General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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swede
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6581 posts since 21/3/09

19 Nov 2017 12:27
stoney wrote: Private water taxi from airport a must.

Laughing out loud
Heath
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2455 posts since 26/7/06

19 Nov 2017 17:21
joe6886 wrote: Going to Reykjavik in December, anyone got any recommendations apart from the obvious. Doing blue lagoon and hopefully to see the northern lights. Cheap places to eat would be good, I’m aware it’s a pricey place to go on the whole.

Like Rir said, that hotdog stand is a must. If you're not getting them with everything, don't bother.

Grillmarkadurinn was expensive but exceptionally good.

Harbour, the fish restaurant, didn't kill the wallet and was a decent place.

And this for takeaway vibes - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g189970-d8260464-Reviews-Fish_and_Chips_Vagninn-Reykjavik_Capital_Region.html

We did an ATV ride across the beach with the crashed plane and whale bones which was pretty good.

We went out of Reykjavik and stayed here as well - https://www.jacadatravel.com/polar/iceland/southern-iceland/accommodation/skalakot-lodge/ - and they offered horse riding at sunset and we saw the Northern Lights while staying there.

Otherwise it's really just about getting out and finding some decent hikes I felt. The geysers and everything were cool, but full of people having a goose.

There's also a shop in Reykjavik called Geysir actually that's got some decent clothes worth looking at.
joe6886
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686 posts since 16/11/08

19 Nov 2017 19:42
Cheers fellas, will take a look into them places.
swiftus
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425 posts since 1/7/09

20 Nov 2017 12:32
Brenner wrote: Heading Japan for two weeks. Got plenty of recommendations for Tokyo but not a lot for Osaka/Kyoto. Any tips?

Went to Kyoto, not Osaka.

Not sure what you're after (food, things to see, etc), but definitely contact Peter MacIntosh (http://kyotosightsandnights.com) for a tour of Gion whilst you're in Kyoto. Well worth it.
sodomgomorra
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828 posts since 24/3/14

20 Nov 2017 13:30
Also interested in that.

What are some good readings for a trip to Japan? Going next summer.

Also, any budgetary tips to keep spend down? Were both students and don't necessarily need to be pampered by Geishas in a 5 star hotel.
TIMDOT
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817 posts since 6/8/14

27 Nov 2017 18:35
Googles 'Karl Marx statue Tokyo'. Finds this:
https://cityseeker.com/tokyo/747609-karl-marx-statue
It's an inconvenience to get to. But it's a pink bust of Marx along with a plate with his CLASSIC formula G-W-G on it so I decide to make the effort. I have my Marx ring on and my legs are. fucking. moving.
Now. You'd think a pink bust would be easy to spot. It wasn't on the street. There's a shrine/temple/graveyard on the corner but seeing as it was dark it wasn't open. Have I fucked it? I look over the fence of the connecting car park and can't see shit. I walk up the street, around the block, admit defeat and go.
Was it bad idea to do it at 5pm? Maybe. Was it bad idea to do it on my last night there? Maybe.
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Hold on let's back track for a minute. A couple of days before going on holiday I google the number on the website and it leads to a company doing sightseeing tours 'Go Tokyo'. I emailed them about the statue but they give me some shit saying "ooh we have nothing to do with this statue the number is owned by someone else…". They know.
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So on my way back I realized opposite of where it was supposed to be was a big gated plot of land but also the really run down really shit looking building within it. I call it a building but it was more of a shack. It turns out this was the Straylian embassy. I thought to myself, wouldn't it be funny if this was all one big prank by some disgruntled Straylian that didn't like Communism?

Plan of attack:
-RING the number
-Email the embassy
-Email the sightseeing company again
DuffMan
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14154 posts since 21/2/07

27 Nov 2017 19:55
Jimmy Hill
FrIEND
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13387 posts since 27/11/03

27 Nov 2017 22:38
D-J-S
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134 posts since 10/4/14

5 Dec 2017 19:36
What’s good in Warsaw?
Hyprestrine
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5 posts since 15/11/17

6 Dec 2017 10:35
swiftus wrote:
Brenner wrote: Heading Japan for two weeks. Got plenty of recommendations for Tokyo but not a lot for Osaka/Kyoto. Any tips?

Went to Kyoto, not Osaka.

Not sure what you're after (food, things to see, etc), but definitely contact Peter MacIntosh (http://kyotosightsandnights.com) for a tour of Gion whilst you're in Kyoto. Well worth it.

Went to Osaka. They say it's a little more preserved than Tokyo. I wouldn't know cos I haven't been to Tokyo, but Osaka was amazing! Smiling
crutch
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258 posts since 22/11/12

14 Dec 2017 11:22
Is bordeaux a good weekend trip? Looking to book a weekend away for my g/f's birthday in early Feb and just seen some super cheap flights to Bordeaux
illwill
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2802 posts since 17/5/04

14 Dec 2017 12:03
Very nice but it's cheap because it's in February. It will be raining.

crutch
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258 posts since 22/11/12

14 Dec 2017 13:21
So will most short flight destinations I guess Cry
MoB
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36215 posts since 31/8/04

14 Dec 2017 16:31
Go to lisbon
crutch
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258 posts since 22/11/12

14 Dec 2017 16:44
Good shout - did that last year!
Tony
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933 posts since 28/10/08

10 Jan 2018 23:47
Anyone been to Montenegro? looking at going for a week in July. Want some sight seeing but also some decent weather.
Is the best place to stay Kotor? bit stuck for ideas want to go somewhere different but thats a short/cheap flight. Any help or ideas appreciated.
abagnale
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454 posts since 6/1/14

11 Jan 2018 10:48
Is anyone here familiar with Johannesburg?

I've been a couple of times and I'll be going back in a week and I'm hoping to find some new/better places to eat and drink.

I've been to a couple of decent places around Pretoria like Capital Craft Beer and Crawdaddy's, but I will be staying in Sandton so hoping to find something like that locally? Any ideas?

MoB
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36215 posts since 31/8/04

11 Jan 2018 11:25
abagnale wrote: Is anyone here familiar with Johannesburg?

I've been a couple of times and I'll be going back in a week and I'm hoping to find some new/better places to eat and drink.

I've been to a couple of decent places around Pretoria like Capital Craft Beer and Crawdaddy's, but I will be staying in Sandton so hoping to find something like that locally? Any ideas?

My wife used to live there, know a lot of people who still do. Give me a couple of days and i'll get some bits together.
abagnale
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454 posts since 6/1/14

11 Jan 2018 11:52
Awesome, cheers!
blackham
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1585 posts since 17/7/13

11 Jan 2018 13:07
any recommendations for Goa, north or south. Heading out there for 10 days in March.