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Old 03-23-2016, 07:29 PM   #2761
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Oh, good. Can you share your itinerary so lazy Sarah can copy it for our trip in November?

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Old 03-23-2016, 09:22 PM   #2762
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I have a trip planned for London in a few weeks, but to be honest, I'm scared at this point. If I could cancel it and get my money back, I think I would do it.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:36 PM   #2763
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I have a trip planned for London in a few weeks, but to be honest, I'm scared at this point. If I could cancel it and get my money back, I think I would do it.
Scared about what?
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:43 PM   #2764
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I lived in Memphis 18 years, and traveled to Clarksdale often working. I never considered it a destination, however the local community has worked hard to develop its tourism--music and barbeque.

I'd prefer to stay in Tunica in one of the casino hotels, and just drive the 1/2 hour to Clarksdale to eat and listen to music.
Bama, I cannot claim to have no reservations, but the more I read, the more it sounds like Shack Up Inn is a destination in and of itself. Plus, the weekend's music is on-site. All we have to do is walk to our shack. Sometimes, that can mean a lot.

Been listening to blues and getting quite excited about this jaunt.

We visit Tunica every couple years. This trip will be a nice change as far as a visit to the area.

(Although, truly, I would rather be planning a trip to England).
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:52 PM   #2765
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I have a trip planned for London in a few weeks, but to be honest, I'm scared at this point. If I could cancel it and get my money back, I think I would do it.
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Scared about what?
Bee stings maybe? (over the 10 year period which included the terrorist attacks in 2005 there have been on average as many deaths from bee and wasp stings as from terrorism - 5 per year)

We always used to get about London by the Underground (Tube) but in July 2005 DW stayed in London at the London School of Economics (LSE). She was right next to Russel Street Tube station which was closed due to being blown up by terrorists a few days earlier. Consequently she decided to use the buses but in fact found that most places she wanted to go to were easily walkable.

In 2010 we stayed for a week at a different LSE location, right by the Tate Modern on the banks of the Thames and rarely took the tube. Everything is much closer than you might think.

During the summer months many universities in the UK rent out their dorms, and most have married accommodation, twin beds but with an en-suite bathroom. Big breakfast usually included with the price. We've done this twice in London, twice at York university and once at Exeter university. DW has also stayed at Plymouth University when she was over in 2006.
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:10 PM   #2766
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Lovely presentation What program did you use to do this. We just returned from chasing the Aurora Borealis following the Iditerod in Alaska. I'd love to do a presentation like you did.
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:40 PM   #2767
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You can use Citymapper app. to figure out which buses to take to get to where you want to go. It works for London and several other cities worldwide.

Of course you need a smart phone with data.

TFL has journey planner web site but not an app. it seems. In Citymapper you can even tap your destination on a map or type it in and it finds the most common places before you type it all in.

Yeah you're far more likely to be killed in a car accident. Or in London, Americans looking left instead of right before crossing the street.
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Even though you have almost no chance of being in a terrorist attack I can understand your fear .
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I can understand being a little nervous about traveling, but we just have to decide if the risk outweighs the reward. The US State Department has issued a travel alert for European travel through June 20, 2016. https://travel.state.gov/content/pas...vel-alert.html The guidelines in the link are probably a good idea to follow when traveling anyhere at any time (or even if staying home). We will be in Europe during this time for about ten days and will try to allow extra time for clearing security checkponts.

We are also invited to a wedding in Mexico. None of the young people seem to be much worried about the Zika virus, although that country too has some official cautions about restricting travel because of it.

Chances are very very good that we personally won't be affected by either threat but the threats do still exist.
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:03 PM   #2770
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I heard on the news that before the Paris attacks, intelligence officials heard that ISIS was planning attacks in Paris, Belgium, London and Berlin.

Despite what they heard, the first 2 cities have been attacked. It only seems like a matter of time before the second 2 cities will be attacked.

And after booking the trip I discovered that 2 of the 7-7 bombings happened within several blocks of my hotel.
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I heard on the news that before the Paris attacks, intelligence officials heard that ISIS was planning attacks in Paris, Belgium, London and Berlin.

Despite what they heard, the first 2 cities have been attacked. It only seems like a matter of time before the second 2 cities will be attacked.

And after booking the trip I discovered that 2 of the 7-7 bombings happened within several blocks of my hotel.
I would not want to dismiss your concerns. Personally I feel more comfortable traveling in the US right now and particularly in areas outside of major metro areas. Yes, I'm a coward but vacations are suppose to be fun and (somewhat) worry free.

Looking at the facts, those 7-7 bombings occurred 11 years ago. So maybe the odds greatly favor your safe journey. We were in London in 2013 and came back fine. My guess is the Brits have a higher level of security then on the continent.
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We are still going to England/Scotland/Ireland , I'm hoping these attacks lower the prices and the pound, making it cheaper to book accommodation. Our real estate person called my husband frantically the day after the Brussels bombing. I have not booked yet, still waiting, but I'm not going anywhere popular. We never ever stay at a hotel, always townhouse or a house. We lie to feel at home.


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Old 03-25-2016, 07:47 AM   #2773
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Oh, good. Can you share your itinerary so lazy Sarah can copy it for our trip in November?
Sarah: If at all possible, try to go earlier in the season. November in the far north of Europe is usually cold and rainy.

We were in Scandinavia in August and early September. 20 days of rain in September is average for them.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:58 AM   #2774
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Speaking of Clarksdale, I'm thinking about taking the long way to my yearly houseboat adventure on Dale Hollow.

Leave here (DFW), and take I-20 to Vicksburg, then up 61 to Clarksdale. From there, swing by Tupelo on the way to Muscle Shoals, then zigzag over to Natchez Parkway for the drive into Nashville.

Depending on how I feel after the three-day drunk houseboat weekend, may head over to visit the Smokies. TBD...
You've got the right idea about taking in The Smokies. But there's nothing I'd rather not do as taking Hwy 61 up to Clarksdale.

That part of Mississippi is like a third world country--completely devoid of industry and jobs. People along Hwy 61 are not just poor, they're some of the poorest counties in the United States. I began traveling down there for work in 1974, and things are no better now than then--except for the few Tunica casinos still in business.

We have the Natchez Trace going through our county. The 50 mph speed limit is strongly enforced, and I seldom travel on the road--boring.

And people in many places in the U.S. are still undergoing hard times, and they're still singing the blues.
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Sounds like a great trip--had never heard of Dale Hollow; looks interesting, and it is less than 2 hours from us!
Dale Hollow is one of the premier lakes in the United States. It's one of those places where you can see 20' below the surface. It's about 45 miles north of Cookeville, TN on the KY/TN brrder. The best area hotel facilities are at a KY State Park lodge.

Renting a houseboat looks like great fun in the Summer on Dale Hollow. There are hundreds of coves on the lake, and you could almost get lost without a good map of the area.

Another great lake is Norris Lake--just north of Knoxville. They have 17 marinas on the lake, some with condos. And some of the marinas have floating houses in the middle of the lake with boats tied up to the front doors.
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We are also invited to a wedding in Mexico. None of the young people seem to be much worried about the Zika virus, although that country too has some official cautions about restricting travel because of it.
The city of PV has been sending around fogging trucks to kill the mosquitoes. This is the first time in 4 years that we have seen that.
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The city of PV has been sending around fogging trucks to kill the mosquitoes. This is the first time in 4 years that we have seen that.
Wow...they still do that? Last I saw it was over 55 years ago, outside Adelaide, South Australia.
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We have the Natchez Trace going through our county. The 50 mph speed limit is strongly enforced, and I seldom travel on the road--boring.

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I disagree a bit on this--although we've not made a habit of driving the Trace, we have enjoyed the couple of trips (Spring and Fall) we've made from nashville down to about the Alabama line; say where it meets Highway 72. I'd recommend it for a one-off trip.

(Agree on the speed limit enforcement, and we also found the portion from Alabama line down through Tupelo to be pretty boring.)
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The city of PV has been sending around fogging trucks to kill the mosquitoes. This is the first time in 4 years that we have seen that.
That brings back memories of my ignorant youth! Pedaling vigorously while we wove in and out of the anti-mosquito fog. Ahh, youth....
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Sarah: If at all possible, try to go earlier in the season. November in the far north of Europe is usually cold and rainy.

We were in Scandinavia in August and early September. 20 days of rain in September is average for them.

Nah, sadly, no can do. This was the earliest I could rebook the cheap AA miles tickets after cancelling for April 1-16, so that DH could go to Morocco for a mini-bike race.

I kinda figured the weather would suck, but as I always say, it's better to be there than at work!
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