Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai B777

While sad to have left the Maldives we were excited to see Dubai.  We only had about 36 hours or so in Dubai to explore.  We boarded through the forward most door on the left and walked past first class to get to our business class seats.

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My Emirates boarding pass

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Boarding our Emirates aircraft

This was our first time ever flying Emirates!

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Emirates business class seating on B777

I found it quite interesting that they still have 3 across seating in business class in the middle seats!  I guess thats fine for a family of three but I would hate to be a stranger stuck in the middle seat.

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Emirates business class seating on B777

I also found it interesting how empty the business class cabin was.  It was definitely less than 50% full for our flight.  Continue reading

Leeli Lounge Male Airport

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Leeli Lounge Male Airport

After checking for our Emirates business class flight to Dubai in we were invited to visit the Leeli Lounge at Male airport.

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Waiting to checkin on Emirates

I bought a few small souvenirs from one of the shops just outside the Leeli Lounge then we decided to enter.  We were greeted warmly as our boarding passes were checked.

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Leeli Lounge entrance

We were one of just 4-5 other passengers in the lounge at the time so we had our choice of seats.  We decided to sit all the way in the back corner next to some windows to be more secluded and try not to disturb anyone with our baby. Continue reading

TransMaldivian Sea Plane

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Trans Maldivian Seaplane

We woke up early on the morning of our departure and settled our bill at the resort.  We grabbed a quick bit to eat (the buffet opens 6am) and the pilots were the only other people  eating with us.  The plane was at the resort overnight and thus I guess the pilots stayed the night at the staffs quarters.

We were escorted to the pier where the plan awaited. There were also a few Conrad employees catching a ride back to Male with us.  It was a really nice sunrise on this, our last morning in the Maldives.

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Our ride to Male

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Pilots up front

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Maldives sunrise

After a quick safety demonstration we strapped in for takeoff. Continue reading

Around Rangali Island

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Around Rangali Island

Here are some random shots and things we encountered during our stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.  I am not going to add any commentary to this post but just share some photos of around the island.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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Hermit Crab

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Hermit Crab

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Sunset

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Sunset

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Crab

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Crab Continue reading

Conrad Maldives Review

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Conrad Maldives

We arrived on the dock at the Conrad Maldives from our seaplane trip from Male. We were introduced to our personal assistant and taken to the checkin area which is on the main island of the resort. The resort consists of two islands Rangali and Rangalifinolhu with most of the resorts guest rooms and villas on Rangalifinolhu Island.

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Conrad Maldives arrival dock (this photo was taken on our departure)

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Google maps view of the Islands in which the guest accommodations are

We were seated outside the reception desk area and relaxed while our Conrad rep took our details and credit card which they preauthorized for $3000.

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Map of the main Island

We were escorted to our room by buggy (golf cart). We were booked into Beach Villa #205.  The Beach Villa is the base/lowest level room but we were happy with our room and thought it best (safer) to not be in an overwater bungalow with our toddler crawling all over the place. I also didn’t want to pay an up charge to be in a overwater villa which was around $200/night plus taxes.

The Beach Villas are grouped together four Villas in one building. Our villa was at the end of the group of four which is beneficial as your only sharing a wall with one other villa and there is a bit more privacy than if we had a villa in the middle of the four units.

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Entrance to our Beach Villa number 205 Conrad Maldives

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Entrance to our Beach Villa 205 at Conrad Maldives

At the entrance to our Beach Villa was a Continue reading

Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane

After grabbing our bags we left the baggage area and found the arrivals area in which all the resort reps were holding name badges.  I saw the representative holding the Conrad sign and we walked over to let them know we arrived.  They confirmed our names and grabbed our bags for us.  We were then walked over the the Trans Maldivian checkin area.  We gave them our passports and they weighed our bags.  Our larger checked bag was 57lbs but it wasn’t a problem as our overall baggage fell under the limits.

We were given our boarding passes and walked outside where our Conrad branded Toyota minivan awaited.  The driver loaded our bags and we took a comfortable 5 minute ride to the building which housed the Conrad arrivals lounge.

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Our ride to the Conrad

Once in the lounge our rep offered us a seat and some juice along with a fresh, cold towel.  They went over some details of our stay and advised our flight should be leaving within the hour as they were waiting for some other guests/passengers to show. Continue reading

Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi to Male

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)

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My wife and I arrived at the airpot bright and early for our 9am Etihad flight to the Maldives.  Service was very impressive even pulling up to the arrivals area.  We were dropped off at the Business Class section of arrivals and an Etihad rep met us at our cab and confirmed we were business class passengers. He grabbed our bags and escorted us inside to the business class checkin area.

We were checked in with no problems and then given instructions to the business class lounge. Shortly after getting through security I noticed the Etihad First Class Lounge and asked the checkin agent if we could use the First Class Lounge as we were connecting from a first class ticket.  She was having difficulty on her computer and advised I could give her our boarding passes from yesterday’s first class flight.  She admitted that would be helpful and shortly after we were admitted.

 

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Etihad Airways First Class Lounge floral arrangement

Once inside we decided to grab some breakfast.  They have a formal eating area where they have some great waitstaff to assist passengers.  Our server was wonderful.  A pleasant gentleman that was very helpful and also loved relating to our baby as he had a little girl at home. Continue reading

Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

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Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

For our limited time in Abu Dhabi I made it a priority to see the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. This is the biggest tourist destination in Abu Dhabi by far and also the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. After a long nap in our hotel room my wife decided she wanted to stay in bed and stay in the air conditioning with our baby. I decided to get ready and grab a cab to the Mosque.

I arrived at the Mosque at dusk and was amazed how pristine it looked. The structure looks brand new!  It was very hot at around 6pm! It was around 90 degrees hot!  I marveled at the structure and decide to take a few photos.

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Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

I found the entrance to visitors of the mosque and there was a very short line to enter.  The men went into one line and woman into another. Both lines were subject to metal detector security checks.  My camera and tripod also had to go through a security scanner as well.  There was no admission charge to enter the mosque. Continue reading

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi Review

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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Hyatt Capital Gate checkin

We arrived by taxi and were welcomed by the bellmen.  We were assisted with our luggage and brought up to the lobby level.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby

The lobby was very grandiose and pretty for a Hyatt.  I didnt have grand expectations but the opening impression of the hotel was very nice. You could tell everything was new, clean and in immaculate condition.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby seating

There was plenty of lobby seating and some tables with refreshments. There were three front desk agents and all three were busy assisting people when we arrived. Another agent cam out of the back room and asked they we have a seat and offered a refreshment while we waited. A short 2-3 minutes later the agent came back to check us in.  He was from Japan and noticed we had previously stayed at the Andaz Tokyo and was excited we had visited his home country.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby

After checkin we were on our way to our room.  Upon entering the room we noticed the strong smell of smoke.  I called down to the front desk even before our bags arrived to tell them of the issue and to see if we could be moved.

Below are a few pics of the first room:

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Hyatt Capital Gate room

Our second room was much nicer. It had no foul odor and was slightly large while at the same time having a slightly lesser view.

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Hyatt Capital Gate

The bed was big and comfy. They also brought in a complimentary crib for our baby shortly after arriving.

The complimentary wifi was nice and plenty fast for our casual web browsing and email checking.

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Hyatt Capital Gate room keys

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The floor plan

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

There was a large tub and a nice shower with waterfall shower head.

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate room closet

My wife was starving and instead of going back out in the heat and trying to find somewhere to eat with the baby it was more convienent for us to simply order room service.

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Hyatt Capital Gate room service

I think I ordered a steak sandwich and a pizza to share and my wife had some pesto pasta with a side of fries.   We also tried some dessert which we forgot the name of which was different but good. I think our total for the meal was around $75.

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Pesto pasta

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Dessert

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Pizza

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Steak sandwich

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Room entrance

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The hallways at the Hyatt Capital Gate

ROOM WALKTHROUGH BELOW:

 

Overall this was a very comfortable stay.  We would have no problem returning here in the future.  We arrived around 1pm and departed around 6:30am the following day so we didn’t have a lot of time to experience everything. In our limited time however the hotel was perfect for our short stay.

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I ended redeeming my annual category 4 Hyatt free night certificate that comes with me holding the credit card.

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Email confirmation showing FREE NIGHT PROMOTION

The cash price for our one night stay would have been $109 plus tax/per night.

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Cash price for our night
Let me know if any questions or comments!

 


 

 

Etihad First Class Apartments New York to Abu Dhabi A380

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380

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My wife and I were excited to board and see what Etihad had in store for us. We boarded through the upper deck jet bridge where the first class cabin is on Etihad’s A380 plane.

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Our A380 awaits

We were greeted by a flight attendant upon entrance and directed to turn left and that our apartments were on the right side of the isle.

I think by my wife’s facial reaction that she was quite impressed!  I don’t think showing her photos of the cabin before hand fully prepared her for how nice this cabin was.

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Look close at my wife’s face to see her reaction to her Etihad Apartment

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Upon entrance into the first class cabin you get to see just how elegant it is. My wife was in 3K and I was in 4K which are adjoining seats, one in front of the other. I think my wife knows my dislike of flying facing backwards so she took 3k and got settled in with the baby.  We both had our carryons and backpacks and they were all fairly full. Our primary flight attendant AKA butler helped us fit our bags in the storage area.  One of my wife’s bags was slightly to big so our butler helped stow it away in a crew cabin.

Upon entering my apartment I was Continue reading