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Post by kingofpartick » Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:25 pm

We're off to Spain on Monday for a week's relaxation. Cannot wait, should be a fun week of sitting about our rented villa, with its private pool, reading, swimming, wandering round the local market and getting lovely fresh scran, and having a wee drink of an evening.
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Post by humblebee » Sun Sep 30, 2007 6:49 pm

Have a nice time, kingofpartick!

Anorak, where should me and mrs humblebee go for a holiday at Christmas?

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Post by stolenwine » Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:14 pm

we recently went to italy for the first time and totally fell in love with it. we went to florence and lucca, and i'd recommend both/either. i swear, i was smiling the entire time i was there.

we also went to nice last weekend and i loved it - the water is SO blue and it's just a nice pretty city with a nice atmosphere. i wasn't there long enough to see it properly, but i REALLY want to go back.

aw man, i want to go on holiday again!

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Post by yubo » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:33 am

have a great trip KoP!

humblebee, I quite liked Florence when I was there too. Even though it rained everyday. New York is lovely at Christmastime.

anorak: is there a nice B&B up in the English Lake District that I might want to sleep in?

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Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:28 am

Thanks for the tips! I think it'll have to be somewhere we can either get the train or drive to though. I can't really be doing with those aeroplane things.

yubo - whereabouts in the Lake District do you want to be? If you want to go somewhere really quiet and away from the touristy bits then Ravenglass is wonderful. There just aren't really any lakes around that bit cos it's on the coast. Plenty of estuary action though!

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Post by Woodbine » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:24 am

yubo wrote:anorak: is there a nice B&B up in the English Lake District that I might want to sleep in?
Alternatively if you want to stay somewhere where stuff actually happens, Bowness, Kendal and Ambleside are good. Kendal even has an arts centre!

I sometimes direct tourists to the Visit Britain siteat work, which is good for finding out info on certain areas of the UK.
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Post by kingofpartick » Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:29 pm

i suspect someone should have packed last night, and they might not be looking for the paper part of their driving licence 20 minutes before we have to leave the house.
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Post by yubo » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:10 pm

thanks for the tips!
I was up til the wee hours of the morning browsing sites and much to my relief, it didn't look as daunting to find a place so I of coarse put it off for another day.

what about windemere? or keswick?
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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:16 pm

kingofpartick wrote:i suspect someone should have packed last night, and they might not be looking for the paper part of their driving licence 20 minutes before we have to leave the house.
Yes yes, very good. I'm having the last laugh - I don't have to stay sober all holiday. Wahoo!

We're off in about ten minutes. See you all on the other side.

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Post by roobee » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:19 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:
kingofpartick wrote:i suspect someone should have packed last night, and they might not be looking for the paper part of their driving licence 20 minutes before we have to leave the house.
We're off in about ten minutes. See you all on the other side.
Hope you both have a ball.

Can anyone recommend where would be good to visit over New Year in Germany? I quite fancy a wee trip. It'll need to be train-friendly as my lovely boyfriend will absolutely not set foot on a plane.

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Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:24 pm

yubo wrote:what about windemere? or keswick?
They're both right there in the most beautiful part of the Lake District, and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants and stuff like that. They can get really busy though.

(Don't know anything about B&Bs there - sorry.)

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Post by Colin » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:23 am

I've just seen flights and four nights' accommodation in Barcelona advertised for £159. I can't tell you how tempting that sounds right now. That price is based on two sharing, but I might just go myself. I can't be arsed trying to round people up and I'm sure it won't be too much more expensive if it's just me.
Has anyone been on holiday by themselves here? I've always shied away from it but for a short break like this it might be fine. The two problems I have with it are that things always seem less scary (language problems, travel problems etc) when you're in a group, and also there's a certain stigma on someone who goes on holiday alone. Nae pals, that's what they'll say.
In other travel news, I'm still trying to get a trip to New York organised for late Feb/early March next year. My friends are dragging their heels so much that I've lost most of my enthusiasm for it though.

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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:56 pm

trickster wrote:Can anyone recommend where would be good to visit over New Year in Germany? I quite fancy a wee trip. It'll need to be train-friendly as my lovely boyfriend will absolutely not set foot on a plane.
berlin is meant to be good at new year. or for something quieter, i'll bet heidelberg is nice.
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Post by westgatestreet » Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:37 pm

berlin can be fun, there is a lot going on, but for the life of me i will never ever ever go to the Brandenburger Tor again to celebrate. (i did that in my first year here and i don't recommend doing this)

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Post by Colin » Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:25 pm

Colin wrote:I've just seen flights and four nights' accommodation in Barcelona advertised for £159. I can't tell you how tempting that sounds right now.
What a load of bollocks. The cheapest I could get for a flight leaving a week on Monday and staying in a hotel that was actually in Barcelona was about £350. Looks like I'm staying at home then.

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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:14 am

I'm off to Reykjavik in February, has anyone on here been that can offer any tips?

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Post by decadent » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:43 am

Trickster - for being train friendly, anything near Cologne will be fine, there is a direct link from the Eurostar stop in Brussels to Cologne, and there might be cheapish deals. Alternatively, I am forever suggesting people taking the coach from London to Germany - it only takes 10-12 hours (overnight) to Cologne/Düsseldorf/Dortmund/places like that and is really not that uncomfortable, you even get a couple of hours drinking on the ferry.

Cologne or Düsseldorf should have fun things to do on NYE, as well.
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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:46 am

I'd recommend a trip to Cologne too! The cathedral is HUGE and the place is pretty and has some nice pubs and a friendly atmosphere.

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Post by roobee » Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:44 am

Thanks folks! I think Cologne is the winner.

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Post by Colin » Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:48 am

trickster wrote:Thanks folks! I think Cologne is the winner.
Good choice. Wrap up warm though, last time I was there was February and it was unbelievably cold.

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