Why UK? I love London and the people, good for a citytrip, but a vacation?
I am partial of course as I am half German, but the country has a lot to offer from the beaches/islands in the north sea to the mountains in Bavaria. Plus you already know a person here! Rhine River valley, Romantic Road...it is quite scenic
Scandinavia is not for me, I dislike 24h sunshine and need beach and warmth. I am a beach kid, To make a long story short, look into Germany. I am living in Frankfurt, pretty cool town and would love to show you around(Rhine River valley is not even 40 minutes away)
Because my wife went to school there and wants to show me around, and I've not been to Europe at all. As we'll likely be cruising, we won't be spending more than a day in any one place.
Europe is a lot of fun, as said, if you are in Germany, let me know, I would gladly show you some castles, have beers, eat some schnitzel or whatever stereotype there is, I can comply,lol.
^^ Awwww a noob :-) You're gonna have a blast. You'll easily get addicted to visiting this part of the world.
Unfortunately, life's, uh, let's call them "issues" really de-prioritized travel for most of my 30's, so I need to make up for lost time a bit. This year we'll only leave the country for the Bahamas and cross through Canada for an Alaskan cruise.
If you haven't been to Bermuda yet, I can't recommend it enough. It's beautiful, and I got to swim with all kinds of sea life, including a 4-foot barracuda and some HUGE hogfish. Snorkeled over a wrecked ship (well, only the mast because the rest of the ship was a huge reef and getting close to that is way dangerous) and got to explore the old British Naval dockyard, including the country's only brewery.
Honestly, I could spend a lot of time there, and hope to get back some day soon. It's a lot different than I thought it was going to be, but better. a lot of history from the 1600's, combined with pink sand beaches makes for a perfect spot.
This thread is starting to remind me of the threads requesting advice on which of a select few amusement parks in a particular area one should visit. Mention a handful of parks in maybe PA and OH, and suddenly it becomes "you should really check out Knott's...and while you're there you might as well saunter on over to Ocean Park in Hong Kong!"
Ha! I was thinking the same thing last night but I was too lazy to post a response.
Suddenly it becomes "you should really check out Knott's...and while you're there you might as well saunter on over to Ocean Park in Hong Kong!"
I see no problem with this.
You all hate poor people.
L.A. to Hong Kong is duable, I would not mind....
Phantasialand is open this weekend, we will get some pictures and bring this thread back to topic!lol. Last chance for pictures as the park will be closed until easter and has a strict non picture policy in the off season.
But I am all for a off topic travel thread...
I'm already in the fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo, so why not just swing by, right?
Oh, you so fancy...
There are a million little cre-ho stops in HK too, while you're at it. Some great Dragon Wagons to be had.
As much as I love to talk about travel, this was the last day Phantasialand was open for the winter season.
Raik is going up fast, surprisingly for a Vekoma Family Boomerang coaster, the second spike has tires, which is a first, guess it will make the return trip as fast as going forwards
The coaster will go thru the River Quest/Rafting Ride Lift(the ride is getting a major upgrade), shows you how a park can maximize space(for those screaming Cedar Point runs out of space)
The village of Klugheim is taking shape. In the background way back you can see construction to enclose the entire area from the outside. You will be in your own world here...
This ride looks just like a lot of fun. The gravel you see here is actually Vulcan Ashes which is supposed to be a big fertilizer, so whatever seeds they planted, come spring, this area should be crazy green.
Let's conclude the winter season with a partial overview. Unless the park releases some picture on there Facebook Page or Website, this is it with pictures until Easter when the park opens again(and thankfully Easter comes early this year)
(all pictures courtesy of phantafriends.de)
The Phantasialand Blog will unveil new information on Taron each and every day until Friday.(I will just edit this post to add new info)
Where steal meets stone....
More pictures in a you tube video
The train has been revealed! Floorless trains with elevated seating, a new restraint system, themed trains. Phantasialand and Intamin developed this train for 2 years. All new materials have been used to make it 1 ton lighter vs.conventional trains. The seats are further apart to give you more room to enjoy the ride. The article about the train is in German, but you can use Google translate(I know, not perfect) if you are interested on how this train got developed.
I think it looks pretty good....(picture is pure Photoshop, there have been no test runs so far)
Last edited by Alexatucla, Friday, January 22, 2016 12:11 PM
Now if only those trains can be put on rides like Maverick, Thighcrush, Cheetah Hunt or Intimidator 305, then they would be just that much better.
Is that based on you riding this new ride that hasn't opened yet?
No, it's based on the fact that the restraints on those coasters suck, and these look pretty comfortable.
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