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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #180 on: August 20, 2018, 08:06:02 AM »
Heading to Denver this weekend for a short vault through the two parks. Trying to get by without a rentral car since everything is close together and loosely connected by rail. Should be an interesting experiment at least.

Lakeside has been on my radar for a long time. I LOVE the classic wooden coasters, and Cyclone at Lakeside is about as classic as it gets. The whole park is a trip back to the grand designs of the 1920's, although it is apparently quite a bit rundown these days. Would like to see for myself though - people always said the same things about Bell's.

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #181 on: August 20, 2018, 10:25:39 AM »
Had an incredible time at Cedar Point, even when it decided to open up and pour buckets of rain on us the second day.  Tons of rides and just a fantastic trip, including a stop on the way home at the National Museum of the USAF.

Now it's trying to get all of the video and photos put together into something that can be watched.
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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #182 on: August 20, 2018, 10:38:30 AM »
Had an incredible time at Cedar Point, even when it decided to open up and pour buckets of rain on us the second day.  Tons of rides and just a fantastic trip, including a stop on the way home at the National Museum of the USAF.

Now it's trying to get all of the video and photos put together into something that can be watched.

How's the restoration of the Memphis Belle going?


A black day(one of many)in Memphis history under the King Willie regime.

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #183 on: August 21, 2018, 08:21:04 AM »

How's the restoration of the Memphis Belle going?


A black day(one of many)in Memphis history under the King Willie regime.

On display and looking gorgeous!

I haven't uploaded the photos yet, but when I do, they'll be at sirwillow.smugmug.com  Very likely will be the weekend or early next week before I get it done.
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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #184 on: August 21, 2018, 09:56:51 AM »
The plane belongs in the Smithsonian at Dulles, at the very least a, if not the, signature piece at the WW2 Museum in Nawlins. Memphis leadership was horrible under Willie Herrington. The city is still trying to recover from his reign of ineptitude and cronyism.

A great read:

https://memphismagazine.com/the-past-present-and-future-of-the-memphis-belle/


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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #185 on: August 21, 2018, 09:07:11 PM »
Headed for Denver, 
No not going to any of the parks.. 

Going Bike riding in the hills... Love it out there...

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #186 on: August 21, 2018, 09:18:31 PM »
Headed for Denver, 
No not going to any of the parks.. 

Going Bike riding in the hills... Love it out there...

I used to ride in Durango a lot but it was a Mountain bike and the only motor was my legs. :)

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #187 on: August 21, 2018, 09:30:17 PM »
I used to ride in Durango a lot but it was a Mountain bike and the only motor was my legs. :)

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #188 on: August 23, 2018, 02:45:31 PM »
I've got some from the recent trip to Cedar Point posted up.  Had a great trip, but yes, weather still certainly had it's role to play as well.

Day 1 video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfsTRCod6k8
Day 2 should be up Friday or Saturday

You can also see my live stream in the rain from Cedar Point at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOaqdFKQcFI

And the Cedar Point train ride in 360 degree video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRVSHHuOKZY

I'll likely have a full park and ride review next week, as well as videos from our stop at the National Museum of the USAF.
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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #189 on: August 24, 2018, 10:26:40 PM »
With Spring Break being our really big trip for the year nearly 6 months in the rear view window, I'm getting really jittery needing to pull the trigger on things for the 2019 Euro Trip. I had a fairly set plan and that's evaporating quickly.

Anyhoo, as it stands, The mood of my clan is go, go, go till the cruise which will provide a relative rest. They want to see as many places as feasible. I have always said this was an appetizer sampler plate where we will see what we like go back for more in the following years. I already know my wife will love Italy. As it stands, we'll fly into Manchester. I've planned a brief stop at SFOG, after leaving MEM around 6am before getting over to ATL for a evening hop across the pond on Virgin Atlantic. Supposed landing time 8:30am( my body clock will think it's 3am. I hope we all get  couple hrs of napping in before landing because I know my crew will be incapable of sleep with being in England.  I'll have two options, either one effects the days in London and I'll i'll have to pull the trigger soon as my apt rental pool there is getting shallower by the day. We'll either head to Blackpool and hit up Pleasure Beach for a few hours till it's time to head to Alton Tower's resort to check in and crash or head to Alton Tower's park straight away and hit the park whilst we wait for our hotel room check in. We'd likely get in as much as we can and this will be our day at Alton Towers.

If we go for Blackpool, well do a full day at Alton Tower the following day and drive a bit and spend the night at Stratford upon Avon. I may see if any plays at the Shakespere theater interest us. IF not, we'll leave Alton Towers and spend a couple of hours here and off for a Cotswold drive and a stop for lunch, then on for a late afternoon visit to Stonehenge and a night nearby.  The next day the theme park junkie in me screams Paulton's before heading into London but the wife on the shoulder says backdoor the RAF Museum, ditch the car at Stanstead and head into London via rail/tube.

London will have at least two full days. One is what I call London Tower day, we'll tour the Tower and Bridge as early as possible, eat a late lunch and then head to the British Museum for however long we can stay. I'm sure we could spend an entire day there but...  That evening after supper I'm sure we'll lose momma to rest and the kids and I will hit up the EYE and surrounding area or find someplace to explore like Oxford St. or market area. Day two will be the Changing of the Guards day, I hope to get in the Churchill War Rooms and Buckingham Palace tour as well. We may do the V&A. That depends of the museum interest of the clan, I'd love to hit up the Imperial War Museum. That evening I hope for a possible play at the Globe or modern fare in West End.

The next day depends on what we decide upon arrival. If we hit up Alton Towers first thing, we have another day in London. If not, ee are off to Disneyland Paris via the train and Chunnel.  We'll be literally at the front gate around 2:30 pm. We'll use Disney's luggage service to deliver our bags to the on site hotel we decide to stay at. The New York conversion to Marvel will not be done and Sequoia's major pool refurb won't be done but I'm leaning there over the gosh awful expensive Disneyland PAris Hotel and their Cape Cod knock off. We will hit up the only park that Disney has that makes Hollywood Studios appear well thought out and competent. We'll ride the rides and eat at Chez Remy and depending on what we have accomplished and the operating hours, head to Disneyland and get the Fireworks out of the way that night. The next day is Disneyland and then we'll head into Paris that evening and do the Eiffel at night. The next day is the Louvre early, the kids we tire of art quickly so no more than2 to 3 hrs. We'll cruise the Seine, take in the Champs and the Arc, see Luxembourg Gardens, some trendy area and head to catacombs as late as we can(book it really early) and tour it.  The next day we'll hit up D'Orsay, try to incorporate a short visit to Jardin D'acclimation to credit hound the new gerstlauer as we head to Versailles for the Afternoon.

Next day, pick up rental, pick up the rest at the hotel and head straight to Caen, hit the museum, head to the American Cemetary, Point du Hoc, Ste Mere Eglise, the Utah Beach Museum and head to close to Mont St. Michel for the night. Either visit at night or catch it at Sunrise the next day and head to Puy do Fou for a 11/2 days and two nights there. Yes, I know, no Bayeux Tapestry. The kids would be bored. That's a dish left to sample later on with just the Wife and I along with wine tasting and the Loire Valley. Can you say river cruise.

Then off to Spain either via Nantes or Bordeaux, all depends on flight times, I'm sure we'll stop at least at one winery. The daughter demands it as she's legal there.  ::)

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #191 on: September 14, 2018, 11:38:21 AM »
Thanks so much for those Memphis Belle photos. Still, I wish it had ended up in Nawlins at the WW2 museum.

Man, my Europe trip is getting real, I just booked 3 nights at Europa at the new hotel Kronosar. I do hope the water park is open by mid June. Otherwise I may switch it over to the Roman themed hotel, but we are coming from Italy so......a bit overkill


We are flying from Strasbourg after this to Bordeaux and to Pu du Fou. They open up for booking for 2019 on Oct 1.

My D-Day itinerary
9am Ste. Mere Eglise Airbourne Museum and Church

11am- Utah Beach and Museuem

1pm- ish- lunch

2pm- Pointe du Hoc

4pm- American Cemetary at Omaha beach, watch Flag lowering and playing of Taps at 5pm,

We'll head to Arromanches to view the  Mulberry Harbor remains, don't see how we'll fit in Arromanches 360 though.

We'll spend the night in Bayeux. Next day the Tapistry and Caen Memorial museum and head to Rouen for the night.