Toulouse: Blagnac airport is worth a visit!

If the weather in Toulouse is bad, no problem! Plenty of other things to do! And if you like planes, it is Paradise.

Go and visit the Airbus factory. (thx Bart.) You will not only see new planes being build (A380), but you can also see a Caravelle, Skylink, …

Or stroll around Blagnac airport. You will see planes you don’t see anywhere else. There is still a Concorde based at the airfield. And several Belugas (used by Airbus to ship plane-parts between their different Airbus sites around Europe). and of course, A380 flying from the factory to its new


And this is an airport with plenty of place to relax, without the need to go to a lounge. Seats and sofas in all shapes and sizes. Everywhere well marked power sockets and unlimited free wifi access.



Smoking in Tokyo must be challenging

First time I’ve been to a place where life is made really hard for smokers. Untill now, I thought you could smoke outside in most of the countries (with a few exceptions of railway platforms, ….).

In Tokyo, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Everywhere on the street, there are reminders not to smoke, … I suppose one of the main reasons is not to block the hughe, continuous stream of walking people on the pavements.
I even noticed some kind of police/guards watching out for smokers (see picture).

The funny thing: they still have some dedicated places in the street where you can smoke. Some walled-off little rooms, covered on the outside with some vertical gardens! Packed inside with smokers.

I thought California was going far in their smoking regulations, but in Tokyo they seem to stretch it even further.

But, on the other hand, one evening, I did end up in a restaurant where a whole table was smoking. So it seems the ‘non-smoking in restaurants’-rule doesn’t apply in Tokyo!