Travel thread

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by nym711, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    My mom's friend who has a house there says we'll probably be too late for the tulip fields, but there are a few cities on the schedule and we left some time to just go wherever we want that day, so who knows. Besides all the stuff in Amsterdam, I want to see Kinderdijk and mom wants to go to Giethoorn, plus we'll probably dip down to Belgium for a day, plus a few other places. My mom's friend will be there at the same time, so we'll be at her place in Zwolle for a few days, and there are a few cute towns around there that we will bike to from there. I'm trying not to overplan because last time we went on a trip we were exhausted as fuck when we got home. :lol:
     
  2. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    It is 64 in Hanoi right now. Sixty four.

    I haven't seen my own backyard grass in 4.5 months. I'm so excited.
     
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  3. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Enjoy, shakes. You deserve it!
     
  4. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Continuing on with the Sonoma area recommendations for @Comet....

    Below are my favorite wineries off Arnold Road in the southwest portion of the valley. These are good ones to do on the day you arrive as they are among the closest to SF and very close to each other.

    Cline - you have probably seen their widely distributed Zinfandel or blends in FL, but they have a ton of great wines that you can only get locally. My faves are their zins and syrahs, but they have a lot of varietals. Also, their late harvest mouvèdre is fantastic with chocolate. It is also a very pretty vineyard to walk around.

    Jacuzzi - Cline's sister Italian-style winery across the street. Fred Cline built Jacuzzi to honor his grandfather, a winemaker whose son invented the spa pump. I really love their reds including their Pinot Noir. They also have amazing olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

    Both Cline and Jacuzzi have a lot of great affordable wines. You also can just drop in without an appointment.
     
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  5. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Robledo - around the corner from Cline, this is kinda a hole-in-the-wall as far as vineyards go. But they make delicious wines, particularly their Cabs (which are a great value by Cab standards). I also love their Merlot and their sparkling. Not to mention, their story is amazing, ans there's usually a family member pouring your wine (and Reynaldo Robledo himself frequently visits the tasting room). You don't need an appointment.

    Gloria Ferrer - I have not been to her tasting room, but it is supposed to be gorgeous with a beautiful outdoor space with incredible view. And it is right in the neighborhood.
     
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  6. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    If you want to pick up sandwiches in the area and take them with you to one of the vineyards above, I highly recommend the Carneros Deli at the corner of Arnold and Bonneau.

    To be continued...
     
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  7. ClamJam

    ClamJam Chicken

    Seconding Jacuzzi and Gloria Ferrer! They are right when you get into Sonoma (depending on how drive). I like the Sangiovese and the dessert wines at Jacuzzi. The Olive Press next door has delicious tapenade that we regularly gift. GF does have a terrace with an excellent view!

    If you like dessert wine, Sonomic Portworks is worth a visit! We drizzle their almost vinegars on everything. I also like going to the Oxbow Public Market in Napa to graze if you guys are spending time over there.
     
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  8. Chevere

    Chevere Chicken

    Seattle recs? food and activities welcome, will be there in a few days
     
  9. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    We were only there for a few days and only hit the high points but they were soooooo worth the hype (Space Needle, the market, Chihuly Garden and Glass). We also liked the breweries esp Fremont. @LouiseBelcher has lots of great food recs too and more off the beaten path things to do.

    It's a funny city, in a good way. We were in an uber and the driver said "watch out for the earth man" a couple times. We were all like, is he crazy?? Nope, there was a giant troll face under a bridge made out of earth :lol:
     
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  10. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    I also enjoyed Space Needle and Pike Place Market, and I regret missing Chihuly. The one place I’d add is EMP Museum! Or I guess it’s called Museum of Pop Culture now? Also we took the monorail once or twice and that was fun.

    I don’t specifically remember anything we ate or drank, but Seattle has a lot of good places.
     
  11. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    The EMP was awesome. We had dinner at Le Pichet and it was :drool: but you need reservations. The 5point cafe is a fun 24hour diner and dive bar.
     
  12. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Hi from Cambodia! I am having a delicious passion fruit cocktail and then we head back to Vietnam!
     
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  13. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Ooooo we are figuring out our summer (June, likely) vacation plans and I am lobbying hard for Seattle/Vancouver. I forgot about the Chihuly stuff.
     
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  14. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    @Fitz I'd include Whistler in there too if you have time. There are so many things to do in the summer, and it is super kid friendly. Plus, the drive there alone is gorgeous.
     
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  15. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Ohhh noooooo

    We have friends from my hometown visiting, they're like my parents' age but I'm friends with them as well. I gave them directions from the airport to here on the tube and then the train, I only just looked at the tube status update and the line is suspended. Sent a message and they're on a rail replacement bus, which is something at least, but I feel awful. I gave the directions like a month ago and didn't think to check this week.
     
  16. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Oh no!! That kind of thing happens here all the time. I bet they are happy to have an adventure though!
     
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  17. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    They're okay with it but I had really been like "it's a straight shot to the station you need!" Stupid TFL
     
  18. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    My truck to save J a seat on southwest, look extremely busy and stressed. Lol
     
  19. Chevere

    Chevere Chicken

    Still have a full day in Seattle and have made it to MoPop, Pike place, Kubota gardens (lovely!), Chihuly, space Needle, a harbour boat tour (highly recommend the city pass, it got us into five attractions for $99), the waterfront, the Fremont troll, and Queen Anne. Chihuly was absolutely worth the hype.
     
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  20. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Are flights really cheaper if you book on a Tuesday? Asking for a fren who should have booked her DC tickets yesterday and today the return is $$$ higher.
     
  21. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    I read an article recently that dispelled that. I don't remember where I read it, but I recall it was a reliable source like Skyscanner data.
     
  22. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    If you don't care about points and are only taking a carry on, you could always skiplag it.
     
  23. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    @megatron did you do the glacier walk in Banff/Jasper? We had been planning to do it before I realized how far it is from Banff so now I'm debating if it's worth the long day or spending a night in Jasper.
     
  24. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I don’t even know what a skiplag is :lol: I want to fly AA since I get a free bag and priority boarding. I don’t usually check a bag but depending on the forecast I may want to. I can’t imagine the prices get much worse by tomorrow so I will probably see what it looks like. Worst case I can drive, I just don’t think I will be jazzed about driving back.
     
  25. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Are you open to trying another airline? Southwest also gives a free bag.
     

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