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    Quote Originally Posted by cF[Authentic] View Post
    Prague is a fantastic city and I've enjoyed it both times I've visited. Since you're already south in Germany, I would recommend heading to Sud Tirol in northern Italy. Beautiful country with lots of outdoor things to do and see. Plus, it gives you a chance to slow down, especially if you're trying to squeeze in a bunch of places for the work part of the trip.
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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

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    IINM somebody here has a daughter living there. It may be mookie.
    I did until two years ago but only got there once, to my regret

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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by cF[Authentic] View Post
    Prague is a fantastic city and I've enjoyed it both times I've visited. Since you're already south in Germany, I would recommend heading to Sud Tirol in northern Italy. Beautiful country with lots of outdoor things to do and see. Plus, it gives you a chance to slow down, especially if you're trying to squeeze in a bunch of places for the work part of the trip.
    Iíve been to Prague a couple times and itís a wonderful city.

    One thing to note, I should clarify that the small town my family heralds from isnít Prague. Re-reading my OP was confusing.

    I havenít been to Sud Tirol. Might be interesting. Iíll take a look. One of the reasons Norway was so interesting is that itís one of the few countries in Europe I havenít made it to yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burd View Post
    I'm guessing Istanbul is not new to you. What do you do when there for a weekend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    IINM somebody here has a daughter living there. It may be mookie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    Following mookieís weekend in Bangkok in three, he will be spending the weekend following that in Istanbul.
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    OK, then

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post


    Came down to Istanbul or Bucharest for that weekend. Romania will have to wait for the next time (well after Addis Ababa).

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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

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    Came down to Istanbul or Bucharest for that weekend. Romania will have to wait for the next time (well after Addis Ababa).
    Had a pretty hairy weekend in Istanbul. Wouldn't step out too far with the locals.
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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

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    Had a pretty hairy weekend in Istanbul. Wouldn't step out too far with the locals.
    step out far away from the city?

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    Hawaii (Big Island) may not be a good place to visit in the near future. Then again, if you like lava, it could be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Hawaii (Big Island) may not be a good place to visit in the near future. Then again, if you like lava, it could be.

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    Yikes. The park is awesome- visited last March and easily one of the coolest things Iíve done

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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

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    step out far away from the city?

    mookie goes to a city. walks around and looks at stuff. then sits in a cafť or bar or restaurant or coffee shop with his book and reads while eating and drinking. learns how to say "no" and "thank you" in the local language so if they don't speak engrish it's all good.
    Consider a walk on Istiklal then down the hill along some winding streets of small merchant shops to the Galata Bridge and over it into the old city. Not a long walk and very pleasant. You are an experienced traveler, though, so you probably keep it very simple.

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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    One of the reasons Norway was so interesting is that itís one of the few countries in Europe I havenít made it to yet.
    Norway is awesome, but if you're only going to be there for a couple days, item number 1A to see are the fjords, and Oslo is not ideal for that. You really can't go wrong with visiting Stavanger, Bergen or Trondheim, but I've only been to Bergen. Loved it. Simply one of the most scenic, beautiful places I have ever seen.

    If you're interested in a more urban, city experience, and that's why you were looking at Oslo, I actually liked Stockholm much more than Oslo, for a city experience in Scandinavia. Not sure if you've been to Sweden before though.
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    I've only been to Bergen. Loved it. Simply one of the most scenic, beautiful places I have ever seen.
    That is on my bucket list. My Norwegian (er, Norse?) ancestor came from Bergen. I don't suppose they'll take me on a work visa after Dumpy declares martial law? "Can you sing?" "Yeah. I can dance a little."
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    Havenít been to any Nordic countries. Norway was high on the lost because of my ancestry. Only country left I havenít visited.

    Flights to Bergen are tough but Iíll see what I can find.

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    Flying into Oslo in 2 weeks to meet family for a vacation. My sister was able to get a flight from Bergen to Minneapolis at the end of our trip so they at least exist if that's what you are looking for.
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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    step out far away from the city?

    mookie goes to a city. walks around and looks at stuff. then sits in a cafť or bar or restaurant or coffee shop with his book and reads while eating and drinking. learns how to say "no" and "thank you" in the local language so if they don't speak engrish it's all good.
    I'd stick around the major downtown area...esp after dark. But it sounds like your set up for a very fascinating visit.
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    Re: Travel Part 3: Destination Unknown

    Mookie is on suleyman Seba caddesi. Will be up the road to taksim sq too. Venture down to the water and take a ferry here and there.

    Trick will be avoiding the Nero and Starbucks near the hotel and finding local Turkish coffee joints.

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