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Title: Vacation
Post by: Junior on June 16, 2008, 10:21:32 PM
Brag about how you are on a beach getting waited upon while the rest of us are sitting at our boring desks.

I may or may not be going to North Carolina for a week in August. Food and lodging free courtesy of my friend's family. This would be awesome.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on June 16, 2008, 10:22:08 PM
Orientation! Sunny Los Angeles!

One week from today!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on June 16, 2008, 10:34:31 PM
Orientation! Sunny Los Angeles!

One week from today!

Don't forget to turn off the water before you go this time.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 16, 2008, 10:35:13 PM
Orientation! Sunny Los Angeles!

One week from today!

Yay!!!  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on June 17, 2008, 07:27:38 AM
Orientation! Sunny Los Angeles!

One week from today!

  What are your plans Basil?
  (Other than orientation?)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on June 17, 2008, 09:24:39 AM
  What are your plans Basil?
  (Other than orientation?)

Not sure. We only have one afternoon/evening free.  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on June 17, 2008, 09:43:09 AM
When I was there - I went to Griffith Park Observatory (http://www.griffithobs.org/) - it's free and has been in a few films, most notably Rebel Without a Cause and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffith_Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffith_Park)

The exhibits were way cool and the view is amazing - plus it's free. ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: lise on June 17, 2008, 10:51:09 AM
I'm off to san diego on thursday... granted I'm only staying until monday, but woo hoo!!!! I'm doing wine tasting on my birthday, than my last roommate graduates on saturday... and I'll go to the beach sunday... yeah!!!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: m_rturnage on June 17, 2008, 02:22:50 PM
Anniversary weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This August - long weekend in Chicago.

At the rate my vacation has built up, I will probably take off 3/4 of of December.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: choatime on June 17, 2008, 03:10:24 PM
I'm going to San Diego for a conference in July, but I don't think there will be much vacationing involved.  Then I come home for a week of jury duty, and then in August I go back to California for a conference in Monterey.  This one should be a little more vacation friendly, and I'll probably spend a couple of days in San Francisco before or afterwards.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: m_rturnage on June 17, 2008, 03:33:14 PM
I'm going to San Diego for a conference in July, but I don't think there will be much vacationing involved. 

I used to call the San Diego Comic Convention a "conference" to my friends and co-workers, too. :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 17, 2008, 04:26:04 PM
I'm going to San Diego for a conference in July, but I don't think there will be much vacationing involved. 

I used to call the San Diego Comic Convention a "conference" to my friends and co-workers, too. :D

haha, actually thinking of going this year.  since it is a "conference" I wonder if I can write it off?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: choatime on June 17, 2008, 05:48:53 PM
Nope, it's the SIAM Annual Meeting (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) two weeks before Comic-Con.  While it may have the geekiness, there's considerably less chiciness.   At the moment, the most exciting part may be whether or not my Chinese colleague's visa will allow him to go to Tijuana for dinner one night.

The Monterey confernce is the XVth International Congress on Rheology. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: edgar00 on June 17, 2008, 05:58:27 PM
Three days at the beach in Barcelona.

rest my case.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on June 17, 2008, 06:21:05 PM
the most exciting part may be whether or not my Chinese colleague's visa will allow him to go to Tijuana for dinner one night.

Dinner or a donkey show?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 17, 2008, 09:04:00 PM
I am leaving tomorrow night to head out west.  I am visiting a lot of national parks and national monuments throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 17, 2008, 09:12:33 PM
I am leaving tomorrow night to head out west.  I am visiting a lot of national parks and national monuments throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas!

More specifically: The Grand Canyon, Navajo National Monument, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Big Bend National Park.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on June 20, 2008, 11:45:23 PM
Orientation! Sunny Los Angeles!

One week from today!

Looks like I might be seeing Reds at the ArcLight Monday night.  Cross your fingers.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 21, 2008, 03:39:06 AM
mmmmmm.... arclight.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on June 29, 2008, 01:34:27 PM
I enjoyed my vacation too much.

Yay!  :D  What was the best part?

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 29, 2008, 01:43:14 PM
I enjoyed my vacation too much.

Yay!  :D  What was the best part?

pixote

That is really hard to say.  The Grand Canyon at sunset was breathtaking.  The hike down Canyon de Chelly to a cliff dwelling was pretty cool.  Carlsbad Caverns are unbelievable and the nightly bat flight out of the cave is amazing (thousands and thousands of bats).  Big Bend National Park is a hidden treasure that everyone should visit, who knew that such big mountains and beautiful canyons existed in southwest Texas?  But probably my favorite was Monument Valley.  It is just too beautiful for words.  I will post some pictures in a few days from my trip. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 29, 2008, 02:20:45 PM
I enjoyed my vacation too much.

Yay!  :D  What was the best part?

pixote

That is really hard to say.  The Grand Canyon at sunset was breathtaking.  The hike down Canyon de Chelly to a cliff dwelling was pretty cool.  Carlsbad Caverns are unbelievable and the nightly bat flight out of the cave is amazing (thousands and thousands of bats).  Big Bend National Park is a hidden treasure that everyone should visit, who knew that such big mountains and beautiful canyons existed in southwest Texas?  But probably my favorite was Monument Valley.  It is just too beautiful for words.  I will post some pictures in a few days from my trip. 

That sounds amazing, Sarah!  Welcome back.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 29, 2008, 02:23:18 PM

That sounds amazing, Sarah!  Welcome back.  :)

Thanks!! It really was wonderful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on June 29, 2008, 02:24:14 PM
Big Bend National Park is a hidden treasure that everyone should visit...

Seconded!

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 29, 2008, 03:57:50 PM
Hmmm... for the rest of the summer vacation plans include a small 4th party, 2 days in ameterdam, a weekend of music festivals along the east coast, at least one visit to the US Open and (if my passes get sent) my second trip to the Telluride Film Festival.  Prolly sneak a weekend at a friends summer share at the shore as well.  Hmm... if I can arange flights properly I may be able to sneak in a run through Big Bend & 4 Corners (have to land in Farmington, NM i believe).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 01, 2008, 05:26:07 PM
Here are some of my pics from vacation

The Grand Canyon

(http://i25.tinypic.com/c2j6c.png)(http://i30.tinypic.com/n1vwbt.png)(http://i28.tinypic.com/2mqqjd4.png)

Hovenweep: An ancient cliff dwelling on the Utah/Colorado border

(http://i27.tinypic.com/4r2592.png)(http://i32.tinypic.com/287q7pf.png)(http://i25.tinypic.com/2rei5ib.png)

Monument Valley
This rock formation is called Mexican Hat               My Forrest Gump shot (where he finally stops running)
(http://i31.tinypic.com/312e73p.png)(http://i32.tinypic.com/2zgf1oj.png)

More Monument Valley
(http://i26.tinypic.com/21o58d5.png)(http://i25.tinypic.com/2u8ferm.png)

John Ford's Point (shot scenes from both The Searchers and Stagecoach right here)
I didn't pay the $2 to sit on a horse and have my picture taken so I could be like John Wayne, probably should have.  :D
(http://i32.tinypic.com/2lwvlt2.png)

Canyon de Chelly

Spider Rock                                                              Cliff dwelling in the canyon
(http://i28.tinypic.com/30arjah.png)(http://i25.tinypic.com/2nqwppf.png)

Petrified Forest National Park
Our home for that night: The Wigwam Motel
(http://i30.tinypic.com/2ed5q3p.png)

Blue Mesa Trail in the Painted Desert part of Petrified National Forest
(http://i28.tinypic.com/2v3my6x.png)(http://i31.tinypic.com/25s5tmu.png)

Carlsbad Caverns (750 feet underground)
(http://i32.tinypic.com/73e9dt.png)(http://i31.tinypic.com/vdiex1.png)
(http://i31.tinypic.com/jj3cr4.png)(http://i29.tinypic.com/2lwry47.png)
Rainbow at Carlsbad
(http://i27.tinypic.com/2lxz4ew.png)

Big Bend National Park
Sunset
(http://i28.tinypic.com/16icj7b.png)(http://i28.tinypic.com/byfr.png)

Lost Mine Trail overlook
(http://i25.tinypic.com/111k09c.png)(http://i27.tinypic.com/2rrmmx4.png)

St. Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande
(http://i25.tinypic.com/21mrw20.png)(http://i30.tinypic.com/ifu3pz.png)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 01, 2008, 06:46:55 PM
Wonderful pics, Sarah! Wow.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 01, 2008, 07:40:11 PM
Wonderful pics, Sarah! Wow.

Thanks! 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on July 01, 2008, 08:49:10 PM
very nice - makes me want to watch Into the Wild again
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: winrit on July 02, 2008, 12:45:14 PM
Awesome pics! Brings back memories.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: winrit on July 06, 2008, 02:07:39 PM
I'm on vacation! No plans. I'll probably just stay out too late and sleep in everyday and watch some movies. Not really that different than usual except for the sleeping in part.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on July 09, 2008, 12:17:09 PM
I am spending the next 5 days in Ohio with friends. The two highlights are sure to be a day at Cedar Point and a pretty awesome grad party. See you folks later!


P.S. Hope you're enjoying your time off, winrit.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: alexarch on July 09, 2008, 12:58:07 PM
I can't see this thread without thinking,

"...all I ever wanted
...HAD to get away
...meant to be spent alone."

I am, and always be, a child of the '80s, and I will stay there until someone drags me, kicking and screaming, into the new millenium.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: choatime on July 11, 2008, 04:46:54 PM
Woo-hoo!  The San Diego airport has free wifi!  It almost makes up for the hour and half delay for my flight.  Now if I can just find a free outlet before my battery dies...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: lise on July 11, 2008, 04:59:04 PM
they have free wi fi and an amazing selection of rocking chairs... at least in the right areas
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 12, 2008, 08:30:22 PM
Soooo...into Denver, as our next locale!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Ronan on July 13, 2008, 06:00:08 PM
Going to Paris for a week
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: choatime on July 13, 2008, 07:03:06 PM
It's strange how the pictures from my trip to San Diego are from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.

Here I am in the rain at my 19th state highest point--Britton Hill, the highest point in Florida.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3252/2666027070_675089f1a4_o.jpg)

Nearby Enterprise, Alabama, has a monument to the boll weevil, which destroyed the cotton crop causing the locals to switch to growing peanuts, which proved to be much more profitable.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3176/2665182943_bc80d75584.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3239/2666007548_23be8ae000.jpg)

Next to the Krystal at the I-75/US-280 interchange in Cordelle, Georgia, stands a decommissioned Titan I missile on what is ominously labeled "Confederate Air Force Pad No. I"
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3026/2666019390_d669895700.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3296/2666019072_0304f86a23.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on July 21, 2008, 05:21:49 PM
New York City, August 2-5. Really excited. And surprised.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on July 21, 2008, 05:40:38 PM
What would be the coolest way to see a movie in the city, on, say that saturday night?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on July 21, 2008, 05:44:43 PM
Nearby Enterprise, Alabama, has a monument to the boll weevil, which destroyed the cotton crop causing the locals to switch to growing peanuts, which proved to be much more profitable.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3176/2665182943_bc80d75584.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3239/2666007548_23be8ae000.jpg)

Despite the silver lining, monuments to crop ravaging beetles is not something you see everyday. Cool pics!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on July 21, 2008, 05:48:02 PM
What would be the coolest way to see a movie in the city, on, say that saturday night?

depends on your definition of cool but pretty much every option is available up there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on July 21, 2008, 05:51:58 PM
What would be the coolest way to see a movie in the city, on, say that saturday night?

depends on your definition of cool but pretty much every option is available up there.

Well, could be one or more of the following.

1. A cool theater, like the Angelika or something.
2. An old movie.
3. A movie that hasn't really been released elsewhere.

Is anyone familiar enough with the city to recommend some of the better, perhaps less well-known theaters?  Or a theater that frequently has special events and screenings? That's sorta what I'm looking for.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: facedad on July 22, 2008, 04:00:10 PM
What would be the coolest way to see a movie in the city, on, say that saturday night?

depends on your definition of cool but pretty much every option is available up there.

Well, could be one or more of the following.

1. A cool theater, like the Angelika or something.
2. An old movie.
3. A movie that hasn't really been released elsewhere.

Is anyone familiar enough with the city to recommend some of the better, perhaps less well-known theaters?  Or a theater that frequently has special events and screenings? That's sorta what I'm looking for.

The Angelika is fine, but never did it for me. I'd prefer the IFC or Village Cinema to Angelika, but nothing, absolutely nothing, beats the Film Forum for me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on July 22, 2008, 06:36:40 PM
Cool. Thanks for the suggestions, face.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: skjerva on November 21, 2008, 11:30:29 AM
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This is a Very Hot Topic
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on January 11, 2009, 11:53:47 AM
I just got back from a trip around Spain with a few close friends from college. We drove around the country and got lost a lot, fought over map-reading abilities and about who should control the music played in the car, ate some of the most amazing food I've eaten in years, drank a ridiculous amount of wine, flirted with some strangers and generally rediscovered why we loved hanging out with each other so much back in college (the best part). Here are pictures from the first leg of the trip which was spent in Barcelona.

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Gaudi's crazy sentries on top of Casa Mila aka La Pedrada


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La Pedrada again but this time at night


(http://i39.tinypic.com/30nc9bd.jpg)
La Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mar

(http://i44.tinypic.com/zipx6d.jpg)
And now Gaudi's little church

(http://i43.tinypic.com/157ki8m.jpg)
This time from the outside

(http://i42.tinypic.com/2dm9wur.jpg) (http://i39.tinypic.com/2ntekd0.jpg)
Street Performers on La Rambla

I'll post more pictures from the rest of our trip later. Pity I don't have any nice pictures from Gaudi's fairytale park :(.


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: edgar00 on January 11, 2009, 02:05:19 PM
Ah man, are those guys in the silly disguises still hanging around La Rambla? What did you think of Gaudi's church?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on January 11, 2009, 02:09:25 PM
Those are excellent pictures. Looks like a fun time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on January 11, 2009, 02:19:07 PM
Ah man, are those guys in the silly disguises still hanging around La Rambla? What did you think of Gaudi's church?
Those are excellent pictures. Looks like a fun time!

Thanks edgar & Junior (I like your pictures more!),  I had an excellent time. I was immensely touched by Sagrada Familia edgar.. a lovely trip overall and more pictures coming soon.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on January 11, 2009, 04:24:58 PM
absolutely beautiful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on January 11, 2009, 10:51:48 PM
Fantastic pics, w@w!! I have some very like those (though not as good, I think - and we didn't get any of the park either  :( ) from our trip to Barcelona - Gaudi's stuff is just amazing, isn't it? (Don't you think those sentries look a bit like storm troopers?  :) ) I want to go back even more now - mmmmm, and your mention of the food and wine - I experienced the same, sooooo good!

Looking forward to more pics . . .
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on January 11, 2009, 10:53:33 PM
Beautiful pictures worm, I am so glad you had such a wonderful time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on January 23, 2009, 01:59:31 PM
Madrid was actually our next destination but I got around to editing the Sevilla pictures first. Sevilla was definitely my favorite part of the entire trip. It's has some amazing architecture, it's really vibrant and colorful, has great food and I really can't resist a city where there are oranges growing EVERYWHERE. This is probably the place I'd most like to go back to.


(http://i41.tinypic.com/21ae5w8.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/uyjdi.jpg)

(http://i44.tinypic.com/2wm3rr7.jpg)

The next few are from the Cathedral and the Giralda

(http://i44.tinypic.com/205zjw6.jpg)

(http://i44.tinypic.com/e02a2a.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/2vbu39l.jpg)

(http://i39.tinypic.com/2eoi1l3.jpg)

(http://i43.tinypic.com/2pqw09z.jpg)
(I only saw the bull ring from the Giralda but I love this view of the entire city with all it's narrow labyrinthine alleys)


I have a lot of pictures from the Alcázar but I can't get myself to post them because my pictures just don't do it any justice. It's just splendid and beautiful and everytime my eyes focused on something, I realized I hadn't noticed this little detail that is just so amazing. So just this one picture will have to suffice.
(http://i44.tinypic.com/256cpzl.jpg)

(http://i44.tinypic.com/idg8ls.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/339suvk.jpg)

(http://i39.tinypic.com/b68t51.jpg)

(http://i44.tinypic.com/vxhuon.jpg)
Plaza de España
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on January 23, 2009, 06:59:32 PM
w@w - yr peaking my wanderlust once again...grrr. ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on January 23, 2009, 08:35:00 PM
Those are so beautiful, w@w!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on January 23, 2009, 09:32:56 PM
Those are so beautiful, w@w!

Thanks oad and Keith :). My pictures barely do the magnificent city justice!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: facedad on January 24, 2009, 10:54:18 AM
Those are so beautiful, w@w!

Thanks oad and Keith :). My pictures barely do the magnificent city justice!
Yeah, looks like a good time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Thor on January 27, 2009, 01:47:32 PM
Wow@W@W
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on February 27, 2009, 05:06:37 AM
Dahab (Egypt) 02/09/2009-02/23/2009:

Took me a while to get used to breathing underwater, three days of snorkling to be precise. After that though, it was mostly awesome. I didn't get along with my scuba instructor all that well (he sort of got fired after that course) but it's all forgotten as soon as you dive the amazing sites at this place. Going down the Bells at the Blue Hole and diving along that steep face was just about the most exciting and frightning experience I've had in years (and yes, people do tend to congratulate you in case you make it out alive).
I know the laid-back, ultra relaxed attitute (Bob Marley is on 24/7 in some cafés) of that place would terribly annoy me over time but for a couple of weeks, it's kinda nice. I enjoyed meeting downshifters from all over the world, most of all a Canadian called Freddy (with an eerie resemblance to Jim Carrey) who's just about the most peaceful and funny guy in the world until he sees someone 'touch sh*t' in the sea, at which point he goes ballistic.
I am told the place is even nicer in summer but I did quite like it in winter too. After flying back to Munich, I decided to stay a couple more days in snowy Innsbruck before returning home. Needless to say, the cold sucks.

Not a lot of pictures were taken on this vacation, no underwater photos at all because of obvious technical limitations (they wouldn't do it justice anyway). Here's what I could find just now:
(http://i42.tinypic.com/2ly0bpg.jpg) (Cleaning service putting weird stuff in our rooms)
(http://i40.tinypic.com/2enq6ww.jpg) (giving that guy some much craved exposure)
(http://i43.tinypic.com/353cwzo.jpg) (Me on camel, not being able to run away from camera)
(http://i44.tinypic.com/34nnmme.jpg) (spooky boat in desert)
(http://i44.tinypic.com/2ir155d.jpg) (Beach)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on February 27, 2009, 09:09:57 AM
The vacation sounds amazing Tequila and great pictures too! Sounds like a fun time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: edgar00 on February 27, 2009, 09:19:39 AM
Those are marvellous pictures. Perhaps I should post some of my pics from last summer, particularly those of Tunisa (which obviously has some resemblances to Egypt)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on February 27, 2009, 10:21:16 AM
What a great vacation, Tequila - cool pics!


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: alexarch on March 31, 2009, 11:02:07 AM
Speaking of wine, J & I are going to meet California friends in wine country for a couple of nights. Then we're going to take it to San Fran. These ar the same friends we went to Chicago with, so I'm REALLY looking forward to it.

Anyone that read my blog LOOOOONG ago know these friends as Jen-An and Owen.

I intend to get belligerent like Paul Giamatti in Sideways.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on March 31, 2009, 11:08:05 AM
w00t! Also *jealous*. Also, looking f/w to you coming back and being all snooty-snotty about the wines we drink :).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on March 31, 2009, 12:16:16 PM
Stay classy, alexarch!

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 31, 2009, 11:21:39 PM
Stay classy, alexarch!

pixote

F that, embareass the hell outta yrself and all yr friends.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on April 06, 2009, 06:32:06 PM
These are some pics from my weekend hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on April 06, 2009, 07:08:55 PM
Gorgeous pictures, ses. Looks like an amazing weekend!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 06, 2009, 07:10:09 PM
Just beautiful!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on April 06, 2009, 07:18:19 PM
Awesome pics, ses.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on April 06, 2009, 07:21:42 PM
Thanks everyone  :), it was a lot of fun.  We hiked to that waterfall and there was no one there, we sat and had a picnic, got up to go, and about 25 teenaged boys showed up.  Timed it perfectly.  It's a rarity in the Smokies to get to a be at a waterfall alone for such a long time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on April 06, 2009, 09:43:29 PM
All those picture scream horror film to me - I'm just glad you made it back safe. ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on April 06, 2009, 09:49:19 PM
The fog does make it a bit creepy sometimes

(http://i40.tinypic.com/30vk7sp.png)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on June 02, 2009, 10:19:22 PM
Where'd you go, alexarch?

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on June 05, 2009, 12:16:54 PM
The first 2 pictures are from my previous trip to Bombay but I only found them now since they were saved on my mom's computer. I didn't really have that much time to go around the city taking pictures this time. So most of my pictures are wedding / family stuff.

(http://i39.tinypic.com/11tspph.jpg)

(http://i40.tinypic.com/zsqvcz.jpg)

My cousin said it was okay for me to show you all her wedding clothes and jewellery and stuff :).

(http://i41.tinypic.com/2nvs5lt.jpg)
Hugely elaborate henna that took hours to put on.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/256twz5.jpg)
This is at the end of a relatively small event that happens before the wedding. I think it's essentially a ceremony where we invite the gods to the wedding or something.

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My cousin with all of her closest friends. My cousin is marrying her high-school sweetheart, so all of these people have been friends forever. The groom is the tallest guy in the picture.. the one with the red dot on his forehead.

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This one's from the actual wedding. My cousin and her friends are the only people who seem to be okay with me posting their pictures here.. so I had to choose from a really limited set unfortunately.

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That's my brand new niece who lives in Seattle and was surprisingly good-natured throughout the trip to India in the peak of summer.

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And that's my nephew who is just a couple of months older than my niece.

There're still lots of pictures I haven't even gone through. I'll post some more pictures if I can find suitable ones from the remaining.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 05, 2009, 12:26:25 PM
Those are nice pictures, glad you had a good trip worm  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: facedad on June 05, 2009, 12:34:43 PM
Cait is very jealous of that henna.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on June 05, 2009, 12:38:29 PM
That's pretty mind-boggling.  :o
More!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 05, 2009, 12:53:47 PM
Wonderful pictures, w@w! Thanks for sharing. That henna work is really amazing, and your cousin is so beautiful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 05, 2009, 01:07:31 PM
Awesome pics, worw! Have you recovered from the jet lag yet?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on June 05, 2009, 01:10:00 PM
Awesome pics, worw! Have you recovered from the jet lag yet?

I think the trip was so short that I never got used to the time difference. I barely got any sleep there thanks to all the wedding chaos and have been doing fine since I got back surprisingly. Now, if I could just say the same about adjusting to being back at work....
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 05, 2009, 01:47:50 PM
Awesome pics, worw! Have you recovered from the jet lag yet?

I think the trip was so short that I never got used to the time difference. I barely got any sleep there thanks to all the wedding chaos and have been doing fine since I got back surprisingly. Now, if I could just say the same about adjusting to being back at work....
Sleepless trips are sometimes the worst ones, and sometimes the best. I hope yours was the latter.

Yeah, work sucks. Doesn't your boss know it's nice out?  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 05, 2009, 02:10:31 PM
Sounds like you had a great time, and looks like it too! We're glad to have you back though. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Thor on June 05, 2009, 03:12:03 PM
Lovely! Indian weddings are the best.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: facedad on June 05, 2009, 04:00:36 PM
Lovely! Indian weddings are the best.
They're a hell of a lot better than Catholic weddings (yes, my only frames of reference are Catholic and Hindu).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on June 05, 2009, 04:21:44 PM
Awesome pics, worw! Have you recovered from the jet lag yet?

I think the trip was so short that I never got used to the time difference. I barely got any sleep there thanks to all the wedding chaos and have been doing fine since I got back surprisingly. Now, if I could just say the same about adjusting to being back at work....
Sleepless trips are sometimes the worst ones, and sometimes the best. I hope yours was the latter.
Most definitely the latter :).

Yeah, work sucks. Doesn't your boss know it's nice out?  :)

I did manage to sneak out early and go watch a movie. Unfortunately, my PhD advisor/co-author who is on PST wants to talk about work.. so I was forced to come back to work.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 05, 2009, 05:07:22 PM
Wonderful pictures, w@w! Thanks for sharing. That henna work is really amazing, and your cousin is so beautiful.

Exactly what I was going to write. So beautiful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on June 05, 2009, 07:04:47 PM
Beautiful pictures, worm! I love the light in the one with the boats.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 06, 2009, 06:39:42 PM
haha, yr nephew is a hoot! sounds like a rushed but very fun time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on June 06, 2009, 06:44:06 PM
haha, yr nephew is hot!

That's how I misread this post originally.

I was confused.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 07, 2009, 07:56:31 PM
Got out this weekend to do a little hiking. Here's how it went.

This was our route (in red). The plan was to make it up to Marion Lake on Day one and camp the night, but it was over 20km's of trail to get there, and we didn't know what the terrain would be like so that was just our goal.
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We found out that the terrain included everything from swamps to rocky plataues. Even with a good pair of hiking boots the bogs proved treacherous. If you didn't watch where you were putting your foot down you might find yourself up to your knee in muck.
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Usually there were arrows to point us in the right direction when the trail got hard to detect.
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Look, more swamp and rocky plateau. This time in the same picture!
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Here's the only friend I have foolhardy enough to try this hike with me.
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The hat I wear leaves a line on my head making for great pictures of me.
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After three or four hours of hiking there's nothing like an ass shaped growth on a tree to send you into fits of laughter.  :D
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Hiking here had a hall of mirrors quality to it.
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Yay. After about 7 hours we made it to Marion Lake as planned. The lake was freezing, and an ugly colour, but still a pretty enough spot.
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The Picnic table and fire pit were the only way to tell that you were actually at the campsite.
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It looks better from this angle.
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MMM Mmm dinner! Wieners + dijon + tortillas. So good.
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After the best dinner ever, came the best cup of tea ever.
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There was no shortage of trees around to set up our hammock tents. It got pretty chilly that night, my +15c sleeping bag really didn't cut it. I don't think I got more tha 4 hours hours of actual sleep in.  :( 
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I felt like a bit of a zombie the next morning eating my oatmeal.
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We managed to get back on the trail by about 7:15am. For whatever reason the trail dead ended on us shortly after we got going and no matter how much backtracking we did we just couldn't find the path. Even the arrows said we going the right way. It baffled us because we came in the same way we were leaving... or so we thought. Who knows. Eventually we said screw it. We knew there was railroad tracks about a kilometer south of us and we figured we'd just bushwhack our way there and get our bearings. After about fifteen minutes of that we were so scratched up from the bramble of twigs and branches that we said screw it again and decided to head down to the lake and try and skirt it. This really wasn't any easier. The rocks around the shore we big, round and covered in algae, making thems slippery. Don't let the picture fool you, we spent a frustrating hour slipping and sliding all over, swearing all the way. Plus, of course, our boots were now soaked. When we finally got back on track we were stopping every 20 minutes to ring out our socks. After a couple hours they were comfortable again. 
(http://aloader.com/files/8/Mantario%20%2821%29.JPG)

All in all a good trip. Not too many bugs, only saw one bear (that wanted nothing to do with us), and it didn't rain. I'm sooo bloody exhausted though. We stopped for burgers on the car ride home (2 double fatboys with chili fries) :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 07, 2009, 08:21:48 PM
Sounds like a lot of fun!  Your pictures make me can't wait to go hiking again.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: edgar00 on June 07, 2009, 08:44:20 PM
That sounds like it was a fun weekend all in all. I like those 'outdoors' weekends I do oh so rarely. I did a canoeing weekend a couple summers ago and we were paddling against the wind in a storm at one point. It was a blast.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on June 07, 2009, 08:52:13 PM
Your pictures make me can't wait to go hiking again.

Totally!  Except I won't be drinking any tea because I'm not a subject of the Queen.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on June 07, 2009, 08:53:00 PM
Sounds like a lot of fun!  Your pictures make me can't wait to go hiking again.

Splendid pictures, smirnoff. I've been planning a camping trip with a couple of friends but we've all been too lazy to spend enough time planning to actually make it happen. Now I'm totally motivated!
I <3 the hat line :).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: duder on June 07, 2009, 08:54:12 PM
Hiking seems really unpleasant/boring, glad you have fun though :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: edgar00 on June 07, 2009, 08:54:48 PM
Sounds like a lot of fun!  Your pictures make me can't wait to go hiking again.

I <3 the hat line :).

Indeed. Great fashion statement.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 08, 2009, 01:50:50 AM
All in all a good trip. Not too many bugs, only saw one bear (that wanted nothing to do with us), and it didn't rain. I'm sooo bloody exhausted though.
Glad you had fun, the pics look great.

It got pretty chilly that night, my +15c sleeping bag really didn't cut it. I don't think I got more tha 4 hours hours of actual sleep in.  :( 
What is with that? You guys are having such a crummy spring/summer so far.

We stopped for burgers on the car ride home (2 double fatboys with chili fries) :)
Where? VJ's?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 08, 2009, 01:55:52 AM
Your pictures make me can't wait to go hiking again.
Totally!  Except I won't be drinking any tea because I'm not a subject of the Queen Glenn Beck.

 ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mandrake on June 08, 2009, 05:48:58 AM
Thanks for that Smirnoff!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 08, 2009, 07:14:05 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone!  :)

It got pretty chilly that night, my +15c sleeping bag really didn't cut it. I don't think I got more tha 4 hours hours of actual sleep in.  :( 
What is with that? You guys are having such a crummy spring/summer so far.

Yeah, only a handful of days above 20 degrees I think! Though I gotta say, while we were hiking it was a pleasant temperature. I don't think I could do that again in 25 degree heat or more.
Quote from: matt the movie watcher
We stopped for burgers on the car ride home (2 double fatboys with chili fries) :)
Where? VJ's?
Dairy Whip I think it was called. A place I'd never been to before. VJ's is awesome too though.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 08, 2009, 07:16:44 AM
I like those 'outdoors' weekends I do oh so rarely. I did a canoeing weekend a couple summers ago and we were paddling against the wind in a storm at one point. It was a blast.

That sounds grueling! Where abouts did you go for that trip?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 09, 2009, 02:10:34 AM
Yeah, only a handful of days above 20 degrees I think! Though I gotta say, while we were hiking it was a pleasant temperature. I don't think I could do that again in 25 degree heat or more.
It has its advantages then.  :)

Dairy Whip I think it was called. A place I'd never been to before. VJ's is awesome too though.  :)
Oh, I'm very familiar with the Dairi-Wip, good stuff. You gotta do the circuit (http://winnipegburgers.blogspot.com/).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 09, 2009, 07:16:48 AM
Now that's an epic journey!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 09, 2009, 10:39:33 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: facedad on June 09, 2009, 10:58:40 AM
I'm with the dude, I don't get at all why that was fun other than you telling me it was. Great that you enjoyed yourself though.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 09, 2009, 12:14:52 PM
It's raining for now, so we can't go to the beach, so we are just hanging out around the house. There are a few laptops so I may or may not check in periodically if there is downtime. I think there is a press to go see The Hangover. Should I be supporting this or no?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 09, 2009, 12:17:31 PM
It's raining for now, so we can't go to the beach, so we are just hanging out around the house. There are a few laptops so I may or may not check in periodically if there is downtime. I think there is a press to go see The Hangover. Should I be supporting this or no?

no - just watch the trailer. just 5 times or so.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 09, 2009, 12:20:47 PM
I'm with the dude, I don't get at all why that was fun other than you telling me it was. Great that you enjoyed yourself though.

Even doing things you hate doing can be fun if you share the experience with a like-minded individual, so I think that has something to do with it.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 09, 2009, 12:22:23 PM
It's raining for now, so we can't go to the beach, so we are just hanging out around the house. There are a few laptops so I may or may not check in periodically if there is downtime. I think there is a press to go see The Hangover. Should I be supporting this or no?

no - just watch the trailer. just 5 times or so.

That's what I keep telling them too!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: facedad on June 09, 2009, 12:35:08 PM
I'm with the dude, I don't get at all why that was fun other than you telling me it was. Great that you enjoyed yourself though.

Even doing things you hate doing can be fun if you share the experience with a like-minded individual, so I think that has something to do with it.  :)
Are you trying to dupe me?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 09, 2009, 01:19:12 PM
I don't think so...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 12, 2009, 04:44:12 PM
I have returned. The trip was fun enough.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 04, 2009, 11:04:43 PM
non U2 related pics... (queue the uilleann pipes & irish flute)

Giant's Causeway & the North Coast:

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Dublin:

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The West

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Flight Home

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Colleen on August 04, 2009, 11:08:03 PM
Wow gorgeous pictures!  is that second to last picture Long Island or somewhere else?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 04, 2009, 11:14:09 PM
Wow gorgeous pictures!  is that second to last picture Long Island or somewhere else?

given the way we came in and the time between i think its the barrier islands off the jersey coast.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Colleen on August 04, 2009, 11:18:24 PM
Wow gorgeous pictures!  is that second to last picture Long Island or somewhere else?

given the way we came in and the time between i think its the barrier islands off the jersey coast.

Yep.  That's LBI.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on August 05, 2009, 01:42:16 AM
Nice.

I show up at 3am, she's still up watching Vacation...

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 05, 2009, 07:10:41 AM
Awesome pics. Looks like a kickass trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on August 05, 2009, 07:23:48 AM
Wow. Looks like you had fun. Where did you go in dublin?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on August 05, 2009, 07:56:39 AM
Woo! Nice pictures, _Keith_ :).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 05, 2009, 09:14:18 AM
Wow. Looks like you had fun. Where did you go in dublin?

We kept it mostly to drinking related locales (around the hotel on St. Stephen's Green, Temple Bar), There really wasn't much time to do anything else with 1/2 of each day spent travelling to/from or attending the 2 shows. We actually did Guiness Storehouse twice and didn't catch everything in there (its friggin huge).  Wasn't really all that well planned out - though I prefer it that way.  No need to be on a schedule on vacation.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Ronan on August 06, 2009, 06:36:21 AM
Some good photos there of the Giants Causeway and eh sheep. Love the North coast. I was at the Galway races as well. Were you there for ladies day (Thursday)? I've never benn to the Guinness storehouse.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 06, 2009, 09:40:13 AM
Some good photos there of the Giants Causeway and eh sheep. Love the North coast. I was at the Galway races as well. Were you there for ladies day (Thursday)? I've never benn to the Guinness storehouse.

heh, yeah, noted that ireland is a place of rain and sheep.  Unfortunately missed ladies day, we were only in Galway for 2 days and only went to the races Monday.  Didn't even know about 'em till a guy at the Guinness storehouse let us in on the whole thing - fortunate coincidence. The hats I assume only get larger and more ornate as the week goes on.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Colleen on August 06, 2009, 04:06:15 PM
My vacation begins at midnight tonight  :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on August 06, 2009, 04:16:36 PM
My vacation begins at midnight tonight  :) :) :) :) :)

WOOT!!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 06, 2009, 04:24:46 PM
My vacation begins at midnight tonight  :) :) :) :) :)

WOOT!!!

!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on August 07, 2009, 12:32:11 PM
My vacation begins at midnight tonight  :) :) :) :) :)

WOOT!!!

!

!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Colleen on August 07, 2009, 01:30:27 PM
My vacation begins at midnight tonight  :) :) :) :) :)

WOOT!!!

!

!!

WOOOOOT!  So far today I've gotten up, played with the dogs, eaten a sandwich and made a list of errands, which includes a stop at Target for a cocktail set and World of Liquors (aka Booz-a-palooza) for cosmo fixins'. 
yay.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Melvil on August 08, 2009, 10:49:39 PM
I had a nice few days off, despite the weatherman being a total jerk and lying about the whole "sunny" thing. Still got some good time in/on the water and otherwise relaxing. I just can't remember why I came back today instead of tomorrow. ???
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on August 10, 2009, 04:25:33 PM
Okay, here are some pictures from my trip to England (hope they are not too big or numerous!). I was there for 12 days - physically, I'm back, but mentally and emotionally, I'm still there. I'm seriously wondering if I've been born in the wrong country.

Anyway, the plan was to rent a nice little car to drive around wherever I wanted. I looked for accomodation wherever I ended up along the road that night, and one day lead me to a particularly remarkable place. I spent the night here:
(http://i28.tinypic.com/2uib3mw.jpg)
They had a sign out that said they did B&B as well. It was lovely, and I found myself having breakfast among Dr. Who paraphernalia to the theme tunes of The Addams Family, The A-Team and MacGyver.

I went on my own, which meant that what I wanted to do was see as many beautiful country estates as possible, with a few cathedrals thrown in, and a healthy dose of Shakespeare at the end.

Okay, deep breath: The houses I saw were

Petworth House
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(http://i30.tinypic.com/123a9du.jpg)
The most stunning English landscape park I've ever seen, my picture doesn't begin to do it justice. The house has the biggest collection of Turner paintings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._M._W._Turner) outside of an art museum - beautiful stuff.

Kingston Lacy
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Lanhydrock
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(http://i27.tinypic.com/1w2t1.jpg)
OMG, this garden!

Dyrham
(http://i25.tinypic.com/2dv5oy9.jpg)
This house apparently served as the setting for Remains of the Day, which I unfortunately don't remember very well.

Charlecote Park
(http://i31.tinypic.com/118dqar.jpg)

Coughton Court
(http://i29.tinypic.com/2hqf76x.jpg)
Here, I saw the gown in which Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded!

Waddesdon Manor
(http://i26.tinypic.com/2lln809.jpg)
An awe-inspiringly pompous place built by the obscenely rich banker family Rothschild.

Saltram
(http://i27.tinypic.com/v4rp0i.jpg)

Oh look! It's the Dashwood's home from Sense and Sensibility!
(http://i26.tinypic.com/o9dzzd.jpg)

Montacute House
(http://i31.tinypic.com/37zua.jpg)

Oh look! It's fom Sense and Sensibility again - this time the Palmer's (i.e. Hugh Laurie and Imelda Staunton's) house where Kate Winslet goes for a walk and gets her life-threatening fever.
(http://i29.tinypic.com/261i2o6.jpg)


The Cathedrals I visited were

Chichester
(http://i29.tinypic.com/6dtrw5.jpg)

Winchester
(http://i30.tinypic.com/116rmvn.jpg)

Exeter
(http://i27.tinypic.com/10r1vmc.jpg)

I also visited the harbour of Portsmouth, because I had read every single Horatio Hornblower novel and wanted to see the HMS Victory, the flagship of the British fleet in the war against Napoleon, on which Lord Nelson was killed during the battle of Trafalgar.
(http://i26.tinypic.com/2uf851k.jpg)

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In other sad news, I also saw Jane Austen's grave in Winchester Cathedral.
(http://i27.tinypic.com/21e6d10.jpg)

Apart from all that sightseeing, my holiday included long drives along pretty English roads, sometimes with amazing views...
(http://i32.tinypic.com/2hmq0wi.jpg)

and long walks that made me feel like a heroine of a Jane Austen novel.
(http://i32.tinypic.com/25knchs.jpg)

And then I arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon, of which I only took one single photo because I had been there four times already.
(http://i30.tinypic.com/2zp8c4y.jpg)

I saw three really good to absolutely mindblowingly fantastic performances (Julius Caesar, The Winter's Tale and As You Like It)

But that wasn't even the highlight of my trip - in my B&B in Stratford, I met the most wonderful group of people: English teachers from all around the world who were taking part in a Shakespeare study course. They welcomed me into their group with open arms, which meant that I had someone with whom I could go to the performances, go to the pub afterwards and geek out about Shakespeare to absolutely ridiculous levels, because every single one of them was as enthusiastic about Shakespeare as I was. I can't believe my luck that I met them - it turned an already wonderful holiday into one of the absolute best experiences I ever had.

Oh beautiful England, I never wanted it to end! (Even though I really missed proper bread and having only one tap for both hot and cold water - so I guess being back has its advantages as well  :-\)

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 10, 2009, 04:37:16 PM
(having only one tap for both hot and cold water [size]

I found that so odd as well.

Looks fantastic and the Shakes geek-out bit made me chortle.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 10, 2009, 04:42:32 PM
Great photos, Emiliana. I like traveling on my own too!  Was the weather as good as it looks in the photos?

We (party of four)  leave for UK on 9/4, driving the countryside as well, except last night in London.  We're doing more landscapes than estates, but we hope to catch two in Derbyshire on the way back to London from York. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on August 10, 2009, 04:43:51 PM
Em - sounds as though you had a fabulous time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 10, 2009, 04:48:14 PM
(http://i25.tinypic.com/2akec14.jpg)

We're going to Ft Davis tomorrow for the star party at the observatory.  Also we'll drive to see this art installation.  I hope it's as interesting as it looks here.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 10, 2009, 04:56:24 PM
Very cool pics Emiliana
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on August 10, 2009, 04:59:49 PM
Em - sounds as though you had a fabulous time.
I did!

Great photos, Emiliana. I like traveling on my own too!  Was the weather as good as it looks in the photos?
Thank you! The weather was extremely good most of the time, but on the two days where it would have mattered most (i.e. the two days I spent in Cornwall), it rained constantly - which is why I have hardly any pictures of the coast: I couldn't see it through all the rain and fog :(

And I didn't mind the occasional shower - there were tea rooms on all these estates, and I took ample advantage of them.

I hope you have a nice trip, saltine!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Thor on August 10, 2009, 05:28:31 PM
Engerland!

I will be there as of Wednesday morning.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on August 10, 2009, 05:32:42 PM
Marvelous pics, Emiliana. I so want to go back there again!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on August 20, 2009, 10:04:56 AM
Two weeks!! Can't wait!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 20, 2009, 10:06:00 AM
What's the plan this time ses?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on August 20, 2009, 10:09:55 AM
What's the plan this time ses?

Road trip.  Heading to Badlands National Park and The Black Hills in South Dakota (with a stop in Deadwood), then to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, then up to Montana to Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, then to the Little Bighorn Battle site, then to Yellowstone National Park, then the Grand Teton National park.  Lots of hiking and camping. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 20, 2009, 10:13:00 AM
Wow, you're covering a lot of ground. Sounds awesome.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on August 20, 2009, 10:15:06 AM
Wow, you're covering a lot of ground. Sounds awesome.

Yeah, we have it all planned out, gonna be gone about 2 weeks, it should be so much fun.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: skjerva on August 20, 2009, 10:42:12 AM
What's the plan this time ses?

Road trip.  Heading to Badlands National Park and The Black Hills in South Dakota (with a stop in Deadwood), then to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, then up to Montana to Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, then to the Little Bighorn Battle site, then to Yellowstone National Park, then the Grand Teton National park.  Lots of hiking and camping. 

that sounds exactly like what i would love to be doing
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on August 20, 2009, 01:29:26 PM
What's the plan this time ses?

Road trip.  Heading to Badlands National Park and The Black Hills in South Dakota (with a stop in Deadwood), then to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, then up to Montana to Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, then to the Little Bighorn Battle site, then to Yellowstone National Park, then the Grand Teton National park.  Lots of hiking and camping. 

Sounds so wonderful! When do you leave?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on August 20, 2009, 03:46:21 PM
Road trip.  Heading to Badlands National Park and The Black Hills in South Dakota (with a stop in Deadwood), then to Devil's Tower in Wyoming,
We did that road trip when I was a kid! Have fun. The cowboys in Deadwood scared the crap out of me when I was little.

Devil's Tower
(http://i27.tinypic.com/2qxniqe.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on September 03, 2009, 01:35:26 AM
What's the plan this time ses?

Road trip.  Heading to Badlands National Park and The Black Hills in South Dakota (with a stop in Deadwood), then to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, then up to Montana to Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, then to the Little Bighorn Battle site, then to Yellowstone National Park, then the Grand Teton National park.  Lots of hiking and camping. 

Sounds so wonderful! When do you leave?

Okay Filmspotters, I might not be able to post tomorrow as I am leaving on my vacation!  Don't have too much fun or post too much without me!  Talk to y'all in a couple of weeks!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on September 03, 2009, 01:36:49 AM
Have a great trip!  Take a billion photos (then post a select few of them)!  :D

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on September 03, 2009, 01:37:42 AM
Have a great trip!  Take a billion photos (then post a select few of them)!  :D

pixote

Will definitely do!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on September 03, 2009, 01:40:35 AM
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on September 03, 2009, 07:04:09 AM
Yeah, have a great time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on September 03, 2009, 11:11:31 AM
Have fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 03, 2009, 11:15:40 AM
Have a wonderful time, ses! We'll miss you!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on September 06, 2009, 10:45:38 AM
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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on September 06, 2009, 02:17:13 PM
I wanna go!  I wanna go!

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on September 06, 2009, 02:28:10 PM
Very cool, Mononoke.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 06, 2009, 11:05:53 PM
Wow!! Looks like a marvelous trip, Mononoke.

Favorite place or favorite moment?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on September 07, 2009, 02:59:06 AM
Wow!! Looks like a marvelous trip, Mononoke. Favorite place or favorite moment?

Favourite moment may have been watching inglourious basterds in the outdoor cinema, going into the cave, or the mile long swims i took.
The sea floor was very beautiful there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on September 20, 2009, 04:57:31 PM
Don't forget to pack a wife.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on September 24, 2009, 02:18:51 PM
Venetia
(http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/1143/hpim2495.jpg)(http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4664/hpim2466.jpg)
(http://i33.tinypic.com/w9fxqq.jpg)(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/2254/hpim2483.jpg)
(http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/7817/hpim2514.jpg)

Stockholm
(http://i35.tinypic.com/2w7kgn5.jpg)(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/1120/hpim2608.jpg)
(http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/9076/hpim2625w.jpg)(http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/55/hpim2671.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 24, 2009, 02:22:05 PM
Looks amazing, Tequila - wonderful pics.

(Welcome back!  :) )
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on September 24, 2009, 02:28:57 PM
Wow, the Venice pics are so beautiful, I'm jealous! And yeah, good to have you back!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on September 24, 2009, 02:31:10 PM
Man, what a cool looking city.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on September 24, 2009, 04:50:03 PM
Man, what two cool looking cities!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on September 24, 2009, 07:03:02 PM
Here are few pics from my vacation

Badlands National Park

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/BadlandsSunset.png)  (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Badlandsunset.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Badlandsoverlook.png)  (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Badlands-prairiedog.png)

Custer State Park in South Dakota

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Custerlake.png)  (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Custeroverlook.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Custerproghorn.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Custer-buffalo.png)

Deadwood Cemetary


(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Deadwood-Bullock.png)  (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Deadwood-billandjane.png)


Devil's Tower National Monument

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/DevilsTower.png)

Bighorn Canyon in Montana

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/BighornCanyon.png)   (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Picture12.png)

Grand Teton National Park

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Tetons1.png)  (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Tetons2.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Tetons-glacier.png)  (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Picture14.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Tetons-inspirationpoint.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/TetonsMtMoran.png) 

Yellowstone National Park

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Picture13.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Yellowstonepool.png)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on September 24, 2009, 07:10:19 PM
WOW! Beautiful!

I trust it was a really great trip going by those photos. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on September 24, 2009, 07:23:41 PM
WOW! Beautiful!

I trust it was a really great trip going by those photos. :)

It was great!  Great weather, great hiking, great camping.  Wish I was still out there.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on September 24, 2009, 07:24:33 PM
Great photos ses!

Devil's Tower.  Always wanted to go there.

We did Yellowstone and Grand Tetons this summer as well.  Your photos are making me miss it.  I want to go back in winter when the crowds aren't as bad
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on September 24, 2009, 07:25:57 PM
The crowds weren't bad at all when we went.  I have been there in July and August, and believe me, even the first week in September was much less crowded.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 24, 2009, 07:33:42 PM
Stunning pics, ses! You really got to see/experience a lot.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on September 25, 2009, 01:28:46 AM
Wow, the Venice pics are so beautiful, I'm jealous! And yeah, good to have you back!

(did you do the beer & whiskey fest yet?)

great vaca shots on ses too.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on September 25, 2009, 02:26:42 AM
These are amazing, ses! No wonder you want to go back right away.

Wow, the Venice pics are so beautiful, I'm jealous! And yeah, good to have you back!

(did you do the beer & whiskey fest yet?)


Whut? Whiskey? Who said anything about whiskey? I did do the beerfest Wednesday night, and it was glorious. Such a great atmosphere (I do happen to know which tent has the best music & people), I didn't get too drunk but exactly the right amount of tipsy (always a hard thing to pull off), and we danced on the benches and had soooooo much fun. J needed that. As a bonus, I managed to go in late to work yesterday...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on September 25, 2009, 02:38:37 AM
Great pics, ses.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on September 25, 2009, 06:43:49 AM
(did you do the beer & whiskey fest yet?)
Nah, we kinda missed that. I did try some of the freely available beer (there's a state monopoly on 'strong alcohol' - anything above 3,5% has to be bought in special shops) but believe me, you don't want to drink 2,8% Guinness.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on September 25, 2009, 07:29:25 AM
(did you do the beer & whiskey fest yet?)
Nah, we kinda missed that. I did try some of the freely available beer (there's a state monopol on 'strong alcohol' - anything above 3,5% has to be bought in special shops) but believe me, you don't want to drink 2,8% Guinness.

Oh, he wasn't talking to me. That explains it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on September 25, 2009, 10:25:34 AM
(did you do the beer & whiskey fest yet?)
Nah, we kinda missed that. I did try some of the freely available beer (there's a state monopol on 'strong alcohol' - anything above 3,5% has to be bought in special shops) but believe me, you don't want to drink 2,8% Guinness.

Oh, he wasn't talking to me. That explains it.

 ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on September 25, 2009, 09:29:17 PM
Thanks everyone.  It was a great time.  I am having such a hard time getting back into the groove at work, mentally I am still there.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on September 26, 2009, 04:58:34 AM
It looks like both of you had awesome trips, ses and Tequila.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on September 28, 2009, 03:16:35 PM
Backpacking trip this past weekend:

Eagle Creek, Columbia River Gorge


(http://i35.tinypic.com/153mp78.jpg) (http://i38.tinypic.com/2ngxuz8.jpg)

(http://i38.tinypic.com/k2yc1v.jpg) (http://i35.tinypic.com/15xqyhd.jpg)

Yes I have a lot more gray hair than when that avatar picture was taken!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on September 28, 2009, 03:17:15 PM
Looks like fun. Pretty trees.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on September 28, 2009, 03:48:30 PM
Looks like good weather! Last trip of the season?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on September 28, 2009, 05:12:04 PM
Hey ferris,

Any leaves changing colors in that area?  We're trying to decide whether to go to the Columbia River Gorge for wine tasting or to Woodinville which is more convenient.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on September 28, 2009, 05:14:22 PM
Hey ferris,

Any leaves changing colors in that area?  We're trying to decide whether to go to the Columbia River Gorge for wine tasting or to Woodinville which is more convenient.

The leaves are not quite changing yet, neither here in town or in the Gorge.  Might be a week or so yet. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on September 28, 2009, 05:14:46 PM
Looks like good weather! Last trip of the season?

Might try to squeeze one more in before the rain comes
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 28, 2009, 05:18:02 PM
Beautiful pics, ferris.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on September 28, 2009, 09:17:25 PM
Beautiful pics, ferris.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on September 29, 2009, 04:45:57 PM
Thank you oad, matt and and flieger! 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on October 15, 2009, 04:54:20 AM
this city is endless:

(http://i38.tinypic.com/1621cwk.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on October 16, 2009, 04:29:29 PM
oooohhhhh....Where are you staying Keith?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on October 16, 2009, 08:40:17 PM
Hilton in Shinjuku
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on October 17, 2009, 05:27:21 PM
How is it?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on October 17, 2009, 08:05:34 PM
the hotel? awesome. The city? - see previous answer.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on October 18, 2009, 09:01:49 AM
the hotel? awesome. The city? - see previous answer.

 ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on October 18, 2009, 04:45:18 PM
Cool pic, Keith.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 02, 2009, 01:43:45 AM
Finally sorted through a bunch of the Okinawa pics:

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on December 02, 2009, 01:48:16 AM
Nice.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 02, 2009, 01:50:16 AM
This is the first time I've ever had a desire to visit there. I love order.  Thanks for the photos, Keith.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on December 02, 2009, 02:03:24 AM
Awesome pics, iKeith!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on December 02, 2009, 04:13:25 AM
oooohh....Want.

Looks like fun Keith, nice photos.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 02, 2009, 05:49:57 AM
I had to do a little geography search for Okinawa.  I think I can get there easily from Hong Kong, so maybe...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 02, 2009, 11:10:34 AM
I had to do a little geography search for Okinawa.  I think I can get there easily from Hong Kong, so maybe...

at least wait till I show you the penguin bar before you leave!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 02, 2009, 11:53:54 AM
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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on December 02, 2009, 11:58:33 AM
Wait, there were people too?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 02, 2009, 12:05:37 PM
one or two.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on December 02, 2009, 12:09:40 PM
Ha, I remember these ice cubes. Kinda impossible to get drunk with those in the glass.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on December 02, 2009, 12:30:47 PM
So cool Keith.  Really enjoyed seeing these!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 02, 2009, 12:57:47 PM
Ha, I remember these ice cubes. Kinda impossible to get drunk with those in the glass.

i'm in awe of them - i need to find ice globe molds to perfectly fit my rocks glasses.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on March 01, 2010, 12:11:28 PM
Vancouver or bust!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 01, 2010, 12:32:40 PM
Vancouver or bust!

sweet - when?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on March 01, 2010, 12:33:11 PM
Probably not until May. But still!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 01, 2010, 12:37:59 PM
Probably not until May. But still!

do they curl in the spring?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 01, 2010, 01:33:08 PM
Those are great pics Keith.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on March 01, 2010, 01:52:29 PM
Those are great pics Keith.

My favorite is the Big Boy photo :)

Do you know what region you were flying over in those airplane photos?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 03, 2010, 11:27:18 PM
Those are great pics Keith.

My favorite is the Big Boy photo :)

Do you know what region you were flying over in those airplane photos?

somewhere around Nome, AK
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 03, 2010, 11:46:06 PM
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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 04, 2010, 12:07:17 AM
Love those pics, Keith. The colors, wow!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 04, 2010, 01:51:48 AM
I remember watching curling when I was a small boy in Canada but have not seen it in over 30 years.  I know it is part of the Olympics, but why all of a sudden it sparked so much interest?  I had friends here all start asking me about this sport...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Colleen on March 04, 2010, 02:49:25 PM
I think it's mainly because it became an Olympic sport about 10 or so years ago and between the quirkiness of it and the fact that the winter Olympics have more time to give attention to the more obscure sports than the summer Olympics do, curling gets a fair amount of TV coverage and has gained some fans that way. 

I think its introduction as an Olympic medal sport coincided with the advent of (at least in the US) cable companies offering packages of wall-to-wall coverage, plus the network (NBC in this case) having several cable channels to spread coverage around, and that gives them a lot of hours to fill.  We also see a LOT more of the preliminaries of things like the hockey tournament and earlier heats of various racing events etc. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bill Thompson on March 04, 2010, 04:11:44 PM
Put in my request today for a week off in August. I plan on going on a road trip to Oklahoma to see my best friend on the week in-between summer semester ending and fall semester beginning. My other friend may be going with, all depends on what's going on with his job at the time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 04, 2010, 10:50:54 PM
Put in my request today for a week off in August. I plan on going on a road trip to Oklahoma to see my best friend on the week in-between summer semester ending and fall semester beginning. My other friend may be going with, all depends on what's going on with his job at the time.

Road trips ROCK!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on March 04, 2010, 11:06:52 PM
Great pics, Keith.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 04, 2010, 11:09:30 PM
Great pics, Keith.

thanks, lovely city you've relocated too!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on March 04, 2010, 11:19:41 PM
Next to the curling venue is QE Park which has a great view  (http://insidevancouver.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/p1000205.jpg)of downtown. I should have told you to check that out. I'm a crappy tour guide.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 04, 2010, 11:22:00 PM
Next to the curling venue is QE Park which has a great view  (http://insidevancouver.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/p1000205.jpg)of downtown. I should have told you to check that out. I'm a crappy tour guide.

heh, i avoided walking directly up the hill as it was muddy as hell.  damn.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on April 07, 2010, 02:53:19 AM
Just booked VANCOUVER '10!!!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 21, 2010, 03:34:16 AM
Booked 2 short trips:  KL, Malaysia first weekend of May and Krabi, Thailand the 2nd weekend.  Been 6 months since I have taken a trip:(

Origanizing San Francisco/LA/LV in august:) 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on May 09, 2010, 02:52:59 AM
This is a road trip.

May 12: Portland, Oregon
May 13: Seattle, Washington
May 14-16: Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17: San Francisco, California

Can't wait!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 10, 2010, 02:06:25 AM
This is a road trip.

May 12: Portland, Oregon
May 13: Seattle, Washington
May 14-16: Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17: San Francisco, California

Can't wait!
You're in for a treat! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on May 10, 2010, 09:14:12 AM
This is a road trip.

May 12: Portland, Oregon
May 13: Seattle, Washington
May 14-16: Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17: San Francisco, California

Can't wait!
You're in for a treat! :)

You'll have perfect weather....oh wait....You're used to that - nevermind!

You gonna swing by Mt St. Helens?  Multnomah Falls?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 11, 2010, 10:30:06 AM
I leave for Paris this Friday.  10 Days without internet.

So if I go quiet, I haven't left, and I haven't been kicked off the boards.
It's unfortunate that I'll miss 2 weeks in the Box Office Prognostications game because I think I'm doing really good.
Also, I won't know the final Best of the Decade films till I get back.

Expect my return around the 25th.

And yes, I'm posting this because I will miss you all.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on May 11, 2010, 10:46:53 AM
I leave for Paris this Friday.  10 Days without internet.

So if I go quiet, I haven't left, and I haven't been kicked off the boards.
It's unfortunate that I'll miss 2 weeks in the Box Office Prognostications game because I think I'm doing really good.
Also, I won't know the final Best of the Decade films till I get back.

Expect my return around the 25th.

And yes, I'm posting this because I will miss you all.

We'll miss you too!  Bring back and share photos!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 11, 2010, 10:50:27 AM
I leave for Paris this Friday.  10 Days without internet.

So if I go quiet, I haven't left, and I haven't been kicked off the boards.
It's unfortunate that I'll miss 2 weeks in the Box Office Prognostications game because I think I'm doing really good.
Also, I won't know the final Best of the Decade films till I get back.

Expect my return around the 25th.

And yes, I'm posting this because I will miss you all.
Have a great trip, ISO. Hurry back! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 11, 2010, 11:15:54 AM
Have a grand time, 1SO.  We'll be here when you return.  Bring photos!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 11, 2010, 11:44:10 AM
EuroDisney?!?  ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 11, 2010, 12:40:18 PM
EuroDisney?!?  ;)
;D for 3 days.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 11, 2010, 12:54:57 PM
What's this crazy Disney park obsession about?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 11, 2010, 12:58:09 PM
haha, nice.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 11, 2010, 01:57:52 PM
What's this crazy Disney park obsession about?
That's not an easy answer.  Has a lot to do with my wife.  I'm a Pixar guy.  Was a big supporter long before I met my wife.  But the Disney thing.  That springs from her. My interests are movies, screenwriting and poker (but not movies about poker).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 14, 2010, 04:21:43 PM
In a few hours I leave for Glasgow and Paris.  This might be my last post until the 25th ...but you never know. 

I'm actually waiting to leave in hopes a new Filmspotting Podcast will appear.

Take care everyone.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 14, 2010, 06:36:58 PM
Glasgow... is the volcano done yet?

enjoy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 17, 2010, 12:19:09 PM
The volcano struck and our flight into Paris has been canceled.  We were actually in the jetway when we were asked to wait while the pilots hoped to receive a flightplan that would take them around.  After about 30min, the employee informed us that the flight was being canceled.  We collected our baggage and have been looking to adjust our trip.

As of right now, we booked on another flight tomorrow morning that will take us into Paris around 4:30PM.  So we'll lose about a day and a half.  It cost about $600 to do and our initial flight only cost $200, so the cost of the trip went up, but what else could we do.  We couldn't just stay in Glasgow till Monday and skip Paris and the next available flight thru our scheduled airline was Thursday, which would only have given us 2 1/2 days to do the city.

What makes me kind of angry, is they didn't even delay the trip.  They went directly from "Now Boarding" to Cancelled.  We were without a flight at 11AM, and at 1PM the Scottish Government cleared all flights to depart.  So we feel like they didn't even want to fly us out late, but would rather deal with the cancellation.

It's been a tense and sad day, but my wife and I are hanging in as best as we can.  There's no denying that we're a little sad and hoping for something better, but at least the reports are that the airlines will all be flying again tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are photos from Edinburgh.
(http://i44.tinypic.com/befrr.jpg)
(http://i43.tinypic.com/b5fk1k.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 17, 2010, 12:25:39 PM
sorry to hear - the company travel agent sent out an notification this morning that there was another ash cloud, was wondering if you'd been effected.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 17, 2010, 12:37:19 PM
Sorry to hear of your kerfuffle with the airlines, 1SO.

About the photo: Are they really putting up the stands for the Tattoo now?  Or is there something else going on at Edinburgh Castle during the summer?

Your wife is a cutie!

Hope all works out for you.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 17, 2010, 11:16:37 PM
About the photo: Are they really putting up the stands for the Tattoo now?  Or is there something else going on at Edinburgh Castle during the summer?
They mentioned some big event this Summer, but I can't recall what.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on May 20, 2010, 12:45:33 PM
This is a road trip.

May 12: Portland, Oregon
May 13: Seattle, Washington
May 14-16: Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17: San Francisco, California

Can't wait!
Was it a success?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 23, 2010, 01:18:36 PM
Back in Scotland.
Back to the states tomorrow.
Internet again.  :D
Should be back on the boards in full in a couple of days.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on May 23, 2010, 10:55:05 PM
This is a road trip.

May 12: Portland, Oregon
May 13: Seattle, Washington
May 14-16: Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17: San Francisco, California

Can't wait!
Was it a success?

Totally! Such a rad time. Facebook tells most of the stories.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: BlueVoid on May 23, 2010, 10:58:05 PM
Going away next Saturday.  First one week in Rochester NY visiting the GF.

Then off to Miami for my family cruise on Royal Caribbean.  Going to Labadee (Haiti), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Grand Caymans and Cozumel. 

Anyone been on a similar cruise and can recommend some excursions to do?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 27, 2010, 11:34:31 AM
Some photos from the Scotland part of my trip (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32986736@N06/sets/72157624023740629/)

I'm working on Paris next.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 27, 2010, 06:43:33 PM
Here's Paris (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32986736@N06/sets/72157624025675861/)

(http://i47.tinypic.com/ke6mwo.jpg)(http://i46.tinypic.com/n2bdxs.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on May 27, 2010, 07:10:38 PM
Coffee house, mid-road trip.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 27, 2010, 07:15:46 PM
Ohhh, the Ilusionist is coming out there already? I'm really looking forward to that.

Looks like a fun trip. If I ever go to Europe, Paris would probably be my first or second choice.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 28, 2010, 11:38:37 AM
Fun pics, ISO.

Loved this one of the Scotland set - I'd love to visit Edinburgh again someday:
(http://i46.tinypic.com/s0x509.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on May 28, 2010, 02:39:43 PM
This is a road trip.
May 12: Portland, Oregon
May 13: Seattle, Washington
May 14-16: Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17: San Francisco, California
Can't wait!
Was it a success?
Totally! Such a rad time. Facebook tells most of the stories.
Good, I'm glad.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on May 28, 2010, 02:42:00 PM
Fun pics, ISO.

Loved this one of the Scotland set - I'd love to visit Edinburgh again someday:
(http://i46.tinypic.com/s0x509.jpg)

I love Edinburgh castle. There is an amazing scotch store right down the road where I have had more than my fair share of Scotland's finest.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 28, 2010, 02:49:43 PM
World of Whisky.  I picked up a souvenir there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on May 28, 2010, 04:40:03 PM
World of Whisky.  I picked up a souvenir there.

That's the one, it also sells the greatest scotch ever made by man or gods (which of course you cant buy in North America :( )...


(http://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/whiskyshop/images/uploads/royal_Lochnagar.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: BlueVoid on June 04, 2010, 09:49:15 AM
Leaving today!  Talk to you all when I get back in a week.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 04, 2010, 09:57:22 AM
Where are you off to, Blue?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: BlueVoid on June 04, 2010, 06:16:30 PM
Where are you off to, Blue?

A 7-day Caribbean cruise with a good portion of my extended family (13 of us in all).  Leaving from Miami, and hitting Cozumel Mexico, Labadee Haiti, Ocho Rios Brazil and the Grand Caymens. 

Last year I took a Mediterranean cruise and loved it.  But that was much more my speed.  I love historical places and ruins and such.  So the caribbean is definitely a different kind of vacation.  I'm not much of a beach person so we'll see how it goes.

We seemed to have picked great places to go.  The oil in Cozumel, the violence in Jamaica, and the earthquake in Haiti.  Hopefully everything goes smooth.

The boat leaves port on Sunday, so I'm in transit right now.  I had been living in NYC, so I bought tickets from JFK airport.  When I moved back home to CT, I had to figure out how to get back there.  So I decided to visit the girlfriend in Rochester, NY since there are cheap plane tickets to JFK pretty frequently.  Really my vacation started last week when I got into Rochester. 

Anyway, I'll probably be hitting the forums and chat (come talk to me!) most of the night. Since I get into JFK at 10PM and my flight to Miami doesn't leave until 5:30AM.  It'll be a long night.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 04, 2010, 11:24:00 PM
Hope you have a great time, BV!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 04, 2010, 11:27:04 PM
Hope you have a great time, BV!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on June 05, 2010, 01:18:42 AM


Anyway, I'll probably be hitting the forums and chat (come talk to me!) most of the night. Since I get into JFK at 10PM and my flight to Miami doesn't leave until 5:30AM.  It'll be a long night.

That sounds fantastic Blue, I hope its a blast. I know how you must feel about the long layover in Miami, I had a one in  Auckland that lasted 12 hours......almost killed me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: BlueVoid on June 13, 2010, 09:18:42 AM
And, I'm back!

What'd I miss?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on July 23, 2010, 12:27:18 PM
Going to Ocean City, Maryland starting tomorrow. There will be beach.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mike Shutt on July 23, 2010, 02:05:02 PM
In DC . . . Well, I've been here since Monday. Will be back home in Austin tomorrow. Then I shall be apart of the boards fully again.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 30, 2010, 10:01:32 AM
Just bought tickets for my trip in October.  Heading to Colorado and Utah, Great Sand Dunes NP, Mesa Verde NP, Natural Bridges National Monument, Canyonland NP, Arches NP, Capitol Reef NP, Goblin Valley SP, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.  Gonna be a lot of fun and a lot of hiking.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 30, 2010, 03:14:29 PM
One more week until vacation and the only big trip for the year.  Will see family and friends that I hardly ever get to see these days. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 30, 2010, 04:04:22 PM
Just bought tickets for my trip in October.  Heading to Colorado and Utah, Great Sand Dunes NP, Mesa Verde NP, Natural Bridges National Monument, Canyonland NP, Arches NP, Capitol Reef NP, Goblin Valley SP, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.  Gonna be a lot of fun and a lot of hiking.
Sounds fantastic!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 30, 2010, 08:03:24 PM
Just bought tickets for my trip in October.  Heading to Colorado and Utah, Great Sand Dunes NP, Mesa Verde NP, Natural Bridges National Monument, Canyonland NP, Arches NP, Capitol Reef NP, Goblin Valley SP, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.  Gonna be a lot of fun and a lot of hiking.
Sounds fantastic!

I'm really excited.  We are flying and renting a car this time instead of driving, so we get a lot more time to do stuff instead of spending a couple of days in the car getting out there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 30, 2010, 08:19:02 PM
Just bought tickets for my trip in October.  Heading to Colorado and Utah, Great Sand Dunes NP, Mesa Verde NP, Natural Bridges National Monument, Canyonland NP, Arches NP, Capitol Reef NP, Goblin Valley SP, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.  Gonna be a lot of fun and a lot of hiking.
Sounds fantastic!

I'm really excited.  We are flying and renting a car this time instead of driving, so we get a lot more time to do stuff instead of spending a couple of days in the car getting out there.
Seems like the perfect way to do it - how long will your vacation be?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 30, 2010, 08:26:01 PM
Just bought tickets for my trip in October.  Heading to Colorado and Utah, Great Sand Dunes NP, Mesa Verde NP, Natural Bridges National Monument, Canyonland NP, Arches NP, Capitol Reef NP, Goblin Valley SP, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.  Gonna be a lot of fun and a lot of hiking.
Sounds fantastic!

I'm really excited.  We are flying and renting a car this time instead of driving, so we get a lot more time to do stuff instead of spending a couple of days in the car getting out there.
Seems like the perfect way to do it - how long will your vacation be?

12 days
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mike Shutt on July 31, 2010, 11:39:57 AM
Going up to Dallas for two days to visit the grandparents. Leaving later today and come back Monday afternoon.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 31, 2010, 11:41:44 AM
You live in Texas? Why wasn't I informed?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mike Shutt on July 31, 2010, 12:24:53 PM
You live in Texas? Why wasn't I informed?

I am not sure, but I do. I am an Austinite.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on July 31, 2010, 01:14:04 PM
I've returned.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 31, 2010, 01:19:11 PM
You live in Texas? Why wasn't I informed?

I am not sure, but I do. I am an Austinite.
Wacoan.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mike Shutt on July 31, 2010, 01:55:31 PM
You live in Texas? Why wasn't I informed?

I am not sure, but I do. I am an Austinite.
Wacoan.

Ah the land of Baylor and, well, that's about it. :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 31, 2010, 02:54:39 PM
You live in Texas? Why wasn't I informed?

I am not sure, but I do. I am an Austinite.
Wacoan.

Ah the land of Baylor and, well, that's about it. :D
Yea, Waco is pretty boring.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on July 31, 2010, 09:55:34 PM
You live in Texas? Why wasn't I informed?

I am not sure, but I do. I am an Austinite.
Wacoan.

Ah the land of Baylor and, well, that's about it. :D
Yea, Waco is pretty boring.

Hardrocks is locked the CINECAST! up, or found shot
P.L.O. style, hazardous, cause I wreck this dangerous
I blow sparks like Waco, Texas
  8)

This is the second Wu-tang reference I've managed to bring up on the boards today. :)


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on July 31, 2010, 11:19:43 PM
I've returned.

You'd left? I hadn't noticed.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on August 01, 2010, 01:01:59 AM
Your mom.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mike Shutt on August 02, 2010, 06:41:27 PM
I am back from Dallas and ready to become a full force on the boards again.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on August 03, 2010, 12:02:02 AM
I am back from Dallas and ready to become a full force on the boards again.

You'll be able to do the other half of the 80's bracket in round 2. :P
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mike Shutt on August 03, 2010, 12:03:47 AM
I am back from Dallas and ready to become a full force on the boards again.

You'll be able to do the other half of the 80's bracket in round 2. :P

Actually my involvement in round two will diminish with school starting soon. It is so disappointing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Basil on August 03, 2010, 12:09:35 AM
All these vacations sound fantastic! I hope you found them thoroughly enjoyable. In fact I'm certain you did. For those yet to come, I'm sure the same will be true.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on October 28, 2010, 09:13:05 PM
Here are some pictures from my recent trip to Colorado and Utah


Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture6.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture4.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture5.png)


Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture7.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture9.png)

Natural Bridges National Monument (Utah)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture15.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture14.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture13.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture12.png)

Goblin Valley State Park (Utah)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture17.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture18.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture20.png)(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture19.png)

Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture25.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture23.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture24.png)

Capitol Reef National Park (Utah)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture29.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture30.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture31.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture32.png)

Canyonlands National Park (Utah)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture39.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture38.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture37.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture36.png)

Arches National Park (Utah)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture49.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture48.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture45.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture50.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture47.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture46.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture43.png)
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture42.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture41.png)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture55.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture56.png) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Colorado-Utah/Picture53.png)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on October 28, 2010, 09:20:49 PM
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Best trip ever? Looks like it!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on October 28, 2010, 09:23:20 PM
It was amazing, so beautiful.  Did some really unbelievable hiking.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on October 28, 2010, 09:23:37 PM
Mesa Verde is one of my favorite places on earth. It's one of the few places I have ever been where I being to understand what people mean when they talk about spirituality.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on October 28, 2010, 09:53:14 PM
Yay Colorado!

Sand Dunes is awesome while you are there, less awesome the week after you are there and you keep discovering sand. Only National Park where you are basically obligated to take some of it with you. :D

I'm trying to remember if I've been to Black Canyon...been down to that corner of the state once (saw Mesa Verde) but I can't remember Gunnison. But yeah, been to Alamosa (Sand Dunes) many times. Also too Rocky Mountain NP many times.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on October 28, 2010, 09:55:29 PM
Yay Colorado!

Sand Dunes is awesome while you are there, less awesome the week after you are there and you keep discovering sand. Only National Park where you are basically obligated to take some of it with you. :D

I'm trying to remember if I've been to Black Canyon...been down to that corner of the state once (saw Mesa Verde) but I can't remember Gunnison. But yeah, been to Alamosa (Sand Dunes) many times. Also too Rocky Mountain NP many times.

Yeah, I wore Sand Gaiters, but I still had a ton of sand in my shoes. 

Black Canyon is really amazing, unlike any canyon I have ever seen. 

Love Rocky Mountain NP, spent 5 days backpacking there about 6 years ago.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on October 28, 2010, 11:10:46 PM
that looks fantastic ses!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on October 29, 2010, 02:11:32 AM
Wow, great pics. That looks like such a fun trip. The West!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on October 29, 2010, 05:33:38 PM
Thanks everyone, if you have the opportunity to make it to southern Utah, I highly recommend it. It is just amazingly beautiful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 29, 2010, 08:46:01 PM
I see why my brother goes out there 2 or 3 times a year now.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on October 30, 2010, 10:13:18 PM
Amazing pics, ses!!! Thanks for posting.

I've been only to Arches Nat'l park - really beautiful. But that was about 20 years ago.  :o  (Dang, high school doesn't feel that long ago.  :-\ )
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on March 07, 2011, 06:20:59 PM
Some pictures from my recent trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.  The little guy, his name is Melvin, he travels with me everywhere and occasionally pops up in my pictures.

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Banff/Picture10.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Banff/Picture9.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Banff/Picture8.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Banff/Picture6.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Banff/Picture2.png)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Banff/Picture1.png)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on March 07, 2011, 06:25:56 PM
Nice photos. I love living so close to the Rockies. :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on March 07, 2011, 06:27:39 PM
Nice photos. I love living so close to the Rockies. :D

You are very lucky indeed. I can't wait to go back in the summertime, but I hear it's ridiculously crowded.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on March 07, 2011, 06:29:51 PM
Nice photos. I love living so close to the Rockies. :D

You are very lucky indeed. I can't wait to go back in the summertime, but I hear it's ridiculously crowded.

I can point you to the best spots. Just stay out of Banff townsite. There is an awesome group of rustic cabins you can rent just outside of town near Lake Minnewanka.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 07, 2011, 06:36:17 PM
I'll be in that area in August, so I'll be looking for advice on accommodation and dining, Clovis.  You're my go-to guy for that.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on March 07, 2011, 06:42:21 PM
I'll be in that area in August, so I'll be looking for advice on accommodation and dining, Clovis.  You're my go-to guy for that.

For sure.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 07, 2011, 07:37:02 PM
I'll be in that area in August, so I'll be looking for advice on accommodation and dining, Clovis.  You're my go-to guy for that.

BTW, I never got around to writing you after my trip.  Thanks for your advise and maps.  I had a good time down in your area.  I didn't quite get around to as many wineries as I would have liked.  But most evenings we picked up a few bottles and sat around outside while BBQ.  In the end, I just bought 24 bottles from a wine shop there and had them all shipped back.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: alexarch on March 07, 2011, 07:42:03 PM
(http://i54.tinypic.com/2pocz8h.jpg)
Me in a few days.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 07, 2011, 08:40:54 PM

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Banff/Picture6.png)


 8)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on March 07, 2011, 09:09:21 PM
Great pics, ses.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 07, 2011, 10:46:28 PM
Great pics, ses.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Mosca on March 08, 2011, 12:44:22 PM
(http://i54.tinypic.com/2pocz8h.jpg)
Me in a few days.
I won't cry for you then
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: alexarch on March 15, 2011, 09:55:57 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5530563631_04c9ac1690.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baldingangrily/5530563631/)
Buenos Aires, San Telmo Church (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baldingangrily/5530563631/#) by AKnesnik (http://www.flickr.com/people/baldingangrily/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5530563535_18ea0058b7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baldingangrily/5530563535/)
Buenos Aires, Palermo Street Art (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baldingangrily/5530563535/#) by AKnesnik (http://www.flickr.com/people/baldingangrily/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 15, 2011, 10:42:50 PM
Wow, cool pics, alex.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 26, 2011, 04:07:25 PM
So in a couple of weeks I'm going to Washington D.C. I know a few of the big places I want to see. Pentagon, White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

But what else should I check out? I'll have two days to poke around, so not a lot of time, but are there any must see things that might be a bit off the beaten path?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on April 26, 2011, 04:12:17 PM
Smithsonian is pretty great.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 26, 2011, 04:17:12 PM
Smithsonian is pretty great.
Yea, within five seconds of posting it, I realized that was the other major one eluding my mind. I'd be using the metro to get around, and one of the stops is at the Smithsonian, so I'm definitely going there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 'Noke on April 26, 2011, 04:33:46 PM
Smithsonian is pretty great.
Yea, within five seconds of posting it, I realized that was the other major one eluding my mind. I'd be using the metro to get around, and one of the stops is at the Smithsonian, so I'm definitely going there.

Plus it's right next to the white house.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 26, 2011, 08:40:09 PM
My two cents:

The Smithsonian is a series of museums, not one building, but many.  Several are located along the mall.  Get a map. They are available at the original Smithsonian museum building, the red brick one, which is now the offices of the Smithsonian and where the metro stop is near.
All the museums are worth your time, but given that you have very little time, hit the highlights:
1) Air and Space Museum: one of the top 2
2) American History Museum: the other one of the top 2
Both of those are must-see experiences and they can fill all your available time in those two so I won't mention the others.
3) The best lunch on the mall (where those museums are) is at the American Indian Museum and that's next door to the Air and Space Museum.  At the American Indian museum the lunch is served buffet/steam table style and features dishes made from the native American experience, such as wild turkey, squash and beans, wild rice etc.  All the dishes are chef-inspired and delicious. Get dessert.

Memorials:
1) Washington:  You can see this obelisk from anywhere in the Capitol area.  There is no need to walk to it.
2) Jefferson: It's visible from lots of directions and points around the city.  There is no need to walk to it.
3) Lincoln:  Go to this memorial twice, once in day and again at night.  From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, you are looking past the reflecting pool along the length of the mall to the Capitol building.  It's quite a sight.  At night the memorial takes on a special aura.  You'll never forget being there.
4) Iwo Jima:  Worth seeing
5) Viet Nam:  If you're interested
6) Korea: If you're interested, it's located next to the Viet Nam Memorial.
6) WWII: If you're interested
7) There are many other memorials along the mall.  Most of them you'll walk past anyway.

White House
Unless you have contacted your Congressman and filled out the application for a visit, you can't enter the White House on a tour.  The ap takes about 5 months to complete.  You can see the White House from Lafayette Park, but it's through fencing and barricades, still worth it.

Pentagon
This is just a building.  Don't waste your valuable time.  Security is high. In fact, I'm not sure you can enter it now.  Plus, once you do enter, you'll see only hallways.  Plus it's out of DC, last stop on the metro.

Capitol Building
The rotunda is worth-seeing, if you have time. You can't enter the chambers without a pass. The building is visible from all points around town.

National Archives
This building houses the original Constitution and a copy of the Declaration of Independence, plus other documents, all very impressively displayed.  Unless you are there first thing in the morning and an hour early, you will wait in a long line, up to 4 hours.  There is a sign at the end of the line which estimates your wait time.  There are two ways to see the documents:  you can wait in one group (after you enter the building you're divided into groups) which will see all the documents available that day on display or you can wait in the other group which will see only the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The second group is of course faster.

Library of Congress and Supreme Court Building
Walking inside each of these buildings is a treat.  If you have time, see the Reading Room at the Library of Congress, at least.

Arlington National Cemetery
Depending on where you're staying and when you're arriving, you can usually fit this in on the afternoon of the first day.  It's a metro stop.
The ceremonial Changing of the Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington is not to be missed.  It occurs promptly on the half hour from 8am to 7pm for the public to view.  You can tour the cemetery on a hop-on, hop-off or just walk through.  The eternal flame at the Kennedy burial site is impressive.  Get a map at the visitor center when you arrive.

The best view of the city of DC is from Arlington National Cemetery.  Walk to the Lee-Custis Mansion and stand on the front porch.  You will have a straight line view of the Potomac River, Lincoln Memorial, reflecting pool, National Mall,  museums of the Smithsonian, to the Capitol building.  Also you can see the White House from there.  It's a magnificent sight.

Of course, there is much much more to do and see in DC, but with only two days available to you, you have to be choosey.  For my money the above stops are the best of the best.  All the museums and monuments are free, of course, or at least you've already paid for them through your taxes.  Everyone in the museums is helpful; many are volunteers and know the museum they love very well.  Even if you're thinking no on the Air and Space Museum because you're not a science guy, go in and see the Wright flier at least.  The American History Museum is enchanting. Read about those two museums before you go and know what you want to see in each.  The American History Museum is huge and you'll want to be sure to see certain items displayed there, if you know they're there ahead of time. It's fondly called the Nation's Attic. 

Have a great time in a great city.  It might be your first visit, but it won't be your last!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on April 26, 2011, 09:41:01 PM
I would emphasize the Korean Memorial. It's a haunting sight. Also the WW II Memorial has a lot of great little detail that makes it well worth checking out.

Off the normal path is my favorite surprise, a place not enough people check out, The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. It's rather large with 4 major parts, 1 for each term of his presidency. I don't want to ruin the surprises, but it has a nice build as you walk through the man's presidency.

Also I agree with Saltine, the Library of Congress and Supreme Court Building are pretty awesome.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on April 27, 2011, 09:17:33 AM
Just watch National Treasure and hit all those spots!

also: http://www.spymuseum.org/ (http://www.spymuseum.org/)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 27, 2011, 11:14:37 AM
Thanks for all the tips, saltine. We're actually staying a block away from the pentagon, so the Arlington National Cemetery is really close.

And my Dad is a big science guy, plus he knows someone who has an invention in the Air and Space Museum so we will definitely check it out.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 27, 2011, 11:17:32 AM
You've played Fallout 3. Become the Lone Wanderer!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 27, 2011, 11:22:37 AM
You've played Fallout 3. Become the Lone Wanderer!
Haha, I really don't think that game would help me navigate DC.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 27, 2011, 11:36:32 AM
It will, in fact, help you navigate Arlington Cemetery, I think.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 17, 2011, 06:16:07 PM
Hyatt Regency Chicago. I will be staying here for Pitchfork Fest from July 14-18th. $103 for 4 nights. What do people know about this hotel/this area/things to do in this area?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 17, 2011, 06:40:25 PM
What are you interested in doing?  What kind of places do you want to eat?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 17, 2011, 10:02:45 PM
Pizza, and basically anything that would be open/entertaining at night for three guys who are all about 22. I imagine Pitchfork Fest runs until 10 or something, so we will have a couple of hours after that. Basically night places.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 17, 2011, 10:20:42 PM

Pizza, and basically anything that would be open/entertaining at night for three guys who are all about 22. I imagine Pitchfork Fest runs until 10 or something, so we will have a couple of hours after that. Basically night places.

Pizza?  Go to NY. I use to live in the Chicago area but never quite embraced the Chicago Style Pizza.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 17, 2011, 10:27:27 PM
Pizza, and basically anything that would be open/entertaining at night for three guys who are all about 22. I imagine Pitchfork Fest runs until 10 or something, so we will have a couple of hours after that. Basically night places.

Well, you are only a couple of blocks from Giordano's, which is classic Chicago deep-dish.  You are also pretty close to The House of Blues, but if you want to hit up some younger bars I would consider going up to Wrigleyville and the bars around Wrigley field.  Easy train ride away.  You are also going to be close to Navy Pier. I know you had also mentioned about trying to catch a film at the Musicbox theatre, that is up by Wrigley field too, but your hotel is much closer to the Gene Siskel center which is probably about 6 blocks away or so.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 18, 2011, 10:19:26 PM
Planning for vacation trips now. 
Next weekend, Chiang Mai, Thailand
early June: Beijing, China
End of year: North Carolina for xmas with the P&M and Chicago for New Years and my newphews wedding.  Though I see my parents pretty much every year, I have not been home in 10 years now.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 19, 2011, 04:45:14 PM
Pizza, and basically anything that would be open/entertaining at night for three guys who are all about 22. I imagine Pitchfork Fest runs until 10 or something, so we will have a couple of hours after that. Basically night places.

Well, you are only a couple of blocks from Giordano's, which is classic Chicago deep-dish.  You are also pretty close to The House of Blues, but if you want to hit up some younger bars I would consider going up to Wrigleyville and the bars around Wrigley field.  Easy train ride away.  You are also going to be close to Navy Pier. I know you had also mentioned about trying to catch a film at the Musicbox theatre, that is up by Wrigley field too, but your hotel is much closer to the Gene Siskel center which is probably about 6 blocks away or so.

Nice, good to know. Both of these have been mentioned on the show, so either one works for me. I'll look in to the Siskel.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 30, 2011, 04:40:19 PM
Hot Doug's. I have heard of this place many times, is it super dank? Also, is this place anywhere near me? Additionally, aside from a traditional Chicago hotdog, anyone have any recommendations?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 30, 2011, 06:15:36 PM
Super dank?   I don't think so, it's a bit out of the way, so you may have to take a cab.  I recommend their weekly specials (http://www.hotdougs.com/specials.htm), they always change, and the game of week is usually pretty good, check their website (http://www.hotdougs.com/) before you go. It's very tiny and there is always a line.  It's pretty kitschy, with hotdog memorabilia everywhere.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 30, 2011, 06:17:15 PM
Yeah, the weekly game specials are kind of what got me excited. One of my goals in life is to eat as many things that had been, at one point in time, living as I possibly can, so after checking out the website and seeing they had yak I thought this may be a place to be.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 30, 2011, 06:31:33 PM
Yeah, the weekly game specials are kind of what got me excited. One of my goals in life is to eat as many things that had been, at one point in time, living as I possibly can, so after checking out the website and seeing they had yak I thought this may be a place to be.

Go to China and you can complete your goal all in one restaurant.  My gf's love of all things food and what she enjoys has me a bit worried on my upcoming vacation in a couple of days
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 30, 2011, 09:34:25 PM
I spent this weekend backpacking on North Manitou Island (http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/northmanitouisland.htm), a small island in Lake Michigan off the coast of Michigan near Traverse City.  You have to take a 1 hr boat ride to get there.  We backpacked for two days hiking about 14 miles in total.  It was really beautiful and full of solitude once you get away from everyone you come over with on the boat.  We hightailed it over the to the southwestern side of the island (basically the opposite place where the boat dropped us), and found a campsite up on a bluff looking down on the beach.  When we made it down on the beach there were no human footprints, just some coyote and seagull prints.  We were all alone, it was probably one of the best times spent on a beach in my life. 

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 30, 2011, 11:13:17 PM
Wow. Looks awesome, ses!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on June 20, 2011, 01:38:12 PM
ses went in May (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=3851.msg597497#msg597497), I went in June (when there were probably more bugs/mosquitoes) with all my friends as somewhat as a going away/graduation trip. But it is all North Manitou Island, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. We also spent the first two night on the mainland at the dunes though. More photos (and full size) available if you are my facebook friend.
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One of our hobby's is jumping off the dunes. Massive amounts of fun to be had.
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The island was cool too.
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Had a lot of fun because I was with friends, but I think Cumberland Island (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=805.msg551356#msg551356) was a 1000 times better.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 20, 2011, 07:36:34 PM
I'm glad you didn't get eaten by sand worms. Looks like a good trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on June 20, 2011, 07:54:46 PM
I think you mean graboids, but those don't exist in Michigan.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 20, 2011, 07:57:44 PM
Looks like fun.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 20, 2011, 08:17:08 PM
Yeah, we didn't have many bugs, though I did find a tick on my leg.  Glad you had a good time.  We didn't get a chance to check out the main Sleeping Bear dunes, but I would like to.  I need to check out Cumberland Island.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on June 20, 2011, 10:53:16 PM
Going to Missouri first week in July. Are there any filmspotters there?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Fugee on June 22, 2011, 12:42:19 PM
Will be in Montana in August, near Big Fork. Filmspotters sound off?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 24, 2011, 02:15:30 PM
Unfortunately I'm a couple states to the south/west. If you are there on the 13th, you can catch the Huckleberry Festival at Swan Lake!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 09, 2011, 10:02:23 PM
Just booked trip to go to Zhengzhou China in early August.  I think maybe famous for their Shaolin Temple.  I really wish I had more holiday to take, I had to pass up a 10 day trip to Western China.  It will have to wait till next year.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on July 09, 2011, 10:54:35 PM
Got back from Missouri today. Took 922 pictures on my trip (farms, national park, caverns, zoo, St. Louis Arch). Taking my generous 10% goodness policy that should be enough pictures for three months of EDAP. Wow.

Also, I had fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on July 10, 2011, 01:41:03 PM
it really is the best arch.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on July 25, 2011, 12:01:38 PM
I take inelegant pictures of elegant things. This is not really vacation...it's like ten minutes away and I don't have a job to vacation from but whatever. These are shots from the Cave of the Winds parking lot of kind of Pikes Peak's alluvial plains and such. The first one shows Manitou Springs...kinda. My phone's camera ain't good.

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 25, 2011, 12:53:18 PM
I've been to Manitou Springs. Great looking place.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 26, 2011, 08:14:14 AM
Awesome terrain!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 26, 2011, 11:18:52 PM
Here are some pics from my recent trip to Ontario.  i had to attend a conference, then my boyfriend and I did some camping and hiking.

Our hotel where my conference was held in Ottawa

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The night view of parliament from the hotel terrace

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hiking at Algonquin Provincial Park

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Our Boba Fett tent

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Cabins we stayed in on Georgian Bay Island, you had to hike to get there, they were fun.

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Gazebo near our cabin

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Sunset on Georgian Bay Island

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North end of Georgian Bay, worth the 12 mile hike we did that day.

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FroHam X on July 26, 2011, 11:25:05 PM
Next time come to Toronto and say hi!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 26, 2011, 11:33:47 PM
Looks wonderful, ses!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on July 27, 2011, 08:42:09 AM
Nice, looks like fun.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 28, 2011, 08:08:59 PM
We're going to overnight in Vancouver.  Who can point us to something fun to do there?  Or, if not fun, a "don't miss this" experience.  Also restaurants to recommend?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 28, 2011, 08:16:21 PM
If the weather is nice you could take a stroll around the seawall and through Coal Harbour. Or maybe putter around Grandville Island. The Skytrain will get you to within a kilometer of each.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 28, 2011, 08:17:43 PM
We're going to overnight in Vancouver.  Who can point us to something fun to do there?  Or, if not fun, a "don't miss this" experience.  Also restaurants to recommend?

It has been too long since I have been there to remember restaurants visit.  Are you just there one night?

The best thing I did was rent a motor boat and went deep into the end of one of the bays.  We were surrounded by mountains with a bit of snow on top, it was about 20 C at the water and there was seals or sea lions swimming around our boat. 

Hope you enjoy it, its one of my favorite cities that I have visited.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on July 28, 2011, 08:31:04 PM
Am sure matt and others have more current recommendations. Also, am not quite sure what kind of food you're into. But Vij's (http://www.vijs.ca/) is arguably my favorite Indian restaurant in North America. It's fusion Indian food but always delicious and a really fun atmosphere.

Richmond (a suburb off Vancouver) has some of the best Chinese food I've had outside of China/HK/Taiwan. This place called Top Shanghai is probably my favorite. Best xiao long bao (soup dumplings) I've had outside of Asia.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 28, 2011, 08:36:16 PM
Of all the places I miss most in Vancouver for eating De Dutch is number one (a franchise breakfast place that only seems to exist in BC). Good Benedicts, good prices. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 28, 2011, 08:52:47 PM
Wow, thanks everyone!

We could extend from one night to two.  I'm really interested in seeing a bit of Vancouver since people from this board seem to love the city.

Coal Harbor sounds great.  I love harbor cities. 

We eat Indian, for sure, and find fusion Indian to satisfy my palate a bit more than the more authentic which my husband prefers.  Well, he loves the curries.  What can I say?  He's Australian. So, Vij's it is. Thanks w@w
(I'll tell you my story of eating soup dumplings in Hong Kong someday.  Maybe, I'll skip that for now.)

Love those one-of-a-kinds, so we'll check out De Dutch.  I can sense the longing in your post, smirnoff.

Thanks for the activity suggestion, jdc.  It sounds like a back-to-nature adventure, and it seems like you loved this city.  I hope I share your enthusiasm for it soon!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on July 28, 2011, 08:58:21 PM
I sent Basil this PM when he was planning a Vancouver trip:

Hey Basil,

I guess it all depends what kinds of things you and your crew are into. I guess the most obvious thing is Stanley Park (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Stanley_Seawall.jpg). I don't know if you guys are into the nature thing, but it really is quite beautiful. And big!

The most fun way to do see the park and downtown is to rent some bikes and ride the seawall - which starts in Coal Harbour, goes all the way around the park, loops around False Creek and comes up at Kits Beach. This map  (http://englishbay.com/images/bikemap_big.gif)isn't great but it gives you an idea of how extensive the pedestrian/cycling routes are along the water. Bikes aren't necessary but it would help you cover a lot of ground.

As far as downtown goes, the neighbourhoods worth checking out would be the West End (lots of shops and places to eat on Davie, Denman, and Robson), Yaletown  (http://cache.virtualtourist.com/1997544-The_Yaletown_Brewing_Co_on_Mainland_Street-Vancouver.jpg)(really trendy, not a lot to do there but it's kind of a nice area to pass through), Gastown (heritage buildings, lots of places to eat and drink, like Pioneer Square in Seattle), and Chinatown (getting close to some rugged parts of town but still worth a look). Also, if you're looking for pubs or clubs, at night Granville Street (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5e/GranvilleSt.JPG) between Robson and Nelson is a good spot.

By the way, it's probably best to avoid Hastings east of Cambie Street (http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/v5/content/series/thefix/images/dtesmap532.png) after dark. Come to think of it, there's no point in going down East Hastings during the day either. Other than that small area, downtown Vancouver is really safe. 

Aside from downtown, Granville Island, a public market, is a good spot to grab a bite and hang out. It's touristy, but I nice spot nonetheless.  And from Granville Island you can catch a water taxi (http://i47.tinypic.com/34432ix.jpg) across False Creek to Yaletown or the West End. The water taxi thing sounds dorky but it's actually a fun way to see things.

Also outside of downtown is Kitsilano (where I live!). The hot spots in Kits are Kits Beach (http://www.flickr.com/photos/canadagood/galleries/72157622452551488/) (fun when it's warm but always worth a look), and the shops and restaurants along 4th Ave and West Broadway.

Another cool area is Commercial Drive (http://jaksview3.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/commercial.jpg), it's an easy SkyTrain ride from downtown, but it's still kind of out of the way.

Let me know if you have any questions and have fun. I hope it doesn't rain on you guys!

Cheers,
Matt
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on July 28, 2011, 09:04:30 PM
matt's post covers everything I do when I get to Vancouver.
Re: Vij's. It can get pretty crowded for dinner esp since they don't take reservations (at least they didn't the last time I checked). It's still worth going and waiting in the bar usually. They serve free bar snacks that are really amazing and I never mind waiting for a table.

However, if that's not your thing, you can always just got to their sister restaurant, Rangoli, that's right next door and a bit more casual than Vij's. That one has great food as well and it's much easier getting a table there.

I need to hear that soup dumpings story sometime :).

Have a great trip, saltine :). Am slightly envious of you spending all this time in the Pacific Northwest. I miss Seattle so much :-\.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 28, 2011, 09:09:40 PM
I sent Basil this PM when he was planning a Vancouver trip:

By the way, it's probably best to avoid Hastings east of Cambie Street (http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/v5/content/series/thefix/images/dtesmap532.png) after dark. Come to think of it, there's no point in going down East Hastings during the day either. Other than that small area, downtown Vancouver is really safe. 

My first trip there I stayed at the Cambie Hostel.  Between there and China town was quite rough.  It was not uncommon to see some junkies on the streets and occasionally be approached.  We made sure to stay away from that area the second trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 28, 2011, 09:11:22 PM
Oh, on the off chance you guys are into motorcycles you should check out Trev Deeley's motorcycle museum (http://www.deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca/the-exhibition/current-exhibition.htm). It must be one of the best collections of motorcycles in the world. Me and my dad would go there once a year to drool.  ;) It was always free too (it may not be anymore since they moved into the city, also I hear they display less bikes than they used too because of the smaller building, but still). I always considered it one of Vancouver's best kept secrets.  :-X

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 28, 2011, 09:15:35 PM
Thanks w@w, but now I have my heart set on Vij's!  I looked at their site and the food is marvelous to imagine!

Matt, I didn't expect all the great photos when I clicked on the links! Thank you!  Now Vancouver seems even better than I had imagined.  Hmmm...maybe 3 nights...

We will have a car so getting around may not be an issue.  I hope we can see all that's been recommended. Every city has its "rough" areas, even homey Perth.  We know that when we see it and aren't put off by that. 

John has been trying to talk me into one of those "tryke" motorcycles.  He's got a lot more talking to do!

I can see that Vancouver is my kind of city: the harbor, the beach, and that beauty that is possible when the city meets the coast.

After we leave Seattle, we have a week in Oregon.  We'll be asking for suggestions for the western part of Oregon soon!  Williamette and Columbia Valleys are a given, but what about the shore?  Looks intriguing...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on July 28, 2011, 09:48:51 PM
By the way, it's probably best to avoid Hastings east of Cambie Street (http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/v5/content/series/thefix/images/dtesmap532.png) after dark. Come to think of it, there's no point in going down East Hastings during the day either. Other than that small area, downtown Vancouver is really safe. 
My first trip there I stayed at the Cambie Hostel.  Between there and China town was quite rough.  It was not uncommon to see some junkies on the streets and occasionally be approached.  We made sure to stay away from that area the second trip.
I worked there one summer and never had any major problems. But yeah, no reason to send tourists down there.

Matt, I didn't expect all the great photos when I clicked on the links! Thank you!  Now Vancouver seems even better than I had imagined.  Hmmm...maybe 3 nights...
Happy to help!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 29, 2011, 03:36:47 PM
I just found this photo I took of Puget Sound.  See the mountains under the clouds?  I'm pretty damned impressed with myself for taking this photo.

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 29, 2011, 03:54:12 PM
Magnificent.
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Post by: Corndog on July 29, 2011, 04:00:19 PM
Majestic even.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 29, 2011, 05:12:14 PM
If you're feeling saucy and the sun is out you might think about heading to Wreck Beach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck_Beach) ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 29, 2011, 05:36:40 PM
If you're feeling saucy and the sun is out you might think about heading to Wreck Beach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck_Beach) ;)

Looks interesting, but I'm afraid that horse has left the barn.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 30, 2011, 10:44:26 PM
Just curious...have any of you Canadians (or Americans going into Canada) had an issue crossing the US/Canada border?  I'm asking because we'll have all our stuff with us in the car, mostly clothes, but also lots of computer gear.  My husband's forum had some information about how crossing with computer gear was questioned by the border officials.  I suppose if this happened to us we could turn around and not enter Canada so no really big deal, but still curious.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 31, 2011, 01:06:26 AM
Oh, how I hate packing! But now I can't procrastinate anymore. I'm taking off for Scotland in a few hours. See you in a week or so!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on July 31, 2011, 11:25:19 AM
Just curious...have any of you Canadians (or Americans going into Canada) had an issue crossing the US/Canada border?  I'm asking because we'll have all our stuff with us in the car, mostly clothes, but also lots of computer gear.  My husband's forum had some information about how crossing with computer gear was questioned by the border officials.  I suppose if this happened to us we could turn around and not enter Canada so no really big deal, but still curious.

I've crossed dozens of times with computer gear and had no problems.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 31, 2011, 12:21:57 PM
@Lobby: We love Edinburgh and hope to see more of Scotland someday.  Have fun!

@Clovis:  That's very reassuring.  Thanks for the reply.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdedalus on July 31, 2011, 01:36:06 PM
Oh man, I love Vancouver.  I'm not going to get to go to the film festival this year.  :(

Never had a problem with crossing the border.  Other than it occasionally taking forever.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdedalus on July 31, 2011, 01:39:38 PM
Richmond (a suburb off Vancouver) has some of the best Chinese food I've had outside of China/HK/Taiwan. This place called Top Shanghai is probably my favorite. Best xiao long bao (soup dumplings) I've had outside of Asia.

We've gone looking for Chinese food in Richmond a couple times, always with horrible getting lost driving around in circles results (normally we enjoy getting lost on vacation, but somehow Richmond is always infuriating).  I've sworn never to set foot in that town again.  But you're making me regret that decision.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 31, 2011, 01:45:13 PM
Richmond (a suburb off Vancouver) has some of the best Chinese food I've had outside of China/HK/Taiwan. This place called Top Shanghai is probably my favorite. Best xiao long bao (soup dumplings) I've had outside of Asia.

We've gone looking for Chinese food in Richmond a couple times, always with horrible getting lost driving around in circles results (normally we enjoy getting lost on vacation, but somehow Richmond is always infuriating).  I've sworn never to set foot in that town again.  But you're making me regret that decision.

Next time try the skytrain maybe, the Chinese food places are clustered primarily around the three Richmond stations[/url] (most within 10 minute walk).

 (http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=chinese+food&hl=en&ll=49.173399,-123.131161&spn=0.036306,0.064287&sll=49.174129,-123.125753&sspn=0.036305,0.064287&radius=1.74&z=14)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on July 31, 2011, 01:54:29 PM
Richmond (a suburb off Vancouver) has some of the best Chinese food I've had outside of China/HK/Taiwan. This place called Top Shanghai is probably my favorite. Best xiao long bao (soup dumplings) I've had outside of Asia.

We've gone looking for Chinese food in Richmond a couple times, always with horrible getting lost driving around in circles results (normally we enjoy getting lost on vacation, but somehow Richmond is always infuriating).  I've sworn never to set foot in that town again.  But you're making me regret that decision.

Next time try the skytrain maybe, the Chinese food places are clustered primarily around the three Richmond stations[/url] (most within 10 minute walk).

 (http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=chinese+food&hl=en&ll=49.173399,-123.131161&spn=0.036306,0.064287&sll=49.174129,-123.125753&sspn=0.036305,0.064287&radius=1.74&z=14)

'noff knows things :). Another map (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&om=1&z=12&ll=49.258843,-123.038635&spn=0.164017,0.32135&msid=102234353889811053549.00000111c9425ebab14fe&msa=0) that I find very useful when I get to visit (which isn't often anymore :-\.

The Place on Granville St in Vancouver proper is pretty topnotch as well.

Also, I got the name of the restaurant wrong. I believe the one I want for soup dumplings is Shanghai Wonderful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 31, 2011, 02:34:37 PM
Richmond (a suburb off Vancouver) has some of the best Chinese food I've had outside of China/HK/Taiwan. This place called Top Shanghai is probably my favorite. Best xiao long bao (soup dumplings) I've had outside of Asia.

We've gone looking for Chinese food in Richmond a couple times, always with horrible getting lost driving around in circles results (normally we enjoy getting lost on vacation, but somehow Richmond is always infuriating).  I've sworn never to set foot in that town again.  But you're making me regret that decision.

What about Asian in Seattle, sean?  We've tried three restaurants from the guidebook and haven't been impressed yet.  John likes curry-styled sauces and I like the stir-fries.  Neither of us eats boiled dumplings.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdedalus on July 31, 2011, 03:41:42 PM
Maps.  Pshaw.

For Asian restaurants in Seattle, I'd have to ask my wife.  She worked in Chinatown for years.  She also likes curry (I don't care for it).

She says: Hing Loon (seafood), Maneki (Japanese), Jade Garden (best dim sum in the city), Phnom Penh Noodle House (Cambodian).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on July 31, 2011, 04:33:39 PM
saltine, I know you asked sdedalus and my recs are at least a couple of years old. But a good friend assures me that these are still good.
I love Tamarind Tree (http://www.tamarindtreerestaurant.com/index.php?page=menu[/url) in the International District and Monsoon (http://www.monsoonrestaurants.com/) for Vietnamese Food. Monsoon is a bit more upscale and nicer but Tamarind Tree is really clean and nice as well. It also has a really nice lychee martini on the cocktail menu.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 31, 2011, 05:32:55 PM
Thank you, sean and w@w!  We're switching condos today to one at the edge of the International District. 

We'll check out all those suggestions...so little time, so much food!

w@w: I'm surprised you like fusion, I mean, I would have thought that you'd go for more authenticity.  Based on what I can't say, but maybe some of your first posts here were about food?  maybe...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on July 31, 2011, 05:48:08 PM
w@w: I'm surprised you like fusion, I mean, I would have thought that you'd go for more authenticity.  Based on what I can't say, but maybe some of your first posts here were about food?  maybe...

Am sure I posted about food initially. It's my other great love besides film for sure. I tend to be a lot more picky about authenticity in my own cooking but am open to all kinds of food otherwise. My taste has evolved a fair bit as well, I think. When I joined these forums, I used to stick to recipes pretty strictly. Especially those I learnt from my mom and grandmom.

Now I'm a lot more confident with my cooking and tend to take more risks. I still love some of those elaborate recipes that remind me of stuff I ate as a kid growing up in India. But every once in a while, I'll try adding some ginger or cardamom or something to a recipe just to give it a bit of Indianness and vice versa. I've gone rogue :).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 31, 2011, 05:56:45 PM
Good explanation!  I find the only time I'm disappointed in fusion is when I'm confident that I know what the best, most authentic foods in that group should taste like.  However, I see what you're saying about your disappointment in the authentic when it doesn't taste like you want it to. 

John and I are dining at one of your or sean's recommendations tonight.  I sent him all the links and I'm letting him choose.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdedalus on July 31, 2011, 05:57:48 PM
My wife speaks very highly of Tamarind Tree.  Says it's one of the best in the city.  She also says the lychee martini is divine.  She says the BBQ short ribs are very good.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on July 31, 2011, 06:05:07 PM
John and I are dining at one of your or sean's recommendations tonight.  I sent him all the links and I'm letting him choose.  Thanks again.

Hope you have a wonderful time and please report back.


My wife speaks very highly of Tamarind Tree.  Says it's one of the best in the city.  She also says the lychee martini is divine.  She says the BBQ short ribs are very good.

I hope you treat the lady v. well. She has impeccable taste :).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdedalus on July 31, 2011, 06:11:56 PM
Well, she did marry me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on July 31, 2011, 06:15:34 PM
Well, she did marry me.
:)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on July 31, 2011, 06:41:58 PM
There is amazing sushi in Van too, especially Ajisai Sushi Bar.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 01, 2011, 02:35:48 PM
Tamarind Tree for dinner last night...John had the beef short ribs and loved that dish.  I branched out from my usual and had a vegetable I've never had before but will definitely have again.  Chayote served with garlicky prawns, it was delicious and I could have drunk the sauce from the bowl, but I didn't.  Next time I order this (and there will be a next time), I'll order a serve of rice or noodles to use the rest  of the sauce.

Another great part of the evening was reading the extensive menu and also watching the dishes come out from the kitchen.  It seems the "make your own" rice paper rolls was a very popular choice.

Thank you for the rec!  It was a great one.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 01, 2011, 02:42:57 PM
We've adjusted our travel plans a bit so that we can drive home to TX from Canada and see more of Canada.

Now we leave Seattle mid-Aug for a few days in OR, then we travel north to Vancouver for 2 nights, then drive toward Banff area where we'll head south into the USA.

Does anyone have a suggestion for sights along that route.  I see there are two National Parks on the route.  Is Glacier Nat'l Park where the big glacier in the area that everyone who visits there speaks of?  Or is that glacier elsewhere, but nearby that route?  Aussies see it on their tours and speak of the experience.

Also we want to see Lake Louise for sure.  Where is the best place to cross the border into the US from that area?  I want us to see the International Peace Park and also Glacier NP, USA.  So somewhere in that area would suit us.

We're open to other suggestions also in that area of Canada or the US.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on August 01, 2011, 02:44:56 PM
Glacier is a pretty amazing national park.  I would try to make it there if you could.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: worm@work on August 01, 2011, 02:52:46 PM
Tamarind Tree for dinner last night...John had the beef short ribs and loved that dish.  I branched out from my usual and had a vegetable I've never had before but will definitely have again.  Chayote served with garlicky prawns, it was delicious and I could have drunk the sauce from the bowl, but I didn't.  Next time I order this (and there will be a next time), I'll order a serve of rice or noodles to use the rest  of the sauce.

Another great part of the evening was reading the extensive menu and also watching the dishes come out from the kitchen.  It seems the "make your own" rice paper rolls was a very popular choice.

Thank you for the rec!  It was a great one.

Sounds like a wonderful evening :).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 01, 2011, 03:08:14 PM
Glacier is a pretty amazing national park.  I would try to make it there if you could.

Glacier (Canada) or Glacier (US) ?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on August 01, 2011, 06:55:53 PM
leaving for Zhengzhou in 12 hours and hopefully will not be logging in with my computer much until next week.  Maybe when I return I will get back to watching films. 

Saltine, enjoy your trip and drive back home.  Sounds like a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on August 01, 2011, 08:32:26 PM
Glacier is a pretty amazing national park.  I would try to make it there if you could.

Glacier (Canada) or Glacier (US) ?

I have been to Glacier US.  Were you talking about the Canadian park?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 01, 2011, 08:44:25 PM
Glacier is a pretty amazing national park.  I would try to make it there if you could.

Glacier (Canada) or Glacier (US) ?

I have been to Glacier US.  Were you talking about the Canadian park?

I think I am.  I want to see the big glacier.

We'll go to the US park also.  It's on the way home.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 25, 2011, 12:16:10 AM
Thanks to matt tmw, Clovis, sdedalus, smirnoff, w@w, and jdc, who gave us advice and info re: Vancouver BC.

We got here late yesterday and had dinner at Vij's (prawns for me, lamb for him) which was delicious.
We got an early start today and spent time at Stanley Park, then rode the water taxi to North Vancouver and had lunch at the market there (with ice cream, Canadian maple and walnut, excellent).  We drove to the top of Cypress Mountain and spent time at the outlook because the day was sunny and cloudless.  Then we went back to Stanley Park and walked the boardwalk for awhile.  We had a stroll through the city mid-afternoon.  Tonight we went to Chinatown for dinner at Phnom Penh restaurant (very nice) and walked from there through the Gastown District.  Tomorrow we leave early for Kamloops. We hope to stop at DeDutch in Burnaby on the way. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on August 25, 2011, 01:53:27 AM
Ahh, that all sounds wonderful! Vancouver is so great.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 25, 2011, 07:23:07 AM
Good times! I hope the weather stays nice. It should be considerably warmer in Kamloops, though coming from Texas/Australia it's probably still pretty mild by your standards ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ferris on August 26, 2011, 09:06:34 AM
Thanks to matt tmw, Clovis, sdedalus, smirnoff, w@w, and jdc, who gave us advice and info re: Vancouver BC.

Tomorrow we leave early for Kamloops. We hope to stop at DeDutch in Burnaby on the way.

Hmmm...does this mean you're heading toward Banff? (I'm going to be there next week :) ) 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on August 26, 2011, 10:28:48 AM
Happy to help and glad you had a good time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 28, 2011, 11:38:00 PM
Thanks to matt tmw, Clovis, sdedalus, smirnoff, w@w, and jdc, who gave us advice and info re: Vancouver BC.

Tomorrow we leave early for Kamloops. We hope to stop at DeDutch in Burnaby on the way.

Hmmm...does this mean you're heading toward Banff? (I'm going to be there next week :) )

Banff was delightful, ferris.  We had a great meal at Bison Bistro and enjoyed our night there. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 28, 2011, 11:39:17 PM
The weather has been perfect for every day of our drive home, but as my husband says "we bring the sunshine".
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on September 16, 2011, 11:54:14 AM
Going up to Portland ME for a bit of a fall vacation the first week of October. Hopefully some cool foliage fotography!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 02, 2011, 08:39:38 AM
I'm going to spend a few days in Amsterdam with my family, starting tomorrow.

The Van Gogh museum is on the agenda (been there before, but it's just brilliant, one of my favorites) as well as a visit to the place where Anne Frank hid (which is't all that much to see tbh but I consider it a part of my children's education).

So you won't see me poking around in the forum for a few days and the chat will be safe for no-women-around talking. ;)

There will be a couple of posts up at my blog though during my absense, including a non-review musing on Friday. Pre-publishing ftw!

I'll be back on Sunday, in time to throw myself into the discussion about Gaslight. Yep, I've seen it. My lips are sealed!

See you all!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on November 02, 2011, 08:43:55 AM
Sounds great! Have fun Lobby!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 02, 2011, 09:41:03 AM
Have a wonderful time Lobby. If you like Indian Food, you can't go wrong at Koh-i-Noor.   Westermarkt 29, Amsterdam, # 020 - 623 31 33
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 02, 2011, 09:43:29 AM
Unfortunately my kids refuse to eat any more Indian food after we spent two weeks in India last winter. But we're planning to have a reistaffel, Indonesian buffet. Crazy tons of food as far as I recall.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 02, 2011, 10:02:14 AM
 :D Have a great time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on November 02, 2011, 10:43:04 AM
Have a great vacation, Lobby! 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on November 02, 2011, 10:48:33 AM
Sounds great, Lobby - have fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 23, 2011, 06:10:38 PM
Plans to the end of the year.. Shanghai mid Dec for 3 days, Germany at xmas for 4 or 5 days, Chicago at NYs for 1 week. Germany will be a 1st for me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on November 24, 2011, 08:07:12 AM
Whereabouts in Germany are you going to be?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 24, 2011, 08:51:26 AM
Should be Frankfurt but need to confirm this weekend. It now may change. If I don't make it then it will be soon in the new year.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on November 24, 2011, 09:05:11 AM
I hope you have a good time whenever you get to go.

Unfortunately, I don't have any cool insider tips for Frankfurt.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 26, 2011, 10:04:32 PM
Now it is confirmed as Frankfurt though I think we will try to do a side trip. Amsterdam or Paris??? 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on January 29, 2012, 06:31:47 PM
Not enough people around here take vacation by the response in this thread.

A short trip this week to Hong Kong for 3 days...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 29, 2012, 06:35:30 PM
I take very few vacations, but I did go to Chicago for a couple of days over the summer!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on January 29, 2012, 07:46:49 PM
I've been on vacation once in the past 4 years. I am heading to New Zealand in April but its more of a family duty then vacation.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on January 29, 2012, 07:48:54 PM
I've been on vacation once in the past 4 years. I am heading to New Zealand in April but its more of a family duty then vacation.

Singapore has been your one vacation in 4 years?  Next time go on vacation without your mum...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on January 29, 2012, 07:57:52 PM
I've been on vacation once in the past 4 years. I am heading to New Zealand in April but its more of a family duty then vacation.

Singapore has been your one vacation in 4 years?  Next time go on vacation without your mum...

Sure was, do you feel privileged  :P . I do plan on traveling on my own next year.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 29, 2012, 07:59:05 PM
Vacations are too much hard work. However, I am going to London for a month this Summer.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on January 29, 2012, 08:01:18 PM
My vacation I took late last year to Nevada and Utah, I forgot to post the pics.

Cathedral Gorge State Park in Nevada

You can see me peeking out at the bottom of the photo
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Great Basin National Park

Climbing Wheeler Peak - Elevation 13065 feet (3982 m)

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Bryce Canyon National Park

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030369.jpg) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030384.jpg) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030363.jpg)

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Nevada

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030417.jpg) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030431.jpg) (http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/IMG_0819.jpg)

Zebra Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante, Nevada

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/IMG_0900.jpg)

My boyfriend going about as far as we could in the canyon before the water got too deep

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030489.jpg)

Me on the way to Zebra Canyon

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/ScreenShot2012-01-29at82608PM.png)

Zion National Park

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on January 29, 2012, 09:25:43 PM
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030272.jpg)

Franco-eye view
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on January 29, 2012, 09:32:32 PM
(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss306/ses593/Nevada-Utah/P1030272.jpg)

Franco-eye view

The Dark Knight Rises
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on January 29, 2012, 09:40:45 PM
@ses

 :o

Great pics!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on January 30, 2012, 12:30:13 AM
I've been on vacation once in the past 4 years. I am heading to New Zealand in April but its more of a family duty then vacation.

Singapore has been your one vacation in 4 years?  Next time go on vacation without your mum...

Sure was, do you feel privileged  :P .

But of course:)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on January 30, 2012, 07:21:02 PM
Wow! Awesome pics, ses!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on January 30, 2012, 10:21:12 PM
Thanks! It was a great trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 05, 2012, 06:57:14 AM
I only took 2 pics in Hong Kong, so nothing much to show.  The city is really amazing, it is so alive.  On a Thursday night the streets are crowded and stores are open at 1130PM.  Also the restaurants are quite full.  This one of the best crabs I have ever tasted.  The "crumbs" are basically deep fried garlic and chili.  So nice to scoop up and mix with the rice..


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6822584569_50b64796b2.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on February 05, 2012, 03:29:54 PM
Yum!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 05, 2012, 06:00:55 PM
@jdc:  Is the night event with the lights (or was it fireworks?) on the island buildings still happening?  I saw a write-up for it, but the article didn't say if it was a special event or ongoing.  Also, did you go to Stanley Market?  I love that place!  so crazy
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 05, 2012, 06:09:19 PM
@jdc:  Is the night event with the lights (or was it fireworks?) on the island buildings still happening?  I saw a write-up for it, but the article didn't say if it was a special event or ongoing.  Also, did you go to Stanley Market?  I love that place!  so crazy

I didn't see any fireworks but the buildings were lit up.  Didn't make it to Stanley Market.  This trip was a bit rushed and didn't do any exploring.  Just out to dinner two nights.  I'll try to check it out on my next trip
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 05, 2012, 06:25:55 PM
@jdc:  Is the night event with the lights (or was it fireworks?) on the island buildings still happening?  I saw a write-up for it, but the article didn't say if it was a special event or ongoing.  Also, did you go to Stanley Market?  I love that place!  so crazy

I didn't see any fireworks but the buildings were lit up.  Didn't make it to Stanley Market.  This trip was a bit rushed and didn't do any exploring.  Just out to dinner two nights.  I'll try to check it out on my next trip

I think it was a one-off on the fireworks on the buildings.  Stanley Market is where we bought our GoreTex jackets for $20/each. The jackets could have been seconds because I had to tack the lining in one place in both of them, but they were not copies for sure.   I know you're not into shopping, but it's good fun to go there and elbow through the crowds and look for bargains.  I like the night street markets in Kowloon too, but more copies there, and SM is more of a trippy experience. 

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 05, 2012, 06:31:34 PM
I don't mind shopping... but it helps if it is stereo equipment or electronics:)  which HK also has a lot of. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on February 07, 2012, 12:08:48 AM

I finally booked my flights home to NZ. It will be the first time I've been back in 9 years  :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 07, 2012, 12:16:16 AM
I love NZ!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on February 07, 2012, 12:29:07 AM
I love NZ!

I can't remember if I do or not, I'll let you know  :P
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on February 07, 2012, 12:37:10 AM
I spent a couple of months hitchhiking around NZ in the end of 1989 and I fell in love with it.

It wasn't only beautiful, offering just about all sorts of landscapes within a fairly limited area (including fiords and vulcanoes!); it also had about the nicest inhabitants you could think of. I've heard that it's changed a bit since then. Some of the innocence is said to be gone. But I still have this dream of going back one day to see all of those places again. And now there's the rests of the LOTR recordings to visit as well!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 07, 2012, 12:39:43 AM
I spent a couple of months hitchhiking around NZ in the end of 1989 and I fell in love with it.

It wasn't only beautiful, offering just about all sorts of landscapes within a fairly limited area (including fiords and vulcanoes!); it also had about the nicest inhabitants you could think of.

yes, i hear those sheep are very friendly ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on February 07, 2012, 01:34:05 AM

yes, i hear those sheep are very friendly ;D

This is where I'm going.................................   :D  plenty of friendly sheep to go round

(http://www.upl.co/uploads/Taranaki.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Monty on February 07, 2012, 02:45:07 AM
Don't forget to pack your velcro wellies ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 17, 2012, 09:10:31 PM
smirnoff, I hope you post here; especially for those of us who haven't been to Hawaii. Vacationing vicariously is almost like being there. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on February 17, 2012, 09:19:00 PM
As soon as my sister sends me some pictures I'll be sure to post them with details on the trip. It was a good time! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 17, 2012, 09:26:03 PM
Super!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 17, 2012, 11:46:13 PM
...all I ever wanted.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on February 26, 2012, 01:42:02 PM
A few pictures from my short trip to Prague:

(http://i.imgur.com/0wJmI.jpg)
The astronomical clock at the city's town hall.

(http://i.imgur.com/uqO8F.jpg)
The cemetery in the former Jewish ghetto. More than 20.000 people buried in up to 12 layers because there was no more room. An impressive place.

(http://i.imgur.com/CT36N.jpg)
The Dancing House, designed by architect Frank Gehry.

(http://i.imgur.com/rzbqI.jpg)
Charles Bridge, of course. Stupid tourists, they're everywhere, even in February!  ;D Fun story: when the previous bridge that stood in its place collapsed, King Charles IV. asked his subjects from all over the country to send eggs to Prague to make the mortar for the bridge more cohesive. The people did so, but when the bricklayers wanted to use the eggs, they discovered that the good people of the realm had hard-boiled them so that they would survive the journey to the city. It is not known whether those eggs were put to another use, but the bridge has survived, egg-less, for more than 600 years now.

(http://i.imgur.com/x2Azj.jpg)
What you find when you get on the tram and get off at a random stop because you have two hours to kill: This is at the center of a trade fair and sports venues complex and actually looks like it could have been a train station once. It has seen better days, but that made it even more impressive in its decaying glory. Hooray for randomness!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 27, 2012, 01:11:57 AM
It all looks so fascinating, but that cemetery would be my first stop--hallowed ground.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on February 27, 2012, 11:35:32 AM
Thanks Em, those were great to look at. Sounds like an awesome place!
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Post by: oneaprilday on February 27, 2012, 01:47:51 PM
Wonderful pics, Em!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on February 27, 2012, 01:53:16 PM
Great pics.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on February 28, 2012, 06:52:07 AM
Thanks guys! Prague really is a wonderful, fascinating place, and so rich in things to see and do. The vibe in the inner city can be almost Parisian because of the magnificent town houses, but you have the small alleys and nooks that are the result of the city's medieval beginnings. As soon as you leave the touristy areas, you can find more and more relics of the country's past behind the iron courtain, especially in a lot of buildings that fell into disrepair during that time. This was my second time there but very likely not the last, because I have not nearly seen everything.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on February 28, 2012, 09:47:08 AM
Nice pics, Em. Now I want to go again too :/
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 28, 2012, 11:37:06 AM
Nice pics, Em. Now I want to go again too :/

srsly.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on February 28, 2012, 11:41:18 AM
But I have to say: the famous Czech beer? Meh, utterly and thoroughly. There was one decent dark one, but the other two that I tried were horrible. That could have been bad luck, too, though.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on February 28, 2012, 12:07:25 PM
But I have to say: the famous Czech beer? Meh, utterly and thoroughly.

This was my experience with the biggest scale Czech export beer.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 28, 2012, 01:45:19 PM
But I have to say: the famous Czech beer? Meh, utterly and thoroughly. There was one decent dark one, but the other two that I tried were horrible. That could have been bad luck, too, though.

Munich snobbery! ;)

I totally loved the crip Krušovice pilsner.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 05, 2012, 09:27:06 PM
Pics from Kauai trip. :)

Trundling along in our rented Westfalia.
It seemed like all the good spots on Kauai were at the end of dirt roads.
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSCN5663.JPG)

We found ourselves some nice secluded areas to set up.
Terrific landscapes, no one else around.
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1301.jpg)

And great beaches always just a few steps from camp. But like any place on Kauai
there are feral roosters around (and they DON'T always wait for the sun to come up either). *shakes fist*
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1278.jpg)

Nothing too exciting in the way of wildlife. Mostly just cute stuff.
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1531.jpg)
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1560.jpg)
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1408.jpg)

One exciting moment, an ambitious green lizard shows off his appetite!
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/cameleon.jpg)

There's lots of these great, rusty old sugar mills dotted all over the island.
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/old-sugar-plant.jpg)

The beaches were great, but for me the higher elevation stuff was the real highlight.
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1398.jpg)

It made for great hiking!
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1516.jpg)

Especially when at the end of your hike, in the middle of the jungle, you're greet by kittens!  ;D
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1509.jpg)
Dunno how they got there, but they sure were skittish (until the snacks came out).

Overall, Kauai was great for the mother nature side of things. If I wanted a more layed back
trip though I think I'd head for one of the major islands and rent a condo for a week or something.
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1438.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 05, 2012, 09:39:33 PM
Stunning pics! Looks like it was an amazing trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 05, 2012, 09:40:08 PM
Can I come next time?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on March 05, 2012, 09:45:41 PM
Great pics, but where are the campground vagrants?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 05, 2012, 09:46:49 PM
Purged from my memory (and camera). ;D

Avoid campsites whenever possible, that's definitely the key to camping on Kauai.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on March 05, 2012, 09:49:16 PM
So great 'noff! I really want to go hiking in Kauai.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 05, 2012, 09:49:26 PM
wow.. great pics... I'm jealous.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on March 05, 2012, 10:17:35 PM
Those pics make me feel like a shut in. Jealous (and I shudder at the thought of camping).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on March 05, 2012, 10:22:13 PM
I am very likely going to Europe this summer. Part of my time will be spent in Madrid visiting my sister who will be doing a semester abroad, the other times will be spent in 2-3 other countries. I WILL LISTEN TO ADVICE, BUT I AM NOT THE DECIDER ON THIS PARTICULAR VACATION.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 05, 2012, 10:33:44 PM
I am very likely going to Europe this summer. Part of my time will be spent in Madrid visiting my sister who will be doing a semester abroad, the other times will be spent in 2-3 other countries. I WILL LISTEN TO ADVICE, BUT I AM NOT THE DECIDER ON THIS PARTICULAR VACATION.
Nice!!!  I hope you get to Italy and France.  /art history swoon
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 05, 2012, 10:54:43 PM
I am very likely going to Europe this summer. Part of my time will be spent in Madrid visiting my sister who will be doing a semester abroad, the other times will be spent in 2-3 other countries. I WILL LISTEN TO ADVICE, BUT I AM NOT THE DECIDER ON THIS PARTICULAR VACATION.

I know no one who's been to Andorra so...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 06, 2012, 04:44:36 AM
(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/DSC_1398.jpg)

Those colors! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on March 06, 2012, 05:32:54 AM
So why did you even come back, 'noff?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on March 06, 2012, 05:48:12 AM
I am very likely going to Europe this summer. Part of my time will be spent in Madrid visiting my sister who will be doing a semester abroad, the other times will be spent in 2-3 other countries. I WILL LISTEN TO ADVICE, BUT I AM NOT THE DECIDER ON THIS PARTICULAR VACATION.
Barcelona, Paris, Berlin; that is a culture overload

(and I never said London; too obvious. EXCEPT London next August. That's where I'll be through the Olympics, but then I have the advantage of a key to a house in London!
Maybe my mum will be open to financial offers for use of a room).

@noff hope you covered those white knees up!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 06, 2012, 10:10:13 AM
So why did you even come back, 'noff?

For a real bed! :)

@noff hope you covered those white knees up!

Oh, no doubt! If I could tan I would, but I just burn.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on March 06, 2012, 04:10:34 PM
Wow, 'noff, awesome pics! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on March 07, 2012, 11:54:55 AM
I don't expect to take any pictures anywhere near the beauty of those above. And to be honest my destination isn't quite as spectacular. It consisted mostly of ruins, possibly inhabited by demonstrating people, that remains to be seen. Still I'm thrilled, because I've never been there and I've got a weak spot for ruins. And ouzo.

Yep, I'm heading to Athens tomorrow morning for a mini vacation lasting until the beginning of next week. This means that I'll be away from the forums for a bit.




Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 07, 2012, 12:11:02 PM
Spend spend spend! srsly, they kinda need the cash
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on March 07, 2012, 12:12:51 PM
I figure they do! I just hope they're sensible enough to lower their prices a bit. Greece has been such an expensive destination in recent years that it has put me off from going there. I've been there once, on a couple of islands, and I'd really love to go on a longer vacation there, but it's been out of our reach. Too pricey.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on March 07, 2012, 12:24:42 PM
Enjoy! Plaka, wine, bread and smog is all I remember from my vacation there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 07, 2012, 03:00:48 PM
Have a wonderful trip Lobby!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on March 12, 2012, 04:21:23 PM
... And I'm back!

The ruins are awesome, Partheon in particular. And UK should return those statues to Athens now. They've built a fantastic museum and are definitely capable of taking very good care of them.

The reports about violence in the streets are exaggerated. I saw nothing of this.

However it was very, very sad to see how hard the echonomical crisis has taken Greece. There were closed down shops and restaurants everywhere. And a lot of beggars. Made me wonder how they're going to change the negative spiral, if it's doable at all. My heart really went out to them.


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 15, 2012, 02:49:25 PM
It it pretty cheap to eat and stay in Greece right now?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: OmNom on March 29, 2012, 06:13:48 PM
On Monday, I fly to NYC!  Yowza.  Me in The Big Bad Apple! 

We (me, hubby, 16 year-old daughter and 9 year-old son) are going to New York City just to hang out and see musicals and museums and stuff.  We'll be there 'til Friday.  There's only one problem...

I have no idea what to do on Wednesday.  All the other days are mapped out.  Anyone know of anything special going on in NYC on Wednesday?  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on March 29, 2012, 06:21:18 PM
Wednesday is matinee day on Broadway, OmNom.   :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on March 29, 2012, 06:21:53 PM
On Monday, I fly to NYC!  Yowza.  Me in The Big Bad Apple! 

We (me, hubby, 16 year-old daughter and 9 year-old son) are going to New York City just to hang out and see musicals and museums and stuff.  We'll be there 'til Friday.  There's only one problem...

I have no idea what to do on Wednesday.  All the other days are mapped out.  Anyone know of anything special going on in NYC on Wednesday?  :)

MOMA is amazing as in the natural history museum.

Also for theatre tix try the TKTS booth in times square.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: OmNom on March 29, 2012, 07:21:55 PM
Wednesday is matinee day on Broadway, OmNom.   :)

Sweet!  That is a very good tip!

MOMA is amazing as in the natural history museum.

Also for theatre tix try the TKTS booth in times square.

Kewl.   :)

Fingers crossed, hope the weather is gonna be good...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: OmNom on April 02, 2012, 06:33:49 PM
Wooooo hooooo!  I'm here!  I'm in NYC!  The Man did really well, this hotel room is awesome.  We're right on Times Square.   

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 02, 2012, 06:54:03 PM
I'm extremely envious! :) Have a wonderful trip. If you are looking for the best burgers in the city, Burger Joint is hiding around the corner of the lobby in the Parker Meridien Hotel.  118 West 57th Street. 212-708-7414.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 02, 2012, 07:16:37 PM
I'm extremely envious! :) Have a wonderful trip. If you are looking for the best burgers in the city, Burger Joint is hiding around the corner of the lobby in the Parker Meridien Hotel.  118 West 57th Street. 212-708-7414.

Two Boots Pizza! (http://www.twoboots.com/).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 02, 2012, 07:21:19 PM
Sounds awesome, OmNom!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 02, 2012, 08:00:14 PM
Have fun, OmNom!  I wish I knew something to steer you toward, but I've never been to NYC...someday I'll correct that.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on April 02, 2012, 11:10:03 PM
I've never been to NYC

How is this possible?!?

Om, enjoy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 03, 2012, 08:35:25 PM
Apparently I'm leaving the country tomorrow and will be in Rome on Holy Thursday and for half of Good Friday.  Then I'll be other places. 

But Rome first, where I hope to get an audience with Joey the Rat.  Will try to obtain blessings for you all.   
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 03, 2012, 09:09:03 PM
Apparently I'm leaving the country tomorrow and will be in Rome on Holy Thursday and for half of Good Friday.  Then I'll be other places. 

But Rome first, where I hope to get an audience with Joey the Rat.  Will try to obtain blessings for you all.   

If it makes you feel better, I was once sent to Milan for work and was scheduled to only be there for 2.5 hours.  If it were not for a mix up when I arrived, I would have never left the airport. 

In the end, I did get to spend 26.5 hours there, wondered the city, tried a random Italian restaurant, had a few beers and watched some random episodes of Growing Pains dubbed in Italian at 3am due to Jet Leg.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 03, 2012, 09:59:55 PM
That actually sounds nice.

Fortunately I am not going for work but with my family and 12 of my least favorite in-laws, as my wife's grandmother has decided to inflict us with treat us all to a vacation together.  We're going on a cruise, which is great because I've never had Legionnaires' disease or the Norovirus before; never run aground or gone adrift, never been held hostage by Somali pirates, etc.  We return on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, so I definitely feel that all the right omens are in place for a successful sojourn.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 03, 2012, 10:27:04 PM
buon viaggio jim! The ship is big. Plenty of ways to lose undesirables.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 03, 2012, 10:28:33 PM
buon viaggio jim! The ship is big. Plenty of ways to lose undesirables.

Don't give him ideas.. they may go over the side.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 03, 2012, 11:37:36 PM
 :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on April 03, 2012, 11:39:17 PM
You should leave secret clues around the city in famous works of art that I can follow when I go there in early June. Don't worry, I'll bring Tom Hanks with me to help with extensive knowledge of things that don't really mean anything.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 04, 2012, 06:40:02 PM
Thanks Sandy!

jdc - I will be on the Lido deck reading Natalie Woods' biography, which I consider fair warning.

Junior - you're on.  Of course by "clues" I'll assume you mean "mustaches".   ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 09, 2012, 02:04:19 PM
(http://i40.tinypic.com/i2infp.jpg)

"I solemnly swear I'm up to no good."
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 20, 2012, 05:59:04 PM
The Browns' Easter Vacation took us to Rome, Florence, Corsica, Sardinia, Menorca, Ibiza, Valencia and Barcelona.  A few snaps from along the way.

(http://i42.tinypic.com/md1uv8.jpg)
Rome, Good Friday  551 steps to the top of St. Peter's Basilica.  Quite disappointed by the lack of a concession stand.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/oixa1x.jpg)
Outside the Vatican post office, widely considered one of the best postal systems in the world. More letters are sent each year, per inhabitant, from the Vatican's 00120 postal code than from anywhere else in the world. But you would already know that if you'd seen Hudson Hawk.


(http://i42.tinypic.com/35i6n8j.jpg)
Rome, Good Friday  I thought the Illuminati would be much harder to spot.


(http://i40.tinypic.com/fooxsl.jpg)
Rome  Outside the Pantheon: this bird.


(http://i42.tinypic.com/23vnkhx.jpg)
Rome  Inside the Pantheon.  Know what's not here?  The Apartment, Dog Day Afternoon, Godfather, Star Wars, etc.  (Adam, you got some 'splainin' to do....)


(http://i40.tinypic.com/plnv9.jpg)
Pisa, Italy Looks straight to me!


(http://i41.tinypic.com/nmwya1.jpg)
Totally getting in the way of the shot.


(http://i42.tinypic.com/10xhhk4.jpg)
Florence, Italy  This Duomo be illin', yo.

(http://i41.tinypic.com/2567pyt.jpg)
Mercado Central in Valencia, Spain 
Finally relented and told Charlotte she could have a bunny rabbit. Told her to pick whichever one she wanted, but she was totally uninterested. I guess it was just a phase....


(http://i40.tinypic.com/zlt00m.jpg)
Barcelona  Guell Parc


(http://i43.tinypic.com/mcsmec.jpg)
Barcelona  All she wants to do is dance, dance, dance....


(http://i41.tinypic.com/w0m814.jpg)
Barcelona  Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.  Without a doubt the most amazing place I've ever been.  Construction started in 1882.  Due for completion in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi's demise. 2026.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 20, 2012, 06:04:16 PM
Haha! Those rabbits are dank.

Looks like a fun trip. One of the guys in a couple of my classes actually did a tour of Italy with his wife from Good Friday through the following week with many of the same city stops. Everyone I know who has gone says it's a fantastic, if hectic, vacation
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 20, 2012, 06:12:30 PM
Pisa's Tired Trope

(http://i44.tinypic.com/2uqyvcm.jpg)
Holding up the tower...original & hilarious!


(http://i42.tinypic.com/1072cl0.jpg)
Nailed it.


(http://i41.tinypic.com/1y7j47.jpg)
Single-handed!  So strong....


(http://i44.tinypic.com/skz0c0.jpg)
Mildly embarrassed.


(http://i44.tinypic.com/15335mp.jpg)
Not even trying.


(http://i40.tinypic.com/sy1fsp.jpg)
Sometimes it takes two.


(http://i42.tinypic.com/5e66i1.jpg)
Holding up the Tower or busting an awesome dance move?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 20, 2012, 07:35:37 PM
Awesome pics, jim! Didn't realize you were going to Barcelona, too; we have good friends who live there and we'd love to visit them again soon - both to see them and to see the city again.  :)  La Sagrada Familia - incredible, right?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 20, 2012, 11:12:01 PM
Only you jim would think to take pictures of the tourists! You must be a blast to travel with, and look! Your little restauranteurs are all grown up.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 20, 2012, 11:18:43 PM
OAD - Barcelona was amazing and I would return in a heartbeat.  We were fortunate enough to be able to go to the Picasso museum, the Joan Miro museum (she's my favorite  ;)) and, of course, La Sagrada Familia, the thought of which still has the capacity to render me speechless.  Can't wait to take a deeper dive into Gaudi and his works.

FLY - yes, those rabbits were dank (as is much of Europe, like it or not).  Your friend nailed it: it was definitely both fantastic and hectic; totally worthwhile. 

BTW - the thing I will miss most about Europe, specifically Rome, is the pizza with tuna fish.  It kind of became an addiction.   :o
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 20, 2012, 11:23:50 PM
Only you jim would think to take pictures of the tourists! You must be a blast to travel with, and look! Your little restauranteurs are all grown up.  :)

Thanks Sandy - yes, they are all big, whiny people now!  (Who no longer order off the kids' menu  :-[)

Funny you should mention taking pictures of the tourists - I was so self-conscious when I was taking those, but couldn't resist!  Also, a lot of the time I found myself lying on the ground in really weird places in order to get a shot framed properly (i.e., halfway-decently for a stupid iPhone) and got a bunch of really odd looks, ranging from curious to bemused to nasty.   ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 20, 2012, 11:39:21 PM
So much fun seeing your photos, jim brown.  You inspire me for Spain as a destination.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdedalus on April 20, 2012, 11:52:26 PM
The Sagrada Familia is really awesome.  I caught a nice bout of vertigo in one of the towers.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 21, 2012, 12:39:16 AM
Funny you should mention taking pictures of the tourists - I was so self-conscious when I was taking those, but couldn't resist!  Also, a lot of the time I found myself lying on the ground in really weird places in order to get a shot framed properly (i.e., halfway-decently for a stupid iPhone) and got a bunch of really odd looks, ranging from curious to bemused to nasty.   ;D

Maybe they took your picture when you weren't looking.  :)   btw, this got buried in the thread, but I wanted to thank you for sharing your music. (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=11120.msg671321#msg671321)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 21, 2012, 11:15:40 AM
We were fortunate enough to be able to go to the Picasso museum, the Joan Miro museum (she's my favorite  ;))
We didn't get to do enough art-seeing while we were there - definitely need to see these next time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on April 21, 2012, 11:33:38 AM
Great pics, jb.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on April 21, 2012, 12:10:27 PM
These pictures make me even more excited to go myself. So pumped!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on April 21, 2012, 01:58:21 PM
Gaudi!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on April 21, 2012, 03:37:38 PM
More Gaudi!!

(https://img.skitch.com/20120421-j9b2bundebh6t7wy1tpgh5tpbq.jpg)

The horror. The horror.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 21, 2012, 04:01:24 PM
Oh my, to see it at night - must be so...majestic.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jim brown on April 22, 2012, 04:03:29 PM
So much fun seeing your photos, jim brown.  You inspire me for Spain as a destination.

Candace - I am not the world-traveller I imagine you to be.  But Barcelona should definitely be a destination for anyone, simply for the Gaudi, Miro and Picasso.

The Sagrada Familia is really awesome.  I caught a nice bout of vertigo in one of the towers.

Whoa - going to the top of the towers was not even an option when we were there!  Now I'm jealous, Sean!  There were those beautiful spiral staircases, but they were cordoned off.  Just another reason to go back.   :)

These pictures make me even more excited to go myself. So pumped!

You are going to have an awesome time, Junior!  Looking forward to seeing all the things I missed through your eyes.   8)

Gaudi!
You said it, MT.  Now name the Hal Ashby film (hint: 1980s) he was mentioned in.  You are one of the few who will know this.

More Gaudi!!

(https://img.skitch.com/20120421-j9b2bundebh6t7wy1tpgh5tpbq.jpg)

The horror. The horror.

You and I are too much alike.  Jealous, however, of your night-time visit.
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Post by: MartinTeller on April 22, 2012, 04:40:54 PM
Gaudi!
You said it, MT.  Now name the Hal Ashby film (hint: 1980s) he was mentioned in.  You are one of the few who will know this.

Uh, jeez.  I don't know much Ashby.  I don't think I've seen any of his 80's films.  Sorry, not a clue.
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Post by: sdedalus on April 22, 2012, 07:04:15 PM
The Sagrada Familia is really awesome.  I caught a nice bout of vertigo in one of the towers.

Whoa - going to the top of the towers was not even an option when we were there!  Now I'm jealous, Sean!  There were those beautiful spiral staircases, but they were cordoned off.  Just another reason to go back.   :)

It was really terrifying.  The elevator part was bad enough.  I ended up crawling up and down the spiral staircases.

Really loved Barcelona though.  It's the only place in Europe I've ever been.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdedalus on April 22, 2012, 08:03:16 PM
I'm afraid not.  Just a fear of heights.
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Post by: sdedalus on April 22, 2012, 08:33:19 PM
Being drunk may actually have helped.  I'll have to try that next time.
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Post by: sdedalus on April 22, 2012, 09:17:44 PM
OK, now I'm just feeling uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on April 28, 2012, 07:34:59 AM
Hey kids! I just spent two weeks with family in New Zealand. These are few from a bit of trekking I did (two different regions, but not in order).

(http://i45.tinypic.com/rlcadg.jpg)

(http://i49.tinypic.com/u6mvm.jpg)

(http://i46.tinypic.com/o8tgdj.jpg)

(http://i49.tinypic.com/2mzgtow.jpg)  (http://i47.tinypic.com/2u907bs.jpg) 

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Post by: verbALs on April 28, 2012, 07:44:55 AM
Helluva place.

Wonder if those are the rocks my mum broke her ankle on.
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Post by: Pseuds on April 28, 2012, 08:01:01 AM
Helluva place.

Wonder if those are the rocks my mum broke her ankle on.

Those rocks are pretty dodgy, they wrecked my bad knee and I left NZ barely able to walk. Luckily it was towards the end of the trip. Where did your mum break her ankle?
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Post by: saltine on April 28, 2012, 08:47:39 AM
Where did you encounter the fumaroles?  We walked in an active area on the North Island several years ago, but we can't remember the name of the area.  It was magic, I remember that.

Great photos.  The vistas are so huge that it's hard to capture the scenery as it looks when you're there.

Hope your knee is better soon.

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Post by: oneaprilday on April 28, 2012, 05:09:14 PM
Looks stunning, pseudo.  Wow.
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Post by: verbALs on April 28, 2012, 05:12:52 PM
Helluva place.

Wonder if those are the rocks my mum broke her ankle on.

Those rocks are pretty dodgy, they wrecked my bad knee and I left NZ barely able to walk. Luckily it was towards the end of the trip. Where did your mum break her ankle?
Somewhere near Auckland where my bruv-in-law comes from. I wasn't on that trip, I was the one who met her off the plane back and looked after her for a week (don't get me wrong it was nice to do something for her for once (the rest of the time, I'm a typical son)).
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 28, 2012, 05:42:35 PM
Helluva place.

Wonder if those are the rocks my mum broke her ankle on.

Those rocks are pretty dodgy, they wrecked my bad knee and I left NZ barely able to walk. Luckily it was towards the end of the trip. Where did your mum break her ankle?
Somewhere near Auckland where my bruv-in-law comes from. I wasn't on that trip, I was the one who met her off the plane back and looked after her for a week (don't get me wrong it was nice to do something for her for once (the rest of the time, I'm a typical son)).
NZ must be bad for knees, my first visit left me requiring a knee reconstruction. Ah the joys of making a mistake on the ski slopes. Some great shots, it is a lovely place to visit.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Pseuds on April 28, 2012, 11:31:38 PM
Where did you encounter the fumaroles?  We walked in an active area on the North Island several years ago, but we can't remember the name of the area.  It was magic, I remember that.

We were just North of Lake Taupo in a park called Orakei Korako. The whole area is active, including the edges of the Lake. You may have been in Rotorua, its a popular Tourist destination and full of thermal mud pools and fumaroles.


Somewhere near Auckland where my bruv-in-law comes from. I wasn't on that trip, I was the one who met her off the plane back and looked after her for a week (don't get me wrong it was nice to do something for her for once (the rest of the time, I'm a typical son)).
NZ must be bad for knees, my first visit left me requiring a knee reconstruction. Ah the joys of making a mistake on the ski slopes. Some great shots, it is a lovely place to visit.

It was on Mount Taranaki (5 hours south of Auckland) that I hurt my knee, I thought it had healed since August's operation but apparently not. I've never learned to ski, as kids we used to go down the slopes on old tires or even just rubbish bags. Good times  ;D

I've made made the decision to go back by the end of the year. I went because I had a Grandfather who's health was declining rapidly. It was the right choice because he died five days after I back. I don't want to go through that with my other Grandparents, its not a good feeling at all.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 29, 2012, 01:25:14 AM
Mine was at Cardrona
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 28, 2012, 12:32:31 AM
I leave for NYC on Thursday. Will be there through Monday.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 28, 2012, 04:24:53 PM
I leave for NYC on Thursday. Will be there through Monday.

That's not enough days.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on June 27, 2012, 10:41:58 PM
Going on my vacation to Europe tomorrow. Will begin in Madrid, then Bologna, then Florence, then Rome, then back next Saturday. Works out to about 2 days per location and I'm super excited.
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Post by: oneaprilday on June 27, 2012, 10:52:32 PM
Sounds wonderful - have a fabulous trip!
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Post by: saltine on June 27, 2012, 11:25:42 PM
Going on my vacation to Europe tomorrow. Will begin in Madrid, then Bologna, then Florence, then Rome, then back next Saturday. Works out to about 2 days per location and I'm super excited.

So great, Junior.  I hope you love it all and take lots of photos to share.

Eat gelato at Blue Ice.  There is one between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon at the Piazza di S. Eustachio in Rome.

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Post by: Sandy on June 27, 2012, 11:31:18 PM
Happy travels Junior!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 28, 2012, 05:52:16 AM
Enjoy many great experiences, Junior.
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Post by: smirnoff on June 28, 2012, 08:28:45 AM
Have a good trip. I hope Spain doesn't have a financial meltdown over the weekend. You could be in for more of an adventure than you hoped for. ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on June 28, 2012, 08:56:03 AM
Thanks everyone, I will try to boost all of Europe's economy at once. I have literally tens of dollars to spend.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on June 28, 2012, 10:39:51 PM
so nice but so short.  I hope to get to see a bit more Europe, possibly in August but not much vacation left now.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on June 28, 2012, 10:58:22 PM
have a great time junior and enjoy the pleasure of meeting and and drinking with total strangers in a pub - an experience rarely found in the states.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on June 30, 2012, 01:53:49 AM
Looks like the Eurozone won't collapse while I'm here. Good news!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 30, 2012, 03:25:12 AM
Looks like the Eurozone won't collapse while I'm here. Good news!

Are they dancing in the streets of Spain?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on July 04, 2012, 11:20:27 AM
I'm gonna need a serious recap. But not today, on Saturday night. So you have some time to work on it. Go. Do it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 12, 2012, 12:39:43 PM
Tomorrow night I'm heading to the Swedish mountains to do some hiking.

I'm afraid the weather forcast is a little discouraging. I can expect about 3-4 C, which means a few degrees above the freezing poing, and rain every day for the week we're out. Still I can't wait to go there. To breathe the fresh air, to enjoy complete silence, to drink water from the creeks and to be unavailbe, out of reach from the webs and the phone. To walk and walk and walk until you're hungry and tired for real, to fall asleep instantly when I hit the bed in the night.

This image gives a fair picture of what it looks like where I'm going, though the weather will make it look a little less nice.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/Helags.jpg)
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Post by: ses on July 12, 2012, 02:12:48 PM
Looks beautiful, enjoy the trip Lobby!
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Post by: Sandy on July 12, 2012, 03:44:38 PM
Have a wonderful time Lobby! Your mountains look very traversable. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: closethipster on July 12, 2012, 10:56:05 PM
To quoth the Clark W. Griswold, "Vegas. Vegas. Vegas." First proper vacation in many years. I must recharge.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on July 13, 2012, 05:35:21 AM
Tomorrow night I'm heading to the Swedish mountains to do some hiking.

I'm afraid the weather forcast is a little discouraging. I can expect about 3-4 C, which means a few degrees above the freezing poing, and rain every day for the week we're out. Still I can't wait to go there. To breathe the fresh air, to enjoy complete silence, to drink water from the creeks and to be unavailbe, out of reach from the webs and the phone. To walk and walk and walk until you're hungry and tired for real, to fall asleep instantly when I hit the bed in the night.

This image gives a fair picture of what it looks like where I'm going, though the weather will make it look a little less nice.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/Helags.jpg)

Is that Kebnekaise near Kiruna?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 13, 2012, 06:48:53 AM
Nope. That is Helags. I'm going to hike in the "Jämtland mountains", which is much further south than Kebnekaise. It's not quite as high (Keb is highest in Sweden) but it's still high alpine and very, very beautiful.

Recommended!

Here are some more pics:

http://www.svenskaturistforeningen.se/en/Discover-Sweden/Facilities-and-activities/Jamtland/Jamtland-mountains/
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: SeanGather on July 13, 2012, 07:24:07 AM
That looks amazing Lobby! Have fun.

I'm off to Prague in a couple of weeks. First holiday out of the UK in 10 years, first holiday with my fiancée, her first time ever on a plane, first time to Prague. Lots of firsts! I really can't wait. Have any of you guys been before? Any suggested activities / sights would be appreciated!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on July 13, 2012, 10:41:03 AM
Prague is lovely - watch out for pick pickpockets in Wencelas Square but check out Prague Castle obviously, the Jewish Cemetery, Charles Bridge is beautiful,  the Astronomical Clock in the square (kind of a let down - but watch the crowd one time instead of the clock when it does it's thing - it's more fun) and for a fun night out - the Karlovy Lazne Club by the bridge.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 10, 2012, 01:16:27 AM
Off to Portland! Miraculously everything fit in the van and now I don't have to drive the trailer along the Columbia River Highway.

(http://i45.tinypic.com/2j1o39e.jpg)

After some visiting I'm heading to the coast alone to quietly build sandcastles. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 10, 2012, 05:29:36 AM
Do you have to take all the linen and stuff where you are staying? Interesting choice of bag. Must admit one of the types of bag we use when travelling is vacuum pack bags, so we can pack more stuff (no room to store a trailer at our place). The sight of a sunny day makes me jealous (it is winter here of course).
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Post by: smirnoff on August 10, 2012, 07:59:29 AM
Have a safe/fun trip. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: SeanGather on August 10, 2012, 08:48:05 AM
Prague is lovely - watch out for pick pickpockets in Wencelas Square but check out Prague Castle obviously, the Jewish Cemetery, Charles Bridge is beautiful,  the Astronomical Clock in the square (kind of a let down - but watch the crowd one time instead of the clock when it does it's thing - it's more fun) and for a fun night out - the Karlovy Lazne Club by the bridge.

I had such a wonderful time! No problems with pickpockets thankfully. It's instantly one of my very favourite places in the whole world, and we're already planning on going back. I miss it, hah.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 20, 2012, 12:26:23 AM
Do you have to take all the linen and stuff where you are staying? Interesting choice of bag. Must admit one of the types of bag we use when traveling is vacuum pack bags, so we can pack more stuff (no room to store a trailer at our place). The sight of a sunny day makes me jealous (it is winter here of course).

I'm sorry I didn't see this before I left. The bags were donations to oldkid's homeless congregation (clothes, shoes, blankets etc.) The trailer was full, but we somehow smashed it all into the minivan. It must have had clown car capabilities that day. :) How severe are your winters? It didn't rain once in Portland or on the coast while I was there--pretty amazing.

Have a safe/fun trip. :)

Thanks! It was luckily both of those things. :)






Here's some pictures I took:

We had a great time meeting oldkid's family and working in his gardens and watching movies. :)
(http://i45.tinypic.com/30c3t5j.jpg)

Had to make a stop here for Davis' benefit, especially since it was on the corner of:
(http://i49.tinypic.com/29g20s0.jpg) (http://i45.tinypic.com/16gcw3q.jpg)

After taking Davis to the airport, I headed to the coast and saw these cool doors en route. Each one weighs 500 lbs.
(http://i45.tinypic.com/10xvpuh.jpg)


Not intentional, but fit the criteria of location, availability and affordability. How's that for on the nose?
(http://i46.tinypic.com/nvzcyd.jpg)

I was telling AAAutin about the wave that took my awesome sandcastle before I could get a picture, but it looked a lot like this:
(http://i45.tinypic.com/2a8f42v.jpg)

The best part of the day(s):
(http://i50.tinypic.com/mwz0v5.jpg)
(http://i49.tinypic.com/2j1r2wn.jpg)
(http://i48.tinypic.com/o9o0oh.jpg)

the end
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 20, 2012, 07:03:49 AM
Do you have to take all the linen and stuff where you are staying? Interesting choice of bag. Must admit one of the types of bag we use when traveling is vacuum pack bags, so we can pack more stuff (no room to store a trailer at our place). The sight of a sunny day makes me jealous (it is winter here of course).

I'm sorry I didn't see this before I left. The bags were donations to oldkid's homeless congregation (clothes, shoes, blankets etc.) The trailer was full, but we somehow smashed it all into the minivan. It must have had clown car capabilities that day. :) How severe are your winters? It didn't rain once in Portland or on the coast while I was there--pretty amazing.

That is a lot of donations.

Winter is fairly mild here overnight it might get close to 0C (32F), but usually overnight it would be 6-7C (42ishF), and during the day a couple of times it may only reach 8C (45F), but usually it would be more like 14C (54F). So winter is like Portland or Seattle, but no snow.

I think I have those conversions correct.

Some lovely photos. Looking forward to my trip to LA and San Francisco, leaving in less than 3 weeks. Just not looking forward to a 14 hour flight with an 18 month old.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on August 20, 2012, 08:14:41 AM

Some lovely photos. Looking forward to my trip to LA and San Francisco, leaving in less than 3 weeks. Just not looking forward to a 14 hour flight with an 18 month old.

San Francisco is worth the flight.. have you made any specific plans on what you will do?

I only lived there a few years but it is where I like to tell everybody where I am from when the conversations come up.  My next vacation plan is to go back to SF in November for a week or so and then to my parents in North Carolina for Thankgiving (first time back back to NC in 11 years).
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Post by: smirnoff on August 20, 2012, 09:27:24 AM
What a great/productive vacation! Nothing fuels a road trip like donuts.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 20, 2012, 01:00:45 PM
Looks like a wonderful trip, Sandy!
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Post by: Sandy on August 20, 2012, 01:30:32 PM
What a great/productive vacation! Nothing fuels a road trip like donuts.

With no Cinnabon stores in sight, a Cocoa Puffs Voodoo donut was the next best thing. :)

Looks like a wonderful trip, Sandy!

It really was, thanks!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 20, 2012, 02:24:34 PM
What a great/productive vacation! Nothing fuels a road trip like donuts.

With no Cinnabon stores in sight, a Cocoa Puffs Voodoo donut was the next best thing. :)

They're too healthy out there. Tsk tsk.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 20, 2012, 03:36:45 PM

Some lovely photos. Looking forward to my trip to LA and San Francisco, leaving in less than 3 weeks. Just not looking forward to a 14 hour flight with an 18 month old.

San Francisco is worth the flight.. have you made any specific plans on what you will do?

I only lived there a few years but it is where I like to tell everybody where I am from when the conversations come up.  My next vacation plan is to go back to SF in November for a week or so and then to my parents in North Carolina for Thankgiving (first time back back to NC in 11 years).

We fly into to LA and are driving up the 1 to SF. In SF doing the classics, Alcatraz, the wharfs and the Bridge. I was not that impressed when I went there 20 years ago, but I love the drive up the 1. I am looking forward to seeing SF again, and hope I get more out of it this time.

Where abouts in NC are you going, I lived in Chapel Hill for a little while (again a long time ago)?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on August 20, 2012, 07:50:40 PM

Some lovely photos. Looking forward to my trip to LA and San Francisco, leaving in less than 3 weeks. Just not looking forward to a 14 hour flight with an 18 month old.

San Francisco is worth the flight.. have you made any specific plans on what you will do?

I only lived there a few years but it is where I like to tell everybody where I am from when the conversations come up.  My next vacation plan is to go back to SF in November for a week or so and then to my parents in North Carolina for Thankgiving (first time back back to NC in 11 years).

We fly into to LA and are driving up the 1 to SF. In SF doing the classics, Alcatraz, the wharfs and the Bridge. I was not that impressed when I went there 20 years ago, but I love the drive up the 1. I am looking forward to seeing SF again, and hope I get more out of it this time.

Where abouts in NC are you going, I lived in Chapel Hill for a little while (again a long time ago)?

If you drive up US1, you may want to stop in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey.  Nice to get steamed crabs there on the warf and not as crowded as SF's warf area:

http://www.carmelcalifornia.com/

My parents stay in Charlotte but I never lived there.  I did live in the Research Triangle Park area for 7 years so at some point I have lived in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.  For a short while, I was working at the University of NC in Chapel Hill.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 20, 2012, 08:04:08 PM
Winter is fairly mild here overnight it might get close to 0C (32F), but usually overnight it would be 6-7C (42ishF), and during the day a couple of times it may only reach 8C (45F), but usually it would be more like 14C (54F). So winter is like Portland or Seattle, but no snow.

I think I have those conversions correct.

Some lovely photos. Looking forward to my trip to LA and San Francisco, leaving in less than 3 weeks. Just not looking forward to a 14 hour flight with an 18 month old.

Your winters are very do-able. :) Did I know you have an 18 month old?! How great is that! I would recommend Benadryl for the plane flight, but it backfired on me when I brought my daughter home from China. Instead of drowsy, she became highly agitated and it was a very, very long flight. So my advice is: be very wary of anyone's advice! (except for this one: bring a straw so he/she can drink from it to help with ear pressure.) Love that coast drive--have a wonderful upcoming trip!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 21, 2012, 07:33:14 AM
@jdc, we were planning on stopping at Carmel, but did not know about the crabs, it will not be hard to convince the others to do that. Your mentioning of those NC places brings back some memories.

@Sandy, we will try the straw advice, but skip the Benadryl, it does not sound like you had a pleasant flight. Tait is a little boy, heading into a mischievous stage I think (it will probably only last for the next 10 or 20 years  ;D)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 21, 2012, 09:52:09 AM
Tait is a little boy, heading into a mischievous stage I think (it will probably only last for the next 10 or 20 years  ;D)

 :D Tait! How cute.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 21, 2012, 08:39:29 PM
Tait is a little boy

I think you mean Taiter tot.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 21, 2012, 10:19:25 PM
Boom boom   ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on August 22, 2012, 12:23:43 PM
Today I booked a 5-day trip to Rome for me and one of my daughters first week in November!

I'm really excited to go there since I've never been either there or in Italy. Besides I found a hostel/hotel that looks like a dream coming true (unless everything turns out to be a hoax and all the people on tripadvisor just blatant liers, but I hope not.)

How fitting that the new Allen movie opening here shortly takes place in Rome! It will hopefully serve as yet another source of inspiration (as if I need one), even though the film in itself might be so-and-so according to the luke-warm reviews.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 22, 2012, 03:18:05 PM
How wonderful, Lobby! My own visit to Rome, many years ago, was much too brief, so my experience is not deep, but I adored everything about the city I saw in the few days I was there. It's heaven for anyone who is even remotely interested in art and history - and good food. :) 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on August 23, 2012, 12:38:30 AM
I've been a sucker for the Roman history ever since I watched the BBC series I Claudius (highly recommended btw. The setting is super simple, just a studio; they can't possibly have left UK to record it. But the acting is superb. That's where they put their effort.) I even read latin at school. So yeah, I think it's about time I get there. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 23, 2012, 04:14:47 PM
Lobby, I can't wait to hear all about your discoveries!
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 23, 2012, 05:25:48 PM
Ah Rome the food, the ruins, and the history. Have a great time discovering.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on August 23, 2012, 11:54:46 PM
Thanks Sandy & Dave! It's still a couple of months away, but I really love to have a trip to look forward to.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on September 02, 2012, 12:24:33 PM
Working vacation, but...

Viva Las Vegas!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on September 02, 2012, 06:29:22 PM
Working vacation, but...

Viva Las Vegas!

I know it's craptastic, but I love Las Vegas.  Living in Midland for so many years, I went many times.  I always came home with a story to tell.
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Post by: Corndog on September 13, 2012, 11:35:53 AM
Off to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the UP for a long weekend. See y'all next week!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on September 17, 2012, 01:48:54 PM
Pictured Rocks was awesome! We had perfect weather. The only problem was that we hiked the 45 miles in just two days, and therefore our feet and legs were falling off by the end. We jumped into the cold Lake Superior as celebration when we finished the trail.

(http://i49.tinypic.com/6s3lu8.jpg)(http://i49.tinypic.com/11v074m.jpg)
(http://i50.tinypic.com/b6vbz5.jpg)(http://i46.tinypic.com/2dv8z0m.jpg)
(http://i50.tinypic.com/15p4s2t.jpg)(http://i46.tinypic.com/hrbvvr.jpg)
(http://i50.tinypic.com/30az6fo.jpg)(http://i47.tinypic.com/2466i68.jpg)

(http://i49.tinypic.com/j6l65d.jpg)
The three amigos (I am on the right)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 17, 2012, 02:05:20 PM
Beautiful pics, CD! Your trip look amazing.
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Post by: Sandy on September 17, 2012, 04:50:33 PM
If I didn't know better, I'd think you were somewhere tropical. :) Stunning pictures Corndog!
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Post by: Corndog on September 17, 2012, 05:26:43 PM
If I didn't know better, I'd think you were somewhere tropical. :) Stunning pictures Corndog!
Beautiful pics, CD! Your trip look amazing.

Thanks! I couldn't believe how blue and clear the water was. The temperature was a perfect 60s during the day and low 50s at night.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on September 17, 2012, 05:40:43 PM
so nice...
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Post by: smirnoff on September 17, 2012, 05:41:43 PM
It looks like a magical place!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on September 17, 2012, 08:07:12 PM
Yeah, I went to Pictured Rocks a few years ago, it was beautiful. 
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Post by: mañana on September 18, 2012, 12:44:29 PM
Lake Superior?! Wow!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on September 24, 2012, 10:59:43 AM
Well the vacation is more than half over and it has been lots of fun so far. The little one was remarkably good on the flight over. He would stretch out in his sleep in the bassinet and his legs ended up hanging out of the bassinet, it looked very cute.

Finds of the trip so far have been

San Pedro Aquarium, the building and feel of the place are low budget, but the exhibits (all creatures found off shore in the area) are fantastic, and it was only about $5 to get in. Strongly recommend it over the bigger aquariums.

The drive up the 1 is not as forested as I remember, clearly my time in Big Sur, 20 odd years ago, distorted my view of the road. It is still a gorgeous drive.

JDC you suggested getting seafood in Carmel by the sea instead of SF, unfortunately we did not gauge the times well and could only drive past Carmel and Monterey, then did not have seafood in SF. My wife and I did get an evening meal together in SF (left the little one with the grandparents), went to the Greens restaurant in Fort Mason a good meal in a lovely location, watched the sunsetting over the Goldern Gate Bridge from our table.

Disneyland tomorrow will have to wait and see how Tait copes.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on September 27, 2012, 04:19:01 PM
The first half of my Europe Trip pictures are up. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/sets/72157631638181008/) These are from Madrid and Bologna and include a trip to the Lamborghini showroom/museum/factory.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8315/8030887329_1a707cef6f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/8030887329/)
I say unto you (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/8030887329/) by Every Day A Photo (http://www.flickr.com/people/gnslngr1919/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on September 29, 2012, 08:03:35 PM
trying to finalize a vacation in Nov but a bit worried about flights.  Should start in German to Amsterdam and then to Chicago and finally  North Carolina for Thanksgiviing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on September 29, 2012, 08:32:03 PM
That sounds like a long day!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 01, 2012, 01:37:19 PM
trying to finalize a vacation in Nov but a bit worried about flights.  Should start in German to Amsterdam and then to Chicago and finally  North Carolina for Thanksgiviing.

I am surprised you are not going to Dulles instead of Chicago, it would save several hours of flying time, or do you have a stop over in Chicago?



Back from LA now and what a flight, over a hour trying to calm a screaming baby while the rest of the plane was trying to sleep. Many people were quite simpathetic, others did not look happy, and I fully understand that.

Still it was a good trip, but it will be a long time before we go again. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on October 01, 2012, 03:08:02 PM
I feel your pain Dave. :( When it happened to me, I felt like I owed everyone a refund.

Still I'm glad it was a good trip and time and distance will give you a story to laugh about (later, much later).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 01, 2012, 05:57:39 PM
trying to finalize a vacation in Nov but a bit worried about flights.  Should start in German to Amsterdam and then to Chicago and finally  North Carolina for Thanksgiviing.

I am surprised you are not going to Dulles instead of Chicago, it would save several hours of flying time, or do you have a stop over in Chicago?



Back from LA now and what a flight, over a hour trying to calm a screaming baby while the rest of the plane was trying to sleep. Many people were quite simpathetic, others did not look happy, and I fully understand that.

Still it was a good trip, but it will be a long time before we go again.

Yes Chicago will be a stop over for 4 or 5 days.  I have 2 brothers living north of the city.  Plan to catch Les Mis that is also playing:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Les-Miserables-Chicago-tickets/artist/1517728

In total will be off for about 3 weeks but even vacations usually require some work from time to time.
Title: Anyone here with Spain vacation suggestions?
Post by: saltine on October 10, 2012, 10:26:37 AM
[I'll merge this with the Vacation thread later, but for now, I'd like for anyone with knowledge of vacationing/holidaying in Spain to see this.]

Thinking of vacationing in Spain next August or September. Is there anyone here who has some knowledge of the country and is willing to exchange some emails or pms with me or post your thoughts here?

I've been to the internet, but it's not really helpful in specific ways or in weighing options.

As of now, we are considering Madrid and Barcelona, but we're certainly open to other options.  I'm torn between 1) immersion in one city and  2) getting a car and seeing more of the countryside.  If immersion, which city?  If a drive, which route? How much time is enough time to commit to a Spanish holiday?  Has anyone done an organized tour which they recommend?  We toured Italy with a group and we were glad we did, but I'm not sure Spain has to be toured with a group and driver, like Italy.

Anyway, I'm filled with questions so if anyone has time and knowledge and would like to help me with my plan, I'd really appreciate your assistance.

Title: Re: Anyone here with Spain vacation suggestions?
Post by: Junior on October 10, 2012, 11:05:22 AM
Did a few days in Madrid as part of my trip earlier this year. There's a lot to see there, museums and palaces and soccer stadiums and an amusement park and a giant park thing. Well, several large parks. They hosted a World's Fair once, so there are a lot of cool things along with that. We were only there for a few days, but I feel like we could have spent longer and had enough to see. That is, unfortunately, all I got for you, though. Feel free to ask any questions, but I don't know if I'll have the answers.
Title: Re: Anyone here with Spain vacation suggestions?
Post by: saltine on October 10, 2012, 11:32:07 AM
Did a few days in Madrid as part of my trip earlier this year. There's a lot to see there, museums and palaces and soccer stadiums and an amusement park and a giant park thing. Well, several large parks. They hosted a World's Fair once, so there are a lot of cool things along with that. We were only there for a few days, but I feel like we could have spent longer and had enough to see. That is, unfortunately, all I got for you, though. Feel free to ask any questions, but I don't know if I'll have the answers.

Can you stay in central Madrid and use public transportation or walk to the major sites?  Or is it all spread out and inaccessible except by car or cab?
Title: Re: Anyone here with Spain vacation suggestions?
Post by: Junior on October 10, 2012, 11:38:36 AM
Yeah, the public transportation is fine. Clean and easy to use. There is a lot of walking, but it's a nice city to walk in.
Title: Re: Anyone here with Spain vacation suggestions?
Post by: saltine on October 10, 2012, 11:39:39 AM
Thanks!  Glad to hear it's a clean city and good to walk in.  We might be taking the granddaughter.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 23, 2012, 03:46:27 AM
Of course.. you should always go wine tasting when visiting a country with a lot of wines.

I was planning to go to Italy in Nov before my US trip but had to cancel as I need to push out the beginning of my trip 4 days due to work.  So will go Germany, San Francisco, Chicago, North Carolina.

Looking forward to go back to SF for wine tasting and food...

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on October 29, 2012, 06:40:14 PM
...and finally I'm off to Rome! I might pop by using an iphone and a wi-fi, but more likely I'll be away as a forum contributor for the rest of the week. See you later!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 29, 2012, 07:02:31 PM
...and finally I'm off to Rome! I might pop by using an iphone and a wi-fi, but more likely I'll be away as a forum contributor for the rest of the week. See you later!

Just enjoy....everybody will be here when you get back
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on October 29, 2012, 07:20:43 PM
Lobby! Wishing for you a wonderful trip!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 30, 2012, 02:01:00 AM
Have a great trip Lobby
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 05, 2012, 03:51:20 PM
Well I'm back from Rome!

There were far more tourists around than I had imagined this time of the year, but lucky for us I had made a lot of pre-bookings over the web, which saved us quite a bit of queuing time.

I'll share a couple of pics (not that impressive, I know - I'm not a photographer and I used my phone, but... well it's just a sample to get the taste of it).

We started off our trip with a 3 hour guided tour on vespas. This pic lies a bit since we were passengers, not drivers. However it was awesome. And I desperately want a vespa of my own. Or a motorcycle. :)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0396.jpg)

Colosseum was one of our favorite places. A lot of people - yes. But also a lot of space.
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0424.jpg)

Inspired by a comment at my blog we went to Cinecitta, where a lot of classical movies have been shot and had a guided tour in the outdoor settings. Unfortunately it was raining and the guide was pretty terrible. Tuva hated it. But I still thought it was pretty cool. And I need to watch Rome, now that I've seen the settings!

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0456.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0440.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0439.jpg)

Most of the time we had pretty nice weather. But when we visited the Pantheon it rained, which created a slippery floor to say the least and some interesting light effects. It looked like angels hovering in the air!

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0459.jpg)

Pompei. What can I say? I could have spent days walking around there. Sadly we didn't have that much time.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0475.jpg)

I had the best pizza I've had in my entire life in Rome. The question is if I ever want to eat a pizza from anywhere else. I'm not sure I can, now that I've tasted how it's supposed to be.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0572.jpg)

This should be familliar for anyone who's seen A Roman Holiday.
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0623.jpg)

Inspired by Bright Star we went to the Protestant Cemetary to visit Keat's grave. Sadly it turned out to be closed (with very limited opening hours) and the wall was a bit too high for us to try to break ourselves in.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/IMG_0625.jpg)



And now I'm back at home, and all those memories, from Galleria Borghese (with marble statues that looked alive and a ceiling with 3D effects that film makers could learn a great deal from - no special glasses needed!),  from the magnificence S:t Peters and all the rest of The Vatican, from the Cappuchiner crypts (3500 skeletons arranged in the most amazing way that really inspired you to think about your own mortality), from the late night mystery tour, from the opera concert, from strolling in the sunshine eating icecream, from the Jewish ghetto, from getting lost more times than I could count, from food and from beautiful "shabby chick" quarters, keep swirling around in my head.

You have to excuse me if I'll pop out little blurbs about Rome here and there in the months to follow. I just can't help myself!

The short version: We had a blast.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on November 05, 2012, 04:11:44 PM
Thanks for sharing these images (especially the pizza. Yum.)  Rome is the top of Mr. and Mrs. 1SO's vacation wish list. Love that you included a visit to Cinecitta.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on November 05, 2012, 04:15:06 PM
Sounds like fun. Definitely a place I want to spend more time in with a family that is less fast-paced. Love that floor reflection picture!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on November 05, 2012, 04:15:48 PM
Welcome back, Lobby!  Glad you enjoyed yourself.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 05, 2012, 04:23:52 PM
Thanks all! @Junior: I think my daughter had a few things to say about the pace and ambition of the programme I had put together tbh. ;) To my defense: we  had six whole days in Rome, and we did get some leisure time as well, even though we had planned activities every day. But there were no long lazy mornings spent snoozing in our beds.

I would love to return one day now that we've seen the "must-sees" and just spend my days drinking coffee, watching the streetlife.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 05, 2012, 05:39:13 PM
Thanks for sharing these images (especially the pizza. Yum.)  Rome is the top of Mr. and Mrs. 1SO's vacation wish list. Love that you included a visit to Cinecitta.

I was originally suppose to start my vacation today and would have been on my way to Rome for a couple of days.  I was asked to delay it and on my way to Bangkok for a few days of meetings.  So we had to end up cutting Rome off the Agenda this time around but I am will certainly go there next year.  Do you remember the name of your pizza shop?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 05, 2012, 06:19:03 PM
Lobby! Can't believe you're back already, but you must have really felt the time fly. Beautiful pics and your daughter is lovely. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on November 05, 2012, 06:28:13 PM
Mushroom pizza FTW!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 06, 2012, 12:12:46 AM
@JDC: This pizza was eaten at Dar Poeta, which is situated in the cozy area Trastevery, more precisely at vicolo del bologna 45.

@Sandy: Time is such a strange things when it comes to vacation. On one hand: yes, time did fly. On the other hand: it feels as if I've been away from the forum for ages.

@Bondo: Funghi is my favorite pizza. To be honest I rarely have anything else. I usually make an effort to try something else, so I check out the menu. But it always ends in the same way: I go for the mushroom pizza. And I never regret it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on November 06, 2012, 03:13:44 AM
Welcome back Lobby, lovely pictures and stories behind those pictures.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on November 06, 2012, 09:58:01 AM
Wonderful pics, Lobby! Looks like it was such a fabulous trip. (I want to go back to Rome!! :) )
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on November 06, 2012, 12:23:50 PM
This looks like you had a great time, Lobby. And welcome back.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 06, 2012, 01:25:05 PM
Thanks all! I miss it so much already. But I guess I can live on the memories for quite some while. My mind keeps wandering away, back to the ruins and marvelous art pieces. And I won't stop it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on November 07, 2012, 12:07:42 PM
Finally some pictures from my trip to Europe part 3: Florence! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/sets/72157631929745421/) Warning, some statue nudity.

My favorite.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7127/8155870556_9e54b5268c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/8155870556/)
Hold Me (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/8155870556/) by Every Day A Photo (http://www.flickr.com/people/gnslngr1919/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on November 09, 2012, 08:47:10 AM
Finished up editing the Rome/Vatican City pictures from my trip. Click. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/sets/72157631963120843/)

This is my favorite.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7128/8167909444_521fba8667_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/8167909444/)
Look over there! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnslngr1919/8167909444/) by Every Day A Photo (http://www.flickr.com/people/gnslngr1919/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on November 09, 2012, 08:58:21 AM
That's stunning, Junior! Did you touch up the picture at all, or is the gold really that shiny? (It has been 8 or 10 years since I have been in Rome ;))

I very much enjoyed your Rome pics, too, Lobby! Too bad you did not get to visit Keats' grave - it is a beautiful, peaceful place.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on November 09, 2012, 09:02:41 AM
Thanks! There was some touch up but not of that. Mostly it was getting the lighting right, toning down the whites and lightening up the blacks so they don't blow out/disappear.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 09, 2012, 09:09:55 AM
Junior: your pics are amazing! It's tempting to steal them and show them to my family and friends rather than the crappy ones I took with my phone.

@Emiliana: We spent six whole days in Rome and started our programme early every morning and yet I have so much left to see and do there.  So I hope there will be a next time one day, and then I'll try to include it. I just need to be aware of those restricted opening hours.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on November 09, 2012, 09:17:55 AM
Thanks Lobby, you have my permission to steal them!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on November 09, 2012, 06:39:32 PM
 :o

Incredible pics, Junior!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 10, 2012, 09:36:16 PM
German weather seems not to agree with me or maybe just the stress of so much flying in short time but was feeling a bit sick almost as soon as I arrived.  Just here for 1 day, now off to San Francisco  in a few hours.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on November 13, 2012, 12:53:55 PM
Where in Germany did you go, jdc?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 13, 2012, 04:25:58 PM
Where in Germany did you go, jdc?
Just frankfurt again. Germany was not the reason for the trip, just a stop over. Some time next year i will plan a  trip
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 30, 2012, 01:13:28 AM
I'm heading to Gotland over the weekend. It's an immensely beautiful island outside of Sweden (and the main island close to Bergman's favorite place Fårö).

I'll be visiting a friend who lives in the medieval town Visby, which according to me is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, alongside with New York City, Paris and Edinburgh.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/Visby.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on November 30, 2012, 04:19:24 AM
Visby is a lovely place, I enjoyed my time there walking around the town and its outer wall. Although I was there in a September so no snow on the ground, it is a lovely picture you posted. Enjoy your weekend.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on November 30, 2012, 06:14:09 AM
I've been there three times before, every time in the beginning of August, for the yearly Medieval week. But I've heard good things about Visby in September. The worst tourist crowds are gone and you have the beautiful city to yourself. Glad you enjoyed it!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on January 28, 2013, 01:46:00 AM
Have any of you US filmspotters heard of or used Spirit Airlines (http://www.spirit.com/Default.aspx)?  I found it today when I was doing fare searches.  They fly an all-airbus fleet and have limited routes and times, but for the places they do fly, their fares are cheap as chips!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on January 28, 2013, 04:31:32 PM
I have at least heard of them, just not about them. Sorry.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on March 27, 2013, 12:58:37 AM
Finally!

Time has come to go cross the great sea once again. I'm heading to NYC this coming Friday, staying for a week. This is my second trip and since we did a lot of the "mandatory" stuff last time (Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, United Nations HQ), I feel free to do whatever comes to my mind.

Mostly I plan just to walk around and look up at the skyscrapers with a stupid happy smile on my face, occasionally taking notice of all the yellow cabs, feeling as if I'm in the middle of a movie. But if you have any special tips for me about things to do or see, please go ahead and tell me!

This is how I'll look on Friday!
 :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on March 27, 2013, 02:46:51 AM
Enjoy the buzz that NY exudes.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 27, 2013, 02:58:53 AM
I feel free to do whatever comes to my mind.


Pizza.. eat lots of Pizza
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 27, 2013, 02:35:35 PM
Enjoy, Lobby!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: don s. on March 27, 2013, 03:13:45 PM
I love NYC. Last time I visited I was there for four days and saw five plays.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on March 27, 2013, 06:52:02 PM
Pizza.. eat lots of Pizza

This...and ride trains. That was what I remember most about my NYC trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 29, 2013, 09:28:23 AM
I overheard my daughter tell her friend, "For spring break, we're going to look at rocks."

Lamest mom ever! :))

(Last night, she did say she was excited about the trip. I guess I've sold her on the idea.)
 

The ghost town of Grafton
(http://i48.tinypic.com/2049br.jpg)


Horseshoe Bend
(http://i49.tinypic.com/nq2zye.jpg)


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
(http://i50.tinypic.com/2uqiw46.jpg)


Monument Valley
(http://i47.tinypic.com/2czdppk.jpg)


Goblin Valley :))
(http://i50.tinypic.com/2ia6g5u.jpg)



Looking forward to all the reviews I get to read, when I get back! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 29, 2013, 11:32:14 AM
Have a great trip, Sandy! Looks awesome. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 29, 2013, 01:04:48 PM
And imagine how much more you'll get out of those westerns after you've travelled the same area. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on March 29, 2013, 01:05:24 PM
So jealous Sandy, have a blast!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on March 29, 2013, 02:34:49 PM
Awesome looking trip. Have fun Sandy
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 29, 2013, 08:07:12 PM
The great Southwest!  Love it, Sandy.  Have a great trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on April 01, 2013, 04:12:59 PM
I'm going to Winnipeg at the beginning of May for a weekend. Winnipeggers of the forum assemble!...and tell me what to do while I'm there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 01, 2013, 05:04:32 PM
Stay warm







Ok that is a bad joke
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 01, 2013, 05:24:33 PM
You want eating recommendations? What sort of food? Dinner, breakfast?

You looking for the good theaters?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on April 01, 2013, 10:26:45 PM
Sandy-

Have fun!  I've been to all those places except Grafton.  Should be awesome!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on April 07, 2013, 07:53:13 AM
...and I'm back in Sweden, greeted by a snow storm today...
That's quite a contrast from my final lovely stroll in Central Park the other day, jackets off, enjoying the first truly warm spring day.

I've had a blast to say the least, but getting back home feels rough. As always.

The best thing about NYC is just walking around, awing at the skyscrapers imo. Other great things I did: a visit to the Museum of the moving image in Queens, where I saw a model from Blade Runner and the doll used for The Exorcist, a guided tour to places where movies have been shot, went to a gospel mass (they sang as well as they always do in the movies), saw The Phantom of the Opera at Broadway, went to an IMAX theatre for the first time in my life (we have none in Swe), guided tour at Radio City Hall, some art museums (Moma, Guggenheim). But the question if is not the best thing I did was going to a stand-up comedy club in East Village, far away from the crowd at Times Square. It was very cosy, fun, unpretentious and ridiculously cheap. A bargain.

I might toss up some pics eventually We'll see. Just wanted to let you know that I'm still around this forum.

@Sandy: I had one of those hamburgers, finally! First time we went there there was a queue that would take hours, but I returned at a better point of the day on my own and sneaked in behind the red curtains and had a delicious meal. Thanks for the recommendation!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 07, 2013, 06:37:36 PM
Thanks for the well wishes everyone!!! I'll post some pics soon. :)


...and I'm back in Sweden, greeted by a snow storm today...
That's quite a contrast from my final lovely stroll in Central Park the other day, jackets off, enjoying the first truly warm spring day.

I've had a blast to say the least, but getting back home feels rough. As always.

The best thing about NYC is just walking around, awing at the skyscrapers imo. Other great things I did: a visit to the Museum of the moving image in Queens, where I saw a model from Blade Runner and the doll used for The Exorcist, a guided tour to places where movies have been shot, went to a gospel mass (they sang as well as they always do in the movies), saw The Phantom of the Opera at Broadway, went to an IMAX theatre for the first time in my life (we have none in Swe), guided tour at Radio City Hall, some art museums (Moma, Guggenheim). But the question if is not the best thing I did was going to a stand-up comedy club in East Village, far away from the crowd at Times Square. It was very cosy, fun, unpretentious and ridiculously cheap. A bargain.

I might toss up some pics eventually We'll see. Just wanted to let you know that I'm still around this forum.

@Sandy: I had one of those hamburgers, finally! First time we went there there was a queue that would take hours, but I returned at a better point of the day on my own and sneaked in behind the red curtains and had a delicious meal. Thanks for the recommendation!

As much as I love rocks and sun and dirt, I'm completely envious of your vacation Lobby. :D I just read your blog post and lived a few moments vicariously through your eyes. You were able to see so many sights in your time there. You're a pro! I forgot about the lines at the burger joint, but am glad you went back when things got quieter. At some point, hamburgers are only so good and can't offset waiting in an endless line. It's not such a best kept secret after all. They sure try and hide behind those curtains though.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on April 08, 2013, 12:28:16 AM
Sun and dirt is pretty awesome too Sandy. I certainly wouldn't mind taking your trip.

Indeed I did a lot of things in NYC. The things I included in the blogpost are only half of the story. I didn't bring up the Jon Stewart show recording here, which was pretty awesome too. (Since they don't show the audience I'm afraid I'm not in the screen, but I was one of those who cheered and laughed in the background at the episode with the guy who had written a book about Karl Marx).
I could go on and on about my vacation forever. I guess it will sipper out a little bit here, a little bit there in the weeks to come.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 08, 2013, 12:57:46 AM
Kanab (Little Hollywood)

There's a small film museum in town with some preserved structures. Can you name the movie where this is from?
(http://i45.tinypic.com/117twsn.jpg)

They have a bone yard, where much of the equipment was used in John Carter
(http://i48.tinypic.com/2r592tj.jpg)




Glen Canyon National Recreation Area/Lake Powell

(http://i47.tinypic.com/106hmp3.jpg)

"Okay, we're here to stay."
(http://i49.tinypic.com/jj9s1y.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/2ywgu1v.jpg)

This is my bench. I spent many happy moments watching the sun play across the mountain ranges, while listening to music. :)
(http://i48.tinypic.com/29lln3m.jpg)

(http://i50.tinypic.com/2rxabyv.jpg)




Monument Valley

(http://i48.tinypic.com/2qte2au.jpg)

This Navajo run hotel was my favorite find. The only reason I knew about it is because I Google mapped the West Mitten Butte and it was the only thing for miles and miles. This was taken from my room's porch.
(http://i49.tinypic.com/245fpqo.jpg)

Sunrise! I'm so glad I was out on the porch already and got a chance to see it.
(http://i48.tinypic.com/4qk8pc.jpg)

John Ford's Point!
(http://i45.tinypic.com/50nrrd.jpg)

(http://i50.tinypic.com/34zm41y.jpg)




Goblin Valley

Favorite quotes quoted on arrival:

(http://i46.tinypic.com/hwc0sx.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/124x4qc.jpg)

"oh yeah"
(http://i47.tinypic.com/2mz0579.jpg)

(http://i46.tinypic.com/206zx95.jpg)

"Don't open that! It's an alien planet! Is there air? You don't know!"
[Sniffing, breathing] "Seems okay."

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 08, 2013, 01:09:59 AM
Sun and dirt is pretty awesome too Sandy. I certainly wouldn't mind taking your trip.

Indeed I did a lot of things in NYC. The things I included in the blogpost are only half of the story. I didn't bring up the Jon Stewart show recording here, which was pretty awesome too. (Since they don't show the audience I'm afraid I'm not in the screen, but I was one of those who cheered and laughed in the background at the episode with the guy who had written a book about Karl Marx).
I could go on and on about my vacation forever. I guess it will sipper out a little bit here, a little bit there in the weeks to come.

 :D

I'm so glad you got to see a show recording. They sure know how to pump up an audience. Looking forward to hearing more along the way.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on April 08, 2013, 02:23:29 AM
I watched that episode of The Daily Show  :).

Glad you both enjoyed your trips but glad you are both back...need to get catch-up chats going soonish.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on April 08, 2013, 09:34:50 AM
Great pictures Sandy! Looks like it was a great time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 08, 2013, 01:12:47 PM
Sounds - and looks - like you both had awesome trips! Welcome back. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Monty on April 08, 2013, 01:32:03 PM
Great pictures Sandy! Looks like it was a great time!

Ditto, can we have a clue for the movie please :).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 08, 2013, 01:47:58 PM
 :D

It was a lot of fun.



Hard to tell in my picture and this one from the movie, but there are crosses on the door and window boards.

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 08, 2013, 05:46:39 PM
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Nailed it!



Looks like the best trip ever. Great pictures!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 08, 2013, 07:05:40 PM
Nailed it!



Looks like the best trip ever. Great pictures!

 :))

I would have been bummed out, if I had forgotten to buy those cheese things!

As Fred Kwan says, ""It's the simple things in life you treasure." :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 29, 2013, 11:55:54 AM
Tomorrow early, heading out to parts known and unknown. My spouse's work itinerary is in a constant state of flux (adding new meetings, changing the time's of others), but traveling on the cheap is the way to go, so I asked Davis (his turn for a trip) if he's ready for an adventure and he said, "Bring it on." I like his attitude and in my book, discovery along the way can be a lot of fun. These are the knowns:

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That's Leipzig. :)





Have a great June everyone. Miss this place already. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on May 29, 2013, 12:05:06 PM
We miss you already too! Have fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 29, 2013, 12:09:12 PM
Have fun Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on May 29, 2013, 12:27:28 PM
That looks like quite something! Well, Europe isn't all that big, so if there will pop up any meeting in Scandinavia, you know where to find me!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on May 29, 2013, 12:48:53 PM
Happy adventuring!  I'm jealous!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: AAAutin on May 29, 2013, 01:13:10 PM
I'm jealous!

Same here!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on May 29, 2013, 04:08:25 PM
Have a wonderful and adventurous trip Sandy and family.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 29, 2013, 06:06:34 PM
You're all so wonderful.

I'm afraid I posted too soon. My oldest son has been ill, but was on the mend enough that we were given a green light to leave him in the care of my mother-in-law and his diabetic specialist. We had one last visit today to an ENT for a persistent infection in his mouth for a culture result. The culture came back not worrisome, but one look in his mouth and the doctor headed us directly to the hospital for emergency surgery, possibly multiple surgeries--an agressive infection that could take his eyesight if not contained. I'm so grateful we went to him. The estimate is a week in the hospital. Apologies for taking you on my roller coaster ride, but then again, who better to take with me than my filmspotting friends. :) I'll keep you posted.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on May 29, 2013, 06:07:59 PM
Scary stuff! Good thing you caught it. Speedy recovery! Movies!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: AAAutin on May 29, 2013, 06:14:17 PM
Jealous no longer!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on May 29, 2013, 06:28:08 PM
Hoping all goes well with your eldest son. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Clovis8 on May 29, 2013, 08:25:18 PM
I'm off to vegas next week for the World Series of Poker. I'd ask you to wish me luck but I don't believe in luck. Wish me the good end of the bell curve!  ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: AAAutin on May 29, 2013, 09:12:40 PM
I wish you Joe Pesci!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 29, 2013, 09:16:15 PM
Do keep us posted, Sandy, and know we're all pulling for him to have a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 29, 2013, 09:17:18 PM
Sandy, whoa!

Clovis, wear a fake mustache!



Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: roujin on May 29, 2013, 11:06:16 PM
Finish in the money, clovis!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on May 30, 2013, 12:26:53 AM
@Sandy: what a change of turns. :(  But a good thing he's in good hands.
I hope your trip can happen later on.

@Clovis: Anything connected to gambling gives me a pain in my stomach but I'll try to restrain my motherly side here. Have fun. Be wise. Those things are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 30, 2013, 01:38:07 AM
Thank you for the well wishes everyone! I'll pass them on. The surgery was successful and now it's time for recovery and yes Junior, Lot's of movies.:)


Now to help get this thread back on track. Clovis, have a great time in Vegas! I have no idea what this means outside of taking tests, but I do wish for you the good end of the bell curve.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on May 30, 2013, 01:42:01 AM
The surgery was successful

A great relief.



Clovis8, how many events you planning to enter? or is it just the Main Event?
I hope Norman Chad gives you at least a mention.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on May 30, 2013, 05:26:11 AM
The surgery was successful

A great relief.

Indeed a great relief
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 31, 2013, 03:50:57 PM
The surgery was successful

A great relief.

Indeed a great relief

So glad to hear that Sandy.  Hoping for a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 04, 2013, 06:45:32 PM
I'm off to vegas next week for the World Series of Poker. I'd ask you to wish me luck but I don't believe in luck. Wish me the good end of the bell curve!  ;)

How did the Poker go?

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 04, 2013, 06:49:28 PM
1 more day and then off for a week to China, first a quick trip to Zhengzhou for 3rd wedding celebration.  This will be the last, I hope

Then a few days of trekking, only thought out plan so far is Mount Hua

https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=mount+hua&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=xAjWUfPvN4O0rAfP6YCoAQ&biw=1366&bih=653&sei=yAjWUcSFKMrZrQfP8oDYCQ

Not planning to be online for a week after tomorrow... hopefully
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on July 04, 2013, 09:18:44 PM
There's a sister wives joke in there somewhere.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 05, 2013, 01:59:02 AM
Then a few days of trekking, only thought out plan so far is Mount Hua

https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=mount+hua&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=xAjWUfPvN4O0rAfP6YCoAQ&biw=1366&bih=653&sei=yAjWUcSFKMrZrQfP8oDYCQ
Looks amazing!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on July 06, 2013, 07:00:07 PM
Got back from a lake house vacation yesterday. We had mostly rain, unfortunately, but it did clear up for the 3rd and 4th, which was nice. Got a lot of reading done (check the book review thread) and less movie watching (only The Maltese Falcon, again, check the movie review thread) and a lot of game playing. The nicest part was that it was only about half an hour away but that was half an hour closer to the Book Barn, which is basically my Mecca. Got this group for around 45 dollars. I'll have some pictures later from Gillette castle, which was built by the guy that basically created the look of Sherlock Holmes by being the first to portray him famously on stage and screen. He built a crazy cool castle with some wooden steam-punk-y contraptions. Doors like this throughout the house.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V1nvc0lU5oo/TkxoS7LZtUI/AAAAAAAAFv8/wsMKlSYhEvo/s1600/Gillette+Castle+6_OTIS.jpg)

Anyways, I'm back. PACIFIC RIM IN LESS THAN A WEEK!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 06, 2013, 07:22:59 PM
Holy Shades of Proenneke!



Welcome back Junior. :) Your trip sounds restful.

edit: except for your book choices! :o
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 06, 2013, 08:48:20 PM
That's really neat!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 09, 2013, 05:01:45 PM
... and I'm back from Provence and a few weeks of no Internet access at all (btw much more enjoyable than I would have thought. Far from being a sacrifice, it was refreshing).

This holiday was everything I dreamed of and a lot more! I went to the medieval recommended to me here at the forum - and it was awesome. I've been to the Roman theatre in Orange and to Pont de Gard and the pope palace in Avignon. I've been to a church in a cave at a mounain top where Maria Magdalena was supposed to have spent her last days on Earth.
I've wandered along the fiords south of Marseille,  I've marvelled at the richness of flowers on an alp top and I've paddled in a kayak in the blue canyon of Verdon. But the sight that really left me speachless was the limestone cave at Orgnac .http://www.orgnac.com/site_uk/aven.htm  I was like Legolas when Gimli showed him the wonders of the Dwarf kingdoms underground. I really lack words to describe it and I know I must return one day for further exploration.

Now I'm tryng to catch up a bit with twitterfeeds, blog readers and the forum. Can't wait to get back to writing about movies and reconnecting to you all!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 09, 2013, 08:36:57 PM
Welcome back, Lobby!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 09, 2013, 10:02:36 PM
Wow Lobby! Hope there are some trip pictures forthcoming. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on July 09, 2013, 10:21:33 PM
Welcome back, Lobby!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 10, 2013, 12:50:59 AM
Thanks all!
Hopefully I'll find a few usable pics in my phone. I'll get back to it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 10, 2013, 01:15:35 PM
Welcome back, Lobby! Sounds like it was a marvelous holiday.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 12, 2013, 09:37:31 AM
Warp drive... to California!

(http://www.csindy.com/binary/1f69/1275087355-driving.jpg)

Except that my van seems to be like the Millenium Falcon... just as we were set to go, a tire is having problems so we are stuck at a tire store for repairs.  Well, better now than in...

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 12, 2013, 09:45:40 AM
Hope it's a quick repair! And yes, always better to have car trouble near civilization.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 12, 2013, 09:46:34 AM
Whew, I too am glad that you weren't out on the road somewhere. There's a lot of empty stretches ahead. Are you meandering down 101 or hightailing it by way of 5?


Have a fun trip oldkid and family. I bet your playlist is fantastic!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 12, 2013, 01:44:36 PM
Hope the tire is fixed and you're on your way!

Have a great trip!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 12, 2013, 11:47:06 PM
Just now waiting in HK in transit on my way home.. the last 7 days:

Day 1. Traveling to ZhengZhou
Day 2. The last of the wedding celebrations.  This time with her family and friends.  Overall about 100 people (10 private dinning rooms of 10 ppl).  Managed to get by without too much damage.  Most of them drink a traditional Chinse liquor called Maotai

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maotai

Which to me is horrible to drink and they only drink it straight.  The tradition at the wedding is to go table to table and do a toast and down a drink but they took pitty on me and let me do about 1/2 glass of wine at each table instead.  A bit of a stressful day, of the 100 or so ppl, only my wife and one of her friends speak any English.  So a lot of gestures trying to communicate with many people.  But overall, they all seemed nice and happy for us (even if I am not Chinese)

Day 3. Another day of travel to JiuZhaiGou.  Not an easy place to get to, took 2 flights and a few hours on a bus.  We changed our plans at the last minute due to flooding at our original choice.  Very glad for that as you will see.

Day 4  Lot of time in a car to go to a place to hike.  this place is about 4000 meters high and famous for the colourful pools. 

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The walk down to the bottom followed mostly a river like this:

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Day 5. Mostly relaxed, read and watched Hell's Kitchen that my wife recently started to like to watch.  Enjoyed a 1994 bottle of a Chinese Cab Sav.  Was not expecting to much but it was quite nice.  A bit light for a Cab with a bit more fruit then I would expect but actually enjoyed it instead of thinking I would just be able to drink a glass.

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Will continue with day 6.. lots of pics

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 13, 2013, 12:06:11 AM
Day 6... We got up around 5 am to get ready, have breakfast and walk to the local valley lake area to hike.  We spent over 10 hours hiking, somewhereNot sure I can really describe what it really felt like but truly one of the most amazing places I have ever seen...

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I think even after around 30-40km of hiking, we still never thought it was enough to cut the day short. Still too many I haven't uploaded as I have to sort through them. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 13, 2013, 12:13:09 AM
Afterthoughts..

I like Sichuan food but 4 days is a bit much.  I don't mind everything being spicy but it is very oily as well. 

By the end of the 2nd hiking trip, I was a bit sad at how touristy such a place like this has become.  We hiked almost the entire place that had open sections and stayed way from crowds.  But there were so many buses that dropped people off select locations where people got out, took pictures and back to the bus to the next location. 

The first place had a cable car that took you too the top and then we walked down. 

Something about these places just make me think that it would take effort to see them liking climbing the 2000 metres up or hiking 12km before you see what you came to see.  But with tickets to be sold, the place gets overrun by buses and it is best to go very early in the morning and hike yourself.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 13, 2013, 12:48:27 AM
jdc! That's all one place? It's absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful memory for you, except for that soy sauce smelling drink. :) Thanks for sharing your pics.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 13, 2013, 09:21:19 AM
Wow, such a beautiful looking place! Sounds like a great vacation.

Yea, the touristy nature of some places can get annoying. I remember hiking Pike's Peak and getting pissed when I saw crowds of people who just drove up the mountain hanging out and snapping pictures everywhere.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 13, 2013, 10:02:10 AM
jdc! That's all one place? It's absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful memory for you, except for that soy sauce smelling drink. :) Thanks for sharing your pics.

The second set of photos is all from one place which is a series of interconnected lakes and waterfalls in the Jiuzhaigou valley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiuzhaigou_Valley).  We stayed at a hostel near the base so spent the one entire day walking it except for a few parts where the paths where closed due concerns over mudslides.  a couple of hours away from us there was a large disaster killing quite a few so I think they were being cautious to certain areas here due to the number of tourists. 

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/13/tourists-trapped-in-china-amid-heavy-rains-that-kill-6-cause-mudslides-flood/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jul/11/mudslides-sichuan-china-video

We didn't realize until later of the issues but there wasn't any trouble where we were





Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 13, 2013, 10:28:31 AM
Wow, I doubt my pics will be anywhere close to yours, jdc!

We got the tires repaired (200 dollars!  That will cut into our budget!) and drove to Fresno without much more excitement.  (We went down the I-5 Sandy :)

I found 30 places I wanted to stop and take pictures, but even without the stops we didn't arrive in Fresno until 10pm.  Long driving day.  Glad it's over.  Free day today, go to the National Forest, and tomorrow go to Los Angeles.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on July 13, 2013, 10:53:10 AM
and tomorrow go to Los Angeles.
Why in the heck would you want to come here?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 13, 2013, 10:59:09 AM
and tomorrow go to Los Angeles.
Why in the heck would you want to come here?

I was about to ask the same, maybe to get out of Fresno?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 13, 2013, 01:24:42 PM
Damn that's nice.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 13, 2013, 01:53:31 PM
It's a sacrifice I make for family.  If I had my choice, I'd tour the National Parks and stay as far away from LA as possible.  The only reason we're in Fresno right now is to visit the Sequoias outside of Fresno.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 13, 2013, 02:14:05 PM
I think jbizz saw Miranda Cosgrove in LA one time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on July 15, 2013, 07:11:04 AM
Oldkid, the Sequoias are wonderful, the only problem is when you are driving you cannot watch the sights as much (crashing is such a downer on a holiday).

jdc, such a peaceful looking place in your day 6 photos. Relaxed me just looking at them.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 15, 2013, 04:47:48 PM
Tried to visit the sequoias, but the car overheated.  Poor car!  It only overheats in the hot weather on the steep hills.  We've decided our car is an Oregonian and doesn't like California at all.

However, we made it over the Grapevine (playing CCR the whole way) and are now in San Dimas, visiting family.  My wife and I get a day off, and my girls are at Disneyland for the first time.  Thankfully, they are going with aunts and cousins, not us.  My wife and I might watch Parenthood to see what we are missing :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: AAAutin on July 15, 2013, 07:32:11 PM
in San Dimas, visiting family.

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 16, 2013, 12:30:50 AM
Dude!  I forgot!  Totally!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 21, 2013, 01:45:55 PM
I'm in the process of packing for my second vacation this summer, so you won't hear a lot from me the next ten days or so. I might get access to wi-fi once in a while, but mostly I'll be far out of reach of the webs.

This time I'm heading for the Swedish moutains, as so many times before. This is really the place in Sweden where I feel most rooted, even if I've never lived there, only visited it summertime since I was seven.

First we'll do some hiking, away from the trails this night, carrying a tent with us.

And after that my youngest daughter will come up and she and I will do a 3 day riding tour with icelandic horses, staying at hostels as we go.

The Swedish mountains are nothing like the Alps in grandness and drama. They're softer, older, greyer and more quiet. But to me they're my true home as long as I live.

I'm not sure about internet access at the places we'll stay. In any case I'll be back at home and return to the forum after August 1.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Emiliana on July 21, 2013, 03:32:54 PM
That sounds fantastic, have a great time Lobby!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 21, 2013, 04:18:21 PM
Thanks! I hope I will once we get going. Now just to get done with the packing. I can't believe how good I am at packing procrastination. It's just something I've always hated to do, for no good reason.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 21, 2013, 04:34:19 PM
I love mountains! Sounds like an awesome time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 21, 2013, 04:44:53 PM
So this is where I'll be going:

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 21, 2013, 08:56:38 PM
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Glacier National Park
(Click pictures to enlarge) (Find me on facebook and be my friend if you want to see all the photos!)

The fact that this trip was able to happen is a testament to our sense of adventure and sense of friendship. So glad we were able to get together and do this. I was in charge of the logistics, which were fun to formulate given that I was starting from Columbus OH, three others from Michigan, another, from Cincinnati OH had a business trip to Minneapolis just before the start of the trip (we ended up picking him up on the way out), and the last flew into Chicago from him hometown of Houston TX to meet us for our cross country trip. Taking 2 cars and driving more than 60 total hours, it was all worth it to see a chunk of the country many of us had never seen, taking our time across the country to stop at a few choice spots and add even more to an already fantastic trip. And more importantly to spend some quality time with friends from college, with all of having gone our own ways to new cities.
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Stop #1: July 4, Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota Twins v. New York Yankees baseball game (also to pick Joe up)
One of the coolest things we were able to work in was going to an MLB game on the 4th of July, what could be more American than that!? And it was such a fun game. Justin Morneau hit 2 home runs, and my favorite player, Ichiro Suzuki, had a 1B, 2B, 3B game, with a chance of adding a HR for the cycle in his last at bat. Sadly he did not get it, the Yankees won the game 9-5. Target Field was a very nice new park, my 26th MLB ballpark I have been to. I really enjoyed the almost smalltown atmosphere of the game, and in the closed in, intimate feel of the park design. After the game, we made it out to Psycho Suzi's for dinner and split a pretty good deep dish pizza, which hit the spot after sitting out in the sun all day at the game. The only casualty of the day was my knees, which got burnt pretty badly after failing to apply the necessary sunblock....
After dinner, we marched on and spent the night at a Howard Johnson in West Fargo, ND.
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Stop #2: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
Fun stop #2 allowed us to take in the national park named for my favorite US President, Teddy Roosevelt, which includes portions of the Badlands (no, a killing spree not a Terrence Malick film broke out while we were there). We were only there for a day, took a dip in the silt filled Little Missouri River and drove to the end of the line in the park to take in as much as possible while we were there. The drive took place at sunset, which afforded me the chance to take my favorite picture of the trip, the sunset seen above. We also encountered a herd of Bison crossing the road, which was really cool; I had never seen Buffalo in person before. When we returned to our campground that night, we found the field filled with grazing Bison, and interesting site (sadly I got no pictures of it). My friend wanted to get a shot of it with his camera, which he had left on the picnic table at our campsite, which was on the other side of the herd. So he began to circumvent the herd to retrieve his camera when, about halfway there, the Bison began to hightail it out of there. My friend had to run back to us to get out of the way of the stampeding Buffalo. Quite the site to see a stampede of Buffalo. We also woke up to another stampede before we hit the road early to make our way to Montana.
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Stop #3 Havre, MT - The Lunch Box
Before we made it to Montana, we drove through Northwest North Dakota, which was quite the eye-opening experience. I never caught Gus Van Sant's Promised Land from last year, but driving through these frac-towns was incredible. ND is mostly rolling grass hills, plains, there were many times I commented that I was the most "in the middle of nowhere" I have ever been in my life. Then all of a sudden we would come up to these pop up communities of trailers and fracking equipment. It really felt like I was in the middle of a Gold Rush.

Between my favorite book being Lonesome Dove (which treats Montana as the promised land) and Sean Connery's burning desire to make it there as a Russian sub captain in The Hunt for Red October, making it to Montana has been a lifelong dream of mine, and it did not disappoint. The scenery was amazing. Going through Northern Montana on US 2 on the way in, the landscapes were so wide open, the sky so big and blue. To sum it up, it was perfection, beauty in vastness. The rolling hills of North Dakota were pretty too, but Montana was definitely another level. On our way through, we stopped into little town Havre, MT for lunch, where we 'Yelp-ed' a place called The Lunch Box. It was a solid joint, we all got saandwiches and went along our way. What makes this stop significant was the wait staff. When he came back to check on us, we all said the food was great, to which he replies, "Diggity Dink!" Best thing I've ever heard. I don't know if this is a Havre, MT saying, but it is definitely now a Corndog saying! From Havre we made our way to Shelby, MT, our last stop before entering Glacier National Park!
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Stop #4 Glacier National Park
We arrived in the park on Sunday morning and camped at Many Glacier Campground, where we got a spot right on the river (the above right photo is from our site). When we got back from hikes we were able to chill out in the cold, crystal clear waters to recuperate, sitting amongst such immense beauty. As we as a group have grown older, we begin to say we need to start planning less strenuous vacations, but Glacier was the best of both worlds. It wrecked me physically with the hiking (roughly 50 miles in 4 days, with plenty of elevation gain). But it also provided the best views I've ever seen, and an atmosphere and a place of spirituality, allowing for such a wonderful, relaxing, reflecting vacation in addition to the physicality of it all.
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I don't want to write more than I already have and bore everyone to pieces, but we did the Grinnell Glacier hike, the Iceberg Lake trail and the Pitamakin-Dawson Pass loop. We also spent time at Lake McDonald on the west side of the park and the Many Glacier Hotel. All told we encountered quite a bit of wildlife, including a moose and 6 bears (4 Grizzlies, 2 Black Bears). Two of the bears were seen from the car on the side of the road, but the other two are decent stories. In fact, our first hike included the best bear story. The entire Grinnell Glacier trail was not all the way open due to snow, so when we came near the end of the open part of the trail, there was a large group of people and a few volunteer rangers hanging out because a grizzly had been seen about 20-30 minutes earlier in the area. After waiting for a little bit, we decided to continue on the trail with the approval of the volunteer rangers. When we reached the "end of the road" of the trail, a snow covered area a quarter mile or so further, we turned around and the bear had returned, essentially splitting us off from the larger group. This made us stay put for about 20 minutes as we waited to see what it would do. Eventually, bear spray in hand, we were able to pass back on the trail with the bear all of 30 yards away to make it back to the larger group and head back to camp. Nothing like that the first time out on the trail!

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Stop #5 Waterton, Canada
After spending a few days in Glacier, we headed north to the Canadian side and the beautiful little town of Waterton, which have some amazing views. We were all feeling pretty rough by then; I had a pretty gnarly blister on my left heel. So for our only overnight hike of the trip, we chose the easier route, a supposedly fairly flat 4 mile hike, then camp at Boundary Bay, crossing back into America on the trail. But upon our arrival (after a gruelling up and down hike - the elevation gain may have been minimal, but the up and down made the hike strenuous for our tired legs), we found the site to be infested with mosquitoes, prompting us to turn back and hike another 4 miles of up and down back to town where we stayed at the campground there. This did allow us to go into town and enjoy some live music and catch a much needed soapless/shampooless shower at the campsite.

Our second close Grizzly encounter was on the Waterton trail as well. As seen above we were fairly close this time, with the bear ahead of us on the trail. It was going the same direction as we were, so we, along with 4 other people, made lots of noise and kept our distance as we followed it along the trail until it finally veered off back into the woods, allowing us to pass by. Also of note, our original plan was to take a shuttle from Waterton and do a longer overnight hike, but this plan was derailed by the fact that the road the shuttle has to take had been washed out in a recent line of strong storms. Thankfully it did, or we would have still had to camp at Mosquito Bay, er I mean, Boundary Bay.
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Stop #6 Going-to-the-Sun Road (and Lake McDonald)
When we returned to America, we were all pretty tired and a trip down Going-to-the-Sun Road was in order. An insane road, immensely impressive from an engineering perspective, how they were able to wind the road around and through the mountains, and in the 1920s! (was completed in 1932). A must for any visitor of the park, it offered some of the best views we saw all week, including a great one of the continental divide. A good, relaxing last day in the park before hitting the road back to Ohio; a long, dreaded drive back into civilization and the world of work.
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Stop #7 Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore was a bit of a strange way to end the trip for a couple of reasons. It was not in the original plans to stop here, but we wanted to leave a little earlier in the day Friday to get a jump on the driving. We were tired, yes, but the trail we had planned for Friday, the supposedly breathtaking Highline trail was closed, which left us with nothing to do. When we arrived in the park Sunday, the trail was partially open, but you could not complete it due to snow covered parts of the trail. The reason it was closed completely come Friday was the death of a hiker on that trail. A young man who was working in the park for the summer was with a few friends hiking the trail, and fell 1,000 feet to his death upon attempting to cross one of the snow covered parts of the trail, which prompted the park to close the trail completely. Such a tragic event, and harrowing considering we were going to hike the same trail, and also because prior to learning about his fall, we had crossed a very short snow bound section of the Pitamakin-Dawson loop trail, at a fairly high altitude. It was one of the more thrilling parts of our hike, but in retrospect, quite frightening, even if the pass was very short, no cliff edge in sight, and the slant of the mountainside where we crossed was not overly severe.

So we left the park early and worked in Mount Rushmore on the way back, but the whole way there, thinking about the history of the land, passing near Little Big Horn where Gen. Custer made his last stand, all I could think about was how tragic that part of our nation's history is. Perhaps our greatest folly and largest blight as Americans is our treatment/extermination of Native Americans and their lands. With that in mind, I struggled to find the grandeur of a statue of 4 white guys in the middle of the Black Hills, a Native American land held sacred by local tribes. I love America, and truly admire Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln for their contributions to this country, but I find Mount Rushmore to be fairly tasteless and unnecessary. We should have erected their monument elsewhere. In addition, Keystone, the local city, is nothing more than a tourist trap, another blight of a city within the beautiful land of the Black Hills. Nothing could be further away from the true spirit of that land. Mount Rushmore felt more like an obligation to see as an American than a pleasure. It is out of the way now.

That night we stayed in Wall, SD. The following day, Saturday, we departed Wall, SD at 7am local time, and arrived back in Cincinnati, OH at 2:30am local time. A long day of driving to say the least. I slept on my friend's couch for 5 hours, woke up and drove the additional 2 hours back to Columbus on Sunday morning. I was finally home.

An incredible trip start to finish! So glad to be back in this great community now though!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on July 21, 2013, 09:30:20 PM
After dinner, we marched on and spent the night at a Howard Johnson in West Fargo, ND.

I drive by this place on the way to my laundromat.

Told you the Twins were gonna lose.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 21, 2013, 09:42:19 PM
I waved. I promise.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 22, 2013, 12:10:22 AM
What an amazing trip, CD!  I am so jealous, even as I spend my trip in California.  Frankly, I'd be more happy spending my days with my family in Glacier NP, rather than fighting traffic in LA.

Your pics are gorgeous, as I knew they would be.  Unfortunately, no pic can express the depth of beauty and the enormous sense of awe of that area. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 22, 2013, 12:52:22 AM
Nice pics and write-up CD... I remember being very young and going camping in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons and seeing a few of the places you were.  One day hopefully can do that again.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 22, 2013, 01:39:18 AM
Corndog!

I'm speechless!

(Okay, I can enunciate this: Thank you for compiling all of that, providing a much needed virtual getaway. All the beauty and none of the mosquitoes. :) And yes, that sunset is captured perfectly. )




So this is where I'll be going:

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/hester-beiter_zpsb0147b16.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/hester-beiter_zpsb0147b16.jpg.html)

Have a wonderful trip Lobby. I'm envious of your horseback excursion. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 22, 2013, 05:21:08 PM
I wish I had some property in Montana with buffalo on it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 22, 2013, 06:38:38 PM
In the end, TR is my favorite president as well.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 25, 2013, 11:57:59 PM
Kimes family vacation index:

Our vacation index:

2500-- Miles driven
2-- Mechanical failures
14-- Days
107-- Highest temperature
12-- Beds
5-- Hotels
1100-- Approximate number of pictures taken
12-- Family members who hung out with us
9-- Homeless people met
2-- Audio books listened to  (First two books of David Edding's Belgariad)

Pics to come
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 26, 2013, 12:16:34 AM
Welcome back oldkid!


What about the most important number?


How many different songs? :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 26, 2013, 06:13:18 PM
Well, our Vacation song playlist had 204 songs, some of which we listened to more than one time.  I suppose there's a few we didn't get to.  But since audio books took most of our time 204 was a decent number.

But that doesn't include listening to the Surf Music playlist when we were on the boat!

Wipeoooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttt.......
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on July 26, 2013, 06:14:43 PM
Headed to San Francisco for a wedding.

Will get back to the Pixar Marathon when I return.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on July 27, 2013, 10:20:35 PM
Just got back from a week in Colorado visiting friends and family...and the Alamo Drafthouse.

I went a full week between watching any films but then hit a bunch at the end of the week such that now I have a bunch of reviews that need writing, yet also there's a bunch of stuff I have to watch now that I'm back in Fargo. :o
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: don s. on July 31, 2013, 01:15:31 PM
A pal who lives in L.A. and I are going to meet up in Ashland, Oregon, in a couple of weeks for the Shakespeare festival, and we've just started making restaurant reservations (we bought the theater tickets and booked the travel back in January). My friend said he wanted the trip to be like "The Trip" (that is, the Steve Coogan TV series/movie, in which he and his companion eat a bunch of fancy food). I'm almost as excited about the grub as I am about the entertainment.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on August 03, 2013, 10:51:15 PM
I'm in the process of packing for my second vacation this summer, so you won't hear a lot from me the next ten days or so.

13 days. I hope Lobby doesn't realize she can get along without us.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on August 04, 2013, 06:18:29 PM
The Shakespeare Festival is a lot of fun.  I haven't been there for... well, a lot of years.  But I still love Ashland and the festival.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: don s. on August 04, 2013, 08:21:11 PM
It'll be my first visit. But my dad has been talking it up for years.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on August 04, 2013, 11:25:28 PM
Hmm, Lobby has been gone a few weeks and the good Doctor (Kermode) has also been off for two going on three weeks. Coincidence?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on August 05, 2013, 01:49:18 AM
Haha, I wish. :)

BTW I'm back!

I had a lovely, lovely holiday in the mountains (though I'm glad I'm not a vegetarian considering the amount of midgets I've swallowed) but now I'm itching to get back to the darkness of the theatre and then spend some quality time with my computer. Enough of outdoor and healthy lifestyle. Time to get back to geekery!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on August 05, 2013, 03:16:38 PM
Geek it up, fuzz ball!

Going to Montreal in 2 weeks. Any can't miss attractions?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 05, 2013, 03:38:17 PM

Going to Montreal in 2 weeks. Any can't miss attractions?

Adam told me once that if I were ever in Montreal I should go to
Holder restaurant, in Old Montreal and try this dessert:
Butterscotch mi-cuit, Maldon salt, butterscotch ice cream.

He said it's insanely delicious.

That's all I know about Montreal, still waiting to get there someday.  Have a great time, Junior!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on August 05, 2013, 03:42:36 PM
If you can track down edgar (he's on Twitter), he may be able to point you in the right direction. If I recall correctly, he calls Montreal home.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 18, 2013, 08:35:06 AM
Gonna be in Seattle from the 29th to the 2nd. Mainly going for PAX (A video game expo). Gonna meet a bunch of online friends there. Should be fun. Also, been wanting to see the west coast for years now.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on August 18, 2013, 11:41:56 AM
If you don't see things like this in the Pac Northwest, you're missing out:

http://awholebunchofpictures.blogspot.com/ (http://awholebunchofpictures.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 18, 2013, 02:14:56 PM
If you don't see things like this in the Pac Northwest, you're missing out:

http://awholebunchofpictures.blogspot.com/ (http://awholebunchofpictures.blogspot.com/)

You have a good eye oldkid. I like the way you see the world. :)



In case I forget to tell you later Sam, have a great trip!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 18, 2013, 04:40:15 PM
I'll be constrained to public transportation, but I'll try to take in some nature. Will probably check out the beaches.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on August 20, 2013, 12:39:58 AM
Gonna be in Seattle from the 29th to the 2nd. Mainly going for PAX (A video game expo). Gonna meet a bunch of online friends there. Should be fun. Also, been wanting to see the west coast for years now.
Hooray! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 28, 2013, 09:56:29 PM
Hi Saltine...

Closer to making actual plans.  Originally though would take some time in Sydney as I know some people there but we are going to be delayed a bit and they will not be around now.  So now I am debating if it is worth it to go to Sydney or would it be better to start from Brisbane and go North instead?  Any expert advise?  Timing should be from 6 Dec to 14 or 15 Dec.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 29, 2013, 03:32:47 AM
Well north of Brisbane the cyclone season starts about xmas day, so you should miss that. I love Cape Tribulation, however that is a long way north. Cairns is good place to stay while booking trips elsewhere (Cairns itself is not much). Airlie Beach is much closer to Brisbane and is the jumping off point for the Whitsunday Islands.

In the end it is a matter of what sort of sights you want to see, natural, urban, other?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 29, 2013, 03:58:37 AM
Well north of Brisbane the cyclone season starts about xmas day, so you should miss that. I love Cape Tribulation, however that is a long way north. Cairns is good place to stay while booking trips elsewhere (Cairns itself is not much). Airlie Beach is much closer to Brisbane and is the jumping off point for the Whitsunday Islands.

In the end it is a matter of what sort of sights you want to see, natural, urban, other?

Whatsunday Islands looks nice. Since I already live in a big city and just about always travel to other big cities, we rather see a lot more natural sites.  I don't care to pack a vacation, having a few days can hike and look about as well as time just at the beach and enjoy nice local foods and drinks.  If there are wineries around Brisbane is also good otherwise, plenty of good wines in the store to try:)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 29, 2013, 04:34:20 AM
Oh I forgot to mention Fraser Island. Not sure about wineries around Brisbane, never heard of any. North of Brisbane is Bundaberg, home of Bundaberg Rum. There are lots of national parks west, north and south of Brisbane. I would recommend rent a car and drive around, but if you are going want to drive on Fraser Island a 4wd is recommended. You could catch a flight to Cairns and then journey from there in a rental. You are going to want a rental car because distances are great and it is the easiest quick way to get around. If it is the Whitsunday's you wish to see then it would be a flight to Townsville and a several hour drive south to Airlie Beach (there are most likely other options).

Just remember these places can be a long way apart, it is about 1800km from Cairns to Brisbane (about the same as Singapore to Bangkok)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on October 29, 2013, 11:19:08 AM
dave's the real expert, but I'll share some tips with you from my travel around Australia:

It's rainy season in the tropics.  Not that nice gentle rain you have everyday in Singapore either.  It can bucket down, ruining everything you planned to do.

I'd opt for Brisbane and Sydney, plus Hunter Valley while in Sydney.  I know you love red wines and the Hunter is huge for nice reds.  Also since it's away from the city, you can easily rent a car in Sydney and drive there, seeing lots of countryside while on the drive.  Also staying in Hunter Valley overnight is a nice option.  Several of the wineries have accommodation which are a real treat.  Some offer dining as well and there are many other options for dining in the Hunter.  The Hunter Valley is fairly remote from any large city.

And, although you've seen large cities, you've never seen one like Sydney, especially the harbour and the quay.  A very nice getaway from Sydney is a harbour cruise to Manly for the day.  Once you're off the boat you can walk the entire Manly area, dine on the beach, enjoy the warm day, then travel back through the harbour at sundown and see the sunset over the city.  It's remarkable day.

There are several national parks around Sydney where hiking is excellent.  Plus, there is the Bondi to Bronte beach walk and other city/seaside walks as well. 

The key to having a good time in Sydney is to stay near the Quay.

Seeing the Gold Coast while in Brisbane is a definite option for more beach time.  It's lovely at Main Beach and Surfer's which are at the north end of the Gold Coast, making those beaches closer to Brisbane.  In Brisbane there is plenty to do for a couple of days of sightseeing. 

John and I want to share a meal with you two, and we'll also be available for transportation in and around Brisbane.  And, of course, you're welcome in Redcliffe where we live.  It's very nice there on warm weekends. We have a cafe strip, an open market, swimming, and Sunday session at Mon Komo, the hotel on the cafe strip.

Actually, you can't oversell Australia.  It's a wonderful as the photos suggest and as everyone says it is.  It really is paradise.  Once you've seen Brisbane and Sydney (and I know you've already seen Perth), you will want to come back for Melbourne and Adelaide, two more fabulous Australia cities.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 29, 2013, 09:39:56 PM
dave's the real expert, but I'll share some tips with you from my travel around Australia:

It's rainy season in the tropics.  Not that nice gentle rain you have everyday in Singapore either.  It can bucket down, ruining everything you planned to do.

I'd opt for Brisbane and Sydney, plus Hunter Valley while in Sydney.  I know you love red wines and the Hunter is huge for nice reds.  Also since it's away from the city, you can easily rent a car in Sydney and drive there, seeing lots of countryside while on the drive.  Also staying in Hunter Valley overnight is a nice option.  Several of the wineries have accommodation which are a real treat.  Some offer dining as well and there are many other options for dining in the Hunter.  The Hunter Valley is fairly remote from any large city.

And, although you've seen large cities, you've never seen one like Sydney, especially the harbour and the quay.  A very nice getaway from Sydney is a harbour cruise to Manly for the day.  Once you're off the boat you can walk the entire Manly area, dine on the beach, enjoy the warm day, then travel back through the harbour at sundown and see the sunset over the city.  It's remarkable day.

There are several national parks around Sydney where hiking is excellent.  Plus, there is the Bondi to Bronte beach walk and other city/seaside walks as well. 

The key to having a good time in Sydney is to stay near the Quay.

Seeing the Gold Coast while in Brisbane is a definite option for more beach time.  It's lovely at Main Beach and Surfer's which are at the north end of the Gold Coast, making those beaches closer to Brisbane.  In Brisbane there is plenty to do for a couple of days of sightseeing. 

John and I want to share a meal with you two, and we'll also be available for transportation in and around Brisbane.  And, of course, you're welcome in Redcliffe where we live.  It's very nice there on warm weekends. We have a cafe strip, an open market, swimming, and Sunday session at Mon Komo, the hotel on the cafe strip.

Actually, you can't oversell Australia.  It's a wonderful as the photos suggest and as everyone says it is.  It really is paradise.  Once you've seen Brisbane and Sydney (and I know you've already seen Perth), you will want to come back for Melbourne and Adelaide, two more fabulous Australia cities.

OK, I will put Sydney back into the plan, its probably where we have to fly into anyway if I want a discounted ticket.  She will be back this weekend and will try to have the final schedule this Sunday.  For sure we will lock in a time for dinner.

I have been to Melbourne probably at least 6 times for work back in the 2005-2006 period.  Quite liked the city but really was overwhelmed with work at that time and never explored outside of the town area that I could walk to.

Singapore tends to get those hard tropical rains.  They don't always last too long but can come down very hard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQvJuzF2200

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on October 30, 2013, 08:48:33 AM
John said look at booking an internal flight for the Brisbane/Sydney portion of the trip instead of a multi-city route from Singapore.  Right now those internal fares are $79 one way.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on November 20, 2013, 12:00:09 PM
I recently travelled to Phoenix for a Lawless film fan convention, aka a family reunion, held at the (Bob) Bondurant School of High Performance Driving...presumably for an audition for rumrunners, though that part was somewhat unclear to me. In the timed trial on a parking lot gymkhana, I ended up finishing 5th of about 65 family members, within a second of the time put down by the school's namesake himself.

I will probably have other pictures as I get them from my father, but for now I have this:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/Lawless.jpg)

Feeling a bit underdressed...thinking I should keep the hat though.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 20, 2013, 12:40:19 PM
5th place! That's excellent and yeah, that hat's a keeper. Hope you had a great time all around.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: AAAutin on November 20, 2013, 05:00:08 PM
I recently travelled to Phoenix for a Lawless film fan convention, aka a family reunion, held at the (Bob) Bondurant School of High Performance Driving...presumably for an audition for rumrunners, though that part was somewhat unclear to me.

Ha! Amazing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on December 03, 2013, 12:05:59 PM
Firsts, this time through Vegas!  (Don't expect much.) :D



The more important Bellagio Fountains:
(http://i39.tinypic.com/av2ydg.jpg)

Cobweb chandeliers at The Cosmopolitan:
(http://i43.tinypic.com/24d3kmd.jpg)

Long lines at the Vegas sign:
(http://i44.tinypic.com/n1qu8p.jpg)

UNLV game (That's my daughter in the Michael Jackson outfit conducting the band.):
(http://i41.tinypic.com/qoylxl.jpg)

Hiking with my "grandkids" in Red Rock Canyon:
(http://i43.tinypic.com/54un2p.jpg)

Parking lot on the freeway heading home:
(http://i44.tinypic.com/1z4g9br.jpg)


And my personal favorite, over 1/2 a minute to cross a street:
(http://i43.tinypic.com/o8z4hz.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on December 03, 2013, 03:52:33 PM
Hey cool, how was Red Rock?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on December 03, 2013, 04:45:52 PM
Hey cool, how was Red Rock?

Beautiful. We went there on Black Friday, thinking everyone was shopping, but all the other non-shoppers where thinking the same thing. Luckily it can absorb a lot of people. We bypassed the first two busier locations (lots of rock climbing) and went onto the Willow Springs Loop. It was a perfect day for hiking (I'd be miserable there in the summer. :D) and not many people there at all.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 03, 2013, 05:32:43 PM
Very nice pics, Sandy.  Your daughter is impressive!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on December 03, 2013, 07:08:22 PM
2 more days to vacation!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on December 03, 2013, 07:10:04 PM
Thanks saltine! I'll let her know what you said. It'll make her day. I was worried she was going to fall off that platform doing her MJ spins. :D


Have a wonderful trip jdc!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 03, 2013, 07:31:10 PM
2 more days to vacation!

Did you find a reasonable hotel in Sydney?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on December 03, 2013, 07:35:20 PM
2 more days to vacation!

Did you find a reasonable hotel in Sydney?

Not yet, your suggestion was fully booked.  I tried a couple others in the Harbour area but all quite expensive at this time.  I am going to check with one of my coworkers visiting our office today is from Sydney and was going to try him for suggestions as well.  Outside of the Harbour area, any other places to look?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 03, 2013, 07:47:18 PM
Check The Rocks/Darling Harbour area, but expect it to be pricey.  Also check the CBD.  We've stayed at the Mercure.  It's right at Central station so a great location for using Public Trans.  The hotel is OK, nothing flash.  It's also near Chinatown. King's Cross might appeal.  It's too edgy for me, but one area you could query your friend about.  We don't stay out at Bondi or the airport as both are too far from The Quay, even using Public Trans.

Check out the Ibis Sydney on King Street Wharf.  I'm not a big fan of those hotels but they are clean and the rates are good.  It's in a prime location.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on December 03, 2013, 07:58:31 PM
Hey cool, how was Red Rock?

Beautiful. We went there on Black Friday, thinking everyone was shopping, but all the other non-shoppers where thinking the same thing. Luckily it can absorb a lot of people. We bypassed the first two busier locations (lots of rock climbing) and went onto the Willow Springs Loop. It was a perfect day for hiking (I'd be miserable there in the summer. :D) and not many people there at all.

That sounds fantastic. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on December 03, 2013, 08:01:12 PM
Thanks, that helped. Sorted out for Sydney for now..
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on December 09, 2013, 02:57:10 PM
Nothing is settled yet, but chances are that I will head for a 2-3 week vacation in Cambodia with my youngest daughter in Feb/Mar. The idea is to first spend a couple of days in Phnom Phen and then the rest of the time at some beautiful beach, either by the coast or on an island. The airplane tickets are reasonably priced at the moment, though the jourey is ridiculously long (25-30 hrs and two switches). It also looks as if accomodation is pretty cheap. So we'll make our own arrangements if we go, rather than bying a package.

Ideas and recommendations from anyone with experience with Cambodia are most welcome of course. It might turn out to be the tipping point that makes this happen!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on December 14, 2013, 11:01:16 PM
Just returned from Australia and had a great time though a little too many stops for the short time..

Spent 2 days in Sydney.  Day one mostly walking around all the sites in the city.  Day 2, started out for a search of Congee in Chinatown for breakfast but had to settle for noodles.  Not too bad though.  Then a ferry to Manly where met up with a friend and ex-boss for a steak dinner at his place with his family.

Beach in Manly:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/11377998135_2b7e2bdeff.jpg)

Next was up north to Port Douglas for 4 days.  One day spent diving:

me
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7326/11377983906_63862934c4.jpg)

my better half:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3829/11377994275_f67a86d184.jpg)

excited to see a shark within our first 10 minutes but it was the only one we saw.  Judging from the white tip at the top of the fin, I am guessing it is a White Tip shark:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7445/11378119153_da9b0ed38a.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/11378041994_96b748e456.jpg)

The last two days spent in Brisbane.  Friday was a quite dinner with Saltine and her hubby at a wonderful steak restaurant.. really love the outdoor style of that place.  Saturday was packed with Art Gallary, museums, the Koala Sanctuary, and finally decided to catch a movie as our flight was leaving at 2:30am.  We should have listened to you about the theatres in Brisbane. Our 7:10 showing started with 25 minutes of commercials and then a couple of trailers.  The film actually started at 7:40.

Great time overall though had a horrible welcome home gift in that my power tripped sometime while I was gone.  I almost puke as soon as I opened the fridge and quickly threw everything out and had to clean it from top to bottom...

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on December 15, 2013, 05:19:50 AM
That looks amazing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on December 15, 2013, 09:27:03 PM
I agree! Sounds like a whirlwind trip jdc.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on December 16, 2013, 04:34:34 AM
We should have listened to you about the theatres in Brisbane. Our 7:10 showing started with 25 minutes of commercials and then a couple of trailers.  The film actually started at 7:40.

If you went to the same theater that I went to, (Southbank I think). All the ads were local ads so I'm guessing it was an independent cinema! :) We should support indie film theaters! Also the tickets were way cheap!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on December 16, 2013, 04:37:59 AM
We should have listened to you about the theatres in Brisbane. Our 7:10 showing started with 25 minutes of commercials and then a couple of trailers.  The film actually started at 7:40.

If you went to the same theater that I went to, (Southbank I think). All the ads were local ads so I'm guessing it was an independent cinema! :) We should support indie film theaters! Also the tickets were way cheap!

Yes, we went to Southbank and the tickets were pretty cheap, I think around $9 for a Saturday night.  I didn't realize it was an independent theatre though since we watched Ender's Game.  But it did seem like one come to think of it.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on December 16, 2013, 08:41:55 AM
That looks amazing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on December 16, 2013, 08:49:49 AM
We should have listened to you about the theatres in Brisbane. Our 7:10 showing started with 25 minutes of commercials and then a couple of trailers.  The film actually started at 7:40.

If you went to the same theater that I went to, (Southbank I think). All the ads were local ads so I'm guessing it was an independent cinema! :) We should support indie film theaters! Also the tickets were way cheap!

Yes, we went to Southbank and the tickets were pretty cheap, I think around $9 for a Saturday night.  I didn't realize it was an independent theatre though since we watched Ender's Game.  But it did seem like one come to think of it.

Yeah I'm not sure exactly. It seemed different from the megaplexes chains back in Canada. It might not be independent though. I guess the ads make up for the ticket prices. I paid 6$ when I went to see The Hunger Games during the day. Apparently other theaters in Brizzy are about 15-20$
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on December 18, 2013, 11:04:17 PM
That looks amazing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on December 21, 2013, 01:06:12 AM
That looks amazing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on January 10, 2014, 09:57:04 PM
Off to the Bahamas for a week. Please yell at me if you catch me posting. Even if the place does have Wi-Fi I should probably not be here.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on January 11, 2014, 02:11:18 AM
I'll yell at you if you as much as send a tweet. A week offline sounds like a treat.
I hope you'll get a wonderful time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on January 11, 2014, 03:01:23 PM
Yes. I hope you don't see this little note until you get home!


Have a great trip Bondo!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on January 19, 2014, 09:22:51 AM
cough Bondo should cough tell us about his cough trip
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on January 19, 2014, 10:04:02 AM
Final Filmspot catchup today, talking about my trip tomorrow.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on January 20, 2014, 01:18:16 PM
For starters, a couple panoramas from my resort:

The Beach
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0073.jpg)

The Lagoon
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0075.jpg)

And the resort cat, Leonardo who breakfasted with me one day:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0043.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on January 20, 2014, 01:19:46 PM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on January 20, 2014, 01:23:01 PM
Looks terrible it must have been very hard to stay there. Yes I am jealous.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on January 20, 2014, 01:29:48 PM
Yes I am jealous.

Sign on that.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on January 20, 2014, 01:41:09 PM
Hey, it wasn't always perfect...it almost rained one day and I put on a long sleeve shirt for comfort against the cool. :D

Also too, low of -23°F expected tonight in Fargo. I guess Winter didn't end while I was down there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on January 20, 2014, 01:53:02 PM
Gorgeous!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on January 20, 2014, 06:18:29 PM
Wow, Bondo. And amazing iPhone photography!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on January 20, 2014, 06:28:03 PM
Bondo, that's a real place?!  *sigh*
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on January 20, 2014, 07:22:39 PM
Looks fantastic. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on January 20, 2014, 11:58:06 PM
I wish I could take pics that beautiful. 

I would just be staring out my window the whole time I was there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on January 21, 2014, 01:38:24 AM
Funny thing is while I knew the scenery was nice, I didn't realize quite how well the pictures would turn out. I look at them and am almost uncertain that I was in that place.

Morning golden hour and stuff.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 25, 2014, 07:19:29 PM
Booked a dream holiday with the mrs this week to Japan. We're going for 2 weeks in May. Can't wait!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on January 25, 2014, 10:28:42 PM
Nice, if you go north to Hokkaido you can still catch the Sakura (cherry blossom) season.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on January 26, 2014, 12:23:52 AM
Booked a dream holiday with the mrs this week to Japan. We're going for 2 weeks in May. Can't wait!
Wow, so cool!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on January 26, 2014, 01:07:47 AM
Sounds wonderful, Deer Hunter!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on January 27, 2014, 12:52:57 PM
We crashed one resort that has a water park and an aquarium:

(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0056.jpg)

(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0058.jpg)

(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0060.jpg)

This guy reminded me of Jacques from Finding Nemo "I am ashamed." They also had Dory and Nemo there but it wasn't as photogenic. Really just a whole Finding Nemo experience. Better than my reef snorkeling proved to be.
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0061.jpg)

(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/IMG_0062.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on February 26, 2014, 09:53:07 PM
We happen to have to best school trips ever, and tomorrow we leave for London. We get back next Thursday, and because this is international what not, I won't be able to get on the forum for the time being. So...

SEE YA!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 26, 2014, 10:03:08 PM
We happen to have to best school trips ever, and tomorrow we leave for London. We get back next Thursday, and because this is international what not, I won't be able to get on the forum for the time being. So...

SEE YA!

Enjoy.. pop over to Europe if you get the chance... ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on February 26, 2014, 11:15:00 PM
My favorite city! Enjoy, Jake!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 27, 2014, 09:24:09 AM
What kind of cool school do you go to anyway?!

Have a great time Jake! So envious.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: WillMunny on February 27, 2014, 11:16:58 AM
When I was in high school we went to Amsterdam, Barcelona, it was an expensive school and it showed, but crossing the Atlantic!  :o that's not a school, that's a whole different league.
Have a great time Jake, London has a lot to offer to a cinephile mind.
btw next time I go to London I want to meet verbAls!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on February 27, 2014, 12:30:36 PM
 ;D I know a couple of mellow places for a quiet game of chess.

Best my school did for us was Innsbruck, Austria in the summer.

My daughter's turning down a trip to Barbados with her steel band. Doesn't want to take time out of college to go. I'm thinking playing steel pans in the Caribbean, kind of trumps most life experiences, but maybe standards have changed.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on March 06, 2014, 07:44:59 PM
(http://m.memegen.com/fhpc0t.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on March 12, 2014, 01:26:38 AM
Received my tickets for the Ghibli Museum today for my upcoming holiday. Disappointed to read on there that photos are not allowed to be taken inside. I was looking forward to that. Oh well. I should probably try see as much Studio Ghibli before i get there too. I haven't seen that many.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Smiley on March 12, 2014, 07:31:07 AM
I think you can take photos on the roof garden though.

And yes, see as much Ghibli as possible, although I would say that even if you weren't going to the museum.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on March 13, 2014, 09:36:53 AM
Received my tickets for the Ghibli Museum today for my upcoming holiday. Disappointed to read on there that photos are not allowed to be taken inside. I was looking forward to that. Oh well. I should probably try see as much Studio Ghibli before i get there too. I haven't seen that many.

Sounds like the coolest museum on the planet.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 15, 2014, 08:18:34 PM
Thank you for the birthday wishes on March 5th.  I was in South Island, New Zealand, drinking wine in the vines and sailing on the Sound.  I'm back and I brought photos (never as beautiful as being there):

Blenheim is the heart of the Marlborough wine region, specializing in unbeatable Sauvignon Blancs and recently Reislings.  Fields of vines like this one were everywhere and ready for harvest.
(http://i58.tinypic.com/11uaka8.jpg)

Grounds at Cloudy Bay winery, our favorite Sauv Blanc, the mountains match the bottle's label
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2n0ojr5.jpg)

Harbour at Picton on Queen Charlotte Sound
(http://i59.tinypic.com/vrexhj.jpg)

Queen Charlotte Sound
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2czf4ax.jpg)

A village in the Sound along Queen Charlotte track
(http://i58.tinypic.com/aaipl3.jpg)

Omaka Air Museum: Peter Jackson donated his private collection of WWI planes and memorabilia to Blenheim (where Lord of the Rings was shot, in part)
Wingnut Films set up the tableaus for the planes, depicting actual WWI incidents.  Here are two of the tableau photos:
(http://i61.tinypic.com/25737rd.jpg)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/10qjdc2.jpg)

Nelson and the Abel Tasman Sea
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2iud5u.jpg)

State cinema in Nelson, cool old building, had Breakfast at Tiffany's and another iconic film poster as well.  It's recently undergone an upgrade, so probably Peter Jackson money is behind that as well.  He and all the actors and crew based in Nelson during the shoot.
(http://i57.tinypic.com/2z6xeeq.jpg)


South Island, New Zealand is vast and pristine and quaint.  Lots of sheep and dairies, lots of edible crops, lots of grapes, and everyone is friendly and welcoming.  The flight takes 3 hrs from AUS.  We are really lucky to have this gorgeous and interesting country at our doorstep.


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 15, 2014, 08:39:54 PM
Looks amazing, Candace!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 15, 2014, 09:09:36 PM
Damn that's cool!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on March 15, 2014, 10:27:28 PM
Wow! I went and showed all of these pictures to my parents as a presentation for our next big trip.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on March 15, 2014, 10:43:23 PM
Jake, when you guys go, can you pack me in a suitcase?

I'd love to go to New Zealand!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 15, 2014, 11:14:21 PM
We go there every chance we get.  We've seen both islands completely with the exception of the Hawk's Bay area of the North Island and Wellington.  There is a cheap flight right now to Auckland and we're thinking about trying to squeeze in the Hawk's Bay/Wellington tour before we leave here in May.

If any of you get a chance to go to either island, do it.  It's possibly the best destination of earth for scenery, food, wine, and the sea.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 15, 2014, 11:21:58 PM
We go there every chance we get.  We've seen both islands completely with the exception of the Hawk's Bay area of the North Island and Wellington.  There is a cheap flight right now to Auckland and we're thinking about trying to squeeze in the Hawk's Bay/Wellington tour before we leave here in May.

If any of you get a chance to go to either island, do it.  It's possibly the best destination of earth for scenery, food, wine, and the sea.

Nice... going to put it on a list for future holiday.. happy belated b-day...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 16, 2014, 01:26:58 AM
beautiful and serene pics, saltine.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Smiley on March 29, 2014, 05:30:12 PM
I've fully decided on my holiday plans this year.

A week in Scotland taking a 5 day bus tour, including a couple of nights on the Isle of Skye.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 29, 2014, 05:44:12 PM
I've fully decided on my holiday plans this year.

A week in Scotland taking a 5 day bus tour, including a couple of nights on the Isle of Skye.

Is this that tour where you get the ride and a local guide, but you book your own accommodation along the route?  I looked into that a couple of years back, still want to make that trip.  It looked like a great way to see a lot and learn a lot about the land and people.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 30, 2014, 01:16:52 AM
I've fully decided on my holiday plans this year.

A week in Scotland taking a 5 day bus tour, including a couple of nights on the Isle of Skye.
Sounds wonderful!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on March 30, 2014, 01:20:46 AM
I'm not exactly taking a vacation, but I am taking some time off of work, and I will spend three days in a monastery.  Last year at this monastery, I got some great photos and I expect the same this year.  I can't be on the board at that time, but I fully hope that I will be rested after this.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 30, 2014, 01:28:08 AM
You deserve a break, oldkid! Hope it's peaceful and wonderful. :)  Where is the monastery?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on March 30, 2014, 01:31:21 AM
It's a Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, OR.  They make all their vegetarian food there (as well as their grapes for wine), homemade bread and peanut butter.  But my favorite part of it is that it is a silent monastery.  No talking for three days, not even computers or phones.  My dream.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on March 30, 2014, 01:38:03 AM
Sounds absolutely heavenly.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on March 30, 2014, 01:46:03 AM
It really is.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 07, 2014, 02:39:23 AM
Spring Break and taking the kids to a dude ranch!

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2pri9kw.jpg)


Happy Trails!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 07, 2014, 04:15:06 PM
Drink water out of a hoof print! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 12, 2014, 03:41:51 PM
Drink water out of a hoof print! :)

:))

And was glad to have it!


Actually, I was lucky to be traveling in a place where a spring is so handy. One of our trail rides was up into a canyon to Hidden Springs. Plenty of cool, clear water.

Here's my horse Sadie. She's semi-napping before riding out.

(http://i59.tinypic.com/302cjo3.jpg)


Some members of my posse.

(http://i62.tinypic.com/1zgw6c1.jpg)


The newest addition to the ranch.

(http://i60.tinypic.com/16gehbq.jpg)


After long days of caring for the animals and riding, we had relaxing evenings of hayrides and campfires. :)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2qnxmqf.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 12, 2014, 03:58:26 PM
Looks like an awesome trip with awesome weather! Glad you're back.

Good time to revisit City Slickers now maybe! Also, you may or may not relate to this experience (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRM-j1-AZdU&t=1m51s#no). :))
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 12, 2014, 04:57:42 PM
What fun!  Hope you guys are having a great time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 12, 2014, 05:14:53 PM
Thanks for the vacation pics, Sandy.  It's always great to see Filmspotters out and about in the wide world.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 12, 2014, 05:35:41 PM
Thanks oldkid and saltine! It was good fun, but I'm happy to back, catching up with all the goings on here.


smirnoff, I haven't seen City Slickers since it came out so long ago. Do you think it would fit in my Western marathon? :)  Haha Seinfeld! Luckily or unluckily, I got the most feisty horse of the bunch, but she learned quickly that I'd have none of that! After the initial testing of a new rider, we got along swimmingly.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 12, 2014, 07:56:43 PM
Do you think it would fit in my Western marathon?

Only as a reprieve. ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 12, 2014, 10:54:45 PM
That looks great, Sandy! How fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on April 13, 2014, 10:35:50 AM
Looks like a great time, Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: WillMunny on April 13, 2014, 01:33:02 PM
great pictures, Sandy, thanks for sharing, a taste of America I'd say.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on April 13, 2014, 02:17:04 PM
That looks pretty cool, Sandy  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 13, 2014, 10:48:17 PM
So you have just spent the time horsing around.

Glad to have you back, sorry about the old bad joke.  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 15, 2014, 01:11:40 PM
Ha Dave! I love old bad jokes. Have I told you my most favorite bad joke before? If so, here it comes again. What's brown and sticky?  A stick. :)

Thanks everyone! It's sure great to be back. Love this place.


Do you think it would fit in my Western marathon?

Only as a reprieve. ;)

From Westerns?! What's your #1 movie again? :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 16, 2014, 03:02:19 AM
Boom-tsh  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 17, 2014, 08:42:58 PM
So that's how you spell rim shot!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 06, 2014, 09:23:28 PM
Anyone been to Montreal?  Any tips for our brief trip there?  We'll have a car.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on May 06, 2014, 09:28:28 PM
Yes, go up to the top of the mountain. Really lovely views. Also check out the Olympics bike track that has been turned into a zoo. The most adorable baby bobcats(?) were born only earlier this year, I think.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 06, 2014, 09:32:29 PM
Poutine and smoked meat sandwiches!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 06, 2014, 09:33:00 PM
planning a short, 3 day trip to Tioman Island in Malaysia at the end of July with a group of friends.  Due to a lot of changes that happened at work at the end of December and again just last month, this quite possible my only vacation this year:(

http://wikitravel.org/en/Tioman

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 06, 2014, 09:44:05 PM
Poutine and smoked meat sandwiches!

I know what poutine is, but what do you mean by smoked meat sandwiches?  Readily available everywhere?  We are staying in Old Montreal.

Thanks, Junior, I'll check that out.  I know the hill is something to do; but I hadn't heard about the zoo.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 06, 2014, 11:23:22 PM
I don't really know why but its a thing that's caught on. Places like http://schwartzsdeli.com

There's a bunch of places that make something similar there. I've never seen it elsewhere in Canada.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 06, 2014, 11:29:03 PM
I don't really know why but its a thing that's caught on. Places like http://schwartzsdeli.com

There's a bunch of places that make something similar there. I've never seen it elsewhere in Canada.

Wow, that looks amazing.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 06, 2014, 11:47:18 PM
Yeah, I've heard of a Montreal style smoked brisket.  It's supposed to be really tasty.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on May 07, 2014, 08:11:13 AM
Smoked meat sandwiches are available in shops all over the place, particularly in traditionally Jewish neighbourhoods, but Schwartz's (the place smirnoff linked to) is the icon. I've stayed with friends around the corner from Schwartz's many times but never actually ate there because the lines are such a hassle. Schwartz's is in a neighbourhood called the Plateau  (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g155032-d280137-Reviews-Plateau_Mont_Royal-Montreal_Quebec.html)and it's a lovely area to hang out in - a lot of great places to eat, shop, and walk, and it's adjacent to the park. From Old Montreal, the Plateau  (https://www.google.com/search?q=plateau+montreal&client=firefox-a&hs=b8N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=rcs&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=1jJqU5_bMYaOyAGG1IGwDg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg&biw=1366&bih=606)is on the other side of downtown (I think).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 07, 2014, 01:08:44 PM
I'll second Jr's rec for Mont Royal - its a decent 1/2 day hike.

St-Viateur Bagel (La Maison du Bagel) was excellent for a bit of quick breakfast. Bourdain recommends it!

Le Lab and La Distillerie No. 1 were exceptional temples of mixology if you are fancying a cocktail. The group at La Distillerie were game to play off menu and liked to be challenged to come up with something based on your request, though the line on a Saturday eve was more than an hour long (not a large space). There was a pub with an outside porch right next door that you could observe the mess that was that line!

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) had some interesting film/video installations along side other modernist pieces and Bistro Balmoral is right around the corner - the venison tartar was delicious, and the bartender was also into crafting a drink to please yr tastes. Its a modernist place as well, so it fits the theme.

Les Deux Gamins was a nice homier french restaurant that was more of a relaxed atmosphere, though the food no less on point.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 07, 2014, 05:49:43 PM
Thank you, ¡Keith! and mañana, I'll add these spots to my possible itinerary.  I'm looking more forward to Montreal with each post here!  We are living in Peterborough NH for a month and looking for great spots for an overnight trip.  We thought of Montreal.  It might take two nights away to see it all the things suggested here.

Thank you to Junior and smirnoff also.  Great suggestions all around.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 08, 2014, 11:36:25 AM
Oh nice, I haven't been up that way before but have a wedding about an hour away in Lake Sunapee in September so I'll be spending the week after Labor Day in the area. If you find anything fun locally be sure to post! The place the wedding is at looks fun: http://www.lsyc.net/
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 08, 2014, 12:21:59 PM
That's a beautiful looking destination ¡Keith!


saltine, it's been a long time since I went to Montreal, but I do remember walking a lot! Here's some walking tours you may be interested in. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/montreal/704832#sthash.2jWnLvNm.A5Rv1Un0.dpbs

Had I known about it at the time, I would have made a bee line to Habitat 67. It's right there by the water. So cool!

(http://i57.tinypic.com/5phonc.jpg)


planning a short, 3 day trip to Tioman Island in Malaysia at the end of July with a group of friends.  Due to a lot of changes that happened at work at the end of December and again just last month, this quite possible my only vacation this year:(

http://wikitravel.org/en/Tioman

jdc, you go to the most beautiful (and I must say, disquieting) places! :D Monitor Lizards roaming the village give me pause!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 08, 2014, 08:11:38 PM
¡Keith!, that lake is beautiful and only an hr from Peterborough.  We'll go up for lunch. This spot (http://bubbasbarandgrille.com/) looks OK.

sandy, I bookmarked the walking tours.  The friends joining us for Montreal are real walkers.  They will pound out the pavement in Montreal.

Also, water dragons in the restaurant, having lunch from the scraps we (the grandson) dropped on the floor...yes, that's happening in a Brisbane suburb.  It freaked me out.  Will not be back!

(http://i59.tinypic.com/2r4qvea.jpg)

Australia Zoo has its Aussie lizards (quite large) running free also.  That was kinda great.

Have fun, jdc!  Looks like an interesting locale.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 08, 2014, 09:28:25 PM

jdc, you go to the most beautiful (and I must say, disquieting) places! :D Monitor Lizards roaming the village give me pause!

I do see the occasional Monitor Lizard or Monkey in the park where I walk every morning and evening.  And lots of geckos in and around the condo.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 08, 2014, 09:39:40 PM
OK, you win, jdc.  I hate monkeys.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 08, 2014, 10:08:11 PM
OK, you win, jdc.  I hate monkeys.

I am not too fond of them either.. one charged at my dog one morning and we were quite far aways and not trying to agitate him.  I think the animal control his removed that monkey as need seen him in about a month.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 15, 2014, 02:35:25 PM
Off to Vegas for my daughter and son-in-law's graduations.

Still working on Musical May and Eldog's films. :) Be back soon...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on May 15, 2014, 03:00:43 PM
Have fun, Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 15, 2014, 03:25:26 PM
Enjoy! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 15, 2014, 04:06:40 PM
Vegas

(http://i.imgur.com/wFKAg5E.gif)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on May 15, 2014, 04:48:45 PM
That's London isn't it? 8)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 15, 2014, 05:03:06 PM
It is. But in the movie they do play a short clip of Elvis singing viva las vegas as that's happening. ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 15, 2014, 10:10:44 PM
Quote
Off to Vegas for my daughter and son-in-law's graduations.

Honestly don't know what this means.  Did they graduate from UNLV?

Have a blast. 

We're in LV for June.  We've got plans for lots of fun in and out of LV.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 20, 2014, 02:27:58 PM
Thanks everybody!

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Off to Vegas for my daughter and son-in-law's graduations.

Honestly don't know what this means.  Did they graduate from UNLV?

:)

Yes, both from UNLV.

(http://i59.tinypic.com/svgh1g.jpg)

Hope you have a great trip saltine!


Your vacation gif is perfect smirnoff! London works too, since I'll be there in June. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on May 20, 2014, 03:25:31 PM
Have a nice trip, Sandy.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 22, 2014, 07:46:36 AM
My two weeks in Japan are over. That place is amazing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 22, 2014, 08:10:40 AM
My two weeks in Japan is over. That place is amazing.

Where all did you visit?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 22, 2014, 08:20:54 AM
My two weeks in Japan are over. That place is amazing.

Where all did you visit?

Do you mean attractions or which parts of Japan?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 22, 2014, 08:54:35 AM
My two weeks in Japan are over. That place is amazing.

Where all did you visit?

Do you mean attractions or which parts of Japan?

which parts?  Did you stay in the Ryokan?  Go for Hotsprings?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 22, 2014, 06:38:40 PM
Doing a whirlwind of Spain this summer, any suggestions? (Hi Worm!)

Itinerary:

7/7 - JFK > Zurich (3h 10m layover, possible to clear customs, pop into the city via train & make it back?)
7/8 - ZHR > Palma Mallorca (Saldly only 1h 5m layover)
 - PMI > Malaga (get in at 4:30)
7/9 - Malaga to Grenada (Alhambra)
7/10 - Grenada to Pamplona (Running w/ Bulls!)
7/12 - Pamplona to Bilbao (Guggenheim)
7/13 - Bilbao to Madrid
7/16 - Madrid to Valencia
7/17 - Valencia to Barcelona
7/19 - Barcelona to Ibiza
7/21 - Ibiza back to Barcelona
7/23 - BCN > London (Gatwick) - 7h 10m layover and out of Heathrow, assuming i'll have at least a couple hours to pop into a pub.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 22, 2014, 07:37:45 PM
Of course, Gaudi in Barcelona and Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, but those are unmissable.

Check back.  I know of a restaurant in Valencia that is extraordinary...trying to get the name now.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 22, 2014, 07:58:50 PM
My two weeks in Japan are over. That place is amazing.

Where all did you visit?

Do you mean attractions or which parts of Japan?

which parts?  Did you stay in the Ryokan?  Go for Hotsprings?

I thought about staying in a Ryokan. Just for a night. As novel as it would've been I don't think I would've enjoyed it much. Especially if all they had was a Japanese style toilet.

I wanted to try a hot spring. I'm not sure I would've had the nerve to go through with it though. Given most of them are enjoyed naked. Plus apparently a lot of them don't accept people with tattoos and I have a small one on my arm.

We stayed in Tokyo for 9 days and then Osaka for 5. We made a few day trips during our Osaka stay to Kyoto, Hiroshima and another place I don't remember.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 22, 2014, 08:15:03 PM
My two weeks in Japan are over. That place is amazing.

Where all did you visit?

Do you mean attractions or which parts of Japan?

which parts?  Did you stay in the Ryokan?  Go for Hotsprings?

I thought about staying in a Ryokan. Just for a night. As novel as it would've been I don't think I would've enjoyed it much. Especially if all they had was a Japanese style toilet.

I wanted to try a hot spring. I'm not sure I would've had the nerve to go through with it though. Given most of them are enjoyed naked. Plus apparently a lot of them don't accept people with tattoos and I have a small one on my arm.

Going to the Hot Spring was probably my biggest moment of culture shock as was invited to go by a local girl.  I first thought thought it meant we would either have a private room to share.  Instead it was a large, indoor hall with some restaurants, places to drink, have massage, etc and everybody is walking around in Yukata (you pay using a bar coded wristband).  When it comes time for the hotspring, she tells me to go to the men's side and she goes to the women's side.  I wasn't really expecting to be walking around and sharing the hot pools with 50 other naked Japanese guys when I got invited to go to the hot spring. 

the few Ryokan I stayed in had normal sitting toilets though it was a single, shared bathroom with a deep tub that was shared among all the guests so you had to reserve the time when you were going to use the bathroom/tub the following day.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 22, 2014, 08:25:52 PM
My two weeks in Japan are over. That place is amazing.

Where all did you visit?

Do you mean attractions or which parts of Japan?

which parts?  Did you stay in the Ryokan?  Go for Hotsprings?

I thought about staying in a Ryokan. Just for a night. As novel as it would've been I don't think I would've enjoyed it much. Especially if all they had was a Japanese style toilet.

I wanted to try a hot spring. I'm not sure I would've had the nerve to go through with it though. Given most of them are enjoyed naked. Plus apparently a lot of them don't accept people with tattoos and I have a small one on my arm.

Going to the Hot Spring was probably my biggest moment of culture shock as was invited to go by a local girl.  I first thought thought it meant we would either have a private room to share.  Instead it was a large, indoor hall with some restaurants, places to drink, have massage, etc and everybody is walking around in Yukata (you pay using a bar coded wristband).  When it comes time for the hotspring, she tells me to go to the men's side and she goes to the women's side.  I wasn't really expecting to be walking around and sharing the hot pools with 50 other naked Japanese guys when I got invited to go to the hot spring. 

the few Ryokan I stayed in had normal sitting toilets though it was a single, shared bathroom with a deep tub that was shared among all the guests so you had to reserve the time when you were going to use the bathroom/tub the following day.

I did a lot of research before we went so I knew there wouldn't be privacy. I didn't think there would be bars and restauraunt there but after visiting the country that doesn't surprise me. There are restauraunts anywhere and everywhere.

I'm glad I didn't visit one after reading that. Booking a bathroom in advance? That doesn't seem very practical.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 22, 2014, 09:38:05 PM
Booking the bathroom is for the morning when you need to use the tub/shower, not any time you have to go.  Not a vacation, but probably stopping through Tokyo for a short trip in July to visit our office there.  Trying to get the Japan team to be more aligned to our processes
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 23, 2014, 01:23:14 AM
Doing a whirlwind of Spain this summer, any suggestions? (Hi Worm!)

Itinerary:

7/7 - JFK > Zurich (3h 10m layover, possible to clear customs, pop into the city via train & make it back?)
7/8 - ZHR > Palma Mallorca (Saldly only 1h 5m layover)
 - PMI > Malaga (get in at 4:30)
7/9 - Malaga to Grenada (Alhambra)
7/10 - Grenada to Pamplona (Running w/ Bulls!)
7/12 - Pamplona to Bilbao (Guggenheim)
7/13 - Bilbao to Madrid
7/16 - Madrid to Valencia
7/17 - Valencia to Barcelona
7/19 - Barcelona to Ibiza
7/21 - Ibiza back to Barcelona
7/23 - BCN > London (Gatwick) - 7h 10m layover and out of Heathrow, assuming i'll have at least a couple hours to pop into a pub.

Spain!! Enjoy, Keith!! Looks like a fantastic itinerary!

I've been only to Barcelona, and a few places outside Barcelona (Montserrat is incredible), but I second saltine's rec of Gaudi - La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, and Park Güell are the places I'm familiar with. Really wonderful. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 23, 2014, 04:40:18 AM
Booking the bathroom is for the morning when you need to use the tub/shower, not any time you have to go.  Not a vacation, but probably stopping through Tokyo for a short trip in July to visit our office there.  Trying to get the Japan team to be more aligned to our processes

Ah that makes more sense. I found the japanese to be the most efficient, nicest people I've ever met.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 23, 2014, 09:33:35 AM
Of course, Gaudi in Barcelona and Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, but those are unmissable.

Check back.  I know of a restaurant in Valencia that is extraordinary...trying to get the name now.


Spain!! Enjoy, Keith!! Looks like a fantastic itinerary!

I've been only to Barcelona, and a few places outside Barcelona (Montserrat is incredible), but I second saltine's rec of Gaudi - La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, and Park Güell are the places I'm familiar with. Really wonderful. 

Thanks, definitely doing the Gaudi. Montserrat looks amazing and actually pretty accessible via transit so I'm definitely looking into that!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat_(mountain)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 23, 2014, 12:07:37 PM
¡Keith!, I noticed that you are not in Valencia for very long, but this is the restaurant I was referencing.  It was recommended by world travelers who are discriminating diners, so I thought it was worth a mention.


http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/an-evening-out-with-angel-at-la-utielana-in-valencia/
 
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/valencia-and-murcia/valencia/restaurants/spanish/la-utielana
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 23, 2014, 02:40:30 PM
Montserrat looks amazing and actually pretty accessible via transit so I'm definitely looking into that!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat_(mountain)
Yes, it's fantastic! We took the cable car thing up the side of the mountain, and the views are just gorgeous - then at the top, too, just stunning.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on May 27, 2014, 12:06:40 PM
In Madrid, check out the Prado, especially for Goya's Black Paintings. The stadium tour for the Real Madrid stadium is pretty awesome, as is the Royal Palace/church combo, if you're into the medieval thing. And the big park thing they have in the middle of the city is really pretty.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on May 27, 2014, 12:32:36 PM
thanks. hopefully Spain makes it far in the WC. We'll be there during the Semis and in Madrid for the Final. Having seen the outdoor viewing parties and celebrations from 4 years ago, I'm suddenly pulling for La Roja just to have the experience.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on May 27, 2014, 12:38:19 PM
My sister went to a game or two and she said it was nuts, even outside the stadium. I believe it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on May 27, 2014, 12:39:16 PM
A long weekend of sun, swimming, cooking, drinking, and dancing did me well. Looking forward to posting more actively in June.

Also looking forward to watching more movies. Got off to a good start last night by finally catching up with Volver — more than five years after I rented the DVD from Blockbuster Video (February 11, 2009).

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 27, 2014, 01:07:15 PM
A long weekend of sun, swimming, cooking, drinking, and dancing did me well. Looking forward to posting more actively in June.
Sounds amazing, pix! Also, yay!

Also looking forward to watching more movies. Got off to a good start last night by finally catching up with Volver — more than five years after I rented the DVD from Blockbuster Video (February 11, 2009).
:D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 30, 2014, 03:50:48 AM
Silly question. How can i upload photos so they're small but when you click on them they change to their original size? Like Bondo's post here (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=3851.800).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on May 30, 2014, 07:02:25 AM
Code it like this: [img height=x]http://web address[/img]. You can also do width but just doing height adjusts the width accordingly too.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on May 30, 2014, 08:25:47 AM
If you quote Bondo's post, you'll see he added "width=400" to adjust the size.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 30, 2014, 08:45:31 AM
I quoted Bondo's post and saw the code he used. I can't get it to work though. It only makes it smaller. It doesn't get larger when i click on it.

Ah nevermind. It works. Just not in preview. Thanks for the help. I'll be uploading some Japan photos soon.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on May 30, 2014, 04:27:25 PM
We'll be in San Diego for a week with a family friend from Germany. We're gonna do beach stuff and go to Disney.  :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 30, 2014, 09:56:35 PM
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A lot of restaurants have plastic models out the front of their menu.

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Kinkaku-ji temple. A cool gold temple.

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Inside the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

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The view from Osaka Castle.

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Osaka Castle.

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb34/slade114/IMG_4134.jpg)

Sumida Sky building. The only way to get to the roof is to cross these escalator tubes.

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb34/slade114/IMG_4107.jpg)

The view from the roof of the sky building.

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The view from our hotel room in Osaka. The garden rooftop is Namba Parks.

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A place called Happo-en. A small garden in the city. We just missed a wedding.

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My favourite restaurant from Tokyo/Japan. Negashi Cow Tongue. The grilled chicken was amazing.

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb34/slade114/IMG_2175.jpg)

The roof of the Ghibli Museum. A pretty lame museum overall.

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb34/slade114/IMG_3311.jpg)

We managed to catch one last cherry blossom tree.

Apologies for the long post. These are just a few of the couple thousand photos i have.  :D

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on May 30, 2014, 11:58:21 PM
Jealous!

I really hope to visit Japan one day.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on May 31, 2014, 02:35:41 AM
Jealous!

I really hope to visit Japan one day.
Me, too! 

Wonderful pics, Deer Hunter!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on May 31, 2014, 03:09:55 AM
Very nice! Apologies if I missed an earlier post but how long did you stay in Japan?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 31, 2014, 05:34:48 AM
Very nice! Apologies if I missed an earlier post but how long did you stay in Japan?

2 weeks. 9 days in Tokyo then 5 in Osaka.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on May 31, 2014, 08:56:03 AM
Very nice photos of Japan.  Did you fly direct from Perth?  Airline? Stop-overs?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 31, 2014, 09:27:36 AM
Japan seems like the coolest place.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on May 31, 2014, 10:52:04 AM
Great photos! 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 31, 2014, 12:22:09 PM
Great photos!

Truly!

Did you ever buy any of that Hot Food from the dispenser? I'm super curious about what that comes out looking like.

I'm also fascinated with the plastic food. When I was there long ago, I'd just stare at those displays. They are works of art. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 31, 2014, 06:15:31 PM
Very nice photos of Japan.  Did you fly direct from Perth?  Airline? Stop-overs?

Perth to Hong Kong then Hong Kong to Japan. We flew with Cathay Pacific. The flights were the worst part.

Japan seems like the coolest place.

It is. The people there are the most friendliest and nicest people I've ever met. The place is super tourist friendly.

Did you ever buy any of that Hot Food from the dispenser? I'm super curious about what that comes out looking like.

I'm also fascinated with the plastic food. When I was there long ago, I'd just stare at those displays. They are works of art. :)

We tried the hot chips. When you buy it it takes about 90 seconds to come out since it gets heated up. They were a little soggy and cold still. Not that good but they'd do in a pinch.

The food displays are really helpful when you can't read Japanese. Lets you know what they have without having to go inside.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bill Thompson on May 31, 2014, 06:39:30 PM
Took the family to Milwaukee for the weekend. Took in a Cubs game at Miller Park and spent an entire day at Milwaukee County Zoo. The Cubs were shellacked, but I always enjoy going to a Cubs game and Miller Park is an impressive stadium. The zoo was great, and while I'd still say Brookfield is the best zoo I've been to, Milwaukee's zoo had a great selection, lots of amenities, and we were able to see every animal in one day.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 31, 2014, 07:03:41 PM
Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers were coming here as early as the late 1600s to trade with the Native Americans.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 01, 2014, 01:13:17 AM
I could see your daughter not wanting to leave the zoo until she saw each and every animal. Glad your trip went so well Bill. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 08, 2014, 05:09:06 PM
I didn't think we would get a vacation this year, but someone just offered my family a house to stay in for free in Kalispell, Montana, right next to Glacier National Park.  We'll be going in a couple weeks.  Amazing!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 08, 2014, 05:16:21 PM
Wow, that's great, oldkid.  You're going to love it!  Tell you wife to remember the camera and share all her great pics with us.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 08, 2014, 05:22:43 PM
Oh yeah, we are talking about cameras for certain.  I visited Glacier for an afternoon about eight years ago.  I can't wait to show my family.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 08, 2014, 05:26:40 PM
That's awesome!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 08, 2014, 05:43:07 PM
So awesome! Glacier is beautiful!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 08, 2014, 10:01:44 PM
Yay oldkid family!!!

So happy for your trip and can't wait to hear all about it. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 08, 2014, 11:10:08 PM
I've got my assignment.  I will fulfill my duty.  (http://omg.wthax.org/smilies/emot-salute.gif)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on June 09, 2014, 02:45:03 PM
Glacier National Park is the most beautiful place I've ever been and was my favorite vacation of my life. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 17, 2014, 06:26:17 PM
My posts have been anemic of late as I've been getting ready for a trip to Germany and Great Britain, but I'll be back in 3 weeks, in full swing. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 17, 2014, 09:00:07 PM
That sounds amazing, Sandy! Any cities/areas in particular you plan to visit?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 17, 2014, 09:41:59 PM
 :)

My husband has a conference in Leipzig and some other meetings in Germany and Great Britain. We'll visit Berlin, Frankfurt, London, stuff in the middle (Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice movie sites too!) and Edinburgh. It's fly by the seat of the pants travel (as the meetings get solidified), but it's a great way to travel economically.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on June 17, 2014, 09:53:48 PM
Nice, Sandy! Are the kids coming too or is this just you and your husband?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 17, 2014, 10:56:32 PM
Sounds great, Sandy. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 18, 2014, 10:20:28 AM
Nice, Sandy! Are the kids coming too or is this just you and your husband?

I'm bringing my 15 year old son too. It's the perfect age for seeing the world, right? :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on June 18, 2014, 10:51:21 AM
You got it.  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 18, 2014, 01:29:54 PM
I was 15 when I toured France and England. Among other things it was the first time I bought alcohol without ID. Meanwhile in Canada I've been ID'd as recently as 2 years ago (I'm 30). :-\

My point is, 15 was a good age to visit Europe. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 18, 2014, 10:24:20 PM
I leave for Montana tomorrow morning.  But I have to say, I'm pretty jealous of Sandy's trip.  Have a great time!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on June 19, 2014, 12:03:17 AM
I was 15 when I toured France and England. Among other things it was the first time I bought alcohol without ID. Meanwhile in Canada I've been ID'd as recently as 2 years ago (I'm 30). :-\

I got ID'd tonight, at 31, at a bar I go every single week. This particular bartender is not one of the regulars however.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on June 19, 2014, 12:15:19 AM
I was 15 when I toured France and England. Among other things it was the first time I bought alcohol without ID. Meanwhile in Canada I've been ID'd as recently as 2 years ago (I'm 30). :-\

I got ID'd tonight, at 31, at a bar I go every single week. This particular bartender is not one of the regulars however.

I don't normally see people get ID here except there use to be some higher end bars/clubs that use to want to keep younger males out.  So they had a policy of no guys under 21 or 24 though but no restriction on girls as long as they were drinking age which is 18.  I think the only thing that probably keeps the younger people out of the bar is the cost of alcohol.

The youngest I got in a bar was just after my 16th B-day in England with my older cousin during an afternoon just after he picked up his exam results. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on June 19, 2014, 08:20:05 AM
I leave for Montana tomorrow morning.  But I have to say, I'm pretty jealous of Sandy's trip.  Have a great time!

Have a blast oldkid!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 19, 2014, 12:52:10 PM
Montana sounds like a great place. Have fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on June 20, 2014, 05:36:23 PM
It's the perfect age for seeing the world, right? :)

Speaking of, I leave for Ecuador for 10 days tomorrow. See ya!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: don s. on June 21, 2014, 03:29:44 PM
Jeez, what is it with all of these people going to Ecuador?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 23, 2014, 08:34:25 AM
I leave for Montana tomorrow morning.  But I have to say, I'm pretty jealous of Sandy's trip.  Have a great time!

Have a blast oldkid!

We are having a blast and fun!

Yesterday I fell into a river in Glacier National Park (Avalanche Creek, if you know it).  No harm done, but my smart phone got dunked for a good fifteen minutes before I could fish it out.  Just to let you know, the rivers at the top of mountains are chilly.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdb_1970 on June 23, 2014, 09:12:02 AM
@oldkid:  So is the phone still smart or did the water kill all its brain cells?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 23, 2014, 10:30:31 AM
Jeez, what is it with all of these people going to Ecuador?

 ;D
(http://i.imgur.com/A7arzxa.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 24, 2014, 09:06:19 AM
My phone is sitting peacefully drying out.  We'll see how it works after a bit.

Pics to come!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on June 24, 2014, 09:47:56 AM
Bury it in rice.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 24, 2014, 07:48:14 PM
That works.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 25, 2014, 06:53:44 AM
Bury it in rice.

Not cooked rice, though
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 25, 2014, 08:32:15 AM
I did bury it in rice and it's working just fine.  Just a little discoloration in parts.  Amazing.

Going home today.  Pics tomorrow!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 27, 2014, 06:34:01 AM
Bury it in rice.

But be careful (curtesy of Zits)
(http://safr.kingfeatures.com/idn/test/zone/xml/content.php?file=aHR0cDovL3NhZnIua2luZ2ZlYXR1cmVzLmNvbS9aaXRzLzIwMTQvMDYvWml0c19udGIuMjAxNDA2MjJfOTAwLmdpZg==)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 27, 2014, 10:02:29 AM
Finally, some pics from our trip!

Lake MacDonald
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2rzp7ko.jpg)

Ideathy skipping stones at St. Mary's Lake
(http://i57.tinypic.com/5o5u6q.jpg)

Bridge near Goat Point
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2ikwj9v.jpg)

Ideathy's Photo Bomb
(http://i61.tinypic.com/vfih5d.jpg)

Where Lewis and Clark crossed the Continental Divide
(http://i59.tinypic.com/296j0hi.jpg)

A leaf at what I call Christmas Creek because of the red and green stones:
(http://i61.tinypic.com/35bz4fn.jpg)

A grove of trees near Avalanche Creek (where I fell in)
(http://i60.tinypic.com/m8mez5.jpg)

(http://i59.tinypic.com/2epkdtx.jpg)

Caterpillars like this were everywhere:
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2rwkpds.jpg)

Stairway falls
(http://i60.tinypic.com/afen82.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 27, 2014, 10:30:13 AM
Such amazing pics!  I love Glacier, I was there about 10 years ago, I really need to go back.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 27, 2014, 12:52:31 PM
looks like a beautiful place!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 27, 2014, 01:15:04 PM
Lovely, Steve!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 27, 2014, 06:37:35 PM
That looks awesome!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 28, 2014, 05:12:23 AM
Great photos
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on June 28, 2014, 09:38:35 AM
Thanks. It really was beautiful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on June 28, 2014, 03:44:25 PM
Looks fantastic, oldkid.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on July 02, 2014, 02:10:09 PM
I'm back, but I don't have many pictures. (Or at least none like Oldkid's amazing pics.) I'll see about posting them, but it won't be soon on account of a midnight to 6:00 AM flight.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on July 03, 2014, 11:27:02 AM
Renfe's Spain Pass > EURail Pass.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 08, 2014, 05:52:03 PM
Gorgeous pictures oldkid! Hi Ideathy! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 08, 2014, 07:44:24 PM
Highlights

Tequila, goodguy and Klose Country

The Leipzig Frogger Game
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2qjd1e8.jpg)

The Bastei
(http://i62.tinypic.com/25yzz45.jpg)

The Jewish Museum in Berlin
(http://i61.tinypic.com/muwh3k.jpg)

My favorite German town: Dinkelsbühl
(http://i57.tinypic.com/2hn2xq1.jpg)

Watching the German vs. U.S.A. game in a pub in Böblingen
(http://i62.tinypic.com/mmxztk.jpg)



verbALs' Hometown

The Tube
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2pt9xyc.jpg)

A guided tour, by verbALs of Soho, St. James, Fitzrovia... (Thanks verbALs! What a treat!)
(http://i62.tinypic.com/2cok3dc.jpg)

Banksy
(http://i58.tinypic.com/11wcajp.jpg)

Matilda
(http://i57.tinypic.com/r7k3k9.jpg)

BFI Southbank
(http://i61.tinypic.com/1zoz50m.jpg)



Monty's Backyard (Thanks for the recommendations Monty. I'm a year late, but so worth the wait!)

If 1SO can geek out on Pixar chapters, I get to geek out on film locations. :)

Stanage Edge (Davis standing in for Keira Knightley in Pride & Predjudice.)
(http://i60.tinypic.com/mm7kpd.jpg)

The Gardens at Haddon Hall (I've walked where Michael Fassbender has walked in Jane Eyre. :) )
(http://i57.tinypic.com/242y98w.jpg)

The Veiled Lady at Chatsworth House (The sculpture room and the exterior of the house were used in P&P.)
(http://i60.tinypic.com/15yccpu.jpg)

I thought it would be so fun if they left the Darcy statue in the room. But he was in the gift shop! (love the sign at the bottom)
(http://i57.tinypic.com/2vw8z89.jpg)

One day ahead of the race in Ilkley
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2s869zn.jpg)

Malham Tarn
(http://i60.tinypic.com/vwv0id.jpg)


Heading North

Hadrian's Wall, Birdoswald Fort
(http://i60.tinypic.com/eplw2b.jpg)

Getting ready for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2e37gb7.jpg)



Lodgings

Prettiest Bed & Breakfast, Derbyshire
(http://i57.tinypic.com/2psn12b.jpg)

Strangest Bathroom, Windermere (frolicking? ???)
(http://i59.tinypic.com/szzx50.jpg)



Filmspotter Sightings

Heisenbergman in the Forbidden Planet Store in London
(http://i60.tinypic.com/126bgom.jpg)

1SO in the Edinburgh Airport
(http://i60.tinypic.com/xdze2v.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on July 08, 2014, 07:51:46 PM
Told you I had friends in Scotland.

(Thanks for sharing the pics.)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 08, 2014, 07:51:54 PM
Wonderful!  What a great trip!  I am so jealous, especially of the time spent with filmspotters and the locations...  Looks like you guys had a fantastic time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 08, 2014, 08:01:05 PM
What a fantastic trip! Love the pics!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 08, 2014, 09:23:42 PM
Love these pics! Thanks, Sandy, for sharing your trip with us.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 08, 2014, 09:43:17 PM
great pics....
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 08, 2014, 11:25:10 PM
Amazing pictures Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on July 08, 2014, 11:31:13 PM
I am unspeakably jealous.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 09, 2014, 06:01:01 AM
 :)

It was a lovely trip. Thanks for the nice words everyone.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 09, 2014, 07:55:44 AM
I lost at the Darcy sign. Looks like you had an awesome trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Monty on July 09, 2014, 10:22:41 AM
Great photo's Sandy, glad you enjoyed the backyard, it is pretty awesome :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on July 09, 2014, 10:24:43 AM
So cool, Sandy.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: tinyholidays on July 09, 2014, 11:23:49 AM
Me too. So funny. What a lovely time it looks like you had!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on July 09, 2014, 02:34:33 PM
I hope the trip was as great as the pictures make it look.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 09, 2014, 02:43:25 PM
Wonderful pics Sandy!

You inspire me to post some long overdue pics from my trip to Cambodia earlier this year. I'm no great photographer tbh, this is just pics taken with my mobile, but I hope they can convey at least a small hint of the experiences I had over there.

So let's go:

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/pp_zpse4fd292f.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/pp_zpse4fd292f.jpg.html)

Phom Penh. The scooters and the cords hanging over the road are quite typical. And yyeah, that's me.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/kf_zps4aa657dc.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/kf_zps4aa657dc.jpg.html)

A visit to the Killing Fields right outside of Phnom Penh. I cried as I listened to the testimonies in an audio guide. This tree was used to kill little babies. Now it's covered in prayer bracelets. It was very tough to see and listen to this and I won't go into details. I've never been to a holocost camp but I imagine it's a bit of the same.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/prison_zpsb8ce4da8.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/prison_zpsb8ce4da8.jpg.html)

We then moved on to see S21, a former school in Phnom Penh that was turned into a prison during pol pot where they used torture to get "confessions". An estimated 17 000 were imprisoned there during Pol Pot. Only seven survived.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/factory_zps368ac5b4.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/factory_zps368ac5b4.jpg.html)

Textile workers in Phnom Penh having their lunch. We did a kind of non-touristy day. We had a private guide, a woman who has worked for NGOs and knows English very well and knows her ways around, often assisting journalists and such. She brought us - on ou request - to the other side of Phnom Penh, the kind of life that "ordinary" people live. So we went to a factory area where our H&M t-shirts are made and - with her as an translator - had a chat with the workers during their lunch. I could talk about this for long, but let's just stay with that it left my 19 year old in deep thoughts.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/cham_zps49f2ff5e.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/cham_zps49f2ff5e.jpg.html)

Most Cambodians belong to the buddism, but there's a small group of muslims, the cham people, who live under very harsh conditions. Our guide brought us to a settlement under some boats by the river in Phnom Penh. Right behind where the pic is taken the Chinese are building a luxury hotel. And once it's finished in two years, those people will be driven away, noone knows whereto.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/Angorwat_zpsbc05f8b9.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/Angorwat_zpsbc05f8b9.jpg.html)

After the tough start in Phnom Penh (which I wouldn't have wanted to miss for anything, but it's not something that attracts a lot of tourists) we went to Cambodia's main attraction, Angkor Wat. I took hundreds of pics of temples, but well, you can google and see for yourself and probably see much greater pics than mine. We spent two days there and saw at least ten temples - but there are hundreds of them and each one different. It's stunningly beautiful and belongs to the World Heritage for a reason.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/temple_zps55aa9fe1.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/temple_zps55aa9fe1.jpg.html)

My favourite temple was the one where Tomb Rider was recorded (or a part of it). Overgrown with huge trees. It was very, very beautiful.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/temple2_zps068860e2.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/temple2_zps068860e2.jpg.html)

This was also beautiful, a temple that was filled with faces of Bhudda - hundreds of them.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/stilted_zps3fecceb0.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/stilted_zps3fecceb0.jpg.html)

But we did some more than just temple hiking. This is a visit to a stilted village, Kampung Pluk, where people live the same way as they've done for a thousand years. We were there during dry season, but during wet season, those houses are at sea level so to say.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/fisherman_zpsc4d12a79.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/fisherman_zpsc4d12a79.jpg.html)

They made their living mostly on fishing, as far as I get. And on tourists, obviously.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/blood_zpscae7bee7.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/blood_zpscae7bee7.jpg.html)

Seeing all the poverty, you feel an urge to pay back. I had read up a bit on the webs about good and bad ways to do (sadly there's a lot of charity tourism that does no good at all). Giving blood to a child hospital was apparently a very good thing to do, so we went there. Sadly I was rejected (too few blood cells, they gave me iron suppliments and I felt ridiculous, I was the one supposed to help out, rigt?). But Tuva, my 19 year old, was accepted as a doner, for the first time in her life. She felt very good about it afterwards: "it's as if I've left a part of me in Cambodia".

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/pubstreet_zpsfdd0b72c.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/pubstreet_zpsfdd0b72c.jpg.html)

Travelling as a mother and daughter, you're not the ideal combo for spending the night out partying. But it seemed to be a good place for it.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/biketour_zps84741c74.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/biketour_zps84741c74.jpg.html)

After this we went back to Phnom Penh, where we had another guided tour, this time a bike tour to the countryside, which was lovely. In this pic our guide is telling us everything about rice growing; he comes from a family of rice farmers.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/bike2_zps56a57cfd.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/bike2_zps56a57cfd.jpg.html)

Another pic from our tour to the countryside outside of Phnom Penh. Waiting for the boat to cross the river.



(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/theatre_zps22f6de13.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/theatre_zps22f6de13.jpg.html)

We had a memorable theatre experience in Phnom Penh! Barefoot and bedded!

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/monks_zpsf8ff5bd5.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/monks_zpsf8ff5bd5.jpg.html)

Monks... They were everywhere, in their colourful clothing. This is a group that is on their way to visit the royal palace, as tourists. One of hem is carrying an ipad which he holds up and takes pics with. They didn't always fit in to what you think a munk would be. But they were present, everywhere, reminding you of another way of life.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/playing_zpsd4816825.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/playing_zpsd4816825.jpg.html)

This pic is taken by my daughter, who is a much better photographer. The boy is holding a little ball with feathers which she just has given to him after playing around with a bunch of street kids for a long time. It's a game that is played everywhere, you stand in a circle with your friends and kick this little ball to each other. Some players are incredibly skilled.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/lazydays_zpsdd85d523.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/lazydays_zpsdd85d523.jpg.html)

This is when our final, lazy beach days begin. Or you could call it a period to meditate on everything we'd seen. First we went to the touristy village Sianoukville by the coast....

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/paradiseisland_zpsc34ba7b4.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/paradiseisland_zpsc34ba7b4.jpg.html)

and then we took a boat for a few hours to a small, very very quiet island, with no wifi, not even a working telephone line, where we spent five nights.... just existing.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/beach_zps5b01863c.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/beach_zps5b01863c.jpg.html)

The beach was like in the advertising. For real.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/slacking_zps496626f4.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/slacking_zps496626f4.jpg.html)

The hotel bar was the most relaxed I've ever ecountered...

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/Elgenstierna/bungalow_zps6c983af2.jpg) (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/Elgenstierna/media/bungalow_zps6c983af2.jpg.html)

... and midday, when it was too hot to be on the beach, we lay in our hammocks on the porch.

To summarize it we spent two and a half week in Cambodia, but it felt like a lot more. It was that kind of journey, you know.










Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: tinyholidays on July 09, 2014, 03:02:19 PM
Wow, Lobby. Five days in hammocks at a beach hotel bar sounds just right. What an amazing life experience you and your daughter had.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 09, 2014, 03:11:04 PM
Lobby! Welcome back! So nice to see your face. You have a wonderful world traveler/ambassador look about you. :) I'd been wondering about your trip. Your pictures and comments feel like glimpses into a very profound experience. Thank you for sharing them, so that I too may ponder. The boy with the jianzi feather ball is adorable.




I hope the trip was as great as the pictures make it look.

It was! Tequila, if only I could have stuck around for a lot longer, I might have been brave enough to practice speaking. With portable dictionary in hand, I was able to get out some rudimentary sentences. :)

I lost at the Darcy sign. Looks like you had an awesome trip.

 :)) I lost too... in the gift shop.

Me too. So funny. What a lovely time it looks like you had!

Tiny!! Oh, it's so great to see you!

So cool, Sandy.

Says the world traveler. :) Waiting to see some pics from your last adventure.

Great photo's Sandy, glad you enjoyed the backyard, it is pretty awesome :)

Your back yard is heaven!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 09, 2014, 03:49:58 PM
The Gardens at Haddon Hall (I've walked where Michael Fassbender has walked in Jane Eyre. :) )

You're blowing my mind. :)

These pictures are great. It looks like you got to go all over the place. Thanks for taking the time to share them!

and then we took a boat for a few hours to a small, very very quiet island, with no wifi, not even a working telephone line, where we spent five nights.... just existing.

Great way to cap off a trip. How cool
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 09, 2014, 03:56:53 PM
@Lobby - Looks like just an incredible trip in so many varying ways. Thank you so much for sharing. (Love seeing the pic of you, too! :) )
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Monty on July 09, 2014, 06:19:13 PM
Wonderful pictures and text Lobby, showing that the world is a beautiful and often brutal place. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdb_1970 on July 09, 2014, 07:43:26 PM
So damn jealous of the vacation pictures
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on July 10, 2014, 11:49:32 AM
Waiting to see some pics from your last adventure.

Like I said, I didn't take many pictures, the reason being my sister went the year before, and I figured I'd be taking pictures of the same things. But here's what I got:

(http://i.imgur.com/3ncwP1e.jpg)
El Refugio is a moutain near Quito that we got to go too. Really pretty forest corridor.
(http://i.imgur.com/FmREEjF.jpg)
A massive bug we saw on the post of our hostel's balcony. It flies too.  :-[
(http://i.imgur.com/uaHihEG.jpg)
Amazing white chocolate dessert crepe.
(http://i.imgur.com/tK8Qm21.jpg)
A cloud passes through El Refugio.
(http://i.imgur.com/W7mL2TX.jpg)
The quartet of dogs that would bark outside our hostel each morning.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 10, 2014, 08:51:47 PM
Bugs in other countries always are fascinating.  Who knew there were so many different sorts of insects/bugs?  All Aussie bugs will, of course, kill you.

Great pics, Jake.  Mind if I ask why you were in that location?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on July 10, 2014, 09:36:25 PM
Thanks, and we were there building a church for a village outside of Puyo. Hard, hard work.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 10, 2014, 09:37:17 PM
Thanks, and we were there building a church for a village outside of Puyo. Hard, hard work.

Good for you!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 10, 2014, 09:46:25 PM
Cool pics, Jake!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 10, 2014, 10:03:22 PM
Wow Jake, what a great reason for a trip. Thanks for the pictures. That bug may keep me from serving in that capacity. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 11, 2014, 12:49:08 AM
Wow, Lobby, amazing photos!  Your trip sounds fantastic.  I love the fact that you tried to give blood to help out, but ended up getting iron supplements!  Sometimes we go to help and we end up getting helped... that's the way the world should work, but rarely does.

Jake, cool trip!  Big bug!  I don't know that I'd want to see that up close...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 25, 2014, 12:56:17 AM
Tomorrow we're off for a two week long roadtrip to the northern part of Sweden with Kiruna as our furthest away destination. We'll visit mines, caves and mountains, but most of all we'll see desolation, forrests, reindeer and tiny villages struggling for their survival in a time when all young people, especially women, move south to the big cities. It's been 25 years since I last were that far north and I'm really looking forward to it. It speaks to the melancholical side of me, my Scandinavian heritage.

Since we're mostly staying at hostels with wifi access and I'll bring my laptop, I hope I can keep posting every now and then. It depends on what our evenings will look like, but I suspect they'll be on the quiet side. Not that much to do in those areas (which oddly is one of the things that make them attractive).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 25, 2014, 05:38:36 AM
I'd love to hear about your experiences on the road trip Lobby. It's great how you explore the world and then make time for your own "backyard." :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 25, 2014, 06:09:06 AM
People travel from far distant countries to see the beauty of the north of Sweden, mostly in the winter to stay at the icehotel and see the aurora borealis, but expecially the Germans come in the summer. I on the other hand who live here have been to the opposite side of the world to see the Scandinavian looking landscape of New Zeeland, but haven't been to those places I'm now going to see.

It's really about time I do something about it.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on July 25, 2014, 07:10:12 AM
Lobby, are you going to catch the train from Kiruna to Narvik? It is a lovely train ride. Have a lovely trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Lobby on July 25, 2014, 08:30:12 AM
Thanks! No, this road trip is by car, though I imagine that train trip is awesome and would love to do it at some point. Train wouldn't work for the things we're planning to do, I'm afraid. (Train connections aren't what they used to be.)
We'll drive as far north as Björkliden, which is on the way to Narvik. We're plunging deep into the mountain in some cave there. In case you'll never hear of me again, a cave troll got me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on July 26, 2014, 05:38:07 AM
Spent about a week in the Austrian mountains this month. It was pretty misty.
(http://i.imgur.com/ntAE3ZXl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FWb8aLQl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/jDIfXqRl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JwvskRNl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/vCxma7Jl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RQZQ49xl.jpg)


Food was generous too.
(http://i.imgur.com/75Pvr2Ul.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 26, 2014, 07:36:00 AM
 :D

Well, the plates are generous. That's a mighty big one for that little display of vegetables.

Gorgeous pictures! Is that in Berchtesgaden?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 26, 2014, 08:04:18 AM
Wonderful!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 26, 2014, 08:27:54 AM
Lovely photos!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 26, 2014, 09:16:44 AM
I love misty mountains.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on July 26, 2014, 10:58:08 AM
Is that in Berchtesgaden?
It's Lech in Vorarlberg, a pretty fancy ski resort in winter.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 30, 2014, 03:11:05 AM
Just had a very short trip to Pulau Tioman, Malaysia.  I forgot how long it takes to get there via bus and ferry, which was about 7 hours which took up most of 2 out of 3 days there.  I didn't end up taking any good scenic photos as didn't carry my phone with me most of the time but the food was quite nice.

Locally we call these crayfish but not really what most probably think of them.  The meat is a bit like lobster, some nickname them "poor man lobster" but they can be really close in texture and taste.  Just not as meaty.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3864/14596266259_50c829bb1b_z.jpg)

Curry Prawns and prawn with egg in back:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2918/14759936776_b7e3b9bbec_z.jpg)

And while this may be sacrilegious to many... this is the common way we drink beer when eating outside in 30 C degree heat.  The beer often isn't cold enough to begin with and soon gets warm.  So small glasses with ice:
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5591/14759935186_b78f1f0d4c_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on July 30, 2014, 06:06:44 AM
Jealous of all the seafood.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 30, 2014, 11:18:00 AM
Those are amazing photos, Tequila - wow.

And jdc - yum!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on July 30, 2014, 12:32:25 PM
food looks great... beer... not so much ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on August 10, 2014, 11:17:03 PM
How many Ks you got? This video of a rainbow from my trip to Maine has 4 of them. Crank up your resolutions to the max!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX0PW95jlRw
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on August 10, 2014, 11:34:25 PM
Amazing, Junior!  Full screen is the way to go!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on August 11, 2014, 04:28:56 PM
These are the rest. Not very well done, but since I was mostly just trying out my new phone's abilities, I don't care overmuch.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlJkEK0KTRBfxtDnOO4noPipMdyNKP8wZ
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 11, 2014, 05:49:34 PM
Nice boat. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on August 11, 2014, 09:02:09 PM
Indeed! It was a friend's family vacation house/boat that we visited. Nice, but I'm all sunburnt now.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on September 26, 2014, 01:41:01 PM
So this is happening. ;D I wonder if India has any horror movies I can see for Shock-tober.

India

Oct 4th to 7th    New Delhi      
Oct 7th to 8th   Agra      
Oct 8th to 12th    Jaipur      
Oct 13th to 17th    Mumbai   
Oct 17th to 22th    Goa      
Oct 22th to 25th    Bangalore      
Oct 26th to 28th   Pondicherry      
Oct 29th to Nov 1st    Chennai      

Thailand & Vietnam

Nov 1st to 6th   Bangkok      
Nov 7th to  14th    Chiang Mai      
Nov 15th to 19th     Da Nang      
Nov 20nd to 23th   Saigon      
Nov 23rd to 25th    Phuket      


Bali and Australia

Nov 26th to Dec 3rd   Bali   
Dec 3rd to Dec 15th      Perth   
Dec 15th to 25th    Brisbane   

My version of Eat, Pray, Love.   ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 26, 2014, 02:16:18 PM
How exciting, Beavermoose! Looks like it'll be an amazing trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on September 26, 2014, 07:00:07 PM
wow... what a great long vacation.  Enjoy.  Goa is quite nice and relaxing after being in the crowds in India.  And Chiang Mai has some good bands that play at the Riverside Bar and Grill. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on September 28, 2014, 04:59:33 PM
What a wonderful trip!  I'm jealous.  Unless it's all for work.  Then I'm just slightly envious.

I will be flying down to California to visit my parents for a week.  I'm taking two weeks off work so I can endure through the winter months.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on November 02, 2014, 07:48:42 AM
No work, all play! (not much movie watching though...) (And figuring out travel in India can be quite a lot of work)
Goa was amazing (1$ beers haha), I extended my stay there by a few unexpected days. Today is my last day in India. Then off to Thailand! Ive taken many photos but they are restricted to my camera until I can sit down and spend 10 hours in front of a computer. There are a few on instagram (beavermoose) if anyone is curious.
:)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 02, 2014, 08:07:37 AM
wow, thats a stunning itin!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on November 02, 2014, 10:44:55 AM
It actually changed quite a lot. The joys of traveling! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 13, 2014, 12:10:40 AM
"New Orleans. Why?"  --Two Mules for Sister Sara


I'll share with you the why when I get back. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on November 13, 2014, 12:46:27 AM
Nice.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 21, 2014, 11:52:50 PM
"New Orleans is a siren of a city. A place of fables and illusion." -- A Love Song for Bobby Long



The Cemeteries
(http://i60.tinypic.com/8vyf7n.jpg)(http://i59.tinypic.com/iw6i51.jpg)(http://i58.tinypic.com/33jml48.jpg)



The Architecture
(http://i57.tinypic.com/1127e4z.jpg)(http://i60.tinypic.com/dw9uhj.jpg)



The Parades
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2rnj1qa.jpg) (http://i57.tinypic.com/161kv1k.jpg) (http://i59.tinypic.com/zvr32s.jpg)



The Music
(http://i62.tinypic.com/rix44p.jpg) (http://i61.tinypic.com/10oh6ih.jpg)
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2eppzpf.jpg) (http://i57.tinypic.com/iegrwp.jpg)
Doreen! Our favorite performer! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck_bvV8Aa-k#no)                                                                Preservation Hall. Not allowed to photograph the performers, but just imagine a laid back rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown."



The Art
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2lsd72r.jpg) (http://i58.tinypic.com/2ce1d2q.jpg)
(http://i57.tinypic.com/5n9fs0.jpg) (http://i58.tinypic.com/rc5xyq.jpg)
This is Robert, who helped make most of these Mardi Gras Indian Costumes.                                                  Cheers Monty! If you look closely in the mirror, you can see me taking the picture. :)



The Museums
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2ag6qu1.jpg)
(http://i59.tinypic.com/1r3yg3.jpg)



The Food
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2niba7s.jpg) (http://i60.tinypic.com/i2sler.jpg) (http://i58.tinypic.com/jtqwrq.jpg)
Restaurant R'evolution                                               Cooking School                                            Best Fried Chicken in the City
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on November 22, 2014, 01:07:50 AM
Wow, looks like a bunch of screen shots from Treme! How many degrees do you give New Orleans as a travel destination?  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on November 22, 2014, 05:37:07 AM
Looks fantastic, Sandy. I still dream of going there myself one day.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on November 22, 2014, 05:50:54 AM
There are a few on instagram (beavermoose) if anyone is curious.
:)
The new ones are pretty spectacular.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on November 22, 2014, 02:29:26 PM
On Monday I head out for Maui where I'll be spending a week in this house (http://www.vrbo.com/3781536ha) with my fiancée and her family.  Never been to Hawaii before.  Excited!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on November 22, 2014, 02:42:15 PM
Martin, you really have to stop slumming it like that. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on November 22, 2014, 03:12:45 PM
Great pics Sandy. What's the vibe like in New Orleans? Friendly people?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on November 22, 2014, 04:11:09 PM
Looks amazing, Sandy! I spent a week, when I was in college, in New Orleans, and I've wanted to go back - what a cool city. 

Martin! Jealous! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on November 23, 2014, 12:48:35 AM
Clearly, I'm doing the wrong, Sandy. New Orleans has become a regular work spot for me. I'd go there for a few days 2-3 times a year, and it never won me over. I'd have plenty of time for long walks and exploration. Noticed The Architecture, which is my favorite thing about the city. (Especially the cemeteries.) I've walked St. Charles Ave. from the French Quarter west to Carrollton. Lots of beautiful streets, and I love the leftover beads hanging from the trees.

Except for one spontaneous burst of joy inside the Mall at Riverwalk, I'd never seen a single parade or interesting corner of music. It was like the brochures lied to me. Preservation Hall was too much of a pain to get into. I listened to the music at a small cafe in the center of French Quarter (where the beignets were as good as at Cafe Du Monde.) Liked the WWII Museum - there was a Bob Hope exhibit when I went - but the cooking is too much of the same: Oysters, Fried Fish, Prawns, Muffaletta Sandwiches, Po Boys, Pecan Pralines
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 23, 2014, 08:43:19 AM
On Monday I head out for Maui where I'll be spending a week in this house (http://www.vrbo.com/3781536ha) with my fiancée and her family.  Never been to Hawaii before.  Excited!

Oh! I love the architecture of that house Martin, all wide open spaces where the rooms are barely defined - a great gathering place. Have a wonderful time!

Wow, looks like a bunch of screen shots from Treme! How many degrees do you give New Orleans as a travel destination?  :)

:D

The city was hot, hot, hot! The weather was not! Luckily on the really cold days, the museums kept us warm. I was in New Orleans four years ago and wasn't sure how much I would enjoy it this time around, but seeing it through the eyes of others as they discovered it for the first time, was very rewarding. I tend to like to explore places I haven't been to (except for cities like New York and London, because they are endlessly fascinating), but the music and food culture in New Orleans gives the city a real distinct and alive feel. I give it 80 degrees!

Looks fantastic, Sandy. I still dream of going there myself one day.

:)

I ate at an amazing German restaurant in the warehouse district, so if you ever get tired of the local fare, you've got choices! I hope you get there Tequila! What are you most interested in seeing?

Great pics Sandy. What's the vibe like in New Orleans? Friendly people?

I love these questions. :) They have me pondering and considering my interactions with the people of the city. I'll see if I can convey my experience...
A good snapshot would be when I went to church on Sunday. I've never heard the hymns sung so strongly and with such sentiment and the dialogue during the Sunday School meeting, kind of blew me away. The people have a steely spine and a perspective on what really matters in life. Having so much taken away in 2005 and with a precarious economy, they don't take much stock in superficial things. Whether it was there in that meeting, or numerous waiters, or at the cooking school, they're all about gathering, sharing stories, honoring their heritage and not getting too uptight about tomorrow, but just breathing in the present. It was very beautiful and gave me a lot to think about - assessing where my mind and heart dwell. :)

Looks amazing, Sandy! I spent a week, when I was in college, in New Orleans, and I've wanted to go back - what a cool city.

I'm glad you had a great experince OAD and hope you get back there! 

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Martin! Jealous! :)

Me too! I've never been to Hawaii.

Clearly, I'm doing the wrong, Sandy. New Orleans has become a regular work spot for me. I'd go there for a few days 2-3 times a year, and it never won me over. I'd have plenty of time for long walks and exploration. Noticed The Architecture, which is my favorite thing about the city. (Especially the cemeteries.) I've walked St. Charles Ave. from the French Quarter west to Carrollton. Lots of beautiful streets, and I love the leftover beads hanging from the trees.

You walked that?!  Wow, that is a very long way. I took the green trolley! :D

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Except for one spontaneous burst of joy inside the Mall at Riverwalk, I'd never seen a single parade or interesting corner of music. It was like the brochures lied to me.

:D

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Preservation Hall was too much of a pain to get into. I listened to the music at a small cafe in the center of French Quarter (where the beignets were as good as at Cafe Du Monde.) Liked the WWII Museum - there was a Bob Hope exhibit when I went - but the cooking is too much of the same: Oysters, Fried Fish, Prawns, Muffaletta Sandwiches, Po Boys, Pecan Pralines

I had my token Po Boy while waiting in line for Preservation Hall. :) And, my token Muffaletta while in a sports bar watching the BYU vs. UNLV game. The food is very different than what is available around me, so I had a great time, trying stuff I can't easily find. I only ate it once, because of what's in it, but the macaroni and cheese is to die for! Literally! I loved the sides: mustard greens, grits, cabbage... And, the "soups," Gumbo, Étouffée... Haha! The food wasn't a problem. Good thing I walked everywhere!

The best way to see a parade is on Sundays. There are Second Line (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_line_%28parades%29) parades throughout the year, except in the middle of summer. I just happened, to come across a variation of one in Central City. And, the wedding parade was a complete surprise! I was in the right place at the right time.

Also, I was told the best music scene is on Frenchmen street. It's what Bourbon street used to be. You can go there in the evening and which ever music that is wafting out of the clubs you like, that's the one you duck into. :) I really liked a restaurant there. The Praline Connection. Very nice waiter.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Monty on November 23, 2014, 09:48:43 AM
Great photos Sandy, it looks like you had a great time :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 23, 2014, 09:21:13 PM
Love it. NO is definitely a top 5 American city for me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 23, 2014, 11:14:20 PM
Hi ¡Keith! What do you love most about the city? I'd like to know what the other cities in your top 5 are. :)



Great photos Sandy, it looks like you had a great time :)

:)

Thanks for sending me on a quest! It was very cool to see that carousel.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 24, 2014, 09:30:05 PM
Heh, leaving Philly in the penalty box, taking major cities only:

5. Seattle
4. San Francisco
3. New Orleans
2. New York
1. San Diego

HM: Milwaukee, Kansas City, Denver, Chicago, Boston.

Not mentioned: LA - because, Randy Newman.

I actually feel as though I may have posted something like this before...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 25, 2014, 12:27:11 AM
Thanks ¡Keith!

Wow, San Diego! Tell me more! I've been to the zoo and to Dog Beach and to an excellent Mexican restaurant there. What all did I miss? :D

Here are my top five:

1. New York
2. New York
3. New York
4. New York
5. New York

and then it would go something like:

6. Wherever I haven't been yet
7. San Fransisco
8. Los Angeles - because, Randy Newman don't bother me none.
9. Washington D.C.
10. I don't know, either New Orleans, Portland, Boston, Chicago...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 25, 2014, 10:55:06 AM
All the awesome beaches and the laid back people! The arid flora so different from here. Planes flying directly over your head on the 5 (measurable in feet it seems). Balboa Park, Del Mar racetrack, La Jolla cove, Coronado, PacBeach, Torrey Pines, The Gaslamp, the arroyos, dining along the ocean in Encinitas or Solana or Cardiff-by-the-sea, the bay and the marina, Comicon, big ol' navy ships, and one of the best craft beer scenes in the country.

"Wherever I haven't been yet"

Nice!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on November 25, 2014, 11:07:13 AM
and one of the best craft beer scenes in the country.

You've got my attention.

I'm off to Orlando in a month for family Christmas holiday but I think my next trip after that is gonna be Amtraking to Portland (got a cousin there) with a stop at Glacier NP. If everything I hear about Portland is true, I should be able to be quite mobile there without a car. Hoping to take in a Rose City Rollers bout while I'm there as they're one of the best derby leagues in the country (lost out on the championships on the last bout to the Yankees of derby).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 25, 2014, 11:37:00 AM
Heh, the Stone World Beer Gardens and Brewery in Escondido is a must-visit for beer tourists. You also have Green Flash, Pizza Port, Karl Strauss, Alpine, Ballast Point, AleSmith, Coronado, Mission, Modern Times, Port, Lost Abbey and Iron Fist amongst others, all in SD County.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 25, 2014, 12:25:42 PM
All the awesome beaches and the laid back people! The arid flora so different from here. Planes flying directly over your head on the 5 (measurable in feet it seems). Balboa Park, Del Mar racetrack, La Jolla cove, Coronado, PacBeach, Torrey Pines, The Gaslamp, the arroyos, dining along the ocean in Encinitas or Solana or Cardiff-by-the-sea, the bay and the marina, Comicon, big ol' navy ships, and one of the best craft beer scenes in the country.

"Wherever I haven't been yet"

Nice!

:))

I've just made a Sandyiego folder with your notes in it! I will be looking into all of those choices. Thanks so much ¡Keith!


Bondo, Portland is the best! You will love the public transportation. oldkid and Martin can give you the skinny on it all.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on November 25, 2014, 06:20:29 PM
Plus the fun thing about people from San Diego, when they move to Colorado for grad school, sometimes they haven't seen snow, they freak out with joy when it comes, and they don't know the difference between mittens and gloves. I would give everything to not know the difference between mittens and gloves. #midwesternproblems
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 25, 2014, 06:23:17 PM
FLY recently went to San Diego. Need to post those pictures and stuff. Think iKeith! is the only one who has seen them.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 26, 2014, 12:24:39 AM
Thanks ¡Keith!

Wow, San Diego! Tell me more! I've been to the zoo and to Dog Beach and to an excellent Mexican restaurant there. What all did I miss? :D

Here are my top five:

1. New York
2. New York
3. New York
4. New York
5. New York

and then it would go something like:

6. Wherever I haven't been yet
7. San Fransisco
8. Los Angeles - because, Randy Newman don't bother me none.
9. Washington D.C.
10. I don't know, either New Orleans, Portland, Boston, Chicago...

I wish I knew NY better, only very briefly been in that city a couple of times.


Excluding where I live and not sure how to really rank but at least I wouldn't mind living in any of the places below (though Tokyo would be overruled, rejected and disqualified for me).

5. Beijing (other than pollution)
4. Hong Kong
3 Tokyo
2. Vancouver
1. San Francisco


HM: Chicago/Shanghai/Bangkok
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on November 26, 2014, 08:04:25 AM
FLY recently went to San Diego. Need to post those pictures and stuff. Think iKeith! is the only one who has seen them.

I follow creamy.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 26, 2014, 09:11:44 AM
I wish I knew NY better, only very briefly been in that city a couple of times.


Excluding where I live and not sure how to really rank but at least I wouldn't mind living in any of the places below (though Tokyo would be overruled, rejected and disqualified for me).

5. Beijing (other than pollution)
4. Hong Kong
3 Tokyo
2. Vancouver
1. San Francisco


HM: Chicago/Shanghai/Bangkok

I've not been to Vancouver yet, but would love to get there someday. I'm super happy that San Francisco is your number one! That place is magical to me, because of childhood trips there. Does your wife not like Tokyo? Of those three Asian cities, that's the one I'd pick to live in, but they'd all be an adventure!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 26, 2014, 05:19:53 PM
Its a China/Japan thing...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on November 26, 2014, 06:36:31 PM
Stockholm needs to be on this list.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 26, 2014, 07:10:39 PM
I'm not very versed on Europe myself.  I spent 1 day in Milan back in the 90's and been in and out of Frankfurt, Germany a few times as well as a few trips to England to visit relatives when I was young.  Having not taking any real vacations in 2014 (I took a total of 1 vacation day the entire year), I am going to try to spend a few weeks in Europe next year.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 26, 2014, 07:35:12 PM
FLY recently went to San Diego. Need to post those pictures and stuff. Think iKeith! is the only one who has seen them.

I follow creamy.

That's right, super dank. Merchandise coming soon!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on December 02, 2014, 05:16:51 PM
Photos from Maui here (https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A7JtdOXmG1mcRp) and here (http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/Martin_Teller/library/Maui%20Thanksgiving%202014?sort=4&page=1).

On the trip were:

my fiancée Carrie
Carrie's parents Bill and Marge (who paid for the vacation house)
Carrie's brother Brian and his wife Margaret
Brian's kids Nicholas and Frieda
Margaret's mother Sue


We:

* swam at Wailea Beach -- sadly we didn't take pictures there, but it's a perfect beach

* drove the windy, gorgeous "Road to Hana" -- again, we only took pictures at this one "Halfway to Hana" refreshment stand... also, we didn't go all the way to Hana, we turned back about 3/4 of the way there.  It's my one big regret of the trip, I would loved to see those pools but the weather was rainy and I'd had enough of that crazy driving

* spent a lot of time in the pool

* the whole family cooked a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey breast, field roast, roasted veggies, wild rice stuffing, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy (my contribution), rolls, and pie

* drove up to the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala to watch the sun rise over the clouds (freezing cold, but worth it)

* ate some yummy local fare

* took a sunset cruise at Lahaina Harbor


It was a great trip.  Didn't think about work, didn't stress about all the movies I have to watch, didn't have to worry about the pets because we had a great housesitter.  Just relaxation and beauty.  The weather was a little on the rainy/cloudy side but it was way better than being in Portland.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on December 02, 2014, 05:18:34 PM
It was a great trip.  Didn't think about work, didn't stress about all the movies I have to watch, didn't have to worry about the pets because we had a great housesitter.  Just relaxation and beauty.  The weather was a little on the rainy/cloudy side but it was way better than being in Portland.

Those are the best types of trips! Hope you and Carrie feel recharged!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on December 02, 2014, 05:38:49 PM
Sounds and looks amazing, Martin!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on December 02, 2014, 06:01:20 PM
You guys went on a sailboat somewhere too?

Were you surprised how expensive coconuts were? I was. And mangoes. I get mangoes cheaper in Winnipeg than I ever saw in Hawaii, and they were growing everywhere. Weird place.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on December 02, 2014, 06:52:08 PM
Martin!

Paradise! Color me green! :) I love seeing pics of you and Carrie, because you look so incredibly happy! Glad you had a wonderful time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on December 02, 2014, 07:21:41 PM
You guys went on a sailboat somewhere too?

Yeah, that was the sunset cruise.

Were you surprised how expensive coconuts were? I was. And mangoes. I get mangoes cheaper in Winnipeg than I ever saw in Hawaii, and they were growing everywhere. Weird place.

Pretty much everything's expensive.  I don't like coconuts, so I didn't notice the prices.  There were bananas growing on the property where we stayed.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on December 02, 2014, 07:24:28 PM
Seems like a great way to do Hawaii, renting a place like you did, day tripping to wherever. Very chill. :)

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 02, 2014, 10:17:11 PM
Loved the photos and the Facebook updates. Thank you both for sharing this trip.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on December 03, 2014, 10:49:51 AM
Same here, great pics! Loved seeing the Facebook updates.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on December 18, 2014, 05:44:21 PM
I am jealous of both the trips to New Orleans and Hawaii.  Looks like you guys all had a great time.  Martin, you and your wife look so happy.  Sandy, makes me want to visit there so I could take cool photos, especially of the cemeteries.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on December 18, 2014, 07:04:38 PM
Even though I've won nothing, I'm going to Disney World. I'll be minimally on the forum from tomorrow until the 29th.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 18, 2014, 09:17:25 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/tr3Vk3G.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on February 06, 2015, 12:39:18 AM
Not really a vacation. I'm in New Orleans on business and because of the upcoming Mardi Gras they couldn't put Mrs. 1SO and me in a hotel. So we're in a converted mansion just East of the French Quarter. We are staying in the 3rd Floor, which is where Matt Reeves stayed when he filmed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes here. Also Bill Condon when he was here for Breaking Dawn. That's the level of VIP treatment we're getting.

(http://i.imgur.com/Z5xm1HA.jpg)

For 2 people used to staying in a Hotel room, this is massive. It's larger than our Apartment. That door in the distance leads to a 2nd bedroom with a 2nd full bath and an additional kitchen. There's an exterior hallway at least 3 ways in and out of here. To lock ourselves in, I had to do a perimeter check.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 06, 2015, 12:46:19 AM
Going to Shenyang in North China from the 20 Feb to 1 March just after Chinese New Years.  This will be my first real vacation since going to Australia back in Dec 2013, I only really took 2 days off last year...

Not sure what really to do there yet, will do some snow skiing and maybe walk over to North Korea...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 06, 2015, 08:32:43 AM
I've been looking at images of Shenyang. Very pretty--hope you take some pics and tell us all about the trip, jdc!

1SO, loving your New Orleans' accommodations! Hope your business trip goes well.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on February 06, 2015, 11:09:37 AM
Looks awesome, 1SO!

Cool sounding trip, jdc. And let us know how this
maybe walk over to North Korea...
works out for you.  ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on February 06, 2015, 12:03:16 PM
Small world. I have a friend in Shenyang right now. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 06, 2015, 12:25:31 PM
nice digs!

Finally getting to Vegas next month for a conference... well I've been thru McCarran a couple times, never played slots outside the terminals though. driving to San Diego day at the end to visit with my sister (also, drink awesome beer... haven't been to SD for almost 5 years!)

Then doing the Austin Food & Wine fest in April! Never been to Austin either so get to cross that one off.

Oh, and I need to get some of those Spain pic up here! Did I mention a bull stepped on my head?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on February 06, 2015, 01:54:29 PM
Anybody have any good Santa Fe recommendations?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on February 06, 2015, 04:18:06 PM
¡Keith! - Sounds like you've got some good times coming up. I would love to go back to SD myself - and make a trip to Austin.

And, Spain pics, please!


Are you taking a trip to Santa Fe, ses? Work-related?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 06, 2015, 07:23:59 PM
Small world. I have a friend in Shenyang right now. :)

Does he say what the movie theatres are like?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on February 06, 2015, 07:35:17 PM
He's been there a lot (on business), that's one thing I've never asked him.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 07, 2015, 09:02:02 AM
So, to regram:

Layover in Zurich was nice, was a bit rainy there but managed to get into the city for an hour or so. Majorca looked great... from the terminal's teasingly large windows. Landed in Malaga...

(http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfp1/t51.2885-15/e15/10549605_561547127290414_1405800392_n.jpg)

and promptly fell asleep on the beach!

(http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xap1/t51.2885-15/e15/10488788_930870283595159_1860263669_n.jpg)

Then the wonderful jamon iberico!

(http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xap1/t51.2885-15/e15/10413777_308686452630737_2034410027_n.jpg)

Bus to Grenada and spent the whole day at the Alhambra:

(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xpf1/t51.2885-15/e15/10349234_527311524062533_994290432_n.jpg)
(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-frc/t51.2885-15/e15/10543551_326773067488977_1508048789_n.jpg)
(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfp1/t51.2885-15/e15/891426_770544136330373_686310872_n.jpg)
(http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfa1/t51.2885-15/e15/10520289_1510078305894147_379528272_n.jpg)
(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xap1/t51.2885-15/e15/10483473_1467261333514386_364951541_n.jpg)
(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xpf1/t51.2885-15/e15/10499207_905189859507226_129832058_n.jpg)
(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xpa1/t51.2885-15/e15/10523250_608820119225521_166180680_n.jpg)

In the eve, best meal of the trip - the ox tail just melted off the bone and the olives were so incredibly fresh. It seems that all of the land in southern Spain is dedicated to olive farming. The train from Grenada to Madrid was 300 miles of nothing but olive groves stretching both east and west off to the horizon.

(https://d1c8v1qci5en44.cloudfront.net/photo/2014_07_09/513ea90917699c310d83784cf107f984_640x640.jpg)
(http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xaf1/t51.2885-15/e15/10467900_297530637085988_1381308942_n.jpg)

Then, Pamplona & San Fermin!

(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xap1/t51.2885-15/e15/10520352_1562408600653507_507254794_n.jpg)

Toro!

(http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xpa1/t51.2885-15/e15/10499129_260474844145507_1018761663_n.jpg)

So after the running in the streets, all the runners who make itin before the doors are closed hang around the floor of the area. The large bulls and steers are lead to the pen while they release the adolescent toros to "play" with the runners. Their horns are capped so there is no possibility of goring like in the streets. This last for 30-45 minutes or so, compared to the run which is less than 4. Each baby bull is released one at a time and they come down the ramp from the pens and jump off a 10 inch lip into the arena. As you can see a bit in the back here, some people crouch down in front of the ramp to let the bulls fly above them.

(http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xpf1/t51.2885-15/e15/10554275_1496385007266038_1457422951_n.jpg)

After watching this 7-8 time, I thought it was obviously something I must do. Man vs Toro!

Toro wins.

(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfp1/t51.2885-15/e15/10547083_606665052774443_1190518754_n.jpg)

Basically, the little bastard bull decided he was too cool to jump and just ran straight out of the ramp stepping on people (me) as he went. Also had hoof prints on my shoulder and calf. Didn't bleed too much though, and the drip pattern was aesthetically pleasing.

(http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xpa1/t51.2885-15/e15/10522811_1435540860060669_332726208_n.jpg)

Was stitched up (just 3) right at the arena, given an ice pack and sent on my way.

The rest of the festival was amazing as well. An 8 day party - Mardi Gras in red & white. Parades of every size, everywhere, fireworks, 2 dollar liters of terrible sangria! Nightly concerts and people sleeping wherever they can.

We met 3 Georgian-Americans on the train from Madrid. They were studying abroad for the summer and just decided to head up to the festival. The two girls were not dressed for the 30 degree temperature drop either and they'd planned to sleep in the park. We get to our dorm and it turns out we have 3 extra beds! So we were able to offer them a place to crash. The next day, a Brit came knocking on our door after hearing english being spoken (ours, not his, but still). He'd been robbed of his back pack the previous eve which included his money and passport. Was just looking for a hot shower before heading down to the consulate in Madrid. Being able to help a couple people out only added to the fun. My friends would meet up with the Americans a couple days later in Madrid.

The beer in Spain is mostly just as terrible and even more ubiquitous than Bud/Miller/Coors but they do have a burgeoning craft scene which we first stumbled upon in Pamplona.

(https://d1c8v1qci5en44.cloudfront.net/photo/2014_07_11/e5fab6661fe43a699b2febc00b123cec_640x640.jpg)
(https://d1c8v1qci5en44.cloudfront.net/photo/2014_07_11/53aa4b88002b454a11465322a0b79bfd_640x640.jpg)

Found out later that that second one - Napar, had actually done a collaboration with Weyerbacher, a brewery from here in Easter PA.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 07, 2015, 09:15:54 AM
The run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UVwhiguZ34
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on February 07, 2015, 10:10:36 AM
When you say Georgian-American, do you mean ethnically of the country of Georgia or do you just mean people from Atlanta?

Quote
Was stitched up (just 3) right at the arena, given an ice pack and sent on my way.

Seems they were prepared for this eventuality?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on February 07, 2015, 01:10:46 PM
Awesome pics (and oh, that Spanish food! olives! cheese! cured meat!) - and what great stories, meeting up with other travelers and bull tramplings and whatnot. You're a regular Hemingway, Keith.  8)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 07, 2015, 01:17:20 PM
When you say Georgian-American, do you mean ethnically of the country of Georgia or do you just mean people from Atlanta?

Quote
Was stitched up (just 3) right at the arena, given an ice pack and sent on my way.

Seems they were prepared for this eventuality?

Closer to the Florida-Georgia line but yes, strictly from the fourth state.

Yeah, they had a little triage unit in the tunnel.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 07, 2015, 01:17:35 PM
Awesome pics (and oh, that Spanish food! olives! cheese! cured meat!) - and what great stories, meeting up with other travelers and bull tramplings and whatnot. You're a regular Hemingway, Keith.  8)

 ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on February 07, 2015, 02:10:35 PM
That's bananas. What an experience!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 08, 2015, 10:34:46 PM
¡Keith!

What were you thinking?! I'm glad you're okay, but sheesh!!! :D


Your pics are the greatest! I feel like I just took a mini vacation. Thanks for this little vicarious adventure. Oh, and it's nice to see your face. I keep thinking you look like Dr. Startz. ;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 28, 2015, 09:45:10 PM
Back from 1 week in North China, Shanyang, Harbin, and skiing in Yabuli.  Traveling by train during Chinese New Year was an adventure. 

Harbin seems to be famous for their ice cream, even though it is -10 or -15C, everybody queues up and eats it walking outside:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8633/16677243392_5988d14c9e_z.jpg)

While nobody seemed to have an issue eating ice cream outside in the freezing weather, it was impossible to find a restaurant that actually served cold beer.  Every one was at room temp.  We got to the point of asking them to chill a couple ahead of time or just taking a bottle outside and chill it outside while waiting for a table.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8624/16677258402_ab53ae0ab6_z.jpg) 

Poor doggie...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8673/16677243452_ddb14d49e9_z.jpg)

Skiing

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8592/16490845000_4e1bc3cefc_z.jpg)

homemade sled:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8664/16652291546_ae61eabc8f_z.jpg)


Traveling is always about food:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8664/16492114549_142839b521_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8669/16652291686_5707b59b2d_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8579/16470953677_76decd1185_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8597/16490825540_f4d09e3246_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8586/16677223182_770e219e17_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 28, 2015, 10:39:20 PM
jdc! I was good until the "somethings" on the cabbage. I want to be an adventurous eater, but I'd really have to talk myself into eating those. That picture of you and your wife is so cute! Thanks for sharing your pics!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 28, 2015, 10:49:53 PM
jdc! I was good until the "somethings" on the cabbage. I want to be an adventurous eater, but I'd really have to talk myself into eating those. That picture of you and your wife is so cute! Thanks for sharing your pics!

Those things are mantis prawns, quite good actually

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on April 03, 2015, 02:50:34 PM
Just booked my Amtrak ticket and hotel for my summer vacation in June. Going out to Portland to visit a cousin and then stopping by Glacier National Park on the way back. Pretty excited. So far on the slate for Portland is a Timbers game and visiting breweries/taphouses like a Beercationing mad man.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on April 03, 2015, 04:18:26 PM
Glacier is an amazing place. How long are you planning on being there?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on April 03, 2015, 05:33:59 PM
Get in on the train at about 8:15a on a Tuesday and depart on the train at about 8:15a on Wednesday. Chances are the Road to the Sun thing won't be open all the way as mid-June is "early" in the season. Still figure I can get a hike in if nothing else. Sure I'm going against all advice in going alone but I can't imagine I'll get too far in. I shall have to remember to sing to myself or something since you are supposed to make mostly constant noise to give the bears time to not let you startle them.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 07, 2015, 08:40:01 AM
Heading out on a Spring Break road trip. The theme is "Sports!" We're going to see how many different activities we can fit in en route. We did some boxing training here last night to kick things off. :)

I hope to get opportunities to come in and read, so keep those reviews coming!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 08, 2015, 12:10:16 PM
Have fun, Sandy! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 08, 2015, 03:18:54 PM
Heading out on a Spring Break road trip. The theme is "Sports!" We're going to see how many different activities we can fit in en route. We did some boxing training here last night to kick things off. :)

I hope to get opportunities to come in and read, so keep those reviews coming!

Have fun and watch out for guys called Alien.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 08, 2015, 08:00:03 PM
Checking out any professional wrestling?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 12, 2015, 06:46:53 AM
Well I am sitting in the business lounge at Hong Kong airport part way through to Israel. Free food and drinks a great way to do time in airports. 3 weeks working in Israel. So it is not really a vacation but I do hope to see some sites. Long haul flights are great for catching up on movies. 4 so far (Pride; Taken 3; Big Hero 6; and Paper planes). I will post some photos when I get a chance to take some.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 13, 2015, 09:30:56 PM
Hope all is going well, Dave! Can't wait to hear how it all went.


Have fun, Sandy! :)

Have fun and watch out for guys called Alien.

Checking out any professional wrestling?

Thanks! Does fighting in the car count? :) Here's how many sports we got in on our trip.


(http://i.imgur.com/HioBb8cm.jpg)


I also got to see my daughter's classroom, where she's a new music teacher at an elementary school. I only made one tiny change to the room and she said she's keeping it!

(http://i.imgur.com/WdPiH3Zl.jpg)





(http://i.imgur.com/wqh0uNrl.jpg)

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 13, 2015, 11:35:12 PM
Yea, Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on April 14, 2015, 07:56:35 AM
LOL! Awesome Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 14, 2015, 08:37:17 AM
 :))

I'm so easily amused!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on April 14, 2015, 09:36:44 AM
haha
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 14, 2015, 09:47:00 PM
Hope all is going well, Dave! Can't wait to hear how it all went.

It is going well, long days out of sync with the local time. Yesterday morning I woke up at 2am, did better today 4am. I have not yet done any touristy things (except for some waking around near the hotel). I forgot to pack a usb cable to get the photos from my camera, so I will post some when I get one.

Your trip sounds fun and so very sporty. Was that bathing cages or battling cages on the list?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 14, 2015, 10:18:15 PM
Classroom hack, woohoo! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 15, 2015, 12:44:55 AM
It is going well, long days out of sync with the local time. Yesterday morning I woke up at 2am, did better today 4am. I have not yet done any touristy things (except for some waking around near the hotel). I forgot to pack a usb cable to get the photos from my camera, so I will post some when I get one.

2 hour improvement! I struggle so, with time changes. Hang in there!

Quote
Your trip sounds fun and so very sporty. Was that bathing cages or battling cages on the list?

haha! You're making me wish I tried some bathing cages and battling cages! Just plain ole' batting cages, but a lot of fun. My kids can't figure out why I know how to hit. As far as they're concerned, I didn't exist before they existed. :)



Classroom hack, woohoo! :)

Just filling the prescription. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 15, 2015, 09:40:06 PM
Well I am sitting in the business lounge at Hong Kong airport

I know that lounge well, the free drinks are why I hardly am awake to watch any movies on the flights,
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 21, 2015, 01:07:12 PM
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2saedcn.jpg)

Hey! I'm going here next week and am interested in hearing about your favorite things in the city. :)

Also! I may be able to get myself to a game on Monday or Wednesday, but am in need of help. If I don't want to spend the big bucks, where are the best places to sit?


(http://i58.tinypic.com/i70jg7.jpg)


Thanks!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on April 21, 2015, 01:25:09 PM
Is it your first time to Chicago?

You should check out the Art Institute.  And if you like zoos, the Lincoln Park Zoo.

You gotta get a proper stuffed pizza.  My favorite is Giordano's and Edwardo's is great too, but there are a billion options.  Last time I went I tried Nancy's and it was amazing.  Note there is a difference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago-style_pizza) between "stuffed pizza" and "Chicago-style deep dish".  Stuffed has a second layer of crust.  Deep dish is good too, but stuffed is what I yearn for.  I love Chicago's "tavern-style" thin crust pizza, but it's less essential.

Man, I am so hungry right now.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 21, 2015, 06:39:24 PM
My favorite is to go to Green Mill on a Monday to catch Patricia Barber when she is not touring.  She does a weekly gig there:

http://greenmilljazz.com/

Norwegian Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itRFPAmz-Ug

Caravan (that ending song from Whiplash): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xm9VUtJo8k

Green Mill use to be one of Al Capone's favorite clubs to hang out back in the day... They do take their jazz a bit serious, usually no talking during the set but they have some seriously good musicians that play.  Patricia Barber's band usually quite amazing though she may change musicians at time.  Usually they people she plays with there are also her touring and recording band.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 21, 2015, 06:42:55 PM
Left off the Drum solo part in this version of Caravan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejn4CVDG-uk
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on April 21, 2015, 09:54:08 PM
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2saedcn.jpg)

Hey! I'm going here next week and am interested in hearing about your favorite things in the city. :)

Also! I may be able to get myself to a game on Monday or Wednesday, but am in need of help. If I don't want to spend the big bucks, where are the best places to sit?


(http://i58.tinypic.com/i70jg7.jpg)


Thanks!

There probably aren't any bad seats at that park, one of the best to go to anywhere in the US.  That being said, if you sit in the infield anywhere be prepared for foul balls.  I love sitting behind home plate here in Corpus and think I might hit Round Rock while I'm in Austin on Friday.  Section 125 is open, but nothing behind home plate :/
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 21, 2015, 10:56:19 PM
There probably aren't any bad seats at that park, one of the best to go to anywhere in the US.  That being said, if you sit in the infield anywhere be prepared for foul balls.  I love sitting behind home plate here in Corpus and think I might hit Round Rock while I'm in Austin on Friday.  Section 125 is open, but nothing behind home plate :/

Behind home plate. That makes perfect sense. :) I was thinking something above first base, since that's the line of vision I'm used to, but it's good to know I can't go wrong with any seat. I wasn't planning on packing my mitt, so will have to duck. Thanks Col.! Hope you get to that Express game!

My favorite is to go to Green Mill on a Monday to catch Patricia Barber when she is not touring.  She does a weekly gig there:

http://greenmilljazz.com/

Norwegian Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itRFPAmz-Ug#no

Caravan (that ending song from Whiplash): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xm9VUtJo8k#no

Green Mill use to be one of Al Capone's favorite clubs to hang out back in the day... They do take their jazz a bit serious, usually no talking during the set but they have some seriously good musicians that play.  Patricia Barber's band usually quite amazing though she may change musicians at time.  Usually they people she plays with there are also her touring and recording band.

I'm enjoying the clips, jdc! It doesn't look like Barber is going to be there next Monday and I think that's the night I will be at the game, but the club stays open so late!! And, it's only 7 minutes from Wrigley Field. Perhaps. :) Thanks for the tip!

Is it your first time to Chicago?

You should check out the Art Institute.  And if you like zoos, the Lincoln Park Zoo.

You gotta get a proper stuffed pizza.  My favorite is Giordano's and Edwardo's is great too, but there are a billion options.  Last time I went I tried Nancy's and it was amazing.  Note there is a difference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago-style_pizza) between "stuffed pizza" and "Chicago-style deep dish".  Stuffed has a second layer of crust.  Deep dish is good too, but stuffed is what I yearn for.  I love Chicago's "tavern-style" thin crust pizza, but it's less essential.

Man, I am so hungry right now.

:) Yeah, me too. I was in Chicago for one day, six years ago. It was very hurried, where we ran around Millennium park, caught a bus tour and ate at Unos and then I took tired kids through The Art Institute. :( This time I get to take myself and pause and reflect as long as I'd like. :) Can't wait! I've not tried the stuffed pizza, but there's a Giordano's only 5 blocks from my hotel! I can exercise before and after my meal. The Zoo also sounds fun. Thanks, Martin!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 22, 2015, 12:40:43 AM
Take time for the architecture river cruise,very nice way to see and understand more about the city.

Hot dogs at PortIllos and visit The Bean in Millennium Park near Art Institute which is a must do. Get the quick look brochure and see all the most famous pieces at least.

Think of skipping navy pier as it's a time suck  and go to the park / beach nearby instead.  Also you might enjoy being on the night cruise in lake Michigan  for an unforgettable view of the city lights.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 22, 2015, 04:22:06 PM
Thank you, saltine! :)

I'm writing all that down. The one that has me most excited is the architecture river cruise. I'll make it a top priority!


okay, okay, this Portillo hot dog is a priority too. ::)

(http://i.imgur.com/MifrA4fm.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on April 22, 2015, 11:32:52 PM
I rock the pickle spear on my hot dogs too.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on April 22, 2015, 11:46:10 PM
Unfortunately I don't like pickle or mustard, so I can never enjoy a proper Chicago dog.

I'm a bad Chicagoan :(  To be honest, even though I spent most of my youth there, I barely know the city.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 23, 2015, 04:10:45 AM
Same same.. though I don't mind pickles, not on hotdogs or hamburgers.  I am embarrassed to get a Dog in Chicago as I don't want chopped onion, relish, brown mustard, pickles..

Just yellow mustard.. though I don't mind ketchup... I think I could get shot for admitting so.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 24, 2015, 07:46:07 PM
Last time I was in Chicago, I got one of these Chicago dogs, and it was a revelation.  Just a fantastic experience that I have since tried to replicate at home.  It's not the same, but I can get close.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 25, 2015, 09:11:30 AM
Hot Dog art is subjective. :)


oldkid, I too have tried to replicate the Chicago Dog to some success, but I can't find those exact peppers here. oh well.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 25, 2015, 10:59:15 AM
2 weeks have passed here in sunny and windy Tel Aviv. It has been fun, but lots of work. Last weekend I went to Jerusalem for a day trip. Caught the train there, which winds through lots of mountains, it was a lovely ride. In Jerusalem I spent most of my time in the Old Town, seeing the Western Wall and several of the stations of the cross. As it was Friday and a Muslim holy day I could not get in to see the Temple Mount. I did get to look through a window and see the area, but that was as close as I got. Lots of shops trying to sell you stuff. I know how these places work, but I still fell twice for overpriced things. The first was a loaf of bread at the Yafo gate, so not too big of a mistake. The one that left me kicking myself was a guy who started to give me a tour, and then put the word in for a longer one showing all the stations of the cross. I should not have started with him it was always going to be an overpriced tour. It took ages for me to get a price out of him, then when I did I should have left straight away. He wanted 1500 shekels (~$US375) for what would have been an hour tour (or less). He did drop the price to 600 shekels, which was still a ripoff. In the end I agreed to a short tour for 150 shekels (which was still a ripoff). Why did I agree to the tour, brain fade is the best I can offer.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2eq9chk.jpg)
View from my hotel room, the beach is on the right

(http://i62.tinypic.com/23ra3a8.jpg)
A street in Jerusalem

(http://i59.tinypic.com/1zgbz46.jpg)
You can see mosaic sandals in front of the statue, they represent the spot where Jesus met his mother during his walk with the cross, this is one (I think number 4) of the stations of the cross (seen without the overpriced tour guide).

(http://i57.tinypic.com/29xgob8.jpg)
Temple Mount

(http://i62.tinypic.com/jkv9yx.jpg)
A street in Jaffa (which is now part of Tel Aviv)

(http://i57.tinypic.com/29n9gdd.jpg)
Trees must make do with whatever in Jaffa

(http://i57.tinypic.com/oglyqb.jpg)
The hanging orange tree in Jaffa

(http://i57.tinypic.com/2yzjtrp.jpg)
A minaret from the Mahmudiya Mosque in Jaffa
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 25, 2015, 02:44:30 PM
Great pics!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 25, 2015, 10:58:16 PM
Very nice photography.  I guess Jaffa oranges are from Jaffa and native to the area?  Is that area arid?  (Excuse me, I have no geography skills.)

I really enjoy everyone's vacation/business trip pics.  We're an interesting group of people.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 25, 2015, 11:50:39 PM
Wowsa Dave! You're in Jerusalem! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. I agree saltine! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 26, 2015, 01:42:36 AM
Thank you Oldkid, saltine and Sandy.

@saltine, yes Jaffa oranges are from Jaffa. This area is quite dry/arid, apparently from now until September/October it will not rain.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 04, 2015, 12:07:53 AM
Trip Highlights!

Architecture Cruise. Thanks saltine!
(http://i62.tinypic.com/23hrw5y.jpg)

Cubs Game
(http://i57.tinypic.com/312zn1v.jpg)

Tour and Lunch in Milwaukee. Thanks AAAutin! You're the coolest. :)
(http://i60.tinypic.com/2eg5lx0.jpg)
(http://i57.tinypic.com/wqyqtf.jpg)

Chagall Windows at The Art Institute
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2sbnb5c.jpg)

The Skyline
(http://i62.tinypic.com/66dwu9.jpg)

Watching the construction of the NBA NFL Draft (until they kicked me out).
(http://i57.tinypic.com/2ebrc4n.jpg)

Dylan's Candy Bar
(http://i62.tinypic.com/2vkfa1c.jpg)



While You Were Sleeping Sightings!

Wabash Avenue Bridge
(http://i59.tinypic.com/34e8dog.jpg)

(http://i57.tinypic.com/33y3vyg.jpg)

Lake Point Tower
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2djdxfk.png)

(http://i61.tinypic.com/13z32ut.jpg) :)


Martin, The Art Institute was beautiful and I was planning on Giordano's, but got invited elsewhere for dinner that night, so I must make my way back to Chicago someday! Also, so I can get to jdc's Green Mill jazz club. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on May 04, 2015, 02:30:04 AM
Trip Highlights!

Chagall Windows at The Art Institute
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2sbnb5c.jpg)

Next time you are in France you should consider a visit to Nice to see the Chagall museum there, it is lovely (well it was 25 years ago).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on May 04, 2015, 02:48:12 AM
I want to see Chagall!

(Glad you had a great trip, Sandy!)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on May 04, 2015, 12:01:15 PM
The Chagall windows are my favorite thing in the Art Institute (did I say that already? maybe I did). 

The Wabash Ave bridge and its brethren (State St, Dearborn, La Salle, etc) are in a bajillion movies.  I swear there must be some law that if you shoot a movie in Chicago, you have to include a scene somewhere on or around a bridge going over the Chicago River.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on May 04, 2015, 12:04:41 PM
Great pics Sandy, but pretty sure it was the NFL draft :)  As for the NBA I can't forgive a city that is responsible for handing the Jazz two heartbreaking finals losses :(  Ok I can forgive, but not forget lol
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 04, 2015, 01:01:09 PM
:))

I wrote NBA?! Sheesh, I was pretty tired when I posted the pics, but really! I'll go fix it. As for forgiveness for The Bulls. No. A life long grudge is in order! 1997 and 98. Col. You do have a long memory. :)

Martin, I don't think you mentioned the windows, but I'm super happy you got to see them. Also, from now on, I'll be looking for those bridges. :)

Dave, going to Nice would be such a treat!

 oldkid, it's not quite the same but Google images has some pretty pics of the windows. :)

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on May 04, 2015, 01:05:47 PM
A long memory or just an old man remembering old stuff lol :)  Glad you had such a fun time, and a game at Wrigley, well I'm in awe :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 04, 2015, 01:13:06 PM
Definitely not old! You're just a loyal Jazz fan. :)

And thanks, it was a fun trip, with Wrigley being a surprisingly high highlight. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on May 04, 2015, 07:17:10 PM
I like how you sight-see. :))
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on May 05, 2015, 08:41:48 PM
I like how you sight-see. :))

:))

Because there is no rhyme or reason, or because I like finding movie locations?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on May 05, 2015, 08:54:13 PM
Making a quick 3 day trip to Hong Kong this weekend... finding it hard to get a long vacation to go do anything these days.. maybe in November
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on June 15, 2015, 03:51:03 PM
Flying to Nice tomorrow and then bus to Menton, where we'll stay for a week. Kinda fear a week's pileup of posts here.... ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 15, 2015, 03:56:22 PM
Have a marvelous time and we'll be here when you return!

That city looks lovely!  (google image)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on June 23, 2015, 06:40:04 PM
Thanks, saltine!

It was very relaxing and most likely we'll return next year.

(http://i.imgur.com/h51Tz1l.jpg)

100% Knocked Out Loaded
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 23, 2015, 07:23:51 PM
 :D

Glad you had a great time, Knocked Out Loaded!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on June 23, 2015, 09:05:32 PM
It was very relaxing and most likely we'll return next year.

(http://i.imgur.com/h51Tz1l.jpg)

100% Knocked Out Loaded
Nice.  8)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 23, 2015, 09:50:09 PM
That looks right. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 06, 2015, 10:20:21 AM
4th of July weekend away from Midland, almost a must!

Fr: A drive through central Texas, a visit to the Texas State Capitol, a beer at Scholz's beer garden, then walking on the UT campus, dinner at a gastropub in the University area

Sat: Visit the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum, drive to Lockhart for Black's BBQ, drive to Houston, visit to Downtown Aquarium, dinner at Landry's Seafood restaurant, then GARTH BROOKS in concert.  It was his last Houston performance and lasted until 2am. 

Sun: Drive home on I10, stopping at Taco Casa in Kerrville, our favorite Texas tacos.

A great Texas weekend with family!

(http://i62.tinypic.com/1zq3c6d.jpg)

World famous Black's BBQ
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 06, 2015, 03:39:49 PM
awesome
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 06, 2015, 07:11:33 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 06, 2015, 07:38:29 PM
Sounds so very fun, saltine!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on July 09, 2015, 12:32:08 PM
So much fun to eat at random places here in Firenze.  The gnocchi in Siena was great, the Bistecca Fiorentina was amazing here, have to do that again.  Though I think the food truck porchetta panino is my favorite so far.

Texas is home, I do miss the bbq, but always have preferred Kreuz's to Blacks in Lockhart. 

Next week Rome.  A month in Italy seems like a long time, but it's moving along.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 09, 2015, 03:53:58 PM
Sounds wonderful!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 09, 2015, 04:47:09 PM
So much fun to eat at random places here in Firenze.  The gnocchi in Siena was great, the Bistecca Fiorentina was amazing here, have to do that again.  Though I think the food truck porchetta panino is my favorite so far.

Texas is home, I do miss the bbq, but always have preferred Kreuz's to Blacks in Lockhart. 

Next week Rome.  A month in Italy seems like a long time, but it's moving along.

I envy you your dining experiences in Italy.  We had a beautiful dinner in Firenze, a chicken baked in a clay oven with lots of trimmings, delicious.

Kreuz's closed on July 4th (how unpatriotic!) and we chose between Black's and Smith's.  The line was long at both joints, and they both make delicious bbq, especially when you haven't had it in 6 months!  It was a coin flip, but we were happy with our choice.

Enjoy Italy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 09, 2015, 07:21:11 PM
Gnocchi in Siena! :D  "How very [Italian]."  So envious!

Have a wonderful time in Rome, Colonel!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on July 10, 2015, 02:45:15 AM
So much fun to eat at random places here in Firenze.  The gnocchi in Siena was great, the Bistecca Fiorentina was amazing here, have to do that again.  Though I think the food truck porchetta panino is my favorite so far.

Texas is home, I do miss the bbq, but always have preferred Kreuz's to Blacks in Lockhart. 

Next week Rome.  A month in Italy seems like a long time, but it's moving along.

I envy you your dining experiences in Italy.  We had a beautiful dinner in Firenze, a chicken baked in a clay oven with lots of trimmings, delicious.

Kreuz's closed on July 4th (how unpatriotic!) and we chose between Black's and Smith's.  The line was long at both joints, and they both make delicious bbq, especially when you haven't had it in 6 months!  It was a coin flip, but we were happy with our choice.

Enjoy Italy!

Totally un-American!  Well, I think with any of those places you can't really go wrong.  I love Lockhart, really enjoy it there.  Hope the rest of your America trip is a good one!


Thanks Sandy! 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 10, 2015, 11:31:57 PM
I'm heading out for a few weeks to explore Tequila, goodguy and Teproc's beautiful countries. I'll be checking in on those horse races on occasion, though!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 11, 2015, 09:15:18 AM
Have fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 11, 2015, 09:38:08 AM
Booked a one week trip in Hong Kong for next month. Looking forward to a couple day trips we have planned. Plus more!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 11, 2015, 10:06:11 AM
Booked a one week trip in Hong Kong for next month. Looking forward to a couple day trips we have planned. Plus more!

Enjoy, it is a great place.  There is a place called Under the Bridge Crab that makes a great crab cooked with deep fried chili and garlic on the main island if you enjoy this kind of food. 

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3760/9496754529_f1ff0558eb_z.jpg)

Best part if to scoop all the deep fried garlic on top of the rice after eating all the crab...

You can walk into almost any little street side restaurant for local food without going too wrong. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 11, 2015, 11:05:31 AM
Love Hong Kong.  I wish we could get back there, maybe next year.  It's an 8hr flight from Perth with no stopover and no time zone change.  That's when it's the perfect trip.  From Brisbane, not so much, but still a good trip. 

I love to go to Stanley Market on the bus.  It's a fun half-day out.  Plus sailing in the harbour at night (or really any time), I love it.  Have either of you seen the light show?  It wasn't available the last time I was there.  Wondering about your day trips ... other islands?  pink dolphins?  Are you staying on Kowloon?  I love the night market there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 11, 2015, 06:53:51 PM
Love Hong Kong.  I wish we could get back there, maybe next year.  It's an 8hr flight from Perth with no stopover and no time zone change.  That's when it's the perfect trip.  From Brisbane, not so much, but still a good trip. 

I love to go to Stanley Market on the bus.  It's a fun half-day out.  Plus sailing in the harbour at night (or really any time), I love it.  Have either of you seen the light show?  It wasn't available the last time I was there.  Wondering about your day trips ... other islands?  pink dolphins?  Are you staying on Kowloon?  I love the night market there.

Symphony of the Lights cruise? That's one we have planned already. We also have a day trips to Lantau, Macau and Ocean Park planned. Really excited about Macau. Also Disneyland. I think we're doing another one that takes us to Bubba Gump restaurant at Victoria Peak, Temple Street night markets then a nighttime cruise along the harbour.

We're staying at the Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour which is on the south side of Hong Kong Island. We've been told Kowloon is like the city so we're going to make a trip there at some point.

Enjoy, it is a great place.  There is a place called Under the Bridge Crab that makes a great crab cooked with deep fried chili and garlic on the main island if you enjoy this kind of food. 

Best part if to scoop all the deep fried garlic on top of the rice after eating all the crab...

You can walk into almost any little street side restaurant for local food without going too wrong. 

I wouldn't enjoy it but my partner would! That's what i loved about Japan. Being able to find great food anywhere.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 12, 2015, 09:50:37 AM
That sounds terrific!  I've been several times, but it was too foggy each time to see the city from Vic Peak.  I still want to do that.  Have a fun trip!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 18, 2015, 01:56:57 PM
Spent the week on the Olympic peninsula coast - no cell service and no wifi at our little cabin on the beach, and it was worth it. Wish we could have stayed longer.

(http://i57.tinypic.com/dvkpqu.jpg)

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on July 18, 2015, 07:24:02 PM
So nice...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 18, 2015, 11:18:47 PM
Gorgeous!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 18, 2015, 11:35:59 PM
Stunning!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on July 19, 2015, 12:04:48 AM
Not really a vacation, but I did take a day trip down to Watertown, SD today and skated in my first roller derby bout, a fairly casual co-ed mixer in a parking lot by Lake Kampeska. Not an ideal surface but you can't beat the view. I'm the furthest to the right.

(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/WatertownDerby.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 19, 2015, 01:22:10 AM
Fun! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 19, 2015, 08:13:53 AM
In Acadia National Park. Brb.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on July 20, 2015, 07:05:07 AM
I remember it as a lovely sunny place with big rocks, and some good swimming.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 27, 2015, 08:26:20 AM
In Acadia National Park. Brb.

Back! Now to catch up with everything I missed...and probably post some pics!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 27, 2015, 09:01:36 AM
Google images show me that you've been in a most beautiful place. Welcome back, Corndog!


Great pictures OAD and Bondo!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on July 27, 2015, 05:26:06 PM
Great pictures OAD and Bondo!

Seconded. I want OAD's camera. Who knows how to deal with sun? It is a mystery to me.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on July 27, 2015, 05:28:54 PM
I'm beginning a month in South America :) :) :)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/x21gqq.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 27, 2015, 06:27:45 PM
Great pictures OAD and Bondo!

Seconded. I want OAD's camera. Who knows how to deal with sun? It is a mystery to me.
It's my iPhone.  :o  I couldn't believe the pic turned out; I don't know how to deal with the sun either. Pure good luck this time!


I'm beginning a month in South America :) :) :)
Awesome! What's your itinerary?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on July 27, 2015, 07:53:06 PM
Off to Peru to do Machu Picchu tomorrow then Buenos Aires then back to Chile for the Atacama Desert. Do you have any tips? :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 27, 2015, 10:22:33 PM
Nice! No tips, ha. Wish I did!!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on July 27, 2015, 11:23:06 PM
Off to Peru to do Machu Picchu tomorrow then Buenos Aires then back to Chile for the Atacama Desert. Do you have any tips? :D

Sounds totally awesome, chardy. Have no tips either, other than that you should watch Nostalgia For The Light (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7f4MLL-Hk#no).
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on July 28, 2015, 04:42:10 AM
Off to Peru to do Machu Picchu tomorrow then Buenos Aires then back to Chile for the Atacama Desert. Do you have any tips? :D
None for Atacama. For Peru I did not do the 4 day walk into Machu Picchu, but I did climb up to Huayna Picchu which I recommend. Huayna Picchu is at the MP site and it a bit of a steep climb, but has great views. While in Peru you should try the coca tea (or leaves, but you need to use ilucta to get them to work if you chew them), you can get the tea bags at the shops or the leaves at the market. If you are a drinker try the local white spirit, pisco.

If you have any time in Lima, the catacombs at the San Francisco monastery are wonderful, as long as you don't mind seeing large piles of bones and being under ground.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 28, 2015, 10:58:43 AM
Trip Highlights!

Visiting with my brother and his wife in Rothenburg!
(http://i.imgur.com/YPlFxOam.jpg)

The apartment.
Got a screaming deal that cost less than a hotel and there was a little kitchen and a washer and dryer!
Wish I could live so simply forever. :)
(http://i.imgur.com/G2BPeqpm.jpg)

Grocery shopping for I know not what!
Each meal was a little adventure of surprise.
(http://i.imgur.com/I49Evw7m.jpg)

These two cafés.
(http://i.imgur.com/unpqQtxm.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/McA2Z9Dm.jpg)

Cooking school.
Took part in a pilot program, where a chef taught us in her apartment.
The chef, Liz, is in the white and red apron. So much fun. :)
(http://i.imgur.com/j1uXK29m.jpg)

The Louvre.
Not sure how to "do" the Louvre, so I decided to look for my favorite face.
I found it in this painting.
(http://i.imgur.com/noU03pDl.jpg)

It's sweet.
(http://i.imgur.com/3KofE0Il.jpg)

But! The biggest highlight was getting to show Camille some of the big, wide world. :)
(http://i.imgur.com/BZG8VGdl.jpg)






Movie Sightings!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(http://i.imgur.com/XRefCYTm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qKBARNum.png)

Funny Face
(http://i.imgur.com/AG87rqMm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rLem3qql.jpg)

Amélie
(http://i.imgur.com/pKcIXEim.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/c394QdSl.jpg)


Etc. Etc. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 28, 2015, 11:11:27 AM
Looks like a wonderful trip, Sandy!

And I'm not sure anyone knows how to do the Louvre; it's too overwhelming! Focusing on finding one face seems like a wonderful way to go. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on July 28, 2015, 11:20:52 AM
These guys know how to do the Louvre:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z74tb51YI8
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 28, 2015, 11:44:11 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 28, 2015, 11:58:04 AM
Acadia National Park

(http://i62.tinypic.com/2ed5zqq.jpg)
Hiking along the rocky Maine coast in the fog

(http://i57.tinypic.com/5f51ds.jpg)
Jordan Pond

(http://i58.tinypic.com/adp7op.jpg)
Jordan Pond from atop South Bubble (with my friend Nick)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/2h6vzx0.jpg)
The whole gang. That's me and my girlfriend 3rd and 4th from the left, respectively.

(http://i60.tinypic.com/64drmc.jpg)
Part of the Acadia Mountain trail. There were some cool bouldering trails, like Beehive. Too bad Precipice was closed for the Falcons nesting.

(http://i62.tinypic.com/ol85j.jpg)
Tonya walking around the sand bar to Bar Island, which is accessible only at low tide.

(http://i62.tinypic.com/sg2147.jpg)
Long Pond from the Beech Mountain trail.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/70kqye.jpg)
Harbor where we had fresh lobster.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/2jfwyva.jpg)
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse at sunset.

(http://i60.tinypic.com/2009yxc.jpg)
Cadillac Mountain at sunrise, aka 5AM.

(http://i62.tinypic.com/11rt0yc.jpg)
My friend Joel hiking the Beehive Trail.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on July 28, 2015, 12:41:44 PM
Sunscreen is your friend.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 28, 2015, 12:59:24 PM
Beautiful, Corndog!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 28, 2015, 03:26:46 PM
Sunscreen is your friend.

The setting on my camera makes us look more red than we really were. I wore sunscreen the whole time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 28, 2015, 04:16:56 PM
It's so green and blue!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 28, 2015, 10:10:57 PM
Two killer vacations. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 28, 2015, 10:24:18 PM
And they're completely different. I bet I know which one you would pick, smirnoff. :)

Gorgeous pictures, Corndog! That first one is an amazing optical illusion. Rock bridges! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 29, 2015, 11:24:19 AM
Gorgeous pictures, Corndog! That first one is an amazing optical illusion. Rock bridges! :)

Thanks! I never thought of that! They're just tide pools.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on July 29, 2015, 12:50:39 PM
@Sandy: Finding movie locations is the best film-geek thing ever haha!

@Corndog:
It's so green and blue!
That second pic in particular is a ripper!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: The Deer Hunter on August 06, 2015, 08:29:22 AM
Flying off the Hong Kong on Monday. There's been an ash cloud over Bali on and off the last couple weeks causing a lot of delays and cancellations. I'm hoping it goes away enough for us to be good to go.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 06, 2015, 09:48:25 AM
Hope you get to Hong Kong, without delay. Enjoy!


@Sandy: Finding movie locations is the best film-geek thing ever haha!

:))  The geekiest!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on August 06, 2015, 12:02:56 PM
I have zero interest in seeing this. Ed Helms bores me.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 06, 2015, 12:17:02 PM
Then you probably shouldn't go on vacation with him in the future. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on August 06, 2015, 12:24:26 PM
I guess 1.5 months was enough time for me to get my stuff together on this photo album.

Rolled into Portland on Amtrak and walked to where I was staying, including crossing a bridge. I'm told this is the "little" river (the Willamette):
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/Portland%20Trip%202015/Willamette%20River.jpg)

First order of business (after a stop at a brewery) was to head up to the "big" river (the Columbia):
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/Portland%20Trip%202015/Columbia%20Gorge.jpg)

And some of the water falls that feed down into it:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/Portland%20Trip%202015/Falls%20Panorama.jpg)

Including the famed Multnomah Falls:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/Portland%20Trip%202015/Multnomah%20Falls.jpg)

Around this point is when I met oldkid and mostly put my phone away to engage on a human level. Next day got started in the serenity of the Japanese Garden:
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And then kept driving up to get a good overview of the city, with Mt. Hood watching over (I also saw Mt. St. Helens but couldn't really get a picture):
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That day then led to breweries, Powell's Books and the Portland Timbers. Worn down from all that, the subsequent day's adventure needed good fortification to start:
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And so, to the coast!
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And up the coast to Astoria, home of the Goonies, I'm told:
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Also home of Fort George Brewery. This was the best of basically 8 almost identical brewery shots at each brewery I went to #beercation:
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With my time in Portland gone, it was time to head back...but on the way, Glacier National Park, with a shuttle into the park thanks to the Lake Macdonald Lodge, where I totally didn't stay because poor:
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Which, as one might guessed, is located next to a lake:
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Started to make my way up through the park:
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On a road that looked like this:
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Which culminated with Logan's Pass, the high point of the paved road:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n598/Bondo112/Portland%20Trip%202015/Logan%20Pass.jpg)

I hear the Aurora Borealis was going on that night, but I fell asleep early and got up to get on the Amtrak back home.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 06, 2015, 12:58:01 PM
Gorgeous pics, Bondo! Love that part of the country.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 06, 2015, 04:27:05 PM
Love your photos, better late than never.  That is a lovely part of the country, seems like you enjoyed the best of it.  BEER and scenery are hard to beat!
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 06, 2015, 05:46:49 PM
The Pacific Northwest! Woo! Gorgeous pics, Bondo. Nice to see you, too. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 06, 2015, 06:26:37 PM
This brownstone we found for rental in NYC is so great that I'd love to point any of you visiting the city to it.  Just let me know and I'll send the details.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 09, 2015, 09:02:42 AM
Great photos and story Bondo. When you talked about the serenity of the Japanese gardens this is what came to mind

http://youtu.be/C8WLuQOLq5Q
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on August 09, 2015, 09:06:57 AM
Great photos and story Bondo. When you talked about the serenity of the Japanese gardens this is what came to mind

http://youtu.be/C8WLuQOLq5Q

Love The Castle!  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 09, 2015, 09:09:52 AM
Spent yesterday in Istanbul, I did not have long so only got to see the Blue Mosque and some of the Grand Bazaar. Still it was wonderful to see them. Of course I had to buy some Turkish delight and Apple Tea. The Turkish delight is soooooo much better than the stuff you find in chocolate and in the general shops (in Australia). I bought 6 different kinds and there was lots of others to choose from. I am not a tea drinker but the apple tea is lovely, it is sweat flavoured without adding any sugar, although there was sugar supplied if you wanted to add it.

I will post some photos sometime.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on August 10, 2015, 12:16:03 PM
Real Turkish delight and apple tea! Sounds fantastic. Looking forward to the pics, Dave. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on October 18, 2015, 09:46:08 PM
Planning for next year, going to go ski the Swiss Alps for 1 week in march
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 19, 2015, 04:21:46 AM
Its has been a few months since my last trip and I said I would post some photos. So here they are:

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The wide streets of Manchester

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Driving through the old wall of Istanbul

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Sometimes cats just like to lounge around. Market in Istanbul

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Foot cleansing stalls at the Blue Mosque, Istanbul. It is old but there is still modern soap dispensers available.

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Inside the Blue Mosque. One of the massive pillars (at least 3m wide) holding up the roof, rises up to many spans and roof sections.

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The large number of beautiful stained glass windows at the Blue Mosque.

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One of the beautiful domes at the Blue Mosque.

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A tiny part of The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

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An older part of the Grand Bazaar

I did not see a lot of Istanbul, not much time, but I did get to see 2 of the big sites.
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Post by: colonel_mexico on October 19, 2015, 09:52:46 AM
Wow Davey that looks awesome, cat pic is the best!
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Post by: Sandy on October 19, 2015, 01:25:38 PM
I love that one too! Is it possible for the cat to be any more relaxed? :)

The picture with the intersecting ceiling sections is fascinating. Thanks for showing us some of your sights, Dave.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 19, 2015, 02:56:47 PM
Thanks colonel and Sandy. It bought a big smile to my face when I saw the cat lounging on the rugs.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on November 18, 2015, 07:29:43 PM
We toured China in October. Of course, each location had its highlights and wonders. 

Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Hutong, Great Wall, Olympic site, museum
Xi'an: Terracotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter at night market (oh my), city wall, ancient Pagoda, museum
Guilin: from here visited Longsheng Rice Terrace in Ping'an, plus the city parks and green areas and caves, plus the amazing cormorant fishermen
Suzhou: city canals, Sunday market
Hangzhou: West Lake, performance on the lake
Shanghai: city lights at night in financial district seen from the river, Maglev train (top speed 503mph), city markets

We were blessed with perfect weather and good winds, keeping the pollution away.  Only Chiang had some smog.

Section of The Great Wall we visited
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I climbed all the way to the end of the section, an hour up and an hour down.  The clear weather made the hike up and down truly amazing.
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Pit 1 of Terracotta Warriors, partially excavated, mostly warriors.  Pit 2 is partially excavated, archers, chariot, horses.  Pit 3 is small and excavation is finished, command post. Pit 4 was opened and found to be empty. There are estimated to be 100s of pits, but only these will be opened for many years to come.  The buildings were built over each pit in situ. 
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Of course, the wonder is that every warrior, archer, commander is different in expression.
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When Pit 1 was discovered in 1974, all the warriors etc were in pieces, smashed by enemies who came upon them and pilfered by villagers who lived near them.  This photo shows the restoration work.  Those paper squares are post-its which match head to arm to body etc.  They work on about 8 warriors or horses at a time.
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Longsheng Rice Terrace in Ping'an:  We walked up a mountain to get here, but it was worth it.
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The native people of this area of China (referred to as "a minority") are very different from the Han people (the majority).  The women grow their hair from birth, then cut it at the time of marriage, then never cut it again. They wash it in purtified rice water.  They wear it wrapped and under a cloth that they weave and embroider.  Weaving and embroider is their native craft, though I am certain their goods are made in a factory now.  Still, I only saw their goods here in their village, never in any other markets or shops.  I bought a few scarves, 6 for $US30.  The first day we hiked up the steps to the top of the mountain, but the next day we walked slowly down and shopped along the way.  It was the best 2 days of the tour, being out of the cities and in such an interesting environment.  It was unforgettable.
This photo was taken at the bottom of the climb.  The native women are there to carry up our overnight luggage.  The village at the top of the mountain had three "hotels." Ours had a very nice feature: a full bar, much appreciated after the climb.
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Sunday market, where evidently everyone in Suzhou is shopping this day.  Live fish, live chickens (kindly beheaded and drained in front of you), plus the usual local fruits and vegetables, all served up in a crush of people.
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In Hangzhou, we could not photograph the performance, Impressions of West Lake.  It was possibly the most amazing of all we saw because it was so unexpected and so unbelievably beautiful.  The performance takes place in a very calm, naturally protected area of the lake after dark.  The music is in Chinese operatic style. One inch under the surface of the lake is a wooden platform on which the dancers perform which makes it seem as if they are dancing on the surface on the water.  It is magical. If you think you'll get to Hangzhou and West Lake someday to see this for yourself, don't watch the video.  Surprise is integral to your enjoyment of the performance.  Evidently, other waterways in China have performances also.  The creator is Zhang Yimou, billed as China's most internationally renowned film director.  He was also director of the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.


(Performance of the music here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP_mv0ZFYZ8).)


Here is a brief youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCRd34zpkDI) of the performance

I loved China, as a tourist.  I would not re-visit Beijing or Xi'an because I feel I saw all they had to offer.  The other cities I would love to see more of.  Most of all, I loved Guilin.  It's a small city, very green with trees in blossom and a lovely riverside park.  The entire city had the very pleasant, sweet smell from the flowers.  The hills around Guilin and the river make the setting ideal. Many pictures of China are set in Guilin and feature the hills.  I hope to return to Guilin.  There is a proposed fast train from Hong Kong to Guilin. In fact, the mainland track is ready, but Hong Kong is balking on completing the link-up rail.  Once that train is operating, we'll go back to Guilin for a holiday.



Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 18, 2015, 08:57:58 PM
Sounds like a great trip... you have given me a few ideas on places to go next time I take holiday there.  I know Beijing and Shanghai all too well
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 18, 2015, 11:17:14 PM
Thanks for sharing your trip with us, saltine! I feel like I get to tag along in a way, because of your descriptions and pics. Such amazing experiences.

Thanks for linking those videos, too! That song is going to be running through my head for a while. I especially liked the water drums -- visual sound! :) 

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Post by: Junior on November 18, 2015, 11:18:08 PM
Looks like an amazing experience!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on November 19, 2015, 09:17:49 AM
Someday I would love to visit those places, and more, in China.

You said 'oh my" to the night market in the Muslim quarter-- why is that?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on November 19, 2015, 03:38:34 PM
As explained to us, the Muslims are the oldest minority in China, over 1000 years since they came to China via the Silk Road.  So, their assimilation is complete,  in that they "look like us now," the tour guide said.  However, even with this long history they still live apart in their own quarter as they have for 1000 years in China. 

But the reason I said "oh my" was the night market was amazing.  The food was goat.  In the street of the market, there were heaps of raw goat meat on butcherblock tables where it was sliced and pushed onto bamboo skewers then grilled over a makeshift outdoor grill.  It smelled delicious, but we were warned not to eat it because our stomachs can't handle it.  (Of course, the last thing the tour guide wanted was even one sick person on the bus.)
Also sold were the hooves which had been deep fried.  It was all a little overwhelming.  The atmosphere was wonderful; the young people from other districts love to come to the Muslim Quarter at night to eat and hang out.  Most walking the street were Chinese youth; the Aussies were the gawkers.  We bought some walnuts that were turning in a roaster which looked like a small cement mixer.  The walnuts cracked and roasted and were served warm and were delicious. We wanted to buy the marvelous-looking bread but didn't. 

Odd fact:  Almost no flies at all in China.  Maybe I saw two the whole time I was there.  If that table of raw meat had been sitting out in Australia, it would have been covered in flies. And since many of the toilets were, uh, not Western, that was really amazing to us.
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Post by: ¡Keith! on November 22, 2015, 03:22:25 AM
looks fantastic saltine!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on November 22, 2015, 10:45:35 AM
What a great description of the Muslim Quarter and the night market!  I'd love to see that myself.  Reminds me so much of my experiences in Calcutta in the 80s.  (Except there were many, many flies)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on November 22, 2015, 03:59:15 PM
Thank you for the comments, everyone.  Here are a few shots of the night market.  It was very crowded which you can't really see from the photos.  Also for sale, crabs, bread, vegie dishes, taffy (pulled in the street), walnuts, usual craptastic doo-dads, and of course "silk" scarves.

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 22, 2015, 04:57:32 PM
I'm guessing you didn't try that middle one?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on November 22, 2015, 08:16:32 PM
Is that even food?  :D

I'm adventurous when it comes to trying things, but that's beyond my abilities!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on November 22, 2015, 09:10:44 PM
I didn't try any of it.  The skewers looked very appealing, but I didn't want to see the fresh meat sitting out, chopped, and skewered.  Of course, I'm not going to touch a hoof.  (There were chicken feet too.  Waste not, want not.)

The bread looked amazing and I regret not buying it.  I did buy da bing (fresh grilled bread) in Suzhou which was very nice. 

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 23, 2015, 12:04:43 AM
I didn't try any of it.  The skewers looked very appealing, but I didn't want to see the fresh meat sitting out, chopped, and skewered.  Of course, I'm not going to touch a hoof.  (There were chicken feet too.  Waste not, want not.)

The bread looked amazing and I regret not buying it.  I did buy da bing (fresh grilled bread) in Suzhou which was very nice.

Those breads are usually very good.  Often you can find these crispy bread circles stuffed with lamb or beef (or donkey) and chili that are very good.  My mum-in-law will always make and pack them for us if we visit.

Did the sell beer around those food areas?  One thing I have found different in China is that a lot of the Muslim restaurants served alcohol but that was in Beijing.  They don't here, so how about in the area that is mainly Muslim?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on November 23, 2015, 02:45:53 PM
No beer, but copious amounts of pomegranate juice, made fresh there on the street. 

We drank beer daily.  It was good, but of no real character other than it tasted like beer.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 23, 2015, 04:59:21 PM
No beer, but copious amounts of pomegranate juice, made fresh there on the street. 

We drank beer daily.  It was good, but of no real character other than it tasted like beer.

A lot of the beer in China is low in alcohol.  The Tsingtao beer there is about 3.3% but what they export to Singapore is 5%

http://travel.cnn.com/shanghai/drink/chinese-beer-guide-848978
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 12, 2016, 10:22:58 AM
Arrival day... took about 24 hours to get here but worth it..

View from Chalet

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for after a day of skiing

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 12, 2016, 04:09:32 PM
Looks terrific! Where are you, jdc?

Our wine holiday in NZ was wonderful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: JakeIsntFake on March 12, 2016, 04:58:07 PM
Looks awesome, jdc!

Just got back from four days in Disney World with my class. It was exhausting, but incredibly fun and memorable.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 12, 2016, 08:23:07 PM
Enjoy your vacation, jdc!


Glad you had a great time, Jake. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 13, 2016, 12:03:24 AM
We are in Switzerland for the week. 


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 13, 2016, 12:33:36 AM
Cool!  Enjoy, jdc! Are you drinking the local wines?  Anything good?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 13, 2016, 12:41:49 AM
We just arrived yesterday, I did buy a couple in the supermarket but not opened yet.  Will try tonight for dinner.  I believe they are good for Pinot Noir style from what I quickly saw in the store but also had some other styles. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 13, 2016, 01:10:41 AM
I've looked around the internet for Swiss wine recommendations and it's very slim-pickings.  Most sites send me to German wines, but lots of those are whites (which I quite enjoy). 

Look for wines from the gamaret grape (below is an example).  Otherwise, drink spirits!

Caves Cidis Gamaret la Côte
Gamaret is a Swiss hybrid grape created in the 1970s by crossing Reichensteiner with Gamay, yielding spicy, rustic wines. Caves Cidis’s version is slightly smoky, with cassis notes.


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on March 13, 2016, 05:33:04 AM
Looks great jdc, enjoy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 13, 2016, 08:02:28 AM
I could get use to this life.. We mostly walked a lot and hiked around the village and up the mountain road this morning.  Came back to chill a few drinks in the snow and eat lunch outside.  Though snow everywhere, I cam where short sleeve shirt in the sun quite easily.  Tomorrow have to work most of the day then tue to fri going to ski


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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 13, 2016, 11:20:46 AM
whoa! Who made your beautiful lunch? :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 13, 2016, 12:51:32 PM
I like to cook.. but my wife is the much better, natural cook
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 14, 2016, 01:43:54 AM
Enjoy your break. I miss the snow...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 14, 2016, 01:55:42 AM
Snow is nice to visit... still struggling if I would want it long term but seeing places like this is pushing me closer to that decision
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Post by: verbALs on March 14, 2016, 01:14:46 PM
Quite cinematic. Found this a little disturbing when we came across it. The Fellowship meeting had just broken up.

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Corfe Castle, Dorset

A little pony bothering.
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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 14, 2016, 04:54:24 PM
The land before them began steadily to rise again. Away in the distance eastward they could now see a line of hills. The highest of them was at the right of the line and a little separated from the others. It had a conical top, slightly flattened at the summit. "That is Weathertop," said Strider... Along the crest of the ridge the hobbits could see what looked to be the remains of green-grown walls and dikes, and in the clefts there still stood the ruins of old works of stone.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on March 14, 2016, 11:42:01 PM
I imagine him riding in on one of the tiny horses; legs a-waggling.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 15, 2016, 12:48:28 AM
I swear that little horse starred in an Amazon Prime ad I saw yesterday.  :D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FifthCityMuse on March 20, 2016, 05:20:02 PM
In June/July of this year, my partner and I will be visiting...

The US!

It's a bit of a short trip, only about 20 days (including the two 18 flights across the Pacific) and it's very... coastal elite? But I'm looking forward to it.

We'll be spending a few days in LA at the start and end of the trip, about a week in NY and 5 nights in SF. My partner has been to LA and SF before, but it's my first time to the states, and the first time to NY for both of us. It's lined up so we'll be in NY for Pride and SF for fourth of July.

I am open to suggestions for places to visit or things to see, let me know!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on March 20, 2016, 08:15:21 PM
For LA a visit to Venice Beach is well worth it. If you are into amusement rides, 6 Flags - Magic Mountain, north of LA is excellent, or the there is the tamer Knott's Berry Farm in Anaheim. Of course there is the classic of Disneyland, but those rides are all tame, still it is Disneyland. For museums either of the Getty museums, just note you will have to book to go. The booking is for parking, entry is free (parking may cost I cannot remember).

For eating out, lots and lots of choices, but a favourite of mine is a rib place called Naples Rib company (5800 E 2nd St, Long Beach), go hungry :).

I will have a little think about other stuff.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 21, 2016, 12:43:53 AM
I recently made these notes for an AUS friend:

NYC
To see the Statue of Liberty from the water, ride the Staten Island ferry over and back.  (Don't waste time on the SoL tour.)

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a very good tour.  Shuttle is there, plus view across water to NJ.  Many aircraft on display including the Concord. http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/

Eat NY cheesecake wherever and whenever you can find it.  Also NY bagel with cream cheese is a must.  (Lox is fish like sardines, so beware of ordering that.)
Deli sandwich, best are at Carnegie Deli.  One sandwich will be enough to split.  They are huge and absolutely delicious.  (Counter servers can be very rude, but keep calm and carry on.)  It's a good place to get NY cheesecake too. Pizza, the one recommended to us as the best in NY, is Vezzo Thin Crust, "shrommtown and meat lovers."  It's in midtown.http://www.vezzothincrust.com/  But, pizza is on every corner.

Don't eat the street food.  It's tempting, quick and inexpensive, but don't eat it.

Natural History Museum and MOMA are worth doing. MOMA has many masterpieces.  Don't miss Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Walk in Central Park.  It's huge. 

For LA, my advice is not to over-plan.  You'll spend a lot of time in traffic if you divide your time among far-apart locations.  LA is a working town, not a tourist destination.  Where you decide to stay will probably determine what you're able to do in a short period of time.

For SF:
Take the half-day trip to Muir Woods.  It's actually close to SF and worth every minute you spend there.  Yosemite is however too far for a day trip.

If you want to go to Alcatraz, you must book far ahead.  We've been to SF three times and never made the boat to Alcatraz.  I hear the tour is worth the time. 

That iconic view of Golden Gate bridge from Vertigo is from Fort Point National Historic Site, easy to find on google maps.

Don't fall off the trolley car.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 21, 2016, 02:05:21 AM
Why not eat the Street Food in NYC?  I find it nice. 

I can't comment on LA, I have been there a couple of times but don't know it well enough or like it that much.

For NYC, Pizza, Pizza, Pizza...  try a few place and buy by the slice.  I find it best to keep it simple.  Or course, lots of shows and musicals on to check out.

For San Francisco, will you have a car?  You have a lot of wine country (Sonoma and Napa) North of the City.  You can drive down highway 1 to Santa Cruz or Monterey which are both nice places to check out.  You can find often pull over and find coves you can climb down to and have a small beach area to yourself.  Or maybe you find another couple of two sharing it as well.  If you drive down US1, you may want to take the shorter way back and cut over to the 101.  Carmel is also there which is a quaint little town (http://www.carmelcalifornia.com/).  Clint Eastwood use to be the mayor sometime back in the 80's

Otherwise, SF is a great food city, explore Chinatown, a raw oyster bar, crabs around the Warf.  You can also find good Italian,Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean food.  Some can be hip, modern joints doing California versions or hole in the wall places doing straight authentic versions. 

I'm biased, so I say spend more time in SF then LA but what ever you do, you would be able to have a good time
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 21, 2016, 04:44:33 AM
Agreed, SF over LA, always. Get out of LA as soon as possible.  It's a traffic nightmare.

NYC street food...could be harmless but one bad item can ruin your entire trip.  But, whatever, to each his own...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 21, 2016, 11:38:42 AM
I'd add The Frick for NYC museums. Amazing that this used to be their home and right off the park.

Don't pass up Brooklyn! Chelsea Piers & the High Line. Dominique Ansel's bakery for the legendary cronut (plan on ordering before you leave or showing up crazy early), though even if you don't cronut, there's plenty there to tempt they eyes & stomach.

North River Lobster Company - free 45 minute cruises around the Hudson, they make up for it by over-charging for the food & drink but still a good time and great lobster tacos.

It will likely be very hot & humid in NYC the further into July you get.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FifthCityMuse on March 21, 2016, 05:01:28 PM
Thanks for the tips! Saltine, that list is amazing.

We're not planning on having a car at this stage. I don't drive, and while my partner does, I think it's probably a little too stressful. But we're pretty adept at making PT work. (Also, he's got some idea of the buses in LA, so that helps.)

We're probably going to stay in WeHo. LA is the one place we haven't sorted out accommodation. We're trying to work out where makes the most sense. I think most of the evening stuff we want to do will be around WeHo, and it's relatively easy to get from there to Santa Monica and Venice, and I think most of the touristy stuff we will do will be in that area. If we do a theme park it will probably be Universal. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter should be open by the time we get there.  ;D

LA is in a lot of ways a bridging city between flights. We went to Europe last year and on our return we ended up flying from Berlin to London to Dubai then Melbourne. I wasn't prepared to do SF>LA>Brisbane>Melbourne without a break somewhere in there. So we have about 2 days in LA at the start and again at the end. I think we'll actually spend more time in LA overall, but it'll be split into funny chunks. Both our flights out of LA leave at 2350 also, which means we'll have a full day to fill before heading to the airport each time.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 22, 2016, 12:08:54 AM
God, I hated that 2350 flight out of LAX.  So glad I can fly in and out of DFW now. (I don't sleep on planes because you never know when the pilot might need help flying that thing.)

Everyone likes LA a lot more than I do.  Just can't see why that city attracts.  The best view of it is flying over it at night, imo.

Have a great trip, Muse!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 22, 2016, 12:27:32 AM
God, I hated that 2350 flight out of LAX.  So glad I can fly in and out of DFW now. (I don't sleep on planes because you never know when the pilot might need help flying that thing.)

Everyone likes LA a lot more than I do.  Just can't see why that city attracts.  The best view of it is flying over it at night, imo.

ha...

I think LA is a difficult city without a car.  But I have used buses a couple of times but it is really spread out so makes exploring limited.

San Francisco is a friendly place to get around without a car.  The city itself is not very large so you can get around by buses, taxis or even walk quite a bit of the city.  I think from Union Square to Fisherman's Warf is just around 2 miles which would take you from the main shopping district, through Chinatown, to Little Italy/North Beach to the Warf. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: tinyholidays on March 22, 2016, 03:57:52 PM
We're probably going to stay in WeHo. LA is the one place we haven't sorted out accommodation. We're trying to work out where makes the most sense. I think most of the evening stuff we want to do will be around WeHo, and it's relatively easy to get from there to Santa Monica and Venice, and I think most of the touristy stuff we will do will be in that area. If we do a theme park it will probably be Universal. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter should be open by the time we get there.  ;D

If you're in that area, I recommend the Museum of Jurassic Technology. I've been at least four times, and it's been a hit with everyone I've taken there.

If you want to have a celebrity sighting, the best place is a morning movie at the Arclight Hollywood. I've also seen a lot of people at Little Dom's, a restaurant in Los Feliz, but that's on the other side of the city.

Don't fall in to the trap of Hollywood Boulevard, and don't get your expectations up TOO high about Universal Studios.

The Warner Bros. studio tour is expensive but worth it IMO.

I don't know how you get up to Griffith Observatory on public transportation, but it's a great first thing to do when you get to the city. It helps orient the geography. LA's kind of a difficult place to wrap your head around.

Any random street taco is going to be better than almost every restaurant. People have a lot of fun tracking down the Kogi truck, which serves Korean tacos & burritos. Be prepared to wait in line and make a mess all over your shirt.

If you like comedy and are free on a Thursday night, there's a free show at The Palace Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz that always has walk-ins of the best alt comedians.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 13, 2016, 01:43:29 AM
I leave Redcliffe tomorrow early and, wouldn't you just know, it's been a gorgeous day here.  The quality of light (lack of pollution) here at the beach is amazing.  It's been sticky and hot for the last few days, but not today.

I'm going from the US to Europe for travel.  I just wanted to say that I've incorporated into our schedule much of the things you've written happy reports about here at the forum from your own travels in Europe.  So, thanks, everyone!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on May 29, 2016, 07:45:38 PM
I've been editing some photos from my backpacking trip last year.

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7668/27042683122_84e9af01ef_z.jpg) (https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7266/27042680972_ed9bb83862_z.jpg)
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From that time I went to Nicaragua and walked up a Volcano.  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 29, 2016, 08:20:00 PM
Enjoy our latin shores saltine.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on May 30, 2016, 06:10:30 AM
Great snaps Beavermoose!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on May 30, 2016, 05:35:31 PM
I already admired that shot on Instagram, Beavermoose. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on May 30, 2016, 05:47:04 PM
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7121/27042679042_a9396c7ba1_k.jpg)

Yeah, this one is just perfect.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on June 01, 2016, 09:10:28 AM
(http://115.imagebam.com/download/q3nq5k-5wgV8n3bjLlOD3w/48713/487124966/DSC_1153.JPG)
Went to Hong Kong for a few days to check something. Yup, just as I thought.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on June 01, 2016, 09:11:20 AM
lol.. How do you like HK?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 01, 2016, 10:16:00 AM
Funny guy.  Did you get to Stanley Market?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 01, 2016, 10:16:30 AM
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7121/27042679042_a9396c7ba1_k.jpg)

Yeah, this one is just perfect.

pixote

Yeah, love this one.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 01, 2016, 10:17:45 AM
Enjoy our latin shores saltine.

Grand time in Madrid, Granada, and Barcelona.   Now in Alsace France drinking the wine.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on June 01, 2016, 10:18:14 AM
Enjoy our latin shores saltine.

Grand time in Madrid, Granada, and Barcelona.   Now in Alsace France drinking the wine.

Jealous!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 01, 2016, 10:20:58 AM
I put a shaky photo up on FB.  Love this area, drank five appellation wines today, appellations of under 100 acres of grapes, amazing.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on June 01, 2016, 11:54:40 AM
lol.. How do you like HK?
I'm back already after after about ten days. Loved it.

Funny guy.  Did you get to Stanley Market?
I'm afraid not but I think I went through pretty much every market in Kowloon. Unfortunately my quest for more Far East Bracket VCDs was unsuccessful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 01, 2016, 12:17:18 PM
lol.. How do you like HK?
I'm back already after after about ten days. Loved it.

Funny guy.  Did you get to Stanley Market?
I'm afraid not but I think I went through pretty much every market in Kowloon. Unfortunately my quest for more Far East Bracket VCDs was unsuccessful.


Mong kok for that stuff.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on June 01, 2016, 01:51:15 PM
Absolutely. Although in a fit of meta, I even looked through the dodgy stores in Chungking Mansions.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 01, 2016, 01:55:55 PM
Absolutely. Although in a fit of meta, I even looked through the dodgy stores in Chungking Mansions.

Whoa.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on June 10, 2016, 08:23:46 PM
http://115.imagebam.com/download/q3nq5k-5wgV8n3bjLlOD3w/48713/487124966/DSC_1153.JPG
Went to Hong Kong for a few days to check something. Yup, just as I thought.
lol
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 10, 2016, 10:33:45 PM
The rocks in southern Utah are so cool! :) More exploring...

Cedar Breaks

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2a69rah.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/11afhqw.jpg)

Pioneer Park

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on June 10, 2016, 11:41:02 PM
Did you find Matt Damon out there anywhere? :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 11, 2016, 12:12:38 AM
 :))



It was him I saw, then! He told me his name was Captain Blondebeard.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 11, 2016, 12:30:28 AM
Wonderful photos Sandy.

Cedar Breaks looks a lot like Bryce Canyon, is it in the same area?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Tequila on June 11, 2016, 02:59:24 PM
Looks great!
Sandy, what are the temperatures like there?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 11, 2016, 04:55:19 PM
Wonderful photos Sandy.

Cedar Breaks looks a lot like Bryce Canyon, is it in the same area?

Thanks :) They are about an hour's drive from each other, 50 miles or so. Cedar Breaks is the mini version of Bryce Canyon.


Looks great!
Sandy, what are the temperatures like there?

Cedar Breaks' elevation is around 10,000 feet and Pioneer Park's (in St. George) is around 3,000 and further south, so the temperatures differ a lot. When I was there, it was 65 degrees in Cedar Breaks and over 100 in St. George. That's why we waited to almost sunset, to explore there. Much cooler in the shade!


Sorry, working in Fahrenheit.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 12, 2016, 02:06:25 AM
Love the pics, Sandy,  and love southern Utah.  Still a dream of mine to do Antelope Canyon hike which might be Arizona but is still the same geological era.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 12, 2016, 08:44:51 AM
Oh! I'd love to go to Antelope Canyon! Last time I drove through the area, I realized it was nearby, but couldn't get a reservation that quickly. The Navajo Nation has a tight control over it, which is good because of flash flood possibilities and they can protect it from vandalism.

It misses being in Utah by 15 miles. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 12, 2016, 10:21:57 AM
We've been in Page AZ twice and saw both times the truckloads of young people leaving early for the experience of Antelope.   Looked like a lot of fun to go along. One of those once in a lifetime experiences. ..
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: FifthCityMuse on June 18, 2016, 09:09:05 PM
I leave for LA tomorrow! But I have a very important question for you:

I have a small, fold up umbrella that easily fits in my backpack. Is it worth bringing it with me? I assume I will probably not need it for LA, and the forecast says likely not for NY and SF, but...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on June 18, 2016, 09:29:30 PM
It does rain out here, just not very often and even when it does, it's rarely the kind of rain that makes you run for shelter.

However, if it does downpour while you are out here I will know that you didn't pack your umbrella.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 23, 2016, 04:39:56 PM
Just booked my flight for the Telluride Film Festival (4th time!) - unlike the last 3 though I've decided to stay a couple extra days and actually visit some of the amazing scenery instead of sitting in theaters for the whole weekend and flying home!

Thinking Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Canyonlands and Arches but if anyone has other suggestions for that area (SW CO, NE NM, SE UT) lemme know!

Bonus: Will knock two states off my to visit list (down to 7 after - back to 8 if we add Puerto Rico in the next several months.)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 23, 2016, 05:38:19 PM
Just booked my flight for the Telluride Film Festival (4th time!) - unlike the last 3 though I've decided to stay a couple extra days and actually visit some of the amazing scenery instead of sitting in theaters for the whole weekend and flying home!

Thinking Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Canyonlands and Arches but if anyone has other suggestions for that area (SW CO, NE NM, SE UT) lemme know!

Bonus: Will knock two states off my to visit list (down to 7 after - back to 8 if we add Puerto Rico in the next several months.)

I will strongly recommend Canyon de Chelly if you're committing to Four Corners as it's not so far from there.  It's very isolated and to see it properly you have to arrive before sunset for the rim viewing and then stay overnight for the Navajo-guided trip into the floor of the canyon.  This starts early in the morning and finishes well before lunch so it's possible to do the guided trip then squeeze in another location in the afternoon.  I've only stayed at the Best Western in Chinle and it's basic but fine.  The restaurant in the parking lot of the motel is great for dinner and breakfast (navajo fry bread) and the hired guide is happy to meet you there and take you into the canyon.  If you don't include this trip now, do it sometime in your life.  It's truly unforgettable. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on June 23, 2016, 07:01:04 PM
Oooh! What a fun itinerary. Here's a few more you could add. If you go to Four Corners and Canyon de Chelly, it would be worth seeing Monument Valley while you're so close. Goosenecks is then on your way north and Dead Horse Point is near Canyonlands. Outside of Arches is Moab and there's great rafting there.

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Can't wait to hear all about it, ¡Keith!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on June 23, 2016, 11:26:57 PM
haha, thanks for the trip planning pinch-in sandy!!

saltine, oof, only have two days, maybe hard pressed to fit in but sounds fantastic. time to put those shoe-horn scheduling skills to use that allowed be to spend every morning after freshman year sleeping in!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on June 24, 2016, 08:56:54 AM
No matter what you decide, you'll love the Southwest.  Every square mile is gorgeous!  Have a great time in Telluride and beyond!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: dassix on July 07, 2016, 10:18:19 PM
Going to Vegas for work (kind of) Sept. 5-10.  I'm hoping to make it to the grand canyon one of my free days, otherwise I don't see myself ever planning a trip to go out there just for that.  I've looked into some things to do while there, but I'd be gracious if anybody that lived there or visited recently could recommend anything.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on July 08, 2016, 01:04:09 AM
Going to Vegas for work (kind of) Sept. 5-10.  I'm hoping to make it to the grand canyon one of my free days, otherwise I don't see myself ever planning a trip to go out there just for that.  I've looked into some things to do while there, but I'd be gracious if anybody that lived there or visited recently could recommend anything.
Wish I could help out, but I've only made a roadtrip through Vegas and the area, never stayed. My parents just visited the Grand Canyon for the first time in their lives last month, and they made want to go - they said you have to see it to believe it, that it's more incredible than you can imagine. 

Keep us posted on your plans! And we always love vacation pics. :) 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on July 08, 2016, 09:25:48 AM
The Grand Canyon is definitely breathtaking and worth the trip!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 08, 2016, 09:52:06 AM
Going to Vegas for work (kind of) Sept. 5-10.  I'm hoping to make it to the grand canyon one of my free days, otherwise I don't see myself ever planning a trip to go out there just for that.  I've looked into some things to do while there, but I'd be gracious if anybody that lived there or visited recently could recommend anything.

Where are you staying?  What hotel?  I have some tips, but I'll answer re: where you are staying.  Also do you have a car or are you using public transportation?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: dassix on July 08, 2016, 06:57:27 PM
Work put me up in the Aria - I haven't looked on a map yet, but I'm told it's close to "the strip".  We (wife and I) will be renting a vehicle once we land.  We will land Monday around 11am, and I will be working mainly on Wednesday and Thursday from 7-3.  Which leaves some days open since we don't fly out until Saturday.

The only two definite plans are visiting the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.  Maybe walking into the Belagio and asking for the location of the nickel slot machines.  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on July 09, 2016, 09:46:02 AM
Of all the buffets I went to in Vegas, I think Aria's was the most impressive.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 09, 2016, 11:09:00 AM
The Aria is well-positioned to explore the entire Strip.  Other than the usual sights and sounds of the Strip, I suggest the following:

Go to the EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT at Paris and sit at the bar at sunset and enjoy a drink while watching the lights of the Strip come on as well as the Fountains of Bellagio.  (You need reservations for dinner but can go up to the bar for a drink without a reservation. Great cocktails.  Smart casual attire only.)

Go see MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah's.  Harrah's is a lousy casino, but this show is definitely worth seeing (unless you've seen it before, lots of incarnations of it around).

At Caesar's Palace (the best casino in Vegas), there is a shopping area called The Forum Shops.  Several nice dining places, cool shops, and stick around for the show on the ceiling which is enchanting.

Do not miss walking through both Wynn's and Encore.  The entrance areas and casinos to both hotels are beautifully decorated.  WAZUZU is a great Asian restaurant in Encore, one of the best meals you can have in Vegas which is not known for great food.

Of all the Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip, I still like MYSTERE the best.

Skip downtown completely.

Off the Strip:
Other than Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon which you have mentioned, VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK is 50 miles north of Vegas.  It's a nice hiking park, but you can also access it on park roads in your car.  It's an interesting look at the red sandstone formations in the area and has some ancient petroglyphs also.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on July 09, 2016, 01:30:58 PM
Of all the buffets I went to in Vegas...

...she had to walk into mine.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: mañana on July 09, 2016, 07:33:54 PM
Hoover Dam
I am your dam guide, Arnie. Now I'm about to take you through a fully funtional power plant, so please, no one wander off the dam tour and please take all the dam pictures you want. Now are there any dam questions?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: dassix on July 09, 2016, 09:11:55 PM
Thanks Saltine!  We are definitely looking forward to this semi-vacation.  Your suggestions sounds great and I cannot wait to see as much as I can.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on July 09, 2016, 10:58:23 PM
Hi dassix,

I'm a little slow replying to your request, because I wanted to ask my daughter her recommendations. She lived in Vegas while going to school. Here's her reply.

Quote
Hey mom!

Here is a list of a few things I thought of. I really don't know what they like or what money they are willing to pay for things but I tried to give a good range of things either way. Hope this helps.

Free Entertainment:
Bellagio Fountains
Bellagio Conservatory
M&M World and/or Hershey's Chocolate World
World of Coca-Cola
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Peter Lik Galleries (located in Venetian and Caesars)
Our favorite casinos to wander around (for either shopping or general sight seeing) - Bellagio, Venetian, Caesars, MGM Grand, New York New York, Excalibur, Luxor, Cosmopolitan.
Spray Paint Artists - you'll find them while walking the Strip or Fremont Street and it is worth watching!

Shows (in no particular order but a * says we LOVED it):
*Penn and Teller
Jabbawockeez
*Recycled Percussion
Any Cirque Du Soleil show - https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/las-vegas - we've heard good things about all of them.

Dining (we usually avoided eating on or near the Strip but here are some we enjoyed or hope to try someday):
Favorite Buffet - "Carnival World Buffet "at Rio's
"Heart Attack Grill" on Fremont Street
"Dick's Last Resort" in Excalibur (haven't tried it but it seems like an interesting environment)
"Tournament of Kings" at Excalibur

Near the Strip:
Fremont Street and the Downtown Container Park
Ethel M. Chocolate Factory - http://www.vegas4locals.com/free-things-to-do-in-las-vegas/ethel-m-chocolate-factory-tour/
Pinball Hall of Fame - http://www.vegas4locals.com/free-things-to-do-in-las-vegas/pinball-hall-of-fame/
Neon Sign Museum - http://www.neonmuseum.org/

Man, she's organized! :))

I can attest to some of these and love Saltine's suggestions too. Next time I go to Vegas I will go to Cirque Du Soleil's Beatles Love. It's on my bucket list. :)

Hope you have a fantastic time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 13, 2016, 05:05:04 PM
Just booked my flight for the Telluride Film Festival (4th time!) - unlike the last 3 though I've decided to stay a couple extra days and actually visit some of the amazing scenery instead of sitting in theaters for the whole weekend and flying home!

Thinking Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Canyonlands and Arches but if anyone has other suggestions for that area (SW CO, NE NM, SE UT) lemme know!

Bonus: Will knock two states off my to visit list (down to 7 after - back to 8 if we add Puerto Rico in the next several months.)

If you only have two days I would stick to Colorado, there is so much to do there, especially in the San Juans.  Southern Utah is amazing, but you need ample time to explore all its beauty.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on July 13, 2016, 05:09:55 PM
Just booked my flight for the Telluride Film Festival (4th time!) - unlike the last 3 though I've decided to stay a couple extra days and actually visit some of the amazing scenery instead of sitting in theaters for the whole weekend and flying home!

Thinking Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Canyonlands and Arches but if anyone has other suggestions for that area (SW CO, NE NM, SE UT) lemme know!

Bonus: Will knock two states off my to visit list (down to 7 after - back to 8 if we add Puerto Rico in the next several months.)

If you only have two days I would stick to Colorado, there is so much to do there, especially in the San Juans.  Southern Utah is amazing, but you need ample time to explore all its beauty.

Keith will be in a car, ses, not walking every square inch like you do!   :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on July 13, 2016, 05:11:54 PM
Just booked my flight for the Telluride Film Festival (4th time!) - unlike the last 3 though I've decided to stay a couple extra days and actually visit some of the amazing scenery instead of sitting in theaters for the whole weekend and flying home!

Thinking Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Canyonlands and Arches but if anyone has other suggestions for that area (SW CO, NE NM, SE UT) lemme know!

Bonus: Will knock two states off my to visit list (down to 7 after - back to 8 if we add Puerto Rico in the next several months.)

If you only have two days I would stick to Colorado, there is so much to do there, especially in the San Juans.  Southern Utah is amazing, but you need ample time to explore all its beauty.

Keith will be in a car, ses, not walking every square inch like you do!   :)

 :)  But he may not want to spend all that time in the car.  NATURE!!!   :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on July 13, 2016, 05:37:22 PM
Why just this weekend I enjoyed the majestic beauty of Sedona FROM MY CAR.
Heresy I know.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ¡Keith! on July 14, 2016, 10:43:11 AM
Just booked my flight for the Telluride Film Festival (4th time!) - unlike the last 3 though I've decided to stay a couple extra days and actually visit some of the amazing scenery instead of sitting in theaters for the whole weekend and flying home!

Thinking Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Canyonlands and Arches but if anyone has other suggestions for that area (SW CO, NE NM, SE UT) lemme know!

Bonus: Will knock two states off my to visit list (down to 7 after - back to 8 if we add Puerto Rico in the next several months.)

If you only have two days I would stick to Colorado, there is so much to do there, especially in the San Juans.  Southern Utah is amazing, but you need ample time to explore all its beauty.

Keith will be in a car, ses, not walking every square inch like you do!   :)

haha, the pictures are typically fantastic though!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on September 23, 2016, 01:57:26 PM
This photo worked well given how dark it was.

Ladies and gents; I give you; Mont Blanc

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Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on September 23, 2016, 03:33:27 PM
Beautiful! I've always wanted to go! Especially because of the Shelleys' treks there and the writings inspired by their experiences.

"Mont Blanc appears—still, snowy, and serene;
Its subject mountains their unearthly forms
Pile around it, ice and rock; broad vales between
Of frozen floods, unfathomable deeps,
Blue as the overhanging heaven, that spread
And wind among the accumulated steeps;
A desert peopled by the storms alone,
Save when the eagle brings some hunter's bone,
And the wolf tracks her there—how hideously
Its shapes are heap'd around! rude, bare, and high,
Ghastly, and scarr'd, and riven
."
       --From "Mont Blanc," P. B. Shelley

Mary Shelley, of course, too, includes a scene on Mont Blanc - the confrontation between Frankenstein and his creature - in Frankenstein.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on September 23, 2016, 08:01:13 PM
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The wife and I had 4 days free before I had to go to US so we decided on a quick trip to Siem Reap, this is my first time to Cambodia. Everything starts off quite nice, the airport is small, but clean and efficient.  The Visa on entry process and immigration goes quiet quickly.  When I was researching where to book I came across a site about Homestay where you can stay in somebody's home.  Seemed like a good idea at the time and told me wife that is what I booked.

The place we stay is about 5KM outside the town center of which about 3km is really down dirt and mud roads that are full of holes.  Can't say the most comfortable of tuk tuk rides you will ever have.

I didn't take too many photos of the home we stayed in, but a view from their back yard:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8411/29849712856_4fe4a5673a_z.jpg)

and they have pigs as well as quite a few other creatures about:

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The family was quite nice, cooked as a nice home cook dinner, we sat around and talk and shared some wine with a couple of them that spoke English.

No hot water, no aircon (its about 35C), being woken at 5am by the local roaters, and having to get tossed all over the place trying to get in and out of town was a bit more than my wife could take.  I might have thought that one out a bit better.

But exploring the temples was quite amazing:

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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5033/29884626345_c34b6fce33_z.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8237/29590919840_8b0052b831_z.jpg)

But eventually she forgave me:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8022/29257498534_d67eaa74f6_z.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5772/29257498334_4a5e76f880_b.jpg)


Overall, I think out guide on one day summed things up when talking about one of the temples..

"We use to believe in Hinduism, then it was Buddhism, now it is Tourism"

The place really is getting overrun by tours from China, Japan, Korea, Europeans, and Americans.  But then, I am also just another tourist in the mix.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on September 23, 2016, 10:08:39 PM
I simply can't stay where there are pigs.

I've never been excited about Cambodia but my sister in law worked there for a year as a doctor and she grew to love everything but the oppressive heat and wet.  In particular there was a fruit she really loved, can't name it though.

Nice photos.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on September 24, 2016, 02:14:09 AM
Shows what a flatlander I am; I can't believe this effect! I'm sure people who live near mountains see this all the time;

(http://a68.tinypic.com/2z50zmg.jpg)

Shelley is channeling some of his own South East England awe into his view of the mountain; perhaps trying to marry reportage with poetry; seeing a sight many would only read about but attempting to describe his feelings rather than describing physical appearance. Maybe if he could have posted his photo instead he may not have been moved to poetic means.  :D The death of description at the hands of smart phones! I should take a hint from that and try the Shelley method!

Granite leviathan thrown skyward; human ants push inferior awe away
Measuring, calculating, explaining
It's only one plate riding over another, you know

Light floods and overwhelms; don't look into the sun, my son!
The mountains have the enormous strength to pluck the burning plasma tsunami
Into fine...ruler straight....delicate lines

Delicate hairs combed straight, presentable now for ants to admire
Yet only the gossamer thinnest strands of the blistering whole
Only for minutes, the greatest mountain possesses strength enough
To hold back real power.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on September 24, 2016, 02:25:17 AM
Are you in Italy, Switzerland or France?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on September 24, 2016, 02:30:26 AM
France near Chamonix
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on September 24, 2016, 02:31:59 AM
We were on the Swiss side.  It is a gorgeous area.  We loved the nice drive from Montreux to Zermatt as well.  Are you crossing to the Swiss side?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on September 24, 2016, 02:51:33 AM
We haven't been down here before, so we wanted to do a lot of exploring; get to know the area; so That route to the Swiss side is one we should definitely do.

We came right over the Juras down into Geneva and, like I say I'm not used to driving in mountains; so I'd like a little flat land to drive on till I get my nerve back.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on September 24, 2016, 02:53:30 AM

I've never been excited about Cambodia but my sister in law worked there for a year as a doctor and she grew to love everything but the oppressive heat and wet.  In particular there was a fruit she really loved, can't name it though.

Nice photos.

Hot and wet it is.  I can't think of a particular fruit that was unique there but the food was nice.  It is similar to Thai though toned down a bit. Not quite as spicy or bursting with flavors.  Almost everything we ate was full of veggies even if it was a meat dish

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7519/29890008725_1c1d4cecda_z.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8115/29262840474_7410011097_z.jpg)

Almost every place quoted in USD as the main currency though all excepted either local or USD and gave a flat exchange of 4000 Riel to 1 USD which was close to what I could get at a bank exchange.  It was interesting to pay in local Riel but they would give me USD in change for everything above $1 as they didn't deal in USD coins.  For under $1, you got local change.  Sometimes I would pay in a combination in currencies, if my lunch was $4.50, I just give $4usd and 2000 Riel

 

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on September 24, 2016, 03:02:09 AM
Reason I asked:

If, or when, you get to the Swiss side, Montreux / Lake Geneva, be sure to go to Vevey (short train ride from Montreux) to the new Charlie Chaplin exhibit called Charley's World.  It's at his mansion and it's great.  Also, if you can get to Gruyere from there (easy 40 min car ride, flatland), the HR Giger Museum is amazing. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on September 24, 2016, 03:05:10 AM
jdc, I'll ask Susan the name of the fruit (though it may have been a nut).  She LOVED them.  We bought some at a roadside stand here but they were rotten inside.  She was so disappointed.

I think there is a new Cambodia restaurant in Brisbane, must try it when I'm in town.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on September 24, 2016, 03:12:03 AM
Reason I asked:

If, or when, you get to the Swiss side, Montreux / Lake Geneva, be sure to go to Vevey (short train ride from Montreux) to the new Charlie Chaplin exhibit called Charley's World.  It's at his mansion and it's great.  Also, if you can get to Gruyere from there (easy 40 min car ride, flatland), the HR Giger Museum is amazing.
Thanks that sounds great.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on September 26, 2016, 08:30:13 AM
Beautiful pictures, jdc and verbALs!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: philip918 on September 26, 2016, 07:02:17 PM
What is this thing you call "vacation"? It's been so long since we've had one, I forget.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 15, 2016, 05:31:26 AM
(http://i65.tinypic.com/15gd0g6.gif)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 16, 2016, 02:38:44 PM
A weekend is where you head off with some friends for a couple of days mountain biking. Then you end up feeling stiff and sore, because of a fall on the first day. Had a great time, but I did not ride on the second day (because of the fall). My right hand side is not very happy with me at the moment.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on October 18, 2016, 12:28:37 AM
Sorry to hear that, Dave. Hope you are feeling better now.




I've been up in the mountains and wish I could live there for always. :)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2saxv9s.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/ety4yh.jpg)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2lkb1jl.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on October 18, 2016, 02:23:41 AM
Colours! Beautiful Sandy.  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on October 19, 2016, 07:15:01 PM
Thanks, Chardy! Not quite the Aran Islands, but it will do for a nearby destination. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on October 19, 2016, 09:09:57 PM
Sheeooosh, that is a pretty spot.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 14, 2016, 06:24:06 PM
Off to Florence for a few days... Anybody been that has a special eating recommendation?

Then back home to Chicago area for Thanksgiving..
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on November 14, 2016, 07:25:59 PM
Off to Florence for a few days... Anybody been that has a special eating recommendation?

Then back home to Chicago area for Thanksgiving..

http://trattoria-mario.com/Site-2013/index.php

We got in but it's always crowded.   Open for lunch only.

Also we loved the claypot dishes offered elsewhere as in Fiesole.  Many wonderful restaurants there.

Have fun.  What a lovely city!  Also enjoy TG in US.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 14, 2016, 07:30:31 PM
thanks.. will see if we can get in
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 14, 2016, 08:09:26 PM
anyway.. must be losing my mind, going to Venice, not Florence

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on November 14, 2016, 08:39:01 PM
anyway.. must be losing my mind, going to Venice, not Florence

Haha, crazy!

We only ate pizza there so no help at all.  I did get sh*t on by the birds in St Mark's Square, but I don't recommend it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 14, 2016, 09:35:48 PM
I'll try to avoid that as well.  From what I read, Venice doesn't seem a great place for pizza or just food in general.  But will just try to find small places that maybe out of the way.  We have 2 nights there just as a side trip before going to see my family.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on November 19, 2016, 11:56:56 PM
anyway.. must be losing my mind, going to Venice, not Florence

Haha, crazy!

We only ate pizza there so no help at all.  I did get sh*t on by the birds in St Mark's Square, but I don't recommend it.

We never ate pizza, most that we saw didn't look very good.  Overall, was disappointed in the food though those standing wine bars were always nice.

Two glasses of decent wine, bread with truffle and ham for 9Euro was wonderful.  We ate and drank a few times at these places:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5748/30994292731_13f9dbfa46_z.jpg)

Also tried some of the wine where they bottle it there in the store which seemed to run between 2 - 2.40 Euro per litre. 

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5786/30994294731_a9ec7470b8_z.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5325/31071934856_64eb6ca1be_z.jpg)

It wasn't great but noticed that a lot of restaurants used these barrels to fill the carafe when ordering house wine.  We drank it will sitting on the water bus between stops.  We didn't really do anything special, mostly just walked endlessly around the little alleys of the town.  We had planned to go to a symphony or music performance but were really stuck on Singapore time zone which made it difficult not to want to go back to hotel and sleep after 7pm.

Overall, it is unique but not somewhere I would want to go back.  I really want to explore other areas of Italy for the food and wine.  I have close friends that always wanted to go to Sicily as well as my wife wants to so we are going to try to all arrange a trip there next year.  Also, France is probably on the agenda later next year as well

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 09, 2016, 09:43:57 AM
Booked. Valentine Week 2017, Mrs. 1SO and I will be in London.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 09, 2016, 09:49:07 AM
Sweet! Have you been before? I lived there for about a month and can suggest cool stuff to do.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on December 09, 2016, 10:16:10 AM
London.

London?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on December 09, 2016, 11:42:01 AM
Booked. Valentine Week 2017, Mrs. 1SO and I will be in London.

See you there;)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 09, 2016, 12:42:51 PM
London.

London?

(http://imgur.com/gDkEM2g.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 09, 2016, 12:45:23 PM
Sweet! Have you been before? I lived there for about a month and can suggest cool stuff to do.
Never been, but our friend from Glasgow, Scotland is meeting us down there.


See you there;)
Look for the guy wearing either a Hot Fuzz or Filmspotting shirt walking with a woman wearing something Disney.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 09, 2016, 03:31:53 PM
Regent Street Cinema: Newly re-opened after 35 year closure

Oldest cinema in London with a remarkable heritage (https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/our-heritage/).

Near this cinema is the best fish and chips in London Golden Union Fish Bar.  (http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/golden-union-fish-bar)


Have fun in London!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 09, 2016, 03:39:19 PM
Excited.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on December 09, 2016, 08:14:09 PM
I do like the Curzon's there too.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on December 10, 2016, 12:54:33 PM
London.

London?

(http://imgur.com/gDkEM2g.jpg)

Thank you. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on December 10, 2016, 01:26:55 PM
Nice alley oop.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on December 10, 2016, 01:38:37 PM
Can't you do all this crap in chat where I don't have to read it. Or get each other's phone numbers and chat like normal people do. Works for me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on December 10, 2016, 01:49:22 PM
If you don't like Idle Chatter (which would be surprising, given your tendency to derail film discussions with rhetorical pedantry), I encourage you to stay out of the Idle Chatter board. It's right there in the name.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: verbALs on December 10, 2016, 01:50:56 PM
Knives out mod? You've been exercising the chips on shoulders more and more. Big speeches about respect? Try it. It's a 2way door.

Trying rising above. Do t get dragged down by this gutter shit. I think that's the point of a mod.

Years of mods switching back and forth between contributing and moderating as it suits them. So what? It's not my lack of judgement making them mods in the first place. I just have to suffer it.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on December 10, 2016, 02:02:55 PM
Nice alley oop.

pixote

The lob... The JAM!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPN0ylFEaFo
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on December 10, 2016, 02:05:11 PM
For the defender to have drawn a foul after getting that posterized just seems cruel.

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on December 10, 2016, 02:12:23 PM
Wrong place wrong time. You see DeAndre Jordan coming at you full speed you don't step in front of him. It's just not a smart move.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on December 10, 2016, 06:24:47 PM
Chatter chatter chatter
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Idle
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Chatter chatter chatter
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YcE_2svez0&sns=em
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on December 10, 2016, 06:34:19 PM
Booked. Valentine Week 2017, Mrs. 1SO and I will be in London.

What a good man you are, 1SO! If you go see Matilda, you'll be at my favorite road junction! Seven Dials. Dickens wrote,

The stranger who finds himself in the Dials for the first time...at the entrance of Seven obscure passages, uncertain which to take, will see enough around him to keep his curiosity awake for no inconsiderable time... :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: ses on December 10, 2016, 06:36:03 PM
Knives out mod? You've been exercising the chips on shoulders more and more. Big speeches about respect? Try it. It's a 2way door.

Trying rising above. Do t get dragged down by this gutter shit. I think that's the point of a mod.

Years of mods switching back and forth between contributing and moderating as it suits them. So what? It's not my lack of judgement making them mods in the first place. I just have to suffer it.

Thanks, buddy.   :) I'm glad you have such a high opinion of our judgement and how we do things around here.  Also, you don't have to suffer it.  It is your choice to come here, nobody is making you do it.  We value our mods that are constantly on the forum, it's a big help, and I appreciate the work they do. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on December 10, 2016, 06:59:46 PM
I have jeans on today.
Wore them on vacation a few times...
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 10, 2016, 07:26:58 PM
Knives out mod? You've been exercising the chips on shoulders more and more. Big speeches about respect? Try it. It's a 2way door.

Trying rising above. Do t get dragged down by this gutter shit. I think that's the point of a mod.

Years of mods switching back and forth between contributing and moderating as it suits them. So what? It's not my lack of judgement making them mods in the first place. I just have to suffer it.

Thanks, buddy.   :) I'm glad you have such a high opinion of our judgement and how we do things around here.  Also, you don't have to suffer it.  It is your choice to come here, nobody is making you do it.  We value our mods that are constantly on the forum, it's a big help, and I appreciate the work they do.

Thin ice, verbals, very thin ice. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on December 10, 2016, 11:00:32 PM
Can't you do all this crap in chat where I don't have to read it. Or get each other's phone numbers and chat like normal people do. Works for me.

What'd I say. That's what happens when you use that "most recent posts" button! You exercise judgement in what movies you watch, why are you tryin'a be a forum completist? :P All it's doing is provoking you.

(https://i.imgur.com/tKA22Uq.jpg)

I warned you but did you listen to me? OOOH no, you know it all di'nt you. Ohr it's just a harmless little button isn't it. Well it's always the same, I always tell them but do they listen to me....
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Monty on December 11, 2016, 08:41:45 AM
London.

London?

(http://imgur.com/gDkEM2g.jpg)

Thank you. :)

Very funny ;D

I do like the Curzon's there too.

If it's anything like the Curzon in Sheffield, it'll be a very nice cinema.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxi5hxk37l0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxi5hxk37l0)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 11, 2016, 03:43:23 PM
I referred to the Regent Cinema because of its history, renovation, and re-opening.  Not because I know good cinemas in the UK to send people to.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 11, 2016, 04:01:59 PM
I know my wife will raise an eyebrow if I start taking her to local cinemas, but the best Fish & Chips is high on her list, so the recommendation is most appreciated.

We are staying near Paddington station, but the hotel is closer to Baker St. than the Primrose Hill street where Paddington's exteriors were filmed.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 11, 2016, 04:07:57 PM
I know my wife will raise an eyebrow if I start taking her to local cinemas, but the best Fish & Chips is high on her list, so the recommendation is most appreciated.

We are staying near Paddington station, but the hotel is closer to Baker St. than the Primrose Hill street where Paddington's exteriors were filmed.

I'm currently trip-planning for a return to London.  There is a lot to do there that we haven't done and this will be our 4th trip to the city.  This is the fish and chips link (http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/londons-best-fish-and-chip-restaurants) in case there is one listed that's closer to you, but you can't beat Golden Union, IMHO.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on December 11, 2016, 05:25:50 PM
GU is only a mile from our Hotel and the menu variety is outstanding. I also see the cinema is close by so maybe I can swing by the outside.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on December 11, 2016, 05:45:20 PM
Great!  I love to walk in Central London.  So much to enjoy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on December 12, 2016, 04:51:07 AM
I love that you're already planing where to watch movies during your London excursion. Are you surprising her ?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on February 13, 2017, 12:58:37 PM
In 7 hours, the wife and I fly to London. Last week I developed a cold, which has been a constant worry on my wife, thinking I'd be spending my days in the hotel. Day by day I've been getting better. Last night was the first good sleep. Still a bit of a cough at times, but that's dying down too. I'd be mortified to be that person on the plane who everyone else thinks is giving them the plague.

I had lost my appetite, which is the last thing I want to do since eating food abroad is my favorite reason for traveling. Plus, you have to carefully plan eating and snacks when you're going to be in a plane for 10 hours. Today I've had 2 pieces of toast and am going to have some rice with a bit of chicken for lunch. I have this vision of my appetite roaring back right as we land, which would be perfect.


I'm bringing my computer, so you'll still be hearing from me a little I imagine. I reached a good stopping point on my Horror and Dark Knight Marathons so those can pick up when I return. I have 3 of the horror films in my computer, along with about a dozen titles from 1945, so if there's nothing to watch on the plane, I can satisfy my other appetite.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on February 13, 2017, 01:38:37 PM
Have a great trip, it would be wonderful to be travelling.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 13, 2017, 01:47:26 PM
I haven't really explored all the different theatres around London but did enjoy the experience here if you are looking to watch something:

http://www.curzoncinemas.com/

They seem to want to offer a lot of non-blockbuster choices.  Plus they sell beer and wine that you can take into the theatre with you
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 13, 2017, 03:19:42 PM
Have a great holiday in London, 1SO.  So much to do and see!  Be sure to share your favorites when you return.  Be safe and well!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on February 13, 2017, 06:10:49 PM
Have a wonderful trip, 1SO!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 13, 2017, 11:26:37 PM
Enjoy London, 1SO and Mrs. 1SO! Hope you continue to feel better. Fish & Chips await you! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on February 14, 2017, 07:05:58 AM
Have fun 1SO! I can double down on the Curzon cinema recommendation. They are up to standards.

Also, they have a really good looking on-demand service online but only available in maybe the UK... I lost interest when I couldn't get it.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on February 15, 2017, 04:47:15 PM
Some photos of the trip so far.

Regent Street Cinema: Newly re-opened after 35 year closure

Oldest cinema in London with a remarkable heritage (https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/our-heritage/).

Near this cinema is the best fish and chips in London Golden Union Fish Bar.  (http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/golden-union-fish-bar)

(http://imgur.com/rNpQODh.jpg)
I got to look around inside the Regent Street Cinema before a special Valentine's Event they were having. (Double feature of Roman Holiday and Brief Encounter). The manager took me behind the screen where they keep the authentic Wurlitzer Theatre organ - the one remaining part of the original theater - for use on some special events and silent movie nights.

Later in the evening we went to Leicester Square and I saw the Curzon. More interesting was a half-block off the main path. The Prince Charles Theater holds 70mm showings and special events. The marquee outside was promoting a special screening of The Room with Tommy Wiseau live in attendance.


(http://imgur.com/n2b8J1i.jpg)
Unfortunately the Golden Union is currently being refurbished, so I had to find my fish and chips elsewhere.


(http://imgur.com/hn8MmEw.jpg)
Required proof of visit to Buckingham Palace. While we were there the gates opened up and out came 2 horse-drawn carriage (with escorts). India’s 26th high commissioner to the United Kingdom presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth. I might have a photo of the carriage when I get back to the states.


(http://imgur.com/W2jm6kM.jpg)
A personal high point for the wife and me. This building is the location for the exterior of Hercule Poirot's residence from the BBC series. There's a park in front of it, but the grass is being redone so it was fenced off with no way to get a photo.


(http://imgur.com/CjrFkwm.jpg)
Another required photo, but it looks like we arrived at the perfect time of day. Even though we were here, we didn't get to Millennium Bridge because we had to head off to Harrods. We will see it tomorrow.


(http://imgur.com/Qs96AZk.jpg)
Another place we didn't get to yet. Also on the list for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: sdb_1970 on February 15, 2017, 06:33:18 PM
Great pics! ... so many great theatres in London
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 15, 2017, 07:04:56 PM
Exellent, 1SO!  Love that you got to the Regent and had a little tour.

I was disappointed in Harrod's UNTIL I went to the food area.  Then, I was impressed!

Happy Holiday!  Great pic!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on February 15, 2017, 11:48:08 PM
Aaaaah, I want to go back! Lovely pics, 1SO!


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 16, 2017, 12:11:05 PM
Baker Street!! My favorite Tube station. :) Hope you get to enjoy going there and 221B.

Loving the pictures and commentary!

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 16, 2017, 12:16:07 PM
You have a Favourite tube station?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 16, 2017, 06:21:25 PM
You have a Favourite tube station?

I do! The tile work makes me happy. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on February 16, 2017, 11:14:43 PM
Such happiness.  So tempting to stay and watch Roman Holiday and Brief Encounter in the theatre, but you have so many things to see!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 17, 2017, 02:45:01 AM
You have a Favourite tube station?

I do! The tile work makes me happy. :)

next time I will have to pay more attention, I just normally am rushing between trains.  Now trying to find something to go watch at Regent Street Cinema.  Tomorrow is Network and Christine double bill which I would like but I have a family gathering to go attend near Liverpool
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on February 20, 2017, 04:50:19 PM
(http://imgur.com/qu4x1Uu.jpg)
The rest of my trip.

(http://imgur.com/MnONjiz.jpg)
My cold was (and still is) going strong, so that's me on the far left with the hood up.

(http://imgur.com/eAGSWiN.jpg)
Apparently, part of Harry Potter was filmed here, though I'm not enough of a fan to know what.

(http://imgur.com/9ONnHH7.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/fyQ6L6G.jpg)
Outside of the earliest Royal Palace, St. James's Palace I believe. I would love to know what they're thinking because they look like there is something on their minds. I was surprised to see them carrying such heavy firearms.

(http://imgur.com/mMwpl7h.jpg)
From when the Buckingham Palace gates opened up. No idea who this is, but he looks important.

(http://imgur.com/sYHx11I.jpg)
Lovely view of St. James Park, which reminded me of Central Park. One thing I did notice, public restrooms and trash cans are not as plentiful as in the U.S. I can hold onto my trash, but considering the amount of liquid I was intaking because of my cold, finding a place started to become a priority right about here.

(http://imgur.com/OCz61hB.jpg)
I loved the detail of having David Lloyd George's coat blowing in the wind.

(http://imgur.com/QH0ksNm.jpg)
Required nerd stop to 221B Baker Street

(http://imgur.com/SGTnvRp.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/Bxp7mbj.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/vtURfjo.jpg)
Bonus nerd stop to the site of the current Sherlock's residence. I love how you can see the temporary building # over the door and the screw holes for when they put up 221B for filming.

(http://imgur.com/ptGEoBK.jpg)
On the way to Kings Cross, I saw this Hotel - the St. Pancras - which from the outside looks like the grandest hotel in all of London.

(http://imgur.com/DSyrPZd.jpg)
I refused to photograph the 9 3/4 spot from Kings Cross. Here is a lovely look at the ceiling instead.

(http://imgur.com/8zQrGAL.jpg)
I didn't eat here, but that sign makes it automatically my favorite place. I imagine Sandy has a similar sign outside.

(http://imgur.com/3MHLtBQ.jpg)
Required shot of Mrs. 1SO staring over the Thames.
The tide was low, so she went down closer to the water.
(http://imgur.com/dKUrXKU.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on February 20, 2017, 06:04:07 PM
So Great!

Goodwin's Court looks like it was used as a portion of Diagon Alley, or Knockturn Alley in the HP movies. Cool gas lamp!

Sorry to hear you still were under the weather. Way to tourist on, nonetheless!

As for the guards, they're trying to decide if the Winkie chant, "O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah!" is really saying "Oh we love the old one" or "Or-e-o, we need more!"

Hello Mrs. 1SO! :)


(http://imgur.com/8zQrGAL.jpg)
I didn't eat here, but that sign makes it automatically my favorite place. I imagine Sandy has a similar sign outside.

Aw, this is very kind! Yes on all those, though my therapy is amateurish and my drinks consist of milk, root beer, or orange juice. I also have on my sign:



:)


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 20, 2017, 06:12:12 PM
Nice photos.  So happy you went and enjoyed.  Looks like the weather wasn't a real problem, ie no rain.  I hope you feel better soon.  Colds are tough to shake, esp'ly when traveling by air. 

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on February 20, 2017, 09:04:42 PM
What great photos!
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Post by: oldkid on February 20, 2017, 09:46:20 PM
Great trip!  I'd like to do a similar one someday.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on February 21, 2017, 05:18:37 AM
Really nice photos, 1SO!

Like quick revisit, especially since we stayed in a hotel across the street of that Speedy's Cafe a little more than a year ago.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 21, 2017, 05:44:43 AM
What, no Roland Emmerich landmark destruction tour?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 21, 2017, 12:01:41 PM
(http://imgur.com/eAGSWiN.jpg)
Apparently, part of Harry Potter was filmed here, though I'm not enough of a fan to know what.


Don't tell my wife, I already had to make a trip to Oxford to see the dining hall.  So nice to pay 6pounds per ticket to then be ushered in and told keep moving so they can get you to walk around the table and back out. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on February 21, 2017, 12:39:39 PM
Looks like part of one of the alley's, Diagon or Knockturn.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on February 21, 2017, 01:05:34 PM
I'm 99.9% sure it's Knockturn.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on February 21, 2017, 03:17:21 PM
Then I make sure to avoid that place
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on February 28, 2017, 05:21:11 AM
Well 2 days into my new job and it looks like I will be off to Chicago (well Kankakee) next week. So I will be in the area over the weekend of the 11th/12th. Anyone have suggestion for things to do? Also anyone interested in a catch up?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 28, 2017, 05:58:28 PM

Having no idea what your interests are or where you'll stay, here are few scatter-shot ideas.  I love Chicago.  I've spent months at a time there, but of course I don't live there. Have fun.  It's a great city, my favorite, in fact.

If you are inside the loop, I'd recommend the Art Institute. Get the folder with the "must-see" list in it and enjoy your time there.  Also, great gift shop...
In that area is Millennium Park and the Bean, very enjoyable esp'ly if the weather is nice.
Also the architecture tour by boat.  It's more than looking at buildings, you'll learn the history of Chicago and Chicago River as well.
There are also these other museums which are worth your time, esp'ly The Field Museum (natural history) and Museum of Science and Industry (see the submarine, very worthwhile).
Unless you have a lot of time, avoid Navy Pier.  However, if you catch the water taxi from Navy Pier to the Field Museum, you have an outstanding view of the city skyline.
The Music Box, historic film theatre, is easy to get to.  Ride the train (Addison -Metro) to Wrigley Field and walk to the theatre from there. 
Of course, you'll walk the Magnificent Mile.  But, don't overlook walking State Street as well.  Also, Chicago at night is magic, inside the loop.
If it's clear, the view from the top of the Hancock Tower is worth the elevator ride.
Eat a hotdog at Portillo's.  You can thank me later.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 28, 2017, 06:09:41 PM
As someone who has wished he could try it for years, have a deep dish pizza for me.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 28, 2017, 08:32:16 PM
It's tomato pie, but some people love it.  Best is supposedly at Uno's.  There's also one on State St. that has a good rep.

I prefer the salads at Uno's.  They are top-notch.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on February 28, 2017, 09:24:26 PM
Deep dish pizza is definitely on the cards.

Saltine, thank you for all the suggestions, the architecture tour sounds particularly interesting and I am always up for a hotdog. After hearing the Music Box mentioned lots I really should try and catch a film there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 28, 2017, 10:28:00 PM
If you go to The Music Box, you'll get off the train AT Wrigley Field, worth a look around.

If you go to Uno's for deep dish and there is a long waiting line, there is another location two blocks away.

If you go on the architecture tour, arrive early enough to get a good seat in the front of the boat.  The tours are narrated.

If you don't go to The Art Institute, you'll be missing some masterpieces which you can see quickly with the folder with the "must-see" list which directs you to each room holding one of these treasures.  These works are one-of-a-kind, you know.  Only here at this place ...

You can get hotdogs or encased meats as called in Chicago at lots of locations, but there is only one Portillo's.  It's easy to find.  The line will be long, but it moves quick-smart.  Beer on tap in a giant frosty glass.  Give it a go!  Or, wait, I forgot to say Portillo's have frozen custard as well.  It's milky and very nice.  Not the best in the world.  That's at Leon's in Milwaukee, but you're not going there.  :D


Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MartinTeller on February 28, 2017, 10:34:19 PM
Uno's schmunos... you want Nancy's, Giordano's or Edwardo's.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on February 28, 2017, 10:36:12 PM
I am no expert (and I expected to hear from you sooner or later).  I don't know how easy those are to get to.

Uno's is good enough for its handy location.  He'll hate it anywhere he goes. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on March 02, 2017, 03:48:45 AM
Well it was a very quick trip, as they have now pulled the plug on it. Thank you for the suggestions, there is always a chance they will change their minds again.  ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on March 02, 2017, 09:45:29 PM
Careful maybe they're lurking here, and caught wind of all this non-business related pizza talk! :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on March 08, 2017, 12:20:51 PM
Well off to Miami for the first round of the World Baseball Classic. Staying in Little Havana so I'll be able to check out a few of the Calle Ocho places, anybody have any other must try Cuban places? 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 08, 2017, 01:24:51 PM
Enjoy your trip, colonel_mexico!

I hear between 13th and 17th avenues on Calle Ocho is a great area to focus on.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on March 08, 2017, 02:48:03 PM
Thanks Sandy! Yes, I plan to meander about a bit, I figure if I eat somewhere different everyday over a week I'm bound to find a few gems!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 08, 2017, 04:14:44 PM
Well off to Miami for the first round of the World Baseball Classic. Staying in Little Havana so I'll be able to check out a few of the Calle Ocho places, anybody have any other must try Cuban places?

I was going to suggest one of the best meals I had was at a hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant in Little Havana.  We use to go about once a week when I was working on a project there back in the 90's.  But it looks like it closed a couple of years ago after 36 years:

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/article41404881.html

Not sure what else to suggest but it is a great city and you will have lots of choices
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on March 08, 2017, 04:36:10 PM
Darn, well thanks for the sort of advice.  I'm down for anything, so will just be open minded to whatever I come across.  Only eating one (have to baseball tradition and law) hot dog meal at the ballpark, the rest will be culinary exploration!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 08, 2017, 04:41:46 PM
Col. you could probably spend a whole week just eating everyone's version of ropa vieja! Enjoy and please report back your findings! :)


What an interesting story, jdc. I hope they get to reopen.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on March 08, 2017, 04:43:22 PM
Will do Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 09, 2017, 01:19:39 AM
Darn, well thanks for the sort of advice.  I'm down for anything, so will just be open minded to whatever I come across.  Only eating one (have to baseball tradition and law) hot dog meal at the ballpark, the rest will be culinary exploration!

It really is a great city and you will find plenty of good food. Just take some chances and walk into some whole in the wall places out of the mainstream. Working there for 6 months was one of the most enjoyable times I had but I can't really remember where all we ate all the time.

have fun
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on March 09, 2017, 01:28:57 AM
Col. you could probably spend a whole week just eating everyone's version of ropa vieja! Enjoy and please report back your findings! :)


What an interesting story, jdc. I hope they get to reopen.

Well, it looks like they have.. sort of:

http://www.hyvong.com/events

They are doing some catering as well as selling foods a few times a month at set events. 

The place was cheap and small and just delicious but would get a long line so you had to arrive around 5/530 to get the first round of seating.  But the cook and owner had a love hate relationship so it was not unusually for there to be some yelling. 

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on March 09, 2017, 12:50:17 PM
Haha, sounds like my kinda place! Nothing like a little passion to make really terrific food, got a little bit of that in my culture.  Thanks, I'll do my best to not have too much fun!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 30, 2017, 11:17:47 AM
Help! I'm trying to fill in a few free moments on my itinerary. So if you'd like, please reply. (I'm curious to see if there is any overlap with what I've already got scheduled.)

Favorite place to eat in NYC.

Favorite place to visit.

Go!



I'm a week too early for a Yankees game. Sorry Col. (I'm betting that would be your #1. :) )
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on March 30, 2017, 03:23:42 PM
Haha, yes Sandy that would be a personal stop for sure! I have no NYC experience though, only been through the airports there :(

Have a great time though!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 30, 2017, 03:46:52 PM
I was bummed about the timing, but alas, I don't get to make the schedule for spring break around here! I got to go to a game years ago in the old stadium, so now want to someday make it to the new one!

Hope you had a fantastic time in Little Havana. :)

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 30, 2017, 04:31:24 PM
Maybe not my favorite, but a visit to the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is interesting, esp'ly since the ISS shuttle, Enterprise, is now housed there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on March 30, 2017, 05:04:53 PM
Eataly in the Flatiron District is my Must Do. Favorite place to eat, snack or get coffee. Favorite place to visit, a tribute to Italian food.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 30, 2017, 05:10:08 PM
I love that pun.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on March 30, 2017, 05:31:52 PM
There's a location in Chicago.  It's fun to browse through, even if you don't eat there. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 30, 2017, 10:44:09 PM
Thanks saltine and 1SO!  Putting them on my wish list. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: colonel_mexico on March 30, 2017, 11:16:16 PM
I was bummed about the timing, but alas, I don't get to make the schedule for spring break around here! I got to go to a game years ago in the old stadium, so now want to someday make it to the new one!

Hope you had a fantastic time in Little Havana. :)

I did it was amazing. Calle Ocho had the best food, the La Esquina de la Fama had the best lechon of all the places I visited. Even Marlins park had lechon, its this roasted pork that was just unbelievable. Got to try plantains and onions, cassava, and this black beans and rice combo. Very different than the Tex-Mex I'm used to and the Mexican stuff I grew up on, but so, so good. I've got lots of pictures, maybe I'll post a few. Out on South Beach I stopped in at the Clevelander, had a burger and an appetizer for 80 dollars, a bit pricey, but fantastic. No Dan Lebatard or Papi Lebatard sightings, but very fun. The beach was immaculate and lots of spring breakers. Little Havana had a few little taco and pizza is a big thing that were not bad. I don't drink coffee, but my buddy had the cafecito every morning, strong and sweet, served with this frothy milk.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on March 31, 2017, 12:44:42 AM
:))

Wow! Now I'm really envious! And hungry, haha!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 01, 2017, 11:48:53 PM
(http://i68.tinypic.com/m7qtj5.jpg)

Welcome to New York! :))

I looked up from my map and they were all out. Red Eye flights are brutal! I got them to the apartment so they could crash for awhile, but then we were off to explore!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 02, 2017, 12:42:12 AM
Enjoy if you get over the jetlag. Take in some NY Pizza slices for me
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Beavermoose on April 02, 2017, 07:39:44 AM
That's a great photo! Haha  ;D
Have fun in NY!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MattDrufke on April 02, 2017, 08:26:49 AM
Just got back from a week in Phoenix, where we stayed with my girlfriend's sister, her husband, their one-year old, and their adorable shih tzu.


HIGHLIGHTS:
*Beautiful weather- never got above 85 all week. Just sunny and pleasant and beautiful.
*Saw a Cubs/Indians spring training game.
*Phoenix is much more beautiful than I gave it credit for. I had know idea Arizona had so many mountains.
*A really calm, relaxing week with my girlfriend, which we both needed.
*Got some really nice shirts from a GAP outlet.

LOWLIGHTS:
*On Tuesday, I caught a stomach bug that just caused me to purge my system in horrendous ways, so I was out of commission for a night and stayed home and slept.
*The Phoenix zoo is either underwhelming or way too overpriced.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on April 02, 2017, 08:51:51 AM
Great picture Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 02, 2017, 12:32:13 PM
I love that pic.  It looks staged for a comedy scene!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: MattDrufke on April 02, 2017, 02:58:36 PM
I don't think there's a better pic to capture the vacation experience.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on April 02, 2017, 03:01:37 PM
But this was the on the first day of the vacation, not the last! ;D

Great photo, btw, Sandy!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 03, 2017, 12:30:12 AM
:))

I love all your comments and will show them to the kids!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 05, 2017, 05:55:38 AM
We are preparing to move Maisy from Wales to Germany over the Easter weekend with a stop over in Bruges on the way... 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 05, 2017, 01:18:08 PM
My first reaction when I saw that picture was "is this the new thing?" A la dabbing, planking, tebowing, etc.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 05, 2017, 04:10:11 PM
We are preparing to move Maisy from Wales to Germany over the Easter weekend with a stop over in Bruges on the way...

Go to either of these addresses for Neuhaus chocolate, best in the world according my chocolate-adoring kids:

Neuhaus Brugge
Steenstraat 66

Neuhaus Brugge CDM
Breidelstraat 12

I haven't had the pleasure, but it's on my list for Bruges visit 2018.

Also there is a see Michelangelo masterpiece Madonna With Child at the Church of Our Lady. 

Good luck with Maisy's resettlement.  I hope she's happy in her new home.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 06, 2017, 12:35:34 AM
We are preparing to move Maisy from Wales to Germany over the Easter weekend with a stop over in Bruges on the way...

Go to either of these addresses for Neuhaus chocolate, best in the world according my chocolate-adoring kids:

Neuhaus Brugge
Steenstraat 66

Neuhaus Brugge CDM
Breidelstraat 12

I haven't had the pleasure, but it's on my list for Bruges visit 2018.

Also there is a see Michelangelo masterpiece Madonna With Child at the Church of Our Lady. 

Good luck with Maisy's resettlement.  I hope she's happy in her new home.

thanks, will look out for them.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on April 06, 2017, 06:54:46 AM
I made a note for my visit to Bruge in August.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 06, 2017, 08:03:14 PM
I made a note for my visit to Bruge in August.  :)

I have one more note that might interest you.

Jerusalem Church:   http://www.adornes.org/en/visit-us

Offbeat 1400s church modeled after Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre & known for its macabre decorations.

Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 07, 2017, 12:15:49 AM
for us it will just be a day trip on Sunday.  Really just using the weekend to relocate Maisy but thought we could spend a day in Brussels and day trip to Bruges.  Likely will use the most of June to travel around Europe some. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 08, 2017, 02:49:17 AM
I recently started a travel blog.  If you want to read it, it's at

fiddlefoot.net

Certainly, it's not the be-all-end-all of travel blogs, but I'm having fun with it and it keeps me off the news feed which is too depressing to consider. 

I started with looking back at our China tour.  Once I finish that, I'll move on to other sorts of posts like cities we've lived in, national parks, etc.

I'm trying to post one article a day.  I am learning Wordpress (which is actually very easy to use) for my husband's new project as well.  That's what got me started.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on April 08, 2017, 09:16:28 AM
Bookmarked!

It looks super neat, saltine. Good luck!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 08, 2017, 03:13:54 PM
Gee, thanks, KOL!  Appreciated.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 08, 2017, 03:28:10 PM
I've bookmarked it too! Beautiful pictures, saltine.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on April 08, 2017, 03:50:34 PM
Just got back from a week in Phoenix, where we stayed with my girlfriend's sister, her husband, their one-year old, and their adorable shih tzu.


HIGHLIGHTS:
*Beautiful weather- never got above 85 all week. Just sunny and pleasant and beautiful.
*Saw a Cubs/Indians spring training game.
*Phoenix is much more beautiful than I gave it credit for. I had know idea Arizona had so many mountains.
*A really calm, relaxing week with my girlfriend, which we both needed.
*Got some really nice shirts from a GAP outlet.

LOWLIGHTS:
*On Tuesday, I caught a stomach bug that just caused me to purge my system in horrendous ways, so I was out of commission for a night and stayed home and slept.
*The Phoenix zoo is either underwhelming or way too overpriced.

Could have added the highlight of meeting me.
;)
Next time!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 08, 2017, 05:20:27 PM
I've bookmarked it too! Beautiful pictures, saltine.

Thank you, Sandy.  Back from NYC?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 08, 2017, 05:23:09 PM
Just got back from a week in Phoenix, where we stayed with my girlfriend's sister, her husband, their one-year old, and their adorable shih tzu.


HIGHLIGHTS:
*Beautiful weather- never got above 85 all week. Just sunny and pleasant and beautiful.
*Saw a Cubs/Indians spring training game.
*Phoenix is much more beautiful than I gave it credit for. I had know idea Arizona had so many mountains.
*A really calm, relaxing week with my girlfriend, which we both needed.
*Got some really nice shirts from a GAP outlet.

LOWLIGHTS:
*On Tuesday, I caught a stomach bug that just caused me to purge my system in horrendous ways, so I was out of commission for a night and stayed home and slept.
*The Phoenix zoo is either underwhelming or way too overpriced.

Could have added the highlight of meeting me.
;)
Next time!

Phoenix surprised me too, much different city than I envisioned.  When I was there, I had the highlight of meeting Martin!  What a nice day!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 09, 2017, 06:57:57 PM
Thank you, Sandy.  Back from NYC?

Yes!

We explored from the macro,
(http://i63.tinypic.com/2e50dck.jpg)

to the micro
(http://i65.tinypic.com/etv03k.jpg)

and everything in between!



The highlights were the shows (I'll write up something in the theatre thread.)
(http://i63.tinypic.com/rmtoj7.jpg) (not my pic!)

and the coal oven pizza. :)
(http://i65.tinypic.com/333c2s9.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: don s. on April 11, 2017, 10:04:03 PM
Just got back from a week in Phoenix, where we stayed with my girlfriend's sister, her husband, their one-year old, and their adorable shih tzu.


HIGHLIGHTS:
*Beautiful weather- never got above 85 all week. Just sunny and pleasant and beautiful.
*Saw a Cubs/Indians spring training game.
*Phoenix is much more beautiful than I gave it credit for. I had know idea Arizona had so many mountains.
*A really calm, relaxing week with my girlfriend, which we both needed.
*Got some really nice shirts from a GAP outlet.

LOWLIGHTS:
*On Tuesday, I caught a stomach bug that just caused me to purge my system in horrendous ways, so I was out of commission for a night and stayed home and slept.
*The Phoenix zoo is either underwhelming or way too overpriced.

Could have added the highlight of meeting me.
;)
Next time!

Phoenix surprised me too, much different city than I envisioned.  When I was there, I had the highlight of meeting Martin!  What a nice day!

I'd feel passed over, but I don't actually ever leave my house.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 11, 2017, 10:13:34 PM
When I had a meetup with Marty, you were new to the board, don s.   :)

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on April 15, 2017, 12:50:27 AM
So there's a pretty good shot I'll be going to Galway, Ireland for a month and a half in the early summer. Have any of you been there? Is there anything I should see or know about? Galway or Ireland in general.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 15, 2017, 07:16:21 AM
I have been there, but it was in January 1992. The Galway, Dublin and Killarney where all lovely, particularly Killarney. Belfast was interesting at the time (because of the troubles), and it is a beautiful city. It's a great country to walk in.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on April 15, 2017, 09:34:25 AM
So there's a pretty good shot I'll be going to Galway, Ireland for a month and a half in the early summer. Have any of you been there? Is there anything I should see or know about? Galway or Ireland in general.

Galway is freakin' fantastic. Beyond what you'll hear/read, go west of the river for where the locals hang. You'll find plenty of good stuff there.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 15, 2017, 12:53:03 PM
In Saltine's latest post on her travel blog, Fiddle Foot (http://fiddlefoot.net/), she makes an excellent point: Know your airport!  My first major travel upset happened due to my ignorance of this one thing.

I was at the Delhi airport in 1985, just before Christmas.  I had flown in from Dum Dum Airport at Calcutta and was waiting for my  next connection.  They had a screen for national fights and international ones.  I was looking at my flight at the international one and waiting before the correct gate.  No one was there, but I was early.  And then I wasn't early and no one had arrived yet.  Finally, about a half hour before my flight, I started really looking around.  Turns out the international airport was a completely different building, about a mile away.

I walked. (I was poor and 20 years old.)

I arrived just before the flight left, got my baggage on the plane, but not me.  I ended up spending an extra week in Delhi, not knowing anyone.

If you guys are interested, I can tell a fuller story, but I gotta go right now.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 15, 2017, 04:31:30 PM
Wow, oldkid, thanks for the shout-out! I didn't know anyone was reading my blog except my husband. Glad that you are! I love writing the posts.

Your airport experience is an awful one. I would love to hear more. Maybe YOU should write a blog!  (Do you? Can't remember exactly but it seems you have several, not a travel one though.)

Junior, I haven't been to Galway but I did a bit research for our upcoming trip. I know it's a short train ride from there to Dublin, under 3 hrs, across the island west to east.  I would definitely have that option as a day trip at least, leave early and home late, if possible.  Also the National Scenic Hwy N67 starts about 1 hr south of Galway at Lahinch and continues around the southern coast to Limerick.  That's a long road, mostly cliffside and slow, but you can do a bit of it and get the idea. The alternate name for the road is the Wild Atlantic Way (http://www.thewildatlanticway.com/). I love that name, so appealing. There are some nice photos at the link.

Anyway, have fun and be safe. I know you'll love the trip no matter what you choose to do.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 15, 2017, 07:21:33 PM
Over the years, I've written 40 blogs, but none about travel.  I don't think my experience is extensive enough to have a decent blog.  And most of my experience is so old that it's probably quite inaccurate. 

Your blog is fantastic, though.  Lots of great experiences and tips. 

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 15, 2017, 07:37:48 PM
Thank you, oldkid, so appreciated!

My next post is about visiting Charlie's World in Vevey, Switzerland.  It's the new Chaplin exhibit and museum.  Still working on so it'll probably be posted tomorrow.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 15, 2017, 07:47:04 PM
Can't wait!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 16, 2017, 01:05:13 AM
Can't wait!
Part 1 of that post is published.  :)

Junior, I don't know what kind of free time you'll have but I'll drop this here anyway.  Aer Lingus (Irish airline) flies from Galway to Edinburgh Scotland in 1hr 30min for less than US$100 round trip.  Edinburgh is a city you can see in a long day, just the major sites, but still...  There is a great hop-on, hop off bus tour which runs quickly between all the major sites.  But, the real joy is walking the Royal Mile, castle to palace. Poking in and out of the shops and closes, it's a great time.

The airport in Edinburgh is out of town but a handy bus runs often and lets you out in the heart of the small city. 

Of course, if I were going to Edinburgh, I'd have a night there if for no other reason than to see the castle at night. It's a magnificent sight.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Junior on April 16, 2017, 04:39:31 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, everybody. I'll be doing some more research and I'll be sure to include your input! And I'll take like a billion pictures, probably, so look out for that.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 16, 2017, 06:42:11 PM
You're going to some really picturesque sites so you better!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: pixote on April 17, 2017, 04:54:14 PM
And I'll take like a billion pictures, probably, so look out for that.

Enough to retroactively get your photoblog up-to-date?

pixote
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 17, 2017, 06:30:47 PM
And I'll take like a billion pictures, probably, so look out for that.

Enough to retroactively get your photoblog up-to-date?

pixote

That would be such a treat!  I miss it terribly.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 18, 2017, 02:13:22 PM
In Bruges - 2017

Depending who you ask, this is either a fairytale town or a shit hole, it was enough of a contrast to make me want to do look for myself.  It was a bit discouraging leaving the train to have to follow or be followed by 90% of the passengers, it led me to believe that this would be anything but a fairytale.  Having believed that hell is the equivalent to spending eternity in CINECAST!ing Bruges, why are so many people going here?

But if you venture out to the various nooks and crannies, there is plenty to enjoy here. 

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2889/33236500284_6600a32822_z.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2904/33948922701_4d35a0de1c_z.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2881/33694353100_5c16b0539e_z.jpg)

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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2838/33739354580_cb4da01cb3_z.jpg)

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on April 18, 2017, 02:27:18 PM
How were the alcoves?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 18, 2017, 02:28:30 PM
That are where you want to explore
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 18, 2017, 11:33:29 PM
Your dog looks so comfortable all the time. So cool. Looks like a great trip :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 19, 2017, 01:04:42 AM
she travels pretty well on the buses and trains.  Not too found of the ferry ride where we have to put her in a kennel over night
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on April 19, 2017, 04:14:29 AM
American though you may be, you shouldn't have too much trouble going up the stairs.

Meet any dwarves while you were there?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 19, 2017, 04:25:57 AM
American though you may be, you shouldn't have too much trouble going up the stairs.

Meet any dwarves while you were there?

Stairs are not a problem, long lines are.  Plus, I'm a Brit at the moment even though I don't have the accent and maybe lack the sense of humor and love for warm beers. 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on April 19, 2017, 03:09:50 PM
Wonderful pics, jdc!

Glad to see your little family all together. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on April 19, 2017, 03:39:07 PM
"little family"

That's what you get for not answering my question about meeting dwarves.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 19, 2017, 03:42:40 PM
It was practically a dwarf festival that ended in a mass suicide.  Now the dog and wife are back in Germany, I am spending weekdays in UK and weekends in Germany for a while
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 19, 2017, 03:50:10 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/OvOePJk.png)

Your life sounds charming jdc. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 19, 2017, 04:20:34 PM
thanks.. I still will never really understand how it got like this.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on April 19, 2017, 05:08:43 PM
Saltine asked me to write down a couple of my stories from my travels. Just thinking for a moment, I realized I have a lot of stories.  No matter where I go, interesting things happen, I guess.  No wonder my wife spends all her free time reading... Anyway, I'll share them here for your enjoyment.  Or so you have an opportunity to laugh at me.  Which is kinda the same thing, I guess.

***

When I was 19, I decided to travel to India.  God was involved and my church and my father, but I was the one determined to go.  I was planning on going to a Christian school in India, so I filled out the long application in plenty of time and sent it off, waiting to hear if I was accepted.  In the meantime, I got my passport and shots, arranged for the finances and waited.  And waited.  It was 1985 and international mail to third world countries was just terrible.  A week before the school was supposed to start, I was still waiting.  I told my parents that I guess I wasn't going to hear back, so I wasn't going to go.  I was severely disappointed.  I was ready, really ready to go, but nothing.

You saw this coming.  Four days before the school was supposed to start, I received an acceptance letter on onion skin paper.  I paced like I've never paced before in my life.  I'm pretty sure I burned a hole in the carpet.  And I decided to go.  I packed quickly... (should I take a camera?  Absolutely.  Should I take my electric typewriter?  Of course! What about my boom box?  Oh yeah... with a set of cassettes.) Before I left I got all my money in traveler's cheques and sent a wire to the school in Calcutta when my flight was scheduled to arrive. I climbed aboard the plane and I was quite nervous (my first plane trip), but the take off was fun.  Like a rollercoaster. (Landings still bother me.) Then I was off to San Francisco.

I had to go to SF to get my visa and that was where the Indian Embassy was on the west coast of the U.S.   I landed in the SF airport, got a taxi who drove me in circles for a while before dropping me off at the embassy.  I marched in at 9 in the morning, went to the counter and said I wanted a visa.  He said, "Fine, no problem.  Just leave your passport with us and we'll get you a visa in a week."  No, you don't understand, I explained.  I need one today.  I'm supposed to go to school in just a few days.  "I'm sorry," he politely explained, "but our policy is that it takes a week."  "Why?" I said in my best pushy American accent (my normal one).  "You are here.  The stamp is here.  I'm sure you can work this out."  He said firmly, "No. It takes a week."  I thought for a moment and said, "Okay.  I understand.  Well, the next place I go to is India.  So I'll just sit here in front of you until my visa is ready."

And I sat there all day.  I had snacks in my suitcase (I had no where to put it), so I was good.  At five o clock the embassy was closing.  And they handed me my passport back with the visa in it, glad to be rid of me, I suppose.

Back on a plane, with a stop at Korea and another in Thailand. Overseas plane rides are quite long and quite dull.  Nowadays we have computers and hand held devices, but then, you read a book. I brought a collection of short stories by Saki.  You might be able to read, assuming you could focus on the book amidst the babies crying, people talking around you and (God forbid!) to you.  The food was delicious.  Really.  American flights are awful for food.  But on Thai Air, it was wonderful, and everyone was so polite and... well, it was my first flight.  If it weren't for the length, I would have loved it.

Finally, I arrived in Thailand, ready to get my next flight to Calcutta.  Unfortunately, it was monsoon season, so the Dum Dum airport (yes, that's the name of the Calcutta airport) was washed out.  So the airline would put me up in a hotel for the night.  So my first night in Asia... my first night out of North America... was in a five star hotel with a wonderful breakfast, all paid for by the airline.  Things have really changed since 1985.

The next day, caught the flight to the Dum Dum airport (how can I not say that airport name as often as possible) and arrived promptly in India. As I walked off the plane, down the runway to the airport, the humidity is what really struck me.  In the face.  Like a hard slap. I am from Southern California, so I'm used to desert heat, but this humidity is something I'd never experienced.  Completely oppressive.  I was unfazed, though, I had stuff to do.

I proudly showed immigration my brand new visa, and then went to customs.  Customs was confused as to what to do with my electronics.  They weren't sure what the electric typewriter was until I took off the cover.  They weren't impressed at all.  Instead, they explained in a strong Indian accent-- well, it wasn't strong at all, as I was later to find out, his English was excellent and quite understandable-- that if I was interested in taking these items out of India, I had to make sure that I had this receipt he was going to give me, otherwise I would have to pay a tariff on them, which was quite expensive.  I made sure to place that receipt carefully in my suitcase, next to the electronics, to make sure I had it when I left the country six months later.

Free of the lines, I looked for anyone holding a sign or looking for a blonde-haired-blue-eyed American with a funny looking hat.  I looked and waited and no one was there.  I was disappointed.  I really thought that someone would meet me.  After all, I wired them almost a week ago.  And I'm sure that they called the airport to find out the flight was delayed.  But this was the day before the school was about to start.  Perhaps they were too busy.  So I went to the taxi station.

"Hello!" I called out to all the drivers in line, as if I were an older woman looking for a servant.  "Excuse me?  Could any of you take me to Uluberia?"  One driver had enough wherewithall to quickly say, "Yes, yes, I'll take you" while the others were trying to understand what I said.  "Where?"  I repeated, "Uluberia"  I showed him the school address and he took it to the other taxi drivers who gathered around discussing where this insane American wanted to be driven to.  One man seemed to know just where to go, so he explained it to my driver. "Okay," my driver says and motions me to get in the taxi.  I put my suitcase on my lap and we headed off.

Meantime, the school I was attending was in an uproar.  They had just received my wire, about the time I had climbed into that taxi.  The school was run by an American, a woman from Darjeeling and a Filipino.  Of course, they had no phone they were in a village about fifteen miles away from the city, and it would be an all day trip on the train for them to get to Calcutta and back. But one of them agreed to go the the city and look in all the main hotels to see where I was.  They had a prayer meeting where they pleaded with God for my safety.

I really appreciate those prayers because I realized that this wasn't just a trip from downtown to the suburbs.  After we got out of the city, there was only one lane per road.  So if there was any cross traffic, like, say, a bus, we had to get off the road and wait for them to pass.  It was soon dark and we were still driving.  After two hours I wondered how long this was going to really take.  And I was in a desperate state, in need of a bathroom.  Every time a bus passed us, especially when it was dark and there wasn't enough room on the side of the road to pull off, I found that I almost relieved myself there.  Frankly, there didn't seem to be any rules for driving on these roads at all.  But they still didn't drive very quickly, it seemed to me. 

Another hour later, they slowed down, rolled down their window, and asked a man "Uluberia?"  He said something, but they seemed satisfied.  They then asked him about the "Mission House" where the school was.  He shook his head no.  They asked three more people until they finally found someone who knew.  They rolled up at a gate with a sign on one side of it, "Uluberia Mission House".  I gratefully got out of the back of the car with my suitcase and stretched my legs.  The gate was closed and it took five minutes for my driver to explain what was going on to the guard at the gate.  I could imagine the conversation didn't make me look too good.

The gate eventually opened and a white face came out to meet me.  "Are you Steve Kimes?"  I said that I was.  "I can't believe it!  We were just praying for you!  Did you take a taxi here?"  Yes, I replied, from the airport.  "Really?  I don't think anyone has taken a taxi from Calcutta to Uluberia before! Why didn't you take the train?"  The answer to that was, of course, I had no idea about trains being a thing in India.

"I'm sorry to interrupt you," I said breathlessly, "But I could really use a bathroom."  "Of course" the white man said and led me to his quarters and indicated a door.  On the other side of the door there was not a bathroom.  There was, however, a hole with bricks on either side of it.  I stared at it for a while.  Not sure what to do, but too desperate to  think about it too long, I sat down on the hole and relieved myself. 

Feeling much better, I went to the main room and told him, "Did you know there's no toilet paper in there?"

***


That's part 1.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on April 19, 2017, 06:19:02 PM
I asked Steve to give me a travel story for my blog and he came through like a champ.  What you see in his post above, I used in part 1 of a series of posts that will relate his story.

http://fiddlefoot.net/reprint-from-steve-kimes-personal-blog/#more-558

My sincere thanks to Steve for following through on my request!

If anyone else has a travel story to share on my blog, PLEASE let me know.  I would love to have more stories, especially ones with personal photos I can use! PM me here or write to me at candace[AT] fiddlefoot[DOT]net.

My blog is fiddlefoot.net

I'd love to use Monty's photos from his walk with his dad in the English countryside.

Sandy has stories to tell as does ses.  Sandy's photo of her jetlagged kids is priceless.

I loved 1SO's visit to London, hitting the movie locations.

Others here? PLEASE think about it as an opportunity to help me out and to get your stories out there.

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on April 19, 2017, 10:58:19 PM
That ending was pure Demolition Man. Can't wait to hear what happened next!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on April 20, 2017, 12:26:13 AM
Thanks Steve.. great read
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oneaprilday on April 20, 2017, 12:12:57 PM
I recently started a travel blog.  If you want to read it, it's at

fiddlefoot.net

Certainly, it's not the be-all-end-all of travel blogs, but I'm having fun with it and it keeps me off the news feed which is too depressing to consider. 

I started with looking back at our China tour.  Once I finish that, I'll move on to other sorts of posts like cities we've lived in, national parks, etc.

I'm trying to post one article a day.  I am learning Wordpress (which is actually very easy to use) for my husband's new project as well.  That's what got me started.
This is very cool, saltine!!


Great Bruges pics, jdc. :)


Steve - loving the story so far. Looking forward to part 2 . . .

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on April 20, 2017, 04:02:18 PM
So I'm the only one who wants to hear more about the dwarf mass suicide thing? You've all got some screwy priorities.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on April 23, 2017, 04:41:51 AM
Great snaps jdc!

Nice to be reminded of how good Bruges is. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on July 06, 2017, 04:57:36 PM
"Before beginning a long and arduous journey the prudent traveler checks her maps, clocks and address-book entries and makes certain that her clothes will suit the weather she plans to encounter.  If the trip includes crossing national boundaries, she examines her travel documents for their validity and, to the best of her ability, furnishes her wallet with the appropriate currency for her destination.  This traveler urges us toward sober deliberation and stolid concentration.

"The second traveler is less careful, not so meticulous in planning the trip and, as a result, will encounter delays, disruptions and even despair. When disappointments mount to intolerable proportions, this traveler may even give up and return home, defeated.  We learn from this example to either prepare well or stay at home.

"It is the third, the desperate traveler who teaches us the most profound lesson and affords us the most exquisite thrills.  She touches us with her boldness and vulnerability, for her sole perpetration is the fierce determination to leave wherever she is and her only certain destination is somewhere other than where she has been."

-Maya Angelou
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on August 01, 2017, 04:31:14 AM
Off to Paris for the remainder of the week. ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 01, 2017, 05:11:16 AM
 :P[I am not jealous in the slightest]
Title: Re: Travel
Post by: 1SO on August 09, 2017, 10:39:38 PM
Going to New Orleans on business for the weekend. Hoping to catch up on Game of Thrones, but I also have Human Centipede 2 (for the Horror Marathon) on my computer, which would make for an amusing in flight movie. My actual plan for the flight is a collection of 380 trailers and music videos I've been keeping on my external hard drive.

(http://imgur.com/IOuMwHm.jpg)
Oh, and in less than a month I travel to Italy with Mrs. 1SO. 10 year Anniversary. We land in Rome, take a bus to Orvieto and Florence and finally a train to Venice which is where we fly out 10 days later.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: saltine on August 09, 2017, 11:52:48 PM
Very cool plan for 10th, 1SO. Congrats to you and the Mrs!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on August 10, 2017, 12:57:22 AM
Human Centipede 2 (for the Horror Marathon) on my computer, which would make for an amusing in flight movie.

I double dog dare you...

We are taking a week trip to Edinburgh and Isle of Skye in about a week.  Afterward, I got to start getting serious about things.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on August 10, 2017, 09:10:24 PM
Human Centipede 2 (for the Horror Marathon) on my computer, which would make for an amusing in flight movie.

I double dog dare you...

Wasn't sleepy last night so I watched it already. My review will not be surprising.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 11, 2017, 07:32:39 AM
Buon viaggio, 1SO and Mrs. 1SO!
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on August 11, 2017, 07:50:55 AM
Grazie per le tue gentili parole e spero di vederti prima che siamo morti nel terreno 
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 11, 2017, 08:01:03 AM
 :))

You've been watching too many horror movies!

Gli zombie italiani potrebbero essere troppo lenti per catturarti

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on August 11, 2017, 08:29:51 AM
I have to sleep sometime.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 11, 2017, 09:14:18 AM
 :))


I got you covered.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZHMa0DqWmG8/TpVT5V_RcCI/AAAAAAAABxs/bxSgoXJrOf4/s1600/Zombie-treadmil-defense.jpg
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 14, 2017, 09:42:04 PM
Been in Tofino for a week.

This is where it is
(http://i.imgur.com/g7T1ojR.png)

This is what it looks like if you get above the trees (not my pic)
(https://i.imgur.com/0FNFP4m.jpg)

This is what it looks like if you don't.
(https://i.imgur.com/9bcTFWG.jpg)

There are a lot of long sandy beaches in and around Tofino, with exotic sounding names such as Long Beach... and Middle Beach (you'll never guess where it is).
(http://i.imgur.com/PPQYm1O.jpg)

Beaches are fun when you have cute company in your ensemble.
(http://i.imgur.com/u5vZRBA.jpg)

Tofino is an excellent little community whose entire economy is sustained by renting surfboards to knob heads like me who want to spend the afternoon drinking salt water. The next day you rent a wetsuit to go along with the board because the water is a balmy 15°C and you're not as tough as you thought you were. After spending a couple of days "surfing" we felt it was time to up our game and get some private instruction.

You spend a bunch of time on the beach while the instructor explains a bunch of techniques you completely forget about the moment you start paddling into any wave. The major take away of the on shore portion of the lesson was to try not to let your board cave your head in after you eat shit.
(http://i.imgur.com/wq5GUop.jpg)

Now that you've learned how many people die every year getting brained by their own surfboards, let's get out there!
(http://i.imgur.com/ryZZW17.jpg)

There's a guy with a camera on the beach who follows the various groups around taking pictures while they're surfing, which you then can buy from him. It's a great service, with one exception... The waves are all embarrassingly tiny when photographed. :))
(http://i.imgur.com/WyDM1qD.jpg)

But hey, I'm upright! I think by some loose definition of the word I can say "I surfed".
(http://i.imgur.com/ffmzGoq.jpg)

We airbnb'd a house with a hot tub for our stay, which was definitely a welcome way to end every day. The last day of the trip we all crammed in the hot tub with our cold beers and watched Endless Summer 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiZb9uBV4GE#no) in its entirety, with a new found appreciation for we were seeing.  :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on August 15, 2017, 01:22:22 AM
That looks great.  I don't think I would try surfing again though but would love to check out that place
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Corndog on August 15, 2017, 07:13:30 AM
The forest looks like Endor.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on August 15, 2017, 10:54:27 AM
I love BC.  We have plenty of beautiful here in the Pacific NW, but BC just feels that extra bit more beautiful.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 15, 2017, 11:22:36 AM
That looks great.  I don't think I would try surfing again though but would love to check out that place
It's a neat place. Small enough not to have any retail franchises, but instead a couple of dozen cafes and restaurants of all varieties... and an excellent brewery as well. The population in the summer months must be 10 fold or more what it is any other time of year, but it never felt overcrowded, just bustling. You've short term tourists (like me, who airbnb or stay in a beach resort for a week), then there's working tourists (work by day servicing the short term tourists, surf by night, as long as the season lasts), then there's a younger crowd of people also looking to enjoy a summer on the beach who live out of dilapidated motorhomes, vans, etc just kind of doing the hippy wanderer thing.

You kind of just have to go with the flow in Tofino it seems like... it's one of those places where being efficient or friendly or enthusiastic makes your business uncool. Snooty hipsterism pervades much of the retail industry there. Trendy food trucks, with hour long line ups and poor service, selling overpriced "artisan" tacos is kind of the norm. The kind of place where if you thank the barrista for your coffee they're more likely to say "sure" than "you're welcome"... that's if they deign to look at you, you silly wannabe tourist. If you don't say thank you you're a big city jerk, if you do you're a phony big city jerk. :)) Really not the kind of place for a person who tips according to the actual service received, lol. That's why you need at least a week in Tofino so you can just slow down and go the speed things go there. Just accept the way things are. I'm pretty laid back and my group was too so we were alright... but I can see if you were trying to keep a schedule or had an itinerary or something it would not be a good place for you. Don't make any plans. :)

Where were you when you tried surfing, jdc?

The forest looks like Endor.
And many of it's inhabitants look like Ewoks. :)

I love BC.  We have plenty of beautiful here in the Pacific NW, but BC just feels that extra bit more beautiful.
I can assure you, our grass isn't any greener. :)   
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on August 16, 2017, 12:08:47 AM
That looks great.  I don't think I would try surfing again though but would love to check out that place
It's a neat place. Small enough not to have any retail franchises, but instead a couple of dozen cafes and restaurants of all varieties... and an excellent brewery as well. The population in the summer months must be 10 fold or more what it is any other time of year, but it never felt overcrowded, just bustling. You've short term tourists (like me, who airbnb or stay in a beach resort for a week), then there's working tourists (work by day servicing the short term tourists, surf by night, as long as the season lasts), then there's a younger crowd of people also looking to enjoy a summer on the beach who live out of dilapidated motorhomes, vans, etc just kind of doing the hippy wanderer thing.

You kind of just have to go with the flow in Tofino it seems like... it's one of those places where being efficient or friendly or enthusiastic makes your business uncool. Snooty hipsterism pervades much of the retail industry there. Trendy food trucks, with hour long line ups and poor service, selling overpriced "artisan" tacos is kind of the norm. The kind of place where if you thank the barrista for your coffee they're more likely to say "sure" than "you're welcome"... that's if they deign to look at you, you silly wannabe tourist. If you don't say thank you you're a big city jerk, if you do you're a phony big city jerk. :)) Really not the kind of place for a person who tips according to the actual service received, lol. That's why you need at least a week in Tofino so you can just slow down and go the speed things go there. Just accept the way things are. I'm pretty laid back and my group was too so we were alright... but I can see if you were trying to keep a schedule or had an itinerary or something it would not be a good place for you. Don't make any plans. :)

Where were you when you tried surfing, jdc?


I only went surfing once in Hawaii back around 2001.  I managed to get up and balance on my 2nd or 3rd attempt but after maybe 6 waves it started to strain my back when trying to transition from paddling into the wave and pushing up and jumping up on to the board.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Sandy on August 17, 2017, 12:41:06 AM
I envy your trip, smirnoff! You're a surfer now!! I hear Gary Hoey playing guitar in my head as I look at your pics. :)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on August 23, 2017, 09:14:17 AM
Didn't know they had beaches in Canada. The sand looks cold.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: smirnoff on August 23, 2017, 09:50:39 AM
Where it was wet it was cold. :) Where it was dry it was almost too hot to stand on without shoes! :))

Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on September 06, 2017, 07:11:14 AM
I'm at a deli with a signed photo of Ennio Morricone on the wall. This meal just got epic.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: chardy999 on September 06, 2017, 07:57:37 AM
I'm at a deli with a signed photo of Ennio Morricone on the wall. This meal just got epic.

Pic! That's great.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: DarkeningHumour on September 06, 2017, 09:32:09 AM
Curious, did you recognise the man in the picture or the signature?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on September 06, 2017, 10:00:09 AM
The face was familiar and what I saw first. Then the signature confirmed it.

I didn't get a picture. Too busy eating.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: jdc on September 06, 2017, 12:15:42 PM
Visiting friends in Norway and enjoying life.  soon I have to get back to reality... 


(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4394/36233417894_a730e2fc71_z.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4333/36233417904_f9ff198229_z.jpg)



(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4428/36897506352_80c337461d_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on September 10, 2017, 07:00:56 AM
(http://imgur.com/IOuMwHm.jpg)

In the bullet train headed to Venice. 2 more days until I fly home.
This vacation has been amazing, but it's also been exhausting.

Also, as much as I like to eat, Italy feeds you like your a lion at the zoo and they want to make sure you don't eat the other animals.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: oldkid on September 10, 2017, 08:40:35 AM
Wow, what a trip!  What are you eating?
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on September 10, 2017, 09:35:27 AM
You breeze into Venice on the day the festival wraps up. ;D
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: 1SO on September 10, 2017, 02:12:47 PM
Wow, what a trip!  What are you eating?
(https://imgur.com/yWw53tp.jpg)(https://imgur.com/7pgLrih.jpg)(https://imgur.com/ejU1qwa.jpg)
(https://imgur.com/CIAB3R7.jpg)(https://imgur.com/PcxasS5.jpg)(https://imgur.com/XbiPwHe.jpg)

Rome was about the basics: pizza, pasta, gelato. All great, very fresh. Also the cappuccino's here are amazing. Tuscany is where the meals got big. We ate at a place known as Sarah's Farm (http://fattoriapoggioalloro.com/?lang=en), which is simply the best, freshest homemade pasta and vegetables I've ever tasted. Now we're in Venice and I think the food is easing up from Tuscany and Florence, where it's been multiple courses for lunch and then just a few hours later, multiple courses for dinner.


You breeze into Venice on the day the festival wraps up. ;D
I had no idea it was going on, but since I learned I've been looking for Guillermo.
Title: Re: Vacation
Post by: Bondo on September 10, 2017, 06:01:18 PM