Summer Vacations and Holidays!

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Summer Vacations and Holidays!

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun May 24, 2009 16:44

I cannot come to England or Scotland or Indietracks or anything this summer, but I'm very okay with it since one of my major reasons for going to England is now here in Florida for doing fun roadtrip type things (but see lots of you at Christmas, maybe?)

Anyhow, I thought we could have a thread for posting about things we do and places we go this summer. I know lots of people can't do big trip type things because of economic woes, but sometimes the little trips to do free or practically free things OUTSIDE are the best. Photos and videos are welcome, of course.

I will start with this video if that's okay. I say it's summer here because it's Memorial Day, my school is already out, and it's hot as crap already.

We took a drive to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park yesterday. It was the best place I have ever been to. Manatees! Otters! A cougar!

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Post by Carys » Mon May 25, 2009 00:00

I was wondering - is it a really bad idea going to Las Vegas in August? Someone pointed out that, given I'm totally intolerant to temperatures above 23 degrees, it might not be such a good idea.

Sadly, because I have no option about when I get time off work, the only other time to go for a sensible length of time would be Easter, and that would still leave me in a bit of a rush (and mean there'd be a week of work between coming back from Honeymoon and the reception we had in mind).

So, yeah. Any chance I'd cope in 40 degree heat?

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Post by alongwalkhome » Mon May 25, 2009 09:17

I always take my vacations at odd times (February, May, October), cuz it's cheaper to travel. I am going to Raleigh, NC for the first time in a couple of weeks. It's proper-ish South! My friend who grew up here in MA had to move there this year for her job. I'm looking forward to the food most of all!!

If anyone has been to Raleigh/Durham and has any pointers for what to see and do in four days, I'd be much obliged. I really wanted to see Savannah, but it's apparently a five-hour drive. Damn, those southern states are vast.

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Post by nanski » Mon May 25, 2009 10:50

alongwalkhome wrote:I always take my vacations at odd times (February, May, October), cuz it's cheaper to travel. I am going to Raleigh, NC for the first time in a couple of weeks. It's proper-ish South! My friend who grew up here in MA had to move there this year for her job. I'm looking forward to the food most of all!!

If anyone has been to Raleigh/Durham and has any pointers for what to see and do in four days, I'd be much obliged. I really wanted to see Savannah, but it's apparently a five-hour drive. Damn, those southern states are vast.
i don't know about things to do because i only visit family there, but definitely try North Carolina BBQ. it's really yummy.
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Post by String Bean Jen » Mon May 25, 2009 11:47

Cherry Darling wrote:I was wondering - is it a really bad idea going to Las Vegas in August? Someone pointed out that, given I'm totally intolerant to temperatures above 23 degrees, it might not be such a good idea.

Sadly, because I have no option about when I get time off work, the only other time to go for a sensible length of time would be Easter, and that would still leave me in a bit of a rush (and mean there'd be a week of work between coming back from Honeymoon and the reception we had in mind).

So, yeah. Any chance I'd cope in 40 degree heat?
Wow, I don't know! If you've already got heat intolerance, August would be the worst time to visit such a deadly hot city! I was there once in October I think and spent most of the time in the hotels and malls escaping the heat. Well, I guess most people go to Vegas to hang out in casinos and hotels anyway so if that's your agenda you might be fine (I was there for a work meeting)! At least everything is air conditioned. Night time is bearable and it's lovely to walk outside with a drink wearing just a dress with no tights.
alongwalkhome wrote: If anyone has been to Raleigh/Durham and has any pointers for what to see and do in four days, I'd be much obliged. I really wanted to see Savannah, but it's apparently a five-hour drive. Damn, those southern states are vast.
You'll probably have a car, right? You can go to Carrboro, which is, what, a 15-minute drive from Raleigh. That street that the Cat's Cradle venue is on has a few things to do. Some restaurants, another pub/bar (506?), a record store.
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Post by Carys » Mon May 25, 2009 21:42

alongwalkhome wrote:I always take my vacations at odd times (February, May, October), cuz it's cheaper to travel.
It's so frustrating only being able to travel in school holidays. Flights to Vegas are literally twice as expensive as they are in term time. If I could, I'd definitely travel off-peak, as it were.

So I think maybe we'll go to America over the Easter holidays next year. It'll be a tight squeeze, and will mean there'll be a week of work between returning and celebrating with friends and family, but I really am scared of the heat. Before now, I've had nosebleeds in 25 degree heat (which apparently is the nighttime temperature in Vegas).

Jen: we'd be able to hide for a lot of the time, but I'd like to do things like visit the Grand Canyon, and we will be driving out of Vegas towards the West Coast, so I think I might have to be a coward on this one.

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Post by Murray » Sun Jul 11, 2010 09:42

We're thinking about going to Croatia in September and are looking for hints and tips as to the best places to visit. Not really looking to spend days and days on the beach, but wouldn't mind being based on the coast and travelling around to take in the sights, history, local culture and the like.
Anyone on here done anything similar?

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Post by sideburnsjim » Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:00

Vegas in August? Dont do it!
I went a couple of years ago at the end of August and couldn't go outside for more than 30 minutes at a time before having to spend the next half an hour in the nearest hotel just to cool down. I should also add that I love the sun, and usually try to holiday in places like the Maldives every couple of years, but the Vegas heat is something completely different!

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Post by Carys » Sun Jul 11, 2010 15:05

Thanks Jim - in the end, we went in April, which was fine. The temperature was even okay right down in the Grand Canyon. I think the only time it was really too hot was in LA, actually.

I don't think I can afford to go on holiday EVER AGAIN really, but am contemplating camping or something. I do quite like day trips in lieu of a proper holiday, and it means no one has to look after the cats.

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Post by tompony » Sun Jul 11, 2010 15:22

I'm going camping on the Isle of Wight in a couple of weeks. I don't have a tent yet, but this is surely only a minor setback.

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Post by strengthofstrings » Sun Jul 11, 2010 19:01

Murray wrote:We're thinking about going to Croatia in September and are looking for hints and tips as to the best places to visit. Not really looking to spend days and days on the beach, but wouldn't mind being based on the coast and travelling around to take in the sights, history, local culture and the like.
Anyone on here done anything similar?
I would highly recommend Dubrovnik - I went last August. It's a good base and strikes a balance between the best beaches/ warmest sea I've ever known, to island hopping, cycling, historic sites etc. The downside is that it's bloody expensive but you might be ok if you go in Sept (they hike the prices up in the summer). My dad loved Split (up North) which sounded a bit more mountainous and forest-like, but you need a car to do that. I think it's cheaper up there too.

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Post by moopind » Mon Jul 12, 2010 13:39

Murray wrote:We're thinking about going to Croatia in September and are looking for hints and tips as to the best places to visit. Not really looking to spend days and days on the beach, but wouldn't mind being based on the coast and travelling around to take in the sights, history, local culture and the like.
Anyone on here done anything similar?
Dubrovnik is breathtaking but apparently has become expensive these days. Easy day trips to Cavtat (v relaxed) or even over into Montenegro and so on.

Split is ace - if you decide to go there, message me for more tips. Another alternative is to fly to Split airport and stay in Trogir, which is really near the airport but is a UNESCO world heritage site and is good for relaxation and you can go into Split by boat (in summer) or by bus. In that area you can visit Krka national park, if you can hire a car or fathom the buses, which is amazing, too. Also you can do the coast road through Omis to Makarska. Ace.

Rovinj is also a lovely place, further North. Lots of winding streets with little artists' studios (and there is a slightly trashy bit, but don't let it put you off). You could even access Rovinj by getting a budget flight to Trieste, Italy, and getting the coach (or to Venice and getting the catamaran - good way to arrive there). You can see the Roman stuff in Pula not far away too. If you do it the Trieste way, you could consider Piran, which is actually in Slovenia, but is absolutely lovely. You could get the train from near Piran (in Koper) up to Ljubljana, which is a world away from the Istrian coastal places - much more Germanic-feeling yet not so far from the sea. In Ljubljana there are off-the-beaten-track bits like little bars on the river and old Yugo army barracks made into arty/anarchisty places. And soup served in a bowl made of bread.

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Post by strengthofstrings » Mon Jul 12, 2010 14:05

Wow, it sounds like I need to go back! I was gutted Krka was too far away from Dubrovnik, it sounds beautiful.

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Post by linus » Mon Jul 12, 2010 14:35

Murray wrote:We're thinking about going to Croatia in September and are looking for hints and tips as to the best places to visit. Not really looking to spend days and days on the beach, but wouldn't mind being based on the coast and travelling around to take in the sights, history, local culture and the like.
Anyone on here done anything similar?
back in the day when general tito was still alive we went to poreč which I learned today is now in croatia, it was lovely then but this was 30 years ago... poreč is apparently pronounced 'porridge' or so I was told as a child, which I obviously found hilarious, the ice cream was good, we visited some caves, I was nearly kidnapped by a kiddy fiddler in a department store (who attempted to use a little footballer keyring as bait... idiot, I was into star wars, what did I care for football? my bum was saved), was 'speared' by a sea urchin (it's spike still embedded in my foot to this day), fell in love with a waitress, went on a boat trip that took us past the biggest nudist colony in the world at that time (the boat driver slowed down so we could all take photos or just take it all in), had to be rescued from drowning by my dad on the very last day of our holiday when the water turned all choppy and enjoyed a holiday romance at the airport when our flight was delayed by an hour on the way back

it was quite simply the holiday of a lifetime

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Post by Murray » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:46

Wow! Thanks for all the Croatia info, it sounds fantastic. I’m even more determined to go having read all that, especially as I’m way too old to be a kiddy-fiddler’s target.
I was hoping that it might be possible to have a relatively cheap holiday seeing as Croatia doesn’t have the Euro, but it looks like I’ll be breaking in to my savings.
Thanks again, and Moopind, I may well be in touch.

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Post by crystalball » Tue May 03, 2011 22:07

Has anyone ever been to Barmouth in Wales? I saw it on Coast earlier on and it looked exactly like something I've had in my head for ages and also like the prettiest place ever. And it's got a railway bridge across the estuary. Is it amazing? I wanna go, even if it means changing trains in Birmingham.

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed May 04, 2011 09:44

crystalball wrote:Has anyone ever been to Barmouth in Wales? I saw it on Coast earlier on and it looked exactly like something I've had in my head for ages and also like the prettiest place ever. And it's got a railway bridge across the estuary. Is it amazing? I wanna go, even if it means changing trains in Birmingham.
Watch it, Marianthi! The mid-Welsh coast is FULL of Brummies & Yam Yams (you can buy Wolverhampton newspapers & beer there).

I've been to Barmouth once many, many moons ago and remember nothing about it. We used to go to Tywyn/Towyn a lot, and I seem to remember that even as a 10-11 year old it seemed a depressed place.

I accidentally spent some time in Aderbyfi/Aberdovey once when I was about 17 cos no one told me the train split into two and I was headed the wrong direction along the coast :-/

I imagine it's all changed quite a lot since those days.
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Post by crystalball » Wed May 04, 2011 15:02

But... but...

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Dunno, it looked stunning on the telly. And I'm all about tides and bridges and serenity right now. I'd fall in love with pretty much any sleepy, depressing seaside town.

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed May 04, 2011 15:40

It's probably pretty nice. Like I said, I think I went once in the early 90's. John Major was in charge FFS. Not in charge of our trip, that'd've been my Mum.
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Post by stolenwine » Thu May 05, 2011 13:19

i was thinking of wales for a holiday too, marianthi! i was thinking of cardigan though. i hear there are DOLPHINS. has anyone on here been? it looks really nice. just wondering if it's do-able without a car though. one day i'll renew my license or decky will learn how to drive and a whole new world of holidays will open up to us. probably when we're 65.
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