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Mordecai's honeymoon thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mordecai, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. mordecai

    mordecai Senior member

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    So at the moment we are thinking about either Ljubljana, Slovenia or somewhere in the Calabria Region of Southern Italy. Forrest and Mountains v. Beach and Mountains I guess. Has anyone been to either place? I'd love to hear recommendations. Also open to other European suggestions. We don't want to be in very big cities and while we expect to move a little bit, we would like to stay mostly in one nice, interesting place with beautiful areas accessible nearby.

    Edit: We are also considering Dubrovnik or the Dalmatian coast

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  2. itsstillmatt

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    Are you positive she intends on going through with it?
     
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  3. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    if I have one suggestion - do not go immediately after the wedding. Relax a bit, that shit is exhausting.
     
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    I knew you secretly loved Zizek.
     
  5. b1os

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    I've been to Calabria once with my mother for four weeks. There is the western coast which is tourist-y. And then there's the eastern coast, where we stayed. We were there around Ferragosto (August), and about the only tourists in the place. City of 5-10k people. All of the other people were just visiting their families and so on. Lots of robust southern Italien men with gold chains.. if you know what I mean. We actually had a fun time. In the beginning, the weather is nuts. You have like 40°C in summer and think you can't do anything. After a week or two you've accustomed to the climate and it's pretty great. It's about the brightest place I've ever been to (when we returned to Hamburg I though someone flipped the light switch off). People are friendly. Food is fine (such an awesome memory.. it was Ferragosto, so the local restaurant offered, like every restaurant in Italy does, a big menu with lots and lots of food. Anyways, after two hours or something we've finally finished (didn't finish each) all courses.. so, after desert, the group of "robust southern Italian men wearing gold chains (yeah, I mean this literally)" order a plate of pasta. I mean, they've eaten like 1kg of food, and now, after dessert, they order a freaking big plate of pasta!!!) Whatever, I think I'm not really helpful so far.

    What I can tell you is this: not much tourists; not much to do (really, there just isn't much other than unfinished buildings, if that's your thing (could make great photographs there), then gerat); friendly people; decent food; good weather. However, I'd much rather prefer Donoùssa, a small island located in the Kykladen in Greece if I wanted a week or two of not doing much. We've been there twice a few years ago and it's been just lovely. A really really small island, very friendly people, like two restaurants and one supermarket. We both (literally) cried when we had to leave after four weeks... both t imes. This is where we stayed at: http://donoussa.heimat.eu/index.html I guess she's still doing it, if you're interested I can e-mail her. Beautiful setting. However, I'm not sure when you're planning to get married.. now? December? Next July? You shouldn't visit these parts of Europe in winter. It gets really ugly.
    But you seem to want to go on some sightseeing anyway, and that's definitely the wrong place (like I said, very small island).

    So, yeah, I wouldn't choose Calabria. Much rather something in the central/northern Italy. More to visit. What about Tuscany, in the region around Firenze, Poppi and so on? Some great restaurants there too.

    The pictures of Ljubljana look very promising. Never been in "Eastern Europe", so can't comment on that.
     
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    Can you stop being helpful? That starts on page 2.
     
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  7. mordecai

    mordecai Senior member

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    b1os, thanks. that's really useful to know. i would actually love to spend the whole trip in florence but she has been there before. i might be able to convince her though. will have to see.
     
  8. itsstillmatt

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    You might want to work out more.
     
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  9. b1os

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    Of course there's lots of tourists there too. But it's such a nice setting, very beautiful cities. Maybe cliché, but true. We stayed at Poppi with some friends (really, I've had the best ice cream in my life in Poppi.. and it's such a small "city" -- even more funny, some time ago we've met a guy who grew up in Poppi (6k inhabitans, such a small world).. anyway..).
    Driving can become a little exhausting, lots of curvy streets in the mountains.
    I don't think it's a problem that she's been there before. There really is so much to see. Especially you Americans won't have a problem driving 100 kilometers (cliché? maybe.). There's Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, ... every city is great. Just take a stroll through the old parts of the city. Don't follow the flow of tourists, just go where you think would be interesting. Often the "backyards" and small streets that run parallel to the "main routes" are where you really get to know the city. Of course, you'll be able to have great meals (just inform yourself beforehand.. it can be a little unromantic to really focus on being at place X at time Y, but really, there's so much disappointment out there w/r/t meals that overall it's more than worth it to do some planning) and great wine. I actually think that would be a really good place for you to stay if you want to see something. You can enjoy your time on a budget and you can really splurge. Some *** restaurants too, if you want to include one.

    You may also want to consider La Provence too. It's just full of beautiful cities and landscapes to see. But just from my gut feeling I think Tuscany is more romantic. And, of course, Paris. :inlove:
    I think you've got a couple very good alternatives and you can work your favorite out. They all have their advantages and are different from each other. I'm sure you'll make the right choice.
     
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    +1.

    then again Dior skinny is part of my schtick.
     
  11. mgm9128

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    Why do you want to get married?
     
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    some people have other humans under 65 attracted to them?
     
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    if you're going to stop in florence, you might think about finding a house in umbria for a week. or something like that. it's not nearly as expensive (or overrun) as tuscany is, but same beautiful scenery, really, really great food. very friendly. none of the incipient wierdness i'd expect in calabria ('ndrangheta and all that). Perugia is great for a visit, but there are lots of small towns dotted through the hills. and don't miss pisa. the cathedral could convert even a silver lake hipster.
     
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    I liked lubliana, but I was there several times, 10 years ago. nice old city, the new city wasn't bad, not the type of eastern europe where you trip over prostitues everywhere. the food wasn't amazing, but they were ruled by italy and by austria at differnt times, so the food was pretty good. it was the part of ex-yug that had the shortest war, and the best educated population, on average (mostly because it was small). pretty town. if your idea is to walk around, maybe take a car and drive through forrests, have a pretty good meal every night, walk some more, spend a lot of time together, and you don't want to run into tourists, I would recomend it.


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    1. on my way from the airport, the taxi hits a boar. the driver stops, moves my luggage into the back seat, and throws the boar, not quite dead yet, into the trunk

    2. I go to a resteraunt, the waiter is reading me the menu "we have beef, we have lamb, we have pork, have have pony, we have duck" "wait, pony?" "emmm, yes, maybe english not so good, little horse, is pony, no?"
     
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    I'll start off by saying that Florence is probably my least favorite city in Europe. If you removed the tourists, it may be the best, but you can't. I'd suggest as foodguy says -- a stop. Try to take the train out, it is one of the great stations in the world. Other than that, I haven't been to any of these areas, but I have been to other remote areas in Italy and each has exceeded my expectations to a great degree. They would all be great places to spend your first weeks as a married couple.
     
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    I spent part of my honeymoon in Florence - it was horrible. my wife really wanted to go, and we loved the stuff we saw, but I ended up spending a good part of my time in a little cafe above a butchers shop, because it was the only place I could go that wasn't chock full of tourists.
     
  18. Bhowie

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    Spent half the honeymoon in Tuscany near Loro Ciuffenna. Did a day trip to Florence, not bad not my favorite. Really enjoyed the area. It was November and they were harvesting olives and making oil. There are few places I say this about, but I could die a happy man in Tuscany. One of the other places is West Texas or the mountains in New Mexico. So, you know my taste are suspect.
     
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  19. Rambo

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    this was never in question.

    MarBear - if you reconsider Europe and want to do it on the cheap and interesting I can help you out in Central America. Tons of great things to do, places to see, etc..
     
  20. mordecai

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    This is gold. Thanks guys. Bowie, where else did you go? Also does anyone have opinions on Croatia?
     

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