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Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:38 am

yes, we've had favorite airports to visit, but what is your favorite CITY to visit. here is the format:

1) City
2) airport(s)
3) one landmark that you would suggest
4) Why do you like this city?
5) what do you want to avoid at the city?/what would you change?
6) spotting locations at airport
7) spotting locations off the airport property
8) remarks

for me:
1) Miami/Fort Lauderdale
2) MIA, FLL
3) South beach for newby's and Stranhan house
4) its my hometown
5) if your a tourist, stay in the touristy areas. if you are a "seasoned veteran" feel free to venture around./crime is a huge problem and traffic
6) Miami Airport Hotel-MIA...spotters area at FLL.
7) Hotel's west of MIA for arrivals (planes come right over the cortyard for 12) and not sure about departures. at FLL-Marriott Marina
8) se habla espanol? necessitas hablar espanol!
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:46 am

1) London
2) Heathrow Int'l
3) Tower of London
4) cosmopolitan + fun!
5) excessive rain :-(
6) Don't know...
7) Don't know...
8) Great ethnic restaurants there!!! Yumm....
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:09 pm

1) Washington, DC
2) DCA
3) Smithsonian complex
4) It is inexpensive to visit, direct Metro connections, big decisions made here
5) Avoid the wrong parts of town. Restore public tours of the White House.
6) The terminal has a lot of window views, so spotting is good.
7) I hear Gravelly Point is the place
8) Get a window seat in and out of there.

 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:13 pm

1. Seattle
2. SEA
3. Anything Downtown
4. Expensive for transpo to anywhere out of Downtown.
5. Bad areas.
6. Don't know, Terminal pretty good.
7. Not sure
8. Get a Window seat for the great views, for example, Mt. Rainier
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:37 pm

1. New Orleans
2. MSY
3. Madame Marie's Voodoo Shop on Bourbon Street
4. It's the Adult Disney World
5. The heat in July and August
6. I have no idea
7. I have no idea
8. Party Central, if you can't get laid in the Big Easy you might as well put a bullet thru your brain and leave room for those who can!  Big thumbs up
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:58 pm

1) New Orleans
2) MSY
3) National D-Day Museum (extremely impressive place!)
4) It's the most European city in America
5) Stay away from the "New York City"-type tourist shops on Canal Street
6) Little restaurant near Concourse A overlooks runway 1/19
7) Laketown boat launch/park gives you a good view of arrivals on runway 19 and runway 1 departures over Lake Pontchartrain...about 1.5 miles from the airport
8) It's a beautiful city full of history, culture, great entertainment with many clubs/restaurants open 24/7, some of the best dining in the world, etc...I can go on and on.

Steve in N.O (what can I say...proud to call it home)  Smile
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:59 pm

New Orleans....but, theyre "underserved" by the airlines. (I hear they might be getting AF pretty soon though for the large French population.)

Seriously, though....

1) Paris
2) CDG
3) Chateau Versailles (I know, I know, its not in Paris, but its still pretty cool), La Defense has really cool architecture as well.
4) Interesting place, interesting people, gorgeous old buildings, very cosmopolitian, you never really run out of stuff to do
5) Seine Ste. Denis-Probably one of the poorest parts of Paris, drove through it during my first trip to Paris in '98, didnt want to return.
6-7) Have never spotted at CDG, but the terminals all have beautiful and interesting architecture with pretty good views (depending where you are). Superfly, Terminal 1 has your name all over it.
8) I dont care for the French view of the world, but the city of Paris is not to be missed.
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:35 pm

1) San Francisco
2) SFO, SJC, OAK
3) Amoeba Records on Haight Street in SF, and on Telegraph St. in Berkeley
4) It's a European style city with a distinct American edge to it, one of the cities that makes this nation wonderful.
5) I'd find a way to totally extend the subway; the busses are nice enough, but underground is hella cooler. I would avoid driving through downtown, it's a nightmare, I've found out.
6) No idea
7) No idea, I wish I could go find some, but my friends never want to go to the airport, so I never bother finding out.
8) I really want to live here, but I'd be very hard transitioning from extremely cheap living Texas to the highest real estate values in America of San Francisco (city proper.) I do not want to live anywhere other than somewhere in the city, suburbs are lamer than FDR's legs.

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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:53 pm

Hey, Austin.
MUNI's actually working on extending the street-level down Third Street into Bayview/Hunter's Point and there are plans in the pipe to extend the underground to Chinatown. Also, if you're looking for some good spotting sites at SFO, the AirTrain stations offer some pretty good vantage points. Lot's of unobstructed and clean plate glass windows.


As for my favorite city to visit, I'm already living there.
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:32 pm

1) Newcastle Upon Tyne
2) The only one - Newcastle International
3) The Millenium Bridge, and the rest of the Quayside. Great redevelopment.
4) Its my home, and I love this city
5) Avoid the "Charvs" - a bunch of yobs who make everyone's life a misery. They wear similar clothing, and aren't hard to miss as they wear rockport boots with tracksuit trousers. I would kick them all out if I could.
6) The "goldfish bowl" .. lol, thats what my Dad calls it. Its a glass area on the roof of Terminal 1. Not great for photography, but a nice place all the same.
7) End of the runway, great for approaches and takeoffs. I got some cracking shots of an MK Dc-8 from here.
8) Whey' Aye Man!
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:33 pm

JCS17 that was so funny I forgot to laugh...very original.  Smile
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:10 am

AerLingus,

that's totally rock and roll that they're extending it down through chinatown. Though, it could take the charm of walking through chinatown away. There's just something about peddlers that's kinda cool.

Speaking of vantage point for spotting at SFO, isn't there a park on the south side of the airpot? I've heard people mention it on here, but i've not been able to find out its location (nor had the opportunity.)

thanks,
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:23 am

1) City
Tallinn

2) airport(s)
TLL, QUF

3) one landmark that you would suggest
The old city (all of it!)

4) Why do you like this city?
Beautiful, relaxed, civilised, nice people, and it has a "young" atmosphere without being like a college town. Also, if you can avoid the weekends when the Finns invade, it's relatively tourist-free.

5) what do you want to avoid at the city?/what would you change?
The weather!  Smile
Wonderful snow-dusted spring mornings notwithstanding, it's so cold through winter...

6) spotting locations at airport
Unknown. I didn't go there for spotting.  Wink/being sarcastic
It's probably quite spotter-friendly but there's hardly a lot of traffic.

7) spotting locations off the airport property
You could probably waste a few minutes at the heliport in the harbour too.

8) remarks
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:42 am

hole_courtney:

I agree that some of the charm could be taken away from the district, but I think the business owners would probably welcome it, considering it would open up the area to direct rail lines to the rest of the city, especially the Richmond and Sunset (N-Judah), both of which have a large Chinese population. It would also ease some of the congestion on the lines that run through Chinatown, like the 30-Stockton and 45-Union.

There is a park out by the airport. I've even seen some pictures from it, but I haven't been there myself. I hope to check it out sometime, but I'll have to find it first.

Cheers.
EI

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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:59 am

JCS17 that was so funny I forgot to laugh...very original.

Hey, I see that "rumor" on a weekly basis on the av forum, I just thought I'd pass it on.
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 2:23 am

1. Vancouver BC
2. YVR
3. So many things to do! Stanley Park, Lonsdale Quay, Granville Island, Gastown, and two of the most beautiful bridges in the world IMO: SkyTrain bridge at New Westminster and Alex Frasier Bridge
4. People are incredibly helpful and home to the best hockey team ever (if the refs would do their job right...)
5. There are not enough expressways, so traffic is always bad and the homeless seem to be more agressive than in the States.
6. I have only been to the airport once, but Richmond Centre Mall is near the approach
7. See point 6
8. Very little (if any) French is spoken, so anyone from the States would have an easy time among the people. Some residents have a grudge against Yanks, so I try not to bring that up. The street signs are a little different, as they use the Metric system, so be aware of that!

Syncmaster: I lived south of Seattle for two years and I had a laugh when you said anything to do downtown is good and avoid the bad areas. The bad areas are downtown LOL

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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 5:37 am

1.San Francisco
2.SFO
3.Fishermans Wharf
4.cool weather year round, Cable cars are fun!
5.Stay in downtown near attractions if possable, youl save alot of money from cab fare, but have not been back since the BART opened up from downtown to SFO.
6.none really
7.Great view from the Burlingame Sheraton of SFO. Get a room thats high up and with an airport view. One of the best views around, also get to see the whole airport.
8.Fun city to visit, though quite expensive. All in all I would suggest go and visit San Fran.

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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 5:44 am

1) Washington, DC
2) Only the 2nd best airport anywhere--Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Washington Dulles Int'l & Baltimore/Washington Int'l also serve the area, as if you guys didn't know that.
3) Smithsonian Museums
4) Nothing else like it--heart of the nation
5) Stay away from Foggy Bottom/Dupont Circle at night
6) Terminal is filled with windows
7) Nearly anywhere in Arlington/Crystal City -- FDR Memorial has awesome views of the flight path
8) Overall amazing city -- be sure to get window seats

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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 5:51 am

Seb146,

How about the cable car to Grouse Mountain - worth it?
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 8:07 am

JCS17,

Did you really see the rumor this week? I think I skipped this week actually. Gunning for a big "MSY is underserved" post sometime next week. Sounds good?  Smile


For the hell of it, I don't reallyyyy think we're underserved too much, but the reactions are priceless, you have to admit that.


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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 11:50 am

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico
2. SJU, Isla Grande Airport
3. Old San Juan (the forts would be the best places to visit)
4. Heaven on Earth....great city, great beaches (in the Isla Verde area) & wonderful atmosphere.
5. Driving on the one-laned streets in Old San Juan....madness!
6. The Aeroparque. It has a playground for the kids (at taxiway level) & observation deck w/ a game room. Right off of runway 8 on the airport grounds.
7. Any hotels or condo towers around the airport....that's all I know of. There's also a resturant called "The Waterfront", which is a few miles outside SJ on highway 187. They have really good food & the planes departing on Rwy. 8 go right over your head.
8. -My favorite travel destination, ever.
-Would highly recommend it.
-Get a window seat on the flight in, on the left side preferably for an "overhead tour" of Old San Juan.
-Traffic departs/arrives 99% of the time on Rwys 8 & 10, very rarely do they takeoff to the west (I've seen it done, though)
-Se habla espanol? You're gonna need it.

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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sat Jul 19, 2003 11:37 pm

1) City :Toulouse

2) airport(s) : TLS Toulouse-Blagnac

3) 3 landmarks that you would suggest : Capitole, Airbus factory, Canal du Midi

4) Why do you like this city? the atmosphere, the bars, their terrasses, the orchertras playing live music in "cafes concerts"

5) what do you want to avoid at the city?/what would you change? I would like to change th new mayor....

6) spotting locations at airport I don't know: too many changes since my last visit

7) spotting locations off the airport property: around the Airbus factory

8) remarks Don't forget cassoulet, foie gras , confit, Madiran and Armagnac. If you have time, rent a boat (no permit required) to travel on the canal du Midi, to Carcassonne

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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sun Jul 20, 2003 12:20 am

1) Asheville, North Carolina (Land of the Sky)

2)Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Small regional airport with single runway, but serviced by several major airlines.

3)Gotta go with more than one: A) The Blue Ridge Parkway/Great Smoky Mountains National Park-Beautiful Scenery, the mountains are amazing when covered with their namesake mist.
B) The Biltmore Estate- Largest residence in the United States. Previously owned by the Vanderbilts and a beautiful house with beautiful gardens. Perfect example of the opulence of the Golden Age.
C) The Grove Park Inn-One of the oldest inns in the south. Famous for ghost sightings and being host to hundreds of celebrities dating back to the 1800's. F. Scott Fitzgerald created some of his characters for the Great Gatsby while watching people enter and exit the inn.

4)It has natural beauty, refined charm, and the southern charm all mixed into a single place.

5)The city has a low crime rate and is very safe. Just avoid the Cherokee Indian tourist traps to the west.

6 & 7) Spotting is difficult at the airport. =(

8)Asheville is a beautiful mountain city surrounded by one of the grandest places on Earth. The Vanderbilts chose it as a nice place to visit , so why shouldnt y'all. ; )
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sun Jul 20, 2003 12:30 am

1) TOKYO (I know I'm repeating myself)
2) NRT and HND
3) Shinjuku station and surround
4) Huge, safe, everything goes smooth, low crime rate, friendly atmosphere, nightlife without risk
5) When in Tokyo, I'dont bother to much about aircraft, but there are visitor terraces at NRT and the parking lot at HND is great too.
6) See 5
7) Bring enough money, be prepared to be amazed, recommanded areas for nice restaurants, nightlife etc. Shibuya and Shinjuku.
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Sun Jul 20, 2003 3:48 am

1. Boston, MA
2. BOS, MHT (the true alternative to BOS)
3. Freedom Trail (walking tour that links many historical sites in Downtown). Boston Common is one of the stops on the trail, a good place to sit and people watch.
4. It's a very historical town that played a major role in the founding of the United States.
5. Avoid the Boston Tea Party Museum (it's a ripoff). And take the T, driving in Boston is still a mess until the Big Dig is finished.
6. & 7. I'm not really done any spotting at BOS.
8. Boston is one the most expensive cities in America, so don't expect to find too much in the way of cheap hotels in the Boston area (I got stuck in Boston one night, and the cheapest room I could find was $99). Some great places to eat at, and seafood's always a good bet, because more than likely your meal was swimming in the water that morning.
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Mon Jul 21, 2003 7:59 am

Well, I already live in my favorite city, so I’ll choose another one…

1) London, UK
2) LHR, LGW, STN, LTN
3) Big Ben, Eye of London, SoHo, to name a few places, but if you love aviation, LHR is a MUST see. The spotting there is better than any other airport I have been to.
4) Reminds me of where in live, lots to do, great attractions, diverse atmosphere, great nightlife, great people, great food, great beer.
5) Traffic sucks, it is VERY expensive (especially the Tube), it is congested, crime is pretty bad and it is somewhat polluted. Also, for a city of that size, I was disappointed with the women -- I thought they'd be better-looking (LOL).
6) The spotter’s terrace on top of T2 (I think). Don’t know of any others.
7) Can’t help you there.
8) I love big cities and I absolutely love London. It is one of the few other cities I wouldn't mind calling home.

Other cities I like visiting: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Frankfurt and Los Angeles. Cities I want to visit badly: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Mon Jul 21, 2003 8:05 am

1) New York City
2) JFK, EWR, LGA
3) Ellis Island - to remind people just who exactly built the US
4) Because it's such a great place, filled with small 2-storeys down in Harlem and major buildings down in the Finacial district
5) The new WTC - I think that the best way to honour those lost, would be something resembling the old towers.
6) Have no idea
7) Have no idea - but keep a copy of the US law on you incase you get a visit by the NYPD
8) None - except they need to reopen the Wall Street Education Center. I'm starting a university course next year on Economy, and I want to see it before my head is buried in books.
 
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RE: Favorite City To Visit

Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:26 am

1) Syndey, Australia
2) SYD
3) Darling Harbour
4) It's a beautiful town!
5) Pissing off the natives.(don't make the mistake of taking photos of drunk Aborigines. I did.  Innocent
6) from the tarmac
7) from a boat of Botany Bay!
8) I love Sydney and would love to retire there in 40 years!
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