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    Where are your favorite places to go traveling? hotels to stay at? things to do while you're there? places to eat? etc, etc.<div>
    </div><div>Still being in high school I haven't done much traveling aside from family trips to places like Florida, Cuba, and Mexico. I've got the chance now to pick somewhere to go on vacation and I'd love to go somewhere with great landscape and architecture as well as shopping and food. Does anyone have any recommendations?</div>

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    I'd make sure to concentrate more on the landscape, architecture, food and people. Clothes can always be shipped.

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    [quote user="sharkweek"]I've got the chance now to pick somewhere to go on vacation and I'd love to go somewhere with great landscape and architecture as well as shopping and food. Does anyone have any recommendations?[/quote]</P>


    Florence</P>

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    Catalonia is great.

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    ^yes, Catalonia is a great suggestion. Depending on how much time you
    have, I would also highly recommend to take the trip from Barcelona
    through the Aragon region down to Navarra, Basque, La Rioja and
    Cantabria(Pamplona, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Santander etc.)


    I spend 2 month traveling in these parts of spain, and it was absolutely fantastic.</p>

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    uhhh I wrote 3 paragraphs yesterday and got the Oops after hitting post [:(]</P>


    I have to admit I really love many ofthe typicallylikedcapitals.. Paris, London, New York, LA, Tokyo, Berlin. I guess they're popular for a reason, but theyall have their own unique atmosphere which is pretty unbeatable. when travelling I think the most important thing is to just live in the moment there instead of being just a visitor. I hate sightseeing, well most of it. in ParisI spent 30 minutes at the louvre and was bored to death.I'd much rather roam the streets, take the subway around, look at people, buy food from small stores, eat well.. shop at interesting small stores.</P>


    out of those cities, Paris is the one I really miss when I'm not there. the others I really like to go to, but Paris is different. New York is obviously great and I miss it too. and well, Berlin I also find myself going back to quite often. I was in Tokyo for the first time since I was toddler and really loved it, it was very different from what I expected, much more homey or comfortable. it doesn't feel like that big of a city, unless you're in the middle of Shibuya.</P>
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    [quote user="mike lowrey"]<p mce_keep="true"> </p>

    when travelling I think the most important thing is to just live in the moment there instead of being just a visitor. I hate sightseeing, well most of it. in Paris I spent 30 minutes at the louvre and was bored to death. I'd much rather roam the streets, take the subway around, look at people, buy food from small stores, eat well.. shop at interesting small stores.
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    Amen Mike. </p>

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    [quote user="mike lowrey"]when travelling I think the most important thing is to just live in the moment there instead of being just a visitor. I hate sightseeing, well most of it. in ParisI spent 30 minutes at the louvre and was bored to death.I'd much rather roam the streets, take the subway around, look at people, buy food from small stores, eat well.. shop at interesting small stores.[/quote]</p>

    True. Very True.
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    The Louvre is great though. But unless you really need to check one particular work in the flesh for some reason, I'd avoid museums too. </p>

    And if you really need to go, go at odd hours. There's nothing worse than being in a museum where you see tourists in shorts and backpack being in front of what you are trying to view, running from one painting to the next to basically just check the name of the painter.
    Having said that, in Catalonia, I'll probably still check the Dali Museum, and the Miro Fundacion!</p>

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    Oh, and the suggestion about Japan is definitely a GREAT one.
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    [quote user="Diego"][quote user="mike lowrey"]<p mce_keep="true"> </p>

    when travelling I think the most important thing is to just live in the moment there instead of being just a visitor. I hate sightseeing, well most of it. in Paris I spent 30 minutes at the louvre and was bored to death. I'd much rather roam the streets, take the subway around, look at people, buy food from small stores, eat well.. shop at interesting small stores.
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    Amen Mike. </p>[/quote]<div>
    </div><div>I participated in a two week long school trip to Europe. 80+ people traveled as a group all over Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France and not being able to decide for myself what I was going to do nearly gave me a heart attack. The best parts of the whole trip really were sitting down in public places with a friend or two and conversing with locals--language permitting of course. And I agree with the statement you made about places like NYC and Paris. I loved both of these cities--NYC especially because you can literally find anything you could ever possibly want, but not in the way that when you go to a Moroccan restaurant they have caesar salad and chicken strips and bullshit like that on the menu to appeal to whoever walks in the door. It seems that no identity or vision is lost in cities like that; you always seem to get the full intended effect, and I like that.</div><div>
    </div><div>My favorite suggestion so far is Florence--I love traditional Italian food and Italy is really beautiful</div>

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    my favorite travel memories involve these places:</P>


    - Havana: The place where I met one of my first loves, cigars, i have enjoyed most of the caribbean/latin american destinations i've been to...Cuba itself is a bit surreal in its old world/new world contrasts. Probably someone living there wouldn't feel this way, but as an outsider looking in it seemed as close as one can get to a communist paradise. But that's ironically the result of capitalism more than anything else. One day I'd like to find a chica I can do that Colin Farrell/Gong Li 'Miami Vice' sequence with, speedboat, mojitosand dancing and all. </P>


    - Tokyo: The only place I ever go for travel these days, even if just to shop and eat i find the city inspiring and the women are beautiful but i can't touch them because I don't understand a word they're saying and vice versa. Reminds me of "The Girl From Ipanema." Japan is the one place I've been to that when I'm there I literally feel like i'm on another planet. I imagine I'd go crazy if i hung around too long.</P>


    - Capri: Was still young when I went here, but if I had a girlfriend I would like to go on a romantic getaway with her to this place...it feels very glamorous. European decadence and extravagance is a personal fascination of mine.</P>


    - Santorini: Pretty much same reason as Capri, loved watching the sunset with a thousand other people at the same time.</P>


    - Paris/New York: I don't think most people here would consider the latter "travel" but it is to me since I am not from the States. I lumped these two cities together because to this day even though I have been to many other places and seen many different things i am still intrigued and drawn in by the mystique and allure of these cities. I see the people who live there go about life effortlessly and I know they're places that I can never live in but I feel excited just being a part of the action. </P>

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    [quote user="Diego"][quote user="mike lowrey"]<p mce_keep="true"> </p>

    when travelling I think the most important thing is to just live in the moment there instead of being just a visitor. I hate sightseeing, well most of it. in Paris I spent 30 minutes at the louvre and was bored to death. I'd much rather roam the streets, take the subway around, look at people, buy food from small stores, eat well.. shop at interesting small stores.
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    Amen Mike. </p>

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    3rd. And, yes, I ALWAYS miss Paris. I was even tempted to take a two day trip there from Antwerp, but it's just not feasible. I feel like Tantalus. I am not crazy about London though.</p>
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    [quote user="Faust"][quote user="Diego"][quote user="mike lowrey"]<p mce_keep="true"> </p>

    when travelling I think the most important thing is to just live in the moment there instead of being just a visitor. I hate sightseeing, well most of it. in Paris I spent 30 minutes at the louvre and was bored to death. I'd much rather roam the streets, take the subway around, look at people, buy food from small stores, eat well.. shop at interesting small stores.
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    Amen Mike. </p>

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    3rd. And, yes, I ALWAYS miss Paris. I was even tempted to take a two day trip there from Antwerp, but it's just not feasible. I feel like Tantalus. I am not crazy about London though.</p>

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    2nd on London. Been there once wasn't crazy about it, everything is expensive. I think it's fine for those who live there, but i wouldn't put it on a list of "must go" places for travel. But of course, if one has never been it is worth going to just because.
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    dread london</p>

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    hahaha, thanks for pointing out :-) what do i win?
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    Even though I am a big fan of all the cosmopolitan cities the world has to offer, there are smaller gems to explore, like:</P>


    - Krakow (Poland) --- spectacular medieval city which - miraculously - survived WW II without too much inflicted damage.... and of course a visit to Auschwitz which will grab you by the throat and will never let go of you;</P>


    - Helsinki / Helsingfors(Finland) --- used to live in Finland forquite some time(Tampere, or Tammerfors for the Swedish among you) and always love(d) to pay a visit. It is not particularly beautiful, but the atmosphere is relaxed and you will find an eclectic mix of people,style, architecture, shops, restaurants and clubs</P>


    - Brugge / Bruges(Belgium) ---not the first destination to come in mind, but combine it with a visit to Antwerp, Brussels and last but not least Bruges and step into a whole new world of medieval greatness;</P>


    - Crete (Greek island) --- even though filled withhurdles of loud tourists, it's definitely my favorite place among the Greek islands. Ancient sites wherever you go, and amazing toexplore by scooter (which I have done with my GF and one of the best experiences I haveever had). People are uber-friendly and the food is great (don't eat near harbours, but visit small taverna's in little alleys of Rethymnon and Heraklion for great culinary experiences).</P>


    Cheers and good luck with choosing a destination,</P>


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    Brugge is awesome - I visited last year. Really beautiful, old, and quiet. Very contemplative.</p>

    My other "B" cities are Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna, Edinburgh, and Prague. All are worth visiting and are really beautiful. Well, and Antwerp, for obvious reasons.
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    Really? Wow, I'm truly surprised to hear that, especially from a New
    Yorker. Were you able to hit up any night clubs, martini lounges, or
    restaurant bars while you were here visiting Los Angeles? Sounds like
    you didn't exactly receive the full treatment of what Los Angeles
    really has to offer. While most people prefer to binge drink when they
    first arrive inside the clubs at our reserve tables, I on the other
    hand make sure I get myself on the floor before it gets mad crowded. I
    can always drink later when it gets packed or when the music begins to
    suck ass and the energy around me begins to die down.
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    In LA, I was there for an art thing. So I hung out most of the time at the Chateau with a friend by the pool and eating on the patio. I was only there for 3 days and spent most of time my relaxing, which was what I really needed.</p>

    I go through phases with how I go out here. Often I just lay low, with the occasional blowout. I tend to go out more in the summer with my one friend and we have definite crazy dancing fun. However, I have a tendency to drink a ton with her and I am trying to not drink so much these days. A little bit here and there is fine or a little at a time I should say. But I have a high tolerance mostly and so does she, so we get into alot of trouble. [79] I am one of those women that loves to just dance by myself for hours, and I get bothered alot by men trying to grind on me [71] I love dancing with people but not on people. [86] I have a friend that works the door at Cielo, so I think we may try to go and enjoy some house music soon, or hit up a salsa club. I am definitely feeling an intense urge to go right now.</p>

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    Such a short visit in Los Angeles Kira. Hope you made the best out of it anyways. When you said Chateau, you meant Chateau Marmont by the Cabana pool? [:^)] Thats a nice shindig place to hang for out-of-towners.
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    But I have a high tolerance mostly and so does she, so we get into alot of trouble. [79] </p>

    Now thats what I'm talking about yeah baby yeah![86] jk....Right on~! Sounds like you have what it takes to be the next socialite on your career list. Being a socialite was my thing for the past 6 years but I think most my friends feels they're at a certain age where done with the club scene.[70]</p>

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    ...and I get bothered alot by men trying to grind on me [71]</p>

    I think most women regardless of which part of the globe you're from are annoyed by this action. [83][87][86]</p>

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    ...I am one of those women that loves to just dance by myself for hours.
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    I like to dance without a partner if their playing house, trance, or high energy music, but I don't ever like to dance alone. I ain't no stripper!!! [74]
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    You're referring to Cielo on 12th near Hudson Street right? I've been to Cielo late last year. The line was ridiculously long since there was a special event going on that night which is why we went also. They were turning girls away that were on the guest list, I was shocked. You never turn away a cash cow at any club, especially if they look really hot. Its a cool vibe in New York, but everyone is connected. It's more about who you know rather than money talks. I think next time I prefer going with more people though. The friends I went with were bunch of wallpapers, standing by the wall holding their drink and were observing all night. If I wanted to observe as if I was at a museum, I would have gone to MOMA instead. [85]</p>

    I hope you went tonight since I am replying this a little late. Weeknights are less crowded anyways. In Hollywood, thats usually celeb night where all the freaks and the big breasted blonde bimbo Barbies come out. [H]</p>

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    In LA, I was there for an art thing. So I hung out most of the time at the Chateau with a friend by the pool and eating on the patio. I was only there for 3 days and spent most of time my relaxing, which was what I really needed.</p>

    I go through phases with how I go out here. Often I just lay low, with the occasional blowout. I tend to go out more in the summer with my one friend and we have definite crazy dancing fun. However, I have a tendency to drink a ton with her and I am trying to not drink so much these days. A little bit here and there is fine or a little at a time I should say. But I have a high tolerance mostly and so does she, so we get into alot of trouble. [79] I am one of those women that loves to just dance by myself for hours, and I get bothered alot by men trying to grind on me [71] I love dancing with people but not on people. [86] I have a friend that works the door at Cielo, so I think we may try to go and enjoy some house music soon, or hit up a salsa club. I am definitely feeling an intense urge to go right now.</p>

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    [quote user="sharkweek"]<div>
    </div><div>My favorite suggestion so far is Florence--I love traditional Italian food and Italy is really beautiful</div>

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    Florence is a difficult city in which to be a (good) tourist. The museums are wonderful (I like that kind of thing), but the tourist industry is so large that a lot of the things which are great about Italy aren't so prevalent. You have to be careful, or you find yourself paying $12 for a cup of coffee or $22 for a microwaved dinner surrounded by other tourists. If you go to Florence spend long enough and wander well enough to meet locals and find out where to go for fun (Slow Food will get you started for restaurants). </p>

    Alternately pick another location in Italy, if you're eager to visit. Decide on what you want most and focus on that. Piedmont is my favorite part of Italy, and if you visit in late Spring, there aren't enough other visitors to get in the way. The cuisine is wonderful and the people don't see enough tourists very often to be turned off by them . If you find the good restaurants you can easily find yourself drinking wine with the local winemakers until 1-2 in the morning.</p>

    Emilia-Romano is another wonderful foodie area of Italy.</p>

    If you do Tuscany, just drop by Florence. Sienna is incredible, and the Tuscan coast is the best part for food anyway, and somehow less heavily touristed.
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    It's true, one can go to Sienna. We stayed in Tuscan countryside, and it was nothing short of incredible. I am thinking next time to rent a villa with a cook with a bunch of friends.
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