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Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« on: November 26, 2007, 05:01:14 PM »
So, this thread is for those who travel and would like to know a little bit of the place that they're traveling to.  :D Sounds simple, right?
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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2007, 05:10:31 PM »
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BTW, before anyone starts rolling their eyes at me, Boston University has one of the top Public Comm grad programs in the east coast so...       


sorano - I'm not from Boston - but my brother used to live there while his wife was in grad school at BC.  Plus I practically live in hotels...so I can pretty much help figure out where to stay in any major city.

Seriously.  I have all this knowledge and no place to put it.  Ask away people.

You want something in the Back Bay area or Copley I believe.  Everything is easily accessible by taking the T.  There's a ton of hotels near there.  There's a Sheraton and Marriott for sure. 

Too bad you are not looking at Boston College - because then you could stay at the Marriott in Newton. ;)

Here's a good site to find a place based on a specific location.



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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2007, 05:43:15 PM »
I'd take xoxoxo's advice...she's the travel queen.  :)

Anyway sorano, I used to go to Boston every weekend, but in those days I had a bf in grad school in Cambridge, so had a place to stay. So, that's no help.

About a year and a half ago, when I took the kid to look at all the Boston colleges, we stayed at a place on Commonwealth Ave., like two blocks from BU's campus - it was called Hotel Commonwealth and was quite nice. If you check it out on TripAdvisor, it will probably look costly, but I remember we got a really good deal via some special they were running. So you might want to check it out - you can't get any more convenient for BU.
   

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2007, 05:52:52 PM »
Sorano,

Just a thought, but often times universities will have deals with certain hotels. You should check with the coordinator of the visit to see if they have anything like that. 

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2007, 07:29:39 PM »
I love Boston!!! That is all. Because I have only visited once and know nothing about it. But it's a nice city!

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2007, 07:31:58 PM »
D_Schrute is from Boston but she hardly visits the boards anymore I should really make her.

I'm glad this thread exists so that one day when I decide to go on another vacation I can ask for help. I was thinking Paris, but I don't know if anyone here has any ideas for that trip besides the obvious. It would be next year if not the year after. I want to go for my 25th bday but...we'll see.

Anyway...back to Boston talk.
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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2007, 07:47:07 PM »
I can recommend the Marriott Copley Square - I've stayed there a couple of times and it is a good hotel and good location.  Also, if you want a great little place for a quick breakfast, there's a restaurant/bar called the Pour House - we hit it up for breakfast a lot and the service is ridiculously fast, the prices are great and the food is good.  It's walking distance to Copley Square, but I'm horrible with directions so I'll let you Google it or something. 

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2007, 08:01:56 PM »

I'm glad this thread exists so that one day when I decide to go on another vacation I can ask for help. I was thinking Paris, but I don't know if anyone here has any ideas for that trip besides the obvious. It would be next year if not the year after. I want to go for my 25th bday but...we'll see.


I love Paris, but depending on your financial situation you may want to put this trip off until the US dollar recovers - right now it's about 1.5 to 1, which adds up.  Then again, Paris is always worth it... what a city.  I wouldn't worry about finding enough to do, I'd worry more about getting even a tiny fraction of it done...

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2007, 10:21:45 PM »
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I love Paris, but depending on your financial situation you may want to put this trip off until the US dollar recovers - right now it's about 1.5 to 1, which adds up.

So, there's hope that the U.S. dollar will recover? Even Canada is beating us right now. Sigh.

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2007, 10:34:49 PM »
sora,
It's been a long time since my days of hanging out around the BU area, but I'd check out around Kenmore Square, Commonwealth Ave. specifically in that area so you don't have to walk too far, especially in the winter.  I'm sure the hotels are all different now than when I went to nursing school down at St. Elizabeth's.  The only time I was ever at BU was some awards thing for my son around 10 years ago and I'm thinking we parked somewhere on the campus?  Sorry not much help.  I'll ask around at work.  I know a surgeon who went to med school at BU, but I don't see her that often.  I'll ask my dad too.  He grew up in Cambridge and knows Boston better than I do.  ;)

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2007, 10:48:11 PM »
I made a list of all the places I want to travel to before I die. It's a loooong list!  :)

I have one of those!  Too many places I want to go and not enough time or money.

Thanks for starting a thread for this, sorano.  It's one thing I really miss about Chilis from TWoP.

Anyone have any advice for Vegas?  We're going this weekend. 

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2007, 10:52:42 PM »
Go to the brew pub inside Mandalay Bay! I don't even really like beer but it's a fun place.

Are you going with or without kids? And have you been before? I don't want to suggest things you've already done.  :)

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2007, 11:10:15 PM »
Go to the brew pub inside Mandalay Bay! I don't even really like beer but it's a fun place.

Are you going with or without kids? And have you been before? I don't want to suggest things you've already done.  :)

No kids.  We've never been.  My husband works with a couple girls that have gone so they helped us with the hotels but other than that...I've got nothing.

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2007, 12:02:12 AM »
Vegas - Definitely see if you can get a dinner at Le Cirque in Bellagio - great food, atmosphere and a view of the water show if you get seated by the windows.  Also check out the buffet at the Wynn - there are no words for its wonderfulness. 

If you're not a huge clubbing person, don't sweat getting into any of the 'trendy' clubs - there are long lines and usually huge covers.  After doing both my friends and I decided we liked hanging out on the casino floor and getting free drinks or bar drinks better. If you are a clubbing person, I'd recommend Rum Jungle in Mandalay (I think). 

Make sure you check out the free stuff, the Pirate show at Treasure Island, the water show at Bellagio.  Also, if you want something different to do during the day you could check out the dolphin exhibit/S&F Magic Garden at the Mirage.  The rest of the display is pretty depressing, but the dolphins are pretty cool.
Vegas is awesome in such a different way from anywhere else in the world.  There's a ton to do there, and you can never predict what you will get up to next.  Have fun!!!

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Re: Travel: "I'm leavin'... inside Jim's car."
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2007, 12:15:53 AM »
I'll also put a vote in for the Bellagio buffet. Amazing! Also, there's an Italian restaurant in Paris [the casino, not the city] that's really good and cheap.

Also, just because it's Vegas and the desert doesn't mean it's not cold. The Husband and I were there this weekend for the break and I was freezing at night. Take a sweater or pashmina or something. My problem was I was there July when it was 110 AT NIGHT! Blech. Now, it's like 55 or something.

Oh, and make sure you put a limit on your gambling BEFORE you get there. It's so easy to say "Oh, but this time I'm going to win." You're not. Just have fun though.