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« Reply #1770 on: January 29, 2019, 05:56:31 PM »
Ridiculous I know but has anyone brought their dog on holidays. Thinking of maybe taking the car over to Scotland or England. Maybe even France if I went away for 3/4 weeks in the summer.

Not ridiculous at all! Iíll be taking my two dogs away from now on! Be staying in Ireland though as the dogs have to stay in the car while in the ferry!
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« Reply #1771 on: January 30, 2019, 09:44:32 AM »
Was wondering what mode of transfers ones here would recommend from CDG to Disneyland- train, pre-arranged transfer or taxi from outside? Also, any particular Dublin airport carpark that is best/cheapest?

Depends how many of you there are.

Two adults and two children.

We went before Christmas. On the way over we got the TGV to the train station at Disney, cost about 50E for two adults and a child, it was very quick, only about eleven minutes. The downside for me was that we flew Aer Lingus so our terminal was the opposite one to the terminal the trains left from. So I had to carry all the luggage myself (wife pushed the child in the pram) through the terminals and on a shuttle to get to the train. On the way back then I just booked the Disney Shuttle bus. Google Magic Shuttle. Again it was just under 50E but this time it picked us up right outside our hotel (Sequoia Lodge, but it stops at all the Disney hotels, times are at the concierge desks in the hotels), and it dropped us right off at the correct terminal.

Pros and cons to both options really.

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« Reply #1772 on: January 30, 2019, 02:37:28 PM »
Heading to Barcelona for the weekend soon for a kid free break.

Any advice on what to see / where to go / what to avoid?

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« Reply #1773 on: January 30, 2019, 05:14:12 PM »
Nou Camp; Sagrada Familia; Rambla (bullet holes all over from Civil War!). Think i can remember a big market just off the Rambla. Had a pint in Parc Guell on Christmas morning...great place, with fantastic stuff by Gaudi. Excursions...took train for day trip to both Girona & Tarragona. Wanted to get to Montserrat but trains weren't running on Xmas Day.
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« Reply #1774 on: February 01, 2019, 08:18:20 PM »
Looking at booking a package through Expedia to Vegas. Anyone have any experience booking with them?

The flights are via London and then direct. Anyone know what the situation is if the first flight (Dub-Lon) is delayed? Am I on my own or are the flights booked as a package? If I'm on my own, then I'll need to allow 4-5h layover in both directions

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« Reply #1775 on: February 03, 2019, 12:31:39 PM »
Looking at booking a package through Expedia to Vegas. Anyone have any experience booking with them?

The flights are via London and then direct. Anyone know what the situation is if the first flight (Dub-Lon) is delayed? Am I on my own or are the flights booked as a package? If I'm on my own, then I'll need to allow 4-5h layover in both directions

Booked with them a couple of times or more and thought them to be particularly good the only issue being that unlike some of these companies (travelocity virgin etc) they donít always cover resort fees at the hotels so there can be some considerable expense when you get there. That said the advertise that on their prices but not in their total prices.

As to flights if they are with codeshare partners which they usually are then you are covered for delays etc and the airline will rebook you accordingly. If they are not codeshare partners then things can be a lot trickier. Iíve no direct experience of Expedia not using codeshare partners but I do have experience of them when we had a codeshare flight delayed they were very good and made sure we had been rebooked and that our car hire and hotel were aware weíd be late. They also told us about food vouchers etc we were entitled too and who to claim them off.

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« Reply #1776 on: February 05, 2019, 11:18:29 AM »
Had a fantastic time in Madrid. Great city. The Bernabeu is an unbelievable stadium.
Don't think I've ever been in a city that's a clean as Madrid. The place was spotless.

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« Reply #1777 on: February 05, 2019, 01:55:42 PM »
Had a fantastic time in Madrid. Great city. The Bernabeu is an unbelievable stadium.
Don't think I've ever been in a city that's a clean as Madrid. The place was spotless.

Absolutely love it

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« Reply #1778 on: February 05, 2019, 05:07:30 PM »
Had a fantastic time in Madrid. Great city. The Bernabeu is an unbelievable stadium.
Don't think I've ever been in a city that's a clean as Madrid. The place was spotless.
Good stuff. It's somewhere I'd consider going to but definitely not in summer as it's too hot for my tastes. Did you do much sightseeing around the Alaves match or on the beer?

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« Reply #1779 on: February 05, 2019, 07:29:53 PM »
Completly different one and all advice welcomed. Trip to Orlando being planned for July. 4 kids from 6 to 10 plus 2 adults. Flights are sorted but after advice and suggestions for villa accommodation in particular. Car hire pointers appreciated too.

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« Reply #1780 on: February 05, 2019, 08:28:34 PM »
Had a fantastic time in Madrid. Great city. The Bernabeu is an unbelievable stadium.
Don't think I've ever been in a city that's a clean as Madrid. The place was spotless.

Absolutely love it

Where all did you go?

Had a fantastic time in Madrid. Great city. The Bernabeu is an unbelievable stadium.
Don't think I've ever been in a city that's a clean as Madrid. The place was spotless.
Good stuff. It's somewhere I'd consider going to but definitely not in summer as it's too hot for my tastes. Did you do much sightseeing around the Alaves match or on the beer?
Yeah the brother was there in summer time and he said it was 40+ degrees.
Drank plenty,done plenty of sightseeing,the hop on/off tour bus around the city makes it easy to see a lot of it. The aul fella was with us so it suited him to be on a bus rather than walking everywhere.
Went for a run Sunday morning on my own out to the Bernabťu, couldn't get over how the drivers actually stop and let you cross a road,you'd be run over in Dublin if you even attempted it  ;D
I've been in Barcelona a few times but I'd put Madrid ahead of it,will definitely go back.

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« Reply #1781 on: February 05, 2019, 08:37:14 PM »
Completly different one and all advice welcomed. Trip to Orlando being planned for July. 4 kids from 6 to 10 plus 2 adults. Flights are sorted but after advice and suggestions for villa accommodation in particular. Car hire pointers appreciated too.
Sign up to Avis Preferred and use discount code H811101. Avis is good because your OH can drive too, plus Preferred makes it really handy to pick up at airport.

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« Reply #1782 on: February 05, 2019, 08:43:05 PM »
Completly different one and all advice welcomed. Trip to Orlando being planned for July. 4 kids from 6 to 10 plus 2 adults. Flights are sorted but after advice and suggestions for villa accommodation in particular. Car hire pointers appreciated too.
Sign up to Avis Preferred and use discount code H811101. Avis is good because your OH can drive too, plus Preferred makes it really handy to pick up at airport.

Cheers Rois

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« Reply #1783 on: February 05, 2019, 09:18:07 PM »
Looking at booking a package through Expedia to Vegas. Anyone have any experience booking with them?

The flights are via London and then direct. Anyone know what the situation is if the first flight (Dub-Lon) is delayed? Am I on my own or are the flights booked as a package? If I'm on my own, then I'll need to allow 4-5h layover in both directions

Booked with them a couple of times or more and thought them to be particularly good the only issue being that unlike some of these companies (travelocity virgin etc) they donít always cover resort fees at the hotels so there can be some considerable expense when you get there. That said the advertise that on their prices but not in their total prices.

As to flights if they are with codeshare partners which they usually are then you are covered for delays etc and the airline will rebook you accordingly. If they are not codeshare partners then things can be a lot trickier. Iíve no direct experience of Expedia not using codeshare partners but I do have experience of them when we had a codeshare flight delayed they were very good and made sure we had been rebooked and that our car hire and hotel were aware weíd be late. They also told us about food vouchers etc we were entitled too and who to claim them off.

Good man, thanks

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« Reply #1784 on: February 05, 2019, 09:24:28 PM »
Completly different one and all advice welcomed. Trip to Orlando being planned for July. 4 kids from 6 to 10 plus 2 adults. Flights are sorted but after advice and suggestions for villa accommodation in particular. Car hire pointers appreciated too.
Sign up to Avis Preferred and use discount code H811101. Avis is good because your OH can drive too, plus Preferred makes it really handy to pick up at airport.

Cheers Rois

Been 3 times with a group of 9, the villas that I found best were closer to the resort, less driving the better, though itís not difficult as most cars will have sat nav, that may be extra, if youíve a portable one bring it with an update map..

Get the best car deal for you as a group, it may be cheaper..make sure enough space for the cases, weíd a Ford focus last time, sound..

most accommodations are gated which is great, youíll not be dandering around, though I did go for morning runs (was preparing for a marathon) .. the Florida mall is a day out from the parks, the retail outlets is another but I never got anything last time as the rate sucks and no bargains..

Only did one park per visit, i.e Disney one year and universal the next two as itís better for older kids.

We bought our tickets long before we went as by f**k itís expensive! If any kids are very young you can get the strollers as the parks are massive. The  water parks are great but Volcano bay is madness, we were there at crack of dawn, and there are ones that get in 30 minutes before you and snap up best seats,  the rides are great but youíll queue a while though there is a system where you can log in and get a specific time..

Iím sorta torn to which parks are best, all down to preference and the age group youíre with. Lots of other stuff to do, did space centre last time, brilliant very impressive and thought my two girls (late teens) wouldnít like but they did.. went to the beach afterwards..

The  river rides looking for local wildlife. And into Kissemee old town.. I could go on plenty to do but we did it over three visits
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