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8Jun/11Off

Now *that’s* a knife!

So yeah, having grown up in the 80s, I associate Australia with Crocodile Dundee, Foster's Lager, kangaroos, koalas and Men at Work.

I probably still expect to find all of those on a trip to Australia, but I know there's so much more. I mean, any place that can produce such fine musicians as The Waifs and the John Butler Trio has gotta be something special. (And hey, Colin Hay from Men at Work has done some great solo work as well.)

Anywho, I'd love to attend one of Australia's famed music festivals. And of course see the opera house and do the bridge walk. Hrm, looks like I'll to need to buy a wide-angle lens, and a tripod:

reflections of sydney
Photo by paul (dex), on Flickr

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8Jun/11Off

Ah, Venice

Wait - the city is sinking, and they keep building on top of it? That's crazy!

Yeah, I'd love to see this for myself:

Venice canal
Photo by shapour bahrami, on Flickr

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1Jun/11Off

Whistler – I want to go to there.

So back in February a co-worker posted this photo up on Facebook.  I asked where it was taken, mistakenly thinking Mammoth, then later realizing it was more likely Canada. He confirmed it:

"Whistler Blackcomb is now the number 1 spot on my list. It's like a magical snowland"

Whistler - a magical snowland (by Darren S.)

I'm always wary of heading out of town to snowboard. You just can't predict when it's going to snow, but plane (and train) tickets are annoyingly non-refundable. We've had good luck up in Oregon (Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Bachelor), but lousy luck in Utah (Snowbasin) and Colorado (Breckenridge and Keystone). Back in February over Presidents Weekend, Tahoe got 7 feet (!) of fresh snow. That Monday we boarded a plane to Colorado, where their base was decent, but their recent snowfall for the week hadn't totalled more than 4 inches. We were there Mon-Sat, and only on Friday was there any significant precipitation - maybe 3-4 inches?

Of course riding on groomers is fine, but when you're paying a ton of money, you kind of want the goods. I keep reading how Whistler's pretty dependable, snow-wise, and in terms of terrain, pretty huge. Also, there's apparently a pretty lively village, and lots of other non-skiing/snowboarding related stuff to do. Sounds good to me.

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1Jun/11Off

CSI: Stockholm

I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo last year, and when I found useful location maps after I finished the first book, I found myself wanting a map for the second book.

So I made my own:

View Locations from Girl Who Played With Fire in a larger map

Of course, if we ever actually did make it to Stockholm, it would probably be a good idea to use a Travel Guide from NileGuide.com. Because touring fictional murder sites might get old fast.

Oh, on a sidenote, we once watched a documentary about the IceHotel. How amazing would it be to stay there?

ICEHOTEL

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1Jun/11Off

3 Days in Paris, France

I'm Crushing Your Tower!

Back in 2002, we spent a whopping 72 hours in Paris. Newlyweds with limited vacation time + valid passports + cheap flights during drizzly, cold, post 9/11 February = spur-of-the-moment trip. The trip was amazing though -- in 3 days we still managed to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and The Musee Dorsay. At one point we were so exhausted, we ended up taking a short nap in the gift shop/museum area of the Eiffel Tower.

9 years later we've got two boys (ages 3 and 7). They travel well, but we might wait a few more years before we truck them off to Europe. We'll definitely try to allot more more than 3 days next time around. But at least we've got plenty of handy travel guides, like from NileGuide.com now.

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