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Your Imaginary Itinerary
Thu 12-Nov-09
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veronica
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I was intrigued by Danny's answer to my question in "Interview the person below you". I asked where in the world you would like to spend 3 months, and Danny gave a list of places saying he'd be bored being in one place for three months! Whereas I love spending long enough in different places to get to know them, but hate travelling to get there! "Interview" has moved on now, so I thought I'd start a new thread.

Me, I'd like to spend three months in the Seychelles. We stayed with a friend there for three weeks a few years ago, and it wasn't nearly long enough. We loved not just the beatiful environment but the people we met too, and their approach to life. But I'd like to discover New Zealand too -- I've never been there.

Where in the world would you spend three months, and why? Or what would be your imaginary itinerary if you are easily bored like Danny?

Thu 12-Nov-09
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Michelle from Oregon
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Hmmm, anywhere? For 3 months?

I think it would have to be on a riverboat, going up (or down, i'm not picky) the Amazon River, with plenty of stops to learn about the people, the floria and fauna. I have always been an amature naturalist, and archaeology is always been something I have been intrested in. This would be one place I could indulge both intrests till I droped!

That would be the perfect solution for me, since I hate the packing and unpacking part of travel, to simply have a "moving room" to stay in while the scenery changes all around me.

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Thu 12-Nov-09
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I would choose a boat too but I would like to travel the inland waterways of  the UK.  I have had short boating holidays but the thought of 3 months travelling up & down the country is just wonderful.  Since Nigel (DH) struggled to take 2 1/2 days for a break in Coventry last weekend I can't see this happening in the forseeable future.  He has a busy garage nearby and just him and our son, Matt, working so free time is minimal. 

If I travelled by boat I could cook economically, do my scrapbooking and cardmaking, photograph the wildlife and buildings and RELAX!

Thu 12-Nov-09
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Ilike this thread, Veronica. Dreamy stuff. A bit like What I Would Do If I Won The Lottery.

It’s interesting that Michelle and Suky both plumped for a boating holiday. That has big appeal for me too. Maybe the reason is the sense of freedom (it ‘s not 3 months in one place, just in the same bed for 90 nights!). A cruise liner would be a no-no, at least until I am 75 (having won the Lottery).

The Seychelles must have been really enchanting, Veronica, if you could be tempted back for a whole 3 months.Never having been there, I cannot imagine the delights.

Entering into the spirit of things: if I had to commit to a season in one place, it would probably be the west of Ireland for a summer. Somewhere on the sea. Maybe in or near a village that has at least three pubs that all host music sessions in the evenings. There is a magical link between Irish pubs with their ease of contact and conversation, alcohol and Irish traditional music that is hard to beat. I would probably be guaranteed one really sunny day where I could lie on the beach, but 89 days where the rain would drive me indoors (to a pub, of course).
OK, I am exaggerating. But you do not holiday in Ireland for the weather. Every sunny days is a bonus.

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Fri 13-Nov-09
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veronica
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Confession: Ireland is another place I've never been to. But I'd love to go there, maybe not for 3 months though 🙂

I agree about the boating, and the cruise ships. I really can't understand the attractions of a cruise, being trapped at sea in a high-rise hotel, with the occasional brief escape to rush round some tourist trap with several hundred other people.  Ugh!

When we were in the Seychelles we did go on a short cruise, but it was on a sailing boat with a maximum capacity of 12 people, and 8 crew. Waited on hand & foot 🙂 It was blissful -- we did lots of snorkelling and swimming, and then lay on deck with cocktails close to hand watching the sun sink over the yardarm 🙂

I don't think I'd want to live in the Seychelles though, beautiful though they are -- they are just a bit too far away from everywhere!

Sat 14-Nov-09
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Why stop at three months why not a couple of years? Lol I have moved around a bit in the last few years (Denmark, Colorado and now Latvia since 2003) so the thought of packing for three months in one place sounds like a tiresome routine for me. We once spent 40 days without a home, sleeping in other people's houses, hotels and a camp - not recommended it was exhausting. If I was to spend 3 months somewhere it would not be in a hotel that is for sure. I think I would like to go back to Brazil though and go and see some folks I met from my trips there, that would be fun and the Northern Brazilian breakfasts are to die for, fresh mango, papaya and bananas with a tapioca pancake type thing soaked in coconut milk. They also do some fantastic smoothies and even the cheap (relatively speaking anyway) airline served thick mango or peach juice, none of this watery stuff.

I could also manage three months in Cyprus but I don't think I could do much more. Hubby's there at the minute, working.

Sun 15-Nov-09
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I remember Seychelles breakfasts: get yourself a bowl of home-made yoghurt, then go out into the garden and pick some passion fruit, bananas,  star fruit, and other fruits  I don't even know the names of to go with it ...

Lunch: fish bought from the fishermen down on the shore, slathered with *very hot* curry paste (garlic, chilli, and spices pounded in half a coconut), even hotter chutney, and more yoghurt to cool the flames.

Sun 15-Nov-09
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Nice. Are your best holidays/trips where you can remember the food too?

Sun 15-Nov-09
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Good question, Joanna. I had never considered that aspect before but I think the answer is a firm Yes.

We often recount a weekend in Paris that was headlined in the budget airline newspaper advert as £44 per person. It ended up costing us over £800 but the memories are great. The highlights were four great and totally different lunch/dinner experiences, including bringing a chicken takeaway back to our budget hotel on the Saturday night and spending the evening lying on the bed watching a great old-fashioned music hall variety show on French TV.

Rome, where I tried out my baby Italiano on the restaurant owner, who ended up bringing the evening’s leftover dessert dishes to our table and insisting that we sample each and every one (yum).

Como, where the spectacle of the roast chestnut street vendors was matched by the lovely flavour of their end product. Lisbon where the bars gave pretty great free food just to keep you drinking there.

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Mon 16-Nov-09
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Oh, definitely -- food is one of our top motivators for holidays 😉 We like staying in self-catering places so that we can try out local markets and recipes, and not have to eat out all the time. But in places like Paris, splashing out at least once on a good restaurant is a must.

Mon 16-Nov-09
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OH MY LIFE.  Food makes or breaks a holiday.  Been to France numerous times, food great will always return.

Food in Tunisian hotel, Mirabar Golf, port el kantoui, (cant spell that I) NAME AND SHAME that hotel.  Made us both ill, PB ended up losing over a stone in weight.  Very sick.  will now never go there again.

Germany, nice food but very heavy in Cologne.

Turkey, delicious food in the open air.  BBQ.  the wafts of olive wood being burnt for the heat.  Fresh fish we saw brought in by the boat.  Taken straight to the restaurant.  Yes we followed them.  Would go back

Porto Heli, Greece.  Food ok, coastly hugging restaurants (we sailed around part of the peloponnese) very scary fly infested kitchens.  All I could say under my breath was, dont you DARE order rice.  It is sitting on the counter and looks like it has been there allllllll daaaaaaay.  Have chips.  Yes, I said Have chips.  Better than some one being sick when you are on a 40 foot yacht.  And the loo smells anyway.  The sailling was great but some of the restaurants they lead boat took us to were very worrying.  when we go to Nidri for our sailing hols 2010 I will follow the locals and learn to say I am allergic to cheese and no pork.

Thailand, oh beautiful country I just have to smell lemon grass and I am there.  Everything tasted great.  And we were never ill once.

Old town, Sharm le sheik, Egypt.   fab out door restaurant that cooked kebabs an all types of food.  meze starters, divine.  El Marsrien, the staff were friendly and able to advise what was good and what wasnt.  It did a roaring trade in take aways to the locals.  And we were the only holiday makers eating in there.  Although the stray cats made me quite upset.  But the restaurant staff fed them at the end of the night with all the scraps.  But still other than greece, I have never seen so many strays.  Star of Sinai was another story.  Sick as a pig after eating there.  Seafood to Die for.  And I can imagine if you are frail you might!

great food is a must on all holidays.  I would love to do a months intensive cooking course some where in France.  Going from source to the kitchen to my tum.  Then a month in Italy.  Doing the same learning all the things I can.  then at least a month somewhere in the Middle East.  To learn all I can there as well.  Maybe if I could squeeze it in, a month in Thailand and vietnam to learn cooking there. 

Yes that is my 3 – 4 months.  Learning to cook.  Dream come true

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