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It's vacation time! Well, almost.

Did you enjoy your last vacation/holiday? What historical sites, if any, did you visit and what did you learn?
What was the most interesting thing you did during the vacation/holiday?


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Jun. 17th, 2014 10:49 am (UTC)
WDW at Christmastime. We had a fabulous time! Our son was between jobs then, so he joined us for a week of family fun--riding the rides, celebrating a cat-free Christmas( no tree at home with a new kitten, so we brought it with us to the timeshare!) and a frosty December swim at Typhoon Lagoon.

Favorite thing we did? Probably watching the fireworks at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and meeting so many lovely people while we were waiting for them to start.
Jun. 17th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
Typhoon Lagoon is tremendous fun, my favourite floridian water park that is.
Jun. 17th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
I love all the slides and raft rides, don't you?!
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
and the gigantic crushy wave, i quite like that too.
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
That wave is a bit intimidating, especially since the floor of the wave pool is concrete.
Jun. 17th, 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
I loved my last vacation! I went to New Zealand on a touring holiday, from Auckland in the north all the way down to Milford Sound on the South Island. Did the usual things - Shotover Jet boat in Queenstown, boat cruise through Milford Sound, the geothermal park at Rotorua, cultural shows etc.

My favourite part of the trip, though, was visiting Matamata and doing the Hobbiton tour, it was fantastic!
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Mmm, sounds like heaven to me. We loved New Zealand and even thought about relocating there for a bit.

Wasn't Hobbiton cool? It was so much fun to be able to wander through the sets. Definitely the high point of that trip!
Jun. 17th, 2014 11:29 am (UTC)
Errr we're not counting days out in Britain I take it, or being abroad at work, cause I saw the Sagrada Família in Barcelona out of a taxi window for like 30 seconds, and even though i was in Spain for a couple of days i wouldnt really said I'd actually been to Spain.
Jun. 17th, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
I counted my day out in Birmingham cause I haven't had an abroad holiday for ages. The Familia is stunning isn't it, definately worth a proper look.
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
No, you can go on vacation and not leave the country.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
the British Tourist Board keep telling me that but I'm not buying it. Even Northern France is just like home but with pain-au-chocolate. [which yes I am going to put strawberry jam on from this jar of jam Ive bought with me from England] If I'm having breakfast listening to Radio 1 surrounded by 6 trillion other britons in France that isnt a holiday, that's just a collective picnic that's gotten out of hand. If you bring your own jam and knife and plate set that's not a proper holiday, it's a picnic.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
You make a good point. I will remember that next time I go on a picnic!
Jun. 17th, 2014 11:46 am (UTC)
Yes, I went to Birmingham for 2 days. I'm not sure the airport is historical, but it was nice. I learned that even Benedict Cumberbatch gets crusties in the corners of his mouth. I wrapped my arm around Benedict Cumberbatch and laughed like an idiot. Totally fantastic weekend away!!!!!
Jun. 17th, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
"I wrapped my arm around Benedict Cumberbatch"

that is suitably historically momentous!
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good thing to me!
Jun. 17th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
You know, I think the last time I went to an actual "historical site" would be Little Big Horn, [where's that like Montana or North Dakota or something.] I think that stay with me because "American West 1850-1890" was the topic we did as our "History SAT" exam, so I'd spent a stupidly large amount of time memorizing trails down the Yellowstone River and thinking about the Black Hill being sacred, but, lacking quite a large amount of visual context, had not been imagining it right. I blame Hollywood's lack of shooting Westerns outside a 200 mile radius of the California area, I was imagining it as that classic rock formation from Star Trek or Champion the Wonder Horse. When obviously it isnt.

I was also kind of imagining them in a glorious Errol Flynn type circle with him going all Henry V "once more onto the breech" where at the actual site they've got the markers so spaced out, it like kind of obvious there was a lot of running away happening and it was more sort of a massacre. I just wasnt imagining it right at all before.
Jun. 17th, 2014 12:07 pm (UTC)
No, I hated every moment of my last vacation and in fact, I needed hospitalization when I gratefully and finally got home to recover from the ghastly effects.


Winchester House, and I genuinely did NOT like it. It was beautiful in parts, but the sadness within it really REALLY bothered me.

Wente winery was... FUN.
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you will be hating the next one even more.
Jun. 17th, 2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
oh okay, if we're allowed to count home, then the last historical place I went to see is the pub where Lenin and Stalin first met one another [and happens to be next door to the Church where Pocahontas's son got married btw] which was nice of them to meet in a pub because that way alcohol counts as education.
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
Sigh, why doesn't this surprise me.
Jun. 17th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
All the best educational things happen in pubs, it's a tad out of our way but we could always go to Turf Tavern, which is the pub where Clinton "smoked but didnt inhale" alternatively there's the Eagle which is where Watson and Crick announced they'd discovered DNA one lunchtime. Quite a few get mentioned in Dicken's novels too.

You'll be unsurprised to learn there's a pub crawl based around pubs of historical interest.
Jun. 17th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
My last real vacation I went to Australia... saw all kinds of wildlife but no historical interests. It was a good trip albeit a long one.
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with that. I know some folks are all about museums, forts and the like, but I always tend to visit the grocery stores instead.
Jun. 17th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
Took my nephew to London last July, so vacation for him, holiday for me. Got to meet the lovely Bluemeanybeany (he still talks about the great time we had), he expanded his culinary horizons and got to see many places I'd not been to since I was his age.

Favourite thing was a toss-up between going to York, Leicester, and the Tower.
Jun. 17th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun I completely forgot that counted as educational! He's such a nice boy.

I did of course go to Richmond Castle while I was home, which I know, for obvious reasons, you like.
Jun. 17th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Annual July family week at beautiful Cass Lake, Minnesota. But since that's a given, the last real trip I had was in 2011, to Cork, Ireland to see Paul Simon in concert. Wow! And had 2 weeks to explore with my little rental car. Everywhere you look in Ireland there's a historical something or other. Probably the biggest things I did (besides the touristy things like Blarney Castle) would be O'Leary tower house and Newgrange.
Jun. 17th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see Paul Simon in concert, I have actually attended a Paul Simon concert but I was a foetus at the time so it probably doesnt count.
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
It was an awesome show, his band was so great. He's been to the Cork Marquee a number of times, watch for that. He didn't do the song you posted, but this is one I saw. In fact, those hands up front clapping, yep, me!


Edited at 2014-06-18 03:36 am (UTC)
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
oh that's so cool! everlasting fame for you. I like Diamonds on the souls of your shoes, there's a live version he does in I think it's South Africa with some African backing singers that i really like. I think my favourite Paul Simon song is Kathy's song. I also didnt realise that Homeward Bound is about when he's in the North of England which is stupid of me because now I know it sounds like a Lowry painting and being on a train.

Edited at 2014-06-18 10:45 am (UTC)
Jun. 18th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the SA group that did his Graceland album with him, all Africa resides in their voices. Kathy's Song is one of my favorites, too, full of youthful hope and angst at the same time. He really wrote from the heart.
Jun. 17th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
This Paul Simon song always reminds me of Illya for some reason
Jun. 18th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
WEll as I am there now, the big thing we saw was all the different types of lighthouse in Door county.
Not sure what will be the most interesting yet, will let you know.
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