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Old 03-01-2014, 10:05 AM   #1321
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July--combined Canadian Rockies by rail and Alaskan cruise. 18 days away from work. Now counting down to ER next year.
That is our "dream trip". Hope to do it next year for our anniversary...
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:09 PM   #1322
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My wife and I are planning a trip to Europe in the Fall. Plan to stay about 3 weeks. I have never been there before but she was stationed in Germany for three years back in the late 80's while in the Army so she is familiar with the area. We will probably rent a car for the whole time. I would like to see Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, & Switzerland. My sister and BIL might meet us there for a week or two.
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That is our "dream trip". Hope to do it next year for our anniversary...

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Well, except for the anniversary part.,,
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:03 PM   #1324
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Currently planning on a week in Hawaii, to visit relatives - then continuing on to New Zealand for seven weeks. Going to rent a campervan in Christchurch, explore the south island for a month, then move over and spend three weeks on the north island. Mostly going to hike, mountain bike and kayak. Still trying to find a cheap campervan that we can carry a couple of bikes in, though. We want to do a buy and resell deal on the bikes. We did a month in a campervan in Australia a few years back, and it was great.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:44 AM   #1325
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I have never been to Spain and Portugal so looking forward to the sighs, sounds, and smells of somewhere new.
You'll be going in the wrong direction then.....the Bridge of Sighs is in Venice.
Come on. We all know Sighs isn't everything.

Sorry, couldn't help myself. It was just sitting there waiting to be said.

We just got back from a weekend hiking along the southwest coast of Java near Pelabuhanratu. Beautiful clean sandy beaches, rugged rocky headlands, bright green rice fields, palm and rubber plantations, steamy jungle, and a good group of hikers with the Java Lava group. The only downer for the weekend was when a small chicken wandered about a foot in front of our dog (on leash) at the end of the day and ended up on the pointy end of the dog's teeth. Nasty scene and had to buy the chicken. Crazy thing is that the dog used to share our yard with two pet chickens for several years, and they got along famously.
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April and May are travel months - a trip to Beijjng (China) and its vicinity. I also plan to see a very remote part of The Great Wall. Another trip will be to Florence. I have been before and did the museums, duomo and sights. This trip would be focused on wine and food and golf.
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Understanding this is not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, though definitely ours, am booking a 300 mile walking tour of Scotland (8 days/100 miles) and the coast to coast walk in England (15 days/200 miles). We'll be using a tour company for purposes of booking the hotels/lodges along the route, arranging for our luggage to be moved on each day to the next hotel, and receiving detailed walking guides. We'll break up the two legs with a little sightseeing in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. This is to be a celebration for DH's 60th birthday, though I'm as excited about doing this as he is.
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Understanding this is not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, though definitely ours, am booking a 300 mile walking tour of Scotland (8 days/100 miles) and the coast to coast walk in England (15 days/200 miles). We'll be using a tour company for purposes of booking the hotels/lodges along the route, arranging for our luggage to be moved on each day to the next hotel, and receiving detailed walking guides. We'll break up the two legs with a little sightseeing in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. This is to be a celebration for DH's 60th birthday, though I'm as excited about doing this as he is.
That sounds like a cool trip!
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Understanding this is not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, though definitely ours, am booking a 300 mile walking tour of Scotland (8 days/100 miles) and the coast to coast walk in England (15 days/200 miles). We'll be using a tour company for purposes of booking the hotels/lodges along the route, arranging for our luggage to be moved on each day to the next hotel, and receiving detailed walking guides. We'll break up the two legs with a little sightseeing in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. This is to be a celebration for DH's 60th birthday, though I'm as excited about doing this as he is.
This is my kind of trip! I love to hike and backpack. Do you have good raingear? I live in Oregon, so I have really good raingear. I was very glad I had it while I was in New Zealand, and I am always glad I have it while at home. I have heard that Scotland and England are rainy almost year round.
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This is my kind of trip! I love to hike and backpack. Do you have good raingear? I live in Oregon, so I have really good raingear. I was very glad I had it while I was in New Zealand, and I am always glad I have it while at home. I have heard that Scotland and England are rainy almost year round.
You betcha! We previously did the Alpine Pass in Switzerland with this company, which required purchasing sturdy rainwear, both top and bottom, so we're good to go.
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We're taking my 15 year old nephew to New Orleans for 5 days in April. I asked him what city in the U.S. he'd most like to visit and he wants to see N.O. My DH and I were there a couple years ago and told him how much we enjoyed the food, music, architecture, culture, etc. (Before that, he'd always wanted to visit NYC.) To top it off, his Sacramento Kings will be playing the N.O. Pelicans so we'll catch a basketball game there, too. Yeah, I'm the cool aunt..... :-)
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Just got back from 4 days in San Francisco, finally got around to touring Alcatraz, which was mildly interesting and well organized. Walked 20,000 steps a day with lots of hills, which was great. Now looking for another city to do 4 days in in late April. We usually look for last minute deals, but very open to suggestions!

San Fran, Portland, Vegas, and San Diego are all recent destinations.

Where else should we try? We usually only get 4 days, so Western US or Canada is best.
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I am planning a 2 weeks’ vacation with my daughters driving from Nice to Italian Riviera. We'll go inland through the Tuscan hills, to Pompeii/Amalfi/Salerno and then head up to Rome via coastal route (Gaeta, Sperlonga, etc). From there, we take the car ferry to Sardegna and proceed on to Barcelona on car ferry via Genova if time permits. We'll drive along Barcelona/Costa Brava through the Pyrenees to San Sebastian. Then we spend time to see the Spanish Basque coast and head on to the French Basque coast and then go straight to Paris for shopping?
BTW, this trip will provide them perfect opportunities to practice driving manual cars as they have only been driving auto in the States. Will depart in late April or early May when they weather is still cool and avoid the Easter rush. Look forward for this vacation for years and particularly delighted to be travelling with my two daughters.
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Driving the family out to Colorado this summer. We plan to spend time in Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde National Park. We're also going to make a stop to see the US Air Force Academy and the great sand dunes along the way. We've got a couple other activities booked as well, including a jeep tour in the mountains and a river rafting adventure. Really looking forward to it- especially our youngest who is really the outdoors type.
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panacea, we'll be in the Rockies around the first week of June, and also looking forward to seeing a few places along the way: Shambala Mountain Center, a bunch of breweries, and also the Trail Ridge Road (hoping there is no late snow to delay it opening).
We'll be taking about 4 weeks to drive from Seattle up to Yukon and then back down and across to SC, closing the loop on our circumnavigation by short bus at last. This leg is about 6000 miles. Right now this is our route: http://goo.gl/OdtHQ7
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I am planning a 2 weeks’ vacation with my daughters driving from Nice to Italian Riviera. We'll go inland through the Tuscan hills, to Pompeii/Amalfi/Salerno and then head up to Rome via coastal route (Gaeta, Sperlonga, etc). From there, we take the car ferry to Sardegna and proceed on to Barcelona on car ferry via Genova if time permits. We'll drive along Barcelona/Costa Brava through the Pyrenees to San Sebastian. Then we spend time to see the Spanish Basque coast and head on to the French Basque coast and then go straight to Paris for shopping?
BTW, this trip will provide them perfect opportunities to practice driving manual cars as they have only been driving auto in the States. Will depart in late April or early May when they weather is still cool and avoid the Easter rush. Look forward for this vacation for years and particularly delighted to be travelling with my two daughters.
Can I come along?

Oh wait, I will be in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, followed by Ireland, at the time.
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panacea, we'll be in the Rockies around the first week of June, and also looking forward to seeing a few places along the way: Shambala Mountain Center, a bunch of breweries, and also the Trail Ridge Road (hoping there is no late snow to delay it opening).
We'll be taking about 4 weeks to drive from Seattle up to Yukon and then back down and across to SC, closing the loop on our circumnavigation by short bus at last. This leg is about 6000 miles. Right now this is our route: http://goo.gl/OdtHQ7
Sarah, all I can say is: you do like remote! At least you have a crowd to help out if anything goes wrong.
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Thanks, meadbh, we will have a Kewlona, BC native with us all the way, and she's as excited as we are to get to see some of the these places. I'm especially looking forward to the Hyder/Stewart side trip, where we'll cross into Alaska and back while on the Stewart Cassiar. Wish we could make it all the way to the Arctic Circle, but weather and time worked against us. The Icefields Parkway is a reasonable substitution, I think!
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I am planning a 2 weeks’ vacation with my daughters driving from Nice to Italian Riviera. We'll go inland through the Tuscan hills, to Pompeii/Amalfi/Salerno and then head up to Rome via coastal route (Gaeta, Sperlonga, etc). From there, we take the car ferry to Sardegna and proceed on to Barcelona on car ferry via Genova if time permits. We'll drive along Barcelona/Costa Brava through the Pyrenees to San Sebastian. Then we spend time to see the Spanish Basque coast and head on to the French Basque coast and then go straight to Paris for shopping?
BTW, this trip will provide them perfect opportunities to practice driving manual cars as they have only been driving auto in the States. Will depart in late April or early May when they weather is still cool and avoid the Easter rush. Look forward for this vacation for years and particularly delighted to be travelling with my two daughters.
That's a lot of ground to cover in two weeks?

I pay much higher rental fees to get automatic. Some of the hilly roads in Tuscany with switchbacks and some portions where only one car can pass do not seem to be ideal places for learning to drive manual.

But I should really do it one of these days ...
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