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Old 07-27-2013, 10:58 AM   #1021
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Ten years ago after DW survived her breast cancer surgery this was our celebratory trip, although from Vancouver to Banff to Lake Louise to Jasper back to Vancouver. Stayed in the classic hotels (the ones that are now Fairmonts). What a great trip that was! You will love it.
So glad that your wife is well and you had that great trip!

We have driven thru this area a few yrs ago, except for Jasper, but friends who have never been before ... Maybe not even to Canada, wanted us to try this Trip. We know the scenery will be spectacular...spending 1 night on the train should be a hoot and have always wanted to stay in those Fairmont Hotels...so thanks for confirming we made a good decision!

Ps..heard the night sky can be spectacular around Jasper because its so dark...but its always mentioned for winter months. I hope we are lucky enough to be able to see more stars, etc. than at home...what a bonus that would be!
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BTW your pictures are not showing.
The Czech Republic slideshow? (If I click on the link I can see them, but perhaps others cannot.......will 'Czech' it out...)
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The Czech Republic slideshow? (If I click on the link I can see them, but perhaps others cannot.......will 'Czech' it out...)
OK now!
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Doing the Landmannalaugar-Skógar trek in Iceland the first week of Sept. I'm going to stay a 3 or 4 days in Reykjavík before hand and 1 day after. If anyone has suggestions on good things to see/do in iceland i'm all ears.
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When you are in Reykjavik I recommend doing the Blue Lagoon. A large geothermal spa that is an experience. It is a short drive from Reykjavik and there are local buses that will take you there also. We were there last September.
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Just booked a week in the Okanagan Valley for winery tours in mid-September. Half the time staying at Naramata Bench, the rest at Osoyoos in the south. Travelling with another couple, we booked 2BR suites in both places.

It should be a gastronomic delight. Plus many mellow moments!
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Just booked a week in the Okanagan Valley for winery tours in mid-September. Half the time staying at Naramata Bench, the rest at Osoyoos in the south. Travelling with another couple, we booked 2BR suites in both places.

It should be a gastronomic delight. Plus many mellow moments!
I'd love to hear a bit about it after your trip, I'm just 3.5 hours southeast of Osoyoos but have never been up that way.
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We know the proprietors of 2 vineyards: Burrowing Owl and Rustico Estate. Be glad to report back around September 21st.
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DW and I are traveling to Sarasota & Dunedin, FL for several days; checking them out as potential retirement locations. Would be interested in what suggestions folks have on what to see and where to visit.
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DW and I are traveling to Sarasota & Dunedin, FL for several days; checking them out as potential retirement locations. Would be interested in what suggestions folks have on what to see and where to visit.
If I was coming as a tourist I would spend an afternoon in downtown Sarastota checking out the shops and stopping at one of the many outside cafes ( providing it is not too hot ) for an appetizer & a glass of wine . I would also spend an evening there at one of the jazz cafes . I would take a ride through St. Armand's and stop at Columbia restaurant for there 1925 salad and another glass of wine . I would continue through St. Armands & drive through Longboat Key connecting to Anna Marie Island . I would eat lunch at one of the beachside restaurants ( probably the beach house ) and just enjoy the view . I would then return via the bridge to Bradenton which would connect to rt.41 where I would pass the Ringling Museum and stop for a visit . Another day I would drive down Rt.41 to VeniceFl.after another lunch with wine of course I would drive to Casperon Beach ( a totally natural beach ) and since you pass Sharky's on the way back another libation . Heading back on route 41 I would turn left on Albee road , follow that to the beach and turn right onto Casey Key . Drive past unbelievable homes including Stephen King"s until you reach the end and connect up with rt.41 again.Do not believe the toursit booklets that Phillipi Creek Oyster Bar is good . It is awful ! Good seafood is at little dives close to the bay . Have a great trip !
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If you have any time left after following Moemg's excellent itinerary, stop in at John's Pass in St Pete's Beach on the way to Dunedin.
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DW and I are traveling to Sarasota & Dunedin, FL for several days; checking them out as potential retirement locations. Would be interested in what suggestions folks have on what to see and where to visit.
For a good meal, I highly recommend Yoder's Restaurant at 3434 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota FL. Great food at a better than fair price. The fried chicken is excellent.


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... stopping at one of the many outside cafes ( providing it is not too hot ) for an appetizer & a glass of wine ... stop at Columbia restaurant for there 1925 salad and another glass of wine ... after another lunch with wine of course I would drive to Casperon Beach ( a totally natural beach ) and since you pass Sharky's on the way back another libation .
(Bolding mine, not Moemg's.)

I would recommend if Huston55 follow this advice he should be the passenger and not the driver.
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The leading and high-lighted headline in ABCNews website right now is :
New terror threat: surgically implanted bombs.

Now how would it change the TSA inspection process?
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The leading and high-lighted headline in ABCNews website right now is :
New terror threat: surgically implanted bombs.

Now how would it change the TSA inspection process?
Reminds me of a scene in the movie "Total Recall", where Arnold goes thru the total body x-ray.

Maybe terrorism will drive us to 'virtual' vacations.
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CANADIAN ROCKIES...

We are flying into Vancouver, B C next week...1 night at Westin Bayshore Inn (anyone have restaurant recommendations?)..then joining a tour that has us on VIA train overnight, than next afternoon arrive in Jasper ...to start trip that includes 2 nights there, at Lake Louise and Banff...most nights in Fairmont hotels...with little adventures, like whitewater rafting, scattered throughout the trip, but also lots of time on our own to explore, ending in Calgary. This will be our second 'tour'...first was a train type vacation mostly in Switzerland, a bit of Italy, earlier this year...mainly because the cost was actually less than what we could have arranged on our own, renting a car...and all the details of train tickets, hotels, etc taken care of. Also stayed in lovely hotels and some meals included...lots of wine too...nice in such an expensive country. One of the biggest advantages...DH can enjoy the scenery! But next year we are going to do another driving vacation in France again...before we are too old! So much to see there. Almost forgot...in November...off to Rome for a few days before starting a cruise that will have most port stops in Spain....working on our bucket list!
That sounds great! It also sounds pretty expensive - do you mind sharing about what such a tour costs?

The scenery there is just spectacular, so you will enjoy that very much.
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My DD has a big break between college terms coming up, and it's likely to be the last one while she's living at home. At least that's my excuse for taking her to Italy for her first trip! And then my niece just graduated from university with a degree in Art History so I invited her along.

We leave in 2 weeks. I've rented apartments in Rome, Florence, and Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre, and plan a quick zip over to Padua for a few days. Fly into Rome, 3 weeks later fly out of Milan. I'm brushing up on my Italian and am very excited! I've been several times, but it will be so fun to see it through the eyes of these 2 young people!
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We did the same trip but added Lake Como for a 4th week. Enjoy!
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Going to Copenhagen in 6 hours for the long weekend [Mod edit] to visit old friends. We will stay in the hotel in Lyngby I stayed in 30 years ago. Probably won't do much touristy things. Buy the boy another Hard Rock Cafe shirt. Ride the trains. Walking tours of Copenhagen (gastronomic and hopefully a pub crawl). Maybe another canal cruise--my boat fix this summer. Eat and drink. Watch the sun come up. Esta bien.

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Going to Greeneville SC area on the 16th. A week with my uncle and aunt. Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, also a side trip to Maggie Valley in NC. Looking forward to it..........
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DW and I are doing a European wine cruise in October. Stops include Bordeaux region of France, Rioja region of Spain, and Porto Portugal among others.
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