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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby llipgh2 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:37 pm

mac5155 wrote:Leaving for Mexico Thursday morning. Trip company said they would make a note for the airline about my sisters incorrect middle name. I sure hope it doesn't have any negative effects


She might have problems coming back from Mexico. Not with the airline but with US Customs.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby mac5155 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:08 pm

Trying to get her boarding pass changed in advance to avoid that totally
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby tifosi77 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:59 pm

When we arrived at Frankfurt airport on our way to Barcelona a few months ago, the German customs dude was not going to let Mrs Tif into the EU. Apparently they have a guideline (not a rule) that anyone with a passport expiration date that's less than 90 days out from the date they arrive in the EU is to be refused admission. I'm not sure of the reasoning behind this, but Mrs Tif's passport expired four days before that 90-day horizon line. So Herr Bureaucrat said "Kein Eingang, bitte", and handed her back her passport unstamped.

Took several minutes of discussion before he finally allowed her to grace his fair land. I told Mrs Tif afterward, "You know.... we had a reservation at Arzak. I would not have hung out here with you." She still doesn't know if I was kidding.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby obhave on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:07 pm

The 90 day thing is because that is the longest you can stay in the EU as a visitor. This way they know you can stay the full length if you changed around ticket dates
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:18 pm

tifosi77 wrote:Herr Bureaucrat


Did you get to meet his brother, Herr Pfennigfuchser?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:19 am

wasnt someone looking for all inclusive for 1000 bucks earlier including flights? how did that go?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby columbia on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:27 am

Gaucho wrote:
tifosi77 wrote:Herr Bureaucrat


Did you get to meet his brother, Herr Pfennigfuchser?


That word means what I thought it means.....neat.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby tifosi77 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:09 pm

Gaucho wrote:
tifosi77 wrote:Herr Bureaucrat


Did you get to meet his brother, Herr Pfennigfuchser?

:lol:

I did not; I can only presume he had the day off.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby tifosi77 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:18 pm

obhave wrote:The 90 day thing is because that is the longest you can stay in the EU as a visitor. This way they know you can stay the full length if you changed around ticket dates

Yeah, it took us showing them our accommodations were only booked for 13 days, that we had work commitments in two weeks' time, and general pleading that it was lunacy to refuse entry to someone who was only four days short of a 90-day requirement.

When we researched it a bit after getting to Barcelona, she was lucky to have even allowed on the plane at LAX; apparently both ticket agents and/or gate workers can refuse boarding privileges for people with passports that don't meet the 90-day rule.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Rylan on Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:31 pm

I really liked Frankfurt airport. Flying over Germany made me really want to visit really bad.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:42 pm

Airline must've got the memo. Her name is correct on check in.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby eddysnake on Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:29 am

Thinking about taking the kids down to Cumberland MD for the steam engine tour. I have some points saved up and might stay at a hotel and make a couple days of it. Train and Paw Paw tunnel look like a good time, anyone have any recommendations for there?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Rylan on Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:24 am

eddysnake wrote:Thinking about taking the kids down to Cumberland MD for the steam engine tour. I have some points saved up and might stay at a hotel and make a couple days of it. Train and Paw Paw tunnel look like a good time, anyone have any recommendations for there?


My hometown. lol

As for things to do......uh.....
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby eddysnake on Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:32 am

Rylan wrote:
eddysnake wrote:Thinking about taking the kids down to Cumberland MD for the steam engine tour. I have some points saved up and might stay at a hotel and make a couple days of it. Train and Paw Paw tunnel look like a good time, anyone have any recommendations for there?


My hometown. lol

As for things to do......uh.....


you there for the summer? I'll turn it into a loooong weekend and me, the wife and 3 kids can crash at your parents house. Good times, just don't mention anything until we show up at the door...
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:52 am

That steam engine tour is awesome. I highly recommend it. Hit me up if you go. We can dump the wife and kids somewhere while we get a beer.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby cheesesteakwithegg on Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:57 am

I was out in Santa Clara / Silicon Valley at the beginning of last week, came home for a few days, then went to Atlantic City for a bachelor party. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum. We had an absolute blast in AC, but man, talk about a place that is unsafe.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Rylan on Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:10 pm

Nah, I am rarely in Cumberland.

Outside of the natural sights (Lover's Leap and the Potomac) and the train, there isn't much I would say is must see. A drive through the Narrows may be pretty cool, but its short and probably not lasting. There are trails along the C&O Canal, but again nothing truly must see.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Rylan on Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:02 pm

I was thinking, eddy have your kids seen a bald eagle before?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Orlando Penguin on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:17 pm

Just returned from doing a baseball trip - 5 parks in 5 cities in a 6-day stretch (San Fran, LA, Anaheim, San Diego, Minneapolis). If you're a baseball fan and have the means, I'd highly recommend it...especially if you can pick some good cities.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:19 pm

I can't remember whatever the San Fran ballpark is like but LA is my favorite park and I liked San Diego and Anaheim a lot too.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Nuge on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:26 pm

Orlando Penguin wrote:Just returned from doing a baseball trip - 5 parks in 5 cities in a 6-day stretch (San Fran, LA, Anaheim, San Diego, Minneapolis). If you're a baseball fan and have the means, I'd highly recommend it...especially if you can pick some good cities.


I'm hitting the park in San Fran later this month. I'm looking forward to it. I've been to Dodger Stadium and a bunch in the northeast. I always enjoy watching a game in a new one.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby BigMcK on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:35 pm

AT&T Park is the type of place that you can visit and never even see a game. The food and beer vendors offer a wide variety of options. The crab sandwiches offered in the outfield are soooo tasty.

Planning on being there for a day game at the end of July.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:42 pm

I'm going to work tomorrow.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Orlando Penguin on Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:25 am

It was the 4th time I've been to both AT&T and Target, first time with the other ones. Could tell Dodger Stadium was built in '62 but the sightlines and vistas were great. Traffic afterwards, not so much. I was most impressed with Petco. It was like walking thru an open-air mall on their concourses, which makes sense since they always have great weather. I'd certainly recommend that one.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Kaizer on Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:42 am

PensFanInDC wrote:I'm going to work tomorrow.


Lucky bastard
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