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Old 04-17-2016, 08:59 AM   #2841
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Visited Nikko on a day trip in 1986...
1954 and 1959 for me... Not much changed (which is as it should be IMO), and I think this might be the same pagoda that you photographed, near the entry IIRC although it has been a long time. Taken with my trusty Brownie camera.
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:40 PM   #2842
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Looking at Central America or South America to spend next winter doing independent travel. Anyone got any experiences to pass along? Plan to post separately once we have decided. Have been to Costa Rica and loved it. Looking at starting in Argentina for SA or San Salvador for Central America. Goal is to miss the weather, spend time by the ocean, and visit places on our bucket list. 8-10 week trip for either.
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That is awesome.

If you don't want to wake up early to get up the volcano first thing - the sunset is just as spectacular and not as crowded. That's what we did on our honeymoon... complete with champagne and snacks we brought with us. Make sure you bring a jacket - it's cold up there.
Did both, thanks. We were still on central time, so sunrise was no problem. Had a nice green flash too just before the sun crested the clouds.

Conch blowing at sunrise too because a Czech couple came all the way to get married up there!
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Just got back from a wonderful tour of Philadelphia and New York City.

I'm a Matisse fan and was able to view more than 100 of his paintings, so quite a memorable time. My first trip to the Barnes collection and I could have stayed there for a month. Same for MOMA.

Spent a memorable day at Ellis Island and viewed the Tartan Day parade for the 2nd year in a row. Hope it becomes an annual thing with us.
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Just booked a trip to Panama and Costa Rica 7 night active small ship cruise for next January.

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Just booked a trip to Panama and Costa Rica 7 night active small ship cruise for next January.



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If you don't mind me asking, what's the cruise line?

We've avoided cruises, but the route you outlined looks interesting. If it's an active cruise, then maybe it would work for us.
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If you don't mind me asking, what's the cruise line?

We've avoided cruises, but the route you outlined looks interesting. If it's an active cruise, then maybe it would work for us.
This will be our fifth cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures. We have done Alaska, Hawaii, Sea of Cortez, soon the Galapagos. I would highly recommend them.

https://www.un-cruise.com/destinatio...panama-cruises
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Just booked a trip to Panama and Costa Rica 7 night active small ship cruise for next January.

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We've been looking at that very same Uncruise cruise with a pre-trip extension in Costa Rica. Pricey, but looks awesome.

I guess small boat cruising is pricey anyway.
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Hope you have a fun time. As I recall you'll be on Maui. Would like to hear what you found good (and not so). We'll be on Maui in early May.
Other than the sunrise at Haleakala (and birding Hosmer Grove), I would say snorkeling at Kapalua Bay was a highlight. The right side of the small bay was very good. Very scenic beach too. We stayed next door, but there is a small public parking area for the beach, and you can probably get a spot if you arrive early enough - say by 8:30am? After snorkeling one day we had lunch at the Gazebo at Napili Shores, not far (next bay). Much shorter lines than for breakfast, and they serve breakfast until 2pm anyway. They have plenty of restaurant parking. There is also a coastal walking trail that starts at Kapalua beach.
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Thanks Audrey. I'll make a note to visit Kapalua Bay which will be just a little north of where we are staying.
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For fun, you may want to take the Lahina to Kanapaali sugar train.
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I will be heading to downtown São Paulo for a couple of weeks next month, mostly business.

I am hoping to have one weekend mostly free and would welcome any suggestions to those who have been. Please consider that I speak no Portuguese and very little Spanish.

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To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary we splurged and spent a few nights at Napili Kai on Maui. Here was the view from our lanai (room balcony) - actually, a view of Lanai from our lanai! It was fabulous.
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I will be heading to downtown São Paulo for a couple of weeks next month, mostly business.

I am hoping to have one weekend mostly free and would welcome any suggestions to those who have been. Please consider that I speak no Portuguese and very little Spanish.

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I suggest a little book called "Just Enough Portuguese" from Amazon .It is small and fits in your pocket. It has sections for various things and at the beginning are common expressions
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To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary we splurged and spent a few nights at Napili Kai on Maui. Here was the view from our lanai (room balcony) - actually, a view of Lanai from our lanai! It was fabulous.
You did take the ferry over to Lanai's Menele Bay didn't you, rent a jeep and drive over to Ship Wreck Beach?
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You did take the ferry over to Lanai's Menele Bay didn't you, rent a jeep and drive over to Ship Wreck Beach?
Nope, didn't drive around much except up and down Haleakala a couple of times before going over to the West Maui beaches. Maybe some other time.
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I will be heading to downtown São Paulo for a couple of weeks next month, mostly business.

I am hoping to have one weekend mostly free and would welcome any suggestions to those who have been. Please consider that I speak no Portuguese and very little Spanish.
In my experience, downtown São Paulo has the highest population of pickpockets I've ever seen. They are very, very good at it, so be extremely conscious of the people around you when walking about.

OTOH, you'll also find just about every kind of ethnic restaurant you can imagine, and the food will generally be excellent.

Do try to learn at least a few general purpose Portuguese phrases; it will be very helpful. But don't use whatever Spanish you know -- that's a no-no in Brazil.
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If you have time, catch a flight and go see Iguazu Falls.

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It's one of my most favorite trips of all time.

We paid for a private tour guide which involved pick up at the airport, transport to/from hotel, and transport to the falls on both sides (Brazil and Argentina). We hiked around the falls - absolutely stunning. We also took a boat tour (thrilling!) that took us right up to and then even underneath the Devil's Throat falls.
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If you have time, catch a flight and go see Iguazu Falls....
This is actually on my bucket list; but, I doubt if I'll have the time to venture that far out on this trip, not anticipating nearly enough down time for my liking.
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This is actually on my bucket list; but, I doubt if I'll have the time to venture that far out on this trip, not anticipating nearly enough down time for my liking.
I agree that Foz de Iguaçu would be quite a trip. However, for something completely different, one of my favorite little towns is in the state of São Paulo, about ⅓ of the way toward Rio de Janeiro. Campos Do Jordão is a delightful little "touristy" town in the mountains, and when you get there you could easily think you're in the Swiss Alps.

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