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    Those all sound like amazing options, thanks for all the info girls and guys.
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    A vote for The Wedge in Newport/Balboa. Why do they call it that?
    it's because of the way the south swells come in, bounce off of the jetty, and create a reflected wave that hits a second wave, both combining into a limited space, wedging together.

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    Ten Hour JFK Layover "Pizza/Peruse New York City Mission" decided to try out John's Pizzeria after extensive research. Have been to Lombardi's in 2004. Grimaldi's in Manhattan doesn't serve drinks and I have already eaten at the Vegas one (it was delicious). Near Washington Park in Greenwich Village.

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    Going to the Greek Theater in LA for a show in October. Will only be arriving in LA a couple hours prior to the show then leaving around 6 AM the morning after the show. I think we would rather just cruise around after the show all night in LA and try to keep ourselves entertained than go spend more money to check into a hotel and get just a few hours of sleep.

    Anyone have any fun legitimate suggestions on what we could from about midnight to 6 AM on a Saturday night in Los Angeles?
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    I'm going to the Amalfi Coast tomorrow (staying in Sorrento) and Rome (staying in Centro Storico) a week from then. I have no dearth of things I want to do and see, but if anybody has anything off the beaten path that they particularly love and think I should make time for, I'd be glad to know about it. I realize the timing isn't great tourist-wise (or weather-wise, for that matter) so I'm more interested in smaller things I - and everybody else - wouldn't necessarily know to see without a recommendation.
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    I'd go back to Dar Poeta in Trastevere for lunch outdoors in the sunshine with a marinara pizza (tomato, garlic, oregano) and carafe of wine. There is a funny lil toy store up the cobblestone road selling child sized Pinocchios, various clocks, and other wooden trinkets. A quiet, colorful part of the city.

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    Wooden trinkets sound right up my alley (NPI). I'm thinking I might splurge on one of the wooden Sorrento chess sets if I see one I love.

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    I'm beginning my cross country trek from Atlanta back to Los Angeles in about 30 minutes. Overnight to Oklahoma City, then rest. On to Albuquerque, then rest. And finally across Arizona and the California border and on to the Hollywood freeway, and straight on into frantic oblivion. Safety. Obscurity. Back home. And back to being just another freak, in the freak kingdom.
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    In which I post way too many pictures from my recent trip.

    PART ONE

    Berlin:












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    Stockholm:







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    Tallinn:



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    Anyone know who the guy in the Cardinals jersey is? I've seen him in pictures on the board and I thought I saw him this year.

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    PART TWO:

    St Petersburg:



















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    Anyone know who the guy in the Cardinals jersey is? I've seen him in pictures on the board and I thought I saw him this year.

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    Tom your pictures are great. Makes me want to see these places.
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    PART THREE:

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    Isn't that the little mermaid in Copenhagen in one of the pics? I need to get back there.
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    Hey Tom, If I'd have known you were over in CPH I'd have popped over and said hello.
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    Those places look excellent, Tom. Anything stand out the most on that trip? Do you speak any other languages?

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    What was the kid in the Iron Maiden shirt playing?
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    I don't know, just some heavy riffs, but he was really good for like a 13 year old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faxman75 View Post
    Those places look excellent, Tom. Anything stand out the most on that trip? Do you speak any other languages?
    Russia was pretty amazing. Finland and Denmark, after being in Russia, seemed like I might as well have been back in the US. Not literally but just that sort of feeling.

    I am still sifting through what was so amazing about Russia. Part of it (having spent my childhood and my early adult years in the Cold War) was just the fact of being there. But there's more too I haven't quite been able to put my finger on yet.
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    BTW--I'm sure this has been brought up before, but someone just introduced me to this site and I'm really excited about it.

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    Nice pics and thanks for posting, Tom.

    The "mermaid" was in China when I went there (September 2010). I don't know why I love Copenhagen so much (and up to now can't get over the times I spent there). It must be those breathtaking images/scenes of fashionably beautiful and sexy women biking when I was lazily strolling in the streets.

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    Wlecome back, Tom! The pictures look great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idrive1life View Post
    those breathtaking images/scenes of fashionably beautiful and sexy women biking
    Yes. This is Copenhagen in a nutshell. Even the old people are beautiful.
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    While I was gone apparently GV got into the cruise business? Did I read that right?
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    You did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    Russia was pretty amazing. Finland and Denmark, after being in Russia, seemed like I might as well have been back in the US. Not literally but just that sort of feeling.

    I am still sifting through what was so amazing about Russia. Part of it (having spent my childhood and my early adult years in the Cold War) was just the fact of being there. But there's more too I haven't quite been able to put my finger on yet.
    I had a feeling you were going to say Russia. I must go! I very much enjoy your photo drops and seeing all the places you visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captncrzy View Post
    BTW--I'm sure this has been brought up before, but someone just introduced me to this site and I'm really excited about it.

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    I didn't know about this. Neat.

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    PART TWO:

    This is pretty cool - do you happen to know what it is? Propaganda poster perhaps? My Russian is a bit rusty.
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    Yes, that's some sort of Soviet poster, presumably propaganda. That was at the State Museum of Russian Political History. Prior to 1991 it was the Museum of the Great October Socialist Revolution, but they 'reorganized' a bit after the fall of the Soviet Union. The museum is housed in the building where Lenin kept his office up to the revolution and you could actually stand on the balcony where he gave his speeches inciting the masses to rise up against the Tsars. The museum is a little disheveled and disorganized but still very very interesting. I got the impression from our tour guide that not a lot of westerners want to go there.

    Sidebar tangent -- in Russia today you can get a regular tourist visa which is several hundred dollars, or a special 3 day visa which is like $15 but you have to be accompanied by a guide on an approved tour at all times. We did the latter, which was fine, and very useful in many respects -- Russian is not an easy language to try to navigate through, and compared to western europe and scandanavia, very few people there speak english. (esp people over 30). And the guide took us to interesting places and restaurants and explained things and talked about what it was like in the USSR in (what seemed to me) balanced tones -- this is better, but this is worse, etc. But the itinerary is geared to really focus on the old, impressive, pre-revolution artistic and architectural monuments. The Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Peterhof, St Isaac's, Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood, etc. So I asked her if we could see some "soviet stuff". Finally we settled on this Museum of Russian Political History and we went there. But the thing is she was not a licensed guide in that museum. Which meant she could accompany us but not guide us. Mainly because she had not paid the fee to the museum to be a guide, and that mainly because most people don't ask to see "soviet stuff". So we go there and we're poking around and she's a natural guide so she starts explaining things to us. We're in this room with an exhibit called "Fall of the USSR: Historical Inevitability or Criminal Conspiracy?" when this large, rather awkward man came up to her and said in heavily accented, very loud english: "Excuse me. Are you retired?" They then start a conversation in Russian in which he was clearly upset with her for being an unlicensed guide. The irony of course was that he came across as an extremely heavy-handed authoritan figure in a museum about the former regime which had no shortage of heavy-handed authoritarianism. Anyway it all got resolved amicably, but it was a very interesting bit of drama.

    I got the sense there that they (the tour company? my tour guide? the current Russian state?) likes to play up the old history and not pay much attention to the Soviet stuff. I couldn't quite figure out why. We were very curious and asking our guide a lot of questions, how did the Russians feel today about Gorbachev? Yeltsin? Putin? Gorbachev was a hero but also a failure for not keeping the USSR together through perestroika. Yeltsin was a fool. Putin started out quite good but now, well, our guide said she knew no one who actually voted for him. She seemed to feel real loss at the breakup of the USSR, "these people were our friends, we would holiday in Georgia or the Ukraine and become friendly with these people" (she did admit that the baltic countries were different, they saw the Russians as invaders). I tried to get an understanding of her childhood education -- this woman was about my age, and I was genuinely curious to hear what sort of anti-American stuff she'd been taught and how it compared to the anti-Soviet stuff I'd been taught as a child. Not in any antagonistic way, not by any means. Just the opposite -- I wanted to share the experiences so as to bring closure to that era. She wanted none of it. Wouldn't discuss it. I couldn't tell if she viewed my intentions as antagonistic or if it was something else.
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    Yes. This is Copenhagen in a nutshell. Even the old people are beautiful.
    Also, almost all of them had hair that reminded me of puppy dogs. In a good way. Like, I'd like to pet them.

    Eager to hear more about Russia!

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