: Anyone going on vacation this Summer?



orconn
07-09-11, 08:31 PM
Just wondering if anyone is planning on taking a vacation trip this Summer. Given some of the great trips taken by members in past Summers I am hoping to see some super pictures in the fututre.

gary88
07-09-11, 08:32 PM
Staying stateside this summer, planning on going back to Europe next summer.

Submariner409
07-09-11, 08:36 PM
Hah !! Staying here, saving some $$$ and felling/splitting two BIG oak trees that are, given our recent weather pattern, dangerously close to the east side of the house. We can wait 'till the "off season" to go hole up in a nice B&B for a few days. Maybe around Thanksgiving.......

ben.gators
07-09-11, 09:10 PM
I am relocating to Hawaii, does it count?

orconn
07-09-11, 09:14 PM
I am relocating to Hawaii, does it count?

Once you are there, the real question will be "are you going to work this Summer, or just hang loose!"

ben.gators
07-09-11, 09:20 PM
I am supposed to start to work immediately upon my arrival, but well,.... :D

DouglasJRizzo
07-09-11, 09:50 PM
Staying home this year. New job is super busy and my own machine shop is starting to pick up too. Gotta make the money when I can!

Stingroo
07-09-11, 10:18 PM
My summer ends in 28 days.


Bummer.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-09-11, 10:26 PM
My parents wanna go on a family vacation sometime in August, but only if they decide not to replace the living room furniture in their house. Depending on how my July goes, I might take a week off work and go with them if they decide to go somewhere fun.

cadillac kevin
07-10-11, 12:13 AM
I'm doing one of those staycation things where you sit at home because you are too poor to go on a real vacation. its like a vacation where you sleep in your own house, eat your own food, and do nothing but chores and housework. its fun (or at least thats what the people on TV tell you)

orconn
07-10-11, 12:18 AM
Once you are there, the real question will be "are you going to work this Summer, or just hang loose!"

I cannot shed a tear for you, Ben. You've got a year or more of adventure and discovery ahead of you in the islands ... that I am sure you will work in along with job! Remember nothing is too far on the island of Oahu, and the other islands are a short distance away by plane!

gdwriter
07-10-11, 12:45 AM
Technically, it's still a summer vacation because I leave on Sept. 20, but my sister and I are going to London and Paris. Have already booked a tours in both cities, plus one of the Reims Champagne region with tours and tastings at Mumm and Mot & Chandon. Will also be renting a car — I hope I get some insanely weird French one — for a 3-hour drive from Paris so see what I like to call my chateau (http://lelude.com). Well, why not? It has my name on it. We've got a flat in Paris for a fantastic price that's very close to the train station we'll take to and from London, and it's across the street from a Metro station, so getting around should be easy. This will be my first time in Europe, so I'm really, really excited.

orconn
07-10-11, 01:07 AM
Technically, it's still a summer vacation because I leave on Sept. 20, but my sister and I are going to London and Paris. Have already booked a tours in both cities, plus one of the Reims Champagne region with tours and tastings at Mumm and Mot & Chandon. Will also be renting a car — I hope I get some insanely weird French one — for a 3-hour drive from Paris so see what I like to call my chateau (http://lelude.com). Well, why not? It has my name on it. We've got a flat in Paris for a fantastic price that's very close to the train station we'll take to and from London, and it's across the street from a Metro station, so getting around should be easy. This will be my first time in Europe, so I'm really, really excited.

Sounds like you have a great trip planned. London really isn't my kind of city .... at least when I paying for it! Someone once said england was a nation of small shop keepers, the whole city strikes me this way. It is nice for those that live there that the residential areas and commercial areas are in such close proximity to each other. Great sights for a one time see, but I wouldn't want to make a habit of London.

Now Paris is a completely different story. Magnificent truly describes the boulevards and sights of Paris. It is an easy city to get around on public transportation (not so claustrophobic as the tubes of London) and plenty to see, both living and archaic! The food is great and treated with common courtesy the people are fine. You will be there when the French have returned from their holiday which will let you see and enjoy the real Paris and not the tourist populated Paris of a month earlier. Glad to hear you have a tour lined up for both cities since your time is probably fairly short a tour is a good way to make the most of your stay. Paris is without a doubt my favorite city in the world closely followed by New York, then Rio!

gdwriter
07-10-11, 01:43 AM
We specifically scheduled this trip to avoid the summer tourist season. Does France still take August off en masse?

Susan has been to London before, but I wanted to see it, and she has a friend in Kent that we'll stay a night with before taking the train to Paris. It was much less — both in terms of her miles and my dollars — to fly to Heathrow vs. Charles de Gaulle, even factoring the train tickets to Paris and back. We're only spending a couple of days in London; we'll arrive in Paris on Saturday and return to London the following Friday, then fly home on Saturday.

Bought a copy of French for Dummies today to work on my very rusty French, which I haven't used since my last college class in 1987. I did OK reading French signs when I was in Montreal last year, but I really couldn't understand my friend's Quebecois friends when they were conversing in French; they speak it so fast. At shops and restaurants, I used a little French, but if they asked, "anglais ou en franais?" I usually replied, "anglais, s'il vous plait." Just that I had the courtesy to use a little of their language seems to have been appreciated.

brandondeleo
07-10-11, 04:25 AM
So far this July, a few days in Seattle, we are renting a condo on the water in Lake Chelan for a few days, and we are staying in Ocean Shores for a few days. Maybe a visit to Los Angeles in the books, too.

Rodya234
07-10-11, 04:29 AM
I want to go back to Paris one day, when I visited I was far to young to really enjoy the trip. Most of what I remember is everything being ridiculously small, not wanting to go on the Eiffel tower, and throwing up because of a stomach virus. I do remember the Louvre being beautiful, and the Mercedes S-Class that we rented being very nice though.

I'm pretty much spending the rest of July working on my car, and then August is dedicated to school business. This summer is gone already :lol:

ThumperPup
07-10-11, 09:29 AM
iv already been on Domestic Vacations this year
Erlier in the summer for close to 2 weeks camping in MD
and just this July 4th weekend last weekend camping in NC
I and my Girl have a trip planned the weekend of the 23rd we will head up into Mi travers city maybe to a B&B its there off season right now
and then i have my yearly Israel trip for 1 week next month
so that will be 4 vacations for me
and well not sure if next weekend counts but heading to cedar point got a room booked at a nice hotel right next to cedar points for 2 nights going to head up there with some friends and party

billc83
07-10-11, 10:06 AM
Outside of my day hikes, truth be told I probably won't take a vacation until 2012. I've been looking in doing some longer multi-day hikes but I'd have to buy more gear.

I'm tentatively planning on doing the Auto Show in February if a forum meet gets planned.

johnny kannapo
07-10-11, 05:22 PM
Just to the family lake getaway this year.

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz183/billytheshoe/junk/2163e3de.jpg

S70RMP
07-10-11, 06:02 PM
Technically, it's still a summer vacation because I leave on Sept. 20, but my sister and I are going to London and Paris. Have already booked a tours in both cities, plus one of the Reims Champagne region with tours and tastings at Mumm and Mot & Chandon. Will also be renting a car I hope I get some insanely weird French one for a 3-hour drive from Paris so see what I like to call my chateau (http://lelude.com). Well, why not? It has my name on it. We've got a flat in Paris for a fantastic price that's very close to the train station we'll take to and from London, and it's across the street from a Metro station, so getting around should be easy. This will be my first time in Europe, so I'm really, really excited.

you have to watch Taken - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0936501/ before leaving for Paris !!!!

thebigjimsho
07-10-11, 08:06 PM
Leave for Charlotte next Sunday for the SHO Convention. Will be there until Friday and then will take the long way home up the Blue Ridge Parkway and other favored back roads(last trip up the BRP was sidelined by a deer miss and a guardrail hit)...

Home on Saturday and then to York Beach, ME for a day or two...

EcSTSatic
07-11-11, 03:08 PM
Leaving tomorrow to spend several days out on the sailboat. It's a pretty cheap getaway if you don't count the dues. slip fees etc.77676

OffThaHorseCEO
07-11-11, 04:44 PM
not this year unfortunately. of course a sunday ride to the beach doesnt count. next year we'll be visiting italy hopefully. MAYBE if things go right we might go to mexico this year but it wont be during the summer

RippyPartsDept
07-11-11, 06:06 PM
Yes... this week actually (see my avatar!)

Going to fly from NC to NH... drive to Maine on Saturday and fly back from Maine to NC

I'll be taking a few photos... nothing as epic as N*Caddy's trip around America (and I won't have any Cadillacs to photograph)

but there should be some nice scenic panoramas (at least one of the view from the porch in Maine)

similar to these taken in the last few weeks (the concert pictures were posted in another thread, but next-to-nobody noticed)

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my friend's house
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notice the USS North Carolina in the upper right across the river in the background
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ZoSo (Led Zeppelin cover band)
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Read my 'write-up'/blog about the concert here (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/community-lounge-introductions-general-discussion/234128-ever-seen-zoso-led-zeppelin-cover.html)
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photos taken with iPhone 3GS using an app called 360 Panorama
cropped with the AutoStitch app (i'm sure there's probably a better way to crop, but that's what i've got now)
and then finishing touch 'clarity' filter and border added with the Camera+ app

orconn
07-11-11, 06:30 PM
I've been thinking I ought to head up to Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. In the past I have spent some great time during the Summer "Down East" where weather and the water is cool and the sea food is great!

RippyPartsDept
07-12-11, 12:59 PM
we get pretty good seafood here in wilimington but i can't wait for some Maine lobster!

S70RMP
07-12-11, 05:09 PM
we should be having 5 week holiday next year in Maine/New Hampshire but that will be mid sept to mid/late October if money is right
plus we are planning on getting married at Marshall Point Lighthouse while on holiday - family coming out for a few days and then they can bugger off home again !

thebigjimsho
07-13-11, 09:07 AM
Lobster is great and all, but Maine's best seafood is their native shrimp...

S70RMP
07-13-11, 02:33 PM
I'm more of a Hot Dog or Cheeseburger man ! But I do like haddock and chips - I have to say that Haddock and chips with coleslaw is so strange and only ever had it that way in Maine, The Lobster Shack at Two Lights is very nice, but it kind of works, we over here normally have mushy peas with it !

orconn
07-13-11, 02:47 PM
Lobster is great and all, but Maine's best seafood is their native shrimp...

I agree the shrimp are great!

orconn
07-13-11, 02:50 PM
When I was in London and Edinburgh I tried the "Fish and Chips" on several occasions, just really couldn't get excited about the dish. Must be sort of a Brit comfort food!

S70RMP
07-13-11, 04:09 PM
You've got to go to a good chippy a stone throws from the sea - the fresher the better.

comfort food - meat & potato pie, chips, peas & gravy :-)

RippyPartsDept
07-23-11, 04:48 PM
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photos from my vacation

they are mostly large panoramics and i don't really feel like resizing them all, so click to view
many are really good (it's worth it)

all taken with my iphone 3gs (except one screen cap from google maps of the location of the beach house)

one is looking thru a monocular (binocular but for only one eye... like a modern spyglass!)

one is of the woods in new hampshire looking up our driveway and down the road

the concert pics were at L.L.Bean's free concert (they do that on saturday nights all summer)
the band was the Court Yard Hounds - who really surprised me ... i wasn't expecting they're rockin' bluegrass style
(some songs were mellow, of course - they're girls after all - but i really had a good time)

should i start a new thread? probably (and i should probably blog this on my own site also, but i'm not - yet...)

cheers,
chris