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Title: Hollibobs
Post by: TRC on Sunday 20 January 2008, 06:12:12 PM
Anyone booked their summer holiday yet? Just booked to go to Aiya Napa in July anyone been?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Sunday 20 January 2008, 06:13:24 PM
I'm going to... nowhere!

PA in March though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Sunday 20 January 2008, 06:36:03 PM
Yes, I have 2 already booked.

Magaluf for 2 weeks in May/June.

Amsterdam for 4 days in August.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Sunday 20 January 2008, 06:44:44 PM
Falaraki. (sp) booked within the next week.

Sure you shouldn't be spending that on a gym membership Hunter you fat c***?

;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TRC on Sunday 20 January 2008, 06:57:55 PM
In 4 weeks time I will be a white Floyd Mayweather!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gray on Sunday 20 January 2008, 07:14:13 PM
i own a place in rhodes, so same as usual, as many times as possible
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Sunday 20 January 2008, 07:15:42 PM
Quite a few holidays this year.

2 weeks in Thailand in March (3 days of which is for work)

Long weekend in Amsterdam in April (anyone know if they've banned magic mushrooms yet? Also read that they've turned some of the Red Light zone into display windows for fashion students)

3 weeks in Argentina/Brazil in May

Back end of the year I might go to St Lucia as I know some one who has a place there!

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: geordie01 on Sunday 20 January 2008, 07:45:19 PM
2 weeks in malia end of august.

anyone ever been?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LucaAltieri on Sunday 20 January 2008, 08:05:54 PM
Quite a few holidays this year.

2 weeks in Thailand in March (3 days of which is for work)

Long weekend in Amsterdam in April (anyone know if they've banned magic mushrooms yet? Also read that they've turned some of the Red Light zone into display windows for fashion students)

3 weeks in Argentina/Brazil in May

Back end of the year I might go to St Lucia as I know some one who has a place there!



b******.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jamie on Sunday 20 January 2008, 08:24:17 PM
Anyone booked their summer holiday yet? Just booked to go to Aiya Napa in July anyone been?
Never stayed there, but went there for a few nights when staying in Protarus
Good nightlife, something for everyone, you'll enjoy it  :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colo's Short and Curlies on Sunday 20 January 2008, 09:27:22 PM
Cancun, April to get married
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Monday 21 January 2008, 01:15:51 AM
Falaraki. (sp) booked within the next week.

Sure you shouldn't be spending that on a gym membership Hunter you fat c***?

;)

LANGUAGE!  >:(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TRC on Monday 21 January 2008, 12:27:33 PM
2 weeks in malia end of august.

anyone ever been?
Went there last year, was class, too p*ssed tho, in the Loft at the top of the strip its 1 euro for a vodka and mixer, so I ended up wrecked every night, the clubs arent that big but the bars are mint
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Monday 21 January 2008, 12:29:04 PM
Going to the states for two weeks in march and maybe again in the summer or somewhere else maybe, if i can afford it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Monday 21 January 2008, 12:29:56 PM
Falaraki. (sp) booked within the next week.

Sure you shouldn't be spending that on a gym membership Hunter you fat c***?

;)

LANGUAGE!  >:(

I'm Sorry.   :-[
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Lenny on Monday 21 January 2008, 01:08:07 PM
Just got a holiday booked to Florida in June, had to pay an extra 200 quid to go a week earlier so I can still see the Foo's on the 7th.

Never been on a holiday like this before, cant wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jimburst on Monday 21 January 2008, 02:44:54 PM
Looking into booking flights to Thailand with my Girlfriend for the summer. Seems a lot of money but it's meant to be proper cheap once you're out there :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Micktoon on Monday 21 January 2008, 03:05:11 PM
2 weeks to Lauderdale in April, used to work there, love the place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: alex on Monday 21 January 2008, 03:27:22 PM
Italy in June (Pisa, Florence & Venice) - 1 week; Greece in July (Paxos) 1 week; France (nr Limoges) in September. Might squeeze a city break or two in too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieGirl1985 on Monday 21 January 2008, 05:18:37 PM
Anyone booked their summer holiday yet? Just booked to go to Aiya Napa in July anyone been?
  thats where i plan on going this year. My friend went for 4-5 months last summer and she loved it, so i plan on going with her
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnypd on Monday 21 January 2008, 05:52:35 PM
Italy in June (Pisa, Florence & Venice) - 1 week; Greece in July (Paxos) 1 week; France (nr Limoges) in September. Might squeeze a city break or two in too.

nice area, spent some time around there inbetween limoges and chateauroux. where you staying?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: La Parka on Monday 21 January 2008, 06:09:00 PM
Not been on holiday for 3 years now. Not really fussed tbh. :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jamie on Monday 21 January 2008, 06:21:19 PM
Not been on holiday for 3 years now. Not really fussed tbh. :)
It's good :parky:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rocker on Monday 21 January 2008, 06:23:56 PM
Going to Paris in May with the lass. Second time within twelve months.  :smitten:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Felling Mag on Monday 21 January 2008, 06:45:17 PM
Prague (10th-13th April) with the lads.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 1 February 2008, 08:11:25 PM
Benidorm in May, Zante in June through to July.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Friday 1 February 2008, 08:15:06 PM
Falaraki. (sp) booked within the next week.

Going over my 18th birthday. :celb:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 1 February 2008, 08:22:46 PM
Faliraki was quality about 8 years ago, we went just before the boom and when the drinks were still dirt cheap. Supposed to have been a lot more built up since then so I imagine it is very good if not a bit pricey.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Friday 1 February 2008, 09:02:52 PM
2 weeks in malia end of august.

anyone ever been?
3 times(once in may,once in june,once in septmber)last time was 1998
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Friday 1 February 2008, 09:11:41 PM
Faliraki was quality about 8 years ago, we went just before the boom and when the drinks were still dirt cheap. Supposed to have been a lot more built up since then so I imagine it is very good if not a bit pricey.

I've been to Falkirk, fuckin dump
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Friday 1 February 2008, 09:13:29 PM
am planning on getting abroad for hols for the first time in 10years this year but being out the loop i didn't realise how bloody expensive it now was.

thought we'd get a decent all inc for us (2 adultsan 8yr old and 4yr old) for £2000 but no chance. school holiday time the flight siupp can be as much as £100 per seat.
(how come it costs more for fuel in the kids summer hols,lying fleecing pack of b******s)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Luc on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:07:09 PM
Marmaris, Turkey. All-inn and the hotel looks quite classy.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:22:02 PM
Falaraki. (sp) booked within the next week.

Going over my 18th birthday. :celb:

Pulled out, can't afford it plus I'm 17 for most of the time we're there and if their arsey about letting under 18's in... Not gonna risk it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Syrette on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:32:03 PM
Nothing planned, hardly ever go on holidays anyway.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:33:27 PM
Falaraki. (sp) booked within the next week.

Going over my 18th birthday. :celb:

Pulled out, can't afford it plus I'm 17 for most of the time we're there and if their arsey about letting under 18's in... Not gonna risk it.
do you mean the pubs'n'clubs ?

they aint arsey providing your buying.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:37:23 PM
Falaraki. (sp) booked within the next week.

Going over my 18th birthday. :celb:

Pulled out, can't afford it plus I'm 17 for most of the time we're there and if their arsey about letting under 18's in... Not gonna risk it.
do you mean the pubs'n'clubs ?

they aint arsey providing your buying.

Yeah, well can't be sure. Everything I earn from now on would go towards it, not worth the risk. At least now I can sort myself out with some driving lessons with the money.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:37:31 PM
Going to Tenerife this Friday for a week. Should be nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:38:38 PM
A ferry and train combo should allow me to see....

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen.

Can't f***ing wait!!!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:41:12 PM
A ferry and train combo should allow me to see....

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen.

Can't f***ing wait!!!!

Inter-rail? Might be doing that myself in Sept. Thinking of doing Krakow working down towards Algarve.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:46:32 PM
A ferry and train combo should allow me to see....

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen.

Can't f****** wait!!!!

Inter-rail? Might be doing that myself in Sept. Thinking of doing Krakow working down towards Algarve.
yup.  £295 for a months unlimited travel if you're under 26.  Then just stopping in budget hostels.  (ones for like €20 a night).

We're getting the ferry to Amsterdam, then going anti-clockwise.  Places like Toulouse, Bern and Hamburg are just where we plan to change trains, but I've done a bit of research and Toulouse especially, seems like a nice place so might stop there.

Then hoping to get the ferry from Bergen back to North Shields.  It's not a final plan like.  No doubt I'll start a thread on it once I get back.  Going early June, should take about a month.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 09:49:12 PM
A ferry and train combo should allow me to see....

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen.

Can't f****** wait!!!!

Inter-rail? Might be doing that myself in Sept. Thinking of doing Krakow working down towards Algarve.
yup.  £295 for a months unlimited travel if you're under 26.  Then just stopping in budget hostels.  (ones for like ?20 a night).

We're getting the ferry to Amsterdam, then going anti-clockwise.  Places like Toulouse, Bern and Hamburg are just where we plan to change trains, but I've done a bit of research and Toulouse especially, seems like a nice place so might stop there.

Then hoping to get the ferry from Bergen back to North Shields.  It's not a final plan like.  No doubt I'll start a thread on it once I get back.  Going early June, should take about a month.

Aye the month pass is what i think is what we were looking to do. Is good value but choosing where to go is the problem.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 10:02:11 PM
A ferry and train combo should allow me to see....

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen.

Can't f****** wait!!!!

Inter-rail? Might be doing that myself in Sept. Thinking of doing Krakow working down towards Algarve.
yup.  £295 for a months unlimited travel if you're under 26.  Then just stopping in budget hostels.  (ones for like ?20 a night).

We're getting the ferry to Amsterdam, then going anti-clockwise.  Places like Toulouse, Bern and Hamburg are just where we plan to change trains, but I've done a bit of research and Toulouse especially, seems like a nice place so might stop there.

Then hoping to get the ferry from Bergen back to North Shields.  It's not a final plan like.  No doubt I'll start a thread on it once I get back.  Going early June, should take about a month.

Aye the month pass is what i think is what we were looking to do. Is good value but choosing where to go is the problem.
yeah.  Our route means we're only going to be able to spend 2 nights tops in some places.  We're thinking of missing Norway out like, I've heard its something like £6 a pint.  As sad as it seems to, we've based our route on places with big/famous football teams  :lol:  Hoping to do a few stadium tours while I'm away (Stade de France, Nou Camp, San Siro, Allainz Arena at least!)


Most of my other mates are going back to Magaluf.  Fair enough I reckon, but I did that last year, and to be honest, I'd prefer to get about and see the world.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 10:46:37 PM
A ferry and train combo should allow me to see....

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen.

Can't f****** wait!!!!

Inter-rail? Might be doing that myself in Sept. Thinking of doing Krakow working down towards Algarve.
yup.  £295 for a months unlimited travel if you're under 26.  Then just stopping in budget hostels.  (ones for like ?20 a night).

We're getting the ferry to Amsterdam, then going anti-clockwise.  Places like Toulouse, Bern and Hamburg are just where we plan to change trains, but I've done a bit of research and Toulouse especially, seems like a nice place so might stop there.

Then hoping to get the ferry from Bergen back to North Shields.  It's not a final plan like.  No doubt I'll start a thread on it once I get back.  Going early June, should take about a month.

Aye the month pass is what i think is what we were looking to do. Is good value but choosing where to go is the problem.
yeah.  Our route means we're only going to be able to spend 2 nights tops in some places.  We're thinking of missing Norway out like, I've heard its something like £6 a pint.  As sad as it seems to, we've based our route on places with big/famous football teams  :lol:  Hoping to do a few stadium tours while I'm away (Stade de France, Nou Camp, San Siro, Allainz Arena at least!)


Most of my other mates are going back to Magaluf.  Fair enough I reckon, but I did that last year, and to be honest, I'd prefer to get about and see the world.
the usual tactic (and i'm one who planned to do it but didn't) is to go for night trains and sleep on the train,saves getting a room for the night.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Incognito on Wednesday 5 March 2008, 10:55:19 PM
Italy in June (Pisa, Florence & Venice) - 1 week; Greece in July (Paxos) 1 week; France (nr Limoges) in September. Might squeeze a city break or two in too.

I thought this place was in Turkey!!!!!! :iamatwat:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 6 March 2008, 01:27:51 AM
As Madras says, getting night trains with sleeper compartments is the best idea. You play an extra supplement, even with the interrail ticket. Its usually between 5 and 10 euros, which is considerably cheaper than anywhere you will be staying!

If you're going to all the famous western cities in peak times, I really wouldn't expect your holiday to be anything other than very expensive. Great fun, but very expensive. Hostels (even the poor ones) will all be over €20 a night, on the night. In amsterdam it can get seriously steep and into the €50's.

Take a sleeping bag and sleep on beaches, it's amazing and costs nothing!

Also, it's a lot cheaper to:

Get a package holiday to your furthest destination away. (package holidays are cheaper than the flights themselves)
Spend a week chillaxing and pissing about
Organise your inter-rail ticket to start the day after the first weeks holiday ends
You then have 4 weeks to travel in a straight line back to amsterdam (for the ferry back to NCL), which means you wont have to double back on yourself at any point, or visit anywhere twice/you don't want to.
Hey presto! 5 weeks holidays!

hope you enjoy it mate, best time of my life :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Decky on Thursday 6 March 2008, 02:01:22 AM
Will get a last minute deal somewhere prob
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LooneyToonArmy on Thursday 6 March 2008, 05:00:24 AM
anyone else hate package holidays? Plus I don`t get people who keep going back to the same place time and time again. Some people go back to the  exact same hotel ,goto the same beach every fkin year....... yawn, boring!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dr. TC on Thursday 6 March 2008, 08:39:51 AM
Working for 7 weeks in hospitals in Belize, then 2 weeks' holiday with the missus in Cancun  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Thursday 6 March 2008, 08:52:05 AM
As Madras says, getting night trains with sleeper compartments is the best idea. You play an extra supplement, even with the interrail ticket. Its usually between 5 and 10 euros, which is considerably cheaper than anywhere you will be staying!

If you're going to all the famous western cities in peak times, I really wouldn't expect your holiday to be anything other than very expensive. Great fun, but very expensive. Hostels (even the poor ones) will all be over €20 a night, on the night. In amsterdam it can get seriously steep and into the €50's.

Take a sleeping bag and sleep on beaches, it's amazing and costs nothing!

Also, it's a lot cheaper to:

Get a package holiday to your furthest destination away. (package holidays are cheaper than the flights themselves)
Spend a week chillaxing and pissing about
Organise your inter-rail ticket to start the day after the first weeks holiday ends
You then have 4 weeks to travel in a straight line back to amsterdam (for the ferry back to NCL), which means you wont have to double back on yourself at any point, or visit anywhere twice/you don't want to.
Hey presto! 5 weeks holidays!

hope you enjoy it mate, best time of my life :thup:
cheers to the pair of you.  I'll be sure to suggest those tips to the other 2 that are coming with me, we'll see what we can do.

We'd thought about the over-night trains before, but inter-rail doesn't really give a price for the supplement of a sleeper carriage.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 6 March 2008, 11:49:57 AM
As Madras says, getting night trains with sleeper compartments is the best idea. You play an extra supplement, even with the interrail ticket. Its usually between 5 and 10 euros, which is considerably cheaper than anywhere you will be staying!

If you're going to all the famous western cities in peak times, I really wouldn't expect your holiday to be anything other than very expensive. Great fun, but very expensive. Hostels (even the poor ones) will all be over €20 a night, on the night. In amsterdam it can get seriously steep and into the €50's.

Take a sleeping bag and sleep on beaches, it's amazing and costs nothing!

Also, it's a lot cheaper to:

Get a package holiday to your furthest destination away. (package holidays are cheaper than the flights themselves)
Spend a week chillaxing and pissing about
Organise your inter-rail ticket to start the day after the first weeks holiday ends
You then have 4 weeks to travel in a straight line back to amsterdam (for the ferry back to NCL), which means you wont have to double back on yourself at any point, or visit anywhere twice/you don't want to.
Hey presto! 5 weeks holidays!

hope you enjoy it mate, best time of my life :thup:
cheers to the pair of you.  I'll be sure to suggest those tips to the other 2 that are coming with me, we'll see what we can do.

We'd thought about the over-night trains before, but inter-rail doesn't really give a price for the supplement of a sleeper carriage.

You can find out on the internet though, if you're really worried about it. Trust me, it's the best thing to do, because you get accommodation for a night for about 5 quid, you miss nothing apart from the night, You arrive in the destination at a nice time, with the full day ahead of you!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AfroP on Thursday 6 March 2008, 12:02:22 PM
off to amsterdam in november for the cup(the cup that could only be held in amsterdam and is sponsored by high times magazine)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: alex on Thursday 6 March 2008, 12:05:26 PM
off to amsterdam in november for the cup(the cup that could only be held in amsterdam and is sponsored by high times magazine)
The High Times Cannabis Cup. Nice one.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AfroP on Thursday 6 March 2008, 12:17:18 PM
off to amsterdam in november for the cup(the cup that could only be held in amsterdam and is sponsored by high times magazine)
The High Times Cannabis Cup. Nice one.

judges pass  O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Saturday 29 March 2008, 08:56:27 PM
Hartlepool in May.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Liam Liam Liam O on Saturday 29 March 2008, 08:58:25 PM
Hartlepool in May.

Lucky b******.  Heard its fantastic that time of year :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Saturday 29 March 2008, 08:58:47 PM
Hartlepool in May.

CHAMPION!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Felling Mag on Saturday 29 March 2008, 09:09:26 PM
Prague (10th-13th April) with the lads.

11 days  :celb:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colo's Short and Curlies on Saturday 29 March 2008, 09:29:41 PM
Prague (10th-13th April) with the lads.

11 days  :celb:

I'll raise you! 9 days until Cancun. I'm coming back owning half of what I do going out there though
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Karjala on Sunday 30 March 2008, 11:22:53 AM
Skiing in Finnish lapland in 2 weeks... cant wait!

Drive down to Stansted, Ryanair to Tampere, over night train to Kemi in the North. (Gonna take about 23 hours on the drink).

Couple of days in Kemi before driving up to Yllas ski resort where weve got a 8-birth log cabin rented, 3 days of skiing, snowmobile and sauna.

Back down to Kemi and the reverse journey home.  Did it all pretty cheap too :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ally on Sunday 30 March 2008, 09:34:45 PM
Going to Venice on Wednesday, can't wait!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: olliemort on Wednesday 2 April 2008, 11:49:19 PM
Just back from Grindewald,Swizterland.Lovely place,very good for sking although I was s****!!Very expensive so wont be going back but glad i went still!!
Off to Oporto in Porto in 3 wks time to play in a football tournament cant wait!!!
Going to New York at christmas time with the bird,also!!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kasper on Thursday 3 April 2008, 12:11:18 AM
A ferry and train combo should allow me to see....

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen.

Can't f***ing wait!!!!

Ahh..im off to my inter rail in 19 days :D

Route:

Plane to Frankfurt on 22nd, bus to Köln and waiting until 3:45am for a train so we can get an extra day to travel with the card. Then Amsterdam, Normandy, Paris, Spain, Lyon (where my friends aunt has a wine farm), Milan (Flogging Molly gig), Prague, and then to Estonia on a bus and boat home to Helsinki.

"Can't f***ing wait!!!!"
Seconded  :celb:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WalkervilleMag on Thursday 3 April 2008, 12:11:28 AM
just back from Chicago,  back there for 2 months in the summer,  also Byker Sands :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: float one in on Thursday 3 April 2008, 11:58:44 AM
Just back from Grindewald,Swizterland.Lovely place,very good for sking although I was s****!!Very expensive so wont be going back but glad i went still!!
Off to Oporto in Porto in 3 wks time to play in a football tournament cant wait!!!
Going to New York at christmas time with the bird,also!!!

What tournament is that?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 3 April 2008, 07:56:03 PM
Magaluf at end of june start of July.
Benicassim festival
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: olliemort on Thursday 3 April 2008, 08:00:21 PM
Just back from Grindewald,Swizterland.Lovely place,very good for sking although I was s****!!Very expensive so wont be going back but glad i went still!!
Off to Oporto in Porto in 3 wks time to play in a football tournament cant wait!!!
Going to New York at christmas time with the bird,also!!!

What tournament is that?
Havent a clue,our keeper from the football team I play in enters teams every year in different countrys
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: float one in on Thursday 3 April 2008, 08:49:11 PM
Just back from Grindewald,Swizterland.Lovely place,very good for sking although I was s****!!Very expensive so wont be going back but glad i went still!!
Off to Oporto in Porto in 3 wks time to play in a football tournament cant wait!!!
Going to New York at christmas time with the bird,also!!!

What tournament is that?
Havent a clue,our keeper from the football team I play in enters teams every year in different countrys

Nice, should be good crack. Wish my team did something like that - we do a pre-season 'tour' to somewhere on the south coast every year! Shouldn't knock it really, it is a laugh, but not quite Portugal! Well, enjoy it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Thursday 3 April 2008, 08:51:15 PM
Just back from Grindewald,Swizterland.Lovely place,very good for sking although I was s****!!Very expensive so wont be going back but glad i went still!!
Off to Oporto in Porto in 3 wks time to play in a football tournament cant wait!!!
Going to New York at christmas time with the bird,also!!!

What tournament is that?
Havent a clue,our keeper from the football team I play in enters teams every year in different countrys

Nice, should be good crack. Wish my team did something like that - we do a pre-season 'tour' to somewhere on the south coast every year! Shouldn't knock it really, it is a laugh, but not quite Portugal! Well, enjoy it.

I'd love to do that with my team. Do you do it through a company or something... have a link? :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: olliemort on Thursday 3 April 2008, 08:58:14 PM
Just back from Grindewald,Swizterland.Lovely place,very good for sking although I was s****!!Very expensive so wont be going back but glad i went still!!
Off to Oporto in Porto in 3 wks time to play in a football tournament cant wait!!!
Going to New York at christmas time with the bird,also!!!

What tournament is that?
Havent a clue,our keeper from the football team I play in enters teams every year in different countrys

Nice, should be good crack. Wish my team did something like that - we do a pre-season 'tour' to somewhere on the south coast every year! Shouldn't knock it really, it is a laugh, but not quite Portugal! Well, enjoy it.

I'd love to do that with my team. Do you do it through a company or something... have a link? :)
Cheers man,ya cant wait for it!Most teams dont do anything at all in fairness!
I really dont have a clue,this is my first time Im going along,I will ask him and see what he says!
He sent me a link to my email address was www.communitythroughsupport.com
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 7 May 2008, 11:30:41 PM
Benidorm in two days (or if I posted this in 30 mins, tomorrow) WOO! :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Wednesday 7 May 2008, 11:37:10 PM
Going to Ibiza for a week in August :celb:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Wednesday 7 May 2008, 11:38:28 PM
Magaluf in 13 days (or if I posted this in 30 mins, 12) WOO! :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 7 May 2008, 11:39:53 PM
Wish I was going back to Magaluf :(

7 Weeks till Zante :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kev on Wednesday 7 May 2008, 11:58:22 PM
13 days until im off to Italy with my school  :celb:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LooneyToonArmy on Thursday 8 May 2008, 02:25:51 AM
Quite a few holidays this year.

2 weeks in Thailand in March (3 days of which is for work)

3 weeks in Argentina/Brazil in May

Back end of the year I might go to St Lucia as I know some one who has a place there!



finally some proper holiday destinations.....none of this falaraki, ibiza, magaluf nonsense ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colo's Short and Curlies on Thursday 8 May 2008, 07:40:42 AM
Got back from Cancun two weeks ago, amazing time. If you get the chance go!

Now just to decide whether its Mexico (again) or the Dominican Republic for next year. Decisions!!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:02:25 PM
This time in 12 hours and I should be in Spain.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:06:41 PM
This time in 12 hours and I should be in Spain.

This tme in 12 hours, I should be in Argos!

 :weep:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:07:54 PM
I'm Jealous :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:16:48 PM
I'm Jealous :D

You should be my son!

option 1 - The wonderfully climatic sunshine and free-flowing booze, supplied to your private cooler, as you sunbathe on sun-scorched grains

opton 2 - wait in a stuffed peasant shop with chavwifes' ramming their prams into you, while you wait for you "lottery" ticket to salvation and freedom

FUCKIN TRICKY ONE THAT MIGUELJON !
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:18:01 PM
This time in 12 hours and I should be in Spain.
Have a nice trip mate, you won't miss owt, Milner is still injured :razz:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Unlucky Luque on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:18:52 PM
San Diego, Newcastle, some cabin thing in Norway
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:19:45 PM
:D

I like MiguelJon :lol:

Oh btw, 7 weeks today till Zante ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:22:18 PM
:D

I like MiguelJon :lol:

Oh btw, 7 weeks today till Zante ;)

Oh p*ss off man!

By then, I hope to have been upgraded to Woolworths!!

DAMN YOU
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:23:41 PM
Forgot, Hartlepool 2 weeks Saturday. Now you are jealous!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Incognito on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:54:31 PM
13 days til Es Cana!!!!!!Cannat fuckin' wait man!!!!!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:58:18 PM
Forgot, Hartlepool 2 weeks Saturday. Now you are jealous!

Yes, I am.......  Yes!

Never forget your patriotism to us............  the commoners

 O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: K9 on Thursday 8 May 2008, 10:59:27 PM
Woo 6 weeks til 3 weeks in cyprus aaaaaaaaaight bruv
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Thursday 8 May 2008, 11:00:54 PM
Have a great holiday Jon.

Benidorm is crap though. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Thursday 8 May 2008, 11:17:15 PM
Four weeks today and the future wife gets here on her hols for 2 and a half months, woohoo!!  :celb: :frantic:  :smug:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 9 May 2008, 04:31:07 AM
Have a great holiday Jon.

Benidorm is crap though. :lol:

You said that about Magaluf though :D

Tbh going away with 23 of your mates (some you haven't seen for a few years) is going to be good no matter where you go.

Its sooooo early!! :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Friday 9 May 2008, 04:58:14 AM
Have a great holiday Jon.

Benidorm is crap though. :lol:

You said that about Magaluf though :D

Tbh going away with 23 of your mates (some you haven't seen for a few years) is going to be good no matter where you go.

Its sooooo early!! :lol:

Not in my world!

You've probably gone, but hope you have a good time. Be careful [/mother] :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GAMMELL on Friday 9 May 2008, 10:37:44 AM
I'm off to Thailand 24th June for 2 months & then I'm f*cking off from Bangkok to Cairns to travel Australia for 12 months. Can't wait I tell ye, 8 months of saving, been a killer but it will be worth it in the end no doubt.  :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: alex on Friday 9 May 2008, 10:51:51 AM
I'm off to Thailand 24th June for 2 months & then I'm f*cking off from Bangkok to Cairns to travel Australia for 12 months. Can't wait I tell ye, 8 months of saving, been a killer but it will be worth it in the end no doubt.  :thup:
If you're going all that way I'd consider NZ, the South Sea Islands and other parts of SE Asia too mate. It's a hell of a long way and you could see absolutely loads of Australia in 6 months or less. Queensland was my favourite bit fwiw.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GAMMELL on Friday 9 May 2008, 10:59:36 AM
I'm off to Thailand 24th June for 2 months & then I'm f*cking off from Bangkok to Cairns to travel Australia for 12 months. Can't wait I tell ye, 8 months of saving, been a killer but it will be worth it in the end no doubt.  :thup:
If you're going all that way I'd consider NZ, the South Sea Islands and other parts of SE Asia too mate. It's a hell of a long way and you could see absolutely loads of Australia in 6 months or less. Queensland was my favourite bit fwiw.

NZ is defo a place I wanna see & I'm sure I'll get to see it. South Sea Islands, any good & what to expect?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: alex on Friday 9 May 2008, 11:16:12 AM
I'm off to Thailand 24th June for 2 months & then I'm f*cking off from Bangkok to Cairns to travel Australia for 12 months. Can't wait I tell ye, 8 months of saving, been a killer but it will be worth it in the end no doubt.  :thup:
If you're going all that way I'd consider NZ, the South Sea Islands and other parts of SE Asia too mate. It's a hell of a long way and you could see absolutely loads of Australia in 6 months or less. Queensland was my favourite bit fwiw.

NZ is defo a place I wanna see & I'm sure I'll get to see it. South Sea Islands, any good & what to expect?
Actually I never went, but it's a regret of mine. I was 'only' in Oz for 3 months though. The Cook Islands look amazing though. You used to be able to fly there fairly cheap via NZ (Virgin Blue and Quantas's cheapy airline). I know a few people who've been and loved it. And like I said, it's so far away from here you may as well do it when it's relatively close.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Friday 9 May 2008, 06:14:31 PM
Just had a brochure today from the company I booked my South African adventure with last year. They're doing a new trip to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Hmmm.........  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Friday 9 May 2008, 06:34:32 PM
Peru.  :drool:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: olliemort on Saturday 10 May 2008, 01:57:04 PM
Just had a brochure today from the company I booked my South African adventure with last year. They're doing a new trip to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Hmmm.........  :cheesy:
Me and my mates are considering going to SA for the world cup,a lot of work organising s*** though and prob will be expensive as hell but hey f*** it will be worth it! :snod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: olliemort on Saturday 10 May 2008, 02:00:33 PM
Just booked weekend away for girlfriend...going to London for three nights,four days,first weekend in August.She wants to go to see gammy musicals so we reached a compromise!We go to a musical but also we go to the Emritates to watch Arsenal v Real mADRID..NICE!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieDazzler on Saturday 10 May 2008, 02:19:05 PM
Off to Zante at the start of August with my mates, Barcelona for New Year with the lads as a load of us have our 21st's in December.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieDazzler on Saturday 10 May 2008, 02:23:30 PM
2 weeks in malia end of august.

anyone ever been?

Went last year, quality well what I can remember of it...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gemmill on Saturday 10 May 2008, 02:26:09 PM
Going to Cyprus for a fortnight in June.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 May 2008, 03:18:21 PM
Benidorm is a bit s*** :lol:

Still had a quality time though, some of my mates are off the rails though (one spent 588 Euros in the first night).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Monday 12 May 2008, 03:25:01 PM
Benidorm is a bit s*** :lol:

Still had a quality time though, some of my mates are off the rails though (one spent 588 Euros in the first night).

Did you see sticky Vicky though?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fuhg on Monday 12 May 2008, 03:25:17 PM
As long as I get to Granada at some point I'll be happy.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Monday 12 May 2008, 04:44:49 PM
Just had a brochure today from the company I booked my South African adventure with last year. They're doing a new trip to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Hmmm.........  :cheesy:
Me and my mates are considering going to SA for the world cup,a lot of work organising s*** though and prob will be expensive as hell but hey f*** it will be worth it! :snod:

Go for it. It's an amazing place. If you want any info then just drop me a PM as I travelled all round the country.

As for me, a Caribbean adventure beckons for later in the year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 May 2008, 05:28:45 PM
Benidorm is a bit s*** :lol:

Still had a quality time though, some of my mates are off the rails though (one spent 588 Euros in the first night).

Did you see sticky Vicky though?

Yes and she was just very, very wrong!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 May 2008, 06:37:51 PM
Also f***ed up my foot, forgot to mention that.

We didn't get our deposit back on our hotel room either, was a really messy weekend.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 10:25:36 AM
Just come back from Belgium, absolutely belting time with me and 3 mates on the p*ss for 4days. Much hilarity and bad drunken craic all round.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 10:35:49 AM
About 6 weeks before I head off to Bolivia and Peru for 5 weeks, meeting a couple of mates out there who are on a gap year at the moment. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Keefaz on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 11:38:14 AM
Got a rebate from the water for nearly five hundred quid! Might f*** off somewhere and see what happens.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lovejoy on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 11:43:37 AM
going on 2 stag do's to benidorm this year! should be fun!

also going to cancun in august
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colo's Short and Curlies on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 12:54:33 PM
going on 2 stag do's to benidorm this year! should be fun!

also going to cancun in august

Just got back from there (got wed at the Riu Cancun)- what hotel you staying in?

btw, one thing you MUST do when you ar there is to go on the Captain Hook Pirate Dinner - and try and get on the red boat. One of the best nights entertainment I've ever had.

Also, the tour operator tours are really overpriced - even more so than say in Greece, don't be tempted to buy from them straight away!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: alex on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 02:09:08 PM
going on 2 stag do's to benidorm this year! should be fun!

also going to cancun in august

Just got back from there (got wed at the Riu Cancun)- what hotel you staying in?

btw, one thing you MUST do when you ar there is to go on the Captain Hook Pirate Dinner - and try and get on the red boat. One of the best nights entertainment I've ever had.

Also, the tour operator tours are really overpriced - even more so than say in Greece, don't be tempted to buy from them straight away!
:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Keefaz on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 03:35:20 PM
Sounds geet classy and that, like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: midds on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 03:41:47 PM
going on 2 stag do's to benidorm this year! should be fun!

also going to cancun in august

Just got back from there (got wed at the Riu Cancun)- what hotel you staying in?

btw, one thing you MUST do when you ar there is to go on the Captain Hook Pirate Dinner - and try and get on the red boat. One of the best nights entertainment I've ever had.

Also, the tour operator tours are really overpriced - even more so than say in Greece, don't be tempted to buy from them straight away!
:lol:

Well soptted sir!  :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: biggs on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 07:53:52 PM
Off to Side,Turkey next tuesday in a All Inclusive hotel with its own water park ,and foam disco thing for the kids to keep them occupied while me and the wife drink Turkish beer and failing to get p*ssed no matter how we try. :banana:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 07:55:56 PM
Off to Side,Turkey next tuesday in a All Inclusive hotel with its own water park ,and foam disco thing for the kids to keep them occupied while me and the wife drink Turkish beer and failing to get p*ssed no matter how we try. :banana:

Which side? East or West?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 09:55:57 PM
going on 2 stag do's to benidorm this year! should be fun!

also going to cancun in august

Just got back from there (got wed at the Riu Cancun)- what hotel you staying in?

btw, one thing you MUST do when you ar there is to go on the Captain Hook Pirate Dinner - and try and get on the red boat. One of the best nights entertainment I've ever had.

Also, the tour operator tours are really overpriced - even more so than say in Greece, don't be tempted to buy from them straight away!
:lol:

Well soptted sir!  :lol:

It's a good job you don't teach English. Atrocious spelling ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: midds on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 10:00:18 PM
going on 2 stag do's to benidorm this year! should be fun!

also going to cancun in august

Just got back from there (got wed at the Riu Cancun)- what hotel you staying in?

btw, one thing you MUST do when you ar there is to go on the Captain Hook Pirate Dinner - and try and get on the red boat. One of the best nights entertainment I've ever had.

Also, the tour operator tours are really overpriced - even more so than say in Greece, don't be tempted to buy from them straight away!
:lol:

Well soptted sir!  :lol:

It's a good job you don't teach English. Atrocious spelling ;)

You think you're clever don't you? Eh, eh?? :rant:



 :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 10:01:41 PM
going on 2 stag do's to benidorm this year! should be fun!

also going to cancun in august

Just got back from there (got wed at the Riu Cancun)- what hotel you staying in?

btw, one thing you MUST do when you ar there is to go on the Captain Hook Pirate Dinner - and try and get on the red boat. One of the best nights entertainment I've ever had.

Also, the tour operator tours are really overpriced - even more so than say in Greece, don't be tempted to buy from them straight away!
:lol:

Well soptted sir!  :lol:

It's a good job you don't teach English. Atrocious spelling ;)

You think you're clever don't you? Eh, eh?? :rant:



 :lol:

Of course I'm clever. I'm a woman :smug:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: midds on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 10:06:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF4gHS4nvSM
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 10:10:00 PM
I can't see embedded vids from work...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: biggs on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 10:46:25 PM
Off to Side,Turkey next tuesday in a All Inclusive hotel with its own water park ,and foam disco thing for the kids to keep them occupied while me and the wife drink Turkish beer and failing to get p*ssed no matter how we try. :banana:

Which side? East or West?
south  :snod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Tuesday 13 May 2008, 11:29:50 PM
Keep getting reminded of things that happened on my holiday. Really was a f***ed up few days :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 08:22:35 PM
(http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/9897/n7124768368694446100au7.jpg)

 :laugh: (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 08:26:58 PM
Is that you in the background, thinkin back to photo with the chicks, when younger?

 (if I have the correct bloke that is :blush:)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 08:53:04 PM
I am the one next to the bloke who looks like he is trying to eat the world.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 08:55:54 PM
Ralf Little!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:00:12 PM
Ralf Little!

I was correct then!

Ralf little has also been offered to me as a lookeylikey ? ? ? ?

 :idiot2:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:00:56 PM
Ralf Little!

I was correct then!

Ralf little has also been offered to me as a lookeylikey ? ? ? ?

 :idiot2:

What you on about dude?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:10:39 PM
Ralf Little!

I was correct then!



 :idiot2:

What you on about dude?

"I was correct then" refers to my initial enquiry, as to whether gejon was the guy sitting in the background.


"Ralf little has also been offered to me as a lookeylikey ? ? ? ?"   refers to your response  O0  (not offered to me, but suggested as a person I resemble)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:13:07 PM
Ah not you Lanky, GayJon looks a bit like Ralph Little like that's all.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:30:39 PM
Ah not you Lanky, GayJon looks a bit like Ralph Little like that's all.

Thankyou soooo much for the over-ruling of a colleagues' ill founded claim!


 O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:41:50 PM
I look f*** all like Ralf Little, I look more like Andy Fatty Reid :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:47:01 PM
I made that gag in the new shirts thread and nobody laughed. :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:51:16 PM
About me looking like fatty Reid? :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:56:30 PM
My mistake, it was Andy Griffin: http://www.newcastle-online.com/nufcforum/index.php?topic=52238.msg1315712#msg1315712
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 14 May 2008, 09:58:46 PM
:D

Yeah I can see that too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 19 May 2008, 11:17:39 PM
(http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/5417/n7671030329128647447le4.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
(http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/5417/n7671030329128647447le4.0591a0a8e0.jpg) (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=221&i=n7671030329128647447le4.jpg)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Monday 19 May 2008, 11:29:14 PM
Leave for 2 weeks in Magaluf at 2pm tomorrow.  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Syrette on Monday 19 May 2008, 11:31:50 PM
Might be going to Amsterdam again in June, then a few day's camping (and some poor bands) at Download festival.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Monday 19 May 2008, 11:59:09 PM
Going to the Dam from 7th to 11th August, can't wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kev on Tuesday 20 May 2008, 04:05:28 PM
Italy TONIGHT! with my school, gonna be good  :smug:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Incognito on Tuesday 20 May 2008, 04:41:03 PM
I will be up at 3.30 tomorrow morn,to get to E.Mids airport,for 8 o clock flight to Ibiza!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: alex on Tuesday 20 May 2008, 04:42:40 PM
Italy TONIGHT! with my school, gonna be good  :smug:
f*** me, all we got was a week in the Lakes.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kev on Tuesday 20 May 2008, 04:46:59 PM
Italy TONIGHT! with my school, gonna be good  :smug:
f*** me, all we got was a week in the Lakes.
:razz: throughout my school you get 2 chances to go to france, skiing in austria, lake district and italy. not sure if theres anywhere else.
just finished packing  :smug:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: alex on Tuesday 20 May 2008, 04:47:53 PM
Italy TONIGHT! with my school, gonna be good  :smug:
f*** me, all we got was a week in the Lakes.
:razz: throughout my school you get 2 chances to go to france, skiing in austria, lake district and italy. not sure if theres anywhere else.
just finished packing  :smug:
I'm going to Italy in about 2 weeks, so there ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Tuesday 20 May 2008, 04:51:57 PM
Lucky b******, we went to France in our first year but our school cancelled future trips due to bad behaviour.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WalkervilleMag on Tuesday 20 May 2008, 06:01:08 PM
Chicago on the 30th June till August 6th. With visits to Lincoln Nebraska, Boulder Colorado, during that time.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 25 June 2008, 10:48:38 PM
Zante in the morning, got to be up at 3:30am :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Wednesday 25 June 2008, 10:50:46 PM
Zante in the morning, got to be up at 3:30am :(
Oh, we all feel so very sorry for you that you have to go to Greece :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 25 June 2008, 10:51:25 PM
:D

Still gonna miss my lass.










Only said that to p*ss Tooj off.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Wednesday 25 June 2008, 10:55:14 PM
:D

Still gonna miss my lass.










Only said that to p*ss Tooj off.

Cock.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 25 June 2008, 10:56:04 PM
:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Incognito on Wednesday 25 June 2008, 11:46:52 PM
Zante in the morning, got to be up at 3:30am :(

Where u going in Zante Gej?Booked for Kalamaki next year!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 26 June 2008, 03:06:43 PM
I am in Zante as I type, it is f***ing boiling out here.

Going now as its 3 euros for 30 mins to use the internet and I am a bit p*ssed.

Love you all, speak soon x
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: midds on Thursday 26 June 2008, 03:09:31 PM
I am in Zante as I type, it is f***ing boiling out here.

Going now as its 3 euros for 30 mins to use the internet and I am a bit p*ssed.

Love you all, speak soon x

 :shepherd:

Enjoy yourself chap.  :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 26 June 2008, 03:54:46 PM
I am :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LucaAltieri on Thursday 26 June 2008, 04:06:33 PM
Currently sat in stansted waiting for them to announce my gate. Nothing to do but spend money and watch the mongs cry in the Arshavin thread.

f*** prison, let's make murderers wait for flights indefinitely
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Thursday 26 June 2008, 05:19:31 PM
I'm all booked up to go to Gran Canaria again. In January. :hmm:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Thursday 26 June 2008, 05:22:22 PM
Zante in the morning, got to be up at 3:30am :(
laganas ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 26 June 2008, 05:57:10 PM
No idea. I am staying in the Canadian hotel (or something) if anyone has heard of that? The 'main' strip is about 10 mins walk from here.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Thursday 26 June 2008, 06:01:26 PM
Hope you get aids. x x
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Thursday 26 June 2008, 06:06:39 PM
Hope you get aids. x x
can you get it twice ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross magoo on Thursday 26 June 2008, 10:45:32 PM
I've no booked anything yet.  I'll wait til i've seen the Serie A fixtures and i'll book a trip to Rome to see my beloved Lazio in the derby.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 27 June 2008, 02:26:36 PM
45 degrees today! Will come back looking more Turkish than Tooj would have dreamed.

Someone mistook me for a Greek today :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Friday 27 June 2008, 03:05:36 PM
45 degrees today! Will come back looking more Turkish than Tooj would have dreamed.

Someone mistook me for a Greek today :lol:
on a scale of 1 to 17 how sad is it to be posting on here whilst on hols on a sun baked booze laden bikini bedecked greek isle ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 27 June 2008, 06:21:57 PM
17 although in my defence this place has air conditioning.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Friday 27 June 2008, 06:29:27 PM
45 degrees today! Will come back looking more Turkish than Tooj would have dreamed.

Someone mistook me for a Greek today :lol:
on a scale of 1 to 17 how sad is it to be posting on here whilst on hols on a sun baked booze laden bikini bedecked greek isle ?

Yeah, quite sad! poor thing  O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:40:53 PM
Not exactly a holiday, but didn't think it deserved a new thread. My mate's in Magaluf for 10 days, so we decided we'd do something to his room while he's away.  One of our other mates went away for a week a few months ago, and we cling-filmed everything in his room.  His wardrobe, bedside table, drawers, lamp, even his bed.  The lot.  As I'm bored I thought I'd share with you our little project at the minute.

It's not fully completed yet...

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a101/mattcobb/balloon.jpg)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:42:48 PM
:lol:

Nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:43:49 PM
:lol:

Nice.
500 of the buggers.  We did that in an afternoon.  Hopefully we can get another 500 in there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:44:32 PM
His bikini shrine is kinda scary like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:46:34 PM
His bikini shrine is kinda scary like.
tell me about it.  He's under the impression any lass would go back and just ignore it, thinking it was typical of a 20 year old lad....

In that tank is a terrapin, too.  f*** knows how we'll make it over to feed it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:47:34 PM
Whats in the tank? ? ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:52:28 PM
Read above! :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrissy Bee on Friday 27 June 2008, 10:52:45 PM
Not exactly a holiday, but didn't think it deserved a new thread. My mate's in Magaluf for 10 days, so we decided we'd do something to his room while he's away.  One of our other mates went away for a week a few months ago, and we cling-filmed everything in his room.  His wardrobe, bedside table, drawers, lamp, even his bed.  The lot.  As I'm bored I thought I'd share with you our little project at the minute.

It's not fully completed yet...

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a101/mattcobb/balloon.jpg)
When I was in halls we put a paddling pool in someone's room while he was out, blew it up and filled it with water.

Wish I was a student again.  :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 27 June 2008, 11:06:06 PM
All about piling into someones room with an air horn, silly string and a ghetto blast and having rave in order to wake them up.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GG on Friday 27 June 2008, 11:38:39 PM
Or walking into someone elses' room on a school trip, kicking off you sandal so it slaps their face, resulting in them crying and then stealing their food whilst they wallow in misery. Oh yes, one of my finest moments.  :snod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Saturday 28 June 2008, 01:23:37 AM
You should put a net on the ceiling for when he gets back, so when he comes in it drops and the kapow!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Saturday 28 June 2008, 11:56:03 AM
You should put a net on the ceiling for when he gets back, so when he comes in it drops and the kapow!

haha we were gonna fill some with helium to sort the ceiling out too. let me tell you though, its a pest trying to feed that stupid terrapin!!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Syrette on Saturday 28 June 2008, 01:07:43 PM
All about piling into someones room with an air horn, silly string and a ghetto blast and having rave in order to wake them up.

QFT
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Luc on Saturday 28 June 2008, 05:21:27 PM
Marmaris ten days.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Saturday 28 June 2008, 06:20:26 PM
Not exactly a holiday, but didn't think it deserved a new thread. My mate's in Magaluf for 10 days, so we decided we'd do something to his room while he's away.  One of our other mates went away for a week a few months ago, and we cling-filmed everything in his room.  His wardrobe, bedside table, drawers, lamp, even his bed.  The lot.  As I'm bored I thought I'd share with you our little project at the minute.

It's not fully completed yet...

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a101/mattcobb/balloon.jpg)
When I was in halls we put a paddling pool in someone's room while he was out, blew it up and filled it with water.

Wish I was a student again.  :(


you have my deepest sympathy mate
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Sunday 29 June 2008, 11:35:14 PM
In 5 and a half hours I leave the house for South America.... 5 weeks in Bolivia and then Peru. Very, very excited (and a tad nervous).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Sunday 29 June 2008, 11:39:33 PM
17 although in my defence this place has air conditioning.
dearie dearie me
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Sunday 29 June 2008, 11:40:37 PM
In 5 and a half hours I leave the house for South America.... 5 weeks in Bolivia and then Peru. Very, very excited (and a tad nervous).

Well in 8 hours I leave the house for work. Who's the lucky one?

b******. :hmm:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Sunday 29 June 2008, 11:45:52 PM
In 5 and a half hours I leave the house for South America.... 5 weeks in Bolivia and then Peru. Very, very excited (and a tad nervous).
keep out of argentina... you may end up stirring indi's porridge
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 30 June 2008, 10:43:58 PM
You will have to put your sad b******-ometer up another level. In Zante and posting about about 12:40am (Greek time).

:D

Honestly though having a great time, just not up for the "GARAGE" event my mates have gone to tonight (especially at 20 euros a ticket) so have just come back.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Monday 30 June 2008, 10:45:59 PM
You will have to put your sad b******-ometer up another level. In Zante and posting about about 12:40am (Greek time).

:D


Honestly though having a great time, just not up for the "GARAGE" event my mates have gone to tonight (especially at 20 euros a ticket) so have just come back.




20 euros to sit in a friggin garage!   :kasper:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 30 June 2008, 10:48:24 PM
I would rather sit in a Garage than listen to that s*** :lol:

Think they are called "The Heartless Crew" or something, f*** that would rather sit in my room and w***!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kasper on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 12:54:36 AM
Going to Spain tomorrow for a week :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieDazzler on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 07:52:06 PM
Whats Zante like Jon? Off there myself in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 07:53:29 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 08:29:49 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?

Not been myself yet, but it has been highly recommended by mates of mine who have rather discerning taste in such things and they loved it. Mostar is worth seeing if only for the bridge. :nods:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: midds on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 08:36:11 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?

Cath's been. :nods:

That was in the 60's though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Karjala on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 08:39:38 PM
Marmaris ten days.
Marmaris 10 days ago for me, last minute deal for £150 each, flights, transfers and B&B accom. Canny place, just have to barter for EVERYTHING including beer.

(No doubt you'll meet some annoying old bloke who tries to get everyone into his restaurant on the basis that he's from Whitley Bay and wears a toon shirt - what are chances eh? meeting a geordie in Turkey! Wow! etc etc)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 08:40:55 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?
I'm going to Nice end of August like
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 08:57:16 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?
I'm going to Nice end of August like

:D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 09:37:55 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?
I'm going to Nice end of August like

:D

Couldn't resist, anyone been to Nice/South of France and can recommend places to go/avoid, preferably on the less expensive side of things (asking a lot I know)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:32:56 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?

Cath's been. :nods:

That was in the 60's though.

You cheeky f***!

Croatia is beautiful. I'd recommend it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:36:16 PM
Where did you go? We're looking at the Makarska and Istrian rivieras.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:41:14 PM
Where did you go? We're looking at the Makarska and Istrian rivieras.

I went to Porec on the Istrian penninsula. Been twice actually but when it was the former Yugoslavia (last time I was there was 16 years ago) Gorgeous weather, friendly people, beautiful and diverse scenery and you can go on trips to Dubrovnik which is also a lovely city.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:43:03 PM
Where did you go? We're looking at the Makarska and Istrian rivieras.

I went to Porec on the Istrian penninsula. Been twice actually but when it was the former Yugoslavia (last time I was there was 16 years ago) Gorgeous weather, friendly people, beautiful and diverse scenery and you can go on trips to Dubrovnik which is also a lovely city.

She's picked out Porec. :)

Thanks for the reply, sounds nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:46:13 PM
Where did you go? We're looking at the Makarska and Istrian rivieras.

I went to Porec on the Istrian penninsula. Been twice actually but when it was the former Yugoslavia (last time I was there was 16 years ago) Gorgeous weather, friendly people, beautiful and diverse scenery and you can go on trips to Dubrovnik which is also a lovely city.

She's picked out Porec. :)

Thanks for the reply, sounds nice.

We stayed at Zelena Laguna in Porec. Seem to recall the decent hotels were the Plavi, Zorna and Delfin. But it was a little while ago :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:48:18 PM
Where did you go? We're looking at the Makarska and Istrian rivieras.

I went to Porec on the Istrian penninsula. Been twice actually but when it was the former Yugoslavia (last time I was there was 16 years ago) Gorgeous weather, friendly people, beautiful and diverse scenery and you can go on trips to Dubrovnik which is also a lovely city.

She's picked out Porec. :)

Thanks for the reply, sounds nice.

We stayed at Zelena Laguna in Porec. Seem to recall the decent hotels were the Plavi, Zorna and Delfin. But it was a little while ago :lol:

Did you miss Bobby Moores' finest hour then?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:50:08 PM
Where did you go? We're looking at the Makarska and Istrian rivieras.

I went to Porec on the Istrian penninsula. Been twice actually but when it was the former Yugoslavia (last time I was there was 16 years ago) Gorgeous weather, friendly people, beautiful and diverse scenery and you can go on trips to Dubrovnik which is also a lovely city.

She's picked out Porec. :)

Thanks for the reply, sounds nice.

We stayed at Zelena Laguna in Porec. Seem to recall the decent hotels were the Plavi, Zorna and Delfin. But it was a little while ago :lol:

Did you miss Bobby Moores' finest hour then?

I'm sure he had many fine hours LONG before I was born!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Tuesday 1 July 2008, 10:53:48 PM
Anyone been to Croatia? Nice?

My brother has been there for about a day now. :nods:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 2 July 2008, 08:40:20 AM
Zante is pretty good, don't go to Bad Boys though if the name doesn't give it away take it from me its f***ing s****. Cocktails and Dreams is probably the best bar/club on the island.

Full of young people though (old man GeJon talking here) which is a bit off putting.

If you have any specific questions chuck me a pm if you want.

Going home tomorrow. Should be more bothered than I really am but a week is about right.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 3 July 2008, 09:24:42 PM
Back, no more holidays for about a year now. :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Thursday 3 July 2008, 09:29:30 PM
Five weeks til I'm off to Ibiza now! I really can't wait! :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 3 July 2008, 10:14:56 PM
Didn't spend all that much in comparison with my mates.

Thats because you were on here half the time by the looks!

;)

Aye was on here quite a bit :D

Had to buy 30 mins internet time so between keeping in touch with the lass and my mates being a bunch of lazy numpties who didn't get out of bed most days till about 2pm there was quite a bit of spare time. It was also nice to get out of the heat for a bit in a nice, cool air conditioned room.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Thursday 3 July 2008, 10:15:18 PM
Didn't spend all that much in comparison with my mates.

Thats because you were on here half the time by the looks!

;)

Aye was on here quite a bit :D

Had to buy 30 mins internet time so between keeping in touch with the lass and my mates being a bunch of lazy numpties who didn't get out of bed most days till about 2pm there was quite a bit of spare time. It was also nice to get out of the heat for a bit in a nice, cool air conditioned room.

 :angry:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 3 July 2008, 10:16:43 PM
:D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Unlucky Luque on Thursday 17 July 2008, 03:12:48 PM
Going to San Diego today  :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Luc on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 01:19:02 PM
Been to the geordie bar near Marmaris but it was s*** like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gash? on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 01:59:38 PM
My holiday this year is going to be Leeds fest, bit disapointing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 02:41:42 PM
Booked up for NYC 13th-18th Sept.

The Red Bulls play Real Salt Lake at home the evening we get there, busy looking at ticket prices now!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 07:26:36 PM
Magaluf was awesome, would recommend it to anyone going on a p*ss up.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 08:40:24 PM
Magaluf was awesome, would recommend it to anyone going on a p*ss up.

Can't say that on here mate ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GG on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 08:44:19 PM
Am off to Dubai in a couple of weeks for 10 days or so. Miss my results day, which is f***ing s****. Also off to China next July with school, which should be awesome.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 08:46:50 PM
Magaluf was awesome, would recommend it to anyone going on a p*ss up.

Did you shag a scruff? ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Geordie_Paul on Wednesday 30 July 2008, 08:55:07 PM
Just came back from Malaga, wor lasses mam has a house up in the mountains around there. Was canny like, bloody hot as hell! Still was glad to be back just felt lush getting on a plane in 38C heat and getting off in 14C rain lol

Cannit grumble, free holiday for me, get in there son  :razz:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: olliemort on Thursday 31 July 2008, 07:01:41 PM
Off to London with the bird for some sexy time with the bird.Going to see Les Mis and Wicked in the west end,looking forward to it have to admit,something different I supose.Pooping over to the Emriates on the Sunday then to see Arsenal against Real Madrid,nice! :snod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieDazzler on Saturday 2 August 2008, 11:46:59 PM
Off to Zante tomorrow, it appears that the football club I support isnt the only thing the Sun hates...

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1504065.ece
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Sunday 3 August 2008, 03:06:07 PM
Go to Cocktails and Dreams, best bar/club on the island.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Liam Liam Liam O on Sunday 3 August 2008, 03:13:54 PM
Off to Zante tomorrow, it appears that the football club I support isnt the only thing the Sun hates...

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1504065.ece

Quote
IT was once a peaceful fishing village, then an upmarket family resort – but today it is ruled by drunken young Brits.

Shameless pairs have sex in public, hooligans brawl over a wrong look, girls parade in underwear, youngsters down cheap booze until they vomit and drunken teens menace the narrow streets on quad bikes.

Welcome to Laganas Amble.....................
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Sunday 3 August 2008, 03:15:12 PM
Oh and don't go to Bad Boys, surprisingly it isn't as good as the name suggests ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Sunday 3 August 2008, 03:46:14 PM
Ibiza on Thursday! Can't wait! :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Sunday 3 August 2008, 11:40:55 PM
Going away on Friday, sailing for 6 days off the west coast of Scotland.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Tuesday 12 August 2008, 12:43:03 AM
Well that was a pretty fun 4 days in amsterdam.

Also nice to come home and find a lot of unused white widow lyin in your grinder.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Tuesday 12 August 2008, 12:52:13 AM
Off to Zante tomorrow, it appears that the football club I support isnt the only thing the Sun hates...

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1504065.ece
i had probably my best ever lads holiday there. september 92ish. went with the wife to be a year or so later and like malia and kavos before it  was turning  from a good resort to an 18-30 charva scum fest
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ChezGiven on Tuesday 12 August 2008, 01:18:15 AM
Not been bad so far, i have to say.

Been in Les Landes and the french Basque country for a week, went to the Bayonne festival, saw a Corrida, went to Biaritz, St Jean de Luz and Hossegor. If i could surf it would have been even better.

Now on the North-east leg and second half of my 2 weeks which includes a trip to Scotland. 

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Tuesday 12 August 2008, 01:20:22 AM
Not been bad so far, i have to say.

Been in Les Landes and the french Basque country for a week, went to the Bayonne festival, saw a Corrida, went to Biaritz, St Jean de Luz and Hossegor. If i could surf it would have been even better.

Now on the North-east leg and second half of my 2 weeks which includes a trip to Scotland. 



And put a suicidal cat in a dustbin.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Tuesday 12 August 2008, 01:27:33 AM
Not been bad so far, i have to say.

Been in Les Landes and the french Basque country for a week, went to the Bayonne festival, saw a Corrida, went to Biaritz, St Jean de Luz and Hossegor. If i could surf it would have been even better.

Now on the North-east leg and second half of my 2 weeks which includes a trip to Scotland. 



And put a suicidal cat in a dustbin.
thats no way to speak of keefaz!


we've been hunting down northumbria.haven't done this properly since i were in my early twenties. the kids are going to bed exhausted most nights and we have so much on our door step that we ignore.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ChezGiven on Tuesday 12 August 2008, 01:35:20 AM
Not been bad so far, i have to say.

Been in Les Landes and the french Basque country for a week, went to the Bayonne festival, saw a Corrida, went to Biaritz, St Jean de Luz and Hossegor. If i could surf it would have been even better.

Now on the North-east leg and second half of my 2 weeks which includes a trip to Scotland. 



And put a suicidal cat in a dustbin.

The animal abuse i saw down there was quite worrying.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Thursday 14 August 2008, 01:37:02 PM
I finished work this morning and go back on September 1st. Oh yes.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 14 August 2008, 04:11:39 PM
When are you guys on holiday? Midds has told me but I never remember :D

Anyone know any good sites for booking cheap holidays to America? :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Thursday 14 August 2008, 05:43:39 PM
Why not just buy some flights off expedia and a hostel off hostel world?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Thursday 14 August 2008, 06:05:40 PM
When are you guys on holiday? Midds has told me but I never remember :D

Anyone know any good sites for booking cheap holidays to America? :)

We leave Sunday morning.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 14 August 2008, 07:30:30 PM
I am not staying in a hostel :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GG on Thursday 14 August 2008, 07:34:27 PM
Off tomorrow morning.  :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Thursday 14 August 2008, 07:50:10 PM
Just got back from Ibiza. What a f***ing place! The nightclubs were f***ing incredible! Dreading going out in Stockholm now like, it will be so s*** compared to Ibiza.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 14 August 2008, 07:52:18 PM
Did you get laid?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Thursday 14 August 2008, 07:57:15 PM
Did you get laid?
What a f***ing place!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 14 August 2008, 07:58:42 PM
Did you get laid?
What a f***ing place!

WELL DID YOU GET f***ing LAID   :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Thursday 14 August 2008, 08:00:42 PM
Did you get laid?
What a f***ing place!

WELL DID YOU GET f***ing LAID   :lol:
:nods:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 14 August 2008, 08:09:03 PM
The boy becomes a man :D

Fair play though, never imagined Ibiza being the kind of place to get some. I know its an 18-30 style holiday but from what I have seen and mates have told me it comes across as a drugged up zombies on the dancefloor dancing away till 2pm kind of place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Thursday 14 August 2008, 08:10:43 PM
The boy becomes a man :D

Fair play though, never imagined Ibiza being the kind of place to get some. I know its an 18-30 style holiday but from what I have seen and mates have told me it comes across as a drugged up zombies on the dancefloor dancing away till 2pm kind of place.

That's what's best about it man.

Some of the blart in Ibiza is absolutely amazing mind, especially when I went you wandered to more up market places, not in hope of pulling, but just maybe that you'd perhaps see a breast fall out of a top.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 14 August 2008, 08:12:55 PM
f*** that, I would go on that sort of holiday to pull first and foremost.

Clubs are all well and good and it is good to have a laugh with your mates but its always disappointing going home empty handed (well one hand gets something inside it I suppose).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Thursday 14 August 2008, 08:16:12 PM
Definitely gonna go to Ibiza next year.   Sounds amazing.

As far as lads holidays goes, I've only done Magaluf.. which has definitely ran its course.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Thursday 14 August 2008, 08:27:52 PM
The boy becomes a man :D

Fair play though, never imagined Ibiza being the kind of place to get some. I know its an 18-30 style holiday but from what I have seen and mates have told me it comes across as a drugged up zombies on the dancefloor dancing away till 2pm kind of place.
It was a bit like that, tbf. One night, I must've had 30 people asking me if I wanted pills or if I had any.
It's still a great time to go and party though, the clubs close at around 6-6.30. I'd say most people that go there are between 25-30 though, we certainly felt young (we're 20).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 14 August 2008, 08:56:21 PM
I'm thinking of joining the Legionnaires club me like!

£1.35 for a pint of Scotch (well, half scotch, half froth) but at least it gets me out in the open air, for a bit of a walk, until I get in the club, and get my Scotchforth!

I shall sit with Paisley Tam, and auld Fred, and we shall discuss the origins of the welfare state, and how things weren't what they were in them days, until we fall asleep in our pickled eggs!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 14 August 2008, 09:01:05 PM
The boy becomes a man :D

Fair play though, never imagined Ibiza being the kind of place to get some. I know its an 18-30 style holiday but from what I have seen and mates have told me it comes across as a drugged up zombies on the dancefloor dancing away till 2pm kind of place.
It was a bit like that, tbf. One night, I must've had 30 people asking me if I wanted pills or if I had any.
It's still a great time to go and party though, the clubs close at around 6-6.30. I'd say most people that go there are between 25-30 though, we certainly felt young (we're 20).

Sounds like the opposite of Zante where I felt really old! :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 14 August 2008, 09:05:07 PM
The boy becomes a man :D

Fair play though, never imagined Ibiza being the kind of place to get some. I know its an 18-30 style holiday but from what I have seen and mates have told me it comes across as a drugged up zombies on the dancefloor dancing away till 2pm kind of place.
It was a bit like that, tbf. One night, I must've had 30 people asking me if I wanted pills or if I had any.
It's still a great time to go and party though, the clubs close at around 6-6.30. I'd say most people that go there are between 25-30 though, we certainly felt young (we're 20).

Sounds like the opposite of Zante where I felt really old! :lol:


Felt, and AM, no competition  :weep:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 14 August 2008, 09:09:40 PM
Sorry I forget.

SORRY I FORGET (JUST INCASE YOU COULDN'T READ THE ABOVE)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Thursday 14 August 2008, 09:19:55 PM
Sorry I forget.

SORRY I FORGET (JUST INCASE YOU COULDN'T READ THE ABOVE)


 mackems.gif

 :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Saturday 16 August 2008, 12:30:59 AM
Just booked a holiday to Ibiza.

No whistles or horns though, we're going to Santa Eulalia.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Saturday 16 August 2008, 12:35:38 AM
Just booked a holiday to Ibiza.

No whistles or horns though, we're going to Santa Eulalia.



WHERE?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Saturday 16 August 2008, 12:39:36 AM
Santa Eulalia.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Saturday 16 August 2008, 12:40:50 AM
Just booked a holiday to Ibiza.

No whistles or horns though, we're going to Santa Eulalia.



WHERE?

Sounds Davetastic !

Ignore the bell end and have a good time!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Saturday 16 August 2008, 12:41:45 AM
I don't f***ing know; she decided, I paid. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: optimistic nit on Saturday 16 August 2008, 10:46:50 AM
not really in the spirit of the thread, but my 2 months of travel end today. been a really really really really great 2 months, but im looking forward to going home. i had a really bad fever for 5 days this week, which is probably part of the reason. the football season is also part of the reason.



now to decide whether to visit the forum and collisseum, or stay on NO all day :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: catmag on Saturday 16 August 2008, 11:13:14 AM
not really in the spirit of the thread, but my 2 months of travel end today. been a really really really really great 2 months, but im looking forward to going home. i had a really bad fever for 5 days this week, which is probably part of the reason. the football season is also part of the reason.



now to decide whether to visit the forum and collisseum, or stay on NO all day :lol:

N-O will still be here tomorrow. Go and see all you can.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: optimistic nit on Saturday 16 August 2008, 11:17:39 AM
its here today as well though ;) . i saw them yesterday anyway. theyve also done pretty well over the last 2000 years, whereas NO seems overdue another closing down ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Saturday 16 August 2008, 01:54:26 PM
Lads planning to go to Ibeza next summer. Magaluf from this summer will take some beating mind.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Saturday 16 August 2008, 02:50:32 PM
Lads planning to go to Ibeza next summer. Magaluf from this summer will take some beating mind.
2

Hope you can spell 'Airport' for the flight booking   O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Saint on Sunday 17 August 2008, 12:49:12 AM
I'm just back from a 2 week tour round Bulgaria.
Went to 4 games,
Levski Sofia 2 Paralimni (Cyprus) 0 (friendly),
CSKA Sofia 1 Litex Lovech 0 (Super Cup),
Spartak Varna 2 Lokomotiv Mezdra 0 (league match),
Levski Sofia 0 Bate (Belarus) 1 (Champions League).
Total entry cost for the 4 games was 12 Leva (£4.90) :yikes:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Sunday 17 August 2008, 01:29:26 AM
I'm just back from a 2 week tour round Bulgaria.
Went to 4 games,
Levski Sofia 2 Paralimni (Cyprus) 0 (friendly),
CSKA Sofia 1 Litex Lovech 0 (Super Cup),
Spartak Varna 2 Lokomotiv Mezdra 0 (league match),
Levski Sofia 0 Bate (Belarus) 1 (Champions League).
Total entry cost for the 4 games was 12 Leva (£4.90) :yikes:
any photos of the grounds etc ?


anyway......this has been a northumbria holiday (ie skint) and i've loved it. country walks and exploring. the girls have loved it aswell. i think we'll soon have walking shoes! :kasper:!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Sunday 17 August 2008, 01:31:31 AM
I'm just back from a 2 week tour round Bulgaria.
Went to 4 games,
Levski Sofia 2 Paralimni (Cyprus) 0 (friendly),
CSKA Sofia 1 Litex Lovech 0 (Super Cup),
Spartak Varna 2 Lokomotiv Mezdra 0 (league match),
Levski Sofia 0 Bate (Belarus) 1 (Champions League).
Total entry cost for the 4 games was 12 Leva (£4.90) :yikes:
any photos of the grounds etc ?


anyway......this has been a northumbria holiday (ie skint) and i've loved it. country walks and exploring. the girls have loved it aswell. i think we'll soon have walking shoes! :kasper:!

Aye, the pics were lovely. Can't wait to take mine for a brisk walk in the country  O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Sunday 17 August 2008, 01:35:10 AM
I'm just back from a 2 week tour round Bulgaria.
Went to 4 games,
Levski Sofia 2 Paralimni (Cyprus) 0 (friendly),
CSKA Sofia 1 Litex Lovech 0 (Super Cup),
Spartak Varna 2 Lokomotiv Mezdra 0 (league match),
Levski Sofia 0 Bate (Belarus) 1 (Champions League).
Total entry cost for the 4 games was 12 Leva (£4.90) :yikes:
any photos of the grounds etc ?


anyway......this has been a northumbria holiday (ie skint) and i've loved it. country walks and exploring. the girls have loved it aswell. i think we'll soon have walking shoes! :kasper:!

Aye, the pics were lovely. Can't wait to take mine for a brisk walk in the country  O0
looking forward to the winter. nowt better than a winter country walk or walk along the beach then to the pub for dinner (obviously nee plodging under the winter conditions)

ps make it a circular walk. theres nothing worse than "right now turn back and go exactly back the way we've just been"
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nobody on Sunday 17 August 2008, 12:04:43 PM
Lads planning to go to Ibeza next summer. Magaluf from this summer will take some beating mind.
The lads I was at Ibiza with this summer was in Magaluf last year, they said Ibiza p*ssed all over Magaluf, couldn't even compare the two.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Sunday 17 August 2008, 12:11:52 PM
Lads planning to go to Ibeza next summer. Magaluf from this summer will take some beating mind.
The lads I was at Ibiza with this summer was in Magaluf last year, they said Ibiza p*ssed all over Magaluf, couldn't even compare the two.

In terms of class blart I would have to agree.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Saint on Sunday 17 August 2008, 11:00:32 PM
I'm just back from a 2 week tour round Bulgaria.
Went to 4 games,
Levski Sofia 2 Paralimni (Cyprus) 0 (friendly),
CSKA Sofia 1 Litex Lovech 0 (Super Cup),
Spartak Varna 2 Lokomotiv Mezdra 0 (league match),
Levski Sofia 0 Bate (Belarus) 1 (Champions League).
Total entry cost for the 4 games was 12 Leva (£4.90) :yikes:
any photos of the grounds etc ?
Some stadium pics from previous BG trips here.... http://www.mybulgaria.info/view-gallery-of-KennyP.html (http://www.mybulgaria.info/view-gallery-of-KennyP.html)
I'll update it with pics from the 4 games during the week, when I get time.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Wednesday 20 August 2008, 11:05:34 AM
Back from Stockholm, was a bit meh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Coxaux on Wednesday 20 August 2008, 11:22:06 AM
Did you get laid?
What a f***ing place!

WELL DID YOU GET f***ing LAID   :lol:
:nods:

What was his name?

 :colo:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jamie on Wednesday 20 August 2008, 02:48:52 PM
Going to Seahouses in my Aunties Caravan for a week next week  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 5 September 2008, 07:04:13 PM
Just back from Nice and the south of France, missed anything re: NUFC? :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Friday 5 September 2008, 07:09:52 PM
Just back from Nice and the south of France, missed anything re: NUFC? :lol:

All is plain sailing for your return DD!  Nothing to worry about here mate!

Theres a pub a mile from me called The Ashley.  I expect it to be arsonned to f*** by noon tomorrow!

Can't think why! Must be a premonition !   :kasper:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Friday 5 September 2008, 09:06:39 PM
Just got back from Cancun, Mexico....stunning place
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: timmy boy on Friday 5 September 2008, 10:31:58 PM
Going to Seahouses in my Aunties Caravan for a week next week  ;D

Can't beat good old Seahouses mate, I had a caravan behind the High Street  there when I was a lad.Have some great memory's of the place used to love going fishing off the pier,going down to Bamburgh Castle or Beadnell,good times.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Slim on Monday 8 September 2008, 04:02:04 PM
Thailand for 2 weeks and Vegas for one
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 11 May 2009, 07:05:03 PM
What sort of suntan protection should we be looking at?

I am quite olive skinned but my girlfriend is a pale face. I was thinking a 30 for the first few days then move onto a 15 when we are a bit more used to the sun.

Sound about right or should we start higher? Go lower?

I have never worried about lotion before but I managed to get myself burnt last year and don't want that ruining the holiday this year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Monday 11 May 2009, 07:29:29 PM
:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 11 May 2009, 07:30:56 PM
Don't laugh, my life is potentially at risk (and hers).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lankybellwipe on Monday 11 May 2009, 07:36:06 PM
What sort of suntan protection should we be looking at?

I am quite olive skinned but my girlfriend is a pale face. I was thinking a 30 for the first few days then move onto a 15 when we are a bit more used to the sun.

Sound about right or should we start higher? Go lower?

I have never worried about lotion before but I managed to get myself burnt last year and don't want that ruining the holiday this year.

try butter!  O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kaizero on Monday 11 May 2009, 07:38:37 PM
Don't laugh, my life is potentially at risk (and hers).

Starting with 30 sounds good.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 11 May 2009, 07:43:56 PM
What sort of suntan protection should we be looking at?

I am quite olive skinned but my girlfriend is a pale face. I was thinking a 30 for the first few days then move onto a 15 when we are a bit more used to the sun.

Sound about right or should we start higher? Go lower?

I have never worried about lotion before but I managed to get myself burnt last year and don't want that ruining the holiday this year.

try butter!  O0

Trying to kill me!  :kasper:

Still worried about her though, last thing I want is her moaning "ohhh I am burnt" and ruining my holiday.

She said she doesn't want too high because she wants to get burnt and tanned  :idiot2: I will be the one who has to put up with all the moaning though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Monday 11 May 2009, 10:48:56 PM
What sort of suntan protection should we be looking at?

I am quite olive skinned but my girlfriend is a pale face. I was thinking a 30 for the first few days then move onto a 15 when we are a bit more used to the sun.

Sound about right or should we start higher? Go lower?

I have never worried about lotion before but I managed to get myself burnt last year and don't want that ruining the holiday this year.

try butter!  O0

Still worried about her though, last thing I want is her moaning "ohhh I am burnt" and ruining my holiday.

:mackems:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TheGuv on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:19:50 PM
*BUMP*



Summer time soon ;)

Anybody booked owt nice?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: wormy on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:27:20 PM
I've got f*** all planned. Too broke. Fantastic. Well, hoping my mate's plan for a trip to Newcastle for his birthday happens. Other than that, might see if people are up for a weekend in Amsterdam at some point, to erase the memories of my s*** first time there back in August.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:40:51 PM
Spain (Madrid and Barça) in April for a few nights
Croatia in July

Booked the flights but still need to sort out the accommodation and whatnot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:43:00 PM
12 of us are going on a cultural excursion to Zante.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:48:31 PM
12 of us are going on a cultural excursion to Zante.

A wise man once told me:

Wrap it up before you slap it up.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:49:41 PM
Off to Prague next Thursday :snod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:53:41 PM
12 of us are going on a cultural excursion to Zante.

A wise man once told me:

Wrap it up before you slap it up.



Nah, nothing like the adrenaline rush that comes with playing STI roulette.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 04:55:41 PM
Ignore Tim Westwood's words at your peril young Foluwashola for he is the oracle.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:00:03 PM
Shocked to hear that Disco is going on holiday tbh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:01:26 PM
Nothing comes between me and Timothy. Two black men trapped cruelly in a horrible white shell - brothers fo' life.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:09:54 PM
Will be spending a week here over the summer..

(http://images.ar34.com/assets/IMG/alpha/Magalluf/Magalluf-MallorcaRocksUpdate-Ext.jpg)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:12:36 PM
Shocked to hear that Disco is going on holiday tbh.

Got to have something to look forward too comrade.
Had to book early doors for cheap flights n all :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:16:25 PM
Will be spending a week here over the summer..

(http://images.ar34.com/assets/IMG/alpha/Magalluf/Magalluf-MallorcaRocksUpdate-Ext.jpg)

Know a few lasses that are going there, looks canny mint  :thup: 

You going when Tinnie Tempah and Calvin Harris are there? (not that I like either of the fags)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:18:43 PM
Shocked to hear that Disco is going on holiday tbh.

:lol:

Down to South Alps for a long weekend of snowboarding at the end of the month. Back to work for 3 days and then off to Paris for another long weekend (France vs Scotland 6 Nations).

Want to hit some part of Scandinavia this year as well.
Also need to fit in a week on the Cote d'Azur during Spring Break period :shifty:

Trying for a week in the Alps for BUSC main event, will have to see how much holiday I have left and how much $$$ it'll cost.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:50:40 PM
Will be spending a week here over the summer..

(http://images.ar34.com/assets/IMG/alpha/Magalluf/Magalluf-MallorcaRocksUpdate-Ext.jpg)

Know a few lasses that are going there, looks canny mint  :thup: 

You going when Tinnie Tempah and Calvin Harris are there? (not that I like either of the fags)

Dunno, only Plan B has been announced so far.

When are these lasses you know goin?  :naughty:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 05:54:55 PM
Will be spending a week here over the summer..

(http://images.ar34.com/assets/IMG/alpha/Magalluf/Magalluf-MallorcaRocksUpdate-Ext.jpg)

Know a few lasses that are going there, looks canny mint  :thup: 

You going when Tinnie Tempah and Calvin Harris are there? (not that I like either of the fags)

Dunno, only Plan B has been announced so far.

When are these lasses you know goin?  :naughty:

 :lol: They seem to be of the opinion that those two geezers are going to be there.

Ne idea when they're going like, you'd be able to do much better anyway with your beautiful Irish accent  :pow:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 06:05:06 PM
People i know went to the Ibiza version last summer, looked pretty bonzer.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 06:16:50 PM
Off to Morroco in April for a few weeks to have a wonder round, including some hiking/walking in the Atlas Mountains.

End of September I'm also off to Nepal for about three weeks to again have a travel around and do some hiking.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jill on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 06:18:35 PM
Still paying off last year's holiday. Hoping to at least get a weekend away later in the year though. Ideally I need to save first instead of lumping it on a credit card.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kaizero on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 06:20:28 PM
You've a fellow lezza in the Lush Lasses thread now, Jill.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jill on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 06:34:27 PM
:lol: I hadn't seen, class. Just shows how normal it is to be a little bit lez.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 07:35:09 PM
12 of us are going on a cultural excursion to Zante.

When?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 07:45:15 PM
12 of us are going on a cultural excursion to Zante.

When?

Think it's the 26th of June. You going to rape me?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 07:47:53 PM
12 of us are going on a cultural excursion to Zante.

When?

Think it's the 26th of June. You going to rape me?

I have two days then  :shifty:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 07:49:32 PM
12 of us are going on a cultural excursion to Zante.

When?

Think it's the 26th of June. You going to rape me?

I have two days then  :shifty:

I'll bring the lube, you bring the toys  :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kaizero on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:01:13 PM
I'll bring the camera.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:03:04 PM
I'm going to Utah. f***ing Utah.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:03:13 PM
I'll bring the camera.


....always going one step too far :shifty:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Keefaz on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:05:20 PM
f***ing off to Dublin for the weekend. They should pay me, tbh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kaizero on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:05:25 PM
I'll bring the camera.


....always going one step too far :shifty:

They won't know I'm there until it's too late.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:08:18 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Karjala on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:19:33 PM
Will be spending a week here over the summer..

(http://images.ar34.com/assets/IMG/alpha/Magalluf/Magalluf-MallorcaRocksUpdate-Ext.jpg)
did that used to be called "Fiesta Jungla Hotel?" 8 of us spent a night kipping on them steps after gettin kicked out at about 4am on night number 4.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AliGupter on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:21:32 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:28:31 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:

Not you.....anyone but you.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AliGupter on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 08:42:32 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:

Not you.....anyone but you.


Why man? :undecided:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:04:44 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:

Not you.....anyone but you.


Why man? :undecided:

Too much crazy  :sadnod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:05:16 PM
N-O on tour :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TheGuv on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:05:50 PM
Shocked to hear that Disco is going on holiday tbh.

:lol:

Down to South Alps for a long weekend of snowboarding at the end of the month. Back to work for 3 days and then off to Paris for another long weekend (France vs Scotland 6 Nations).

Want to hit some part of Scandinavia this year as well.
Also need to fit in a week on the Cote d'Azur during Spring Break period :shifty:

Trying for a week in the Alps for BUSC main event, will have to see how much holiday I have left and how much $$$ it'll cost.

Always fancied going to France or Italy for a 6 nations game like :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AliGupter on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:09:29 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:

Not you.....anyone but you.


Why man? :undecided:

Too much crazy  :sadnod:

:undecided:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:11:14 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:

Not you.....anyone but you.


Why man? :undecided:

Too much crazy  :sadnod:

:undecided:

You can come if you manage to get Jill through customs.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: HTT on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:15:36 PM
I'm gonna have a few days away probably Paris during Feb then a trip to Germany beckons to visit family (hers) and then a big holiday in the summer for 2-4 weeks. Wor lass wants to go to India but I don't know where I want to go. I want somewhere to explore but without the hustle and bustle. Any suggestions anyone?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross magoo on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:15:46 PM
Once i've paid for my new car in April i'm gonna start saving up for a big holiday next year.  I've got a cousin in Durban who's always at me to visit him so i might go there.  Then again i quite fancy going to Mumbai.  It'll be one of the two, preferably when there's test cricket on.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AliGupter on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:17:35 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:

Not you.....anyone but you.


Why man? :undecided:

Too much crazy  :sadnod:

:undecided:

You can come if you manage to get Jill through customs.
:frantic:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Hoser on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:19:13 PM
I'm thinking of visiting Newcastle-upon-Tyne sometime in September.  I've never been!

I have a lot of questions, seeking local advice.  Should I start a new thread or fire away here?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jill on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:19:14 PM
More the merrier Kaiz  :harry:

Can I come? :undecided:

Not you.....anyone but you.


Why man? :undecided:

Too much crazy  :sadnod:

:undecided:

You can come if you manage to get Jill through customs.

:undecided:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AliGupter on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:20:12 PM
I'm thinking of visiting Newcastle-upon-Tyne sometime in September.  I've never been!

I have a lot of questions, seeking local advice.  Should I start a new thread or fire away here?

Just come straight to my house, fire away here. :undecided:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:21:05 PM
I'm gonna have a few days away probably Paris during Feb then a trip to Germany beckons to visit family (hers) and then a big holiday in the summer for 2-4 weeks. Wor lass wants to go to India but I don't know where I want to go. I want somewhere to explore but without the hustle and bustle. Any suggestions anyone?

Go to Jaipaur :thup:

PS: Can I put my France vs Scotland Paris trip through your books as expenses? :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:21:51 PM
Once i've paid for my new car in April i'm gonna start saving up for a big holiday next year.  I've got a cousin in Durban who's always at me to visit him so i might go there.  Then again i quite fancy going to Mumbai.  It'll be one of the two, preferably when there's test cricket on.

Cricket WC in India this year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:23:46 PM
I'm gonna have a few days away probably Paris during Feb then a trip to Germany beckons to visit family (hers) and then a big holiday in the summer for 2-4 weeks. Wor lass wants to go to India but I don't know where I want to go. I want somewhere to explore but without the hustle and bustle. Any suggestions anyone?

Go to Jaipaur :thup:

PS: Can I put my France vs Scotland Paris trip through your books as expenses? :)

:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Incognito on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 09:52:31 PM
Nowt planned but will wangle a week or 2 later in year..Fuerteventura appeals to me...been once and loved it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 10:19:28 PM
HTT is blatantly going out with Hitzfield, the German family was the final clue.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 10:23:26 PM
going back to work at the summer camp in the US I worked at last summer.  Will probably travel again after, although I might do some beforehand instead this time.  Last summer we did DC, New Orleans, Chicago, Michigan, Niagara Falls, Atlantic City, NYC.  I want to go back to New Orleans for sure.  Might be flying to see some friends in Utah beforehand, then going out to California (San Francisco) with them before I start work.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 10:59:27 PM
I'm gonna have a few days away probably Paris during Feb then a trip to Germany beckons to visit family (hers) and then a big holiday in the summer for 2-4 weeks. Wor lass wants to go to India but I don't know where I want to go. I want somewhere to explore but without the hustle and bustle. Any suggestions anyone?

Can't do India without at least fairly large amounts of huslte and bustle I'm afraid. Amazing place though, couldn't recommend it highly enough. Be rainy season during the summer anyway. Thought of Argentina/Chile/Bolivia or somewhere like that? Plenty to see and do to suit everyone and not too 'hassly'.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: HTT on Wednesday 19 January 2011, 11:46:41 PM
I'm gonna have a few days away probably Paris during Feb then a trip to Germany beckons to visit family (hers) and then a big holiday in the summer for 2-4 weeks. Wor lass wants to go to India but I don't know where I want to go. I want somewhere to explore but without the hustle and bustle. Any suggestions anyone?

Can't do India without at least fairly large amounts of huslte and bustle I'm afraid. Amazing place though, couldn't recommend it highly enough. Be rainy season during the summer anyway. Thought of Argentina/Chile/Bolivia or somewhere like that? Plenty to see and do to suit everyone and not too 'hassly'.

We actually have a friend in India who says she'll put us up for a few nights, show us around etc. My sister and my brother in law went for a month a few years back and loved it. Wor lass loves anything to do with india as well, the music, bollywood films, dress, food etc. but I don't know, I've heard good and bad. Its that or Tanzania/Kenya (she's African) I suspect. I fancy an around Europe kind of trip myself, get it out the way, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Swiss, maybe onto Bulgaria. I like to travel around and explore. When I went to Tunisia I dragged wor lass all over the country, visiting 20 or more towns, cities, places and resorts, pretty much covering the whole country. An around Europe trip appeals to me.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 20 January 2011, 12:08:33 AM
I'm gonna have a few days away probably Paris during Feb then a trip to Germany beckons to visit family (hers) and then a big holiday in the summer for 2-4 weeks. Wor lass wants to go to India but I don't know where I want to go. I want somewhere to explore but without the hustle and bustle. Any suggestions anyone?

Can't do India without at least fairly large amounts of huslte and bustle I'm afraid. Amazing place though, couldn't recommend it highly enough. Be rainy season during the summer anyway. Thought of Argentina/Chile/Bolivia or somewhere like that? Plenty to see and do to suit everyone and not too 'hassly'.

We actually have a friend in India who says she'll put us up for a few nights, show us around etc. My sister and my brother in law went for a month a few years back and loved it. Wor lass loves anything to do with india as well, the music, bollywood films, dress, food etc. but I don't know, I've heard good and bad. Its that or Tanzania/Kenya (she's African) I suspect. I fancy an around Europe kind of trip myself, get it out the way, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Swiss, maybe onto Bulgaria. I like to travel around and explore. When I went to Tunisia I dragged wor lass all over the country, visiting 20 or more towns, cities, places and resorts, pretty much covering the whole country. An around Europe trip appeals to me.

Like I say I'd recommend India to the max, we went to Delhi and Rajasthan in November and I, quite to my suprise, really loved it but on the other hand I know many that haven't. You have to go with a very open mind and a preparation for things to go a bit wrong (although luckily nothing really did for us) and be able to accept how poor people are and how they live etc. but it is an amazing country, like no other I've visited and I only saw a tiny part. So much to see and do and the people are beyond friendly too. If you go and hate it at least you've been but even if you do hate there'll be bits you love and won't experience again.

Know what you mean about the traveling around thing too. I'm a nightmare to my bank balance for it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 20 January 2011, 12:12:26 AM
"And accept how poor people are" I could imagine a few on here absolutely loving going there and pointing out how rich they are :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Thursday 20 January 2011, 12:15:53 AM
Andorra skiing for a week, footy tournament in Prague for a long weekend booked at the moment. Not sure what to do this summer yet, chat of Mexico for about three weeks which I like the sound of as it's got a great mix of cities, culture and countryside from what I've seen, plus a few days to f*** around by the beach at the end. Possibly Cambodia/Laos instead, not sure.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 20 January 2011, 12:25:08 AM
"And accept how poor people are" I could imagine a few on here absolutely loving going there and pointing out how rich they are :lol:

:lol: having a white face does the job without need for anything extra tbh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Sunday 13 March 2011, 12:45:43 PM
Just booked a few days in Berlin in the run up to Easter. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Saint on Sunday 13 March 2011, 10:12:52 PM
Just booked a few days in Berlin in the run up to Easter. :thup:
One of my favourite cities.
Go to watch Hertha if they are at home when you are there.
I'm booked up for their last game of the season 15th May. :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jill on Sunday 13 March 2011, 10:13:57 PM
Really want to get to Berlin at some point.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 13 March 2011, 10:16:47 PM
Union Berlin FTW.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Saint on Sunday 13 March 2011, 10:17:16 PM
Really want to get to Berlin at some point.
Make sure you do, it's a class city.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Loven11 on Monday 14 March 2011, 02:29:20 PM
Chiang Mai in August for 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colocho on Monday 14 March 2011, 02:35:23 PM
Anyone know what the deal is with Sharm El Sheikh, is it safe to go there?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 14 March 2011, 02:36:46 PM
Anyone know what the deal is with Sharm El Sheikh, is it safe to go there?

My mate was there not long ago and had a good time if that means anything?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 14 March 2011, 02:38:23 PM
Looking to visit the picturesque city of Newcastle upon Tyne at the end of April. Anyone been before? I hear it's purely belta.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Felling Mag on Monday 14 March 2011, 03:08:53 PM
New York for a week in September and either Malia, Kavos, Faliraki, Sunny Beach for 7-10 days with the lads
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colocho on Monday 14 March 2011, 03:28:50 PM
Anyone know what the deal is with Sharm El Sheikh, is it safe to go there?

My mate was there not long ago and had a good time if that means anything?

Read somewhere that only people who work in the tourism industry are allowed to live in Sharm. Assume this means there's not any anti-government protests/riots going on?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: jwillie on Monday 14 March 2011, 04:26:42 PM
Vietnam and Thailand in November. Boom Bang.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Monday 14 March 2011, 04:27:34 PM
Pervert.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 14 March 2011, 04:51:05 PM
Vietnam and Thailand in November. Boom Bang.

Nice, I'm off there very soon. :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gemmill on Monday 14 March 2011, 08:45:08 PM
Just checked in on this thread to discover HTT claiming he's got a lass.  Canny of you lot to humour him tbf. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Monday 14 March 2011, 08:51:53 PM
Anyone know what the deal is with Sharm El Sheikh, is it safe to go there?

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/egypt
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gemmill on Monday 14 March 2011, 08:52:38 PM
Anyone know what the deal is with Sharm El Sheikh, is it safe to go there?

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/egypt

My sister just came back from a week there.  It's safe, but sounded absolutely s***.  She says they wouldn't go back.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Saint on Monday 14 March 2011, 10:01:54 PM
Anyone know what the deal is with Sharm El Sheikh, is it safe to go there?
I think they have finally sorted the loan sharks out.
 :fishing:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 05:40:09 AM
need a f***ing holiday man, proper holiday...

where's good for a couple with a 2 year old bairn in the summer - hot but not too hot, plenty for the kid to do, that type of s***...money not really an object

best mate lives in pittsburgh, wonder what could be done nearby ???

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Elliottman on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 08:41:39 AM
Cayo Coco In August. Cant come quick enough.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tachikoma on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 08:46:59 AM
Japan in a month and a half :shifty:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gemmill on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 08:52:08 AM
need a f***ing holiday man, proper holiday...

where's good for a couple with a 2 year old bairn in the summer - hot but not too hot, plenty for the kid to do, that type of s***...money not really an object

best mate lives in pittsburgh, wonder what could be done nearby ???



Florida. Can't imagine Pittsburgh is a great holiday destination. 2 might be a bit young to really appreciate Florida too I suppose.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: jwillie on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 09:07:47 AM
Pervert.

Love all that
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 09:25:20 AM
need a f***ing holiday man, proper holiday...

where's good for a couple with a 2 year old bairn in the summer - hot but not too hot, plenty for the kid to do, that type of s***...money not really an object

best mate lives in pittsburgh, wonder what could be done nearby ???



Florida. Can't imagine Pittsburgh is a great holiday destination. 2 might be a bit young to really appreciate Florida too I suppose.

yeah was pretty much thinking all that myself, might have to be florida really...or just f*** off somewhere i actually want to go instead i guess
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 10:45:39 AM
need a f***ing holiday man, proper holiday...

where's good for a couple with a 2 year old bairn in the summer - hot but not too hot, plenty for the kid to do, that type of s***...money not really an object

best mate lives in pittsburgh, wonder what could be done nearby ???



Florida. Can't imagine Pittsburgh is a great holiday destination. 2 might be a bit young to really appreciate Florida too I suppose.

yeah was pretty much thinking all that myself, might have to be florida really...or just f*** off somewhere i actually want to go instead i guess

Disneyland California might be a bitter for you. Go to La, San Fran and that too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 10:50:06 AM
Pretty high chance my first holiday of the year is going to be a hassle with the Spanish Airport strike happening more or less the whole week we'll be there so I think my internal flight will be f***ed which is a ballache.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 10:51:03 AM
not dead set on the states tbh, mates there is all...if i'm not going near him then would probably go somewhere i actually fancy

wouldn't mind the maldives (honeymoon) again tbh
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: colinmk on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 01:25:39 PM
Pretty high chance my first holiday of the year is going to be a hassle with the Spanish Airport strike happening more or less the whole week we'll be there so I think my internal flight will be f***ed which is a ballache.

When's this happening? I'm due to go to Barca end of May.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 03:10:27 PM
Pretty high chance my first holiday of the year is going to be a hassle with the Spanish Airport strike happening more or less the whole week we'll be there so I think my internal flight will be f***ed which is a ballache.

When's this happening? I'm due to go to Barca end of May.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/simon-calder-spanish-airport-strikes-qampa-2236591.html
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 17 March 2011, 11:43:35 AM
Pretty high chance my first holiday of the year is going to be a hassle with the Spanish Airport strike happening more or less the whole week we'll be there so I think my internal flight will be f***ed which is a ballache.

When's this happening? I'm due to go to Barca end of May.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/simon-calder-spanish-airport-strikes-qampa-2236591.html

Provisionally cancelled now (Reuters). Get in.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: colinmk on Thursday 17 March 2011, 12:35:22 PM
Pretty high chance my first holiday of the year is going to be a hassle with the Spanish Airport strike happening more or less the whole week we'll be there so I think my internal flight will be f***ed which is a ballache.

When's this happening? I'm due to go to Barca end of May.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/simon-calder-spanish-airport-strikes-qampa-2236591.html

Provisionally cancelled now (Reuters). Get in.

Nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AliGupter on Thursday 17 March 2011, 01:20:37 PM
Pretty high chance my first holiday of the year is going to be a hassle with the Spanish Airport strike happening more or less the whole week we'll be there so I think my internal flight will be f***ed which is a ballache.

When's this happening? I'm due to go to Barca end of May.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/simon-calder-spanish-airport-strikes-qampa-2236591.html

Provisionally cancelled now (Reuters). Get in.

Now you just need Barca to be drawn at home in the semis. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Saint on Thursday 17 March 2011, 04:32:22 PM
Nice.
Lovely city, don't forget to get the train along to Monaco for the day.  :razz:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: leffe186 on Thursday 17 March 2011, 05:08:22 PM
need a f***ing holiday man, proper holiday...

where's good for a couple with a 2 year old bairn in the summer - hot but not too hot, plenty for the kid to do, that type of s***...money not really an object

best mate lives in pittsburgh, wonder what could be done nearby ???



Florida. Can't imagine Pittsburgh is a great holiday destination. 2 might be a bit young to really appreciate Florida too I suppose.

yeah was pretty much thinking all that myself, might have to be florida really...or just f*** off somewhere i actually want to go instead i guess

I actually live not that far from Pittsburgh, by US standards anyway. The weather should be nice as long as you're here in summer.

Are you into rollercoasters at all? If so then you might consider Cedar Point. It's west of Cleveland, maybe 3 hours drive from Pittsburgh, one of the top rollercoaster centers in the world and should be plenty for the bairn to do.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Thursday 17 March 2011, 11:58:00 PM
Anyone ever flown with Aeroflot before? It's twatting cheap to get to China with them.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 18 March 2011, 12:00:37 AM
Anyone ever flown with Aeroflot before? It's twatting cheap to get to China with them.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_u6mI6VB20CA/TJ-SP0C6-YI/AAAAAAAAAD4/qiDe4TbcDE8/s1600/Traian_vuia_flying_machine.jpg)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 18 March 2011, 12:04:29 AM
Anyone ever flown with Aeroflot before? It's twatting cheap to get to China with them.

I remember reading the layovers in Moscow are pretty nightmarish like you need to give a long wait just to ensure it goes smoothly.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 18 March 2011, 12:04:56 AM
Anyone ever flown with Aeroflot before? It's twatting cheap to get to China with them.

I remember reading the layovers in Moscow are pretty nightmarish.

Do you not just get suckies off fit Russians?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Friday 18 March 2011, 06:09:41 AM
need a f***ing holiday man, proper holiday...

where's good for a couple with a 2 year old bairn in the summer - hot but not too hot, plenty for the kid to do, that type of s***...money not really an object

best mate lives in pittsburgh, wonder what could be done nearby ???



Florida. Can't imagine Pittsburgh is a great holiday destination. 2 might be a bit young to really appreciate Florida too I suppose.

yeah was pretty much thinking all that myself, might have to be florida really...or just f*** off somewhere i actually want to go instead i guess

I actually live not that far from Pittsburgh, by US standards anyway. The weather should be nice as long as you're here in summer.

Are you into rollercoasters at all? If so then you might consider Cedar Point. It's west of Cleveland, maybe 3 hours drive from Pittsburgh, one of the top rollercoaster centers in the world and should be plenty for the bairn to do.

nah i'm just about broke man, need some reeeeeeelaxification time on the next hol - been speaking to my mate and we're on about florida or the caribbean or summik
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 18 March 2011, 08:43:09 AM
Anyone ever flown with Aeroflot before? It's twatting cheap to get to China with them.

I remember reading the layovers in Moscow are pretty nightmarish.

Do you not just get suckies off fit Russians?

Go to Domodedovo and you might get blown up...I mean off yes.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: La Parka on Friday 18 March 2011, 10:05:45 PM
I slept http://www.icehotel.com/uk/ICEHOTEL/Art-design/2011/Ice-Fishing-Suite/ here, -5degrees. IT was awesome.

Sweden was class, saw the northern lights whist snow-mobiling through the wilderness, its was so cool.

My first trip abroad too!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 18 March 2011, 10:06:20 PM
I slept http://www.icehotel.com/uk/ICEHOTEL/Art-design/2011/Ice-Fishing-Suite/ here, -5degrees. IT was awesome.

Sweden was class, saw the northern lights whist snow-mobiling through the wilderness, its was so cool.

My first trip abroad too!

:thup:

That looks class, wor lass keeps banging on about wanting to see the Northern Lights like, looks amazing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: La Parka on Friday 18 March 2011, 10:09:41 PM
Oh and the icebar was insanely cool, my wallet took a kick but my god it was so beautiful. :)

The food was great too! Reindeer, Moose, Char, Salmon and lots of potatoes! :lol:

Lingonberry Juice :smitten:

The northern lights were something else, we saw them develop over the period of an hour, then, they began to change, our guide told us to jump on the "snow bed" and enjoy.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 18 March 2011, 10:14:32 PM
Oh and the icebar was insanely cool, my wallet took a kick but my god it was so beautiful. :)

The food was great too! Reindeer, Moose, Char, Salmon and lots of potatoes! :lol:

Lingonberry Juice :smitten:

The northern lights were something else, we saw them develop over the period of an hour, then, they began to change, our guide told us to jump on the "snow bed" and enjoy.

Get yourself to Ikea for some Lingonberry pop.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: La Parka on Friday 18 March 2011, 10:15:24 PM
Its been ordered and the sister in law is dropping it off tomorrow :D

Oh and planes are f***ing mesmerising, how that thing stays in the air, f*** me!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Saturday 19 March 2011, 11:27:28 AM
Anyone been to Sentosa Island before? Recommend going or not? It looks perfect from what I've seen but I've not heard any first hand experience about the place.

Main concern is the access to Singapore city, is it easy to get there? And is there any particular mode of transport worth taking?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 19 March 2011, 11:35:52 AM
Anyone been to Sentosa Island before? Recommend going or not? It looks perfect from what I've seen but I've not heard any first hand experience about the place.

Main concern is the access to Singapore city, is it easy to get there? And is there any particular mode of transport worth taking?

I went for the day when I was in Singapore. It's all man made and a bit sterile I found. They were in the process of building Universal which i believe is now finished when I was there so it'd be good for kids. You can get a monorail from inside some shopping centre from Singapore city. Its right near the port IIRC.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Saturday 19 March 2011, 12:03:03 PM
Hmmm, that doesn't sound too promising. Was it quite quiet when you were there or fairly busy and tourist-y?   

The main reason I wanted to go is because I thought it would offer the quieter beaches for some days and then we could go into the city other days. If the beaches and area is busy, I don't think it's worth going.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 19 March 2011, 12:09:29 PM
Hmmm, that doesn't sound too promising. Was it quite quiet when you were there or fairly busy and tourist-y?   

The main reason I wanted to go is because I thought it would offer the quieter beaches for some days and then we could go into the city other days. If the beaches and area is busy, I don't think it's worth going.

I think it was pretty quiet but because of how close it is to the city it could probably get busy at any given time. If you're in Singapore anyway though its probably worth a visit.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TBG on Saturday 19 March 2011, 12:29:36 PM
Going to admire the scenery in Malia this June
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Saturday 19 March 2011, 12:30:34 PM
Just had a call from Thomson's asking why I didn't take out travel insurance even though it's clearly itemised on my travel docs.

Dickheads.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 15 August 2011, 01:36:10 PM
Most likely going to America for 3 weeks at the end of August. Plan is to do New york, san fran, san diego then finish off in Vegas, should be amazing hope it happens
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colocho on Monday 15 August 2011, 02:41:20 PM
Cannes in two weeks.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: adam on Monday 15 August 2011, 02:44:15 PM
Cancun in oct like  :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 15 August 2011, 02:51:41 PM
Cannes in two weeks.

Went for a Maccy Ds when I was there coz I'm reet classy hew.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: wormy on Monday 15 August 2011, 04:26:33 PM
Norwich this weekend. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: robbo_11 on Monday 15 August 2011, 05:06:24 PM
Peru in October.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Monday 15 August 2011, 05:06:38 PM
Cannes in two weeks.

Lovely jubbly. :coolsmiley:

You have to go to Morrison's Irish Pub - the owner is a top, top man. Make sure you go there for a night out.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 15 August 2011, 11:10:27 PM
Brighton this weekend, because I heart cock.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 15 August 2011, 11:24:03 PM
Jelly of robbo.

Going to Wensleydale over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend for a couple of nights. Fingers crossed the weather won't be s***.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colocho on Monday 29 August 2011, 12:15:53 PM
Of to the south of France for a week. Have a good week everyone.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 29 August 2011, 02:43:02 PM
Scouting mission.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 29 August 2011, 02:52:45 PM
Most likely going to America for 3 weeks at the end of August. Plan is to do New york, san fran, san diego then finish off in Vegas, should be amazing hope it happens

Doing this tomorrow. any last minute tips for any of them?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Monday 29 August 2011, 02:57:30 PM
Can't afford a holiday this year because of moving house however were in the process of planning a holiday for next year.  Going to drive to Faverage in France for a weeks of relaxation.
Can't wait, the place looks beautiful.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Weezertron on Sunday 18 September 2011, 09:34:24 AM
best place to get last minute cheap holidays?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colo's Short and Curlies on Sunday 18 September 2011, 10:37:56 AM
There seemed to be very few around when we were looking 2 weeks ago.

For a week in Rhodes/Kos/Zante/Crete/Egypt leaving within 4 days of booking we were looking at saving about £70 off the brochure prices. The Tour Operators cut back on the volume they were supplying this year massively so there's fewer cheap deals. Still some around if you are flexible, but don't expect to be getting anything half decent for a couple of hundred quid like you could a few years ago
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnyrichuk on Sunday 18 September 2011, 10:40:07 AM
Have a look at turkey. Just got back and it was brilliant. Flights with Thompson or monarch are fairly cheap and once you're out there you can't spend your money!

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Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Weezertron on Sunday 18 September 2011, 11:04:17 AM
cheeeers.
Is turkey still warm this time of year?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnyrichuk on Sunday 18 September 2011, 11:06:19 AM
Roasting. Clear blue sky. Didn't see a cloud for a week. Some days it must have been 35/36

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Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fuhg on Sunday 18 September 2011, 09:10:40 PM
Got back from Hamburg a fortnight ago, got a trip to Munich planned for the end of November, and then going to tour either the Balkans or Scandinavia around April/May next year (want to get to Sarajevo and Mostar as soon as possible, so leaning towards the former at the moment). Would ideally like to fit a short break at Ghent in January if I can, as well, but can't guarantee that at the moment.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 18 September 2011, 10:31:31 PM
Got back from Hamburg a fortnight ago, got a trip to Munich planned for the end of November, and then going to tour either the Balkans or Scandinavia around April/May next year (want to get to Sarajevo and Mostar as soon as possible, so leaning towards the former at the moment). Would ideally like to fit a short break at Ghent in January if I can, as well, but can't guarantee that at the moment.

I'm off to Munich & Nürnberg the last weekend of Nov like. Went to Mostar in July n all - lovely little town but one of the hottest places I think I've ever been.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fuhg on Monday 19 September 2011, 06:56:09 AM
Went to Mostar in July n all - lovely little town but one of the hottest places I think I've ever been.

How was it you got there? Do any of the surrounding areas in the Balkans beforehand?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LooneyToonArmy on Monday 19 September 2011, 07:08:40 AM
Cannes in two weeks.

Lovely jubbly. :coolsmiley:

You have to go to Morrison's Irish Pub - the owner is a top, top man. Make sure you go there for a night out.

soak in the local culture
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TRC on Monday 19 September 2011, 07:14:08 AM
Thinking about heading off to The Whitsundays for a week in a few weeks. Get a break from city life. Anyone been?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 19 September 2011, 08:06:41 AM
Went to Mostar in July n all - lovely little town but one of the hottest places I think I've ever been.

How was it you got there? Do any of the surrounding areas in the Balkans beforehand?

Just went on a day trip when we were on the Croat coast but you can regular buses from Dubrovnik/Split.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fuhg on Monday 19 September 2011, 08:43:01 AM
Went to Mostar in July n all - lovely little town but one of the hottest places I think I've ever been.

How was it you got there? Do any of the surrounding areas in the Balkans beforehand?

Just went on a day trip when we were on the Croat coast but you can regular buses from Dubrovnik/Split.

Yeah, I did Dubrovnik last year but ended up going further down the coast to Montenegro rather than inland to Mostar. Would ideally like to do a route going from Slovenia to Istanbul, passing through Ljubljana, Zadar, Split, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sofia and Thessaloniki on the way.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 20 September 2011, 12:13:18 AM
Got back from 3 weeks in America today. Was absolutely amazing. New York very intense, doing all the touristy stuff, went to the US open which was class. Couple good nights out, expensive mind.

San Francisco we stayed with family friends, a very necessary relaxed break after NY. Played golf, baseball cages, few nice meals in the city and a very welcome drop in price after NY.

San Diego for 3 nights, nice place, got a feel for the place but the one time we ventured into the city, we got distracted by a happy hour and sat there for hours, good night out SD as well.

Then onto Vegas, absolutely class. Saturday just gone woke up at 7am to follow the match on here, then got helicopter ride to the grand canyon, was amazing. went for a steak at the mgm grand after that and then went to the fight, amazing experience and such a controversial one to have gone to. Didn't do too badly on the gambling front, lost about $20 overall but I wasnt betting big as I was running low on money.

very eventful few weeks, glad to be home now though need to recharge the batteries and get some stuff sorted. Best holiday I've had so far by a mile


EDIT: Last night BA said they might need people to fly the next day so needed volunteers, would pay for hotel as well as compensate with $1300, gutted they didn't need me to in the end.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 20 September 2011, 12:14:28 AM
Just had a week in Ibiza, it was really good and pretty chilled - I like how you can choose to go where the mad stuff is or totally stay away from it.

In the airport now, the return flight is over three hours late, FFS.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Tuesday 20 September 2011, 12:22:25 AM
Just had a week in Ibiza, it was really good and pretty chilled - I like how you can choose to go where the mad stuff is or totally stay away from it.

In the airport now, the return flight is over three hours late, FFS.

Where abouts did you stay? I really liked Ibiza but we stayed in the quietest place known to man (which is probably why Roman Abramovich sp? has a place there).

Sounds like and awesome holiday MW.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Sunday 9 October 2011, 11:18:19 AM
I used to know a site that would give you a graph of typical flight prices between two cities over a year, so you could see when would be cheapest to go, but now I can't remember what it was (thought it was skyscanner, but can't seem to find it), anyone got any ideas?

ta.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cfcmagpies on Sunday 9 October 2011, 11:23:54 AM
Have a feeling Bing has a function that will do that for you. Never used it myself though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maybe_next_year on Sunday 9 October 2011, 12:18:10 PM
I used to know a site that would give you a graph of typical flight prices between two cities over a year, so you could see when would be cheapest to go, but now I can't remember what it was (thought it was skyscanner, but can't seem to find it), anyone got any ideas?

ta.

skyscanner does a graph for the month, but not a whole year (although they show you the cheapest price per month. could be thinking of that? when you enter the date you want to go there is an option for 'whole month' or 'whole year'.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Sunday 9 October 2011, 12:24:13 PM
On a similar note, I'd like to be able to pick a departure airport on a particular day and see all flight prices from that airport to all destinations. Sometimes I want to go somewhere at a particular time but don't particularly care where, as long as it's cheap enough, but end up having to trawl through all destinations - cheapest this past week for the missus' birthday was Pisa for three days and took the train to Rome for the full day, had a great time. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 9 October 2011, 12:41:23 PM
You can do that on Skyscanner.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Sunday 9 October 2011, 01:46:54 PM
Thinking about Japan.

Still can't find the stupid website though, it's really annoying me now.  :icon_scratch:

I've just started thinking about it and have found flights for about £550 for a month in September next year, but I've actually got enough miles to do it like that if necessary. Also, I've read that people reckon 8000 yen per day is the minimum including accommodation, is that still true or has the earthquake/tsunami changed things? In fact, if anyone's been recently, how has that affected things in general?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 9 October 2011, 02:25:13 PM
Theres a fair few articles on Japan on the Guardian travel section at the moment.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Sunday 9 October 2011, 02:36:34 PM
Cheers. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Thursday 3 November 2011, 04:15:57 PM
I am going to Pittsburgh for the weekend. I guess this counts as a holiday? It's going to be cold, and fairly s***. Anyone want anything?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: elbee909 on Thursday 3 November 2011, 07:16:02 PM
Just back from a few days in Bath.  It's all almost too nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maybe_next_year on Thursday 3 November 2011, 07:21:23 PM
off to visit chernobyl in a week  :snod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: elbee909 on Thursday 3 November 2011, 07:22:32 PM
off to visit chernobyl in a week  :snod:

Keep an eye on those geiger counters kids, tick tick tickety means run your ass outta there. Then pop some Rad-away for good measure.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Christmas Tree on Thursday 3 November 2011, 07:26:35 PM
I am going to Pittsburgh for the weekend. I guess this counts as a holiday? It's going to be cold, and fairly s***. Anyone want anything?

When I think of Pittsburgh, I always think of that dreary, depressing little town that was used in the Deer Hunter. Im sure its really nice.

While double checking that it was filmed in / around Pittsburgh, the following list of top 10 films filmed in Pittsburgh popped up. You may find it useful in bars, dinner parties or overcoming embarrassing silences with boring relatives.

1. Silence of the Lambs
2. Night of the living dead
3. The Deer Hunter
4. Wonder Boys
5. Lorenzo's Oil
6. Angels in the outfield
7. Dogma
8. Flashdance
9. Hoffa
10. Inspector Gadget

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Thursday 3 November 2011, 07:57:06 PM
They filmed the new Batman there too. Bit too late to get in the background tho unfortunately :(

Though, not entirely use what they're saying about a place when they think it resembles Gotham.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Thursday 3 November 2011, 07:59:19 PM
off to visit chernobyl in a week  :snod:

Massively jealous, let us see your pictures. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maybe_next_year on Thursday 3 November 2011, 08:05:54 PM
off to visit chernobyl in a week  :snod:

Massively jealous, let us see your pictures. :thup:

almost forgot about my camera!  :lol:. will do.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Thursday 3 November 2011, 08:35:53 PM
Off to Turkey, Israel and Egypt in December.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Thursday 3 November 2011, 09:09:49 PM
Off to Turkey, Israel and Egypt in December.


If you ever want to go anywhere in the Middle East or the rest of the Muslim world, then don't let them stamp your passport.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Thursday 3 November 2011, 09:43:18 PM
Off to Turkey, Israel and Egypt in December.


If you ever want to go anywhere in the Middle East or the rest of the Muslim world, then don't let them stamp your passport.

Aye, we're going there last but I'll certainly try to stop them from stamping it
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Thursday 3 November 2011, 09:49:34 PM
Off to Turkey, Israel and Egypt in December.


If you ever want to go anywhere in the Middle East or the rest of the Muslim world, then don't let them stamp your passport.

Aye, we're going there last but I'll certainly try to stop them from stamping it

Apparently it's simply a case of asking them not to, you've just got to remember to do it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Heneage on Thursday 3 November 2011, 09:51:04 PM
What would happen if they saw said stamp?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Thursday 3 November 2011, 09:53:33 PM
They cut off your foreskin.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 3 November 2011, 09:59:12 PM
What would happen if they saw said stamp?

At best tell you to sling your hook and stick you on the next flight home, at worst imprison you on accusations of being a spy. Works both ways, if you go to Lebanon/Syria etc and have a stamp in your passport and tip up in Israel it'll go down a like a fart in a lift. Luckily Israel is full of Israelis and therefore worth avoiding.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Thursday 3 November 2011, 10:16:37 PM
What would happen if they saw said stamp?

At best tell you to sling your hook and stick you on the next flight home, at worst imprison you on accusations of being a spy. Works both ways, if you go to Lebanon/Syria etc and have a stamp in your passport and tip up in Israel it'll go down a like a fart in a lift. Luckily Israel is full of Israelis and therefore worth avoiding.

Aye, no trips to occupied Palestine for me. Well not on this passport anyway. :shifty:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Scoreboard82 on Friday 4 November 2011, 10:27:50 PM
Anyone been to Croatia, and in particular the Dubrovnick region? What's it like if so? Looking for somewhere for a hol next summer and had a curious look at prices, but it's a bit like stepping into the unknown.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 4 November 2011, 11:25:45 PM
Anyone been to Croatia, and in particular the Dubrovnick region? What's it like if so? Looking for somewhere for a hol next summer and had a curious look at prices, but it's a bit like stepping into the unknown.

Went there in July for my summer hols, absolutely lush but ridiculously hot. You planning on touring about the region or just going to Dubrovnik?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Monday 7 November 2011, 07:03:21 PM
Hoping to go to Florida next Easter, does anyone know any cheap flight providers? Or are there any Boxing Day sales?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Monday 7 November 2011, 07:08:44 PM
Hoping to go to Florida next Easter, does anyone know any cheap flight providers? Or are there any Boxing Day sales?

When I was going over there regularly I always used to use these sites and pay in $ it was way cheaper.

http://www.hotwire.com/us/index.jsp (http://www.hotwire.com/us/index.jsp)
http://www.kayak.com/ (http://www.kayak.com/)  (This was called Sidestep when I used it, but it's apparently the same thing.)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Monday 7 November 2011, 08:21:05 PM
Cheers :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Scoreboard82 on Tuesday 8 November 2011, 01:14:38 AM
Anyone been to Croatia, and in particular the Dubrovnick region? What's it like if so? Looking for somewhere for a hol next summer and had a curious look at prices, but it's a bit like stepping into the unknown.

Went there in July for my summer hols, absolutely lush but ridiculously hot. You planning on touring about the region or just going to Dubrovnik?
Cheers. I just noticed that Jet2 are doing flights to Dubrovnik from Ncl next summer, that's all. Quite expensive for an up and coming holiday region though IMO.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Tuesday 8 November 2011, 02:43:45 AM
Hoping to go to Florida next Easter, does anyone know any cheap flight providers? Or are there any Boxing Day sales?

I'll send you a PM.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Karjala on Tuesday 8 November 2011, 08:38:19 PM
Lapland at xmas to visit relatives. Holland in the New Year for a bevvy filled track cycling trip!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Tuesday 8 November 2011, 09:29:56 PM
Hoping to go to Florida next Easter, does anyone know any cheap flight providers? Or are there any Boxing Day sales?

I'll send you a PM.

Thanks :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 23 November 2011, 11:16:30 AM
I was just looking at the Amsterdam thread and it reminded me of my recent trip to Krakow in Poland. Probably the best place I've been to in Europe, a real gem. People are friendly, food and drink is cheap, bars are really nice (especially the old Jewish corner) and there's a load to do. I went to Auschwitz (not a lot to say about that other than I'd say everyone should go once in their life). The real surprise for me was the Salt mines, I know they might sound s*** but it really is one of the best things I've ever seen, there's a huge cathedral about 200 metres underground and loads of statues (check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieliczka_Salt_Mine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieliczka_Salt_Mine) ).

The thought of Poland didn't really appeal to me as I was only going there to watch Fulham play in their recent Europa match but I was really surprised by how good the place is. So if you're after a long weekend away you should consider checking the place out, much better than Brussels, Amsterdam (unless you're after a smoke) and Rome.

I found the place had a similar vibe to Buenos Aires as in you could easily just chill out, not do a lot and still have a great time.

Last but not least the women are pretty amazing too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 23 November 2011, 02:16:49 PM

I found the place had a similar vibe to Buenos Aires as in you could easily just chill out, not do a lot and still have a great time.

Last but not least the women are pretty amazing too.


Well thats me sold. One of the few places you can still get direct flights to from NCL n all.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Wednesday 23 November 2011, 07:20:59 PM
Hope things calm down a bit in Egypt in the next two weeks.  :undecided:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 24 November 2011, 08:36:25 PM
any recommendations on what area of madrid to stay in? not too dear, good place for bars etc, u know the drill
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 24 November 2011, 09:12:30 PM
anywhere around sol or opera metro stations will good, just go on hoetelworld or something

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Off to Germany tomorrow for a weekend of beer, bratwurst and bundesliga. Should be belting.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: QBG on Thursday 24 November 2011, 09:14:05 PM
anywhere around sol or opera metro stations will good, just go on hoetelworld or something

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Off to Germany tomorrow for a weekend or beer, bratwurst and bundesliga. Should be belting.

Who you going to watch?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Thursday 24 November 2011, 09:22:06 PM
Parents are in the process of buying a house in Colorado this week.  Looking forward to the extensive vacationing I'll be doing there year round.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 24 November 2011, 09:29:40 PM
anywhere around sol or opera metro stations will good, just go on hoetelworld or something

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Off to Germany tomorrow for a weekend or beer, bratwurst and bundesliga. Should be belting.

Who you going to watch?

Unfortunately I booked it before the season started so Munich aren't at home so heading to Nürnberg v Kaiserslautern. Less than £20 a pop though so can't complain. Stadium is right next to where they held the rallies which should be interesting to look around too.

On some other place they said you can booze in the stands too. Perfect.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Sunday 27 November 2011, 10:02:13 PM
stuff to do in madrid? dont have a clue, is it an expensive city?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: KDT on Monday 5 December 2011, 01:40:51 AM
Best sites for cheap flights to the USA? already looked at sky scanner
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Monday 5 December 2011, 06:57:03 PM
Best sites for cheap flights to the USA? already looked at sky scanner

http://www.hotwire.com/ (http://www.hotwire.com/)
http://www.kayak.com (http://www.kayak.com)

Buy in dollars.

Saved me hundreds in the past.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 6 December 2011, 04:30:43 PM
stuff to do in madrid? dont have a clue, is it an expensive city?

going tomorrow. still dont know what to do, just sounds like a bunch of art galleries, f*** that. anything? disco?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Christmas Tree on Tuesday 6 December 2011, 04:52:19 PM
stuff to do in madrid? dont have a clue, is it an expensive city?

going tomorrow. still dont know what to do, just sounds like a bunch of art galleries, f*** that. anything? disco?

Trust you've done the trip advisor top things to do list.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g187514-Activities-Madrid.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g187514-Activities-Madrid.html)

I skipped through the top 10 and it looked pretty dull like.  :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 6 December 2011, 05:06:50 PM
mm doesnt look great :undecided: the match saturday massively makes up for it. hopefully find a few whiskey bars to keep me occupied
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 6 December 2011, 05:13:20 PM
Spent most of my time there eating, drinking & chlling out tbh as I'm not really into art although if you go at certain times the Prado is free.

Really nice city mind just to wander about and have a tapa/beer in random little traditional places & do as a local would. Can't remember what they're called but there were A couple of class little siderias knocking about with the whole pour your cider from headheight in to your glass. Messy affair mind.

Bernabeu tour is canny n all but if you're going to th match probably not worth doing.

Saying all that I'd definitely go back and like a few other places with relatively little to see / do it's one of my favourite places.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Tuesday 6 December 2011, 05:14:18 PM
Yeah I was going to suggest just enjoying the fact that you're in a different city.  Eat some good food and drink some good drink.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 6 December 2011, 05:18:02 PM
Cheers :thup:

We're gunna do the tour on the Monday, as we want the first impression to be at the match. Like the sound of just wandering around casually eating/drinking
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 6 December 2011, 05:26:05 PM
Keep an eye out for the Teresa Herrera thing we won. Not that you can miss it like.
Title: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Wednesday 7 December 2011, 09:18:57 AM
Currently sat in departures at Newcastle International. Back in a week, goodbye.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Wednesday 7 December 2011, 10:03:31 AM
What Greg said, but gatwick. Til monday yall
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fuhg on Wednesday 7 December 2011, 09:12:36 PM
Got back from Munich around a week ago. Had a really good time, it's a great place to visit. Made the journey across to Stuttgart for a day trip as well to catch up with an old friend. Good trip.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Karjala on Sunday 11 December 2011, 10:22:10 AM
I'll be flying out of Newcaste in a few days time, and thinking back it must be about 4yrs since i used Newcastle. Been using Edinburgh, Manchester, Durham and even Stansted in that time since.

Im supposing not much has changed? Still the Voyageurs and Eagle Bars?? From what i remember the Eagle was a bit more expensive compared to the pitchers on offer in the Voyageurs. 5.30am flight so hopefully both are open for a testing.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Colocho on Tuesday 13 December 2011, 02:07:08 PM
Thinking of going to Alicante this summer, is it likely to be teeming with Benidorm-types?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 13 December 2011, 02:37:42 PM
madrid was a nice city. good for just walking around eating/drinking. match was class, stadium tour was good.

however i found there was barely f*** all to do apart from ^

also, i've never been somewhere where there has been so many limbless beggers, except maybe bangkok. were everywhere
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 2 January 2012, 11:54:25 PM
Anyone live in/been to Toronto? What's it like? Alreet for a 2-3 days?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Tuesday 3 January 2012, 12:38:57 AM
Anyone live in/been to Toronto? What's it like? Alreet for a 2-3 days?

:lol: f*** off man.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Interpolic on Tuesday 3 January 2012, 12:53:36 AM
:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 3 January 2012, 01:28:04 AM
(obviously I wouldn't just be going there & it's for 2013, just planning some stuff out)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Tuesday 3 January 2012, 01:51:49 AM
decisions decisions............................ would much rather put all our money into the house (to get ready to sell) and pay off credit cards BUT  I rarely get my hols in the school summer hols (outside of getting a rare swap the next will be 6 yrs time) so dont know what to do.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Tuesday 3 January 2012, 01:56:48 AM
decisions decisions............................ would much rather put all our money into the house (to get ready to sell) and pay off credit cards BUT  I rarely get my hols in the school summer hols (outside of getting a rare swap the next will be 6 yrs time) so dont know what to do.

Think you've answered your own question, it's the same as the 'Ok, I will toss a coin on it' where deep down you are hoping the choice you want is the side it lands on.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Tuesday 3 January 2012, 02:31:24 AM
decisions decisions............................ would much rather put all our money into the house (to get ready to sell) and pay off credit cards BUT  I rarely get my hols in the school summer hols (outside of getting a rare swap the next will be 6 yrs time) so dont know what to do.

Think you've answered your own question, it's the same as the 'Ok, I will toss a coin on it' where deep down you are hoping the choice you want is the side it lands on.
think it'll come down to how much we can get done, paid off and what deals (2 years ago we went all inc to majorca for 1800, now they want 3100...in  todays money, no f***ing way) are on offer late. last time i had my hols in their hols we booked up yesterday (2nd jan)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Belfast Boy on Thursday 16 February 2012, 10:17:56 AM
Heading to Madrid for a long weekend next week with the missus. We have a cycle tour booked but can anyone recommend anything else?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 16 February 2012, 10:23:44 AM
bernabeu tour was pretty cool (possibly not for her), real are at home i think saturday

there's a kiosk just off puerta del sol that does nice crepes, i recommend nutella

theres lots of museums i had no interest in. the palace is quite impressive

id say walk around a lot, quite nice doing that, theres a nice bank near banco d'espagna. there's an uphill street around puerta del sol somewhere that has a really nice steak place
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Belfast Boy on Thursday 16 February 2012, 10:45:36 AM
Cheers MW, its actually next weekend and I think Barca are playing Atletico so I may check out ticket prices, or can you pay on the gate?
Is it a big place or can you walk it all? Any benefit in a day pass for public transport?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 16 February 2012, 11:16:21 AM
when u get to the airport there's a metro ticket that lets you pay like 10 fares up front, definitely worth it

i'd say it is very walkable city centre though. puerta del sol is bang in the middle, id probably say its worth going off in every direction walking for a bit, never know whats around the next corner. village idiot will be able to tell you more about tickets, i was with a mate who had season tickets so didnt have a problem

tbh i didnt find there was all that much to do apart from walking around eating and drinking during the day, but then again im not that bothered about museums etc
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:22:11 AM
just booked holiday to milan for a couple nights between the arsenal and norwich games, should be good anyone been? gunna be fuckloads of pizza
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Varadi on Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:41:03 AM
just booked holiday to milan for a couple nights between the arsenal and norwich games, should be good anyone been? gunna be fuckloads of pizza

Spent a few days there when we had the CL game - nice city, loads to do. Duomo the obvious highlight, but we also really liked the Castello Sforzesco and the Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie is well worth a look even if you're not into art. Most stuff can be done on foot if you don't mind walking a bit.

You won't see any mackems.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:45:37 AM
Ganning to Istanbul in a couple of weeks, should be interesting.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Tuesday 28 February 2012, 12:08:16 PM
just booked holiday to milan for a couple nights between the arsenal and norwich games, should be good anyone been? gunna be fuckloads of pizza

Spent a few days there when we had the CL game - nice city, loads to do. Duomo the obvious highlight, but we also really liked the Castello Sforzesco and the Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie is well worth a look even if you're not into art. Most stuff can be done on foot if you don't mind walking a bit.

You won't see any mackems.

:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Steggy on Tuesday 28 February 2012, 12:10:30 PM
just booked holiday to milan for a couple nights between the arsenal and norwich games, should be good anyone been? gunna be fuckloads of pizza

Spent a few days there when we had the CL game - nice city, loads to do. Duomo the obvious highlight, but we also really liked the Castello Sforzesco and the Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie is well worth a look even if you're not into art. Most stuff can be done on foot if you don't mind walking a bit.

You won't see any mackems.

:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: wormy on Wednesday 29 February 2012, 12:49:49 AM
I've decided I want to go to Paris one of the weekends I'm off work in March. Now need to decide if the price of travel is worth it (free accomodation with a mate) and try and persuade another mate to go.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Hoser on Wednesday 29 February 2012, 01:13:46 AM
Going to New Orleans in May.  Expect it to be a week-long bar crawl with occasional gumbo or jambalaya for sustenance.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 1 March 2012, 12:15:07 AM
I've decided I want to go to Paris one of the weekends I'm off work in March. Now need to decide if the price of travel is worth it (free accomodation with a mate) and try and persuade another mate to go.

Eurostar can be really cheap apparently, we are planning Bruges later in the year, there were deals of £59 return.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: wormy on Thursday 1 March 2012, 12:53:45 AM
I've decided I want to go to Paris one of the weekends I'm off work in March. Now need to decide if the price of travel is worth it (free accomodation with a mate) and try and persuade another mate to go.

Eurostar can be really cheap apparently, we are planning Bruges later in the year, there were deals of £59 return.

£129 :undecided: Not including the price ofa 3 hour trip getting to Dover as our closest possible departure. With no one who drives.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 1 March 2012, 09:46:40 AM
you and your travel problems  :huff:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: adam on Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:15:09 AM
Booking flights to me granda's house in Torrevieja today.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: wormy on Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:41:11 AM
you and your travel problems  :huff:

:okay:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 1 March 2012, 12:22:00 PM
You can fly to Paris from Ncl for cheaper than that worm. Have a deeky on skyscanner.net.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: wormy on Thursday 1 March 2012, 12:33:52 PM
Fit it in with the trip up to Toon on Sunday! Cancel my train back home and just fly out to Paris for a week. Love it!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Thursday 1 March 2012, 12:41:02 PM
Since coaching in the US seems to be on the back burner... 2 week holiday in New York/Connecticut again.  :aww: Then Dubai next Autumn. Sorted.
Title: Holidays
Post by: Ryan on Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:20:36 PM
Corfu end of June/early July. Can't wait :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:22:49 PM
Kavos?
Title: Holidays
Post by: Ryan on Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:25:13 PM
Kavos?

Sidari mate. Other end of the island I think.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:25:51 PM
I'm going there  :laugh:

(Sorry TT)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ash on Thursday 1 March 2012, 10:42:45 PM
Planning on heading to Australia for around 6 or 7 weeks next summer. Can't wait but it feels far too long away already!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Varadi on Saturday 3 March 2012, 07:53:28 AM
I've decided I want to go to Paris one of the weekends I'm off work in March. Now need to decide if the price of travel is worth it (free accomodation with a mate) and try and persuade another mate to go.

Eurostar can be really cheap apparently, we are planning Bruges later in the year, there were deals of £59 return.

£129 :undecided: Not including the price ofa 3 hour trip getting to Dover as our closest possible departure. With no one who drives.

Groupon are doing a 60 quid Eurostar voucher for a tenner:

http://getaways.groupon.co.uk/d-3537061-Europe (http://getaways.groupon.co.uk/d-3537061-Europe)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Saturday 3 March 2012, 09:54:11 AM
9 day US road trip on Friday. Flying to Nashville, down through Memphis, then New Orleans and a bit of partying in Panama City before flying home from Talahassee. Should be awesome.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 3 March 2012, 10:18:43 AM
I'm not massively sold on America but that sounds class Mowen. Be able to get some proper Man v Food style bait down your neck round there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Saturday 3 March 2012, 10:25:34 AM
I'm not massively sold on America but that sounds class Mowen. Be able to get some proper Man v Food style bait down your neck round there.

f***ing love that show :lol:

Yeah, should be quality, good to get out and about with the mates as well. Bit of whisky drinking, live music everywhere, ridiculous food, should be class. Particularly can't wait for New Orleans.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Saturday 3 March 2012, 04:26:13 PM
Suggestions for a relatively close city break location which will be warm/hot this time of year? Beach and scenic city preferred.

Thanks in advance to those of you better-travelled :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:04:39 PM
:okay:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:09:25 PM
Asking for quite a lot at once there though, nearly all European cities will be mild at best this time of year and most of them don't have beaches.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:10:57 PM
The beach isn't a deal-breaker tbh but I see your point.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:19:52 PM
Average March high even in somewhere as far south as Lisbon is only 18 degrees.

Somewhere I'd thoroughly recommend for a cheap break is Pisa - very cheap with Ryanair from Leeds Bradford, we went for her birthday in October, two nights and pre-booked our trains to Rome before we went and spent our one full day there, as well as having plenty of time to see all the sights and have a good night out in Pisa. Had a great time.

Really fancy Krakow after reading some of the posts a few pages up.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:22:29 PM
Booking flights to me granda's house in Torrevieja today.

:thup:

We're going to San Miguel de Salinas just outside Torrevieja in July for a fortnight, my mam and dad have a small apartment there. I don't like Torrevieja city centre, I have to say but I love the general area. San Miguel is lush, beautiful little town full of cracking bars and restaurants, as well as a tremendous municipal pool which is always quiet.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:23:24 PM
Average March high even in somewhere as far south as Lisbon is only 18 degrees.

Somewhere I'd thoroughly recommend for a cheap break is Pisa - very cheap with Ryanair from Leeds Bradford, we went for her birthday in October, two nights and pre-booked our trains to Rome before we went and spent our one full day there, as well as having plenty of time to see all the sights and have a good night out in Pisa. Had a great time.

Really fancy Krakow after reading some of the posts a few pages up.

You go to Florence Wullie? Beautiful city.

Bezzer the obvious ones to me would Barça, Valencia, Malaga or Lisbon. Malaga will probably be the warmest and there'd be day trip opportunities to Seville/Cordoba/Granada all of which are supposed to beautiful.

If temp is more of a priority then beach Marrakech is pretty warm all year round.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:26:01 PM
Interesting food for thought. Iberia looking the place to be. Might need to consult the fixture lists to see which is the place to be :laugh: :blush:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:26:03 PM
Average March high even in somewhere as far south as Lisbon is only 18 degrees.

Somewhere I'd thoroughly recommend for a cheap break is Pisa - very cheap with Ryanair from Leeds Bradford, we went for her birthday in October, two nights and pre-booked our trains to Rome before we went and spent our one full day there, as well as having plenty of time to see all the sights and have a good night out in Pisa. Had a great time.

Really fancy Krakow after reading some of the posts a few pages up.

You go to Florence Wullie? Beautiful city.

Bezzer the obvious ones to me would Barça, Valencia, Malaga or Lisbon. Malaga will probably be the warmest and there'd be day trip opportunities to Seville/Cordoba/Granada all of which are supposed to beautiful.

If beach isn't a priority Marrakech is pretty warm this time of year.

Nah we ummed and aahed between there and Rome and went for the latter because she'd never been and really wanted to go, would definitely stay in Pisa again and do Florence though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:27:37 PM
Average March high even in somewhere as far south as Lisbon is only 18 degrees.

Somewhere I'd thoroughly recommend for a cheap break is Pisa - very cheap with Ryanair from Leeds Bradford, we went for her birthday in October, two nights and pre-booked our trains to Rome before we went and spent our one full day there, as well as having plenty of time to see all the sights and have a good night out in Pisa. Had a great time.

Really fancy Krakow after reading some of the posts a few pages up.

You go to Florence Wullie? Beautiful city.

Bezzer the obvious ones to me would Barça, Valencia, Malaga or Lisbon. Malaga will probably be the warmest and there'd be day trip opportunities to Seville/Cordoba/Granada all of which are supposed to beautiful.

If beach isn't a priority Marrakech is pretty warm this time of year.

Nah we ummed and aahed between there and Rome and went for the latter because she'd never been and really wanted to go, would definitely stay in Pisa again and do Florence though.

Fair do's, always good to have an excuse to go back though :thup:

Jet2 have just started flying to Italy from NCL n all, quite fancy going back myself. Went on a trip with school last time, seems like a lifetime ago.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnypd on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:28:16 PM
Interesting food for thought. Iberia looking the place to be. Might need to consult the fixture lists to see which is the place to be :laugh: :blush:

Barcelona? take in a game at the nou camp, lush food, buzzing, beautiful city, awesome culture and nightlife, beaches as well, mountains a taxi ride away.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:29:12 PM
Interesting food for thought. Iberia looking the place to be. Might need to consult the fixture lists to see which is the place to be :laugh: :blush:

Barcelona? take in a game at the nou camp, lush food, buzzing, beautiful city, awesome culture and nightlife, beaches as well, mountains a taxi ride away.

They're away at Racing, but will still bear it in mind. Mountains are a good selling point for me.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: henke on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:40:36 PM
Amsterdam on the boat tomorrow right after the match. Not going to the game though unfortunately.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnypd on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:42:37 PM
Interesting food for thought. Iberia looking the place to be. Might need to consult the fixture lists to see which is the place to be :laugh: :blush:

Barcelona? take in a game at the nou camp, lush food, buzzing, beautiful city, awesome culture and nightlife, beaches as well, mountains a taxi ride away.

They're away at Racing, but will still bear it in mind. Mountains are a good selling point for me.

montserrat near barcelona is worth a visit for the landscape alone.

when are you going? just check on your local airport's wiki page to see destinations. unless you live in that london which wouldnt help as you can pretty much go anywhere.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Saturday 3 March 2012, 05:50:38 PM
Suggestions for a relatively close city break location which will be warm/hot this time of year? Beach and scenic city preferred.

Thanks in advance to those of you better-travelled :thup:

Lisbon.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 3 March 2012, 06:36:28 PM
Might be a bit quiet but Dubrovnik encompasses all your wants too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Varadi on Sunday 4 March 2012, 09:02:44 AM
Interesting article on the BBC about travelling:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17226643 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17226643)

Agree with this in particular:

Quote
It may be a cliche but there is no doubt that technology makes the world feel a smaller - and less interesting - place.

It has the habit of shrinking the distances between countries and merging cultures.

For me, real adventure travel does not just come from the journey itself but from feeling cut off from one's normal way of life - a situation that forces you to accept what you find and become absorbed by it.

And being isolated can also be exciting since it often brings a frisson of risk.

Unfortunately, with the unseen umbilical cord of a mobile or internet connection, it is much more of a challenge to experience the unfamiliar and leave the familiar behind.

In short, adventures are not quite so, well, adventurous.

Did a lot of travelling in Aisa and Australia before the internet really took off and it was a very different experience - does anyone go anywhere these days without knowing exactly what it's going to look like and what they'll be able to do when they get there?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross magoo on Sunday 4 March 2012, 11:18:30 AM
Milan for two nights in April then a train to Turin to see the mighty Lazio whoop Juventus.

Then i'll just be waiting to see who Dundee United get in Europe.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 5 March 2012, 11:08:28 AM
You'll be glad to know, despite all your (much appreciated) contributions, I've wasted all your time/effort - and decided to bugger off to Lake Windermere for a photography weekend :laugh:

I haven't been to the Lakes in an offensively long time and the tepid temperatures on continental Europe probably aren't worth the hassle of going cross-border at such short notice. I know it's not a great deal of hassle, but still. Thanks for your help everyone :)

Need to research the weather before I book, maybe. Although it won't stop me either way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: adam on Monday 5 March 2012, 11:55:38 AM
Booking flights to me granda's house in Torrevieja today.

:thup:

We're going to San Miguel de Salinas just outside Torrevieja in July for a fortnight, my mam and dad have a small apartment there. I don't like Torrevieja city centre, I have to say but I love the general area. San Miguel is lush, beautiful little town full of cracking bars and restaurants, as well as a tremendous municipal pool which is always quiet.

Aye theres not a great deal to do in Torry like, bar get p*ssed and go to the beach. I might even see if i can get tickets for an FC Torrevieja match if theyre playing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Monday 5 March 2012, 11:59:11 AM
2 weeks in New York/CT for 4th July again this Summer. CANNOT WAIT.

Dunkin Donuts calls to me. Like a Siren on the winds.

Might even make a trip down to Philly and leave a burning bag of crap outside SEMTEX house.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hughesy on Monday 5 March 2012, 12:03:59 PM
Might be a bit quiet but Dubrovnik encompasses all your wants too.

Dubrovnik is a fantastic long weekend trip away.  Weather should be decent enough in March I would have thought as well.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 5 March 2012, 02:59:23 PM
2 weeks in New York/CT for 4th July again this Summer. CANNOT WAIT.

Dunkin Donuts calls to me. Like a Siren on the winds.

Might even make a trip down to Philly and leave a burning bag of crap outside SEMTEX house.

Delightful.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: KDT on Monday 5 March 2012, 04:56:12 PM
Been looking at doing New York plus another state for a couple of weeks in late september, hopefully doing a weekend in Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game first week of September
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 5 March 2012, 04:56:56 PM
Been looking at doing New York plus another state for a couple of weeks in late september, hopefully doing a weekend in Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game first week of September

You should try Delaware...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: KDT on Monday 5 March 2012, 04:59:33 PM
Been looking at doing New York plus another state for a couple of weeks in late september, hopefully doing a weekend in Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game first week of September

You should try Delaware...

Nah was thinking more a ranch in Wyoming
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fugazi on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:08:26 PM
Gan to Mexico for a mate's wedding in May, El Dorado Seaside Suites in Riviera Del Maya. First time i've went all-inclusive, can't wait.

It's got some more-than-decent ratings on Trip Advisor as well.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:09:33 PM
Been looking at doing New York plus another state for a couple of weeks in late september, hopefully doing a weekend in Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game first week of September

You should try Delaware...

Nah was thinking more a ranch in Wyoming

Delaware is TAX FREE. Persuaded?
Title: Re: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:11:39 PM
Gan to Mexico for a mate's wedding in May, El Dorado Seaside Suites in Riviera Del Maya. First time i've went all-inclusive, can't wait.

It's got some more-than-decent ratings on Trip Advisor as well.
Envisaging some Karl Pilkington style shenanigans from you like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fugazi on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:25:09 PM
Gan to Mexico for a mate's wedding in May, El Dorado Seaside Suites in Riviera Del Maya. First time i've went all-inclusive, can't wait.

It's got some more-than-decent ratings on Trip Advisor as well.
Envisaging some Karl Pilkington style shenanigans from you like.

No doubt, the varying flavours of tequila they have there will only aid my adventures.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: KDT on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:41:12 PM
Been looking at doing New York plus another state for a couple of weeks in late september, hopefully doing a weekend in Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game first week of September

You should try Delaware...

Nah was thinking more a ranch in Wyoming

Delaware is TAX FREE. Persuaded?

Nah

Wayne's world: delaware (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWV-pZfqSEc#)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:45:28 PM
Been looking at doing New York plus another state for a couple of weeks in late september, hopefully doing a weekend in Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game first week of September

You should try Delaware...

Nah was thinking more a ranch in Wyoming

Delaware is TAX FREE. Persuaded?

Nah

Wayne's world: delaware (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWV-pZfqSEc#)

:lol:

Well, I tried.

Not that I've been there myself, yet. It's, like, 45 minutes away. I need to make a pricey purchase to make it worth travelling down for.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:50:32 PM
Gan to Mexico for a mate's wedding in May, El Dorado Seaside Suites in Riviera Del Maya. First time i've went all-inclusive, can't wait.

It's got some more-than-decent ratings on Trip Advisor as well.
Envisaging some Karl Pilkington style shenanigans from you like.

No doubt, the varying flavours of tequila they have there will only aid my adventures.

Don't think I could handle all inclusive like, can't be trusted with "free" stuff.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:51:52 PM
Pretty much sorted.

New York in July (with a potential hello Casa Semtex)
Dubai in 2013.

 :memeyeah:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:54:46 PM
What are the exact dates? Cross reference with Union schedule...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:55:04 PM
2-9
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:55:49 PM
That is not a recognised date format
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Monday 5 March 2012, 05:59:06 PM
Sorry, I forget you only operate via Unix Time: 1341187200-1341792000
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 5 March 2012, 06:13:03 PM
2nd July 2012 until the 25th June 1927?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fugazi on Monday 5 March 2012, 06:17:46 PM
Gan to Mexico for a mate's wedding in May, El Dorado Seaside Suites in Riviera Del Maya. First time i've went all-inclusive, can't wait.

It's got some more-than-decent ratings on Trip Advisor as well.
Envisaging some Karl Pilkington style shenanigans from you like.

No doubt, the varying flavours of tequila they have there will only aid my adventures.

Don't think I could handle all inclusive like, can't be trusted with "free" stuff.

There's about 6 restaurants and 5 bars to choose from , i'll come back a reet fat kernt.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Interpolic on Monday 5 March 2012, 06:22:09 PM
Been looking at doing New York plus another state for a couple of weeks in late september, hopefully doing a weekend in Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game first week of September

You should try Delaware...

Nah was thinking more a ranch in Wyoming

Delaware is TAX FREE. Persuaded?

Nah

Wayne's world: delaware (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWV-pZfqSEc#)

:lol: First thing I thought of.  In fact it's my only Delaware reference point.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Monday 5 March 2012, 06:23:55 PM
2nd July 2012 until the 25th June 1927?

 :memeyeah:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 5 March 2012, 06:34:05 PM
You'll be glad to know, despite all your (much appreciated) contributions, I've wasted all your time/effort - and decided to bugger off to Lake Windermere for a photography weekend :laugh:

I haven't been to the Lakes in an offensively long time and the tepid temperatures on continental Europe probably aren't worth the hassle of going cross-border at such short notice. I know it's not a great deal of hassle, but still. Thanks for your help everyone :)

Need to research the weather before I book, maybe. Although it won't stop me either way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Weather in the Lakes..?  As if you need to research it :lol:  85% of the time you're there it'll be raining with cloud down to 200 metres.  10% of the time, it'll be dry with cloud down to 300 metres.  The other 5%, it'll be spectacular and beautiful :thup:

11 days from my similar trip up to Torridon and Kinlochewe :frantic:  Can't wait :frantic: :frantic:

:lol: :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Hoser on Monday 5 March 2012, 07:57:20 PM
My complete 2012 holidays plan:

May - New Orleans, for food & drink and soaking up the atmosphere

June - Chicago, to see friends and go to baseball games

August - Québec City, for cycling and pretending to be in France

November - Chicago again!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 5 March 2012, 09:10:53 PM

Enjoy it :)  Wonderful place for photography, I look forward to seeing the results in the thread :thup:

I like this. :coolsmiley:

Incidentally I have very good luck (weather-wise) when visiting the LD. Hopefully I can defy weather forecasts again.

Dithering over where I should stay. Quaint BnB or fancy-ish hotel. Nice headache to have :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 5 March 2012, 10:55:35 PM
All inclusive turned me into a hardcore alcoholic for two weeks last year, I am such a tight tosser I HAD to make the most of it :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Monday 5 March 2012, 11:16:27 PM
My complete 2012 holidays plan:

May - New Orleans, for food & drink and soaking up the atmosphere

June - Chicago, to see friends and go to baseball games

August - Québec City, for cycling and pretending to be in France

November - Chicago again!

Chicago good to visit, or is it mainly a good place to visit as you have friends there? I sorta want to go after having watched ER.  :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Wednesday 7 March 2012, 05:50:19 PM
Stamford Train Station has a Dunkin Donuts.  :sweetjesus:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Wednesday 7 March 2012, 06:00:58 PM
Who the f*** goes to the mean streets of Connecticut on holiday man
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 7 March 2012, 06:04:46 PM
My complete 2012 holidays plan:

May - New Orleans, for food & drink and soaking up the atmosphere

June - Chicago, to see friends and go to baseball games

August - Québec City, for cycling and pretending to be in France

November - Chicago again!

Chicago good to visit, or is it mainly a good place to visit as you have friends there? I sorta want to go after having watched ER.  :lol:

I thought Chicago was class, but I do have friends there. I went in the summer and it was scorching. Probably better when you can actually walk around. Nice people and they love their sport. Big lake. That's my summary.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Wednesday 7 March 2012, 08:03:35 PM
Who the f*** goes to the mean streets of Connecticut on holiday man

 :lol:

Nah, its where we're staying. Stayed in Greenwich last year.  :memeyeah:

Going to buy sleeveless cardigan vests to fit in.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: KDT on Wednesday 7 March 2012, 08:50:45 PM
Like a young Pete Gas
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ObiChrisKenobi on Wednesday 7 March 2012, 09:23:52 PM
Exactly!  :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Sunday 11 March 2012, 12:07:44 PM
anyone got any help for me?  planning to hit uk on or about 1st june for a month and need somewhere to stay...last time i was back i rented a cottage but it was out in the middle of nowhere near yarm and meant the mrs. was pretty isolated as she doesn't drive

would consider staying in newcastle, durham, yarm, york...anywhere nice basically, especially the coast

ideal thing would just be to rent a flat for a month but no-one is going to short term let that i've found...looked at some serviced apartments about newcastle and you were talking 3,000 - 4,000 GBP man which is bonkers, hotel would run updwards of 2,800 assuming i could find a decent one at 100 a night that has availability for the entire month

gotsta be something kids, help a fella out...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 11 March 2012, 12:12:33 PM
http://www.gumtree.com/short-term-rent/newcastle (http://www.gumtree.com/short-term-rent/newcastle)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PENKAAA on Sunday 11 March 2012, 04:19:42 PM
Off to Magaluf with 7 mates on the 13th July for one week! Hotel is right on the beach too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Sunday 11 March 2012, 04:20:34 PM

Brought my holiday forward and it's now happening tomorrow :frantic:  One night in Fort William, three or four nights in Torridon, probably one more night in Fort William.  Cannot f***ing wait \o/

Have a great time, C.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Sunday 11 March 2012, 05:27:02 PM
Off to Magaluf with 7 mates on the 13th July for one week! Hotel is right on the beach too.

Ahh Magaluf  :love:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PENKAAA on Sunday 11 March 2012, 05:36:16 PM
Off to Magaluf with 7 mates on the 13th July for one week! Hotel is right on the beach too.

Ahh Magaluf  :love:

Tell me all about it Cajun.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Sunday 11 March 2012, 05:45:49 PM
I got to see her -

(http://img859.imageshack.us/img859/6306/gemmaatkinsonbikinicale.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/859/gemmaatkinsonbikinicale.jpg/)

Like that walking by the pool or along the beach pretty much every day of the 14 I was there :smug:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Sunday 11 March 2012, 11:19:45 PM
Off to Magaluf with 7 mates on the 13th July for one week! Hotel is right on the beach too.

Majorca Beach Hotel?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Sunday 11 March 2012, 11:45:09 PM
Got to love Magaluf. Went a few years ago with 7-8 good mates. After about a week we got a surprise visit from another mate. He'd just won a couple of hundred grand online and decided to join us. He flew from Norway to Frankfurt (I think) and Madrid, before joining up with the rest of us. He paid for everything during the week he stayed with us. Drink, food, women :lol:, the lot.

Ah, those were the days.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Sunday 11 March 2012, 11:48:34 PM
I'm going to :thup:  Unless it rains for five days solid, of course :lol:  Cheers..
we're expecting lots of pics.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Sunday 11 March 2012, 11:55:18 PM
Got to love Magaluf. Went a few years ago with 7-8 good mates. After about a week we got a surprise visit from another mate. He'd just won a couple of hundred grand online and decided to join us. He flew from Norway to Frankfurt (I think) and Madrid, before joining up with the rest of us. He paid for everything during the week he stayed with us. Drink, food, women :lol:, the lot.

Ah, those were the days.



Couple of hundred grand as in pounds?

I would hate to go there now but I absolutely loved Magaluf at the time, all the bars showed weird german porn cartoons for some reason.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Sunday 11 March 2012, 11:59:10 PM
Aye, as in pounds. He p*ssed it all away mind.

Don't think I'd last more than a couple of days in Magaluf. I'm having problems drinking two nights in a row nowadays, let alone a full week or two.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:02:46 AM
Aye, as in pounds. He p*ssed it all away mind.

Don't think I'd last more than a couple of days in Magaluf. I'm having problems drinking two nights in a row nowadays, let alone a full week or two.

Yeah I have no idea how I coped with 2 weeks of getting absolutely f***ing mortal every single night.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:05:22 AM
Aye, as in pounds. He p*ssed it all away mind.

Don't think I'd last more than a couple of days in Magaluf. I'm having problems drinking two nights in a row nowadays, let alone a full week or two.
how old are you palnese ? i was doing the lads hols in the med till i was 30 and we got worse as we went on. never drunk during the day on the beach etc when we first started going, then the drinks in card games got earlier and earlier till the last holiday you'd be drinking with breakfast at midday. fortunatly my birthday was out there so i'd have an opt out as i'd sleep from 5am till 5pm for the half of my hols after my b/day.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PENKAAA on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:10:06 AM
Off to Magaluf with 7 mates on the 13th July for one week! Hotel is right on the beach too.

Majorca Beach Hotel?

HM Royal Beach Aparthotel it's called mate.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:11:35 AM
I'm 24. We've been thinking about swapping the beach and booze with a weekend in a European city this year. Or a festival.

I've never been to a proper festival, and I've always wanted to go to one. Think this summer might be the time to do that.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:15:07 AM
Enjoy the lads holidays for as long as you can, wish I went on more.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:16:05 AM
I'm 24. We've been thinking about swapping the beach and booze with a weekend in a European city this year. Or a festival.

I've never been to a proper festival, and I've always wanted to go to one. Think this summer might be the time to do that.
do both if you can, just see it as a 2 centre hol.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:18:32 AM
Yeah, I've been thinking about that.

Went to Spain with the lass and her family last summer. f*** me, that was boring. A lads holiday > Whipped holiday.  Everytime.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:20:01 AM
Yeah, I've been thinking about that.

Went to Spain with the lass and her family last summer. f*** me, that was boring. A lads holiday > Whipped holiday.  Everytime.

:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:24:04 AM
:lol: seconded
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:26:58 AM
Couldn't imagine going on holiday with the lasses family, lovely people (despite being half mackem) but a few hours is sufficient.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:32:07 AM
if i went on holiday with them there'd be three outcomes....

1) i'd kill them
2) i'd try to kill them and get put away
3) i'd kill them twice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:35:15 AM
Is Magaluf where they filmed The Inbetweeners?  Looks like a mix between Bourbon Street, The Keys, and Soviet Russia.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:35:49 AM
Is Magaluf where they filmed The Inbetweeners?  Looks like a mix between Bourbon Street, The Keys, and Soviet Russia.

Nah, that was Malia in Crete. They're all effectively the same though those type of places.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:37:07 AM
Is Magaluf where they filmed The Inbetweeners?  Looks like a mix between Bourbon Street, The Keys, and Soviet Russia.

Nah, that was Malia in Crete. They're all effectively the same though those type of places.

Overpriced drinks in bar/clubs that have cover charges with decent scenery and a place to sweat out the toxins during the day?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:37:29 AM
Is Magaluf where they filmed The Inbetweeners?  Looks like a mix between Bourbon Street, The Keys, and Soviet Russia.

Nah, that was Malia in Crete. They're all effectively the same though those type of places.

It was set in Malia, but it was filmed in Maga.

Bit stupid like, could have just said they went to Magaluf.  Hardly would have made a difference to the plot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:39:27 AM
Is Magaluf where they filmed The Inbetweeners?  Looks like a mix between Bourbon Street, The Keys, and Soviet Russia.

Nah, that was Malia in Crete. They're all effectively the same though those type of places.

Overpriced drinks in bar/clubs that have cover charges with decent scenery and a place to sweat out the toxins during the day?

Nah drink is usually canny cheap (been a while since I went to one of those type places mind) and then a strip with bars/clubs/s*** restaurants with a niceish busy beach at the front of the town. Usually some mountains/hills in the background with a bit of dry land in between.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:41:50 AM
Couldn't imagine going on holiday with the lasses family, lovely people (despite being half mackem) but a few hours is sufficient.

Useful trick: (Applicable to annoying friends of hers also) Get on with them so well and devote so much attention to them that she feels neglected, and she will pull out the stops to limit time you all have to spend together.

[/scumbag Beren]
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:43:18 AM
Drinks aren't remotely cheap any more. Could easily pay 10 euros + per round for me and the lass in Zante last summer.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:46:01 AM
Couldn't imagine going on holiday with the lasses family, lovely people (despite being half mackem) but a few hours is sufficient.

Useful trick: (Applicable to annoying friends of hers also) Get on with them so well and devote so much attention to them that she feels neglected, and she will pull out the stops to limit time you all have to spend together.

[/scumbag Beren]

Me and her have a good understanding, we know neither likes these situations and will subject each other to them as little as possible. She will even bribe me with materialistic goods to get me to bother seeing her family on the odd occasion.

She's great :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:46:26 AM
Drinks aren't remotely cheap any more. Could easily pay 10 euros + per round for me and the lass in Zante last summer.
laganas / my bestest ever hols. :love:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:49:22 AM
Yeah I love Zante, real shame I didn't discover that island over the bridge until the last couple of days of our last holiday. TT needs to get his arse there as much as possible though. I have sent him links so it's his fault if he doesn't.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 12 March 2012, 02:10:22 AM
I like to have one great place that I love that I continually go back to (right now it's Montreal) so that I can have a proper vacation where I get to relax and enjoy myself rather than be drinking way too much and hurrying around way too much and not feel like a vacation at all.

You can't beat exploring a new place though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrisjraby on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:01:28 PM
Just finished booking a holiday for me and my other half - we're going to Naples for 2 nights and then over to Sicily for 6 nights, looking forward to visiting places like Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as hopefully hiring a car and driving around Sicily.

Anyone been to either?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: pintofscottsellers on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:19:49 PM
Just finished booking a holiday for me and my other half - we're going to Naples for 2 nights and then over to Sicily for 6 nights, looking forward to visiting places like Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as hopefully hiring a car and driving around Sicily.

Anyone been to either?

A haven't been to Sicily but me Mam and Dad have loads of times, always told me how good it is, the foods supposed to be unreal.   
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:30:22 PM
Pompeii is pretty fascinating for obvious reasons, Naples itself had its nice parts and some rough ones too which you might want to avoid. We just wandered about ourselves without having done any research though tbf. Also been to Messina which is really nice, pretty small but had such a nice laidback atmosphere. There's also a few spots around there where the Godfather was filmed if you're into that.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 12 March 2012, 12:48:54 PM
Going to Milan tomorrow, any last minute tips? Something cool to do in the city, not museums or anything like that
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrisjraby on Monday 12 March 2012, 01:29:50 PM
A haven't been to Sicily but me Mam and Dad have loads of times, always told me how good it is, the foods supposed to be unreal.

Yeah I've heard good things, apparently there's a lot of great seafood so I'm intrigued to try stuff that you don't tend to find over here.  The fruit over there is supposed to be really good as well.

Pompeii is pretty fascinating for obvious reasons, Naples itself had its nice parts and some rough ones too which you might want to avoid. We just wandered about ourselves without having done any research though tbf. Also been to Messina which is really nice, pretty small but had such a nice laidback atmosphere. There's also a few spots around there where the Godfather was filmed if you're into that.

I've always been fascinated with Pompeii since I studied it at school, we've only really got one full day in Naples though so I'm hoping that we'll still manage to see everything and not miss anything out due to the time constraints.  We've booked a hotel reasonably close to the train station and a lot of the reviews said the area wasn't fantastic, but the major benefit is that there's a train station very close by which goes out to a lot of the sights.

Never knew that about Messina actually, I'm quite intrigued now.  We were thinking of driving to Taormina as there's a really nice open-air ampitheatre - http://www.bestofsicily.com/taormina3.jpg (http://www.bestofsicily.com/taormina3.jpg) - and maybe going to Catania or Messina if we had time.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Monday 12 March 2012, 02:25:43 PM
Off to Thailand for work in October so I think I'll take a week out to visit Burma. Heard some really good things about the place and I'll be interested in visiting to see how developed the place is, probably one of the few places in the world that hasn't succumbed to Western trends (It's what I'm hoping for anyway).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 12 March 2012, 06:02:39 PM
Off to Thailand for work in October so I think I'll take a week out to visit Burma. Heard some really good things about the place and I'll be interested in visiting to see how developed the place is, probably one of the few places in the world that hasn't succumbed to Western trends (It's what I'm hoping for anyway).

Report back if you do, I really fancy going.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 12 March 2012, 06:12:57 PM
Going to Milan tomorrow, any last minute tips? Something cool to do in the city, not museums or anything like that

:lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ElDiablo on Monday 12 March 2012, 07:06:48 PM
A haven't been to Sicily but me Mam and Dad have loads of times, always told me how good it is, the foods supposed to be unreal.

Yeah I've heard good things, apparently there's a lot of great seafood so I'm intrigued to try stuff that you don't tend to find over here.  The fruit over there is supposed to be really good as well.

Pompeii is pretty fascinating for obvious reasons, Naples itself had its nice parts and some rough ones too which you might want to avoid. We just wandered about ourselves without having done any research though tbf. Also been to Messina which is really nice, pretty small but had such a nice laidback atmosphere. There's also a few spots around there where the Godfather was filmed if you're into that.

I've always been fascinated with Pompeii since I studied it at school, we've only really got one full day in Naples though so I'm hoping that we'll still manage to see everything and not miss anything out due to the time constraints.  We've booked a hotel reasonably close to the train station and a lot of the reviews said the area wasn't fantastic, but the major benefit is that there's a train station very close by which goes out to a lot of the sights.

Never knew that about Messina actually, I'm quite intrigued now.  We were thinking of driving to Taormina as there's a really nice open-air ampitheatre - http://www.bestofsicily.com/taormina3.jpg (http://www.bestofsicily.com/taormina3.jpg) - and maybe going to Catania or Messina if we had time.

Yeah we went to Sorrento for the day which is on the other side of a bay, nice little town with some decent shops and a beach. If you only have one day there might be stuff higher on your agenda though. Sounds like a good idea for a trip, enjoy.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Monday 12 March 2012, 07:32:13 PM
Go to Sorrento and take one of the boat trips down the coast. Absolutely lush. Worth taking a coach trip to the summit of Vesuvius too. 

There's a local train service, a bit like the Metro that runs right down the coast, stops at Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento, everywhere you might want to be really.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fugazi on Monday 12 March 2012, 10:50:36 PM
Going to Milan tomorrow, any last minute tips? Something cool to do in the city, not museums or anything like that

:lol:

LaserQuest
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: adam on Wednesday 14 March 2012, 09:14:28 AM
Is Magaluf where they filmed The Inbetweeners?  Looks like a mix between Bourbon Street, The Keys, and Soviet Russia.

Nah, that was Malia in Crete. They're all effectively the same though those type of places.

It was set in Malia, but it was filmed in Maga.

Bit stupid like, could have just said they went to Magaluf.  Hardly would have made a difference to the plot.

Aye, never understood the reasoning for that like. f***ing baffling if im honest like, as you say it wouldnt have made a slight bit of difference.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 15 March 2012, 02:03:18 PM
Milan cut short by a few hours due to them telling us to get an earlier flight. Get to airport, flight delayed at least 2 hours. You would think I was annoyed. Free, unlimited alcohol in the lounge :yao:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Thursday 15 March 2012, 07:30:03 PM
I need your job MW.  You're everywhere.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 15 March 2012, 08:44:51 PM
I need your job MW.  You're everywhere.

job? :yao:

you should see my bank balance
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Wednesday 21 March 2012, 12:34:38 PM
the big trip to south america begins saturday. 8 weeks in buenos aires first up. any good pubs for watching our matches? other tips?

any idea (disco?) how long it would take to go down to those glaciers in the south? i'm pretty unprepared tbh, just gunna see what happens whilst im out there
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 21 March 2012, 02:03:40 PM
Are you planning on going to the Igaurzu Falls?

You'll love Buenos Aires for chilling out. The old docks are cool and there's an old part of town with a square and a few interesting shops but I forgot the name (just Google as it's fairly famous). The area is also good for tango
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 21 March 2012, 02:24:48 PM
Takes 3hrs by plane (to El Calafate) and by bus you need to go to Rio Gallegos which is 38hrs away and then change. IIRC it's another 2-3 hours from there. We flew one way and bussed it back but we stopped on in Puerto Madryn (about halfway) on the way back to see the penguins/whales.

You know which neighbourhood you're staying in when you're in BA?

The Gibraltar in San Telmo is an 'English' pub so would probably show some, failing that there is Hooters and the likes by  the docklands that might. I didn't watch English football when I was there like as it was the Championship season for us.

Make sure you get to some Primera / River games, there are a ridiculous amount of clubs to choose from in BA and nearly all the kick offs are staggered too which makes it easier.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Wednesday 21 March 2012, 07:37:19 PM
Are you planning on going to the Igaurzu Falls?


:thup: I've heard the brazil side was the better way of doing it? basically i have 8 weeks fixed in BA, then 6 weeks to do whatever and end up in peru for my flight back

Takes 3hrs by plane (to El Calafate) and by bus you need to go to Rio Gallegos which is 38hrs away and then change. IIRC it's another 2-3 hours from there. We flew one way and bussed it back but we stopped on in Puerto Madryn (about halfway) on the way back to see the penguins/whales.

You know which neighbourhood you're staying in when you're in BA?

The Gibraltar in San Telmo is an 'English' pub so would probably show some, failing that there is Hooters and the likes by  the docklands that might. I didn't watch English football when I was there like as it was the Championship season for us.

Make sure you get to some Primera / River games, there are a ridiculous amount of clubs to choose from in BA and nearly all the kick offs are staggered too which makes it easier.

i dont exactly where i'm living, but i know its near monte castro village which is where i will be coaching/playing football

thats pretty long to the glaciers, i think i might not bother with bolivia giving me more time in brazil/peru/argentina

defo planning on going to a few matches, looks mental. imagine the people im playing football with will be in prime position to sort me out in that respect
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 21 March 2012, 07:44:53 PM
Are you planning on going to the Igaurzu Falls?


:thup: I've heard the brazil side was the better way of doing it? basically i have 8 weeks fixed in BA, then 6 weeks to do whatever and end up in peru for my flight back

Takes 3hrs by plane (to El Calafate) and by bus you need to go to Rio Gallegos which is 38hrs away and then change. IIRC it's another 2-3 hours from there. We flew one way and bussed it back but we stopped on in Puerto Madryn (about halfway) on the way back to see the penguins/whales.

You know which neighbourhood you're staying in when you're in BA?

The Gibraltar in San Telmo is an 'English' pub so would probably show some, failing that there is Hooters and the likes by  the docklands that might. I didn't watch English football when I was there like as it was the Championship season for us.

Make sure you get to some Primera / River games, there are a ridiculous amount of clubs to choose from in BA and nearly all the kick offs are staggered too which makes it easier.

i dont exactly where i'm living, but i know its near monte castro village which is where i will be coaching/playing football

thats pretty long to the glaciers, i think i might not bother with bolivia giving me more time in brazil/peru/argentina

defo planning on going to a few matches, looks mental. imagine the people im playing football with will be in prime position to sort me out in that respect

Aye, will be especially if they're Boca members as it's a chew on to get (non extortionate) tickets for there, the rest of the teams you can just pay on the door so it's not too much hassle. Looking at the map Argentinos Juniors and All Boys are the Primera teams near there, both pretty middling.

You need to see Iguazu from both sides IMO, Brazil side for the panorama and then Argie side to get up close and wet and all that.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Wednesday 21 March 2012, 07:45:40 PM

Scottish holiday over other than the 300 mile drive back home :(  Still a week and a bit before I go back to work, though :)

:thup:

(about the last bit, I mean!)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 3 April 2012, 12:13:27 PM
Properly sorted out my June trip to the Baltics this morning. God bless excessive bank holidays, keep them every year and I'll be queeny til I die.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 5 April 2012, 11:07:59 AM
Properly sorted out my June trip to the Baltics this morning. God bless excessive bank holidays, keep them every year and I'll be queeny til I die.

Tbf, we are still have fewer than most of Europe.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maybe_next_year on Thursday 5 April 2012, 02:30:26 PM
flying to Tehran tomorrow lunch time.  :snod:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 5 April 2012, 03:32:11 PM
flying to Tehran tomorrow lunch time.  :snod:

Unusual choice, got a penchant for nuclear "power" and anti-American movements?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Northerngimp on Thursday 5 April 2012, 03:39:34 PM
Off to maggaz with the lads in sept, for 4 days.  looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maybe_next_year on Thursday 5 April 2012, 06:17:58 PM
flying to Tehran tomorrow lunch time.  :snod:

Unusual choice, got a penchant for nuclear "power" and anti-American movements?

well seeing as my last two trips abroad included Chernobyl and North Korea, I guess I'd have to say yes. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 8 April 2012, 10:23:22 PM
flying to Tehran tomorrow lunch time.  :snod:

Unusual choice, got a penchant for nuclear "power" and anti-American movements?

well seeing as my last two trips abroad included Chernobyl and North Korea, I guess I'd have to say yes. :lol:

Your blates on hols now but if you havent already a detailed account of North Korea is needed - http://www.newcastle-online.org/nufcforum/index.php/topic,60967.0.html (http://www.newcastle-online.org/nufcforum/index.php/topic,60967.0.html) Assuming you went on Koryo Tours and all that I can't even begin to imagine what its like despite watchin all the docu's going.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TRC on Monday 9 April 2012, 09:45:04 PM
Where is best to get package deals to places like Paris and London ect?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Saturday 14 April 2012, 07:49:02 PM
Anyone done a trek to macchu picchu in Peru? I have some questions...left it too late for inca trail which Im not arsed about I dont care how the incas got to MP so looking into salkantay trek.

I dont have a clue about anything to do with incas or macchu picchu Im basically going along for the ride and experience rather than a huge desire to learn everything about it
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Numbers on Sunday 15 April 2012, 02:55:55 PM
Rented a villa in Kissimme, Florida in September.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Sunday 15 April 2012, 04:16:16 PM
Rented a villa in Kissimme, Florida in September.

Bring some sunscreen, shorts, and an umbrella.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Sunday 15 April 2012, 06:25:12 PM
Anyone done a trek to macchu picchu in Peru? I have some questions...left it too late for inca trail which Im not arsed about I dont care how the incas got to MP so looking into salkantay trek.

I dont have a clue about anything to do with incas or macchu picchu Im basically going along for the ride and experience rather than a huge desire to learn everything about it

indi iirc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 15 April 2012, 09:00:51 PM
Whatever trek you do will be class mate if you're into walking. The one you see the most en route would be beneficial but it's all about getting to MP at the end of the day. Spend a few days in Cusco generally too, great city.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bowlingcrofty on Sunday 15 April 2012, 09:20:15 PM
Barcelona this weekend then Mauritius in August. Want to hit a couple of European away games too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mouldy_uk on Sunday 15 April 2012, 09:24:10 PM
Florence tomorrow until Friday  :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Varadi on Friday 20 April 2012, 12:25:48 PM
Just booked a week in Italy for early June - fly into Pisa for a couple of nights, train to Florence then Orvieto and Rome - going to try fit in trips to Lucca and Ostia Antica too. Haven't been to Italy since the CL match in Milan, can't wait!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Doctor Zaius on Friday 20 April 2012, 02:16:11 PM
How much spending money is needed minimum for 10 days in Aiya Napa would anyone say?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Friday 20 April 2012, 02:24:15 PM
Just booked a week in Italy for early June - fly into Pisa for a couple of nights, train to Florence then Orvieto and Rome - going to try fit in trips to Lucca and Ostia Antica too. Haven't been to Italy since the CL match in Milan, can't wait!

Ovieto is absolutely brilliant. The cathedral is amazing, and the location on the top of the hill is stunning.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Friday 20 April 2012, 02:53:06 PM
Id say £50 a day for a lads holiday abroad, not sure for napa in particular
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Foluwashola on Friday 20 April 2012, 02:55:44 PM
I'd say 70 euros a day minimum, tbh.  Including your daily food and that.

Not sure I could manage 10 days properly on it, like. After 7 I've whiteyed pretty much everything there is to whitey, including some of the lesser organs  :puke:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 20 April 2012, 04:18:32 PM
Properly sorted out my June trip to the Baltics this morning. God bless excessive bank holidays, keep them every year and I'll be queeny til I die.

Where you going mate? I did Baltics last summer, enjoyed it.

MW, I didn't do Inca, did Lares Valley and it was great. You can probably sort it when you get to Cusco but get on some sort of trek to MP, both the trek and end destination will be amazing. Also, as Des says, enjoy Cusco. Not only is it a great city you can have a proper naughty night out there, make sure you stay in the Loki hostel.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 20 April 2012, 04:42:57 PM
Properly sorted out my June trip to the Baltics this morning. God bless excessive bank holidays, keep them every year and I'll be queeny til I die.

Where you going mate? I did Baltics last summer, enjoyed it.

MW, I didn't do Inca, did Lares Valley and it was great. You can probably sort it when you get to Cusco but get on some sort of trek to MP, both the trek and end destination will be amazing. Also, as Des says, enjoy Cusco. Not only is it a great city you can have a proper naughty night out there, make sure you stay in the Loki hostel.

Flying to Riga and out of Tallinn, probably hop over to Helsinki n all. Just there for a few days like, flights were like £70 so it would've been rude not too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 20 April 2012, 04:48:09 PM
Nice. Riga was my favourite, Tallinn decent and Helsinki nice enough if expensive. Really enjoyed Vilnius if you get the chance, about a 5 hour bus from Riga from memory. Enjoy :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 20 April 2012, 04:51:21 PM
Aye we'll probably only go to Helsinki because it's a short hop over the sea more than anything. Can't see any other time when I'm going to choose to go / have the chance. All looks nice enough though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 20 April 2012, 04:55:15 PM
If its only a day trip you probably won't have the time but there's an island only about a 15 min ferry from the port called suemollina or something similarly scandanavian which was nice, old fort, great scenery. It's a pretty cool city mind, well worthy of a day visit.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Danh1 on Friday 20 April 2012, 05:55:49 PM
I'd say 70 euros a day minimum, tbh.  Including your daily food and that.

Not sure I could manage 10 days properly on it, like. After 7 I've whiteyed pretty much everything there is to whitey, including some of the lesser organs  :puke:

Same, after a week in Ibiza on the p*ss every night I wanted to get home, caught the flu and generally felt ill as f***. :lol:

Off to Kavos for a week this Summer, can't wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: eliassenfredrik on Friday 20 April 2012, 07:52:21 PM
Athens for 2 weeks in June. :megusta:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Varadi on Friday 20 April 2012, 07:55:44 PM
Athens for 2 weeks in June. :megusta:

Enjoy the riots!  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: eliassenfredrik on Friday 20 April 2012, 07:56:47 PM
I will :yao:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PENKAAA on Friday 20 April 2012, 08:48:41 PM
Paid off the rest of my Magaluf holiday for July.

:celb:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Friday 20 April 2012, 09:41:11 PM
Cheers for the info mowen, shall look into it
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Sunday 29 April 2012, 12:19:44 AM
Anyone been to Barbados? Travel advice/recommendation/tips etc?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Sunday 29 April 2012, 12:32:35 AM
Off to London for a few days in June. A mate's uncle got a canny flat in Kensington.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Friday 18 May 2012, 08:53:57 PM
Where's the best place to look for cheap weekend cottages/chalets etc?

A bunch of us from Uni want to have a weekend away in July/August, but not at this holiday park bullshit. Google searches didn't do much - I just don't know where to look. I know you can get cheap ones on Ebay but I don't trust that site!

So yeah....direct me somewhere!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Saturday 19 May 2012, 02:59:06 AM
Off to Brazil, Rio, Thursday, via iguazu waterfalls Wednesday

Not sure plan but gunna work way down coast to Sao paolo then onto Bolivia. Anyone with suggestions would be appreciated!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 19 May 2012, 03:15:23 AM
Off to Brazil, Rio, Thursday, via iguazu waterfalls Wednesday

Not sure plan but gunna work way down coast to Sao paolo then onto Bolivia. Anyone with suggestions would be appreciated!

Paratay, Ilha Grande are worth a gander en route to/from Sao Paulo to/from Rio. Floripa and Santa Catarina are amazing if you're heading further south in Brazil, you can overnight bus it overnight from Iguazu. Floripa was arguably my favourite place when I was travelling, class beaches/clubs etc.

I thought Sao Paulo was pretty s***, it's f***ing huge, ugly as f*** and theres not much there, loads of ropey c***s knocking about too. Good football museum though at one of the stadiums, can't remember which.

If you're in Rio on Friday go to Lapa. Massive street party thing, belting, again loads of favela folk milling about.

When I went from Arg to Brazil prices doubled for everything FYI
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Saturday 19 May 2012, 03:26:10 AM
Cheers mate as always :thup:

Yeh ihla grande and paraty were the places I was thinking of stopping. My Rio hostel is in lapa and staying there on Thursday and Friday...

Heard similar about Sao paolo, mostly necessary due to getting to Bolivia. Heard Brazil is very expensive and that Bolivia is great so I should go there rather than too much time im Brazil. I need to get to Peru round the 23rd June. So basically have a month from arriving in Rio to when I need to get to cusco. Flying to Rio from iguazu so have to do the journey south from there
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 19 May 2012, 11:47:40 AM
You flying from SP to Bolivia?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Saturday 19 May 2012, 12:02:27 PM
Off to Brazil, Rio, Thursday, via iguazu waterfalls Wednesday

Not sure plan but gunna work way down coast to Sao paolo then onto Bolivia. Anyone with suggestions would be appreciated!

Bolivia's mint. Do the salt flats, go to the mental coke place in la Paz and cycle down the world's most dangerous road. Try to stay in the Loki hostel.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Saturday 19 May 2012, 12:47:45 PM
Mm money goes a lot further in Bolivia too. Was planning on coaching it and then getting the death train
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Sunday 20 May 2012, 11:34:01 AM
Mm money goes a lot further in Bolivia too. Was planning on coaching it and then getting the death train

What's the death train may I ask?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TBG on Sunday 20 May 2012, 12:11:19 PM
How does Online Check in Work? I don't wont to get stranded in Magaluf with the clap.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 20 May 2012, 12:23:51 PM
How does Online Check in Work? I don't wont to get stranded in Magaluf with the clap.

You just fill in your deets before you go online and print off your paper boarding pass. Probably be able to do it for return flight before you leave UK.

If you lose your paper pass you can still check in at the airport though just you'll get charged.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: robbo_11 on Sunday 20 May 2012, 02:56:37 PM
Warsaw for two weeks in early June. Not really a holiday as will be working but Euro Champs are on. Yes!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross magoo on Sunday 20 May 2012, 03:03:46 PM
I went to Milan and Turin in April.  Turin was nice, Milan was a f***ing toilet.

Not got anything booked for this summer yet.  Gonna wait and see who Dundee United and Newcastle get in Europe and hopefully travel to an away tie each.

Also looking into France v Scotland in the Six Nations in Paris next March.  I have no love for rugby and i'm not remotely patriotic but i've always wanted to visit Paris and the rugby's a good excuse.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Sunday 20 May 2012, 03:15:37 PM
Think am gonna sell my Tesco shares and bugger off to Krakow for 5 days in July.  Flights are only £105 from Newcastle with Jet2.  The hostel I stayed in in 2009 is still dirt cheap anarl, max £18 a night, even less if we got enough to fill a dorm.  When I was there some bloke from Yorkshire that lived out there reckoned they were gonna get the euro and prices would go up.  Just looked and they've still got the zloty until 2019 at the earliest.

Then probs gonna visit friends in Chicago and/or Charleston, SC for me 24th in November.

Mates just announced he's gotten engaged as well, so wants to have his stag in Vegas, f*** knows how I'm gonna afford that one...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Sunday 20 May 2012, 03:26:11 PM
How much do you reckon Vegas will cost?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Sunday 20 May 2012, 03:48:58 PM
Mm money goes a lot further in Bolivia too. Was planning on coaching it and then getting the death train

What's the death train may I ask?

something about people with yellow fever being transported on it back in the day, cant remember exactly

How much do you reckon Vegas will cost?

depends how much your willing to gamble. check out expedia for hotels. prices double over the weekend. we 5* it midweek then stayed in travelodge over a weekend. nights out arent cheap either cant remember exactly, but you can always just drink at your hotel first or something. entrance to the nice places aint cheap
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 20 May 2012, 04:10:18 PM
You get free bait & booze in the casinos don't you?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jill on Sunday 20 May 2012, 04:14:41 PM
Aye, just do a bit of gambling and you can get all the free drink you want. Works out dead expensive if you buy drinks everywhere.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 21 May 2012, 01:37:23 AM
Gotta tip them, and it does mean you have to be sitting at a table gambling. Can turn out quite expensive
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 21 May 2012, 01:37:48 AM
Well, you don't HAVE to tip them
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 21 May 2012, 05:17:50 AM
Where's the best place to look for cheap weekend cottages/chalets etc?

A bunch of us from Uni want to have a weekend away in July/August, but not at this holiday park bullshit. Google searches didn't do much - I just don't know where to look. I know you can get cheap ones on Ebay but I don't trust that site!

So yeah....direct me somewhere!

www.vrbo.com (http://www.vrbo.com)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Yorkie on Monday 21 May 2012, 06:05:28 AM
I went to Milan and Turin in April.  Turin was nice, Milan was a f***ing toilet.

:thup: Turin's nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TheGuv on Monday 21 May 2012, 10:28:04 AM
I went to Milan and Turin in April.  Turin was nice, Milan was a f***ing toilet.

Not got anything booked for this summer yet.  Gonna wait and see who Dundee United and Newcastle get in Europe and hopefully travel to an away tie each.

Also looking into France v Scotland in the Six Nations in Paris next March.  I have no love for rugby and i'm not remotely patriotic but i've always wanted to visit Paris and the rugby's a good excuse.

I went to Parisa this March for the France v England game.

Great weekend. However, the stadium is in a shithole of an industrial site, and its a bugger to get out from. With basically everyone getting on the train.

Apart from that, it's a great place to go and a great excuse to use :thup:

It was a nice little warm up for me going to the British Lions tour of Austrlia next summer :fwap:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Allmo on Monday 21 May 2012, 11:17:19 AM
How much would Prague for the weekend likely set me back? We're going for a bit of a p*ss up so budget meals, accom etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: adam on Monday 21 May 2012, 02:48:59 PM
Looking at Dubai again for September.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 21 May 2012, 02:56:10 PM
Would it not be better to go somewhere new? With dubai I think once youv done it youv done it. Each to their own, but its not cheap that money could be used to go somewhere else very decent
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Hoser on Monday 21 May 2012, 03:29:36 PM
Heading to New Orleans this week.   O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Monday 21 May 2012, 06:58:14 PM
Heading to New Orleans this week.   O0

good man!  f***ing love that place.  Bourbon Street is areet but canny tacky, better to head off down near the French Market where theres more jazz bars.  Have a hurricane and hand grenade or 10 for me though!

No idea if you've had alligator before, but if you haven't, get it blackened rather than fried, much nicer.  Gumbo and shrimp po'boys are also an absolute must.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Wednesday 23 May 2012, 11:24:15 PM
iguazu falls are f***ing ridiculous. done the argie side today, then brazil side tomorrow morning
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Joey on Thursday 24 May 2012, 07:16:55 AM
Going to get off to Krakow next year, anything a must see/do while there?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: RR15 on Thursday 24 May 2012, 09:28:00 AM
This time last year I was in Magaluf drinking in BCM square watching charvers with caps on fall off the bull, no lads holiday organised this year as everyone has houses, babies, and stuff like that. Although Newcastle getting into europe has opened the door for a little weekend away. :aww:

Going to Turkey in September with the lass.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Thursday 24 May 2012, 10:37:57 AM
Going to get off to Krakow next year, anything a must see/do while there?

Auschwitz.  Horrific, but has to be seen.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Lenny on Thursday 24 May 2012, 10:58:03 AM
Going to Cornwall to see the family this time next month. About as exciting as it gets this year for me :undecided:

No holidays abroad, no gigs, nowt :okay:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Thursday 24 May 2012, 12:38:06 PM
Benidorm tonight for a stag weekend.

Gonna be messy.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 24 May 2012, 09:49:56 PM
Done Benidorm for a stag do. Horrific place but we still had fun :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Pixelphish on Thursday 24 May 2012, 10:26:50 PM
Done Benidorm for a stag do. Horrific place but we still had fun :lol:

It really is awful like :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 24 May 2012, 11:26:50 PM
Brazil side of waterfalls incredible. Just got to Rio. Time to get my groove on
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hughesy on Friday 25 May 2012, 02:35:14 PM
Brazil side of waterfalls incredible. Just got to Rio. Time to get my groove on

Is Argentine side better than Brazilian side.. or both worth doing?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 25 May 2012, 03:35:41 PM
Brazil side of waterfalls incredible. Just got to Rio. Time to get my groove on

Is Argentine side better than Brazilian side.. or both worth doing?

Arg is better IMO as you're in amongst it but you see the whole panorama of it from Brazilian side.

Do both if youre going.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Friday 25 May 2012, 04:38:44 PM
Going to get off to Krakow next year, anything a must see/do while there?

Like the other reply you should take a trip to Auschwitz but what really stood out in my visit to Krakow is the Salt Mines, truly amazing! This is the link on Wikipedia but it doesn’t do it justice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieliczka_Salt_Mine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieliczka_Salt_Mine)

It’s all about 200metres underground and it really is something else.

For drinking you should try the Kashmir (old Jewish Quarter) which is really cool.

You’ll have a great time in Krakow, I’ve travelled a lot and it’s one of the best places I’ve ever been. Really friendly people, good food, prices are fairly cheap and also a good place to relax.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Friday 25 May 2012, 04:40:59 PM
Krakow club-wise, the bigger two: Ministerstwo - decent.  Frantic - s****.

Sightseeing wise, you can go round Kasmierez (sp?) and the old town in a golf buggy with a guide.  Fair few young people, usually students, drive them.  We purposely picked out a young lass for our tour that spoke great English, was a proper good laugh as she took the p*ss out of some aspects of the Polish lifestyle.  Also managed to talk her into coming out that night with a few of her mates.  Was decent  O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 25 May 2012, 06:58:36 PM
2 weeks today, the most excited I have been about a holiday for years.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Troll on Friday 25 May 2012, 07:33:47 PM
Sweden next week, can't wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 25 May 2012, 09:34:57 PM
2 weeks today, the most excited I have been about a holiday for years.

Sacking the lass off?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 25 May 2012, 09:41:11 PM
Ballsacking the lass in.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Toon Hoser on Sunday 27 May 2012, 01:48:34 AM
Heading to New Orleans this week.   O0

good man!  f***ing love that place.  Bourbon Street is areet but canny tacky, better to head off down near the French Market where theres more jazz bars.  Have a hurricane and hand grenade or 10 for me though!

No idea if you've had alligator before, but if you haven't, get it blackened rather than fried, much nicer.  Gumbo and shrimp po'boys are also an absolute must.

NOLA was fantastic.  I stayed in the French Quarter, but off of Bourbon Street so it wasn't too crazy.  Had some hand grenades fo sho.  Food was great as expected.  Catfish, crawfish, shrimp po boy, muffaletta, beignets, all the local goodies.  No gator this time, but I've had it before.

One ill advised idea was to do a crosstown bike ride in 30 degree heat.  I was destroyed the rest of the afternoon.  But cocktails were never far from hand, so I rallied.

Highly recommended to all and sundry!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Sunday 27 May 2012, 01:54:08 AM
As disco says hughesy both sides worth it

Saw Christ the redeemer today, not bad, shouldn't be a wonder of the world
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Monday 28 May 2012, 10:15:54 AM
Benidorm tonight for a stag weekend.

Gonna be messy.

What a shithole. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 28 May 2012, 10:17:02 AM
Heading to New Orleans this week.   O0

good man!  f***ing love that place.  Bourbon Street is areet but canny tacky, better to head off down near the French Market where theres more jazz bars.  Have a hurricane and hand grenade or 10 for me though!

No idea if you've had alligator before, but if you haven't, get it blackened rather than fried, much nicer.  Gumbo and shrimp po'boys are also an absolute must.

NOLA was fantastic.  I stayed in the French Quarter, but off of Bourbon Street so it wasn't too crazy.  Had some hand grenades fo sho.  Food was great as expected.  Catfish, crawfish, shrimp po boy, muffaletta, beignets, all the local goodies.  No gator this time, but I've had it before.

One ill advised idea was to do a crosstown bike ride in 30 degree heat.  I was destroyed the rest of the afternoon.  But cocktails were never far from hand, so I rallied.

Highly recommended to all and sundry!


I've always wanted to go there, glad to hear it's still class even after everything they've been through.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Monday 28 May 2012, 11:14:53 AM
Heading to New Orleans this week.   O0

good man!  f***ing love that place.  Bourbon Street is areet but canny tacky, better to head off down near the French Market where theres more jazz bars.  Have a hurricane and hand grenade or 10 for me though!

No idea if you've had alligator before, but if you haven't, get it blackened rather than fried, much nicer.  Gumbo and shrimp po'boys are also an absolute must.

NOLA was fantastic.  I stayed in the French Quarter, but off of Bourbon Street so it wasn't too crazy.  Had some hand grenades fo sho.  Food was great as expected.  Catfish, crawfish, shrimp po boy, muffaletta, beignets, all the local goodies.  No gator this time, but I've had it before.

One ill advised idea was to do a crosstown bike ride in 30 degree heat.  I was destroyed the rest of the afternoon.  But cocktails were never far from hand, so I rallied.

Highly recommended to all and sundry!


I've always wanted to go there, glad to hear it's still class even after everything they've been through.

Still evidence of damage all these years later though, the odd bent telegraph pole, wrecked houses with x's marked on them.  We went out into the swamps on a boat and there's still wrecked stuff.

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(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/300489_10150281158944262_614014261_7977883_5059987_n.jpg)

it is f***ing mint though

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/316660_10150279112959262_614014261_7961707_6220163_n.jpg)

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/60502_435884404261_614014261_5302290_7379559_n.jpg)

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(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/63062_435883929261_614014261_5302271_4072943_n.jpg)

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/189628_10150119444864262_614014261_6695732_6014108_n.jpg)

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/61503_435884189261_614014261_5302282_7540417_n.jpg)

 O0
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Monday 28 May 2012, 12:11:58 PM
Off to Kensington in a few weeks. I've never been to London before. Is it fairly central? Any decent waterholes about, etc?

I guess the tube/metro/whatever is fairly close regardless.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 28 May 2012, 06:11:32 PM

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/316660_10150279112959262_614014261_7961707_6220163_n.jpg)


During Mardi Gras this year I made the ill-advised decision to grab one of these on the way home after an epic session in Lafittes Blacksmith Shop.  Cue darkness then surprise at waking up in a bed (and the right one at that).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 28 May 2012, 11:39:35 PM
Just spotted the place I am staying has Stella on tap :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 05:55:42 PM
Just booked flights to Marseille for the start of interrail part 2 :megusta:

Definitely need to get my Hatem Ben Arfa top sorted for it. Any tips on Marseille from any of the frenchies or otherwise? (will be there roughly 4 nights).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 06:00:48 PM
Just booked flights to Marseille for the start of interrail part 2 :megusta:

Definitely need to get my Hatem Ben Arfa top sorted for it. Any tips on Marseille from any of the frenchies or otherwise? (will be there roughly 4 nights).

where you going?  Interrailed in 2009 but mainly just did central Europe.  Wanted to do it again but was gutted to discover the ticket isn't valid in the Baltic countries.   :rant:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 06:02:31 PM
Just booked flights to Marseille for the start of interrail part 2 :megusta:

Definitely need to get my Hatem Ben Arfa top sorted for it. Any tips on Marseille from any of the frenchies or otherwise? (will be there roughly 4 nights).

where you going?  Interrailed in 2009 but mainly just did central Europe.  Wanted to do it again but was gutted to discover the ticket isn't valid in the Baltic countries.   :rant:

Cheap enough just to turn up and buy it there though so it probably isn't worth it anyway. Train doesn't go everywhere anyway, having to splash out a whopping €10 for the posh bus between Riga & Tallinn next week.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 06:12:21 PM
Just booked flights to Marseille for the start of interrail part 2 :megusta:

Definitely need to get my Hatem Ben Arfa top sorted for it. Any tips on Marseille from any of the frenchies or otherwise? (will be there roughly 4 nights).

where you going?  Interrailed in 2009 but mainly just did central Europe.  Wanted to do it again but was gutted to discover the ticket isn't valid in the Baltic countries.   :rant:

I was trying to get us to start in Germany but we did it last time (Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague-Krakow-Budapest).

This time we are going a bit longer and it's looking like Marseille - Lyon - ____ - Venice - ____ - Zagreb - Sarajevo - Dubrovnik. Need to sort out some intermediate places. Definitely starting in France and definitely ending in Croatia though!

Bosnia doesn't do interrail aye, but reckon the prices will be reasonable anyway. Think I prefer the route we did first time but I'm up for a new challenge.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 06:12:53 PM
Just booked flights to Marseille for the start of interrail part 2 :megusta:

Definitely need to get my Hatem Ben Arfa top sorted for it. Any tips on Marseille from any of the frenchies or otherwise? (will be there roughly 4 nights).

where you going?  Interrailed in 2009 but mainly just did central Europe.  Wanted to do it again but was gutted to discover the ticket isn't valid in the Baltic countries.   :rant:

I was trying to get us to start in Germany but we did it last time (Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague-Krakow-Budapest).

This time we are going a bit longer and it's looking like Marseille - Lyon - ____ - Venice - ____ - Zagreb - Sarajevo - Dubrovnik. Need to sort out some intermediate places. Definitely starting in France and definitely ending in Croatia though!

Bosnia doesn't do interrail aye, but reckon the prices will be reasonable anyway. Think I prefer the route we did first time but I'm up for a new challenge.

Also wanted to go to Poland for the euros but I've been veto'd :okay:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 06:18:00 PM
Just booked flights to Marseille for the start of interrail part 2 :megusta:

Definitely need to get my Hatem Ben Arfa top sorted for it. Any tips on Marseille from any of the frenchies or otherwise? (will be there roughly 4 nights).

where you going?  Interrailed in 2009 but mainly just did central Europe.  Wanted to do it again but was gutted to discover the ticket isn't valid in the Baltic countries.   :rant:

I was trying to get us to start in Germany but we did it last time (Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague-Krakow-Budapest).

This time we are going a bit longer and it's looking like Marseille - Lyon - ____ - Venice - ____ - Zagreb - Sarajevo - Dubrovnik. Need to sort out some intermediate places. Definitely starting in France and definitely ending in Croatia though!

Bosnia doesn't do interrail aye, but reckon the prices will be reasonable anyway. Think I prefer the route we did first time but I'm up for a new challenge.

Lake Bled/Bohinj in Slovenia is worth a gander and en route from Venice to Zagreb. Trying to sort out a trip there myself sometime.

Would thoroughly recommend Spilt & Hvar in Croatia too (albeit on the boat not the train) and Mostar in Bosnia, just for a day though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Varadi on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 07:10:02 PM
I was trying to get us to start in Germany but we did it last time (Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague-Krakow-Budapest).

What's Budapest like? Got it quite high on my list of next places to go....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 08:43:11 PM
just got to ihla grande, a big island. beautiful
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 08:45:46 PM
Marseille is nice but has a lot of dodgy areas, I was only there two days so that's about all I can stay. IIRC is was like a big L near the water, stay on that bit and don't walk off up alleys. Some dodgy areas near the ground too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 10:25:22 PM
just watch this for everything you need to know about Marseille.  Watched it for French GCSE, its f***ing mint.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7e/TaxiPoster.jpg)

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Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 30 May 2012, 01:45:06 AM
I was trying to get us to start in Germany but we did it last time (Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague-Krakow-Budapest).

What's Budapest like? Got it quite high on my list of next places to go....

Budapest is absolutely lovely. Probably my favourite city in Europe. Amazing baths, wonderful buildings and pints of good beer for 60p, cannae beat it.

Marseille is nice but has a lot of dodgy areas, I was only there two days so that's about all I can stay. IIRC is was like a big L near the water, stay on that bit and don't walk off up alleys. Some dodgy areas near the ground too.

Hmmm... I'll have to look further into it. It was pretty much the only place we could start.

If it's really bad then we can get a 2 hr train to Lyon which I think we're doing anyway, no biggie I guess.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 30 May 2012, 01:46:01 AM

Lake Bled/Bohinj in Slovenia is worth a gander and en route from Venice to Zagreb. Trying to sort out a trip there myself sometime.

Would thoroughly recommend Spilt & Hvar in Croatia too (albeit on the boat not the train) and Mostar in Bosnia, just for a day though.

Cheers mate, I'll look into them. Heard about Lake Bled and my mate has been pushing Mostar so that's a possibility.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mattypnufc on Wednesday 30 May 2012, 08:41:04 AM
Off to Riga in Latvia on a Stag tomorrow.

Should be a laugh, but typically feeling like s**** with a dodgy chest before we go.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 30 May 2012, 09:22:24 AM



Lake Bled/Bohinj in Slovenia is worth a gander and en route from Venice to Zagreb. Trying to sort out a trip there myself sometime.

Would thoroughly recommend Spilt & Hvar in Croatia too (albeit on the boat not the train) and Mostar in Bosnia, just for a day though.

Cheers mate, I'll look into them. Heard about Lake Bled and my mate has been pushing Mostar so that's a possibility.

When you's going? Was 40 odd when I went last June, pretty unbearable. Oh and the women of the Croat coast...ridiculous, unfair almost that somewhere can have such a high concentration of attractive females.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 30 May 2012, 12:49:25 PM



Lake Bled/Bohinj in Slovenia is worth a gander and en route from Venice to Zagreb. Trying to sort out a trip there myself sometime.

Would thoroughly recommend Spilt & Hvar in Croatia too (albeit on the boat not the train) and Mostar in Bosnia, just for a day though.

Cheers mate, I'll look into them. Heard about Lake Bled and my mate has been pushing Mostar so that's a possibility.

When you's going? Was 40 odd when I went last June, pretty unbearable. Oh and the women of the Croat coast...ridiculous, unfair almost that somewhere can have such a high concentration of attractive females.

Leaving 2 weeks yesterday, only 3 of us. You mean 40 odd degrees? Holy christ :lol:

Looking forward to the women and the beer. Not particularly fussed about France and Italy, expensive and boring. Lyon should be nice, worried about the things I'm hearing about Marseille though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 30 May 2012, 01:44:53 PM
Italy is amazing IMO, don't know how you can think it's boring. Bursting with lovely scenery and lakes and medieval towns etc. I thought it was class.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 30 May 2012, 01:54:45 PM
Italy is amazing IMO, don't know how you can think it's boring. Bursting with lovely scenery and lakes and medieval towns etc. I thought it was class.

I much prefer Eastern Europe, my wording was perhaps wrong. Can you recommend anywhere in the Northish part of Italy?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Friday 1 June 2012, 11:53:24 PM
Finialised the route. Ending with 3 nights on Pag Island during hideout festival :megusta:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 2 June 2012, 12:00:48 AM
Finialised the route. Ending with 3 nights on Pag Island during hideout festival :megusta:

What you decide on?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Saturday 2 June 2012, 12:05:38 AM
Finialised the route. Ending with 3 nights on Pag Island during hideout festival :megusta:

What you decide on?

Arrive at Marseille and go straight to...

Nice (w/ Monaco) -> Bologna -> Venice -> Munich -> Zagreb -> Novalja (Pag Island) -> Pula

Been to any of these? Any tips? Venice will be hard on the pocket, but Croatia should be alright. For some reason it's really hard to travel in Croatia, all the ferries leave at daft times in the morning.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 2 June 2012, 12:12:06 AM
Finialised the route. Ending with 3 nights on Pag Island during hideout festival :megusta:

What you decide on?

Arrive at Marseille and go straight to...

Nice (w/ Monaco) -> Bologna -> Venice -> Munich -> Zagreb -> Novalja (Pag Island) -> Pula

Been to any of these? Any tips? Venice will be hard on the pocket, but Croatia should be alright. For some reason it's really hard to travel in Croatia, all the ferries leave at daft times in the morning.

Just Munich which is belting, you'll struggle to get a pint which isn't lush wherever you go. Best brauhas I though was the Weisses one but I love Weissbier so probably bias.

Croatia isn't as cheap as you'll expect, beer wise Lasko is nice.

Well jell :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Saturday 2 June 2012, 12:17:59 AM
:D

Interesting you say that about Croatia. The hostels are pretty cheap but as long as it's not extortionate I'll be pretty happy. Zrce beach looks unbelievable.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 2 June 2012, 12:21:17 AM
:D

Interesting you say that about Croatia. The hostels are pretty cheap but as long as it's not extortionate I'll be pretty happy. Zrce beach looks unbelievable.

Cheap and pretty good hostels in my experience but more beer/bait etc is pretty standard price to western Europe. Get bang on the Cevapi (sp?) kebab things, lush and as mentioned the women are ridic.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 6 June 2012, 11:53:11 PM
Friday :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 7 June 2012, 12:16:58 AM
Anyone any experience in Venice? We had to book a gash hostel there since my gay mates want to see it. Anything particularly worth doing?

Also, you should all check out Pula, looks like an amazing place. Dat ampitheatre.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: QBG on Thursday 7 June 2012, 12:28:15 AM
Finialised the route. Ending with 3 nights on Pag Island during hideout festival :megusta:

What you decide on?

Arrive at Marseille and go straight to...

Nice (w/ Monaco) -> Bologna -> Venice -> Munich -> Zagreb -> Novalja (Pag Island) -> Pula

Been to any of these? Any tips? Venice will be hard on the pocket, but Croatia should be alright. For some reason it's really hard to travel in Croatia, all the ferries leave at daft times in the morning.

That sounds absolutely brilliant like.

Off to the Algarve for a week or so with the lass at the beginning of July. Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Thursday 7 June 2012, 12:50:20 AM
I'm in London for the Sweden-England game. Where to go for a pint a f*** off big screen?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 7 June 2012, 07:28:17 PM
flying to bolivia tonight. pretty nervous, this is where things will get tricky
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Thursday 7 June 2012, 09:09:59 PM
Just got back from honeymooning in Cuba. Lovely place for relaxation and the history of the country is fascinating.

Cocktails and cigars are probably the best you'll find.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dokko on Thursday 7 June 2012, 09:11:35 PM
Just got back from honeymooning in Cuba. Lovely place for relaxation and the history of the country is fascinating.

Cocktails and cigars are probably the best you'll find.

Cuban cigars are good? Really? Never would have guessed that, cheers. :)









;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 7 June 2012, 09:55:23 PM
flying to bolivia tonight. pretty nervous, this is where things will get tricky

how you getting on?
Title: Re: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Thursday 7 June 2012, 09:56:18 PM
flying to bolivia tonight. pretty nervous, this is where things will get tricky

Coke habit like?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Thursday 7 June 2012, 09:59:04 PM
flying to bolivia tonight. pretty nervous, this is where things will get tricky

Coke habit like?

Who doesn't
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SirLes9 on Friday 8 June 2012, 01:56:32 AM
Off to Prague end of July. Any suggestions regarding things to see/do, best bars to go to and the best beer to drink?

Cheers in advance.

 :Jonny2J:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ronaldo on Friday 8 June 2012, 02:23:50 AM
Just got back from honeymooning in Cuba. Lovely place for relaxation and the history of the country is fascinating.

Cocktails and cigars are probably the best you'll find.

Try a Davidoff Double R (Dominican). They're the best you'll find.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Friday 8 June 2012, 04:22:18 AM
Doesn't matter what time you get to sleep, getting up at 4am still breaks me :lol:

Holiday!! :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Friday 8 June 2012, 07:35:19 AM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.

Special mention to the Cuban people who I found to be some of the warmest and friendliest people I've ever met. I was glad to get out of the hotel and see the real country and despite the usual hassle from beggars and hustlers, the people were great. Despite their obvious lack of wealth, they couldn't do enough for you.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Friday 8 June 2012, 07:42:57 AM
Not quite as glamorous as Europe but I'll be heading out to Colorado at the end of the month for the Colorado Brewers Festival and I am stoked about that.  Get to see my parents new digs while I'm out there too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Friday 8 June 2012, 08:41:47 AM
Getting on alright Taylor, just arrived having a few beers at the hostel then gunna hit the sack. Brazil was quality, Rio first but probs one too many days which wudda been useful in paraty. Im basically just sampling the night life in different.    places. All I did in Sao paolo for 2.5 days was get p*ssed and go to a football museum. Weird though, in the club, they give u a credit card and you pay at the end of the night. Dangerous
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Vedder on Friday 8 June 2012, 01:36:22 PM
Just booked flights to Venice for a few days in September. Then I saw the price for a Gondola ride is 80 euros for 40 mins   :yikes:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Friday 8 June 2012, 02:57:46 PM
From what I've heard anything remotely touristy in Venice or Rome is scandalously expensive.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Friday 8 June 2012, 02:59:44 PM
Rome is very expensive, aye.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ryan on Friday 8 June 2012, 03:38:34 PM
Doesn't matter what time you get to sleep, getting up at 4am still breaks me :lol:

Holiday!! :)

Have a good'un mate :thup:

Don't tear it up too much, I'm going in 2 weeks ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dokko on Friday 8 June 2012, 03:47:29 PM
Come on Sunday, first holiday in 12 years, wow cannot wait.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Elliottman on Friday 8 June 2012, 03:47:29 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.

Special mention to the Cuban people who I found to be some of the warmest and friendliest people I've ever met. I was glad to get out of the hotel and see the real country and despite the usual hassle from beggars and hustlers, the people were great. Despite their obvious lack of wealth, they couldn't do enough for you.

We went last year and it was fantastic. We went too Cayo Coco so not too much too do on the Island, but it waas great when we went into Havana and the Dolphins too (forgot the name of the place).

One thing I was let down by was the quality of the Mojitos. I was expecting them to be killer but they were a bit of a let down.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Friday 8 June 2012, 06:45:15 PM
Mojitos at our hotel were pretty good. Full stem of mint and not OTT on the sugar.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ronaldo on Friday 8 June 2012, 06:51:58 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.

You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Friday 8 June 2012, 08:31:33 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.


You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.

Holguin cigar factory. Felt slightly uneasy at the rather sweat house nature of it but the prices for top quality cigars was incredible. Blokes were coming out with boxes. I'm not a regular (at all) cigar smoker so only got ten plus some even cheaper ones, Hoyo de Monterrey Coronations, again tubed, for about a quid a pop.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Friday 8 June 2012, 11:21:32 PM
Getting on alright Taylor, just arrived having a few beers at the hostel then gunna hit the sack. Brazil was quality, Rio first but probs one too many days which wudda been useful in paraty. Im basically just sampling the night life in different.    places. All I did in Sao paolo for 2.5 days was get p*ssed and go to a football museum. Weird though, in the club, they give u a credit card and you pay at the end of the night. Dangerous

Good stuff, I really want to go to South America, I'll have to get some tips off you when I come to planning it.

From what I've heard anything remotely touristy in Venice or Rome is scandalously expensive.

Going there as part of the interrail trip, absolutely daft as the idea is to keep it cheap but nevermind. We're staying in a hostel for £19 a night, looks alright, on Venice island, not too many robberies (:lol:). Happy to just wander about for a couple days tbh.

They have a tourist tax of about 3 euros per person per night, f***ing scandalous that is! As if they don't rip you off enough.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ronaldo on Friday 8 June 2012, 11:56:04 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.


You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.

Holguin cigar factory. Felt slightly uneasy at the rather sweat house nature of it but the prices for top quality cigars was incredible. Blokes were coming out with boxes. I'm not a regular (at all) cigar smoker so only got ten plus some even cheaper ones, Hoyo de Monterrey Coronations, again tubed, for about a quid a pop.

If I'd known I'd have literally given you £500 and told you to fill a suitcase with them. I pay £230 for boxes of 25 every couple of months.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ponsaelius on Friday 8 June 2012, 11:59:33 PM
From what I've heard anything remotely touristy in Venice or Rome is scandalously expensive.

Yep, both are.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 9 June 2012, 08:48:38 AM
Read a piece on how to keep Venice cheap on the plane yesterday. Should be able to access via:
http://www.scribd.com/sampaior/d/95996228-Ryanair-Magazine-June-2012 (http://www.scribd.com/sampaior/d/95996228-Ryanair-Magazine-June-2012)

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Saturday 9 June 2012, 02:22:22 PM
Sexy as f*** in Corfu at the moment :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Elliottman on Saturday 9 June 2012, 02:40:07 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.


You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.

Holguin cigar factory. Felt slightly uneasy at the rather sweat house nature of it but the prices for top quality cigars was incredible. Blokes were coming out with boxes. I'm not a regular (at all) cigar smoker so only got ten plus some even cheaper ones, Hoyo de Monterrey Coronations, again tubed, for about a quid a pop.

If I'd known I'd have literally given you £500 and told you to fill a suitcase with them. I pay £230 for boxes of 25 every couple of months.

You can get them in the Cuban cigar shop in town for around £8 a pop, which is slightly cheaper than what you're paying.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ronaldo on Saturday 9 June 2012, 05:24:28 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.


You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.

Holguin cigar factory. Felt slightly uneasy at the rather sweat house nature of it but the prices for top quality cigars was incredible. Blokes were coming out with boxes. I'm not a regular (at all) cigar smoker so only got ten plus some even cheaper ones, Hoyo de Monterrey Coronations, again tubed, for about a quid a pop.

If I'd known I'd have literally given you £500 and told you to fill a suitcase with them. I pay £230 for boxes of 25 every couple of months.

You can get them in the Cuban cigar shop in town for around £8 a pop, which is slightly cheaper than what you're paying.

Depends what they are, but where is this place, mate?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 9 June 2012, 05:38:49 PM
Definitely recommend Riga and/or Tallinn for a city break. Nice places to ample about, decent food (particularly Tallin), cheap and plentiful types of beer/spirits and friendly locals. All good. Helsinki was canny n all, not a great deal too see but was worth a day trip on the boat, had some lush fish there too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Elliottman on Saturday 9 June 2012, 07:53:47 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.


You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.

Holguin cigar factory. Felt slightly uneasy at the rather sweat house nature of it but the prices for top quality cigars was incredible. Blokes were coming out with boxes. I'm not a regular (at all) cigar smoker so only got ten plus some even cheaper ones, Hoyo de Monterrey Coronations, again tubed, for about a quid a pop.

If I'd known I'd have literally given you £500 and told you to fill a suitcase with them. I pay £230 for boxes of 25 every couple of months.

You can get them in the Cuban cigar shop in town for around £8 a pop, which is slightly cheaper than what you're paying.

Depends what they are, but where is this place, mate?

Cuban Cigar Shop, Grainger Street. Lovley little shop. Apparently its the only place outside of London that has a licence to smoke indoors. Not sure how true that is. Anyways -

http://www.cubancigarclub.co.uk/v/home.html (http://www.cubancigarclub.co.uk/v/home.html)

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ronaldo on Sunday 10 June 2012, 08:16:59 PM
You're the man. Appreciate it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ember on Sunday 10 June 2012, 08:27:35 PM
I'm off on a "Lads holiday" to Magaluf in July with 8 of my mates. Cannot wait!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Sunday 10 June 2012, 08:53:40 PM
just been told all I've to do is email my camp director and I can go back from the end of the month onwards.  Not paid while I'm there as I don't have a Visa but flights and bus upstate paid for, all food etc included if I'm bored and kicking my heels at home.  Apparently they're still lightly staffed and will happily take on someone with 2 years of experience.  If the job/work experience hunt hasn't stepped up by then I might as well take it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Sunday 10 June 2012, 11:21:31 PM
just been told all I've to do is email my camp director and I can go back from the end of the month onwards.  Not paid while I'm there as I don't have a Visa but flights and bus upstate paid for, all food etc included if I'm bored and kicking my heels at home.  Apparently they're still lightly staffed and will happily take on someone with 2 years of experience.  If the job/work experience hunt hasn't stepped up by then I might as well take it.

:(   What about 'p*ss up in Polska'?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AliGupter on Sunday 10 June 2012, 11:27:01 PM
just been told all I've to do is email my camp director and I can go back from the end of the month onwards.  Not paid while I'm there as I don't have a Visa but flights and bus upstate paid for, all food etc included if I'm bored and kicking my heels at home.  Apparently they're still lightly staffed and will happily take on someone with 2 years of experience.  If the job/work experience hunt hasn't stepped up by then I might as well take it.

How camp is he? :bluestar:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Sunday 10 June 2012, 11:28:52 PM
just been told all I've to do is email my camp director and I can go back from the end of the month onwards.  Not paid while I'm there as I don't have a Visa but flights and bus upstate paid for, all food etc included if I'm bored and kicking my heels at home.  Apparently they're still lightly staffed and will happily take on someone with 2 years of experience.  If the job/work experience hunt hasn't stepped up by then I might as well take it.

:(   What about 'p*ss up in Polska'?

f*** all interest in it.  Would be 3 of us going.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Monday 11 June 2012, 12:38:53 AM
Wtf, my mate just asked me if I fancy to going to Amsterdam this weekend and he'll pay for everything.

I really wanna say yes as I could do with getting high and f***ing whores all weekend, but don't wanna look like a leech.  He has a lot of money and I don't as he knows I'm just back from benidorm and have Magaluf to pay for.

My mind is full of f***.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Neil on Monday 11 June 2012, 12:41:05 AM
What's the catch?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Monday 11 June 2012, 12:43:05 AM
do it, gimp.
Title: Re: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Monday 11 June 2012, 12:53:30 AM
just been told all I've to do is email my camp director and I can go back from the end of the month onwards.  Not paid while I'm there as I don't have a Visa but flights and bus upstate paid for, all food etc included if I'm bored and kicking my heels at home.  Apparently they're still lightly staffed and will happily take on someone with 2 years of experience.  If the job/work experience hunt hasn't stepped up by then I might as well take it.

What camp is this?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 11 June 2012, 10:27:50 AM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.


You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.

Holguin cigar factory. Felt slightly uneasy at the rather sweat house nature of it but the prices for top quality cigars was incredible. Blokes were coming out with boxes. I'm not a regular (at all) cigar smoker so only got ten plus some even cheaper ones, Hoyo de Monterrey Coronations, again tubed, for about a quid a pop.

If I'd known I'd have literally given you £500 and told you to fill a suitcase with them. I pay £230 for boxes of 25 every couple of months.

You can get them in the Cuban cigar shop in town for around £8 a pop, which is slightly cheaper than what you're paying.

Depends what they are, but where is this place, mate?

Cuban Cigar Shop, Grainger Street. Lovley little shop. Apparently its the only place outside of London that has a licence to smoke indoors. Not sure how true that is. Anyways -

http://www.cubancigarclub.co.uk/v/home.html (http://www.cubancigarclub.co.uk/v/home.html)


Hope the shop is better than the website.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Varadi on Monday 11 June 2012, 12:51:17 PM
Just back from a week in Italy, visited Pisa, Cinque Terre, Viareggio, Florence, Lucca and Rome - absolutely cracking time. Top tip for Rome, get your arse out of bed early and see the main tourist stuff before the crowds/hawkers wake up, we were in town before 7am on the first morning and was great to wander round with a bit of peace before the madness descends.

Also, have to put on record my appreciation for the lasses of Italy - so many absolutely fine, classy-looking specimens wandering about the place, none of your fat, tattooed messes with folds of flesh hanging out everywhere....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Elliottman on Monday 11 June 2012, 01:11:23 PM
Ronaldo- noted. The best I tried out there was the Cohiba Siglo IV. Also found the Romeo y Julieta 1 to be very relaxing and picked up a bunch of those in tubes for about £1.50 each at a cigar factory. All bona fide of course. Watching them get rolled was a surprisingly interesting process, a great skill.


You lucky c***. I'm on the verge of booking up.

Holguin cigar factory. Felt slightly uneasy at the rather sweat house nature of it but the prices for top quality cigars was incredible. Blokes were coming out with boxes. I'm not a regular (at all) cigar smoker so only got ten plus some even cheaper ones, Hoyo de Monterrey Coronations, again tubed, for about a quid a pop.

If I'd known I'd have literally given you £500 and told you to fill a suitcase with them. I pay £230 for boxes of 25 every couple of months.

You can get them in the Cuban cigar shop in town for around £8 a pop, which is slightly cheaper than what you're paying.

Depends what they are, but where is this place, mate?

Cuban Cigar Shop, Grainger Street. Lovley little shop. Apparently its the only place outside of London that has a licence to smoke indoors. Not sure how true that is. Anyways -

http://www.cubancigarclub.co.uk/v/home.html (http://www.cubancigarclub.co.uk/v/home.html)


Hope the shop is better than the website.

It is, its a gorgeous little shop. I really want to go through the back and drink the stunning coffee and smoke an expensive Cigar but i'm too much of a wuss.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nufcmichael on Monday 11 June 2012, 08:06:19 PM
I'm off to Tenerife on friday, is it possible to buy a prepaid simcard with data on it on Tenerife? I have a Samsung Galaxy S2, not locked.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Monday 11 June 2012, 10:44:11 PM
(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/526824_10150865866606453_421341385_n.jpg)

Bye :'(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Monday 11 June 2012, 10:44:34 PM
I'm off to Tenerife on friday, is it possible to buy a prepaid simcard with data on it on Tenerife? I have a Samsung Galaxy S2, not locked.

Best off asking in the phone thread or help forum, mate.
Title: Re: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Monday 11 June 2012, 10:54:08 PM
just been told all I've to do is email my camp director and I can go back from the end of the month onwards.  Not paid while I'm there as I don't have a Visa but flights and bus upstate paid for, all food etc included if I'm bored and kicking my heels at home.  Apparently they're still lightly staffed and will happily take on someone with 2 years of experience.  If the job/work experience hunt hasn't stepped up by then I might as well take it.

What camp is this?

Camp Huntington.  High Falls, NY.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Heron on Monday 11 June 2012, 11:13:34 PM
Going to Dorset for the next three days with the Father and Grandfather. Should be canny. Gonna be a bit emotional like - going on a boat trip to see the wreck where my Great Grandad was blown up during the war. My Grandad's asked me to wear his Dads medals though...well proud / chuffed.

Rule Britannia!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Monday 11 June 2012, 11:18:47 PM
  :icon_salut:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 07:01:09 AM
Going to highest city in the world tomo, going into a mine, ridiculous experience from everyone iv met and a couple on here
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 07:12:39 AM
Make sure you get to pretend some lit dynamite is your nob. And smash back loads of coca leaves, you'll need them.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ketsbaia on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 01:25:41 PM
Any recommended websites (except Hoseasons) for cheap cottage breaks? Trying to book somewhere to go with uni friends, but its hard to find somewhere for an exact weekend that sleeps 8.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 02:00:43 PM
Any recommended websites (except Hoseasons) for cheap cottage breaks? Trying to book somewhere to go with uni friends, but its hard to find somewhere for an exact weekend that sleeps 8.

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/hampstead (http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/hampstead)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 02:10:32 PM
Hoeseasons is a f***ing rip off. We had four nights in a log cabin a few years ago in Yorkshire. It was nice enough with an outdoor hot tub, but there was literally nothing round about to see or do and for what we paid, we could have easily had a half decent week abroard.

Oh I forgot, there was a spectacularly average restaurant on site but you could only get a drink with a meal.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Lush Vlad on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 02:25:53 PM
Going to Cornwall for the weekend at the start of August, only holiday over the summer. 

But I am going to San Diego for 2 weeks in October, which kind of makes up for it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 02:51:22 PM
Cornwall's brilliant, lovely place especially if you get good weather.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Lush Vlad on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 02:57:58 PM
Cornwall's brilliant, lovely place especially if you get good weather.

Aye, been going to a place called Crackington Haven (superb name) since I was a nipper.  Not been me self for ages, but the family still go down. 

Quite looking forward to it, as long as it doesn't fecking rain!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Yorkie on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 04:34:40 PM
Anyone ever been to Faro? If so - nice place/good for drinking?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Tuesday 12 June 2012, 04:48:47 PM
Anyone ever been to Faro? If so - nice place/good for drinking?

Only to the airport. The Algarve is nice though, not too charverish and tends to be a lot cooler at nights, which is great tbh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Wednesday 13 June 2012, 10:47:33 PM
just got back from salt flats, very underwhelmed i have to say, was expecting far more. was just white, image in my head was something spectacular, i wish i hadnt avoided pictures cos i was expecting much more

mines was ridiculous. dont envy them. watch the film the devil's miner, well worth a watch. night bus to la paz tonight

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 14 June 2012, 01:10:03 AM
Nice is amazing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Thursday 14 June 2012, 12:33:08 PM
Off to London today. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hughesy on Thursday 14 June 2012, 12:38:52 PM
Nice is amazing.

Just got back from Nice myself.  Did a bit of a tour of the South of France - Cannes, St Tropez, St Paul de Vence, Eze and Nice.  Absolutely beautiful area - wasted on the French...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Thursday 14 June 2012, 02:34:07 PM
I want to do a bit of a Med tour myself, would love to drive round a bit down there.

No holiday planned this year except one night in Paris. Fancy going back to Ibiza a bit later in the summer, or maybe south of France as discussed.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Friday 15 June 2012, 01:38:34 AM
Nice is amazing.

Just got back from Nice myself.  Did a bit of a tour of the South of France - Cannes, St Tropez, St Paul de Vence, Eze and Nice.  Absolutely beautiful area - wasted on the French...

I'll explain more later. But I agree completely, the French are unbelievably rude.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Lush Vlad on Friday 15 June 2012, 08:40:17 AM
Nice is amazing.

Just got back from Nice myself.  Did a bit of a tour of the South of France - Cannes, St Tropez, St Paul de Vence, Eze and Nice.  Absolutely beautiful area - wasted on the French...

I'll explain more later. But I agree completely, the French are unbelievably rude.

Thought it was supposedly just the Parisians that are stuck up their own arse?  Only been to France once when I was a lot younger, went to Normandy.  They seemed alright I guess.  Would be interested to read more, you're hardly the first to say this!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bowlingcrofty on Saturday 16 June 2012, 08:14:08 AM
I did Nice, Villefrance, Monaco and Cannes a few years back. Not got a bad word to say about the place or the people. Nice is a real hidden gem IMO. You don't appreciate how nice a city it is until you go.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 16 June 2012, 11:29:27 AM
I did Nice, Villefrance, Monaco and Cannes a few years back. Not got a bad word to say about the place or the people. Nice is a real hidden gem IMO. You don't appreciate how nice a city it is until you go.

Lovely place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: biggs on Saturday 16 June 2012, 12:42:09 PM
Cruise on the Med next saturday morning for a week visiting Florence/Pisa ,Rome ,Corsica,Valencia courtesy of mother in law and her partner ,the August in Corfu
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bowlingcrofty on Saturday 16 June 2012, 04:23:45 PM
I did Nice, Villefrance, Monaco and Cannes a few years back. Not got a bad word to say about the place or the people. Nice is a real hidden gem IMO. You don't appreciate how nice a city it is until you go.

Lovely place.

Aye, nice restaurents and a lovely sandy beach (instead of pebbles!). Another little hidden gem that you wouldn't find out about unless you spoke to the locals.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Monday 18 June 2012, 12:10:16 PM
London was alright. Way too big for me. Had a few decent nights out in Soho, but the clubs were too crowded, warm and loud.

The tube system is pretty amazing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 18 June 2012, 01:55:39 PM
Think I'm going back to SE Asia + Indonesia for whole of September.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 18 June 2012, 01:59:35 PM
London was alright. Way too big for me. Had a few decent nights out in Soho, but the clubs were too crowded, warm and loud.

The tube system is pretty amazing.

Yep, Soho's not really the place for a night out unless you know exactly where you're going and why.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:00:08 PM
I did Nice, Villefrance, Monaco and Cannes a few years back. Not got a bad word to say about the place or the people. Nice is a real hidden gem IMO. You don't appreciate how nice a city it is until you go.

Lovely place.

Aye, nice restaurents and a lovely sandy beach (instead of pebbles!). Another little hidden gem that you wouldn't find out about unless you spoke to the locals.

Reet, that's good enough for me, I'm going.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:01:53 PM
London was alright. Way too big for me. Had a few decent nights out in Soho, but the clubs were too crowded, warm and loud.

The tube system is pretty amazing.

Yep, Soho's not really the place for a night out unless you know exactly where you're going and why.

As soon as I hear soho... :pokerface:

It's all about Hoxton/Shoreditch imo.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:04:40 PM
London was alright. Way too big for me. Had a few decent nights out in Soho, but the clubs were too crowded, warm and loud.

The tube system is pretty amazing.

Yep, Soho's not really the place for a night out unless you know exactly where you're going and why.

As soon as I hear soho... :pokerface:

It's all about Hoxton/Shoreditch imo.

If you're a total pretentious w***** it is, aye.

Actually that's a massive generalisation, you would probably have a class time.

Thing about London is you can have a good night out almost anywhere. For example, went to Kensal Rise on Saturday night and it was class. You just need someone to recommend where a decent place is.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:08:06 PM
London was alright. Way too big for me. Had a few decent nights out in Soho, but the clubs were too crowded, warm and loud.

The tube system is pretty amazing.

Yep, Soho's not really the place for a night out unless you know exactly where you're going and why.

As soon as I hear soho... :pokerface:

It's all about Hoxton/Shoreditch imo.

If you're a total pretentious w***** it is, aye.

Actually that's a massive generalisation, you would probably have a class time.

Thing about London is you can have a good night out almost anywhere. For example, went to Kensal Rise on Saturday night and it was class. You just need someone to recommend where a decent place is.

:lol:

AYE, it's mint, if you're a c***

But actually, aye, it's mint
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:08:20 PM
London was alright. Way too big for me. Had a few decent nights out in Soho, but the clubs were too crowded, warm and loud.

The tube system is pretty amazing.

Yep, Soho's not really the place for a night out unless you know exactly where you're going and why.

As soon as I hear soho... :pokerface:

It's all about Hoxton/Shoreditch imo.

If you're a total pretentious w***** it is, aye.

Actually that's a massive generalisation, you would probably have a class time.

Thing about London is you can have a good night out almost anywhere. For example, went to Kensal Rise on Saturday night and it was class. You just need someone to recommend where a decent place is.
same goes for most places. in general though I hate london with a passion. coming back on the train i don't breath easy till north of peterborough then relax properly when leaving york.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:09:47 PM
Why do you hate Laahdaahn madras? Just too busy?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:12:01 PM
Why do you hate Laahdaahn madras? Just too busy?
too busy, too big, too many arseholes, not enough space, sure there's a much higher ratio of crappubs than anywhere else i've been. fortunately of all my friends who moved there, they've all moved on so i can get away with just the odd day trip.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:18:06 PM
Why do you hate Laahdaahn madras? Just too busy?

too busy, too big, too many arseholes, not enough space, sure there's a much higher ratio of crappubs than anywhere else i've been. fortunately of all my friends who moved there, they've all moved on so i can get away with just the odd day trip.

Fair play, a lot of that is true. It took me a long time to know enough to learn where to go when and how to really enjoy it. If you just visit and go to the centre it can be hard work.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:19:22 PM
It's far too big a place with far too many different areas to generalise it all as s**** like
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: madras on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:22:13 PM
Why do you hate Laahdaahn madras? Just too busy?

too busy, too big, too many arseholes, not enough space, sure there's a much higher ratio of crappubs than anywhere else i've been. fortunately of all my friends who moved there, they've all moved on so i can get away with just the odd day trip.

Fair play, a lot of that is true. It took me a long time to know enough to learn where to go when and how to really enjoy it. If you just visit and go to the centre it can be hard work.

been all over, mates lived in worcester park so would have many a weekend there. kingston, wimbledon, raynes park and often when there "lets have a night out in blah blah blah"...no thanks,give me a place as compact as newcastle,york,hull every time.......given the choice i chose wakefield over london for my 40th.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrisjraby on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:23:09 PM
Thinking of maybe taking a long weekend in either Berlin or Paris for my 25th at the start of August, any recommendations?  I'm wavering towards Berlin myself as the zoo sounds pretty good haha.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 18 June 2012, 02:37:08 PM
Thinking of maybe taking a long weekend in either Berlin or Paris for my 25th at the start of August, any recommendations?  I'm wavering towards Berlin myself as the zoo sounds pretty good haha.

I haven't been to either, but I've been told by many people that Berlin is amazing.

Going to Paris this weekend so I'll report back!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrisjraby on Monday 18 June 2012, 03:50:36 PM
Thinking of maybe taking a long weekend in either Berlin or Paris for my 25th at the start of August, any recommendations?  I'm wavering towards Berlin myself as the zoo sounds pretty good haha.

I haven't been to either, but I've been told by many people that Berlin is amazing.

Going to Paris this weekend so I'll report back!

That would be good, cheers!  Yeah I've heard good things about Berlin; my other half's brother and his missus went there at Xmas and said it was really good.  My only real concern is whether I can fit everything in to a long weekend or not, and of course the overall cost.  There are some really good Eurostar deals for Paris so that might sway it somewhat!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 18 June 2012, 04:03:17 PM
Shoreditch is class but understand why people hate it. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sifu on Monday 18 June 2012, 06:34:59 PM
Think I'm going back to SE Asia + Indonesia for whole of September.

You going to stop by Hong Kong?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 18 June 2012, 06:50:09 PM
Think I'm going back to SE Asia + Indonesia for whole of September.

You going to stop by Hong Kong?

Also where in Indonesia? That's right up on my list of places to go in the not to distant future, not 100% certain why I totally ignored when I was travelling, rookie error.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Interpolic on Monday 18 June 2012, 07:07:38 PM
Why do you hate Laahdaahn madras? Just too busy?

too busy, too big, too many arseholes, not enough space, sure there's a much higher ratio of crappubs than anywhere else i've been. fortunately of all my friends who moved there, they've all moved on so i can get away with just the odd day trip.

Fair play, a lot of that is true. It took me a long time to know enough to learn where to go when and how to really enjoy it. If you just visit and go to the centre it can be hard work.

been all over, mates lived in worcester park so would have many a weekend there. kingston, wimbledon, raynes park and often when there "lets have a night out in blah blah blah"...no thanks,give me a place as compact as newcastle,york,hull every time.......given the choice i chose wakefield over london for my 40th.

I wouldn't class any of those places as proper London tbh, they're in the suburbs and not one of them has a tube station.  I lived in Kingston for 2 years and it was bearable for the first year and had become very tedious indeed by the second.  Now I'm in proper London (Bow in East London, close enough to Shoreditch, Dalston, Hackney, Bethnall Green, Canary Wharf to get there sharpish) I've grown to like it a lot.  Some brilliant pubs down here too, not that there were many in Kingston.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 19 June 2012, 10:54:45 AM
Personally love Fitzrovia, Soho, Islington, Newington Green, Stoke Newington, Kentish Town, Primrose Hill etc... I've never heard of worcester park TBH.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Tuesday 19 June 2012, 03:10:48 PM
Turkey, Thursday, for 8 days.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: leffe186 on Tuesday 19 June 2012, 03:33:43 PM
Personally love Fitzrovia, Soho, Islington, Newington Green, Stoke Newington, Kentish Town, Primrose Hill etc... I've never heard of worcester park TBH.

Well straight away there's one issue - you're talking about North London while Madras was stuck in the South. I'm being facetious, but when "been all over" is Worcester Park, Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Kingston, then you've got problems.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of the joys of London is that whatever your bag is, you can find it.....as long as you have money and an open mind. Walking down the Lea River from Tottenham to the Thames, tea next to Ian Dury at Kenwood House, snorting coke that some random offered off a loo in Crouch End, dancing in a Ugandan pub, art festivals in Barnes, getting my best trainers ever in some pokey shop in Greenwich, getting plastered on Malcolm Hardee's pub/boat in Greenland Dock. It's not perfect, but apart from the money side you generally get out of it what you put into it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Tuesday 19 June 2012, 03:41:45 PM
Oh, and went to see Wembley. Got a guided tour. What an incredible stadium that is.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Belfast Boy on Wednesday 20 June 2012, 11:03:47 PM
Can anyone recommend a nice hotel somewhere in the east pyrenees?
We have booked a week near barcelona followed by a week in andorra and have one night between the two to fill.
Family holiday with two 8 year old girls.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 21 June 2012, 01:27:09 AM
Beginning 4 day trek to macchu picchu tomorrow. Not the original trail, do cycling, rafting and zip lining, should be class. Some fit girls in the group too
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Thursday 21 June 2012, 09:17:11 AM
Going to Turkey this afternoon, need to go and buy a suitcase, I fell over mine when p*ssed shortly after my last holiday and landed on it and that was that, f***ed.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 21 June 2012, 09:37:04 AM
Penultimate day, been brilliant but my liver can't take much more. Done everything I wanted apart from a 4 hour round trip over stupidly scary mountain roads just to visit somewhere I went when I was 18.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 21 June 2012, 09:38:48 AM
Think I'm going back to SE Asia + Indonesia for whole of September.

You going to stop by Hong Kong?

Also where in Indonesia? That's right up on my list of places to go in the not to distant future, not 100% certain why I totally ignored when I was travelling, rookie error.

Bali so far, looking into where else to go.  Watched the program a few weeks back on the BEEB (Indian Ocean) looked class in Indonesia.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 25 June 2012, 06:25:10 PM
4 day trek to MP was class. One week til flight home
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 25 June 2012, 06:35:36 PM
4 day trek to MP was class. One week til flight home

Much planned or you just gonna knock about in Cusco? Lima is nowt special tbh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 25 June 2012, 06:39:04 PM
Flight is from lima. Got another 2 nights booked here, gunna do a bungee Wednesday probably. Not sure if il stopover anywhere on route to lima. Met a Peruvian in Rio who said to get in touch. Not heard great things about lima but might be different if you know someone who lives there

Water rafting is one of the funnest things iv ever done
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 25 June 2012, 07:02:34 PM
Booking flights to Sri Lanka tonight :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 09:32:50 AM
How long would you give yourself for a change over on long-haul?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minhosa on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 09:38:22 AM
How long would you give yourself for a change over on long-haul?

Depends on the airport and whether the change over is in the same terminal etc.

I would have thought at least 2 hours which allows for a slight delay and also navigating a (potentially) unfamiliar airport. Also, presuming the bags go straight through?

If you need to collect and re-check then deffo more time.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 09:41:56 AM
All one ticket, bags go straight through. They're offering 90mins.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minhosa on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 09:48:58 AM
All one ticket, bags go straight through. They're offering 90mins.

Which airport, out of interest? And is the connection in the same terminal?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 10:55:05 AM
Kuala Lumpur - don't know about the terminals.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 11:19:45 AM
Same airline? 90mins will be fine. KLIA only has one+satellite terminal presuming you're not changing to a budget flight, if you are 90mins will be pushing it as the budget terminal is a chew on to get too.

Personally I'd have a long stayover and hop on the train to had a poke about in KL but I'm renegade like that.

Off anywhere nice?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minhosa on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 12:15:09 PM
Kuala Lumpur - don't know about the terminals.

I'm probably a bit overly sensitive about s*** like this having being f***ed over by Air France when flying back to Newcastle for family Christmas about 8 years ago and missing a connection by about 3 minutes because the c***s locked the doors when they knew I was on a connecting flight that was slightly delayed.

Bitter? Not much.  :lol:

If it was me, I'd be looking at 2 hours which takes the pressure off and, if you are delayed by any more than a couple of hours then f*** it, you couldn't have done any more.

You're the stats man, so check it out, but my guess would be that where flights are delayed the vast majority of them are probably under an hour. Meaing you've still got a hope of making it if you give yourself two.
 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 12:29:56 PM
You're the stats man, so check it out


:lol: cheers :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Steggy on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 12:38:34 PM
Hopefully going to play football in Australia for 5ish months at the start of next year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 12:53:19 PM
42 degrees f*** öff. too hot to functıon properly
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 01:57:27 PM
Same airline? 90mins will be fine. KLIA only has one+satellite terminal presuming you're not changing to a budget flight, if you are 90mins will be pushing it as the budget terminal is a chew on to get too.

Personally I'd have a long stayover and hop on the train to had a poke about in KL but I'm renegade like that.

Off anywhere nice?

Cheers :thup: off down under, going to rendezvous with aussiefag and give him an education in NUFC and all things football related :pow:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 03:27:45 PM
Same airline? 90mins will be fine. KLIA only has one+satellite terminal presuming you're not changing to a budget flight, if you are 90mins will be pushing it as the budget terminal is a chew on to get too.

Personally I'd have a long stayover and hop on the train to had a poke about in KL but I'm renegade like that.

Off anywhere nice?

Cheers :thup: off down under, going to rendezvous with aussiefag and give him an education in NUFC and all things football related :pow:

You don't want to be at the airport much longer than that anyhow as it's the worst major hub one in the region in terms of facilities. It does the basics very well but nothing like Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 03:44:40 PM
Is it worth getting an overnight stopover and seeing KL? I know they've got the Petronas(?) Towers but is there owt else worth seeing?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 05:03:02 PM
If you're not in a hurry then why not? I'm a fan but it's not the most touristy city. Amazing place for food though and it's cheap to stay and easy as pie to get around. If you enjoy good quality snide merchandise head down Petaling St in Chinatown, there are some very good hostels round there too. If upmarket is your game go to Bukit Bintang. Take an umbrella too :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jill on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 05:11:44 PM
Got a week off at the beginning of October. We're fancying a holiday but not sure where to go. I normally prefer city breaks etc rather than beach holidays because I get bored easily but not sure whether to just grab a cheap deal for a beach type holiday just so we're getting away ANYWHERE.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 08:08:59 PM
looks like I could well be heading out to America in a week or so's time.  Camp director has just emailed me explaining their staffing situation and asked when is the earliest I could go.  Flights from Newcastle to Heathrow/Amsterdam then Heathrow/Amsterdam to JFK/LGA paid for, but not paid a salary while I'm there.

:)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 08:10:21 PM
I can feed you if you wanna pop to Philadelphia for dinners.

Theres a whole bag of food that the dog refuses to eat for some reason, should keep you ticking for a month or so.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 08:12:43 PM
I can feed you if you wanna pop to Philadelphia for dinners.

Theres a whole bag of food that the dog refuses to eat for some reason, should keep you ticking for a month or so.

 :lol:

opposite way to Philly.  High Falls, between Kingston and New Paltz in the Hudson Valley.  Cheers for the offer though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ash on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 08:23:41 PM
looks like I could well be heading out to America in a week or so's time.  Camp director has just emailed me explaining their staffing situation and asked when is the earliest I could go.  Flights from Newcastle to Heathrow/Amsterdam then Heathrow/Amsterdam to JFK/LGA paid for, but not paid a salary while I'm there.

:)

Enjoy! :thup: Was roughly a year ago today I flew out to the States to work for the summer. Starting to regret not going again this year now. :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 08:25:23 PM
looks like I could well be heading out to America in a week or so's time.  Camp director has just emailed me explaining their staffing situation and asked when is the earliest I could go.  Flights from Newcastle to Heathrow/Amsterdam then Heathrow/Amsterdam to JFK/LGA paid for, but not paid a salary while I'm there.

:)

Enjoy! :thup: Was roughly a year ago today I flew out to the States to work for the summer. Starting to regret not going again this year now. :(

this will be my third summer.  Did the full 10 weeks in 2010 & 2011.  Passed my exams so don't need summer resits, and got all my placements sorted which were the reasons I didn't think I could go back this year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 26 June 2012, 10:01:56 PM
Got a week off at the beginning of October. We're fancying a holiday but not sure where to go. I normally prefer city breaks etc rather than beach holidays because I get bored easily but not sure whether to just grab a cheap deal for a beach type holiday just so we're getting away ANYWHERE.

You not considered:

a) city with a beach nearby/twin centre (Barca, Valencia, Malaga, Lisbon etc.)

b) waiting to see who we get in Europe and basing a hol around that.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 12:25:23 PM
Just booked up to go to Kraków in a couple of weeks with a couple of mates. Should be 'interesting'.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 12:28:51 PM
Just booked up to go to Kraków in a couple of weeks with a couple of mates. Should be 'interesting'.

Ministerstwo > Frantic.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 01:27:05 PM
Paris was good, need to go back for longer than a weekend. Even managed some French!

My bro's Yohan Cabaye shirt also attracted some attention.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jill on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 01:37:34 PM
Got a week off at the beginning of October. We're fancying a holiday but not sure where to go. I normally prefer city breaks etc rather than beach holidays because I get bored easily but not sure whether to just grab a cheap deal for a beach type holiday just so we're getting away ANYWHERE.

You not considered:

a) city with a beach nearby/twin centre (Barca, Valencia, Malaga, Lisbon etc.)

b) waiting to see who we get in Europe and basing a hol around that.

Not really considered much at all so far. Good suggestions though, cheers. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 03:03:05 PM
Just booked up to go to Kraków in a couple of weeks with a couple of mates. Should be 'interesting'.

Mentioned before that it's a great city, try and get a place near the Jewish Quarter. If you're looking for a place to stay then check out this place. People are really friendly, good location for the Jewish Quarter (though be warned we couldn't find it on the first night as we took a wrong turn) and the rooms are massive! Also really cheap.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g274772-d1014070-Reviews-Tournet-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g274772-d1014070-Reviews-Tournet-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html)

Also Don't forget to check out the Salt Mines, just amazing!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ronaldo on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 04:06:28 PM
Yeah, Salt Mines and Auschwitz are an absolute must. As is this horrible club with toilets out of Trainspotting - the name of which escapes me.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 05:59:47 PM
Just booked up to go to Kraków in a couple of weeks with a couple of mates. Should be 'interesting'.

Mentioned before that it's a great city, try and get a place near the Jewish Quarter. If you're looking for a place to stay then check out this place. People are really friendly, good location for the Jewish Quarter (though be warned we couldn't find it on the first night as we took a wrong turn) and the rooms are massive! Also really cheap.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g274772-d1014070-Reviews-Tournet-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g274772-d1014070-Reviews-Tournet-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html)

Also Don't forget to check out the Salt Mines, just amazing!


Cheers for that, we've booked an apartment not to far away from there towards the old town. None of us have been before so I'm massively looking forward, don't often go away with the 'lads' so to speak. Seems like there is the perfect mixture of cultural stuff with ample cheap bait and booze.

I went to the Killing Fields in Cambodia and was really shook up by that so not looking forward to Auschwitz (who does?) but I guess it's one of those places you just have to see.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cheshire Mag on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 08:37:35 PM
Got 2 weeks off September/October. Going to Orlando and maybe afew nights in Miami too. Cant wait :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 08:39:05 PM
Back at work tomorrow, last worked 1st June :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 09:09:57 PM
Is it worth getting an overnight stopover and seeing KL? I know they've got the Petronas(?) Towers but is there owt else worth seeing?

KL is worth a night or two.

Agree with Disco, Food lovers delight of a city.

KL Tower is better than Petronas tower.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Stu on Wednesday 27 June 2012, 10:44:09 PM
Paris was good, need to go back for longer than a weekend. Even managed some French!

My bro's Yohan Cabaye shirt also attracted some attention.

Go anywhere good? Off there again on Monday, have to find some decent (i.e. Shoreditch-tastic) bars for Weds night. Did Palais de Tokyo last couple of times, supposedly there's a class rum bar nearby.

Must. stay. clear. of. Oberkampf St.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Thursday 28 June 2012, 01:25:53 AM
Got 2 weeks off September/October. Going to Orlando and maybe afew nights in Miami too. Cant wait :D

Pack an umbrella, rains at 3pm every day here in Sept/Oct.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Thursday 28 June 2012, 05:56:43 AM
Just booked up to go to Kraków in a couple of weeks with a couple of mates. Should be 'interesting'.

Mentioned before that it's a great city, try and get a place near the Jewish Quarter. If you're looking for a place to stay then check out this place. People are really friendly, good location for the Jewish Quarter (though be warned we couldn't find it on the first night as we took a wrong turn) and the rooms are massive! Also really cheap.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g274772-d1014070-Reviews-Tournet-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g274772-d1014070-Reviews-Tournet-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html)

Also Don't forget to check out the Salt Mines, just amazing!


Cheers for that, we've booked an apartment not to far away from there towards the old town. None of us have been before so I'm massively looking forward, don't often go away with the 'lads' so to speak. Seems like there is the perfect mixture of cultural stuff with ample cheap bait and booze.

I went to the Killing Fields in Cambodia and was really shook up by that so not looking forward to Auschwitz (who does?) but I guess it's one of those places you just have to see.


Yeah it's grim but something that everyone should do, sheer scale of the place is what got me.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Thursday 28 June 2012, 06:00:58 AM
Is it worth getting an overnight stopover and seeing KL? I know they've got the Petronas(?) Towers but is there owt else worth seeing?

If you do go to KL, you can get a good view of the Petronas Towers from the top of Traders Hotel which has an indoor bar and swimming pool. A good place to eat is a restaurant called Bijan, on "pub street" (not sure of the real name for the street).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BooBoo on Thursday 28 June 2012, 08:12:25 AM
Back at work tomorrow, last worked 1st June :(

Know that feeling. I had four weeks off recently for wedding and honeymoon. Right pisser having to go back to work.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Thursday 28 June 2012, 02:18:21 PM
I'm trying to work out somewhere cheap and easy to go for 3-5 nights at some point around september time, im blatantly gonna end up in Cancun or some shithole like that. Gonna be bored shitless.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: firetotheworks on Thursday 28 June 2012, 02:29:39 PM
Just come back from Palermo, which I spell S.H.I.T.H.O.L.E shithole....it's a shithole of 3rd world proportions in places.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrisjraby on Thursday 28 June 2012, 02:32:21 PM
Just come back from Palermo, which I spell S.H.I.T.H.O.L.E shithole....it's a shithole of 3rd world proportions in places.

Me and my other half went there for a day while we were staying in Castellamare Del Golfo; we had to get a bus at about 8am to get there and we were back home by 1pm, absolute shitehole!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Thursday 28 June 2012, 02:32:52 PM
I've heard Palermo is horrible, contrary to their lovely pink football kit.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: firetotheworks on Thursday 28 June 2012, 02:39:43 PM
It was my lasses number one destination because of the catacombs (which are f***ing weird) so I took her for her birthday. I expected something more like Venice, but aside from the two main streets it's proper falling apart. It got better as the week went on, because we knew where to go, and the beach was lush tbf, but aye, I'd never go back. Nice comfortably remains the best European city I've been too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 28 June 2012, 03:43:48 PM
I'm trying to work out somewhere cheap and easy to go for 3-5 nights at some point around september time, im blatantly gonna end up in Cancun or some shithole like that. Gonna be bored shitless.

(http://www.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ-YxqnysqFHnE64bDV8AeS4Fi2HTyG00OSjlESu820XqrYWxHVnw) season in that neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Thursday 28 June 2012, 04:10:48 PM
I'm trying to work out somewhere cheap and easy to go for 3-5 nights at some point around september time, im blatantly gonna end up in Cancun or some shithole like that. Gonna be bored shitless.

(http://www.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ-YxqnysqFHnE64bDV8AeS4Fi2HTyG00OSjlESu820XqrYWxHVnw) season in that neck of the woods.

Took me a while to work out what that meant, originally assumed it was something drug related for some reason :lol:

It looks like we're aiming for back end of October rather than September, so I reckon we'll be fine... hopefully.

Looking at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2554709-Reviews-Sandos_Cancun_Luxury_Experience_Resort-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2554709-Reviews-Sandos_Cancun_Luxury_Experience_Resort-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html)

This kind of all-inclusive s**** isn't really my bag it's fair to say, but I can abide by it for 4 nights. Probably burn a boatload on a daytrip to Chichen Itza too. Maybe listen to some Human League.

Hopefully next year I can delve into South America, or somehow take a vaca in Eastern Europe via NCL.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Thursday 28 June 2012, 04:39:47 PM
I'm trying to work out somewhere cheap and easy to go for 3-5 nights at some point around september time, im blatantly gonna end up in Cancun or some shithole like that. Gonna be bored shitless.

(http://www.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ-YxqnysqFHnE64bDV8AeS4Fi2HTyG00OSjlESu820XqrYWxHVnw) season in that neck of the woods.

Took me a while to work out what that meant, originally assumed it was something drug related for some reason :lol:

It looks like we're aiming for back end of October rather than September, so I reckon we'll be fine... hopefully.

Looking at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2554709-Reviews-Sandos_Cancun_Luxury_Experience_Resort-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2554709-Reviews-Sandos_Cancun_Luxury_Experience_Resort-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html)

This kind of all-inclusive s**** isn't really my bag it's fair to say, but I can abide by it for 4 nights. Probably burn a boatload on a daytrip to Chichen Itza too. Maybe listen to some Human League.

Hopefully next year I can delve into South America, or somehow take a vaca in Eastern Europe via NCL.

Chichen Itza is fantastic.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cheshire Mag on Thursday 28 June 2012, 05:13:11 PM
Got 2 weeks off September/October. Going to Orlando and maybe afew nights in Miami too. Cant wait :D

Pack an umbrella, rains at 3pm every day here in Sept/Oct.

Least it wont be cold and raining like here :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 28 June 2012, 09:54:59 PM
Did a bungee earlier, f***ing class, difficult jumping. Highest in south Africa
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 28 June 2012, 10:31:23 PM
Back at work tomorrow, last worked 1st June :(

Know that feeling. I had four weeks off recently for wedding and honeymoon. Right pisser having to go back to work.

Gone back and it's proper s***, loads has changed and I have to do a lot more. Did the typical forget my password thing and had to go to the IT suite to get it re-set :okay:

Have no motivation at all.
Title: Holidays
Post by: Ryan on Thursday 28 June 2012, 10:33:13 PM
Off for a week in Sidari in a few hours, can't wait. Main thing I'm looking forward to is getting away from work :lol:

Speak to you's in a week :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Thursday 28 June 2012, 11:15:49 PM
Off for a week in Sidari in a few hours, can't wait. Main thing I'm looking forward to is getting away from work :lol:

Speak to you's in a week :aww:

Go to Maddison, say hello to Simon (the Smoggie) :thup:

There is also a coked up blonde who works at Calypso, pretty sure she would give you a blowjob if you say that's the only way you are going in :pow:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: QBG on Friday 29 June 2012, 12:34:22 AM
Paris was good, need to go back for longer than a weekend. Even managed some French!

My bro's Yohan Cabaye shirt also attracted some attention.

Go anywhere good? Off there again on Monday, have to find some decent (i.e. Shoreditch-tastic) bars for Weds night. Did Palais de Tokyo last couple of times, supposedly there's a class rum bar nearby.

Must. stay. clear. of. Oberkampf St.

Probably go back again when the football season starts. Favourite city in the world aside from the Toon. Praying we get one of the French teams in the EL so I can explore more of France.

Algarve in 9 days time for me and the lass. Can't f***ing wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Friday 29 June 2012, 05:40:08 AM
Karaoke night :megusta:

She bangs by ricky m done

Billie jean and summer nights with a well fit bird on the way
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Sunday 1 July 2012, 07:03:18 AM
I'm back. Will post some funny stories soon.

Back to routine then :'(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 1 July 2012, 11:57:44 AM
Paris was good, need to go back for longer than a weekend. Even managed some French!

My bro's Yohan Cabaye shirt also attracted some attention.

Go anywhere good? Off there again on Monday, have to find some decent (i.e. Shoreditch-tastic) bars for Weds night. Did Palais de Tokyo last couple of times, supposedly there's a class rum bar nearby.

Must. stay. clear. of. Oberkampf St.

Probably go back again when the football season starts. Favourite city in the world aside from the Toon. Praying we get one of the French teams in the EL so I can explore more of France.

Algarve in 9 days time for me and the lass. Can't f***ing wait.

How much are tickets...roughly?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Sunday 1 July 2012, 10:21:51 PM
Shall sum up the places I just visited for anyone interested in going on holiday...

Nice, France - beautiful. Thoroughly recommend this place although it's quite pricey. Beaches are lovely, weather perfect (not too hot) and plenty to do at night.

Bologna, Italy - If you hate students, don't go. Fully pedestrianised city which is really cool. Loads to do if you go to the right places. Grab a slice and a 660ml from the shop and sit in the square, can easily be done on the cheap.

Venice, Italy - As expected, has to be seen to be believed. Would recommend getting a boat-pass and visiting some of the other islands (Torcello is cool as f***, deserted). Can be seen in 1/2 days though. We spent 3 days and it got quite boring. Expensive.

Munich, Germany - Never been so drunk in my life. The beer is phenomenal and the biergartens are insanity. They pretty much closed the city after the Germany-Greece game and everyone got steaming (I'm talking thousands and thousands of people filling the streets).

Novalja (Island of Pag), Croatia - Dubbed the new Ibiza and easy to see why. Zrce beach is really cool, has about 4 clubs on it (all free entry and relatively cheap for a 'resorty place'). Hard to get to but way worth it. Currently hosting Hideout festival.

Pula, Croatia - Famous for the Pula Ampitheatre which is a sight to see. Went to some club and had a mental night, but that's for another day. Would go if you get a chance, beer is cheap as chips.

Really worried for Croatia's future as it is apparently joining the Euro so I'd see it while it's still cheap. Still need to see Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split and Plitvice National Park (
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). This trip was tiny compared to some of the people I met but I'd definitely recommend it, however small :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 1 July 2012, 10:28:01 PM
Sounds class, I met some people who'd been to Pag and raved about it (excuse the pun). Didn't find Southern Croatia that cheap at all aside from transport/accommodation.

Plus the women of Split are just ridiculous, absolute torture.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: QBG on Monday 2 July 2012, 12:30:56 AM
Paris was good, need to go back for longer than a weekend. Even managed some French!

My bro's Yohan Cabaye shirt also attracted some attention.

Go anywhere good? Off there again on Monday, have to find some decent (i.e. Shoreditch-tastic) bars for Weds night. Did Palais de Tokyo last couple of times, supposedly there's a class rum bar nearby.

Must. stay. clear. of. Oberkampf St.

Probably go back again when the football season starts. Favourite city in the world aside from the Toon. Praying we get one of the French teams in the EL so I can explore more of France.

Algarve in 9 days time for me and the lass. Can't f***ing wait.

How much are tickets...roughly?

For the big teams, PSG, Lyon etc. You're looking at about 35 euros. Smaller teams you could probably easily get tickets for around 15-20. PSG was a fantastic experience, the Parc des Princes isn't much to look at but the atmosphere is f***ing brilliant, and they won 4-1. Not sure how much NUFC will charge for European Away games, but we could get Bordeaux, Lyon or Marseille in the EL, any of which would be superb.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Monday 2 July 2012, 12:45:37 AM
Sounds class, I met some people who'd been to Pag and raved about it (excuse the pun). Didn't find Southern Croatia that cheap at all aside from transport/accommodation.

Plus the women of Split are just ridiculous, absolute torture.

Christ, you aren't wrong. The women in Pula were un-f***ing-believable yet the guys are hideous. Novalja was the same although most folk there are tourists.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 2 July 2012, 10:06:02 AM
Love Taylor, shall take on board.

Flight home in 13 hours. Sad to leave but cant.sustain this unhealthiness
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 2 July 2012, 10:06:45 AM
Since leaving playing football most days in Argentina, basically been a 6 weeks lads holiday. Need to go home
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Monday 2 July 2012, 10:18:32 AM
Sounds class, I met some people who'd been to Pag and raved about it (excuse the pun). Didn't find Southern Croatia that cheap at all aside from transport/accommodation.

Plus the women of Split are just ridiculous, absolute torture.

Christ, you aren't wrong. The women in Pula were un-f***ing-believable yet the guys are hideous. Novalja was the same although most folk there are tourists.

I'm seeing an opportunity here.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Monday 2 July 2012, 02:01:29 PM
Sounds class, I met some people who'd been to Pag and raved about it (excuse the pun). Didn't find Southern Croatia that cheap at all aside from transport/accommodation.

Plus the women of Split are just ridiculous, absolute torture.

Christ, you aren't wrong. The women in Pula were un-f***ing-believable yet the guys are hideous. Novalja was the same although most folk there are tourists.

I'm seeing an opportunity here.

Apparently they don't believe in any sort of self-grooming. The girls love european guys because they are so used to horrible guys. Saying that, a fair few of them had some stunning lasses on their arms.

Since leaving playing football most days in Argentina, basically been a 6 weeks lads holiday. Need to go home

Home to Newcastle? Man, I was sad enough leaving after 3 weeks, can't imagine how you feel. Safe flight :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 2 July 2012, 06:28:14 PM
Live in London. Time to go, cant sustain this for much longer. Time to get on it on another continent
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Tuesday 3 July 2012, 07:30:50 PM
And Im on the underground home.

You dont appreciate it til youv gone..f*** sake
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Tuesday 3 July 2012, 11:18:10 PM
And Im on the underground home.

You dont appreciate it til youv gone..f*** sake

absolutely. I was thinking 'I need to go home and sleep' during the last couple of days in Croatia (since we were only away 3 weeks we went full throttle, I'm so ill at the moment). Then I woke up with the horrible recollection that I still live in Glasgow :lol: send me back!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Thursday 5 July 2012, 06:25:26 PM
Off to Spain for a fortnight in about five minutes. Hope we don't f***ing sell anyone good while I'm away (or at all) cos it'll put me in a black mood.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Friday 13 July 2012, 11:35:18 AM
Hamburg any good?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 13 July 2012, 10:04:32 PM
Hamburg any good?

Yes. Quality night out (down the reeperbahn) and a reasonable amount to see in the city. Class for a long weekend, incredible at christmas.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 16 July 2012, 10:13:25 PM
Just booked up to go to Kraków in a couple of weeks with a couple of mates. Should be 'interesting'.

The Gary Neville Orgasm Remix (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLba64rs_XI#)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 16 July 2012, 10:15:15 PM
I still can't believe that's real commentary :lol: It's almost the sound of someone being Fatality'd on Mortal Kombat

Good to hear you had a good time ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Monday 16 July 2012, 10:19:53 PM
Holidays in 4 weeks, stuck my holidays in at work.  8 days to work out of the next 50!

Viva la France
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 16 July 2012, 10:22:00 PM
How much guaranteed time off a year (aka paid holidays) do people get in England (on average)?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 16 July 2012, 10:23:25 PM
How much guaranteed time off a year (aka paid holidays) do people get in England (on average)?

On average? 5 weeks at a guess.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Neil on Monday 16 July 2012, 10:24:15 PM
You're entitled to 28 days paid annual leave I think (assuming you're working 5 days a week).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:18:14 PM
You're entitled to 28 days paid annual leave I think (assuming you're working 5 days a week).

Not sure about that, I am fairly sure some at my place on get 25 and I am certain I have heard of some places only offering 20 for full time hours (35 plus a week).

I may be wrong :dontknow: but I think 28 is fairly high, especially if you are new to a company.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:18:55 PM
Neil's figure inclusive of bank holidays?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:25:37 PM
Yeah that's what I assumed.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:26:07 PM
There is a minimum right to paid holiday, but your employer may offer more than this. The main things you should know about holiday rights are that:
you are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave - 28 days for someone working five days a week (capped at a statutory maximum of 28 days for all working patterns)
part-time workers are entitled to the same level of holiday pro rata (so 5.6 times your usual working week, eg 22.4 days for someone working four days a week)
you start building up holiday as soon as you start work
your employer can control when you take your holiday
you get paid your normal pay for your holiday
when you finish a job, you get paid for any holiday you have not taken
bank and public holidays can be included in your minimum entitlement
you continue to be entitled to your holiday leave throughout your ordinary and additional maternity leave and paternity and adoption leave
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Neil on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:27:16 PM
Neil's figure inclusive of bank holidays?

:thup: Aye it is.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:28:03 PM
Damn, must be nice.  No wonder going on holiday is a much bigger deal over there compared to here.  You can have a proper vacation with five weeks, not the two you're normally given here.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Neil on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:30:25 PM
A lot also IMO depends on other things. Might depend on the industry you're in, you might have flexi-time meaning you can build up some more time off - although this isn't available across all industries. Might simply come down to your boss as to whether he's alright with you taking quite a lot of time off (relatively) providing you get the work done, or whether he's strict about it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: palnese on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:30:42 PM
You've only got two weeks in the States?

That's mental.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:34:27 PM
As usual I was being thick :okay: I thought it seemed quite a lot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:34:59 PM
You've only got two weeks in the States?

That's mental.

Maybe three weeks in some places, depending on how long you've been there, how nice the company is, how many you've saved up from the last year, etc...

That's for a full-time employee.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:36:04 PM
You've only got two weeks in the States?

That's mental.

Maybe three weeks in some places, depending on how long you've been there, how nice the company is, how many you've saved up from the last year, etc...

That's for a full-time employee.

I worked a total of 3 days in June :troll:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 16 July 2012, 11:36:14 PM
I've taken 5 days in a year.

:yao:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrisjraby on Tuesday 17 July 2012, 12:11:13 AM
Off to Paris with the other half for our anniversary + my 25th birthday, staying in the Opera district, anyone have any recommendations for good restaurants etc?

We want to have at least one really good meal, although I have seen that some places you're looking at 2-300 Euros a pop; we're definitely not that lavish haha!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hughesy on Tuesday 17 July 2012, 11:44:07 AM
Off to Paris with the other half for our anniversary + my 25th birthday, staying in the Opera district, anyone have any recommendations for good restaurants etc?

We want to have at least one really good meal, although I have seen that some places you're looking at 2-300 Euros a pop; we're definitely not that lavish haha!

Got a few recommendations - take a look and see what you think.  None of them are mind-blowingly expensive.

Have a look at this place - http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners/le-chateaubriand/ (http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners/le-chateaubriand/)

One of the world's best 50 restaurants... but pretty cheap (considering).  I think, from memory, all you can choose is the tasting menu and this changes every day.  I think it only cost about EUR60 each which wasn't bad for 6 or 7 course.

Relais de Venise is quite interesting - http://www.relaisdevenise.com/ (http://www.relaisdevenise.com/) - if you like steak.

Les Cocottes de Constant is also worth a look - http://www.maisonconstant.com/eng_menu.htm (http://www.maisonconstant.com/eng_menu.htm)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Tuesday 17 July 2012, 02:17:18 PM
You've only got two weeks in the States?

That's mental.

Maybe three weeks in some places, depending on how long you've been there, how nice the company is, how many you've saved up from the last year, etc...

That's for a full-time employee.

My place offers unlimited vacation time :smug:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sifu on Tuesday 17 July 2012, 08:36:39 PM
Do you know what's about being a contractor? Unpaid holidays :yao: :okay:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Chrisjraby on Tuesday 17 July 2012, 10:39:27 PM
Off to Paris with the other half for our anniversary + my 25th birthday, staying in the Opera district, anyone have any recommendations for good restaurants etc?

We want to have at least one really good meal, although I have seen that some places you're looking at 2-300 Euros a pop; we're definitely not that lavish haha!

Got a few recommendations - take a look and see what you think.  None of them are mind-blowingly expensive.

Have a look at this place - http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners/le-chateaubriand/ (http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners/le-chateaubriand/)

One of the world's best 50 restaurants... but pretty cheap (considering).  I think, from memory, all you can choose is the tasting menu and this changes every day.  I think it only cost about EUR60 each which wasn't bad for 6 or 7 course.

Relais de Venise is quite interesting - http://www.relaisdevenise.com/ (http://www.relaisdevenise.com/) - if you like steak.

Les Cocottes de Constant is also worth a look - http://www.maisonconstant.com/eng_menu.htm (http://www.maisonconstant.com/eng_menu.htm)

Thanks for going to the effort mate.  Must admit, I saw Chateaubriand in my guide book and thought it looked good!  It mentions a 5 course taster menu with no choices, and as my other half is a veggie that worries me somewhat haha.  Maison Constant looks interesting too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Wednesday 18 July 2012, 04:14:03 AM
You've only got two weeks in the States?

That's mental.

Maybe three weeks in some places, depending on how long you've been there, how nice the company is, how many you've saved up from the last year, etc...

That's for a full-time employee.

My place offers unlimited vacation time :smug:

Paid holidays?

I can get unlimited holidays too but it's called being a tramp.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 18 July 2012, 09:37:08 AM
Do you know what's about being a contractor? Unpaid holidays :yao: :okay:

But contractors get paid zillions more for being a contractor...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 18 July 2012, 09:54:13 AM
Aye, it still works out much better for me, even though a long weekend costs me hundreds of pounds. Also, I don't have to think how many days holiday I have left for the year, which is class. If I can arrange it and afford it I can take it.

(Not that I take many holidays anyway like)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Wednesday 18 July 2012, 03:01:35 PM
I'm starting to get a little nervous about the drive through France/Switzerland now.  Its not the distance or the actual driving that is worrying me its the car, there's nothing wrong with it but the whole holiday hinges on the car.  Every little rattle i hear now has me convinced that its about to fall to bits  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SEMTEX on Wednesday 18 July 2012, 03:47:07 PM
You've only got two weeks in the States?

That's mental.

Maybe three weeks in some places, depending on how long you've been there, how nice the company is, how many you've saved up from the last year, etc...

That's for a full-time employee.

My place offers unlimited vacation time :smug:

Paid holidays?

I can get unlimited holidays too but it's called being a tramp.

Paid to the max. And office is closed Christmas week too.

It's because I work at a forward thinking company that values employee happiness.

The Asian people still only take about 3 days in the whole year. :yao:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 18 July 2012, 06:09:35 PM
38.5 paid hols for me this year. Won't be soo many next time out like, I'm a fiend for only taking them for actual going on hols only.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sifu on Wednesday 18 July 2012, 08:47:31 PM
Do you know what's about being a contractor? Unpaid holidays :yao: :okay:

But contractors get paid zillions more for being a contractor...

Indeed...

Mind you though, compared to the other contractors at work, I'm not earning that high of a wage.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Monday 23 July 2012, 09:09:23 PM
Going to Thailand and Cambodia over Christmas and was looking to book flights for my girlfriend as I'm going with work. I'm flying with BA and I was looking for flights for her on the same flight. Crazy thing is that to fly on my flight from London is £1,113 but to fly from Brussels to Bangkok with BA via London and on my flight is £815.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: icemanblue on Wednesday 25 July 2012, 06:54:33 PM
p*ssed off with the complete lack of sun we're getting, so just booked a week in Crete for the end of August. Geedup.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PolskiMag on Thursday 9 August 2012, 09:47:21 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Friday 10 August 2012, 06:03:08 AM
Heading up to Asheville in a few weeks.  Hiking, good beer, good food, stoked.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Friday 10 August 2012, 10:02:38 AM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Let us know how that goes, sounds class. Would love to do a driving holiday like that.

I'm going to Portugal to lie around for a week, and possibly also to New York with mates. Haven't had any proper time off for ages, can't wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 10 August 2012, 10:36:52 AM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TBG on Friday 10 August 2012, 11:07:42 AM
I can no online check in for Magaluf

:megusta:



This will end bad


:yao:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Snrub on Friday 10 August 2012, 01:36:25 PM
Magaluf tonight.

:notbad:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 10 August 2012, 03:10:49 PM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Friday 10 August 2012, 03:15:20 PM
Might head to Athens in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Saturday 11 August 2012, 12:37:08 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Saturday 11 August 2012, 12:40:54 PM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?

Indonesia - Jakarta & Bali.
Singapore (for the F1).
Vang Vieng.
Langkawi.
Thailand Islands.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PolskiMag on Saturday 11 August 2012, 01:13:28 PM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?

Indonesia - Jakarta & Bali.
Singapore (for the F1).
Vang Vieng.
Langkawi.
Thailand Islands.

Laos - one of the best places Ive been. take it you know about the tubing in vang Vieng? you will be so drunkyou wont be able to see by the end of the river! great memories
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PolskiMag on Saturday 11 August 2012, 01:15:34 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Let us know how that goes, sounds class. Would love to do a driving holiday like that.

I'm going to Portugal to lie around for a week, and possibly also to New York with mates. Haven't had any proper time off for ages, can't wait.


will do mate, done a few holidays where ive hired a car but always wanted to do a european road trip. now its made easy by living in poland.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 11 August 2012, 01:18:38 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

You always go on holiday to the places I want to go :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 11 August 2012, 01:29:22 PM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?

Indonesia - Jakarta & Bali.
Singapore (for the F1).
Vang Vieng.
Langkawi.
Thailand Islands.

Christ, bit of a trek.
Title: Re: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tooj on Saturday 11 August 2012, 02:35:02 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

You always go on holiday to the places I want to go :lol:
You can f*** off like. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 11 August 2012, 03:00:32 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

You always go on holiday to the places I want to go :lol:
You can f*** off like. :lol:

 :troll:
Problem Señor?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Saturday 11 August 2012, 06:46:56 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

:thup:

It's paradise. Where you going exactly? (got back last week)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: CheikBoom on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 06:48:28 AM
Holidays! Maybe one of you guys can help. Me and a mate are looking to do a holiday/backpack next year, either March or September. We're looking to do Italy for about two weeks. Basically wanting to go around as much as possible but wanting to go to as many matches as possible as well. Any idea where to start? Got some canny prices to getting to Venice etc. However, from there, we've got no idea ha.

Also looking at the possibility of across Germany. Visiting cities, football, and a bucket load of largers. Just not to sure where to start really.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 08:14:21 AM
Fixture list, a map and a train timetable I'd imagine. Probably worth your while flying in to one place and flying out of another & planning a logical route between the two. If you're going for football I'd imagine you're best off waiting 'til European/cup games are going to be on so there is stuff to go to midweek.

www.interrailnet.com (http://www.interrailnet.com) do train passes
www.skyscanner.net (http://www.skyscanner.net) do the flight comparisons

Not been to a game in Italy yet but football in Germany is pretty spot on/cheap.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: CheikBoom on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 08:47:19 AM
Fixture list, a map and a train timetable I'd imagine. Probably worth your while flying in to one place and flying out of another & planning a logical route between the two. If you're going for football I'd imagine you're best off waiting 'til European/cup games are going to be on so there is stuff to go to midweek.

www.interrailnet.com (http://www.interrailnet.com) do train passes
www.skyscanner.net (http://www.skyscanner.net) do the flight comparisons

Not been to a game in Italy yet but football in Germany is pretty spot on/cheap.

Yeah mate thats it! We're looking to go this season, but its a tad short. Major saving. We where looking to fly into Munich or Venice and take it from there. Couple of days in cities etc. Not sure wheres worth going, but thats the fun of it I guess. Always fancied a German football match. Mate was saying with it being so cheap for football out there its pretty difficult to get tickets?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 09:05:36 AM
Depends who you go and see I would imagine but there's always some on general sale like we do I think. I think with most clubs you will be able buy them online/over the phone and pick them up over there, that's what I did.

Italian grounds aside from Juve are never full.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: CheikBoom on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 09:13:35 AM
Depends who you go and see I would imagine but there's always some on general sale like we do I think. I think with most clubs you will be able buy them online/over the phone and pick them up over there, that's what I did.

Italian grounds aside from Juve are never full.

Yeah. Not too sure what we are going to do yet. Fancy the obvious, Milan, Fiorentina etc. Football wise we're not too fussed really. Just see what's going down wherever we are at. More interested in the cities and what their is to do around. Obviously trying to keep a price as low as possible. Flights are cheap enough though.

Not really sure what else to do to be honest. Its more of an idea at the moment. But yeah, football, beer, cities would be super. Always fancied the Catacombs (I think thats the spelling) in Italy
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 09:38:34 AM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?

Indonesia - Jakarta & Bali.
Singapore (for the F1).
Vang Vieng.
Langkawi.
Thailand Islands.

I wouldn't spend too much time in Jakarta, I've been twice in the last year and just couldn't get a sense of the place (I'm sure I'm missing something so I'm going to try and have a look around the next time I'm there). Traffic is also bad, on the plus side the people are really nice, sophisticated and the food is fantastic.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 09:39:12 AM
Highly recommend going to some smaller towns in Italy, as well as the big cities. For example Orvieto, one of the most beautiful towns I've been to.

Driving it is a great idea though, some of the countryside is beautiful. Go for some lakes too, lake swims are class.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 15 August 2012, 09:39:33 AM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?

Indonesia - Jakarta & Bali.
Singapore (for the F1).
Vang Vieng.
Langkawi.
Thailand Islands.

I wouldn't spend too much time in Jakarta, I've been twice in the last year and just couldn't get a sense of the place (I'm sure I'm missing something so I'm going to try and have a look around the next time I'm there). Traffic is also bad, on the plus side the people are really nice, sophisticated and the food is fantastic.

Only planning to spend a day there, heard similar things about it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Wednesday 22 August 2012, 08:15:36 PM
Just got back from our holidays today, Drove to Annecy for 7 days.  What a fantastic place so much to do and stunning surroundings, we went to Chamonix and Geneva for a day too both are great places and we will be going back to both.  Spent the last 4 days in Paris, enjoyed it alot more then i thought i would. 

Totally fell in love with France though, the food is fantastic and local produce is so accessible.  I can see us going back to France soon.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TBG on Thursday 23 August 2012, 08:58:19 AM
I can't get my head round online check in, so I've printed our boarding passes out for Tuesday that's all we need (passports as well) correct? Check in our bags at the drop off point then we can go straight through to departures?

Also nearly £300 for a name change with jet2 :anguish:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: High Five o/ on Thursday 23 August 2012, 09:11:54 AM
Going to Australia 1. sept.
Starting to get a little excited now like.
Visiting some friends in Brisbane, and going to travel along the east coast most of the time.
Staying for 25 days  :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 23 August 2012, 09:18:09 AM
india any good? dont really wanna go but might not have a choice
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Thursday 23 August 2012, 09:36:52 AM
india any good? dont really wanna go but might not have a choice

Few of my friends from uni have done India and loved it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: icemanblue on Thursday 23 August 2012, 09:40:23 AM
It just seems very dirty, to me. Never been keen on going there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Roger Kint on Thursday 23 August 2012, 10:07:33 AM
I can't get my head round online check in, so I've printed our boarding passes out for Tuesday that's all we need (passports as well) correct? Check in our bags at the drop off point then we can go straight through to departures?

Also nearly £300 for a name change with jet2 :anguish:

If you are putting bags in the hold is there any advantage of getting online boarding pass? Barely saves 5 seconds in that case.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 23 August 2012, 10:09:33 AM
the ones the airlines issue are pretty flimsy. i prefer the printed a4 paper
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 23 August 2012, 10:09:46 AM
I can't get my head round online check in, so I've printed our boarding passes out for Tuesday that's all we need (passports as well) correct? Check in our bags at the drop off point then we can go straight through to departures?

Also nearly £300 for a name change with jet2 :anguish:

If you are putting bags in the hold is there any advantage of getting online boarding pass? Barely saves 5 seconds in that case.

Only a advantage where you have fast baggage points in airports, usually only the big Airlines have these.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TBG on Thursday 23 August 2012, 10:19:41 AM
I can't get my head round online check in, so I've printed our boarding passes out for Tuesday that's all we need (passports as well) correct? Check in our bags at the drop off point then we can go straight through to departures?

Also nearly £300 for a name change with jet2 :anguish:

If you are putting bags in the hold is there any advantage of getting online boarding pass? Barely saves 5 seconds in that case.

Jet2 Charge more for normal check in than they do for online.

/cheapbasterd
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Thursday 23 August 2012, 10:46:03 AM
Just got back from our holidays today, Drove to Annecy for 7 days.  What a fantastic place so much to do and stunning surroundings, we went to Chamonix and Geneva for a day too both are great places and we will be going back to both.  Spent the last 4 days in Paris, enjoyed it alot more then i thought i would. 

Totally fell in love with France though, the food is fantastic and local produce is so accessible.  I can see us going back to France soon.

France is underrated IMO, lots of beautiful places. It's no Italy, but it's nice and it's very easy to get to. Even have half a chance with the language.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Roger Kint on Thursday 23 August 2012, 12:21:21 PM
I can't get my head round online check in, so I've printed our boarding passes out for Tuesday that's all we need (passports as well) correct? Check in our bags at the drop off point then we can go straight through to departures?

Also nearly £300 for a name change with jet2 :anguish:

If you are putting bags in the hold is there any advantage of getting online boarding pass? Barely saves 5 seconds in that case.

Jet2 Charge more for normal check in than they do for online.

/cheapbasterd

Never travelled with Jet2, sure my mam had to pay all manner of stupid fees when she used them last year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: IndonesianToon on Thursday 23 August 2012, 04:27:35 PM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?

Indonesia - Jakarta & Bali.
Singapore (for the F1).
Vang Vieng.
Langkawi.
Thailand Islands.

I wouldn't spend too much time in Jakarta, I've been twice in the last year and just couldn't get a sense of the place (I'm sure I'm missing something so I'm going to try and have a look around the next time I'm there). Traffic is also bad, on the plus side the people are really nice, sophisticated and the food is fantastic.

Only planning to spend a day there, heard similar things about it.

I would not recommend jakarta.
It just another metropolitan city like other country have.
The people (mostly) and the food are great though.

Bali has been too crowded for my liking, unless you can get to some exclusive area which will be expensive I think.

I would recommend a much low profile area (facility is not so great though) such as:
- lombok : the beach is breathtakingly beatiful. Just like Bali but much less crowded. It's an island just next to bali. People said it's like bali in the 60s in terms of it's naturality.

- raja ampat : it's in papua. There will be minor security issue. But i think u'll be ok. And the view is also excellent.

For you that willing to see the typical village in indonesia :
- borobudur temple
- outskirts of bandung city (pengalengan, papandayan, etc). And the girls in bandung are known as naturally beautiful ( at least many of them )

The people in the village are usually much nicer.

Other place i would recommend :
Tana toraja : it's in sulawesi island. there are some unique tradition here. People said that we can see a dead man walking (walking jump actualy) in burial ceremony (they bury people inside the cliff's wall). But i never seen that myself.

- Lake toba : it's the biggest lake in indonesia. The view is also excellent.

And there are so many more. But those are what i recommend the most.

Of course if you prefer the night life, pub, etc, jakarta or bandung will be fine for you.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Thursday 23 August 2012, 09:45:00 PM
I'm off to Myanmar in October for about a week, flying into Mandalay and then up the river to Bagan. Really looking forward to it as I've heard good things from other people.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 23 August 2012, 10:23:59 PM
I'm off to Myanmar in October for about a week, flying into Mandalay and then up the river to Bagan. Really looking forward to it as I've heard good things from other people.

Hoy a review up when you get back fella. I'd love to go to Burma but I'm a bit wary.

india any good? dont really wanna go but might not have a choice

I loved it but I reckon just as many didn't. Hectic as f*** but the food/people are amazing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 24 August 2012, 12:44:52 AM
5 weeks to go then off to SE Asia again for 3 1/2 weeks.  Desperate for a Holiday now.

Where abouts?

Indonesia - Jakarta & Bali.
Singapore (for the F1).
Vang Vieng.
Langkawi.
Thailand Islands.

I wouldn't spend too much time in Jakarta, I've been twice in the last year and just couldn't get a sense of the place (I'm sure I'm missing something so I'm going to try and have a look around the next time I'm there). Traffic is also bad, on the plus side the people are really nice, sophisticated and the food is fantastic.

Only planning to spend a day there, heard similar things about it.

I would not recommend jakarta.
It just another metropolitan city like other country have.
The people (mostly) and the food are great though.

Bali has been too crowded for my liking, unless you can get to some exclusive area which will be expensive I think.

I would recommend a much low profile area (facility is not so great though) such as:
- lombok : the beach is breathtakingly beatiful. Just like Bali but much less crowded. It's an island just next to bali. People said it's like bali in the 60s in terms of it's naturality.

- raja ampat : it's in papua. There will be minor security issue. But i think u'll be ok. And the view is also excellent.

For you that willing to see the typical village in indonesia :
- borobudur temple
- outskirts of bandung city (pengalengan, papandayan, etc). And the girls in bandung are known as naturally beautiful ( at least many of them )

The people in the village are usually much nicer.

Other place i would recommend :
Tana toraja : it's in sulawesi island. there are some unique tradition here. People said that we can see a dead man walking (walking jump actualy) in burial ceremony (they bury people inside the cliff's wall). But i never seen that myself.

- Lake toba : it's the biggest lake in indonesia. The view is also excellent.

And there are so many more. But those are what i recommend the most.

Of course if you prefer the night life, pub, etc, jakarta or bandung will be fine for you.



Thanks for the info, I'm in Indonesia for 7 days so not too much time but hopefully will get a feel of the place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 27 August 2012, 02:43:01 PM
Hello well-travelled people of N-O. After another holiday destination/recommendation.

Looking for:

Hot (but preferably not melting hot)
Somewhere with a private swimming pool / accom for two people
Not too long haul if possible

Basically, we just want a swimming pool to ourselves somewhere hot. Hope someone can help!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 27 August 2012, 02:49:35 PM
You after a villa/private apartment? On TripAdvisor they have a private rentals section which I've used and was fine, if not www.holidaylettings.co.uk (http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk) is also good. Both can be tailored to search for what you're after too.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 27 August 2012, 02:50:05 PM
We went to Sidari (North Corfu) this year and the hotel across from us was completely empty so we had a whole pool to ourselves -

(http://i50.tinypic.com/34j89w0.jpg)

Ignore the clumsy finger.. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 27 August 2012, 02:54:00 PM
Cheers Disco/Caj :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cajun on Monday 27 August 2012, 04:13:26 PM
Cheers for the sincere reply to what in all honesty was a pointless and unhelpful reply to your question. Just reminded me we practically had our own pool this year and when I am online I have to post most of my thoughts :lol:.

Always been a polite chap you Beren :aww:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Monday 27 August 2012, 04:48:05 PM
Seems unlikely that I'll be going to Africa this (holiday) year after all. :(

So any suggestions as to what I should do instead?

Toying with the following at the moment, but nothing's really got it's hooks into me yet.

1. Japan - expensive, but always wanted to go.
2. India - really badly wanted to go in the past, enthusiasm's worn off a bit now for no apparent reason.
3. North Korea - expect it's probably a total bitch to organise, unsure that I want to give money to a regime like that, but still it fascinates me. :dontknow:
4. Chernobyl - it's a long way to go for what would be - I expect - quite a short visit, not sure that there's much else around there that I'd want to see and as per NK I expect it might be a bit of a bitch to sort out, equally as fascinating though.
5. Somewhere in South America - been before, feel like there might be different places I should see before I go back for more of the same, still I did absolutely love it when I was there.
6. South East Asia - total cliché, might be full of arseholes, but equally it might not, used to really want to go.
7. Somewhere in Europe, perhaps a few shorter trips (Berlin, Barcelona, etc) - close and easy to get around, will likely speak English, etc, but expensive.


Any comments on the above, or anything additional to what I've already thought of would be much appreciated. Ta. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: icemanblue on Monday 27 August 2012, 04:49:59 PM
Go to Japan.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 27 August 2012, 04:51:02 PM
Why has the Africa trip fallen through?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Monday 27 August 2012, 05:00:05 PM
Why has the Africa trip fallen through?

I was going to go with my mates, one of whom is Senegalese - we were going to stay with people he knows, etc - and they can't go this year, but hopefully will be able to next year, so I'm going to wait until then.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 27 August 2012, 05:04:25 PM
1. It is expensive but worth it. Locals are amazing
2. Dunno where you'd want to be going but India has pretty much everything you could ever want in a destination. Getting around (by train) is easy enough too, it's cheap as chips and the locals are friendly. It is hectic though and things are liable to go wrong.
3. Be hella expensive but again worth it, Koryo Tours are the main tour group IIRC.
4. Dunno but assume you have to go on an organised trip for safety reasons, Kiev is easy enough to get too though.
5. Would be my choice, Peru/Bolivia are totally different to the other countries I went too, would love to go to Colombia, seems to have the lot.
6. Full of teenybopper rah kids but they're easy enough to avoid depending on where you go. £ goes a long way and the food is unreal.
7. Don't need any advice here, only place I don't recommend is Bratislava.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnypd on Monday 27 August 2012, 05:13:21 PM
Seems unlikely that I'll be going to Africa this (holiday) year after all. :(

So any suggestions as to what I should do instead?

Toying with the following at the moment, but nothing's really got it's hooks into me yet.

1. Japan - expensive, but always wanted to go.


Definitely do Japan, amazing place. Desperately want to go back.

Didn't find it too expensive when I was there - comparable to the UK i'd say (though the UK is admittedly one of the most expensive countries in the world). Loads of great cheap places to eat as well - find tiny one room restaurants near the train stations, izakaya bars that serve food, even those little vending machine restaurants (you put your money in the machine, receive a token and take it inside to swap for a meal) get you huge portions of delicious food for equivalent of around £3. also public transport is utterly fantastic and cheaper than london's tube (metro ticket costs about £1.20 in tokyo).

travelling on the shinkansen is very expensive but is an experience in itself, but there's also overnight buses to most places that are fairly cheap and actually very comfortable. i went all the way to shikoku from tokyo (11 hours) and slept pretty much the entire way. if you can i'd mostly do Tokyo and an excursion to Kyoto. Osaka is nice but basically just a slightly smaller version of Tokyo so no real need to visit. countryside with little ryokans is great too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cheshire Mag on Monday 27 August 2012, 10:38:10 PM
Are there any people on here that live in or have a decent knowledge of downtown Orlando?

Going to go to an ice hockey game at the amway center but the parking lots on ticketmaster are for U.S & Canadians only. Any help on where is the best places to park or how much a bus/taxi from kissimmee would cost there and back?

Cheers.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cheshire Mag on Tuesday 28 August 2012, 08:47:13 PM
Bump.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 28 August 2012, 09:36:14 PM
Bump.

Send cubaricho and/or Kanji a PM. They both live there IIRC.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cheshire Mag on Tuesday 28 August 2012, 09:37:02 PM
Bump.

Send cubaricho and/or Kanji a PM. They both live there IIRC

Cheers Disco.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 28 August 2012, 09:37:24 PM
What's Amsterdam like aside from the obvious vices? Thinking of taking wor lass there for her birthday since neither of us have been. Enough to do for 3 days?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Tuesday 28 August 2012, 11:55:31 PM
Are there any people on here that live in or have a decent knowledge of downtown Orlando?

Going to go to an ice hockey game at the amway center but the parking lots on ticketmaster are for U.S & Canadians only. Any help on where is the best places to park or how much a bus/taxi from kissimmee would cost there and back?

Cheers.

I saw your PM but I thought I'd put my response here as well so everyone can see it if they ever need a similar question answered.

There is tons of street park around the Arena.  Anywhere East of the Arena is an okay place to park your car.  They have a parking garage on premise, although I could imagine it being pretty pricey to park at during a match.  I'd recommend driving around a little bit and you'll find a parking lot/garage for much cheaper prices than the arena's option.  On Pine Street, between Rosalind and Magnolia there is a parking garage that is like $5 or $10 for parking for that night.  There is a pub on the corner of Magnolia/Pine (The Harp & Celt, where Kanji and I catch matches usually) that would be a great spot for a pre-match pint and is a five minute walk from the Arena.  Also if you park in the downtown area East of the Arena you'll get a chance to walk around and see a bit of our city which is always nice.

I will just stress that anything in the immediate area west of the Arena is a no-go for anything.  That's where people get shot.

As far as a taxi goes it would be pretty expensive, as it's pretty far from Kissimmee (like an hour away).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kanji on Wednesday 29 August 2012, 02:28:55 AM
Are there any people on here that live in or have a decent knowledge of downtown Orlando?

Going to go to an ice hockey game at the amway center but the parking lots on ticketmaster are for U.S & Canadians only. Any help on where is the best places to park or how much a bus/taxi from kissimmee would cost there and back?

Cheers.

I saw your PM but I thought I'd put my response here as well so everyone can see it if they ever need a similar question answered.

There is tons of street park around the Arena.  Anywhere East of the Arena is an okay place to park your car.  They have a parking garage on premise, although I could imagine it being pretty pricey to park at during a match.  I'd recommend driving around a little bit and you'll find a parking lot/garage for much cheaper prices than the arena's option.  On Pine Street, between Rosalind and Magnolia there is a parking garage that is like $5 or $10 for parking for that night.  There is a pub on the corner of Magnolia/Pine (The Harp & Celt, where Kanji and I catch matches usually) that would be a great spot for a pre-match pint and is a five minute walk from the Arena.  Also if you park in the downtown area East of the Arena you'll get a chance to walk around and see a bit of our city which is always nice.

I will just stress that anything in the immediate area west of the Arena is a no-go for anything.  That's where people get shot.

As far as a taxi goes it would be pretty expensive, as it's pretty far from Kissimmee (like an hour away).

Aye, I responded to the message - but I second what Cubes is saying. And like I said in the message, we play West Brom that day so if the match is on FSC or FSC+ at 10,11,or 1230 pm EST I'd be up for meeting up and I'm sure Cuba would as well if he's not busy.  Cheers and let either of us know if you need anything or have any questions in our city.
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Post by: Mowen on Friday 31 August 2012, 06:07:53 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

:thup:

It's paradise. Where you going exactly? (got back last week)

Just got back this afternoon, it was mint.

Went to Colombo (s***), Sigiriya as a base for the cultural triangle (went to Dambulla, Polonarruwa, Minneriya Nat Park and climbed the rock), Kandy, 4 days in the hill country (Nuwara Eliya and Ella), Tissa (as a base for Yala) and Unawatuna / Galle. Great country, absolutely stunning, brilliant food and unbelievably friendly people. I'd mainly gone for the scenery so the hill country was my highlight, had a great evening taking in some SLPL T20 in Kandy too.

Only slight downside for me was the lack of stuff to do in the evening - I went with my gf and we weren't looking for nights out but it's always good to find places other than your hotel to chill for a few beers through the evening and into the night to meet a few more holidayers and locals. Almost everywhere shut down by 9 apart from in the big cities!

Where did you go?

Also agree with Disco on wanting to hear a write up of Burma, would love to go myself.
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Post by: Ian W on Friday 31 August 2012, 06:22:49 PM
Can anyone recommend some good places to go for relaxed drinks in New York? And any reasonably priced but good food places.

I went once before, but I didn't really find much like that. I'm sure it's there, I just need some insider tips.
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Post by: SEMTEX on Friday 31 August 2012, 06:24:02 PM
The West Village is kind of relaxed. In a massively gay hipster kind of way?

Depends what you mean by relaxed. Were the places you went to touristy and/or massive chain places? Or just too trendy and loud?
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Post by: Ian W on Friday 31 August 2012, 06:28:47 PM
The West Village is kind of relaxed. In a massively gay hipster kind of way?

Depends what you mean by relaxed. Were the places you went to touristy and/or massive chain places? Or just too trendy and loud?

We just couldn't find anywhere nice and affordable to eat really, and we didn't go for many drinks. We were staying north of Central Park though, so that might have been a factor.

Just after decent bars and pubs where it's possible to drink and chat, maybe a few cool ones thrown in for now and then.

Staying midtown this time so should hopefully be closer to things.
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Post by: Disco on Thursday 6 September 2012, 03:52:53 PM
Nice write up Mowen. How did you get around? Just bus and train?

Me and the lass are oohing and ahhing whether to book up but it'd only be for 12 days and don't really want to be rushing about but would like a bit of beach and culture, not too chewed about wildlife etc.

Galle and the beaches down there look lush.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Thursday 6 September 2012, 04:46:35 PM
Can anyone recommend some good places to go for relaxed drinks in New York? And any reasonably priced but good food places.

I went once before, but I didn't really find much like that. I'm sure it's there, I just need some insider tips.

Toad Hall in SoHo. thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnypd on Thursday 6 September 2012, 06:56:12 PM
Can anyone recommend some good places to go for relaxed drinks in New York? And any reasonably priced but good food places.

I went once before, but I didn't really find much like that. I'm sure it's there, I just need some insider tips.

Death and Company. Best cocktail bar in New York imo. saying that i wouldnt bother with it (or most good places in manhattan) on a weekend, far too busy, loud and obnoxious. Then when you are done go to South Brooklyn Pizza 2 mins away on 1st Avenue. best. pizza. ever.

Fantastic place that doesn't get too busy is Dutch Kills, but it's in the middle of nowhere in long island city - it's not far from manhattan at all but i wouldnt want to get lost in that neighbourhood. Also check out Williamsburg, plenty of places down there and more laid back than manhattan - went to the radegast beer hall - brats, sauerkraut and fries come to $7, also checked out Hotel Delmano for cocktails but it was just ok. also in that neighbourhood is blue bottle coffee which is probably the best coffee in the city and a nice place to hang out in the afternoon.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Thursday 6 September 2012, 07:12:20 PM
Can anyone recommend some good places to go for relaxed drinks in New York? And any reasonably priced but good food places.

I went once before, but I didn't really find much like that. I'm sure it's there, I just need some insider tips.

Death and Company. Best cocktail bar in New York imo. saying that i wouldnt bother with it (or most good places in manhattan) on a weekend, far too busy, loud and obnoxious. Then when you are done go to South Brooklyn Pizza 2 mins away on 1st Avenue. best. pizza. ever.

Was going to recommend Death & Co but I didn't think it'd work with the "relaxed" requirement.  It's really small and relatively busy most nights (from what I hear).  The better option would be Please Don't Tell (or PDT for short).  Make sure to call for a reservation though or you won't get in.  It's in the back of a place called Crif Dogs.  You walk to the side where the phone booth is, pick up the phone, tell them your name and they open the wall up for you to slide through into the bar.  It's in the East Village.

http://pdtnyc.com/ (http://pdtnyc.com/) <--reservation info there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnnypd on Thursday 6 September 2012, 07:18:44 PM
Can anyone recommend some good places to go for relaxed drinks in New York? And any reasonably priced but good food places.

I went once before, but I didn't really find much like that. I'm sure it's there, I just need some insider tips.

Death and Company. Best cocktail bar in New York imo. saying that i wouldnt bother with it (or most good places in manhattan) on a weekend, far too busy, loud and obnoxious. Then when you are done go to South Brooklyn Pizza 2 mins away on 1st Avenue. best. pizza. ever.

Was going to recommend Death & Co but I didn't think it'd work with the "relaxed" requirement.  It's really small and relatively busy most nights (from what I hear).  The better option would be Please Don't Tell (or PDT for short).  Make sure to call for a reservation though or you won't get in.  It's in the back of a place called Crif Dogs.  You walk to the side where the phone booth is, pick up the phone, tell them your name and they open the wall up for you to slide through into the bar.  It's in the East Village.

http://pdtnyc.com/ (http://pdtnyc.com/) <--reservation info there.

Tried getting into PDT but found it impossible - never answered their phone and the one time i got through they were fully booked. but you can turn up and see if they have any spare seats going - didn't when we went but they took our number. never got called back tho which was disappointing as it looks amazing inside. went to Death and Co instead as its a 10 min walk and thought it was great. It is busy but they don't let you stand so everyone is seated which makes it manageable. couple other bars we went to were just rammed during week nights and tbh full of dickheads, but that's New York (or specifically Manhattan), you can't escape it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 6 September 2012, 07:19:18 PM
Bruges in november
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Post by: Jill on Thursday 6 September 2012, 07:36:33 PM
Bruges in november

:snod: Going to be my first trip abroad in over 2 years.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Thursday 6 September 2012, 10:06:24 PM
What's Amsterdam like aside from the obvious vices? Thinking of taking wor lass there for her birthday since neither of us have been. Enough to do for 3 days?

Very nice city and plenty of culture to sample and loads of restaurants and bars.

I thought the Rijksmuseum was good, really enjoyed the Rembrandt painting as well as others. You also have the Van Gough Museum and others like Anne Frank House.

I did the Heineken Experience but I wouldn't bother, waste of money. Canal tours are also decent. Certainly plenty to do to fill 3 days and stay away from the RLD.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Thursday 6 September 2012, 10:36:52 PM
:yao:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Thursday 6 September 2012, 11:29:32 PM
Nice write up Mowen. How did you get around? Just bus and train?

Me and the lass are oohing and ahhing whether to book up but it'd only be for 12 days and don't really want to be rushing about but would like a bit of beach and culture, not too chewed about wildlife etc.

Galle and the beaches down there look lush.

Bus and train for the most part on the long journeys. They're cramped, hot & sweaty and you listen to horrific Sri Lankan pop music at unbearable volume but they're fun in their own way and cost less than a quid in general for a 4 hour journey. If you're more rushed for time you can generally organise reasonable value taxis between destinations, particularly if you can find people who want to share. Went for a couple of these towards the end once we'd had our fill of ropey buses.

If you wanted to do it in 12 days, based on what you've said as your requirements, I'd recommend heading straight for Kandy and having a couple of days there (literally no need to bother with Colombo), going through the hill country for the scenery (incredible, google World's End and Ella Rock for a taster) in about 4 days and then heading for beaches on the south - Tangalla is supposed to be really nice as is Mirissa but we only went to Unawatuna & Galle as we're not really beach people. The flights are expensive but everything else is cheap, particularly food & drink, and you can stay in some nice guest houses for £20-30 a night for the room.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 6 September 2012, 11:42:40 PM
Nice write up Mowen. How did you get around? Just bus and train?

Me and the lass are oohing and ahhing whether to book up but it'd only be for 12 days and don't really want to be rushing about but would like a bit of beach and culture, not too chewed about wildlife etc.

Galle and the beaches down there look lush.

Bus and train for the most part on the long journeys. They're cramped, hot & sweaty and you listen to horrific Sri Lankan pop music at unbearable volume but they're fun in their own way and cost less than a quid in general for a 4 hour journey. If you're more rushed for time you can generally organise reasonable value taxis between destinations, particularly if you can find people who want to share. Went for a couple of these towards the end once we'd had our fill of ropey buses.

If you wanted to do it in 12 days, based on what you've said as your requirements, I'd recommend heading straight for Kandy and having a couple of days there (literally no need to bother with Colombo), going through the hill country for the scenery (incredible, google World's End and Ella Rock for a taster) in about 4 days and then heading for beaches on the south - Tangalla is supposed to be really nice as is Mirissa but we only went to Unawatuna & Galle as we're not really beach people. The flights are expensive but everything else is cheap, particularly food & drink, and you can stay in some nice guest houses for £20-30 a night for the room.

Cheers mate, will look in to those, aye we were thinking a week 5-7 days down by Galle - Unawatuna - Mirissa and then the rest in the hills / Kandy. I'm normally a fan of cities but I've not ready a single good thing about Colombo aside from that it has the Int'l airport.

Really like my South Indian food so I'm assuming Sri Lankan will be fairly similar.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Thursday 6 September 2012, 11:45:01 PM
The food's incredible. I just had rice and curry for every dinner, they bring out about 10 different curried dishes including one meat, a dahl, a fish, potato and then whatever else they've got in - star fruit, pumpkin, aubergine, beetroot, etc. - one of the best places I've ever been for food. Plus it's socially acceptable to have curry for breakfast.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 7 September 2012, 12:02:34 AM
In before the sale ends, wor lass has just booked us up for mid February. Buzzing.

Given that you seem to like the same holiday places as myself you need to fetch yourself over to Argentina/Brazil if you can afford it. Do cost a bit more when there though which is a bit of a dragback, personally like it when your main expense is getting there so you can get most of it paid in advance and not worry about  cash when you're over there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Friday 7 September 2012, 12:06:54 AM
Heading to Nice the week after next, looking forward to it as it's been a while since I was last there. Only going to be there for a week but have trains sorted for Monaco, Cannes and Antibes.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 7 September 2012, 12:18:11 AM
Heading to Nice the week after next, looking forward to it as it's been a while since I was last there. Only going to be there for a week but have trains sorted for Monaco, Cannes and Antibes.

Villefrance (sp?) is my favourite place round there like. Lovely little village and the beach is nice too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Friday 7 September 2012, 10:06:29 AM
Heading to Nice the week after next, looking forward to it as it's been a while since I was last there. Only going to be there for a week but have trains sorted for Monaco, Cannes and Antibes.

Villefrance (sp?) is my favourite place round there like. Lovely little village and the beach is nice too.

I've heard good things about Villefranche, I'd probably be going there if it was a 10 day or 2 week trip. Looking forward to Anitbes the most, supposed to be a gorgeous place and quieter than the big coastal cities with stunning beaches and whatnot. Been to Monaco and Cannes before so I know what to expect there but the lass hasn't and wanted to have a look, can't complain really though as both are really interesting cities for differing reasons, Monaco in particular.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hughesy on Friday 7 September 2012, 01:17:49 PM
Personally I think Cannes and Monaco are a bit overrated - but definitely worth a look if your lass hasn't been before.

Think some of the little villages around the south of France are just amazing though - St Paul de Vence, Mougins and Eze are pretty spectacular.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ikon on Friday 7 September 2012, 06:38:01 PM
Heading to Barcelona on tuesday, and home to Sweden again on sunday. What do you recommend as "must see" and which night clubs are the best ones over there?

Cheers!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TRC on Friday 7 September 2012, 07:49:06 PM
Gotta go to the Nou Camp, you can do a tour of it. Watch out for pick pockets, Barcelona is pretty bad for them. I'd ask VI also.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ikon on Friday 7 September 2012, 08:07:06 PM
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Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 7 September 2012, 09:21:42 PM
In before the sale ends, wor lass has just booked us up for mid February. Buzzing.

Given that you seem to like the same holiday places as myself you need to fetch yourself over to Argentina/Brazil if you can afford it. Do cost a bit more when there though which is a bit of a dragback, personally like it when your main expense is getting there so you can get most of it paid in advance and not worry about  cash when you're over there.

Quality, enjoy mate. Yeah, really keen to get out there, pencilled it in for the 2016 Olympics with a few mates after this summer :lol:

I fancy the far east somewhere next; Japan, China or the Koreas. Reckon Cambodia and maybe Thailand would be a realistic one for next summer as well.
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Post by: icemanblue on Friday 7 September 2012, 09:34:14 PM
Go to Japan.
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Post by: Mowen on Friday 7 September 2012, 09:40:55 PM
I'd love to, don't think the gf is as keen as me though. Genuinely think it's Murakami's books that have made me want to go so much :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: icemanblue on Friday 7 September 2012, 09:45:16 PM
My lass wasn't keen either. I ended up taking her anyway and she loved it, constantly banging on about going back. Happens to everyone I've spoken to who had reservations before going. It's just an incredible place, with far more to do and see than you can possibly fit into the time you're there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 7 September 2012, 10:20:55 PM
Sounds mint. I might do some proper research into it then and try to get her persuaded. If you fancy writing up a very quick not-to-be-missed list at some point it would be massively appreciated.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Friday 7 September 2012, 11:12:15 PM
Personally I think Cannes and Monaco are a bit overrated - but definitely worth a look if your lass hasn't been before.

Think some of the little villages around the south of France are just amazing though - St Paul de Vence, Mougins and Eze are pretty spectacular.

I stayed in the Vence area last time I was in the region, great little town.

Tend to agree regarding Monaco, i thought it was a bit of an oddball when i went. There are some truly fantastic parts but some really poor ones too, in every sense of the word, which is probably why I find it an interesting place. I really like Cannes though, think it offers a lot on the whole (compared to Monaco) and i slightly preferred it to Nice. On the whole it's a pretty fantastic part of the world.
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Post by: icemanblue on Friday 7 September 2012, 11:29:40 PM
Sounds mint. I might do some proper research into it then and try to get her persuaded. If you fancy writing up a very quick not-to-be-missed list at some point it would be massively appreciated.

Yeah, I'll try to, mate. In the meantime, this website was invaluable when we were planning our trip: http://www.japan-guide.com/ (http://www.japan-guide.com/)

Great for the 'must sees' in every area. If you see anything that interests you, give me a shout and I'll try to answer any questions. If I could offer one piece of advice, when planning, try to keep the temples to a minimum. See the major/quirky ones, but not them all. They're all the same after the first ten. :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Friday 7 September 2012, 11:31:17 PM
Sounds mint. I might do some proper research into it then and try to get her persuaded. If you fancy writing up a very quick not-to-be-missed list at some point it would be massively appreciated.

RE: Japan, we went to Tokyo, Nikko, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka and I'd recommend them all although Osaka is just a poorer version of Tokyo.

Kyoto is amazing, such a mix of old v new, traditional v modern and all in between. As you're outdoorsy you can climb Fuji given you go in the right season.

Food is amazing, locals are beyond friendly, I always say it's the most different place you can go without losing your creature comforts. It's expensive (especially drinking out) but IMO it's worth it.

I really want to go back but wor lass isn't having it for a little while, probably end up going to China at some point in the near future instead since my mate can put us up in Shanghai there but a bit like India I think it'll be a bit of a step into the not knowing whether you'll actually enjoy it or not.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Saturday 8 September 2012, 12:46:22 PM
Cheers boys :thup:
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Post by: indi on Sunday 9 September 2012, 10:45:16 AM
For those who have been to Japan what kind of money did you pay for the flights? £517 is the best I can find after a few minutes of searching using random dates in January. Also, is January a decent time to go, if not when's the best time between now and April?

Ta.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Lush Vlad on Wednesday 12 September 2012, 08:07:50 AM
Going to Sweden with work for a few days in a week or so.  Flying into Stockholm, train across to Habo (sp? Near the bottom of Lake Wittern) and then we fly back from Gothenburg.

Not going to see too much of the big Cities, but looking forward to it and it's a freebie!

Then San Diego on October 5th for 2 weeks. 

Oh and Bruges in November.

Might have to re-mortgage to finance the above  :hmm:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Thursday 13 September 2012, 06:40:30 PM
Has anyone had any experience of driving through America?  We're going to Florida with friends for 2 weeks next year but I fancy spending the next two weeks after driving from Florida to New York and seeing various sights on the way.

Any thoughts/ideas?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bowlingcrofty on Thursday 13 September 2012, 06:42:00 PM
Personally I think Cannes and Monaco are a bit overrated - but definitely worth a look if your lass hasn't been before.

Think some of the little villages around the south of France are just amazing though - St Paul de Vence, Mougins and Eze are pretty spectacular.

Villefrance-sur-Mer :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Thursday 13 September 2012, 06:51:09 PM
Has anyone had any experience of driving through America?  We're going to Florida with friends for 2 weeks next year but I fancy spending the next two weeks after driving from Florida to New York and seeing various sights on the way.

Any thoughts/ideas?

I've driven from New Orleans, Louisiana all the way up to Dorr, Michigan.  Do you want to know something about driving over there or hiring a car?

As for your route, definitely do the Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina/Tennessee border :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Thursday 13 September 2012, 07:57:29 PM
Has anyone had any experience of driving through America?  We're going to Florida with friends for 2 weeks next year but I fancy spending the next two weeks after driving from Florida to New York and seeing various sights on the way.

Any thoughts/ideas?

I've driven from New Orleans, Louisiana all the way up to Dorr, Michigan.  Do you want to know something about driving over there or hiring a car?

As for your route, definitely do the Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina/Tennessee border :thup:

I'd recommend a few nights in Asheville as well as a good stopping off point.  A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the area is a must.

The easiest way between the two places you're talking about is taking 95 the whole way but you won't see much.  I'd do a bit more varied driving style, taking some back roads and some highways.  I'd recommend the Turnpike out of South Florida, swing through Orlando, take 75 North towards Atlanta, then out l85 and 985 through Gainesville, Ga, get on 441 and take it up through Cherokee to Gatlinburg (serious tourist trap but a fun one at that).  Then head east out to Asheville.  From there I'd recommend heading NE towards DC and the like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Greg on Thursday 13 September 2012, 08:38:10 PM
Going to Ipswich for 4 days.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: wormy on Friday 14 September 2012, 12:46:56 AM
Going to Ipswich for 4 days.

:lol: f***ing love that you've rendered this a holiday.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: powellnufc on Friday 14 September 2012, 01:21:42 AM
Amsterday from monday till friday for mates 21st!
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Post by: Elliottman on Friday 14 September 2012, 07:12:37 AM
Amsterday from monday till friday for mates 21st!

Hope you have plently of £££
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Post by: Greg on Friday 14 September 2012, 08:19:16 AM
Going to Ipswich for 4 days.

:lol: f***ing love that you've rendered this a holiday.

I've never been to East Anglia!

Certainly not a holiday.
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Post by: neesy111 on Friday 14 September 2012, 09:18:09 AM
Waiting for my flight to Bali, off to Kuta beach firstly.
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Post by: powellnufc on Friday 14 September 2012, 12:37:52 PM
Amsterday from monday till friday for mates 21st!

Hope you have plently of £££

Well we got accommodation and travel for £100, and with my hard earned money over summer (plus student loan this month) I should be ok.
Anyway I don't think were going to go too crazy, just chill out, meet some locals and have a good time.
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Post by: PolskiMag on Sunday 16 September 2012, 07:35:25 PM
just back from Croatia holiday, fantastic, although drove 4000km from warsaw and can now confirm that Slovaks are the shittest drivers followed by the poles. went to Zagreb, Dubrovnik, brela, Split, trogir, vis and the waterfall/lake things on the way back. will post a better description when i have time later this week.

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Post by: Wullie on Sunday 16 September 2012, 07:54:25 PM
Has anyone had any experience of driving through America?  We're going to Florida with friends for 2 weeks next year but I fancy spending the next two weeks after driving from Florida to New York and seeing various sights on the way.

Any thoughts/ideas?

I've driven from New Orleans, Louisiana all the way up to Dorr, Michigan.  Do you want to know something about driving over there or hiring a car?

As for your route, definitely do the Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina/Tennessee border :thup:

I'd love to do something like that, how did you go about it and what did it cost?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Sunday 16 September 2012, 08:09:09 PM
I currently can't decide how much a few days of additional holidays should be worth. When taking 13 days off work, we get the maximum of days away when going from Saturday to Saturday. Those flights are really expensive, however. When leaving Mid-week, we'd have to return on a Monday, ultimately getting two-three days less holiday, but flights would be about £200 less.

Pretty annoying, since we are planning on doing Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma and so we are really in need of having enough time over there as not to rush things.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Sunday 16 September 2012, 08:29:55 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

:thup:

It's paradise. Where you going exactly? (got back last week)

Just got back this afternoon, it was mint.

Went to Colombo (s***), Sigiriya as a base for the cultural triangle (went to Dambulla, Polonarruwa, Minneriya Nat Park and climbed the rock), Kandy, 4 days in the hill country (Nuwara Eliya and Ella), Tissa (as a base for Yala) and Unawatuna / Galle. Great country, absolutely stunning, brilliant food and unbelievably friendly people. I'd mainly gone for the scenery so the hill country was my highlight, had a great evening taking in some SLPL T20 in Kandy too.

Only slight downside for me was the lack of stuff to do in the evening - I went with my gf and we weren't looking for nights out but it's always good to find places other than your hotel to chill for a few beers through the evening and into the night to meet a few more holidayers and locals. Almost everywhere shut down by 9 apart from in the big cities!

Where did you go?

Also agree with Disco on wanting to hear a write up of Burma, would love to go myself.

Sorry mate, just saw this. The atmosphere at the cricket is f***ing immense, isn't it?

Did you take any pics while you were out there? Would love to see them :thup: I f***ing miss Sri Lanka so much. I enquired into house prices while I was down there. Not sure whether I'm kidding myself, but I intend to move there man.

That sounds lovely! I take it you didn't stay in one place too long if you covered all those places? I didn't keep a diary, but I may as well record my journey in the annals of N-O.

I went to Colombo but left pretty quickly. Very urban, dirty and hectic on first blush. Headed straight for Hikkiduwa, which was just incredible. The train journey there was to be the only straight-forward journey I would have, little did I know. The insistence on people chucking trash out the window was a little disappointing, I guess - but maybe that's just the Westerner in me prejudging the values/norms of a country from my train window (literally, at this point). Stayed in Hikka for a few days - which was just lush. Visited the tsunami museum, herb gardens, a turtle sanctuary [I'm a vegetarian do-gooder :blush:] and rented a scooter which I rode down to Galle for a day-trip.

The trip was cracking. I almost died several times, and the girl friend I was with was so panicked the whole time (but in a funny way... well, a funny way for me). It was a really, really bad idea in retrospect. I can barely ride a bicycle. Once I got the hang of it, it was alright though - maybe the highlight of my trip actually. No paperwork, just give them £4 and you have a scooter for a day :laugh: f***ing class. The drivers, as you would expect, are mental.

Then subsequent trips through the centre of the country were torturous. It takes about three times as long to travel half the distance where there are no trains, or where the country is hilly. The amount of tuk-tuk rides, bus journeys up 45 degree hills, etc.. it was incredible, but all added to the fun and flavour of it. I climbed Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) as a friend of mine who passed away did. Bit of a silly pilgrimage for me. As was the whole trip in a way.

Bought some decent weed, went to the rock caves in Dambulla, up Sigiriya Rock and visited the grandparents of the aforementioned friends and help them settle into a house. Brushed up a little bit on my Tamil in Trincomalee, saw a leopard in the wild, explored the hill country and drank lots!

Food was so cheap. People were so friendly, the pace of life was so calm (but not in an idol way). My girl friend is a white girl who had (near enough) peroxide blonde hair, so when I went around with her.. in some places we were just walking dollar signs. When I was by myself, people thought I was Sri Lankan - which was a fantastic boon for me. I decided to do the shopping for both me and my friend after a while, because when I went to shops I got quoted local prices because they thought I was a Srilly :)

Oh, also went to R. Premadasa International Stadium to watch Sri Lanka v India on the fourth day of a ODI. FAN-f***ing-TASTIC. What a way to spend the day. Beer was great/cheap and we got to sit with the players families for a pittance.

Edit: Oh, and Perahara was on. I thought it was alright, but not a big fan of elephants in captivity. The acrobats, fire-dancers were cool though. Kandy was an incredible city though. Really suave.
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Post by: Beren on Sunday 16 September 2012, 08:37:31 PM
I agree about the night life bit. Unless you're in Colombo and you knew where you're going (H20 club, mainly!), there isn't much by way of night life. I liked syncing into the Sri Lankan way of early nights, early morning and full days. Never felt tired though, or unhappy/restless about sleeping. Depends what you're after though. I went to bed content, personally!
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Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Sunday 16 September 2012, 08:45:49 PM
Has anyone had any experience of driving through America?  We're going to Florida with friends for 2 weeks next year but I fancy spending the next two weeks after driving from Florida to New York and seeing various sights on the way.

Any thoughts/ideas?

I've driven from New Orleans, Louisiana all the way up to Dorr, Michigan.  Do you want to know something about driving over there or hiring a car?

As for your route, definitely do the Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina/Tennessee border :thup:

I'd love to do something like that, how did you go about it and what did it cost?

did it after I'd been working there for 10 weeks.  Had flown from LaGuardia to NO.

Honestly barely any planning went into it.  Booked a hire car through carhire3000.com.  They're basically a comparison site/3rd party for car hire companies.  There were 4 of us each with luggage, 2 who could drive (me and another lad) so we had a Chrysler Town & Country, a big 7 seater thing.

Can't remember off the top of my head how much it cost.  I want to say about $450 for 5 days including Sat Nav hire.  $80 filled the tank and had to fill it about 3 times.  We got as far as southern Illinois before we went to a motel and called it a night ($30 for the room between us).  Drove roughly from 2pm until 2am when I was too tired to continue.

Some mad stories from it like.  We went to a Wal-Mart somewhere near Jackson, Mississippi to get stuff to make sandwiches to save money.  Both me and one of the other lads are from the north-east.  Staff there genuinely couldn't understand a word we said, proper had to tone down the accent.  Ended up being surrounded by about 10 staff who just gawked at us because we were English and asked a million s*** questions about what England is like.

Also went to refill somewhere near Memphis.  Turned off the Interstate, went to a gas station and noticed a f*** off big jet opposite in a walled area.  Also noticed a massive mansion on the other side of the road.  Eventually realised it was Graceland.  :lol:  Totally unplanned.  The bloke that works in the gift shop is a genuine carbon-copy of Elvis.  So tacky, man.
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Post by: Disco on Monday 17 September 2012, 12:39:39 AM
Class write up Beren. Can't wait to get there in February. Just need to plan out where we're going...arguably my favourite part.

Probably end up just dossing around the south coast though.
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Post by: MW on Tuesday 25 September 2012, 09:26:15 AM
So am going to amsterdam the friday after the bruges match. Any recommendations? One thing i havent booked is bruges to dam train. Bit unsure about the flex/semi flex options on the trains, anyone trained it through europe?
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Post by: TBG on Thursday 27 September 2012, 09:36:21 PM
Can anyone recommend any hotels in Amsterdam close to the Ziggo Dome, really want to see the Swedish House Mafia one last time and Amsterdam is the closest and cheapest event. I know Hostels will be cheaper but my mates are fussy buggers and wont do hostels.
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Post by: ross magoo on Saturday 29 September 2012, 07:42:26 PM
Booked a Kilimanjaro trek today for January.  Going up the "easy" way (Marangu route).  Really excited.  Need to start getting prepared, buy kit, get immunised against all the lovely diseases etc.
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Post by: Sophie S on Saturday 29 September 2012, 08:49:07 PM
Sounds pretty cool! Do you have some time to explore Tanzania as well? I'd love to go to a southern African country on a proper safari.
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Post by: MW on Monday 1 October 2012, 04:33:23 PM
Any recommendations for where to stay in amsterdam? What area? Me n 1 mate atm. we want a private room cant be bothered with dorms. Wanna be central near the fun. I think it would be a laugh to stay on a boat, but probably out the centre?

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Post by: ross magoo on Monday 1 October 2012, 05:03:46 PM
Sounds pretty cool! Do you have some time to explore Tanzania as well? I'd love to go to a southern African country on a proper safari.


Most climb operators allow you to add on Safari tours but my budget was limited so i'm just gonna fly there, climb the mountain, and fly home.  I think i have 2 nights in Moshi but the first will be spent preparing my kit.  I'll try and get out and around the town to see the market and stuff like that before i come home though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kevlaar on Monday 1 October 2012, 08:40:58 PM
Just booked on a two week trek down east coast of USA with trek america.

Ideally I would have liked to do my own thing, but that would mean taking a month off work, which just cant be done.

Start in NYC, ending in Miami via DC, Appalachian Mountains, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Orleans, Panama City, Florida, Orlando.

Looking forward to New Orleans more than anything.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Monday 1 October 2012, 08:53:29 PM
Just booked on a two week trek down east coast of USA with trek america.

Ideally I would have liked to do my own thing, but that would mean taking a month off work, which just cant be done.

Start in NYC, ending in Miami via DC, Appalachian Mountains, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Orleans, Panama City, Florida, Orlando.

Looking forward to New Orleans more than anything.

are they taking you out into the bayou to do a gator tour?  Well worth it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Kevlaar on Monday 1 October 2012, 09:03:22 PM
Just booked on a two week trek down east coast of USA with trek america.

Ideally I would have liked to do my own thing, but that would mean taking a month off work, which just cant be done.

Start in NYC, ending in Miami via DC, Appalachian Mountains, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Orleans, Panama City, Florida, Orlando.

Looking forward to New Orleans more than anything.

are they taking you out into the bayou to do a gator tour?  Well worth it.

Yeah. That'll be mint like. Shame I don't have a infinite amount of money, and no real need for a job, otherwise, I'd do a full on tour of North, Central, South America
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Post by: Colo's Short and Curlies on Saturday 13 October 2012, 09:15:02 AM
Went to Thomson's yesterday evening.

Fly to Kos today. Nothing like a last second dash to get some sun
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Saturday 13 October 2012, 12:21:58 PM
Any hotel or hostel recommendations for Amsterdam?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TBG on Saturday 13 October 2012, 12:29:33 PM
When you going? I'm stopping in the Stopera Hotel for the Swedish House Mafia in December will let you know what its like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Sunday 14 October 2012, 01:58:25 PM
going from bruges the day after the match, il google it, did you base the selection on it being in a decent area?
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Post by: Elliottman on Sunday 14 October 2012, 04:57:05 PM
Where would be the most reasonably priced place foe some winter sun? (february) somewhere like Tenerife?
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Post by: indi on Sunday 14 October 2012, 05:44:50 PM
Anyone know how easy it is to get from Cuba to Venezuela or vice versa and whether it's easy and cheaper to buy tickets there or before I went?
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Post by: indi on Sunday 14 October 2012, 06:48:45 PM
Why the f*** won't expedia offer me flights to Havana?
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Post by: Disco on Sunday 14 October 2012, 06:51:23 PM
Anyone know how easy it is to get from Cuba to Venezuela or vice versa and whether it's easy and cheaper to buy tickets there or before I went?

http://www.cubana.cu/ (http://www.cubana.cu/) and http://www.conviasa.aero/ (http://www.conviasa.aero/) fly Havana-Caracas, seem to go on most days.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Sunday 14 October 2012, 10:42:14 PM
Anyone been to New York for New Years? Any good?

More generally for New York: Recommendations/places to avoid?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: indi on Monday 15 October 2012, 01:01:12 AM
Anyone know how easy it is to get from Cuba to Venezuela or vice versa and whether it's easy and cheaper to buy tickets there or before I went?

http://www.cubana.cu/ (http://www.cubana.cu/) and http://www.conviasa.aero/ (http://www.conviasa.aero/) fly Havana-Caracas, seem to go on most days.

Cheers. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ash on Monday 15 October 2012, 01:23:04 AM
Anyone been to New York for New Years? Any good?

More generally for New York: Recommendations/places to avoid?

Been once and will be going again next year, unbelievable place. A mate of mine goes all the time, will PM you the stuff he sent me before I went if I still have it. :thup:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Monday 15 October 2012, 01:25:28 AM
Anyone been to New York for New Years? Any good?

More generally for New York: Recommendations/places to avoid?

Been once and will be going again next year, unbelievable place. A mate of mine goes all the time, will PM you the stuff he sent me before I went if I still have it. :thup:

Aw, nice one :thup: Cheers
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Thursday 18 October 2012, 08:54:34 PM
Anyone been to SE Asia around here?
We've got 4 weeks in December/January with flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City. Would love to do Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, but not really sure if it'll all fit in. May be a silly question, but how long would you give each place? We'll probably have to scratch either Cambodia or Myanmar, I fear...  :undecided:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 18 October 2012, 08:59:29 PM
To see Vietnam fully head to toe you need at least 2.5 weeks IMO. Cambodia is pretty small and a short bus ride away from HCMC, know little about Burma but it looks nice, not sure the infrastructure is up to much though.

Mowen went to Vietnam in the not to distant past, worth hunting out his posts on it IIRC.

As a side note Vietnam and Cambodia are easily the 2 cheapest countries I've been.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: QBG on Thursday 18 October 2012, 09:17:38 PM
Looking to get away for New Years Eve, any recommendations. Thinking about Berlin.
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Post by: Sophie S on Thursday 18 October 2012, 09:30:18 PM
To see Vietnam fully head to toe you need at least 2.5 weeks IMO. Cambodia is pretty small and a short bus ride away from HCMC, know little about Burma but it looks nice, not sure the infrastructure is up to much though.

Mowen went to Vietnam in the not to distant past, worth hunting out his posts on it IIRC.

As a side note Vietnam and Cambodia are easily the 2 cheapest countries I've been.

Cheers! Will look for the posts. O0

Our rough plan was 2 weeks Vietnam, 1 week Cambodia, 1 week Myanmar. But especially the latter seems a bit of a hassle (fairly costly, more complicated to get there and around and main attractions quite a bit apart), but at the same time it seems to be in a lot of a change at the moment and it might be one of the last time it can be visited as unspoiled and untouched (by tourism) as it is now.





Looking to get away for New Years Eve, any recommendations. Thinking about Berlin.

Never been in Berlin on NYE myself, but heard from friends that the city centre (especially Brandenburger Tor, where there is the massive firework) can be quite frustrating (as absolutely rammed). However, Berlin is great and always worth a visit. And with most clubs being open all through the night, many well into the next day, it should be good for a big NY night full of dancing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 18 October 2012, 11:49:32 PM
To see Vietnam fully head to toe you need at least 2.5 weeks IMO. Cambodia is pretty small and a short bus ride away from HCMC, know little about Burma but it looks nice, not sure the infrastructure is up to much though.

Mowen went to Vietnam in the not to distant past, worth hunting out his posts on it IIRC.

As a side note Vietnam and Cambodia are easily the 2 cheapest countries I've been.

Cheers! Will look for the posts. O0

Our rough plan was 2 weeks Vietnam, 1 week Cambodia, 1 week Myanmar. But especially the latter seems a bit of a hassle (fairly costly, more complicated to get there and around and main attractions quite a bit apart), but at the same time it seems to be in a lot of a change at the moment and it might be one of the last time it can be visited as unspoiled and untouched (by tourism) as it is now.


If you do go to the latter report back as like you I'd love to go while it's in it's mass market infancy. Think it's Bagan (sp?) that looks unreal.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Friday 19 October 2012, 12:13:13 AM
Vietnam's f***ing amazing, can't remember how much I wrote on here about it in the past but if you can't find anything let me know & I'll happily do a write up. Not now mind, been drinking far too much Fernet to concentrate. Might wake up my missus to check she's not up for a shag soon.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Friday 19 October 2012, 12:29:27 AM
:lol:  Love Mowen like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Monday 22 October 2012, 09:18:02 PM
Vietnam's f***ing amazing, can't remember how much I wrote on here about it in the past but if you can't find anything let me know & I'll happily do a write up. Not now mind, been drinking far too much Fernet to concentrate. Might wake up my missus to check she's not up for a shag soon.

In case your lass has a headache tonight or tomorrow, I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more about Vietnam. Could only find a bit of planning from you and some comments from Disco and then some pics after you came back. I'm especially interested in time scales and how to get around, in addition to the normal stuff.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Tuesday 23 October 2012, 09:15:07 AM
Vietnam's f***ing amazing, can't remember how much I wrote on here about it in the past but if you can't find anything let me know & I'll happily do a write up. Not now mind, been drinking far too much Fernet to concentrate. Might wake up my missus to check she's not up for a shag soon.

In case your lass has a headache tonight or tomorrow, I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more about Vietnam. Could only find a bit of planning from you and some comments from Disco and then some pics after you came back. I'm especially interested in time scales and how to get around, in addition to the normal stuff.

You can buy an open hop on/off bus ticket which will take you from Hanoi to HCMC for less than £50 or you can take the train which we did. Overnight in 1st class is about £10-15 and it's really easy to buy tickets either though your hotel or at the station the day before travel providing it's not a public holiday.

I think we were in Vietnam for about 3 weeks and during that time we comfortably had time to visit Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, HCMC and the Mekong Delta. (Hoi An and Halong Bay would be my two must do's)

There are loads of places to go on top of that though and easy enough to get to.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Tuesday 23 October 2012, 09:38:24 AM
Just a tip, make sure you get your Visa before you go to Vietnam.

Would go along with what Disco said, though the trains prices have sky rocketed in recent years so looking at least 30 quid for a single train ticket from the prices I seen when I was there last year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PCW1983 on Tuesday 23 October 2012, 04:56:19 PM
Has anyone on here ever drove to Croatia?  Im fancying a European driving holiday but im thinking Croatia may be a little to far East.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Tuesday 23 October 2012, 11:01:04 PM
Vietnam's f***ing amazing, can't remember how much I wrote on here about it in the past but if you can't find anything let me know & I'll happily do a write up. Not now mind, been drinking far too much Fernet to concentrate. Might wake up my missus to check she's not up for a shag soon.

In case your lass has a headache tonight or tomorrow, I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more about Vietnam. Could only find a bit of planning from you and some comments from Disco and then some pics after you came back. I'm especially interested in time scales and how to get around, in addition to the normal stuff.

You can buy an open hop on/off bus ticket which will take you from Hanoi to HCMC for less than £50 or you can take the train which we did. Overnight in 1st class is about £10-15 and it's really easy to buy tickets either though your hotel or at the station the day before travel providing it's not a public holiday.

I think we were in Vietnam for about 3 weeks and during that time we comfortably had time to visit Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, HCMC and the Mekong Delta. (Hoi An and Halong Bay would be my two must do's)

There are loads of places to go on top of that though and easy enough to get to.

How did you get around in the Mekong Delta and how long were you there?
And how did you do shorter or less travelled journeys than HCMC to Nha Trang (where I assume a lot of busses and trains are going, because of tourists). E.g. we're thinking of seeing Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the largest cave in the world was discovered. Seems in the middle of nowhere though. Just getting a train and then rent a taxi/driver for the trip?

And what time of the year have either of you been? And have you got any nice tips for a lovely beach (resort) where it would be worth spending a few days just relaxing, with not too many tourists? Just the description of Nha Trang makes me a bit weary.



Has anyone on here ever drove to Croatia?  Im fancying a European driving holiday but im thinking Croatia may be a little to far East.

I did, but we started in Germany, not England. So not sure if that'll help you. But it was a very good trip: Down to Italy in one day and then over to Croatia on the next, then spend about a week there, driving from town to town and back over Italy. One thing though: If you have the choice go in Autum (September, October) - you'll have lovely weather with very little tourists, so you actually have the chance to see the beautifull towns you're in. In Summer it's totally overrun, masses of people squeezing through narrow alleys and prices are much higher. If I had seen that on my first trip, I probably wouldn't recommend going there.
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Post by: Lush Vlad on Wednesday 24 October 2012, 08:59:58 AM
Got back from San Diego Saturday.  It was amazing.  I've only been to NYC in the States before, but I can see why they call SD 'America's Finest City'.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 24 October 2012, 09:27:34 AM
Vietnam's f***ing amazing, can't remember how much I wrote on here about it in the past but if you can't find anything let me know & I'll happily do a write up. Not now mind, been drinking far too much Fernet to concentrate. Might wake up my missus to check she's not up for a shag soon.

In case your lass has a headache tonight or tomorrow, I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more about Vietnam. Could only find a bit of planning from you and some comments from Disco and then some pics after you came back. I'm especially interested in time scales and how to get around, in addition to the normal stuff.

You can buy an open hop on/off bus ticket which will take you from Hanoi to HCMC for less than £50 or you can take the train which we did. Overnight in 1st class is about £10-15 and it's really easy to buy tickets either though your hotel or at the station the day before travel providing it's not a public holiday.

I think we were in Vietnam for about 3 weeks and during that time we comfortably had time to visit Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, HCMC and the Mekong Delta. (Hoi An and Halong Bay would be my two must do's)

There are loads of places to go on top of that though and easy enough to get to.

How did you get around in the Mekong Delta and how long were you there?
And how did you do shorter or less travelled journeys than HCMC to Nha Trang (where I assume a lot of busses and trains are going, because of tourists). E.g. we're thinking of seeing Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the largest cave in the world was discovered. Seems in the middle of nowhere though. Just getting a train and then rent a taxi/driver for the trip?

And what time of the year have either of you been? And have you got any nice tips for a lovely beach (resort) where it would be worth spending a few days just relaxing, with not too many tourists? Just the description of Nha Trang makes me a bit weary.


I thought Nha Trang was fine tbh, the beach was dead during the day because Vietnamese people shy away from the sun, you can get fresh grilled crab and lobster from the people that come along for buttons too, if not, we didn't go but have a look at Phu Quoc for beach - it's a flight away from HCMC though.

Yeah, for local trips you can just rent a motorbike for yourself or a bike/car with driver.

We just went on a trip when we went to the Mekong as we used it as an exit to go up to Phnom Penh. Think it was 3 dayer or something and included a few boat rides.

Sinh Cafe are the main backpacker tourist agency over there, they've got a website I think and have shops in all the main places.

I went in June which meant the weather was a bit of everything.
Title: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 24 October 2012, 10:01:39 AM
Nha Trang is good at night especially at the beach bar (though its pricey for how cheap Vietnam is).

I'd recommend a boat trip round some of the islands near by, met a couple from Shields on it :lol:

I personally thought Hanoi was better than HCMC.  If your in HCMC, I'd defo recommend a trip to the Chu chi tunnels and the Mekong Delta.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Felling Mag on Wednesday 24 October 2012, 12:27:28 PM
Anyone been to St Julians Bay, Malta?

Or generally Malta during the winter months?
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Post by: PolskiMag on Wednesday 24 October 2012, 04:52:35 PM
Has anyone on here ever drove to Croatia?  Im fancying a European driving holiday but im thinking Croatia may be a little to far East.

I did it last month - fantastic drive but I did it from Warsaw.

Took me 21 hours to drive from warsaw to dubrovnik, we stayed in zagreb to split it. then drove 20 hours from split to Krakow.

Hungry and Croatia were fantastic for driving but then again I do live in the country which seems to breed idiot drivers.

If you are comming for the UK would it not be better to rent a car?
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Post by: Lenny on Wednesday 24 October 2012, 05:01:06 PM
Just booked a 3 night stay in Paris to see in the new year at Disney :)
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Post by: Mowen on Wednesday 24 October 2012, 06:35:31 PM
Vietnam's f***ing amazing, can't remember how much I wrote on here about it in the past but if you can't find anything let me know & I'll happily do a write up. Not now mind, been drinking far too much Fernet to concentrate. Might wake up my missus to check she's not up for a shag soon.

In case your lass has a headache tonight or tomorrow, I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more about Vietnam. Could only find a bit of planning from you and some comments from Disco and then some pics after you came back. I'm especially interested in time scales and how to get around, in addition to the normal stuff.

Most of what I'd say has been mentioned already. Hanoi's incredible and utterly mental, your accomodation should be able to organise trips to the Perfume Pagoda and Halong Bay from there, both of which are must see as far as I'm concerned. I'd also recommend Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum if you get the chance. We flew from there to DaNang (not really worth seeing, although Hue's supposed to be good if you like your history) and got a taxi to Hoi An which is a beautiful little town and well worth a couple of days at least. We got the night bus from there to Nha Trang which is good fun but not the most impressive city. Getting a boat ride out to an island, the quieter the better, is incredible however if you want to relax at a beach. Think we flew again down to HCMC (internal flights were cheap as f*** on Vietnam Air when we were there) which is like Hanoi but 15-20 years down the line, equally as mental but again great fun. There you have to visit the Cu-Chi tunnels, Mekong Delta and the War Remnants museum.

Think that's everything obvious. Otherwise make sure you rent a scooter at least once, sample as much food and drink as you can, see as much scenery as you can and have a great time!
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Post by: Hughesy on Monday 29 October 2012, 01:43:02 PM
I am meant to be going to New York on 8th November.  If it is still there.
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Post by: Karjala on Monday 29 October 2012, 09:17:11 PM
Looking to get away for New Years Eve, any recommendations. Thinking about Berlin.
Great city! and generally quite cheap too
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Monday 5 November 2012, 08:43:52 AM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

I was only in Mandalay for 1 day before taking a 7 hour boat ride to Bagan which was a really cool place to visit. Really relaxing and there’s literally 100s of temples there which you can visit, really stunning place. You can climb up and explore all of the temples but I had heard that this may be changing (nothing official) in the future. Best thing to do which is what I did is to hire a bicycle and just take your time cycling around the place. I was in Bagan for 4 days and you really only need to spend 3 days there but I added the extra day rather than return to Mandalay.

Other place that most people went on to see which I didn't was Lake Inle which is supposed to be a good for hiking and again a good place to relax (it’s on the front of the Lonely Planet).

General Observations:
Money: I’ve travelled to some far out places but I've never come across anywhere like Myanmar when it comes to money. There are no cash machines so you have to take US Dollars with you which have to be in pristine condition or they will not accept them and even then they may not take them! For example I had what I thought were two very good $20 notes and was going to book a hotel that was $35 a night. Anyway they wouldn't take one of my notes and were quite happy for me to walk out with making a reservation, I've never experienced that anywhere before.

I had read online before hand how they scrutinise US dollars and all of my money was in very good condition as I had just got them in Bangkok. Make sure to take two books with you if you visit, one to read and want to keep your money flat!

Other thing to note about the money is that a lot of stuff on-line suggests that you get the best rate on the black market, this is no longer the case and you now get the best rate at the bank. Hopefully with restrictions being lifted they will soon have ATMs that people can use.

Prices: I found Myanmar to be relatively expensive, for example a pint of their local beer Myanmar lager was about £2 and a good meal was around £5-7. Fried rice and vegetables was around £2 which is what I had most of the time.

Food: For a country that is bordered by Bangladesh and Thailand I couldn't believe how bland their food was. I ordered Chicken Noodle soup and all I got was boiled chicken and noodles, nothing else. I had to be careful what I ate due to work commitments at the end of the trip so I just stuck with Vegetarian food which was very bland even when I had a Thai, Chinese or Indian version.

Culture/society: Having been to both Bangladesh and Thailand I was wondering what Myanmar would be like and it’s much more South Asian than SE Asian. Friendly people though not very well organised, when you go there you just have to be very relaxed about things.

Myanmar in many respects is very underdeveloped but that doesn't mean that it has not developed over the years too. The place reminds me a lot of Northern India in the Punjab where there are not as many cars as big cities but the ones they do have spew out a lot of fumes, etc.

The tourism business is also a lot more developed than I thought it would be, particularly in Began. There was a good few times in Began where I came across coach loads of pensioners (primarily USA and German) who were out looking around the temples. There were also a lot of tourist guides who could speak many different languages fluently.

Conclusion: If you've been to most places in SE Asia and want to check out something new then it is worth visiting for Bagan alone as it is a good place to relax and spend some time going around the temples. I never went but it would also be worth visiting Lake Inle too going off what I heard from other people.

If you’re flying to the region for the first time then I would advise going to other places, for example Vietnam is a much better all round experience.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Saturday 24 November 2012, 01:53:24 PM
Off to Barcelona tomorrow for three nights. I've been twice before but not for about ten years - any particular recommendations outside the obvious on where to go, see, eat, drink? Has anyone been to Montserrat, is it worth a visit?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Saturday 24 November 2012, 03:05:20 PM
Off to Barcelona tomorrow for three nights. I've been twice before but not for about ten years - any particular recommendations outside the obvious on where to go, see, eat, drink? Has anyone been to Montserrat, is it worth a visit?

Aye i went to Montserrat a few years back I liked it was something different from being in the city.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Saturday 24 November 2012, 08:05:58 PM
Off to Barcelona tomorrow for three nights. I've been twice before but not for about ten years - any particular recommendations outside the obvious on where to go, see, eat, drink? Has anyone been to Montserrat, is it worth a visit?

There are a couple of lush places in Eixample district I went too a couple of years ago. Restaurante Parrilla Alfonsina does a lush steak, go at lunch for the menu del dia and Cerveceria Catalana does lush tapas and has a canny beer selection. Aside from that just meander about, Spanish cities are great for finding a little place on a corner to stop for a beer and tapa.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Saturday 24 November 2012, 08:12:02 PM
Heading to Colorado in January for a bit of snowboarding and (most importantly) to drink some fantastic craft beers - and visit my parents.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Sunday 25 November 2012, 12:16:14 AM
Heading to Colorado in January for a bit of snowboarding and (most importantly) to drink some fantastic craft beers - and visit my parents.

Afterthought :lol: :laugh:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Sunday 25 November 2012, 05:57:16 AM
Heading to Colorado in January for a bit of snowboarding and (most importantly) to drink some fantastic craft beers - and visit my parents.

Afterthought :lol: :laugh:

 :pow:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: RR15 on Sunday 25 November 2012, 09:54:11 AM
Yesterday my mate booked and confirmed the date of his wedding.

Saving for Las Vegas starts now :megusta:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Tuesday 27 November 2012, 09:30:41 PM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

...

 O0 Thanks a lot, great to hear from someone who's just been there. We definitely decided to skip Myanmar and instead only do Vietnam and Cambodia on our Christmas-trip, still very sad about it (especially when reading about Bagan), but I feel it's the right decision. Just wondering though: Did you find it hard to book accomodation? I've read that it's pretty hard to prebook via Internet, and that recently a lot of places have run out of hostel space, due to the amount of visitors coming!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tomato Deuce on Tuesday 27 November 2012, 09:33:41 PM
Doing a week in the Caymans with the girlfriend and her family first week of January  :celb:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 09:58:01 AM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

...

 O0 Thanks a lot, great to hear from someone who's just been there. We definitely decided to skip Myanmar and instead only do Vietnam and Cambodia on our Christmas-trip, still very sad about it (especially when reading about Bagan), but I feel it's the right decision. Just wondering though: Did you find it hard to book accomodation? I've read that it's pretty hard to prebook via Internet, and that recently a lot of places have run out of hostel space, due to the amount of visitors coming!

I read that too about limited hotels but that didn't seem to be a problem in Bagan or Mandalay. The hotels were a little pricey, I paid around $65 for the place in Mandalay (I pre-booked online using Agoda) and in Began I paid around $35 a night (booked through booking.com). I spoke to a lot of other travellers who just turned up and found a place without any problems.

I don't know your budget in Vietnam but if you go to Hanoi then I would really recommend this place http://www.hanoicharminghotel.com/charming2.html (http://www.hanoicharminghotel.com/charming2.html) Around £30 a night and the place is fantastic, great customer service, great location and the price is good. I travel to Vietnam for work and have a hotel budget of around £150 a night but I always stay in this hotel.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 10:01:57 AM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

...

 O0 Thanks a lot, great to hear from someone who's just been there. We definitely decided to skip Myanmar and instead only do Vietnam and Cambodia on our Christmas-trip, still very sad about it (especially when reading about Bagan), but I feel it's the right decision. Just wondering though: Did you find it hard to book accomodation? I've read that it's pretty hard to prebook via Internet, and that recently a lot of places have run out of hostel space, due to the amount of visitors coming!

I forgot to ask, when are you in Cambodia over Christmas? I'm going to be there for Christmas too, we arrive on the 23rd for five days before touring Thailand. Really looking forward to the trip!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 10:16:25 AM
Make sure to have some fish or chicken amok. So, so nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11:12:49 AM
think I'm going back to Chicago again for a week in late March and then will find someone else to stay with for the week after.  Think it clashes with that very American student tradition of "SPRING BREAK! WOOOO!"  I know someone in Charleston so might go there then combine it with Myrtle Beach.  It's that, or go back to New Orleans again and get incredibly drunk and dance to a shitload of blues and jazz.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11:17:41 AM
think I'm going back to Chicago again for a week in late March and then will find someone else to stay with for the week after.  Think it clashes with that very American student tradition of "SPRING BREAK! WOOOO!"  I know someone in Charleston so might go there then combine it with Myrtle Beach.  It's that, or go back to New Orleans again and get incredibly drunk and dance to a shitload of blues and jazz.

Very jealous, Chicago is class and always wanted to go to New Orleans as well.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11:22:11 AM
think I'm going back to Chicago again for a week in late March and then will find someone else to stay with for the week after.  Think it clashes with that very American student tradition of "SPRING BREAK! WOOOO!"  I know someone in Charleston so might go there then combine it with Myrtle Beach.  It's that, or go back to New Orleans again and get incredibly drunk and dance to a shitload of blues and jazz.

Very jealous, Chicago is class and always wanted to go to New Orleans as well.

aye, been to both twice, which is why I'm considering Charleston over NO.  Lass I'm staying with in Chicago stayed with me at Easter having flown over while studying abroad in Madrid so I'm just getting a favour returned in that sense.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11:01:47 PM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

...

 O0 Thanks a lot, great to hear from someone who's just been there. We definitely decided to skip Myanmar and instead only do Vietnam and Cambodia on our Christmas-trip, still very sad about it (especially when reading about Bagan), but I feel it's the right decision. Just wondering though: Did you find it hard to book accomodation? I've read that it's pretty hard to prebook via Internet, and that recently a lot of places have run out of hostel space, due to the amount of visitors coming!

I forgot to ask, when are you in Cambodia over Christmas? I'm going to be there for Christmas too, we arrive on the 23rd for five days before touring Thailand. Really looking forward to the trip!

I don't actually think we'll be in Cambodia over Christmas. The plan was first to go up the coast in Vietnam and then maybe around the 10th of January down to Cambodia. Have you ever been to the beaches in Cambodia before (around Sihanoukville or them little islands close by)? And would you say they are better or not as good as Vietnams beaches? I definitely want to finish the trip with a few days lazying on the beach.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11:05:10 PM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

...

 O0 Thanks a lot, great to hear from someone who's just been there. We definitely decided to skip Myanmar and instead only do Vietnam and Cambodia on our Christmas-trip, still very sad about it (especially when reading about Bagan), but I feel it's the right decision. Just wondering though: Did you find it hard to book accomodation? I've read that it's pretty hard to prebook via Internet, and that recently a lot of places have run out of hostel space, due to the amount of visitors coming!

I forgot to ask, when are you in Cambodia over Christmas? I'm going to be there for Christmas too, we arrive on the 23rd for five days before touring Thailand. Really looking forward to the trip!

I don't actually think we'll be in Cambodia over Christmas. The plan was first to go up the coast in Vietnam and then maybe around the 10th of January down to Cambodia. Have you ever been to the beaches in Cambodia before (around Sihanoukville or them little islands close by)? And would you say they are better or not as good as Vietnams beaches? I definitely want to finish the trip with a few days lazying on the beach.

Sihanoukville beaches are good, go to Monkey Island as well it's nice there.  Vietnam has some good beaches as well nowhere near as good as Indonesia or Thailand beaches mind.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Wullie on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11:09:52 PM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

...

 O0 Thanks a lot, great to hear from someone who's just been there. We definitely decided to skip Myanmar and instead only do Vietnam and Cambodia on our Christmas-trip, still very sad about it (especially when reading about Bagan), but I feel it's the right decision. Just wondering though: Did you find it hard to book accomodation? I've read that it's pretty hard to prebook via Internet, and that recently a lot of places have run out of hostel space, due to the amount of visitors coming!

I forgot to ask, when are you in Cambodia over Christmas? I'm going to be there for Christmas too, we arrive on the 23rd for five days before touring Thailand. Really looking forward to the trip!

I don't actually think we'll be in Cambodia over Christmas. The plan was first to go up the coast in Vietnam and then maybe around the 10th of January down to Cambodia. Have you ever been to the beaches in Cambodia before (around Sihanoukville or them little islands close by)? And would you say they are better or not as good as Vietnams beaches? I definitely want to finish the trip with a few days lazying on the beach.

Sihanoukville beaches are good, go to Monkey Island as well it's nice there.  Vietnam has some good beaches as well nowhere near as good as Indonesia or Thailand beaches mind.

(http://www.monkeyislandinside.de/bilder/personen/chuck3.gif)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11:33:36 PM
Went to Myanmar the other week and had a mixed experience.

Arrived in Mandalay from Bangkok and wasn't that impressed. I didn't do much research in to Mandalay as I thought I’d just turn up and check the place out but I found it to be a bit of let down. Some people I met did go up the hill in Mandalay which is supposed to be good but I didn't get round to that. All in all I found Mandalay to be very similar to Kathmandu without the Tamil area for tourists. The town itself was just a bit of a dump really, noisy and a lot of fumes.

...

 O0 Thanks a lot, great to hear from someone who's just been there. We definitely decided to skip Myanmar and instead only do Vietnam and Cambodia on our Christmas-trip, still very sad about it (especially when reading about Bagan), but I feel it's the right decision. Just wondering though: Did you find it hard to book accomodation? I've read that it's pretty hard to prebook via Internet, and that recently a lot of places have run out of hostel space, due to the amount of visitors coming!

I forgot to ask, when are you in Cambodia over Christmas? I'm going to be there for Christmas too, we arrive on the 23rd for five days before touring Thailand. Really looking forward to the trip!

I don't actually think we'll be in Cambodia over Christmas. The plan was first to go up the coast in Vietnam and then maybe around the 10th of January down to Cambodia. Have you ever been to the beaches in Cambodia before (around Sihanoukville or them little islands close by)? And would you say they are better or not as good as Vietnams beaches? I definitely want to finish the trip with a few days lazying on the beach.

Sihanoukville beaches are good, go to Monkey Island as well it's nice there.  Vietnam has some good beaches as well nowhere near as good as Indonesia or Thailand beaches mind.

(http://www.monkeyislandinside.de/bilder/personen/chuck3.gif)

(http://www.rogerdavies.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/monkeyisland_1.jpg)
That was the one I played.  :)

Which one is Monkey Island? They all seemed to be called Koh something down there...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Neil on Thursday 29 November 2012, 12:10:59 AM
Pieces o'eight!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Luc on Tuesday 11 December 2012, 10:18:16 PM
I'm going to Tenerife thursday. Anyone ever been there? Some things to visit or do, nightlife etc?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Scoreboard82 on Thursday 20 December 2012, 11:32:10 PM
Gonna try Croatia next summer. 10 nights, very near Dubrovnik. The Lapad Peninsula. Not sure what to expect but will give it a go.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Friday 21 December 2012, 04:16:35 AM
Croatia :smitten:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ronaldo on Tuesday 8 January 2013, 11:11:45 PM
Not a holiday as such but I took my girl to London for 3 nights this weekend gone. Honestly one of the best trips I've ever had anyway, and I've been everywhere. I know London has its detractors but we took in a musical, saw a few sights and ate at some incredible restaurants. We stayed in Kensington/Chelsea and the bars round there are full of character and great fun for a few pints - good decision not to stay too central.

She dragged me to the Christmas market thing in Hyde Park too. 70% there seemed to be either French, Spanish, Chinese or American and for whatever reason the atmosphere was absolutely utopian-like. Don't know if it was the warm January temperatures, live music, beer, dancing, food or what but I've literally never seen so many people that seemed so happy to be where they were.

Fair play, London. Highly recommend doing a bit of research and going if you haven't really explored it, because it's a phenomenal place when you know what you want from it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 9 January 2013, 10:07:34 AM
Fair play, London. Highly recommend doing a bit of research and going if you haven't really explored it, because it's a phenomenal place when you know what you want from it.

Couldn't agree with this more.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 9 January 2013, 10:43:23 AM
Definitely has a lot going for it the Smoke. You just need to know a little bit about where to go. I can imagine wandering around Leicester Square and all that s*** can be soul destroying if you don't know about all the other stuff.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LeMacaron on Wednesday 9 January 2013, 10:59:02 AM
Booked a one-way to Melbourne for November 2013. First move / flight outside of Europe. Can't wait! Will travel for a month or two - following the Ashes a bit, of course! :razz: Then I'll start to look for work. Need to get the working Visa sorted :cheesy:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Wednesday 9 January 2013, 01:07:17 PM
Sitting in the airport now, about to fly to Colorado for some beer and snow.
Title: Re: Re: Holidays
Post by: B-more Mag on Wednesday 9 January 2013, 01:13:26 PM
Sitting in the airport now, about to fly to Colorado for some beer and snow.

Whereabout? Skiing?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 9 January 2013, 02:18:42 PM
I loved Montreal, would really like to see the Canadian countryside too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Wednesday 9 January 2013, 02:20:43 PM
Definitely has a lot going for it the Smoke. You just need to know a little bit about where to go. I can imagine wandering around Leicester Square and all that s*** can be soul destroying if you don't know about all the other stuff.

There isn't a worse place in London than Leicester Square :lol:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Thursday 10 January 2013, 02:07:17 AM
I loved Montreal, would really like to see the Canadian countryside too.

My absolute favorite city.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: icemanblue on Thursday 10 January 2013, 10:18:51 AM
Santorini this summer, I reckon. Love the place. Will have to travel to Manchester for the flights, like, Newcastle have stopped going there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: zolton on Thursday 10 January 2013, 02:16:38 PM
Went on a P & O cruise to the Caribbean last year, best holiday ever, would go again in a shot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Thursday 10 January 2013, 05:09:55 PM
I loved Montreal, would really like to see the Canadian countryside too.

My absolute favorite city.

I went when it was absolutely freezing, beginning of March IIRC. A lot of stuff was closed but the snow and scenery were class. I'd like to go back when it's a bit warmer and explore properly.

Despite knowing a tiny bit of French I didn't understand a thing anyone said.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 16 January 2013, 10:12:58 AM
Anyone spent any time in Lisbon and it's surrounding areas, care to divulge whether it's worth going for a city/beach break?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Wednesday 16 January 2013, 03:14:31 PM
Anyone spent any time in Lisbon and it's surrounding areas, care to divulge whether it's worth going for a city/beach break?

I'd also be interested in hearing about Lisbon or Porto too. I'm thinking about going to Portugal for one week at the end of April as I've seen some really cheap holidays to the Algarve on Teletext holidays for around £100 (flights and accommodation self-catering). I'm not normally some one who goes for package holidays but I'm thinking that it might not be too bad as the resorts should not be too busy at that time of year and I'm also planning on taking the train to Lisbon for 2 to 3 days as it is only a 3 hour journey from the Algarve (Porto is around 5 hours). This is one of the places on offer which has good reviews on Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1190872-d264161-Reviews-Agua_Marinha-Olhos_de_Agua_Albufeira_Algarve.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1190872-d264161-Reviews-Agua_Marinha-Olhos_de_Agua_Albufeira_Algarve.html)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 16 January 2013, 04:25:22 PM
Anyone spent any time in Lisbon and it's surrounding areas, care to divulge whether it's worth going for a city/beach break?

I'd also be interested in hearing about Lisbon or Porto too. I'm thinking about going to Portugal for one week at the end of April as I've seen some really cheap holidays to the Algarve on Teletext holidays for around £100 (flights and accommodation self-catering). I'm not normally some one who goes for package holidays but I'm thinking that it might not be too bad as the resorts should not be too busy at that time of year and I'm also planning on taking the train to Lisbon for 2 to 3 days as it is only a 3 hour journey from the Algarve (Porto is around 5 hours). This is one of the places on offer which has good reviews on Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1190872-d264161-Reviews-Agua_Marinha-Olhos_de_Agua_Albufeira_Algarve.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1190872-d264161-Reviews-Agua_Marinha-Olhos_de_Agua_Albufeira_Algarve.html)


We were thinking of doing the reverse but I think we're just going to find some beaches nr Lisbon now hence the question. Portugal seems relatively cheap if nowt else.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross magoo on Wednesday 16 January 2013, 06:48:27 PM
Nothing booked yet, although i'm only a week back from Tanzania after summiting Kilimanjaro on the 6th of January.  I'm thinking about visiting friends and relatives in Bangkok this summer with maybe a couple of nights in Hong Kong as part of the trip but we'll see.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: KDT on Wednesday 16 January 2013, 06:56:30 PM
Booked flights to Geneva for a 5 day skiing trip to Morzine, been a few years since I've skied but 6 of us going so should be a good laugh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 21 January 2013, 12:23:29 AM
Anyone been to Jakarta? Thinking of going out with some mates to visit a mate who works there
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Monday 21 January 2013, 03:08:17 AM
Anyone been to Jakarta? Thinking of going out with some mates to visit a mate who works there

I've been there a few times now for work and I don't rate it. Traffic is horrendous and I just can't get a sense of where anything is. I could imagine it being all right if you met with someone who lived there as they might know some decent places but as a tourist/visitor on their own I'd give it a miss.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: MW on Monday 21 January 2013, 08:08:37 AM
Cheers, he basically said the same, if we were doing 10 days he says half the time we should go somewhere else
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 21 January 2013, 10:43:24 AM
Anyone been to Jakarta? Thinking of going out with some mates to visit a mate who works there

s*** hole.  Worst city I've been to been quite a distance.  Pollution/traffic is off the scale, dirty and wasn't terribly much to do.  One of the posters on here told me it was like that before I went, get to the Islands if off to Indonesia.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Tuesday 12 February 2013, 07:52:31 PM
I'm having a short break this summer, probably no more than 4 or 5 days and am looking to visit one of the bigger cities in Germany. It's a country I know embarrassingly little about though and have rarely been to, anyone got any recommendations on where to go?

I'm looking for a city with a lot to do and see, but that has a bit of atmosphere to it and some decent nightlife, I've heard Hamburg is great but wanted to know if there were any better options.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Tuesday 12 February 2013, 07:53:19 PM
I'm going to Dubrovnik. Apparently.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 21 February 2013, 09:14:10 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

:thup:

It's paradise. Where you going exactly? (got back last week)

Just got back this afternoon, it was mint.

Went to Colombo (s***), Sigiriya as a base for the cultural triangle (went to Dambulla, Polonarruwa, Minneriya Nat Park and climbed the rock), Kandy, 4 days in the hill country (Nuwara Eliya and Ella), Tissa (as a base for Yala) and Unawatuna / Galle. Great country, absolutely stunning, brilliant food and unbelievably friendly people. I'd mainly gone for the scenery so the hill country was my highlight, had a great evening taking in some SLPL T20 in Kandy too.

Only slight downside for me was the lack of stuff to do in the evening - I went with my gf and we weren't looking for nights out but it's always good to find places other than your hotel to chill for a few beers through the evening and into the night to meet a few more holidayers and locals. Almost everywhere shut down by 9 apart from in the big cities!

Where did you go?

Also agree with Disco on wanting to hear a write up of Burma, would love to go myself.

Sorry mate, just saw this. The atmosphere at the cricket is f***ing immense, isn't it?

Did you take any pics while you were out there? Would love to see them :thup: I f***ing miss Sri Lanka so much. I enquired into house prices while I was down there. Not sure whether I'm kidding myself, but I intend to move there man.

That sounds lovely! I take it you didn't stay in one place too long if you covered all those places? I didn't keep a diary, but I may as well record my journey in the annals of N-O.

I went to Colombo but left pretty quickly. Very urban, dirty and hectic on first blush. Headed straight for Hikkiduwa, which was just incredible. The train journey there was to be the only straight-forward journey I would have, little did I know. The insistence on people chucking trash out the window was a little disappointing, I guess - but maybe that's just the Westerner in me prejudging the values/norms of a country from my train window (literally, at this point). Stayed in Hikka for a few days - which was just lush. Visited the tsunami museum, herb gardens, a turtle sanctuary [I'm a vegetarian do-gooder :blush:] and rented a scooter which I rode down to Galle for a day-trip.

The trip was cracking. I almost died several times, and the girl friend I was with was so panicked the whole time (but in a funny way... well, a funny way for me). It was a really, really bad idea in retrospect. I can barely ride a bicycle. Once I got the hang of it, it was alright though - maybe the highlight of my trip actually. No paperwork, just give them £4 and you have a scooter for a day :laugh: f***ing class. The drivers, as you would expect, are mental.

Then subsequent trips through the centre of the country were torturous. It takes about three times as long to travel half the distance where there are no trains, or where the country is hilly. The amount of tuk-tuk rides, bus journeys up 45 degree hills, etc.. it was incredible, but all added to the fun and flavour of it. I climbed Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) as a friend of mine who passed away did. Bit of a silly pilgrimage for me. As was the whole trip in a way.

Bought some decent weed, went to the rock caves in Dambulla, up Sigiriya Rock and visited the grandparents of the aforementioned friends and help them settle into a house. Brushed up a little bit on my Tamil in Trincomalee, saw a leopard in the wild, explored the hill country and drank lots!

Food was so cheap. People were so friendly, the pace of life was so calm (but not in an idol way). My girl friend is a white girl who had (near enough) peroxide blonde hair, so when I went around with her.. in some places we were just walking dollar signs. When I was by myself, people thought I was Sri Lankan - which was a fantastic boon for me. I decided to do the shopping for both me and my friend after a while, because when I went to shops I got quoted local prices because they thought I was a Srilly :)

Oh, also went to R. Premadasa International Stadium to watch Sri Lanka v India on the fourth day of a ODI. FAN-f***ing-TASTIC. What a way to spend the day. Beer was great/cheap and we got to sit with the players families for a pittance.

Edit: Oh, and Perahara was on. I thought it was alright, but not a big fan of elephants in captivity. The acrobats, fire-dancers were cool though. Kandy was an incredible city though. Really suave.

Sri Lanka gets another thumbs up from me, got back yesterday. Amazing country, loads to see, beautiful and varied food and friendly locals. Not much more you can ask for really. Recommend it to anyone who ain't been.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sophie S on Thursday 21 February 2013, 10:28:46 PM
I'm having a short break this summer, probably no more than 4 or 5 days and am looking to visit one of the bigger cities in Germany. It's a country I know embarrassingly little about though and have rarely been to, anyone got any recommendations on where to go?

I'm looking for a city with a lot to do and see, but that has a bit of atmosphere to it and some decent nightlife, I've heard Hamburg is great but wanted to know if there were any better options.

I'd always say Berlin. Best city in Germany, a lot of culture, history and arts for during the day and plenty of clubs and bars for the night. It's also really nice in the summer as it's very green with plenty of parks to have a spontaneous beer & bbq when you're in need of relaxing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Thursday 21 February 2013, 11:27:24 PM
booked three weeks off work in september and driving to croatia with the mrs. will go through hungry on the way.

any recs or little gems on croatia as I have never been? planning to go game fishing,scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting and will visit Dubrovnik and Split for sure.

Plitvice national park is pretty impressive.

Off to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for 2.5 weeks, can't wait.

:thup:

It's paradise. Where you going exactly? (got back last week)

Just got back this afternoon, it was mint.

Went to Colombo (s***), Sigiriya as a base for the cultural triangle (went to Dambulla, Polonarruwa, Minneriya Nat Park and climbed the rock), Kandy, 4 days in the hill country (Nuwara Eliya and Ella), Tissa (as a base for Yala) and Unawatuna / Galle. Great country, absolutely stunning, brilliant food and unbelievably friendly people. I'd mainly gone for the scenery so the hill country was my highlight, had a great evening taking in some SLPL T20 in Kandy too.

Only slight downside for me was the lack of stuff to do in the evening - I went with my gf and we weren't looking for nights out but it's always good to find places other than your hotel to chill for a few beers through the evening and into the night to meet a few more holidayers and locals. Almost everywhere shut down by 9 apart from in the big cities!

Where did you go?

Also agree with Disco on wanting to hear a write up of Burma, would love to go myself.

Sorry mate, just saw this. The atmosphere at the cricket is f***ing immense, isn't it?

Did you take any pics while you were out there? Would love to see them :thup: I f***ing miss Sri Lanka so much. I enquired into house prices while I was down there. Not sure whether I'm kidding myself, but I intend to move there man.

That sounds lovely! I take it you didn't stay in one place too long if you covered all those places? I didn't keep a diary, but I may as well record my journey in the annals of N-O.

I went to Colombo but left pretty quickly. Very urban, dirty and hectic on first blush. Headed straight for Hikkiduwa, which was just incredible. The train journey there was to be the only straight-forward journey I would have, little did I know. The insistence on people chucking trash out the window was a little disappointing, I guess - but maybe that's just the Westerner in me prejudging the values/norms of a country from my train window (literally, at this point). Stayed in Hikka for a few days - which was just lush. Visited the tsunami museum, herb gardens, a turtle sanctuary [I'm a vegetarian do-gooder :blush:] and rented a scooter which I rode down to Galle for a day-trip.

The trip was cracking. I almost died several times, and the girl friend I was with was so panicked the whole time (but in a funny way... well, a funny way for me). It was a really, really bad idea in retrospect. I can barely ride a bicycle. Once I got the hang of it, it was alright though - maybe the highlight of my trip actually. No paperwork, just give them £4 and you have a scooter for a day :laugh: f***ing class. The drivers, as you would expect, are mental.

Then subsequent trips through the centre of the country were torturous. It takes about three times as long to travel half the distance where there are no trains, or where the country is hilly. The amount of tuk-tuk rides, bus journeys up 45 degree hills, etc.. it was incredible, but all added to the fun and flavour of it. I climbed Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) as a friend of mine who passed away did. Bit of a silly pilgrimage for me. As was the whole trip in a way.

Bought some decent weed, went to the rock caves in Dambulla, up Sigiriya Rock and visited the grandparents of the aforementioned friends and help them settle into a house. Brushed up a little bit on my Tamil in Trincomalee, saw a leopard in the wild, explored the hill country and drank lots!

Food was so cheap. People were so friendly, the pace of life was so calm (but not in an idol way). My girl friend is a white girl who had (near enough) peroxide blonde hair, so when I went around with her.. in some places we were just walking dollar signs. When I was by myself, people thought I was Sri Lankan - which was a fantastic boon for me. I decided to do the shopping for both me and my friend after a while, because when I went to shops I got quoted local prices because they thought I was a Srilly :)

Oh, also went to R. Premadasa International Stadium to watch Sri Lanka v India on the fourth day of a ODI. FAN-f***ing-TASTIC. What a way to spend the day. Beer was great/cheap and we got to sit with the players families for a pittance.

Edit: Oh, and Perahara was on. I thought it was alright, but not a big fan of elephants in captivity. The acrobats, fire-dancers were cool though. Kandy was an incredible city though. Really suave.

Sri Lanka gets another thumbs up from me, got back yesterday. Amazing country, loads to see, beautiful and varied food and friendly locals. Not much more you can ask for really. Recommend it to anyone who ain't been.

Aw yes, mate. Absolutely fantastic. Where did you go? What did you do? (If you can be arsed).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Thursday 21 February 2013, 11:37:32 PM
Aw yes, mate. Absolutely fantastic. Where did you go? What did you do? (If you can be arsed).

Went straight to Dambulla from the airport and stopped just outside there, saw there and went to Sigiriyia too for a sweaty trip, then on to Kandy which I liked despite it being a fairly regular town then train back to Colombo and down to Mirissa which is gorgeous although was a bit quiet for that type of town for me, couple of days there and a few more in Unawatuna where we did f*** all aside from eat, drink and have a gander round Galle before a night in Colombo before heading home. Went for the lunch time buffet in Colombo at the Galle Face Hotel before flying home, £7.50pp felt like daylight robbery despite it being expensive compared to the normal food we were getting in.

Food was amazing, so much nice (and cheap) shellfish/tuna and the mojitos were consistently excellent when I got sick of Lion/3 Coins. In Unawatuna our accomm was opposite a liquor shop/window so delved into the local arrack/rum a fair bit there, the former not so much of a fan and the latter was ludicrously sweet, nice though.

Was only there 11 nights unfortunately so had to miss a few things but it's a good excuse to go back, would definitely like to go to the Hill country and on to the East Coast next time, heard a lot of good things.

Scenery wise I found it very like Thailand which I wasn't really expecting, green and lush but with sweeping coats, pretty much perfect really. Public transport is so cheap n all, £1 for the train, even got the local bus a few times to vary it up, think Una to Galle was 5p.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macphisto on Friday 22 February 2013, 01:30:48 PM
Just booked up for Peru (Machu Picchu) in September with a few days in New York on the way back. Can't wait, should be a great trip!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Saturday 23 February 2013, 03:24:06 PM
Aw yes, mate. Absolutely fantastic. Where did you go? What did you do? (If you can be arsed).

Went straight to Dambulla from the airport and stopped just outside there, saw there and went to Sigiriyia too for a sweaty trip, then on to Kandy which I liked despite it being a fairly regular town then train back to Colombo and down to Mirissa which is gorgeous although was a bit quiet for that type of town for me, couple of days there and a few more in Unawatuna where we did f*** all aside from eat, drink and have a gander round Galle before a night in Colombo before heading home. Went for the lunch time buffet in Colombo at the Galle Face Hotel before flying home, £7.50pp felt like daylight robbery despite it being expensive compared to the normal food we were getting in.

Food was amazing, so much nice (and cheap) shellfish/tuna and the mojitos were consistently excellent when I got sick of Lion/3 Coins. In Unawatuna our accomm was opposite a liquor shop/window so delved into the local arrack/rum a fair bit there, the former not so much of a fan and the latter was ludicrously sweet, nice though.

Was only there 11 nights unfortunately so had to miss a few things but it's a good excuse to go back, would definitely like to go to the Hill country and on to the East Coast next time, heard a lot of good things.

Scenery wise I found it very like Thailand which I wasn't really expecting, green and lush but with sweeping coats, pretty much perfect really. Public transport is so cheap n all, £1 for the train, even got the local bus a few times to vary it up, think Una to Galle was 5p.

The quality of food and price of, well, everything is unreal. Genuinely started to wonder what the cost of a house is down in Hikka ($30,000 as it turns out) :) Transport is dirt cheap as you say. So cheap you feel guilty.

Glad you enjoyed it. Plan to head back at some point, feel very at home there.

It is similar to Thailand in some respects now you mention it in terms of landscape, but saw a lot more wildlife in Sri Lanka once I got down to ground level/started trekking about.

The hill country is remarkably like a Sri Lankan community took over the Lake District. Can't believe it's in the middle of such a warm climate.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: OpenC on Sunday 24 February 2013, 02:07:34 PM
In addition to a week in Kingussie in the Cairngorms in August, my lass has just booked three nights for us and the bairn in my favourite place in the entire world (Torridon, in the North West highlands) at the end of May :smitten: I didn't even ask her to.  She must want something :shifty:

(http://macduck.co.uk/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/lch.torridon.jpg)

:smitten:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Sunday 24 February 2013, 02:25:18 PM
booked bali in june, anyone been and know anything good to do with bairns there?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Sunday 24 February 2013, 03:48:53 PM
I'm going to Dubrovnik. Apparently.

Anyone been? Recommendations on things to do/not do?

I can't lounge around for too long on holiday. I need to do stuff.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mowen on Sunday 24 February 2013, 11:34:17 PM
I'm going to Dubrovnik. Apparently.

Anyone been? Recommendations on things to do/not do?

I can't lounge around for too long on holiday. I need to do stuff.

Yeah, it's class. Stunning city, can't remember there being a massive amount to do mind but the old town is stunning (obviously walk the town walls for at least half a day) and filled with some great restaurants. There's a bar that claims to have the 'best view in the world' which is pretty f***ing cool in the sunshine if a little pricey. You should definitely get the ferry to mljet for a day trip too, beautiful island.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Sunday 24 February 2013, 11:36:49 PM
How long you going for Bezza? If it's a week or so split your time between there and Hvar. If not, as Mowen says goes to a closer island. Aside from that, walk the walls, go up the cable car and dribble at the local lovelies. Beautiful place though if you've not been, superb pizzas/seafood.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Sunday 24 February 2013, 11:38:16 PM
Just been asked to go to New Zealand for next new year.  Worth doing?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beren on Sunday 24 February 2013, 11:51:06 PM
Cheers - only about five or so days (as my girlfriend is working abroad either side of the trip) but I'm toying with the idea of getting a later return flight after she leaves :lol: I'll try and travel about a bit even if it is just the five days, as you lads suggest anyway :thup:

Cable cars are always mint, too.

Had a quick Google Mowen, couldn't find the bar you mentioned - if you remember what it's called, would love to know. Drinking a beer looking out on a nice view does sound pretty fantastic to me right now in the middle of February (which feels colder than usual, this year).

Btw - Disco, how s*** is it to return to the UK / UK prices after Sri Lanka? :lol: Was a bit gutted about coming home from paradise.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Sunday 24 February 2013, 11:54:35 PM
Fuengirola the week after next. Last proper holiday as a couple.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Disco on Monday 25 February 2013, 12:11:32 AM
Cheers - only about five or so days (as my girlfriend is working abroad either side of the trip) but I'm toying with the idea of getting a later return flight after she leaves :lol: I'll try and travel about a bit even if it is just the five days, as you lads suggest anyway :thup:

Cable cars are always mint, too.

Had a quick Google Mowen, couldn't find the bar you mentioned - if you remember what it's called, would love to know. Drinking a beer looking out on a nice view does sound pretty fantastic to me right now in the middle of February (which feels colder than usual, this year).

Btw - Disco, how s*** is it to return to the UK / UK prices after Sri Lanka? :lol: Was a bit gutted about coming home from paradise.

Mightn't be the same but there is one t'other side of the wall which looks out to the sea which is canny, doesn't have a proper name though just ask about.

So true, I'm always loathe to return to real life after a holiday especially after somewhere overly affordable hence why I constantly go on holiday. Roll on June. Got another 7.5 days to use apart from that too but wor lass has nowt, almost tempted to f*** off by myself somewhere daft given my loathing of 'wasting' days off work.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Monday 25 February 2013, 07:26:36 PM
Fuengirola the week after next. Last proper holiday as a couple.

I heard these called "babymoons" recently.  Is this a recent phenomenon or has it been around a while?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hughesy on Monday 25 February 2013, 07:51:53 PM
I'm going to Dubrovnik. Apparently.

Going to Montenegro is worth it.  Kotor is a nice town to have a look at.

There is a bar that looks out over the sea on the cliff face.  Think it is called Cafe Buza.

Some decent restaurants in Dubrovnik as well - a couple of nice ones in the harbour and then a couple towards the fort.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 25 February 2013, 08:36:28 PM
Fuengirola the week after next. Last proper holiday as a couple.

Been there once, nice place.  Should have decent weather.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dave on Monday 25 February 2013, 08:46:50 PM
Fuengirola the week after next. Last proper holiday as a couple.

I heard these called "babymoons" recently.  Is this a recent phenomenon or has it been around a while?

No idea, got the money as a gift from my mum.

Cheers neesy, sounds promising. Not expecting it to be roasting or owt silly, just a bit warmer than here would be nice. :laugh:
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 26 February 2013, 04:36:02 PM
I thought you were splitting up there Dave. Very civilised way to go about it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Wednesday 27 February 2013, 02:58:51 AM
Going to do the Pacific Coast Highway in July. Flying to San Francisco and spending a couple of weeks driving down the coast and stopping off in places. Flying home from San Diego. Can't wait!

I've wanted to do that from San Fran to Seattle for quite some time now.  Sounds lush.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ian W on Wednesday 27 February 2013, 10:41:30 AM
Going to do the Pacific Coast Highway in July. Flying to San Francisco and spending a couple of weeks driving down the coast and stopping off in places. Flying home from San Diego. Can't wait!

I've wanted to do that from San Fran to Seattle for quite some time now.  Sounds lush.

Me too, been on the list for years.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Northerngimp on Wednesday 27 February 2013, 11:20:39 AM
We fancy going back to North America for a ski holiday, the wife wants to go back to Whistler in Canada but this bad boy has caught my eye.

http://www.breckenridge.com/planatrip/international-visitors.aspx?cmpid=PPC113925454#map#Top

http://www.breckenridge.com/~/media/Breckenridge/Files/Maps/Breckenridge-Trail-Map-20112012.ashx


Do any of or N American posters come from Colorado?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cubaricho on Wednesday 27 February 2013, 03:48:28 PM
My parents live in Colorado and I head out there quite often.  I would definitely recommend Breck out of all the big ski villages.  It's very accessible, has a few other villages around it to ski in, and the price is relatively low compared to others (like Vail, Aspen, Telluride, etc).  The actual village