General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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stoney
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17376 posts since 22/1/05

18 Sep 2016 18:46
Maybe Tuscany/Rome
Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

posted 19 Sep 2016 19:46, edited 19 Sep 2016 19:46
stoney wrote: looking for somewhere warm in like 3 weeks time (no canaries) was thinking Santorini, mate suggested Sicily, anyone got any thoughts of somewhere decent and warm on the med ?

Rhodes (lindos area - cheap too) a week ago had a high of 38 avg was low 30's. Sicily is also nice but flights could be a little more, hoping to go back nxt year, Cefalu a poss. Did Trapani area last time.




Zakynthos worth a look too
joe6886
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789 posts since 16/11/08

19 Sep 2016 21:19
Going Mykonos with the bird on weds, anyone got any recommendations? Bars, restaurants or nice beaches that are worth visiting.
Jimmy326
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4554 posts since 22/9/07

19 Sep 2016 21:23
^You staying in the main town?
stoney
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20 Sep 2016 06:36
http://www.mykonosluxuryvillas.com/?gclid=CIz69pyqnc8CFaIV0wodx6cBPg

stayed here in Mykonos last year, amazing place, we were by Elia beach which was nice, only downside was a 30 min bus ride to town in the evening. The best beaches are away from the action.
joe6886
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789 posts since 16/11/08

20 Sep 2016 07:31
Not in the main town no, we are staying on ornos beach which is about 10 mins from the main town by car. We will have a car though and will be happy to drive around for anything that's worth doing.
Jimmy326
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4554 posts since 22/9/07

20 Sep 2016 08:43
I'm guessing the closing parties may have already happened by now, but check out info for Paradise/Super Paradise beaches to see if there's still anything happening.

We stayed 10 mins walk outside of the main town, here:
http://www.hoteltagoo.gr/

Lots of good places to eat in the main town - M-Eating, Avra Garden, Kounelas Fish Taverna (nothing fancy but freshest fish on the island apparently),Fata A Mano. Check them out on Trip Advisor.

Little Venice area is good for a drink with views/for sunset - Katerina's Bar is our 'go-to' when in Mykonos - but you're looking at €15 a cocktail and €6 for a 330ml Mythos beer.

Be prepared - Mykonos is a total rip-off. Personally, we hop round other islands nowadays and just get back to Mykonos on the day we are heading home, to catch our flight. It's a nice place though and at least it'll be a fair bit quieter than when I spent the afternoon there in August, it was fucking chaos with cruise ship passengers!

This link will show you how busy your days in the main town will be, might give you an idea of a few days where it might be best seeing a different part of the island:
http://ports.cruisett.com/schedule/Greece/446-Mykonos/September_2016/

I didn't visit Ornos so can't really help with advise for exactly where you're staying.
RickRude
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3260 posts since 13/1/12

20 Sep 2016 10:17
Isn't there a refugee crisis in Greece and all the islands atm Puzzled
Jimmy326
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20 Sep 2016 10:25
Lesbos and Kos, close to Turkey, have had some problems, not aware of anything affecting the Cyclades islands though?
joe6886
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20 Sep 2016 11:38
Ideal, thanks jimmy.
DuffMan
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posted 20 Sep 2016 16:58, edited 20 Sep 2016 16:58
RickRude wrote: Isn't there a refugee crisis in Greece and all the islands atm Puzzled

Yeah mate you literally can't walk for swarms of them everywhere
TheConductor
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4202 posts since 17/11/09

posted 22 Sep 2016 09:01, edited 22 Sep 2016 09:01
Good bars and restaurants to check out in Split, Croatia? Also, what islands would people recommend? Heading over there for 5 days in early October to chill out.
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

posted 1 Oct 2016 12:54, edited 1 Oct 2016 12:54
Anyone who's thinking to go to Bali, I recommend staying in Sanur and/or Ubud. Seminyak and Kuta is full of Aussie expats and far too touristy. Traffic in Kuta is crazy, which makes getting about a little tiresome.

I definitely recommend renting a driver for a day, we used http://www.balirentalcarwithdriver.com/. Cost us £20 from 8:30am to 6pm. You can Uber it, as Uber is dirt cheap over there. Less than £1 for a 20-25min car journey, but they can be sparse in areas, such as in and around Ubud as the majority of drivers are part time.

If you want a change from the local street food, I highly recommend this restaurant http://www.locavore.co.id/ in Ubud.

Oh and Water Rafting (book through http://www.raftingbali.net/bali-adventure-rafting/), Snorkling and Kayaking are a must.

Has anyone done Iceland? Planning a 7 day self drive holiday next year, but I'm thinking 7 days isn't enough…
Anto
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3555 posts since 19/1/12

posted 1 Oct 2016 13:00, edited 1 Oct 2016 13:00
Did Iceland three years ago; Imo, if you want to do things properly, you need 10 days for the ring road and at least 14 days if you want to do the fjords too, eastern and western.
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

posted 1 Oct 2016 14:01, edited 1 Oct 2016 14:01
Thanks. Yup ring road is the plan. I've looked at some people's 7 day itinerary travelling around the ring road and on the surface they look quite jam packed. I'd rather arrive to a spot and leave earlier than scheduled to move onto the next, than regret not having enough time - especially with the short daylight times during certain months of the year. On that note, what time of the year did you go? We were planning late February/early March, but we may now shift it to early October.
Anto
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3555 posts since 19/1/12

1 Oct 2016 15:47
I went in summer, mid August. Weather was good overall and days still long enough to exploit them well.
May - August is definitely the best period to go, and June\July in particular the best months; those are the driest of the year, have longer days and warmer weather too.
In addition to this, but depending on what your interests are, in summer you have the chance to see both whales and puffins. They usually leave the island around mid August.
On the other hand, in both the periods you have in mind, you have the chance to see aurora borealis…personally i'd go for the latter, maybe even September if you can, as the weather overall will be much warmer than in winter.

inversesquare
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6663 posts since 7/6/08

1 Oct 2016 16:11
I think it's cheaper in Oct as it's off season.
trailofdavid
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1 Oct 2016 18:42
Anyone been to Sofia?
stoney
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17376 posts since 22/1/05

2 Oct 2016 10:02
Just booked flights to naples for next week. Anybody been and recommend decent place to stay, thinking Ravello, Amalfi Coast, something like that
TIMDOT
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862 posts since 6/8/14

posted 8 Oct 2016 14:50, edited 8 Oct 2016 14:50
Things I can recommend from the 2576 mile road trip around america:
Las Vegas- Bacchanal buffet, Lotus of Siam
Los Angeles- Galco's soda pop stop, Blaze pizza, umami burger, Getty Museum, LACMA Museum
Others- Flagstaff brewing co, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley