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Re: Portugal

Post #101 by vonbonds » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:49 am

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Post #102 by AD » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:29 am

Portugal.

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Post #103 by Dog » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:03 am

I would recommend paying a visit to Joe's relatives in the mountains of the north. They seem quite the interesting bunch.
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Post #104 by TittiesNBeer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:50 pm

Dog wrote:Where to?
Sao Miguel.
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Post #105 by TittiesNBeer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:52 pm

Going with my cousins to my grandmas summer house.

My grandma passed in january so we want to go to her place as a family.

Plan to explore the Island. The boys are going to see the local soccer team against Madeira too.
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Post #106 by Dog » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:56 pm

That's nice. Have you ever been?
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Post #107 by Dog » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:03 pm

I always think somebody going to the Azores saying they are going to Portugal is akin to somebody going to Greenland saying they are going to Denmark, or somebody going to the Ile de la Réunion saying they are going to France, or somebody going to Toronto saying they are going to the UK. While all those may technically be true, the geographical distances as well as the local nature of the culture and degree of autonomy in administration makes it kinda misleading.
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Post #108 by PPJ » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:18 pm

Dog wrote:I would recommend paying a visit to Joe's relatives in the mountains of the north. They seem quite the interesting bunch.


The Land of Ass is beautiful this time of year. Turns into a Vancouveresque winter in December though. Lots of rain in the winter.
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Post #109 by Dog » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:31 pm

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Dog wrote:I would recommend paying a visit to Joe's relatives in the mountains of the north. They seem quite the interesting bunch.


The Land of Ass is beautiful this time of year. Turns into a Vancouveresque winter in December though. Lots of rain in the winter.


The Land of Ass?
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Post #110 by PPJ » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:42 pm

Dog wrote:
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Dog wrote:I would recommend paying a visit to Joe's relatives in the mountains of the north. They seem quite the interesting bunch.


The Land of Ass is beautiful this time of year. Turns into a Vancouveresque winter in December though. Lots of rain in the winter.


The Land of Ass?


Terras de Bouro

Play on words from Burro (donkey). I call it terras de burros.
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Post #111 by TittiesNBeer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:24 pm

Dog wrote:That's nice. Have you ever been?


Not to the Azores, no.

I have been to Lisbon, the Algarve and Madeira.
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Post #112 by TittiesNBeer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:25 pm

Dog wrote:I always think somebody going to the Azores saying they are going to Portugal is akin to somebody going to Greenland saying they are going to Denmark, or somebody going to the Ile de la Réunion saying they are going to France, or somebody going to Toronto saying they are going to the UK. While all those may technically be true, the geographical distances as well as the local nature of the culture and degree of autonomy in administration makes it kinda misleading.


I will have a chance to compare it now and get back to you on that.
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Post #113 by Craig » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:26 pm

I've never been to Madiera, but I bet it's more like the Azores than the mainland.
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Post #114 by Dog » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:42 pm

Craig wrote:I've never been to Madiera, but I bet it's more like the Azores than the mainland.


Except the Madeira produced Ronaldo. Which is like a plus considering he's amongst the greatest players ever and a minus considering the hair gel.
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Post #115 by PPJ » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:45 pm

Craig wrote:I've never been to Madiera, but I bet it's more like the Azores than the mainland.


The people of Madiera are much less objectionable than Azorians, Portugals Jamaica.
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Post #116 by TittiesNBeer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:47 pm

Madeira was a lot less developed than the mainland. Thats for sure.
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Post #117 by MP » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:30 am

MP wrote:Seems by the EU law, we are due 600€ each for the flight cancellation. Has anyone ever gone through the process of making such a claim?

So I got a call from Air Canada, they've given me a choice of a bank draft for the cash, or a $1300 flight voucher each. We're going to take the cash, but the voucher is tempting...
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Post #118 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:32 am

How much is the cash offer?
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Post #119 by Boring Choice #2 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:33 am

i'm guessing the 600 euros (cad 900).
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Post #120 by MP » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:07 am

Yep 600 euros each. We have no plans to fly anywhere in the near future, and I'm guessing the vouchers will come with all kinds of restrictions.
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Post #121 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:17 am

Nice comp either way.
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Post #122 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:18 am

But yes for $400 difference with no plans to travel in near term, I'd take the money.
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Post #123 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:19 am

So at like $1,000 comp per passenger at say 300 passengers, that drunk stewardess cost the company some $300k. Lol.
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Post #124 by MP » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:05 am

Dog wrote:So at like $1,000 comp per passenger at say 300 passengers, that drunk stewardess cost the company some $300k. Lol.

Yep, but you had to know about it, not take the 15% discount they were handing out the day of, and apply. I'm guessing many were duped.
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Post #125 by PredsFan77 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:23 pm

Take the voucher yo. AC had $900 round trip business class fare yesterday to Europe
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Post #126 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:49 pm

Take your family on a business class trip to Frankfurt! (returning on the next flight after landing)
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Post #127 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:50 pm

It can be great fun! Dress your children in little power suits, get then to be demanding and dismissive with staff, drink their champagne. Great fun!
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Post #128 by PredsFan77 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:01 pm

That's what I do!
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Post #129 by PredsFan77 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:03 pm

Also Frankfurt is lovely if you haven't been. You got Strasbourg and Stuttgart a short train ride away that are great day trips.
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Post #130 by MP » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:10 pm

I'm guessing PF77 has never flown with young children...
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Post #131 by Boring Choice #2 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:17 pm

would you have had to use the vouchers on the kids or could your wife and you have doubled up the money and gone on a nicer trip by yourselves?
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Post #132 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:20 pm

Oh, return business class trip to Tokyo (with a glass of Hibiki at Narita airport before boarding return flight). Classy!
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Post #133 by AD » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:12 pm

There's Hibiki on the plane too for the record.
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Post #134 by MP » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:30 pm

Boring Choice #2 wrote:would you have had to use the vouchers on the kids or could your wife and you have doubled up the money and gone on a nicer trip by yourselves?

They weren't transferable. The kids weren't on the trip, just me and the Mrs.

Basically we took the cash, and are putting the money towards a new bedroom set. As we are moving each of the kids into their own rooms, so the eldest is inheriting our current set.
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Post #135 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:44 pm

YOLO!
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Post #136 by TittiesNBeer » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:45 am

So last nights flight got cancelled 9pm flight.

We are leaving Toronto now 10am. Do they owe me mney
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Post #137 by PredsFan77 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:41 pm

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Post #138 by PredsFan77 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:08 pm

just beaker them to death, they'll pay you just to go away. not sure how Canada works but depending on the reason for the flight cancellation (airline issue: yes, weather/act of nature: no) they would at a minimum put up room and board for the night/today and throw in some frequent flyer points
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Post #139 by TittiesNBeer » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:45 pm

PredsFan77 wrote:just beaker them to death, they'll pay you just to go away. not sure how Canada works but depending on the reason for the flight cancellation (airline issue: yes, weather/act of nature: no) they would at a minimum put up room and board for the night/today and throw in some frequent flyer points


Doing this tomorrow. :vince:

Today we walked around the town my family is from, Mosteires.

Then we went Ste. Cidades... That's where you go to the top of the mountain and when you look down there is one blue lake and one green lake next to each other. That was cool.

This island is freaking incredible. The scenery is gorgeous.
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Post #140 by Dog » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:54 pm

Sete cidades and lagoa do fogo are the coolest views. The drive up to furnas and nordeste (more mountainous and wild up north) is great too. The natural "pool" in villa franca (i think) is nice too. Nice island to drive around/do day trips. Restaurants are very meh -fresh fish, but very repetitive and basic prep, especially on side dishes.
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Post #141 by Craig » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:33 pm

Did you check out the creepy abandoned hotel on the way to Cidades? I really liked that drive. The lakes are neat too, as was the hike along the rim in the crater. Oh, also it's a crater! How cool is that?

I liked that drive and driving across the middle of the island the best, where you get to go way up in the mountains on those sketch roads. I can't remember what it was called, but the one with the radio tower on top was especially cool.
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Post #142 by TittiesNBeer » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:53 am

Craig wrote:Did you check out the creepy abandoned hotel on the way to Cidades? I really liked that drive. The lakes are neat too, as was the hike along the rim in the crater. Oh, also it's a crater! How cool is that?

I liked that drive and driving across the middle of the island the best, where you get to go way up in the mountains on those sketch roads. I can't remember what it was called, but the one with the radio tower on top was especially cool.


Yeah the hotel was pretty cool too. Some interesting graffiti
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Post #143 by TittiesNBeer » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:20 pm

We went to Caldeira Vahla today. In all the vacations I've ever been on this is the prettiest spot.

It's a grotto in the middle of this gully with a waterfall and then you can swim in the grotto. The one pool is like 28 degrees all the time and then the other is a 38 degrees and like a hot tub. It's all surrounded by ferns and other greenery. Just unbelievable.
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Post #144 by TittiesNBeer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:09 pm

Dog wrote:Sete cidades and lagoa do fogo are the coolest views. The drive up to furnas and nordeste (more mountainous and wild up north) is great too. The natural "pool" in villa franca (i think) is nice too. Nice island to drive around/do day trips. Restaurants are very meh -fresh fish, but very repetitive and basic prep, especially on side dishes.


Spent a couple days in ponta delgada.

Restaurants are cheap but yeah very meh. Fish is great but the side dish is usually just potatoes and rice and a garden salad.

Going to furnas tomorrow
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Post #145 by Craig » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:18 pm

Furnas was boring.

There were only like two or three restaurants in Ponta Delgada that weren't boring. A Tasca I think was the place I thought particularly good.
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Post #146 by TittiesNBeer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:30 pm

Furnas has the one restaurant that cooks the food under ground with the heat from the volcano. That sounds pretty good.

Fereiria is another place I want to go. But that's next week


Saturday we are going to see a football game between Santa Clara and Madeira
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Post #147 by Dog » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:22 pm

TittiesNBeer wrote:Furnas has the one restaurant that cooks the food under ground with the heat from the volcano. That sounds pretty good.


I went there and quite liked it.
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Post #148 by Craig » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:41 pm

There was more than one restaurant that did that, but it wasn't anything special.
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Post #149 by Dog » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:08 pm

I went to one on a second floor. Go to that one! Meats/saussages slow cooked in their juices for like 8 hours or something, I found it quite tasty.
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Post #150 by TittiesNBeer » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:03 am

Dog wrote:I went to one on a second floor. Go to that one! Meats/saussages slow cooked in their juices for like 8 hours or something, I found it quite tasty.


My aunt lives 6 months here and 6 months in Canada. She recommended a specific place to us and called ahead. I'll let you know the name when we get back.

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