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So after my previous lounge crawling video in Heathrow Terminal 2, bit.ly/lounge-crawl i'm hooked! There's nothing quite like going straight from one 1st class lounge into another, but it's a really good way to provide a direct comparison. The following two lounges were filmed at London Heathrow Terminal 3.
So first up, the American Admirals Club lounge. You enter through large automated doors and you're presented with an open space and welcoming American employees waiting to take your boarding pass / frequent flyer card. I used my Air Berlin Sapphire status coupled with my Finnair boarding pass for this entry.
When you walk in you have the shower suites and bathrooms to your immediate right, and your left a random room with a bunch of chairs in... not quite sure about that but hey. You then are met by a huge open space which is the main area of the lounge. Central to this is a wine/sparkling wine counter with a good selection of red/whites. Then the party piece as far as I'm concerned; the build a burger stand... i mean wow American just wow! Different food is available throughout the day and as I was leaving they appeared to be replacing this with pasta dishes. There was also salad and soups on offer. Moving around the other side of the lounge there was a great selection of spirits, smoothies, soft drinks and sandwiches. Further along there were a couple of coffee machines.
In terms of lounge seating this was split into multiple zones. One of the most creative I thought was the TV/cinema area. To the back of the lounge there were great views of the runway and some office space. One thing I just had to put in the video was the crazy selection of magazines. I've noticed the strange variety in lounges worldwide and thought i'd share my views. I mean pool and hot tub monthly?! Really?
Lastly I enjoyed a shower in one of their shower suites, which was refreshing and perfect as I'd just had a long day at work so felt nice and relaxed after. Sadly this relaxation was to be short lived due to the next lounge bursting at the seems but hey.
So overall the American lounge was good, but it was showing signs of wear and tear and unfortunately didn't really give me a sense of WOW. Considering this was one of their major routes out of Heathrow i'd assume this is likely to be upgraded at some point. The seating all seemed quite grey and dated. In the video I gave it a 5/6 perhaps a little harsh but I'd stick with a good 6/10. Remember the upper end is the likes of Virgin/Singapore/Emirates to put into perspective.
Next I moved onto the Number 1 traveller lounge, which was a short walk away. This, like the American lounge was accessible with my boarding pass and frequent flyer card. It's the default lounge which you're assigned to when travelling business on many OneWorld airlines at T3, largely due to other lounge refurbs. In fact usually Finnair would be able to access Cathay Pacifics lounge, but this was still be refurbished.
Upon entry I realised that this lounge was bursting, literally sooo many people. This is a third party run lounge, so you can access this with a Priority Pass or Dragonpass. It seemed many people had opted to do this, and at £30 a visit i'd have been disappointed. I started the video at the far end in the relative quiet, near to the spa and worked my way through. It's evident that for some first class passengers they provide individual suites, which is a nice touch. Moving around there were various seating areas, some cool swing chairs as well as lots of seating at the bar. As this wasn't airline run there was a split of inclusive and additional pay food /drink. You could purchased various Champagnes and premium cocktails if you so wished. The food selection seemed ok, with a really good selection of baked goods, some sandwiches and pasta.
Finally I walked over towards the Spa and passed the cinema, which was just a darkened room with a massive 70" or so TV mounted on the wall. Overall I think this would be a really nice lounge if it wasn't packed, but sadly due to the over subscription of access it was just a free-for-all. Nevertheless i'd still give the lounge a 7/10. All things considered, providing it's quieter at other times.
I hope you enjoyed the video, and I do have to apologise that the quality of the Number 1 lounge was a bit poor, i'm in process of upgrading my camera gear so hopefully lower light shouldn't effect the quality of my videos in the future.
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With special thanks and credit to Joakim Karud for the background music.
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With special thanks and recognition to the American flagship lounge and Number One lounge for use of their imagery to further enhance my vlog.
F or 25 years we have provided deluxe wilderness outpost fishing trips from our Armstrong location into beautiful Wabakimi Provincial Park and surrounding lakes.
Yes, we take you where the fishing is extraordinary , but there is more than fishing. Yearly family gatherings sharing a wilderness experience in comfort. Father - son (or daughter) bonding trips or Husband and wife celebrating a second honeymoon with the added spectacular outpost fishing or `the buddy trips where the tall tales get taller.
Its a big time stress reliever! . how do you think about anything else when you are fighting a fish?
Greg and I had a great week. we caught over 1000 walleye. There were well over 200 in the slot size (>18"). This is the most large walleye that have ever been caught on a trip to whiteclay for me. The slot size protection is working. It seems that each trip has more large fish being caught. Our largest northern was 43". It was caught on a jig while walleye fishing.
Greg and I sent see what you missed letters to about a dozen folks. Hope that translates into a large group for next June. . Fran and I are looking forward to the August fishing trip .
G. Ostrander, Green Bay, WI.
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Received your card. Congratulations on 25 Years! We speak often about the great times we had at Ogoki! A Tribute to you both!
Best Regards, Rich Craddock.
What a nice surprise to find your post card in my mail yesterday. Twenty-five years is a long time to do anything; much less a business like yours with all the uncertainties of weather, exchange-rates, two-country economies, etc. There is a reason why your business has survived and (hopefully) thrived. you do the wilderness fishing experience better than anyone in the outdoor sport vacation business.
Dear Judy and Paul,
Congratulations on 25 years. I have many fond memories of my time with Jack at Ogoki. Hope all is well with you.
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This website will take you every step of the way for a worry free fishing vacation!
Let us introduce ourselves; Judy & Paul Boucher and family. Weve been doing this for 25 years and have learned a thing or two on how to take the worry out of the wilderness experience. Our staff will help you with anything you may not understand or solve any mechanical glitch right away. In short: we treat you like family!
Just a note to let you know our recent fishing junket to your Mojikit South Outpost.
Ive been coming to Armstrong area since 1972 and have probably flown in with 6-7 different outfitters over the years to numerous outposts. Your Mojikit South camp is clearly the nicest camp I have been to. The cabin is beautiful and roomy. Great kitchen and dining area. Beautiful screened in deck and outside porch overlooking the channel. Large chest freezer and a frig that actually keeps things cold. Screened in fishing cleaning house with running water. Bedrooms that are roomy. Vaulted ceiling the the cabin is a plus. The cabin is centrally located to both the lake and the Ogoki Reservoir.
The boats are the best that Ive ever experienced at an outpost. The inside bottoms consist of flat carpeted panels. easy to get in and out of. 1st time Ive fished an outpost with "dry" feet. The boats had comfortable swivel seats and 15 & 20 hp 4-stroke engines that worked great.
We will definitely be back. Everything about Ogoki Frontier was quality. My two grandchildren had the time of their lives, as did the other 2 members of our party. Thanks for the memories.