thistlintom posted:

Tampa and waiting.  Flight delayed yesterday, had to rebook to today.  Flight delayed for hours, had to rebook, and the rebooked flight is delayed.  Not sure if I will ever get out of here.  I think I am in the Hotel California 

Bet it is American Airlines.  They are having union issues. [no crew, no pilot, mech issues etc  Many friends of mine got hung up in DFW last week.  Lucky me I flew Delta

csm posted:
flwino posted:
csm posted:

Canandaigua, NY. Off to the lake for an early start to the long weekend

My old home town

Very nice part of the world!

One of our favourite parts of the world to visit too, though we tend to go to the southern end of the area. We go at least once a year.  Ithaca is probably our favourite home base.  

flwino posted:
thistlintom posted:

Tampa and waiting.  Flight delayed yesterday, had to rebook to today.  Flight delayed for hours, had to rebook, and the rebooked flight is delayed.  Not sure if I will ever get out of here.  I think I am in the Hotel California 

Bet it is American Airlines.  They are having union issues. [no crew, no pilot, mech issues etc  Many friends of mine got hung up in DFW last week.  Lucky me I flew Delta

Actually it was United.  It was all due to weather delays at airports that the planes were coming from.  Didn't leave Tampa till 5:00pm when I was supposed to leave at 11:00.  Had to rebook flights and I didn't get back home in Utah until 11:00 pm mountain time.  Also, my bag didn't make my flight, so it needs to be delivered to me.  Just bad luck.

bman posted:
csm posted:
flwino posted:
csm posted:

Canandaigua, NY. Off to the lake for an early start to the long weekend

My old home town

Very nice part of the world!

One of our favourite parts of the world to visit too, though we tend to go to the southern end of the area. We go at least once a year.  Ithaca is probably our favourite home base.  

The best place is "The Glen".  whoops this is a wine forum.

bman posted:
flwino posted:
 

The best place is "The Glen".  whoops this is a wine forum.

If you mean Watkins Glen, we've visited a couple of times.  Love the water falls.  If you mean somewhere else, do tell!

 

I have a racing license.  Also a race official for SCCA, F1, And CART [Indy Cars]

 

flwino posted:
bman posted:
flwino posted:
 

The best place is "The Glen".  whoops this is a wine forum.

If you mean Watkins Glen, we've visited a couple of times.  Love the water falls.  If you mean somewhere else, do tell!

 

I have a racing license.  Also a race official for SCCA, F1, And CART [Indy Cars]

 

We were never there when races were happening.  Another time, perhaps.

 

For those of you about to go to Europe, they are having a huge heat wave.  https://www.wunderground.com/c...shing-June-Heat-Wave

This will certainly cause deaths and other lesser issues. I was in France in May-June of 2003 when a heat wave was just starting. Wasn't bad for us.  But, many people died over the next few months.

Obviously, this will have an effect on the grapes as well, though the human toll is much more important.

Already knew this.   Leaving Tuesday with a group of 12 headed to Spain.  I circulated this to our group the other day for them to pack accordingly.

Fortunately the only place on our itinerary at the moment that might get a bit hot is La Rioja of all places.  Even though it is at some elevation and most places do not even have A/C we're expecting mid-90s while there.  Forecast for San Sebastian, Grattalops and Barcelona all look dang near perfect.  Especially San Sebastian.

wineismylife posted:

Already knew this.   Leaving Tuesday with a group of 12 headed to Spain.  I circulated this to our group the other day for them to pack accordingly.

Fortunately the only place on our itinerary at the moment that might get a bit hot is La Rioja of all places.  Even though it is at some elevation and most places do not even have A/C we're expecting mid-90s while there.  Forecast for San Sebastian, Grattalops and Barcelona all look dang near perfect.  Especially San Sebastian.

Have a great trip. San Sebastian is fantastic.  More Michelin starred restaurants per square inch than anywhere.

We're actually not doing the whole "this place has this many stars" thing on this trip.  We're focusing on some lesser known and more casual kind of places. 

Sunday night most places are closed but the lovely prix fixe Basque restaurant La Muralla is open and taking reservations on Sunday evening so that's where we start on day of arrival. 

Monday night is Pinxtos Crawl starting at Anthony Bourdain's favorite tapa bar Bar Iturrioz. We'll branch out from there depending on who is open on a Monday (many close).

Then to wrap up on our final night Tuesday night is up and comer Biarritz (formerly Narru).  A Basque restaurant I understand it is Michelin single star quality at prix fixe prices.  Hasn't even been around a year barely.  We'll see.

doubled posted:
bman posted:

Gettysburg PA

Nice.  I enjoyed  listening to the audio of the battles that took place while slowly driving through it.

That's what we did.  It required carefully looking out for the relevant directions but they were everywhere.  Whoever set up that program got it 100% right, very helpful to Canadians who didn't study the battle in school.  I've never seen so many monuments to one event (albeit a 4 day event involving tens of thousands of people) in one place.  There must have been at least 300 of them.

bman posted:
doubled posted:
bman posted:

Gettysburg PA

Nice.  I enjoyed  listening to the audio of the battles that took place while slowly driving through it.

That's what we did.  It required carefully looking out for the relevant directions but they were everywhere.  Whoever set up that program got it 100% right, very helpful to Canadians who didn't study the battle in school.  I've never seen so many monuments to one event (albeit a 4 day event involving tens of thousands of people) in one place.  There must have been at least 300 of them.

We lost more folks in this battle that all the other wars we fought combined [or the Civil war itself]  

wineart 2 posted:
flwino posted:
thistlintom posted:

Bruges, Belgium.  Good beer

Waffles and Chocolate & Mussels

Without a doubt the finest beer in the world. A lovely village. Ghent is also lovely.

We actually liked Ghent better only because the Bruges crowds were impossible. 

thistlintom posted:

Made it to Ghent today, unfortunately it was a bit busy as there is a festival going on.  Got our visit done before the rain started.  Fun visit, but enjoy Bruges more.

We have never visited during peak season, but would also pick Bruges if only visiting one. 

Flew into Glasgow on Friday.  Went inside the Hunterian Art Gallery and Zoology Museum inside Glasgow University.  Beautiful interior.  

Visited Stirling Castle on Saturday.  Lovely gardens.  

National Cathedal and a Sunday roast planned for today.

Visited the Van Gogh museum which is really good, has a lot of his paintings and some of those who he respected.  One part of exhibit showed how some of paint has faded, which makes you wonder about what many older paintings looked like when they were originally painted.  The sunflowers he painted were much more vibrant than now

Had risjttafel at Srikandi in Amsterdam near the museums.  Really enjoyed it, only a few dishes were so so(good but unexciting).  Thanks for the recommendation.  Onto the cruise ship to make our way to St Petersburg starting tomorrow.  There are lots of people and bikes in Amsterdam!

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