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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by robert angel on Yesterday at 09:04:58 PM »

Its a city. Havent been to many other big cities


I prefer the little villages in the mountains. Peaceful, quaint, beautiful scenery, historical medieval architucture, and less expensive


I spent q few days in this little pueblo for example


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2IZc1BeBfk

Sorta reminds me of this lovely tourist trap linked at bottom.  It had one hotel that the likes of Bill Gates and George Clooney supposedly like to visit and stores, each one more ridiculously priced than the next.

I don't think they even sold refrigerator magnets, so we were sh!t outtta luck!

The once busted and broken down to piles of stones places, was rebuilt, just like Disney world 'attractions' - ones that look 'old' but really aren't.

But then most of the grand old sections of the big cities--places like Paris, London and Rome, are required to keep the old building fronts 'just so', with the facade of 'the old days' but they're typically usually thoroughly modernized behind their ancient looking fronts.

I imagine a lot of what we saw as 'ancient buildings' was reconstructed from piles of rubble after WWII.

They're still trying to rebuild the Colosseum,  which once held 60,000 rabid fans, who all exited in only 10 minutes after the show.

 Across the street,  the Circus Maximus, once held 150,000 thousand, from the poorest to the emperor, (free entry) for the chariot races.

There's no sports stadium on earth today with that capacity. Maybe NASCAR , Red Bull and Monster Beverage can take it over!

What's funny is if you go to mainland China, they do it the opposite way in their big cities. They have bright shiny modern style building fronts, but an old or even NO building is behind the facade. Just trying to impress,  lol, those tricky, cheap Chinese!!

https://youtu.be/K71LeQb5mEM
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by Elexpatriado on Yesterday at 04:12:39 PM »
How would you rate Barcelona or any of the other places in Spain?


Its a city. Havent been to many other big cities


I prefer the little villages in the mountains. Peaceful, quaint, beautiful scenery, historical medieval architucture, and less expensive


I spent q few days in this little pueblo for example


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2IZc1BeBfk
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by robert angel on Yesterday at 11:26:06 AM »
I was recently in Barcelona,Girona and area  the pyrenees and Asturias (Picos de Europa)

How would you rate Barcelona or any of the other places in Spain?
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by Elexpatriado on Yesterday at 09:15:02 AM »
I was recently in Barcelona,Girona and area  the pyrenees and Asturias (Picos de Europa)
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Seems to me in a lot of places nowadays the taxi drivers aren't from the areas where they're working. That makes them less valuable as information sources. I never let a cabbie set me up with a girl, although I've had offers from fellas who seemed on the 'up and up'-- some offered to set me up with family members.

I just think that if you do your own homework  ahead of time (time allowing) you should be able  to fly into anyplace with a pocket full of phone numbers/contacts and be able to arrange meet ups with some women. Or with women who are 'friends of friends' -- which has always proven to be the best technique for me.

I met a married woman online back when Yahoo had 'rooms' where people from different nations chatted about anything.  Those were fun and if you weren't weirdos, you tended to find each other and laughed at the other characters running their games. Anyway, she tried to fix me up with her sister. The sister was nice, but just wasn't right for me. I told her, thinking: "Hell hath NO fury like a woman (or her sister) scorned" and "Damn, I just burned THAT bridge." But amazingly,  she just said "OK, I understand, I have another friend I think you might like."

That 'friend' became my wife!

Cultivating friendships on line takes a while (and people are increasingly flakey, 'ghosting' whatever that is) but even when I knew a babe wasn't right for me, unless she was psycho, I never just dropped lines of communication cold.

I sort of miss those old Yahoo messenger days, where I had female friends from all over the world who I could from the comfort of home, live chat and often go cam to cam with interesting  women, but I'm breaking the law enough already and even in My relationship, that'd spell trouble.

Of course  the same could be done via skype, whatsapp, fb etc nowadays with varying degrees of transparency. I don't really mess with 'all that,' as it'd serve little longterm positive purpose.
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by mambocowboy on September 13, 2019, 06:34:06 PM »
Any of you guys been to Spain--Barcelona?
Only Southern Spain- Almeria, malanga, salobrena, ronda...
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by robert angel on September 13, 2019, 02:03:11 PM »
Any of you guys been to Spain--Barcelona?
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by robert angel on September 12, 2019, 07:52:20 PM »

The French are a new generation....the young ones all speak English and dont think Napolean won the war


The older ones..until they become sweet old ladies..ar a bit different


But like everywhere in Europe, they are all "Progressives"

I politely asked in their languages "Do you speak English?" In 5 nations and the typical reply was like: "Why yes, of course"--WSJ- the journal, indicates American native English speakers don't have near the business employability appeal as before, as so many natives are now fluent.

Lot of Eastern Europeans working tourism jobs , inc a number of Slavic nations-- all spoke good English.

Lordy some of those tall, slim Eastern Euro chicks were hot as hell, (hungry 4 Hungarian ar ar)  but their blood and brains are Baltic cold.

People seemed pretty apathetic about politics--progressive to the left maybe---I didn't expound. Sorta sensed some discontent about all the refugees, but as long as the natives have plummeting birthrates, that's not going away.

But a lotta young, 'cool' people over there--didn't get close to the older aristocracy, but if u can afford a nice place in London, Rome, Nice or Paris, chances are you're going to be rubbing elbows with a different sort than me.

Still, it'd be mighty fine to be filthy rich in Paris.

Switzerland is a different world, still using Francs. Everything costs twice as much, but people earn twice as much. Military service is mandatory and they have the highest rate of (military issued) gun ownership, w full auto guns if u stay proficient.

Boat taxis on Lake Geneva, as well in and off shore Venice, took us to some amazing island gems---Murano, Burano etc--gotta break away to see 'hidden gems."

People love Tuscanny and Florence --was relaxing, but their lack of glitz that lends appeal to so many left us ho hum.

Hopefully Barcelona will have the city sophistication and even better beaches than the sweet French Riveria.

The cooler more experienced travelers were pretty unanimous in liking Barcelona.

Wild note was a futball riot in Geneva, of all places Hooligans worse than Liverpool's worst, met up for a beat down meet up, in a busy shopping part of town after dark. Eight or so vans, full of riot gear cops and others on motos, came out of no where and a couple of loud bangs and fireworks later, Swiss authority again prevailed. NOTHING was mentioned in media. My wife pulled me away from getting in the middle of that--spoil sport!!
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by Elexpatriado on September 12, 2019, 01:31:52 PM »
Had a bang up good time in Western Europe. Flew into London a go go, onto sacking Paris, did a couple thousand miles over land to Rome, Geneva et, also moved on foot 5, 6 miles a day. Five countries, at least a dozen cities.

Will no longer hold the French people in contempt--very agreeable.  Cote d Azure --French Riviera was 'Nice' --as was Monaco/Monte Carlo--unreal how many billions there just in yachts alone.

Cheapest souvenirs ironically were in Monaco/M.C., most expensive everything in Switzerland 2X.

Overall, cost of hotels and especially meals, was surprisingly good. I gained about a pound a day! Gotta lift some weights.

Venice was a hot lover's delight, but Paris is the next 'go back to' spot. They say you fall in love in Paris and f__k like hell in Rome and I own that now.

But next year 3-4 weeks in Philippines and hopefully a week or so in Barcelona expected first.  Wouldn't mind a national park/Rockies break b4 tackling Europe again.

But be it your best GF, wife whatever, I think y'all would dig it. We literally got lost in Paris--the underground at closing, no cash--long story,  but happy ending.

For the stray dogs, I saw a fair amount of P4P girls, even before lunchtime in the nicer part of the cities somedays, lol.

More layers to the onion than I could peel, I suppose

But something different and fun for everyone, great people watching places-- time flows differently.

Finally getting the hang of this retirement thing!!


The French are a new generation....the young ones all speak English and dont think Napolean won the war


The older ones..until they become sweet old ladies..ar a bit different


But like everywhere in Europe, they are all "Progressives"
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Off-Topic Items / Re: Travel outside the normal places
« Last post by robert angel on September 12, 2019, 06:17:25 AM »
Heck yeah. Enjoy! Only about 10-14 years till I can retire. Lol


Last years flew by pretty fast. I was afraid I couldn't do/afford to retire, but I over did that mindset. As long as I have an emergency fund for when sh!t goes bad around house, other inevitable 'unexpected expenses' --I think I'm OK. Last kid finishing college soon makes it even better.


Everything's pretty much the same--what we eat, where we go--vacation-travel---well, we saved for that. I am just lazy as f__k a whole lot of the time, but very lucky to have a wife who's an 'enabler'--she worries I might be depressed and told me not to call work asking for occasional work.


No, not buying that hot as hell new mid engine Vette yet, but I might end up with one eventually.


Can't take it with you.......
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