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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2022, 10:20:09 AM »
We have been taking short driving trips around the state.  We recently visited Madisonville, which is a nice town of some interest, it survived Sherman.






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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2022, 10:21:31 AM »
We also visited this place which was quite nice, took a long walk, larger and more modern than I had expected, just south of Athens:






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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2022, 10:22:28 AM »



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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2022, 03:17:54 PM »
I spent much of this week in Portland Maine for the first time since the 90s.  Aside from the planes, trains and automobiles trip home, great time.   Very great scene of food and drink.  City has changed quite a bit.   

Not a good week for flights in the eastern third of the US.

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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #32 on: April 11, 2022, 06:06:29 AM »
Maine is a really beautiful state. Portland there is WAY better then Portland West too.
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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #33 on: April 11, 2022, 08:46:44 AM »
I love Portland, Maine.  I spent a couple months of the summer there once upon a time.  Came back to Austin one late August day when the high temp in Portland was about 65, and arrived to the late afternoon high temp in Austin of 103.

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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2022, 10:59:21 AM »
Maine is a really beautiful state. Portland there is WAY better then Portland West too.
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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2022, 04:01:01 PM »
Just back from Cincy, 472 miles, not bad traffic.  Gas ranged from $3.45 t0 $3.99 on the signs aside from Costco.  We stayed going up at the Boone Tavern in Berea, KY, kind of nice.  Had a great meal at Jean Robert's restaurant Bar a Bouef, really fantastic.  He came to a private dinner last night with friends, and we had one other dinner with other friends that was nice.  It snowed a bit on us and was cold.  Jean Robert unfortunately is not doing well at all but he seemed to have a good time at the dinner.  Cincy has named a street after him downtown.  I was able to have a nice chat with him about his youth and what it was like growing up in France.  We went to the Friday wine tasting as had been my habit back in the day, a lot of friends showed up, that was fun.  Drove around the old neighborhood, little has changed in four years in the city.

I'm glad to be here, but some good memories in Cincy for sure, and good friends.  But it's cold.

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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #36 on: May 06, 2022, 03:12:16 PM »
The US dollar and euro are almost equal: What that means for travelers

https://thepointsguy.com/news/euro-almost-equal-to-us-dollar/
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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #37 on: May 06, 2022, 03:44:41 PM »
I just read that Denmark uses the Krone but it's pegged to the Euro, so we should be good.  Leaving in ten days now.


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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2022, 06:11:52 PM »
Was in Grand Rapids MI for the first time last weekend.   Really enjoyed the town despite the nasty weather.   Founders is a huge place to hang out and enjoy food and drink. 

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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2022, 12:13:09 AM »
I just read that Denmark uses the Krone but it's pegged to the Euro, so we should be good.  Leaving in ten days now.
Never been do Denmark, but have been to Sweden and Norway. Haven't been in awhile, but stay outta Norway lol. They use their own currency, called the Kroner (close enough) and that country is expensive AF.

For whatever reason, the Nordic countries are expensive as hell. 

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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2022, 05:52:01 AM »
Big cities in Europe are expensive, maybe there is an exception somewhere.  Folks go to France and generally see only Paris, which is understandable, and think it's expensive, and it is.  Part of this is the VAT of course, part is whatever exchange rates are.  The first time I went to Paris it was $1.65 to the Euro, that was steep.  Now it's $1.05.  We've stayed in hotels around France that were roughly $100 a night that were clean and decent, the rooms can be very small.  One can find food that isn't tres cher.

We're meeting a good friend who is Swedish in Copenhagen, we were going to visit her and spend some time there but travel plans didn't work out.  It's fascinating to me how many languages they often speak, especially the Dutch and Danish.  But I've found out in the sticks, you won't find much English speaking at all, and the farmer types speak a French I can't make out.  They turned me loose in a market once to get veggies and I was pretty lost.  I could point, but they'd say something that I finally figured out meant "You have to buy at least 6 of those."

The farmer's markets they have are often awesome.  We have one here on Saturday's across the street but it's pretty lame really, especially in early spring.

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Re: Travelogues
« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2022, 06:12:11 AM »
The US dollar and euro are almost equal: What that means for travelers

https://thepointsguy.com/news/euro-almost-equal-to-us-dollar/
I hope it stays that way for a while. We have two more trips planned.
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