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    Re: Travel Part 2 - Where ya headed?

    More on cheap flights to Europe from the Northeast.

    http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/how-...y-we-fly/78800

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    More on cheap flights to Europe from the Northeast.

    http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/how-...y-we-fly/78800

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    In today's political climate, I'm not surprised that flights from the US to Europe have drastically reduced. Something tells me they make up for it on the return trip...

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    More on cheap flights to Europe from the Northeast.

    http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/how-...y-we-fly/78800

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    When is Wizz Air coming to the US? There's a no-frills airline that's being honest in its branding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    *edit 2* I'm noticing in my two posts that all the good restaurants are in the Eastern Time Zone of the UP, and there is a culinary black hole in the Central Time Zone counties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    I'll stick to twin-aisle aircraft for overseas flights, TYVM.
    coach is coach is coach. unless one is in first class (or *gasp* business), it all comes down to price.
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    Thanks for the UP advice. Now if you guys can guarantee the weather it would be great.
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    Leaving on 10/03 for 3 nights in Venice and 5 nights in Florence.
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    Leaving on 10/03 for 3 nights in Venice and 5 nights in Florence.
    Can I fit in your luggage?

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    Southwest is applying for the Hawaii run. Let's see from the East Coast I can get a flight that goes BWI -> Orlando -> KC-> Las Vegas -> LA -> Honolulu. All in a 737 with no meal service. No thank you. ( Yea I can get a non stop to Phoenix but you get the point)

    I can get non stop (10 hrs) from Dulles -> Honolulu in a 767 via United for $1,100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Southwest is applying for the Hawaii run. Let's see from the East Coast I can get a flight that goes BWI -> Orlando -> KC-> Las Vegas -> LA -> Honolulu. All in a 737 with no meal service. No thank you. ( Yea I can get a non stop to Phoenix but you get the point)

    I can get non stop (10 hrs) from Dulles -> Honolulu in a 767 via United for $1,100.
    I'll gladly fly Southwest, just to stay away from United. /shrug

    Who knows which west coast cities WN will fly to the islands from, they have a pretty large presence out there. For example, I know I can fly Tampa to Las Vegas nonstop, if they offer Las Vegas to Hawaii, that isn't too bad.

    Of course, I say these things admitting that it's a rare thing that I don't sit in the exit row.

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    Mookie found return tickets for $300 so he will be visiting Bangkok (oriental city) end of nov/beg of dec. have to chase golf now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    Mookie found return tickets for $300 so he will be visiting Bangkok (oriental city) end of nov/beg of dec. have to chase golf now...
    Are we sure that golf is all mookie will chase in Bangkok?

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    Re: Travel Part 2 - Where ya headed?

    I don't know if anyone else saw this, but delta is now offering cell phone texting to the ground while you're in the air for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    I don't know if anyone else saw this, but delta is now offering cell phone texting to the ground while you're in the air for free.
    Yes, but I believe it only works between two iPhones (iMessage), or if you use Facebook Messenger or Google Chat. Plain SMS still requires a cell signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Yes, but I believe it only works between two iPhones (iMessage), or if you use Facebook Messenger or Google Chat. Plain SMS still requires a cell signal.
    Fabulous WiFi!

    Mookie text peeps from here as only as they have an iPhone

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    Re: Travel Part 2 - Where ya headed?

    Montreal was fun, but a bit slow this time of year. It's basically Les Habs, food/cafes/live music, parks (until it snows - then Mont-Tremblant), and museums (which are only open 4-5 days a week during the offseason). Probably would go back during festival season June-Sept, and see about taking the train to Quebec City for a few days as well. Was told that my French needs to be better to comfortably leave MTL though. I guess QC is where the real separatist snobs are.

    If you stick to the tourist avenues, you won't have a lot of trouble with language. There were a couple of establishments in Mont Royal where I felt like I was maybe getting a bit of a cold shoulder due to my rudimentary French, but I just quickly bowed out. There's more restaurants and cafes per capita up there than almost any other city in North America, so it's very easy to move on and try somewhere else if things aren't going well.

    The bagels are great, the "smoked meat" (it's pastrami...shhh, don't tell) is outstanding, the poutine...well, it's poutine (still not as crazy about it as some are), and if you like eating haute cuisine, you can presently do it cheaper in Montreal than in US hubs like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, thanks to the CAD/USD exchange rate.

    There's also a really good museum in the Old Port area that doubles as an active archaeological dig into the city's roots going back to the 1600s - it's called Pointe-à-Callière.

    And you should definitely see an NHL game in Canada if you haven't already, but that goes without saying.
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    Many times. While I only drove through Split at night, Dubrovnik is great - maybe the best in the region for an average western tourist. Enough beauty/development and enough eastern European flair to make it more interesting than western Europe. And they filmed a good chunk of game of thrones there.

    I would parlay a week into 3 days in Dubrovnik and 3 days in nearby slightly more rustic but beautiful Montenegro. Croatia is where the Balkan hills run into the Adriatic...Montenegro is where the Balkan mountains run into the Adriatic. Montenegro has been rated the top country in the world for tourist opportunity by the UN's tourism board for years - due its sheer beauty. It has a stunning coastline, a coastal beach Riviera (Budva region) with an ancient island community St. Stephan, an inland lakes region (Podgorica), an area of Norwegian style fjords (Kotor area), inland skiing in the mountainous inland region...and a multitude of beautiful beaches tucked under 200 foot cliffs (I.e., Mogren beach). It had one of its beaches rated the most beautiful in the world...and is the home of the hotel Splendid of James Bond Casino royale fame (though the movie was not shot there). I'd go to Kotor and Budva/Becici...and further south down the coast if you have time. Full disclosure I own property in Montenegro.
    Well I'm writing to you from Kotor and it's terrific. We didn't have time to go to Budva but we have gone to several cities in Dalmatia as well as Zagreb, and so far this is the best scenery, (not that Dalmatia is bad, it's not at all.) Kind of like Switzerland with the sea next door. We came in over the mountains from the nw side thru Bosnia -Herzegovina, and the border crossing wasn't too bad into Montenegro whereas at other crossings it can be.
    The Bay of Kotor is totally beautiful and we are just really impressed. I did not find the prices here to be on the super cheap side. accommodations, yes, but food no. Dalmatia was a bit cheaper.
    We witnessed a guy in too much of a hurry who passed us on a narrow road, and 10 minutes later was sideways in the middle, having gone off both sides and ripped off the entire under tray of his car.
    Anyway, great spot and thanks for the recommendation. I'm coming back here again next year for longer.
    One caveat... this is the off season here, in season the old town of Kotor has 10,000 visitors per day and three cruise ships. it has 400 permanent residents.
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    Gonna head back to Marquette, MI for 4 days in two weeks. Hockey is a main draw of course since it's NMU/Tech weekend, but I'm mostly looking forward to a full day and two mornings of Steelhead fishing in Da Yoop. Sick of dealing with human trash when fishing urban Steelhead in places like Milwaukee and Grand Rapids and I'm downright shocked that I haven't stumbled upon a meth lab fishing the Indiana creeks. Just don't have "clean" options for single day trips from Chicago. It's been 10 years since I've been able to put any time on the water up that way and holy crap was I oblivious to what I had at my disposal while going to school at NMU....
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