General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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MoB
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36668 posts since 31/8/04

8 Jul 2013 20:48
Proper jealous Phil, when i did Vegas/LA it was borderline best holiday of my life.
diederik
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3188 posts since 16/8/11

8 Jul 2013 21:03
Mookie_blaylock wrote: Any Lisbon recommendations please - restaurant, bar and sightseeing wise?

Sea Me is a decent seafood restaurant - http://www.peixariamoderna.com
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

8 Jul 2013 21:14
MoB wrote: Proper jealous Phil, when i did Vegas/LA it was borderline best holiday of my life.

Cool So looking forward to it. Had written off a holiday this year as recently single (Monday gone (no Oasis)) and all my mates are already booked up with their birds. Mate randomly asked me on Sat as his Mrs reckons she cant make it because of phd work Jawdropping!

Going to have a big blowout Smiling
Mookie_blaylock
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1578 posts since 19/7/06

9 Jul 2013 13:43
Thanks diederik- no English version of the website but looks good based on tripadvisor reviews.

Any more Lisbon recommendations chaps?
selkiefolk
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421 posts since 27/3/13

9 Jul 2013 14:45
RickRude wrote:
Off to Ecuador in July, just had jabs today at docs.

Anyone been before and recommend any nice spots etc, spending 3 nights in the rainforest/jungle when out there shitting it

Went there as part of a six month sabbatical trip. As such, stayed mainly in 3* to make the money go further.

- Quito - stayed in Hostal Charles Darwin, safe part of town, decent restaurants nearby, very friendly service in the hotel itself.

- Guayaquil - more of a business city, but they were developing it. Wouldn't recommend it.

- We went up Ruta del Sol, staying in Puerto Lopez to dive, visit some natural volcanic mud baths and springs, staying at this brilliant place - http://www.hosteriamandala.info/. Also stayed in Montanita to go surfing for a few days. After that we went into a nearby rainsforest to stay at the Samai Spa hotel, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samai-Ocean-Hotel-Spa/29265830788. We arrived at the end of low season, so was all kinda sleepy. Also, weather: half of the year the Ruta is (allegedly) fog-bound, or at least grey-skied - the other half it's clear and sunny.

From Quito, as we'd stayed in the Amazon for a couple of weeks in Peru, we opted for mountains instead. Rode horses up Pinchincha volcano in Quito itself, and climbed Cotapaxi volcano pretty much in trainers, bad mistake. Went to Otavalo market which is a bit of a bus ride away from Quito - it's a decent market. There's also Mitad del Mundo, the equator, the middle of the world. It's just a typical tourist scenario - overpriced guinea pig in the restaurants and those mental baggy travelers pants which Vis and the Soloist seem to be vibing off at the moment.

If you have Spanish = cool, if not, it's worth getting some. Bittorrent Michel Thomas' Spanish course which is a pretty easy one that gets you talking like a native.
diederik
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3188 posts since 16/8/11

9 Jul 2013 15:33
Mookie_blaylock wrote: Thanks diederik- no English version of the website but looks good based on tripadvisor reviews.

Any more Lisbon recommendations chaps?

Yeah site is not in English but all the staff spoke English (in general pretty much everydone did in Lisbon)

I found some decent spots on this website when I went there - have a look:
http://www.golisbon.com/night-life/bars.html
hate
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1571 posts since 4/1/12

9 Jul 2013 15:41
www.spottedbylocals.com and www.unlike.net can be helpful for a lot of citys too!
suck your mum
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2389 posts since 7/4/04

10 Jul 2013 11:33
Just got back from a wedding in Slovenia….as other people have said in this thread before there are better European cities to visit for a city break than Ljubljana. Wasn't that impressed with the food and there wasn't too much to actually do. I was just passing through on my way to Lake Bled which is somewhere I would say is worth going to. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life. Food was good, booze was cheap and you go go white water rafting/kayaking/paintballing in the summer and ski in the winter. Think I'll go back and hit the slopes when it gets cold.

Drove to Croatia as well and stayed in a Kempinski hotel in Istria. Topper hotel which had a blinding breakfast and more boob jobs per capita than any hotel I've ever stayed at in my life.
OliverGauffe
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16 posts since 8/7/13

10 Jul 2013 11:34
Heading to Chicago for the first time next month… def gonna check out some music venues, hoping to find some great places and "the real deal"… anyone know good places to try? I heard about a punk bar called Exit that is supposed to be legendary, and I know some of their concert venues out there are killer, but I'm feeling skeptical with everything becoming so bland and hipsterified these days. Cool
selkiefolk
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421 posts since 27/3/13

10 Jul 2013 14:36
OliverGauffe - go to the Kingston Mines (http://kingstonmines.com/). It's authentic blues bar where some of the best bluesmen you've never heard of play. It's where all the big acts come to chill after playing (national chain) House of Blues to keep it real. You have to pay a membership fee to get in but it's worth it. It's pretty down and dirty. Afterwards, head to nearby La Bamba to score a burrito as big as your head.

I really liked Metro for gigs when I lived there. Unbelievably (for a Brit), you get 'table' service on the main/dance floor. When the band is playing. Without the waitress having to write anything down. Whilst remembering three other people's orders. They earn their tips alright. Metro's little brother is Double Door in Bucktown.

Think that Rainbo and Subterranean are good rock bars.

Evil Olive, Spy Bar and Smart Bar for clubbing. Red Dog, one of the birthplaces of Chicago House is closed, so super authentic, is closed.

Not sure about the punk scene there.
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

10 Jul 2013 20:23
Best place to stay in Vegas? Caesars decent?
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

10 Jul 2013 20:25
Or four seasons/Wynn worth the extra?
joe6886
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789 posts since 16/11/08

10 Jul 2013 20:39
Cosmopolitan is worth a look Phil, loved it when we stayed there.
Ulster_Blue
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5193 posts since 16/7/06

11 Jul 2013 09:19
Can anyone recommend a resort in the Algarve for me and gf? Both 28. Been to Alvor last year but a bit too quiet.
Jimmy326
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4554 posts since 22/9/07

11 Jul 2013 09:26
Phil - if it's just you and a mate, Cosmo would be a good choice for slightly more upmarket. Failing that, just stick to MGM or Planet Hollywood. Four Seasons and Wynn aren't ideal location-wise, and the extra $ won't be appreciated if you're not with the missus.
ilikeashirt
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1379 posts since 11/5/07

11 Jul 2013 09:35
Jimmy326 wrote: Phil - if it's just you and a mate, Cosmo would be a good choice for slightly more upmarket. Failing that, just stick to MGM or Planet Hollywood. Four Seasons and Wynn aren't ideal location-wise, and the extra $ won't be appreciated if you're not with the missus.

Totally agree with this, and centally located since you are only there a few days.
I am not a fan of Caesars - some towers are better than others though.
For me Venetain and MGM Signature are great hotels for a good price.
Venetian may be too north for you.
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

11 Jul 2013 09:36
Cheers for the comments will have a look at cosmo. Another mate is going as well now so 3 of us. The plan is:

4 nights in Vegas then fly to San Fran
3 nights in San Fran, hire a car and drive to LA
a few nights stopping off on the way to LA
3 nights in LA
3 nights in San Diego
Fly back to Vegas for last night

Any places people would do differntly i.e. less time in one place because its shit Eye-wink I guess if we are somewhere and want to move on sooner we always can.
ilikeashirt
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1379 posts since 11/5/07

11 Jul 2013 09:43
For Vegas hotels sign up (some offers are only available when you sign up) to http://www.smartervegas.com/
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

11 Jul 2013 10:14
Cheers ilike, seems like some decent deals on MGM.

Any advice on place to stay in San Fran and also best places to stop off on the way to LA from San Fran?
misled
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4244 posts since 3/1/02

11 Jul 2013 10:18
PHiL wrote: Cheers ilike, seems like some decent deals on MGM.

Any advice on place to stay in San Fran and also best places to stop off on the way to LA from San Fran?

Take it you're driving down the Pacific Highway? Possible stop offs could be Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur. It's a stunning drive.