New York City, NY

Hello. I'm Rachelle.

This location has probably been done a thousand times on here,
and you all have more than likely grown absolutely sick of these posts;
however, I just got back from making another trip to New York City
before I move there in a few months, and decided you might be interested
in seeing some of my more interesting photos.

(these are combined from another trip there, as well.)


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Again, sorry for the x-posting, but one more (ok 2 more) quick Japan questions. Again, we're going to be in Tokyo for a few days, staying in Yokohama.

-We are thinking of doing a city tour or some day trips. Has to be in English as neither of us knows any Japanese. Any recommendations on specific travel companies/tour operators? What was your experience? Pros/cons-things you wanted to see but didn't, or places you went but didn't want to?

-Also if you have any suggestions on guidebooks-pros and cons-greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!!!


Hello, all. Apologies in advance as this is x-posted to several communities. My boyfriend and I will be spending a few days in Tokyo, Japan. Flight and hotel are done. We've never been and really know nothing about the area. We're going to get a guidebook and do some web research, but if anyone has any suggestions, tips or places to check out in or near Tokyo I would greatly appreciate it!!
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okay, so this is a weird question, but I'm trying to travel from Paris to Athens around April 6th. I'd like to be there for Easter. What would be the cheapest way to get there? I tried using and found a ticket for $180 or around 140E, but is the ferry from Italy to Greece cheaper? Or a flight from London? OR is there a city I could fly into that would be cheaper? How much is the train? Any, ANY information would be helpful on travel to and in Greece. Thank you thank you thank you.
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Airport Query!

I am hoping someone can help or point me at a website :)

My partner and I want to go to The Black Forest for a week in August. We have no idea which is the best airport to fly into from the UK? (London Luton/Stanstead/Gatwick)

We can dive and plan on hiring a car as we hope to base ourselves at Baden-Baden and explore from there :)

Any hints, tips, hotel recommendations, other info all welcome and needed!
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Trip to New Orleans

Here are some pics from my recent trip to New Orleans. I was there from January 23 to January 30, 2007. x-posted to my journal.

It's so easy to fall in love with New Orleans. This was my second visit to New Orleans--my first visit was in April 2004. This time my husband had a conference to attend so I decided to tag along. The French Quarter is great--it's open for business but tourism is way down. We remember long lineups, full bars,  and having to make dinner reservations in 2004. There was none of that this time. People were super-friendly and everyone kept thanking us for visiting and asking us to tell our friends that New Orleans is a great place for a holiday. So here I am, tellin' y'awl 'bout it.

There's been a lot of press about the crime rate in New Orleans post-Katrina. But honestly if you use your common sense, no one will bother you. Some of the other spouses of the conference attendees were surprised when I said I was walking around the French Quarter by myself.  As long as you stick to crowds and major streets, there's no problem. I even spent Friday night on Bourbon Street by myself  because my husband had a networking session to attend. I sat at the bar and had dinner at Acme Oyster House, walked along Bourbon Street and then listened to the Paulin Bros. jazz band at Preservation Hall. It was awesome.

It was, however, sad to see the devastated areas outside of the French Quarter and Garden District. Entire neighbourhoods, apartment buildings, suburban malls and hospitals are completely abandonned. There are still a lot of scars from Katrina all around the city, 18 months later.

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For you domestic travelers, hopefully this will be useful information!

Last weekend, we rented a car from Dollar Rent a Car at the San Jose airport. The desk clerk who rented the car to us, Erlie, was really helpful and pleasant (above what I would expect, or I wouldn't have mentioned it). The car was average, a pretty typical Dodge Stratus, but the price, $16 per day, made it worth it.

We returned the car yesterday morning, and my boyfriend realized later, when we were through airport security and buying breakfast, that he had left his watch in the console of the car. It's not a Rolex but it is a fairly nice watch, and we thoroughly expected it to be pocketed and never seen again.

I called the company and 20 minutes later, someone called back to tell me that the watch had been found! Today, someone called me to ask how I wanted the watch returned to me, and they made arrangements to have it shipped to us via DHL.

Kudos to Dollar! It takes a lot to impress me, but this level of honesty is enough to make me a loyal customer.

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For a month or two, a friend and I have been kicking around the idea of a dream trip to Senegal, Africa. For such an exotic continent

does anybody have any tips about going to Africa? I'm sure plane tickets will be close to $1000...or even more.

But any tipsters? did anybody take a trip to an exotic continuent like that?

If not, we're also thinking about going to two or three countries in Asia such as Thailand or Malaysia. Any tips regarding those places?

thank you in advance.
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Hotel to avoid: Sleep Inn Boise Airport

I don't know if this is information any of you will ever use, but I felt the need to pass it along so that everyone else can avoid our experience.

Last month, my boyfriend and I were passing through Boise, Idaho, and stopped at the Sleep Inn near the airport for the night. The first room we were assigned had wet carpet and a wet vac in the floor, so we didn't get beyond the door of that room before we changed rooms. The next room seemed ok and we settled in for the night. I turned off the light and got into bed, just to feel something on the sheet. I turned on the light and pulled the sheet back to find a fingernail clipping, a pubic hair, and a stain on the sheet. I was very upset but also very tired, so I told the desk clerk about what we had found and asked for new sheets to put on ourselves rather than change rooms again. We changed the sheets and got into bed, just to have the a/c start making noise and emit a burning smell. We spoke to the front desk and after redressing and repacking, we moved to yet another room. Finally, 90 minutes after our initial check in, we were able to settle in to bed and try to sleep.

The next morning, my boyfriend went down to the desk, spoke to the manager, and requested a refund of our room charges. Her response was, "how do I know that the stain wasn't from you and your girlfriend?" He was aghast; not that it should matter, but we are both mature professional adults, and to be accused of that kind of dishonesty was appalling. He got the refund, but given the manager's apathy and insulting demeanor, it didn't make us feel much better.

I wrote a letter to Choice International, the parent company detailing our experiences and mailed it 7-10 days ago. Yesterday morning, my boyfriend's credit card company called him asking if a $5000 charge recently applied to his card (like within the last 24 hours) by Sleep Inn Boise was valid?!!?? Of course it wasn't. I'll let you draw your own conclusions, but I sent the letter and 10 days later, my boyfriend's credit line is tied up with a large fraud charge initiated by that hotel. Choice's customer service people says they can't do anything about ANY of this, since all Sleep Inns are independently owned and operated, so we get to get satisfaction through that specific hotel or not at all.

I will definitely give a vote of no-confidence with my hotel dollars in the future, and I won't be staying at any Choice International hotels ever agin, since there doesn't seem to be any accountability if a property mistreats a customer. FYI: Choice Int'l's hotels include: Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban , Econo Lodge, and Rodeway Inn.