General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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bungleski
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366 posts since 21/7/11

13 Aug 2020 08:29
beardywierdy wrote: I am down on the South east coast at the mo; first uk holiday in years. It has been 32C every day.
I have been pleasantly surprised.
We usually go to Ibiza and should have been in Thailand now. I reckon some of these beaches down here are cleaner than many I have been to abroad

Whereabouts in SE you staying?
Hanto
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2336 posts since 30/11/09

posted 13 Aug 2020 08:38, edited 13 Aug 2020 08:38
-DiscoTits- wrote: That would be great Hanto. Also, cheers Ginner! Ubercool

So places we ate/saw that I can recommend are:

Cafes:
Massive in Viennese culture. The idea is you buy your coffee, and then you essentially can stay as long as you like, e.g. 3 hours!
Demel - Very famous and does amazing cakes and coffee. This is also near the Hofburg, which is the Bond Street for shopping. Worth taking a horse carriage ride if you want to get a look around.
Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker - Similar, very good cakes as well. Can recommend the strudel. If you want something like custard, it is called vanilla sauce and don't ask for anything otherwise!
Kleines Cafe - More bohemian than the other too. As you can smoke indoors, we didn't stay very long.
Cafe Central - I didn't get a chance to visit this, but it is near Placutta, so could be worth a visit.

Snacks:
Plenty of hot dog stands, so can't go wrong
Buffet Trzesniewski Dorotheergasse - Great sandiwches and small beers, the name of which i've forgotten, but sounds like 'fifth' and is traditional pilsner, so not too heavy.

Dinner
Plachutta - Traditional place for things like schnitzel. I had the tafelspitz, which is great but quite rich! Apparently its Putin's favourite restaurant.
https://www.plachutta-wollzeile.at/
Trattoria Toscana La No - I think this is the place we went to, but it looks like it moved. If you do go, ask them if they use to be on a street called Dorotheergasse. If yes, then its the same place. Great Italian food.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g190454-d8499358-Reviews-Trattoria_Toscana_La_No-Vienna.html

Shops:
Didn;t go in that many shops but for sneakers, you have Solebox
If you want a bit more traditional/regional:
Manufactum
Ludwig Reitter
Muhlbauer - The latter two are stocked by Trunk, so gives you and idea of the clientele
Dantendorfer

Culture:
Spanish Riding School is very impressive, as is the State Opera house
The Kunstmuseum is a great gallery. Mainly went for the Vermeer they had there, but there are a fair few famous paintings in it.
If you want Klimt etc. they are in another gallery on the other side of the city.
Schönbrunn Palace is very good as well. Great views etc. Need to use the metro to get there though.
The zoo is there as well as is worth a visit. They have Giant Pandas if you want to see that!
Prater amusement park - The famous Ferris Wheel is here, but it essentially has a pop up equivalent of Tivoli next to it. It is like a travelers fun fair on steroids! Great fun to be fair.
Saint Stephens Cathedral. The tour of the catacombs is quite impressive

If I think of anymore, I'll add them. The best thing to do, which is true of any city, is walk as much as possible, you'll get a much better experience. Hope that helps! Smiling
sodomgomorra
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1581 posts since 24/3/14

13 Aug 2020 09:19
Hundertwasser house is good too!

beardywierdy
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642 posts since 8/1/13

13 Aug 2020 12:00
bungleski wrote:
beardywierdy wrote: I am down on the South east coast at the mo; first uk holiday in years. It has been 32C every day.
I have been pleasantly surprised.
We usually go to Ibiza and should have been in Thailand now. I reckon some of these beaches down here are cleaner than many I have been to abroad

Whereabouts in SE you staying?

Near Eastbourne; nice and quiet. Brighton was manic, no fear of COVID there!
bungleski
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366 posts since 21/7/11

posted 13 Aug 2020 15:55, edited 13 Aug 2020 15:55
beardywierdy wrote:
bungleski wrote:
beardywierdy wrote: I am down on the South east coast at the mo; first uk holiday in years. It has been 32C every day.
I have been pleasantly surprised.
We usually go to Ibiza and should have been in Thailand now. I reckon some of these beaches down here are cleaner than many I have been to abroad

Whereabouts in SE you staying?

Near Eastbourne; nice and quiet. Brighton was manic, no fear of COVID there!

None at all…
If you’re still down that way, nice pub for a couple of beers just outside Eastbourne called the Tiger Inn (East Dean). Can’t comment on food though.
swede
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8991 posts since 21/3/09

14 Aug 2020 10:23
Venice recommendation - ostaria da rioba in cannaregio. Amazing seafood and setting. You will have to book

That whole area is awesome, plenty of restaurants bars cafes away from the really touristy areas

ismvil
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1356 posts since 16/9/11

14 Aug 2020 13:13
Just landed in Pisa and it’s 31 degrees, empty as fuck and no one who is around is wearing a mask. So far from the insanity of Blighty, highly recommended.
swiftus
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1189 posts since 1/7/09

17 Aug 2020 08:55
Heading to the Brecon Beacons this weekend. Any suggestions on hikes, places to eat (veggie/vegan options), things to do?
joeyjojo
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4329 posts since 24/8/06

17 Aug 2020 09:06
ismvil wrote: Just landed in Pisa and it’s 31 degrees, empty as fuck and no one who is around is wearing a mask. So far from the insanity of Blighty, highly recommended.

What have you got planned ? Exploring other parts of Tuscany?
toiler
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138 posts since 4/5/09

23 Aug 2020 14:15
Can anyone recommend any hotels in Manchester?
Rirawin
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9389 posts since 17/7/05

posted 23 Aug 2020 14:28, edited 23 Aug 2020 14:28
swiftus wrote: Heading to the Brecon Beacons this weekend. Any suggestions on hikes, places to eat (veggie/vegan options), things to do?

Would like to know the same as I'm heading there for one week in September.

I've only done a bit of research so far and only found the Four Falls walk https://theoutdoorguide.co.uk/britains-favourite-walks/four-falls-walk-brecon-beacons/

For food, booked a table at this Michelin star place https://www.thewalnuttreeinn.com/
OnlyOneStop
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2879 posts since 3/8/08

23 Aug 2020 15:48
Went a good few years ago now but remember The Hardwick in Abergavenny was very decent for dinner and drinks.
zappa1903
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328 posts since 26/8/14

23 Aug 2020 16:11
toiler wrote: Can anyone recommend any hotels in Manchester?

Stayed in a few my favourite one being the Ramada In Piccadilly, stayed at one in Salford which was cheap but served the purpose and another one just off the square. If you have £££s to spend the Hilton would be my choice. Depends what your wanting but taxis seem cheap in Manchester if you fancied staying a bit further out the city and some of the apartments look cool.
themistake
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10721 posts since 20/2/06

23 Aug 2020 16:30
toiler wrote: Can anyone recommend any hotels in Manchester?


Stayed in the Hyatt last week. Think it was £90ish a night.
Rooms are as good as any in Manchester.
Is out by Oxford Road, but less than £5 to get anywhere in central or a 20 min walk.

Motel One is a good budget option by Piccadilly.

Radisson/ Hilton / Malmasion all good but looking a little shabby for the price range now.


Loads of serviced apartments in Ancoats worth a look too
Light_Sleeper
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21 posts since 1/11/17

23 Aug 2020 16:51
toiler wrote: Can anyone recommend any hotels in Manchester?


https://www.lockeliving.com/whitworth-locke/ is really good for the money.

Think I paid £60 for the night and there's a multistorey next door for which hotel guests get a cheaper rate if you're driving.

Hello World
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12146 posts since 7/3/05

25 Aug 2020 12:32
Venice was a good shout, been red hot but not manically busy. Great food and drink, excellent quality for cheap if you hit the right spots.

Off here tonight for the 9 course taster https://www.ilridotto.com/en/
ginner
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290 posts since 15/4/14

26 Aug 2020 09:34
Manchester hotels wise have stayed in most of the decent ones.

Would recommend King St. Townhouse; Hilton Deansgate and the Whitworth Locke is worth a shout and brand new.

There is also a tiny little place in the northern quarter with a nice little bar that is meant to be good called The Cow Hollow Hotel

Innside Manchester could also be worth a look which is right by Home (cultral arts cinema bar etc).

All easy to get to from main stations.
-DiscoTits-
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859 posts since 26/11/07

27 Aug 2020 12:10
Cheers to all on the Vienna tips. Checked out a few of the recs and also spent a lot of the time just cycling around in the parks and down by the Donau Canal. Also over the Danube near the UN building there was lots of cool little lakes to paddle board, rent boats and have a lay on the river bank with a cold one and soak up the atmosphere. Would definitely like to return when life is back to normal and sample some nightlife and the like. Every bar closed at 1am so was a bit of a tame one.
swiftus
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1189 posts since 1/7/09

27 Aug 2020 15:11
Rirawin wrote:
swiftus wrote: Heading to the Brecon Beacons this weekend. Any suggestions on hikes, places to eat (veggie/vegan options), things to do?

Would like to know the same as I'm heading there for one week in September.

I've only done a bit of research so far and only found the Four Falls walk https://theoutdoorguide.co.uk/britains-favourite-walks/four-falls-walk-brecon-beacons/

For food, booked a table at this Michelin star place https://www.thewalnuttreeinn.com/

Alright mate, I got back from there on Sunday. Best piece of advice…book any food places for lunch and dinner! Everywhere we phoned/went to was booked out (granted we had a smaller choice given we're all veggie/vegan).

In terms of things to do, the four falls walk is decent. We only did half of it (the whole thing is 3-4 hours). We went there in the afternoon after going up Pen y Fan in the morning, and the two car parks for the falls were rammed so had to park on the road leading up. Conclusion, try to get that early. Also, you will get soaked.

Pen y Fan defo worth going up. Different ways to go up depending on how fit you are.

It was pissing it down all 4 days we were there, so goes without saying, take waterproofs.

Worth visiting Hay-on-Wye. Lots of small bookshops, grab a few nice bits, quite reasonable pricing. Prob half a day there is enough.
Mosoona
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320 posts since 25/5/15

29 Aug 2020 10:47
Any recs for English coastal areas with a few decent restaurants in walking distance? Bit of a broad criteria but it’s for my olds