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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #360 on: June 11, 2013, 12:11:26 AM »
I was in Banff/Canadian Rockies last summer. It was an awesome trip. PM me if you want more details.
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #361 on: June 11, 2013, 12:14:45 AM »
Ireland is awesome !!
I'm dying to go there
Especially now that I learned that it's only 40k miles on BA to get there

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #362 on: June 11, 2013, 12:17:48 AM »
If you were there can you post a TR?
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #363 on: June 11, 2013, 12:20:17 AM »
Which one is nicer?

Arosa or Davos (Switzerland)?
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #364 on: June 11, 2013, 12:25:07 AM »
Flights - into Calgary and out of Edmonton, 25k United from EWR, 1 stopover
We spent 3 days in Banff and surrounding areas, like Lake Louise and Morraine Lake. We went whitewater rafting one day which was amazing. We stayed in Canmore since it was cheaper than Banff.
We spent Shabbos in Calgary. We contacted the hachnosas orchim committee who placed us for Shabbos and arranged our meals. We met a lot of really great people and this was one of the highlights of our trip!
On Sunday, we drove the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. One of the members in the shul in Calgary gave us a list of recommended stops which was very helpful. We did the popular glacier tour - very cool!
Monday- Jasper
Tuesday - We drove to Edmonton to visit the West Edmonton Mall (we were a group of 3 girls!). We had free tickets to all the attractions, courtesy of a high school classmate who now lives in Edmonton - indoor water park, amusement park, bowling, mini golf, ropes course- and we had a blast! There are 2 Kosher places - a milchig restaurant in the mall and a bakery called Bliss.
A car is practically a must.

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #365 on: June 11, 2013, 07:42:31 PM »
A vehicle in the Canadian Rockies is definitely a must! You see a lot of RVs- campers on the road!
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #366 on: June 20, 2013, 01:01:48 PM »
Looking for ideas of where to go this summer (July), preferably someplace that I can attach at the end of a TLV-NYC mileage ticket, so the flights will be basically free. Was thinking of Buenos Aires after Dan mentioned it was the dulce de leche capital of the world. :P Oh, and Iguassu Falls would be cool. The thing is, my wife likes vacations that are more like nice weather, beach/resort oriented places. She would do EZE if the weather was decent. But according to some research I've done, the weather forecast for EZE in July averages around 58 F - hardly ideal swimming weather. Is there any accuracy to that? Do any of the hotels there have decent indoor pools? Maybe we can still make a go of it...

Looking for an alternative, I started looking at options like LA, Hawaii, etc. We would really love to go to Kauai, since that's the ultimate nice-weather paradise, but the availability for our dates is not good. Seems like our next best choice is either Maui or Honolulu. Which one do you guys recommend? Or should we go someplace like Cancun/Aruba/whatever, and save Hawaii for Pesach time? Or is EZE doable, even in light of what I wrote above?

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #367 on: June 20, 2013, 01:11:18 PM »
PH EZE has a massive indoor pool.
Plus you can add in Rio and Iguazu if you'd like where the weather will be much warmer.

As far as LIH there are nonstops you can book on Hawaiian from HNL or OGG that are relatively inexpensive.
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #368 on: June 20, 2013, 01:27:32 PM »
As far as LIH there are nonstops you can book on Hawaiian from HNL or OGG that are relatively inexpensive.
+1 very cheap usually.

I'd suggest Saint Martin over Aruba.
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #369 on: June 20, 2013, 07:22:22 PM »
The issue is not flights - the issue is the GHK is not available when I want it. :(

Plus you can add in Rio and Iguazu if you'd like where the weather will be much warmer.

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Are these places driveable from EZE? Or do we have to fly? (Please don't kill me for not looking it up myself...)

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #370 on: June 20, 2013, 07:38:52 PM »
The issue is not flights - the issue is the GHK is not available when I want it. :(

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Are these places driveable from EZE? Or do we have to fly? (Please don't kill me for not looking it up myself...)
Those places are far. Not driveable practically speaking.

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #371 on: June 20, 2013, 07:46:16 PM »
Those places are far. Not driveable practically speaking.

So what's the best way to get around? Avios?

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #372 on: June 20, 2013, 10:55:21 PM »
So what's the best way to get around? Avios?

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #374 on: June 22, 2013, 08:36:10 PM »
Those places are far. Not driveable practically speaking.

Yeah, according to gcmap.com, like 600-700 miles at least. :( So... options currently on the table (a combination of all three, or only 1 or 2): Buenos Aires, Iguassu, Rio De Janerio.

1) What's the best way to travel between these places - Avios? Or something else?

2) Which of these places should I do, and - if more than one - in what order? Ideal time constraint is basically a week (Sun-Thurs), though we can try to do a weekend also if it really makes a difference.

3) I'll be attaching this to the tail end of a UA mileage ticket, so I'll be flying *A, either from NYC or CLE (nonstop strongly preferred). Which is the best airport to fly into, and (if different) which is the best airport to fly back from?

4) Should I be entertaining any other options?

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #375 on: June 23, 2013, 06:28:47 PM »
And now, we're contemplating Costa Rica.

As someone once said: I used to be indecisive... now I'm not sure anymore.  :-\

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #376 on: June 23, 2013, 06:41:17 PM »
And now, we're contemplating Costa Rica.

As someone once said: I used to be indecisive... now I'm not sure anymore.  :-\

Nothing wrong with evaluating options.

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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« Reply #377 on: June 24, 2013, 12:59:39 AM »
Sun-Thu will be really short for EZE, Iguzu and Rio. It will be tight even for two of them (you'll lose the whole sunday flying (or fly red-eye Sunday night)) leaving you with Mon and Tuesday in EZE Wed and Thu in Iguzu and finding a flight Iguzu-EZE-NYC on Thursday evening. Much better off going on a wed night to Rio, Thu-shabbos in rio. Sunday and Monday in Iguzu. Tue-Thu in EZE.

Costa Rica is a great option if you love outdoorsy stuff.
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« Reply #378 on: June 24, 2013, 03:23:18 AM »
Costa Rica is a great option if you love outdoorsy stuff.

How about nice pool/beach? SPG options seem rather severely limited there. Guess I'll ask in the CR thread about the Westin... Either way, would you recommend CR as a good "chilling spot"?

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« Reply #379 on: June 24, 2013, 11:17:07 AM »
How about nice pool/beach? SPG options seem rather severely limited there. Guess I'll ask in the CR thread about the Westin... Either way, would you recommend CR as a good "chilling spot"?
I'm not a "chilling" vacation kind of guy (unless I have my own private pool and a BBQ) so I haven't researched that. I think there are places to chill, but everyone I know goes to CR to do outdoorsy things
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