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Jenny
6554.  Sun Mar 21, 2004 2:53 pm Reply with quote

The book Star of the Sea, which both Frances and I have read recently, goes into interesting detail about clearances like that in Ireland during the famine years.

 
hardie
6558.  Sun Mar 21, 2004 4:40 pm Reply with quote

In Ireland it was to do with spuds, in Scotland mutton. The differnce these days is that the great Irish estates were broken up (pre-Independence) and tenants allowed to buy their land on the never-never. A last fling attempt to keep the Union together.

 
smiley_face
193505.  Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:01 pm Reply with quote

Having spent the last few weeks researching travelling, I thought I'd resurrect this thread (despite it lying dormant for over three years!).

If you guys could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

 
hardie
193606.  Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:39 am Reply with quote

If you want to go places where there are next to no tourists apart from yourself, which of course is what most of us want, head for politically unstable and/or controvercial countries. I've done Yemen, Georgia (both wonderful ) in recent years, and people seem to love Iran...

 
simonp
193641.  Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:14 am Reply with quote

Norway again, the scenery is like Scotland turned up to 11. The crime rate is low and the further north you go the better it gets. Oslo is nice, but looks like any other capital city. Go to Trondheim, the second city where the kings and queens are crowned. Then just carry on north into the arctic circle and over the top to Finland.

Yes its politically stable, but no less interesting for it. We met very few Brits when we were there, which is what I want when travelling.

 
djgordy
193645.  Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:43 am Reply with quote

I've just bought a boat as I want to pop down the road to the shops for a pint of milk.

 
smiley_face
193649.  Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:57 am Reply with quote

simonp wrote:
Norway again, the scenery is like Scotland turned up to 11. The crime rate is low and the further north you go the better it gets. Oslo is nice, but looks like any other capital city. Go to Trondheim, the second city where the kings and queens are crowned. Then just carry on north into the arctic circle and over the top to Finland.

Yes its politically stable, but no less interesting for it. We met very few Brits when we were there, which is what I want when travelling.


I'm taking the train from Bergen -> Oslo -> Trondheim -> Narvik, which should be fun. I'm going in September, so I might get to see the Northern Lights. (We missed them by 1 night when we went to Enontekio a couple of years ago, which was a shame).

I'd absolutely love to spend a few months in Tibet and the surrounding region. Oh, and doing the "Round the World in 80 Days" thing sound pretty awesome too. Would also be cool to somehow get to work in Antarctica, though I'm thinking they probably only employ two or three doctors as a continent.

 
tetsabb
193691.  Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:33 pm Reply with quote

I can thoroughly recommend the North Antrim coast in Northern Ireland.
I have a distant cousin who lives at Glenarm, and I have just visited for the second time in 2 years. (There is a holiday cottage just up the hill from him!)
Easy reach of Rathlin Island, Giant's Causeway, and I even managed to get to Newgrange, the neolithic site, and back in one day (by gettting up at 0545)

 
smiley_face
193698.  Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:42 pm Reply with quote

Ooooh!

 
Celebaelin
193701.  Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:54 pm Reply with quote

Do you always make that noise when you're pre-occupied with the South Pole?

 
smiley_face
194283.  Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Maybe.

It is the most amazing place though. I'm going go try and stowaway on a flight to there when I'm in Christchurch.

 
Arcane
243590.  Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:27 am Reply with quote

this year i went to dubai, uk and singapore.

off to thailand april 2008.

always wanted to go to egypt, and then india.

 
Lumpo31
244785.  Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:46 am Reply with quote

reddygirl wrote:
always wanted to go to egypt, and then india.


India's fantabulouso. Only spent 2 weeks there, but it was certainly enough to get a feel for the place.

Hubby and I have talked about going to Egypt, it's just a matter of when. Probably when the Lumplets are off our hands - only another 16 years or so, I guess we'll still be in our 50s, so we should be able to do it...Heck, we'll qualify for Saga Holidays then...maybe not.

Lisa

 
smiley_face
251283.  Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:29 am Reply with quote

Why not take your kids to Egypt with you, Lumpo? I'm sure they'd enjoy it.

 
sjb
774797.  Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:19 pm Reply with quote

There's a strong chance I'll be spending a week in Istanbul at the beginning of September. I have a list of places I want to visit while there--any one care to help me extend this list? :)

 

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