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  • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

    Originally posted by jmh View Post
    Heh, yeah I, I just have a question, umm, heh: Is this a god dam? Hehehe. God dam.
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    • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

      Sounds like this will be my summer trip...

      Wednesday, June 23, drive from St. Paul, MN, to Milwaukee, WI, for the Twins/Brewers game.
      Thursday, June 24, fly from Milwaukee to Philadelphia, meet my buddy there, drive to Atlantic City.
      Spend Friday, June 25-27 around NYC for the Twins/Mets game.
      June 28, fly from Philadelphia back to Milwaukee and drive back to St. Paul, MN.

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        Originally posted by Brenthoven View Post
        When I went with some friends, we dressed nice in the evening (although I was dressed up 100% of the time): business casual minimum, but that was just us. We like "old-style" Vegas.

        Must hits:
        Bellagio fountains. At night, they are gorgeous.

        Venetian/Bellagio/(I hear) Wynn. Beautiful beautiful casinos. Just walk around, maybe play a table or two, but everything about them is awesome.

        Take in a "lounge" show at one of the nicer casinos (like the ones mentioned above). These aren't your Wayne Newton/cheesy shows. It's usually a cover band, but it's nice and relaxing.

        Have no plan. You walk by a place you want to check out? Check it out. We found a couple nice clubs/places to eat because of it. One of my faves was Rumjungle. Trapeze artists were flying over the dance floor, and they have a HUGE wall of rum. Huge.

        Word of note: places don't really get hopping until at least midnight. At least. Adjust your schedule.
        Originally posted by Un_Poco_Lento View Post
        Try to eat somewhere expensive at least once. Do some research to make sure you're paying up for good food.

        For good food in an old-world Vegas showman type atmosphere I like Hugo's Cellar in the Four Queens casino. Get the salad to go with your steak.
        Originally posted by Brenthoven View Post
        We did have a meal at the Samba Brazilian Steakhouse at the Mirage one night, thanks to a buddy winning a couple grand at craps the night before. THAT was some tasty food. In hindsight, I made a bad decision and didn't go with the unlimited food option, I chose a filet mignon, along with another buddy of our group, which was *ing heaven in the form of beef. You could cut it with a straw, I swear.

        I did sample another buddy's selection of the buffet, and I can't say that was anything of less quality.

        In fact, that was also the night we smoked fine cigars by the Bellagio Fountains, got a front'n'center table at their lounge (I'll just say we made sure we got that table, I think you all can take it from there), and it ended up being a "Hangover" sort of night.
        Originally posted by huskyfan View Post
        I wouldn't worry about dress in Vegas. Just hang out and enjoy the show. Bellagio is definately worth the visit as is Caesar's. (check out the changing sky in the shopping mall) the giant aquarium behind the Mirage check in is cool. sportsbooks are usually fun to see the "local" action. great place to have a drink and watch the events on TV. a drive or walk down the strip after dark is a must.
        Originally posted by Un_Poco_Lento View Post
        Also, if you're there before it gets too hot (or really any time between November and March) and you want to get away from the strip for a while, consider a hike in Red Rock. It's amazing - beautiful, isolated, a totally different experience from typical Vegas, and only about 20 minutes from the big casinos on Las Vegas Blvd. The park at Red Rock has a variety of hikes ranging from easy 2-mile round trips designed for families with kids to moderate 5-10 milers to difficult hikes with intense elevation changes. If you stick with the easy ones you don't even need hiking shoes, although comfortable walking shoes/sneakers are still recommended.
        Originally posted by huskyfan View Post
        agree. and a visit to Hoover Dam is pretty cool. we did the "hard hat" tour where you actually went into the dam and could look out the face of it and see the river below. Downtown is something else to do. Laser light show. gives you a look at the seed side. our favorite breakfast is at the Egg and I on Sahara (you'll need a car) - not unusual to see some Elvis impersonators in there.
        Thanks for the advice, everyone! Already finalized plans to stay at Mandalay Bay from September 4-10, and I can't wait...

        Originally posted by jmh View Post
        Heh, yeah I, I just have a question, umm, heh: Is this a god dam? Hehehe. God dam.
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          Originally posted by Rimbaud View Post
          Here's travel advice:

          Screw volcanoes.
          A big middle finger to volcanoes!

          Maybe Friday I'll get to fly to my conference.....maybe. Eff off volcanoes!
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          • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

            Originally posted by hockeyplayer1015 View Post
            Anybody ever been to Malaga, Spain; Piraeus, Greece; Dublin, Ireland; Valetta, Malta; or Brest, France? I'm going there on our school's ship in a few weeks, hoping to get some insider information. Really looking forward to everywhere, but especially Greece, Ireland and Malta.
            Been to all of them.

            Malaga: Interesting port city of 600,000 with some stuff worth seeing - Cathedral, Roman theatre and bullring are all cool.

            Piraeus is the port city and a suburb of Athens. Take the light rail 20 minutes from the port into in Athens and enjoy Athens, an amazing city. The Acropolis and other ruins around town are terific.

            Valetta is a very atmospheric city that you can do in a day or two. Lots of small museums, and the governors palace is worth seeing.

            Dublin is a great town for drinking. Can't go wrong there.

            Brest is a port city . Check out the cool old castle and the medieval tower with it's museum of WWII.

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            • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

              Originally posted by thebrain View Post
              Spend Friday, June 25-27 around NYC for the Twins/Mets game.
              Citi Field is good. The Mets, not so much.
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              • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

                Originally posted by hockeyplayer1015 View Post
                Anybody ever been to Malaga, Spain; Piraeus, Greece; Dublin, Ireland; Valetta, Malta; or Brest, France? I'm going there on our school's ship in a few weeks, hoping to get some insider information. Really looking forward to everywhere, but especially Greece, Ireland and Malta.
                Like Swami Said. Piraeus is Athens. It's worth a couple days.

                Dublin is OK. Does Guinness still do tours?

                One option for Malaga: Granada is about 60 miles away. And it is spectacular.
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                • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

                  I'll be taking the train to Chicago for the first time next month; anything I should be aware of before my trip?
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                    Originally posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
                    I'll be taking the train to Chicago for the first time next month; anything I should be aware of before my trip?
                    Tips for things to do or things you should be aware of for the train trip?
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                    • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

                      Originally posted by Terrierbyassociation View Post
                      Tips for things to do or things you should be aware of for the train trip?
                      I know what I'm doing in Chicago; I'm asking about the train trip itself.
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                        Originally posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
                        I know what I'm doing in Chicago; I'm asking about the train trip itself.
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                        • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

                          Originally posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
                          I know what I'm doing in Chicago; I'm asking about the train trip itself.
                          Well I've taken Amtrak over several routes, I'm sure you'll be fine. The train trip is fairly comfy, have you already booked tickets? Lots of ways to get discounts.
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                            Originally posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
                            I know what I'm doing in Chicago; I'm asking about the train trip itself.
                            Where from, Grand Rapids?

                            Bring some snacks and liquids, the cafe is alright but sort of expensive. The seats might be a bit close together for tall people too, so see if you can snag an aisle seat for legroom, or a seat facing another pair. If you feel like it, I think this train has business class with more legroom and width, for a fairly small up-charge. There's two outlets per seat pair if you have electronics to bring.

                            At Chicago Union Station, the signage ought to be pretty clear to find Amtrak, but the station itself is a bit of a maze. Take note of where things are when you enter the station, especially if you need to buy a return ticket at the station. When you get onto the street, you're not on an elevated line, but downtown is immediately across the river so you shouldn't have any issues.

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                            • Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

                              Originally posted by Terrierbyassociation View Post
                              Well I've taken Amtrak over several routes, I'm sure you'll be fine. The train trip is fairly comfy, have you already booked tickets? Lots of ways to get discounts.
                              Already booked tickets; $54 round trip is much cheaper than two tanks of gas...

                              Originally posted by Beer Pong Horn View Post
                              Where from, Grand Rapids?

                              Bring some snacks and liquids, the cafe is alright but sort of expensive. The seats might be a bit close together for tall people too, so see if you can snag an aisle seat for legroom, or a seat facing another pair. If you feel like it, I think this train has business class with more legroom and width, for a fairly small up-charge. There's two outlets per seat pair if you have electronics to bring.

                              At Chicago Union Station, the signage ought to be pretty clear to find Amtrak, but the station itself is a bit of a maze. Take note of where things are when you enter the station, especially if you need to buy a return ticket at the station. When you get onto the street, you're not on an elevated line, but downtown is immediately across the river so you shouldn't have any issues.

                              Have fun!
                              Actually, going out of Holland, leaving at 8:33 AM. Thanks for the advice; sounds like if I bring a good book and my iPod along with a small snack, I should be fine.

                              As for my Vegas trip, my friend and I are trying to decide between New York New York or Mandalay Bay. Sounds like we can get a better deal if we stay at New York New York...
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                                Originally posted by Hopkinja View Post
                                ...
                                Dublin is OK. Does Guinness still do tours?...
                                Not really. You can take a tour of the museum building, and end in the pub for a couple of pints, but no tour of the brewery.
                                Same with Jameson's - they moved the distillery out of Dublin a while back and all that's left is a museum. But, you get a couple of shots of Whiskey at the end!

                                Go to Trinity college and see the Book of Kells. It's pretty neat.
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