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    Suit yourself. And as it happens, I'm currently stuck in Mexico for work so I've semi-deported myself already.

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    Ended up changing cruise to leave from Palma. MSC Seaview for a week and then a week in Mallorca somewhere. Glorious

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    Even the concept of a 'British Deli' offends the soul, unless by that term you just mean Greggs.

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    Off on holiday tomorrow. The daughter's first flight. I'm sure it will go fine.

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    Godspeed.

    Me and the Mrs are heading back to the carribbean next month. Looking like The DR as things stand.

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    Just got back from a few days in Budapest. Would recommend, probably more on the Buda-side than Pest-side (if you are an old fart like me who likes museums and big ol' churches etc.) If you're some youth delinquent then Pest and the Ruin Bars are pretty fun.

    Shit is expensive though. Prices basically on a par with here, which feels a bit steep really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    Just got back from a few days in Budapest. Would recommend, probably more on the Buda-side than Pest-side (if you are an old fart like me who likes museums and big ol' churches etc.) If you're some youth delinquent then Pest and the Ruin Bars are pretty fun.

    Shit is expensive though. Prices basically on a par with here, which feels a bit steep really.
    Loved it and really want to go back. Such a great, welcoming place.

    Looking at Rome for a city break with the wean in the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    Just got back from a few days in Budapest. Would recommend, probably more on the Buda-side than Pest-side (if you are an old fart like me who likes museums and big ol' churches etc.) If you're some youth delinquent then Pest and the Ruin Bars are pretty fun.

    Shit is expensive though. Prices basically on a par with here, which feels a bit steep really.
    Yeah I was taken aback with the prices. Folk made out to me it was like Tenerife or sunny beach prices

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    Eastern Europe is sadly catching up with the Western European in prices. I just got back from Tartu (would recommend for a weekend holiday, especially with kids) and having been there probably twenty to thirty times in the past twenty years, the prices are already the same in some items as they are in here. Luckily alcohol and eating out are still cheaper, but getting groceries was roughly the same as it is back home. I feel the inflation has hit them worse in the recent past than us and it shows.

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    It's not inflation, for the most part it's just greed. Wages haven't increased at the same rate.

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    You're in Finland right, Pen? Yeah, no chance Eastern European groceries should cost as much as they do there.

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    Yeah, I am.

    Bit of both in Estonia I think. They we're on top of some inflation table at one point in the past few years, but wages obviously kept up. That is the same everywhere, no?

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    It's what I would do if I was running a hostelry in a central European capital and saw all the silly twats coming.

    Bring back the stag do at your nearest pub.

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    Exactly. If the tourists keep coming, the prices will keep going up. Why would they not do that?

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    TTH Meet 2024 in Uzbekistan?

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    Went to Prague last summer on a stag and that was still incredible value. As long as you're not in the Old Town Square, you can get food and drink at great prices.

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    About to book a family holiday to Vienna in July for a bit of culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thommo View Post
    Went to Prague last summer on a stag and that was still incredible value. As long as you're not in the Old Town Square, you can get food and drink at great prices.
    Krakow was like this too. No idea about groceries though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post
    Krakow was like this too. No idea about groceries though...
    Not sure about Krakow but Poland generally is getting a lot more expensive.

    Groceries have gone up massively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post
    About to book a family holiday to Vienna in July for a bit of culture.
    Changed to Bologna, much cheaper! Anyone been?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post
    Changed to Bologna, much cheaper! Anyone been?
    Was there a few years ago. Was staying in Florence and did day trips to Bologna/Siena/Pisa. Bologna was good, but I preferred Siena (and Florence is much bigger/more to do). Pisa is meh but you kinda gotta go to see the tower, but there's not much else happening.

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    Similar trip here. Bologna, Siena and Florence. Bologna is a cool student city, Florence is great but book ahead for museums and Siena is stunning.

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    Florence is fucking dull.

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    An even worse take than your Arsenal posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post
    About to book a family holiday to Vienna in July for a bit of culture.
    Preparing recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post
    Changed to Bologna, much cheaper! Anyone been?
    Pity. Can't blame you though, I've always wanted to go to Bologna; everyone I know who's been there loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pen View Post
    Yeah, I am.

    Bit of both in Estonia I think. They we're on top of some inflation table at one point in the past few years, but wages obviously kept up. That is the same everywhere, no?
    I can't tell if that last bit was sarcasm or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serj View Post
    Preparing recommendations.
    I would like some Vienna recos. Might go there later this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfswjyr View Post
    I can't tell if that last bit was sarcasm or not.
    I missed a word there. I meant to say wages haven't kept up with inflation in the past few years. Well I guess they are now again, but I meant the two or so years after Russia attacked Ukraine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    I would like some Vienna recos. Might go there later this year
    How long are you planning on staying? If it's 3 days or more I'd recommend setting one day aside (ideally the one with the best weather) for mooching around in the vineyards at the outskirts of the city, drinking wine, eating cheese and enjoying the scenery.

    I'll come up with more detailed tips sometime next week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serj View Post
    How long are you planning on staying? If it's 3 days or more I'd recommend setting one day aside (ideally the one with the best weather) for mooching around in the vineyards at the outskirts of the city, drinking wine, eating cheese and enjoying the scenery.

    I'll come up with more detailed tips sometime next week or so.
    Cheers.

    No idea really. Maybe 3-4 days for the trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serj View Post
    Preparing recommendations.



    Pity. Can't blame you though, I've always wanted to go to Bologna; everyone I know who's been there loved it.
    Lol canned that and booked a week in Vienna. Staying in a high rise condo with it's own rooftop pool in Erdberg.

    Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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    Booked a hotel through Booking.com, put the estimated arrival time as 12 and got an email back saying we can check in early for 10 euros if we want. Is this shit normal? Quite tempted to fuck them off and book somewhere else.

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    It's normal.

    Although hotels don't always enforce it.

    Mainly depends on how busy they are/if the room was in use before you.

    Ask if you can leave your luggage in a store room (most hotels have them) and then go off for lunch nearby/doss about for a few hours.

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    Most hotels are checkout by ~11am and check-in from ~3pm. Guess charging a fee for prioritised access is in the same region as "speedy boarding" type stuff for flights.

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    Looking at Dubai in October (35c average ).

    Anyone been? Will my wife be able to wear vest tops without being stoned to death? Will I be able to have a beer by the pool? I believe it's alot more relaxed these days, is that right?

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    It’s ‘influencer’ central. Just a more expensive Marbella.

    Well expensive when you are there. You get some ridiculously cheap package holidays there considering the flight costs

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    Flying to Mauritius on Saturday. Flic en Flac to be specific. I'm told the sunsets are top tier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manc View Post
    Flying to Mauritius on Saturday. Flic en Flac to be specific. I'm told the sunsets are top tier.
    Mauritius is our plan for next summer. Which resort are you staying at?
    Last edited by randomlegend; 12-06-2024 at 09:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey M View Post
    Looking at Dubai in October (35c average ).

    Anyone been? Will my wife be able to wear vest tops without being stoned to death? Will I be able to have a beer by the pool? I believe it's alot more relaxed these days, is that right?
    I'd rather visit the frontline in Ukraine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SvN View Post
    I'd rather visit the frontline in Ukraine.
    How comes?

    Anyone been to Sharm El Sheikh and/or Hurghada? Which is better? Any hotel recommendations?

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    I’d avoid Sharm el Shit like the plague.

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    I know someone who used to swear by Hurghada or whatever it is called, but then she had the IQ of a pot plant. All of those places sound like hell on earth.

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    Have fun, Spikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey M View Post
    How comes?

    Anyone been to Sharm El Sheikh and/or Hurghada?

    I'd rather visit the frontline in Ukraine.

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    Finding somewhere that's hot in October, that isn't Turkey (for the 3rd year in a row) and doesn't involve sitting on a plane for 9+ hours is proving tricky.

    Eastern Ukraine it is.

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    Cyprus is still high 20s in October. Need a jacket on an evening, mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey M View Post
    Finding somewhere that's hot in October, that isn't Turkey (for the 3rd year in a row) and doesn't involve sitting on a plane for 9+ hours is proving tricky.

    Eastern Ukraine it is.
    Marrakech? Maybe not enough of a kid place but weather should still be alright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey M View Post
    Finding somewhere that's hot in October, that isn't Turkey (for the 3rd year in a row) and doesn't involve sitting on a plane for 9+ hours is proving tricky.

    Eastern Ukraine it is.
    Canaries. Always the canaries.

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    Soulless rocks. Can't stand the Canaries.

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