@Jamileigh17 it’s nice, I prefer the rest of Scotland. If you need a good base city for a longer trip, it’s perfect. Quick rides to the Hebrides and the Highlands. If you only can get a quick jaunt to a single city, I’d say Edinburgh wins. Though if you ever go to Scotland, I’d point you to St Andrews, even if you don’t golf, the castle and monastery ruins are beautiful. And the city itself is absolutely gorgeous.
@tinamarie1974 I have, as a teenager. It was before I was a skier. Now I’ve been waiting for a ski club to return there so I can too. I guess you’d consider it a town and not actually a city per the topic but it’s still my favorite place I’ve ever been.
@chienfou We had cruised through Interlaken but didn’t stay there for any significant time. I’m undecided on a ski trip to Grindelwald (the town, not the Harry Potter villain) this winter. It has a final night’s stay in Lucerne, which I had also been to on that trip too many years ago. The last two years I’ve skied in Ischgl, Austria and Val d’Isere, France with respective stays in Zurich and Geneva. I don’t actually find the skiing there to be nearly as challenging as the Rockies or where I’ve skied in Canada but the openness and views are majestic. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the most recent trip.
@cinoclav very nice. I have family in Sallanches near the Mont Blanc and learned to ski in that area in the early 70’s (back when you sized your ski length by holding your hand over you head and getting them long enough to reach your wrist from the ground --210cm for me). I liked it so much I moved back to the US and went to live in Boulder so skied all over CO. back in the day.
Haven’t skied since my kids were teens (20+yrs ago – in the NC area) so not sure I would be up to that now. Bones and joints are not as supple as they used to be!
@chienfou You can say that again. (As my knee throbs a bit…) The first time I skied in Europe it was at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. That was the winter right after 9/11 and there was still a lot of pro-America mentality. Needless to say, we didn’t notice the same attitudes the last two years.
@cinoclav Yeah, I know what you mean. Since my family is French (and I grew up speaking French even though born in St. Louis) I don’t get too much shit. In fact, they often assume I am Canadian…
We went to St. Martin/Sint Maarten after the US invaded Afghanistan while we were doing the anti-French thing in the US (remember ‘freedom fries’?) and we virtually had the island to ourselves. We were in a great resort on the water for next to nothing. The locals were glad to see us and the $$ we brought down!
@cbilyak@chienfou if you are near a gateway where Wow Airlines flies you van find insanely cheap tix to Iceland. I have had friends do it and their only suggestion is to pay for the upgraded ticket. Economy is pretty bare bones.
@chienfou@mike808 Yes, I was sober (I was there for a work conference). I was really interested in the music scene (I’m a big fan of New Orleans jazz normally) and went to a few different performances that were not that great. I think I had my hopes up too high?
@luvche21@mike808 yeah, I understand. Did you make it to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band? Some of the best music we have heard in N.O. has been stuff that was being done in small venues/clubs/hotel bars.
That being said, we still enjoy Cafe du Monde, Lafayette Square, the Mardi Gras World, Tipitina’s and some of the small restaurants.
@chienfou@mike808 I did make it to Preservation Hall. The musicians were excellent but the set list was horrible. They only played one that they chose as they came in and the rest were paid requests which didn’t fit very well.
@luvche21 I’d recommend going during Jazz Fest (Last weekend in April and First weekend in May). The weather is better, and the music scene is at its peak. Post-K, I’ve lost touch with the venues that reopened and new ones that took the places of those that didn’t, so I have no recommendations. The good stuff tends to be out in neighborhood dive bars, usually.
@lljk Berlin is nice, with lots to see and do. They’re very accommodating to foreigners. But I encountered more public urination there in a week than I have in the rest of my life combined, and I’m afraid that bumps it down my list a bit.
@dannybeans@lljk My vote for public pee-ing goes to Amsterdam, where they’ve institutionalized it with all manner of free-standing, walk-up urinals for the guys. Women, however, must pay a euro…assumedly for the “privilege” of having walls, a seat, and a TP roll.
Travel is generally fun wherever you go if you let yourself enjoy the experience.
That being said, I love Paris due to the abundance of great food, incredible architecture, terrific museums, wonderful cathedrals/churches and awesome metro system.
I voted for Stockholm, 'cause besides a layover at De Gaulle, that’s the only one on the list I’ve visited. That said, I love Umeå (also in Sweden), because we have some very dear friends there who make it feel like a second home.
And I know it’s kind of a grey area, but London is pretty great, too. And Reykjavik’s a good city for walking.
@kittykat9180 Ok, that makes sense then. That will give you enough time to see each spot a bit without just driving in and out of town(s) in one day. Is this an organized tour our something you planned on your own?
I haven’t been to Europe yet. Putting it on my list.
The U.S. Navy took me to Hong Kong, Singapore, Perth (AUS), Dubai (UAE) and Pearl City (U.S. but overseas). I have also road-tripped both North and South, into Canada and Mexico.
I’m thinking of visiting the Grand Canyon one more time before setting off over the oceans.
Rome is wonderful (see my comments about Florence above, as they apply here also). Walking in the middle of history through the original Rome. We ate in a restaurant that we found out when we were there was part of the original coliseum (not the big one which is amazing also), so we could have been sitting where Julius Caesar did! My goodness.
@andyw yeah, we loved visiting the cathedral at San Clemente al Laterno. Layer on layer of history.
The reason there aren’t more subway stops in Rome is each time they try to dig a hole for a new station they uncover another archeological site. Visiting the forum is really cool for the same reason.