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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1500 on: September 11, 2017, 06:23:35 PM »
Venice sounds a lot like Amsterdam...I'll just go ahead and pass then.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1501 on: September 11, 2017, 08:40:05 PM »
1SO, I wasn't head over heels for Venice, but I'm glad I've see it.  We ate pizza on a backstreet because everything was SO pricey. A pigeon shit on me, big time, in St Mark's Square so that may have colored my impression of Venice. Yep, Tuscany is the place for food and wine, oh my.  As a break from pasta, we have a chicken cooked in a clay pot, don't recall the name of the dish, but it was to die for.
Venice is an odd place. It's like somebody took the basic concept of a water park and built a city on that idea. Too many narrow pathways, which get congested with too many tourists for about half the day. And then in the early afternoon, the tide comes in and San Marco's Square floods along with many streets in that area. So you run into a lot of dead ends unless you're prepared to go through ankle deep water to get to the rest of the city.

Also, because of the unique location, it seems to be the one area in Italy not known for great cuisine. We got some recommendations and found some decent food, but maybe it's because we arrived there from Florence, which had the best pasta we will ever eat. Also, I had the Tuscan steak, which was meat perfection.

The only good food we had there was eating some of the breads with parma ham and truffles at those tiny wine bars:



We found one restaurant that was really hard to find and was suppose to be a good non-tourist spot that locals go to for seafood.  It was run by a husband and wife, when the wife asked us how everything was half way through the meal my wife gave some minor criticism which certainly didn't go over well. She just through back that her husband has been cooking for 30 years and she thinks he knows what he is doing.   
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1502 on: September 12, 2017, 03:56:57 AM »
Bondo, did you fly into Reykjavík and visit only that city in Iceland?  There's a good fare out of MN, isn't there? I think it's reasonable to fly from Reykjavík to anywhere in Europe.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1503 on: September 12, 2017, 04:40:20 AM »
I'd pass Venice and spend more time in the Italian countryside. Or Florence. Or the beaches near Genoa.
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1504 on: September 12, 2017, 07:07:11 AM »
Bondo, did you fly into Reykjavík and visit only that city in Iceland?  There's a good fare out of MN, isn't there? I think it's reasonable to fly from Reykjavík to anywhere in Europe.

Yeah, I mainly got into the idea of Iceland after seeing the competitive fare and reading about the stopover program. In hindsight I probably should have booked a tour to get me out into more of the natural beauty of Iceland because Reykjavik itself is kind of a plain city. But I was there for about 48 hours so I didn't want to get too far afield.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1505 on: September 18, 2017, 11:43:10 AM »
Carrie and I are taking our first cruise in November, in the Caribbean. Really excited, we've got some fun stuff planned and this looks like just the right cruise line for us (i.e., mostly old folks, no gaudy casino). Thanksgiving in Aruba!

We had our hearts set on a Mediterranean cruise, especially Barcelona, but the best option there would have cost twice as much (largely because neither one of us wanted to do a transatlantic flight in coach). Also it's just a little too chilly there in Nov/Dec. Maybe next year or something.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1506 on: September 18, 2017, 12:56:52 PM »
Take some pics to share but also just make sure to relax and take it all in!

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« Reply #1507 on: September 18, 2017, 03:34:21 PM »
I loved Cruise life and "no gaudy casino" is a definite plus. Have fun.

Does your itinerary include any of South America?
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1508 on: September 18, 2017, 11:39:32 PM »
Yeah, the itinerary's at the link. Two stops in Colombia.

 

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