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1. Posted by Browncoat45 (Budding Member 10 posts) 29w

Ok I do not really have a monkey ( not a real one anyway) but I do need travel, it is not a passion or a hobby or an outing it is a non negotiable need. I would readily argue that it is as important as O2, water, food and pints on Sunday. I need the perpetual motion of trains, planes and sampans, the crush and madness of alien ports, the olfactory mosaic of spices, sweat and raw dirty life. I need to feel history moving under my feet and the challenge of kung fu phonetics along with the grace and wonderful madness of strange people and planets.....without this I will grow fat and decay in front of the TV, wondering what will become of ( enter reality show star) this week.

These days, time is short on the road and priorities are a bit changed, perhaps because I have begun traveling on my stomach or maybe its just time to slow down for a bit, but I am craving Europe. With that comes the linguistic hurdle of French and other tongues. That is the next target destination and Eastern Europe will be next year, if anything for the music.

I prefer to avoid touristed areas because it wears the locals out and well my blue yankee passport stereotypes as someone who will talk loud and demand and Ice machine in every hotel. These two dynamics can affect the experience. I am not that guy, like most people on this board I like the greasy dark corners of the world where real things happen. That being said I am currently struggling with the idea of Paris, I want to avoid a tourist carnival, but do not want to miss anything in the process. I know it will not be Henry Millers Paris, but I am hoping for something real, to bridge that barrier between loud yank tourist and annoyed local....I do mind my manners really...more so than at home.

In any event It is nice to be meeting you all and look forward to sharing tips info and cheeky bits

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1686 posts) 29w

Just go.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member 335 posts) 29w

Yeah head to eastern Europe for a less touristy experience. And probably skip quickly through hot spots like Prague and Krakow, sadly full of English lads boozing. See Belgrade, Warsaw, Poznan or Kiev. Tallinn or Riga. Loads to see, cheaper than western Europe, and not very much on the tourist radar yet.

Paris - I found Warsaw prettier!

4. Posted by Browncoat45 (Budding Member 10 posts) 29w

I was wondering about EU, have a weakness for Polish honey wine. I used to buy by the case at the hippie mart. Now I am wondering.....how hard is it to learn Polish? and what kind of trouble can a fat kid get into with 10 days?

5. Posted by Browncoat45 (Budding Member 10 posts) 29w

Terry that has been the way for years, but with a short time, want to make the best of it....

6. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 743 posts) 29w

Ooh honey wine?

P.S. Welcome to Travellerspoint

7. Posted by AllanTyree (Budding Member 7 posts) 29w

Travelling is my hobby and I love to do it. Whenever I want to give me a relax, I plan for a trip. Eastern Europe is my favorite place for tour. I have traveled 50% of that area. I suggest you to go and enjoy there.

8. Posted by Browncoat45 (Budding Member 10 posts) 28w

Quoting KellieBarnes

Ooh honey wine?

P.S. Welcome to Travellerspoint

Honey wine is amazing and what comes from Poland must be made with honey from magic bees and unicorn tears. It is wonderful, like toe curling, singing at the cat, running barefoot in the snow writing terrible poetry wonderful. It goes well with a nice sharp cheddar also.
Most hippie grocery stores will have it, I highly recommend it.

9. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member 335 posts) 28w

Been to Cornwall? They have bars called Meaderies and the honey mead comes in both natural flavour and fruited versions like blackcurrant and strawberry.

10. Posted by Browncoat45 (Budding Member 10 posts) 28w

Quoting Andyf

Been to Cornwall? They have bars called Meaderies and the honey mead comes in both natural flavour and fruited versions like blackcurrant and strawberry.

Wow! really? Is that just in Cornwall? I need to go there! perhaps plan a Mead holiday! That was the original trip to Belgium, a beer holiday for um research ( I am a brewer at home)
I imagine the recipes are old as well. How is Cornwall in the winter? that is my next time to travel.