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Title: Holidays
Post by: Oakleafer93 on June 03, 2009, 01:17:25 PM
Anyone going anywhere nice?

I'm for Boston for ten weeks on the 12th of June, can't wait. Won't get to see Derry beat Tyrone but! ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: norabeag on June 03, 2009, 01:18:58 PM
Anyone going anywhere nice?

I'm for Boston for ten weeks on the 12th of June, can't wait. Won't get to see Derry beat Tyrone but! ;)
Stay at home and you still won't see derry beat Tyrone ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SidelineKick on June 03, 2009, 01:20:12 PM
I'm looking at booking something this weekend for a week in July fortnight.

Should I:

a) Book a package holiday
b) Book flights and hotel seperately
c) Wait until the last min and maybe look about a teletext deal (Book it, pack it, f**k off)
d) Go to Bundoran
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Oakleafer93 on June 03, 2009, 01:22:34 PM
I'm looking at booking something this weekend for a week in July fortnight.

Should I:

a) Book a package holiday
b) Book flights and hotel seperately
c) Wait until the last min and maybe look about a teletext deal (Book it, pack it, f**k off)
d) Go to Bundoran

Last minute deals are the best, Telextextholidays.com are really cheap just before they go.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: girt_giggler on June 03, 2009, 01:27:00 PM
At this stage definately option C
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 03, 2009, 01:55:14 PM
Defnitely go with option c.

As oakleafer said teletextholidays.com is excellent for cheapos nearer to the time. Got turkey for 175 quid for wk of 12th July couple of years back. Just kept checking it every day and booked about 6 days before we went.

Im for California in September cant wait  :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Newbridge Exile on June 03, 2009, 01:58:20 PM
I'm looking at booking something this weekend for a week in July fortnight.

Should I:

a) Book a package holiday
b) Book flights and hotel seperately
c) Wait until the last min and maybe look about a teletext deal (Book it, pack it, f**k off)
d) Go to Bundoran
Unless your a Tyronie or from West Belfast option d is a no no, - I usually book flights and hotel seperately but got a great deal last night for a week on the continent through Expedia
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AbbeySider on June 03, 2009, 03:59:00 PM
I'm looking at booking something this weekend for a week in July fortnight.

Should I:

a) Book a package holiday
b) Book flights and hotel seperately
c) Wait until the last min and maybe look about a teletext deal (Book it, pack it, f**k off)
d) Go to Bundoran

Last minute deals are the best, Telextextholidays.com are really cheap just before they go.



Do you mean http://www.teletextholidays.co.uk/ ??
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggysego on June 03, 2009, 04:10:18 PM
I'm just gonna go to Germany for a few days. I like to take regular short breaks throughout the year, rather than use up all my holiday time in one fell swoop.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 03, 2009, 05:14:35 PM
I'm looking at booking something this weekend for a week in July fortnight.

Should I:

a) Book a package holiday
b) Book flights and hotel seperately
c) Wait until the last min and maybe look about a teletext deal (Book it, pack it, f**k off)
d) Go to Bundoran

Last minute deals are the best, Telextextholidays.com are really cheap just before they go.



Do you mean http://www.teletextholidays.co.uk/ ??

Yes i do mean that but when u type in www.teletextholidays.com it comes up as the same site, dont be so pinickity or whatever the word is
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SidelineKick on June 03, 2009, 05:42:57 PM
Right you, off to the "Spelling and Grammar" thread  :D

I must check that out though! Good work!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tyronelass on June 03, 2009, 06:18:16 PM
Heading on 3 week honeymoon to vegas, LA, Hawaii & San Fran in July & can't wait!  ;D

and as for the options, if u not set on going a particular place I'd say def wait & book something last minute.
Check out travelzoo.com, I've signed up & every week they email a top 20 list on best sales/ last minute things, from B&b's to cruises. Its one of the them emailing can't help but look at just incase something is just to good to refuse.  :-\


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: anportmorforjfc on June 03, 2009, 06:49:33 PM
Going to California on June 30th
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggysego on June 03, 2009, 07:19:03 PM
Heading on 3 week honeymoon to vegas, LA, Hawaii & San Fran in July & can't wait!  ;D

and as for the options, if u not set on going a particular place I'd say def wait & book something last minute.
Check out travelzoo.com, I've signed up & every week they email a top 20 list on best sales/ last minute things, from B&b's to cruises. Its one of the them emailing can't help but look at just incase something is just to good to refuse.  :-\




Still waiting my invite in the post... cus!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: leenie on June 03, 2009, 08:27:00 PM
I'm looking at booking something this weekend for a week in July fortnight.

Should I:

a) Book a package holiday
b) Book flights and hotel seperately
c) Wait until the last min and maybe look about a teletext deal (Book it, pack it, f**k off)
d) Go to Bundoran

 i suggest going to loug derg for 3 days and then head to fundoran for a few days!
thats my plans anyway!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 03, 2009, 09:23:27 PM
Heading on 3 week honeymoon to vegas, LA, Hawaii & San Fran in July & can't wait!  ;D

and as for the options, if u not set on going a particular place I'd say def wait & book something last minute.
Check out travelzoo.com, I've signed up & every week they email a top 20 list on best sales/ last minute things, from B&b's to cruises. Its one of the them emailing can't help but look at just incase something is just to good to refuse.  :-\




We're thinking of LA,Las Vegas and maybe San Fran for our honeymoon next year.
Who did you book with ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fitzroyalty on June 03, 2009, 10:14:36 PM
are these teletext hols as good as everyone says?? Any catches?? basically lookin a week or 2 away (for 2), cheap and hot, don't care where..teletxt the best bet?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Derry Dolly on June 04, 2009, 09:42:50 AM
Headn stateside for 5wks at end of july..hittin new york,chicago,san fran,la,san diego and vegas  ;D ;D ;D
cant wait..anyone any ideas of things to do/avoid..got stuff in mind but advice is welcomed? :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 04, 2009, 09:47:53 AM
are these teletext hols as good as everyone says?? Any catches?? basically lookin a week or 2 away (for 2), cheap and hot, don't care where..teletxt the best bet?

Yep if i was looking for that id defo go with the teletext hols, use the website. As i said before got £175 for turkey for a wk round the 12th july few years back. There was loads on offer, go from belfast, dub whereevers handiest. Just keep checking and something will come up
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 04, 2009, 09:49:41 AM
Headn stateside for 5wks at end of july..hittin new york,chicago,san fran,la,san diego and vegas  ;D ;D ;D
cant wait..anyone any ideas of things to do/avoid..got stuff in mind but advice is welcomed? :)

When ur in San Diego call into "The Field" , its a pub. Loved san fran , san diego and vegas but has been 4 years since been there so cant remember a lot to be honest. Im goin in september. Enjoy urself  :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Derry Dolly on June 04, 2009, 09:53:47 AM
Headn stateside for 5wks at end of july..hittin new york,chicago,san fran,la,san diego and vegas  ;D ;D ;D
cant wait..anyone any ideas of things to do/avoid..got stuff in mind but advice is welcomed? :)

When ur in San Diego call into "The Field" , its a pub. Loved san fran , san diego and vegas but has been 4 years since been there so cant remember a lot to be honest. Im goin in september. Enjoy urself  :)

thanks!will do..unless ur trickin me into goin to some tyrone bar?? :D :D just jokin..ive been in san fran b4 but it was 5yrs ago an was much more reserved than i plan to be this time..aswel as being under 21!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 04, 2009, 09:58:19 AM
San Diego is unreal, loved it. Really liked La as well though was only briefly in it. Loved Vegas though 3 days max was more than enough for me.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: D4S on June 04, 2009, 11:51:42 AM
I was in Thailand for 2 weeks in October on honeymoon so holiday this year is going to be a cheaper option!

However I can't wait, we are stickin my father-in-laws caravan onto the back of the car and going to hit Westport for a few days in July, then maybe head a bit further south for a day or 2, see how it goes! Most decent campsites around 22-26 euro a night...hope we get the weather :)

PS I am not a Traveller!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cavan4ever on June 04, 2009, 11:53:32 AM
I was in Thailand for 2 weeks in October on honeymoon so holiday this year is going to be a cheaper option!

However I can't wait, we are stickin my father-in-laws caravan onto the back of the car and going to hit Westport for a few days in July, then maybe head a bit further south for a day or 2, see how it goes! Most decent campsites around 22-26 euro a night...hope we get the weather :)

PS I am not a Traveller!

But your wife and her family are  :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: D4S on June 04, 2009, 11:55:11 AM
I was in Thailand for 2 weeks in October on honeymoon so holiday this year is going to be a cheaper option!

However I can't wait, we are stickin my father-in-laws caravan onto the back of the car and going to hit Westport for a few days in July, then maybe head a bit further south for a day or 2, see how it goes! Most decent campsites around 22-26 euro a night...hope we get the weather :)

PS I am not a Traveller!

But your wife and her family are  :D




 :D :D :D :D :D :D

Walked into that...No they are not + it is actually a very nice caravan with all mod cons ;D!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SidelineKick on June 04, 2009, 11:55:24 AM
 :D a Cavan poster on a holidays thread!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lfdown2 on June 04, 2009, 12:07:21 PM
Headn stateside for 5wks at end of july..hittin new york,chicago,san fran,la,san diego and vegas  ;D ;D ;D
cant wait..anyone any ideas of things to do/avoid..got stuff in mind but advice is welcomed? :)

When ur in San Diego call into "The Field" , its a pub. Loved san fran , san diego and vegas but has been 4 years since been there so cant remember a lot to be honest. Im goin in september. Enjoy urself  :)

thanks!will do..unless ur trickin me into goin to some tyrone bar?? :D :D just jokin..ive been in san fran b4 but it was 5yrs ago an was much more reserved than i plan to be this time..aswel as being under 21!

where you staying? for the best party area head out to pacific beach, street there (garnet) strip of bars leading down to the beach further up the same street further away from the beach theres the silver fox, used to do $2 drinks on thursdays (though thats 2 yrs ago) head out to coronado beautiful spot and deadly beach, ocean beach is pretty cool as well the 'hippy' area very chilled out, love the place lived there for a year and would go back in the morning, in the early stages of planning a trip next April - SD and vegas taking in Coachella music festival.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on June 04, 2009, 12:24:38 PM
Heading on 3 week honeymoon to vegas, LA, Hawaii & San Fran in July & can't wait!  ;D

and as for the options, if u not set on going a particular place I'd say def wait & book something last minute.
Check out travelzoo.com, I've signed up & every week they email a top 20 list on best sales/ last minute things, from B&b's to cruises. Its one of the them emailing can't help but look at just incase something is just to good to refuse.  :-\




We're thinking of LA,Las Vegas and maybe San Fran for our honeymoon next year.
Who did you book with ?


Go to San Fran before LA, in fact go anywhere really before LA. Yosemite & San Diego well worth a visit...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: stpauls on June 04, 2009, 12:37:39 PM
I'm just gonna go to Germany for a few days. I like to take regular short breaks throughout the year, rather than use up all my holiday time in one fell swoop.

where you for Ziggy, and when?
i am heading out to Munich next month for the annual Gaelic tournament and to catch up with the mates out there.
looking forward to a few steins in the bier gardens and hopefully get to play a bit of ball as well!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Derry Dolly on June 04, 2009, 12:53:25 PM
Headn stateside for 5wks at end of july..hittin new york,chicago,san fran,la,san diego and vegas  ;D ;D ;D
cant wait..anyone any ideas of things to do/avoid..got stuff in mind but advice is welcomed? :)

When ur in San Diego call into "The Field" , its a pub. Loved san fran , san diego and vegas but has been 4 years since been there so cant remember a lot to be honest. Im goin in september. Enjoy urself  :)

thanks!will do..unless ur trickin me into goin to some tyrone bar?? :D :D just jokin..ive been in san fran b4 but it was 5yrs ago an was much more reserved than i plan to be this time..aswel as being under 21!

where you staying? for the best party area head out to pacific beach, street there (garnet) strip of bars leading down to the beach further up the same street further away from the beach theres the silver fox, used to do $2 drinks on thursdays (though thats 2 yrs ago) head out to coronado beautiful spot and deadly beach, ocean beach is pretty cool as well the 'hippy' area very chilled out, love the place lived there for a year and would go back in the morning, in the early stages of planning a trip next April - SD and vegas taking in Coachella music festival.

stayin in pacific beach! how far is coronado?were stayin in san diego the longest, 9nights were as everywre else is bout 4nights per city so need plenty to do.
can anyone recommend any waterparks?is knotts berry farm any good?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cavan4ever on June 04, 2009, 01:03:04 PM
:D a Cavan poster on a holidays thread!

Yeah we manage to get away the odd time aswell  8)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SidelineKick on June 04, 2009, 01:11:34 PM
:D a Cavan poster on a holidays thread!

Yeah we manage to get away the odd time aswell  8)

 ;D I'm only messin' with ya.  You'll probably manage more holidays than I will  :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 04, 2009, 01:16:57 PM
Derry Dolly Coronado is just out of the city if i remember correctly, pb and ob are all a good spin out of the city but theres a bridge takes u from city just over to coranado. Defnitely go there its absolutely gorgeous.  Also if ur in the city go see the top gun bar its not a far dander out of the city though im thinkin it may have burned down or something recently
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cavan4ever on June 04, 2009, 01:44:42 PM
:D a Cavan poster on a holidays thread!

Yeah we manage to get away the odd time aswell  8)

 ;D I'm only messin' with ya.  You'll probably manage more holidays than I will  :(

Not this year :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hank Everlast on June 04, 2009, 01:46:55 PM
Anyone been to Praia da Rocha before? Headn there the end of june for 10 days.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cavan4ever on June 04, 2009, 01:52:46 PM
Anyone been to Praia da Rocha before? Headn there the end of june for 10 days.

I was there 2 years ago but it was later in the year and was quiet enough.    You will get offered plenty of "smoke" as you walk along the strip.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bendurback on June 04, 2009, 02:44:01 PM
I was thinking of heading down to westport over the july bank holiday weekend, wee cheap excursion to tide me over until my week away in September. Can anyone reccommend any decent campsites that provide mobile homes, don't fancy the hassle of pitching a tent or sleeping in a tent for that matter.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: flog the lot on June 04, 2009, 03:02:06 PM
Thailand, any one any opinions / tips. What islands to visit, koh samui, ko phangan, ko phi phi etc, things to do etc.

Whats Bangkok like -worth stayng a few days in, have heard mixed reports.

i would get out of bangkok as quick as you can, it ok for a day or two before you go home to pick up some cheap shopping, but there not much else to do in it...

i though ko phi phi was the best place we went to in thailand, take a trip to maya bay from here, this is the place the film the beach was made
also enjoyed ko chang and ko samet

if you are in phuket make sue you do one of the day trips to james bond island.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: SidelineKick on June 04, 2009, 03:03:40 PM
if you are in phuket make sue you do one of the day trips to james bond island.

Phuket, sure why not!
Title: FAO st pauls - Munich
Post by: No1 on June 04, 2009, 04:04:44 PM
Thinking about a stag in Munich around Octoberfest, what do you think?
Title: Re: FAO st pauls - Munich
Post by: stpauls on June 04, 2009, 04:11:46 PM
Thinking about a stag in Munich around Octoberfest, what do you think?

would highly recommend it No1, though you would need to start booking it now as the hotel rooms run out very quickly, and the plane fares are very expensive around then as well.

if you aren't traveling with a lot of luggage, you could fly to Salzburg and take one of the regional trains to Munich, which run every hour from the Hauptbahnhof, and only take about 2.5 hours. and if you really want to slum it, you can always stay in 'The Tent'.  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: downtown on June 04, 2009, 05:18:33 PM
check out gohop.ie for cheap hols. some great deals on it. just booked vegas for a week in november for 540 euro, hotel and flight!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cavan4ever on June 04, 2009, 05:26:26 PM
I was thinking of heading down to westport over the july bank holiday weekend, wee cheap excursion to tide me over until my week away in September. Can anyone reccommend any decent campsites that provide mobile homes, don't fancy the hassle of pitching a tent or sleeping in a tent for that matter.

You should talk to D4S he will sort you out  :D .

What is Westport like anyway?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: D4S on June 04, 2009, 05:46:14 PM
I was thinking of heading down to westport over the july bank holiday weekend, wee cheap excursion to tide me over until my week away in September. Can anyone reccommend any decent campsites that provide mobile homes, don't fancy the hassle of pitching a tent or sleeping in a tent for that matter.

You should talk to D4S he will sort you out  :D .

What is Westport like anyway?


Jesus Cavan you're mighty craic altogether!! Aye anyone else want to join us in the caravan :D?
Westport is a great spot, full of pubs which tends to be high up on my holiday criteria!

For anyone who can get a weeks break in teh next couple of weeks, there's loads of good deals on www.teletextholidays.co.uk  Package holidays goin saturday to saturday from around £230 a week per person...........as long as you aren't looking 5* accom in the algarve, most are 3* self catering iniza, Benidorm, Majorca, Gran Canaria etc.  But some really decent accom for around £320+ for a week, a lot cheaper than anything I was quoted at travel agents a couple of weeks ago!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cavan4ever on June 04, 2009, 06:46:06 PM
I was thinking of heading down to westport over the july bank holiday weekend, wee cheap excursion to tide me over until my week away in September. Can anyone reccommend any decent campsites that provide mobile homes, don't fancy the hassle of pitching a tent or sleeping in a tent for that matter.

You should talk to D4S he will sort you out  :D .

What is Westport like anyway?


Jesus Cavan you're mighty craic altogether!! Aye anyone else want to join us in the caravan :D?
Westport is a great spot, full of pubs which tends to be high up on my holiday criteria!


It would be like  Fr Ted  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fitzroyalty on June 04, 2009, 07:03:52 PM
are these teletext hols as good as everyone says?? Any catches?? basically lookin a week or 2 away (for 2), cheap and hot, don't care where..teletxt the best bet?

Yep if i was looking for that id defo go with the teletext hols, use the website. As i said before got £175 for turkey for a wk round the 12th july few years back. There was loads on offer, go from belfast, dub whereevers handiest. Just keep checking and something will come up
Thon site looks really good, won't be booking for another 2 or 3 weeks but i know where to go!Some bargains to be had alright  :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rav67 on June 04, 2009, 07:48:53 PM
Heading to Thailand can only really go for 2.5 weeks cos of work, would that be long enough?  Would like to see around a bit but wouldn't wanna be travelling all the time, maybe 4 different places would be enough to go I think.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bailestil on June 04, 2009, 11:13:32 PM
Thinking of heading to Thailand for 2 weeks around november time.
Was in Bangkok, Ko Sok and Ao Nang/Krabi 2 years ago. Beautiful place.

Thinking of heading to phuket direction this time. any advice on places to etc?


Rav67 - 2.5 weeks would be enough time. Few days in bangkok, head north for a while then head south to Krabi and/ or phuket.

I done a tour with intrepid from bangkok to singapore which took 15 days or so. was great. got to see loads of thailand malayasia and singapore. handy to fly into bangkok and fly out of singapore.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: orangeman on June 04, 2009, 11:16:33 PM
Heading to Thailand can only really go for 2.5 weeks cos of work, would that be long enough?  Would like to see around a bit but wouldn't wanna be travelling all the time, maybe 4 different places would be enough to go I think.

Don't put a rope round your balls - very dangerous.  ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 04, 2009, 11:33:08 PM
Is it time to talk about ski holidays yet?? 

Booked four nights in Puerto Banus, Aer Lingus to Malaga, at the start of September.

After the obligatory twelfth weekend in Rossnowlagh.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 04, 2009, 11:40:31 PM
Is it time to talk about ski holidays yet?? 

Booked four nights in Puerto Banus, Aer Lingus to Malaga, at the start of September.

After the obligatory twelfth weekend in Rossnowlagh.
You have a thread for ski holidays. Sling yer hook ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Oakleafer93 on June 05, 2009, 10:08:43 AM
Has anone ever been to Boston? What do you advise to do, go to see etc?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Derry Dolly on June 15, 2009, 09:10:35 AM
Has anone ever been to Boston? What do you advise to do, go to see etc?
friends of mine went to the six flags water park and loved it..

can anyone advise on cheap inter state flights in america/best value etc?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tyronelass on June 15, 2009, 09:24:25 AM
Heading on 3 week honeymoon to vegas, LA, Hawaii & San Fran in July & can't wait!  ;D

and as for the options, if u not set on going a particular place I'd say def wait & book something last minute.
Check out travelzoo.com, I've signed up & every week they email a top 20 list on best sales/ last minute things, from B&b's to cruises. Its one of the them emailing can't help but look at just incase something is just to good to refuse.  :-\




Still waiting my invite in the post... cus!

Damn royal mail!!  >:( Thou with u being family surely u knew u were already invited!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gawa316 on June 15, 2009, 09:47:14 AM
Has anone ever been to Boston? What do you advise to do, go to see etc?
friends of mine went to the six flags water park and loved it..

can anyone advise on cheap inter state flights in america/best value etc?

We've used Jet Blue a couple of times and they were the business
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Derry Dolly on June 15, 2009, 10:01:29 AM
Has anone ever been to Boston? What do you advise to do, go to see etc?
friends of mine went to the six flags water park and loved it..

can anyone advise on cheap inter state flights in america/best value etc?

We've used Jet Blue a couple of times and they were the business
just tried it there but they dont do flifgts for where im looking (san diego to las vegas)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on June 15, 2009, 10:09:09 AM
Has anone ever been to Boston? What do you advise to do, go to see etc?
if you can , stay around the boston common/downtown area.
Great places to eat/drink/shopping etc
cant rem the name of the place but theres a great area with shops/food / bars in downtown beside city hall
then at the handcock tower theres the large shopping centre also with great food/drink places (I like the cheesecake fatory for dinner and the obligitory desserts )
Some great fish restaurants in Boston also. I could try to rem the names of a couple if you like?
Also go to harvard square north of the charles river, great vibe all around the university campus - again bars/food places all good.
John hancock bar and the house of blues around here.

if theres a game on in town baseball etc, then try get to see it as fenway park is great.
Lansdowne road beside fenway used to be the big nightclub area if you are into that kind of thing.

am sure if you checked out the info on trip advisor you would hear more /better ideas !

couple of shopping outlets outside of boston are good - wife reckons one is almost the best in america only slightly behind Orlando and way ahead of NY's woodberry common !

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gawa316 on June 15, 2009, 10:17:54 AM

just tried it there but they dont do flifgts for where im looking (san diego to las vegas)

US Airways is probbly your best bet then. Was just checking for myself flying Fresno to Vegas and it's $143.

Try cheaptickets.com or the actual airline
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: supersarsfields on June 15, 2009, 10:19:53 AM
Is it time to talk about ski holidays yet?? 

Booked four nights in Puerto Banus, Aer Lingus to Malaga, at the start of September.

After the obligatory twelfth weekend in Rossnowlagh.

Just back from a week in Puerto Banus. We flew from international with Easyjet into Malaga aswell.
Which hotel are ya staying at Rois? We were in the PYR apartments. Nice enough. Wasn't overly impressed with the nightlife over there to be honest.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 15, 2009, 01:11:01 PM
Has anone ever been to Boston? What do you advise to do, go to see etc?
friends of mine went to the six flags water park and loved it..

can anyone advise on cheap inter state flights in america/best value etc?

We've used Jet Blue a couple of times and they were the business


just tried it there but they dont do flifgts for where im looking (san diego to las vegas)

South west airlines for san diego to vegas usually ur best bet
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mr. Nakata on June 16, 2009, 11:36:33 AM
Has any BM's been to Hamburg in the last few years on a city break? Was thinking of booking for a weekend and was wondering could anyone recommend a hotel. Nothing too fancy and not a roach infected love hotel in the middle of the Reeperbahn. Something around the 50-70 euro per night level. The usual websites offer the usual info, but it's hard to beat a bit of first hand experience from people who've been.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: boojangles on June 16, 2009, 01:28:03 PM
Has anone ever been to Boston? What do you advise to do, go to see etc?
if you can , stay around the boston common/downtown area.
Great places to eat/drink/shopping etc
cant rem the name of the place but theres a great area with shops/food / bars in downtown beside city hall
then at the handcock tower theres the large shopping centre also with great food/drink places (I like the cheesecake fatory for dinner and the obligitory desserts )
Some great fish restaurants in Boston also. I could try to rem the names of a couple if you like?
Also go to harvard square north of the charles river, great vibe all around the university campus - again bars/food places all good.
John hancock bar and the house of blues around here.

if theres a game on in town baseball etc, then try get to see it as fenway park is great.
Lansdowne road beside fenway used to be the big nightclub area if you are into that kind of thing.

am sure if you checked out the info on trip advisor you would hear more /better ideas !

couple of shopping outlets outside of boston are good - wife reckons one is almost the best in america only slightly behind Orlando and way ahead of NY's woodberry common !



Lynchboy has you up to date mostly.Quincy Market is great for shopping,lots of little stalls.The Prudential centre is the largest building(after the Hancock) and is worth a trip up to.Great views and cocktails!!
South Shore Plaza is about 20 minutes South of Boston,massive department stores and great value for clothes.Don't leave without visiting the Cheesecake Factory,was never in to Cheesecake til I went there.Beautiful.
Fenway Park home of the Redsox,never made it there myself but its supposed to be a great experience if you can get Tickets.
If you can get rid of herself for a bit,take a look for Hooters bar,its down near Back bay if I can remember.Be careful not to Drool!! ;D
You should also try and get out to Canton,its about 30 minutes drive out of the city,South also.Its where all the GAA is played.Nearly always something going on during the summer on Sundays.theres a full bar there too.
Hope you enjoy
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: leenie on July 23, 2009, 10:13:48 PM

obv with the times that are in it, i can't afford to go anyone too exotic...

was looking at package holidays there.... and they certainly haven't come down in price....

so looked up flights and then hotels.... and can go to santa ponsa (good oul faithful place that it is) and can get flights and apartment for 300 euro each in sept.... working it around the all ireland ...(just in case  ::) )  ........



Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Treasurer on July 23, 2009, 10:24:41 PM

obv with the times that are in it, i can't afford to go anyone too exotic...

was looking at package holidays there.... and they certainly haven't come down in price....

so looked up flights and then hotels.... and can go to santa ponsa (good oul faithful place that it is) and can get flights and apartment for 300 euro each in sept.... working it around the all ireland ...(just in case  ::) )  ........


Leenie, if you're booking the apartments, do as much searching online as you can.  i've an apartment in Lanzarote next week - depending on which site I used I could have paid anyting from 230 to 570 for the same apartment!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cúig huaire on July 23, 2009, 10:49:37 PM

obv with the times that are in it, i can't afford to go anyone too exotic...


There are some great fully inclusive deals at the minute. Some of the more exotic resorts are being hit by the recession and have dropped their prices accordingly.
Title: cheap flights
Post by: maddog on August 04, 2009, 10:15:11 AM
Have any of ye ever been to Frankfurt ? Any advice on best places to visit etc ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gerry on August 27, 2009, 06:57:59 PM
Well thats nearly the hols over for another year, two weeks of rain in a mobile in rossnowlagh sure you could not beat it.

Highlights so far have being;

Tyrone non appearance last sunday
Dublin zoo tomorrow hopefully
And ziggy outed as a mod
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Never beat the deeler on August 28, 2009, 02:27:03 AM
Has anybody flown with Korean airlines? I'm headin home for Xmas from Aus and am booked with this shower. Havent heard anythin about them    ???
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on August 28, 2009, 09:16:05 AM
Well thats nearly the hols over for another year, two weeks of rain in a mobile in rossnowlagh sure you could not beat it.


Gerry I was down in the Surfers for a night, think it was when you were about, and it was dead as a doornail.  Oh apart from the two surfers that plonked themselves beside my friend and I, and invited us to a party in a tent that they were going to (drink) drive to.

Hmmm.

Off to Puerto Banus next Fri, yeeeeeeeeeeeeeha.

Must get that skiing thread back up too, booking one of those bad boys next week.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on August 28, 2009, 09:53:55 AM
Off to Ventry in the morning for a week with the animals......will they be depressed after Sunday though..... ???
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Cúig huaire on August 29, 2009, 07:02:11 PM
Off to Ventry in the morning for a week with the animals......will they be depressed after Sunday though..... ???

Hope you are stopping off in Dublin in the morning to watch your clubmate?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on January 13, 2010, 09:25:21 AM
Started to think about this years hols - Anyone been to Cuba recently?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggysego on January 13, 2010, 01:49:31 PM
And ziggy outed as a mod

You're dreamin' sir.

Thinking of heading back to Lourdes this year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on January 13, 2010, 02:14:58 PM
Started to think about this years hols - Anyone been to Cuba recently?

Yeah Declan, a friend of ours went last Easter and reported that it was great, but not great, if you catch my drift. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on January 13, 2010, 02:19:57 PM
Cheers BB. Missus isn't too keen but I have a hankering to see it before ould Fidel pops his clogs
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on January 13, 2010, 02:29:36 PM
I think you'd be hard pressed to sell it as a holiday to the females in the family, Declan. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on January 13, 2010, 02:37:49 PM
A pal, his missus and a few of theirs (pals & missuses) were over in Cuba in November Declan, and had a great time, for example:

Cuba is scorching, people are great, food is great, pool is cool, sea is like a bath... internet is sluggish, but I think I can live with that!!!!!


He was saying that although where they were staying was fairly affluent, they weren't far away from the polar (or sub-tropical ;)) opposite in Havana itself, but wherever the people were the best.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the waffler on January 13, 2010, 05:46:08 PM
2 weeks in marmaris in july got great  deal in travel agents for the excelsior anybody been there would not use teletex again did a couple  of years ago ended up in a pure shit hole
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Family guy on February 16, 2010, 07:19:23 PM
Thinking of there 2 the waffeler,have heard no reports really on it either,what date you goin to and what kinda deal did you get??
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on February 16, 2010, 09:20:14 PM
dunno where to go - have a lot of holidays to take this year as I couldnt take them last year.
Cadiz in spain, southern france/bordeaux (obvious reasons), trek around usa (myrtle beach, nashville, memphis, New orleans, texas) are all on the radar

anyone beent to myrtle beach or cadiz region ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Santino on February 17, 2010, 12:14:51 AM
dunno where to go - have a lot of holidays to take this year as I couldnt take them last year.
Cadiz in spain, southern france/bordeaux (obvious reasons), trek around usa (myrtle beach, nashville, memphis, New orleans, texas) are all on the radar

anyone beent to myrtle beach or cadiz region ?

Would highly recommend Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans if u fancy plenty of live music and partyin after being there this time last year. Not sure bout Myrtle beach though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tyrones own on February 17, 2010, 12:50:46 AM
dunno where to go - have a lot of holidays to take this year as I couldnt take them last year.
Cadiz in spain, southern france/bordeaux (obvious reasons), trek around usa (myrtle beach, nashville, memphis, New orleans, texas) are all on the radar

anyone beent to myrtle beach or cadiz region ?

Would highly recommend Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans if u fancy plenty of live music and partyin after being there this time last year. Not sure bout Myrtle beach though.

Some of the nicest people I ever met were in Memphis..genuine friendly people!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Overthebar! on May 07, 2010, 10:39:19 PM
4 of us heading to florence on tuesday for 4 days. anyone ever been? looking forward to it....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross4life on May 08, 2010, 08:26:00 PM
Was in Florence for two days back in October like most Italian cities I've been it's a beautiful historic city! if Art is you thing Michelangelo's  Statue of David  is worth seeing, i would recommend a trip Basilica di San Miniato al Monte Situated on a hill (monte) outside Florence with unsurpassed views of the city, Piazzale Michelangiolo in the city also has great views best place to catch the sunset

For nightlife try Finnegans or Fiddlers Elbow if you want good irish bars

Seeing that you have 4 days it's also worth a visit to Pisa to see the leaning tower, The trains are frequent & takes about 1hr
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: David McKeown on May 08, 2010, 09:17:10 PM
dunno where to go - have a lot of holidays to take this year as I couldnt take them last year.
Cadiz in spain, southern france/bordeaux (obvious reasons), trek around usa (myrtle beach, nashville, memphis, New orleans, texas) are all on the radar

anyone beent to myrtle beach or cadiz region ?

Went to college near Austin for a year, would highly recommend the city for a few days if you are touring the states
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Overthebar! on May 09, 2010, 02:11:06 AM
Was in Florence for two days back in October like most Italian cities I've been it's a beautiful historic city! if Art is you thing Michelangelo's  Statue of David  is worth seeing, i would recommend a trip Basilica di San Miniato al Monte Situated on a hill (monte) outside Florence with unsurpassed views of the city, Piazzale Michelangiolo in the city also has great views best place to catch the sunset

For nightlife try Finnegans or Fiddlers Elbow if you want good irish bars

Seeing that you have 4 days it's also worth a visit to Pisa to see the leaning tower, The trains are frequent & takes about 1hr

cheers ross4life, will take your advice onboard. not sure how much sightseeing we will actually do as will prob end up just drinking but would be good to squueze some in. fly into pisa so might tip the tower over when we arrive...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Niall Quinn on May 09, 2010, 03:00:20 AM
Started to think about this years hols - Anyone been to Cuba recently?

spent a week in varaderro last year, which was a pretty relaxing, if not super inspiring location. Really enjoyed the day trip we did to havanna. Don't know if it would constitute value if you're travelling from Europe though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on May 09, 2010, 11:58:18 AM
4 of us heading to florence on tuesday for 4 days. anyone ever been? looking forward to it....
lovely place
like all tourist towns, go 50 yards off the beaten track to find better priced food - certainly equal quality and often better !
Nice choc shops around the squares, nice wine bars dotted around the place too.
also can get trips to shopping outlets for decent priced clothes if yer missus needs her shopping fix !!


thanks for the info folks on Memphis and Austin, I fully intend doing that trip sometime soon - maybe this summer !
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Overthebar! on May 10, 2010, 09:35:07 AM
cheers lb. not taking the woman so no need for the shopping advice! worried about going and getting stuck there with this ash cloud but fingers crossed...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the waffler on May 11, 2010, 02:17:53 PM
Thinking of there 2 the waffeler,have heard no reports really on it either,what date you goin to and what kinda deal did you get?

headin 5 july her good self and i got it for £688 for 2 weeks couldnt refuse have had good reports on marmaris will wile warm  may stay in shadev on the big stool
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on May 11, 2010, 03:02:34 PM
Was in Marmaris a few years back. Great spot - plenty to do and lovely beaches. Full of English though and any irish that were there were prod. Anyway not to be bigoted though - just pointing it out.
Would defo go again - loved it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the waffler on June 20, 2010, 09:46:55 AM
does anyone know of any irish bars in marmaris that can show gaa matches
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on June 20, 2010, 09:55:28 AM
Was in Marmaris a few years back. Great spot - plenty to do and lovely beaches. Full of English though and any irish that were there were prod. Anyway not to be bigoted though - just pointing it out.
Would defo go again - loved it.


What a stinking little post.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 20, 2010, 10:04:39 AM
Was in Marmaris a few years back. Great spot - plenty to do and lovely beaches. Full of English though and any irish that were there were prod. Anyway not to be bigoted though - just pointing it out.
Would defo go again - loved it.


What a stinking little post.
Crucially she's not being bigoted though. Just letting people know in case they happen to come within touching distance of a prod. Nice girl.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: pintsofguinness on June 20, 2010, 10:24:59 AM
How did you know they were prod, where their eyes closer together?  ???
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 20, 2010, 12:17:46 PM
Was in Marmaris a few years back. Great spot - plenty to do and lovely beaches. Full of English though and any irish that were there were prod. Anyway not to be bigoted though - just pointing it out.
Would defo go again - loved it.

what a random piece of useless information!!!

We are heading to Salu in two weeks, cant wait we are staying at a keycamp resort with 3/4 pools and its located on the beach also.


stayed at home last year and went for a week up in the glens, was good but the weather was shite. typically weather great his yea and we are heading off to Spain!!!

P.S there will be prods in Salu
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: STREET FIGHTER on June 20, 2010, 04:01:43 PM
Anyone got any good holiday recommendations??
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 20, 2010, 05:16:09 PM
Was in Marmaris a few years back. Great spot - plenty to do and lovely beaches. Full of English though and any irish that were there were prod. Anyway not to be bigoted though - just pointing it out.
Would defo go again - loved it.

what a random piece of useless information!!!

We are heading to Salu in two weeks, cant wait we are staying at a keycamp resort with 3/4 pools and its located on the beach also.


stayed at home last year and went for a week up in the glens, was good but the weather was shite. typically weather great his yea and we are heading off to Spain!!!

P.S there will be prods in Salu
Are these three-quarter pools to accommodate your height?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Puckoon on June 20, 2010, 05:19:18 PM
Prods - the b**tards are everywhere.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the real slim shady on June 20, 2010, 05:32:37 PM
Just back from Melbourne for the summer, heading to Crete in a few weeks anyone know what its like??
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 22, 2010, 08:43:44 PM
Was in Marmaris a few years back. Great spot - plenty to do and lovely beaches. Full of English though and any irish that were there were prod. Anyway not to be bigoted though - just pointing it out.
Would defo go again - loved it.

what a random piece of useless information!!!

We are heading to Salu in two weeks, cant wait we are staying at a keycamp resort with 3/4 pools and its located on the beach also.


stayed at home last year and went for a week up in the glens, was good but the weather was shite. typically weather great his yea and we are heading off to Spain!!!

P.S there will be prods in Salu
Are these three-quarter pools to accommodate your height?

three-quarter pools??  i can swim so i'll be fine.

 be different if i were a fat fooker tony ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 22, 2010, 08:51:47 PM
Where is Salu?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 22, 2010, 09:52:30 PM
 ::)

english teachers abound. Salou it is!! 13 days to go
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 22, 2010, 09:54:47 PM
Ah, Salou, I was there once. The Johnnies have a supporters club there.

St. John's Belfast Support Group Salou (http://www.salou.co.uk/PubsBares/ibrox/principal.html)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 22, 2010, 11:20:41 PM
Ah, Salou, I was there once. The Johnnies have a supporters club there.

St. John's Belfast Support Group Salou (http://www.salou.co.uk/PubsBares/ibrox/principal.html)
Tyrone Girl won't be there, thats for sure  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Onion Bag on June 23, 2010, 08:17:19 AM
The Missus booked a holiday for us to Tunisia yesterday, anyone ever been there, whats it like?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on June 23, 2010, 08:33:17 AM
The Missus booked a holiday for us to Tunisia yesterday, anyone ever been there, whats it like?
was in port el khantoui about 10 years ago. Beaches were ok. I booked a cheap hotel that was a kip. 3 star. The better hotels are great though. As the buffet included in my holiday was horrible, we went out to all the surrounding 5 star hotels each night and got the a la carte. It was dirt cheap, the food was fantastic - as they are a former french colony and french trained. I recall one twocourse dinner fo two and half a bottle of french red being £17 punts.
dont know if it has gotten any more exp,but if not, you are on for a culinary treat.
If you are going to port el khantoui, there are a couple of good restaurants around the marina, there was also a bar. We were the only non locals in the place...and I thought arabs didnt drink beer !!! strange atmosphere, but it was better thn sittin in the hotel with its blackpool type theme nights.
didnt like sousse and its medina and market. very sleezy feeling to it and I was v uncomfortable amongst them. Wasnt sure they were eyeing up the missus or me !

One last word of warning - if you get a 'burger and chips' in a cafe, chances are you are eating horse meat rather than beef.
I am pretty sure I had horse in one of mine in a place. A good bit 'spicier' type of taste to horse it seems. Didnt bother me. I was so hungry then I could eat a ...oh yeah !

Anyhow it may have more to do at night now - but for food and sun, as long as you had a decent hotel- it wasnt bad !
Not sure about the other resorts. Hammemet prob the same and a little bigger I hear.
Title: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on June 23, 2010, 11:30:23 AM
Just back from Melbourne for the summer, heading to Crete in a few weeks anyone know what its like??

It's been a while since I was there but from memory depends where you go Slim.....Malia is full of drunken young ones.... mostly English..... Club 18-20 type stuff...

Hersonissos has a more mature crowd and a more cosmopolitan crowd...loads of Scandinavians :o :o, Dutch and Germans...

As I said it been a while and it may have changed....maybe someone can update
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: supersarsfields on June 23, 2010, 11:42:33 AM
Was in Malia about two years ago and can't say I enjoyed it that much. Very loud and yobby to be honest. But plenty to do during the day. Ended up going into Hersonissos most nights as the night life there was much better.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Abble on June 23, 2010, 01:01:48 PM
hersonissos was easily the best holiday resort i've been to...couldn't fault it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the real slim shady on June 23, 2010, 10:27:15 PM
Just back from Melbourne for the summer, heading to Crete in a few weeks anyone know what its like??

It's been a while since I was there but from memory depends where you go Slim.....Malia is full of drunken young ones.... mostly English..... Club 18-20 type stuff...

Hersonissos has a more mature crowd and a more cosmopolitan crowd...loads of Scandinavians :o :o, Dutch and Germans...

As I said it been a while and it may have changed....maybe someone can update

Heading to Hersonissos, was talking to a few lads who went last last year, they said it was a mad spot.  Could be a bad move taking the woman then!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dougal Maguire on June 24, 2010, 07:31:26 PM
Was in Marmaris a few years back. Great spot - plenty to do and lovely beaches. Full of English though and any irish that were there were prod. Anyway not to be bigoted though - just pointing it out.
Would defo go again - loved it.

As a matter of interest, if she'd said  ' Full of English though and any Irish that were there were tattooed drunks in Rangers and Linfield tops'  would she have generated the same comments??
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 24, 2010, 07:37:28 PM
Dougal she said Prods, not Rangers fans or Linfield Fans!!! if she had have said it was full of Celtic tops and taigs would she have got  different response? no not really. it just sounded very juvenile and daft
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Blegard on June 24, 2010, 08:14:08 PM
Has anybody flown with Korean airlines? I'm headin home for Xmas from Aus and am booked with this shower. Havent heard anythin about them    ???
They are fine. I have flown with them loads of times from sydney when I did a bit of work in good ol Pusan. Just seem to run into problems if they stray into Russian airspace.

I am going to spend my holidays in Mayo. I have done all the rest and nothing comes close. Anyone who holidays outside of ireland especially if you live there and there is a recession on is a traitor and there should be a law against it. Ryan Air are trying their best in this regard I suppose
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ludermor on June 24, 2010, 08:36:01 PM
When you in Mayo Blegard?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 24, 2010, 09:31:36 PM
Yes my post did sound ridiculous and probably taken out of context by how i worded it!!!! This is the only time im gonna defend what i said. I dont have a problem with non catholics and have close friends who are. What i meant was Marmaris was full of english an any irish that were there from what i could see were all rangers fanatics , jerseys towels , singing songs round the pool galore making us feel uncomfortable. Came into contact with it everywhere i went in Marmaris. What i said should have been worded different obviously!!!! Its a discussion board - its all to do with peoples opinions. I gave my opinion on my experience with Marmaris - yes i worded it wrong but get off your high horses and stop trying to make me into a bigoted little bitch.
Why i bothered to defend myself i dont know cos i know what i meant and couldnt care less what the majority think of it.
End of!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Blegard on June 24, 2010, 09:35:31 PM
When you in Mayo Blegard?
Be there 9th July for 2.5 weeks. Might sneak back again end of august for a weekend
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 24, 2010, 10:54:23 PM
Yes my post did sound ridiculous and probably taken out of context by how i worded it!!!! This is the only time im gonna defend what i said. I dont have a problem with non catholics and have close friends who are. What i meant was Marmaris was full of english an any irish that were there from what i could see were all rangers fanatics , jerseys towels , singing songs round the pool galore making us feel uncomfortable. Came into contact with it everywhere i went in Marmaris. What i said should have been worded different obviously!!!! Its a discussion board - its all to do with peoples opinions. I gave my opinion on my experience with Marmaris - yes i worded it wrong but get off your high horses and stop trying to make me into a bigoted little bitch.
Why i bothered to defend myself i dont know cos i know what i meant and couldnt care less what the majority think of it.
End of!

yes and if you have friends that are 'prods' show them your post then ask the question, do you think i'm stupid?

listen if i was away and a load of druck celtic fanatics jerseys towels , singing songs round the pool galore i'd feel uncomfortable.

no need to defend your post, you are what you are
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 24, 2010, 11:07:24 PM
Yes my post did sound ridiculous and probably taken out of context by how i worded it!!!! This is the only time im gonna defend what i said. I dont have a problem with non catholics and have close friends who are. What i meant was Marmaris was full of english an any irish that were there from what i could see were all rangers fanatics , jerseys towels , singing songs round the pool galore making us feel uncomfortable. Came into contact with it everywhere i went in Marmaris. What i said should have been worded different obviously!!!! Its a discussion board - its all to do with peoples opinions. I gave my opinion on my experience with Marmaris - yes i worded it wrong but get off your high horses and stop trying to make me into a bigoted little bitch.
Why i bothered to defend myself i dont know cos i know what i meant and couldnt care less what the majority think of it.
End of!

yes and if you have friends that are 'prods' show them your post then ask the question, do you think i'm stupid?

listen if i was away and a load of druck celtic fanatics jerseys towels , singing songs round the pool galore i'd feel uncomfortable.

no need to defend your post, you are what you are
That's bollox, Milltown.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 24, 2010, 11:11:20 PM
Yes my post did sound ridiculous and probably taken out of context by how i worded it!!!! This is the only time im gonna defend what i said. I dont have a problem with non catholics and have close friends who are. What i meant was Marmaris was full of english an any irish that were there from what i could see were all rangers fanatics , jerseys towels , singing songs round the pool galore making us feel uncomfortable. Came into contact with it everywhere i went in Marmaris. What i said should have been worded different obviously!!!! Its a discussion board - its all to do with peoples opinions. I gave my opinion on my experience with Marmaris - yes i worded it wrong but get off your high horses and stop trying to make me into a bigoted little bitch.
Why i bothered to defend myself i dont know cos i know what i meant and couldnt care less what the majority think of it.
End of!

yes and if you have friends that are 'prods' show them your post then ask the question, do you think i'm stupid?

listen if i was away and a load of druck celtic fanatics jerseys towels , singing songs round the pool galore i'd feel uncomfortable.

no need to defend your post, you are what you are
That's bollox, Milltown.

which part? i would hate a load of drunking Celtic fanatics at the pool singing songs. i dislike Celtic anyway (Rangers also) but thats down to the way it is
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 24, 2010, 11:16:52 PM
Surely you would feel a lot more uncomfortable with them being Rangers fans than them being Celtic fans, from here.

If not, you are saying that there is no difference in you having a pint in The Rex bar on the Shankill than The Felons on the Falls, on Old Firm Day as you have no interest in the game.

I have no love for either soccer team either but given the choice I'd rather be stuck with "my own side".
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 24, 2010, 11:30:48 PM
Had a pint in the Rex bar!! was very strange. worked on the Shankill for 3 years worked in Harland's for 12 years. was brought not to judge people cause of where they are from. Cant abide anybody who judges people cause they happened to be born in a different street.

we are an accident of birth. you could have been born to parents from Sandy Row and grew up hating Catholics but cause everyone wants to fit in they would prefer to go along with the majority.

i try and take people as they are. if we generalize and pigeon hole people then N.Ireland will have no chance

bigots are usually people who cant think for themselves. when you live and work in 'YOUR OWN' then thats all you'll ever know. remember there are cocks on both sides
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 24, 2010, 11:37:46 PM
Very nice in theory, Milltown but reality is being missed.

Had a pint in the Rex bar!! was very strange.
Why? I'm sure you've drank on the Falls before. Did you find it "very strange"?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 24, 2010, 11:58:44 PM
i never based myself being stuck with a  West Belfast view, i did do the 'clubs' while growing up but always headed into town. meet other people.

 I'm a massive Gael and love the history of the GAA. i try and educate the 'others' as I'm proud of that and always will be.

I have always had my views and have read about Irish history extensively but we have to look at life from both sides and how would you feel if you were a prod?

don't always get it right, would prefer England not to win the World Cup :P
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 25, 2010, 12:01:22 AM
i never based myself being stuck with a  West Belfast view, i did do the 'clubs' while growing up but always headed into town. meet other people.

 I'm a massive Gael and love the history of the GAA. i try and educate the 'others' as I'm proud of that and always will be.

I have always had my views and have read about Irish history extensively but we have to look at life from both sides and how would you feel if you were a prod?

don't always get it right, would prefer England not to win the World Cup :P
I do despair.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 25, 2010, 12:03:27 AM
i never based myself being stuck with a  West Belfast view
Yeah, and you don't judge people. You are full of such shit.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 25, 2010, 12:10:50 AM
Very nice in theory, Milltown but reality is being missed.

Had a pint in the Rex bar!! was very strange.
Why? I'm sure you've drank on the Falls before. Did you find it "very strange"?
was strange as its a UVF bar and I'm from the Falls, you only need one crack pot to have a go.

i judge people only after knowing them, thats the only time you can. i hope you not one of these arseholes who judge people on what religion they are. if so then you really are a c**k.

don't despair,  I'm fine, I've had/have a great life. I'm totally fine with the way my parents brought me up.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 25, 2010, 12:19:13 AM
Oh, so now you seem to understand that you are 'different' as you are from the Falls. That changes things.

However some girl from Coalisland (or somewhere) can't find it strange/uncomfortable......when she is surrounded by drunken Rangers fans singing their songs etc.

It only takes one crack pot....

Also, you must know the whole of west Belfast if you are able to label 'The west Belfast view'.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 25, 2010, 12:52:06 AM
Her initial post was that the place was bad because it was full of prods. We all know prods aren't all drunken loyalists, so why not say that.

Anyway I'd agree with the point that drunken Celtic fans would be/are hard to listen to, I'd still rather be in their proximity than a lot of drunken Rangers fans.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Dougal Maguire on June 25, 2010, 01:57:43 AM
In all fairness I think everybody understood exactly what she meant in the post. It was badly worded and a number of posters chose to exploit that. She, or anyone else for that matter wouldn't know or indeed care what religion a person or persons were. It was the fact that they were wearing Rangers tops and acting like the majority of Rangers fans seem to that drew her attention to them. And I agree with you Tony, I'd also feell much more confortable in the vicinity of Celtic top wearers or GAA top wearers for that matter than I would in the company of Rangers or Linfield fans. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on June 25, 2010, 11:53:08 AM
What if the Celtic fans mistook you for a "prod" and beat the bejaysis out of you?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nifan on June 25, 2010, 02:18:32 PM
On behalf of the prod population I accept your explanation TG  ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: thebandit on June 29, 2010, 05:45:39 PM
Can anyone recommend any good websites for holiday deals?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the waffler on June 30, 2010, 04:40:50 PM
sounds like im gonna have a wonderful time cant wait for the 12th should be some craic awell just have to wait on my new celtic top opps hope i dont offend you milltown a loyal uvf supporter
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 10, 2010, 02:19:01 PM
having great time in Cambrills just south of salou. dont think tyrone girl or soccer lover waffler would like it. too many orange men in football tops here being drunk! but they are from holland so they might like them. oh waffler will the ogs win this year
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: viiv on July 10, 2010, 02:20:23 PM
Can anyone recommend any good websites for holiday deals?

Ive always used expedia and never had any problems.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the waffler on July 20, 2010, 12:28:06 PM
having great time in Cambrills just south of salou. dont think tyrone girl or soccer lover waffler would like it. too many orange men in football tops here being drunk! but they are from holland so they might like them. oh waffler will the ogs win this year
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the ogs ? cant help with that one  but just back from  sunny marmaris and TG was 100% right everywhere i looked was the loyal sons and daughters  was nt a bit intimidated but as lovely as marmaris is  ill pick somewhere else next time round you wouldn't get a pint with them over there milltown as the sign said for one loyalist bar said prods shall drink with prods but turkey is a great place regardless
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tommy Tight Lips on July 20, 2010, 05:51:19 PM
heading to marmaris next week folks,anyone been recently?any tips on bars nightlife etc....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Archie Mitchell on July 20, 2010, 06:25:30 PM
heading to marmaris next week folks,anyone been recently?any tips on bars nightlife etc....

I hope your going to behave yourself Tommy.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tommy Tight Lips on July 20, 2010, 06:30:04 PM
i always do archie i always do ;D :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone exile on July 21, 2010, 12:56:04 AM
onthebeach.com is very good for cheap deals! was meant to be going to marmaris myself on the 30th of august, but i was with goldtrail....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the waffler on July 21, 2010, 10:38:47 AM
tommy ive just got back it depends what your looking for loads of bars the ibrox the gers george best ect nice wee irish bar called tiernas see all gaa games and that eating out anywhere is good never had a bad bit o grub the whole time the turks cant do enough for you plenty of deals and bargains be sure to have a Turkish bath and massage its great only one nite club at the beach end but more on bar street but more expensive there plenty o trips and the like you'll enjoy it
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bigfrank on August 07, 2010, 10:09:24 PM
anyone ever been to Lloret de mar in spain...think its close to barca....me and few friends booked holiday to there for sept...gettin mixed reception about the place online....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on August 08, 2010, 01:27:01 PM
If Sonny had a son, what age would he be now?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on August 09, 2010, 01:33:13 PM
I will be in Tenerife (Costa Adeje) for the Down v Kildare game.  Anyone know of any good bars where I can watch the match?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: orange2009 on August 09, 2010, 01:55:50 PM
anyone ever been to Lloret de mar in spain...think its close to barca....me and few friends booked holiday to there for sept...gettin mixed reception about the place online....

Its an ok resort in my opinion.  Whilst this may not be a turn off, it is very very English.  Not a lot of Irish knocing about it tbh
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on August 09, 2010, 02:26:07 PM
If Sonny had a son, what age would he be now?

Very good :D There's similarities there, definitely, but this fella hasn't expressed his undying love for Giles, Fay or Lyons yet :D

How are the spuds in Cork by the way? Remember that episode from the Hardy household? :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bigfrank on August 09, 2010, 08:22:37 PM
anyone ever been to Lloret de mar in spain...think its close to barca....me and few friends booked holiday to there for sept...gettin mixed reception about the place online....

Its an ok resort in my opinion.  Whilst this may not be a turn off, it is very very English.  Not a lot of Irish knocing about it tbh

heard it was full of germans...6 of us head next month...hotel got mixed reviews online so dunno wats in store!!! More irish the better lol  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on August 09, 2010, 08:27:47 PM
If Sonny had a son, what age would he be now?

Very good :D There's similarities there, definitely, but this fella hasn't expressed his undying love for Giles, Fay or Lyons yet :D

How are the spuds in Cork by the way? Remember that episode from the Hardy household? :D

You can get a fairly decent spud in Cork now. The Ballymaloe Queens are a grand floury spud for boiling in their skins and the Rooster is great for the chips. They don't allow imports but sometimes we smuggle in a bag of Reynolds's.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Orior on August 16, 2010, 09:52:08 PM
Some reflections on my recent holiday:

- amazing how I now get uncomfortable at people smoking beside me while I eat
- even more amazing is how uncomfortable I get at people smoking in the street
- holiday coach drivers are absolute nut cases, but always flippin get you there without a scratch
- feck this tipping thing. its not in our nature
- why do all european babes make our irish babes look like horses?
- i missed my dog
- going with a mobile phone and laptop for a week in heaven
- how the feck do southern Italian famers make a living?
- it doesnt take long to get back into the mire
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bigfrank on August 16, 2010, 09:55:11 PM
where did u go Orior??? have 2 agree with ya on the smokin thing....annoys me too!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Orior on August 16, 2010, 09:58:12 PM
Island with a big mutha fooka volcano on it. And the mountain guide only spoke italian, lol. Any backchat though (or missing receipts) and you could loose a pinky, so one had to behave.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 16, 2010, 10:11:18 PM
Some reflections on my recent holiday:

- amazing how I now get uncomfortable at people smoking beside me while I eat
- even more amazing is how uncomfortable I get at people smoking in the street
- holiday coach drivers are absolute nut cases, but always flippin get you there without a scratch
- feck this tipping thing. its not in our nature
- why do all european babes make our irish babes look like horses? 
- i missed my dog
- going with a mobile phone and laptop for a week in heaven
- how the feck do southern Italian famers make a living?
- it doesnt take long to get back into the mire

cause they are tan
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minder on August 16, 2010, 10:29:36 PM
Because they don't survive on a diet of fried food and know fruit Is for eating not for ramming up their pipe.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on August 16, 2010, 10:51:03 PM
Because they don't survive on a diet of fried food and know fruit Is for eating not for ramming up their pipe.
Terrible crude Minder.

- how the feck do southern Italian famers make a living?

European subsidies. Same as Irish farmers.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maddog on September 14, 2010, 03:23:17 PM
Anyone been to Pollensa in Mallorca ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on September 14, 2010, 04:19:06 PM
Research shows that smokers are much less likely than non-smokers to die of age-related illnesses.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Banana Man on September 14, 2010, 04:33:35 PM
was thinking of mallorca myself maddog in the next week, anybody any idea of the temperatures etc?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maddog on September 14, 2010, 04:45:01 PM
book nothing yet in case of a replay :P


found this -

Average temperatures in Majorca (Mallorca)
 Maximum Minimum
January 14º C / 57º F 4º C/ 39ºF
February 15º C / 59ºF 5º C / 41ºF
March 19º C / 66ºF 10º C / 50ºF
April 21 º C /70ºF 12 º C / 54ºF
May 25º C / 77ºF 18 º C / 64ºF
June 27º C / 81ºF 20º C / 68º F
July 30º C / 86ºF 21º C/ 70ºF
August 31º C / 88ºF 22º C / 72ºF
September 28º C / 82ºF 19º C / 66ºF
October 25º C / 77ºF 16º C / 61ºF
November 18º C / 64ºF 9º C / 48º F
December 15º C / 59ºF 6º C / 43ºF
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Banana Man on September 14, 2010, 04:53:57 PM
I just threw caution to the wind, booked one for tenerife there, £611 for 2 everything all in, not too bad i thought...

never thought about a replay  :D oops!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: CiKe on September 14, 2010, 09:42:48 PM
Just been to Slovenia and Croatia. Ljubljana is lovely little town and did some hiking in the Julian Alps in the northwest of the country (only about 1 hour from Ljubljana). Place is spectacular, highly recommend it.

Also, spent a few days on Istrian coast (northwest Croatia), having heard so many good things about the country but not fancying the drive all the way down to Dubrovnik. Don't even think about going there - place is a dump, full of German nudist pensioners...first and last time i'll buy a Footprint travel guide I tell you...layout is nice but no bloody information or maps even
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Radda bout yeee on April 12, 2011, 12:39:16 PM
Right where's the best place to go this year?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on April 12, 2011, 01:18:37 PM
Quote
Island with a big mutha fooka volcano on it.

Love to go there, but I wouldn't head in midsummer. This time of year would be ideal.

Quote
Just been to Slovenia

Lovely place, friendly people.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: theskull1 on April 12, 2011, 04:21:27 PM
Island with a big mutha fooka volcano on it. And the mountain guide only spoke italian, lol. Any backchat though (or missing receipts) and you could loose a pinky, so one had to behave.
Stromboli?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Family guy on April 12, 2011, 06:49:00 PM
Right where's the best place to go this year?

Thinking the same all day
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 12, 2011, 08:02:05 PM
Off to Tuscany this year, Fly to Pisa and then on to a Keycamp site, Plenty of pizza, pasta and Chianti. 

84 days and counting 8) 8)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 12, 2011, 09:10:57 PM
Off to the Algarve again for us. Chicken Piri Piri and Tecate.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 12, 2011, 11:05:02 PM
Eurodisney Saturday week to "help" out with niece and nephews over Easter.  Fun fun fun.

Then hopefully Puerto Banus for a few days in June or September.  I've had two ski holidays this year already...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggysego on April 12, 2011, 11:06:49 PM
Thinking of going down the west of Ireland this summer, down to Kerry. Love to do a spot of whale watching.

Decided to stay in Ireland this summer, after last year's incident, so if anyone can recommend anywhere that's good for whale watching, what would be great.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 12, 2011, 11:09:04 PM


Seen this whale in Kerry a few years ago





Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on April 12, 2011, 11:12:15 PM
Off to Alanya (Turkey) on Sunday for a week. Anyone ever been?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggysego on April 12, 2011, 11:13:59 PM


Seen this whale in Kerry a few years ago






Mike Sheehy?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on April 14, 2011, 11:07:10 AM
Thinking of going down the west of Ireland this summer, down to Kerry. Love to do a spot of whale watching.

Decided to stay in Ireland this summer, after last year's incident, so if anyone can recommend anywhere that's good for whale watching, what would be great.

Do one of the Eco Tours around the Blaskets Zig....amazing stuff....

http://www.dinglebaycharters.com/Pages/EcoTour.htm
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggysego on April 14, 2011, 11:21:53 AM
Cheers 5 Sams :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: supersarsfields on April 14, 2011, 11:28:06 AM
Eurodisney Saturday week to "help" out with niece and nephews over Easter.  Fun fun fun.

Then hopefully Puerto Banus for a few days in June or September.  I've had two ski holidays this year already...

Feck me Rois. Do ya not know we're in a recession?

Puerto Banus is a great spot. We were there a few years ago.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on April 14, 2011, 11:37:29 AM
Kerry, Banna Beach to be exact in 3 weeks time. Great spot of the world.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 14, 2011, 04:11:56 PM

Feck me Rois. Do ya not know we're in a recession?

Puerto Banus is a great spot. We were there a few years ago.

Have been three times now in the past two years.  Apartment rental cheap as chips and great quality.  Drinks dear though if you don't want to drink the free "cocktails" or fizzy drainwater they try to give you.  Cheaper than a weekend in Galway though!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minder on May 13, 2011, 10:33:15 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on May 13, 2011, 10:35:17 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

Was in Sharm El Sheikh a few years ago.
Came home with the scutters and had them for a week afterwards.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 13, 2011, 10:44:40 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minder on May 13, 2011, 10:47:47 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)

BST has started. No and yes.  8)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 13, 2011, 10:56:05 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
He's off to Kilkenny with the lads when he gets home from Egypt for some Munster hurling and a lot of drink. Some time of it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 13, 2011, 11:14:34 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
He's off to Kilkenny with the lads when he gets home from Egypt for some Munster hurling and a lot of drink. Some time of it.

Have Kilkenny moved to Munster?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 13, 2011, 11:18:27 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
He's off to Kilkenny with the lads when he gets home from Egypt for some Munster hurling and a lot of drink. Some time of it.

Have Kilkenny moved to Munster?
That's where he is going for piss up. d**khead :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Blowitupref on May 13, 2011, 11:22:18 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
He's off to Kilkenny with the lads when he gets home from Egypt for some Munster hurling and a lot of drink. Some time of it.

Have Kilkenny moved to Munster?
That's where he is going for piss up. d**khead :)

Going all the way to Egypt for 2/3 days not much of a Holiday is it?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 13, 2011, 11:23:19 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
He's off to Kilkenny with the lads when he gets home from Egypt for some Munster hurling and a lot of drink. Some time of it.

Have Kilkenny moved to Munster?
That's where he is going for piss up. d**khead :)

Sorry, how silly of me to come up with that from your post ::)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minder on May 13, 2011, 11:24:18 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
He's off to Kilkenny with the lads when he gets home from Egypt for some Munster hurling and a lot of drink. Some time of it.

Have Kilkenny moved to Munster?
That's where he is going for piss up. d**khead :)

Going all the way to Egypt for 2/3 days not much of a Holiday is it?

You have your dates mixed up. Going for a week.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Blowitupref on May 13, 2011, 11:31:17 PM
Must have as i thought Tipp v Cork was Sunday week.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 13, 2011, 11:35:31 PM
Booked a holiday in Egypt yesterday, going this Wednesday. Anyone stayed in the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh?

No i do not want to know if there are any bars showing "de match".

A holiday before the Summer?? Have you won the Lotto?

Hope you aren't taking the kids out of school for this ;)
He's off to Kilkenny with the lads when he gets home from Egypt for some Munster hurling and a lot of drink. Some time of it.

Have Kilkenny moved to Munster?
That's where he is going for piss up. d**khead :)

Going all the way to Egypt for 2/3 days not much of a Holiday is it?

You have your dates mixed up. Going for a week.
Minder you know the wee man...


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 06, 2011, 11:41:02 AM
Ok that time again, off to Tuscany for some fine wine, delicious pasta and plenty of pizza!!

Will start diet when I get back. Happy holidays
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: amallon on July 06, 2011, 12:11:11 PM
Off on a Cruise this Sunday.  Rome, Sciliy, Athens (Riots permitting), Kusadasi, Crete and back to Rome.  Can't wait!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on July 06, 2011, 12:36:16 PM
Off to Ibiza in August with 6 mates.  Slightly worried about what iv let myself in for...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on July 07, 2011, 05:31:18 PM
Lookin into Dubrovnik, Croatia in Sept. Anybody reccommend any good hotels?

Stayed in an apartment overlooking the old town there a few years ago. Highly recommend as long as you don't hauling yourself up the steps.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Radda bout yeee on August 02, 2011, 03:59:02 PM
Anybody been to Murcia before? Thinking about heading there on a late deal but can't decide if it would be any good!!  :-\
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Radda bout yeee on August 03, 2011, 09:58:13 PM
Alright anybody been to torremolinos?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LostInSpace on August 04, 2011, 09:06:32 PM
Anybody been to Murcia before? Thinking about heading there on a late deal but can't decide if it would be any good!!  :-\

Was in Murcia 3 years ago, stayed in a Golf Resort place in a Villa, very warm! Wasnt that much to do really, but had a great time tho!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Radda bout yeee on August 08, 2011, 04:07:37 PM
Anybody been to Murcia before? Thinking about heading there on a late deal but can't decide if it would be any good!!  :-\

Was in Murcia 3 years ago, stayed in a Golf Resort place in a Villa, very warm! Wasnt that much to do really, but had a great time tho!

Thanks for that!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: David McKeown on August 09, 2011, 12:31:56 PM
Anybody been to Murcia before? Thinking about heading there on a late deal but can't decide if it would be any good!!  :-\

Parents have a place in the province of Murcia, great spot, nice weather, nice beaches with para-sailing etc not far from the water park in Torrevicja or the theme park in Benidorm (about a 2 hour drive).  Good golf in the area and a few enjoyable go karting tracks too
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the waffler on January 02, 2012, 03:27:14 PM
thinkin of bookin for the summer not sure where eastern med a possability any recommendations would be good
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross4life on January 02, 2012, 05:48:26 PM
thinkin of bookin for the summer not sure where eastern med a possability any recommendations would be good
Cyprus Limassol,Paphos worth seeing & of course Ayia Napa the party place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 02, 2012, 09:01:00 PM
Help needed in looking for 5 bedroom villa in Orlando, which sites would be best to view, I have googled but way too many to through. If you know any it would be great.

The in laws are taking us away again, they have booked the flights but no Villa yet, so any help would be great
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on January 02, 2012, 09:06:37 PM
Any ideas bucks? Just talking about this over the Christmas, and no idea what to do. Have a 5 year old so don't want anything too hot, but it has to be July because of school holidays. We really enjoyed holidays in France and Portugal over the last few years. Was thinking of Italy, but would the lakes be very expensive in July?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on January 03, 2012, 02:22:15 PM
Just booked 3 nights/4days at Disney-Paris for the end of January. Flights are very-very cheap off-peak now with most airlines. Even hotels such as Ashford & Dromoland are offering amazing deals at the moment (€97.50pps).

If you are tied to July there is not a lot you can do but if your travel is very flexible there are great deals out there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ha ha derry on January 03, 2012, 03:50:25 PM
Help needed in looking for 5 bedroom villa in Orlando, which sites would be best to view, I have googled but way too many to through. If you know any it would be great.

The in laws are taking us away again, they have booked the flights but no Villa yet, so any help would be great

Try vacationrentals.com i have used this site quite a lot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on January 03, 2012, 03:55:38 PM
Any ideas bucks? Just talking about this over the Christmas, and no idea what to do. Have a 5 year old so don't want anything too hot, but it has to be July because of school holidays. We really enjoyed holidays in France and Portugal over the last few years. Was thinking of Italy, but would the lakes be very expensive in July?
the seasides towns down around Puglia and to a lesser extent calabria are supposed to be a lot cheaper. Never been but have a pal livingin calabria and he collaborates my research on the area. Better beaches and cheaper food. warmer weather too...
maybe not as much to do for the kids as the centreparks craic - know of freinds who regularly go to north florence/southern lakes regions every year and love it (they have kids)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 03, 2012, 05:32:37 PM
Any ideas bucks? Just talking about this over the Christmas, and no idea what to do. Have a 5 year old so don't want anything too hot, but it has to be July because of school holidays. We really enjoyed holidays in France and Portugal over the last few years. Was thinking of Italy, but would the lakes be very expensive in July?
the seasides towns down around Puglia and to a lesser extent calabria are supposed to be a lot cheaper. Never been but have a pal livingin calabria and he collaborates my research on the area. Better beaches and cheaper food. warmer weather too...
maybe not as much to do for the kids as the centreparks craic - know of freinds who regularly go to north florence/southern lakes regions every year and love it (they have kids)

Stayed in a place called San Vincenzo at a Keycamp place called Park Albatros. Great site and the weather was great.

Its about 40 / 60 minutes from Pisa, flew there from Dublin.

Cracking beaches also and the local towns were great, excursions to Elba which is very close
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: screenmachine on January 03, 2012, 05:58:20 PM
Help needed in looking for 5 bedroom villa in Orlando, which sites would be best to view, I have googled but way too many to through. If you know any it would be great.

The in laws are taking us away again, they have booked the flights but no Villa yet, so any help would be great

http://www.solana-resort.com/

Heading here later in the year and have heard good reports from a work colleague.  Hopefully they turn out grand, they look decent enough anyway.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross4life on January 04, 2012, 06:32:02 PM
Any ideas bucks? Just talking about this over the Christmas, and no idea what to do. Have a 5 year old so don't want anything too hot, but it has to be July because of school holidays. We really enjoyed holidays in France and Portugal over the last few years. Was thinking of Italy, but would the lakes be very expensive in July?
If you haven't been already i would recommend Sorrento & you could visit Pompeii,Capri & the Amalfi coastline while your there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on January 04, 2012, 06:47:30 PM
Any ideas bucks? Just talking about this over the Christmas, and no idea what to do. Have a 5 year old so don't want anything too hot, but it has to be July because of school holidays. We really enjoyed holidays in France and Portugal over the last few years. Was thinking of Italy, but would the lakes be very expensive in July?
If you haven't been already i would recommend Sorrento & you could visit Pompeii,Capri & the Amalfi coastline while your there.
+1. Without doubt the best holiday I've ever had. It wouldn't be great for kids though unless they're into sightseeing. Also Rome is only a couple of hours away from Naples by train.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: camanchero on March 14, 2012, 04:54:55 PM
Anyone been to florida keys - which island has the best beaches/hotels/restaurants/nightlife etc

Also can anyone reccomend a good hotel in miami south beach?
Good pool (not overshadowed by high rises) , clean, decent sized rooms, near restaurants/bars etc
not necessarily on the beachfront but if on the main road across from the beach - would be fine..
TIA
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hashtag on April 18, 2012, 01:57:14 PM
Anyone ever been to the Algarve?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on April 18, 2012, 02:11:06 PM
Yes. It was very good.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross4life on April 18, 2012, 06:07:13 PM
Also can anyone reccomend a good hotel in miami south beach?
Good pool (not overshadowed by high rises) , clean, decent sized rooms, near restaurants/bars etc
not necessarily on the beachfront but if on the main road across from the beach - would be fine..
TIA

Would recommend the San Juan on Collins avenue prime location close to the restaurant/bars short walk to the beach, outdoor pool,spacious rooms & at decent price.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 19, 2012, 09:38:25 AM
Beachcomber on Collins Avenue - got it on Hotwire and it was abs perfect.  4 storeys so not a high rise, real art deco feel.  Lovely pool, backing onto the beach.  A short dander to the main "strip" bit.  Really couldn't fault it. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on April 19, 2012, 10:33:05 AM
Anyone ever been to the Algarve?

Millions every year, I hear.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tintin25 on May 17, 2012, 06:26:46 PM
Folks,

Thinking of heading to the states for a holiday in the near future. Thing is, I have an unpaid medical bill (500-600 dollars) from when lived there previously (02-03 for internship). Is it likely to be flagged at immigration or that?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Armaghgeddon on May 17, 2012, 06:36:35 PM
Folks,

Thinking of heading to the states for a holiday in the near future. Thing is, I have an unpaid medical bill (500-600 dollars) from when lived there previously (02-03 for internship). Is it likely to be flagged at immigration or that?

I believe they do, they keep all records of unpaid bills.
If you are lucky enough to get pass immigration, they could refuse to treat you if you need treatment of any kind when there again.
Phone wherever you owe the money and see if they have you on record still and offer to pay back £5 a month.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tintin25 on May 17, 2012, 08:07:58 PM
Folks,

Thinking of heading to the states for a holiday in the near future. Thing is, I have an unpaid medical bill (500-600 dollars) from when lived there previously (02-03 for internship). Is it likely to be flagged at immigration or that?

I believe they do, they keep all records of unpaid bills.
If you are lucky enough to get pass immigration, they could refuse to treat you if you need treatment of any kind when there again.
Phone wherever you owe the money and see if they have you on record still and offer to pay back £5 a month.

From research the hospital I went to has closed and is now some sort of health centre-phoned them but they have no record of me. They said that all other records from the previous hospital would be kept in the local city hall-don't even know if they would have records of actual bills.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Armaghgeddon on May 17, 2012, 08:33:29 PM
Folks,

Thinking of heading to the states for a holiday in the near future. Thing is, I have an unpaid medical bill (500-600 dollars) from when lived there previously (02-03 for internship). Is it likely to be flagged at immigration or that?

I believe they do, they keep all records of unpaid bills.
If you are lucky enough to get pass immigration, they could refuse to treat you if you need treatment of any kind when there again.
Phone wherever you owe the money and see if they have you on record still and offer to pay back £5 a month.

From research the hospital I went to has closed and is now some sort of health centre-phoned them but they have no record of me. They said that all other records from the previous hospital would be kept in the local city hall-don't even know if they would have records of actual bills.

Do you remember being sent any legal documents?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tintin25 on May 17, 2012, 09:02:10 PM
Folks,

Thinking of heading to the states for a holiday in the near future. Thing is, I have an unpaid medical bill (500-600 dollars) from when lived there previously (02-03 for internship). Is it likely to be flagged at immigration or that?

I believe they do, they keep all records of unpaid bills.
If you are lucky enough to get pass immigration, they could refuse to treat you if you need treatment of any kind when there again.
Phone wherever you owe the money and see if they have you on record still and offer to pay back £5 a month.

From research the hospital I went to has closed and is now some sort of health centre-phoned them but they have no record of me. They said that all other records from the previous hospital would be kept in the local city hall-don't even know if they would have records of actual bills.

Do you remember being sent any legal documents?

Honestly can't remember too much but I think I got one form before I left the states-it may have been a small bill for 150 dollars or something-I think the said form is about the house over here somewhere-think it had a ref number but when I tried checking it online a few years ago it wouldn't work. Was only when I got back to Ireland that one of the guys I lived with in the states said another bill for the ambulance came after I had left. I left a couple of weeks after the hospital visit so obviously I wouldn't have got any post or that. Haven't heard or received anything further about it since-I doubt they have my address here. Oh, I rang the place I was staying in the states at the time and the current Irish tenant said that they called once or twice asking for me but they just said I didn't live there anymore and that was it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Armaghgeddon on May 17, 2012, 09:09:27 PM
Folks,

Thinking of heading to the states for a holiday in the near future. Thing is, I have an unpaid medical bill (500-600 dollars) from when lived there previously (02-03 for internship). Is it likely to be flagged at immigration or that?

I believe they do, they keep all records of unpaid bills.
If you are lucky enough to get pass immigration, they could refuse to treat you if you need treatment of any kind when there again.
Phone wherever you owe the money and see if they have you on record still and offer to pay back £5 a month.

From research the hospital I went to has closed and is now some sort of health centre-phoned them but they have no record of me. They said that all other records from the previous hospital would be kept in the local city hall-don't even know if they would have records of actual bills.

Do you remember being sent any legal documents?

Honestly can't remember too much but I think I got one form before I left the states-it may have been a small bill for 150 dollars or something-I think the said form is about the house over here somewhere-think it had a ref number but when I tried checking it online a few years ago it wouldn't work. Was only when I got back to Ireland that one of the guys I lived with in the states said another bill for the ambulance came after I had left. I left a couple of weeks after the hospital visit so obviously I wouldn't have got any post or that. Haven't heard or received anything further about it since-I doubt they have my address here. Oh, I rang the place I was staying in the states at the time and the current Irish tenant said that they called once or twice asking for me but they just said I didn't live there anymore and that was it.

You should be fine. I have asked some family over there and they would have to know you are in the country so they could chase you for the money. But as you have tried to contact them and they dont exsist anymore you shouldn't be worried about that. If you were to be refused entry, then they would refuse the ESTA application.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: David McKeown on July 06, 2012, 01:32:57 AM
Just booked my summer holiday. Took advantage of secret hotels on lastminute.com. Great value. Also lastminute.ie offers same secret hotels but provides the address. Handy to ensure you aren't risk taking
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on July 06, 2012, 06:21:54 AM
I'm availing of free wifi in the Aer Lingus lounge in Dublin while waiting on flight to Rome - just s short break but I think the weather's great there at the mo!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on September 11, 2012, 04:44:31 PM
I've booked a week off work with the girlfriend in November.  Leaving on the Saturday.  Planning on booking something at the very last minute and see where it takes us, always hearing of these great last minute deals especially when it is not peak season.

Can anyone suggest where is hot and nice in November and any decent websites I can use to get  late deal?

Cheers
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: camanchero on September 12, 2012, 09:53:42 AM
Also can anyone reccomend a good hotel in miami south beach?
Good pool (not overshadowed by high rises) , clean, decent sized rooms, near restaurants/bars etc
not necessarily on the beachfront but if on the main road across from the beach - would be fine..
TIA

Would recommend the San Juan on Collins avenue prime location close to the restaurant/bars short walk to the beach, outdoor pool,spacious rooms & at decent price.
thanks- and thanks Rois.
Ended up getting a deal in the Anglers Rest hotel on Washington and 7th.
It was a 10 block walk up to 17th (Lincoln) where all the bars and restaurants were (passing miami ink on the way - one of many tatoo shops).
Hotel was lovely- but pool was small with feck all chairs/loungers around (ended up having a bit of a row with an brit over reserving sun lounders etc! but no big deal).
Miami was lovely- great restaurants and vibe.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on September 13, 2012, 06:59:23 AM
Also can anyone reccomend a good hotel in miami south beach?
Good pool (not overshadowed by high rises) , clean, decent sized rooms, near restaurants/bars etc
not necessarily on the beachfront but if on the main road across from the beach - would be fine..
TIA

Would recommend the San Juan on Collins avenue prime location close to the restaurant/bars short walk to the beach, outdoor pool,spacious rooms & at decent price.
thanks- and thanks Rois.
Ended up getting a deal in the Anglers Rest hotel on Washington and 7th.
It was a 10 block walk up to 17th (Lincoln) where all the bars and restaurants were (passing miami ink on the way - one of many tatoo shops).
Hotel was lovely- but pool was small with feck all chairs/loungers around (ended up having a bit of a row with an brit over reserving sun lounders etc! but no big deal).
Miami was lovely- great restaurants and vibe.
How did you get on down in the Keys? I stayed at the Hilton resort in Key Largo for a couple of nights and then down in Key West in a motel type place. I'm sorry I didn't see you original post, just replied to another answer.
Not sure what you'd have thought but I saw lots of cheesy class paces on the Keys that I'd have stayed in. I will be back, I loved the Keys, even in December when we sat with deck chairs out behind the resort on the private beach in the sea (yes, seats in the sea) drinking beer!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: camanchero on September 13, 2012, 02:22:28 PM
Enjoyed Key West. Stayed there 4 night- hotel was lovely. southernmost on the beach.
bottom of the island and a mile walk up duval to the top of the strip but had a great time.
missus really enjoyed the bars and restaurants.  Would go back and maybe we will.
Good food and not too expensive imo.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on October 10, 2012, 09:39:42 PM
Anyone ever rented a car in Canada and dropped off in USA?

Planning a holiday that will involve visiting (his) relatives in Halifax Nova Scotia and want to drive down through New England (Maine, Vermont etc), do some hiking, golfing, cocktail-drinking, down to Cape Cod and back up to Boston.

Finding it soooo hard to get from Halifax to anywhere!

Advice on any of it v welcome...

Transport links btw Canada and USA are awful, well up in the east anyway.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on October 10, 2012, 10:26:12 PM
Quote
Anyone ever rented a car in Canada and dropped off in USA?

No. But I did rent a car in the US and drop it off in Canada, so it probably should be possible and it wasn't hugely expensive either. Check out holidayautos.com or similar which use multiple companies to see it is possible. Consider breaking your journey, i.e. two legs, one dropping the Canadian car in Maine and taking a Maine car to Boston, as I imagine the further from the border you get the less they want a car ending up there. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Orior on October 10, 2012, 11:08:32 PM
I flew in to Halifax on an 8-seater, and flew out on the same two weeks later.

Plenty of Titanic memorabilia. And 'Newfies' are the butt of their jokes.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on October 22, 2012, 03:46:43 PM
Booked Warsaw for a couple of days in February, looking forward to it.  Cheapish flights through Wizzair (£60 each return) and got a 4 start hotel for £124 for 3 nights all in, totalling £122 each for flights and hotel.

Any suggestions of decent pubs etc and how cold it will be? Im reading it will be below freezing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on October 22, 2012, 04:14:28 PM
Quote
Im reading it will be below freezing.

You could have weather like a cold spell in Ireland or it could be -20C.
I'd check close to the date so that you can decide whether to pack the thermals.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Orior on October 22, 2012, 04:20:25 PM
Quote
Im reading it will be below freezing.

You could have weather like a cold spell in Ireland or it could be -20C.
I'd check close to the date so that you can decide whether to pack the thermals.

Definely pack the thermals for February. Better to have too many clothes than too little... unless your a woman
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on October 22, 2012, 05:03:36 PM
Heading to South Africa tomorrow for Umgolaarmagh's wedding.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Onion Bag on October 22, 2012, 05:07:09 PM
Heading to South Africa tomorrow for Umgolaarmagh's wedding.

Nice one, i never even knew he was getting married, pass on my congratualtions
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on October 23, 2012, 06:51:35 AM
Heading to South Africa tomorrow for Umgolaarmagh's wedding.

Nice one, i never even knew he was getting married, pass on my congratualtions

Will do. Still piecing together the speech FFS. I'll just have to get drunk on the plane later to finish it off
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Onion Bag on October 23, 2012, 10:41:55 AM
Heading to South Africa tomorrow for Umgolaarmagh's wedding.

Nice one, i never even knew he was getting married, pass on my congratualtions

Will do. Still piecing together the speech FFS. I'll just have to get drunk on the plane later to finish it off

No bother to you, there will be plenty of stories, I have a brave few, but you would have a few 100
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: qwerty123 on October 23, 2012, 11:32:25 AM
Has anyone ever toured South America before?  I've never been on a back packing holiday before, but I'm thinking of going from September to December next year.  Would love to go though, supposedly it can be done quite cheaply and would be a far cry from the somewhat 'touristy' places like Oz etc.

Tips on where to start off/a rough journey outline/any must-see places or must-do activities?

Maybe the September to December wouldn't be as good as during the summer - won't be as much life about it?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on October 23, 2012, 04:21:02 PM
Has anyone ever toured South America before?  I've never been on a back packing holiday before, but I'm thinking of going from September to December next year.  Would love to go though, supposedly it can be done quite cheaply and would be a far cry from the somewhat 'touristy' places like Oz etc.

Tips on where to start off/a rough journey outline/any must-see places or must-do activities?

Maybe the September to December wouldn't be as good as during the summer - won't be as much life about it?

http://gaaboard.com/board/index.php?topic=12660.msg571757#msg571757 (http://gaaboard.com/board/index.php?topic=12660.msg571757#msg571757)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Christmas Lights on October 25, 2012, 01:38:10 PM
I've booked a week off work with the girlfriend in November.  Leaving on the Saturday.  Planning on booking something at the very last minute and see where it takes us, always hearing of these great last minute deals especially when it is not peak season.

Can anyone suggest where is hot and nice in November and any decent websites I can use to get  late deal?

Cheers

Where did you book?  Thinking of doing something similar myself now?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Family guy on November 02, 2012, 09:27:13 PM
Anyone been to any of the islands in the carribbean??Any suggestions?The girlfriends looking to go in the new year,i havent a clue,just asking has anyone any advice?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: spuds on November 03, 2012, 01:36:15 PM
Anyone been to any of the islands in the carribbean??Any suggestions?The girlfriends looking to go in the new year,i havent a clue,just asking has anyone any advice?
Couldn't recommend Cuba highly enough, if you want somewhere a bit different with it's own unique character where most people won't know anything about Ireland (no trite references to U2, Guinness & leprechauns). Stay away from the sterile compounded resorts which only permits the locals to enter as workers to facilitate the vast numbers of Canadians that visit. The real Cuba is so different and rewarding, stay in a 'casa particular' (B&B) to get the personal touch and they will invariably have you as a family member if you stay for a few days. Havana has some classy old 50s hotels from the time of US gangster/mob money that are almost unchanged...get a little yellow open coco cab to a music venue to hear the salsa beats as you  sip your mohito staring at those sexy ass girls with their impossibly smooth dance rhythms.
Hire a car if you can, you get to see so much this way....if you have room be sure to give lifts to those on the side of the road, big transportation issues and you get to meet the real people.....you can get quite irritated by the constant attention from charming beggars, the people that want you to stay with their "friends" and the cigar, rum, coke, chica merchants. The countryside is beautiful. Fantastic beaches, mountain walks, wildlife spots, areas of outstanding beauty etc. Don't be expecting any McDonald's or Tesco's, expect to see a lot of 1950s Ford, Buick and Pontiac cars slipping by in front of crumbling colonial buildings as the relaxed vibes becomes infectious.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on November 03, 2012, 01:41:20 PM
Great stuff, spuds - makes me want to book a flight. You should look for a gig with Lonely Planet.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on November 03, 2012, 01:59:31 PM
I would second Cuba. I spent a few days in Havana and then a week in the resort. If I were to do it again, I'd spent much more time in "real Cuba" and maybe base myself in some of the other cities. Great place that I'd love to go back to but probably wont. :(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Asal Mor on November 03, 2012, 04:58:33 PM
I've been to the Dominican Republic - Sosua and some place near it,  Puerto Plata maybe? It was beautiful but there is endless hassle from the locals as soon as you leave the resort.
They're not aggressive and threatening but it wears you down after a while because it just never stops. It's better if you go away from the tourist areas and it's a fascinating, beautiful place but you'll get tired of saying "no thanks" every 10 seconds. I read somewhere snce that some ridiculously high percentage of the adult women in Sosua are prostitutes - something like 80% - but I wasn't aware of that before I went there, obviously like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on November 03, 2012, 08:10:24 PM
Any recommendations for a 3 or 4 night city break? Want a good hotel, city that has plenty to do and see and good shopping. Thinking of going in the new year with the wife
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on November 03, 2012, 09:55:17 PM
Any recommendations for a 3 or 4 night city break? Want a good hotel, city that has plenty to do and see and good shopping. Thinking of going in the new year with the wife

Hard to beat Liverpool...great city and great people. Loads to do!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on November 04, 2012, 12:21:31 PM
Paris or London. I love both.

Off to Krakow on Thurs, not sure what to expect.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on November 04, 2012, 12:28:30 PM
Any recommendations for a 3 or 4 night city break? Want a good hotel, city that has plenty to do and see and good shopping. Thinking of going in the new year with the wife

Portlaoise..

Other than that I would recommend Prague or Barcelona.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Norf Tyrone on November 04, 2012, 12:36:11 PM
Paris or London. I love both.

Off to Krakow on Thurs, not sure what to expect.

In order. London, Paris, Barce, Prague. Everybody talk about pop music.

London's just a superb city IMHO.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on November 04, 2012, 12:38:50 PM
Don't go to Prague in the winter! I've never felt cold like it.

Thinking of going to Barcelona for a few days in Feb myself.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on November 04, 2012, 12:47:35 PM
I'm thinking of London or Paris at the minute. I'd love to go to New York again but would rather wait until the summer and tie the New York trip in with somewhere else.

Anybody been to Germany? Munich or Berlin?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Worker on November 04, 2012, 01:33:59 PM
I'm thinking of London or Paris at the minute. I'd love to go to New York again but would rather wait until the summer and tie the New York trip in with somewhere else.

Anybody been to Germany? Munich or Berlin?

You win the lotto?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on November 04, 2012, 01:47:40 PM
I'm thinking of London or Paris at the minute. I'd love to go to New York again but would rather wait until the summer and tie the New York trip in with somewhere else.

Anybody been to Germany? Munich or Berlin?

You win the lotto?

Says the man who's away every other weekend
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hoof Hearted on November 04, 2012, 04:52:48 PM
Paris or London. I love both.

Off to Krakow on Thurs, not sure what to expect.

In order. London, Paris, Barce, Prague. Everybody talk about pop music.

London's just a superb city IMHO.

Edinburgh is great too - 1/2 hour flight from Belfast and 1/2 hour on a bus to city centre.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Newbridge Exile on November 04, 2012, 05:19:00 PM
Any recommendations for a 3 or 4 night city break? Want a good hotel, city that has plenty to do and see and good shopping. Thinking of going in the new year with the wife

Portlaoise..

Other than that I would recommend Prague or Barcelona.
Have been to Budapest three times now, fantastic for a city break
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: camanchero on November 05, 2012, 12:31:32 PM
Anyone been to any of the islands in the carribbean??Any suggestions?The girlfriends looking to go in the new year,i havent a clue,just asking has anyone any advice?
have been to a few - Aruba, Cuba and Grand Cayman.
All of them have fantastic beaches.
If you can speak a bit of spanish then you can go off and do your own thing, hire an appartment etc and pick your way arond the place reasonably cheaply eating in palladars etc.
However, for those of us who can just about mange English, the mainstream hotels are great.
Stayed in Varadero for a week and Havana for three nights 9 years ago.
Beaches, beautiful sea and tranquility in Varadero hotel strip were fantastic. Food in hotels was ok, nothing fantastic - but they are under rations and embargo etc.
People fantastic. Would recommend trips around the place- we did a day trip of bay of pigs, trinidad heritage town and ended up in Che's museum in santa clara. Brilliant trip.
the thousands of wee red crabs crossing the road for half a mile in front of the mini bus beside the bay of pigs and the impromptu orange then purple lightining storm on the way home were out of this world.
Varadero town had a couple of good and cheap restaurants - even though we were all inclusive at the hotel. Beer is cheap (or was - about €1.50 a bottle for the local beers - buccanero being one and quite nice).
~Havana was fantastic, do the tour of partagas cigar factory. Go around on a city tour. See the hemmingway bars and spots. See the hotel nacional. Check out the hotel inglaterra and you must get dinner in the 'La Guarida' which knocks the spots off the best Belfast has to offer (like james st south or Deane's - though i think they are way over rated anyhow)
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2008-04-09-cuba-paladars_N.htm
You wil no doubt have conflicting emotions about Cuba - the obvious lack of wealth , but the fantastic beautiful place it is. I'm trying to get the missus to go back - maybe at Christmas.
Grand cayman has beautiful beaches and seas, but apart from a raft of hotels on 7 mile beach, doesnt really cater for tourists as the main stay of the island is the banking/insurance etc industry with the ex pats and yanks etc.
Aruba is a great place to go to get a cheap engagement ring if the girlfriend is to get an upgrade anytime soon. prices were more than half what they are here. like Grand cayman, slightly lacking in variety of places to go and eat etc- and its around the same price as here - though the seafood is fantastic (all around the carribean). As the island is so small, it is quite breezy and the beaches experience the sand lifting often - which isnt nice if you are sitting there reading or relaxing!
I prefer the carribean to anywhere else. There isnt much shopping worth talking about in any of those places. I hear mexico - cancun might have though. You could always get a flight in via miami and go shopping there..
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on November 05, 2012, 01:01:29 PM
Im for Fuerteventura on Sunday, anyone been? Any decent trips I can go on?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on November 19, 2012, 03:13:20 PM
Cheers for the tips, as above!

Fuerteventura is a lovely place for a week of winter sun, mid twenties all week long and the scenery and beaches were spectacular.  Stayed all incluxive in the Elba Carlota Hotel and it was by the far the nicest place I have ever stayed.  Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on January 03, 2013, 02:40:29 PM
Time to look at the holidays for 2013 and gloomy January seems as good a time as any.

One of the options is a Center Parc holiday - in UK or mainland Europe.

Be myself and 2 kids ( 3 & 5(and a half). Prefer self catering, outdoors and activity based hence the Center Parc. Although it does seem a bit pricey and everything bar swimming in the sites are extra.

Anyone ever been or suggest alternatives?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on January 03, 2013, 03:44:06 PM
Thinking about a holiday for the summer, not fussed on a specific location to be honest, as long as there is a beach, pool and good weather.  Was thinking of a week and probably looking all inclusive for 2 adults and a 3 year old and a child under 1.  Anyone any ideas of what kind of price I should expect to pay and where is the best place to get the best deal?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 03, 2013, 04:21:31 PM
Thinking about a holiday for the summer, not fussed on a specific location to be honest, as long as there is a beach, pool and good weather.  Was thinking of a week and probably looking all inclusive for 2 adults and a 3 year old and a child under 1.  Anyone any ideas of what kind of price I should expect to pay and where is the best place to get the best deal?

Thanks.
You won't see much of the sun yourself if you take a baby on holiday in Jul/Aug (if going to the Med I assume - 30 to 40degC. As you don't have any in school I would wait go offpeak when a bit cooler.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on January 03, 2013, 04:30:44 PM
Bingo - four separate people I work with have all gone to Centre Parcs in different locations in the UK and all had a ball. 

It's quite upmarket, hence the high prices.  Though one of my colleagues is from Ballymena, he wouldn't have been forking out loads of the paid activities, but still managed to have a great time.

My sis brought her kids to Legoland and Chessington near London where they had a ball, the younger kids particularly.  Not the same resort-feel that you might be looking for though.

nrico - sounds like Portugal for you (again, sis, husband and kids went there last year and liked it).  It appears to be the most accessible place for holidays from NI at the minute if you want to avoid the Canaries. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on January 03, 2013, 04:41:47 PM
Thinking about a holiday for the summer, not fussed on a specific location to be honest, as long as there is a beach, pool and good weather.  Was thinking of a week and probably looking all inclusive for 2 adults and a 3 year old and a child under 1.  Anyone any ideas of what kind of price I should expect to pay and where is the best place to get the best deal?

Thanks.

Friend of mine went to Furtaventura in Canaries last year - stayed in Atlantis Suite resort which is all inclusive resort or has the option. He loved it, kids would have been a bit older than yours though. He went off season, so weather was milder but still warm. Said there was plenty to do onsite, so he wasn't dragging kids off somewhere every day.

Cheers Rois. Was thinking that would be the case re the cost and that there would be ways round it. Heard good things about legoland as well. Will look into a few of them.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on January 03, 2013, 04:42:32 PM
Thinking about a holiday for the summer, not fussed on a specific location to be honest, as long as there is a beach, pool and good weather.  Was thinking of a week and probably looking all inclusive for 2 adults and a 3 year old and a child under 1.  Anyone any ideas of what kind of price I should expect to pay and where is the best place to get the best deal?

Thanks.
You won't see much of the sun yourself if you take a baby on holiday in Jul/Aug (if going to the Med I assume - 30 to 40degC. As you don't have any in school I would wait go offpeak when a bit cooler.

Aye, thinking about September or even around next Christmas time.  Not after any extraordinary heat, just warm enough so that the 3/4 year old will get enough enjoyment at the beach/pool. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sportacus on January 03, 2013, 10:06:08 PM
We've been to center parcs three times.  Absolutely brilliant.  It's full on sport for a week though, bikes. Pool, tennis, zip line...... but everything is top class and very well supervised.  And if you like a wee bit of wildlife at the back door of your lodge, it's hard to beat for that as well.  Kids love it, you won't be disappointed.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 03, 2013, 10:09:31 PM
Fella in work swears by Centre Parcs. Has been to Sherwood Forest and Longleat and says they are brilliant.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: NAG1 on January 04, 2013, 10:23:59 AM
Fella in work swears by Centre Parcs. Has been to Sherwood Forest and Longleat and says they are brilliant.

What sort of money are the lodges for a week in those center parcs?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 04, 2013, 11:12:26 AM
Fella in work swears by Centre Parcs. Has been to Sherwood Forest and Longleat and says they are brilliant.

What sort of money are the lodges for a week in those center parcs?
I am sure they have a website  ;) However I will text him and ask for you!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on January 04, 2013, 11:18:05 AM
Fella in work swears by Centre Parcs. Has been to Sherwood Forest and Longleat and says they are brilliant.

What sort of money are the lodges for a week in those center parcs?

From looking at there website for late June early July its at least stg£1000 for a week for a family of 4 in one of the newer lodges, higher spec lodges go up and up, you can get a tree house for about 4grand for the week  :o

That just covers your stay in the accomodation and free use of the swimming pools. Everything else after that is extra.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 04, 2013, 11:19:29 AM
Fella in work swears by Centre Parcs. Has been to Sherwood Forest and Longleat and says they are brilliant.

What sort of money are the lodges for a week in those center parcs?
He just replied...

Depends on numbers,time of year and type of lodge. Can range from ~£1000 to ~£3000. The website is really good to get availability and prices for what suits best. Advice - the place is expensive when there so spending money needs to b factored in.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sportacus on January 04, 2013, 09:28:31 PM
 All the prices are totally transparent on the website. You can get sucked in to booking lots of extra activities and it all adds up.  You can save a bit bringing your own bikes if you go car/boat.  Pool access is free and its excellent.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cornerback on January 09, 2013, 12:17:03 PM
Has anyone stayed in Trabolgan Holiday Village recently?  Any reviews?

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on January 12, 2013, 07:30:24 PM
Whats the best place in florida lads? Hearing good reports of key west
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minder on January 12, 2013, 07:34:25 PM
Booked a week in Fuengirola in Costa Del Sol for July, anyone been ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fitzroyalty on January 12, 2013, 09:01:23 PM
Anyone recommend good places to stay/eat in Edinburgh?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Armaghgeddon on January 12, 2013, 09:48:41 PM
Flights to NY for £299 return on various dates up till April.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on January 12, 2013, 09:57:44 PM
Anyone recommend good places to stay/eat in Edinburgh?

Booked a weekend for the parents in the Caledonian which is apparently very nice. Hilton hotels (of which group this Waldorf Astoria is part of) has a great weekend package on offer for all group hotels.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Harold Disgracey on January 13, 2013, 10:58:58 AM
Heading to Berlin for 5 days over Easter with the wife & kids, looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: fitzroyalty on January 13, 2013, 11:03:51 AM
Anyone recommend good places to stay/eat in Edinburgh?

Booked a weekend for the parents in the Caledonian which is apparently very nice. Hilton hotels (of which group this Waldorf Astoria is part of) has a great weekend package on offer for all group hotels.
Thanks I will check them out!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on January 13, 2013, 11:22:05 AM
Heading to Berlin for 5 days over Easter with the wife & kids, looking forward to it.

I wouldn't mind heading there myself H. I've heard reports that it's getting a bit ahead of itself (vfm wise) in that it's marketing itself as Europe's entertainment capital. Let us know how you find it, cheers.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on January 13, 2013, 12:27:32 PM
Got a cracking deal for an Easter break (well I think it's good value), 3 nights B&B plus 1 evening meal for myself, herself and two kids in newpark hotel, Kilkenny from Good Friday to the Monday. Includes kids Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, use of supervised kids club, swimming pool, €25 voucher for herself for the hotel spa, bike hire, entry to on site pet farm, free tickets for local reptile zoo and even free daily paper!

Cost €392 all together.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Newbridge Exile on January 13, 2013, 01:16:54 PM
Heading to Berlin for 5 days over Easter with the wife & kids, looking forward to it.
Been  a couple of times, great city to visit,
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on January 17, 2013, 02:20:41 PM
Anyone know what sites are best for best priced holidays? 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on January 17, 2013, 02:43:20 PM
Anyone know what sites are best for best priced holidays?

If you've the head screwed on and work it right, its always cheaper to go direct yourself and cut out the middle man. Bit more hassle but way cheaper.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on January 17, 2013, 02:52:20 PM
teletext UK website always has great prices
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on January 17, 2013, 03:10:42 PM
If you're going somewhere that has an easyjet/jet2/Aer Lingus flight from here, I'd go down the DIY route.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: camanchero on January 17, 2013, 03:23:59 PM
Whats the best place in florida lads? Hearing good reports of key west
what are you looking for?
Key west is great, lively spot with plenty of places to eat drink - yet relaxed and friendly.
we loved it.
if you are going for beautiful beaches etc, then its not the best, imo florida gulf coast isnt great really- much prefer any caribbean island instead - but clearwater is nice- some fantastic restaurants around there.
Tampa near enough too for nightlife
you willprob need to drive in florida (apart from key west).
Miami good spot - well south beach is.
Orlando good for universal, disney and shopping.
never been to the atlantic side.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on January 17, 2013, 04:16:49 PM
Easyjet now flying from Manchester to Moscow.  Just priced last week in July and return was around £90.  Very excited that Moscow is now within budget, fascinating city.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on January 17, 2013, 04:42:57 PM
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ust priced last week in July and return was around £90.  Very excited that Moscow is now within budget, fascinating city.

The fee and hassle of getting a visa will limit people heading for the weekend though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mont on February 15, 2013, 10:47:56 AM
wher wud be a decent spot to go on hols at xmas.
cant seem to find anywher quiet and sunny for a family that leaves from dublin or indeed belfast.
brother said he cudnt see anything, told him to wise up and nw i cant find anythin.

not the us, aus or carribbean mind u as these are too dear
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on February 15, 2013, 10:51:23 AM
Was in Lanzarote one January. It was warm and sunny. Quiet at that time of the year too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mont on February 15, 2013, 11:37:49 AM
fly frm belfast? who was it wit?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on February 15, 2013, 11:47:55 AM
fly frm belfast? who was it wit?
Yeah, flew from Belfast. Can't remember who it was with.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on February 15, 2013, 11:49:14 AM
Not the missus, then?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laceer on February 15, 2013, 01:10:06 PM
Just booked two weeks in Vancouver at the end of May. Anyone been before and have any must see/tips etc?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on February 15, 2013, 01:18:41 PM
Aerlingus used to fly from Belfast to the canaries as we would have used them in January time this past few years. They have now relocated to Belfast City not actually sure if they do the canaries flight from there. Jet2 do flights from belfast international to lanzarote reasonable enough if booked in time. Only seem to do them from September to May.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mont on February 15, 2013, 01:38:30 PM
Aerlingus used to fly from Belfast to the canaries as we would have used them in January time this past few years. They have now relocated to Belfast City not actually sure if they do the canaries flight from there. Jet2 do flights from belfast international to lanzarote reasonable enough if booked in time. Only seem to do them from September to May.

thts what he said.
i thought companies only cut down number of flights in winter.seems they stop them altogether which is why i cant seem to see much over xmas
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ballinaman on March 11, 2013, 04:56:29 PM
Heading over to Florida on Saturday, Orlando to Wednesday and then driving down to Miami for 6 days. Any major do's don't in Orlando. Universal and Busch Gardens tampa worth doing ya?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Karl Kennedy on March 18, 2013, 11:42:45 AM
Anyone ever book a keycamp holiday in Spain?
Hoping to go to Salou this summer but the price of airport transfers is absolutely ridiculous.
Getting quotes of £500!!! Surely there has to be a cheaper alternative but its the hassle of different stops etc with family.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on March 18, 2013, 12:31:49 PM
Hire a car? Gives you a lot of flexibility.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 18, 2013, 12:35:03 PM
Anyone ever book a keycamp holiday in Spain?
Hoping to go to Salou this summer but the price of airport transfers is absolutely ridiculous.
Getting quotes of £500!!! Surely there has to be a cheaper alternative but its the hassle of different stops etc with family.

We went to a place south of Barcelona (40 miles) Cracking spot, loads of pools restaurants and bars, great local beach which was on site to. Will get name later can't remember it off hand. You could get the train from Barcelona to the nearsest town (about 2 miles from site) or hire a car though its pricey
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on March 18, 2013, 12:54:03 PM
We're keycamping in South of France this summer, after pricing transfers & having a good think about it we have hired a car, got a Ford Focus standard yoke for £270 ( for 12 nights, with 2 child seats)- i booked that before Christmas & a co-worker doing something similar said the price had jumped significantly when he went to book. We're flying with Aer Lingus & (supposedly) get keener car-hire rates of Hertz.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 18, 2013, 02:41:22 PM
We're keycamping in South of France this summer, after pricing transfers & having a good think about it we have hired a car, got a Ford Focus standard yoke for £270 ( for 12 nights, with 2 child seats)- i booked that before Christmas & a co-worker doing something similar said the price had jumped significantly when he went to book. We're flying with Aer Lingus & (supposedly) get keener car-hire rates of Hertz.

I found that it was really cheap to hire before Xmas too, whereabouts in the South of France Benny? Been there 3 times with Keycamp style holidays, though if you hire your van through the actual site it's at least 15 to 20% cheaper
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on March 18, 2013, 02:46:52 PM
Argeles sur mer, hope to take in a couple of stages of Le Tour.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 18, 2013, 03:05:13 PM
Right on the South of France, good spot. Prefer France over Spain. Was at a place in Italy two years ago 40 miles south of Pisa, great spot also
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on March 20, 2013, 11:55:02 AM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on March 20, 2013, 12:00:27 PM
Anyone ever been to Croatia?? One of the possibilities this year
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sandino on March 20, 2013, 12:17:07 PM
Great spot Croatia, can be very very hot in summer. It just works on so many levels, independent or package Declan?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: scoopmine on March 20, 2013, 12:29:05 PM
Anyone got any tips on where to go for a first time holiday never had the chance to go before. It would be myself and herself and would love somewhere hot. Somewhere there is a bit of value as were both final year students!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on March 20, 2013, 12:34:22 PM
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It just works on so many levels, independent or package Declan?

My own preference would be independent - when you say hot are you talking high 30s?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DennistheMenace on March 20, 2013, 12:35:00 PM
quote author=hardstation link=topic=12480.msg1212595#msg1212595 date=1363780502]
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.
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Depends what you are after really, who you are going with and your budget.

Party central is koh phangan, if you can get there for the Full Moon party on 24th July it is worth going to for that island for 3 nights. I'd also go to Koh Samui next to it, a larger island with some nice resorts. One of my favourite islands was Koh Phi Phi were the beach was filmed, beautiful and relaxed.

To the guy asking about Croatia, I'd go to hvar, beautiful island off Croatia.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Sandino on March 20, 2013, 12:57:47 PM
Yes high 30s, lots to do but again in depends on your interests. I'v been a few times so PM me if you have any questions. Not sure of your location but they fly direct to Croatia from belfast which is very handy.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on March 20, 2013, 04:17:34 PM
Cheers Sandino - Still at the early stages but if she who must be obeyed makes up her mind then I'll definitely PM you :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 03, 2013, 02:39:27 PM
Does anyone on here have any good Mexico resort recommendations?

There are so many - some are reasonably priced, some are ridiculously expensive but I'm worried in case the reasonably priced ones are rubbish.  On the other hand, I couldn't justify an additional £300/£400 for a slightly better standard of food.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 03, 2013, 04:24:12 PM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.
Would it not be too hot in Thailand in July?   
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on April 03, 2013, 04:28:11 PM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.
Would it not be too hot in Thailand in July?
Don't know. Gonna find out I suppose.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on April 03, 2013, 04:28:22 PM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.

Are you into threesomes?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on April 03, 2013, 04:29:09 PM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.

Are you into threesomes?
I've read the thread...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on April 03, 2013, 04:31:23 PM
Rois, it's over 15 yrs since I was in Cancun, so I'd imagine it has changed significantly - there are so many restaurants that I'd be inclined to get something basic (though don't forego aircon) and eat out.  The town of Cancun is nicer than the resort and you'll get far better quality and variety of food there (and real local food too).  The resort consists of a sand-spit heading out along the Gulf of Mexico for 17km - there are hotels, restaurants and shops crammed on either side of the road for the entirety of the road.  It's mainly US chains with the odd local concern thrown in.  In the summer, the population of the town remains at ca. 400,000, with 1,800,000 on the spit.  There are two island close by that could be good to stay: Cozumel is pretty posh/expensive, and Isla Mujeres is also nice (but tiny) and probably a good bit less expensive.

The resort of Tulum is not very far away either - it used to be much smaller than Cancun, and a bit more upmarket. 

Lastly, if you're heading that way you absolutely must go see Chichen Itza - just magnificent, mind-blowing. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 03, 2013, 04:57:43 PM
Rois, it's over 15 yrs since I was in Cancun, so I'd imagine it has changed significantly - there are so many restaurants that I'd be inclined to get something basic (though don't forego aircon) and eat out.  The town of Cancun is nicer than the resort and you'll get far better quality and variety of food there (and real local food too).  The resort consists of a sand-spit heading out along the Gulf of Mexico for 17km - there are hotels, restaurants and shops crammed on either side of the road for the entirety of the road.  It's mainly US chains with the odd local concern thrown in.  In the summer, the population of the town remains at ca. 400,000, with 1,800,000 on the spit.  There are two island close by that could be good to stay: Cozumel is pretty posh/expensive, and Isla Mujeres is also nice (but tiny) and probably a good bit less expensive.

The resort of Tulum is not very far away either - it used to be much smaller than Cancun, and a bit more upmarket. 

Lastly, if you're heading that way you absolutely must go see Chichen Itza - just magnificent, mind-blowing.

Thanks for that! 
Chichen Itza is the main reason we're going - BF is mad keen to see it (is it an "it"?  I don't really know what exactly we'll be seeing!). 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on April 03, 2013, 05:25:05 PM
Does anyone on here have any good Mexico resort recommendations?

There are so many - some are reasonably priced, some are ridiculously expensive but I'm worried in case the reasonably priced ones are rubbish.  On the other hand, I couldn't justify an additional £300/£400 for a slightly better standard of food.
never been, but from what I hear it may be worth the extra few hundred to avoid rubbish food and sick stomach that can hit you for  few days.

Hardstation
stayed in mandarin oriental - beautiful hotel - got it for a good price.
go on river cruise, see the 'wat' - temple on the banks of the river.
check out surkumvit road and the various shopping centres.

we went then to koh samui.
stayed in santaburi hotel  - beautiful but pricey (again got a good deal on it). chaweng has better beach and has a lively town, we had 20 min tuk tuk taxi bus ride to get to it each day.
may be a better idea to try the waterfront hotel in the fishermans village - I think it is called. a couple of miles from chaweng- its on a decent beach with loads of great restaurants and a pub (was owned by a paddy so its effectively and Irish bar).
local restaurants in fishermans village and in chaweng (and in bangkok) are v cheap.
the main courses are only a couple of euros each. however they are small portions -prob why the thais are small and we are fat - so I used to order a few at a time. yes fat fecker I am. beer is cheap and so are soft drinks.
there are more upscale restaurants in chaweng and bangkok that are equal to dublin restaurant prices. if you like thai food, then you dont need to go near them.
there are shops/markets selling knock off gear from clothes, to electronics to sunglasses to footwear.
one shop selling knock off handbags wanted the misus to spend 110 euros on a 'real fake' handbag - their words not mine.  a louis vitton that costs 1200 here and wouldnt take less than 110 for it. I told them to feck off.
the misus loved the thai massages - from 4-8 euros a go. she made me have one and it was a bit bemusing having a wee thai lady jump up and down on my back. i'd rather have bought two beers instead.
beaches and water not as good as the caribbean but nice place and can be cheap if researched.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on April 03, 2013, 06:29:05 PM
You should have asked for the 'happy ending' massage lynchbhoy I'm sure you would have enjoyed it more then.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 03, 2013, 07:51:13 PM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.
Would it not be too hot in Thailand in July?
Don't know. Gonna find out I suppose.



http://www.travelfish.org/weather/thailand/july

I would probably go in the autumn
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on April 03, 2013, 07:53:16 PM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.
Would it not be too hot in Thailand in July?
Don't know. Gonna find out I suppose.



http://www.travelfish.org/weather/thailand/july

I would probably go in the autumn

Given your principled opposition to air travel you'll want to be heading off this weekend, so.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 03, 2013, 08:34:44 PM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.
Would it not be too hot in Thailand in July?
Don't know. Gonna find out I suppose.



http://www.travelfish.org/weather/thailand/july

I would probably go in the autumn

Given your principled opposition to air travel you'll want to be heading off this weekend, so.
I was thinking of going via Suez, Hardy. But after the monsoon.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on April 03, 2013, 09:20:40 PM
Rois, it's over 15 yrs since I was in Cancun, so I'd imagine it has changed significantly - there are so many restaurants that I'd be inclined to get something basic (though don't forego aircon) and eat out.  The town of Cancun is nicer than the resort and you'll get far better quality and variety of food there (and real local food too).  The resort consists of a sand-spit heading out along the Gulf of Mexico for 17km - there are hotels, restaurants and shops crammed on either side of the road for the entirety of the road.  It's mainly US chains with the odd local concern thrown in.  In the summer, the population of the town remains at ca. 400,000, with 1,800,000 on the spit.  There are two island close by that could be good to stay: Cozumel is pretty posh/expensive, and Isla Mujeres is also nice (but tiny) and probably a good bit less expensive.

The resort of Tulum is not very far away either - it used to be much smaller than Cancun, and a bit more upmarket. 

Lastly, if you're heading that way you absolutely must go see Chichen Itza - just magnificent, mind-blowing.

Cancun is still pretty much the same - long line of US mostly 5* hotels along that stretch.

The town has a lot more character - you can find hostels etc in the town.

The resort has lots of bars/restaurants etc but no different from a town centre in Santa Ponsa etc.

Further down the Yucatan peninsula, Playa Del Carmen is nice and not as American touristy as Cancun.

Tulum is further down again and is a great spot. On the same stretch of beach instead of 5* hotels you can get beach huts and most of the places around there are eco-resorts which mean limited electricity at night and salt water showers - not as bad as it sounds.

Tulum is also a great place as a base to see the sights in the area - ruins, cenotes etc.

I've spent about a week in all three places so if you book somewhere pm me and I can give more detailed info
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 04, 2013, 09:48:44 AM
Thanks for that heffo - Tulum is sounding like a place I would strongly consider. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on April 04, 2013, 10:13:44 AM
Rois, it's over 15 yrs since I was in Cancun, so I'd imagine it has changed significantly - there are so many restaurants that I'd be inclined to get something basic (though don't forego aircon) and eat out.  The town of Cancun is nicer than the resort and you'll get far better quality and variety of food there (and real local food too).  The resort consists of a sand-spit heading out along the Gulf of Mexico for 17km - there are hotels, restaurants and shops crammed on either side of the road for the entirety of the road.  It's mainly US chains with the odd local concern thrown in.  In the summer, the population of the town remains at ca. 400,000, with 1,800,000 on the spit.  There are two island close by that could be good to stay: Cozumel is pretty posh/expensive, and Isla Mujeres is also nice (but tiny) and probably a good bit less expensive.

The resort of Tulum is not very far away either - it used to be much smaller than Cancun, and a bit more upmarket. 

Lastly, if you're heading that way you absolutely must go see Chichen Itza - just magnificent, mind-blowing.

Thanks for that! 
Chichen Itza is the main reason we're going - BF is mad keen to see it (is it an "it"?  I don't really know what exactly we'll be seeing!).

Wiki Chichen Itza: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza).

If it's the heritage stuff you're into (and you won't be disappointed), you should consider staying in Tulum and doing a day-trip to Chichen Itza.  Do NOT hire a car in Mexico - they won't insure you (or wouldn't in the past anyway) and the military are likely to stop you so often it's impossible to get anywhere.  Maybe it's changed by now. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on April 04, 2013, 10:38:01 AM
Rois, it's over 15 yrs since I was in Cancun, so I'd imagine it has changed significantly - there are so many restaurants that I'd be inclined to get something basic (though don't forego aircon) and eat out.  The town of Cancun is nicer than the resort and you'll get far better quality and variety of food there (and real local food too).  The resort consists of a sand-spit heading out along the Gulf of Mexico for 17km - there are hotels, restaurants and shops crammed on either side of the road for the entirety of the road.  It's mainly US chains with the odd local concern thrown in.  In the summer, the population of the town remains at ca. 400,000, with 1,800,000 on the spit.  There are two island close by that could be good to stay: Cozumel is pretty posh/expensive, and Isla Mujeres is also nice (but tiny) and probably a good bit less expensive.

The resort of Tulum is not very far away either - it used to be much smaller than Cancun, and a bit more upmarket. 

Lastly, if you're heading that way you absolutely must go see Chichen Itza - just magnificent, mind-blowing.

Thanks for that! 
Chichen Itza is the main reason we're going - BF is mad keen to see it (is it an "it"?  I don't really know what exactly we'll be seeing!).

Wiki Chichen Itza: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza).

If it's the heritage stuff you're into (and you won't be disappointed), you should consider staying in Tulum and doing a day-trip to Chichen Itza.  Do NOT hire a car in Mexico - they won't insure you (or wouldn't in the past anyway) and the military are likely to stop you so often it's impossible to get anywhere.  Maybe it's changed by now.

Renting a car is a nightmare in that part of Mexico.

The police will pull you over when they see a foreigner driving a rental and insist on a cash fine for driving too slow/too fast/bald tyres/etc

Taxis are reasonable and there are plenty of buses
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Orior on April 04, 2013, 11:54:42 AM
Yeah yeah, but did they steal the pyramid design from the Egyptians?

Or did aliens from outspace plant the idea?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 06, 2013, 01:16:01 AM
On verge of booking Playa del Carmen in Mexico due to price and a recommendation.

But aside from that, booked flights this eve to Boston to travel through New England and bit of Canada (Halifax to see family and Montreal). Got return to Boston on weekend flights for about £360, not bad going with Aer Lingus.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Armaghgeddon on April 06, 2013, 02:13:23 AM
Yeah yeah, but did they steal the pyramid design from the Egyptians?

Or did aliens from outspace plant the idea?


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Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: STREET FIGHTER on April 12, 2013, 04:33:10 PM
Folks

Any recommendations for a holiday in the south of Ireland?

Towards the end of May.

3-4 days.

Hotel & site seeing ideas welcomed.

SF
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on April 12, 2013, 04:44:00 PM
Anyone been to Venice? I hear it's pricey, any tips were to stay, what to see?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 23, 2013, 11:23:25 AM
Don't suppose anyone knows when Aer Lingus release flights for next summer?

The week after spending a fortune on a holiday to Mexico and flights to the US for September, Mr Rois goes and proposes with a sparkler.
So I'm planning a summer Alpine wedding next year and Aer Lingus are the only people that fly to Geneva in summer time. 

I want to be able to tell the guests when to book flights to get best prices (around the 12th July next year) and am so impatient at the minute!!  Anyone have any broad clues when flights are likely to go on sale?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: supersarsfields on April 23, 2013, 11:27:19 AM
Congrats Rois!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: balladmaker on April 23, 2013, 01:45:04 PM
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I want to be able to tell the guests when to book flights to get best prices (around the 12th July next year) and am so impatient at the minute!!  Anyone have any broad clues when flights are likely to go on sale?

I think Aer lIngus usually pur flights on sale 11 months in advance, from memory, though I stand to be corrected.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 23, 2013, 01:59:37 PM
Balladmaker, that makes sense as I thought a read somewhere that flights couldn't be sold more than 330 days in advance, but I wonder if they just drip feed them onto the booking system as the 11 month date passes.  Or do they just release a whole summer schedule in advance - for example Easyjet's winter flights were launched a few weeks ago, even though December/January were well inside the 11 month thing. 

At this rate I won't be booking flights until August for July 2014 - how will I ever last that long!!  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on April 23, 2013, 04:13:03 PM
Congrats Rois. Now lets hope Tyrone don't make it a great week for you on Sunday ;) ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on April 23, 2013, 09:31:37 PM
Congrats Rois!

A Von trappesque wedding - ya can't take the clannagaelers out of the mountains eh!

From that earlier q- I haven't stayed in Venice but don't eat/drink in st marks square or in any establishment on the beaten track.
Cost me 16 Irish pounds for a coffee and a beer there - included in the cost was cover charge for seats and band ffs!
Found a wee pub out of the way and had beer , pizza, coffee etc for way less.
Interesting place but a couple of days there ( weekend) is more than enough
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on April 23, 2013, 11:11:39 PM
I booked Aer Lingus flights for Perpignan for this June/July last September, hadn't really been keeping an eye out so dont know how long the flights were open before i booked.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Iceman on April 23, 2013, 11:24:49 PM
Anyone been to Venice? I hear it's pricey, any tips were to stay, what to see?

I never liked it. thought it pricey, a bit dirty and not worth the trip.
Florence is a much nicer spot - I was there last week. Great food, great weather, reasonable prices and good spot to travel to sienna from or out into the tuscan countryside. highlight was the Verrazzano winery.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 24, 2013, 09:08:34 AM
Folks

Any recommendations for a holiday in the south of Ireland?

Towards the end of May.

3-4 days.

Hotel & site seeing ideas welcomed.

SF
Wexford is nice. Seafield outside Gorey has apartments you can rent and it's a nice place to relax.
The Wexford coast has nice beaches for walking and Gorey is an interesting town.   
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maggie on April 24, 2013, 02:37:46 PM
Need some advice from you well travelled people.

Was looking a 5 night break for somewhere in August.  So far have looked at Nice and Barcelona.  But would there be any other city type recommendations??.  Somewhere that has access to a beach, will be warm but isnt just a resort/pool type holiday.


Ps Many congrats Rois.  Great News  :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on April 24, 2013, 02:51:26 PM
Need some advice from you well travelled people.

Was looking a 5 night break for somewhere in August.  So far have looked at Nice and Barcelona.  But would there be any other city type recommendations??.  Somewhere that has access to a beach, will be warm but isnt just a resort/pool type holiday.


Ps Many congrats Rois.  Great News  :)
Always thought Dubrovnik looked nice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 24, 2013, 02:53:51 PM
Don't suppose anyone knows when Aer Lingus release flights for next summer?

The week after spending a fortune on a holiday to Mexico and flights to the US for September, Mr Rois goes and proposes with a sparkler.
So I'm planning a summer Alpine wedding next year and Aer Lingus are the only people that fly to Geneva in summer time. 

I want to be able to tell the guests when to book flights to get best prices (around the 12th July next year) and am so impatient at the minute!!  Anyone have any broad clues when flights are likely to go on sale?

Congratulations Rois

Flights to Switz are fairly competitive with Aer Lingus and you can always go either to Zurich or Geneva.
Where are you planning the wedding ?

A lot of the ski resorts have empty apartments in the summer and if you do your homework you can get very good value for groups. For example : 

http://tportal.toubiz.de/Villars/ukv/result?tt=rhvcg9jrppnh06jicgm4arp2b4

One of the best things about the alps in the summer is the open air spas

http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/en

Something like that could be good for a day after get together
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 24, 2013, 03:07:40 PM
lol I spent summers in the Swiss Alps when I was a student  and ski every year - I basically know all the chalet owners and transfer companies by name in Chamonix and Morzine by  now through organising group ski trips.

I'm going to Chamonix - fell in love with a wee chapel there long before I met the boy, and luckily he's really taken with the idea.  Plus it is a pretty big town with lots of things to do - hiking, MTB, and in my case, sitting in cafes in town centre sipping wine!  It's down the motorway from Geneva - just an hr away - which is why I'd really want people to get cheap flights to there.  I think Milan isn't a million miles away, and Lyon isn't too bad either.

I have some great prices on family chalets so far - an 18-bed chalet for a week in July (family rooms etc) is rented out at €3k.  That's a brill price for 18 people (€167 each for a week!) - has bbq, outdoor hottub, all that jazz.  I am planning to get a caterer to come round the day after and do a bbq for the guests.  The day of the wedding will be a meal in a nice restaurant very near the chapel. 

Will look into the spa thing - think there may be one in St Gervais, just 25km away.  Might get the girls there beforehand.

The trick will be keeping an eye on Aer Lingus. 

Maggie - beaches don't have to be at the coast - you could try the Italian lakes, fly into Milan or Pisa, or you can get a train out from Rome to the beach.  My friend went for a surf break to Biarritz and loved it there. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 24, 2013, 03:14:03 PM
Maggie - another suggestion and don't write it off before thinking about it, but fly to Malaga and go to Marbella or Puerto Banus.  There's not too much historical significance with either, but you can go on a day trip over to Morocco or Gibralter (lots of companies offer them) and you can stay in apartments in PB for really reasonable rates if you look on ownersdirect or homeaway. 
I've done 3 holidays in PB, admittedly girlie ones, but walking around the port, going into Marbella etc, it didn't feel too much like a bland sun holiday. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on April 24, 2013, 03:16:21 PM
Folks

Any recommendations for a holiday in the south of Ireland?

Towards the end of May.

3-4 days.

Hotel & site seeing ideas welcomed.

SF
Wexford is nice. Seafield outside Gorey has apartments you can rent and it's a nice place to relax.
The Wexford coast has nice beaches for walking and Gorey is an interesting town.   

Seafield is a good spot alright, got married there. Not into spa breaks but the outdoor jacuzzi pool there is class, especially in the depths of winter. Other good spots with self catering are Waterford Castle and the Faithlegg. Both are just outside Waterford City and if the weather is nice you have beaches at Dunmore East and Tramore. Plus you can get the ferry over to Ballyhack and get lunch in Kevin Dundon's place.

Congrats Rois on the engagement, the build up to the big day is a tough slog but the day itself is class.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: balladmaker on April 24, 2013, 03:18:42 PM
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Maggie - another suggestion and don't write it off before thinking about it, but fly to Malaga and go to Marbella or Puerto Banus.  There's not too much historical significance with either, but you can go on a day trip over to Morocco or Gibralter (lots of companies offer them) and you can stay in apartments in PB for really reasonable rates if you look on ownersdirect or homeaway. 
I've done 3 holidays in PB, admittedly girlie ones, but walking around the port, going into Marbella etc, it didn't feel too much like a bland sun holiday. 

Agree, love Marbella and PB area, old town in Marbella is hard to beat for ambience, a nice meal and a few drinks.

Rois, sack the wedding planner, the GAA Board Wedding Planning Service will take it from here :-)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 24, 2013, 03:28:03 PM

Congrats Rois on the engagement, the build up to the big day is a tough slog but the day itself is class.

The problem is, I am having three such days  ;D

Need to get legally married in City Hall in Belfast first, then off to Chamonix for the chapel, then a wedding party when we get back.

Now, balladmaker, any suggestions of ballad makers for a Belfast do??  Time to resurrect the "wedding bands" thread maybe. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bord na Mona man on April 24, 2013, 03:31:29 PM
Need some advice from you well travelled people.

Was looking a 5 night break for somewhere in August.  So far have looked at Nice and Barcelona.  But would there be any other city type recommendations??.  Somewhere that has access to a beach, will be warm but isnt just a resort/pool type holiday.

Personally I'd prefer Valencia to Barcelona.
The beach is much bigger and quieter. Barcelona's is actually fake.
The city is smaller and less crowded, not nearly the same problem with pickpockets and scummers.

There would be less in terms or tourist attractions, architecture and nightlife though but the aquarium and modern museums are excellent.
August might be a bit quiet though, so Barca may be the safer bet.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Puckoon on April 24, 2013, 03:38:40 PM
Rois - very happy for you! Congratulations :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on April 24, 2013, 03:39:32 PM
Anyone been to Wales on holiday?
We reckon it be might be too much hassle flying somewhere with a 16 month old so was hoping to take the car on the ferry over to Wales,maybe rent a house somewhere for 4 or 5 days.
Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Puckoon on April 24, 2013, 03:40:12 PM
I'd take the car on the ferry over to Wales, maybe rent a house somewhere for 4 or 5 days.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on April 24, 2013, 03:42:24 PM
I'd take the car on the ferry over to Wales, maybe rent a house somewhere for 4 or 5 days.


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross4life on April 24, 2013, 03:46:19 PM
Chamonix great spot alright haven't been there for 10 years (when Europe had that heat wave) was great to go up on Mont Blanc & cool off. I liked Venice it can be a bit of tourist trap but even wandering around the narrow streets is worth trip and the Piazza San Marco is one of the best sights in Italy. I stayed in Treviso accommodation is cheaper there & is about 30 minute train trip to Venice.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 24, 2013, 04:18:21 PM
lol I spent summers in the Swiss Alps when I was a student  and ski every year - I basically know all the chalet owners and transfer companies by name in Chamonix and Morzine by  now through organising group ski trips.

I'm going to Chamonix - fell in love with a wee chapel there long before I met the boy, and luckily he's really taken with the idea.  Plus it is a pretty big town with lots of things to do - hiking, MTB, and in my case, sitting in cafes in town centre sipping wine!  It's down the motorway from Geneva - just an hr away - which is why I'd really want people to get cheap flights to there.  I think Milan isn't a million miles away, and Lyon isn't too bad either.

I have some great prices on family chalets so far - an 18-bed chalet for a week in July (family rooms etc) is rented out at €3k.  That's a brill price for 18 people (€167 each for a week!) - has bbq, outdoor hottub, all that jazz.  I am planning to get a caterer to come round the day after and do a bbq for the guests.  The day of the wedding will be a meal in a nice restaurant very near the chapel. 

Will look into the spa thing - think there may be one in St Gervais, just 25km away.  Might get the girls there beforehand.

The trick will be keeping an eye on Aer Lingus. 

Maggie - beaches don't have to be at the coast - you could try the Italian lakes, fly into Milan or Pisa, or you can get a train out from Rome to the beach.  My friend went for a surf break to Biarritz and loved it there.
The Aiguille de Midi cable car is another angle to Chamonix. We did it in a while ago and the views are spectacular.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 24, 2013, 04:30:16 PM
Yeah good idea, did it last February too, would def be on the list.  We got a great clear day.  Might even book into the restaurant some lunchtime when we're there, but wary of organising too much.  No doubt for most of the time I'll be running round like a headless chicken! 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: giveherlong on April 24, 2013, 06:01:11 PM
Don't suppose anyone knows when Aer Lingus release flights for next summer?

The week after spending a fortune on a holiday to Mexico and flights to the US for September, Mr Rois goes and proposes with a sparkler.
So I'm planning a summer Alpine wedding next year and Aer Lingus are the only people that fly to Geneva in summer time. 

I want to be able to tell the guests when to book flights to get best prices (around the 12th July next year) and am so impatient at the minute!!  Anyone have any broad clues when flights are likely to go on sale?

Congrats cuz!  ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on April 24, 2013, 08:20:33 PM
lol I spent summers in the Swiss Alps when I was a student  and ski every year - I basically know all the chalet owners and transfer companies by name in Chamonix and Morzine by  now through organising group ski trips.

I'm going to Chamonix - fell in love with a wee chapel there long before I met the boy, and luckily he's really taken with the idea.  Plus it is a pretty big town with lots of things to do - hiking, MTB, and in my case, sitting in cafes in town centre sipping wine!  It's down the motorway from Geneva - just an hr away - which is why I'd really want people to get cheap flights to there.  I think Milan isn't a million miles away, and Lyon isn't too bad either.

I have some great prices on family chalets so far - an 18-bed chalet for a week in July (family rooms etc) is rented out at €3k.  That's a brill price for 18 people (€167 each for a week!) - has bbq, outdoor hottub, all that jazz.  I am planning to get a caterer to come round the day after and do a bbq for the guests.  The day of the wedding will be a meal in a nice restaurant very near the chapel. 

Will look into the spa thing - think there may be one in St Gervais, just 25km away.  Might get the girls there beforehand.

The trick will be keeping an eye on Aer Lingus. 

Maggie - beaches don't have to be at the coast - you could try the Italian lakes, fly into Milan or Pisa, or you can get a train out from Rome to the beach.  My friend went for a surf break to Biarritz and loved it there.

Congratulations Rois.

I love Italy, the people, the food and climate all combine to make it a fabulous destination, add to that it's history and it's well nigh irresistible. One suggestion I'd like to make is fly into Rome and spend 2 or 3 days around it (more if you've the time,) then catch the high speed train to Naples and then the local connection to Sorrento. The Amalfi coast is stunning and Sorrento is a lovely little town just to relax and catch some sun.

I've never been to the lakes and hope to maybe put that right this year. Any recommendations for accomadation, restaurants, itinerary's etc would be appreciated
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on April 24, 2013, 10:24:46 PM
Any info or tips on Alghero, Sardinia anyone?
Restaurants, bars etc
Tia
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on April 25, 2013, 09:24:12 AM
Any info or tips on Alghero, Sardinia anyone?
Restaurants, bars etc
Tia

In bar poker in Sardinia, any five cards and a knife beats a royal flush.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on April 25, 2013, 08:06:07 PM
Any info or tips on Alghero, Sardinia anyone?
Restaurants, bars etc
Tia

In bar poker in Sardinia, any five cards and a knife beats a royal flush.

When are you going? Post up what you think of it when you come back if you would, it's another place I'd like to visit.

Hardy, that also applies around Brum.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Lazer on April 26, 2013, 10:21:41 AM

Congrats Rois on the engagement, the build up to the big day is a tough slog but the day itself is class.

The problem is, I am having three such days  ;D

Need to get legally married in City Hall in Belfast first, then off to Chamonix for the chapel, then a wedding party when we get back.

Now, balladmaker, any suggestions of ballad makers for a Belfast do??  Time to resurrect the "wedding bands" thread maybe.

Congrats Rois!

PS - love the 3 day idea - Wish i had done that - I'm still sufferign post wedding blues 7 months after the wedding!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: NAG1 on April 26, 2013, 10:38:35 AM

Congrats Rois on the engagement, the build up to the big day is a tough slog but the day itself is class.

The problem is, I am having three such days  ;D

Need to get legally married in City Hall in Belfast first, then off to Chamonix for the chapel, then a wedding party when we get back.

Now, balladmaker, any suggestions of ballad makers for a Belfast do??  Time to resurrect the "wedding bands" thread maybe.

Congrats Rois!

PS - love the 3 day idea - Wish i had done that - I'm still sufferign post wedding blues 7 months after the wedding!

All well and good for the bride and groom a three day wedding, not just as much craic as a guest though?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 26, 2013, 11:36:18 AM
I think you misunderstand - I will have one day where I need to sign the register at City Hall (no guests, just two signatories, no wedding dress, lunch-time from work job), then one day in Chamonix when the family and guests who choose to will be in France for holidays, and the third day is for people who aren't invited/can't make it to France back in Belfast.  Guests need pick only one!  (in many cases, will only be invited to one!)

Thanks for all the good wishes by the way! 

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: illdecide on April 26, 2013, 11:47:58 AM
I hate Italians...that's just because my wife is Italian :'(
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on April 26, 2013, 12:01:20 PM
Booked a week down in Youghal, Co Cork, self catering in August. Hopefully the weather is half decent.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on April 26, 2013, 01:22:52 PM
I think you misunderstand - I will have one day where I need to sign the register at City Hall (no guests, just two signatories, no wedding dress, lunch-time from work job), then one day in Chamonix when the family and guests who choose to will be in France for holidays, and the third day is for people who aren't invited/can't make it to France back in Belfast.  Guests need pick only one!  (in many cases, will only be invited to one!)

Thanks for all the good wishes by the way!
 

Congrats Rois, enjoy the experience.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on April 26, 2013, 06:48:25 PM
Any info or tips on Alghero, Sardinia anyone?
Restaurants, bars etc
Tia

In bar poker in Sardinia, any five cards and a knife beats a royal flush.

When are you going? Post up what you think of it when you come back if you would, it's another place I'd like to visit.

Hardy, that also applies around Brum.
Not going for a bit yet- but will post feedback when I return.
Prefer to go to the south of the island but limited by direct flights from Dublin.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Karl Kennedy on May 06, 2013, 07:07:27 PM
Has anyone ever been to Salou?
Currently looking at holiday there in July with 4 kids and 2 adults. Flights are fine & accommodation with Eurocamp fine too but the transfers from airport is ridiculous. Nearly £500 return. Can't go on a bus transfer or train as kids are too young too and want to avoid hassle of trains/buses etc.
was then thinking of hiring a 7 Seater but its between £500-£700.

Surely there has to be a cheaper option of taxi transfer or car hire. Has anyone experience the same problem or knows of a good car hire firm I could use.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laceer on May 10, 2013, 05:03:54 PM
Heading to Vancouver in a couple of weeks. Anyone been and can give me some pointers on what to do/see?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 10, 2013, 07:40:08 PM
Off to Newcastle in a couple of weeks for a stag weekend. My passport runs out in June but I'm back a week before its out of date, I know I can use my drivers licence but do you need both parts or is my passport valid regardless
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on May 10, 2013, 07:56:08 PM
Has anyone ever been to Salou?
Currently looking at holiday there in July with 4 kids and 2 adults. Flights are fine & accommodation with Eurocamp fine too but the transfers from airport is ridiculous. Nearly £500 return. Can't go on a bus transfer or train as kids are too young too and want to avoid hassle of trains/buses etc.
was then thinking of hiring a 7 Seater but its between £500-£700.

Surely there has to be a cheaper option of taxi transfer or car hire. Has anyone experience the same problem or knows of a good car hire firm I could use.



Try Solmar car rental (http://www.solmar.es). I've used them many times and they're good and very reasonable.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on May 10, 2013, 08:21:40 PM
Off to Newcastle in a couple of weeks for a stag weekend. My passport runs out in June but I'm back a week before its out of date, I know I can use my drivers licence but do you need both parts or is my passport valid regardless
If your passport isn't out of date, it is certainly valid. ???

You don't need both parts of the driving licence btw.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 10, 2013, 09:26:54 PM
Off to Newcastle in a couple of weeks for a stag weekend. My passport runs out in June but I'm back a week before its out of date, I know I can use my drivers licence but do you need both parts or is my passport valid regardless
If your passport isn't out of date, it is certainly valid. ???

You don't need both parts of the driving licence btw.

Its sometimes needs to be valid for a certain length of time going to foreign places. Grand sorted. Thanks
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 01, 2013, 11:11:24 AM
Friend at work is off to Egypt this Wed and with all the shite going on is it a good idea to go? Thompson's haven't cancelled but the foreign office are advicing people not to go, she's staying in a resort so I'd imagine it's just getting to the hotel from the airport that would be the hassle side of things, she's staying in Sharm el-Sheikh
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Count 10 on July 01, 2013, 11:16:48 AM
Friend at work is off to Egypt this Wed and with all the shite going on is it a good idea to go? Thompson's haven't cancelled but the foreign office are advicing people not to go, she's staying in a resort so I'd imagine it's just getting to the hotel from the airport that would be the hassle side of things, she's staying in Sharm el-Sheikh

If she is flying into Sharm direct then she will be fine.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on September 11, 2013, 12:38:24 PM
Alghero in sardinia is ok for a break.
its a bit like bray or dun laoghaire in the sun.

a working town. like a lot of italian places, not as polished as it once was due to less money in the economic downturn.
People I met who had been there before said it was a lot prettier a number of years ago.
still, it isnt bad.
the weather is generally good and the old town has a large number of good restaurants.
Pizzas are generally great. Pasta excellent. lots of fish/seafood on the menu as youd expect.
the only downside is that there seems to be mostly the same menu in all the restaurants.
Not as much variety as I'd like.
still a nice break away - food and drink are def cheaper than Dublin (though most places are!)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on September 11, 2013, 12:45:03 PM
Anyone been to Argentina?
Looking at going maybe over Christmas.
What places would  be recommended.

interested in Buneos Aires, Iguassu falls  plus maybe any beach resort?

need recommendations for any other places to go/see.
Also for which area in BA to stay in (hear some are dodgy)
Decent hotels in all locations.

Would patagonia/chile/uraguay be any good to see?
not interested in brazil
are there any beach resorts in (northern) argentina?

suspect patagonia from descriptions is like the north sperrins of a winter!

TIA - all info appreciated
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on September 11, 2013, 05:27:00 PM

Would patagonia/chile/uraguay be any good to see?

suspect patagonia from descriptions is like the north sperrins of a winter!

Mr Rois went to Patagonia before we met - I'll ask him for any tips on it and let you know.  He had to wear a Tyrone jersey and get a picture of himself at the "Fin del Mondo (sp)" sign there to win a competition.  He'll never forget how disgusting he felt apparently. 

In my turn, going to Boston, New England, Nova Scotia and Quebec for a trip, starting on Sat.  We're OK with Boston, but has anyone got any tips for what to do in Quebec City and Montreal?  We have two nights in each.  Also Cape Cod - apart from driving around and maybe taking a ferry to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, we have very little idea of what to go and visit - tips all very welcome. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: john mcgill on September 12, 2013, 07:31:32 AM
Lynchboy
Know next to nothing about Argentina but intend to spend a few months in S America next year.
I have always wanted to visit the Hurling Club in Buenos Aires having met a member years ago in San Francisco.
There was an article in the Irish News about this hotel owned by a Belfast man.  He may help you if you get onto him
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g312741-d954143-r61977630-Rooney_s_Boutique_Hotel-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_District.html
Please keep us informed of your progress
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on September 12, 2013, 07:44:39 AM
Quote
Quebec City

The old town is great Rois (UNESCO site) and we did a guided walking tour which was really informative. A fair bit of connection with Ireland as well. Plymouth Rock is worth a visit on the Cape. Enjoy the trip
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on September 12, 2013, 09:29:33 AM
Quote
Quebec City

The old town is great Rois (UNESCO site) and we did a guided walking tour which was really informative. A fair bit of connection with Ireland as well. Plymouth Rock is worth a visit on the Cape. Enjoy the trip

Great, thank you for that.  We're a short walk from the old town so I think a walking tour sounds great. 

lynchbhoy, contrary to what you've been told, my fiance reckons Patagonia had some of the most spectacular scenery he's ever seen. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Worker on September 25, 2013, 10:21:12 AM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.

Looking to do something similar next June, anyone here had this trip?

Are there any local travel agents that specialise in Thai holiday packages from Ireland ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WeeDonns on September 25, 2013, 10:58:48 AM
Hoping to book Thailand for 2 weeks in July. Would like to spend about 3 nights in Bangkok before heading out to one of the island resorts.

Anybody any advice on where to stay in Bangkok/which resort to go for etc?

Fcuk it, if you know anything worth knowing about Thailand, post it here.

Looking to do something similar next June, anyone here had this trip?

Are there any local travel agents that specialise in Thai holiday packages from Ireland ?

I’m heading to Thailand in just over a months time for 3 weeks.
We booked flights via www.travelpack.com £570 return
Flying Dublin – London - Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok
Returning Phuket – Kuala Lumpar – London – Dublin

The plan is; 2 nights in Bangkok, overnight train to Chiang Mai for 2 nights, flight to Phuket, few nights there, then on to Krabi, Railway etc, then Phi Phi Don then back to Phuket for the remainder.
I’ll update when I get back. I don’t think June is the best time to visit weather wise, I think the islands on the east should be best at that time

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on September 25, 2013, 11:19:41 AM
I was in Bangkok for 3 nights, 4 nights in Chiang Mai and then a week in Koh Samui.

Trailfinders did the lot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: All of a Sludden on September 25, 2013, 11:24:51 AM
I was in Bangkok for 3 nights, 4 nights in Chiang Mai and then a week in Koh Samui.

Trailfinders did the lot.

Just a wally hanging out on Pattaya beach.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on September 25, 2013, 11:31:35 AM
I was in Bangkok for 3 nights, 4 nights in Chiang Mai and then a week in Koh Samui.

Trailfinders did the lot.

Just a wally hanging out on Pattaya beach.
Singha beer don't ask no questions
Singha beer don't tell no lies
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: take_yer_points on September 25, 2013, 04:29:17 PM
I was in Bangkok for 3 nights, 4 nights in Chiang Mai and then a week in Koh Samui.

Trailfinders did the lot.

When was this?

I did 11 nights in Koh Samui, then 5 nights in Chiang Mau and 3 nights in Bangkok a few months ago. Wish I'd left Koh Samui to the end rather than finishing up in Bangkok
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on September 25, 2013, 04:33:51 PM
I was in Bangkok for 3 nights, 4 nights in Chiang Mai and then a week in Koh Samui.

Trailfinders did the lot.

When was this?

I did 11 nights in Koh Samui, then 5 nights in Chiang Mau and 3 nights in Bangkok a few months ago. Wish I'd left Koh Samui to the end rather than finishing up in Bangkok
First 2 weeks of July.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: take_yer_points on September 25, 2013, 04:50:19 PM
I was in Bangkok for 3 nights, 4 nights in Chiang Mai and then a week in Koh Samui.

Trailfinders did the lot.

When was this?

I did 11 nights in Koh Samui, then 5 nights in Chiang Mau and 3 nights in Bangkok a few months ago. Wish I'd left Koh Samui to the end rather than finishing up in Bangkok
First 2 weeks of July.

Same as me. Went up to Chiang Rai as well while we were up in Chiang Mai.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on September 25, 2013, 05:10:59 PM
Just back from Belmullet.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ONeill on October 30, 2013, 12:29:36 PM
Heading to Meath for the weekend with the bairns. Apart from Tayto, much on?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on October 30, 2013, 12:41:31 PM
Heading to Meath for the weekend with the bairns. Apart from Tayto, much on?

There's Funtasia in Bettystown (near Drogheda) for when it pisses rain. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on October 30, 2013, 12:53:53 PM
Heading to Meath for the weekend with the bairns. Apart from Tayto, much on?

There's Funtasia in Bettystown (near Drogheda) for when it pisses rain.

Make sure to re-mortgage the house ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on October 30, 2013, 03:59:06 PM
Heading to Meath for the weekend with the bairns. Apart from Tayto, much on?

There's plenty of football on. It's a great game. You'll like it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 01, 2013, 10:29:05 PM
I hope O'Neill is alright.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24779624 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24779624)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: God14 on November 07, 2013, 02:23:18 PM
Am booking a city break for January. Fancy Germany, never been before and looking at Berlin, Munich or Dortmund. Id love to pick up a soccer ball game as well, to see what the fuss is about.
Anybody on here an idea how a man could get 2 tickets to a Bundesliga game at the likes of Hertha, Bayern or Borussia?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on March 24, 2014, 09:43:32 PM
Looking recommendations on a 2/3 week holiday for the summer time. I can only go in July or August and I'm going with the  :o Need to be warm and sunny obviously and good hotel 4/5star. We have been to Vegas 3 times now and would nearly be tempted to go back this year again as the hotels and things to do are so good for the money but might as well try look at somewhere else. Stayed at the Wynn Encore for 10nights last year so it is going to be hard to top that sort of accommodation without spending crazy money. Not massive drinkers or anything but like going out for dinner and going to the odd show and a bit of shopping. Basically all boring shit.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on March 25, 2014, 08:58:51 AM
Looking recommendations on a 2/3 week holiday for the summer time. I can only go in July or August and I'm going with the  :o Need to be warm and sunny obviously and good hotel 4/5star. We have been to Vegas 3 times now and would nearly be tempted to go back this year again as the hotels and things to do are so good for the money but might as well try look at somewhere else. Stayed at the Wynn Encore for 10nights last year so it is going to be hard to top that sort of accommodation without spending crazy money. Not massive drinkers or anything but like going out for dinner and going to the odd show and a bit of shopping. Basically all boring shit.
Go to Vegas for a few nights and drive to Palm Springs - such a cute wee place, about a 4 hour drive.  Or drive up the other way through Death Valley and hit Lake Tahoe. 
I am saying all this as I did the Vegas/California driving holiday thing over three weeks and had the best holiday ever. 
 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hound on March 25, 2014, 09:03:10 AM
Looking recommendations on a 2/3 week holiday for the summer time. I can only go in July or August and I'm going with the  :o Need to be warm and sunny obviously and good hotel 4/5star. We have been to Vegas 3 times now and would nearly be tempted to go back this year again as the hotels and things to do are so good for the money but might as well try look at somewhere else. Stayed at the Wynn Encore for 10nights last year so it is going to be hard to top that sort of accommodation without spending crazy money. Not massive drinkers or anything but like going out for dinner and going to the odd show and a bit of shopping. Basically all boring shit.
Ever try a cruise?
Excellent food, entertainment/shows every night, visit 3 or 4 different places during the days, and if you go for a suite you have the equivalent of 4/5 star accommodation with a nice few extras thrown in. At first glance it might seem expensive, but when you take into account all food paid for and all entertainment/shows included it doesnt work out too bad at all.
Drinks and excursions are the only extras that need paying for. Casino on board too if that takes your fancy.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on March 25, 2014, 09:23:16 AM
Never understood the attraction of Vegas. My idea of a 2/3 week warm holiday would be Ital or South of france.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 25, 2014, 09:30:17 AM
Never understood the attraction of Vegas. My idea of a 2/3 week warm holiday would be Ital or South of france.

Yes, in a villa if I can afford it but I've been many years on the camp sites in a moblie, the standard in these places is 4 star. For me it's gotta be South of France ( Frejus ) or Italy both places would do me, would easily do a month in either spot.

Load of books, beautiful beaches, fine wine good food and chilled out with the slow pace of life out there....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DennistheMenace on March 25, 2014, 09:56:02 AM
The problem with South of France is that it's full of French, Italy is beautiful, wine, scenery, cusins and women.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on March 25, 2014, 10:08:31 AM
I'm off to the French Alps for my summer holidays this year...wrapping it in with my wedding  ;D
Then taking a few days in Nice afterwards.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 25, 2014, 10:11:59 AM
The problem with South of France is that it's full of French, Italy is beautiful, wine, scenery, cusins and women.

I've really enjoyed France and I've never had this so called problem with French people. Any time I've had to engage in conversation be it restaurants, shops transport or whatever I've never had a bad experience and found the ones I've talked to to be grand
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: glens abu on March 25, 2014, 10:20:42 AM
The problem with South of France is that it's full of French, Italy is beautiful, wine, scenery, cusins and women.

I've really enjoyed France and I've never had this so called problem with French people. Any time I've had to engage in conversation be it restaurants, shops transport or whatever I've never had a bad experience and found the ones I've talked to to be grand

have to agree 100% with that,have been on holiday in France 7/8 times and great food ,wine,scenery.Great history, buildings something for everyone and as for the people have always found them warm and friendly.Also took the family there when they were young to the camp sites and would recommend it for a family holiday.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 25, 2014, 10:30:00 AM
I'm off to the French Alps for my summer holidays this year...wrapping it in with my wedding  ;D
Then taking a few days in Nice afterwards.

Nice is nice ;)  Though the outer villages I liked more, the promenade in Nice is quality though
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on March 25, 2014, 10:36:49 AM
I remember seeing the ladies on the beaches in Nice and St. Tropez for the first time as a young lad. Ahh the mammaries!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on March 25, 2014, 10:51:48 AM
Honeymoon booked, 4 nights in Dubai followed by a week in the Maldives, cannot come quick enough!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on March 25, 2014, 10:58:02 AM
I'm off to the French Alps for my summer holidays this year...wrapping it in with my wedding  ;D
Then taking a few days in Nice afterwards.

Nice is nice ;)  Though the outer villages I liked more, the promenade in Nice is quality though

I would love to stay outside the city a bit as I've been to Nice before - up in the hills in a nice B&B or something - but himself wants to stay near the city centre.  Prices are a bit astronomical in July for the nice hotels - I am struggling to justify it, even if it is a "mini-moon". 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 25, 2014, 11:25:54 AM
I'm off to the French Alps for my summer holidays this year...wrapping it in with my wedding  ;D
Then taking a few days in Nice afterwards.

Nice is nice ;)  Though the outer villages I liked more, the promenade in Nice is quality though

I would love to stay outside the city a bit as I've been to Nice before - up in the hills in a nice B&B or something - but himself wants to stay near the city centre.  Prices are a bit astronomical in July for the nice hotels - I am struggling to justify it, even if it is a "mini-moon".

Cagnes sur mer Is a great spot outside of Nice but close enough. they have a great Bastille day with the boats heading out to sea with the flares up and everyone is on the beach with wine food and watching the fireworks go off in Nice!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on March 25, 2014, 11:59:06 AM
I'm off to the French Alps for my summer holidays this year...wrapping it in with my wedding  ;D
Then taking a few days in Nice afterwards.

Nice is nice ;)  Though the outer villages I liked more, the promenade in Nice is quality though

I would love to stay outside the city a bit as I've been to Nice before - up in the hills in a nice B&B or something - but himself wants to stay near the city centre.  Prices are a bit astronomical in July for the nice hotels - I am struggling to justify it, even if it is a "mini-moon".

Cagnes sur mer Is a great spot outside of Nice but close enough. they have a great Bastille day with the boats heading out to sea with the flares up and everyone is on the beach with wine food and watching the fireworks go off in Nice!!
Oh my goodness - we'll be there for Bastille Day too!  Great info there, thank you. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on March 25, 2014, 12:01:20 PM
Las Vegas is excellent. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 25, 2014, 12:05:17 PM
I'm off to the French Alps for my summer holidays this year...wrapping it in with my wedding  ;D
Then taking a few days in Nice afterwards.

Nice is nice ;)  Though the outer villages I liked more, the promenade in Nice is quality though

I would love to stay outside the city a bit as I've been to Nice before - up in the hills in a nice B&B or something - but himself wants to stay near the city centre.  Prices are a bit astronomical in July for the nice hotels - I am struggling to justify it, even if it is a "mini-moon".

Cagnes sur mer Is a great spot outside of Nice but close enough. they have a great Bastille day with the boats heading out to sea with the flares up and everyone is on the beach with wine food and watching the fireworks go off in Nice!!
Oh my goodness - we'll be there for Bastille Day too!  Great info there, thank you.

It's not that far from Nice, like the next stop on the train, plenty of accomodation and a lot cheaper than Nice, in fairness though we got a cheap 2 nights in Nice when we arrived, nothing booked and it wasn't great but it was a B&B Hotel.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on March 25, 2014, 12:43:06 PM
Never understood the attraction of Vegas. My idea of a 2/3 week warm holiday would be Ital or South of france.

Yes, in a villa if I can afford it but I've been many years on the camp sites in a moblie, the standard in these places is 4 star. For me it's gotta be South of France ( Frejus ) or Italy both places would do me, would easily do a month in either spot.

Load of books, beautiful beaches, fine wine good food and chilled out with the slow pace of life out there....

MR2 or any other poster -- where do you recommend for Italian holiday. The missus, 2 teen lads and myself - have been to Florida, Algarve x 4, Marbella x 2... in recent years so you get the drift. Nice accommodation, near beach, golf, villages, towns etc. If possible prefer to stay in condo style apartments within a hotel resort complex but maybe this is not popular in Italy. Will also consider South of France but intrigued by Italy so looking forward to your recommendations.,

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 25, 2014, 01:00:23 PM
Stayed in a campsite in San Vincenzo about an hours drive south of Pisa. I understand that the thought of campsites are not your thing but the  teenage lads will have plenty to do great spot and if you hire a car you can go wherever for the day from there.

Loved Italy, will head back
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on March 25, 2014, 01:18:11 PM
I'm off to the French Alps for my summer holidays this year...wrapping it in with my wedding  ;D
Then taking a few days in Nice afterwards.

Nice is nice ;)  Though the outer villages I liked more, the promenade in Nice is quality though

I would love to stay outside the city a bit as I've been to Nice before - up in the hills in a nice B&B or something - but himself wants to stay near the city centre.  Prices are a bit astronomical in July for the nice hotels - I am struggling to justify it, even if it is a "mini-moon".

Cagnes sur mer Is a great spot outside of Nice but close enough. they have a great Bastille day with the boats heading out to sea with the flares up and everyone is on the beach with wine food and watching the fireworks go off in Nice!!
Oh my goodness - we'll be there for Bastille Day too!  Great info there, thank you.

Anywhere in France on Bastille Day is an event to behold.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on March 25, 2014, 01:52:04 PM
Stayed in a campsite in San Vincenzo about an hours drive south of Pisa. I understand that the thought of campsites are not your thing but the  teenage lads will have plenty to do great spot and if you hire a car you can go wherever for the day from there.

Loved Italy, will head back

Thanks MR, the campsite doesn't worry us at all - think lads would love it - it is their holiday as well remember. Is it a eurocamp idea or similar. Fly Pisa from Belfast....? actually beginning to think this could be a option

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 25, 2014, 02:05:20 PM
Stayed in a campsite in San Vincenzo about an hours drive south of Pisa. I understand that the thought of campsites are not your thing but the  teenage lads will have plenty to do great spot and if you hire a car you can go wherever for the day from there.

Loved Italy, will head back

Thanks MR, the campsite doesn't worry us at all - think lads would love it - it is their holiday as well remember. Is it a eurocamp idea or similar. Fly Pisa from Belfast....? actually beginning to think this could be a option

This was the site we stayed at, has night club for the teenagers and plenty food spots, wouldn't be too hot on the the on site restaurant but the lunch food at the pool bar is good enough, we had dinner either in the mobile or the town about mile down the road, or for  pizza in takeaway place just outside the camp (was Delicious and their restaurant was top notch)

http://www.selectcamp.co.uk/camping-tuscany/camping-park-albatros-2587?gclid=CO2I4vLrrb0CFdShtAodiWoAkA

I think we flew from Belfast, nearly sure we did. I'd go back to this campsite tomorrow. Oh and the beach is really close and as you get on to it one side is nudist and the other normal, I stayed on the border lol
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on March 28, 2014, 07:51:10 PM
Las Vegas is excellent. I would go back in a heartbeat.

You've everything you want all in the one place. I had a stag in Las Vegas and I have went twice with the wife. 2 completely different types of holidays and both excellent! Really chilled out holiday last year staying at the encore, lay by the pool, unreal restaurants, best entertainment in the world and the standard of hotel is ridiculous!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: THE MIGHTY QUINN on March 28, 2014, 08:25:27 PM
Never understood the attraction of Vegas. My idea of a 2/3 week warm holiday would be Ital or South of france.

Yes, in a villa if I can afford it but I've been many years on the camp sites in a moblie, the standard in these places is 4 star. For me it's gotta be South of France ( Frejus ) or Italy both places would do me, would easily do a month in either spot.

Load of books, beautiful beaches, fine wine good food and chilled out with the slow pace of life out there....

MR2 or any other poster -- where do you recommend for Italian holiday. The missus, 2 teen lads and myself - have been to Florida, Algarve x 4, Marbella x 2... in recent years so you get the drift. Nice accommodation, near beach, golf, villages, towns etc. If possible prefer to stay in condo style apartments within a hotel resort complex but maybe this is not popular in Italy. Will also consider South of France but intrigued by Italy so looking forward to your recommendations.,
Bella Italia near Lake Garda or Camping Norcenni Girasole near Figline Valdarno, south of Florence excellent for teenagers
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Smokin Joe on March 28, 2014, 10:19:42 PM
10 year wedding anniversary is a month away ;D

We are looking at a European weekend away somewhere, any suggestions?

Already been to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Barcelona but apart from that........
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on March 28, 2014, 10:25:05 PM
I may sound like I'm on the tourist board for this place as I always suggest it but I've never even been..............Dubrovnik looks very nice.

Berlin would be up my list too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on March 28, 2014, 10:26:45 PM
London...best city in the world after NYC...imho.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on March 28, 2014, 10:32:08 PM
Get up the yard. I'd have Newry over NYC.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Ball Hopper on March 28, 2014, 11:51:01 PM
Anyone been to Malta?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on March 29, 2014, 02:32:24 PM
I'd say they get millions every year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on March 29, 2014, 02:43:19 PM
Anyway, if you're going for a weekend, it'd be hard to find a city you wouldn't enjoy, find interesting things to do in, good food, absorbing local culture, etc.

The only exceptions I can think of, among places I've been, are Birmingham and Coventry (neither on a pleasure trip, thankfully). 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: CD on March 29, 2014, 02:47:41 PM
I may sound like I'm on the tourist board for this place as I always suggest it but I've never even been..............Dubrovnik looks very nice.

Berlin would be up my list too.

Love Dubrovnik - great spot although the oul pebble beaches are quare and sore on the hoop after an hour or two!  A distinct lack of English theme pubs selling double egg on chips for breakfast is also appealing. On the down side, that wee part of the Adriatic takes 8 years to refresh entirely (apparently) so it's also the most polluted part of the Med.
Berlin is fantastic - great city for a long weekend and a few beers!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on March 29, 2014, 03:09:38 PM
10 year wedding anniversary is a month away ;D

We are looking at a European weekend away somewhere, any suggestions?

Already been to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Barcelona but apart from that........

If I were to do the Euro city holiday I'd like somewhere lesser known like Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bilbao, Toulouse etc, or even UK cities like Nottingham, Bath, York, Lincoln etc. Something different than the usual stuff in Liverpool, Newcastle, London, and somewhere with a bit of character and history about it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on March 29, 2014, 04:56:08 PM
Anyway, if you're going for a weekend, it'd be hard to find a city you wouldn't enjoy, find interesting things to do in, good food, absorbing local culture, etc.

The only exceptions I can think of, among places I've been, are Birmingham and Coventry (neither on a pleasure trip, thankfully).

Says Hardy, the poor mans "Alan Whicker".
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on March 29, 2014, 04:57:47 PM
London...best city in the world after NYC...imho.

Agreed 5 Sams.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on March 29, 2014, 05:40:22 PM
Anyway, if you're going for a weekend, it'd be hard to find a city you wouldn't enjoy, find interesting things to do in, good food, absorbing local culture, etc.

The only exceptions I can think of, among places I've been, are Birmingham and Coventry (neither on a pleasure trip, thankfully).

Says Hardy, the poor mans "Alan Whicker".

Oops, have I caused offence?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minder on March 29, 2014, 06:19:16 PM
Anyway, if you're going for a weekend, it'd be hard to find a city you wouldn't enjoy, find interesting things to do in, good food, absorbing local culture, etc.

The only exceptions I can think of, among places I've been, are Birmingham and Coventry (neither on a pleasure trip, thankfully).

Says Hardy, the poor mans "Alan Whicker".

Oops, have I caused offence?

I think ziggy hangs out in Birmingham ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Subbie on March 29, 2014, 08:59:32 PM
London...best city in the world after NYC...imho.

Have to disagree, after NYC it's Berlin all day long for me, lived in London and it's a good spot but it doesn't quite hit the heights for me that Berlin does.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on March 30, 2014, 08:39:33 AM
Anyway, if you're going for a weekend, it'd be hard to find a city you wouldn't enjoy, find interesting things to do in, good food, absorbing local culture, etc.

The only exceptions I can think of, among places I've been, are Birmingham and Coventry (neither on a pleasure trip, thankfully).

Says Hardy, the poor mans "Alan Whicker".

Oops, have I caused offence?

Ignorance never offends me.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maddog on March 30, 2014, 09:28:05 AM
Anyway, if you're going for a weekend, it'd be hard to find a city you wouldn't enjoy, find interesting things to do in, good food, absorbing local culture, etc.

The only exceptions I can think of, among places I've been, are Birmingham and Coventry (neither on a pleasure trip, thankfully).

Says Hardy, the poor mans "Alan Whicker".

Oops, have I caused offence?

Ignorance never offends me.

Any spell check involved there Zig ? ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on March 30, 2014, 11:22:04 AM
You what Pat?? ???
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhail Prokhorov on March 30, 2014, 01:09:29 PM
London...best city in the world after NYC...imho.

Agreed 5 Sams.

im pretty sure they dont have any sams!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hardy on March 30, 2014, 01:58:38 PM
London...best city in the world after NYC...imho.

Nonsense. Haven't you ever been to Birmingham?

I'm trying to mend some fences here.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minder on March 30, 2014, 02:13:10 PM
London...best city in the world after NYC...imho.

Nonsense. Haven't you ever been to Birmingham?

I'm trying to mend some fences here.

The fences would be broken if they were in Birmingham
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on March 30, 2014, 03:14:34 PM
I bow to your experience/expertise Minder. ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on March 30, 2014, 03:29:28 PM
London...best city in the world after NYC...imho.

Agreed 5 Sams.

im pretty sure they dont have any sams!



Bollocks
Touche, as they say around here. ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on March 30, 2014, 09:53:22 PM
What about Croatia? Not dubrovnik but the rest of that coast line? I hear some of the islands are lovely.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on March 31, 2014, 10:30:06 PM
10 year wedding anniversary is a month away ;D

We are looking at a European weekend away somewhere, any suggestions?

Already been to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Barcelona but apart from that........

Nice, only two hours away. Get the train to Monaco, on the way back and get off at Eze:




Then there is Cannes nearby as well.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ross4life on March 31, 2014, 10:56:45 PM

Nice, only two hours away. Get the train to Monaco, on the way back and get off at Eze:




Then there is Cannes nearby as well.

Visited all those places on my last trip to France. Would highly recommend them all especially Eze.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Smokin Joe on April 01, 2014, 09:07:39 AM
Cheers.  Sounds like a big push for Nice then.

I was worried that there wouldn't be much to do other than look at the beach.  You know us Irish like a bit of culture.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on April 01, 2014, 09:38:09 AM
Nice should be grand for a few days. Bring herself to the perfume factories in Grasse and get her something nice.

Quote
I was worried that there wouldn't be much to do other than look at the beach. 

Quite the reverse.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 10, 2014, 02:19:43 PM
OK. Great and good of the GAABoard, I humbly seek your advice.

I wasn't going to go anywhere this year, as we have a baby that's just coming 1 in may, and I don't want to be lugging a whole pile of crap around Europe, or worrying about her handling the heat etc. However, as we get closer to the summer I'm getting guilty for our other little lad, who is 7.  We went as far as Kerry last year when the baby was just a couple of months, and he was happy out with the cousins but I'd like to give him a chance to see somewhere else as well. Why work if we can't give our kids some nice treats every now and then eh?

Anyway, bearing in mind the constraints with the baby, which still apply!, I was thinking of somewhere reasonable, for a week say, and probably within Ferry distance. I say Ferry because then I don't have to worry about luggage etc.

We did France before, when the little lad wasn't much bigger than the new baby is now, and we had a great time there, but we got a very good deal on the accomodation ;) . I was thinking somewhere in Southern England, maybe Devon, Dorset or Cornwall? I was looking at those 'Haven' places. Has anyone any experience of them, or heard of them? The main thing would be that there's activities for the 7 year old to enjoy, and maybe a bit of seaside and restaurants for Mammy and Daddy to relax with as well.

Looking at July timeframe. Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mackers on April 10, 2014, 04:00:45 PM
Did it last year AZ and going again this year.  Plenty for the 7 year old to do.  We went in the heatwave last July so it would have been a waste going foreign to be honest.  We stayed at the Devon Cliffs Haven and it has its own beach.  The evening entertainment is great for the kids and allows you to get a couple of pints and relax.
You need to go in the early weeks of July before the English schools are off otherwise it could get too busy.
Good pools, both indoor and outdoor with Starbucks and Spar shop onsite.
Big downside is that it does attract a certain amount of the English tatooed fraternity but I didn't find it too bad.  Motorway/dual carriageway from Holyhead to Exeter with only 20 minutes out of the 5 hours on "normal roads".
Stopped half way down in a service station to give the kids a break. 
Devon is a beautiful part of the world, we went to Torquay but it was bunged with the good weather, went cycling on the Moors which was nice although a little hot.  Plenty to do. I'd recommend it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 10, 2014, 04:03:32 PM
Did it last year AZ and going again this year.  Plenty for the 7 year old to do.  We went in the heatwave last July so it would have been a waste going foreign to be honest.  We stayed at the Devon Cliffs Haven and it has its own beach.  The evening entertainment is great for the kids and allows you to get a couple of pints and relax.
You need to go in the early weeks of July before the English schools are off otherwise it could get too busy.
Good pools, both indoor and outdoor with Starbucks and Spar shop onsite.
Big downside is that it does attract a certain amount of the English tatooed fraternity but I didn't find it too bad.  Motorway/dual carriageway from Holyhead to Exeter with only 20 minutes out of the 5 hours on "normal roads".
Stopped half way down in a service station to give the kids a break. 
Devon is a beautiful part of the world, we went to Torquay but it was bunged with the good weather, went cycling on the Moors which was nice although a little hot.  Plenty to do. I'd recommend it.

Cheers. The bit in bold worries me a bit I must say though. Would it be any more than you'd see on holiday in Portugal or Spain? I'm assuming early July would minimise that a bit as well?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on April 10, 2014, 04:41:34 PM
Did it last year AZ and going again this year.  Plenty for the 7 year old to do.  We went in the heatwave last July so it would have been a waste going foreign to be honest.  We stayed at the Devon Cliffs Haven and it has its own beach.  The evening entertainment is great for the kids and allows you to get a couple of pints and relax.
You need to go in the early weeks of July before the English schools are off otherwise it could get too busy.
Good pools, both indoor and outdoor with Starbucks and Spar shop onsite.
Big downside is that it does attract a certain amount of the English tatooed fraternity but I didn't find it too bad.  Motorway/dual carriageway from Holyhead to Exeter with only 20 minutes out of the 5 hours on "normal roads".
Stopped half way down in a service station to give the kids a break. 
Devon is a beautiful part of the world, we went to Torquay but it was bunged with the good weather, went cycling on the Moors which was nice although a little hot.  Plenty to do. I'd recommend it.

Cheers. The bit in bold worries me a bit I must say though. Would it be any more than you'd see on holiday in Portugal or Spain? I'm assuming early July would minimise that a bit as well?

Centre Parcs might be more up your street if you want to avoid of that but you'll pay for a holiday there and expensive I believe to do activities and eat in the Parcs. I looked at them last year but was hard to justify when you looking round the peak season.

Devon is a lovely part of the UK, my brother leaves in Paington beside Torquay and its nice down round that nexk of the woods. Lost of day trips and the like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mackers on April 10, 2014, 04:48:17 PM
There was no loutish behaviour or anything like that. They're all there with their young children. No worse than I would have seen in Spain or Portugal to be fair. The early July thing would cut out any potential problems with teenagers/older children.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 10, 2014, 08:51:33 PM
10 year wedding anniversary is a month away ;D

We are looking at a European weekend away somewhere, any suggestions?

Already been to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Barcelona but apart from that........
I like Ireland's blue book for ideas - the wider group they are part of is
 
http://www.historichotelsofeurope.com/Default.aspx
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Trap on April 11, 2014, 11:20:24 AM
Hi All, there seems to have been quite a few of you have been to the South of France. Could anyone recommend a good hotel for a couple in the Nice, Cannes, Eze, Monaco area? Its for a special occasion so am prepared to push the boat out a bit!!!! Thanks
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bcarrier on April 11, 2014, 12:08:19 PM
There was no loutish behaviour or anything like that. They're all there with their young children. No worse than I would have seen in Spain or Portugal to be fair. The early July thing would cut out any potential problems with teenagers/older children.

I would echo the early July thing. Not sure whether suitable with a baby but for old kids a supertent option at http://www.trevornick.co.uk/ near Newquay.

Padstow a nice day trip but lots of options in that area.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 11, 2014, 12:09:42 PM
I've just booked a hotel in Nice for our "mini-moon" after doing lots of research.  I couldn't bear to spend silly money on hotels though.  Sounds like you might want to go for something a bit higher standard than we picked, but we're staying here:
http://www.hotelwindsornice.net/
If money was no object, I'd have loved the Boscolo Exedra or Hotel Negressco.


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on April 11, 2014, 12:23:17 PM
Looking somewhere to go in southern Ireland for a few days at the end of July.

Needs:
Have a child that will be 16 months old- need a pool, beach and other activities to entertain (zoo, playparks etc)
Have a wife that would like to browse around shops or boutiques

Thanks

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on April 11, 2014, 12:24:31 PM
Looking somewhere to go in southern Ireland for a few days at the end of July.

Needs:
Have a child that will be 16 months old- need a pool, beach and other activities to entertain (zoo, playparks etc)
Have a wife that would like to browse around shops or boutiques

Thanks
This place is supposed to be good for kids
http://www.flynnhotels.com/Newpark_Hotel_Kilkenny
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 11, 2014, 12:47:11 PM
Looking somewhere to go in southern Ireland for a few days at the end of July.

Needs:
Have a child that will be 16 months old- need a pool, beach and other activities to entertain (zoo, playparks etc)
Have a wife that would like to browse around shops or boutiques

Thanks

Quality Hotel Clonakility, A real family hotel, Pool, indoor play area (toddler section) , outoor play area,(not suitable for the 16 month old)  Inchdoney beach about 2 miles down the road. Playground in the town also. Fota Wildlife would be about 1hour back towards Cork. Fota island is some spot if you could afford it.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 11, 2014, 12:50:20 PM
Looking somewhere to go in southern Ireland for a few days at the end of July.

Needs:
Have a child that will be 16 months old- need a pool, beach and other activities to entertain (zoo, playparks etc)
Have a wife that would like to browse around shops or boutiques

Thanks

Quality Hotel Clonakility, A real family hotel, Pool, indoor play area (toddler section) , outoor play area,(not suitable for the 16 month old)  Inchdoney beach about 2 miles down the road. Playground in the town also. Fota Wildlife would be about 1hour back towards Cork. Fota island is some spot if you could afford it.

Second that. I was just there in March. Cinema on the grounds, Jungle Gym type thing for toddlers (ball pit etc), nice pool,  family friendly restaurants etc. Fota Island, Cork City etc within drivable distance, also there's a load of little attractions around west Cork, Rosscarberry etc. Wouldn;t be great for the shops now except for back into Cork, or little boutiques in Clon itself.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on April 11, 2014, 12:52:39 PM
Looks brilliant that Gerry. Googlemaps gives me over a 5 hour drive time from Tyrone to it. Could be a bit too much for the wee one to be settled in the car for that length. Defiantly be looking into it and showing the Mrs.

Good work have yourself 200 Under Lights points.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Smokin Joe on April 11, 2014, 01:13:27 PM
I've just booked a hotel in Nice for our "mini-moon" after doing lots of research.  I couldn't bear to spend silly money on hotels though.  Sounds like you might want to go for something a bit higher standard than we picked, but we're staying here:
http://www.hotelwindsornice.net/
If money was no object, I'd have loved the Boscolo Exedra or Hotel Negressco.

Following the advice I got, I too plumped for Nice.  Staying Thursday to Sunday, but haven't organised a hotel yet.  I haven't flew with Ryanair for 16 years but I booked them for this trip as the flight times were more suitable and they were so much cheaper than both Easyjet and Aer Lingus.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Arthur_Friend on April 11, 2014, 02:40:37 PM
I've just booked a hotel in Nice for our "mini-moon" after doing lots of research.  I couldn't bear to spend silly money on hotels though.  Sounds like you might want to go for something a bit higher standard than we picked, but we're staying here:
http://www.hotelwindsornice.net/
If money was no object, I'd have loved the Boscolo Exedra or Hotel Negressco.

Could you give a review of the place when you get back Rois? Might be heading to Nice later in the year. Thanks.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: J OGorman on April 11, 2014, 02:47:22 PM
Looking somewhere to go in southern Ireland for a few days at the end of July.

Needs:
Have a child that will be 16 months old- need a pool, beach and other activities to entertain (zoo, playparks etc)
Have a wife that would like to browse around shops or boutiques

Thanks

Quality Hotel Clonakility, A real family hotel, Pool, indoor play area (toddler section) , outoor play area,(not suitable for the 16 month old)  Inchdoney beach about 2 miles down the road. Playground in the town also. Fota Wildlife would be about 1hour back towards Cork. Fota island is some spot if you could afford it.

Second that. I was just there in March. Cinema on the grounds, Jungle Gym type thing for toddlers (ball pit etc), nice pool,  family friendly restaurants etc. Fota Island, Cork City etc within drivable distance, also there's a load of little attractions around west Cork, Rosscarberry etc. Wouldn;t be great for the shops now except for back into Cork, or little boutiques in Clon itself.

will third that, and a mighty breakfast in the morning. Great part of the world. Sam will be touring that part of the world at the end of September ;-)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 11, 2014, 03:13:20 PM
Looking somewhere to go in southern Ireland for a few days at the end of July.

Needs:
Have a child that will be 16 months old- need a pool, beach and other activities to entertain (zoo, playparks etc)
Have a wife that would like to browse around shops or boutiques

Thanks

Quality Hotel Clonakility, A real family hotel, Pool, indoor play area (toddler section) , outoor play area,(not suitable for the 16 month old)  Inchdoney beach about 2 miles down the road. Playground in the town also. Fota Wildlife would be about 1hour back towards Cork. Fota island is some spot if you could afford it.

Second that. I was just there in March. Cinema on the grounds, Jungle Gym type thing for toddlers (ball pit etc), nice pool,  family friendly restaurants etc. Fota Island, Cork City etc within drivable distance, also there's a load of little attractions around west Cork, Rosscarberry etc. Wouldn;t be great for the shops now except for back into Cork, or little boutiques in Clon itself.

AZ Did you get to play the crazy golf in Roscarberry? I have never seen anything like it. I thought i had finished  the first hole only to discover the ball had gone down the hole and off on to another fairway. It took us about two hours to play!  There was a raft in the middle of it you had to get on to get to the next hole.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 11, 2014, 03:15:24 PM
Didn't Gerry, we were only down for a few days. Could easily have stayed longer.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 18, 2014, 11:08:07 PM
Off first thing tomorrow, Tenerife, all inclusive so well try and limit my food and drink intake.......... not!!

Enjoy your holidays posters
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Subbie on April 18, 2014, 11:12:53 PM
Just booked flights back home for 3 1/2 weeks in September!

Plus points, been at home for the Monaghan blues festival, hurling AI & football AI

Minus points, 2 x 30 hour journeys with a 3 1/2 year old and a 1 1/2 year old  :o

Can't wait though!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on April 18, 2014, 11:21:28 PM
Jesus Subbie, that is a long trek with 2 wee ones. Where are u based - NZ or OZ....

Don't envy u one bit but hope you enjoy the stay at home - great time of year for ex pats to be back home again.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Subbie on April 19, 2014, 02:45:47 AM
Jesus Subbie, that is a long trek with 2 wee ones. Where are u based - NZ or OZ....

Don't envy u one bit but hope you enjoy the stay at home - great time of year for ex pats to be back home again.

Oz.

All tips for long haul with kids the easy way greatfully received......
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on April 20, 2014, 01:06:22 AM
Can anyone recommend a website for booking accomodation? Planning a week in either Galway/Kerry this summer, and would prefer to book a house for a week. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on April 20, 2014, 01:18:46 AM
Jesus Subbie, that is a long trek with 2 wee ones. Where are u based - NZ or OZ....

Don't envy u one bit but hope you enjoy the stay at home - great time of year for ex pats to be back home again.

Oz.

All tips for long haul with kids the easy way greatfully received......
Chloroform and a rag. It's the way forward  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bogball88 on June 04, 2014, 07:01:36 PM
Heading to Albufeira at the end of July for 5 days  8) 8) 8) 8)
Anyone know of somewhere near the strip which is half decent at a good price?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 04, 2014, 08:45:23 PM
Corcovada apartments are nice. Short walk to the strip in new town Albufeira.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Christmas Lights on June 07, 2014, 11:00:18 AM
Anyone recommend any nice family hotels for a couple of days in County wicklow near the beach? Im think of the Bray area perhaps or if someone could recommend anywhere else in Wicklow?  Dont want to head too far away as have a young child so Wicklow looks like it could be a good compromise if its worth it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bridgegael on June 07, 2014, 12:31:00 PM
was thinking of Druids Glen for a few nights. would it be ok for a yiung family?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Bearded One on June 13, 2014, 01:36:12 PM
Looking to book a hotel for a short family break, 2 or 3 nights. Needs to be somewhere in or around the midlands, certainly no further south than Portlaoise and must have a swimming pool.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on June 13, 2014, 01:50:09 PM
Looking to book a hotel for a short family break, 2 or 3 nights. Needs to be somewhere in or around the midlands, certainly no further south than Portlaoise and must have a swimming pool.

Any ideas?
Johnson house?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 13, 2014, 01:53:40 PM
Anyone recommend any nice family hotels for a couple of days in County wicklow near the beach? Im think of the Bray area perhaps or if someone could recommend anywhere else in Wicklow?  Dont want to head too far away as have a young child so Wicklow looks like it could be a good compromise if its worth it.
Girl in work was in Powerscourt a few weeks ago. Said it was something else! Not sure how family friendly it is though and from her description it sounds pricey!

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on June 13, 2014, 03:02:43 PM
Anyone recommend any nice family hotels for a couple of days in County wicklow near the beach? Im think of the Bray area perhaps or if someone could recommend anywhere else in Wicklow?  Dont want to head too far away as have a young child so Wicklow looks like it could be a good compromise if its worth it.

was thinking of Druids Glen for a few nights. would it be ok for a yiung family?

Stayed in Druids Glen near Bray last year - great spot, well kept, clean and tidy, brilliant for kids (games room, fun room, play room, pool, bike trails etc) - good for adults too - sit on high stool watching SS knowing kids are safe 40 yards down the corridor in one of the games rooms...expensive mind you but you pay for what you get...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on June 21, 2014, 07:50:40 PM
French Air Traffic Controllers going on strike for 6 days from Tuesday f**king up flights for holidaymakers all over Europe including me >:( :'( Reading various things online, they reckon 50% of flights will be delayed or cancelled.

 From a purely personal perspective I noticed my Ryanair flight is full (the only full flight to my destination that week), that is bound to be a big plus in our favour? What way do these things get sorted by airlines?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on June 21, 2014, 10:04:11 PM
French Air Traffic Controllers going on strike for 6 days from Tuesday f**king up flights for holidaymakers all over Europe including me >:( :'( Reading various things online, they reckon 50% of flights will be delayed or cancelled.

 From a purely personal perspective I noticed my Ryanair flight is full (the only full flight to my destination that week), that is bound to be a big plus in our favour? What way do these things get sorted by airlines?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10914302/French-air-traffic-controllers-vote-for-six-day-strike-next-week.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10914302/French-air-traffic-controllers-vote-for-six-day-strike-next-week.html)

This suggests a cut in capacity of 50%.

It is possible that at peak hours, early morning being the main one, that the airlines will be instructed to reduce the number of flights through French airspace by 50%. If your destination is not in France, but say Italy, expect a slot delay and a longer flight time, but no more.

If the destination is in France, keep a close eye on the airline's website. A full flight would likely be prioritised over a less full one, but if they expect massive delays in France, they might prefer the individual aircraft did a day's flying (4-8 flights) elsewhere rather than get stuck moving one or two full flights.

Where are you flying to?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 21, 2014, 10:08:04 PM
Where are you flying to?
Carrickfinn  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on June 21, 2014, 10:35:02 PM
Perpignan. Same every year,  they're like the postmen at Christmas used to be here. Upping the ante this year the shower of cheese eating surrender monkey c***ts. I'll know one way or the other Monday (flying Friday).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on June 24, 2014, 05:34:55 PM
Perpignan. Same every year,  they're like the postmen at Christmas used to be here. Upping the ante this year the shower of cheese eating surrender monkey c***ts. I'll know one way or the other Monday (flying Friday).

You could try to switch to Barcelona or Girona, and get the train up, depending on how the particular airline deals with the strike.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on June 24, 2014, 05:52:37 PM
Looking to book a hotel for a short family break, 2 or 3 nights. Needs to be somewhere in or around the midlands, certainly no further south than Portlaoise and must have a swimming pool.

Any ideas?
The Sheraton in Athlone .
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on June 24, 2014, 08:53:00 PM
Perpignan. Same every year,  they're like the postmen at Christmas used to be here. Upping the ante this year the shower of cheese eating surrender monkey c***ts. I'll know one way or the other Monday (flying Friday).

You could try to switch to Barcelona or Girona, and get the train up, depending on how the particular airline deals with the strike.
It's not looking good at the minute (flight to Perp went today, but is among 200 cancelled tomorrow) and they seem to have a scattergun approach to what is being cancelled, so that isn't really an option. I will only know if my flight has been cancelled on Thursday evening and if it's not at that point, there's a strong possibility that I could still be travelling from Belfast on Friday morning with the real prospect of being left stranded in London as the cancellations are fluid and we've no return flight booked until 9th July.  My big hope is that they've sacrificed the flight to Perp tomorrow and might save the flight on Friday as it's full.

The sickening thing is that since I posted that on Sunday night one of the Unions went back to work and it was meant to ease the problem down to 20% of effected flights.  Ryanair are sending out mixed signals too, from the stuff I've read from their sources they would leave you to believe it should ease from Friday (not the official line), but I don't know where they are getting their info from.

I know it's sucking the fun out of it, the anticipation is nearly as good as the holiday itself. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on June 25, 2014, 09:33:04 PM
Strike over thank fook.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 25, 2014, 10:57:11 PM
Strike over thank fook.
I thought of you when I heard this! Happy days, go and enjoy the holidays now. Out of interest, is it a nice area to visit?

I'm flying to Geneva next Sun to get married in the Alps and I was hoping for this news sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on June 25, 2014, 11:38:01 PM
I probably didn't see too much of the area tbh, but it is gorgeous, nestled between the Pyrenees & Med. It is a superb family holiday area. I'm sure there are plenty of cultured things to do in the area, but it's not what we're interested in atm!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on June 26, 2014, 02:07:08 PM
Heading to budapest in a  couple of weeks with the missus, anyone recommend anything to see/do?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on June 30, 2014, 10:02:44 PM
Love the look of that hotel in Clonakilty Cork but its probably a bit too far from Tyrone for our 17 month year old. Heading away last week in July but nothing booked. The wife suggested Bundoran and Portrush but i'm not keen- want a decent beach and activities that would interest the little one. Thoughts? Needs to be within 3 hours driving distance from Tyrone.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bogball88 on July 01, 2014, 01:13:23 PM
Love the look of that hotel in Clonakilty Cork but its probably a bit too far from Tyrone for our 17 month year old. Heading away last week in July but nothing booked. The wife suggested Bundoran and Portrush but i'm not keen- want a decent beach and activities that would interest the little one. Thoughts? Needs to be within 3 hours driving distance from Tyrone.

Sligo or Westport? Haven't been to Sligo but Westport is definitely a great wee spot
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: J OGorman on July 01, 2014, 01:29:27 PM
Love the look of that hotel in Clonakilty Cork but its probably a bit too far from Tyrone for our 17 month year old. Heading away last week in July but nothing booked. The wife suggested Bundoran and Portrush but i'm not keen- want a decent beach and activities that would interest the little one. Thoughts? Needs to be within 3 hours driving distance from Tyrone.

Sligo or Westport? Haven't been to Sligo but Westport is definitely a great wee spot

+1 for Westport. We stayed at Mulranny last year, 20 odd miles from Westport. Westport House, Keem Beach, the Greenway(towed my 2 year old in one of those wee bicycle trailers) over to Achille. Loads to do.  Class week even though the weather was only so so. We've booked Spain this year but Id much rather head back down the west
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on July 01, 2014, 01:53:02 PM
Any nice family hotels in Westport that you would recommend?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bogball88 on July 01, 2014, 02:13:57 PM
Any nice family hotels in Westport that you would recommend?

Westport Plaza-big swimming pool and all-the whole works!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 01, 2014, 03:52:52 PM
Club wedding in July, at the Slieve Russell Hotel. We've booked the Log Cabins near the hotel (I hope) for 5 nights, other than drink like feck what's is there to do for the kids? Taking the bikes down so we'll hit a few trails no doubt but is there anything nearby worth a look?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on July 01, 2014, 03:58:09 PM
Any nice family hotels in Westport that you would recommend?

If you prefer the self catering try the Harbour Mills appartments down by the harbour part of the town. Nice part of Westport with a few pubs and restaurants and close to the entrance of Westport House. It is about a ten walk into part.

They don't have a pool but you can avail of the use of the local leisure centre pool in the town for free.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on July 01, 2014, 04:28:59 PM
Any nice family hotels in Westport that you would recommend?

Westport Plaza-big swimming pool and all-the whole works!

How far to the nearest beach?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: J OGorman on July 01, 2014, 04:34:37 PM
Any nice family hotels in Westport that you would recommend?

Westport Plaza-big swimming pool and all-the whole works!

How far to the nearest beach?

we stayed in a house beside the Mulranny Park Hotel. Used their pool facilities a few times (excellent) and they have a kids club. Beach 5 mins walk (quite a few steps though). Handy  to Achille, Westport, Greenway, Nevins bar $ restaurant etc
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Newbridge Exile on July 01, 2014, 08:36:08 PM
Any nice family hotels in Westport that you would recommend?

If you prefer the self catering try the Harbour Mills apartments down by the harbour part of the town. Nice part of Westport with a few pubs and restaurants and close to the entrance of Westport House. It is about a ten walk into part.

They don't have a pool but you can avail of the use of the local leisure centre pool in the town for free.
Stayed there a couple of years ago, and would definitely recommend]
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: cornerback on July 02, 2014, 10:03:45 AM
Any recommendations for self-catering accommodation within approx. 2 hrs drive from South Derry.  Stayed in Castlehume, Enniskillen before - so something like that i.e. self-catering house but able to avail of the facilities/restaurants of Lough Erne Resort.  3 young children to entertain as well (eldest is 4).
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on July 02, 2014, 01:31:59 PM
Any recommendations for self-catering accommodation within approx. 2 hrs drive from South Derry.  Stayed in Castlehume, Enniskillen before - so something like that i.e. self-catering house but able to avail of the facilities/restaurants of Lough Erne Resort.  3 young children to entertain as well (eldest is 4).
:'(

Do what I'm doing and send them away for a few days and stay at home yourself!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BenDover on July 02, 2014, 02:38:30 PM
Heading to a house in Mount Shannon at the start of August, anyone know if there's much to do down that direction?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on July 02, 2014, 02:39:42 PM
Heading to budapest in a  couple of weeks with the missus, anyone recommend anything to see/do?

Bump
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Aristo 60 on July 07, 2014, 04:29:20 PM
I am off on the first holiday of the year on Wednesday.

I will be with another Gaaboard member - but which one?:

a) Ardtole
b) T Fearon
c) O'Neill
d) Rois
e) Muppet

Which other members are most likely/unlikely to holiday together?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on July 07, 2014, 06:29:06 PM
d) Rois

I think she mentioned that she was getting married in the Alps in July.
Not sure, maybe she didn't. ;D

I reckon you're going over for her wedding.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gabriel_Hurl on July 07, 2014, 06:43:09 PM
For the honeymoon - we are going to Southern Africa - 5 days on the south coast of South Africa and then a 10 day safari in Zambia, Zimbabwe and ending up in Johannesburg
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on July 08, 2014, 11:07:14 AM
For the honeymoon - we are going to Southern Africa - 5 days on the south coast of South Africa and then a 10 day safari in Zambia, Zimbabwe and ending up in Johannesburg

Went on Honeymoon to South Africa myself earlier this year. Couldn't recommend it enough. Fantastic country for a holiday
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on July 08, 2014, 11:58:35 AM
d) Rois

I think she mentioned that she was getting married in the Alps in July.
Not sure, maybe she didn't. ;D

I reckon you're going over for her wedding.
Ha - I'm here and it's lashing!!
At least there's a load of pubs...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: haranguerer on July 08, 2014, 12:04:47 PM
Def away over for Rois' wedding (in answer to Aristos q)

Have a great time Rois - and congrats!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DoireGael on July 09, 2014, 09:20:33 AM
Anyone been to Hvar in Croatia? Any knowledge or info on it?

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DennistheMenace on July 09, 2014, 09:39:44 AM
Beatiful place, couldn't recommend highly enough. Flying into Split?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DoireGael on July 09, 2014, 01:23:21 PM
Beatiful place, couldn't recommend highly enough. Flying into Split?

Yeah flying to split. Whats the costs like? Pint? Eating out? Activities? Nightlife?

I've heard its stunning...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on July 09, 2014, 02:08:48 PM
Heading to budapest in a  couple of weeks with the missus, anyone recommend anything to see/do?

Bump

one more try


anyone?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on July 09, 2014, 02:28:00 PM
Heading to budapest in a  couple of weeks with the missus, anyone recommend anything to see/do?

Bump

one more try


anyone?

At this time of year a Danube boat trip to  Esztergom might be an idea.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on July 09, 2014, 03:13:01 PM
Heading to budapest in a  couple of weeks with the missus, anyone recommend anything to see/do?

Bump

one more try


anyone?

At this time of year a Danube boat trip to  Esztergom might be an idea.

Would that be a day trip type thing?

we are only there for 4 nights in total
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on July 09, 2014, 03:36:45 PM
Day trip. Half a day on boat, a few hours in one of the Danube towns and train or bus back.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: southdown on July 10, 2014, 03:39:45 PM
As above a few posts back, any info on Hvar/Split in Croatia would be great.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Olly on July 10, 2014, 03:49:39 PM
Going to Aghagallon for holidays. What is there to do there?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: playwiththewind1st on July 10, 2014, 07:43:44 PM
Going to Aghagallon for holidays. What is there to do there?

Tourist destination of choice indeed.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on July 15, 2014, 02:40:07 PM
Booked Westport for the end of the month. Hopefully weather is favourable. Taking our 18 Month Old girl with us- Granny and Granda may be coming now too so should have a bit of time out on the town also.
Any recommendations as to:
What to do during the day with child
Where to eat
Where to head for a few drinks
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: sensethetone on July 15, 2014, 02:46:11 PM
Booked Westport for the end of the month. Hopefully weather is favourable. Taking our 18 Month Old girl with us- Granny and Granda may be coming now too so should have a bit of time out on the town also.
Any recommendations as to:
What to do during the day with child
Where to eat
Where to head for a few drinks
O Malley's on the busy one way street is good for food.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on July 15, 2014, 03:35:05 PM
Going to Aghagallon for holidays. What is there to do there?

Some spot! Check out the derryhirk pub and Joe's Shore. Unreal.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on July 15, 2014, 04:56:38 PM
I've just booked a hotel in Nice for our "mini-moon" after doing lots of research.  I couldn't bear to spend silly money on hotels though.  Sounds like you might want to go for something a bit higher standard than we picked, but we're staying here:
http://www.hotelwindsornice.net/
If money was no object, I'd have loved the Boscolo Exedra or Hotel Negressco.

Could you give a review of the place when you get back Rois? Might be heading to Nice later in the year. Thanks.
Nice - great, pretty expensive but you can go as cheaply or as plush as you want.
Hotel - just ok, has a pool and nice sitting out area, but all covered by 4 or 5 huge trees which may be "charming" in the heart of the city, but really they block light and attract pigeons and mosquitos. 3 bites so far.
Nice is class, hotel location perfect, 3 mins walk to Hotel Negresco at the sea front, but choose somewhere else.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on July 15, 2014, 05:11:03 PM
I've just booked a hotel in Nice for our "mini-moon" after doing lots of research.  I couldn't bear to spend silly money on hotels though.  Sounds like you might want to go for something a bit higher standard than we picked, but we're staying here:
http://www.hotelwindsornice.net/
If money was no object, I'd have loved the Boscolo Exedra or Hotel Negressco.

Could you give a review of the place when you get back Rois? Might be heading to Nice later in the year. Thanks.
Nice - great, pretty expensive but you can go as cheaply or as plush as you want.
Hotel - just ok, has a pool and nice sitting out area, but all covered by 4 or 5 huge trees which may be "charming" in the heart of the city, but really they block light and attract pigeons and mosquitos. 3 bites so far.
Nice is class, hotel location perfect, 3 mins walk to Hotel Negresco at the sea front, but choose somewhere else.

Never go to France without citronella.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Denn Forever on July 15, 2014, 05:15:23 PM
does that work against Clegs?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on July 15, 2014, 05:47:28 PM
Booked Westport for the end of the month. Hopefully weather is favourable. Taking our 18 Month Old girl with us- Granny and Granda may be coming now too so should have a bit of time out on the town also.
Any recommendations as to:
What to do during the day with child
Where to eat
Where to head for a few drinks


Kids:
If you get the weather go to Old Head beach which is about 10 miles west of Westport, towards Louisburgh.

Also check out http://www.westporthouse.ie/westport-house-and-gardens/for-children/ (http://www.westporthouse.ie/westport-house-and-gardens/for-children/)

Eat:
http://www.solrio.ie (http://www.solrio.ie)

Was there recently with the missus and we both liked it, but lots of choice in Westport.

Drinks:
Loads of pubs in a small area. http://www.mattmolloy.com/pub_about.html (http://www.mattmolloy.com/pub_about.html) is the most famous and busiest but plenty of choice.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on August 08, 2014, 12:58:03 AM
What's to do in Athlone? Will be stopping off there at the weekend. I hear along the Shannon is a nice spot
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: balladmaker on August 08, 2014, 01:10:48 AM
Went to Killarney for 4 nights a couple of weeks back and spent what could have taken us abroad for at least a good week or more.  Typical Ireland going out of their way to rip people off.  A cafe on Main Street, Killarney, 2 adults and 3 children (1 of them a baby) at lunchtime, and the children were only eating from the kids menu, only drink was a jug of diluted orange .... 54 euro for one course!  Another day, an ice cream shop again on Main Street, 4 medium tubs of ice cream (3 scoops per tub) came to 20.30 .... a medium tub of ice cream was more expensive than a pint of Guinness!  I wouldn't consider myself miserable by any stretch but when it comes to being totally ripped off, it will be a while before I'm heading that direction again.

On a positive note, had some of the finest bar food I've ever had, and very well priced, in Paul Geaney's Bar in Dingle.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on August 12, 2014, 10:49:13 AM
Thinking about going skiing for the first time in January. There wil be a group of us, (3 couples) all novice skiers.
Anyone recommend any resorts/ places to go?
Somewhere witha  decent apres ski would be good, and we will all probably need ski school, equipemnt hire etc.
what roughly can we expect to pay?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WeeDonns on August 12, 2014, 11:03:25 AM
www.directski.com
www.crystalski.co.uk
www.crystalski.ie (from Dublin)

I've used all the above before. You'll often find its cheaper to fly from Dublin than Belfast.
Someone will probably come along and advise to book all separately but as its your first time I'd advise to go with a tour operator.

Lots of people head to Andorra for their first time, I did (pas de la casa)and it suited perfectly but I don't think i'd head back there now that I can ski(snowboard) pretty well.
It has good beginner slopes & ski schools and lively nightlife. You also have a broad range of accommodation from very basic to quite nice.

However, I would always choose Austria over anywhere else in Europe I've been, and in particular Soll. The craic is great, I love the food, the beer is affordable and theres 230km+ on piste

You can usually get good deals on ski hire via www.snowbrainer.com sign up now for their discount codes. I've found it difficult to get any sort of discounts for ski passes unless with a much larger group


Edit: sorry, i just seen you said Novice skiiers, not beginners
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on August 12, 2014, 11:22:31 AM
Thanks for the advice, the group will most likely be a mix of complete beginners and novices (skied once or twice before).
I like the sound of Austria, i have looked into booking thing separtaly (pas de la casa), but wanted to get a  n idea of where is best to go first. I think it works out slightly cheaper, but maybe not enough to be worth the hassle.

Where do you fly into in Austria for Soll?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on August 12, 2014, 12:56:16 PM
I always book my own separately but I have reasons for that - I like catered chalet holidays which are generally not found in Austria/Italy/Andorra and I have a few contacts built up now of chalet owners in French resorts that I like.  To book your own, you really need someone who will be ok with being a "leader" and showing people what to do and where to go.  If you don't have that, definitely go with a tour operator.  I'm always that person on group trips and it doesn't bother me, which is why I'm confident in doing it all myself. 

Anyhow, my first trip was also to Andorra (Arinsal) and it was brilliant, but I wouldn't go anywhere near it again.  It certainly did the job at the best price at the time and having a tour operator pick us up from airport and drop us off, give us vouchers and instructions for everything, it was definitely really good.  Livigno was also great - I'd pick that over Andorra now for beginners.  Transfers for both are horrendous. 

I think Austria flights might be to Salzburg?   I'd love to try there, and I'd go with a tour operator.  www.topflight.ie also have a range flying from Belfast. 

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on September 30, 2014, 10:12:04 PM
Anybody know of a decent hotel that has apartments attached so you have the benefit of the self-catering apartment & facilities of the hotel. Thinking Kerry or Galway.

Couple of goggle searches have been surprisingly frustrating! I did this 10 years ago in a hotel in Kilkee in Clare & thought it was powerful, maybe it's a disappearing thing?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mylestheslasher on September 30, 2014, 10:14:37 PM
Benny - Castle Dargan outside Sligo has apartments. Think Breaffy House Hotel in Castlebar might have some too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 30, 2014, 10:39:34 PM
Stayed in the helm apartment s in westport a few times not a hotel but adjacent to the helm bar found it great value, they were very helpful organised sea fishing for us when we were there. The apartment s were spotless
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on October 01, 2014, 08:55:31 AM
Not sure if this is the right thread but looking advice on a weekend break in Europe with the better half. Would love to try some of the Scandinavian countries. Anyone ever been? Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and the likes... or am I better heading to say Berlin/Brussels etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on October 01, 2014, 09:27:27 AM
A lot of hotels down south have that sort of set up. I suppose depending on what you want really, as regards kids etc. A few I've stayed in.

Castlerosse Hotel in Killarney has nice chalets on the grounds, and you are considered a resident of the hotel so you can swim etc. There's also a golf course on the grounds of the hotel as well.

The Quality hotel in Clonakilty is geared towards kids especially, but is another with apartments on the grounds. This hotel has a cinema on the grounds, a kids play area (ball pits etc), and the pool leisure centre as well..

A more upmarket version is probably Knightsbrook, in Trim. They have the leisure centre, and it's a nice hotel and golf resort. They also have the chalets.

To be honest it's not hard to find hotels with chalets on the grounds, but I've stayed in those 3 and they were all perfect.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on October 01, 2014, 09:31:11 AM
Not sure if this is the right thread but looking advice on a weekend break in Europe with the better half. Would love to try some of the Scandinavian countries. Anyone ever been? Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and the likes... or am I better heading to say Berlin/Brussels etc.

Been to Helsinki and Oslo for work - both are great but very, very expensive.  BA lost my luggage on the way to Oslo - i had to buy a toothbrush, tootbrush and razor; they cost me €30 in 2004.  I bought a teeshirt, jocks, socks and jeans - €350.  Two pints of beer - €22.  Just saying.  :o
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on October 01, 2014, 09:36:13 AM
Cheers guys, that certainly rules out Oslo then!! I've heard Stockholm is also pricey, not sure on Copenhagen.

Didn't even think about down south AZ. I haven't even seen half of this great country of ours so that is certainly something to consider!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on October 01, 2014, 09:47:48 AM
Sorry Walter, I was responding to Benny, but yeah, you should come down South instead :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on October 01, 2014, 11:19:16 AM
Not sure if this is the right thread but looking advice on a weekend break in Europe with the better half. Would love to try some of the Scandinavian countries. Anyone ever been? Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and the likes... or am I better heading to say Berlin/Brussels etc.

The only one of the Scandinavian countries I can speak about is Copenhagen. I thought it was very expensive and light of things to see and do. I was there on a footie trip though so I suppose my priorities might have been schewed a bit....

Have you thought about further east? I can vouch for Riga, Prague and Krakow as all being cracking spots with plenty of sights, good food etc and are reasonably priced.. Everyone should visit Auschwitz once in their life (Krakow)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on October 01, 2014, 11:30:30 AM
Cheers Boycey, yeah done Krakow and Auschwitz/Birkenau. Was an excellent trip. Would also recommend Budapest. Great city! Never been to Prague so that could be an option. Would love to try Berlin or even Brussels/Bruge.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: screenexile on October 01, 2014, 11:39:53 AM
Did Berlin last year and Brussels/Brugges before that. Both great trips I doubt you'd be disappointed with either!

Have to say I love City Breaks as opposed to a Sun holiday. There's something about lying by a pool all day in the sun that just doesn't appeal to me!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on October 01, 2014, 01:34:59 PM
Did Berlin last year and Brussels/Brugges before that. Both great trips I doubt you'd be disappointed with either!

Have to say I love City Breaks as opposed to a Sun holiday. There's something about lying by a pool all day in the sun that just doesn't appeal to me!!
Are you a man?
Are you over the age of 30 and under 60?

If the answer is yes to both of these questions then that explains it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Joe Blob on October 01, 2014, 01:44:02 PM
Bled in Slovenia is a lovely spot for a wee break. If you like to be active there is plenty of exploring to be done and it won't cost an arm and a leg.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on October 01, 2014, 01:48:10 PM
Bled in Slovenia is a lovely spot for a wee break. If you like to be active there is plenty of exploring to be done and it won't cost an arm and a leg.
Where do you fly into for there?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on October 01, 2014, 02:10:56 PM
Did Berlin last year and Brussels/Brugges before that. Both great trips I doubt you'd be disappointed with either!

Have to say I love City Breaks as opposed to a Sun holiday. There's something about lying by a pool all day in the sun that just doesn't appeal to me!!

Cheers SE!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on October 01, 2014, 02:15:41 PM
Did Berlin last year and Brussels/Brugges before that. Both great trips I doubt you'd be disappointed with either!

Have to say I love City Breaks as opposed to a Sun holiday. There's something about lying by a pool all day in the sun that just doesn't appeal to me!!

Cheers SE!

Have done quite a few city breaks with the missus and they are definitely as enjoyable or if not more enjoyable than a summer sun holiday. Wee bit of culture, sightseeing, she shops - you watch sport in some pub, food etc.  Some of the good cities are Prague, Barcelona, Madrid, Salzburg, Munich and actually London believe it or not. Think you can fly into all of these from Dublin direct with Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Wizz Air, Air Berlin and others
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on October 01, 2014, 02:16:03 PM
Cheers Boycey, yeah done Krakow and Auschwitz/Birkenau. Was an excellent trip. Would also recommend Budapest. Great city! Never been to Prague so that could be an option. Would love to try Berlin or even Brussels/Bruge.
I have been to Krakow, prague, berlin & budapest and thought all of them where great in their own way for a city break.
If its around christmas Prague is great as it has the christmas markets etc.
The walking tour is fantastic (and free, aprt from whatever you wish to tip teh guide)
we got a scotish guy who lived in prague for years taking ours and he was fantastic.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on October 01, 2014, 02:43:07 PM
Did Berlin last year and Brussels/Brugges before that. Both great trips I doubt you'd be disappointed with either!

Have to say I love City Breaks as opposed to a Sun holiday. There's something about lying by a pool all day in the sun that just doesn't appeal to me!!

Sell Brussels/Bruges to me please.... :)

Its always near the bottom of the list pricewise when browsing flights but for some reason I always pick somewhere else. Its not "sexy" enough or something.


thanks in advance
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on October 01, 2014, 02:48:52 PM
Copehagen is pleasant, not too big, you'd get a good feel for it in a few days. Go to to viking ship museum in Roskilde, 20 mins on  suburban train, they have the replica ship there that sailed to Dublin. It is dearer than Bled in Slovenia to be sure.

Personally I'd could take or leave Brussels, but Bruges is lovely, although small. Great grub too.

Loads in Berlin if 20th century history lights your bulb, you could stay for 10 days.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on October 01, 2014, 02:58:13 PM
Great stuff lads!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on October 01, 2014, 03:00:18 PM
Nice is another great spot for a couple of nights.

Helsinki is quite small compared to say Dublin, but you can walk everywhere.

Berlin is well worth a visit and if the weather is good a great place to walk around.

If you wanted to be adventurous and have a few days, fly to Prague, hire a car and travel to the south and west. Cheap accommodation, cheap food and cheap excellent beer. Cesky Krumlov is well worth seeing: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/czech-republic/bohemia/cesky-krumlov (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/czech-republic/bohemia/cesky-krumlov). Should be quiet at this time of year too.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: screenexile on October 01, 2014, 03:17:24 PM
Did Berlin last year and Brussels/Brugges before that. Both great trips I doubt you'd be disappointed with either!

Have to say I love City Breaks as opposed to a Sun holiday. There's something about lying by a pool all day in the sun that just doesn't appeal to me!!

Sell Brussels/Bruges to me please.... :)

Its always near the bottom of the list pricewise when browsing flights but for some reason I always pick somewhere else. Its not "sexy" enough or something.


thanks in advance

For a weekend break it's superb. You can take a day in Brussels walking around the shops/enjoying the beer... there are also a few brewery tours you can take which are good. The light show at the Grand Place is always good as well at night time. We were lucky last time we went as Christy Moore was playing and it was an exceptional gig.

Take a day then and do Brugges on a bicycle. Plenty to cycle around and lots of good food and drink for the many stops you'll make.

If I was staying longer than 3 days I'd probably struggle but Brussels is perfect for a weekend!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Harold Disgracey on October 01, 2014, 03:30:28 PM
Copehagen is pleasant, not too big, you'd get a good feel for it in a few days. Go to to viking ship museum in Roskilde, 20 mins on  suburban train, they have the replica ship there that sailed to Dublin. It is dearer than Bled in Slovenia to be sure.

Personally I'd could take or leave Brussels, but Bruges is lovely, although small. Great grub too.

Loads in Berlin if 20th century history lights your bulb, you could stay for 10 days.
+1

Haven't been to Brussels but I'd like to go to Bruges sometime.

Copenhagen is quite expensive compared to Berlin though. Fassbender & Rausch chocolate shop in Berlin is something else!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on October 01, 2014, 03:34:50 PM
Copenhagen is quite expensive compared to Berlin though. Fassbender & Rausch chocolate shop in Berlin is something else!

Eating and drinking is expensive, for sure, but hotels in Copenhagen are not outrageous, and that is half your bill.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on October 01, 2014, 06:00:03 PM
A lot of hotels down south have that sort of set up. I suppose depending on what you want really, as regards kids etc. A few I've stayed in.

Castlerosse Hotel in Killarney has nice chalets on the grounds, and you are considered a resident of the hotel so you can swim etc. There's also a golf course on the grounds of the hotel as well.

The Quality hotel in Clonakilty is geared towards kids especially, but is another with apartments on the grounds. This hotel has a cinema on the grounds, a kids play area (ball pits etc), and the pool leisure centre as well..

A more upmarket version is probably Knightsbrook, in Trim. They have the leisure centre, and it's a nice hotel and golf resort. They also have the chalets.

To be honest it's not hard to find hotels with chalets on the grounds, but I've stayed in those 3 and they were all perfect.
Cheers. & the other contributors. Expensive enough carry on, probably better value in heading abroad again, but fancy a home holiday next year.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GJL on October 23, 2014, 06:08:01 PM
Have a wedding to go to in Malta next June. Anyone been?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on October 23, 2014, 06:18:27 PM
Have a wedding to go to in Malta next June. Anyone been?
The bror-in-law reckons it is a great spot. His missus did a year there when doing her medical degree.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on October 23, 2014, 06:23:43 PM
Maltas pretty good, don't expect too much from the beaches mind it's basically built on a rock you step into the water and you're up to your neck.

It's very small about the size of County Monaghan so there's not that much exploring to be done but the city itself, Valetta is lively with plenty of everything you will need bars, restaurants, casino and nightlife. Public transport is ridiculously cheap so no need for a car.

The weather will be top notch I'd say by that time, not too hot..
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on October 23, 2014, 06:48:44 PM
Northern italy around the alpine lakes is worth a visit. Lovely scenery, good food and reasonable prices. Cannobio for example but there are loads of options.

German and Austrian spa hotels are worth looking into as well.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Harold Disgracey on October 24, 2014, 10:16:18 AM
Have booked 5 days in Stockholm for half term in February. Has anyone been? Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: take_yer_points on October 24, 2014, 10:44:22 AM
Have a wedding to go to in Malta next June. Anyone been?

Been twice. June shouldn't be too bad, but during August the temperatues can be unbearable - low 40s when I was there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GJL on October 24, 2014, 03:50:55 PM
Have a wedding to go to in Malta next June. Anyone been?

Been twice. June shouldn't be too bad, but during August the temperatues can be unbearable - low 40s when I was there.

I'm reading that June should be zero rainfall with temperatures between 25-30C so perfect for us as we have small children. Staying here.

http://www.seabankhotel.com/ (http://www.seabankhotel.com/)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GJL on October 28, 2014, 07:39:10 PM
Any recommendations on good holiday insurance for family holiday. I don't necessarily mean the cheapest. I mean the best company to deal with if there are issues.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: pullhard on November 14, 2014, 11:07:10 PM
Any recommendations on good holiday insurance for family holiday. I don't necessarily mean the cheapest. I mean the best company to deal with if there are issues.

Where are you going? Have always used Post Office.


Anyone have ever been to Cape Verde?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on January 07, 2015, 01:10:45 PM
Right lads and lassies, it's that post Christmas blues, let's plan the Summer Holidays time again. We're a family of 4, boy aged 8 and girl aged 2 in May. Looking to align with school holidays, so basically the first 2 weeks of July.

Looking for something sunny, after a nice holiday in Devon last year we're hoping to go back to Europe this year, which will obviously be the little girl's first time.

Ideally looking for a 2 bedroom apartment/chalet with living space. We've been to Portugal several times, and that's back in the running again, but the little lad would prefer somewhere else I think, so we are also trying to see if there's anything in Spain, France or Italy (around the lakes). I don't want it to be unbearably hot, especially for the little one, and ideally there would be activities for the little lad. Mam and Dad are happy if the kids are happy, and there's a nice swim and food and drink.

Any ideas or experiences? GAABoard has never steered me wrong before, in this area at least :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on January 07, 2015, 02:11:31 PM
Here you go AZ. When the kids were younger we loved it- Camping le Ruisseau, Biarritz.
Biarritz airport only minutes away. Lovely city, plenty to do not too hot and only a train ride away from San Sebastien for a day trip
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on January 07, 2015, 03:06:57 PM
Here you go AZ. When the kids were younger we loved it- Camping le Ruisseau, Biarritz.
Biarritz airport only minutes away. Lovely city, plenty to do not too hot and only a train ride away from San Sebastien for a day trip

This would interest me Declan.

What time of year did you go? Did you drive or use public transport?

How was the use of lingo in the area? Can you get by on English or broken French needed?

Thanks
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on January 07, 2015, 04:22:14 PM
Went twice Bingo mid summer July/August. Flew to Biarritz with Ryanair and first time for two weeks hired a car from airport. We moved around a bit with the car, lovely drives into the Pyrenees and as I said you can go to San Sebastian by train - a 30 minute drive to nearer the border and then onto a local train.
There is a shuttle bus from that campsite to the nearest town and then a main bus to Biarritz which we used the second time we went for a week only. so if you just wanted to stay close to the campsite its doable without a car.

Language was OK  - I always try and use my holiday francais but the touristy spots are all OK with English 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Bingo on January 07, 2015, 04:26:05 PM
Went twice Bingo mid summer July/August. Flew to Biarritz with Ryanair and first time for two weeks hired a car from airport. We moved around a bit with the car, lovely drives into the Pyrenees and as I said you can go to San Sebastian by train - a 30 minute drive to nearer the border and then onto a local train.
There is a shuttle bus from that campsite to the nearest town and then a main bus to Biarritz which we used the second time we went for a week only. so if you just wanted to stay close to the campsite its doable without a car.

Language was OK  - I always try and use my holiday francais but the touristy spots are all OK with English

Sound, thanks. Reviews on Trip advisor seem positive.

One more - was the camp itself very busy. Had looked at a couple in Italy and was off putting on reviews how crowded it was with no space at pools and queues for everything and anything.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on January 07, 2015, 05:01:16 PM
Hard to beat the Keycamp/ Eurocamp. Did Argeles sur mer the past 2 years, 20km from Perpignan airport. Stayed in a small campsite directly across the road from a much bigger one (same owners), so got the best of both worlds with quietness/ use of facilities & entertainment. Had a car both years, but very doable without one. Loads of Irish about.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Declan on January 07, 2015, 05:26:08 PM
Quote
One more - was the camp itself very busy. Had looked at a couple in Italy and was off putting on reviews how crowded it was with no space at pools and queues for everything and anything.

It was busy OK but not that you'd be annoyed by it  Having said that it was very rare where we'd spend the day by the pool so we never found it that crowded when we were there
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nigel White on January 07, 2015, 05:49:59 PM
Bingo, the continental campsite holiday is a great option.  You can drive quite easily to the likes of the Vendee or Loire regions of France.  Id leave Normandy and Brittany alone as weather can be a lottery.  Advantages of driving is you can take your own bikes etc and also take plenty of wine home.  Italy is good too, Lake Garda. Nice small site in Sirimone i can get you details of if youre interested.  Keycamp/ Eurocamp are good, though expensive, particularly as the young lad can join the kids club.  If not, Venue holidays, small English outfit, is a cheaper option.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PMG1 on January 07, 2015, 07:40:09 PM
Le Vieux Port in the South West of France is excellent camp site, great facilities, plenty of Irish children about, beside the beach also but the pools are great.  5 Minute walk to the nearest town which has some great restaurants and some big supermarkets close by.  Good entertainment on the site at night too.  Its about 1 hour drive from Biarritz to the South and Bordeaux to the north (much cheaper flights to Bordeaux).  I always went with Thomson Al Fresco who I would recommend highly.

Another great site is Cambrils on the edge of Salou in Spain, about 1:30 from Barcelona, although its a bit more expensive to get and stay there, everything is much cheaper when you get there, 10 minute walk into Salou, great water parks and theme parks in Salou also.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nigel White on January 07, 2015, 08:53:18 PM
Le Vieux Port in the South West of France is excellent camp site, great facilities, plenty of Irish children about, beside the beach also but the pools are great.  5 Minute walk to the nearest town which has some great restaurants and some big supermarkets close by.  Good entertainment on the site at night too.  Its about 1 hour drive from Biarritz to the South and Bordeaux to the north (much cheaper flights to Bordeaux).  I always went with Thomson Al Fresco who I would recommend highly.

Another great site is Cambrils on the edge of Salou in Spain, about 1:30 from Barcelona, although its a bit more expensive to get and stay there, everything is much cheaper when you get there, 10 minute walk into Salou, great water parks and theme parks in Salou also.
Ive stayed in Le Vieux Port myself a number of times. Watched Harrington win The Open in the bar there. Great site as you say, but the sea can be very dangerous. Great site for cycling also
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 08, 2015, 08:13:31 AM
Le Vieux Port in the South West of France is excellent camp site, great facilities, plenty of Irish children about, beside the beach also but the pools are great.  5 Minute walk to the nearest town which has some great restaurants and some big supermarkets close by.  Good entertainment on the site at night too.  Its about 1 hour drive from Biarritz to the South and Bordeaux to the north (much cheaper flights to Bordeaux).  I always went with Thomson Al Fresco who I would recommend highly.

Another great site is Cambrils on the edge of Salou in Spain, about 1:30 from Barcelona, although its a bit more expensive to get and stay there, everything is much cheaper when you get there, 10 minute walk into Salou, great water parks and theme parks in Salou also.
Ive stayed in Le Vieux Port myself a number of times. Watched Harrington win The Open in the bar there. Great site as you say, but the sea can be very dangerous. Great site for cycling also

Did this camp myself about 11 years ago... Great spot but that side of France can have its shitty weather due to the mountains. Drove to Lourdes big let down
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fear Bun Na Sceilpe on January 08, 2015, 08:56:24 AM
Hard to beat the Keycamp/ Eurocamp. Did Argeles sur mer the past 2 years, 20km from Perpignan airport. Stayed in a small campsite directly across the road from a much bigger one (same owners), so got the best of both worlds with quietness/ use of facilities & entertainment. Had a car both years, but very doable without one. Loads of Irish about.

Stayed there twice. Great spot. Loads of Irish there and great for the wains
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on January 08, 2015, 08:58:31 AM
Bingo, the continental campsite holiday is a great option.  You can drive quite easily to the likes of the Vendee or Loire regions of France.  Id leave Normandy and Brittany alone as weather can be a lottery.  Advantages of driving is you can take your own bikes etc and also take plenty of wine home.  Italy is good too, Lake Garda. Nice small site in Sirimone i can get you details of if youre interested.  Keycamp/ Eurocamp are good, though expensive, particularly as the young lad can join the kids club.  If not, Venue holidays, small English outfit, is a cheaper option.

Our family have gone camping to the Vendee for years - if you want to know anything about it just PM me.  It's a 4-5 hr drive from Cherbourg or Roscoff, and significantly sunnier/warmer than Brittany.  Very good campsites, from very small and quiet to very large and busy, all with lots of things for kids to do. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on January 08, 2015, 02:13:16 PM
Thanks a million for the suggestions lads.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fuzzman on January 14, 2015, 04:11:36 PM
A friend of mine has a holiday home near Bundoran which I went to one night back in July I think it was. Day before the Armagh game I think it was.
Anyway it was mad busy with a load of foreigners there to surf as usual
Anyone know what its like in Feb or March? Is it a ghost town?

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on January 14, 2015, 04:15:17 PM
Considering craotia for the summer holidays.
anyone ever been or can offer any advice?
Just me and the missus.
Like the idea of the island hopping but not sure how feasible it is

flying from dublin or belfast, but flights are pretty limiting
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on January 14, 2015, 04:57:31 PM
Lads,

Anyone recommend Greece for family holiday (kids all teenagers). We have done the Portugal & Spain trips but missus looking at Rhodes, Crete or anywhere in Greece but being honest don't know anything about any place in that country.

Any thoughts or advice appreciated....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: TabClear on January 15, 2015, 07:14:05 AM
Lads,

Anyone recommend Greece for family holiday (kids all teenagers). We have done the Portugal & Spain trips but missus looking at Rhodes, Crete or anywhere in Greece but being honest don't know anything about any place in that country.

Any thoughts or advice appreciated....

I think it is quite cheap at the minute for obvious reasons. We looked at it last year and the reason we did nt go was the heat. I think it can be scorching, 40+ degrees which is not ideal with young kids. Crete has some good spots for families from memory but I think you have to be careful where you book, same as Spain/Canaries etc. One resort will be 18-30, the next aimed at families etc
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Emmett on January 15, 2015, 08:31:05 AM
Lads,

Heading to Reykjavik in a few weeks and would like to book a couple of tours in the few days I am there. Has anyone that has been there got any tips on someone reputable to book these through at the best price?

The Northern Lights, Golden Circle and any of the snowmobile tours look good to me. Herself would like to do the Blue Lagoon geothermic spa.

I've obviously searched online already but any advice coming from experience would be great
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DennistheMenace on January 15, 2015, 09:10:00 AM
Considering craotia for the summer holidays.
anyone ever been or can offer any advice?
Just me and the missus.
Like the idea of the island hopping but not sure how feasible it is

flying from dublin or belfast, but flights are pretty limiting

Never done the island hopping but have been before and it's a beautiful country, couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on January 15, 2015, 09:56:01 AM
Considering craotia for the summer holidays.
anyone ever been or can offer any advice?
Just me and the missus.
Like the idea of the island hopping but not sure how feasible it is

flying from dublin or belfast, but flights are pretty limiting

Never done the island hopping but have been before and it's a beautiful country, couldn't recommend it highly enough.
where did you stay/ fly into.
Any recommendations for must see's or do's?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on January 15, 2015, 01:23:26 PM
Right lads and lassies, it's that post Christmas blues, let's plan the Summer Holidays time again. We're a family of 4, boy aged 8 and girl aged 2 in May. Looking to align with school holidays, so basically the first 2 weeks of July.

Looking for something sunny, after a nice holiday in Devon last year we're hoping to go back to Europe this year, which will obviously be the little girl's first time.

Ideally looking for a 2 bedroom apartment/chalet with living space. We've been to Portugal several times, and that's back in the running again, but the little lad would prefer somewhere else I think, so we are also trying to see if there's anything in Spain, France or Italy (around the lakes). I don't want it to be unbearably hot, especially for the little one, and ideally there would be activities for the little lad. Mam and Dad are happy if the kids are happy, and there's a nice swim and food and drink.

Any ideas or experiences? GAABoard has never steered me wrong before, in this area at least :)
We were in the South of France last year in July, AZ, and it was very hot. Maybe somewhere a bit further north eg the Vendee or les sables d'ollon would be a bit cooler. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Billys Boots on January 15, 2015, 01:34:36 PM
Les Sables d'Olonne is in the Vendee, seafoid. :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on January 15, 2015, 01:37:58 PM
The Loire Valley is also a very nice spot AZ. Dead in the centre of France. Don't have the coast but plenty of lakes and Chateau's to explore. Samur is a lovely spot close to Tours.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ludermor on January 15, 2015, 01:39:45 PM
Lads,

Heading to Reykjavik in a few weeks and would like to book a couple of tours in the few days I am there. Has anyone that has been there got any tips on someone reputable to book these through at the best price?

The Northern Lights, Golden Circle and any of the snowmobile tours look good to me. Herself would like to do the Blue Lagoon geothermic spa.

I've obviously searched online already but any advice coming from experience would be great
Just back from 9 days in Iceland. How long are you going for?
If you can just hire a car and you will get to all the places easily. All of the natural attractions are free but the day yours will cost a fortune.
The Blue Lagoon is class but quite expensive and a good 45min drive from Rey. I would still say it was worth it if you just there for a weekend but if you are leaving Rey there are plenty of other natural hot bath areas.
This place is on the golden circle and if you are driving it is handy to pass by. http://www.fontana.is/
This place is also on the golden circle route but we didnt get a chance to go there but is supposed to be class. http://www.reykjavik.com/hot-springs-reykjavik/
This one in north iceland was amazing http://www.jardbodin.is/en/
The northern lights tours are a lottery, in the 9 nights we were there we seen them just the one night for about 20 mins , most tours will bring you for free the next night if you dont see them but this doesnt suit if you are only there for a weekend. And be prepared to be bored out of your mind waiting for them. Generally the best viewing places are away from the bight lights of a town so go a few miles out of the city and find a parking space and bring some food and drink for a few hours , we were told the best times are between 10 and 2 and the sky must be dark and clear.
We done the snowmobiling wit this crowd http://mountaineers.is/pearl-tour-golden-circle-super-jeep-tour-snowmobiling-3/ , not sure if i would recommend it. It was over £100, absofuckinglutely freezing and really heavy snow and wind so you viability was Zero . The guides said it is like that 90% of the time.
We also done this http://www.adventures.is/iceland/snorkeling/intotheblue/ and again it was freezing but very very different.  It was around £100 , which seems to be the minimum cost of a day tour.
''The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s best kept secrets. Silfra, which is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament, is an otherworldly scene. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float down with the lazy current. Frequently rated as one of the worlds top ten dive sites, the Silfra offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility and is  located on top of the separation between Europe and America!''
There is an active eruption ongoing and there are tours givign flights and helicopter tours over this volcano, we had booked this but it was cancelled for the last 5 days of our trip due to weather. This tuor was expensive ( about €400 each) but really was a once in a lifetime tour
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Fear Bun Na Sceilpe on January 15, 2015, 04:16:03 PM
Lads,

Heading to Reykjavik in a few weeks and would like to book a couple of tours in the few days I am there. Has anyone that has been there got any tips on someone reputable to book these through at the best price?

The Northern Lights, Golden Circle and any of the snowmobile tours look good to me. Herself would like to do the Blue Lagoon geothermic spa.

I've obviously searched online already but any advice coming from experience would be great

Follow @designead on twitter. Derry City woman living in Reykjavik.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macdanger2 on January 15, 2015, 09:19:27 PM
Lads,

Heading to Reykjavik in a few weeks and would like to book a couple of tours in the few days I am there. Has anyone that has been there got any tips on someone reputable to book these through at the best price?

The Northern Lights, Golden Circle and any of the snowmobile tours look good to me. Herself would like to do the Blue Lagoon geothermic spa.

I've obviously searched online already but any advice coming from experience would be great

We picked up a brochure for rural b&bs in the airport and found it v good. Stayed in a couple of houses outside small towns and saw the lights in the back garden at 2 in the morning.

As regards eating, it seems to be either petrol station fast food or decent restaurants (mains around 25-30), nothing in between. That said, the food in the restaurants was always excellent.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WeeDonns on January 16, 2015, 12:28:15 PM
A friend of mine has a holiday home near Bundoran which I went to one night back in July I think it was. Day before the Armagh game I think it was.
Anyway it was mad busy with a load of foreigners there to surf as usual
Anyone know what its like in Feb or March? Is it a ghost town?
No, its not a ghost town, but quieter.
The waves are better in winter so it attracts a lot of surfers, especially the pro surfers when Mullaghmore head is very big.
The folks have a house down there and I'd spend a lot of weekends throughout the year down there surfing. If anything we probably enjoy winter more.
Its not the kip it used to be but still manages to cater for different types - slot jockeys, celtic supporters, surfers, golfers, families, country music fans, hen/stag parties etc
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Emmett on January 16, 2015, 01:25:47 PM
Thanks for the advice lads, much appreciated
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Don Johnson on February 23, 2015, 11:24:04 AM
Any reccomendations for things to do in Vegas lads? Going with the gf in the summer.

Thinking Grand Canyon helicopter tour, gun range, take in a show or two (maybe one of the magic shows then something like the Cirque or Le Reve) as well as make a pig of myself eating.

Anything else I am missing?

Bit of gambling of course as well. Shopping.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on February 23, 2015, 11:27:37 AM
Any reccomendations for things to do in Vegas lads? Going with the gf in the summer.

Thinking Grand Canyon helicopter tour, gun range, take in a show or two (maybe one of the magic shows then something like the Cirque or Le Reve) as well as make a pig of myself eating.

Anything else I am missing?

Bit of gambling of course as well. Shopping.
I would def go to see one of the cirque du soliel shows.
I wasnt that fusse don going, but tought it was great. You can get some great deals on dinner and a show from the ticket kiosks along the strip.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on February 23, 2015, 11:34:05 AM
Any reccomendations for things to do in Vegas lads? Going with the gf in the summer.

Thinking Grand Canyon helicopter tour, gun range, take in a show or two (maybe one of the magic shows then something like the Cirque or Le Reve) as well as make a pig of myself eating.

Anything else I am missing?

Bit of gambling of course as well. Shopping.
I would def go to see one of the cirque du soliel shows.
I wasnt that fusse don going, but tought it was great. You can get some great deals on dinner and a show from the ticket kiosks along the strip.

* Head up the Stratosphere and do one or more of the rides.
* Play roulette in one of the old casino's downtown (Golden Nugget or the like. The cocktail waitresses are literally by your side 24/7 if you need more liquid refreshment)
* Take a taxi to Town Square shopping village if that floats your boat
* Watched the 'adult' cirque show in New York New York...was good
* try the Man v Food breakfast at Hash House a Go Go
* Have very very late dinner in the Peppermill Diner (its where all the Vegas show performers go after their shows, open 24hrs)...food is incredible
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on February 23, 2015, 12:25:11 PM
If you like your burgers(but don't care about your health) then go the Heart Attack Grill!!

The Fremont street experience is well worth checking out also.
http://youtu.be/lTD4xKo8TuQ

I loved the Hoover Dam as well.Also defo go to the outlet shops. I hate shopping but this place was great. As far as I know there are two, an outdoor and a indoor. We went to the outdoor place but I think they are more or less the same.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Canalman on February 23, 2015, 01:00:08 PM
Hoover dam worth a visit. Mob museum very good also. Imo most shows are tat and not worth the bother or money.

Buy the 3 day bus pass which allows you to access the bus that goes up and down the strip 24/7 and goes to the two shopping centres at either end of LV.

Bring well worn in runners as you will do some walking. You won't realize how much walking you will do as the distances are deceptive.

All about people watching and wouldn't be too travel guideish about the place.

Hunt out the one dollar beer bars/ casinos to save some money.

Never been there in the Summer but presume it will be unbearably hot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on February 23, 2015, 01:06:29 PM
Death Valley is about 2 hours drive out if you like looking at varied landscapes.  You'd need to rent a car for the day but it was pretty spectacular.

Our plan this September includes a 3 or 4 day camping trip in the Grand Canyon.  Anyone done that before? 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 23, 2015, 01:15:25 PM
Death Valley is about 2 hours drive out if you like looking at varied landscapes.  You'd need to rent a car for the day but it was pretty spectacular.

Our plan this September includes a 3 or 4 day camping trip in the Grand Canyon.  Anyone done that before?

Was told it was freezing at night down in the Canyon, and wolves are a plenty, good luck lol
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Don Johnson on February 23, 2015, 01:22:10 PM
Cheers for all the advice lads and lasses.

I looked at the rides on the Stratosphere I honestly dunno if I would even go near them.... sober. Drunk, maybe. Suppose I know what I have to do then.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on February 23, 2015, 01:25:09 PM
Anybody know of any good hotel deals for the Tayto Park, Zoo and Funtasia?  Heard something a while back about them but seen nothing since.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on February 23, 2015, 01:47:26 PM
Cheers for all the advice lads and lasses.

I looked at the rides on the Stratosphere I honestly dunno if I would even go near them.... sober. Drunk, maybe. Suppose I know what I have to do then.

down a long island iced tea at the bar at the top...makes you very brave :-)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: NAG1 on February 23, 2015, 01:48:33 PM
Anyone any experience of ferrying to France for hols?

Looking for a bit of info
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 23, 2015, 01:48:55 PM
Anybody know of any good hotel deals for the Tayto Park, Zoo and Funtasia?  Heard something a while back about them but seen nothing since.
Try the Carlton in Blanchardstown.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mick999 on February 23, 2015, 01:53:24 PM
Anybody know of any good hotel deals for the Tayto Park, Zoo and Funtasia?  Heard something a while back about them but seen nothing since.

http://www.citynorthhotel.com/en/reservations/?price_group=8388608&kd=y
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: illdecide on February 23, 2015, 02:03:07 PM
Any reccomendations for things to do in Vegas lads? Going with the gf in the summer.

Thinking Grand Canyon helicopter tour, gun range, take in a show or two (maybe one of the magic shows then something like the Cirque or Le Reve) as well as make a pig of myself eating.

Anything else I am missing?

Bit of gambling of course as well. Shopping.

Ask your Da...he's not long back from it FFS. He could tell u all the strip joints to go too and wans to stay away from ;)...Only messin...love to try Vegas out myself.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnneycool on February 23, 2015, 02:06:38 PM
Anybody know of any good hotel deals for the Tayto Park, Zoo and Funtasia?  Heard something a while back about them but seen nothing since.
Try the Carlton in Blanchardstown.

The Pillo in Ashbourne is handy to the park and not bad;

http://www.pillohotelashbourne.com/tayto-park.html (http://www.pillohotelashbourne.com/tayto-park.html)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on February 23, 2015, 02:25:14 PM
Death Valley is about 2 hours drive out if you like looking at varied landscapes.  You'd need to rent a car for the day but it was pretty spectacular.

Our plan this September includes a 3 or 4 day camping trip in the Grand Canyon.  Anyone done that before?

I had friends who did that when we lived in Arizona. Their photos were beautiful. They went to Havasupai Falls. Unbelievable scenary.

The photos were a fitting memorial to them all after the Rattlers got them.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on February 23, 2015, 02:43:02 PM
Car rental is usually good value in the States and it gives you the freedom to go where you want when you want.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on February 23, 2015, 02:45:58 PM
Death Valley is about 2 hours drive out if you like looking at varied landscapes.  You'd need to rent a car for the day but it was pretty spectacular.

Our plan this September includes a 3 or 4 day camping trip in the Grand Canyon.  Anyone done that before?

I had friends who did that when we lived in Arizona. Their photos were beautiful. They went to Havasupai Falls. Unbelievable scenary.

The photos were a fitting memorial to them all after the Rattlers got them.
I know I'm "biting" here but you are joking, aren't you?
The trips seem to depart from Flagstaff so I guess we will have to spend a night there.
Also thinking about driving to Monument Valley - did you visit that when in Az, AZ?

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on February 23, 2015, 02:57:00 PM
Death Valley is about 2 hours drive out if you like looking at varied landscapes.  You'd need to rent a car for the day but it was pretty spectacular.

Our plan this September includes a 3 or 4 day camping trip in the Grand Canyon.  Anyone done that before?

I had friends who did that when we lived in Arizona. Their photos were beautiful. They went to Havasupai Falls. Unbelievable scenary.

The photos were a fitting memorial to them all after the Rattlers got them.
I know I'm "biting" here but you are joking, aren't you?
The trips seem to depart from Flagstaff so I guess we will have to spend a night there.
Also thinking about driving to Monument Valley - did you visit that when in Az, AZ?

I'm joking of course. It was actually the scorpions, and the 'yotes ate the bodies :)

The cabins are supposed to be lovely down there. It sounded well worth doing.

Never did the Monument Valley thing, I think it's pretty sparse going apart from the big Cowboy Western scenery.

If you are on the South Rim, and thinking of things to do in Northern Arizona, and if the Monument Valley type scenery appeals to you, you should check out Sedona. It's fantastic. And it's got a few spas etc there now as well so you can get pampered if you like. The red rock and landscape is breathtaking as well.

Also up in northern Arizona is the option of boating on Lake Powell/Mead. Again, strange, beautiful landscapes in crystal clear lakes. We did that down in Lake Pleasant near Phoenix, and it is unreal just driving the boat around all these red rock canyons and the like. Well worth a day out of your holiday.

The Petrified Forest is up around there as well, and a friend of mine went up there and was very impressed.

Arizona has such varied scenery and geography. Flagstaff is forest country, You have the Canyon and the lakes around there, Red Rock Country around Sedona (which is just south of Flagstaff), Skiing on the east in Apache Mountains as well as in Flagstaff and Southern Arizona in the Winter, and of course the various deserts.

If you like that sort of thing, and outdoor activities hiking etc, Arizona is a hard place to beat.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on February 23, 2015, 03:01:57 PM
Death Valley is about 2 hours drive out if you like looking at varied landscapes.  You'd need to rent a car for the day but it was pretty spectacular.

Our plan this September includes a 3 or 4 day camping trip in the Grand Canyon.  Anyone done that before?

I had friends who did that when we lived in Arizona. Their photos were beautiful. They went to Havasupai Falls. Unbelievable scenary.

The photos were a fitting memorial to them all after the Rattlers got them.
I know I'm "biting" here but you are joking, aren't you?
The trips seem to depart from Flagstaff so I guess we will have to spend a night there.
Also thinking about driving to Monument Valley - did you visit that when in Az, AZ?

Rois,

We done it for 1 night about 10 years ago - good experience but absolutely freezing at night. We hardly slept due to the cold but the scenery at night time is unreal...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on February 23, 2015, 03:05:11 PM
Anyone got any recommendations for Turkey - resorts, good locations etc.

Family of 6 but need plenty to do for all of them - pools, beaches, boat trips, water parts, shopping etc etc (nightmare). Don't necessarily prefer the big resorts - something mid size and a bit quieter may be best but open to all suggestions.

Would consider hotel, apart-hotel or villa hire if anyone wishes to share some experiences.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Don Johnson on February 23, 2015, 03:08:05 PM
Any reccomendations for things to do in Vegas lads? Going with the gf in the summer.

Thinking Grand Canyon helicopter tour, gun range, take in a show or two (maybe one of the magic shows then something like the Cirque or Le Reve) as well as make a pig of myself eating.

Anything else I am missing?

Bit of gambling of course as well. Shopping.

Ask your Da...he's not long back from it FFS. He could tell u all the strip joints to go too and wans to stay away from ;)...Only messin...love to try Vegas out myself.

He's going back in June again sure. I'm there in July. If I need any advice for Vegas on a strict budget I will ask him! He wouldn't spend christmas.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: illdecide on February 23, 2015, 03:47:33 PM
Lol...well you'd know better than anyone. I was thinking of booking Florida for next summer for the two kids, I've been there before so I know the craic but all of a sudden when there's two extra coming with you the cost is brutal...Jasus it's some money to try and save up for a holiday like that.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Don Johnson on February 23, 2015, 03:49:18 PM
Lol...well you'd know better than anyone. I was thinking of booking Florida for next summer for the two kids, I've been there before so I know the craic but all of a sudden when there's two extra coming with you the cost is brutal...Jasus it's some money to try and save up for a holiday like that.

You getting a discount too from your sister and you are still complaining!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on February 23, 2015, 03:50:42 PM
Death Valley is about 2 hours drive out if you like looking at varied landscapes.  You'd need to rent a car for the day but it was pretty spectacular.

Our plan this September includes a 3 or 4 day camping trip in the Grand Canyon.  Anyone done that before?

I had friends who did that when we lived in Arizona. Their photos were beautiful. They went to Havasupai Falls. Unbelievable scenary.

The photos were a fitting memorial to them all after the Rattlers got them.
Did you ever visit Hopi country when you were in AZ ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on February 23, 2015, 03:54:38 PM
No. North Eastern Arizona/ 4 corners was one part I never really went to. I saw Anazazi dwellings and the like, which were unreal when you consider how long ago they lived, and I've seen Pima, Apache and Navajo reservations, but I wasn't in Hopi Country at all. I was in Show Low and Eastern Arizona, along the Mogollan Rim, skiing in the white mountains, but that's more Apache than Hopi I think.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on February 23, 2015, 03:58:27 PM
I have it in my head to hire a Winnebago and do 3-6 months of rambling around the western half of the US, when I retire (or get fired).

Is this realistic or a mad fantasy?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on February 23, 2015, 04:02:22 PM
I have it in my head to hire a Winnebago and do 3-6 months of rambling around the western half of the US, when I retire (or get fired).

Is this realistic or a mad fantasy?
Do it before you retire.
Job continuity is overrated anawez
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on February 23, 2015, 04:05:22 PM
I have it in my head to hire a Winnebago and do 3-6 months of rambling around the western half of the US, when I retire (or get fired).

Is this realistic or a mad fantasy?

I want to do this too. I love that part of the World. Although I'd like to collect the RV or whatever in the South, maybe Mississippi or Louisiana, and head up and across Route 66..
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Puckoon on February 23, 2015, 04:34:56 PM
I have it in my head to hire a Winnebago and do 3-6 months of rambling around the western half of the US, when I retire (or get fired).

Is this realistic or a mad fantasy?

I think about doing this twice a year, but work gets in the way. It would be a great time. Lots of places to stay and get power hooked up for a night or two for a shower etc...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on February 23, 2015, 05:35:59 PM
I have it in my head to hire a Winnebago and do 3-6 months of rambling around the western half of the US, when I retire (or get fired).

Is this realistic or a mad fantasy?

I want to do this too. I love that part of the World. Although I'd like to collect the RV or whatever in the South, maybe Mississippi or Louisiana, and head up and across Route 66..

I did a couple of months of this in Australia years ago and, although I like my creature comforts, the complete freedom to travel without plans was fantastic. E.G. a night in Byron Bay became a week because I thought it was a great place.

Definitely love to do it in the States. The Rockies, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Missouri River, Snake River, Colorado River, Death Valley, Lewis & Clarke route etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Eamonnca1 on February 23, 2015, 07:15:34 PM
I'm not sure how much of Route 66 is still drivable.  I'd imagine it's a lot of cracked roads and abandoned motels by now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on February 23, 2015, 07:21:03 PM
I'm not sure how much of Route 66 is still drivable.  I'd imagine it's a lot of cracked roads and abandoned motels by now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66)

I never knew it went as far south as Texas.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: WT4E on February 23, 2015, 07:33:17 PM
Anyone ever use trailfinders or similar? Thinking of using them cause looking a multi stop hol but don't know if its worth using them or how it even works!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Nigel White on February 23, 2015, 07:43:36 PM
I'm not sure how much of Route 66 is still drivable.  I'd imagine it's a lot of cracked roads and abandoned motels by now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66)

I never knew it went as far south as Texas.
Wife and I did Route 66 over 2 weeks last summer which included 2 nights in Vegas. You really need at least 3 weeks. A lot of it is flat and unexciting. If i was doing it again I'd do the West Coast Seattle to LA
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on February 23, 2015, 08:26:55 PM
Anyone ever use trailfinders or similar? Thinking of using them cause looking a multi stop hol but don't know if its worth using them or how it even works!
Never used them but I've always considered it. For recent trips to the states and Australia/NZ, we've most certainly got so much better value booking it ourselves  Are you going somewhere that's easily reachable by commercial flights? If so, you'll certainly get a better deal organising it yourself. But then for me, half the craic of a holiday is the planning.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bailestil on February 24, 2015, 11:38:55 AM
Anyone ever use trailfinders or similar? Thinking of using them cause looking a multi stop hol but don't know if its worth using them or how it even works!

Used them 4 or 5 times, and have been excellent every time.
Normally id be booking Flights hotels etc individually, but for multi-trip stops with trailfinders, i've never been able to get anything cheaper. they normally have good rates at hotels etc.
had to switch a few dates for flights while in NZ and they sorted it that day.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on February 24, 2015, 01:44:37 PM
Anyone ever use trailfinders or similar? Thinking of using them cause looking a multi stop hol but don't know if its worth using them or how it even works!

Used them 4 or 5 times, and have been excellent every time.
Normally id be booking Flights hotels etc individually, but for multi-trip stops with trailfinders, i've never been able to get anything cheaper. they normally have good rates at hotels etc.
had to switch a few dates for flights while in NZ and they sorted it that day.
Funny, I had done research on multi stop flights to Oz and NZ for a trip back in December and Trailfinders couldn't get within £100 per person of the price I'd found myself. 
I'd say you couldn't replicate a full package trip for the same price (i.e. get the same hotels), but when we did Vegas, Lake Tahoe and the West Coast, we opted for cheaper hotels, for example we stayed in motels if we were only staying one night, used Hotwire to get great rates on unknown hotels in cities etc, so we ended up paying much less than the price Trailfinders quoted for a three week holiday to the same places but not the same hotels.   
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bailestil on February 24, 2015, 03:51:13 PM
Funny, I had done research on multi stop flights to Oz and NZ for a trip back in December and Trailfinders couldn't get within £100 per person of the price I'd found myself. 
I'd say you couldn't replicate a full package trip for the same price (i.e. get the same hotels), but when we did Vegas, Lake Tahoe and the West Coast, we opted for cheaper hotels, for example we stayed in motels if we were only staying one night, used Hotwire to get great rates on unknown hotels in cities etc, so we ended up paying much less than the price Trailfinders quoted for a three week holiday to the same places but not the same hotels.   

I used them for Vegas and they were able to get a rate in the cosmopolitan that I couldn't get anywhere similar for the same money. Maybe it was just because it was newly opened and they had a deal.
I'd say If you do use them,  get a quote and do your own research still. You might be able to get a better flight or hotel deal elsewhere.

Hotwire and the similar setup from Lastminute.com have some class offers, and you can always work out the hotel with a bit of google detective work.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lynchbhoy on February 25, 2015, 12:09:53 AM
Have found trailfinders get best all round deals for flights and hotels in the last 10 years.  Have used them quite a lot. But you might get a portion of a trip eg internal flight or good hotel at a better rate yourself , so a combo of your own research and their itinerary should lead you getting the best deal!


Anyone have any recommendations for Greece area for June?
Something good for couples - at the higher end 4/5 star... All ideas appreciated TIA
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on March 03, 2015, 10:10:31 AM
Lads, looking a bit of help here!

5/6 of us looking to give it one last throw of the dice for a "lads only" holiday.. we're all 21 now. The thing is, we've been to Magaluf, Santa Ponsa etc and if I'm honest I found them to be complete sh*tholes! Over run with typical English crowd, cheesy and tacky, not to mention our run ins with thieves, few wallets have been lost on our travels!

Any verdicts on Ibiza? We all dream of Vegas/america in general but unfortunately that's out of our budget, we're all working though (not students) so we aren't afraid to pay a bit extra for good accom etc.

Is ibiza really any different? or just your typical spanish booze up. Don't hear as much talk of Ayia Napa anymore. Cities are good craic Barcelona etc but more costly and only great for 2/3 days.

Booking it around football as well, so most likely July! [/font]
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on March 03, 2015, 11:23:15 AM
Ibiza is a great spot, contrary to popular belief its not wall to wall madness. A beautiful island than can accommodate clubbers and families alike. The binge drinking pre club scenes you see on tv are very concentrated with the clubs are evenly spread out across the island (which you can cross in half an hour) making it very different to Magaluf etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Asal Mor on March 12, 2015, 07:45:24 AM
Anyone have any idea where would be the best site to look for a reasonably priced sun holiday leaving in about a week?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BenDover on March 12, 2015, 09:10:24 AM
Kilkenny for a stag weekend the weekend after Easter - any advice on where to go, things a group of 20+ fellas might wana do?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Canalman on March 12, 2015, 09:16:20 AM
Kilkenny for a stag weekend the weekend after Easter - any advice on where to go, things a group of 20+ fellas might wana do?

Make sure all the lads don't drive home on the Sunday morning until all the drink leaves their system . Usually there are checkpoints on the roads leaving KK on Sunday morning.

Last time I was in KK on a Saturday night the pubs and niteclubs closed earlyish enough ( certainly compared to Dublin) so get started on the drinking early.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on March 12, 2015, 10:06:04 AM
Kilkenny for a stag weekend the weekend after Easter - any advice on where to go, things a group of 20+ fellas might wana do?
Are ye into Golf? Plenty of good courses around.

Some great pubs in KK. Langtons niteclub is always the main spot but can get busy.
I like smaller pubs like Syd Harkins on Rose Inn street but for a crowd of 20 maybe be better off going to The Left Bank or Morrisons which are both more or less central or Kytelers Inn which is at the far end of the High Street.
There are a few places I avoid like Matt the Millers and Paris Texas for example. Both will be jam packed but I just don't like them.
Langtons is also great for a bit of grub before the night starts.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BenDover on March 12, 2015, 12:55:37 PM
I'm not that keen on the golf but a few of the others would, this is a free pass to go on the tear for 2 days so may as well make the most of it  ;)

There's a bus taken us there and back - not looking fwd till the return journey
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on March 13, 2015, 11:31:01 AM
Lads, and Dublin folk in particular,

I've been to Dublin 3/4 times since I started drinking (18 of course ;) ) and I've fallen into the trap of heading into Temple Bar every time. Whilst I do enjoy it and the pubs are good craic with traditional music, I agree that it's full of tourists and the pints, although tasty, are dear.

4/5 of us aged 21/22 heading down from Monday-Wednesday for Paddy's break.. staying in either Blooms hotel/Drury Court (haven't decided yet, both got cheap!) and we're looking for just normal Dublin pubs outside of the Temple bar area.

At night we'd usually head by Harcourt Street to Dicey Reilly's and of course Copper's.
Been told to head by Pearse, South Great Georges, and South William Street? Pubs like the Long Hall, Palace, Grogans etc.

We'll probably head to the club final in Croke Park on Tuesday.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on March 13, 2015, 11:38:29 AM
Meaghers in Ballybough or the Gravediggers in Glasnevin before the match .
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Denn Forever on March 13, 2015, 12:36:47 PM
Night time for 21-22 year olds.

Bleeding Horse near the South Circular
The International Bar near Grafton Street  Good restaurants near this Bar.
The Bankers or Foggy Dew off Dame Street
Stag's Head


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on March 13, 2015, 02:22:44 PM
Anyone have any idea where would be the best site to look for a reasonably priced sun holiday leaving in about a week?

Secret Escapes always has great deals but you generally have to get yourself to a UK airport first if that would work?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on March 25, 2015, 03:39:22 PM
Lads, looking a bit of help here!

5/6 of us looking to give it one last throw of the dice for a "lads only" holiday.. we're all 21 now. The thing is, we've been to Magaluf, Santa Ponsa etc and if I'm honest I found them to be complete sh*tholes! Over run with typical English crowd, cheesy and tacky, not to mention our run ins with thieves, few wallets have been lost on our travels!

Any verdicts on Ibiza? We all dream of Vegas/america in general but unfortunately that's out of our budget, we're all working though (not students) so we aren't afraid to pay a bit extra for good accom etc.

Is ibiza really any different? or just your typical spanish booze up. Don't hear as much talk of Ayia Napa anymore. Cities are good craic Barcelona etc but more costly and only great for 2/3 days.

Booking it around football as well, so most likely July! [/font]


What parts/areas of the island would probably suit best? looking at booking shortly from dublin airport, probably 1st/2nd weekend in july. If you want to be fairly central to all the action.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: giveherlong on April 10, 2015, 06:48:17 PM
Any good hotel\appartment self catering recommendations in Albuferia?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 10, 2015, 11:26:57 PM
Just back from Tenerife, stayed at Gran Oasis in Play de Americas.. Great family hotel. Can't imagine being in Tenerife during the summer, heat unbearable at times this week!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on April 11, 2015, 12:46:04 PM
Just back from Tenerife, stayed at Gran Oasis in Play de Americas.. Great family hotel. Can't imagine being in Tenerife during the summer, heat unbearable at times this week!

Just arrived back last night myself. I thought the heat was perfect this week. Cold at night though! You're right about the summer though, it would be like an oven. It's always a bit too uncomfortable and a struggle to lie out When it's in the 30s.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 11, 2015, 01:56:39 PM
Any good hotel\appartment self catering recommendations in Albuferia?
Stayed in a hotel called Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa - fifteen mins walk down a hill to the old town, a bit further from the strip.
Good value as we went all inclusive which meant drinks by the pool all covered.  Food wasn't great, we ate out most nights but was fine for lunch (always chips available...). 
I'm sure there are nicer places but the pool area was really good and it was a nice walk to the old town.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 12, 2015, 09:24:56 AM
Just back from Tenerife, stayed at Gran Oasis in Play de Americas.. Great family hotel. Can't imagine being in Tenerife during the summer, heat unbearable at times this week!

Just arrived back last night myself. I thought the heat was perfect this week. Cold at night though! You're right about the summer though, it would be like an oven. It's always a bit too uncomfortable and a struggle to lie out When it's in the 30s.

You bring a Gaa kit bag on the plane?? I was sitting couple seats behind you if you did
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on April 12, 2015, 12:49:54 PM
Just back from Tenerife, stayed at Gran Oasis in Play de Americas.. Great family hotel. Can't imagine being in Tenerife during the summer, heat unbearable at times this week!

Just arrived back last night myself. I thought the heat was perfect this week. Cold at night though! You're right about the summer though, it would be like an oven. It's always a bit too uncomfortable and a struggle to lie out When it's in the 30s.

You bring a Gaa kit bag on the plane?? I was sitting couple seats behind you if you did

i did indeed! Thomas Cook plane?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on April 12, 2015, 06:23:17 PM
Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 12, 2015, 07:46:33 PM
Just back from Tenerife, stayed at Gran Oasis in Play de Americas.. Great family hotel. Can't imagine being in Tenerife during the summer, heat unbearable at times this week!

Just arrived back last night myself. I thought the heat was perfect this week. Cold at night though! You're right about the summer though, it would be like an oven. It's always a bit too uncomfortable and a struggle to lie out When it's in the 30s.

You bring a Gaa kit bag on the plane?? I was sitting couple seats behind you if you did

i did indeed! Thomas Cook plane?

Yeah, was just behind you.. We'd been 2 years to same area, great craic... Captain coming out saying its ok we've two pilots was bit strange/funny
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on April 12, 2015, 08:38:00 PM
Anyone been to Nice or South of France area? Thinking of heading for a week in July. We have free flights to use so only need to pay for accommodation.

Any recommendations where to stay or good hotels to stay at?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 12, 2015, 08:48:21 PM
Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!
There was a thing called the Airport Genie when we went last year. We paid about 14 quid (for two adults and two kids)and there was no going through that big long queue  at security, you went straight to the top of security. My youngest doesn't do waiting so it was worth every penny. I goggled it a minute ago but couldn't see it. The golf is on so so can't be arsed!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on April 12, 2015, 09:22:36 PM
Anyone been to Nice or South of France area? Thinking of heading for a week in July. We have free flights to use so only need to pay for accommodation.

Any recommendations where to stay or good hotels to stay at?

Me & the wife went to Nice for one of our wedding anniversarys. Great spot, will be very warm at that time. Hard to pick a hotel in Nice so try a go on recommendation. We paid a few pound extra for a four star around a few minutes walk into town from promenade and it was just alright. Good hotels cost abit and the ordibary ones are 10 a penny. Easy place to dander around and great transport by train or bus if you want to head along the coast to monte Carlo etc. beach is pebble but great?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 12, 2015, 09:41:56 PM
Anyone been to Nice or South of France area? Thinking of heading for a week in July. We have free flights to use so only need to pay for accommodation.

Any recommendations where to stay or good hotels to stay at?

We paid a few pound extra for a four star around a few minutes walk into town from promenade and it was just alright.

Had the same experience last July - paid a wee bit extra. Hotel was nice, room was modern, 5 min walk from bus to airport and 15 min to train station. Hotel Windsor.
You could stay a few days in Nice and a couple outside on the train line towards Cannes (or in Cannes itself/St Tropez).
It's not a spot to go to if you like lounging beside the pool as you'll pay loads for it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on April 12, 2015, 09:42:13 PM
Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!

Not too young.  We've had our youngins away at 1 year old. Always a wee gamble to how they will take to the flying. Plenty of snacks on top of the I pad and colouring books. I take it the 1 year old is on the knee? Pack a wee pillow if possible, plane should have blankets.  pick a seat near toilet / changing area as you don't wanna be a good bit away and be stuck behind the trolleys if in need of a pit stop.

Be very paranoid when applying the sun block. Plenty and often as even a wee bit of sun burn will make sleeping a torture and don't wake hungover ! 4 hr flight,  canary islands? Will be hot. Get up and out to the beach / pool for about 8 am. Stay in the shade from 11 onwards. Back to the pool / beach later on. Hard to beat. We're just looking ourselves. Not too many bargains out there
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on April 12, 2015, 10:01:24 PM
Anyone been to Nice or South of France area? Thinking of heading for a week in July. We have free flights to use so only need to pay for accommodation.

Any recommendations where to stay or good hotels to stay at?

We paid a few pound extra for a four star around a few minutes walk into town from promenade and it was just alright.

Had the same experience last July - paid a wee bit extra. Hotel was nice, room was modern, 5 min walk from bus to airport and 15 min to train station. Hotel Windsor.
You could stay a few days in Nice and a couple outside on the train line towards Cannes (or in Cannes itself/St Tropez).
It's not a spot to go to if you like lounging beside the pool as you'll pay loads for it.

We like to chill out by the pool! But we don't mind staying in Nice for a couple of nights and then going elsewhere for a few nights. Will have to do some investigating.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 12, 2015, 10:15:44 PM
Search for chambres d'hotes (B&B) - there is a particular website for them if you google it. There were some beautiful ones with pools in the hills above Nice. I'd have loved to stay in one but was over ruled. Public transport is great so don't be afraid of staying out of town for a while.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 12, 2015, 11:23:24 PM
Anyone been to Nice or South of France area? Thinking of heading for a week in July. We have free flights to use so only need to pay for accommodation.

Any recommendations where to stay or good hotels to stay at?

We paid a few pound extra for a four star around a few minutes walk into town from promenade and it was just alright.

Had the same experience last July - paid a wee bit extra. Hotel was nice, room was modern, 5 min walk from bus to airport and 15 min to train station. Hotel Windsor.
You could stay a few days in Nice and a couple outside on the train line towards Cannes (or in Cannes itself/St Tropez).
It's not a spot to go to if you like lounging beside the pool as you'll pay loads for it.

We like to chill out by the pool! But we don't mind staying in Nice for a couple of nights and then going elsewhere for a few nights. Will have to do some investigating.

Frejus is brilliant stayed couple times... Between Nice and St Tropez train bus service great
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 13, 2015, 09:21:41 AM
Any good hotel\appartment self catering recommendations in Albuferia?

Parque Corcovada is nice in new town Albufeira. the apartments are clean and new, and there's a communal pool for every block of apartments, so there's loads of room. There's also a main pool in the middle of the centre. It's about 10 minutes walk, or less, to the Bullring and the top of the new town strip.

You can get a little train or a cheap taxi to old town as well, which is probably nicer for a family evening, but new town is the place for bars and the like.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on April 13, 2015, 03:15:21 PM
Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!
There was a thing called the Airport Genie when we went last year. We paid about 14 quid (for two adults and two kids)and there was no going through that big long queue  at security, you went straight to the top of security. My youngest doesn't do waiting so it was worth every penny. I goggled it a minute ago but couldn't see it. The golf is on so so can't be arsed!!
Flying out at 6.30am queues at security might not be a problem?

Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!

Not too young.  We've had our youngins away at 1 year old. Always a wee gamble to how they will take to the flying. Plenty of snacks on top of the I pad and colouring books. I take it the 1 year old is on the knee? Pack a wee pillow if possible, plane should have blankets.  pick a seat near toilet / changing area as you don't wanna be a good bit away and be stuck behind the trolleys if in need of a pit stop.

Be very paranoid when applying the sun block. Plenty and often as even a wee bit of sun burn will make sleeping a torture and don't wake hungover ! 4 hr flight,  canary islands? Will be hot. Get up and out to the beach / pool for about 8 am. Stay in the shade from 11 onwards. Back to the pool / beach later on. Hard to beat. We're just looking ourselves. Not too many bargains out there

Thanks Jog.
Yeah Canary islands.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on April 13, 2015, 03:41:56 PM
Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!
There was a thing called the Airport Genie when we went last year. We paid about 14 quid (for two adults and two kids)and there was no going through that big long queue  at security, you went straight to the top of security. My youngest doesn't do waiting so it was worth every penny. I goggled it a minute ago but couldn't see it. The golf is on so so can't be arsed!!
Flying out at 6.30am queues at security might not be a problem?

Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!

Not too young.  We've had our youngins away at 1 year old. Always a wee gamble to how they will take to the flying. Plenty of snacks on top of the I pad and colouring books. I take it the 1 year old is on the knee? Pack a wee pillow if possible, plane should have blankets.  pick a seat near toilet / changing area as you don't wanna be a good bit away and be stuck behind the trolleys if in need of a pit stop.

Be very paranoid when applying the sun block. Plenty and often as even a wee bit of sun burn will make sleeping a torture and don't wake hungover ! 4 hr flight,  canary islands? Will be hot. Get up and out to the beach / pool for about 8 am. Stay in the shade from 11 onwards. Back to the pool / beach later on. Hard to beat. We're just looking ourselves. Not too many bargains out there

Thanks Jog.
Yeah Canary islands.

Assuming you're out of Dublin 6.30am is possibly in the busiest period of the day, I checked todays schedule and there was 40 odd flights between 6-7. If your out of Terminal 2 it'll not be too bad but give yourself buckets of time if T1.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on April 13, 2015, 05:43:28 PM
Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!
There was a thing called the Airport Genie when we went last year. We paid about 14 quid (for two adults and two kids)and there was no going through that big long queue  at security, you went straight to the top of security. My youngest doesn't do waiting so it was worth every penny. I goggled it a minute ago but couldn't see it. The golf is on so so can't be arsed!!
Flying out at 6.30am queues at security might not be a problem?

Going on our first family summer holiday Friday week.
3 year old and a 1 year old on a 4hr flight..
Any tips? Plenty of Peppa Pig on the iPad I suppose is a start.

I've wondered are they are too young to be taking anywhere abroad but the wife insisted we were going!

Not too young.  We've had our youngins away at 1 year old. Always a wee gamble to how they will take to the flying. Plenty of snacks on top of the I pad and colouring books. I take it the 1 year old is on the knee? Pack a wee pillow if possible, plane should have blankets.  pick a seat near toilet / changing area as you don't wanna be a good bit away and be stuck behind the trolleys if in need of a pit stop.

Be very paranoid when applying the sun block. Plenty and often as even a wee bit of sun burn will make sleeping a torture and don't wake hungover ! 4 hr flight,  canary islands? Will be hot. Get up and out to the beach / pool for about 8 am. Stay in the shade from 11 onwards. Back to the pool / beach later on. Hard to beat. We're just looking ourselves. Not too many bargains out there

Thanks Jog.
Yeah Canary islands.

Assuming you're out of Dublin 6.30am is possibly in the busiest period of the day, I checked todays schedule and there was 40 odd flights between 6-7. If your out of Terminal 2 it'll not be too bad but give yourself buckets of time if T1.

I noticed there is a family security line in T2 now, the one to the extreme right the day we went out. The security staff were more family friendly and it definitely made a difference.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnneycool on May 06, 2015, 04:32:51 PM
Looking to hire a car in Italy for a few days.

Whats the pitfalls? Should I take out an insurance policy to cover the excess in case of a crash?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on May 06, 2015, 04:45:23 PM
Any posters here regulars of Vilamoura (Algarve) ?  :D

Getting close to flight booking time again, I never get sick of that marina area. It is just something else.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on May 06, 2015, 05:38:06 PM
Any posters here regulars of Vilamoura (Algarve) ?  :D

Getting close to flight booking time again, I never get sick of that marina area. It is just something else.

Fine spot alrite - the marina has some flash boats and cars all about the place.

Have been a regular every year for last 10 years - great resorts, hotels, golf courses and bars. Always plenty of GAA on in all the bars around the marina area

Enjoy it if you go again
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on May 06, 2015, 06:12:00 PM
Looking to hire a car in Italy for a few days.

Whats the pitfalls? Should I take out an insurance policy to cover the excess in case of a crash?
I haven't hired in Italy but have hired in France, Switzerland and New Zealand over the last year.

In France they tried to charge me for some damage - I was sure it wasn't me.  I bought my own excess cover externally anyway, but they dropped their fight when I started to argue.
On that occasion I was running late for flight so had to just pay for them to fill it up, but I noticed that they had noted down that I had done more miles than I had, so I challenged them on that as I had photo evidence, and got a bit of a refund. 

Conversely in Switzerland, when I dropped the car off there were a few scratches that weren't there when I picked the car up.  I filled in an accident report form, but they never came looking for me.

So I would buy annual excess coverage (about £40 for a year) and I would take photos of EVERYTHING, including mileage at the start and end.  And try to make sure to get one of the employees out to look over the car with you at the end (though they're a bit lax with that in France - just drop the keys and go). 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on May 06, 2015, 07:38:42 PM
Looking to hire a car in Italy for a few days.

Whats the pitfalls? Should I take out an insurance policy to cover the excess in case of a crash?

Make sure the Gamin or TomTom is up to date if your rent one. Mine had me trying to turn off Motorways at non-existent exits.

I have driven a couple of times in Italy, once from Rome to Puglia and back. The drivers are not as bad as their reputation suggests. But Rome will test you if you go into the city.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on May 06, 2015, 08:02:30 PM
Am Sixt Platinum and have never had a problem with them trying to incorrectly charge and have used them all over the world.

In Italy and France to be sure always pre and post photos and get it inspected when you drop it off.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on May 06, 2015, 08:19:27 PM
Looking to hire a car in Italy for a few days.

Whats the pitfalls? Should I take out an insurance policy to cover the excess in case of a crash?

The forums in TripAdvisor. Brilliant advice on the very pitfalls you seek to avoid.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on May 06, 2015, 08:33:17 PM
Am Sixt Platinum and have never had a problem with them trying to incorrectly charge and have used them all over the world.

In Italy and France to be sure always pre and post photos and get it inspected when you drop it off.
Sixt based in French sector of Geneva airport were the extra chargers for me!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on May 06, 2015, 08:37:56 PM
Am Sixt Platinum and have never had a problem with them trying to incorrectly charge and have used them all over the world.

In Italy and France to be sure always pre and post photos and get it inspected when you drop it off.
Sixt based in French sector of Geneva airport were the extra chargers for me!

 :-[
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 06, 2015, 09:00:30 PM
I've used Sixt in Italy, flew to Pisa hired car but was a bit from Airport never had problem... Took photos while he was giving me car.. And inspected with him... That should be norm...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on May 07, 2015, 01:02:28 AM
Am Sixt Platinum and have never had a problem with them trying to incorrectly charge and have used them all over the world.

In Italy and France to be sure always pre and post photos and get it inspected when you drop it off.

Actually you reminded me, I am a Hertz something or other (Gold+?) member and they tried to fleece me in Rome. I only noticed when the the €2,000 or more was deducted after I came home. I wrote to Hertz UK and they re-imbursed me without a row. But be careful.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LeoMc on May 07, 2015, 08:16:55 AM
Looking to hire a car in Italy for a few days.

Whats the pitfalls? Should I take out an insurance policy to cover the excess in case of a crash?

When are you goling? New regulations regarding Licences coming into effect from 08 June.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32481382
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on May 07, 2015, 08:32:07 AM
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Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Canalman on May 07, 2015, 10:23:21 AM
For the life of me I can't understand why you would want to go and hire a car on holidays and then drive in a city. Stressful enough I would have thought especially, especially driving in cities in Italy for example.

Holidays for me are about relaxing and chilling out.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DennistheMenace on May 07, 2015, 11:12:29 AM
For the life of me I can't understand why you would want to go and hire a car on holidays and then drive in a city. Stressful enough I would have thought especially, especially driving in cities in Italy for example.

Holidays for me are about relaxing and chilling out.

Freedom to go where you want when you want, just because a holiday for you is about chilling out, it could be about exploring and going off the beaten track for the next man.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnneycool on May 07, 2015, 11:34:30 AM
For the life of me I can't understand why you would want to go and hire a car on holidays and then drive in a city. Stressful enough I would have thought especially, especially driving in cities in Italy for example.

Holidays for me are about relaxing and chilling out.

Freedom to go where you want when you want, just because a holiday for you is about chilling out, it could be about exploring and going off the beaten track for the next man.

Flying into Rome and driving down to Tuscany region. Might have a wee drive round there, but wouldn't consider anything else. Driving on the right had me all over the place in Den Haag one night, over tram lines, the lot. Will avoid at all costs!!

Transfer to the hotel and back were mad prices!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DennistheMenace on May 07, 2015, 11:40:51 AM
For the life of me I can't understand why you would want to go and hire a car on holidays and then drive in a city. Stressful enough I would have thought especially, especially driving in cities in Italy for example.

Holidays for me are about relaxing and chilling out.

Freedom to go where you want when you want, just because a holiday for you is about chilling out, it could be about exploring and going off the beaten track for the next man.

Flying into Rome and driving down to Tuscany region. Might have a wee drive round there, but wouldn't consider anything else. Driving on the right had me all over the place in Den Haag one night, over tram lines, the lot. Will avoid at all costs!!

Transfer to the hotel and back were mad prices!

Florence and Sienna are beautiful, you'll have a great time in Tuscany.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Franko on May 07, 2015, 01:46:13 PM
Looking for a bit of help please...

Where's the best airport to fly into from Belfast/Dublin for visiting Tuscany?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on May 07, 2015, 02:08:03 PM
Looking for a bit of help please...

Where's the best airport to fly into from Belfast/Dublin for visiting Tuscany?

Pisa - Ryanair only though

Otherwise fly into LDV and get a train..
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on May 07, 2015, 02:11:55 PM
Looking for a bit of help please...

Where's the best airport to fly into from Belfast/Dublin for visiting Tuscany?

Pisa - Ryanair only though

Otherwise fly into LDV and get a train..

I was at a wedding in Tuscany and flew into Bologna, hired a car and had a comfortable 2 hour drive to the coast. Rome is further depending on where in Tuscany you want to go. A car is handy because you can drive to Pisa for a day or two and then do time in Florence which is close enough too.

Check Milan and Turin, as well as the above mentioned airports, on the dates you want to travel, it might mean an hours extra drive, but you could save €100 ew on the tickets depending how flexible your dates are.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on May 07, 2015, 02:14:54 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Franko on May 07, 2015, 02:19:56 PM
Looking for a bit of help please...

Where's the best airport to fly into from Belfast/Dublin for visiting Tuscany?

Pisa - Ryanair only though

Otherwise fly into LDV and get a train..

I was at a wedding in Tuscany and flew into Bologna, hired a car and had a comfortable 2 hour drive to the coast. Rome is further depending on where in Tuscany you want to go. A car is handy because you can drive to Pisa for a day or two and then do time in Florence which is close enough too.

Check Milan and Turin, as well as the above mentioned airports, on the dates you want to travel, it might mean an hours extra drive, but you could save €100 ew on the tickets depending how flexible your dates are.

Thanks lads, super stuff.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on May 07, 2015, 02:46:45 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'

Been a while so it's probably changed a lot. A trip to the blue lagoon is a must, going at nighttime was fun. iceland at night in only a pair of shorts...

pints were bloody expensive from recollection at the irish bar.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on May 07, 2015, 03:06:46 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'

Been a while so it's probably changed a lot. A trip to the blue lagoon is a must, going at nighttime was fun. iceland at night in only a pair of shorts...

pints were bloody expensive from recollection at the irish bar.

COnsidering going for a few days this summer.
Flights from belfast are cheap, although it seems to be quite expensive when you get there
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LeoMc on May 07, 2015, 03:11:06 PM
Looking for a bit of help please...

Where's the best airport to fly into from Belfast/Dublin for visiting Tuscany?

Pisa. If Jet2 still fly there from Belfast.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LeoMc on May 07, 2015, 03:14:15 PM
For the life of me I can't understand why you would want to go and hire a car on holidays and then drive in a city. Stressful enough I would have thought especially, especially driving in cities in Italy for example.

Holidays for me are about relaxing and chilling out.

Freedom to go where you want when you want, just because a holiday for you is about chilling out, it could be about exploring and going off the beaten track for the next man.

Flying into Rome and driving down to Tuscany region. Might have a wee drive round there, but wouldn't consider anything else. Driving on the right had me all over the place in Den Haag one night, over tram lines, the lot. Will avoid at all costs!!

Transfer to the hotel and back were mad prices!

I did the reverse a few years ago. Flew to Pisa with Jet2. Hired a car and spent a few days driving round Sienna, Florence, San Gimagnano, etc. then drove down to Rome. Wasn't mad enough to try driving in Rome so I drove to a small village on the outskirts and took the train in.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on May 07, 2015, 03:36:05 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'

Been a while so it's probably changed a lot. A trip to the blue lagoon is a must, going at nighttime was fun. iceland at night in only a pair of shorts...

pints were bloody expensive from recollection at the irish bar.

COnsidering going for a few days this summer.
Flights from belfast are cheap, although it seems to be quite expensive when you get there

Not the cheapest place in the world, restaurants were dear. Does have the advantage of being outside the eu so you can get duty free!
check the aurora borealis and geyser trips.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnneycool on May 07, 2015, 03:37:40 PM
Anyone ever use Firefly care hire?

It comes up pretty regular on the car hire search engines?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on May 07, 2015, 05:01:27 PM
Anyone who's been to Thailand - can you give me the brief low-down.

2/3 lads aged 21-24. looking to head July-August.

When searching flights, where's best to fly into as there are many islands, and are they hard to get to when there?

We only have about 2 weeks max due to work,  :( For accommodation - I take it u just float about from hostel to hostel (are these of decent standard?) or are the hotels cheap enough to move about after 3/4 nights in each?

Cheers.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 07, 2015, 08:44:46 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'
Fella in work is going the week before Christmas. £199 for flights and accommodation for 3 nights (Radisson Blu) - sure it would be rude not to at that price.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on May 07, 2015, 09:21:30 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'
Fella in work is going the week before Christmas. £199 for flights and accommodation for 3 nights (Radisson Blu) - sure it would be rude not to at that price.

Theres 2 of them, the radisson blu saga hotel is a little out of the town. Hope he got the other one.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 07, 2015, 09:25:15 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'
Fella in work is going the week before Christmas. £199 for flights and accommodation for 3 nights (Radisson Blu) - sure it would be rude not to at that price.

Theres 2 of them, the radisson blu saga hotel is a little out of the town. Hope he got the other one.
Would suspect it's that one at that price.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on May 07, 2015, 09:42:54 PM
Anyone been to Iceland?
Any recomendations or advice?



.........settles in and wait for all the 'mums gone to iceland jokes'
Fella in work is going the week before Christmas. £199 for flights and accommodation for 3 nights (Radisson Blu) - sure it would be rude not to at that price.

Theres 2 of them, the radisson blu saga hotel is a little out of the town. Hope he got the other one.
Would suspect it's that one at that price.

Probably, up the side of a hill and bloody chilly. Nice walk into town (about 20-30 mins) but fine coming home with the beer jacket on.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on May 07, 2015, 10:52:01 PM
Going to Cuba in 4 weeks. Can't wait!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on May 08, 2015, 12:25:48 PM
Going to Cuba in 4 weeks. Can't wait!
What way are you flying?  We looked at it but we only had a week spare, and couldn't find a good enough two-centre holiday for a week, and to fly without going through a holiday company was a bit dear (flying through Toronto was cheapest option). 

Ps on the hire car - booked through arguscarhire.com for car rental from Geneva in July so didn't know who I was booking with til we'd paid - ended up getting Sixt  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on May 08, 2015, 12:37:43 PM
Going to Cuba in 4 weeks. Can't wait!
What way are you flying?  We looked at it but we only had a week spare, and couldn't find a good enough two-centre holiday for a week, and to fly without going through a holiday company was a bit dear (flying through Toronto was cheapest option). 

Ps on the hire car - booked through arguscarhire.com for car rental from Geneva in July so didn't know who I was booking with til we'd paid - ended up getting Sixt  ;D

Aye, Dublin-Toronto-Havana. Minimal stopovers.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: NAG1 on May 08, 2015, 01:51:25 PM
Going to Cuba in 4 weeks. Can't wait!
What way are you flying?  We looked at it but we only had a week spare, and couldn't find a good enough two-centre holiday for a week, and to fly without going through a holiday company was a bit dear (flying through Toronto was cheapest option). 

Ps on the hire car - booked through arguscarhire.com for car rental from Geneva in July so didn't know who I was booking with til we'd paid - ended up getting Sixt  ;D

Aye, Dublin-Toronto-Havana. Minimal stopovers.

Sure soon enough you could fly to the states and get the ferry lol

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on May 11, 2015, 09:27:53 PM
Has anyone here spent any time in Dallas? Looking at hotels but not sure which area to stay in.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lfdown2 on May 14, 2015, 11:38:22 AM
Any posters been to Nice that would recommend any must do's. Heading next Friday for 4 nights, taking in the Monaco GP on the sunday, other than that we have no plans.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on May 14, 2015, 11:44:50 AM
Any posters been to Nice that would recommend any must do's. Heading next Friday for 4 nights, taking in the Monaco GP on the sunday, other than that we have no plans.

If you are reasonable fit and like hiking, get the train to Eze (a few minutes towards Monaco) and then climb up to the old village. If you aren't that way inclined you can get the bus.

Visit the Salaya markets near the beach and have a pint in Ma Nolan's, which is owned by an Irishman named Thady.

Do eat in the cheap looking cafés and delis, the food is great and the house wine is always good.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: lfdown2 on May 15, 2015, 08:05:18 AM
Cheers Muppet
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on May 15, 2015, 10:43:10 AM
Going to Cuba in 4 weeks. Can't wait!
What way are you flying?  We looked at it but we only had a week spare, and couldn't find a good enough two-centre holiday for a week, and to fly without going through a holiday company was a bit dear (flying through Toronto was cheapest option). 

Ps on the hire car - booked through arguscarhire.com for car rental from Geneva in July so didn't know who I was booking with til we'd paid - ended up getting Sixt  ;D

Aye, Dublin-Toronto-Havana. Minimal stopovers.

Sure soon enough you could fly to the states and get the ferry lol

The idea is to get there before the yanks ruin it!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on May 15, 2015, 11:53:50 AM
Looking at Vegas seriously this year..

Always wanted to do vegas but could never get it enough time off with work, July/August would be too extreme heat by the looks of it, any opinions on best time of year to go? Looking at October/November.. Want weather to still be warm enough to get a colour!  ;D

Flights aren't too bad from Dublin, can get them for under £400. As regards hotels I'll probably have to go for the MGM, "when in Rome", or New York New York. Couldn't afford Bellagio or Encore at Wynn etc but would be a dream! Likely head out to Grand Canyon for a few days and maybe a helicopter tour over it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on May 15, 2015, 12:38:40 PM
Looking at Vegas seriously this year..

Always wanted to do vegas but could never get it enough time off with work, July/August would be too extreme heat by the looks of it, any opinions on best time of year to go? Looking at October/November.. Want weather to still be warm enough to get a colour!  ;D

Flights aren't too bad from Dublin, can get them for under £400. As regards hotels I'll probably have to go for the MGM, "when in Rome", or New York New York. Couldn't afford Bellagio or Encore at Wynn etc but would be a dream! Likely head out to Grand Canyon for a few days and maybe a helicopter tour over it.

LV is some spot but all of the hotels are good so don't worry about that, both the MGM and NY-NY are very good options. They are at one end of the strip so there will be plenty of walking to do but you will do that anyway irrespective of where you stay.. The Mirage and Treasure Island are first class hotels but slightly cheaper than the high end ones as is Caesers Palace which is centrally located. You will enjoy it for sure. If going to the Canyon, take some warm clothes as it can get chilly out there. I have been at various times of the year but September/October would be the best if you want warm weather but not too hot. There are plenty of pools about to keep you cool....
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on May 15, 2015, 01:49:05 PM
Looking at Vegas seriously this year..

Always wanted to do vegas but could never get it enough time off with work, July/August would be too extreme heat by the looks of it, any opinions on best time of year to go? Looking at October/November.. Want weather to still be warm enough to get a colour!  ;D

Flights aren't too bad from Dublin, can get them for under £400. As regards hotels I'll probably have to go for the MGM, "when in Rome", or New York New York. Couldn't afford Bellagio or Encore at Wynn etc but would be a dream! Likely head out to Grand Canyon for a few days and maybe a helicopter tour over it.

LV is some spot but all of the hotels are good so don't worry about that, both the MGM and NY-NY are very good options. They are at one end of the strip so there will be plenty of walking to do but you will do that anyway irrespective of where you stay.. The Mirage and Treasure Island are first class hotels but slightly cheaper than the high end ones as is Caesers Palace which is centrally located. You will enjoy it for sure. If going to the Canyon, take some warm clothes as it can get chilly out there. I have been at various times of the year but September/October would be the best if you want warm weather but not too hot. There are plenty of pools about to keep you cool....

you'll have a blast 50fifty. We stayed in the NYNY hotel a couple of years ago. Went for a week. Had planned to take a helicopter ride to the nearest part of the Grand Canyon but ended up changing our plans as there was so much craic being had in Vegas. As Mikhailov said, NYNY and MGM are down near the bottom of the strip. There is a fair bit of walking (we mostly walked), but if the beers are in and the energy levels are low, there's buses, taxi's and limo's, so no biggy. In saying that, looks like we're heading again next year and will be looking to stay more centre strip. Harrahs has been recommended by a couple of Vegas veterans. Middle strip but around the same price as the lower strip hotels..maybe worth checking out. No miss out on the old town. We spent a night in the Golden Nugget casino, some value

PS: we traveled in Feb, flying out of Dublin via Heathrow with BA (direct flight). Weather was good enough, shorts and t-shirts during the day . No pool parties though which was a shame

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Canalman on May 15, 2015, 02:57:23 PM
In or around Ballys hotel is the centre of the strip. A hotel anywhere around there will be fine. As previous posters have said very few if any bad hotels in or around the strip despite what you read on the various forums.

A great place to walk and wander around. Don't think you can really do that in the desert heat of the summer.

One tip is to bring plenty of t shirts etc with you as there is no smoking ban in LV and your clothes will stink of cigarettes pretty much after every day.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 15, 2015, 03:22:21 PM
My own experience of Las Vegas is from several years ago (last time was 2003). I was there many, many times when I lived in Phoenix, but the one thing I've always thought is Vegas is a great spot, but only for a few days at a time. I'd have thought 4 nights max. But it sounds like others here have stayed longer.

If I was going to Vegas, I'd make sure I hired a car and did a bit of exploring around and staying in other places too. Maybe fly out of San Diego or somewhere like that and drive there and stay on the beach for a couple of days before flying back. You'll have a ball though.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on May 15, 2015, 04:35:02 PM
In or around Ballys hotel is the centre of the strip. A hotel anywhere around there will be fine. As previous posters have said very few if any bad hotels in or around the strip despite what you read on the various forums.

A great place to walk and wander around. Don't think you can really do that in the desert heat of the summer.

One tip is to bring plenty of t shirts etc with you as there is no smoking ban in LV and your clothes will stink of cigarettes pretty much after every day.

I'd agree with Canalman - check out the monorail map if you plan to scoot up and down the strip. It's a case of being central to everything vs fancier hotels (and dearer)






Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on May 25, 2015, 10:22:58 AM
Thanks lads, deadly bit of advice there on Sin City  8)

To fly to Vegas in the summer is mental dear, September not too bad think I'm going to go with it, plus it isn't as blisteringly hot by the looks of things! Can get flights & decent hotel - SLS or Harrah's/Monte Carlo for £650/700 in September for 11 nights, now that's not bad!! Flying out from dublin. I usually just use booking.com for the hotels and skyscanner for the flights, any other recommendations? They always throw up the best deals and are fool-proof to use!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on May 26, 2015, 02:33:24 PM
Thanks lads, deadly bit of advice there on Sin City  8)

To fly to Vegas in the summer is mental dear, September not too bad think I'm going to go with it, plus it isn't as blisteringly hot by the looks of things! Can get flights & decent hotel - SLS or Harrah's/Monte Carlo for £650/700 in September for 11 nights, now that's not bad!! Flying out from dublin. I usually just use booking.com for the hotels and skyscanner for the flights, any other recommendations? They always throw up the best deals and are fool-proof to use!
I have stayed in the Monte Carlo before and its grand. By no means the fanciest hotel on the strip, but decent location and good pool area etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on May 26, 2015, 02:38:43 PM
Pay the extra and stay in the Encore (or some of the top ones)! It's amazing! You spend a good bit of time at your hotel/resort so it's worth paying the extra couple of hundred. Amazing place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on May 26, 2015, 02:42:47 PM
Thanks lads, deadly bit of advice there on Sin City  8)

To fly to Vegas in the summer is mental dear, September not too bad think I'm going to go with it, plus it isn't as blisteringly hot by the looks of things! Can get flights & decent hotel - SLS or Harrah's/Monte Carlo for £650/700 in September for 11 nights, now that's not bad!! Flying out from dublin. I usually just use booking.com for the hotels and skyscanner for the flights, any other recommendations? They always throw up the best deals and are fool-proof to use!

are you crazy - I have been several times and love it but each time I cant wait to get out of it and that is only after 4 or 5 nights but I also know couples who stay for more than 7+ nights but everyone appears to have a great time
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laoislad on May 26, 2015, 02:45:04 PM
Was there for 6 nights and could have done more nights easily.
We stayed in the MGM Grand.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on May 27, 2015, 06:23:11 PM
Try the Heart Attack Grill (http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Restaurant_Review-g45963-d2387669-Reviews-Heart_Attack_Grill-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html). But do your homework. You have to wear hospital gowns, the waitresses all dress as nurses and the burgers are called single bypass, double bypass etc up to octuple bypass (10,000 calories!). If you don't finish the burger the nurses spank you!

Apparently their spokesman died of a heart attack: http://lasvegassun.com/news/2013/feb/11/heart-attack-grill-spokesman-dies-heart-attack/ (http://lasvegassun.com/news/2013/feb/11/heart-attack-grill-spokesman-dies-heart-attack/)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on May 27, 2015, 09:18:39 PM
Ive been 5 times now. Stayed for two weeks the last time! I keep wanting to stay longer each time I go! I can't understand people when they say they can only stay for a couple of nights and they've had enough. But they could spend 2 weeks in Spain  :o

It is a crazy place though, if you go and drink the head off yourself and walk about gambling to all hours every night then I can understand why it might be enough just for a couple of days. It has so much more to offer though. My wife and I like to chill out by the pool, go see a show or get a nice meal somewhere and then step out into the madness every now and again.  If you play golf there are some unbelievable courses there as well.

The standard of hotels for the price you pay is ridiculous. When you consider the cost of a couple of nights in a mediocre hotel in Ireland and what it costs for a week in a 5*+ in vegas it is a joke!! It has some of the best shows in the world, the best restaurants and unreal shopping. I could go on all day about it haha

Just don't stay in a crap hotel to save a couple of 100 quid because 'you never spend any time in the hotel anyway'. Load of crap, the hotels are massive, you spend a large portion of time knocking about round your hotel or the pool/shops/restaurants in your hotel.

You'll have an amazing time!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 01, 2015, 10:44:20 AM
On the topic, have any of you ever drove down to San Diego from there? Was looking at maybe doing this in the middle of my stay, its about 4 hours which isn't too bad, have seen San Francisco & L.A.

Hear San Diego is beautiful, beach etc..
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tyrone girl on June 01, 2015, 10:45:34 AM
San Diego is a gorgeous city. Highly recommend it. Cant advise on the driving aspect though as we only ever drove to LA from there. Flew from vegas etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on June 01, 2015, 11:29:47 AM
Try the Heart Attack Grill (http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Restaurant_Review-g45963-d2387669-Reviews-Heart_Attack_Grill-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html). But do your homework. You have to wear hospital gowns, the waitresses all dress as nurses and the burgers are called single bypass, double bypass etc up to octuple bypass (10,000 calories!). If you don't finish the burger the nurses spank you!

Apparently their spokesman died of a heart attack: http://lasvegassun.com/news/2013/feb/11/heart-attack-grill-spokesman-dies-heart-attack/ (http://lasvegassun.com/news/2013/feb/11/heart-attack-grill-spokesman-dies-heart-attack/)

And throw the footage up online for all to see ! I only lasted 1 spank, was feeling fragile from the night before  ;D. The receipt you get at the end, for tax, it says 'Obama's Cut' and the urinals have pictures of George W for you lash out your extra strength lager on :-)

I'd agree with the boyos above, we stayed 5 nights and would loved to have stayed longer
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bigfrank on June 01, 2015, 11:39:42 AM
Anyone book a sun holiday yet for the summer or have any advice on where to go/stay?? im thinking portugal or spain for 7 nights,trip advisor is a mixed bag,never going to get a page full of good reviews.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: oakleafer on June 01, 2015, 03:05:50 PM
anyone know anything about Mallorca? Specifically the best part of the island to stay in for a family with 2 kids under 5. Just want something quiet with pool and beach, and not too rowdy
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: extra time on June 01, 2015, 03:16:30 PM
Try Cala Dor on the East side of the island. Lovely resort with some great little beachs and fairly quiet. Would suit families with young children.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 01, 2015, 08:10:04 PM
Try Cala Dor on the East side of the island. Lovely resort with some great little beachs and fairly quiet. Would suit families with young children.

Yeah would back that up also.. Lovely spot
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 01, 2015, 09:15:39 PM
On the topic, have any of you ever drove down to San Diego from there? Was looking at maybe doing this in the middle of my stay, its about 4 hours which isn't too bad, have seen San Francisco & L.A.

Hear San Diego is beautiful, beach etc..

San Diego is the business. Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Downtown. A little older than most cities on the west coast (in terms of the way it feels) but brilliant. I did that drive too, from Vegas. Went out and played a match as well when we arrived. Won the game, and had a migraine in the car on the way home :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 01, 2015, 09:56:35 PM
On the topic, have any of you ever drove down to San Diego from there? Was looking at maybe doing this in the middle of my stay, its about 4 hours which isn't too bad, have seen San Francisco & L.A.

Hear San Diego is beautiful, beach etc..

San Diego is the business. Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Downtown. A little older than most cities on the west coast (in terms of the way it feels) but brilliant. I did that drive too, from Vegas. Went out and played a match as well when we arrived. Won the game, and had a migraine in the car on the way home :)

Hmm would say you'd struggle to do it in 4 hours. You'll be goin down the 15 which passes thru the Eastern part of the LA sprawl and could be nasty if you hit it at the wrong time. Also the drive isn't like much, desert followed by the afroementioned sprawl.. not pretty but if its different u might find it interesting. I would advise flights if your time constrained but u gotta factor in that the time for those as well

Defo Wouldn't go outright and call San Diego beautiful, its basically suburbia built on a desert scrub land with beaches at the coast same as LA. San Diego has a definite different feel to LA although it quite similar. There's less people spread over a bigger area so its not as congested. The beaches are typical for SoCal large, wide, exposed, can be windy, can be cloudy.

Not sure where AZ is getting the older feel frm San Diego, its all quite new, maybe the gaslight area in downtown? Although thats sort of made to look old. Maybe the Balboa Park buildings? Anyway both worth a look around. The Field in the gaslamp is owned by people from Coalisland I believe, I refuse to step foot in the place because of this tho!

We have friends in Coronado island which is worth a walk around and lunch, defo one of my favourite places in Socal. There is also Seaworld which I found a bit disturbing, the missions San Diego & San Luis Rey in North County which is where the first European settlements in California, I find these very interesting.

La Holla is worth a dander around and you are guaranteed clouds if the sun is getting too much!

The craft beer scene is big in San Diego at the mo and you can do various brewery tours and pub crawl worth looking into

You could also head on up to Orange County further North there is the a cool little beach town called Laguna Beach, prob about just under an hour from downtown San Diego

You could also head south to Tijuana, which is good fun or head on down the baja peninsula for isolated beaches and great food.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 01, 2015, 11:11:43 PM
Oooh going to San Diego for a couple of nights in September - driving from there to Palm Springs, a place we just fell in love with. Doing 10 days in Texas (including ranch stay) and then 2xSan Diego, 4xPalm Springs, 1xManhattan Beach before flying back.

Gaslamp area ok for San Diego? We've booked a Chargers game, will be my first American Football game.

Not getting to do the Grand Canyon camping trip as I'd wanted to - don't have the time.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 01, 2015, 11:25:59 PM
Oooh going to San Diego for a couple of nights in September - driving from there to Palm Springs, a place we just fell in love with. Doing 10 days in Texas (including ranch stay) and then 2xSan Diego, 4xPalm Springs, 1xManhattan Beach before flying back.

Gaslamp area ok for San Diego? We've booked a Chargers game, will be my first American Football game.

Not getting to do the Grand Canyon camping trip as I'd wanted to - don't have the time.

Gaslamp is fine lots of pubs and clubs and restaurants, a wee bit contrived like the temple bar and costs to go with it, but you'll like it I'm sure.

Sorry but the best thing you can see in the South Western United states is the landscapes, (the cities are bland and crappy),  and the Grand Canyon is a must see, it is truly unbelievable easily the most impressive sight in America and one of the most amazing things in the world (that I've seen).

But you obviously have different tastes to me, Palm Springs is sort of my idea of hell...I would cut it out and head to the Grand Canyon instead
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Puckoon on June 01, 2015, 11:26:42 PM
Oooh going to San Diego for a couple of nights in September - driving from there to Palm Springs, a place we just fell in love with. Doing 10 days in Texas (including ranch stay) and then 2xSan Diego, 4xPalm Springs, 1xManhattan Beach before flying back.

Gaslamp area ok for San Diego? We've booked a Chargers game, will be my first American Football game.

Not getting to do the Grand Canyon camping trip as I'd wanted to - don't have the time.

Some cracking golf courses in Palm Springs Rois - although I find it a little quiet, mostly older folks filling it up over the winter. Must be nice to have the ability to move somewhere for 6 months a year. We found a couple cracking little mexican restaurants, and the girls really loved the shopping district. That said, the drive for me to go there is to get a little golf in in the Reno winter.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 02, 2015, 10:32:56 AM

Some cracking golf courses in Palm Springs Rois
Golf is the main reason why we're going!  We've been before and I know all about how quiet it is, we found a great little hotel, nice pubs/restaurants at night, himself can play golf during the day (played at Taquitz Creek a couple of years ago and couldn't believe the deal he got), and I can head out to the Premium Outlets for a day.  I may even lift the clubs myself.  We're going to go into Joshua Tree National Park and see a bit more around us, though the aerial tramway was closed the last time we were there so hoping we don't encounter the same thing again. 

Sorry but the best thing you can see in the South Western United states is the landscapes, (the cities are bland and crappy),  and the Grand Canyon is a must see, it is truly unbelievable easily the most impressive sight in America and one of the most amazing things in the world (that I've seen).

But you obviously have different tastes to me, Palm Springs is sort of my idea of hell...I would cut it out and head to the Grand Canyon instead
You misunderstand, we were going to do a camping trip to the Grand Canyon specifically that I asked about on here, I've seen enough landscapes down around there so it would be a revisit to it anyway, it's just the camping part I had aimed to do.  For the trip I wanted to do we were going to have to get to Flagstaff from San Antonio but there are no direct flights, then would be left back to Flagstaff after the camping trip, and it just wasn't going to work with our plans as we would have needed 3 full weeks and we don't have that.  Palm Springs is the "lie by the pool" aspect of the trip and I will not apologise for having that element of "hell" in a holiday!  I hope to do the camping part another time. 
It's strange, my husband has climbed Kilimanjaro, ice climbed in Patagonia, done the Inca Trail, travelled through Costa Rica, been to the Grand Canyon numerous times, we did the Tongariro Crossing (also v impressive) back in December in NZ, all that stuff, but he also likes Palm Springs...must be old age catching up with him. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LeoMc on June 02, 2015, 10:42:16 AM
Try Cala Dor on the East side of the island. Lovely resort with some great little beachs and fairly quiet. Would suit families with young children.

Yeah would back that up also.. Lovely spot
Was in Can Picafort on Alcudia bay, nice quiet spot. There was a Pirate ship in the pool. There is nothing else an under 5 wants.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: take_yer_points on June 02, 2015, 10:48:21 AM
Try Cala Dor on the East side of the island. Lovely resort with some great little beachs and fairly quiet. Would suit families with young children.

Yeah would back that up also.. Lovely spot
Was in Can Picafort on Alcudia bay, nice quiet spot. There was a Pirate ship in the pool. There is nothing else an under 5 wants.

Was in Can Picafort last month there with 2 young kids. Avoid the 52 seater coach transfers - we ended up on the coach about the same length of time we were on the plane from Belfast. Booked a taxi back to the airport - about 40 minutes and cost €70.

Other than that it's a nice spot - definitely not too rowdy
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 02, 2015, 11:14:11 AM
On the topic, have any of you ever drove down to San Diego from there? Was looking at maybe doing this in the middle of my stay, its about 4 hours which isn't too bad, have seen San Francisco & L.A.

Hear San Diego is beautiful, beach etc..

San Diego is the business. Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Downtown. A little older than most cities on the west coast (in terms of the way it feels) but brilliant. I did that drive too, from Vegas. Went out and played a match as well when we arrived. Won the game, and had a migraine in the car on the way home :)

Hmm would say you'd struggle to do it in 4 hours. You'll be goin down the 15 which passes thru the Eastern part of the LA sprawl and could be nasty if you hit it at the wrong time. Also the drive isn't like much, desert followed by the afroementioned sprawl.. not pretty but if its different u might find it interesting. I would advise flights if your time constrained but u gotta factor in that the time for those as well

Defo Wouldn't go outright and call San Diego beautiful, its basically suburbia built on a desert scrub land with beaches at the coast same as LA. San Diego has a definite different feel to LA although it quite similar. There's less people spread over a bigger area so its not as congested. The beaches are typical for SoCal large, wide, exposed, can be windy, can be cloudy.

Not sure where AZ is getting the older feel frm San Diego, its all quite new, maybe the gaslight area in downtown? Although thats sort of made to look old. Maybe the Balboa Park buildings? Anyway both worth a look around. The Field in the gaslamp is owned by people from Coalisland I believe, I refuse to step foot in the place because of this tho!

We have friends in Coronado island which is worth a walk around and lunch, defo one of my favourite places in Socal. There is also Seaworld which I found a bit disturbing, the missions San Diego & San Luis Rey in North County which is where the first European settlements in California, I find these very interesting.

La Holla is worth a dander around and you are guaranteed clouds if the sun is getting too much!

The craft beer scene is big in San Diego at the mo and you can do various brewery tours and pub crawl worth looking into

You could also head on up to Orange County further North there is the a cool little beach town called Laguna Beach, prob about just under an hour from downtown San Diego

You could also head south to Tijuana, which is good fun or head on down the baja peninsula for isolated beaches and great food.

hey joe, I knew I didn't explain that very well :) I suppose I'm coming at it from the point of view where I was flying in every weekend to play football from Phoenix, and basically rotating between residential areas like Kearney Mesa, Adams Avenue, etc as well as going to Pacific Beach. Whenever I went to San Francisco we were in Union Square basically, and then coming from Phoenix, San Diego always seemed very old style, very Spanish. The houses and little streets around PB or La Jolla are way older than anything you'd see in Phoenix for example.

But don't get me wrong, I loved San Diego and our weekends there. We stayed away from Downtown mostly, but visited it occasionally, the Field in the Gaslamp quarter, etc. Usually we were in PB, or occasionally La Jolla. We went racing in Del Mar, down to Tijuana for the craic, etc etc. It's a lovely city, with a lovely climate.

Also, all the above dates from 2003, which was my last time there. It's conceivable that it's changed a lot since then :) But Jerome's report on PB there last week looked exactly as I remember it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 02, 2015, 12:20:58 PM
I know it's not strictly West Coast, but having drove from Lake Tahoe down to San Francisco, and then to L.A. I have to say Lake Tahoe was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We stayed in the South of the Lake, there were a few casinos, mind you it was December so it was freezing, attempted skiing, very badly!

Has anyone been to it in the summer? Would love to go back to see it in good weather.

As for the argument on the 10/11 day stay in Vegas thing, I just don't like travelling all that way from our Emerald shores to spend 5/6 days!

But can see your point on getting sick of it possibly after a few days gambling/drinking. So I'd probably consider a flight in the middle of the 10 days to somewhere else, driving would be cheaper but everywhere is 5/6 hours away at least!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 02, 2015, 12:59:12 PM
I know it's not strictly West Coast, but having drove from Lake Tahoe down to San Francisco, and then to L.A. I have to say Lake Tahoe was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We stayed in the South of the Lake, there were a few casinos, mind you it was December so it was freezing, attempted skiing, very badly!

Has anyone been to it in the summer? Would love to go back to see it in good weather.

Lake Tahoe is a brilliant spot, I agree with you, it is absolutely beautiful.  We were there in September and hiked up Mt Tallac, incredible views from the top.  We chilled by the lake in the afternoons, went swimming (lots of watersports on it) and had some craic in the bars in the evening (stayed in South Lake Tahoe). 
If you like that kind of stuff, take a look at Mammoth Lakes.  You can drive through Death Valley to get there so scenery is amazing - google says it is 5.5 hours from Vegas but you have Death Valley on the way to make it an interesting drive.  http://www.visitmammoth.com/things-to-do/summer-activities/
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Brick Tamlin on June 02, 2015, 02:47:10 PM
Do none of you people work?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 02, 2015, 03:56:54 PM
I know it's not strictly West Coast, but having drove from Lake Tahoe down to San Francisco, and then to L.A. I have to say Lake Tahoe was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We stayed in the South of the Lake, there were a few casinos, mind you it was December so it was freezing, attempted skiing, very badly!

Has anyone been to it in the summer? Would love to go back to see it in good weather.

Lake Tahoe is a brilliant spot, I agree with you, it is absolutely beautiful.  We were there in September and hiked up Mt Tallac, incredible views from the top.  We chilled by the lake in the afternoons, went swimming (lots of watersports on it) and had some craic in the bars in the evening (stayed in South Lake Tahoe). 
If you like that kind of stuff, take a look at Mammoth Lakes.  You can drive through Death Valley to get there so scenery is amazing - google says it is 5.5 hours from Vegas but you have Death Valley on the way to make it an interesting drive.  http://www.visitmammoth.com/things-to-do/summer-activities/


Puckoon should be resident expert here....

Ever been to those old goldrush towns Placerville, Neveda city, Truckee always fancied getting a look around those places

LOL Rois alls I can say is that is that we defo have different tastes!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 02, 2015, 04:18:40 PM
On the topic, have any of you ever drove down to San Diego from there? Was looking at maybe doing this in the middle of my stay, its about 4 hours which isn't too bad, have seen San Francisco & L.A.

Hear San Diego is beautiful, beach etc..

I hear you AZ, I've never been to Phoneix but my impression is that it is an endless sea of airconed mcmansions and strip malls all built in the middle of the desert. My idea of hell! Who in hell decided it was a good idea to build a city there anyway?
San Diego like must of SoCAl was built post WW2 and the houses tend to go up in a sort of midwestern style of house. They are still an endless sea and completely unsuitable for the climate but at least they arent obnioxus and gaudy like the new houses, although in LA you have some of those Mission style houseswith flat roofs, how I long for a house like like that.

I like going to San Diego, it is always good to get away from LA, what I like most is that there is a real pride of place of their city however its just not different enough from LA for me. Heading to the mountains this year.

As an alternative recommendation I would recommend the central California coast Pismo beach, Santa Barbara etc. You don't have the hectic traffic to deal with, and you got the missions beaches and the vineyards. However I think alot of you probably don't mind dealing with the traffic on a short trip, its the day in day out that makes u loathe it

San Diego is the business. Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Downtown. A little older than most cities on the west coast (in terms of the way it feels) but brilliant. I did that drive too, from Vegas. Went out and played a match as well when we arrived. Won the game, and had a migraine in the car on the way home :)

Hmm would say you'd struggle to do it in 4 hours. You'll be goin down the 15 which passes thru the Eastern part of the LA sprawl and could be nasty if you hit it at the wrong time. Also the drive isn't like much, desert followed by the afroementioned sprawl.. not pretty but if its different u might find it interesting. I would advise flights if your time constrained but u gotta factor in that the time for those as well

Defo Wouldn't go outright and call San Diego beautiful, its basically suburbia built on a desert scrub land with beaches at the coast same as LA. San Diego has a definite different feel to LA although it quite similar. There's less people spread over a bigger area so its not as congested. The beaches are typical for SoCal large, wide, exposed, can be windy, can be cloudy.

Not sure where AZ is getting the older feel frm San Diego, its all quite new, maybe the gaslight area in downtown? Although thats sort of made to look old. Maybe the Balboa Park buildings? Anyway both worth a look around. The Field in the gaslamp is owned by people from Coalisland I believe, I refuse to step foot in the place because of this tho!

We have friends in Coronado island which is worth a walk around and lunch, defo one of my favourite places in Socal. There is also Seaworld which I found a bit disturbing, the missions San Diego & San Luis Rey in North County which is where the first European settlements in California, I find these very interesting.

La Holla is worth a dander around and you are guaranteed clouds if the sun is getting too much!

The craft beer scene is big in San Diego at the mo and you can do various brewery tours and pub crawl worth looking into

You could also head on up to Orange County further North there is the a cool little beach town called Laguna Beach, prob about just under an hour from downtown San Diego

You could also head south to Tijuana, which is good fun or head on down the baja peninsula for isolated beaches and great food.

hey joe, I knew I didn't explain that very well :) I suppose I'm coming at it from the point of view where I was flying in every weekend to play football from Phoenix, and basically rotating between residential areas like Kearney Mesa, Adams Avenue, etc as well as going to Pacific Beach. Whenever I went to San Francisco we were in Union Square basically, and then coming from Phoenix, San Diego always seemed very old style, very Spanish. The houses and little streets around PB or La Jolla are way older than anything you'd see in Phoenix for example.

But don't get me wrong, I loved San Diego and our weekends there. We stayed away from Downtown mostly, but visited it occasionally, the Field in the Gaslamp quarter, etc. Usually we were in PB, or occasionally La Jolla. We went racing in Del Mar, down to Tijuana for the craic, etc etc. It's a lovely city, with a lovely climate.

Also, all the above dates from 2003, which was my last time there. It's conceivable that it's changed a lot since then :) But Jerome's report on PB there last week looked exactly as I remember it.

I hear you AZ, I've never been to Phoneix but my impression is that it is an endless sea of airconed mcmansions and strip malls all built in the middle of the desert. My idea of hell! Who in hell decided it was a good idea to build a city there anyway?
San Diego like must of SoCAl was built post WW2 and the houses tend to go up in a sort of midwestern style of house. They are still an endless sea and completely unsuitable for the climate but at least they arent obnioxus and gaudy like the new houses, although in LA you have some of those Mission style houses with flat roofs, how I long for a house like like that.
Anyway I could see how you would think its old coming from there

I like going to San Diego, it is always good to get away from LA, what I like most is that there is a real pride of place of their city however its just not different enough from LA for me. Heading to the mountains this year.

As an alternative recommendation I would recommend the central California coast Pismo beach, Santa Barbara etc. You don't have the hectic traffic to deal with, and you got the missions beaches and the vineyards. However I think alot of you probably don't mind dealing with the traffic on a short trip, its the day in day out that makes u loathe it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 02, 2015, 04:59:35 PM
LOL Rois alls I can say is that is that we defo have different tastes!
Awwwww what, you holiday snob you??  ;D  You're going to the mountains, I love the mountains, hiking and skiing.  Though no doubt Mammoth Lakes/Tahoe is too commercial eh? 


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 02, 2015, 05:21:05 PM
LOL Rois alls I can say is that is that we defo have different tastes!
Awwwww what, you holiday snob you??  ;D  You're going to the mountains, I love the mountains, hiking and skiing.  Though no doubt Mammoth Lakes/Tahoe is too commercial eh?

No its not that, its that the drive from Vegas to Mammoth is scenic, ;) most Californians scratch their heads at Europeans visiting Death Valley, I was doing the same when we got there.

But I do admitt to being a holiday snob and I loathe the sun however the problem is so many great places are stuck in it >:(

First summer vist to the mountains, looking forward to it but with a young kid we arent gonna be to adventurous
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 02, 2015, 05:45:44 PM


No its not that, its that the drive from Vegas to Mammoth is scenic, ;) most Californians scratch their heads at Europeans visiting Death Valley, I was doing the same when we got there.

But I do admitt to being a holiday snob and I loathe the sun however the problem is so many great places are stuck in it >:(

First summer vist to the mountains, looking forward to it but with a young kid we arent gonna be to adventurous

Well now I only suggested driving through Death Valley on the way to Mammoth Lakes to see the flat sandy plains, not setting up camp for a week in Stovepipe Wells.

Mountains in summer are amazing - we're off to Chamonix in the Alps for a few days in July.  Such an underrated type of summer holiday.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 02, 2015, 05:54:40 PM


No its not that, its that the drive from Vegas to Mammoth is scenic, ;) most Californians scratch their heads at Europeans visiting Death Valley, I was doing the same when we got there.

But I do admitt to being a holiday snob and I loathe the sun however the problem is so many great places are stuck in it >:(

First summer vist to the mountains, looking forward to it but with a young kid we arent gonna be to adventurous

Well now I only suggested driving through Death Valley on the way to Mammoth Lakes to see the flat sandy plains, not setting up camp for a week in Stovepipe Wells.

Mountains in summer are amazing - we're off to Chamonix in the Alps for a few days in July.  Such an underrated type of summer holiday.


Agreed but I guess its all to do with where you are coming from. I always like visiting mountains when I was backpacking in tropical places

For people coming from the wind and rain in Ireland you couldn't blame them for wanting sun sun sun
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on June 03, 2015, 04:56:00 PM


No its not that, its that the drive from Vegas to Mammoth is scenic, ;) most Californians scratch their heads at Europeans visiting Death Valley, I was doing the same when we got there.

But I do admitt to being a holiday snob and I loathe the sun however the problem is so many great places are stuck in it >:(

First summer vist to the mountains, looking forward to it but with a young kid we arent gonna be to adventurous

Well now I only suggested driving through Death Valley on the way to Mammoth Lakes to see the flat sandy plains, not setting up camp for a week in Stovepipe Wells.

Mountains in summer are amazing - we're off to Chamonix in the Alps for a few days in July.  Such an underrated type of summer holiday.

Jeez Rois - you have the days of it. Every time I log on here, you are either going on holidays, planning a holiday or have just returned.

Every destination that is discussed has been experienced by your good self and you appear very knowledgeable about all areas of the globe - do you work in the travel industry by any chance?

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BenDover on June 03, 2015, 09:18:31 PM
Galway for the weekend any suggestions for Sat night
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 03, 2015, 10:21:49 PM

Jeez Rois - you have the days of it. Every time I log on here, you are either going on holidays, planning a holiday or have just returned.

Every destination that is discussed has been experienced by your good self and you appear very knowledgeable about all areas of the globe - do you work in the travel industry by any chance?
Aw jeez I am starting to sicken people...
No, I'm in the accountancy industry but spend half my year planning hols and put a lot of thought into where to stay and what to do. If I were to start a business I reckon it would be travel consultancy. But I only really visit the US and France on ski hols.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 03, 2015, 11:07:00 PM

Jeez Rois - you have the days of it. Every time I log on here, you are either going on holidays, planning a holiday or have just returned.

Every destination that is discussed has been experienced by your good self and you appear very knowledgeable about all areas of the globe - do you work in the travel industry by any chance?
Aw jeez I am starting to sicken people...
No, I'm in the accountancy industry but spend half my year planning hols and put a lot of thought into where to stay and what to do. If I were to start a business I reckon it would be travel consultancy. But I only really visit the US and France on ski hols.


Nah Rois, Travel Consultancy sure is that not just a travel agent?

You can have it, I'll be a location scout!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 04, 2015, 02:12:39 PM
Anyone been to Thailand - specifically around the main islands - Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, and forget the name of the other  ::)

In addition, anyone any experience of Contiki Tours, Intrepid or G adventures etc along those lines.

I've time off work during the 2 week football break in July, can't get any friends to come due to work commitments, never travelled alone for more than 2/3 days so looking at Contiki's 9 day travel around the island's mentioned above.

I'd love to go for it on my own but time is limited (only a month away) and I don't have the time to start checking buses, transportation etc, especially if flying into Phuket/Bangkok from Dublin/Belfast.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: take_yer_points on June 04, 2015, 02:34:25 PM
Anyone been to Thailand - specifically around the main islands - Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, and forget the name of the other  ::)

In addition, anyone any experience of Contiki Tours, Intrepid or G adventures etc along those lines.

I've time off work during the 2 week football break in July, can't get any friends to come due to work commitments, never travelled alone for more than 2/3 days so looking at Contiki's 9 day travel around the island's mentioned above.

I'd love to go for it on my own but time is limited (only a month away) and I don't have the time to start checking buses, transportation etc, especially if flying into Phuket/Bangkok from Dublin/Belfast.

Flew into Bangkok 2 years ago and went down to Koh Samui first, then up to Chiang Mai and did a tour with G adventures and finished up in Bangkok for a few nights.

Didn't tour the islands but really enjoyed Koh Samui - stayed near Bo Bhut beside a place called Fisherman's Village.  Getting around the island was easy enough

The tour with G adventures wasn't great - they booked a hotel in Chiang Mai for us and when we got there they put us into a shit B&B. We stayed one night and then went and booked ourselves into a hotel the following day. I wouldn't be overly fussy but looking back I can't believe we even stayed there for a night. In fairness to them they refunded us the cost of the hotel - I think G adventures use local tour operators and it was them that messed us about rather than G adventures themselves. The rest of the tour consisted of being lifted by the guide for a few hours each day and then an overnight in Chiang Rai - no major issues other than accommodation but if I was doing it again I think I'd do it myself

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 04, 2015, 04:56:38 PM

The other East Coast island is Koh Tao, you can basically divide them up as Ko Phang Nghan as the backpackers island, Koh Samui as the resort island and Ko Tao as the divers island. There is also the West Coast islands which are more dramatic pHi Phi, phuket, lanta and many more

Been twice to Thailand, first time around I went to Ko Pha Ngan Bangkok and Kanchanaburi near the Burmese border. Last time around was Koh Mook (Muck) and Bangkok. Done it pretty much independently the whole way took a few tours and tourist buses but nothing was arranged in advance the tourist buses can actually be cheaper sometimes than the public buses but the biggest advantage is they are leaving from and going to destinations you wanna go to. Be careful of scams tho with tourist buses trying to rope you in to other tours and overcharging. Don't be paranoid just be aware people will try and rip you off.

Koh Muck was the best, beautiful isolated island with scant enough amount of tourists, Was there with the Mrs so we had our own company but if you are looking for company you might struggle, we took a few tours with the guest house owner, and spent our time touring around the island on bikes. There is a tidal cave on the island that has an opening to the sky and has its own little beach and everything. You have to swim in through the darkness and then you come into the opening about 70meters? in diameter surrounding by cliffs on all sides with a little beach. An amazing place the guest house owner took us there later in the day so there was no other tours so we had the place to ourselves

Ko Pha Ngan is alright, I stayed in the north shore and toured about by motorbike. The full moon part area is Hat Rin in the south, gap year student zone if that's what your into. Much easier to meet people there than Koh Mook and more to do but no where near as pretty.

Bangkok is alright, its busy and fun and there's lots to do but hot and sweaty and difficult to get around, there's the palace and temples to visit and of course the famous red light areas. You'll probably end up staying in the Koh San road or in that area, which is ground zero for backpackers. Worth a visit on its own for that reason but you likely won't be able to avoid it.

You'll like Thailand, everyone does, good choice for a holiday, if you're there a month I would reccomend popping across to Cambodia to see the Temples of Angkor
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 04, 2015, 05:40:04 PM
Cheers for the advice, deadly. Does it take long to get down to Koh Samui from Bangkok, and is it generally all buses or what? Flights are only reasonable into Bangkok!
I'm travelling alone and only have about 12/13 days.. so I really would want to meet other people, that's why the tour groups entice me, as I think they're for the 18-35 age.

Is 9-12 days enough or would you be rushing? My plan was to do those 3 islands and maybe back to Bangkok before I head home. Never even looked over to the west to Phuket as I don't have a clue how long it would take or how to get there!

Basically - It's too expensive to travel to the US next month, flights £700 + (I was looking at Vegas), and I don't really fancy travelling Europe, been to France, Germany, Spain Portugal etc. Plus I think or so I'm told a lot of young people travel Thailand. In saying that Croatia seems to have got very popular.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 04, 2015, 06:12:10 PM

I'd be kinda anti tour groups especially start to finish type ones as they constrain u to much and are way more expensive than independent traveling. You'll meet people anyway especially somewhere like Thailand when you get outta Bangkok but I would say its still easier to meet people in the tour groups

Most times I've been up and down the peninsula was overnight on the train. Overall more dignified way of travelling, you can have a beer and beer and dinner and sleep in a bed. Went by bus once (tourist overnight) and it was horrific, aircon broke and tight seats no sleep, local buses might be better alot have aeroplane business class type seats so you can actual sleep. However you probably won't get one directly to where your going and a messing session getting from the bus station to the ferry terminal(which u might have with the train as well TBF). The normal buses are better for travelling intercity in Thailand rather than to tourist spots. I think it takes about 12 hours on the train, might be less by bus. Anyway my advice...take the train

Your probably teetering on the edge of rushing to do all 3 islands and Bangkok, my advice is pick one island and stay as long or as short as the mood takes you, play it by ear basically. West Coast islands are a little further south but still easy enough to get to.

Croatia is an amazingly beautiful place but not sure that you'd meet to many when there, again I was there with the Mrs. The Beaches aren't great and anything resembling a beach is super crowded, also the Croats are not the friendliest bunch in the World. But the landscape, cities and towns are amazingly beautiful and the food and drink is great.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: take_yer_points on June 04, 2015, 09:39:46 PM
Cheers for the advice, deadly. Does it take long to get down to Koh Samui from Bangkok, and is it generally all buses or what? Flights are only reasonable into Bangkok!
I'm travelling alone and only have about 12/13 days.. so I really would want to meet other people, that's why the tour groups entice me, as I think they're for the 18-35 age.

Is 9-12 days enough or would you be rushing? My plan was to do those 3 islands and maybe back to Bangkok before I head home. Never even looked over to the west to Phuket as I don't have a clue how long it would take or how to get there!

Basically - It's too expensive to travel to the US next month, flights £700 + (I was looking at Vegas), and I don't really fancy travelling Europe, been to France, Germany, Spain Portugal etc. Plus I think or so I'm told a lot of young people travel Thailand. In saying that Croatia seems to have got very popular.

Flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui was an hour and about £70 return i think. Bangkok Airways fly every couple of hours
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 04, 2015, 10:20:39 PM
Cheers for the advice, deadly. Does it take long to get down to Koh Samui from Bangkok, and is it generally all buses or what? Flights are only reasonable into Bangkok!
I'm travelling alone and only have about 12/13 days.. so I really would want to meet other people, that's why the tour groups entice me, as I think they're for the 18-35 age.

Is 9-12 days enough or would you be rushing? My plan was to do those 3 islands and maybe back to Bangkok before I head home. Never even looked over to the west to Phuket as I don't have a clue how long it would take or how to get there!

Basically - It's too expensive to travel to the US next month, flights £700 + (I was looking at Vegas), and I don't really fancy travelling Europe, been to France, Germany, Spain Portugal etc. Plus I think or so I'm told a lot of young people travel Thailand. In saying that Croatia seems to have got very popular.

Flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui was an hour and about £70 return i think. Bangkok Airways fly every couple of hours

Yeah for all my wafflin I forget to say that! Good man take yer points!

A flight is probably the better option if your limited on time, there are also flights to Phuket on the west coast
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 05, 2015, 09:59:25 AM
Got a buddy last minute, gonna go to vegas to f**k.  ;D One question I'd like an opinion on from the Vegas experts on here - Is July too hot? I know its between 35-45 celsius, which seems mental! I was once in 38C in Lanzarote and thought it unbearable, no air - real sticky heat even in the shade. September etc cheaper and not as hot, but I just want to seize the moment or I'll never go!

What I'm asking is - for us paddys - Is it brutal outside i.e. you can't walk up and down the strip without having a constant river of sweat running down you, no breeze? Or could you work round it by getting up late (partying all night), staying indoors to 4/5pm and then going out to the pool? or is brutal hot at night too.   :-\ :-\

All being well gonna book it tonight, we'll go for a week/10 days between 1st-16th July. It is expensive yes - flights gonna be 6/700 , accom isnt too bad. might rent out a car when we land dependin on price. Would love to just land out and not have anywhere booked so could drive from vegas etc to places but prob get ripped off out there by hotels!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gonzalo15 on June 05, 2015, 10:19:27 AM
Condisering going inter railing over the summer, any suggestions for a good route? So far considering Amsterdam berlin budapest prague croatia
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 05, 2015, 10:24:33 AM
Vegas is a dry heat, there's very little humidity. It will feel very hot, of course, but the A/C will be spectacular in every hotel and restaurant. And then because it's 'dry', you won't sweat as much you'll find. Be careful though, you'll burn like a crisp if you're not careful because of the heat not feeling so 'oppressive'.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 05, 2015, 10:54:38 AM
Condisering going inter railing over the summer, any suggestions for a good route? So far considering Amsterdam berlin budapest prague croatia

it's an alternative viewpoint, but I would say visit places using the train  that do not have several flights from Ireland rather than biggies that can be easily reached any weekend. Go to Aachen, Nuremburg, Dresden, Brno, Kosice, Linz, Ljubljana to reach Zagreb and the coast. But that is easy to say if you've already been in Amsterdam, Berlin etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on June 05, 2015, 03:50:51 PM
Vegas is a dry heat, there's very little humidity. It will feel very hot, of course, but the A/C will be spectacular in every hotel and restaurant. And then because it's 'dry', you won't sweat as much you'll find. Be careful though, you'll burn like a crisp if you're not careful because of the heat not feeling so 'oppressive'.

50/50ball, listen to what AZ says here because he is 100% correct and has lived in this region previously. It will be Hot but bearable but it is a dangerous hot as you will get roasted easier than you think. However, there are loads of pools in all hotels, loads of malls with AC so you will be fine. However, like all Paddies you have to slap on the sun creams as do all the Yanks in any case so no worries on that front.
Cant wait your hear your review of it...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 05, 2015, 04:03:15 PM
Vegas is a dry heat, there's very little humidity. It will feel very hot, of course, but the A/C will be spectacular in every hotel and restaurant. And then because it's 'dry', you won't sweat as much you'll find. Be careful though, you'll burn like a crisp if you're not careful because of the heat not feeling so 'oppressive'.

50/50ball, listen to what AZ says here because he is 100% correct and has lived in this region previously. It will be Hot but bearable but it is a dangerous hot as you will get roasted easier than you think. However, there are loads of pools in all hotels, loads of malls with AC so you will be fine. However, like all Paddies you have to slap on the sun creams as do all the Yanks in any case so no worries on that front.
Cant wait your hear your review of it...

Would agree with this, in fact I would also take you own advice and stay out of the sun midday completely, and cover up if you are in it, that's what cultures who live in desert climates do. I am actually more uncomfortable in this type of climate than a tropical one as i feel like I am a piece of bacon under a grill.  It will still be hot at night but it will cool of substantially from the day, I kinda like the warm nights.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 05, 2015, 04:44:42 PM
Cheers for all the info, will book flights & hotel tonight. Final bit of advice  -

Can get Sun 5th-Sun 12th for £580 flights - must be a one-off. Is this enough 7 days? I don't want to take it just cause its cheap if we'd be better with 8/9/10 days max (all I can afford). But for even 1 day extra it'll cost me £700 flights..

Regards the hotels - obviously want to be centre strip close to the action, we're both in our early twenties!
I've narrowed it to - Excalibur, Harrah's, LINQ, Westin, Flamingo, Monte Carlo, could push the boat out for New York New York or Polo Towers.. but is it needed for 2 lads ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Canalman on June 05, 2015, 05:09:02 PM
Cheers for all the info, will book flights & hotel tonight. Final bit of advice  -

Can get Sun 5th-Sun 12th for £580 flights - must be a one-off. Is this enough 7 days? I don't want to take it just cause its cheap if we'd be better with 8/9/10 days max (all I can afford). But for even 1 day extra it'll cost me £700 flights..

Regards the hotels - obviously want to be centre strip close to the action, we're both in our early twenties!
I've narrowed it to - Excalibur, Harrah's, LINQ, Westin, Flamingo, Monte Carlo, could push the boat out for New York New York or Polo Towers.. but is it needed for 2 lads ?

For me anyway all about location on the strip. Imo best to stay mid strip. Use Ballys as a guidepoint. For me Ny/NY, Excalibur too far one end of the  the strip.
I would choose the cheaper hotels on the strip . They are all pretty ok, big rooms, tv with plenty of channels (alot of them spanish language).

The newish hotels for me anyway are sterile and characterless.



Others may differ in their views.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on June 05, 2015, 05:14:46 PM
Cheers for all the info, will book flights & hotel tonight. Final bit of advice  -

Can get Sun 5th-Sun 12th for £580 flights - must be a one-off. Is this enough 7 days? I don't want to take it just cause its cheap if we'd be better with 8/9/10 days max (all I can afford). But for even 1 day extra it'll cost me £700 flights..

Regards the hotels - obviously want to be centre strip close to the action, we're both in our early twenties!
I've narrowed it to - Excalibur, Harrah's, LINQ, Westin, Flamingo, Monte Carlo, could push the boat out for New York New York or Polo Towers.. but is it needed for 2 lads ?

Believe me there are quality hotels in LV wherever you choose but as previous poster said, the location is key. The 3* and 4* hotels are like 5* here - you will be pleasantly surprised at what your money will get you. I would go for Mirage/Treasure Island or similar. If you are at one end of the strip it is quite a walk to get to the other end and the best way to experience LV is to walk/stagger everywhere and take it all in. You don't want to spend all your time stuck in taxis in traffic queues. Check out the hotel location map on whatever website you are booking through and you will be able to sort out the hotels from the mid strip location. Mid strip is Caesars Palace area / Ballys area. You sound like you cant wait to get there !!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 05, 2015, 06:15:03 PM
I like MGM Grand, but I also like Caesars Palace, just to say you stayed there 😄 as the lads said most hotels in Vegas are good. The worst I stayed in was with 3 lads from home in one room in a hotel called Bourbon Street, and even that wasn't bad. Mind you it was a water bed, and we were lying across it like hot dogs in a packet 😄 every time some got up for a whiz, the whole bed moved like a tidal wave. 😄
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bigfrank on June 05, 2015, 06:59:13 PM
Tenerife booked leaving next Sunday,a full 14 years since my last visit to the resort!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on June 05, 2015, 08:18:33 PM
Cheers for all the info, will book flights & hotel tonight. Final bit of advice  -

Can get Sun 5th-Sun 12th for £580 flights - must be a one-off. Is this enough 7 days? I don't want to take it just cause its cheap if we'd be better with 8/9/10 days max (all I can afford). But for even 1 day extra it'll cost me £700 flights..

Regards the hotels - obviously want to be centre strip close to the action, we're both in our early twenties!
I've narrowed it to - Excalibur, Harrah's, LINQ, Westin, Flamingo, Monte Carlo, could push the boat out for New York New York or Polo Towers.. but is it needed for 2 lads ?

if you're on the hunt for birds get a hotel with good reviews for the pool. Depends if you're after young ones or blue rinses ;)
I was in Treasure Island in 2013 - scenery was so-so. I've heard good things about caesars.
MGM a few years back wasn't bad - lazy river was awesome.


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on June 05, 2015, 10:42:46 PM
Cheers for all the info, will book flights & hotel tonight. Final bit of advice  -

Can get Sun 5th-Sun 12th for £580 flights - must be a one-off. Is this enough 7 days? I don't want to take it just cause its cheap if we'd be better with 8/9/10 days max (all I can afford). But for even 1 day extra it'll cost me £700 flights..

Regards the hotels - obviously want to be centre strip close to the action, we're both in our early twenties!
I've narrowed it to - Excalibur, Harrah's, LINQ, Westin, Flamingo, Monte Carlo, could push the boat out for New York New York or Polo Towers.. but is it needed for 2 lads ?

For a bunch of lads, if you could afford Cosmo, Wynn or Encore then go for those ones.

Aria is usually cheap enough and it is right in the middle of the strip as well. MGM is up at the top but not that much hassle really as you can spend a good bit of time around their facilities. Cracking pools and Wet Republic is there as well. To be honest I would stay away from those hotels you mentioned.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 05, 2015, 11:05:56 PM
Does the monorail still run lads? That was handy for MGM.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 06, 2015, 08:19:15 AM
AZ I think it does yeah.
 http://www.lasvegasmaps.com/strip_map2014.gif (http://www.lasvegasmaps.com/strip_map2014.gif)

Right I'll tell you within my budget I've narrowed to these options - NY NY, Paris would be pushing the boat out £100 extra for overall stay, or else Harrah's, Linq or Monte Carlo all coming in the same price, fair bit less than Paris or NY NY.

Would the 7 days be grand for first time? Or would be worth the extra £150 or so in flights to stay for 8-10 days. 7 could be plenty but I've just always thought when flying across the Atlantic on 10hr flight (at least) it's short-ish!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on June 06, 2015, 10:56:33 AM
If you're on a tight budget then 7 is plenty. It's very expensive to go out in Vegas. You'll spend a fortune but it'll be worth it.

And Paris is more central on the strip than the others. Did you not check out the price for Aria?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on June 06, 2015, 12:40:15 PM
Harrahs  is the mid strip hotel which is prob best value and the mono stops right beside it. Hash house a go go is there so you can try the Man v Food breakfast :-)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 06, 2015, 04:39:59 PM
I stayed in NY NY, it was grand, the duelling (sp?) pianos and 9 Fine Irishmen pubs were good fun in the hotel. Pool wasn't great compared to other pools I'd seen, the roller coaster rolls past overhead every few minutes and is quite loud.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on June 06, 2015, 07:39:49 PM
Driving from Armagh to Tralee area in a few weeks, where would be a good stop for breakfast on the Dublin to Kerry leg? Motorway route.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on June 06, 2015, 07:53:44 PM
Driving from Armagh to Tralee area in a few weeks, where would be a good stop for breakfast on the Dublin to Kerry leg? Motorway route.

The Obama plaza about 1/2 way between Dublin & Limerick is a great spot with several different eating spots in it
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bennydorano on June 06, 2015, 08:29:22 PM
Cheers, looks ideal.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on June 06, 2015, 08:52:09 PM
Driving from Armagh to Tralee area in a few weeks, where would be a good stop for breakfast on the Dublin to Kerry leg? Motorway route.

The Obama plaza about 1/2 way between Dublin & Limerick is a great spot with several different eating spots in it
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+1. Good spot. Nowhere else apart from Mickey D's in Roscrea.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 08, 2015, 01:14:38 AM
Booked MGM queen room for 7 nights in July, happen to be there during mcgregor fight. Unreal stuff.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on June 09, 2015, 01:55:38 PM
Anyone any suggestions for a good winter sun holiday in Novermber /december?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 09, 2015, 01:59:26 PM
Booked MGM queen room for 7 nights in July, happen to be there during mcgregor fight. Unreal stuff.

Jammy b**tard.Going to Vegas I mean, not the McGregor fight.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: joemamas on June 09, 2015, 03:03:05 PM
Booked MGM queen room for 7 nights in July, happen to be there during mcgregor fight. Unreal stuff.

Jammy b**tard.Going to Vegas I mean, not the McGregor fight.

Seven nights in Vegas is four or five nights too many, unless you have incredible discipline.

I go there for work two or three times a year and was there last week, decide to take a third night in, five days later, still recovering. throws body off more than any place I ever go to.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 11, 2015, 10:45:07 AM
Signed up to that Mlife AZOffaly and booked it through there! Got it cheaper than any of those booking sites by the looks of things.. Even from looking at the website tough can't seem to understand what Mlife actually entitles you to or how it works!

Now to decide what factor sunscreen to wear, she's gonna be a hot one  ;D ;D

Not going to the fight tickets ridiculous, start at $450, prob just watch it somewhere, we're staying in same hotel as it I suppose.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 11, 2015, 10:48:58 AM
If you go down towards the back of the MGM main casino floor, more or less straight ahead from the front door, you might see some of the 'entourage' down there. I was in MGM for a Tyson fight, didn't even know it was on until we arrived in Vegas. Didn't go to the fight, but we saw him walking through the casino after the fight. He looked grand, I doubt the other lad was so healthy looking!.

As regards that M Life thing, it wasn't me that mentioned that. I don't know what it gets you :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macdanger2 on June 11, 2015, 12:03:51 PM
Signed up to that Mlife AZOffaly and booked it through there! Got it cheaper than any of those booking sites by the looks of things.. Even from looking at the website tough can't seem to understand what Mlife actually entitles you to or how it works!


What kind of coin were you looking at for 7 nights?? €800?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 11, 2015, 01:23:25 PM
Signed up to that Mlife AZOffaly and booked it through there! Got it cheaper than any of those booking sites by the looks of things.. Even from looking at the website tough can't seem to understand what Mlife actually entitles you to or how it works!

I thought this site entitled me to a MILF to bring to Vegas, but seemingly not.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on June 11, 2015, 02:31:53 PM
Signed up to that Mlife AZOffaly and booked it through there! Got it cheaper than any of those booking sites by the looks of things.. Even from looking at the website tough can't seem to understand what Mlife actually entitles you to or how it works!


What kind of coin were you looking at for 7 nights?? €800?

889 dollars! and i do believe that includes resort fees, although those websites confusing as hell with their tricks, telling you they are included but yet when you check in they will be added to the debit card you booked with.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on June 11, 2015, 09:07:18 PM
Signed up to that Mlife AZOffaly and booked it through there! Got it cheaper than any of those booking sites by the looks of things.. Even from looking at the website tough can't seem to understand what Mlife actually entitles you to or how it works!


What kind of coin were you looking at for 7 nights?? €800?

If you like texas hold 'em there is are some fixed price tournaments daily over in Excalibur across from the MGM. Buy in at $40
bit of fun and you won't lose your shirt

http://www.excalibur.com/casino/daily_poker_tournaments.aspx

You'll still find the a-holes with shades and visors who think they are on the big tables :D

889 dollars! and i do believe that includes resort fees, although those websites confusing as hell with their tricks, telling you they are included but yet when you check in they will be added to the debit card you booked with.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on June 22, 2015, 11:11:45 AM
Just back from 2.5 weeks in Cuba. Fascinating and, at times, incredibly difficult country. Would highly recommend it for a "different" type of trip.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: oakleafer on June 22, 2015, 12:58:38 PM
Try Cala Dor on the East side of the island. Lovely resort with some great little beachs and fairly quiet. Would suit families with young children.

Yeah would back that up also.. Lovely spot

Thanks lads. Took your advice and was not disappointed. Great spot, exactly what I was after.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on June 22, 2015, 01:21:15 PM
Just back from 2.5 weeks in Cuba. Fascinating and, at times, incredibly difficult country. Would highly recommend it for a "different" type of trip.
Will be back to you for more info on this as it doesn't figure in 2015 plans but maybe next year.  Did you book your own trip or use an agent?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on June 22, 2015, 02:05:29 PM
Just back from 2.5 weeks in Cuba. Fascinating and, at times, incredibly difficult country. Would highly recommend it for a "different" type of trip.
Will be back to you for more info on this as it doesn't figure in 2015 plans but maybe next year.  Did you book your own trip or use an agent?

Did it ourselves. Two weeks travelling around Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara, before a few days at the beach at Varadero. We missed Viñales which everyone we bumped into seemed to have on their route and said it was exceptional.

Best accommodation option by miles are the casas particulares. If you've a bit of Spanish, very easy to drop them an email and organise yourself.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 23, 2015, 06:47:20 AM
Just back from 2.5 weeks in Cuba. Fascinating and, at times, incredibly difficult country. Would highly recommend it for a "different" type of trip.
Will be back to you for more info on this as it doesn't figure in 2015 plans but maybe next year.  Did you book your own trip or use an agent?

Did it ourselves. Two weeks travelling around Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara, before a few days at the beach at Varadero. We missed Viñales which everyone we bumped into seemed to have on their route and said it was exceptional.

Best accommodation option by miles are the casas particulares. If you've a bit of Spanish, very easy to drop them an email and organise yourself.

Sounds great gallsman! Travel by public transport or rent a car? What where the highlights? Barato/expensive? What about la gente? Musica? Comida? Boxing? Beisbol? Fidel?

FFS dont leave us hanging without some decent details!

Did you need much Spanish Im working on mine but not that confident with it
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Subbie on June 23, 2015, 09:04:15 AM
Just back from 2.5 weeks in Cuba. Fascinating and, at times, incredibly difficult country. Would highly recommend it for a "different" type of trip.
Will be back to you for more info on this as it doesn't figure in 2015 plans but maybe next year.  Did you book your own trip or use an agent?

Did it ourselves. Two weeks travelling around Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara, before a few days at the beach at Varadero. We missed Viñales which everyone we bumped into seemed to have on their route and said it was exceptional.

Best accommodation option by miles are the casas particulares. If you've a bit of Spanish, very easy to drop them an email and organise yourself.

Sounds great gallsman! Travel by public transport or rent a car? What where the highlights? Barato/expensive? What about la gente? Musica? Comida? Boxing? Beisbol? Fidel?

FFS dont leave us hanging without some decent details!

Did you need much Spanish Im working on mine but not that confident with it

Not sure about Cuba , not been there yet, but I travelled through Central America and only had about 10 phrases apart from hello, goodbye/goodnight and do you sell grass.

What is important is learning the numbers and saying at every opportunity muy cara (too expensive)
Once you crack 1-50 you are sorted, very repetitive, also if you've done French at school it's a big help, similar languages in a lot of ways.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on June 23, 2015, 09:34:30 AM
Public transport by a mile - car hire is very expensive, the cars are shit and the roads are awful.

Havana - beautiful colonial buildings and the old town in particular is magnificent. A lot of restoration going on at the minute, but much more needed. A lot of cold war, Soviet style grey concrete blocks about the place. Favourite part by far was walking the length of the Malecón, an 8km seafront boulevard that is teeming with life. You have to watch your step everywhere you go though. Health and safety ideas and legislation haven't quite reached the Caribbean so you could easily end up in a 6 feet pot hole. We stayed in a casa particular between Centro Havana and Vedado when we first got there and a hotel in Havana Vieja before we came home.

Cienfuegos - Not much to see in the town but worth a day. We used it as a base to go to El Nicho in Topes de Collantes National Park and then to go to to the Bay of Pigs towns - Playa Girón and Playa Larga. The museum in Playa Girón is great.

Trinidad - incredible, time warped and very, very touristy.

Santa Clara - the town is a pretty much a living memorial to Che. You can barely escape his (or Camilo Cienfuegos') face anywhere in the country but he dominates Santa Clara. His mausoleum is very haunting.

Varadero - a few days all inclusive luxury at the beach. Stayed in a nice hotel but were bored after a couple of days. I'm generally not a fan of the beach but this one is beautiful. Too many Brits and Canadians around.

Cost - it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want. The difference is in the value. Anything particularly expensive (meals, hotels etc) is almost certainly not worth it, and completely unnecessary. Decent Spanish will allow  you to negotiate a bit. Music and dancing - incredible, everywhere. You can simply walk down a street and a couple of lads might have a guitar and be singing away. Especially true on the Malecón. Stopped off for a look in Rafael Trejo's gym in Havana Vieja. There was some training going on but unfortunately no fights. Baseball season was over. I was shocked at the popularity of soccer and subsequently soccer tops, primarily Barcelona ones. Almost omnipresent. Not too much of Fidel about the place at. A few billboards of he and Chavez together but most of the propaganda is revoution/socialism speak or of Che or Camilo. Food was alright, but can be expensive and very plain. The best food we had by miles was in the casas particulares. A lot of pork and (quite bland) fish. And lots, and lots of rice and beans!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 23, 2015, 05:47:28 PM
Gread read thanks Gallsman sounds like ye had a blast, was it just you and herself? Aye resorts aint my cup of tea either, I find no pleasure in them at all apart from the showers. Sterile is how I would describe them.

Was thinking of going this year but with young weans maybe not that doo-able ATM. But then again worried I'll miss "Old Cuba" with the impending mass influx of tourists and Starbucks that will inevitably come with the improving American relations.

Yeah there's a Cuban place down the street from me, actually love it, seems to be alot of stew type stuff and of course frijoles with everything, by jaysus I wouldn't be long getting sick o them tho.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on June 23, 2015, 07:07:03 PM
Gread read thanks Gallsman sounds like ye had a blast, was it just you and herself? Aye resorts aint my cup of tea either, I find no pleasure in them at all apart from the showers. Sterile is how I would describe them.

Was thinking of going this year but with young weans maybe not that doo-able ATM. But then again worried I'll miss "Old Cuba" with the impending mass influx of tourists and Starbucks that will inevitably come with the improving American relations.

Yeah there's a Cuban place down the street from me, actually love it, seems to be alot of stew type stuff and of course frijoles with everything, by jaysus I wouldn't be long getting sick o them tho.

Omaghjoe - were are you living at the minute. Is it SoCal somewhere...?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 23, 2015, 08:42:05 PM
Si Senor, vivo en el sur del california. Porqué?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on June 24, 2015, 12:29:54 AM
Gread read thanks Gallsman sounds like ye had a blast, was it just you and herself? Aye resorts aint my cup of tea either, I find no pleasure in them at all apart from the showers. Sterile is how I would describe them.

Was thinking of going this year but with young weans maybe not that doo-able ATM. But then again worried I'll miss "Old Cuba" with the impending mass influx of tourists and Starbucks that will inevitably come with the improving American relations.

Yeah there's a Cuban place down the street from me, actually love it, seems to be alot of stew type stuff and of course frijoles with everything, by jaysus I wouldn't be long getting sick o them tho.

Yup, just the two of us and herself loved it as well. I could spend days writing about everything we saw. My post reads a bit like an honest tour guide but there's so much more that should be mentioned. I've travelled a good bit both socially and with work but this was my first time leaving a "western" (I'm including Australia and NZ in the definition) country, with the exception of maybe a weekend in Krakow. I thought I'd seen some poverty before but this place was truly eye opening at times. I'd brought a load of shirts that were too big for me for covering up at the beach and decided to give them away at a cathedral in Havana. The Loyola worker who took them off us welled up with tears in her eyes and couldn't stop thanking us. To me, they were a few shirts and football tops I had no real use for as I'd lost a good bit of weight since I bought them (at a mall, in Vegas). It really hits you at times. Yet they largely have electricity, running water, air con and food, so it's nothing compared to what you see on TV of Asia and Africa. I found it quite troubling at times.

What was truly incredible though was the friendliness and warmth of the people. Everyone is helpful as they're reliant on tourists so I didn't expect it to be any different but everything seemed so genuine. A really joie de vivre about the place, yet people will tell you about the issues they face if you ask them and there aren't any cops around. You get hassled a bit by people trying to sell you stuff, bring you somewhere to sell you stuff or get you to take their taxi/horse and cart/rickshaw but a wave of the hand or a "no gracias" and they leave you alone. A wonderful people and the racial integration, especially amongst younger generations was incredible to see.

One of our (and everyone we met) reasons to go this year was to "get there before the yanks come and wreck it" (that's tongue in cheek Stew/Mike/Whitey/Fox, so don't get your panties in a twist) but having been there I don't think there's that much rush. Change will be very, very slow and the mass influx of Americans won't be as great as I'd previously thought. Those that do go initially will go for the resorts (we didn't meet any Canadians outside the resorts despite them being the biggest tourist group by far to the country) I think. If you explore Havana an get out into the countryside and the other towns, you'll still see the "real" Cuba for a good while yet in my opinion.

Anything in particular you've questions about, just drop me a PM.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnneycool on June 24, 2015, 09:22:43 AM
Who in the black north is offering the best exchange rates for sterling to euro notes?

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: mylestheslasher on June 24, 2015, 12:24:55 PM
Who in the black north is offering the best exchange rates for sterling to euro notes?

Slab Murphy
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: johnneycool on June 24, 2015, 12:34:48 PM
Who in the black north is offering the best exchange rates for sterling to euro notes?

Slab Murphy

Where is Slab now?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: charlieTully on June 24, 2015, 07:43:08 PM
heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 24, 2015, 08:11:47 PM
heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?

Who Slab M?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 24, 2015, 08:17:11 PM
heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?

Who Slab M?

You must be very young. He was a prominent businessman from the Louth/Armagh area.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: charlieTully on June 24, 2015, 08:20:30 PM
heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?

Who Slab M?

ok, apologies for the lazy post, I am heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?. There is no getting away from smartarsed tryone hoors.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: foxcommander on June 24, 2015, 10:20:46 PM
heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?

Who Slab M?

ok, apologies for the lazy post, I am heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?. There is no getting away from smartarsed tryone hoors.

I mentioned before Charlie -  Excalibur has some daily poker tournaments at small buy in rates (about $40).
At least this way you aren't going to have sharks jumping in and out of your table fleecing you.
You sign up and they assign you a place. As people get knocked out then other tables will merge with yours.

At least you keep your losses low and its a bit of fun if you have buddies along.

Feel free to PM me for any advice on LV
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LeoMc on June 25, 2015, 08:01:16 AM
heading to Vegas in Oct, would like to try some small stakes poker, any recommendations or advice appreciated?

Who Slab M?

You must be very young. He was a prominent businessman from the Louth/Armagh area.
I think OJ's statement was missing a punctuation mark rather than a copula. It was a joke rather than a search for knowledge.

Who? Slab Murphy? rather than Who is Slab Murphy?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on July 08, 2015, 02:43:48 PM
Lads, the parents are heading to Albufeira in August and are looking for an apart-hotel (basically a self service apartment within a hotel type complex) within walking distance to old town. Any ideas? I've searched hotels.com etc and have seen a couple like Alagoamar or Ondamar, but they are about 1km from the Old Town square. Anyone know anything in that line a bit closer?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: DennistheMenace on July 08, 2015, 02:50:33 PM
Lads, the parents are heading to Albufeira in August and are looking for an apart-hotel (basically a self service apartment within a hotel type complex) within walking distance to old town. Any ideas? I've searched hotels.com etc and have seen a couple like Alagoamar or Ondamar, but they are about 1km from the Old Town square. Anyone know anything in that line a bit closer?

Tell them to go to Vilamorua instead.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on July 08, 2015, 03:05:32 PM
I prefer old town Albufeira myself to Vilamoura to be honest. I don't like the Yachty set :)

Actually Lagos is my favourite town so far on the Algarve, but it's not me going :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on July 08, 2015, 04:09:10 PM
I prefer old town Albufeira myself to Vilamoura to be honest. I don't like the Yachty set :)

Actually Lagos is my favourite town so far on the Algarve, but it's not me going :)

100% and if you can time your holiday right, the medieval festival @ Silves is well worth a visit
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on July 08, 2015, 05:06:42 PM
I prefer old town Albufeira myself to Vilamoura to be honest. I don't like the Yachty set :)

Actually Lagos is my favourite town so far on the Algarve, but it's not me going :)

+1

Absolutely cracking place, as is Alvor. Maybe I'm getting old but I'd far rather the more laid back scene in these places than either Villamoura or Albufeira
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Subbie on July 09, 2015, 12:51:34 AM
Another good town in Algarve is Tavira, in Eastern Algarve, 1/2 hour from Faro airport, accom food etc dirt cheap, lovely spot.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on July 09, 2015, 12:55:16 AM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on July 09, 2015, 09:31:56 AM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?

Yessir... Rented bikes from mulranny and headed over to achille and back.  Our youngest sat in a wee capsule trailer hooked onto my bike.  It's some job.  Note that the last couple of miles over to achille are on the road, not the Greenway itself. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Minus15 on July 09, 2015, 09:50:36 AM
Heading to Wicklow next week with wife and young baby. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: macdanger2 on July 09, 2015, 09:51:46 AM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?

Loads of apts / houses to rent around Westport - I've booked something through here a few times:

http://www.mayo-ireland.ie/en/accommodation/self-catering/rental-in-county-mayo.html

Or failing that, there's Trident Holiday homes agency based in the town who are decent enough to deal with.

Have only done a bit of the Greenway, it's good though esp if you get the weather. My sister did it recently, the rental companies now offer a pick-up service so you only have to cycle one-way if you want.

Anything else to do?
Westport house for kids;
Live music in a few pubs;
Climb Croagh Patrick and / or Mweelrea;
Beaches (some lovely ones out past Louisburgh);
Museum of Country Life in Turlough just outside Castlebar;
Lovely drive out towards Mulranny / Achill;
Delphi adventure centre out in Leenaun;
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on July 09, 2015, 10:34:46 AM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?

Take the car over to Achill and spend a day exploring places like this..


 

...then go to Matt Molloy's that night and watch a load of yanks make a glass of Guinness last for 4 hours!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on July 09, 2015, 11:37:54 AM
Thanks lads.

Achill is fantastic alright. Stunning beaches. Is there much to do on Clare Island? Always fancied a visit. The Saw Doctors make it sound like a magical place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BenDover on July 19, 2015, 08:58:19 PM
Just spent the week in Killarney bit hit and miss with the weather (to be expected) but had a good time anyway. Due a week in Port Salon in August to do sweet fa apart from beach and relax. But thinking of nxt year already any advice RE Eurocamp and the best locations, booking and sorting transfers? Have heard good reports about Dunriel in Holland.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on July 19, 2015, 09:14:04 PM
Have to go to Belgrade with work in the next few weeks.

A bit left field I know but flights are shitty via Frankfurt - anyone know anywhere better to fly direct to and get the train?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: LeoMc on July 20, 2015, 11:56:12 AM
Have to go to Belgrade with work in the next few weeks.

A bit left field I know but flights are shitty via Frankfurt - anyone know anywhere better to fly direct to and get the train?
Dubrovnik, Budapest, Burgas would be the 3 closest.
Would you not have better flight options through London or Rome?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: joemamas on July 20, 2015, 03:26:04 PM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?

Yessir... Rented bikes from mulranny and headed over to achille and back.  Our youngest sat in a wee capsule trailer hooked onto my bike.  It's some job.  Note that the last couple of miles over to achille are on the road, not the Greenway itself.

Which can be quite a concern if your kids are on the young side. Especially with some clown driving at 60MPH alongside.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Harold Disgracey on July 20, 2015, 08:57:52 PM
Have booked a few days in Mulranny for the end of August, looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: whitey on July 20, 2015, 09:09:35 PM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?

Take the car over to Achill and spend a day exploring places like this..


 

...then go to Matt Molloy's that night and watch a load of yanks make a glass of Guinness last for 4 hours!

My kids spent about 3 hours swimming at that beach a couple of weeks ago (with wet suits obviously) and we stopped in Nevins in Mulranny for the spuds on the way back.

Instead of Matt Molloys, go next door to the Porter House, especially on a Sunday night if the Molloy Brothers are playing.

 Hobans on the Octagon is another might pub for an impromptu session.....I heard some incredible singers and musicians...but be warned...they take it very seriously and we were almost shushed out the door for laughing and loud talking.

Petey Joes down in the Castlecourt is also a might spot...quite unexpected for a "new" pub inside a hotel.

Go down to the Helm or the Towers for dinner-2 great spots
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on July 20, 2015, 09:38:25 PM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?

Take the car over to Achill and spend a day exploring places like this..


 

...then go to Matt Molloy's that night and watch a load of yanks make a glass of Guinness last for 4 hours!

My kids spent about 3 hours swimming at that beach a couple of weeks ago (with wet suits obviously) and we stopped in Nevins in Mulranny for the spuds on the way back.

Instead of Matt Molloys, go next door to the Porter House, especially on a Sunday night if the Molloy Brothers are playing.

 Hobans on the Octagon is another might pub for an impromptu session.....I heard some incredible singers and musicians...but be warned...they take it very seriously and we were almost shushed out the door for laughing and loud talking.

Petey Joes down in the Castlecourt is also a might spot...quite unexpected for a "new" pub inside a hotel.

Go down to the Helm or the Towers for dinner-2 great spots

Does that joint have a piano in there. Me and wife were in it maybe 7-8 years ago we musta been the only ones not able to contribute to the session. It was absolutely powerful inpsired me to take up music actually
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: whitey on July 20, 2015, 10:27:20 PM
Anyone recommend things to do in and around Westport?

Are there many apartments to rent in the town or just outside?

Also, anyone done the Greenway cycle and have any stories?

Take the car over to Achill and spend a day exploring places like this..


 

...then go to Matt Molloy's that night and watch a load of yanks make a glass of Guinness last for 4 hours!

My kids spent about 3 hours swimming at that beach a couple of weeks ago (with wet suits obviously) and we stopped in Nevins in Mulranny for the spuds on the way back.

Instead of Matt Molloys, go next door to the Porter House, especially on a Sunday night if the Molloy Brothers are playing.

 Hobans on the Octagon is another might pub for an impromptu session.....I heard some incredible singers and musicians...but be warned...they take it very seriously and we were almost shushed out the door for laughing and loud talking.

Petey Joes down in the Castlecourt is also a might spot...quite unexpected for a "new" pub inside a hotel.

Go down to the Helm or the Towers for dinner-2 great spots

Does that joint have a piano in there. Me and wife were in it maybe 7-8 years ago we musta been the only ones not able to contribute to the session. It was absolutely powerful inpsired me to take up music actually

Hmmm....I dont think so, at least not the night I was in there.Its more like a bunch of musicians hussled in a corner. I went online and looked at some of the yelp and tripadvisor photos and didnt see any either
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on July 21, 2015, 08:32:41 PM
Have to go to Belgrade with work in the next few weeks.

A bit left field I know but flights are shitty via Frankfurt - anyone know anywhere better to fly direct to and get the train?
Dubrovnik, Budapest, Burgas would be the 3 closest.
Would you not have better flight options through London or Rome?

Cheers - Going to go through Istanbul with Turkish airlines - transfer times decent
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on August 07, 2015, 09:29:17 AM
Staying in the Citynorth Hotel for a few days next week.  Got passes for the Zoo and Tayto park but have a free day too and was wondering what is best to do around that area.  Have two children (6 and 2) - would it be recommended to go to Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Bettystown or the Battle of Boyne site etc?  Would they be close by or would they not be something that would be enjoyed by the children?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GJL on August 07, 2015, 09:41:00 AM
Staying in the Citynorth Hotel for a few days next week.  Got passes for the Zoo and Tayto park but have a free day too and was wondering what is best to do around that area.  Have two children (6 and 2) - would it be recommended to go to Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Bettystown or the Battle of Boyne site etc?  Would they be close by or would they not be something that would be enjoyed by the children?

Giving good weather next week so maybe out to Malahide? It is really nice out there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BenDover on August 07, 2015, 01:25:19 PM
Spending the week in Port Salon, 3days fine weather spent on the most incredible beach. A stones throw from letterkenny which was handy on Tuesday whn it pissed all day. Plenty of nice drives around Fanad head. Top spot def recommended.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on August 07, 2015, 01:43:13 PM
Spending the week in Port Salon, 3days fine weather spent on the most incredible beach. A stones throw from letterkenny which was handy on Tuesday whn it pissed all day. Plenty of nice drives around Fanad head. Top spot def recommended.

Back in the day, we would have went to a few beaches a week in Donegal in the summer.  Been that long since I've been now though but I do remember that they were all amazing and would love to get the time to go around them all again.  I can remember going to Downings, Portsalon (loved the drive down the cliff), Portnoo (loved going out to the island) a lot but also enjoyed the beach near Ards Forest Park.  For some reason I never like Rossnowlagh or Murvagh. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: downtown on November 02, 2015, 10:12:06 AM
anyone ever been to the the nazi concentration camps in poland or the Auschwitz-Birkenau tour.

looking to book this but looking a bit of advice if anyone has ever been.

thanks
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on November 02, 2015, 10:58:03 AM
anyone ever been to the the nazi concentration camps in poland or the Auschwitz-Birkenau tour.

looking to book this but looking a bit of advice if anyone has ever been.

thanks

Been to both - what advice are you looking for?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: downtown on November 02, 2015, 11:27:17 AM
Were is best place to stay? How long do you advise for the trips ? Did you do it with a tour, if so were is best to book thro?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on November 02, 2015, 11:45:48 AM
I did the Auschwitz/Birkenau tour a few years back, its a very humbling but worthwhile experience that everyone should try and do at some stage.

The trip  can be done under your own steam using local buses and trains, Osweicim is the closest train station,but I think these services may only take you to Auschwitz (Birkenau is a further3/4km away). The vast majority of tourists who do it book a guided tour through their hotel, this is the method we chose. Buses pick up at all tourist hotels at around 9AM for the approx 1hr trip to Auschwitz. On arrival you are met by a local official guide, the man we got was very insightful, who leads you around Auschwitz for about an hour. After a 10 minute break you get back on the bus to be taken to Birkenau where the same guide picks up the story. I guess we would have been there for another hour before departing for Krakow again. The whole trip probably takes 4/5 hours... If you are going make sure you do both camps as they are completely different experiences..

On a lighter note Krakow is an absolutely cracking spot, cold at this time of the year mind!!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: An Watcher on November 02, 2015, 12:38:03 PM
Visited Auschwitz/Birkenau a few years back myself.  Couldn't recommend it highly enough to be honest although it is truly shocking.  We didn't have a guide to take us round so just dandered around at our own pace.  We considered doing this and the Salt Mines on the same day but thankfully we didn't.  We were knackered after a day at the camps.   
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on November 02, 2015, 01:28:14 PM
I used this company for airport transfers and for one day Auschwitz/Salt Mines tour.  Couldn't recommend them highly enough : www.krakowtrip.com
Really nice, good value and did all the ticket buying for us - easy to communicate with us in advance.  It was a private tour so we weren't waiting for anyone else - def worth the extra few quid as it wasn't overly expensive anyway. 
We did the official Auschwitz tour which was great but our wee taxi man took us over to Birkenau so we didn't need to get the bus. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on November 06, 2015, 12:00:35 PM
Anyone recommendations between Christmas & New Year? I know its got hugely popular and prices have went up, talking about boxing day onwards and back first week of Jan - you know the week where you lay about, eat, drink, eat again and get fat!

Love the US but its expensive, there isn't really anywhere warm enough in Europe - beach weather. Anyone been to Thailand etc? Talking 25-35 age group.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 06, 2015, 03:04:05 PM
Anyone recommendations between Christmas & New Year? I know its got hugely popular and prices have went up, talking about boxing day onwards and back first week of Jan - you know the week where you lay about, eat, drink, eat again and get fat!

Love the US but its expensive, there isn't really anywhere warm enough in Europe - beach weather. Anyone been to Thailand etc? Talking 25-35 age group.

Tenerife is 26 degrees now.. though today it was 17 here :o
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on November 06, 2015, 03:15:48 PM
Anyone recommendations between Christmas & New Year? I know its got hugely popular and prices have went up, talking about boxing day onwards and back first week of Jan - you know the week where you lay about, eat, drink, eat again and get fat!

Love the US but its expensive, there isn't really anywhere warm enough in Europe - beach weather. Anyone been to Thailand etc? Talking 25-35 age group.

I priced going to California direct from Dublin to LA with Ethiopian Air between Christmas and NY and flights were reasonable. 

Instead we decided to go to....Aberdeen!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Subbie on November 07, 2015, 02:32:51 AM
Anyone any tips on Bali?? Going in April.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: stiffler on November 07, 2015, 09:50:08 AM
Anyone recommendations between Christmas & New Year? I know its got hugely popular and prices have went up, talking about boxing day onwards and back first week of Jan - you know the week where you lay about, eat, drink, eat again and get fat!

Love the US but its expensive, there isn't really anywhere warm enough in Europe - beach weather. Anyone been to Thailand etc? Talking 25-35 age group.

Thailand a great spot to go to for that age range? Loads to do , and plenty of nightlife.

Guaranteed warm weather , however can be overcast. Christmas and new yrs is peak season so more expensive and accomodation can be sparse.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gold on November 07, 2015, 10:38:19 AM
I'm staying in Sligo next weekend. Any good spots/bars etc to go to/things to do?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GJL on November 07, 2015, 12:55:50 PM
Anyone any tips on Bali?? Going in April.

Great spot for outdoor adrenalin sports. White water rafting, scuba diving, etc. Was in it for a week as part of my honeymoon.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Denn Forever on November 07, 2015, 01:56:19 PM
I'm staying in Sligo next weekend. Any good spots/bars etc to go to/things to do?

This would start you off.
http://gaaboard.com/board/index.php?topic=25998.msg1488135#msg1488135

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on November 10, 2015, 10:16:42 AM
Anyone recommendations between Christmas & New Year? I know its got hugely popular and prices have went up, talking about boxing day onwards and back first week of Jan - you know the week where you lay about, eat, drink, eat again and get fat!

Love the US but its expensive, there isn't really anywhere warm enough in Europe - beach weather. Anyone been to Thailand etc? Talking 25-35 age group.

I priced going to California direct from Dublin to LA with Ethiopian Air between Christmas and NY and flights were reasonable. 

Instead we decided to go to....Aberdeen!

I can't make any sense out of either of those sentences!

What is 'between Christmas and NY'?

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on November 10, 2015, 10:26:28 AM
Anyone recommendations between Christmas & New Year? I know its got hugely popular and prices have went up, talking about boxing day onwards and back first week of Jan - you know the week where you lay about, eat, drink, eat again and get fat!

Love the US but its expensive, there isn't really anywhere warm enough in Europe - beach weather. Anyone been to Thailand etc? Talking 25-35 age group.

I priced going to California direct from Dublin to LA with Ethiopian Air between Christmas and NY and flights were reasonable. 

Instead we decided to go to....Aberdeen!

I can't make any sense out of either of those sentences!

What is 'between Christmas and NY'?
The week that you're forced to take off work between 25 December and 1 Jan because the office is closed or there's not much happening.   
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on November 10, 2015, 05:24:54 PM
Ye prob heard Rois ( and anyone else) but if your headin to Socal Aer Lingus is reopening the direct  flight from Dublin to LAX in May

...Thank God for IAG and Willie Walsh ;)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on November 10, 2015, 07:41:18 PM
Ye prob heard Rois ( and anyone else) but if your headin to Socal Aer Lingus is reopening the direct  flight from Dublin to LAX in May

...Thank God for IAG and Willie Walsh ;)
Oh yes I sure did - features in next year's holiday plans already!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on November 15, 2015, 09:41:50 PM
Anyone been to Annecy or that region of France for a holiday? Thinking about heading in July for a few weeks, stopping and touring about different places.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on November 15, 2015, 10:00:46 PM
Anyone been to Annecy or that region of France for a holiday? Thinking about heading in July for a few weeks, stopping and touring about different places.
We went to Chamonix for a few days around the 12th July this summer past for our anniversary as we got married there the summer before, and spent a day in Annecy on the way. One of the nicest towns I've ever visited, it was my second time to visit the place and my opinion hadn't changed in the ten years in between. We didn't stay in Annecy though. The town of Evian is beautiful and in the same region. The Montreux jazz festival (Swiss side of the lake) is on in July too and we stayed along the lake a little from Montreux in the Chablais vineyard region, it was so stunning, getting up and going for an early morning swim in Lake Geneva. We did some hiking in Chamonix, stayed a few days there, such a busy town. Any outdoor activity can be done there and it is motorway accessible.
I hope we make it an annual trip as it is an amazing part of Europe. So much to do.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on November 15, 2015, 10:18:34 PM
Anyone been to Annecy or that region of France for a holiday? Thinking about heading in July for a few weeks, stopping and touring about different places.

The whole area around there is beautiful - you've loads of different options for places to visit too if you had time
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on November 15, 2015, 10:28:21 PM
I don't know where to start in terms of an itinerary as there are so many options. Could even drive to nice but that would be a rush. I will be in the area for a few days cycling then my wife is coming to meet me at Geneva airport and we will start our trip there. I spent a day in Annecy last year and loved it! Only got to see a little bit of it. One of the nicest places I've ever been. Definitely want to spend a few days chilling out here. Maybe even finish the trip in Annecy for 3 or 4 days. Ive seen a place Talloires mentioned as well. That Montreux Chablais vineyard region you mentioned sounds good, Rois. Chamonix is also on the list of places to see and take a cable car up Mont Blanc.  We aren't party animals or anything. Like a mixture of an active and chilling out/sunbathing holiday.

I'm assuming car hire is essential?

Any itinerary suggestions or BnBs/hotel suggestions let us know!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on November 15, 2015, 11:26:05 PM
Yeah def hire a car for travelling in France. You could start from Geneva on the a Swiss side of Lake Geneva and spend a few days around the area, we stayed in Clarion Hotel Lavaux and you get a free train pass to go to Lausanne/ Montreux on the regional line so you can ditch the car and enjoy the wine. You could then drive around the lake to the French side.

If you go into the mountains around Chamonix, there are so many accommodation options as the place is set up for tourists. We stayed in Hotel les Aiglons because it had an outdoor pool and was in the town centre. The weather was absolutely amazing, though it lashed all week when we got married the year before! The hotel is right beside the Mont Blanc lift.  If you go there you can pay to drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy and the town of Courmayeur (sp) for another perspective.
It's an hour's drive between Chamonix and Annecy. Don't forget 14 July is Bastille Day, and the Euros might still be on.
I spent 3 summers working about 1.5 hours from Geneva in the Swiss pre-alpes which was when I first visited Annecy, the place is amazing. Where are you cycling?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JimStynes on November 15, 2015, 11:44:05 PM
The Etape du tour amateur cycling event is also on around the 10th in Chamonix Megave I think so it could be a bad time. The Tour De france gets to that region around 17th of July I think. Would be great to watch it while I am there but would probably get divorced and would be a nightmare traffic wise!

I am not sure where I will be cycling for definitely yet but probably St Jean Maurianne area as a lot of the famous climbs are close by. I stayed in Alp D'Huez last year in a chalet and it was amazing! If we could find some of that type of accommodation it would be great and keep the cost down a little. Between flights, car rental, hotels etc it would soon add up.

Going to take a lot of planning!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on November 16, 2015, 08:25:40 AM
Yeah def hire a car for travelling in France. You could start from Geneva on the a Swiss side of Lake Geneva and spend a few days around the area, we stayed in Clarion Hotel Lavaux and you get a free train pass to go to Lausanne/ Montreux on the regional line so you can ditch the car and enjoy the wine. You could then drive around the lake to the French side.

If you go into the mountains around Chamonix, there are so many accommodation options as the place is set up for tourists. We stayed in Hotel les Aiglons because it had an outdoor pool and was in the town centre. The weather was absolutely amazing, though it lashed all week when we got married the year before! The hotel is right beside the Mont Blanc lift.  If you go there you can pay to drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy and the town of Courmayeur (sp) for another perspective.
It's an hour's drive between Chamonix and Annecy. Don't forget 14 July is Bastille Day, and the Euros might still be on.
I spent 3 summers working about 1.5 hours from Geneva in the Swiss pre-alpes which was when I first visited Annecy, the place is amazing. Where are you cycling?

Lausanne is beautiful - right on the lake. You could also drive to Strasbourg (about three hours) - it's a lovely city and you can take a boat 'cruise' around it - there is an interwining river around the city.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on November 16, 2015, 02:11:43 PM
Anyone recommendations between Christmas & New Year? I know its got hugely popular and prices have went up, talking about boxing day onwards and back first week of Jan - you know the week where you lay about, eat, drink, eat again and get fat!

Love the US but its expensive, there isn't really anywhere warm enough in Europe - beach weather. Anyone been to Thailand etc? Talking 25-35 age group.

I priced going to California direct from Dublin to LA with Ethiopian Air between Christmas and NY and flights were reasonable. 

Instead we decided to go to....Aberdeen!

I can't make any sense out of either of those sentences!

What is 'between Christmas and NY'?
The week that you're forced to take off work between 25 December and 1 Jan because the office is closed or there's not much happening.   

Ah, NY is New Year's.

I assumed it was New York.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: An Watcher on January 02, 2016, 11:29:55 PM
After Xmas and the New Year it's time to think about Summer holidays.  We are taking the baby away for her first foreign holiday. She'll be 18 months in the Summer. See loads of kids holiday destinations but we're more interested in places for a baby. For example, nice pool area not too busy, decent walks, possible soft play area, central enough location.  Anyone got any recommendations for resorts/hotels around Europe as we're new to these type of holidays. Thinking Portugal, Spain, France as it'll be a short enough flight. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: StephenC on January 03, 2016, 12:22:42 PM
After Xmas and the New Year it's time to think about Summer holidays.  We are taking the baby away for her first foreign holiday. She'll be 18 months in the Summer. See loads of kids holiday destinations but we're more interested in places for a baby. For example, nice pool area not too busy, decent walks, possible soft play area, central enough location.  Anyone got any recommendations for resorts/hotels around Europe as we're new to these type of holidays. Thinking Portugal, Spain, France as it'll be a short enough flight. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

The best advice I can give you is to forget about making the holiday about the child. She'll be 18 mths and won't remember a thing from it. Choose a holiday that will work for you both.  If you have a good time, then she will as well.
We went to France when my daughter was around that age and made this very mistake. We chose a park that was highly rated for kids, not realising that she would have been as happy no matter where. There'll be plenty of years where the holidays will be all about the children, just not yet.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: An Watcher on January 03, 2016, 01:21:49 PM
Thanks for the advice StephenC. It was alot easier planning holidays for me n the missus!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on January 04, 2016, 02:03:22 PM
Thanks for the advice StephenC. It was alot easier planning holidays for me n the missus!

StephenC is right, but I would just say make sure you get somewhere where she's easy to manage. There's no point in a big hotel with a massive pool if you're expecting to lie down beside it and soak in rays. The little one will be off trying to climb into the pool.

So while I wouldn't plan the holiday for the child to enjoy per se, I would make sure the facilities are child friendly (or toddler friendly) and safe, which will allow you to enjoy it more.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on January 04, 2016, 03:16:00 PM
Going to Marrakesh for four nights in March. Anyone been?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on January 05, 2016, 04:09:45 PM
Trying to get the head around the 2016 holiday now. Love France and Portugal. Up in the muck and shite of the football field with the minors last night, so even more motivated to get something sorted out. The only good thing about January is planning June/July.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: HiMucker on January 05, 2016, 04:17:44 PM
Thanks for the advice StephenC. It was alot easier planning holidays for me n the missus!
Watcher from my experience I would advice going with another couple who have a kid.  When it was just us and the kid we didn't find it as much as a holiday.  With two couples, even though they have a kid to watch, the work load seems shared.  Extra sets of eyes at the pool etc.  Def found it a lot better and more of a holiday.  That's my tuppence anyway, and would agree with the others.  As longs as it is safe and has a pool  it will be grand.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: HiMucker on January 05, 2016, 04:19:05 PM
Going to Marrakesh for four nights in March. Anyone been?
My da was there about 15 years ago and said it was a kip.  He and my ma went again last year and the verdict was the same.  Im sure you will love it!  :D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on January 08, 2016, 02:41:05 PM
The missus looking for a wee break round Easter time in European city of my choice.... have previously been to Berlin, Prague, London, Rome & Barcelona would like to try somewhere different although I personally think London is hard to beat.

Anyone have knowledge or advice on Zurich, Munich or Vienna but preferably Zurich as flights are decent.

cheers
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on January 08, 2016, 02:45:35 PM
I don't think Paris was there on your list? Would you not consider there?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on January 08, 2016, 02:47:28 PM
The missus looking for a wee break round Easter time in European city of my choice.... have previously been to Berlin, Prague, London, Rome & Barcelona would like to try somewhere different although I personally think London is hard to beat.

Anyone have knowledge or advice on Zurich, Munich or Vienna but preferably Zurich as flights are decent.

cheers

Whatever you save on the flights to Zurich you'll spend on the food and drink. Vienna is good for a few days if Prague lit your bulb.
Munich is pleasant, and Madrid and Lisbon could be on the list.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on January 08, 2016, 02:51:00 PM
Lisbon could be on the list.


Lisbon is next on our list.

Amsterdam (avoiding the red light district!) is also a nice place.  But I'd go with Paris too if you haven't been...amazing deals to be had as well.

Krakow has a few good things to see. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Harold Disgracey on January 08, 2016, 02:53:18 PM
The missus looking for a wee break round Easter time in European city of my choice.... have previously been to Berlin, Prague, London, Rome & Barcelona would like to try somewhere different although I personally think London is hard to beat.

Anyone have knowledge or advice on Zurich, Munich or Vienna but preferably Zurich as flights are decent.

cheers

Stockholm and Copenhagen are both good, if a little pricey.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on January 08, 2016, 02:58:42 PM
The missus looking for a wee break round Easter time in European city of my choice.... have previously been to Berlin, Prague, London, Rome & Barcelona would like to try somewhere different although I personally think London is hard to beat.

Anyone have knowledge or advice on Zurich, Munich or Vienna but preferably Zurich as flights are decent.

cheers

Budapest is excellent, and would be cheaper than paris.
I went to Krakow at Easter a few year ago and it was good as well
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on January 08, 2016, 03:28:26 PM
The missus looking for a wee break round Easter time in European city of my choice.... have previously been to Berlin, Prague, London, Rome & Barcelona would like to try somewhere different although I personally think London is hard to beat.

Anyone have knowledge or advice on Zurich, Munich or Vienna but preferably Zurich as flights are decent.

cheers

thanks for the advice - yes, I have been to paris but forgot to put on the list. For some reason, I am swaying towards Zurich, admittedly with limited knowledge of the place. I appreciate it is expensive etc but I like to see places that are not your normal places - somewhere different. I have also done Olso, Helsinki and Riga before.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on January 08, 2016, 03:46:45 PM
Seafoid will be along shortly to tell you to forget about visiting Switzerland...

Everyone up north is heading to Reykjavik these days because Easyjet fly there from Belfast now. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on January 08, 2016, 03:55:41 PM
Seafoid will be along shortly to tell you to forget about visiting Switzerland...

Everyone up north is heading to Reykjavik these days because Easyjet fly there from Belfast now.
went there in the summer, a class city/ country and really enjoyed , but its fricking expensive  :-[
the flights to get there are cheap, but everything after that isn't.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on January 08, 2016, 04:08:21 PM
The missus looking for a wee break round Easter time in European city of my choice.... have previously been to Berlin, Prague, London, Rome & Barcelona would like to try somewhere different although I personally think London is hard to beat.

Anyone have knowledge or advice on Zurich, Munich or Vienna but preferably Zurich as flights are decent.

cheers

Unless you're unavoidably there on business, I'd avoid Zurich.

Vienna and Munich are both nice.

Have you been to Istanbul? Much better city than the other three, flights twice daily from Dublin and very cheap..
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 08, 2016, 05:22:57 PM
Heading to Berlin with the missus end of March. Anything I HAVE to see or hit Checkpoint Charlie early on and then get stuck into the beer and currywurst?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on January 08, 2016, 05:38:44 PM
Have been to Zurich a lot. I wouldn't say avoid but it's not by any means the prettiest part of Switzerland. Lucerne is a lovely spot.

I wouldn't put too much store in the fact the flights might be decent. Make no mistake, once you get there, nothing else will be and your wallet will get lightened pretty damn quickly.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on January 08, 2016, 05:39:25 PM
Heading to Berlin with the missus end of March. Anything I HAVE to see or hit Checkpoint Charlie early on and then get stuck into the beer and currywurst?

Walking tour of the wall.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Harold Disgracey on January 08, 2016, 05:43:44 PM
The Currywurst museum is beside Checkpoint Charlie!

Go to the Topography of Terror, the Reichstag and take the missus to Fassbender and Rausch and you'll allowed to drink as much beer as you want!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Clov on January 08, 2016, 05:45:46 PM
Heading to Berlin with the missus end of March. Anything I HAVE to see or hit Checkpoint Charlie early on and then get stuck into the beer and currywurst?

The Reichstag dome is very good. You have to register online in advance to make a visit - a couple of weeks at least as its very popular.

The Tiergarten is also good for a walk around and/or a cycle. There is a great restaurant in the middle of it somewhere.
Have a look also at the Holocaust memorial at Hannah-Arendt Strasse.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 08, 2016, 06:10:10 PM
Cheers she's a history teacher so will want all the WWII and Cold War stuff but says she has no time to do any research so it's up to me. Will definitely do a walking tour and try to nail as much as I can in one hit.

I like the sound of this currywurst museum.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Newbridge Exile on January 08, 2016, 06:46:07 PM
The missus looking for a wee break round Easter time in European city of my choice.... have previously been to Berlin, Prague, London, Rome & Barcelona would like to try somewhere different although I personally think London is hard to beat.

Anyone have knowledge or advice on Zurich, Munich or Vienna but preferably Zurich as flights are decent.

cheers

Unless you're unavoidably there on business, I'd avoid Zurich.

Vienna and Munich are both nice.

Have you been to Istanbul? Much better city than the other three, flights twice daily from Dublin and very cheap..
Been to Budapest 3 times now. would highly recommend it , ,
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on January 08, 2016, 07:18:24 PM
Cheers she's a history teacher so will want all the WWII and Cold War stuff but says she has no time to do any research so it's up to me. Will definitely do a walking tour and try to nail as much as I can in one hit.

I like the sound of this currywurst museum.

There is a rake of stuff in Berlin, you won't have time for half of it.
The bit of preserved wall at Bernauer Strasse gives an idea of the old days.
The Glienicke Bridge and Potsdam are interesting, and the villa where the Wannsee Conference was held is out that way too.
The DDR museum might be interesting, watch Deutschland '83 currently on Channel 4 to get into the mood.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 08, 2016, 08:21:10 PM
Cheers, just have to talk my Ma into watching the wains  :-[
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on January 08, 2016, 08:48:34 PM
Cheers, just have to talk my Ma into watching the wains  :-[

Loved Berlin. My kinda city...beer and museums. Check this place out..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_Island

Currywurst stands on Unter den Linden provide some of the best fast food I have ever tasted. Did I mention Beer...boat trip on the Spree is very interesting...you might need to book to visit the Reichstag....a superb city with loads to do and see...serious history...you can see the footprint of the wall when walking around the city...highly recommended...did I mention Beer.... ;)

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on January 08, 2016, 09:31:22 PM
Heading to Berlin with the missus end of March. Anything I HAVE to see or hit Checkpoint Charlie early on and then get stuck into the beer and currywurst?

You could try and get into the techno nightclub the Berghain. Never been but know a few lads who tried to get in and it involved standing in line for 3 hours or something and then being told to feck off when they got to the door. :D

Anyone on here ever get in?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 08, 2016, 09:46:38 PM
Heading to Berlin with the missus end of March. Anything I HAVE to see or hit Checkpoint Charlie early on and then get stuck into the beer and currywurst?

You could try and get into the techno nightclub the Berghain. Never been but know a few lads who tried to get in and it involved standing in line for 3 hours or something and then being told to feck off when they got to the door. :D

Anyone on here ever get in?
Looks like the spot. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/germany/berlin/10601482/Berghain-how-to-get-into-Berlins-most-exclusive-nightclub.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/germany/berlin/10601482/Berghain-how-to-get-into-Berlins-most-exclusive-nightclub.html)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Subbie on January 09, 2016, 12:08:55 AM
Tony , If your Mrs is into History tell her to have a look at the times for the guided tours of the Reichstag and the surrounding precincts, unreal,top top notch tour that takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours that absolutely fly by.

The area round the Brandenburg gate is something else as well for a history nut(Like me)

Even having a spin round on the public transport system is a pleasure in Berlin, it is perfect in every way.

Berlin as a city has everything for a short or long break but what I liked most about it was that everything works with no effort at all, people are not pretentious in any way and it is up with New York IMHO as one of the best cities in the world.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 5 Sams on January 09, 2016, 12:22:49 AM
Tony , If your Mrs is into History tell her to have a look at the times for the guided tours of the Reichstag and the surrounding precincts, unreal,top top notch tour that takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours that absolutely fly by.

The area round the Brandenburg gate is something else as well for a history nut(Like me)

Even having a spin round on the public transport system is a pleasure in Berlin, it is perfect in every way.

Berlin as a city has everything for a short or long break but what I liked most about it was that everything works with no effort at all, people are not pretentious in any way and it is up with New York IMHO as one of the best cities in the world.
+++1
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on January 09, 2016, 12:29:03 AM
Tony , If your Mrs is into History tell her to have a look at the times for the guided tours of the Reichstag and the surrounding precincts, unreal,top top notch tour that takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours that absolutely fly by.

The area round the Brandenburg gate is something else as well for a history nut(Like me)

Even having a spin round on the public transport system is a pleasure in Berlin, it is perfect in every way.

Berlin as a city has everything for a short or long break but what I liked most about it was that everything works with no effort at all, people are not pretentious in any way and it is up with New York IMHO as one of the best cities in the world.
+++1

+1E99

The 20th century history of the place is so interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7CWajaOx4E
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: balladmaker on January 10, 2016, 03:33:43 PM
Anyone ever had the family at one of the First Choice All Inclusive Holiday Villages in Majorca, Tenerife, Ibiza etc?  Wouldn't be the cheapest from what I can see, do you get your money's worth out of the All Inclusive, would you recommend a Holiday Village?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Longshanks on January 11, 2016, 10:20:22 AM
Booking a honeymoon at the moment, thinking of going to the Kuala Lumpur for 3 nights and then 10 nights in bali. Half up in the tradional area of Ubud and half down in a hotel near nusa dua beach. Woman is a bit dodgy flying Malaysia airlines because of obvious reasons although I figure now they would be secure than ever to fly with, cheaper too which I like.

Any thoughts? anyone been out there or recommend it?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Upthecut on January 14, 2016, 10:57:08 PM
Tony , If your Mrs is into History tell her to have a look at the times for the guided tours of the Reichstag and the surrounding precincts, unreal,top top notch tour that takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours that absolutely fly by.

The area round the Brandenburg gate is something else as well for a history nut(Like me)

Even having a spin round on the public transport system is a pleasure in Berlin, it is perfect in every way.

Berlin as a city has everything for a short or long break but what I liked most about it was that everything works with no effort at all, people are not pretentious in any way and it is up with New York IMHO as one of the best cities in the world.
+++1

+1E99

The 20th century history of the place is so interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7CWajaOx4E

Have to agree with 5Sams and the Subbie. I would recommend a company called Fat Tire Bike Tours that do brilliant cycling tours of the city. They have one that is about 4 hours long. It was brilliant and i hate bikes. The city is cyclist friendly, flat and you get to see all of the historical sites before you decide where to go for a better look if you want to and you can stop for a beer. The guides know their stuff and it is well worth it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 14, 2016, 11:10:57 PM
A mate recommended the cycling tour but the wife has FIRMLY ruled it out.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Upthecut on January 14, 2016, 11:15:00 PM
A mate recommended the cycling tour but the wife has FIRMLY ruled it out.

They have an E-Bike which has a motor on them which takes some of the strain. Definitely great craic.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on January 14, 2016, 11:19:05 PM
A mate recommended the cycling tour but the wife has FIRMLY ruled it out.
You probably shouldn't have approached it as "a week of riding".
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bogball88 on January 14, 2016, 11:44:27 PM
Heading to Lanzarote with herself next Saturday for 5 nights. I know the weather is fairly decent this time of year, in the 20's, but does anyone now how busy the nightlife would be this time of year? Was thinking probably mostly retired couples?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on January 15, 2016, 07:13:52 AM
Booking a honeymoon at the moment, thinking of going to the Kuala Lumpur for 3 nights and then 10 nights in bali. Half up in the tradional area of Ubud and half down in a hotel near nusa dua beach. Woman is a bit dodgy flying Malaysia airlines because of obvious reasons although I figure now they would be secure than ever to fly with, cheaper too which I like.

Any thoughts? anyone been out there or recommend it?

Been to KL a few times Longshanks good spot but hot and humid.

The Petronas Towers are the obvious choice but go up KL tower and you'll actually be looking down on the Petronas towers. The park and shopping centre around the towers are worth a look too.

Food is deadly there, street food is the way to go, you cant miss it but in China town you'll be falling over it. There is also another area called Jalan Alor (I had to google it) that has tonnes of great street food

Visit little India too, along with the curries there is tonnes of breads cooked right in front of you. Roti Cheanni was my favourite great for breakfast. I got addicted to the Iced Limon (sic) Tea, its actually lime tea but lovely and cool great for the heat.

Dont bother with the ritzy areas they are a rip of shitty anyway.

There is multiple markets selling everything under the sun with ahem various quality levels, barter for everything of course. Also if you need to buy electronics there Malaysia has subsidies on them so they should be cheap.

Never been to Bali but I know a guy who lives there and loves it, was gonna visit a few years back and do the same trip as yerself but didnt work out.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on January 15, 2016, 08:36:59 PM
May have a spare week to go on holiday last week in Feb (rolling straight into a ski trip to France). Any suggestions for a do-able holiday for a week to get some sun (not Europe)?
Cuba was a thought but not too many flights/holidays from the UK or Ireland in Feb. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on January 15, 2016, 09:42:17 PM
May have a spare week to go on holiday last week in Feb (rolling straight into a ski trip to France). Any suggestions for a do-able holiday for a week to get some sun (not Europe)?
Cuba was a thought but not too many flights/holidays from the UK or Ireland in Feb.

Dubai - only 7 hours away but no doubt with your travel experience you have done it loads of times !!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on January 15, 2016, 10:09:43 PM
May have a spare week to go on holiday last week in Feb (rolling straight into a ski trip to France). Any suggestions for a do-able holiday for a week to get some sun (not Europe)?
Cuba was a thought but not too many flights/holidays from the UK or Ireland in Feb.

San Sebastian and the Basque country.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on January 15, 2016, 10:29:20 PM
May have a spare week to go on holiday last week in Feb (rolling straight into a ski trip to France). Any suggestions for a do-able holiday for a week to get some sun (not Europe)?
Cuba was a thought but not too many flights/holidays from the UK or Ireland in Feb.

Dubai - only 7 hours away but no doubt with your travel experience you have done it loads of times !!
Have only gone through it, never really fancied it but flight time not bad.

I reckon I'd love the Basque Country, but have a feeling it would be better to leave til later in the year?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on January 15, 2016, 11:36:07 PM
May have a spare week to go on holiday last week in Feb (rolling straight into a ski trip to France). Any suggestions for a do-able holiday for a week to get some sun (not Europe)?
Cuba was a thought but not too many flights/holidays from the UK or Ireland in Feb.

Dubai - only 7 hours away but no doubt with your travel experience you have done it loads of times !!
Have only gone through it, never really fancied it but flight time not bad.

I reckon I'd love the Basque Country, but have a feeling it would be better to leave til later in the year?

Rois, you will enjoy UAE for sure - 100%. You are a woman. Super weather, shopping, style, beaches, food, attractions. Either Dubai or Abu Dhabi are perfect for short 5-7 day break. I highly recommend if you have not been before. Everything is 5*
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maggie on February 09, 2016, 08:45:55 PM
Planning a holiday for start of june for 2 adults and a 5 month old. Would it be better to book an apartment in terms of bottle making facilities? Not sure where to go either but somewhere thats handy enough to fly to-maybe 3/4 hrs max. Anyone any pearls of wisdom?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: An Watcher on February 09, 2016, 09:13:46 PM
Heading to Portugal in July with an 18 month old.  Booked an air conditioned self catering apt. First foreign holiday away with the child so can't really say if it's the right way to go or not.  In the same boat as you Maggie
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Bearded One on February 09, 2016, 10:37:59 PM
Have been to Portugal when both my children were just turning 1 and it was great. The one thing that stood out for me was just how family friendly places are, going out of their way to see to the children. Couldn't recommend it highly enough to be honest. 3 hour flight, fairly handy on the other side in terms of transfers to Albufeira or Vilamoura.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on February 15, 2016, 11:05:15 AM
Not expecting too much response here but anyways! - Anyone been over in the US for Spring Break? any of the college top party destinations : Panama City Beach ( seems really hard to get to, fly into Atlanta & drive 4 hours??  :o ) , Fort Lauderdale/Daytona, Miami south beach, and of course, there's always Vegas! Cancun as well but not so much..
Also hearing about Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and Punta Cana, Domincan Republic
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on February 15, 2016, 11:25:52 AM
Have been to Portugal when both my children were just turning 1 and it was great. The one thing that stood out for me was just how family friendly places are, going out of their way to see to the children. Couldn't recommend it highly enough to be honest. 3 hour flight, fairly handy on the other side in terms of transfers to Albufeira or Vilamoura.

Portugal is seriously good place to go on holidays when children are concerned. Not too hot due to atlantic breeze but still warm, plenty of child friendly resorts, easy to get around - you will have a blast.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: David McKeown on February 15, 2016, 01:34:27 PM
Not expecting too much response here but anyways! - Anyone been over in the US for Spring Break? any of the college top party destinations : Panama City Beach ( seems really hard to get to, fly into Atlanta & drive 4 hours??  :o ) , Fort Lauderdale/Daytona, Miami south beach, and of course, there's always Vegas! Cancun as well but not so much..
Also hearing about Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and Punta Cana, Domincan Republic

Went to Vegas for Spring Break 10 years ago when I was at college at Texas, busy enough with some students but not as many as I expected.  Wouldn't particularly recommend it for a Spring Break but its definitely a place to be experienced at least one.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on February 17, 2016, 11:40:23 AM
Thinking of heading to Croatia for a holiday in May , The plan is to maybe start at Lake Bled in Slovenia and travel down to Dubrovnik with a few stops on the way.
Anyone recommend and must sees or places to stay etc?
Would hiring a  car or train / public transport be the best way to go?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on February 17, 2016, 11:50:52 AM
Thinking of heading to Croatia for a holiday in May , The plan is to maybe start at Lake Bled in Slovenia and travel down to Dubrovnik with a few stops on the way.
Anyone recommend and must sees or places to stay etc?
Would hiring a  car or train / public transport be the best way to go?

As far as I remember, trains aren't great on the Adriatic corridor so it'll be buses.

If you hire a car in Slovenia, check whether you need a 'vignette'/Toll pass sticker to use the motorway and cross into Croatia - you can buy them in most convenience stores. The last time I flew into Vienna and drove to Slovenia I didn't buy one and the customer I was visiting nearly had a nervous breakdown when I told him - they're very strict about it.

Roads are good and easy to navigate.

Places to see - Trieste, Split are enroute. A little past Dubrovnik are Budva and the Bay of Kotor - both are beautiful and won't be full of Russian tourists in May.

Mostar in Bosnia is not so far from Dubrovnik are worth a visit too if you have a car.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: blewuporstuffed on February 17, 2016, 11:52:55 AM
Thinking of heading to Croatia for a holiday in May , The plan is to maybe start at Lake Bled in Slovenia and travel down to Dubrovnik with a few stops on the way.
Anyone recommend and must sees or places to stay etc?
Would hiring a  car or train / public transport be the best way to go?

As far as I remember, trains are great on the Adriatic corridor so it'll be buses.

If you hire a car in Slovenia, check whether you need a 'vignette'/Toll pass sticker to use the motorway and cross into Croatia - you can buy them in most convenience stores. The last time I flew into Vienna and drove to Slovenia I didn't buy one and the customer I was visiting nearly had a nervous breakdown when I told him - they're very strict about it.

Roads are good and easy to navigate.

Places to see - Trieste, Split are enroute. A little past Dubrovnik are Budva and the Bay of Kotor - both are beautiful and won't be full of Russian tourists in May.

Mostar in Bosnia is not so far from Dubrovnik are worth a visit too if you have a car.

Thanks Heffo,
I will have to look into a few of those places.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on February 17, 2016, 12:00:16 PM
Thinking of heading to Croatia for a holiday in May , The plan is to maybe start at Lake Bled in Slovenia and travel down to Dubrovnik with a few stops on the way.
Anyone recommend and must sees or places to stay etc?
Would hiring a  car or train / public transport be the best way to go?

As far as I remember, trains are great on the Adriatic corridor so it'll be buses.

If you hire a car in Slovenia, check whether you need a 'vignette'/Toll pass sticker to use the motorway and cross into Croatia - you can buy them in most convenience stores. The last time I flew into Vienna and drove to Slovenia I didn't buy one and the customer I was visiting nearly had a nervous breakdown when I told him - they're very strict about it.

Roads are good and easy to navigate.

Places to see - Trieste, Split are enroute. A little past Dubrovnik are Budva and the Bay of Kotor - both are beautiful and won't be full of Russian tourists in May.

Mostar in Bosnia is not so far from Dubrovnik are worth a visit too if you have a car.

Thanks Heffo,
I will have to look into a few of those places.

No probs, if you want anymore detailed info just post or pm.

I was in Dubrovnik on holiday for a week last May - While I found it beautiful, it was also the most expensive place I've been in Eastern Europe (I've travelled all over with work the last five years) and I'd seen the entire old town in half a day, been to three museums and walked the old town walls. I'd suggest you spend a night or two max there, hire a car and spend time in the other places.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gonzalo15 on February 22, 2016, 09:38:56 PM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ballinaman on February 22, 2016, 09:59:59 PM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
Been to both.
Orlando for sure. Much more to do. Theme parks...outlet shopping, bars along international drive.
Miami total let down, beach is nice but nothing compared to West Coast and San Diego.
Miami itself is a kip for the most part and Miami beach is very pricey for what it is.

Going to Iceland for a week at start of November. Anyone been?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on February 22, 2016, 10:04:43 PM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
Been to both.
Orlando for sure. Much more to do. Theme parks...outlet shopping, bars along international drive.
Miami total let down, beach is nice but nothing compared to West Coast and San Diego.
Miami itself is a kip for the most part and Miami beach is very pricey for what it is.

Going to Iceland for a week at start of November. Anyone been?

Go to Tesco. It's much better.

Sorry. I'll get my etc. Etc.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 22, 2016, 10:19:53 PM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
Been to both.
Orlando for sure. Much more to do. Theme parks...outlet shopping, bars along international drive.
Miami total let down, beach is nice but nothing compared to West Coast and San Diego.
Miami itself is a kip for the most part and Miami beach is very pricey for what it is.

Going to Iceland for a week at start of November. Anyone been?
Fella in work was there before Xmas. Good but VERY pricey and not just for beer.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ballinaman on February 22, 2016, 11:57:07 PM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
Been to both.
Orlando for sure. Much more to do. Theme parks...outlet shopping, bars along international drive.
Miami total let down, beach is nice but nothing compared to West Coast and San Diego.
Miami itself is a kip for the most part and Miami beach is very pricey for what it is.

Going to Iceland for a week at start of November. Anyone been?
Fella in work was there before Xmas. Good but VERY pricey and not just for beer.

 ;D Tony I'll allow it..
Yeah, heard that.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: The Iceman on February 23, 2016, 01:46:36 AM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
10 days is a long time in either place. I'd do 3 days in Key West and the rest in Orlando then hit NY for the remainder. Miami isn't worth seeing.... you're also only a 45 min flight from the Bahamas
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: FL/MAYO on February 23, 2016, 03:19:18 AM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
10 days is a long time in either place. I'd do 3 days in Key West and the rest in Orlando then hit NY for the remainder. Miami isn't worth seeing.... you're also only a 45 min flight from the Bahamas

5 days in Orlando, rent a car drive to Miami for 2 nights, then down to Key West for 3 nights. Drive back to Miami then fly to NYC. What time of year?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Mikhailov on February 23, 2016, 08:42:33 AM
Miami or orlando?
Myself and my mate and 2 women are planning a 2 week holiday-10 days in either orlando or miami then 4/5 days in new york. Cant decide between miami or orlando anyone been to both? Advantanges disadvantages?
10 days is a long time in either place. I'd do 3 days in Key West and the rest in Orlando then hit NY for the remainder. Miami isn't worth seeing.... you're also only a 45 min flight from the Bahamas

5 days in Orlando, rent a car drive to Miami for 2 nights, then down to Key West for 3 nights. Drive back to Miami then fly to NYC. What time of year?

Gonzalo15 - Orlando is the best of the two if you staying 10 days. But be assured if you go to Orlando and do the various theme parks for 10 days, then do NYC for 5 days then you will need a holiday when you get home. That is a strenuous 2 weeks you plan. The parks in Orlando are brilliant but tiring with the heat etc but all of them are really enjoyable. As someone suggested, do Orlando for 1 week, Daytona or Key West for few days even Clearwater (just to chill out for a few days) and then head up to NYC.
If you are going to NYC for the sightseeing then you will be wrecked when you arrive home as it is a superb city with lots to do and on the go 24/7.....

enjoy it - sounds like a great trip.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Gonzalo15 on February 23, 2016, 02:24:57 PM
Cheers lads much appreciated!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: pullhard on February 29, 2016, 11:07:50 AM
It’s that time of the year again. Time to start looking for holidays, now we have a nipper we are thinking of some familiar but slightly different. So I’d after opinions on Corsica, anyone been? Suitable for a little one? What’s it like for veggie food?   
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on February 29, 2016, 11:33:16 AM
Anybody any experience with transport from Ibiza airport?  Was thinking about simply hopping into a taxi but are they a complete rip-off and would it be better to book online in advance?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: laceer on February 29, 2016, 11:37:06 AM
Anybody any experience with transport from Ibiza airport?  Was thinking about simply hopping into a taxi but are they a complete rip-off and would it be better to book online in advance?

They're not too expensive. Where are you staying? Ibiza is a pretty small island so a taxi anywhere shouldn't be mad money.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on February 29, 2016, 11:41:11 AM
Anybody any experience with transport from Ibiza airport?  Was thinking about simply hopping into a taxi but are they a complete rip-off and would it be better to book online in advance?

They're not too expensive. Where are you staying? Ibiza is a pretty small island so a taxi anywhere shouldn't be mad money.

That's what I was thinking.  Going to a place I went two years ago in Es Cana and decided to do it online this time instead of through a travel agents.  As the journey was around 20/30 minutes, I was thinking a taxi should be fine as long as I get the fee confirmed up front at the start. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Clov on March 02, 2016, 12:38:01 PM
Anyone been to Istanbul? Any recommendations? Cheers.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: heffo on March 02, 2016, 07:23:03 PM
Anyone been to Istanbul? Any recommendations? Cheers.

Yeah - great city.

Assuming you're going for sight seeing, you want to stay in the SultanAhmet area - this is where most of the sights are.

I've been three times in the last year or so - Four Seasons if you're not on a budget - it overlooks the Bosphorus and is in SultanAhmet.

If you're paying yourself stay here - https://www.hotelsapphire.com/ - it's in the middle of SultanAhmet and a five minute walk to the Blue Mosque (closed Friday), Hagia Sophie, Basillica Cistern and about ten minutes to the Grand Bazaar.

The Galata bridge is the main bridge over the Bosphorus - try and get there for when the sun is setting and you'll get beautiful pictures of the mosques and skyline.

If you want any particular info, pm me - ps, book a taxi in advance to meet you in Arrivals - arriving into that airport is a crazy experience

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on March 02, 2016, 09:09:01 PM
Anyone been to Istanbul? Any recommendations? Cheers.

Yeah - great city.

Assuming you're going for sight seeing, you want to stay in the SultanAhmet area - this is where most of the sights are.

+1 There are a variety of hotels in this area, good value and you can walk to many sights.

Boat trip on the Bosphoros is good, I found the walls of Constantinople impressive.

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Clov on March 03, 2016, 03:51:43 PM
Anyone been to Istanbul? Any recommendations? Cheers.

Yeah - great city.

Assuming you're going for sight seeing, you want to stay in the SultanAhmet area - this is where most of the sights are.

I've been three times in the last year or so - Four Seasons if you're not on a budget - it overlooks the Bosphorus and is in SultanAhmet.

If you're paying yourself stay here - https://www.hotelsapphire.com/ - it's in the middle of SultanAhmet and a five minute walk to the Blue Mosque (closed Friday), Hagia Sophie, Basillica Cistern and about ten minutes to the Grand Bazaar.

The Galata bridge is the main bridge over the Bosphorus - try and get there for when the sun is setting and you'll get beautiful pictures of the mosques and skyline.

If you want any particular info, pm me - ps, book a taxi in advance to meet you in Arrivals - arriving into that airport is a crazy experience

Thanks for that Heffo (and Armaghniac),

Stopping over for a few days on a long haul. I was thinking of taking the metro line into the city from the airport (although I do touch down around about 4:30 in the morning, so it mightn't be practical) - would recommend avoiding the metro?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Longshanks on March 04, 2016, 11:35:32 AM
Anybody any experience with transport from Ibiza airport?  Was thinking about simply hopping into a taxi but are they a complete rip-off and would it be better to book online in advance?

They're not too expensive. Where are you staying? Ibiza is a pretty small island so a taxi anywhere shouldn't be mad money.

That's what I was thinking.  Going to a place I went two years ago in Es Cana and decided to do it online this time instead of through a travel agents.  As the journey was around 20/30 minutes, I was thinking a taxi should be fine as long as I get the fee confirmed up front at the start.

Aye defo get a taxi, cheap enough anywhere on the island as long as they are the white ones with the green light, if you are with a group I would suggest a couple of you go out and get in the queue for taxis which is usually pretty big and hold your place while the rest get the suitcases, just saves alot of time.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on March 08, 2016, 07:59:36 PM
Anyone been to San Diego? Been to SF & LA and friends have told me it's their favourite city on the West coast... Bit confused as to where to stay, I've read the main nightlife is the gaslamp quarter? Has anyone drove to Vegas from it or vice versa. Says 4.5/5 hrs.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on March 08, 2016, 10:03:40 PM
I was there in September for a few days.  We stayed a bit outside the Gaslamp quarter in a cheapish hotel called Hotel Vyvant towards the airport and kind of regretted it. 

I wouldn't necessarily stay right in the Gaslamp quarter but I'd be a bit closer to it than we were.  We went to see a Chargers game and took the tram thing which was very handy.

We didn't drive to Vegas but drove to Palm Springs (kind of on the way) and it was very straightforward.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: 50fiftyball on March 11, 2016, 01:56:02 PM
San Diego always seems a very expensive place to fly to any time I've priced it..any reason for this? Accomodation in Vegas is very cheap in July, but the flights aren't really. Looking at September instead..
I was thinking of LA as a base airport, as going to san diego from vegas would mean having to drive back up to LV for the flight home because of the price!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: nrico2006 on March 11, 2016, 03:01:52 PM
Anybody any experience with transport from Ibiza airport?  Was thinking about simply hopping into a taxi but are they a complete rip-off and would it be better to book online in advance?

They're not too expensive. Where are you staying? Ibiza is a pretty small island so a taxi anywhere shouldn't be mad money.

That's what I was thinking.  Going to a place I went two years ago in Es Cana and decided to do it online this time instead of through a travel agents.  As the journey was around 20/30 minutes, I was thinking a taxi should be fine as long as I get the fee confirmed up front at the start.

Aye defo get a taxi, cheap enough anywhere on the island as long as they are the white ones with the green light, if you are with a group I would suggest a couple of you go out and get in the queue for taxis which is usually pretty big and hold your place while the rest get the suitcases, just saves alot of time.

Thanks
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Don Johnson on March 14, 2016, 03:56:28 PM
Can someone recommend somewhere down south for a couple and an infant (she will be about four or five months old at the time)?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: screenexile on March 14, 2016, 04:58:26 PM
Can someone recommend somewhere down south for a couple and an infant (she will be about four or five months old at the time)?

Did something similar with myself and the missus last year we went to Malahide during the summer and it was great.

Spent most of the a day walking around the beach/Malahide Castle and went to the zoo another day although my daughter was way too young for it at 6 months.

We stayed at the Grand midweek and it was fairly reasonable and the food in it was excellent!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on March 14, 2016, 05:00:48 PM
Lads/Lassies which of Malahide or Howth is better to spend an afternoon on the way back up from Dublin. Thinking lunch and a stroll along the prom?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on March 14, 2016, 05:05:16 PM
Lads/Lassies which of Malahide or Howth is better to spend an afternoon on the way back up from Dublin. Thinking lunch and a stroll along the prom?

Howth. A million times Howth.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on March 14, 2016, 05:08:05 PM
Lads/Lassies which of Malahide or Howth is better to spend an afternoon on the way back up from Dublin. Thinking lunch and a stroll along the prom?

Howth. A million times Howth.

Good man GM. That was my initial thought!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beffs on March 14, 2016, 07:12:38 PM
If you go to Howth on a nice, sunny day at the weekend, the traffic jams can be horrendous.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hound on March 15, 2016, 12:31:39 PM
If you go to Howth on a nice, sunny day at the weekend, the traffic jams can be horrendous.
Skerries up there with Howth, and better than Malahide, and while it can get a bit busy on a nice sunny day, you'd never be in a traffic jam. The harbour has good options for eating and drinking, and there's an ice cream parlour and a playground.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Canalman on March 15, 2016, 12:41:44 PM
Forget about Malahide imo. Not an option. Fuggedaboutit.

Howth if you have kids old enough not to have to worry about the traffic or walking on the narrowish roads , cliffs etc.

Skerries otherwise. Easier parking and more child friendly beach , walks etc.

Personally would always prefer Skerries. A really lovely place imo anyway.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: gallsman on March 15, 2016, 12:58:25 PM
If you go to Howth on a nice, sunny day at the weekend, the traffic jams can be horrendous.
Skerries up there with Howth, and better than Malahide, and while it can get a bit busy on a nice sunny day, you'd never be in a traffic jam. The harbour has good options for eating and drinking, and there's an ice cream parlour and a playground.

The prawns and chowder in the Stoop your Head  :P :P :P
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on March 15, 2016, 06:33:07 PM
If you go to Howth on a nice, sunny day at the weekend, the traffic jams can be horrendous.

If you have a 6 mo you will be up early enough not to worry about traffic. Sunday morning has the markets and you can usually see seals in the west harbour.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Beffs on March 15, 2016, 08:21:20 PM
If you go to Howth on a nice, sunny day at the weekend, the traffic jams can be horrendous.

If you have a 6 mo you will be up early enough not to worry about traffic. Sunday morning has the markets and you can usually see seals in the west harbour.

Yeah, if you can be up and at it, while everyone else is still having their morning coffee, you'll beat most of the traffic. If you're only heading out there around lunch time, you can be waiting half an hour to get thru Sutton Cross alone. A good thing to do is to turn right at Sutton Cross and drive up to the Summit. There are smashing views out over Dublin Bay, the Wicklow Mountains to the south and the Cooley/Mourne Mountains to the North. Then drive down to the village and have some grub & say hello to the seals.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on March 29, 2016, 05:29:56 PM
San Diego always seems a very expensive place to fly to any time I've priced it..any reason for this? Accomodation in Vegas is very cheap in July, but the flights aren't really. Looking at September instead..
I was thinking of LA as a base airport, as going to san diego from vegas would mean having to drive back up to LV for the flight home because of the price!

San Diego was discussed before here..


Pretty sure flights are pricey cos its a small airport in San Diego. LAX would be a better option as there is actually direct flight to Dublin with Ethiopia airlines at the moment, or I think Air Lingus is reopening the route this summer. You could also try Orange county which is an hourish (depending on traffic) south of LAX which would be better if your coming from San Diego but youd have to transfer.

On the other hand although I like San Diego I would say it doesnt have a patch on San Francisco but thats only my opinion of course

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bannside on March 29, 2016, 07:00:01 PM
My sister lives near Sutton Cross Beffs and anytime we are down (often enough) we end up in the Summit. Food great and Guinness to die for. Great spot alright.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 03, 2016, 08:14:07 PM
Anyone spent much time in Colorado and/or visited Zion or Bryce Canyon in Utah? Thinking of a summer holiday in this area and there seems to be so much to see and do. Need to narrow down the list.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 03, 2016, 10:52:26 PM
Have you ever done Havasupai falls in Arizona? If you like that sort of landscape, then that's a must. Also, a boating excursion/houseboat rental on Lake Powell would be lovely as well.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on April 04, 2016, 10:05:45 AM
Thanks, will have a look at those.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on April 04, 2016, 10:18:39 AM
To whet your appetite...


Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Maroon Manc on May 16, 2016, 05:01:41 PM
Had a few days in the Algarve last week, couldn't believe how cheap it was.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: giveherlong on May 16, 2016, 05:31:02 PM
algarve- cheap for food, drink accommodation? What part were you in?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Maroon Manc on May 16, 2016, 05:41:12 PM
algarve- cheap for food, drink accommodation? What part were you in?

Praia Da Rocha, 2 euro's a pint until 9 and 2.50 afterwards as long as I stuck to Sagres & Superbock. 3 course meals in most places for 10 euro's. There were several places that did food and drink even cheaper.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Muck Savage on May 16, 2016, 09:56:10 PM
Anyone spent much time in Colorado and/or visited Zion or Bryce Canyon in Utah? Thinking of a summer holiday in this area and there seems to be so much to see and do. Need to narrow down the list.

Depends what you are into. Arch's National park is really cool place. Don't go to Salt Lake city, in the summer the smell is terrible from the lake, dead town also. It is a beautiful part of the world, but depends on if your into hiking, mtn biking or something else then recommendations will vary.

The wife an I took 3 weeks off a few years ago, flew into Vegas and rented a car. Hit Hoover Dam (112F), Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument valley, Arch's NP (cool town Moab), Salt Lake city (left after one night there), Jackson, Tetons, Yellowstone, Bighorn National forest, Deadwood (Black Hills), Wounded Knee, Mount Rushmore and flew back from Rapid City. Camped the whole way except the 1st night in Vegas and the last 3 nights just outside Deadwood.
It was a great trip and I'd love to do again with the Kids. So many people over here don't know the beauty of the country side here. The coolest place we stayed was a campsite in Monument Valley, Sunset and sunrise were beautiful. Arch's was one of the best hikes but if you can go to Antelope Canyon you will get great pictures.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on May 16, 2016, 11:37:39 PM
Thanks all - a few of those places are now on the list. Itinerary starting to take shape. Denver - Aspen - Grand Junction (wine town for me  :) ), Ouray Hot Springs, then down to Monument Valley, Page for Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon, Zion and Bryce (hike Angel's Landing according to himself), then Vegas. And that's the first half, phew! So much to see.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on May 17, 2016, 04:49:12 AM
Are you headin in the summer Rois? Is it not gonna be roasting or prehaps most of that area is at altitude?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Rois on May 17, 2016, 07:32:47 AM
Most of it is at altitude (Zion similar to the Alpine towns I've visited in summer) - we're going in September which I'm hoping will be bearable, we'll hike in the mornings and avoid midday sun.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on May 17, 2016, 08:32:51 AM
I would recommend Dole and Pontarlier . Eastern France, near the Swiss Border. the Chateau de Joux is a fabulous medieval castle with a moat and the full monty. Toussaint Louverture who led the slave revolt in Haiti was imprisoned there.

The area has very nice food and reasonable prices. Loads of stuff for kids.

Dole is 1 hour way from the Burgundy cote d'or for the wine as well.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: supersarsfields on May 17, 2016, 11:48:13 AM
Going to be in Sa Coma on Sunday. Anyone able to recommend a Pub that might show the Tyrone Derry game?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 17, 2016, 11:51:41 AM
Had a few days in the Algarve last week, couldn't believe how cheap it was.

Going there in July. Love the Algarve.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 17, 2016, 11:54:56 AM
Most of it is at altitude (Zion similar to the Alpine towns I've visited in summer) - we're going in September which I'm hoping will be bearable, we'll hike in the mornings and avoid midday sun.

Be careful around Grand Canyon. The temperature there is significantly higher than than it is at ground level. Grand Canyon is a weird place for getting your bearings actually. Everyone has seen the photos of the Colorado river, and the huge rock formations, and your eye and mind sort of expect it to be a big towering landmark. Of course it's not, it's a massive hole in the ground :) So as you descend into the canyon, you will notice the heat, so be careful and don't over-extend yourselves.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Harold Disgracey on May 17, 2016, 12:52:55 PM
I have finally taken the plunge and booked my first ever sun holiday! I'm heading to Costa Adeje in Tenerife in the middle of August. Anyone been? It looked as if it would be decent for teenage kids.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 18, 2016, 01:55:58 PM
Nice video series of Grand Canyon. This scenery reinforces what I was talking about re. perception of the landscape. It's nearly impossible to remember all this is BELOW you instead of towering into the sky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hoGpYyn4Bs&index=7&list=PL34-ozNGa7CQO8ozpu9cXjX1TDDjOgia6 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hoGpYyn4Bs&index=7&list=PL34-ozNGa7CQO8ozpu9cXjX1TDDjOgia6)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on May 18, 2016, 02:22:58 PM
The Grand Canyon is a big crack, altogether.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 18, 2016, 02:41:38 PM
The first time I brought my parents to Grand Canyon, it was in April I think. We got up early to see a sunrise over the Canyon (spectacular). As we were getting ready to leave, I saw my auld lad looking around him. All over the horizon he was scanning for something. I asked him what he was looking for. He said 'That's fecking man made'. He was looking for Mountains, made as they dug the Canyon out :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on May 18, 2016, 02:54:32 PM
The first time I brought my parents to Grand Canyon, it was in April I think. We got up early to see a sunrise over the Canyon (spectacular). As we were getting ready to leave, I saw my auld lad looking around him. All over the horizon he was scanning for something. I asked him what he was looking for. He said 'That's fecking man made'. He was looking for Mountains, made as they dug the Canyon out :)

Jeepers, you'd be a while digging the Grand Canyon!
But as they say, a drip of water will wear away a mountain.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on May 18, 2016, 03:17:23 PM
Nice video series of Grand Canyon. This scenery reinforces what I was talking about re. perception of the landscape. It's nearly impossible to remember all this is BELOW you instead of towering into the sky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hoGpYyn4Bs&index=7&list=PL34-ozNGa7CQO8ozpu9cXjX1TDDjOgia6 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hoGpYyn4Bs&index=7&list=PL34-ozNGa7CQO8ozpu9cXjX1TDDjOgia6)
How was it formed, AZ? Was it glacial ?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 18, 2016, 03:22:07 PM
Doesn't seem to be glacial per se, although there are fissures created due to ice. It appears that the theory is it was largely erosion from the Colorado River, combined with rising plateaus as the (millions of) years went by.

http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/geology/gc_geol.htm (http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/geology/gc_geol.htm)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on May 19, 2016, 09:45:13 AM
Much to do in Salthill for young kids?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 19, 2016, 11:04:29 AM
Salthill is basically made for young kids. The prom is full of amusements and Leisureland is there, with a big amusement park as well. The beaches obviously as well. How young are the kids?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on May 19, 2016, 11:23:19 AM
Salthill is basically made for young kids. The prom is full of amusements and Leisureland is there, with a big amusement park as well. The beaches obviously as well. How young are the kids?

Oldest is three.  :-\
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 19, 2016, 11:42:11 AM
Probably pool/beach and some of the smaller amusement yokes, roundabouts and the like. A babe in arms doesn't really care where you are anyway as long as it's not too hot, and Galway should be fine there :)

What type of activities did you have in mind?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on May 19, 2016, 11:57:29 AM
All the aforementioned pool/beach/amusements.

Any recommendations of where to stay?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on May 19, 2016, 12:04:35 PM
Loads of hotels in Galway. Depends on what you're after. You can easily get out to Salthill from any of the Galway hotels. I just spent a weekend in the 12 hotel in Barna, but it wouldn't be what I'd call a kids hotel. The ARdilaun has a pool and is nice, but it's not that cheap. The Radisson Blu in town is similar. I'd say some of the lads from the Wesht would give you a better rundown on the hotels there. I stayed in the Ardilaun when my young lad was about 3, and it was perfect, but most activities wouldn't be in the hotel to be honest, more down around Salthill itself.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on May 19, 2016, 12:54:35 PM
Top forumming  :)
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: giveherlong on May 19, 2016, 02:41:40 PM
Try the Connacht Hotel. Family friendly. Good swimming pool and kids area
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: tintin25 on May 23, 2016, 10:56:36 PM
Not sure it already discussed on this thread, but heading to Killarney for the bank holiday weekend and would appreciate any guidance on things to do etc

More a lads thing so probably looking for somewhere decent to head out at night and something to keep us entertained during the day.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on June 01, 2016, 12:01:36 PM
Anyone ever been to Hong Kong? Thinking of going for 3-4 nights after a week or so in Thailand.

Is it crazy expensive or on a par with London/New York?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on June 01, 2016, 12:33:28 PM
Anyone ever been to Hong Kong? Thinking of going for 3-4 nights after a week or so in Thailand.

Is it crazy expensive or on a par with London/New York?

I couldn't recommend Hong Kong highly enough, I was there about 4 years ago for 10 days. I don't remember it being wild expensive but it's a place you probably will only visit once in your life so definitely worth the effort.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 01, 2016, 01:05:04 PM
Anyone ever been to Hong Kong? Thinking of going for 3-4 nights after a week or so in Thailand.

Is it crazy expensive or on a par with London/New York?

I couldn't recommend Hong Kong highly enough, I was there about 4 years ago for 10 days. I don't remember it being wild expensive but it's a place you probably will only visit once in your life so definitely worth the effort.

I think hotels in HK are toward the expensive side, at least compared to Thailand, but food etc shouldn't be so bad.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on June 01, 2016, 01:09:38 PM
Cheers guys!

Any recommendations on the time of year to visit? Thinking of Oct/Nov time.

That should see us avoid the worst of the wet season in Thailand which I believe ends in Oct.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 01, 2016, 02:59:09 PM
Summer= hot, sticky and typhoons.
maybe Halloween time as you suggest?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on June 01, 2016, 04:12:41 PM
Summer= hot, sticky and typhoons.
maybe Halloween time as you suggest?

Cheers AN
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Keepthefaith93 on June 01, 2016, 05:16:23 PM
Anyone ever been to Hong Kong? Thinking of going for 3-4 nights after a week or so in Thailand.

Is it crazy expensive or on a par with London/New York?

Hong Kong is a good spot, well worth a visit but do your drinking in Thailand. The pubs/bars are serious expensive. Everything else is much the same as here price wise. If you do go make sure you go to the Racing at The Happy Valley Race Course, its on 1 night every week, can't remember which night though. Great night craic and reasonably cheap beer.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: PadraicHenryPearse on June 01, 2016, 06:20:28 PM
anyone been to Tallinn. any advise? 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on June 01, 2016, 07:10:15 PM
Anyone ever been to Hong Kong? Thinking of going for 3-4 nights after a week or so in Thailand.

Is it crazy expensive or on a par with London/New York?

Hong Kong is a good spot, well worth a visit but do your drinking in Thailand. The pubs/bars are serious expensive. Everything else is much the same as here price wise. If you do go make sure you go to the Racing at The Happy Valley Race Course, its on 1 night every week, can't remember which night though. Great night craic and reasonably cheap beer.

The hotel we stayed overlooked Happy Valley... The view from our room was like that Carlsberg ad the night the racing was on. It's a mighty sight all lit up. A lot of the local GAA is played on the infield there too as well as numerous other sports.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on June 02, 2016, 09:53:59 AM
Anyone ever been to Hong Kong? Thinking of going for 3-4 nights after a week or so in Thailand.

Is it crazy expensive or on a par with London/New York?

Hong Kong is a good spot, well worth a visit but do your drinking in Thailand. The pubs/bars are serious expensive. Everything else is much the same as here price wise. If you do go make sure you go to the Racing at The Happy Valley Race Course, its on 1 night every week, can't remember which night though. Great night craic and reasonably cheap beer.

The hotel we stayed overlooked Happy Valley... The view from our room was like that Carlsberg ad the night the racing was on. It's a mighty sight all lit up. A lot of the local GAA is played on the infield there too as well as numerous other sports.

Cheers lads. Have a mate who works in HK as a banker so his budget might be slightly different to mine  ;D
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: seafoid on June 02, 2016, 11:48:05 AM
The inequality in HK is off the scale. Median House prices are 90 times median earnings
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Hound on June 03, 2016, 01:05:15 AM
The inequality in HK is off the scale. Median House prices are 90 times median earnings
Yep. Thank god I live in Ireland.  I studied hard, I worked hard and bought a lovely house
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on June 03, 2016, 01:14:14 PM
Saw flights from London - Bangkok - Hong Kong - London in October/November for just over 400. Despite a stopover in Dubai it sounds good to me!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 03, 2016, 04:12:05 PM
In Hong Kong, they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday
gun: To reprimand each inmate who's in late


You can go to Statue Square, which has a statue of a Cross' man, as every major city should.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on June 03, 2016, 06:29:06 PM
In Hong Kong, they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday
gun: To reprimand each inmate who's in late


You can go to Statue Square, which has a statue of a Cross' man, as every major city should.

He's a Leitrim man...
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 03, 2016, 06:51:30 PM
In Hong Kong, they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday
gun: To reprimand each inmate who's in late


You can go to Statue Square, which has a statue of a Cross' man, as every major city should.

He's a Leitrim man...

Being born in a stable does not make you are horse.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Last Man on June 08, 2016, 12:37:30 PM
Heading to Kuala Lumpur for 5 days next week with work. have at least a day to ourselves to have a look around, anyone been there??
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on June 08, 2016, 02:58:21 PM
Heading to Kuala Lumpur for 5 days next week with work. have at least a day to ourselves to have a look around, anyone been there??

A few lads went over the years, never heard from any of them again.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 08, 2016, 03:05:08 PM
Heading to Kuala Lumpur for 5 days next week with work. have at least a day to ourselves to have a look around, anyone been there??

It isn't the most interesting city, but good for a couple of days. Food etc in Malaysia is reasonable value, although not as cheap now as when I first went there.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Last Man on June 08, 2016, 05:13:19 PM
Heading to Kuala Lumpur for 5 days next week with work. have at least a day to ourselves to have a look around, anyone been there??

It isn't the most interesting city, but good for a couple of days. Food etc in Malaysia is reasonable value, although not as cheap now as when I first went there.

Just wondering. would hate to get home to hear someone say "I hope you went to see the ?????" Always feard I'm missing something lol and need an excuse to stay off the beer.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 08, 2016, 06:09:30 PM
Heading to Kuala Lumpur for 5 days next week with work. have at least a day to ourselves to have a look around, anyone been there??

It isn't the most interesting city, but good for a couple of days. Food etc in Malaysia is reasonable value, although not as cheap now as when I first went there.

Just wondering. would hate to get home to hear someone say "I hope you went to see the ?????" Always feard I'm missing something lol and need an excuse to stay off the beer.

Petronas Towers?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Last Man on June 08, 2016, 06:51:44 PM
Heading to Kuala Lumpur for 5 days next week with work. have at least a day to ourselves to have a look around, anyone been there??

It isn't the most interesting city, but good for a couple of days. Food etc in Malaysia is reasonable value, although not as cheap now as when I first went there.

Just wondering. would hate to get home to hear someone say "I hope you went to see the ?????" Always feard I'm missing something lol and need an excuse to stay off the beer.

Petronas Towers?
Aye would be a shame not to stick my head round the door. hopefully a nice bar at the top lol
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 08, 2016, 08:57:20 PM
 
Booking a honeymoon at the moment, thinking of going to the Kuala Lumpur for 3 nights and then 10 nights in bali. Half up in the tradional area of Ubud and half down in a hotel near nusa dua beach. Woman is a bit dodgy flying Malaysia airlines because of obvious reasons although I figure now they would be secure than ever to fly with, cheaper too which I like.

Any thoughts? anyone been out there or recommend it?

Been to KL a few times Longshanks good spot but hot and humid.

The Petronas Towers are the obvious choice but go up KL tower and you'll actually be looking down on the Petronas towers. The park and shopping centre around the towers are worth a look too.

Food is deadly there, street food is the way to go, you cant miss it but in China town you'll be falling over it. There is also another area called Jalan Alor (I had to google it) that has tonnes of great street food

Visit little India too, along with the curries there is tonnes of breads cooked right in front of you. Roti Cheanni was my favourite great for breakfast. I got addicted to the Iced Limon (sic) Tea, its actually lime tea but lovely and cool great for the heat.

Dont bother with the ritzy areas they are a rip of shitty anyway.

There is multiple markets selling everything under the sun with ahem various quality levels, barter for everything of course. Also if you need to buy electronics there Malaysia has subsidies on them so they should be cheap.

Never been to Bali but I know a guy who lives there and loves it, was gonna visit a few years back and do the same trip as yerself but didnt work out.

This thread is annoying it has some good advice but you have to trawl through it
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Walter Cronc on June 08, 2016, 10:43:31 PM
Booking a honeymoon at the moment, thinking of going to the Kuala Lumpur for 3 nights and then 10 nights in bali. Half up in the tradional area of Ubud and half down in a hotel near nusa dua beach. Woman is a bit dodgy flying Malaysia airlines because of obvious reasons although I figure now they would be secure than ever to fly with, cheaper too which I like.

Any thoughts? anyone been out there or recommend it?

Been to KL a few times Longshanks good spot but hot and humid.

The Petronas Towers are the obvious choice but go up KL tower and you'll actually be looking down on the Petronas towers. The park and shopping centre around the towers are worth a look too.

Food is deadly there, street food is the way to go, you cant miss it but in China town you'll be falling over it. There is also another area called Jalan Alor (I had to google it) that has tonnes of great street food

Visit little India too, along with the curries there is tonnes of breads cooked right in front of you. Roti Cheanni was my favourite great for breakfast. I got addicted to the Iced Limon (sic) Tea, its actually lime tea but lovely and cool great for the heat.

Dont bother with the ritzy areas they are a rip of shitty anyway.

There is multiple markets selling everything under the sun with ahem various quality levels, barter for everything of course. Also if you need to buy electronics there Malaysia has subsidies on them so they should be cheap.

Never been to Bali but I know a guy who lives there and loves it, was gonna visit a few years back and do the same trip as yerself but didnt work out.

This thread is annoying it has some good advice but you have to trawl through it

Jeez what a bit of whinging!
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: oakleaflad on June 14, 2016, 07:24:28 PM
Thinking of booking a weekend away for myself and the other half. We would usually just book these in Ireland so wouldn't be overly well travelled. Any recommendations for a nice city to visit on the continent?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: bannside on June 14, 2016, 08:18:44 PM
Rome. Best City in the world.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: omaghjoe on June 14, 2016, 09:00:48 PM
Prague - Beautiful and lots of great cheap beer
Seville - Again beautiful with better weather but shitty cheap beer but free/cheap food

Paris is great too but pricey
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on June 14, 2016, 09:20:06 PM
Anyone know what the minimum cost of a camper van hire would be in Ireland? Not a big brute, just a small one to sleep 4 or less?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 14, 2016, 09:24:58 PM
Thinking of booking a weekend away for myself and the other half. We would usually just book these in Ireland so wouldn't be overly well travelled. Any recommendations for a nice city to visit on the continent?

We'd need more information. What are you after, sightseeing, weather, food, music? Do you want a place that you can see  somewhat in a weekend or a place that you only have time for the highlights (Rome wasn't seen in a day).  Is cost important?
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on June 14, 2016, 10:35:19 PM
Anyone know what the minimum cost of a camper van hire would be in Ireland? Not a big brute, just a small one to sleep 4 or less?

I've looked into this in the past,  you're talking a grand a week or thereabouts.(4 berth Ford or similar)  This will include all extras and a couple of named drivers insurance wise.  Add derv on top,  campsite fees,  and if you're going to the continent,  ferry prices,  it's frigging dear!

Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: BennyCake on June 14, 2016, 10:49:57 PM
Anyone know what the minimum cost of a camper van hire would be in Ireland? Not a big brute, just a small one to sleep 4 or less?

I've looked into this in the past,  you're talking a grand a week or thereabouts.(4 berth Ford or similar)  This will include all extras and a couple of named drivers insurance wise.  Add derv on top,  campsite fees,  and if you're going to the continent,  ferry prices,  it's frigging dear!

That is friggin' dear!

Mattress in the back of the van it is then.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Boycey on June 14, 2016, 10:50:16 PM
Rome. Best City in the world.

Love Rome, been on 4 different occasions but I certainly wouldn't recommend it at this time of year. It'll be 40+ degrees and full to the gills..
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: hardstation on June 14, 2016, 11:01:24 PM
Rome. Best City in the world.

Love Rome, been on 4 different occasions but I certainly wouldn't recommend it at this time of year. It'll be 40+ degrees and full to the gills..
Came home this morning. Was bunged alright but not roasting by any means.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on June 15, 2016, 12:03:08 AM
Thinking of booking a weekend away for myself and the other half. We would usually just book these in Ireland so wouldn't be overly well travelled. Any recommendations for a nice city to visit on the continent?

Nice - but wait till after the Euros and pray for no more Air Traffic Control strikes (You can easily do a day trip to Monaco, Cannes, some of the Cote D'Azur etc. by train along the coast).
Barcelona
Prague
Lisbon is underrated and cheaper than some of the others.

Rome is a great city but Fiumicino is a shocking airport. Ciampino isn't much better. I'd include Rome in a longer trip to Italy where you fly in and out of somewhere else.
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Post by: armaghniac on June 15, 2016, 12:17:28 AM
Lisbon is underrated and cheaper than some of the others.

very true. Even Porto is good and they have a great festival next week.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: GJL on June 15, 2016, 12:32:13 AM
Thinking of booking a weekend away for myself and the other half. We would usually just book these in Ireland so wouldn't be overly well travelled. Any recommendations for a nice city to visit on the continent?

Me and her head to London usually once a year for a long weekend. Loads to see and do. I've been to plenty of European Cities and I still think London one of the best.
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Post by: No wides on June 15, 2016, 10:10:59 AM
Hard to beat Barcelona plus you have a nice beach also.
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Post by: Franko on June 15, 2016, 10:19:17 AM
Thinking of booking a weekend away for myself and the other half. We would usually just book these in Ireland so wouldn't be overly well travelled. Any recommendations for a nice city to visit on the continent?

Nice - but wait till after the Euros and pray for no more Air Traffic Control strikes (You can easily do a day trip to Monaco, Cannes, some of the Cote D'Azur etc. by train along the coast).
Barcelona
Prague
Lisbon is underrated and cheaper than some of the others.

Rome is a great city but Fiumicino is a shocking airport. Ciampino isn't much better. I'd include Rome in a longer trip to Italy where you fly in and out of somewhere else.

Easily the worst developed world airport I've ever been in.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maddog on June 15, 2016, 10:25:59 AM
Bologna is a superb place for a long weekend. Lots to see, food is superb and much less expensive than Rome. Airport is very close to city as well. You can take the train across to Florence for a day trip as well. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: JoG2 on June 15, 2016, 10:47:08 AM
Bologna is a superb place for a long weekend. Lots to see, food is superb and much less expensive than Rome. Airport is very close to city as well. You can take the train across to Florence for a day trip as well. Cannot recommend highly enough.

I didn't find Rome overly expensive. The Vatican and Colosseum are pretty much the only 2 things you have to pay to see. Some class wee restaurants in the old part that are cheap to eat and drink carafe's of wine in...unbelievable city. Some of the car parking is crazy .
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: armaghniac on June 15, 2016, 11:07:49 AM
I didn't find Rome overly expensive. The Vatican and Colosseum are pretty much the only 2 things you have to pay to see. Some class wee restaurants in the old part that are cheap to eat and drink carafe's of wine in...unbelievable city. Some of the car parking is crazy .

There is a an enormous rip off factor in the vicinity of the main monuments though, entirely out of proportion with every other city in the world. You were obviously wise enough to avoid this and seek out restaurants like the above.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: AZOffaly on June 15, 2016, 11:10:55 AM
I also love Rome, and didn't feel it was extortionate. Like JoG said, I got fed and watered there very reasonably in little ristorantes off the side street. If you go in somewhere on the Spanish Steps, or outside the Colosseum, you'll get fleeced, but then again, have you been to Killarney recently? :)

Love Rome, and one of my favourite memories is sitting with my wife, eating a very reasonably priced Calzone and drinking a nice Chianti, watching the street performers and artists in Piazza Navone as dusk set in. Lovely place.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: haranguerer on June 15, 2016, 11:13:37 AM
Thinking of booking a weekend away for myself and the other half. We would usually just book these in Ireland so wouldn't be overly well travelled. Any recommendations for a nice city to visit on the continent?

Me and her head to London usually once a year for a long weekend. Loads to see and do. I've been to plenty of European Cities and I still think London one of the best.

Without doubt.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: illdecide on June 15, 2016, 11:22:13 AM
Think Barcelona is top notch myself but have never been to Rome and would like to try it out sometime soon. Any of you ever been to Florence? dunno why but i've always wanted to try it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: muppet on June 15, 2016, 11:24:03 AM
Think Barcelona is top notch myself but have never been to Rome and would like to try it out sometime soon. Any of you ever been to Florence? dunno why but i've always wanted to try it.

Did a day trip when in Tuscany for a wedding for a few days. Well worth seeing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: maddog on June 15, 2016, 11:43:42 AM
Bologna is a superb place for a long weekend. Lots to see, food is superb and much less expensive than Rome. Airport is very close to city as well. You can take the train across to Florence for a day trip as well. Cannot recommend highly enough.

I didn't find Rome overly expensive. The Vatican and Colosseum are pretty much the only 2 things you have to pay to see. Some class wee restaurants in the old part that are cheap to eat and drink carafe's of wine in...unbelievable city. Some of the car parking is crazy .

Sorry should have been clearer. Lots of places in Rome not too expensive but i still found Bologna much cheaper and probably more of a selection as its the gastro capital of Italy apparently. Only had the day in Florence but enough to convince me to go back and take probably 3 days at it.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Under Lights on June 15, 2016, 11:53:06 AM
Booked Salthill. Galway bay hotel. Weekend of 9th of July.
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Post by: Rois on June 15, 2016, 01:16:53 PM
I think if you're just dipping your toe in the water of European city breaks, London, Paris and Rome have got to be up there.
There are so many familiar "sights" that can contribute to a good itinerary to plan your days well while you work out what you like best about city breaks. 
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 15, 2016, 01:26:39 PM
Think Barcelona is top notch myself but have never been to Rome and would like to try it out sometime soon. Any of you ever been to Florence? dunno why but i've always wanted to try it.

Did a day trip when in Tuscany for a wedding for a few days. Well worth seeing.
Title: Re: Holidays
Post by: ziggy90 on June 15, 2016, 01:28:12 PM
Bologna is a superb place for a long weekend. Lots to see, food is superb and much less expensive than Rome. Airport is very close to city as well. You can take the train across to Florence for a day trip as well. Cannot recommend highly enough.

I didn't find Rome overly expensive. The Vatican and Colosseum are pretty much the only 2 things you have to pay to see. Some class wee restaurants in the old part that are cheap to eat and drink carafe's of wine in...un