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Very cool.  I can't remember if you've said but do you do this travel for work and just add on some long weekends or is all of this pleasure travel?  Do you have these meals by yourself or with someone usually?

Always jealous when I see this thread updated.

Keep it up!!

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On 9/20/2019 at 5:25 PM, orange dream said:

Very cool.  I can't remember if you've said but do you do this travel for work and just add on some long weekends or is all of this pleasure travel?  Do you have these meals by yourself or with someone usually?

Always jealous when I see this thread updated.

Keep it up!!

I traveled for work for a while, but then, since 2016, I have been doing this for pleasure.  However, I recently changed jobs, which will take me to Copenhagen 4-6 times a year.  So, it will be a good mix of weekends before or after work trips and trips for pleasure.

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2 hours ago, PenelopeWitherspoon said:
14 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:
4 to 6 Copenhagen trips a year does not suck

No, it doesn't. What does suck is paying to board my dogs, however.

No bueno, no bueno at all ever.... you need a dog sitter.........especially if you're traveling that much.

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39 minutes ago, Onboard 2.0 said:

No bueno, no bueno at all ever.... you need a dog sitter.........especially if you're traveling that much.

This. It's also usually cheaper.  In Austin, I have a dog/house sitter for $35/night. She a former vet tech and is there from 7pm to 7am each day. 

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On 9/23/2019 at 11:37 AM, CooterBrown said:

This. It's also usually cheaper.  In Austin, I have a dog/house sitter for $35/night. She a former vet tech and is there from 7pm to 7am each day. 

It is actually cheaper to board them based on the research I have done.  If I found a dog/house sitter, which they charge about 75 a night for, I would still need a dog walker in the day.  With taxes, boarding actually comes out slightly cheaper.  Still a beating.

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Struggling with my Memorial Day plans for 2020.  Originally, was all in on Madrid, but now looking at potentially doing any of these:

Madrid

Cadiz

Lyon

Antwerp

I have also thought about making a return trip (I am only going for 5 nights) to either:

Arles (spent 3 nights here in 2018)

Rome (Spent 2 nights here in 2018, which was not enough)

Naples (Have only spent 1 day here)

Porto (Spent 3 nights here in 2019) 

Anyone have one that you would definitely drop?

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And have decided to do something in June instead.  Looking at hitting up two Greek Islands, Spetses and Hydra.  There are a couple of events in Late June on both of those Islands, and it would be amazing to be able to be there during them.  Of course, this is all preliminary, but that is what I am thinking at this point.

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On 9/24/2019 at 9:52 PM, PenelopeWitherspoon said:

It is actually cheaper to board them based on the research I have done.  If I found a dog/house sitter, which they charge about 75 a night for, I would still need a dog walker in the day.  With taxes, boarding actually comes out slightly cheaper.  Still a beating.

As much as you travel I'd say you need to find a neighborhood kid instead of leaving your dog in a kennel (in a cage for much of the day more than likely).  

They don't have to stay over night.  We pay a neighbor kid to walk our dog 5-6 x a day, feed him 2x a day for about $30 a day. that works out to about $15 an hour.

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As much as you travel I'd say you need to find a neighborhood kid instead of leaving your dog in a kennel (in a cage for much of the day more than likely).  
They don't have to stay over night.  We pay a neighbor kid to walk our dog 5-6 x a day, feed him 2x a day for about $30 a day. that works out to about $15 an hour.
The difference is I'm in NYC. And as big as my dogs are, I dont trust some random person. And where they are boarded, they are not in a cage. Rather, it is doggy day care 24/7 on the UES. They love it.

While I'm home, they are in big kennels in my apartment. I take them for an hour walk firat thing in the AM. I have someone come in and take them out around 3 or so for 30 minutes, then I take them put for a good long walk around 8:30 or so. They are still adjusting to hearing people in the halls, and they feel safe in the kennels in the house. They seem to be incredibly happy, even more so that in Houston with a yard, because they get to see more people and dogs and be more social.

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On 9/29/2019 at 3:52 PM, Onboard 2.0 said:

As much as you travel I'd say you need to find a neighborhood kid instead of leaving your dog in a kennel (in a cage for much of the day more than likely).  

They don't have to stay over night.  We pay a neighbor kid to walk our dog 5-6 x a day, feed him 2x a day for about $30 a day. that works out to about $15 an hour.

Even the most, anti "cage" anti "crate", professionals have stated that a more than ample living space for a large dog is up to 35 sq ft.   Furthermore if left alone in a large apartment it may not be as "free" to the dog as human owners think it is.  So they recommend that even in an apt that they are limited or confined to a certain space as it becomes a safe place for them.    

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1 hour ago, RollLeft said:

Even the most, anti "cage" anti "crate", professionals have stated that a more than ample living space for a large dog is up to 35 sq ft.   Furthermore if left alone in a large apartment it may not be as "free" to the dog as human owners think it is.  So they recommend that even in an apt that they are limited or confined to a certain space as it becomes a safe place for them.    

Yep we have our dog crate he's used since a puppy. It's always been his space .

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Ok, so fly out to London a week from Wednesday, arriving Thursday.  We train to Paris that evening, and spend two days in Paris.  Come back to London for the Texans game, then Monday evening, fly to Copenhagen for three days of work before coming back to NY on Friday, November 8th.  Didn't book Copenhagen until today, so going to figure out what is going on tonight.  Then I will fly to Athens on the 26th of November, and then another week in Copenhagen.  That should wrap up the year.  

2019, we are doing Easter in Seville.  Then I am going to try and do Hydra and Spetses in late June.  Nothing planned after that.

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Just got back to London (Richmond actually, but close enough) from Paris last night.  Meeting up with all my mates for the Texans game today, then tomorrow evening, off to Copenhagen for work.

Paris was, as usual, amazing.  This time, hardly had any plans.  Just tooled around the city.  Had a lot of amazing food, and even more amazing drinks.  We are going to plan a similar girls weekend in Paris sometime next year.  It was so great to actually go over with few plans and only have one must do thing.  I will say I spent a ton of money shopping, but hey, it is Paris, and what I bought is so much cheaper there than in NYC.

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1 hour ago, PenelopeWitherspoon said:

I will say I spent a ton of money shopping, but hey, it is Paris, and what I bought is so much cheaper there than in NYC.

Well, what did you get?  I mean, are we talking Birkin from Hermès levels here?

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I say that with an unblemished record of staunch heterosexuality

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2 hours ago, Landomatic said:

Well, what did you get?  I mean, are we talking Birkin from Hermès levels here?  I say that with an unblemished record of staunch heterosexuality

Not anymore Gladyss.

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On 11/3/2019 at 12:43 PM, Landomatic said:

Well, what did you get?  I mean, are we talking Birkin from Hermès levels here?

While I am an aficionado of Hermes scarves (which are roughly the same cost in NYC as Paris), my love of Hermes has not extended to their handbags.  Also, I am not THAT important of a customer to get the call should one become available (and honestly, it gives me quite a bit of heartburn to talk about spending 10-20k on a single handbag, even if it is made by hand and will ultimately be worth more than what I paid).

I am a longtime Goyard customer, and I went in and bought two of their new handbag styles as well as a business card holder.  Ultimately, had I made the purchases in NYC (or anywhere else in the USA), it would have cost me approximately $3K more than it did in Paris.  So while it was expensive, it was a hell of a lot less expensive than NYC, and I got to have a lot of fun in Paris with one of my closest friends for 2+ days.  Also, every time I look at one of those bags, it will invoke some amazing memory of the trip.  Already ready to go back to Paris for another girl/shopping trip, though it will probably not be until 2021 given all the plans for next year.  Heck, I was not supposed to go this year, but the timing just worked out where we were able to pop over.  

 

 

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On 11/5/2019 at 12:40 AM, PenelopeWitherspoon said:

While I am an aficionado of Hermes scarves (which are roughly the same cost in NYC as Paris), my love of Hermes has not extended to their handbags.  Also, I am not THAT important of a customer to get the call should one become available (and honestly, it gives me quite a bit of heartburn to talk about spending 10-20k on a single handbag, even if it is made by hand and will ultimately be worth more than what I paid).

I am a longtime Goyard customer, and I went in and bought two of their new handbag styles as well as a business card holder.  Ultimately, had I made the purchases in NYC (or anywhere else in the USA), it would have cost me approximately $3K more than it did in Paris.  So while it was expensive, it was a hell of a lot less expensive than NYC, and I got to have a lot of fun in Paris with one of my closest friends for 2+ days.  Also, every time I look at one of those bags, it will invoke some amazing memory of the trip.  Already ready to go back to Paris for another girl/shopping trip, though it will probably not be until 2021 given all the plans for next year.  Heck, I was not supposed to go this year, but the timing just worked out where we were able to pop over.  

 

 

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Just booked our AirBnB for Seville for Easter 2020.  My friend and I will arrive Thursday evening, April 9.  We are staying more north near Macarena, which is the big processional we wanted to be there for.   

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2 hours ago, PenelopeWitherspoon said:

Just booked our AirBnB for Seville for Easter 2020.  My friend and I will arrive Thursday evening, April 9.  We are staying more north near Macarena, which is the big processional we wanted to be there for.   

Heeeey Maaaaaca-rena......obligatory I think.

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