Fatman to Ironman

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M...eldy    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:19


M...eldy    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:21

In all seriousness, it depends how far you are wanting to go
Are you wanting specific places and times
Are you wanting to be free to roam?

The trains can be cheap if booked in advance but you are tied to date and time
Cheap airlines for longer distance travel - less luggage ??
Hire car .. yes possibly as it leaves you free to act on whim

iron fraggle    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:38

Melds - what do you mean don't pick up the injury gauntlet, too bloody late!!  It *is* feeling a bit less sore today, so at least I can see progress already

M...eldy    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:50

Stretch and roll and dont forget the calfs !!

30/01/2013 at 19:51

I'm a Type A Melds so...I'm more of a specific plan it out type.  My wife is more of an on the fly type.  Just thinking out loud I was thinking arrive in Amsterdam, head over to my pal's house in Rotterdam, spent a couple days in Holland.  Then perhaps go into Paris then over to the UK.  But as I said, Holland is so close to everything, I'm wondering if I should hit Germany or Belgium as well.  Of course, I need to be in the UK for Boxing Day for some football.  So once I get to the UK, do we rent a car and explore? Take a train and a ferry over to Ireland after the footie?


Edited: 30/01/2013 at 19:52
iron fraggle    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:52

Melds I have done my physio exercises like a good girl

iron fraggle    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:54

IY - if you're going to be in Holland, then nip over to Germany and visit one of the Christmas markets. we did this year and much mulled wine and sausage was consumed

M...eldy    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:55

Good girl 

Yank, sounds like some list writing & planning needed  !!

30/01/2013 at 20:00

You see Melds, that requires work. I just want my new travel agent who goes by the handle M...eldy to plan it all out!

M...eldy    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:03

Oh dear!!

WildWill    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:03
IY .. I needed to tell you .. The best part of he UK is the north .., for a start the south is full of southerners
Edited: 30/01/2013 at 20:03
M...eldy    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:13

Watchit Willum!!!!

30/01/2013 at 20:31

North? As in Manchester and such or that country filled with Scots? (I'm actually saying the line from Braveheart out loud )

30/01/2013 at 20:36
IY, what sort of things do you want to see in Europe? That would determine where best to go.
Cortina5    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:39

So Holland is about the height of Massachusetts, and very thin.

  • Land at Amsterdam, overnight to experience, then off to Rotters.
  • Drive South to Aachen (Dutch border) to a Christmas market. Stay overnight.
  • Drive to Belgium for piss up on 10% beer.
  • Day after: drive to Paris via Luxembourg or drive back to AMS then fly to Paris.
  • Fly from Paris to London.

Job done!

30/01/2013 at 21:23

Perhaps I have a new travel agent.  Has the Cat usurped Melds?

I'd like to see some places I haven't seen.  I especially like to experience things I can't experience on this side of the pond, which I know is getting more difficult with globalization.  I also have to think about my daughter, who has only been to Sweden in Europe so most everything will be new to her.  The Christmas market sounds interesting. 

Would it be worth a drive from AMS to Paris to enjoy the sights or is just as easy/cost effective to hop a flight?

30/01/2013 at 21:35
" I especially like to experience things I can't experience on this side of the pond"

Plenty of culture over here
30/01/2013 at 21:36
Or eurostar it from Paris to London
30/01/2013 at 21:38
Just signed up for this 5k swimathon, week after London Marathon so should be ok

30/01/2013 at 21:38

SD! I'd slug you but I might drop my cheeseburger and accidentally fire my gun.  I'm holding both right now!

But you know what I mean.  Europe for the most part is just old relative to the US so all those great churches, art museums, etc. are things I can't usually see over here.

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