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Old 10-03-2016, 03:46 PM   #3221
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Despite almost 30 years living in the USA I forget that words like "bespoke" and "lounge suit" are not common.

I spent my last 2 years of work in Megacorp on a manufacturing site where ties were never seen even by the CEO or Chairman when they paid a visit. One time when the chairman was visiting he was actually wearing a tie but after a while he said that he was only doing so because Fortune Magazine had voted him the worst dressed Executive in the country. Eventually he took it off and asked if someone wanted a tie.
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They are wonderful terms! I imagine your fellow QM2 passengers have them in their vocabularies.
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All this talk has me wondering if my double-knit polyester leisure suit is still considered formal enough. Surely it must be, right?
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All this talk has me wondering if my double-knit polyester leisure suit is still considered formal enough. Surely it must be, right?
Memories of my worst boyfriend ever. College days..... wore a white leisure suit to a dance/sorority ball. Why did i not see the red flags that night? (I thought I was in love with the jerk! and did not see the clues.)

I've creeped him since and that same jerk is super successful. #1. Leisure suit did not cause it #2. I still lucked out.

I digress:
Booked a "cheap cruise" out of Galveston for mid October. The "cheap cruises" I have found always cost way more than I planned. I need more practice.

This will be our first cruise on RCCL, as well as our first out of Galveston.
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I'm off for a week in Ottawa. Staying at nice hotel a block from Parliamentary Hill. Nothing special, just walking around, probably a couple sight seeing activities and enjoying the cooler weather.


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We got a deal on the Ruby Princess 8 day cruise over New Year's. It leaves and arrives at LA- No Airports!
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I'm off for a week in Ottawa. Staying at nice hotel a block from Parliamentary Hill. Nothing special, just walking around, probably a couple sight seeing activities and enjoying the cooler weather.


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Chateau Laurier? The Elgin? The Westin? All old haunts of mine. I love Ottawa.

Make sure to explore the Byward Market, walk or cycle along the Rideau Canal, especially the locks, and check out the museums and galleries.
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Meadhb: Will do! I'm staying at the Lord Elgin Hotel, looking forward to seeing everything I can that week. Appreciate the "must sees".


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They are wonderful terms! I imagine your fellow QM2 passengers have them in their vocabularies.
Some of them certainly do

Hanging around the casino area on formal nights one sees lots of James Bond wanna be's.
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They are wonderful terms! I imagine your fellow QM2 passengers have them in their vocabularies.
Indeed, quite, quite.
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I spent my last 2 years of work in Megacorp on a manufacturing site where ties were never seen even by the CEO or Chairman when they paid a visit. One time when the chairman was visiting he was actually wearing a tie but after a while he said that he was only doing so because Fortune Magazine had voted him the worst dressed Executive in the country. Eventually he took it off and asked if someone wanted a tie.
That is so very very funny!!?
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Indeed, quite, quite.
Also end every sentence with a question, like Isn't it?

(I just read a book from Scotland, and. although written in English, I had to sound out the dialog to recognize the meaning (My family is all from Glasgow)).

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I have a set of five books from Scotland based on a radio play. The McFlannels.

My spouse cannot understand the books, does not understand the down to earth humour and does not comprehend many of the words/expressions.

I grew up in Canada those accents and most of the words/expressions but still had to enquire about a few that passed over my head. It makes me feel somewhat nostalgic when I pick one up and read a chapter.
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Just booked a South American cruise from Buenos Aires. Plan to go down early and get some beach time in Uruguay or Argentina plus time in BA. Plan to spend time in Chile, then go to Boquette, Panama for some time. After that, more beach time in Costa Rica prior to flying home.

Not what we expected but the cruise price was right and the airline reward travel stars appear to be lining up. That is the winter taken care of.
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Meadhb: Will do! I'm staying at the Lord Elgin Hotel, looking forward to seeing everything I can that week. Appreciate the "must sees".
There are a lot of museums very close to the Parliament buildings
https://www.bing.com/search?q=museums++ottawa+canada ,

Plus one across the river in Quebec called the museum of civilization which you can see from the parliament buildings. A long walk or short taxi ride.

Also by the National Gallery (art museum) is the Mint where they make coins, you can of course buy them there too for collecting.
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There are a lot of museums very close to the Parliament buildings
https://www.bing.com/search?q=museums++ottawa+canada ,

Plus one across the river in Quebec called the museum of civilization which you can see from the parliament buildings. A long walk or short taxi ride.

Also by the National Gallery (art museum) is the Mint where they make coins, you can of course buy them there too for collecting.
The former Canadian Museum of Civilization was renamed the Canadian Museum of History a few years ago. Definitely worth a visit.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cana...eum_of_History
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I'm off to Barcelona shortly and returning to Tampa via the Atlantic.

Booked a hotel near the city center and plan on doing some walking tours (don't plan on getting a car), and getting around by metro and taxi. I only started looking at what to do yesterday and came across free, guided walking tours, where you're just supposed to tip the guide, I guess. Strange business model. I guess the "catch" is that the guides aren't certified. I thought maybe they'd take you to places, get you to spend money, and take kickbacks. Anyway, I may or may not go on any of those. We have 5 days before boarding the ship.
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I'm off to Barcelona shortly and returning to Tampa via the Atlantic.

Booked a hotel near the city center and plan on doing some walking tours (don't plan on getting a car), and getting around by metro and taxi. I only started looking at what to do yesterday and came across free, guided walking tours, where you're just supposed to tip the guide, I guess. Strange business model. I guess the "catch" is that the guides aren't certified. I thought maybe they'd take you to places, get you to spend money, and take kickbacks. Anyway, I may or may not go on any of those. We have 5 days before boarding the ship.
A couple of certified guides we used in Barcelona really complained about the uncertified guides following them and listening in on their presentations.

We really enjoyed the All Things Dali tour from Spanish Trails - this goes to locations outside Barcelona. The Scottish guide Andrew was fantastic. It was a long, adventurous day. This is not an inexpensive tour company. We did another tour with them - an insider tour - which I didn't enjoy nearly as much even though it was a good overview of the city.

Another thing we totally enjoyed was the Barcelona Cooking School. We took the Saturday night classic tapas class, and the chef Juan was fantastic. Their setup is great for up to 8 people and very organized. They offer other classes too.

Barcelona is a bit nuts in that the demand for major sights is so high, they schedule very tight windows for visits and you have to arrive on time or lose your place. You usually have to schedule a few days in advance to get a time slot you want.

To see the inside of Sagrada Familia we ended up going with a local company company that did small English tours - Sagrada Familia Walking Tour It was too confusing dealing with the direct website and finding OK time slots. The local travel agency guided tour was very good.

You can see a lot in Barcelona. This site actually helped me get the best price for various visits. Just one of the pages - but links to the suggestion we used above. https://www.barcelonahacks.com/sagra...d-information/

We also did the day trip to Montserrat which was great. Barcelona Turisme sells all inclusive tickets to this (metro, train, cable car or funicular, access to various things on the mountain).

Go by Vinitus for fantastic seafood Tapas - not far up Passeig Gracia from Placa Catalunya and then east one block (I think). I wish we had eaten there two more times (we went twice). Between 2:30 and 6 may be best for getting a table. We hit them about 2:30pm to 3 and they seemed to be not quite as crowded - the lunch crowd finally thinning out. Really excellent fresh seafood.

We visited the Boqueria market first thing in the morning (which means 8am) and had breakfast there and wandered through all the stalls as people were setting them up for the day. That was cool.
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I used free walking tours in NY and one other place. They were good and I tipped $10-20 for a couple of hours which is cheaper than paid guided tours.

Going to Sydney and Melbourne where these free tours are among the highest rated on TA:

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You can see a lot in Barcelona. This site actually helped me get the best price for various visits. Just one of the pages - but links to the suggestion we used above. https://www.barcelonahacks.com/sagra...d-information/

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Thank you for the website recommendation . We are going to Barcelona next spring.
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I'm off to Barcelona shortly and returning to Tampa via the Atlantic.

Booked a hotel near the city center and plan on doing some walking tours (don't plan on getting a car), and getting around by metro and taxi. I only started looking at what to do yesterday and came across free, guided walking tours, where you're just supposed to tip the guide, I guess. Strange business model. I guess the "catch" is that the guides aren't certified. I thought maybe they'd take you to places, get you to spend money, and take kickbacks. Anyway, I may or may not go on any of those. We have 5 days before boarding the ship.
Are you taking a cruise each way ?
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