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#101 sunday

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 0935 AM

 

Nah... The country lanes around Bovington were narrower, and with tall grass on the sides, too.

You were not on the bridge avoidance part of the drive.

 

 

Do you mean the re-enactment of Joan of Arc campaign around Orleans?


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Posted 22 July 2019 - 1420 PM

A coworker who has been in Florida said we don't need to reserve hotel rooms, because there are so many hotels and motels. And that we should focus the Keys.
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Posted 22 July 2019 - 1526 PM

I'm a dinosaur--I like to have paper maps on hand. ;)

And a sextant? 

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 1552 PM

A coworker who has been in Florida said we don't need to reserve hotel rooms, because there are so many hotels and motels. And that we should focus the Keys.

Yeah, finding rooms should be fairly easy.  The Keys are sort of out of the way for the trip as planned.  Although there is nothing stopping people from heading on down from Pensacola or Orlando if they choose. 


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Posted 22 July 2019 - 1916 PM

We should start thinking about choosing hotels though, especially in New Orleans.


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Posted 22 July 2019 - 1945 PM

I'm definitely planning on spending a couple of/three days in Washington beforehand, to see the Mall museums and the airport annex of the Smithsonian.
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Posted 22 July 2019 - 2056 PM

Does it make sense to stay out by the airport or look for something more downtownish?

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 0838 AM

That's a good question. There are hotels within walking distance of the WW2 museum, but for some reason they are stupidly expensive for the period around October 10, i.e. US$250 to  $400 a night.  Staying out by the airport may be a better option.  What's the transit like from the airport to downtown?


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Posted 23 July 2019 - 1011 AM

quick google shows uber/lyft and various taxi/shared ride vans.  So probably the best option is to pick up the rental car(s) and plan on driving ourselves.


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Posted 23 July 2019 - 1037 AM

Us non-Murricans need at least one hotel adress for the ESTA, don't we?

 

Prime Day has taken care of the 2nd credit card, we'll see about the phone( Xianomi Mi A2 Lite EU version). 

 

Do I need to apply for an international drivers license? 

 

 

Last but most important: Anybody else from Germany attending? If so we could coordinate flights? Air travel and me haven't met for a looooong time. 


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Posted 23 July 2019 - 1135 AM

My suggestion is that we choose hotels because the sooner you book, the better the deal (generally).

Laws on the need for an IDP vary from state to state. You probably will never be asked for it but getting one may be playing it safe.
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Posted 23 July 2019 - 1700 PM

I'm still planning to show in my Ford Escape.


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Posted 24 July 2019 - 0531 AM

That's a good question. There are hotels within walking distance of the WW2 museum, but for some reason they are stupidly expensive for the period around October 10, i.e. US$250 to  $400 a night.  Staying out by the airport may be a better option.  What's the transit like from the airport to downtown?

Kinda far.

Get a hotel in Metairie. You'd be close enough to Downtown without downtown problems (expense, crime, partyers). Highly recommend a hotel near I10 and the Causeway.

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 0821 AM

 

That's a good question. There are hotels within walking distance of the WW2 museum, but for some reason they are stupidly expensive for the period around October 10, i.e. US$250 to  $400 a night.  Staying out by the airport may be a better option.  What's the transit like from the airport to downtown?

Kinda far.

Get a hotel in Metairie. You'd be close enough to Downtown without downtown problems (expense, crime, partyers). Highly recommend a hotel near I10 and the Causeway.

 

 
This general area? https://www.google.c...m3!5m1!10e4!6e3

Looks like that freeway interchange is a barrier for moving on foot. Which quadrant do you recommend? There are more restaurants, and a shopping mall, in the NW one.


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Posted 24 July 2019 - 1321 PM

 

That's a good question. There are hotels within walking distance of the WW2 museum, but for some reason they are stupidly expensive for the period around October 10, i.e. US$250 to  $400 a night.  Staying out by the airport may be a better option.  What's the transit like from the airport to downtown?

Kinda far.

Get a hotel in Metairie. You'd be close enough to Downtown without downtown problems (expense, crime, partyers). Highly recommend a hotel near I10 and the Causeway.
 
 
This general area? https://www.google.c...m3!5m1!10e4!6e3

Looks like that freeway interchange is a barrier for moving on foot. Which quadrant do you recommend? There are more restaurants, and a shopping mall, in the NW one.

NW would be better, the NE not too bad either. All hunger problems can be solved on Veterand BLVd. Rideshare is available. I can make recommendations for restaurants too.
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Posted 26 July 2019 - 1144 AM

I'm definitely planning on spending a couple of/three days in Washington beforehand, to see the Mall museums and the airport annex of the Smithsonian.

Pick your shots, you can easily spend close to a full day at Udvar-Hazy.  The museums on and near the National Mall are numerous and things are spread out so realistically you can probably get through two in a day, three if you start early, skim the exhibits and walk fast, That includes time to see some of the memorials, the Capitol and the White House.  The day we did the mall for the NoVa I&I, I clocked 11 miles on my pedometer, that included 3 musuems (natural history, air and space, and US history) a tour of the capitol, a stroll over to the White House, the Washington Monument and I think the WW2 monument and Lincoln Memorial.  You could cut down the walking by getting a hop on hop off bus ticket but I do not recommend driving and parking down there.


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Posted 01 August 2019 - 2104 PM

I don't expect to do any driving myself this trip. Did enough of that last time.
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Posted 02 August 2019 - 0904 AM

I don't expect to do any driving myself this trip. Did enough of that last time.

Bloody crazy Yanks and their wrong-side driving...


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Posted 02 August 2019 - 0934 AM

I don't expect to do any driving myself this trip. Did enough of that last time.

And it was much appreciated. 


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Posted 02 August 2019 - 1026 AM

 

I don't expect to do any driving myself this trip. Did enough of that last time.

Bloody crazy Yanks and their wrong-side driving...

 

I drove all the time in France. The car got rammed from behind, too.


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