Posts tagged ‘travel’

Monument to See

Plinky asked, “What famous mon­u­ment do you hope to see one day?”

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I’d like to go back to Mont St. Michel some day and spend more time there. I vis­ited the place briefly dur­ing a trip while I was in high school, and a small part of one day sim­ply wasn’t nearly enough time to spend in the clois­ters, much less the rest of the place. There’s so much his­tory there!



I would have been happy to wan­der up the wind­ing road lined with shops at a leisurely pace had we not been on such a strict sched­ule, but as it was I was rac­ing to make it to the top.



Of course, all vis­i­tors are on some­thing of a sched­ule, because the tide cov­ers the road to the island every day, and I’m not cer­tain vis­i­tors are even allowed to stay past a cer­tain time. It might be nec­es­sary to stay nearby and spend sev­eral days explor­ing, con­cen­trat­ing on a dif­fer­ent bit of the island each time — the clois­ters one day, dif­fer­ent stages of the cathe­dral con­struc­tion on dif­fer­ent days, the shops another — to truly do the place justice.

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Road Trip Essentials

Plinky said, “List your must-​​haves for a suc­cess­ful road trip.”

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Assum­ing you’ve already got a reli­able vehi­cle, the most impor­tant thing is good com­pany — some­one who under­stands that the jour­ney is at least as impor­tant as the des­ti­na­tion, some­one who can hap­pily fol­low the sur­prises that come up on a real road trip.



Next is good music. With­out that, you are sunk. One of the great things about good com­pany is that you can make your own good music in a pinch, and that’s how we used to do it before we had CDs and MP3 play­ers with which to carry many GBs of tunes around.



Next, a cooler filled with drinks. You get thirsty in the car, and its cheaper and more con­ve­nient to just take your own water bot­tles and sodas along. Tak­ing healthy snacks with you is advis­able, too. You can skip this step in a pinch, but it’s more expen­sive to travel with­out them.



Finally, a cou­ple of changes of clothes and your tooth­brush. Pack lightly, because you don’t go on road trips to look glam­orous. You go on them to have fun, period.

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Cruisin’

Plinky asks, “Would you ever take a cruise? Why or Why not? Where would you go?”

And Another Cruise Ship

Sure. I’d love to take a cruise. In fact, that seems like a lovely way to travel to/​through the Caribbean or the coast of Alaska. I know peo­ple who have done both who rec­om­mend both trips highly.



I think I’d enjoy a theme cruise more, though, like gam­ing (RPG gam­ing, not gam­bling gam­ing) or filk­ing or maybe even an entire SF Con on board a ship. I’m not par­tic­u­lar to any one fan­dom enough to get into any­thing like a Trek cruise, but a more gen­eral fan cruise could be fun. Com­bine lovely sur­round­ings and pam­per­ing with fun? Sure!

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Ford fattens computer models

Accord­ing to http://​ergoweb​.com/​E​r​g​o​web, the mod­els, which are used in the design of the pas­sen­ger area of Ford’s vehi­cles, are “chunkier” than pre­vi­ous mod­els, to allow for “a big­ger belly and wider hips.”

The com­pany rec­og­nized it is harder to sit in a car if the steer­ing wheel feels too tight, the seat seems a lit­tle too nar­row and there is not enough room for the legs.

Thank you, Ford! Dare we hope that other car man­u­fac­tur­ers, maybe even (gasp!), air­lines might fol­low suit?

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