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Post by Ivan on Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:43 am

Visit Switzerland. No, I don’t mean get a one-way ticket to Zurich for some treatment at the Dignitas clinic, but make a trip to the Bernese Oberland of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.

Take the 30-minute gondola ride up from Grindelwald to Mannlichen. Enjoy a cold beer at the mountain restaurant, then make the mostly flat 60-minute walk to Kleine Scheidegg, facing the Eiger most of the time. From Kleine Scheidegg, a train ride takes you back down to Grindelwald in about 40 minutes.



If you stay in Grindelwald, you can do that in a morning and then take a train down to Interlaken (literally meaning ‘between lakes’) in about 35 minutes, for a ride on a paddle steamer on either Lake Thun or Lake Brienz.

Flights to Zurich or Geneva take just over an hour from Heathrow (with British Airways) or Gatwick (with Easy Jet), or you can take the Eurostar from St Pancras International and change in Paris to a TGV to Geneva or Lausanne.

Switzerland is expensive, particularly as the effects of more quantitative easing will further devalue the pound and make the exchange rate unfavourable, but the cost is justified by the unforgettable experience.


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Re: Nice places to visit before you die

Post by ROB on Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:21 am

"Must see" US locations:

  1. Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Grove, Yosemite National Park.

  2. White beaches and turbulent, spectacular, gorgeous Pacific Ocean, Asilomar, California, near Pacific Grove, California, on the Monterrey Peninsula.

  3. Cascade Mountains, Pacific Northwest.

  4. California State Highway 1, San Luis Obispo to Monterrey Peninsula, California.

  5. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon-Washington State.

  6. Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park.

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Post by witchfinder on Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:55 pm

Its always good to visit other places, learn about history, culture and see a different view, a different way of life, experience a different climate, see somewhere that s famous or well known.

But at the end of the day I live on the edge of the North York Moors national park, and my favorite place is the views from The Lion Inn pub high up on blakey ridge, the road is the highest accross the moors from Castleton to Hutton le Hole - very nice in summer, but can be a dangerous road in winter.
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Re: Nice places to visit before you die

Post by astra on Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:06 pm

Loch Tummel and the Queen's View.

This place always soothes all the angst in me!!

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/queens-view.shtml


Hutton le Hole is an enchanting place, we were camped at Kirbymoorside and spent a pleasant Sunday at the car boot fair and in the cafe. The stream/river/beck through the village just adds to the majic!
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Re: Nice places to visit before you die

Post by oftenwrong on Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:22 pm

Any family members you haven't visited since 2005.
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Post by astra on Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:26 pm

2005, I have many I have not seen since Norman Tebbitts Father's Pushbike. (1979) Funny how the memory plays tricks
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Post by ROB on Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:18 am


Maybe it’s nice, maybe it’s not, but I wouldn’t “start no trouble” in this Texas town.

 
http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=More+Funny+Town+Names%3a+Cut+and+Shoot%2c+Texas&FORM=TRSSPG
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Post by Phil Hornby on Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:26 am

Take a drive round the Applecross Peninsula ...
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Post by Shirina on Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:58 am

I'd like to see Machu Picchu.

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Re: Nice places to visit before you die

Post by astra on Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:49 pm

Take a drive round the Applecross Peninsula ...



When on the 'High Road' do not look down!! (If you are the driver!!!) Shocked
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Post by astra on Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:52 pm

Take a return visit - after some 30 years to the Ptarmigan restaurant on the top of Cairngorm.

Hopefully again on a clear day

It has always been an ambition to visit the Shelter Stone http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1045961 the walk from Aviemore to Braemar through the Lairig Ghru Pass http://walking.visitscotland.com/walks/cairngorms/lairig_ghru_northwards1 Mainly because my late father signed the visitor book in 1949. Start from Coylumbridge Hotel near Loch Morlich. This is one of Prince Philips hideaways, and I remember him flying the RAF Helicopter he used as transport. This at the time King Hussein of Jordan was gaining his instrument flying tickets at Perth aerodrome. (It was unusual for an Hotel in Scotland to have it's own heli pad Skibo and Gleneagles being others that come to mind - even now VERY expensive places to DRINK in let alone stay in.
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Post by astra on Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:12 pm

The first view you get of Ullapool with the Minch and islands behind - lovellly
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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:37 pm

Coming FROM the Isles, across the Minches, the view is likely to be obscured by other passengers being seasick.
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Post by astra on Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:55 pm



http://www.panoramio.com/photo/52642966


I get sea sick watching my rubber duck while having a bath! Embarassed Sad
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Yorvik centre York

Post by whitbyforklift on Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:58 am


Yorvik.
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Post by oftenwrong on Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:26 pm

A wide-ranging opinion-poll sampled while I was washing the car, reveals that happiest memories are not necessarily of PLACES, but of being in congenial company while in such places.
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Re: Nice places to visit before you die

Post by boatlady on Tue May 28, 2013 8:19 am

Spend a long weekend on the Norfolk Broads - every troubled soul should have the chance to sit and watch the swifts and swallows swooping after flies, while listening to the gentle lap of water and enjoying the gracious fading of another perfect day.

Even when it's cold and windy, there are moments of serenity and just downright beauty that bring a tear to the eye.
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Re: Nice places to visit before you die

Post by oftenwrong on Tue May 28, 2013 11:30 am

One should experience an omnibus ride -



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Post by boatlady on Tue May 28, 2013 5:36 pm

She doesn't seem to be enjoying it much
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Post by bobby on Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:31 pm

 Even the conductor sitting behind her is looking a tad pee'd off.
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Post by vappuk on Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:11 pm

Merano, Italy
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Post by boatlady on Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:34 pm

Never been there - what's the attraction?
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Post by vappuk on Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:09 pm

Mountains, colour, warmth, architecture  - and they speak German.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW9o-ASI_SM
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Post by boatlady on Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:07 pm

Looks a lovely city - and i really enjoyed the soundtrack.
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:35 pm

After World War I, under the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Meran became part of the Kingdom of Italy with the rest of the southern part of the former Cisleithanian crown land of Tyrol.

Presumably they also speak Italian.
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Post by vappuk on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:36 am

According to the 2011 census, 50.47% of the resident population speaks German as mother language, 49.06% Italian, and 0.47% Ladin
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:06 pm

In my experience, "nice places" are often those which you shared with nice people.

Fond memories of a time and place are usually linked to the company in which they were enjoyed.

Reading about e.g. the Amalfi Coast is not the same as recalling a visit with amiable companions.
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Post by vappuk on Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:19 pm

Probably true, I visited Merano alongside an American, a Canadian and a Japanese - all very old friends of mine.
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Post by stuart torr on Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:22 pm

Clovelly in north devon,
Like oftenwrong says, the place is nice and I went with some very nice people too.
I'm afraid that I've never been abroad, I don't know whether it's too late at my age, especially with my medical conditions.
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Post by boatlady on Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:05 pm

Abroad - full of foreigners - you can see foreigners in England now   Very Happy
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Post by stuart torr on Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:01 pm

Very nice to hear from you boatlady.
Hoping that you are well, and all well at home.
Very true what you stated though. Laughing 
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Post by Penderyn on Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:54 pm

boatlady wrote:Abroad - full of foreigners - you can see foreigners in England now   Very Happy
'England' is composed of foreigners, and if I go abroad they think I am German. Ceredigion and Dublin are the only places to go.
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:21 pm

"Abroad" is a nice place to visit. But you wouldn't want to live there.
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Last chance to fly on World's shortest International flight

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Post by Ivan on Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:17 pm

It sounds like a crazy idea. As some of you are aware, I know Friedrichshafen like the back of my hand, and you can cross the Bodensee (Lake Constance) to Romanshorn in Switzerland on a ferry in 41 minutes. A few steps away is the railway station, from where the train journey to St Gallen is about 30 minutes.

Yes, it's longer than an eight-minute flight, but that requires getting to the required airport, going through check-in and security procedures and no doubt waiting in a departure lounge. Apart from environmental considerations, I can see why the service is being discontinued!
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:04 pm

I think I'll skip THIS one:

Alton Towers' notorious Smiler rollercoaster breaks down leaving dozens of riders suspended in mid air climb.

(Yes, THAT one again.)

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/alton-towers-notorious-smiler-rollercoaster-breaks-down-leaving-dozens-of-riders-suspended-in-mid-air-climb/ar-BBDnng1?li=BBoPRmx&ocid=iehp
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