General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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Double D
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3552 posts since 8/3/07

20 Aug 2015 13:22
Homer wrote: Was thinking bath area maybe and make a weekend of it
Yeah good shout, Bailbrook House is well nice
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

20 Aug 2015 13:25
Goes on sale tomorrow col
Crackajack
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7962 posts since 21/4/05

20 Aug 2015 13:36
Has anyone been to Barbados in the off-season? Thinking of going in late October. Looking for cheap places to stay but we wont be able to drive so I gather this will be tricky as most holiday lets, AirBNB will be away from the main hotels/beaches.

Also are there any other Islands worth visiting from Barbados that are an affordable flight?
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

20 Aug 2015 14:01
DuffMan wrote: Goes on sale tomorrow col

ahhh thanks.
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

21 Aug 2015 17:17
Or maybe not http://uk.businessinsider.com/banksy-dismaland-online-tickets-portal-might-be-fake-2015-8
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

26 Aug 2015 15:11
Want to take my girlfriend to Paris for her 30th in January. Never had any interest in going myself, so dont know anything about different areas etc. Where's good to stay which isnt too busy, but still has nice cafes, bars and restaurants and isnt too far away from tourist stuff/shopping?
InWonderland
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2662 posts since 8/2/07

27 Aug 2015 11:10
Thinking of doing Bruge for a few days before Christmas.
Anyone been? Is 3 nights overkill?
Also any hotel recommendations?
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

posted 27 Aug 2015 12:25, edited 27 Aug 2015 12:25
Not been to Bruges, but Ghent is well under an hour on the train and def worth a day trip, so cant imagine 3 nights would be too much
Jaymo85
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241 posts since 28/3/13

27 Aug 2015 12:38
I went to Paris a few years ago @trailofdavid and got a hotel in the 1st or 2nd arondissement (district) - was near to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Pompidou Centre and Colette

Believe the higher the number the further out you are - not sure if that means it's any worse though
NigelBenn
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4405 posts since 6/2/08

1 Sep 2015 07:52
Fly out to Lisbon today - any recommendations plz?
beedub
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6810 posts since 7/3/07

1 Sep 2015 11:24
trailofdavid wrote: Want to take my girlfriend to Paris for her 30th in January. Never had any interest in going myself, so dont know anything about different areas etc. Where's good to stay which isnt too busy, but still has nice cafes, bars and restaurants and isnt too far away from tourist stuff/shopping?

The Saint Michel area (over the river from Notre Dame) is nice, stayed there a few times. Lots of decent little places to eat and hang out.
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

1 Sep 2015 11:53
Cheers, looks promising
diederik
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3295 posts since 16/8/11

1 Sep 2015 12:16
Check out Le Marais in Paris. Decent.
jwool
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2704 posts since 16/2/10

1 Sep 2015 17:14
diederik wrote: Check out Le Marais in Paris. Decent.

2nd this. Stayed a stones throw from Bastille recently, lots of bars/restaurants/shops and gf loved sitting in Place des Vosges.
illmurray
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568 posts since 18/4/12

posted 2 Sep 2015 13:11, edited 2 Sep 2015 13:11
diederik wrote: Check out Le Marais in Paris. Decent.

Yeah Le Marais, or a little further north near Canal Saint Martin is good too.

Prague tips for good restaurants, bars, galleries and which areas are best to stay?
ballso
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637 posts since 26/1/09

3 Sep 2015 11:59
off to melbourne in a few weeks. looking to work eventually, but will be playing tourist for the first week or two. anyone got any must do's / see's?
hate
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1576 posts since 4/1/12

3 Sep 2015 13:09
someone going to Amsterdam in october? (ADE)
joe6886
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915 posts since 16/11/08

11 Sep 2015 11:48
NigelBenn wrote: Fly out to Lisbon today - any recommendations plz?

Any good mate, going two weeks today. Any recommendations?
diederik
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3295 posts since 16/8/11

11 Sep 2015 12:50
http://www.peixariamoderna.com/#/home

For seafood/fish.
andymakesglasses
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20592 posts since 26/1/06

14 Sep 2015 17:41
ballso wrote: off to melbourne in a few weeks. looking to work eventually, but will be playing tourist for the first week or two. anyone got any must do's / see's?

Just back from Melbourne. I really enjoyed it but left feeling slightly disappointed because I had high expectations for the laneways which I'd read about. They turned out to be a bit underwhelming really. AC/DC Lane is worth a look just for the name and murals but not much else. Some of the others that you can find listed in "top Melbourne laneways"-type lists are largely empty (besides murals) whereas I had visions of them being filled with cool cafes, bars and pop-up art installations. We did find a couple of cool bars tucked down some of them up non-descript stairwells.

Fitzroy and Collingwood to the north of the CBD were much better, like East London with less wankers. Brunswick Street in particular was good, full of bars and restaurants including a fantastic vegetarian one. Forester's Beer & Music Hall in Collingwood has 30 craft beers on tap but was dead when we visited on a Sunday night.

The Queen Victoria Market on the north side of the CBD is amazing for food, dozens of small shops selling speciality (and normal) produce.

Melbourne seems to lack a proper focal point or iconic building that some other cities have, I'm not sure that there are any "must sees" as such. Some of the Victorian architecture in the CBD is fantastic, dwarfed by the skyscrapers. The National Gallery of Victoria is worth a visit if you're into art. There are two buildings with one specialising in Australian artists.

All trams within the CBD are free. If you go out of the CBD you need to have a myki card (similar to Oyster in London).

Outwith Melbourne itself I can highly recommend hiring a car and driving up the Great Ocean Road to Port Fairy, that was fantastic. There's a great pub / restaurant in Port Fairy called the Merrijig Kitchen.