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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1550 on: November 05, 2018, 10:33:59 PM »
I usually only took a couple of photos as I realize my wife takes a lot of photos and they are all better than mine. But the top 2 are mine and the last she took
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1551 on: December 01, 2018, 04:11:38 PM »
Going to Spain in mid-March. My wife found great tickets direct from LA to Madrid and we couldn't pass up the opportunity. Ten days and trying not to overdo it. We'll split the time between Madrid and Barcelona with day trips from both. Cuenca is high on our list for a potential day trip from Madrid. Montserrat from Barcelona and maybe a coastal town.

Happy for any suggestions from anyone who's been recently!

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1552 on: December 01, 2018, 04:16:35 PM »
In Madrid, the Prado is essential. The football stadium is cool and you can get a tour, it's massive. There's a cool palace with a very cold church that is cool for half a day.
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1553 on: December 01, 2018, 06:09:51 PM »
Pfft, skip the Bernabeu. Camp Nou is where it's at. I've not been but I just dislike Real.

Next week I head off on a week-long Caribbean cruise. Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Marteen and Nassau. Should be fun and more importantly should be above freezing and not snowing. If not, I'm definitely becoming a climate change skeptic.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1554 on: December 01, 2018, 09:35:28 PM »
The Prado is definitely our highest priority in Madrid. We aren't really football fans, so I'm not sure we'd be into stadium.

My wife just booked a night in Toledo, which looks lovely and quiet.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1555 on: December 02, 2018, 04:03:21 AM »
Going to Spain in mid-March. My wife found great tickets direct from LA to Madrid and we couldn't pass up the opportunity. Ten days and trying not to overdo it. We'll split the time between Madrid and Barcelona with day trips from both. Cuenca is high on our list for a potential day trip from Madrid. Montserrat from Barcelona and maybe a coastal town.

Happy for any suggestions from anyone who's been recently!
The drive from Barcelona to Montserrat is just over an hour says Google Maps. If you continue to go north for one more hour you end up in Cardona, where the Collegiate Church of Sant Vicenç is situated. It is on the European Film Academy's list Treasures of European Film Culture. It looks a little dull from the picture on that page, but I wold go there nevertheless. In Barcelona itself Antoni Gaudí's buildings are a must.

The idea to visit the home stadium of either Real Madrid or FC Barcelona is not a bad one if you have the slightest interest in sports at all. They are after all the two biggest soccer clubs in the world after Manchester United. I never have visited Madrid.
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1556 on: December 04, 2018, 10:22:07 AM »
Cardona looks pretty cool. We went to a screening of Chimes at Midnight here a couple years ago, so that would be pretty fun to see.

Definitely planning to see all the Gaudí buildings in Barcelona.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1557 on: December 04, 2018, 02:11:41 PM »
To see Sagrada Familia, you must book early. There are no "on the day" tickets. To miss it would be heart-breaking, in my opinion.
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1558 on: December 04, 2018, 02:15:39 PM »
Will definitely get tickets to La Sagrada Familia early. It will be fun to see it again. I went back in 2003 when I was in college.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1559 on: January 31, 2019, 05:42:21 PM »
Three years ago we signed up for this AirBnB in Wigtown, Scotland where you run this little bookstore for a week and live above it. Sounds neat, right? It had a long waiting list so we weren't scheduled until May of 2019. That was all fine and dandy when it was just the two of us. But when the baby came along, I assumed we would cancel because surely taking an infant on a trans-Atlantic flight to a tiny town in a strange country and living in a place that really isn't set up for babies AT ALL would be a bad idea, right? But oh no. My wife was absolutely insistent that we go. I argued and argued that we should kick it a few years down the road, when William would be easier to handle, not to mention he would appreciate it more. But Carrie wouldn't budge. She wasn't going to let something stop us just because it was hard. Well, this weighed on my mind for weeks. I tried to warm up to the idea, but it just felt like hassle, stress and exhaustion to me. So the other night, hoping to strike a compromise and still appeal to her desire to travel, I suggested we take a road trip instead. She didn't cotton to that idea at all, but she said: "You're on the right track, though, coming up with alternatives... how about a Disney cruise?"

So hallelujah, we cancelled Scotland and now we're planning a 7-night Disney cruise in the Caribbean (Virgin Islands, Bahamas) in May! Our young friend and boarder will be joining us too, she's pretty much family to us. I'm sure most of you are aware that I'm no big fan of Disney, but with a child at some point I'm gonna have to get used to them. Besides, it sounds like a lot of fun and I loved the other cruise we took. Disney cruises are extremely baby-friendly, that was the big selling point for me (and the fact that it involves a lot less air travel). And we can afford to travel in style.
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