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2017 Holiday Thread!

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What holiday's, trips, short breaks, are you planning for 2017??

As for me, I know we are doing a major one in September, not sure of all the details, as Mrs SA is sorting it out (Florida brief stop 2 nights.Bahamas sandals resort, New York brief stop 2 nights i think that's the itinerary). I want to go back to Poland in the summer shutdown, beautiful country, I feel a week was nowhere near long enough, as it has so much to offer, and to see and do. Hopefully another trip there will be on the cards. I also badly want to go to Split in Croatia, Mrs SA not keen tho. Will be spending a fair bit of time in Albufeira in Portugal too, now that we have finally completed the purchase of out property over there.Not until we manage to furnish it tho. Which isnt proving easy. Also the odd night or 2 in Skegness, Devon and Great Yarmouth. I still love the British seaside. Also my dog deserves his holidays too. He loves the beach etc.

So what are you planning??

Shelby keep it real here please. Leave vulcan at home.

May i also encourage other member's to share experiences good or bad,recommend and advise, If somebody is going to a place they have been before.

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1 minute ago, Red Devil said:

May - Costa Adeje, Tenerife

August - Paris/Disneyland Paris, 3 days in Disney, followed by 3 days in Paris itself. 

Possibly do another holiday later in the year, maybe just a city break to Barcelona. 

If you want a city break fella, I seriously recommend Budapest. Far nicer than Barcelona. Also silly amount cheaper. Barca, is a beautiful city, Budapest tho, has to be possibly/arguably the nicest I have been to(Except for Brugges Europe league game, totally different reasons for that tho). Check it out, Go there.

 Thank me later.:thumbs_up_smiley:

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17 minutes ago, YIDDO said:

Went to Split recently, fantastic place. 

Need more info here fella. Give me some ammunition to throw at Mrs SA, price of a pint, Quality of accommodation etc. Most importantly for me, what is the food like?

I have been on holiday's where i am glad to get home, just so i can eat. Most noticeably Cyprus Limassol 1991. 7 night stay, got a flight back after 4 days, Just so i could eat. Lovely place, just nothing edible. I hear it has improved a lot since then tho.

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13 hours ago, superally said:

Need more info here fella. Give me some ammunition to throw at Mrs SA, price of a pint, Quality of accommodation etc. Most importantly for me, what is the food like?

I have been on holiday's where i am glad to get home, just so i can eat. Most noticeably Cyprus Limassol 1991. 7 night stay, got a flight back after 4 days, Just so i could eat. Lovely place, just nothing edible. I hear it has improved a lot since then tho.

Price of a pint was around 18-20 kuna, usually 18 but most places round it up to 20 to avoid faffing around with change. 20 kuna is roughly £2.20 and they have some great beers such as Ozujsko, Karlovacko and Pan, as well the Czech Staropramen.

I'll write a bit more when I've finished work, just giving you the important information first.

On our very first night we saw an American become outraged at the 2 kuna markup, threw his glass and tipped the plants over, owner of the bar comes out and smashes him to bits. Fantastic place!

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27 minutes ago, YIDDO said:

Price of a pint was around 18-20 kuna, usually 18 but most places round it up to 20 to avoid faffing around with change. 20 kuna is roughly £2.20 and they have some great beers such as Ozujsko, Karlovacko and Pan, as well the Czech Staropramen.

I'll write a bit more when I've finished work, just giving you the important information first.

On our very first night we saw an American become outraged at the 2 kuna markup, threw his glass and tipped the plants over, owner of the bar comes out and smashes him to bits. Fantastic place!

To follow up, food, a part from seafood, is cheap. They eat very similar to the Ities so a lot of pasta and pizza dishes. We mainly ate and drank in the Diocletian Palace, loads of little bars and restaurants that are rarely busy yet sell good food. I didn't have one meal that I thought was shit.

Marcvs, a small little jazz/poetry bar was probably my favourite inside the Palace, the bloke running it was a top man and it was out of the way so not overly busy.

We did a couple of day trips, one to Marjan national park, expensive but phenomenal views and a ferry trip from Split to the island Bol, so we could spend a day at Zlatni Rat beach.

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18 hours ago, Thomas Shelby said:

Kefalonia in Aug or Sept.

 

Kefalonia, in my opinion, by far the best of the Greek islands. If memory serves my right (been a long time) It has the airport where you think the plane is gonna end up in the sea. May have been another island, memory fades over time. Tenerife & Reus not the best landings either due to the mountains. Faro is also weird. The way the plane turns over the sea, owing to the airport being right by the beach.

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1 hour ago, Thomas Shelby said:

JFK is a landing where you certainly think you are landing in the drink.

Done that a few times. Experienced  worse to be fair.

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Booked my AirBNB apartment in Leiden, Netherlands this morning. £126 for 4 nights, kitchen, free breakfast and bike is pretty decent. 

Been to Amsterdam and Utrecht already but wanna explore some more the country, considering Rotterdam and Den Haag atm. 

Might go to Belgium (Gent and Brugge) in the summer

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40 minutes ago, Red Devil said:

 

I'm gonna give that a go this year, that's proper cheap that is. 

 

This'll be my first time using it but I think it's high risk (or not, depending if you do your research) high reward. I just cba with unflexible and overpriced hotels. At least with an apartment I can drop in and out when I feel like it and save a bucket load on food

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7 minutes ago, Red Devil said:

 

I've heard it's a good service, I've just been checking out the prices in Barcelona and Amsterdam, surprisingly Barca is cheap as hell, yet Amsterdam is pretty expensive, I know the hotels in the Dam are on the expensive side but I was expected more value from AirBnb.

Maybe do Stockholm at some point, I'd love to go Sweden. 

Done all of them. I suggest Budapest, nicest European city i have been, Cheap as feck too. Barcelona at 8 euros a pint, not really good value.

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20 hours ago, Red Devil said:

 

 

Been to Barca, love the place and the city is second to none. To be fair the cost won't put me off anyway, if I want to enjoy something I tend to accept there may be a cost element involved. 

Seriously fella, Been Barcelona a few times. Budapset is a far nicer place. Give it a go sometime.

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Where ever you choose to go, I suggest you avoid these dates.Not only is it the most costly times, School holidays, JLR plant shutdown, everywhere is just so crowded and busy. Takes the relaxation out of it, when you got to queue 15 min's for an ice cream accompanied by 15 screaming brats.and parent's who only care about their next shot of Vodka.

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1 hour ago, Red Devil said:

 

Nice nail polish. 

Not my hand fella.

Shelby our holiday entitlement is the standard 33 days. 9 floating days. I also have the option of working all or part of the shutdown's giving me the days to use when i want.Which is great for me on shift change, coming off morning's. Booking 1 day, gives me 5 days off. Lot's of time to spend at our place in Portugal, If we ever furnish the feckin thing.

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Last time i worked shutdown, They messed up and paid me for it, which wasn't what i wanted, I wanted the days back to take when i wanted them, so i was no better off. Well i was in the wage packet as got paid time & a 3rd, + shift allowance, on top off the holiday pay. Had to take a few days unpaid leave afterwards, to go away tho.

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16 hours ago, Thomas Shelby said:

LR paid my pals late over the Xmas holidays.

They were ok though as they are the second highest paid factory rats in Brum. 

Much more secure jobs tho eh? If you do the pro rata maths, you will actually realise they are the highest. Around £50 a week less, for working a 37 hour week, as opposed to a 48. Are you gonna follow your chocolate making to Poland the fella?

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I have a trip to Cambridge coming up with the wife.

Want to look at King's College ceiling and go for a punt up the River Cam.

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