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Celebrating our difference of opinions

I miss Trip Reports, I miss Travel Reviews; I mean the old-fashioned ones circa 2019 when we talked about what we saw instead of what we needed to do to get a covid test to come home. I especially miss reading reports/reviews with totally different points of view than mine. Warwick Castle comes to mind. Before I visited, I had read a lot of how it had been turned into a theme park and wasn’t worth the time, but I was like a 10-year-old boy seeing a castle similar to what I had imagined as a boy. I climbed the turrets, ran the ramparts, and enjoyed the views as a guard may have 1000 years ago looking into the distance for his enemies.

Anyone else amuse themselves by reading about places they’ve already been?

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I amuse myself by bookmarking vacation rental apartments for future trips.
Generally in Italy, but also in Paris and Edinburgh.
Who knows when we Canadians will be allowed to travel for pleasure, but it still keeps me thinking about it!

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Me, too, Allan, me too. This used to be a bright spot for me to come to and see the world through others eyes. I just haven’t persuaded myself to take a break yet. Or maybe I am just melancholy today…..

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I miss reading trip reports too!

Hopefully soon we will be able to travel again without having to worry about being infected by a deadly virus!

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Well gosh, y'all, I am writing a continuing, long (and boring) trip report even as you write that you miss reading trip reports !!

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We are traveling in Switzerland and I intend to post at least some mini-reports as soon as I have a bit to say. It is only Day 3.

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When I was doing Weight Watchers, I used to point out that we should be thankful that our problem is having too much to eat, when so much of the world has too little to eat.

I am so grateful that I am not missing loved ones, but instead I am missing trip reports on a travel forum. I also miss the RS Tour Scrapbook entries.

I read online that Warwick Castle was a "theme park" and "not worth the time". But my London-based boss went there and absolutely raved about it. So who knows.

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I miss Travel Reports, too. But will admit I’m still hoping to read one from a four countries in one week traveler, preferably with lots of museums…and kids.

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Kim, I just read it. I'm glad someone is getting out and about. My wife and I just took our first vacation in 2 years, but stayed close to home and made the Banff/Icefields Parkway/Jasper route. Spectacular scenery; in my opinion, the Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the world. I've never seen mountains except for the Rockies and I'm looking forward to someday comparing mine to those in places like Norway.

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I just enjoyed Kim's report, as well. I've been rereading all my old trip logs, starting with the RS Best of Florence in 2009. 14 RS tours, each with added time for us to travel on our own.

And this summer we took a one-week camping and fishing trip at a state park here in Oklahoma. I spent part of that time reviewing all the notes I had made since Stan and I first started traveling (camping, mostly)together back in about 1970. Our first trip we had 2 cheap sleeping bags, an ice chest with food, and $25.

My trip notes were pretty sparse those first few years, but got more elaborate as time went on. And I'm so glad I have them. I do wish I had taken better notes when we first started traveling, though. But I've made up for it since!

Maybe I'll go back through my trip reports as posted here on the Forum. There's always some detail that I had forgotten, and that isn't in my log.

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Allan, another great thread that makes us think. I like reading People’s trip report for so many reasons. I can pick up ideas where to visit, what to avoid, how easy/hard public transport is, food, museum tips, so many ideas. But i especally like a well written report about a places I previously did not have on my list because they didn’t appeal to me. For example, we have been to Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. We didn’t particularly like any of them. We just never connected, if that makes sense. We were in Copenhagen for 4 days and the others only 1 each. I lumped Norway into this category. After reading several trip reports and rewatching Rick’s Norway show, I now feel we must get there one day. I’m following Kim’s trip and taking notes. I doubt we will give the other cities another try because there are just too many other places to visit on our list.
I’ve been looking through my scrapbooks from previous trips and am having a good time remembering all the great places we visited. I also try to improve my books each time, so I too miss the scrapbooks from Rick’s contest.

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For example, we have been to Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. We didn’t
particularly like any of them. We just never connected, if that makes
sense.

I get that. I visited London for the first time 3 years ago and it just felt like I belonged and these were my people. I suspect speaking english had something to do with that, but it was definitely a different feeling than a place like Paris in which I never felt a connection. It's probably why I dream of a month-long stay in London, but Paris isn't in my top 10 of places to go back to.

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I’m working on a very long winded recap of Italy and Switzerland. Stay tuned! I love reading recaps and have also been perusing old tour scrapbooks.

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Kim from Paris, your trip report is NOT boring. I’m so grateful for any/all the trip reports these days. If you want to tell me about your trip to Fred Meyer, I’m there!

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Arrived in Germany today. Return Labor Day. Trip report will follow.

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Oh... and I love reading other's perceptions of places I have been.

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Oh, Allan, yes! I love reading the trip reports and especially when they are about the places I have already been. I gain a whole new perspective on those places and often new information about what I missed. I’m looking forward to reading the upcoming reports from those lucky enough to be traveling. Laurel and Kim and others, can’t wait to be “traveling” with you.