General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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Anto
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3555 posts since 19/1/12

5 Feb 2016 08:40
kenty wrote: If you're just travelling round Tokyo (outside of the 1 week I assume you have the rail pass to go further out, Kyoto/Osaka etc) then definitely don't get extend the rail pass. The underground and train system for travelling within Tokyo is cheap compared to some places, you only need the rail pass for long distances (Kyoto 4 hours for example) so maybe try and fit all those trips into the week you already have the pass though.

You can even head to places like Yokohama for £3/550yen so unless you're doing 50 of those trips in a week, extending the pass wouldn't be worthwhile for Tokyo alone.

Thanks Kenty, that helps! Cool
THE GUV'NOR
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3279 posts since 4/5/04

7 Feb 2016 02:53
so getting married in tuscany in july and will be flying into Milan the weekend before so planning on 2 days milan 3 days florence then to our wedding venue then planning on driving around tuscany from the monday until sat when fly back to HK.

any recommendations hotels / places to see etc want to see Cinque Terre
oldgregg
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6274 posts since 13/4/02

7 Feb 2016 11:11
Havea somea pastae
sodomgomorra
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1364 posts since 24/3/14

7 Feb 2016 11:16
San Gimignano?
ct
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57 posts since 19/10/10

7 Feb 2016 11:25
Antinori wine cellar tuscany is incredible.

wine and architecture out of this world, lunch on the top too is great, recommended
THE GUV'NOR
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3279 posts since 4/5/04

9 Feb 2016 04:21
so were doing 2 days milan 3 days florence then off to wedding venue for 4 nights then lake como for 5 nights. we were going to try and fit venice in for 2 nights but its eary july very hot and too much hassle

any recommendations??
Anto
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3555 posts since 19/1/12

9 Feb 2016 08:25
Lake Como for 5 nights might be too much. What you're planning to do there?
Consider Milan (i'm from here and based here) is less than 1hr by train from Como, and that from Milan you can head to Cinque Terre for a weekend.
Venice from Milan, by train, is less than 3hrs.



andymakesglasses
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20190 posts since 26/1/06

posted 9 Feb 2016 10:59, edited 9 Feb 2016 10:59
Any "craft beer" bar recommendations for Milan Anto? Went to a couple of good ones last year but can't remember what they were called or where they were. Oops

Preferably fairly central (20 minutes' walk from the Duomo or a few Metro stops).

Also somewhere that will definitely be showing the Italy v Scotland rugby on the 27th in the unlikely event I get away from work.
blackham
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1707 posts since 17/7/13

9 Feb 2016 11:59
In Paris this coming weekend, anyone recommend any french pubs to watch France v Ireland?
andymakesglasses
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20190 posts since 26/1/06

posted 9 Feb 2016 12:23, edited 9 Feb 2016 12:23
The Temple Bar in Rue Princesse is where you want to be, we watched some of the World Cup games there.

There are several pubs down that street that show the rugby (some of the owners are rugby fans) but the best one was The Temple Bar.

I'd asked a Parisian colleague for recommendations and that was where he suggested.

Andy's friend wrote: The best area to watch rugby in Paris is Saint Germain des prés as there are lots of bars and pubs owned by rugby lovers, there will be a cool atmosphere there for sure.

Basically the triangle between the tube stops “saint germain des pres”, “odeon” and “saint sulpice” is packed with cool places like the “little temple bar”, the “eden park pub” etc… Rue Princesse is the best address to put in your mobile.
blackham
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1707 posts since 17/7/13

9 Feb 2016 12:31
perfect answer mate. Cheers!
Anto
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3555 posts since 19/1/12

9 Feb 2016 13:06
andymakesglasses wrote: Any "craft beer" bar recommendations for Milan Anto? Went to a couple of good ones last year but can't remember what they were called or where they were. Oops

Preferably fairly central (20 minutes' walk from the Duomo or a few Metro stops).

Baladin (two locations, Via Solferino one is better), BQ (various locations, one on Naviglio), Bere Buona Birra & Hop Beer Shop (both shops, but have a few seats), Birrificio di Lambrate (historical Milanese brewery with two locations, a bit further out), Beer Show (nice new addition in a cool area).
Baladin and Birrificio only serve their own beers.

andymakesglasses wrote: Also somewhere that will definitely be showing the Italy v Scotland rugby on the 27th in the unlikely event I get away from work.

The English Football Pub, Pogue Mahone's, Mind The Gap
andymakesglasses
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20190 posts since 26/1/06

9 Feb 2016 13:22
Cheers. I think the Baladin on Via Solferino was one of the ones I was at last year. Cool
Anto
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3555 posts since 19/1/12

9 Feb 2016 13:36
That's a good one! Cool
MoB
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36668 posts since 31/8/04

9 Feb 2016 13:44
Anyone been to Avingon? We're looking to go late august for 10 days for a bit of chill in the sun and some things to do.
87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

posted 28 Feb 2016 13:53, edited 28 Feb 2016 13:53
I'm going to Rome for 5 days in April. So far I've booked the Vatican museums and listed various restaurants I intend to go to. Any tips? I'm especially interested in the best day trips to go for.
SJ
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616 posts since 27/11/11

28 Feb 2016 17:18
The extended Colosseum tour that takes you down into the pits is worth a go if you've not been before. I'd look at Pompeii as well although we didn't have enough time to do it.
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

29 Feb 2016 08:45
Anyone been to Bolivia? Thinking of going as part of a longer trip in S. America. Worth it?
Anto
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3555 posts since 19/1/12

29 Feb 2016 10:20
87 wrote: I'm going to Rome for 5 days in April. So far I've booked the Vatican museums and listed various restaurants I intend to go to. Any tips? I'm especially interested in the best day trips to go for.

You already been there?
Five days might be ok in Rome if you take it easy. Consider that public transports in Rome are a nightmare so even a relatively close day trip might be quite complicated.
DuffMan
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14273 posts since 21/2/07

29 Feb 2016 11:24
trailofdavid wrote: Anyone been to Bolivia? Thinking of going as part of a longer trip in S. America. Worth it?

Big fan of Bolivia, liked it more than Peru personally. Where else are you going and for how long?