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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    I spent the weekend making arrangements for a bucket list trip in October, consisting mainly of a cruise in the Black and Aegean Seas (Istanbul, Crimea/Odessa, Athens/Corinth/Mycenae, Mykonos and Ephesus). We've never visited any of those places so we're excited. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the trip will be at the end when we make a two-day visit to Cappadocia, an area of which I was completely ignorant until very recently. Check out this collection of Google images of the area. Note that the area with the unique rock towers with mushroom-like caps is referred to as Love Valley, for reasons that escape me.

    We'll visit Derinkuyu, an underground city (apropos to today's hollow earth discussion) that, along with other underground cities in the area, was home to tens of thousand of people many centuries ago, and archaeologists are still discovering more. Add in one of the most geologically interesting landscapes on the planet, dozens of churches and other buildings carved into mountainsides with frescoes and other medieval art, and top it off with an early morning hot air balloon ride and you have a couple of potentially wondrous days. Even the normally timid Mrs. PAC is looking forward to the rather frightening balloon ride, observing that if it's our time, there may be no cooler way to go out...

    Suggestions for things to see in our port cities (esp. Sevastapol, Yalta, Odessa and Burgas--I'm sure many here have vacationed in Bulgaria) will be appreciated.

    And I realize talking about great trips is boastful and offputting, but I'll note that until we got well into our 40s, we never traveled at all, and now as my career winds down we're making up for lost time. So, apologies but most here will be doing this sort of thing down the road, and certainly many already have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    I wish that I had some input on things to do and see in the area. The region looks stunning. Its a common phallacy that you may have a really hard time finding some good sites to see. But if you keep your head on straight, and stop often for derections, I'm sure something will come up.
    Yes, they really should visit these formations:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    Are you going to spend the night inside one of those Cappodocian rock dwellings?
    Possibly. Our hotel is built back into a mountain and some of the rooms are essentially caves. I'll be content with a good bed and a view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Possibly. Our hotel is built back into a mountain and some of the rooms are essentially caves. I'll be content with a good bed and a view.
    This is one of those moments where an iPhone panorama picture would be cool.
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    I called my dad this weekend to scope out the lay of the land when I come to visit him. His house has a managerie of tropical fruit. His papayas have stopped producing unfortunately, but BYU-HI has nursery where we can buy some cheap. Dad's glorious hayden mangos will not ripen until after our trip.


    But hallelujah, it will be prime season for breadfruit, and it is looking to be a bumper crop this year, judging by the number of starts dad has seen around the community. I'm swooning already, because you just cannot buy breadfruit in the store, and nothing tastes quite like it for that warm, buttery bread taste. Except well, warm buttery bread. But breadfruit is awesome. I dont know what these palagis are talking about when they complain that breadfruit is tasteless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    I called my dad this weekend to scope out the lay of the land when I come to visit him. His house has a managerie of tropical fruit. His papayas have stopped producing unfortunately, but BYU-HI has nursery where we can buy some cheap. Dad's glorious hayden mangos will not ripen until after our trip.


    But hallelujah, it will be prime season for breadfruit, and it is looking to be a bumper crop this year, judging by the number of starts dad has seen around the community. I'm swooning already, because you just cannot buy breadfruit in the store, and nothing tastes quite like it for that warm, buttery bread taste. Except well, warm buttery bread. But breadfruit is awesome. I dont know what these palagis are talking about when they complain that breadfruit is tasteless.
    Papaya is awful, so I'm not inclined to take your word for it on the deliciousness of breadfruit.
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    Decided to spend a couple of days and take a brief vacation to San Antonio with my wife. Suggestions for food and historical attractions? We're taking one night and going to Austin so live music location recommendations would also be welcomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    Decided to spend a couple of days and take a brief vacation to San Antonio with my wife. Suggestions for food and historical attractions? We're taking one night and going to Austin so live music location recommendations would also be welcomed.
    Nice! When are you here? The Alamo is actually kind of boring, but you still gotta do it, along with the riverwalk of course. I would suggest hitting some of the other San Antonio missions (mission San Jose is the best). There is always Sea World, but hey, it's just a Sea World.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    Nice! When are you here? The Alamo is actually kind of boring, but you still gotta do it, along with the riverwalk of course. I would suggest hitting some of the other San Antonio missions (mission San Jose is the best). There is always Sea World, but hey, it's just a Sea World.
    We're here now. Did I see you this afternoon at the Alamo cafe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    We're here now. Did I see you this afternoon at the Alamo cafe?
    Oh, no. I would never do such a thing on the sabbath! You came on a good weekend. Great weather.

    When you headed to Austin? Totally different vibe than SA. So close, yet different worlds.

    All the good wait-for-hours BBQ is in Austin area. Small town of Lockhart has some good BBQ as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    The Alamo is actually kind of boring, but you still gotta do it.
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    Boudro's. Some of the best prime rib I've ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    Boudro's. Some of the best prime rib I've ever had.
    Bohanan's is also good.
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    Torchy's Tacos in Austin is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Torchy's Tacos in Austin is good.


    I'm eating there for lunch today, well, the one in Houston.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Torchy's Tacos in Austin is good.
    Torchys is in San Antonio too. It is tasty.

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    I love Torchys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    I love Torchys.
    That's why I post about going there so much
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    That's why I post about going there so much
    What are your favorites? I am partial to the Independent, the Dirty Sanchez, and Mr. Orange.
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    I like the Baja Shrimp the best but I honestly have liked them all. I tried them all but the tuna and salmon ones.

    But none of the tacos are as good as the queso.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    I like the Baja Shrimp the best but I honestly have liked them all. I tried them all but the tuna and salmon ones.

    But none of the tacos are as good as the queso.
    Yes! Man, that stuff is ridiculously good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Yes! Man, that stuff is ridiculously good.
    Yeah, I think their green chile queso is make with crack. If you tell them to make it "trashy" they put on the queso on your taco.

    FYI, there are some secret menu items:

    Missionary-style Green Chili Pork: carnitas, pickled onions, guacamole, jack cheese and cilantro, topped with chipotle sauce and wrapped in a flour and corn two-tortilla tandem.

    Jack of Clubs: fried egg and grilled potatoes with black beans, tortilla strips and cheese; all topped with cilantro, sour cream and Torchy’s Diablo sauce.

    The Hipster: panko-breaded fried tuna, with bacon, green chilies and black beans; topped with cilantro and cotija cheese, and served on a flour tortilla with avocado sauce.

    The Mad Cow: skirt steak with black beans and corn; topped with jack cheese, cilantro and ranch.


    Trailer Park, Hillbilly Style: Torchy’s gauche standby is made even trashier with chorizo and chopped bacon atop the usual fried chicken tender with green chilies, queso and ranch, served on a flour tortilla.


    Ace of Spades: jalapeño sausage link and grilled brisket topped with a fried egg, green chile queso, cotija cheese, sour cream, more cheese and Diablo sauce, served on a flour tortilla.


    The Matador: chopped brisket and grilled jalapeño topped with pickled onions, jack cheese, avocado, sour cream and cilantro with tomatillo sauce on a corn tortilla.
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    How about Franklin's in Austin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    How about Franklin's in Austin?
    Most popular BBQ joint in America. If you want to eat there, you need to get in line around 7-8 am. Doors open at 11 am and they serve until the food is gone.

    But part of that is hype. Franklin's partner quit a couple of years ago and now runs his own place:

    http://www.labarbecue.com/

    It has now surpassed Franklin's as the #1-rated place according to the annual readers' poll in the Austin American Statesman. I have eaten there twice and it was the best BBQ I have ever had. They also open at 11 am, but if you get in line by 10 am or so, you will be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    What are your favorites? I am partial to the Independent, the Dirty Sanchez, and Mr. Orange.
    Trailer Park, extra trashy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    Decided to spend a couple of days and take a brief vacation to San Antonio with my wife. Suggestions for food and historical attractions? We're taking one night and going to Austin so live music location recommendations would also be welcomed.
    If you're still in town, I highly recommend Gruene (pronounced "Green"), Texas for live music. North of New Braunfels. The Grist Mill is a fun restaurant, but the food is not outstanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post


    I'm eating there for lunch today, well, the one in Houston.
    Have you tried Velvet Taco on Washington? I think it's better than Torchy's.
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    My trip this fall:
    St Petersburg: I have always wanted to go here. We will be there 5 days to visit the inlaws on their mission. Cannot wait to see the art in this city and the theater.
    Moscow (for just 2 days)
    Then since we are in the neighborhood and flights in Europe are dirt cheap, we are going to spend some time in eastern Europe.
    Fly over to Budapest for 2 nights.
    Then thinking of driving up into Slovakia so that I can go hiking for a few days here: http://www.summitpost.org/slovensky-raj-slovakia/526213
    Then finish things off with 4 days in Prague with a day trip down Cesky Krumlov.

    I'll take any suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    My trip this fall:
    St Petersburg: I have always wanted to go here. We will be there 5 days to visit the inlaws on their mission. Cannot wait to see the art in this city and the theater.
    Moscow (for just 2 days)
    Then since we are in the neighborhood and flights in Europe are dirt cheap, we are going to spend some time in eastern Europe.
    Fly over to Budapest for 2 nights.
    Then thinking of driving up into Slovakia so that I can go hiking for a few days here: http://www.summitpost.org/slovensky-raj-slovakia/526213
    Then finish things off with 4 days in Prague with a day trip down Cesky Krumlov.

    I'll take any suggestions.
    Nice! Cesky krumlov is my suggestion! Glad it's on your schedule. Sounds like a great trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Nice! Cesky krumlov is my suggestion! Glad it's on your schedule. Sounds like a great trip.
    I got that from you in another thread from a few years ago. Always been in the back of my mind.

    Going to use airbnb for the first time too. Hope that goes well.

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