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Postby mul21 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:18 pm

Going to Paris in June. Any suggestions on things to avoid/be sure to do while there or on a day trip to London? Besides the basics of Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, etc.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:09 pm

mul21 wrote:Going to Paris in June. Any suggestions on things to avoid/be sure to do while there or on a day trip to London? Besides the basics of Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, etc.

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Postby mul21 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:53 am

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mul21 wrote:Going to Paris in June. Any suggestions on things to avoid/be sure to do while there or on a day trip to London? Besides the basics of Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, etc.

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I'm not interested in getting shot, Kid Rock, or Ted Nugent. But thanks.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby glavine93 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:29 pm

mul21 wrote:Going to Paris in June. Any suggestions on things to avoid/be sure to do while there or on a day trip to London? Besides the basics of Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, etc.


I'm going back to London in a week so it is very much on my mind. For just looking around and sightseeing, there's Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, St. James's Park, Westminster, etc. It all depends on interest, but I think the best museums/tours are:

British Museum (free)
Victoria and Albert Museum (free)
Tower of London
Churchill's War Rooms
Westminster Abbey

The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are incredible too (and free), but since there's tons of art in Paris I wouldn't spend my only day in London there. Of the "palaces," Hampton Court was my favorite based on its historical value and gardens (it was actually my favorite place I visited in England), but it's a train ride away. Kensington Palace is sparse and boring and a terrible value, but the advantage is that it's right in London. You can go see Buckingham Palace as well, but the inside rooms are only open for visitors in late summer/early fall.

This is random, but Harrods made me want to throw up for whatever reason. It's basically the Ripley's/Madame Tussaud's of shopping and just bad vibes all around.

I still haven't made it to Paris because I want to get through a bunch of English day trips first. Last time I did Bath, York, Windsor, and Bletchley Park (all highly recommended). Next are Canterbury, Dover Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford.
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Postby Old Style » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:40 pm

Any San Francisco recs? Food, drink, sightseeing, etc. I am a big music fan so any music related suggestions are especially appreciated.
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Postby squally1313 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:44 pm

Old Style wrote:Any San Francisco recs? Food, drink, sightseeing, etc. I am a big music fan so any music related suggestions are especially appreciated.

Perfect timing on this as I'm heading out there in a few weeks. Also planning on spending a couple days heading south on Pacific Coast...probably making it as far as Big Sur, spending two nights in hotels somewhere along the way, but no real idea of the exact stops to make along the way.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Butterscup » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:54 pm

headed to Austin for a bachelor party next week - any food suggestions or things we must see/do?
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Postby squally1313 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:58 pm

Butterscup wrote:headed to Austin for a bachelor party next week - any food suggestions or things we must see/do?


Holy horsefeathers, I saw this bumped and thought to myself: "you're have your bachelor party in Austin in a couple months, maybe see if anyone has any good ideas". First weekend of May, same question as above.
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Group of 7 in Chicago for 2 games of the Nationals series (August 10th-12th). Anyone with info, beyond what I can find on AirBnB/VRBO, on decently affordable places to stay? We want to be in the Wrigleyville area.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Derwood » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:37 pm

Orlando International May have the most hilariously awful security set up of any airport in history
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Postby Banedon » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:41 pm

Derwood wrote:Orlando International May have the most hilariously awful security set up of any airport in history


We flew through there late 2016 and didn't have any problems. Maybe they made changes?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Splendid Splinter » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:01 pm

Looks like I'm visiting Tacoma this summer (June 21st-25th). I have a good friend who lives out there that I haven't seen in a few years. I'm staying with him and his gf the whole time and he's taking that Friday off. I know I'm getting there super early (8 am) on the 21st and my buddy won't get off work til 4-5 so I'm going to have most of the day to myself.

Anyone got any recommendations on what to do/see/eat/drink? How's the Uber/Lyft in that area? It seems a couple of you guys were/are from that area so I figured this is the place to ask.
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Postby Bluescale » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:03 pm

mul21 wrote:Going to Paris in June. Any suggestions on things to avoid/be sure to do while there or on a day trip to London? Besides the basics of Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, etc.


While the Louvre is more important, and definitely should be on your list, but I found Musée d'Orsay to be more enjoyable. It'd be hard for me to say that if I could only do one, I would pick Orsay, but I really loved Orsay.

Norte-Dame is probably already on your list, but if not, it's pretty magical, and doesn't require a lot of time. That said, the entire Jewish Quarter area (where Notre-Dame is located) is worth exploring, if you don't mind wandering around without a specific destination or activity in mind. It's a great way to get a feel for what Parisians are like:

http://www.parismarais.com/en/discover- ... arter.html

The catacombs under Paris are really cool, in a morbid sort of way:

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

If you don't mind a bit of travel outside of Paris, and like history, I recommend both Versailles and Normandy. And as a region, Normandy has a lot to offer even if you're not a history/WWII buff.

Whatever you do, I recommend you take it slow, and don't try to cram too much activity into your stay. It might sounds like a cliche, but spend some time reading in a cafe, or having wine and cheese while people watching.
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Postby Bluescale » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:43 pm

Ha! I just realized that I replied to a year old message. <sigh>

Oh well, maybe someone else is heading to Paris this summer, and sees this.
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Postby Banedon » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:53 pm

Bluescale wrote:Ha! I just realized that I replied to a year old message. <sigh>

Oh well, maybe someone else is heading to Paris this summer, and sees this.


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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:38 pm

Splendid Splinter wrote:Looks like I'm visiting Tacoma this summer (June 21st-25th). I have a good friend who lives out there that I haven't seen in a few years. I'm staying with him and his gf the whole time and he's taking that Friday off. I know I'm getting there super early (8 am) on the 21st and my buddy won't get off work til 4-5 so I'm going to have most of the day to myself.

Anyone got any recommendations on what to do/see/eat/drink? How's the Uber/Lyft in that area? It seems a couple of you guys were/are from that area so I figured this is the place to ask.


I didn't spend a ton of time in Tacoma when I lived out there so your buddy's advice will be better than mine, but Point Defiance Park is a good option for killing either a short or long amount of time. There's a pretty nice zoo, a rose garden, trails, rock beaches, lots of variety. Save for that, there's some decent seafood places along Ruston Way(although not walkable), and the more downtown area is reasonably walkable and has plenty of eat/drink options.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Derwood » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:13 am

Banedon wrote:
Derwood wrote:Orlando International May have the most hilariously awful security set up of any airport in history


We flew through there late 2016 and didn't have any problems. Maybe they made changes?


A lot of different entry points funneled into one line, then other points cutting ahead of you.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby squally1313 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:57 pm

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/03/air-nz-announces-chicago-route.html

This looks to have some pretty great deals for a time of the year when it's pretty amazing to get out of Chicago. Getting married in July and planning on doing a winter honeymoon....might have just found it.
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Postby Brian707 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:40 pm

squally1313 wrote:http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/03/air-nz-announces-chicago-route.html

This looks to have some pretty great deals for a time of the year when it's pretty amazing to get out of Chicago. Getting married in July and planning on doing a winter honeymoon....might have just found it.



Only 15 hour flight, I thought it was closer to 24 hours. New Zealand is somewhere I have always wanted to go
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Postby javy knows my name » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:45 pm

Brian707 wrote:
squally1313 wrote:http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/03/air-nz-announces-chicago-route.html

This looks to have some pretty great deals for a time of the year when it's pretty amazing to get out of Chicago. Getting married in July and planning on doing a winter honeymoon....might have just found it.



Only 15 hour flight, I thought it was closer to 24 hours. New Zealand is somewhere I have always wanted to go


Seems like the perfect application for my stupid United miles
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Postby entbird79 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:33 pm

squally1313 wrote:http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/03/air-nz-announces-chicago-route.html

This looks to have some pretty great deals for a time of the year when it's pretty amazing to get out of Chicago. Getting married in July and planning on doing a winter honeymoon....might have just found it.


Do it. I went there 10 years ago and it was the most amazing vacation that I've been on. We spent two weeks on the South Island which wasn't long enough but it was all that we could get off from work.
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Postby Timoteus » Thu May 03, 2018 7:20 am

Me and my friends are planning to go to Spain this month. We would love to see some nice beaches with clear water and some stunning scenery. We were thinking Majorca, Ibiza and Canary Island, we are up to some adventures and experience a great nightlife in our travel. I wanted to hear your thoughts first. Can anyone suggest any ideas or tips? Any help is kindly appreciated :)
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu May 03, 2018 3:31 pm

I love Barcelona and enjoyed Ibiza quite a bit.

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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Thu May 03, 2018 3:37 pm

I probably should've just deleted the post instead of his astroturfing link, but I don't think he's actually looking for advice.
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