General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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Birdman
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1568 posts since 10/3/10

22 Sep 2021 16:01
deuce wrote: Anyone done any travelling at all in the Deep South in the US?
South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana?

Should probably elaborate:
So looking to do a road trip. Want to do/see a lot of nature, so any decent must-sees?
Plus obviously visiting cities and towns, going to blues bars etc

We flew into NO, drove up to Memphis then over to Nashville, over to Atlanta then onto Birmingham (although only to fly home). Can often get cheap BA Premium Economy and Business Class flights into NO. Spent quite a bit of time in SC and NC - some beautiful spots (and shit holes) in both. Can make some recommendations if helpful.
NigelBenn
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4464 posts since 6/2/08

22 Sep 2021 16:23
If you want to see nature why not go to parks on the west coast?
Yellowstone, Zion, Napa, Yosemite, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon etc
deuce
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14067 posts since 21/1/08

22 Sep 2021 18:23
NigelBenn wrote: If you want to see nature why not go to parks on the west coast?
Yellowstone, Zion, Napa, Yosemite, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon etc
That’ll be for another trip
ismvil
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1943 posts since 16/9/11

22 Sep 2021 18:34
Need to go to Toups in New Orleans. Crazy good food.
NigelBenn
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4464 posts since 6/2/08

24 Sep 2021 18:49
Fair enough. I’m heading for that trip next week so I’m a little biased.

I spent a few days in NOLA last month and loved it. Good fun but I was there on a stag so didn’t see too much culture.

Ended up having to drive to Atlanta through Alabama and Mississippi and didn’t really see too much since it was all highway.

Charleston worth checking in SC.
Light_Sleeper
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28 posts since 1/11/17

30 Sep 2021 08:31
Any Seville recommendations?
swiftus
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1576 posts since 1/7/09

30 Sep 2021 15:13
Have to go to Germany for a day next month. What do I need to show other than proof of being double-vaxxed?
ismvil
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1943 posts since 16/9/11

30 Sep 2021 15:25
swiftus wrote: Have to go to Germany for a day next month. What do I need to show other than proof of being double-vaxxed?

Was in Frankfurt last month. They didn’t even ask for that.
Davinho
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2396 posts since 2/12/08

30 Sep 2021 15:43
swiftus wrote: Have to go to Germany for a day next month. What do I need to show other than proof of being double-vaxxed?

Was in Berlin bank holiday weekend and this was all you needed, we just showed the nhs app before boarding the plane.
Once there they were really strict with it. You had to wear a mask entering all the bars and restaurants and show your vaccination status either on entry or before ordering at the bar. We got kicked out of a bar within 30 seconds because one of the guys I was with was pissed and forgot to wear his mask on entry.
-DiscoTits-
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952 posts since 26/11/07

30 Sep 2021 20:05
In Germany isn’t it also the case you need at least an ffp2 filter mask to get into places?
Davinho
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2396 posts since 2/12/08

30 Sep 2021 21:05
Everyone was either wearing them or the surgical ones. Didn’t see anyone with the cloth ones that are popular over here, not sure if that’s because it’s mandated though. I didn’t chance it and took a pack of surgical masks with me.
electrolux
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672 posts since 6/11/08

1 Oct 2021 06:40
It depends where in Germany as state rules differ a little. I live in Berlin and most places, including bars, are ffp2 masks only but surgicals masks are fine in some places, like supermarkets. I'm pretty sure the cloth masks are still banned across the whole country though
Brenner
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159 posts since 25/11/11

1 Oct 2021 08:04
Any recommendations for Sicily? Particularly Palermo and Trapani
swiftus
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1576 posts since 1/7/09

1 Oct 2021 13:55
Cheers guys re: Germany, looks like all set to go. If anyone has any tips for Koln (only there for one night), recommendations appreciated!
Rirawin
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9566 posts since 17/7/05

1 Oct 2021 14:03
For the best schnitzels in town go to Bei Oma Kleinmann.

MaiBeck is a 1 michelin star place and is both good and affordable for some fancy dining.
swiftus
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1576 posts since 1/7/09

1 Oct 2021 14:17
Now would be a good time to mention that I'm vegan Laughing out loud

Rirawin
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9566 posts since 17/7/05

posted 1 Oct 2021 14:44, edited 1 Oct 2021 14:44
Veganism and Germany… two don't really go together. Had a vegan coworker who went over with me for a work thing back in 2019 and really struggled. Think she ended up getting most of her food from the supermarkets than dining out Laughing out loud Maybe she wasn't looking in the right places, so happy to be corrected!
swiftus
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1576 posts since 1/7/09

1 Oct 2021 15:09
It's funny, I went to visit a mate who lives out there, just outside Munich. We were talking about veganism, and he was saying it was pretty normal there, lots of people following vegan diets for ages before it before a bit of a fad here. Their supermarkets (bare in mind we're talking about the heart of sausage country here) was better stocked with vegan products than the supermarkets here, but the restaurant scene was dismal.

I've been to Koln once before, and there were 3 different vegan places I went to last time (one sushi, one burger joint and one of those where you choose your plate and fill up on whatever you want). All three were quality.
-DiscoTits-
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952 posts since 26/11/07

1 Oct 2021 15:35
Are clubs open in Berlin and Munich yet? Or is it still just bars etc?
pentonville
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972 posts since 12/3/12

1 Oct 2021 16:56
Brenner wrote: Any recommendations for Sicily? Particularly Palermo and Trapani

I've been to Sicily a few times- it's somewhere I keep wanting to go back to. I've never wanted to spend any time in Palermo tho.

I can recommend getting a car and driving to realmonte in the south west, and heading along the south coast to Ragusa Ibla, then up to Marzameme. If you want some suggestions for winemakers to visit then I'm happy to help.