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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #210 on: September 12, 2023, 03:11:09 PM »
TNG and I are just back from a 4 day stint in Paris.

We went mainly to go the the racetracks (Hippodromes), but did a bit of sightseeing as it was gorgeous weather and lot's going on.




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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #211 on: September 12, 2023, 11:54:11 PM »
Looks like you had a great time, smokes!  I haven't been to Paris in years, but hope to go again sometime in the next few years.

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #212 on: September 13, 2023, 07:56:39 AM »
Long time since I have been, Worth the visit or is it as bad as some media outlets state as being over run by homeless ?

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #213 on: September 13, 2023, 12:01:56 PM »
Long time since I have been, Worth the visit or is it as bad as some media outlets state as being over run by homeless ?

It was better than it was when I used to go in the 90's, and back then I use to go 4 or 5 times a year so I was pretty au fait with the city.

The issue they always have is with gangs from their old colonies, but those hardnuts are really in the suburbs. I reckon a saw 3 homeless people in 4 days. If I were in central London, that would be 3 homeless people every 4 minutes.
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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #214 on: September 14, 2023, 08:13:37 AM »
The issue they always have is with gangs from their old colonies, but those hardnuts are really in the suburbs.
common place everywhere  :'( :'(
May pay a visit then to please the Wife

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #215 on: September 15, 2023, 03:35:08 AM »
EuroDisney/ DisneyLand Paris is an interesting exercise in culture clashing: in the US the "cast members"" are almost universally cheery and friendly and happy to help (outwardly at least, I'm sure that a good few of them are dying inside), but in Marne-la-Vallee they are almost all miserable, grumpy, and totally indisposed to help in any way at all.

I don't particularly blame them, but it does mean that the difference in the Disney experience is quite large!

So Agree and the French visitors are no better, pushing their war through anyone irrelevant of age.
A mistake to build there, being one of the coldest areas near Paris and this was from a American Disney manager we spoke to.
Should have gone to Spain, being warmer and cheaper

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #216 on: September 23, 2023, 11:55:30 PM »
So just returned after Climbing the North Face of Ben Nevis Gully 5.
Mate's friend is a climber/Scrambler and stated its an easy climb, Pardon the French but It Fing wasn't in howling rain and he just shot off with one mate leaving myself and another guessing where the route was, :o
If it wasn't for the chap behind me and his knowledge of climbing, when my right foot lost a foothold and he held it ,I would very much doubt I would be in a fit state to do anything for a short (long) while.
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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #217 on: September 25, 2023, 01:39:48 AM »
So just returned after Climbing the North Face of Ben Nevis Gully 5.
Mate's friend is a climber/Scrambler and stated its an easy climb, Pardon the French but It Fing wasn't in howling rain and he just shot off with one mate leaving myself and another guessing where the route was, :o
If it wasn't for the chap behind me and his knowledge of climbing, when my right foot lost a foothold and he held it ,I would very much doubt I would be in a fit state to do anything for a short (long) while.
The Gates of Mordor (to me that was)


Pfft! that's nothing. You should see TNG's room...

Glad you're safe, bro.
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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #218 on: October 28, 2023, 02:14:17 AM »
You should see TNG's room...

 ;D ;D
Had a weekend in Birmingham last week, Way better than Leicester tbh.
Babet popping along to keep us company, it was damp on Friday.
Thai, Turkish(middle east), English pub grub and Chippy was had with a few  ;) alcoholic drinks.

The main drag through Birmingham center is to me a funny place with all the religious stall stating their case for enlightenment.
I found it quit funny but my friend was a tad nervous when the "free Palestine march came along".
Finished with bumping into a peaky blinders night in a city center pub and watching the Rugger.
great weekend


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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #219 on: October 28, 2023, 08:42:58 AM »
I went to Birmingham with a class a long time ago and we stayed in the Uni dorms.  There were some beautiful old pubs there and an interesting cast iron church.  I remember going to the courthouse (a beautiful Victorian affair) and the security was pretty intense.

Glad you had fun there, goldie.  I would love to go back and tour the midlands again.  Liverpool was beautiful, as was Manchester.  So many interesting towns to visit.

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #220 on: December 01, 2023, 03:19:24 AM »
Off to the Peak District today for some R&R. Looking forward to it

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #221 on: December 01, 2023, 11:16:13 AM »
Have fun.

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #222 on: December 01, 2023, 06:19:01 PM »
Summer?

If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, he'll have to go to the mountain, eh?

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #223 on: December 05, 2023, 06:48:03 AM »
Returned safe and well after suffering -7 degrees in the van Friday in the Peak district. only the sink waste pipe froze, Better than all the caravanners hair drying their water butts. ;D
The about 5 inch of Snow which the pooch loved.
Then the usual rain which turned everything to mush.
All in all a win for a short break, O I forgot about the copious amount of alcohol to keep me warm at night ;)


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Next Summer all depends on if the Pooch is here or not

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Re: Whats on your summer vacation calendar?
« Reply #224 on: December 05, 2023, 01:10:32 PM »
I'll bet you can't guess how I read that the first time through. Amusing picture in my head.
Visually it was funny anyway  ;D