Favorite Vacation Spot Ever?


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Favorite Vacation Spot Ever?

Postby gh » Sun Dec 11, 2005 2:17 pm

(clearly inspired by epelle's "common vacation" thread)

A 4-way tie for the top spot (in order of most recently enjoyed):

•Banff/Lake Louise
•Norway's Westland (aka fjords)
•Bernese Oberland
•South Island of New Zealand

(country most want to retire to: NZ)
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Re: Favorite Vacation Spot Ever?

Postby bad hammy » Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:00 pm

gh wrote:•Banff/Lake Louise
•Norway's Westland (aka fjords)
•Bernese Oberland
•South Island of New Zealand

(country most want to retire to: NZ)

That's kinda funny. The only one I've been to on your list was Banff/Lake Louise, and I was way disappointed. Had a much better time up the road in Jasper.

Places I’ve been to that I want to go back to (not much of a world traveler here):

New York
Chicago
New Orleans :cry: :cry:
Boston
Scottsdale
Jasper
Vegas – anytime

Place I would not go back to no matter how much you paid me:

Atlanta

(Well, OK, you could get generous and I would return, but that ain’t likely.)

Lots of places I’d like to go that I have not been to.
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Re: Favorite Vacation Spot Ever?

Postby Daisy » Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:58 pm

bad hammy wrote:Places I’ve been to that I want to go back to


Edinburgh and Scotland. Especially the NW with the remote villages great mountains and beachs.
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Postby mojo » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:16 pm

The recliner in my den, with CBC WC or Olympic coverage on. :D

I think I wuld probably enjoy the same experience even more in England watching Eurosport. 8)

Really my fav place so far has been Greece with Kauai not far behind.

bad hammy-I agree about Lake Louise- there are more beautiful places in the Rockies but you have to hike (heavens) a mile or so off the "beaten" path to get to them.
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Postby bad hammy » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:30 pm

mojo wrote:Really my fav place so far has been Greece with Kauai not far behind.

mojo,

We'd love to go to Greece. mrs. hammy loves island trips, so I've spent two weeks on Kauai and two on Maui. My problem (well, one of my problems :lol: ) is that the mosquitoes love me too much. Makes those lush, tropical trips a bit of a pain.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:35 pm

bad hammy wrote:
mojo wrote:Really my fav place so far has been Greece with Kauai not far behind.

mojo,

We'd love to go to Greece. mrs. hammy loves island trips, so I've spent two weeks on Kauai and two on Maui. My problem (well, one of my problems :lol: ) is that the mosquitoes love me too much. Makes those lush, tropical trips a bit of a pain.


mosquitoes love me too. they fly in from all around the world to bite me. the bites swell up to the size of a milk dud. i know its only because im so sweet!
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Postby mojo » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:36 pm

I've been to all the islands except Molokai and for me none came close to kauai. So lush and less touristy. Damn expensive though!
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Postby mojo » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:38 pm

SQUACKEE wrote:
bad hammy wrote:
mojo wrote:
mosquitoes love me too. they fly in from all around the world to bite me. the bites swell up to the size of a milk dud. i know its only because im so sweet!


I hear if you slather mashed potatoes over the bites the itching goes away.
I need to take you two camping. No need for the mosquito zapper!
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Postby SQUACKEE » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:40 pm

mojo wrote:I've been to all the islands except Molokai and for me none came close to kauai. So lush and less touristy. Damn expensive though!



ive only been to maui but whats up with the wind. nobody told me there's a bloody hurrricane 24 7!!
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Postby bad hammy » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:46 pm

mojo wrote:I've been to all the islands except Molokai and for me none came close to kauai. So lush and less touristy. Damn expensive though!

Kauai is all of those, but if you REALLY want lush, less touristy Hawaii, try the one week we spent in a one-room hut on a ten-acre farm in Hana (on Maui). If you want lush, less touristy (and lots of mosquitoes), Hana is hard to beat.

Our next Hawaiian vacation (when she can talk mosquito boy into it) will be the big island. I want some volcano action . . .
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Postby gh » Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:07 pm

did 2 weeks on Big Island last fall.... inrcredible (retiring to Waimea not a bad idea either... might even get sprint PRs at altitude :-)

But doesn't hold a candle to my other four. Did Jasper as well as Lake Louise this fall, and while it's a better place to live--reduced tourosity--the sheer physical beauty of the LL area wins.
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Postby trig » Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:16 pm

I gotta go with just about any place in the Mediterranean.
Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal
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Postby bad hammy » Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:17 pm

SQUACKEE wrote:ive only been to maui but whats up with the wind. nobody told me there's a bloody hurrricane 24 7!!

I didn't notice the winds on Maui – you may have been there at a bad time. What I did notice on Kauai was that I was promised by mrs. hammy that we were visiting when the ‘trade winds’ were going to keep everything dry and cool. Muggy and hot as hell is what it was for two weeks. No winds, just hot, humid and mosquitoes. :evil: :twisted: :evil:
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Postby dukehjsteve » Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:18 pm

3 bicycle trips in Switzerland

2 freebies in Maui
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Postby gm » Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:00 pm

Have to agree with GH that Lake Louise is stunning. I had a great time canoeing around the lake with a hydrophobic buddy who was afraid to look in the water after I told him how deep it was :wink:

Other favorite "foreign" vacation spots:
Bjarnum, SWE
Nesbyen, NOR
Grasse, FRA

Snowdonia in Wales

Closer to home -- first trip to Yellowstone last year and it blew me away. Amazing scenery, fascinating wildlife. Grand Tetons were magnificent. Yosemite is an all-time favorite, too. And for good measure, Big Bend in far West Texas if you relish solitude with a view!
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Postby EPelle » Sun Dec 11, 2005 11:53 pm

Norwegian Fjords not a bad choice!

[img]http://www.touristphoto.no/images/aurland/flåm%20troll.jpg[/img]
Norwegian Fjord: Where you will find a "real" troll!
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Postby SQUACKEE » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:35 am

bad hammy wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:ive only been to maui but whats up with the wind. nobody told me there's a bloody hurrricane 24 7!!

I didn't notice the winds on Maui – you may have been there at a bad time. What I did notice on Kauai was that I was promised by mrs. hammy that we were visiting when the ‘trade winds’ were going to keep everything dry and cool. Muggy and hot as hell is what it was for two weeks. No winds, just hot, humid and mosquitoes. :evil: :twisted: :evil:


thats the problem when you only go to a place once. it was april. i guess id prefer the wind to the muggy.

i ran a hard 10 k race the day before we left and i was snokeling just off shore when i got a horrible cramp in my calf from the race. i could straighten it but couldnt put any weight on it cause i was floating. i made my way to shore in a panic and my antics there most have looked pretty funny to the tourists.
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Postby Kevin Richardson » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:17 am

Favorite vacation spot so far, has been US Virgin Islands. Good food, not very expensive, perfect beaches. The wife and I have actually begun talking about retiring there, at least for a few years.

I made a business trip to Athens a couple of years back and I am hoping to take a vacation split between there and the Aegean Islands in the future.
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Postby tandfman » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:30 am

I've been to two of gh's four faves--Banff/Lake Louise and the South Island of NZ and both would be on my short list as well. I think I prefer the Canadian Rockies, which have to be seen to be believed. I share gh's view that Louise beats Jasper, but much of the drive from one to the other is spectacular.

I agree with gm's opinion of Yellowstone and the Tetons. That's another wonderful part of the world. There is a place just off the main road in Yellowstone on the East side of the park that has probably the single most breathtaking vista that I've ever seen.

I've never been to Yosemite, although I've flown over it. It's on my long list of places I'd like to go someday before I run out of somedays.

On the other side of the coin, while I've been to Hawaii, I'm not eager to return. I enjoy lying on a beach as much as anyone, but for me, one nice stretch of sand is pretty much like any other. I enjoy the warmth and the sound of the ocean. Whether it's Hawaii or the Caribbean, when I'm on an island, I rarely see any of the island other than the drive to and from the airport. I'm there for the rest.

For a combination of relaxation and scenery, there's nothing quite like a lake surrounded by hills or mountains. I can think of any number of them, both in the US and in Europe, that I've enjoyed. There are zillions of them in the US--no need to pick one.
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Postby mojo » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:44 am

[quote="tandfman"]I've been to two of gh's four faves--Banff/Lake Louise and the South Island of NZ and both would be on my short list as well. I think I prefer the Canadian Rockies, which have to be seen to be believed. I share gh's view that Louise beats Jasper, but much of the drive from one to the other is spectacular.

We lived at the edge of the Rockies for 8 years- had a spectacular view of them from our house. My DH and I have hiked and camped extensivley around that area- couldn't agree more with you.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:50 am

anybody else been to switzerland. the train ride to zermat near the matterhorn! wow!!!
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Postby tandfman » Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:46 am

SQUACKEE wrote:anybody else been to switzerland. the train ride to zermat near the matterhorn! wow!!!

I haven't done that, but I've seen the Alps from several countries. In 1972, during the Munich Olympics, I drove down one day to visit some friends who were staying in Mittenwald, an incredibly picturesque village sitting right at the foot of the North face of a very scenic mountain (I've forgotten which one). You're right. "Wow!!!" would be a good description.
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Postby dukehjsteve » Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:06 am

re Switzerland:

Elaborating on a prior brief mention, I have ridden through parts of Switzerland 3 different years on my bicycle. Once ( 1985) coming over from Liechtenstein(sp?) then over Klausen Pass; then across Lake Lucerne to Lucerne ( side trip via train from Lucerne up to and from Engleberg and Mt. Titlis ) and then up and fly out from the Big Z. 2nd trip ( 1989) up from Milan to Lugano over St. Gotthard Pass, then up via Lucerne and up to Basel, final stop a week later in Amsterdam. Lastly (1991) up out of Merano area of Italy, then up through Chur via Fluela Pass and then to Zurich.

It's a beautiful country but unless on a bike, and camping like I was, you will need your wallet big time. I would love to go back with my wife and visit again via car and/or train.
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Postby jhc68 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:46 am

Mismaloya, Mexico, 1968, just before the Olympics... half an hour south of Puerto Vallarta on the old, unpaved road. A perfect little cove on the tropical Pacific with nothing and no one to interrupt camping under the trees at the edge of the beach and a tiny shanty of a store with ice, beer, bread and fruit a couple hundred yards away. It was perfect. NOW, I am told, there is an expensive, nine-story destination resort hotel/spa squatting in the middle of the bay!

Here is a great place, though: Capitan Suizo Hotel, on the beach at Tamarindo, Costa Rica! Only 40 rooms but first class service, location, grounds and food!
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Postby Daisy » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:08 pm

SQUACKEE wrote:anybody else been to switzerland. the train ride to zermat near the matterhorn! wow!!!


Me too! Wow. The moutain does not look real. I also hiked up to the lodge and camped in the area for a few nights. There are great views of Monta Rosa (?) from the lodge. I never attempted to climb the matterhorn though. From what i could tell there are always falling rocks. probably most of them from other hikers.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:22 pm

>Me too! Wow. The moutain does not look real. <

dude, maybe you were at disneyland duuuuuuuuude!
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Postby Daisy » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:26 pm

SQUACKEE wrote:>Me too! Wow. The moutain does not look real. <

dude, maybe you were at disneyland duuuuuuuuude!


Mmmm so are you saying the the fairy castle on the top is not real?
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Postby big mac » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:28 pm

I prefer staying home to be honest. The Garden route/Knysna in South Africa was cool, but in NZ I like sticking around Auckland, maybe going to one of the islands around Auckland or going down south for a while at the coast.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:29 pm

Daisy wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:>Me too! Wow. The moutain does not look real. <

dude, maybe you were at disneyland duuuuuuuuude!


Mmmm so are you saying the the fairy castle on the top is not real?


oh thats a real fairy!
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Postby kuha » Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:00 am

"(country most want to retire to: NZ)"

I agree! Gorgeous country, sane and friendly people, and far away from the world's lunacy.
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