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11. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Jeez Tina - only ten days already - how time flies! Well Keith lm Heather from Northern Ireland - lm just back (well around 5 weeks) from Montreal (where l met Tina!) a weekend in the English Lake District and then we we are going on a theatre break to London in a month. On top of that lm hoping to book a 3 week trip to Thailand in November! Yip we are all a little travel obsessed around here!

Welcome to TP

Heather

12. Posted by keefer68 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hey Heather! I'll be in Thailand too in November!! I see you are in N. Ireland...what part?? One of my favorite things was the Antrim Coast and Giants Causeway!

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Jeez Purdy - when do you have time to go to work with all that traveling??

Hey Keith! I'm Gretchen and live in rural nothern Illinois. I hope you are enjoying TP as much as the rest of us!!! ;)

My husband is Kris (beerman) and we met Tina plus a few other members (including Sam and Peter) in Montreal (Sept. 2005). We met Heather and several more members in Dublin (Sept. 2006). After the TP Meet-Up, we did a 1300 mile driving tour of the Irish coast. Giant's Causeway is fantastic! We also saw the cliffs of Slieve League and Moher, Aillwee Cave, Newgrange, Glendalough Monestary and a few other sights. I have the meet-up pics posted (beware - they are scary) and Kris has the tour de force pics uploaded.

Welcome to TP and have a great time in Thailand!

14. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting keefer68

Hey Heather! I'll be in Thailand too in November!! I see you are in N. Ireland...what part?? One of my favorite things was the Antrim Coast and Giants Causeway!

Well lm not booked for anything yet (waiting till end of month) but lm 80% certain we will go!

Im from originally Londonderry/Derry - BUT l now live in Belfast - you are right the Antrim Coast is beautiful - lve been to the Giants Causeway so many times (everytime a guest visits we go there - suppose it is essential!) but it sort of takes the shine off it & all those steps up to the top of the hill!

Where abouts are you going in Thailand?

15. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Jeez Purdy - when do you have time to go to work with all that traveling??

I fit it in when the bills need paid!

16. Posted by keefer68 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hey Isadora...thanks for the welcome...what part of northern illinois? my mom's family is from chicago and Rockford and my dads family is from farm area between Bloomington and Peoria. I used to live in Minneapolis and drive down there..so pretty familiar with the land of lincoln.

Purdy..I had to chuckle when I read "Londonderry/Derry"...I travelled all through Ireland and ended up in Donegal. From there I went to Derry...I kept calling it Londonderry and some of the locals told me it was best if I called it Derry..though no one explained why!

I don't have my itenerary planned...I won't be in Thailand to much because of time and I'm also doing Vietnam and Cambodia. But I'll keep you posted!

17. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting keefer68

Purdy..I had to chuckle when I read "Londonderry/Derry"...I travelled all through Ireland and ended up in Donegal. From there I went to Derry...I kept calling it Londonderry and some of the locals told me it was best if I called it Derry..though no one explained why!

Ok Keith lm gonna educate you - Londonderry - obviously infers to London and the UK and the British who have long long oppressed the poor Irish Paddies so those who refer to Londonderry are ALLEDGEDLY supposed to side with the crown and the British, the Irish oppressed and will drop the London and simply refer to it as Derry. To put it in plain and simple terms its supposed to show if you are a Protestant or Roman Catholic!

- to be honest Londonderry is a bit of a mouthful and most locals no matter what side of the political/religious divide they fall on will refer to it as Derry! Only writing Londonderry when posting mail or talking to a stranger!!

So now you know!!

18. Posted by keefer68 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Thanks for clearing that up....I sort of supposed that was the case...but I've learned not make assumptions. But it makes since. I learn something new everyday.

19. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting keefer68

Hey Isadora...thanks for the welcome...what part of northern illinois? my mom's family is from chicago and Rockford and my dads family is from farm area between Bloomington and Peoria. I used to live in Minneapolis and drive down there..so pretty familiar with the land of lincoln.

We are halfway between Rockford and Galena, otherwise known as Middle-of-Nowhere. But, we both lived in Chicago for many years, before moving out to farmland USA, and still have family there. We'll actually be in the city tomorrow for a gathering.

I spent most of my formative years in Mankato and received part of my higher education in Minneapolis. My dad was from Golden Valley and my mom moved to Mpls., from N. Dakota, when she was 19. I know those routes (through Eau Claire and via La Crosse/La Cresent) very well. The Eau Claire route to St. Paul is prettier overall but the river valley drive from Winona to La Crosse was my favorite because of the vistas that opened up as you came down the bluffs to the Mississippi. Both my parents have passed so I haven't made that drive in awhile. Oh, and I also like the drive through Redwing and the Lake Pepin area. Have you ever been to Forest Lake, MN?

20. Posted by keefer68 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Reading your post made me miss Minnesota...I actually grew up in LA..but moved Mpls for graduate school in 1993 and then stayed until2 001 when I moved back to Los Angeles. but I loved Minnesota and the twin cities. I used to do the Lake Peppin drive several times a year..Redwing, Wabasha, Winona, over to Wi and back up through Peppin, Stockholm, Hastings. One year I biked the whole thing.

When I went to Chicago...I usually did the ST. Paul, Eau Clair, Madison drive. But I agree the other way is much more beautiful.

Yes, I know Forest Lake as one of my good friends was from there.