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Title: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 26 November 2017, 07:12:58 PM

hi all


thought it might be nice to upload a holiday pic from this last year or 2.
might get others getting the juices flowing -- LOL


here is my march 2017 vegas shot !!!
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 26 November 2017, 07:14:02 PM

and a second one from italy in july



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Post by: Paulines7 on 26 November 2017, 11:42:13 PM
The Elvis on the left of the picture looks more like Colonel Gaddafi.   ;D
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Post by: sedge on 27 November 2017, 12:54:17 AM
.. and the Elvis to his right obviously forgot his sequined catsuit that day.  Tsk Tsk Tsk, shame on him for improper dress!
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Post by: Pattidevans on 27 November 2017, 09:14:18 AM
We once went from Plymouth to Roscoff on Brittany Ferries and the whole ferry was full of Elvises.  Hilarious!


Paul, the place in Italy looks wonderful!
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 27 November 2017, 09:23:51 AM


thanks for your lovely comments
here is another italy pic ( from 2016 )
the poor bloke in the see through coffin ----is St. Faustus.
he get's to do a lap of the village in a procession once every 10 years
so we were lucky to see him !!


and to add a bit of foodie colour -- here is a pix of antipasti calde ( mixed plate of warm starters )
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Paulines7 on 27 November 2017, 09:40:21 AM
OMG !!!

How many years since he died?
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Post by: Pattidevans on 27 November 2017, 02:28:26 PM
He was a very small saint wasn't he?

However it's a very big plate of antipasti.  That would be enough for a full meal for me!
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Post by: sedge on 27 November 2017, 03:43:31 PM
Not something I'd look forward to seeing even once every 10 years, frankly!  Yukkk!

I reckon, with a mixed salad, it would be enough for the two of us as our dinner Patti!

A small capuchino gelati to follow, I think!
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 27 November 2017, 03:48:00 PM
we share that plate as a starter

I don't think ol' faustus is one of the bigger saints

I just found it slightly amusing he comes out for a jaunt round the village for an hour or two every 10 years.
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 27 November 2017, 03:57:13 PM

ok perhaps a bit of culture would be nice
here is a pic taken in may this year at naples archeological museum
one of the best museums I have ever been in

Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Pattidevans on 27 November 2017, 04:25:23 PM
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I don't think ol' faustus is one of the bigger saints

That made me giggle... I meant the size of the corpse!  It's very tiny.
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we share that plate as a starter

Reminds me of a story about our one and only trip to Italy together, it was many years ago - c. 1989 I think.  We won the holiday, 2 weeks in an apartment at Castello Vicciomaggio (sp?) 13 miles south of Florence + flights and a hire car.  We had to take it in January as we had the hotel and couldn't holiday any other time.  Everything was closed, we had to drive miles to find a restaurant... so one cold day we spent in Florence and decided to stay and have an early supper in a lovely restaurant from the Friuli area.  We ordered two plates of mixed sausages that came with all manner of sliced cold, hot cooked sausages and lovely pates, fruit garnishes etc.  They were enormous... but we ate our way through them.  Later in the holiday we returned to the restaurant and ordered the same thing.  The waitress looked totally shocked and told us the platter was for sharing as a main course!
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Post by: Venomous on 27 November 2017, 07:24:46 PM
Love the pics, what fun! Don't you have your own Elvis suit yet!  :D
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Post by: himtoo on 27 November 2017, 08:12:10 PM
Haha patti -- that is what is great about italy --

venomous -- sorry no elvis suit yet  ( un-huh ) said in voice of elvis.

i am hoping other people might post a pic or 2 in response
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Post by: Pattidevans on 27 November 2017, 08:17:34 PM
OK... here's one to start.... early morning from our balcony.  Corfu 2015.
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 27 November 2017, 10:12:50 PM
OMG patti -- that looks idyllic -- tiny harbour peaceful

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Post by: Pattidevans on 27 November 2017, 11:50:52 PM
Teeny tiny almost private beach!  Looking forward to June.  Will try to find some more to post.  Should be some stunners from last year in Paxos!
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 28 November 2017, 10:09:20 AM
bring em on !! can't wait !
I have a couple from spain back in september I am still trying to find ( might be on a tablet )
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Post by: Alan on 28 November 2017, 08:51:01 PM
While we're showing holiday pics. This was my chariot in Pilanesberg; my seat was close to where the guide is standing. Note the canvas for protection.


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4529/37820264305_576d50b8fa_b.jpg)

She came closer than two metres from my seat. She looked hungry...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4538/37820336425_f879f9e760_b.jpg)
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Post by: sedge on 28 November 2017, 09:01:34 PM
OOer - she does that!  Beautiful creatures.
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Post by: Paulines7 on 29 November 2017, 12:49:33 AM
What a lovely picture of those lionesses, Alan. 

I wouldn't have felt safe travelling in that truck though.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of protection. 
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 29 November 2017, 09:25:57 AM
wow -- amazing pic Alan !!
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Post by: Pattidevans on 29 November 2017, 05:40:03 PM
I don't have any photos of the night in the game park, but back in about 1984/5 Julian and I were on a Harare trip (as crew) with a week off.  So we got air tickets down to Victoria Falls along with another 6 crew, where we stayed in the Vic Falls Hotel and had a wonderful time for 3 or 4 nights, going on a light aircraft over the falls (mega scary when it hit the updrafts) and cycled over to Zambia for lunch, not to mention a flutter in the Casino there one night + several native dance shows.  Oh and had a tour of an old steam train, courtesy of the Engineer with us who was a steam train enthusiast and chatted up the driver. 

On the way back we flew via Hwange (Wankie) Game Park where we stayed for one night in Tent Camp.  First we had a drive around in an open Land Rover at dusk to see the animals at the watering holes.  We then proceeded to the camp where the staff prepared a BBQ for us.  It was great fun in the middle of the bush.... all having a beer and eating this delicious BBQ game when, about 10pm, we heard crashing in the bushes not far away.  The warden took us quietly to look (I distinctly recall we all had bottles of beer in our hands) and it was a herd of female elephants with their young, some almost near enough to touch, though he warned us it was dangerous.  He then said we could go to see the male herd.  We piled into the Land Rover again and headed for a watering hole set in open country.  We were astonished to see about 100 bulls of all ages... eeerily lit up by the moonlight, having mock fights and playing together.  We went into a "hide" which was like a concrete bunker and watched through an open slit window for about half an hour until an elephant backed right up and passed wind into the bunker, at which point, gagging, we filed out and re-boarded the Land Rover.  That eerie moonlit landscape with the elephants is still one of the most exciting and enduring memories of my 18 years as crew.  Back at camp we went to bed in our tents... to be woken before dawn by a shot.  The "boys" had found a wild pig rooting in the camp supplies and shot it.  We all went on a dawn drive and saw lots of animals, giraffes, zebra, gazelles etc + a rhinocerous with it's little one.  We had seen hippopotami down on the river at Vic Falls when we had done a sunset cruise previously.  After we returned to camp we had showers in the open air and then a huge cooked breakfast.  It was a wonderful "holiday" and we returned to Harare bubbling over with the experience. 

I'll try to find some photos of the Land Rover and the flight of the Angels over the falls.  Will have to find the old albums and scan them.
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Pattidevans on 29 November 2017, 05:43:34 PM
Just as an aside... I find it a very sad comment that elephants are in danger of extinction due to poaching, whereas back then they were so plentiful!
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 29 November 2017, 05:47:59 PM
glad this thread is getting a foorhold
there must be other members that would like to share holiday pics ( hint hint )  ;D ;D
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Pattidevans on 29 November 2017, 06:40:23 PM
Last year... Corfu town from the passenger ferry to Paxos.

From the passenger ferry again.  Corfu to the left, Vidos Island to the right and the mountains of Albania
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Pattidevans on 29 November 2017, 06:41:18 PM
Oops, missed the one of Corfu from the sea!
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Post by: himtoo on 29 November 2017, 08:02:40 PM
great pics -- corfu looks like the leaning tower of town !!!!
( but beautiful !! )
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Post by: nytquill17 on 29 November 2017, 08:53:34 PM
Well I haven't been to nearly as many exotic places as you lot! But last year I did get to go to Chambery in Savoie, my first time leaving North America! We had lovely weather up until the last day we were there. Loved learning about the history of the place. Would have liked to have seen more of the countryside around, but we were a bit nervous to go very far as the trains were on strike!
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: nytquill17 on 29 November 2017, 09:04:14 PM
A couple from our last trip to "the old home place," where we took a side trip to Silver Springs. It was winter, so there's a lot of gray and brown, but still quite a lot of life as you can see!
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Pattidevans on 29 November 2017, 10:21:49 PM
great pics -- corfu looks like the leaning tower of town !!!!
( but beautiful !! )
Probably the way the boat was leaning at the time Nyt.

Chambery in Savoie looks amazing.  We love the small towns in France where you get the fab atmosphere and food.  They are so real.  We love just wondering around them.

Silver springs is so pretty!




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Post by: sedge on 29 November 2017, 11:33:11 PM
Never 'done' any of the Jura or the Savoie - a seriously long drive from a more gentle landscape if we don't want to spend a reasonable chunk of holiday there, and as things stand not 'all of us' do!  LOL
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Post by: nytquill17 on 30 November 2017, 12:54:11 AM
I was there for a conference at the University of Savoie, admittedly it is a bit out of the way otherwise! But fascinating place. The Savoie region used to also encompass part of Italy, and in particular the city of Turin. The road between Chambéry and Turin was one of the only paths through the Alps - the one that Hannibal took! So the "shroud of Turin" actually originally reposed in Chambéry and wasn't moved to Turin until later. There's a replica shroud in the Chambéry sainte-chappelle (which we saw). Savoie and the Dukes of Savoy played a key role in the formation of Italy as a country, too. Also the home where Jacques Rousseau spent most of his adult life is in Chambéry (which we didn't see).

And of course the food is not to be missed.
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: himtoo on 30 November 2017, 09:45:43 AM
great pics Nyt !!!
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Post by: Pattidevans on 30 November 2017, 10:09:24 AM
Wondering what sort of food is “typical”of Savoie?



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Post by: nytquill17 on 30 November 2017, 12:32:15 PM
According to Wikipedia: from the close relationship with Italy, pasta and polenta are traditional, as are a variety of spices (Savoie having once had the monopoly on east-west trade across the Alps). Lots of dishes based around potatoes and cheese, as well as nuts and dried fruits (raisins, apricots, etc.)

Can attest to the potatoes and cheese; we had tartiflette at a local restaurant and it was to die for! Similar to potatoes au gratin but there was bacon involved and they use a whole round of reblochon cheese, cut in half and placed cut-side down over the top of the dish so it melts and your dish is topped with the rind. Well worth the bolus! They also had a fantastic pesto, walnut and goat cheese pizza.
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Pattidevans on 30 November 2017, 12:45:45 PM
Oh I sometimes make Tartiflette from a magazine recipe  http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/chicken-tartiflette/ (http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/chicken-tartiflette/)  which includes chicken and spinach.  It is absolutely delicious!  Real comfort food!
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Post by: sedge on 30 November 2017, 02:46:36 PM
Places like Intermarche sell it on the 'Traiteur' counter where various prepared cooked dishes can be bought 'loose' by weight.  We usually treat ourselves to some Paupiettes de Veau, getting more expensive every time we go.  The sauce they are in (tomato with disintegrated shallots and mushroom (possibly chanterelle) pieces) is fab.
Title: Re: holiday pics
Post by: Alan on 01 December 2017, 12:22:54 AM
I promise not to overload this topic with travel pics but must post these in response to Patti's mention of heffalumps. Because I do not know how to post a video direct here these are youtube links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3RtY5rlFoQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAWdYiOKjXA

When I posted the first one on FB back in May I added the following comment.

As a traveller there are always times of questioning “is it worth it?” Times like 26 hours of sleepless flights and jetlag, or the night in an unheated train when I can see my breath and my toes are freezing, or when the bus driver takes off early and I fall backwards and feel like I broke a rib (hurts like hell but I don't think it's broken). (PS. When I got home I found it was, but it has healed well).

But then come the moments when, after a boring and bone-shaking hour in the game drive vehicle suddenly the lioness is in the middle of the road and her cubs follow soon after. Or a mighty herd of elephants takes nearly an hour to cross our path. Or experiencing the awesome majestic thunder of Victoria Falls while getting soaked to the skin in its mist. Or lazily, blissfully, cruising slowly along the mighty Zambezi, occasionally interrupted by hippos and water birds, drinking included wines until sunset.

Then I stop questioning. Bliss.
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Post by: Pattidevans on 01 December 2017, 08:29:43 AM
Of course, Victoria Falls.. I forgot to mention how magnificent they are.  The description goes far beyond my power with words. 
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Post by: sedge on 01 December 2017, 01:16:20 PM
How fab seeing the elephants!  Of course the lions are a fantastic sight - all wimmin LOL - but how tedious Just flippin lying there !  99 times out of 100 that's the same as what they do in the UK safari parks too!  Perhaps the tarmac was warmer than the surroundings, cos they seem to like warm places to relax on?

Fancy it being anything unusual seeing your breath and your feet being cold ... LOL