miss a connecting flight on a different carrier. Booking through KLM for example means they will ensure your entire trip. Plus when we were delayed in Paris and missed our connection in Atlanta – room & board vouchers were ready as we stepped off the plane.
  2. Have patience. Lines will be long. Have your ipod/iphone/ipad – whatever loaded up with music, podcasts even tv shows – it will be a much needed distraction when all you can do is stare at the departures display.
  3. Be comfortable. You can still dress nice but just be comfortable and layer.  This is not the time to break in your heels  (beware – your feet may swell!) –  you could be making a mad dash from Terminal 4 at JFK to Terminal 2 while your plane is boarding! (Worse yet is Atlanta – I had no idea how HUGE this airport is – damn near a 30 minute transfer between Domestic and International terminals!) And I can’t believe I’m saying this – you may end up sleeping on the floor because for the first time at an airport, I just did!
  4. Check for mini-upgrades. Anything is better than being jammed in the middle seat at the back of the plane. Delta offers mini upgrades for Premium & Comfort + Seating and let me tell you it’s worth it – at least on the long haul flights. Spend a few extra bucks when picking your seat selection and it will pay off greatly in the end.
  5. Pack LIGHT!! 6 nights or 6 weeks – it’s the same bag. House rule: you carry your own bag, so be sure you can.
  6. Avoid the following: Charles de Gaul Airport – horrible. Alitalia Airlines – even worse. Changing Airports – find a better deal landing at Heathrow & departing from Stansted – it’s a suckers bet. The headache is not worth it.
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But before we can even settle in at home, we are back on the road heading north-west to Piedmont to shoot the first of a series of films highlighting the little known family-run wineries of the region! (More to come on this later!!)

Here’s what’s coming up this week: The HOTTEST place to eat in Palma de Mallorca, Texas BBQ and a a few of my favorite Elderflower Recipes for Spring!

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All dolled up in our Sunday best at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin Texas

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  1. Great picture of you two!!! Come visit us in Slc or Strasbourg! Mike and Hélène

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