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Offline Disco

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6975 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 06:07:33 pm »
Might be worth going into to see STA / Trailfinders as they’ll deal with this a fair bit I’d imagine.

Bangkok / Singapore are probably the best two stops and you can downtown from the airport easily and quickly in both. 

Offline Varadi

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6976 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 06:18:25 pm »
China Airlines are doing some canny prices to Australia just now - you'll find them via Skyscanner.

Would probably want to maximise the time in Australia myself, but a stop off in Beijing to see the Great Wall would be very tempting.

Offline WarrenBartonCentrePartin

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6977 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 06:22:05 pm »
Thanks both :thup: Singapore seems to be the preferred choice of a stop on the way out, then maybe somewhere different on the way back.
Had a few dances off her when I've been in Blue velvet with friends. She's one of the ones who will push her fanny in your face, usually I like that but hers smells f***ing rotten. Only had dances off her because she agreed to take less money for the dances when me and my mate said we were skint.

I was a pure creep when I was a kid tbf. Used to spunk in deoderant can lids too

Offline thomas

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6978 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 06:59:52 pm »
Driving from the Houston area to ABQ tomorrow, gonna get our Breaking Bad on.
That's quite a haul. Hope you opted to stop in Lubbock.

Offline ste_ne24

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6979 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 08:49:20 pm »
anyone been to tenerife in november (costa adeje)

Offline neesy111

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6980 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 09:39:29 pm »
Porto's a really nice city to visit,  Fully recommend it for 2/3 nights.

Offline WarrenBartonCentrePartin

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6981 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 10:06:49 pm »
China Airlines are doing some canny prices to Australia just now - you'll find them via Skyscanner.

Would probably want to maximise the time in Australia myself, but a stop off in Beijing to see the Great Wall would be very tempting.

Just had a look - found Heathrow to Sydney for £414 return. That's insane! Journey outwards is about six hours longer than most others though.
Had a few dances off her when I've been in Blue velvet with friends. She's one of the ones who will push her fanny in your face, usually I like that but hers smells f***ing rotten. Only had dances off her because she agreed to take less money for the dances when me and my mate said we were skint.

I was a pure creep when I was a kid tbf. Used to spunk in deoderant can lids too

Offline Ian W

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6982 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 10:07:46 pm »
Porto's a really nice city to visit,  Fully recommend it for 2/3 nights.

Photos looked awesome.

Offline neesy111

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6983 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 10:53:22 pm »
Porto's a really nice city to visit,  Fully recommend it for 2/3 nights.

Photos looked awesome.

Thanks :)

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6984 on: Monday 19 August 2019, 11:25:26 pm »
Yeah, was well jel. The match looked class.

Offline cubaricho

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6985 on: Tuesday 20 August 2019, 08:16:41 am »
Driving from the Houston area to ABQ tomorrow, gonna get our Breaking Bad on.

Just come to Denver, dude.
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Offline Varadi

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6986 on: Tuesday 20 August 2019, 11:16:10 am »
China Airlines are doing some canny prices to Australia just now - you'll find them via Skyscanner.

Would probably want to maximise the time in Australia myself, but a stop off in Beijing to see the Great Wall would be very tempting.

Just had a look - found Heathrow to Sydney for £414 return. That's insane! Journey outwards is about six hours longer than most others though.

Aye, they do have longer stopovers, but if you time it right that's when you can fit in a trip to the Great Wall - there's a few companies specialise in stopover tours from the airport.

Offline cubaricho

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« Reply #6987 on: Wednesday 21 August 2019, 01:37:15 am »
Popped down to New Orleans the other day for a few hours. I have a whole new list of recommendations next time anyone goes. :thup:
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Offline Troll

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« Reply #6988 on: Wednesday 21 August 2019, 11:09:03 pm »
If you had a week off and could go anywhere in the US (except California, Chicago and Vegas), where would you go?  I can't decide.  The growing shortlist now includes the Grand Canyon, road trip round Oregon and Washington, New York, Texas, and New Orleans.

Offline Tomato Deuce

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« Reply #6989 on: Thursday 22 August 2019, 12:20:44 am »
Oregon-Washington would be my top choice. Did Portland-Seattle-Vancouver a few years back, would defo return. Lots of places in between worth seeing too.

New England is another good one. Bar Harbor/Acadia, other Portland, Boston, Cape Cod, Newport.

Offline Troll

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« Reply #6990 on: Thursday 22 August 2019, 12:26:34 am »
Oregon-Washington would be my top choice. Did Portland-Seattle-Vancouver a few years back, would defo return. Lots of places in between worth seeing too.

New England is another good one. Bar Harbor/Acadia, other Portland, Boston, Cape Cod, Newport.

Definitely leaning towards that one, seeing as I could just use my own car.  I'd love to do the Deep South too, but wouldn't know where to begin.

Offline Tomato Deuce

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« Reply #6991 on: Thursday 22 August 2019, 12:46:23 am »
Oregon-Washington would be my top choice. Did Portland-Seattle-Vancouver a few years back, would defo return. Lots of places in between worth seeing too.

New England is another good one. Bar Harbor/Acadia, other Portland, Boston, Cape Cod, Newport.

Definitely leaning towards that one, seeing as I could just use my own car.  I'd love to do the Deep South too, but wouldn't know where to begin.

Add Crater Lake and Bend to the list in that case.

Offline Troll

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« Reply #6992 on: Thursday 22 August 2019, 04:26:47 am »
Well a belated recap of my trip to the states. Once again thanks to Cuba for his excellent recommendations.

So I flew into Atlanta, drove to Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and Savannah before flying back out of Atlanta. Drove 2000 miles in 12 days which I must say wasn't bad at all. Probably the best Country I have driven in in terms of ease. I mean I drove about 600 miles in a day and needed to make about 3 turns.  :lol:

As I was doing all the driving I treated myself to a more fun hire car and ended up with a V8 Dodge Challenger which was great, as was the ability to overtake on both sides. Took it up to 141 on a suitably clear road, seriously good fun.

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Did what Cuba said to do in Nashville and went to Prince's hot fried chicken. I generally eat quite hot food. I'm not one of those mentalists who eats Phaals for fun or anything but I'm usually ok with hot food. Anyway, this led me to eat their second hottest fried chicken which turned out to be the hottest thing I've eaten. It was delicious but it all got very Looney Tunes steam out of the ears. Cup of pickles was a welcome addition to the meal as was the bread.

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Went to the Frist Gallery in Nashville which was really very good. Also went to the Johnny Cash museum which I would highly recommend.

From Nashville we went down to Memphis. On the drive down we stopped in Jackson Tennessee at Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum. Basically a guy who has either curated or just manufactured his own version of cars from TV and film. Ridiculously enthusiastic guy who gives you a tour and then just lets you walk around for as long as you want.

In Memphis we went to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. A hugely impressive museum of the civil rights movement and very profound and moving seeing the motel in real life and the balcony where Dr. King was assassinated. The final exhibit in the museum is walking through the rooms where Dr. King stayed and looking out onto the balcony a matter of yards away from where he was shot. You can see across the street the building where the shot was fired from.

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We also went to the Stax Museum which was pretty cool. Stax is quite a sad story given their musical legacy. Basically the business went bust twice and so a lot of what should be their intellectual property belongs to other people now. I thought they would have an incredible gift shop but actually they just are able to sell a few t-shirts and fridge magnets. Got to see some of the stuff Otis Redding recorded on which was neat.

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Isaac Hayes' Cadillac was pretty modest.

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Cuba suggested Charlie Vergo's for some ribs. I went for Rib and Brisket. Again the serving of meat on Bread is an absolute winner. We also went to Sweet Grass where I had Shrimp and Grits which was really very good.

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On the way out of Memphis we stopped off at Graceland. Really cool Museum that has been brilliantly preserved. Elvis basically was the biggest star in the world and just kitted out his house with stuff from local shops  :lol: Guy has 0 taste too. The house was bought for $110,000, it's really quite modest, it was smaller than the house I stayed in in Savannah.


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From Memphis we drove New Orleans, which was my favourite part of the trip. We stayed in a converted garage in the french quarter that some architects had renovated into three flats. The quarter is completely stunning. Photos dont do it justice but just the type of place you can wander around for days on end. Went to the museum of death which was pretty odd. They don't allow pictures inside but there was a lot of serial killer art work and correspondence as well as bits of human preserved in jars and taxidermy aplenty. It's staffed by some very odd people. Interesting and creepy in equal measure. I also got hustled  :lol: walked down as far as the Mississippi and some guy is talking to his mate. All of a sudden he says to me that he likes my shoes, and I just assumed this was the typical type of friendly interaction we'd had with numerous people in the South. Anyway he carries on and says he can tell me where I got my shoes. Me being a t*** I was like no you can't, thinking I was safe given that my shoes were from Massimo Dutti which I don't believe exists in the states. Anyway we have a back and forth and he says I can tell you who made them, where there from etc. He then goes I'll tell you what, we'll have a bet. I was like fine, at which point he says if he wins I have to let him give me a shoe shine. So I say fine feeling certain there's no issue here. He states the terms of our wager saying I bet I can tell you where you got your shoes. We shake on it. Needless to say he then points out that I've got them on my feet. $20 later ($10 per shoe) I have some mildly cleaner shoes and feel every inch the rube.

We did as Cuba said and went to Turkey and the Wolf. Best sandwich ever and one of the best meals I've eaten anywhere. I had a fried bologna sandwich (pictured below) and my girlfriend had their collared greens. She looked like she was on crack eating it and they really were that good. A must do if you're in New Orleans.

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We also went to the National WWII museum which was great and absolutely huge. A really well done museum which basically traces every American campaign of the second world war and is done in a very interactive walk through style.   

Some pictures of New Orleans Architecture. Went to the spotted Cat Jazz Bar too which was really cool and another excellent recommendation from Cuba.

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On the morning we left went to a place called ruby slipper for breakfast. Had blueberry stuffed french toast with soft cheese. Incredible.

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From New Orleans we went over to Savannah to stay with my girlfriends great Aunt. She lives in a McMansion in a gated community on Skidaway Island. One of the Restaurant's on the Island was called the Plantation which seemed a remarkably poor taste joke given that the service staff in every restaurant we went to were almost exclusively black. Probably seems worse to Englishman than it does to an American.  Cuba again took care of the restaurant front with me channelling my inner Homer Simpson at the Crabshack. 6 Oysters and a Seafood Sampler.

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We also went to Grits and Gravy and contrary to appearances this is a delicious meal. Also sets you up for the next 72 hours. Ultimate Gravy Biscuits.
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Savannah was a really pretty town with lots of trees draped in Spanish Moss. We went to the SCAD gallery in town which was cool.

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The whole trip was fantastic, Southerners are amongst some of the most sincere people that I have met. It's very sad seeing the legacy that a couple of hundred years of slavery have left behind and I would imagine it will take at least 100 years to put things on an even keel. It is also easy to see why Southerners are proud of their culture and heritage and certainly the British perception of Southern Hicks is pretty unfair and lacking in accuracy. Words can't do the place justice and there was a lot more to the trip than I can fit into a post.

Many thanks to Cuba, apologies to anyone who is hungry looking at this.

A final shout out must go to Waffle House. England needs a place where you can get a waffle and some coffee for £5.00.

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Really tempted to do something like this, but don't have as much time so would have to cut some of the driving.  Was thinking maybe fly into Charleston, then to Savannah, then fly home from New Orleans (via whatever's worth visiting in Alabama and Mississippi).

Edit:  Just booked the return leg of the flight from New Orleans, so I guess I'm doing this.

Edit 2:  decided to just spend a whole week in New Orleans instead.  Staying in the French Quarter. @cubaricho looks like I'll be needing those recommendations!
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Offline Kaizero

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6993 on: Friday 23 August 2019, 02:19:21 am »
New Orleans was great when we were there, hot and humid as f*** though, and Bourbon Street smells like absolute p*ss during the day.
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Offline mrmojorisin75

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6994 on: Yesterday at 06:52:01 am »
suggestions for somewhere for winter sun (dec/jan) that isn't a really long flight away...
So raise your fists and march around
Dont dare take what you need
I'll jail and bury those committed
And smother the rest in greed
Crawl with me into tomorrow
Or i'll drag you to your grave
I'm deep inside your children
They'll betray you in my name

Sleep now in the fire

Offline Disco

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6995 on: Yesterday at 07:22:33 am »
Canaries / Malaga is pretty much it

Offline Varadi

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6996 on: Yesterday at 07:27:28 am »
Flight is a little longer but Cyprus is a good bet for the sun.

Offline mrmojorisin75

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6997 on: Yesterday at 07:30:47 am »
was thinking cyprus yeah, lot of people going there these days
So raise your fists and march around
Dont dare take what you need
I'll jail and bury those committed
And smother the rest in greed
Crawl with me into tomorrow
Or i'll drag you to your grave
I'm deep inside your children
They'll betray you in my name

Sleep now in the fire

Offline Kaizero

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Re: Hollibobs
« Reply #6998 on: Yesterday at 03:54:55 pm »
Leaving ABQ for Arizona and the Grand Canyon today, then off to Vegas before San Fran. Possibly a few days in LA in between as well, who knows. Been at it for a month on Monday. Only shithole so far has been Texas, horrid people there all over.
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