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Vacation Travel Plans, Suggestions, Advice

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
Where are you planning to go or want to go?

I'm trying to figure out how to swing a family trip to Australia and New Zealand. My in-laws 60th wedding anniversary is in a couple of years and that's one part of the world they've never been to and want to see.

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,448
    I want to go to Rome and see all the little bitty minivans navigate the little bitty side streets.

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,345
    Way back in 1979 I went to Australia for a bit over three weeks. Saw my first minivan before the minivan was supposedly invented. Rode in one actually - a Toyota Hiace.
  • Greece also has lil bitty vehicles, smart cars. They are so small they park a dozen to a block and even up on the sidewalk.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,345
    Is it new? :P
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    When did you go to Greece? I went a few months ago and was there for 18 days. I was amazed at the traffic, I had NO idea! Forget about pedestrian right away!
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    I went in Sept. of 2005. I spent a few days in Athens, then out to the Cyclades for a mega-swim trip before 2 end-cap days in Athens. I had a great time out on the islands, the swimming was great but the wine was pretty bad. By the time I arrived home I had enough feta cheese, eggplant and lamb to last me a lifetime.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,457
    Any suggestions for spending a couple of days there? Going the 1st week of April.

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  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    .. is one of my familys favorite vacation spots. Planning on going back this summer, about the 4th time. Aside from too many high rise condos and hotels, it is really nice family spot.
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    Going there for the first fortnight of July. Any suggestion to pay a tourist visit there? Melbourne and whereabouts.

    On the other hand, if someone is coming to Madrid, the El Prado Museum has been enlarged. It deserves to be re-visited, not only because of the forever paintings hanged in it but also for the architecture restoration of the buildings added to the old Museum. Mr. Rafael Moneo, a former Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, did the design and lead the works.

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,448
    For a place that's not on the way to anywhere, we keep getting house guests. This past week we had one friend return from a reunion in Ohio who stopped over on his way back to Oregon. A few days before that a couple from Taos rested before driving up to Alaska. The natives are friendly. ;)

    If you haven't been to Idaho, you can go from Yellowstone along the Oregon Trail to the capital where I am, or head up into the Sawtooths and try ice skating at Sun Valley, or go further north to the lake country (big Navy submarine base up there - go figure).

    Oh yeah, we did get to see a little bitty minivan:

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  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 894
    How did you like Sedona? We'll be leaving Monday the 11th. We get back late Satuday the 16th then I leave on my GoldWing for a trip to Gatinburg and the Smokey mountains from the 19th through the 24th.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,457
    Sedona was very nice... Slide Rock State Park is very scenic. Wear your swimsuit.

    It is imperative that you get out of the town and into the red rock area. We took a guided Jeep tour, which was pretty cool, but pricy. The Uptown area of Sedona will remind you a little of Gatlinburg, though slightly less tacky.

    A good Mexican restaurant in Tlaquepaque (sp?) shopping center, just south of Uptown.. was a good place for dinner.

    If you come in from the south, be sure to drive north of town, towards Flagstaff for 10-15 miles, then turn back and come into town from the north. The scenery on that drive is fantastic, driving down into the Oak Creek Canyon.

    Good luck!
    kyfdx

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  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    Anyone got beach trips planned for this summer? Anyone just completed a beach trip and have any good stories?
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    I'm going to Panama City in a couple weeks. I'll bring ya back some shells. :shades:
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,448
    My nephew just got back from Destin - really fun area even though it's been years since I've been down that way. Eat something fried from the Gulf for me. :shades:

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,871
    We're doing what may be our last "whole family" vacation as our first daughter has graduated from high school and starts at Penn State in the fall. So after this year she may not think it's cool to vacation with us ;)

    We're planning on heading down to DC for a weekend to do the museum and monument thing (we've done it a couple of times already, but we love it)

    Then we're swinging across to Lewes, DE to catch the Cape May ferry on our way to Ocean City, NJ. Not being a beach guy, it's fortunate that the friendly confines of the poker room at the Trump Taj Mahal is just 10 miles up the coast :P

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,345
    and another thirty miles up the coast is my house, though this is generally not considered a major vacation destination....
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,871
    OK... another point of interest...

    On your left you'll notice the residence of fezo, CarSpace forums denizen and all around good guy. No flash photography please!

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,345
    You've got the idea. Drive up to Exit 63 and point west and take a picture.....
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,457
    ..and, maybe on up to Toronto for a couple of days... Cleveland and the Rock and Roll HOF on the way back..

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,448
    If you like theatre, don't miss the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. Cool town even if you aren't into plays.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,871
    I was just on a four day trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls in April :P

    Might want to make a reservation to eat in the restaurant in the CN tower in Toronto. That's pretty cool.

    And then there's the Houdini museum in Niagara Falls and don't forget the Niagara casino! :shades:

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  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    Then we're swinging across to Lewes, DE to catch the Cape May ferry on our way to Ocean City, NJ. Not being a beach guy, it's fortunate that the friendly confines of the poker room at the Trump Taj Mahal is just 10 miles up the coast

    I'll be loading up the Mini-van(5 bikes,3 boogie boards,a wagon and a ton of toys) and heading to Ocean City, NJ also.

    You'll like the ferry, we took it last year and the dolphins were fun too watch.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    My brother use to live in Fort Walton Beach... just a dolphin ride from Destin. We'd often drive over to Destin for food, entertainment, and the beach.

    Panama City Beach has a lot to offer. But, the recent growth in high rise hotels and condos take away a lot of the charm.

    Eat something fried from the Gulf for me.

    My stomach and I will try to honor that request for you Steve, but I usually eat the catch of the day grilled. Grilled amberjack or grouper being my favorite. :shades:
  • bryanbryan Posts: 217
    Or Shifty could just zoom past the Lewes turnoff and go south another 5 miles to my house in Rehoboth Beach!

    Gotta love the Delaware/NJ coastlines--some of the nicest places to visit and vacation, and in my case, purchase a retirement home. I always smile when I hear folks are "going to the beach" in Delaware and "down the shore" in Jersey.

    The Cape May/Lewes ferry is an awesome trip to make. I use it for short jaunts to Atlantic City myself!

    Enjoy your vacation.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
    Rented a condo a couple of times there and enjoyed it very much. Savannah is just 45 minutes away too. I like the beach, but the mountains are my favorite getaway. I prefer hiking and bears to sand and sharks. :shades: However, I really, really hate how commercialized the Smoky Mountain area has become. :(

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,345
    Rehoboth Beach? I'm all set to visit.

    I love the Cape May Lewes Ferry. I toy with checking out what one could do to work on the boat. I could live with being on that all day. I go on it at least once a year and in some years much more frequently.
  • oldguy70oldguy70 Posts: 97
    Karen, I can help you with the plans for a New Zealand trip--spent a great month there two years ago and saw it all.
    Having visited many other countries, and lived in a few, NZ is by far and away my favourite!
    It is a jewel.
    E-mail if interested in some info.
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 894
    Just got back from Sedona yesterday, beautiful area, we had a great time. Saw the Grand Canyon, did Slide Rock, Out of Africa, saw Jerome, many other things. Didn't do the Jeep tour, but we got our Mazda5 rental pretty far up the trail. When it started spinning the tires, it was time to turn back. We were in a little parking area, when one of the Pink Jeep tours went by. The tourists looked stunned that we got that far up the trail!
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