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1Summer holidays advice? Empty Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 21:07

Culcheth_White

Culcheth_White
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
After holidaying in Southern Spain for the last 15 years or so, it's now time for a change.

I quite fancy somewhere like Umbria in Italy, which looks really nice, a 4 star half board basis, would suit me fine. 

My Mrs likes quite a lot going on and she fancies an all inclusive type holiday, with lots going on for our two teenage daughters and herself. My Mrs thinks Turkey would be a good choice, but I told her that I'm not prepared to roast my nuts off in 40C for a week or two.

Any advice would be much appreciated, as me and the Mrs are thousands of miles apart with our choices and this could well end up in divorce!  cheers

2Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 21:26

Banks of the Croal

Banks of the Croal
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Florida and get on some of them big rides, while you're still young enough to enjoy it with the kids Very Happy  

When my grandson is old enough to appreciate and experience the place, I'd love to take him.

3Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 22:21

kennster

kennster
Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
Just don't go to Sunny Beach Bulgaria.

Full of gypsys and the food is terrible

I had to walk for miles for decent food (Mcdonalds)

4Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 22:23

Culcheth_White

Culcheth_White
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
@kennster wrote:Just don't go to Sunny Beach Bulgaria.

Full of gypsys and the food is terrible

I had to walk for miles for decent food (Mcdonalds)
I don't fancy Bulgaria either and I know Mrs Fussy will hate it, thanks for the input though.

5Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 22:28

Banks of the Croal

Banks of the Croal
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Did a Bulgaria/Romania holiday, same time as we got Okocha.


It was a cross from Farnworth and Tonge Moor.

6Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 22:32

Sluffy

Sluffy
Admin
Even before I read Banksy's reply above, I was going to say Florida too.

People may think it is a bit corny but the weather is wonderful (outside tornado season!), the kids and Mrs will love it and you will end up enjoying it yourself too.

The theme parks, and water parks are exceptionally clean and well run and everybody are happy wherever you go.

It will set you back a few grand but if you think of it as a once in a life time holiday, it is well worth the cost (so much so that I've actually done it three times now!).

There's other great stuff to do away from the theme parks such as Daytona (if you like motor racing), Cape Canaveral (if you like space ships), the beaches (you can sail with dolphins if you like) plus NBA Baskett Ball -Orlando Magic, NFL Football - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NHL Ice Hockey - Tampa Bay Lightening and NBA Baseball Tampa Bay Rays all within a couple of hours drive away.

There's even the Tampa Bay Rowdies if you wanted to watch a proper footy match!

To be honest even with all that lot the kids and Mrs still just wanted to stay in Disney and the other parks.

The highlight of the lot was swimming with Dolphins - everybody loved that.

As I say it is quite expensive but well worth it imo.

7Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 22:54

gloswhite

gloswhite
Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
I dont know what your budget is, but I would recommend Vietnam, Hong kong, Singapore, Australia, and especially South Africa. Lots of different places in the States.I drove from Washington by way of the Skyline Drive, down to the Great Smokey Mountains , where we went to the Cherokee Indian nation reserve. On the way down went to places for the American revolution, on the way back to Washington we went to places to do with the War of Independence. (Yorktown, etc). Brilliant. Disappointed with the great barrier Reef, but the rest was fantastic, Sydney, Douglas, Ayres rock, etc. Been to Turkey twice, thoroughly enjoyed it, but heard Marmaris is shite. For long haul trips I would recommend Travel bag, and Thompson closer to home

8Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sat Dec 28 2013, 23:24

xmiles

xmiles
Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff
Budget might be an issue but the USA has lots of possibilities. Choice probably depends on how old your kids are. If they are unhappy you probably won't enjoy your holiday too much.

Nearer home either France or Italy might suit you.

9Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sun Dec 29 2013, 00:00

Guest


Guest
The Riviera Maya in Mexico is a top destination.

Golden beaches, all inclusive food and drink, friendly people, loads to do, guaranteed sunshine and a good time to be had all round.

Closer to home, try Parga or Valtos in Greece.

Went there for the first time about 5 years ago (after 25 years of going to the Greek Islands and experiencing all the touristy shit) and it's what I imagined Greece would be like before I first went.

Unspoilt fishing villages, beautiful mountains, great beaches and no cockney chavs.

Enjoy, mate.



Last edited by Breadman on Sun Dec 29 2013, 00:03; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Just re-read the original piece and realised that Culcheth's kids aren't little so took out the bit about Kids' Clubs.)

10Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Sun Dec 29 2013, 01:08

Guest


Guest
Cleethorpes is shit, by the way.

And Margate is best avoided because it's full of "Cockernee" types who just want to eat jellied eels and stab everybody.

And you might see Danny Dyer.

Which is never good......

11Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 13:07

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Reebok Rebel posted the following:

" I've been to Gambia and for a very liberal Islamic country they have a bizarre outlook on the world."

May I take this opportunity to advise anybody who is thinking of going to the Gambia to save their money. The majority of the population live in poverty and squalor and although the hotels are okay, there really are much better options in Africa. Don't be tempted to go on a wildlife safari in the Gambia because there really isn't much to see apart from a few monkeys. Nearly all of the natural wildlife has been hunted to extinction throughout the entire country.

If you crave for adventure and really want to go to Africa then why not head to northern Nigeria where you will be heartily entertained by Boko Haram and the rest of the madding crowd?

Or if you want something visual that's not too abysmal how about the magnificently splendid Kenyan coastline near its border with sunny Somalia. You can make acquaintance with Al Shabab ( Soul Singer ) and boogie on down until the wee small hours with the odd bushfire, machete and AK47 to keep you company.

Whatever you decide, give the Gambia the swerve. It ain't worth it.

12Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 15:40

doffcocker

doffcocker
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
I'm in Turkey at the minute.

Been in the sun (well into the 40s) since early morning so thought I'd catch up on all the usual shite that's going on at home.

Let me treat you to a couple of photos from today, it might sway you.

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13Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 15:42

Guest


Guest
Looks nice.

Ya bastard....... Very Happy

14Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 16:33

Sluffy

Sluffy
Admin
Looks wonderful mate.

Have a great time.

15Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 16:41

scottjames30

scottjames30
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I'd love to jump in that sea.

16Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 17:23

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Enjoy your holiday Doffcocker. Turkey is nice. I stayed in Side and it was lovely but I wish I had chosen Olu Deniz instead.

17Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 18:22

doffcocker

doffcocker
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
Cheers lads.

I'm staying in Marmaris RT, although the pictures were taken at a place called Turunc, which you pay just under a tenner to get to (and back) by water taxi. 
I've got a family wedding in Olu Deniz in September funnily enough, but couldn't turn down 5 nights here as it was a bargain. 

I went to Side in 2012 and didn't enjoy it as much as other places I've been to in Turkey. Obviously nothing to do with the millions of Germans and Russians.

18Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Wed Jul 09 2014, 18:36

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Side was full of Germans when I was there. Not many Brits at all.

19Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 09:10

gloswhite

gloswhite
Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
Been to Gumbet and OluDeniz, and both were good. Go on the day excursions, they're excellent.

20Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 10:08

bryan458

bryan458
Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Off to Tenerife in 6 weeks anyone been?? cant wait!!!

21Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 10:56

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@bryan458 wrote:Off to Tenerife in 6 weeks anyone been?? cant wait!!!

Twice. Los Christianos and Playas Las Americas. I preferred Los Christianos of the two but Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are better imo.

22Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 11:01

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
For the first time in living memory I didn't go on a "beach" holiday this year. Kids are grown up so we escaped on our own. Rolled back the years and took a campervan around France it was absolutely brilliant and fun-packed. Year after year me and the missus have wanted nothing more than finding a nice hotel in a nice resort and chilling out - just trying not to think about work. We've predominantly stayed in Greece/Turkey/Egypt/Italy over the last 10 years - all good however... usually after about 10 days we feel we're ready to go home but this time we could have happily kept going for another month.
Sadly work demanded our return.
We had a couple of days in the Loire valley, Cahors, the south west coast, the Dordogne, the Pyrenees and finally Le Mans where we accidentally stumbled across the Le Mans Classic (didn't go to the races but our chateau campsite was rammed with Aston Martins, McLarens, Ferraris, Nobles etc) so two nights partying with petrolhead nerd engineers who were very interesting for the first hour or so. 
I'd forgotten about the simple pleasures of local wine, food etc. Takes some planning to get it right and a good command of French helps if not entirely necessary. It can be done on the cheap or if you want to pay say 20 euros a night for places with swimming pools, sports facilities and bars etc you can. Le Castel chateaux usually have fine dining so rates are >30 euros/night.
Will be doing it again to break up the pattern until retirement.

23Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 11:23

Guest


Guest
Off to Kefelonia in 10 days. Think the Mrs only chose it because she liked Captain Corellis Mandolin.  Shocked

24Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 11:36

Guest


Guest
Sounds brilliant, Lusty.

We met a retired couple in Greece a few years ago who were touring the Med in their motor-home.

It was October and they'd spent all Summer touring round, having started in northern France in June and then working their way through Spain, back into France, across to Italy and then down the Balkan coast and into Greece.

They were just about to embark upon the return journey and when I asked him how long it would take to get home to England, the guy just shrugged and said "Not sure. And don't really care...."

That is the life!

25Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 11:40

Guest


Guest
OneFinFreedman wrote:Off to Kefelonia in 10 days. Think the Mrs only chose it because she liked Captain Corellis Mandolin.  Shocked

We went to the memorial to the Italian soldiers who were killed during the war and it was quite an eerie experience.

It's surrounded by beautiful olive trees and it's quite sad to stand there in such a beautiful spot, listening to the crickets chirping away and reading all the names.

26Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 14:09

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
OneFinFreedman wrote:Off to Kefelonia in 10 days. Think the Mrs only chose it because she liked Captain Corellis Mandolin.  Shocked

One of the greener Greek islands is Cephalonia. Most of the wealthy Greeks from Athens go there for their family holiday. We went in 1990 and loved the place. It's probably built up quite a bit since then but the resort we stayed in, Poros, only had about a dozen tavernas and restaurants. I would definitely go back there again.

27Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 14:12

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Breadman wrote:
OneFinFreedman wrote:Off to Kefelonia in 10 days. Think the Mrs only chose it because she liked Captain Corellis Mandolin.  Shocked

We went to the memorial to the Italian soldiers who were killed during the war and it was quite an eerie experience.

It's surrounded by beautiful olive trees and it's quite sad to stand there in such a beautiful spot, listening to the crickets chirping away and reading all the names.

We did as well Breaders. In fact we toured the whole island. Fiskardo is a very picturesque fisting village and the fish is fresh every day.

28Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 14:13

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@wanderlust wrote:For the first time in living memory I didn't go on a "beach" holiday this year. Kids are grown up so we escaped on our own. Rolled back the years and took a campervan around France it was absolutely brilliant and fun-packed. Year after year me and the missus have wanted nothing more than finding a nice hotel in a nice resort and chilling out - just trying not to think about work. We've predominantly stayed in Greece/Turkey/Egypt/Italy over the last 10 years - all good however... usually after about 10 days we feel we're ready to go home but this time we could have happily kept going for another month.
Sadly work demanded our return.
We had a couple of days in the Loire valley, Cahors, the south west coast, the Dordogne, the Pyrenees and finally Le Mans where we accidentally stumbled across the Le Mans Classic (didn't go to the races but our chateau campsite was rammed with Aston Martins, McLarens, Ferraris, Nobles etc) so two nights partying with petrolhead nerd engineers who were very interesting for the first hour or so. 
I'd forgotten about the simple pleasures of local wine, food etc. Takes some planning to get it right and a good command of French helps if not entirely necessary. It can be done on the cheap or if you want to pay say 20 euros a night for places with swimming pools, sports facilities and bars etc you can. Le Castel chateaux usually have fine dining so rates are >30 euros/night.
Will be doing it again to break up the pattern until retirement.

Never been to France Wander but my missus has been to Paris and she loved it. I'd love to tour France so it's on my bucket list if I live long enough.

29Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 14:17

Guest


Guest
@Reebok Trotter wrote:
Breadman wrote:
OneFinFreedman wrote:Off to Kefelonia in 10 days. Think the Mrs only chose it because she liked Captain Corellis Mandolin.  Shocked

We went to the memorial to the Italian soldiers who were killed during the war and it was quite an eerie experience.

It's surrounded by beautiful olive trees and it's quite sad to stand there in such a beautiful spot, listening to the crickets chirping away and reading all the names.

We did as well Breaders. In fact we toured the whole island. Fiskardo is a very picturesque fisting village and the fish is fresh every day.

Fiskardo's still beautiful.

We drove up there from Lassi and it was well worth it.

Although it wasn't cheap.

As soon as I saw the size of the yachts in the harbour, I knew our coffees and pastries weren't going to give us much change out of twenty Euros.

And they didn't...... Very Happy 

Would definitely go back though, stunning island.

30Summer holidays advice? Empty Re: Summer holidays advice? on Thu Jul 10 2014, 14:20

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Breadman wrote:
@Reebok Trotter wrote:
Breadman wrote:
OneFinFreedman wrote:Off to Kefelonia in 10 days. Think the Mrs only chose it because she liked Captain Corellis Mandolin.  Shocked

We went to the memorial to the Italian soldiers who were killed during the war and it was quite an eerie experience.

It's surrounded by beautiful olive trees and it's quite sad to stand there in such a beautiful spot, listening to the crickets chirping away and reading all the names.

We did as well Breaders. In fact we toured the whole island. Fiskardo is a very picturesque fisting village and the fish is fresh every day.

Fiskardo's still beautiful.

We drove up there from Lassi and it was well worth it.

Although it wasn't cheap.

As soon as I saw the size of the yachts in the harbour, I knew our coffees and pastries weren't going to give us much change out of twenty Euros.

And they didn't...... Very Happy 

Would definitely go back though, stunning island.

Did you do the boat trip to Ithaca by any chance? It's where Charles and Di had their honeymoon. We booked the ferry for the last day of our holiday but the sea was too choppy and the ferry didn't sail. Normally the med is as flat as a fart so we were very unlucky although we did go there for the first two weeks in September which is coming to the end of their holiday season.

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