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Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:24 pm

Yes, I stopped by St. Michael's Mount before going up the coast of Cornwall. I'm a sucker for castles and this with the location, made this a must-tour for me. I also liked the laidback harbor village. ;-D

I've also been to Mont St. Michel in Normandy when I was younger and my Dad being a stickler for adventure, urged us on to walk the sands at low tide (but we got a guide to escort us). I was a bit more cautious with St. Michael's Mount, opting to go by causeway and then by boat coming back. :-b
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Postby Nfl Fan » Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:45 pm

The castle and landscape around it is amazing. My trip back was knee-deep as the tide was quickly coming in. :-o :-)
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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby joejlitz » Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:13 pm

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Sweet beaches, (for England). Artful, did you ever see...

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St Michael's Mount. Very cool. ;-D

OMG. Not to get all Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise, but this takes my breath away. I have a new purpose in travel and its name is St. Michael's Mount. :-°
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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby biju » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:07 pm

Anyone ever been to Tanzania or Zanzibar? I'm heading there in two days and extremely excited. We've booked a safari already for Tanzania, but I haven't really seen anything on Zanzibar yet and I'm wondering if there's going to be something I'll miss and regret.

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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby Nfl Fan » Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:03 pm

biju wrote:Anyone ever been to Tanzania or Zanzibar? I'm heading there in two days and extremely excited. We've booked a safari already for Tanzania, but I haven't really seen anything on Zanzibar yet and I'm wondering if there's going to be something I'll miss and regret.

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No, but it sounds pretty exciting. Send pics!
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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby Art Vandelay » Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:36 pm

I know someone who is currently working for the UN as a prosecutor for a war crimes tribunal in Tanzania. I think he's in Arusha, and although he hasn't had a lot of time for doing touristy things, he has really enjoyed the people, food, and atmosphere in general.
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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby joejlitz » Sun May 16, 2010 8:39 pm

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biju wrote:Anyone ever been to Tanzania or Zanzibar? I'm heading there in two days and extremely excited. We've booked a safari already for Tanzania, but I haven't really seen anything on Zanzibar yet and I'm wondering if there's going to be something I'll miss and regret.

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No, but it sounds pretty exciting. Send pics!

Biju - how was it?

Me and the fam are in Myrtle Beach for the week. Got in last night and had a great time today at the beach. The kids had a blast building sand castles and then playing with the Ben 10 action figures in and around the castles and castle walls. Throw in a moat and the kids were in heaven. Saw some very large and dead jelly fish on the beach last night, but didn't really have to worry about them today, thank goodness. :-° I had to tell my son it was like Dory from Nemo and he could bounce off the top if he wanted. I then stepped on it as I chased my 2 year old and kidded with my wife and told her she had to pee on my foot. My 4-year old wanted to know why? :-o :-* :-b
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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby The Artful Dodger » Mon May 17, 2010 12:21 am

joejlitz wrote:Saw some very large and dead jelly fish on the beach last night, but didn't really have to worry about them today, thank goodness. :-° I had to tell my son it was like Dory from Nemo and he could bounce off the top if he wanted. I then stepped on it as I chased my 2 year old and kidded with my wife and told her she had to pee on my foot. My 4-year old wanted to know why? :-o :-* :-b


Reminds me of a time when one of my friends got stung by a stingray in the hand, having caught one (he wound up releasing it). He's not the brightest person in the world and sometimes, he's gullible about the littlest thing, which makes for a good laugh. He didn't believe me in the least that he had to take a wee on it, until we reached shore minutes later and the medic there told him to go pee on his hand. The next time we went fishing, he wound catching a stingray, and as some sort of revenge, he tied a string on its tail with a beer can on the other end of it. Pretty lame, but it made for a nice laugh.
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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby biju » Mon May 17, 2010 10:39 am

joejlitz wrote:
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biju wrote:Anyone ever been to Tanzania or Zanzibar? I'm heading there in two days and extremely excited. We've booked a safari already for Tanzania, but I haven't really seen anything on Zanzibar yet and I'm wondering if there's going to be something I'll miss and regret.

;-D


No, but it sounds pretty exciting. Send pics!

Biju - how was it?

Me and the fam are in Myrtle Beach for the week. Got in last night and had a great time today at the beach. The kids had a blast building sand castles and then playing with the Ben 10 action figures in and around the castles and castle walls. Throw in a moat and the kids were in heaven. Saw some very large and dead jelly fish on the beach last night, but didn't really have to worry about them today, thank goodness. :-° I had to tell my son it was like Dory from Nemo and he could bounce off the top if he wanted. I then stepped on it as I chased my 2 year old and kidded with my wife and told her she had to pee on my foot. My 4-year old wanted to know why? :-o :-* :-b


Sorry folks, I've been super busy with everything and have only had enough time to check Leftovers. :-o

Tanzania and our safari was amazing. It sounds funny, but it's really different seeing the animals in their habitat instead of a zoo. We had a couple of close encounters as well, including an elephant that came within inches of the jeep--the guide was quite worried which made us nervous for sure. And for the record, if you ever get a chance to go to the Ngorongoro Crater you should do it. It was something we will never forget for sure.

Zanzibar was a different story however. There were a couple of things that made it tough on us we weren't counting on. First, there was an African music festival that brings people from all around the world (Sauti Za Busara). Really cool but that meant our lack of planning hotels (we like to travel loose just in case something strikes our fancy) equated to us changing hotels 4 times in 7 days. Not awesome. Another piece of it was during their summer it gets so hot that the mainland transformer blew and that means the entire island is either dark or runs on generators. That means our peaceful island getaway had the buzzing sound of generators, the smell of gasoline every time we were in a restaurant, and the price of everything was up accordingly.

Not as peaceful as we expected.

Regardless we soldiered through it and we had a great time, although if we had to do it again we would make sure they had fixed their power problems. I'll make sure to keep that in mind the next time we head to a 3rd world country. But that's the fun of these types of trips: you learn things.

Here's the picture set from the trip:
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For those of you who are camera geeks, please note that this was my first attempt to use a DSLR (Nikon D90) so the pictures at the beginning aren't nearly as good as the ones where I started to figure out how to use it. Now after a few months of reading Scott Kelby and Bryan Peterson's books I know what I was doing wrong with the rest of them. :-D

We're now planning our next trip in September: Oktoberfest (the 200 year anniversary) and Rome! ;-D
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Re: A thread for Travel Junkies...

Postby joejlitz » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:20 am

This weekend, I'm headed to Cleveland to pickett against the Cavs for not doing more to resign James. :-D

Actually, I'm headed there with my pop. We're gonna go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday and then go to the Indians game on Friday night against TB. We're not CLE or TB fans - just fans of baseball and seeing new stadiums.

Saturday, we're driving down to Canton to go to the NFL Hall of Fame, which is the real purpose of this trip. I can't wait. Last year, me and pops went to the Baseball HOF and had a great time so we decided to make Canton this summer's trip. I'll try to post pics when we get back.
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