General Discussion: Official holiday thread

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Kieran avatar

516 posts since 26/2/13

posted 23 Jan 2018 18:54, edited 23 Jan 2018 18:54
going Oslo with a group of friends on thursday, any suggestions on what to do in the day and where to go in the evening?cheers
Sholto avatar

831 posts since 25/12/12

23 Jan 2018 20:24
Bologna - tips, fine wine & fine food? Looking for some of that Italian class Ubercool
Rirawin avatar

9652 posts since 17/7/05

posted 23 Jan 2018 21:17, edited 23 Jan 2018 21:17
I'll be heading that way in April too for a week, but plan to split my time between Bologna, Modena and Ravenna. Got a table booked for Osteria Francescana (number 2 restaurant in the world, was previously number 1) in Modena. It might be worth looking into as well as it's only a short train ride from Bologna.
Anto avatar

4111 posts since 19/1/12

23 Jan 2018 22:02
In Bologna you might try:

- Piatto Rotto Trattoria Gourmet & Wine Bar
- Osteria 137
- Trattoria Da Me
- Casa Monica
- Acqua Pazza (sea food, a bit outside the city centre)
- Banco del Vino (Pizza)

Just a few off the top my head, will add if i remember something more
ginner avatar

356 posts since 15/4/14

24 Jan 2018 17:31
Tony wrote: 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.

Kotor is nice, but small. Can do it all in 2 days or have a relaxed few days there. We also went to Becici and Budva which are to Russians what the costa del sol is to us. Pretty tacky all round and not a great deal to see. Porto Montegro has a nice restaurant or two and is worth a look.
collizhun avatar

3880 posts since 19/10/06

posted 25 Jan 2018 10:47, edited 25 Jan 2018 10:47
We went Kotor then Budva and wouldn't bother with Budva.

Kotor really nice - you could go Porto Montenegro and go to the Lido for the day which has infinity pool out to the sea but Tivat overall isn't great.

We got a Serbian with a speedboat from Kotor too who took us out to the bay and few sites around there, disused prison island, church in the bay, little towns around the bay, submarine holes in the mountains etc. then dropped us at Porto Montenegro - was about 120 euros - worth it.

We also end up getting the bus to Dubrovnik (bout 3 hours trip) for a couple of nights as Budva was crap. If you haven't been to Dubrovnik that and Kotor would make a good week away.
Davinho avatar

2471 posts since 2/12/08

posted 25 Jan 2018 10:53, edited 25 Jan 2018 10:53
Going to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks, mostly to eat all the dim sum. Any tips on things to do and see that I won't have seen on Anthony Bourdin or travel man? Laughing out loud
burny avatar

6159 posts since 25/5/06

posted 6 Feb 2018 16:16, edited 6 Feb 2018 16:16
Booked a trip to a Greek island, but need to do a stop (both ways) in Athens.

Anyone been to and can recommend a decent, nicely designed hotel?
NigelBenn avatar

4787 posts since 6/2/08

6 Feb 2018 19:51
Thinking of taking a bird away early April for 4/5 nights. Anyone been to Beirut?
abagnale avatar

877 posts since 6/1/14

posted 6 Feb 2018 20:21, edited 6 Feb 2018 20:21
NigelBenn wrote: Thinking of taking a bird away early April for 4/5 nights. Anyone been to Beirut?

Went for work a few years ago. Were some nice restaurants, bars and night clubs. Not sure what else there was to do; other than point out where there had been assassinations and fighting. But I did enjoy it.

I was talking to some Lebanese recently and they were saying how expensive it is to go out there now, not sure whether it actually is, or whether they were just being obnoxious/pretending to be rich. Although there is serious vanity there.

I'm intrigued though, what made you think of travelling there?
NigelBenn avatar

4787 posts since 6/2/08

6 Feb 2018 21:05
I’ve been to most of the popular cities in Europe; Berlin, Lisbon, Barca, Paris etc and never been to the Middle East. Used to have a couple mates from a Beirut who said it was fun, also saw this:

abagnale avatar

877 posts since 6/1/14

6 Feb 2018 21:49
I went to B018 club. The venue is amazing.
snaye avatar

11116 posts since 24/10/02

6 Feb 2018 22:42
You been to Istanbul Nigel?
morgan avatar

1147 posts since 22/2/11

6 Feb 2018 23:36
Istanbul and Beirut are great.
I did quite a few places before it kicked off a few years ago.
Even Damascus was pretty cool.
Got a taxi from Beirut to Damascus and it was a hairy experience.

Nightlife in Istanbul and Beirut are ace. If your going Beirut you may as well spend some time in Tel Aviiv.
Really nice place and the food all over Mid East is amazing.
NigelBenn avatar

4787 posts since 6/2/08

7 Feb 2018 14:01
Never been Istanbul snaye would you recommend? Heard it’s class
illmurray avatar

589 posts since 18/4/12

7 Feb 2018 14:39
Best bars in Hamburg? Was there for my brother's stag last year, would like to avoid the Reeperbahn. Going to see Altona 93 on the Sunday and try get get three tickets for St Pauli on the Monday (obviously sold out ages ago). If anyone has any tips for buying tickets let me know.
Light_Sleeper avatar

35 posts since 1/11/17

8 Feb 2018 10:44
Not so much a tip (and pretty obvious, i know), but try to avoid buying from touts outside the ground. Was there last year and they were asking €70 each.
ginner avatar

356 posts since 15/4/14

11 Feb 2018 17:57
Going to a wedding in Sussex in July. Any tips on somewhere to spend a few days afterwards with my other half? Don't know around there much.
Light_Sleeper avatar

35 posts since 1/11/17

28 Feb 2018 07:44
Off to Kraków next week for a few days, any recommendations for places eat, drink and possibly do besides the obvious?
eazypz avatar

3683 posts since 16/4/10

4 Mar 2018 15:04
Planning a holiday this year with the missus and wanted to hit a few places.
Was thinking of the following, and in this order:

Hong Kong - 3 nights (Will do a whole day trip to Macau whilst there)
Bangkok - 3 nights
Krabi - 7 nights

If anyone has been before and can recommend anything, that would be great.
Or if its worth shortening or adding anything in, let me know.