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Old 01-31-2011, 01:08 PM   #241
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I am going on a panama canal trip from Miami to San Diego at the end of April. Anyone else going?
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:05 AM   #242
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We have been to Italy a number of times, but this will be our first time in Florence, oddly enough. Based on the reviews, we booked at the Hotel Orto de' Medici, which is near the Piazza San Marco.
Make sure you take a day trip to San Gimignano and Lucca! Hire a driver. We were there in September.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:56 AM   #243
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Nothing exotic, just 3 days later this month to Dallas, Texas, to surprise my older sister on her 60th birthday. I am planning the event with her daughters. I am sure she will cry from happiness. My sister is very sweet, sentimental and hard working.
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Lena will soon be visiting her folks in Sweden, since her dad is not doing well. Jenny is going to meet her there. I'd go, but I'm just not willing to put up with the long trip and flying hassles (5 separate planes to get there).

While Lena's gone, I might go on a camping/biking trip.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:16 PM   #245
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Make sure you take a day trip to San Gimignano and Lucca! Hire a driver. We were there in September.
Thanks. We'll definitely look into it. We hired a car and driver for the Amalfi Coast last year and were very pleased with the experience.
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Just got back from North Island New Zealand (was in South Island last year). I must say South Island has more majestic scenery. We played golf, drove around and went for sight seeing, wine and dined and visited some friends who retired there. I am amazed at the very large retirement community in New Zealand. My friends were telling me the benefits of retiring there and that the NZ government gives NZD250 per week to each NZ citizen who have stayed there for 10 years (I think there are other conditions too but it seems that they are quite easy to satisfy). So, this couple we know say that they can't even spend all of the NZD500 per week they receive and thus have not tapped on their retirement nest.
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I looked into retiring to NZ in a lot of detail. It's very difficult to do, especially for Americans. Unless you have connections and a lot of money, the best you can get is a 6 month visitor's visa, and they make you leave for 6 months out of the year. I don't remember all of the details, but it was pretty overwhelmingly difficult. I doubt it's changed, as we are less popular there now than we used to be.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:46 PM   #248
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Leaving this evening for my 2 week vacation to Florida. Looking forward to escaping the cold, snow, and ice. It'll be in the single digits for a high here and it'll be well into the 60's in Florida
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:04 PM   #249
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I looked into retiring to NZ in a lot of detail. It's very difficult to do, especially for Americans. Unless you have connections and a lot of money, the best you can get is a 6 month visitor's visa, and they make you leave for 6 months out of the year. I don't remember all of the details, but it was pretty overwhelmingly difficult. I doubt it's changed, as we are less popular there now than we used to be.
I read from the NZ newspaper on retirement growth numbers for last year, apparently British tops the list but there seem to be strong growth coming from the Chinese from China.
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Hey, we stayed at the Orto de Medici years ago.
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Hey, we stayed at the Orto de Medici years ago.

For kcowan - we stayed at this boutique hotel maybe nine/ten years ago. It was around the corner from the Academy - where Michelangelo's "David" is exhibited. The hotel has a lovely terrace serving drinks and light fare.

The DW and I are starting to put together an Easten Europe Imperials Capitals trip (on our own). We have to visit Lviv, Ukraine because that's where my wife's parents were from. The DW speaks Polish & Ukrainian, so we should get by fine. I'll be messaging some knowledgeable members to get some helpful specifics.
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You are all really depressing me. The only firm travel plans I have right now are for Omaha, NE next week.

I actually like the city much more than you might expect; but, not in February.
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For kcowan - we stayed at this boutique hotel maybe nine/ten years ago. It was around the corner from the Academy - where Michelangelo's "David" is exhibited. The hotel has a lovely terrace serving drinks and light fare.
here is the hotel we stayed at for a week:
Hotel Modigliani (Rome, Italy) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor

Planning a trip to France this fall: Normandy, Paris, Provence...
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I'm planning a trip to France too, but this August. Paris, Brest, Paris.
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Lena leaves to visit her family in Sweden in a few days. She's going to meet Jenny and Jenny's boyfriend there!

Here's a shot of Lena's SIL skating yesterday on the path that's been plowed on the big lake there.

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DW and I head back to Cozumel in 12 days and can't hardly wait. Past time to get some dives in and they are seeing lots of dolphins around right now plus still seeing some eagle rays.



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Going to Guangdong province, one of the provinces in China, for 10 days with family. I've been before long time ago but Guangdong is very large and have modernised a lot lately, so hopefully, can cover more new places this time. My father is bringing a wheelchair for the trip, so will be my first time pushing a wheelchair around and his first time in a wheelchair for a trip. I just hope that when I am old and need a wheelchair, I can still travel. However, having no kids, I see that as quite difficult unless one hires help.
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Thinking about a trip to Italy; never been there as a tourist. I had been there when I was in the USAF, but never really got around to seeing much. Just don't know where to start the planning on places to go and see.
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Thinking about a trip to Italy; never been there as a tourist. I had been there when I was in the USAF, but never really got around to seeing much. Just don't know where to start the planning on places to go and see.
Italy is our favourite place and have been there many time. In your first trip you should probably start with Rome for a few days then train or drive to Florence and Tuscany. Others might suggest Venice, lakes, or Amalfi but probably makes more sense to do those in a later trip.
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