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March 5

Dulles to Baltimore at night-- transportation possibilities?

I am flying into Dulles (IAD) on a Wednesday night at around 9pm. I need to get myself to Baltimore/ Mount Vernon area that same night. What are my options? (No valid driver's licence so can't rent&drive) [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree around Baltimore, MD at 6:39 PM - 11 answers

HoneymoonFilter: Europe Edition (Greek islands, Italian neighborhoods)

Which neighborhoods should we be trying to stay in, as first-time travelers to Rome and Florence? Which Greek island should we be looking at? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 10:00 AM - 11 answers

Leasing a small SUV?

We are leasing a new SUV (I don't need any discussion on leasing -- it's the option right now). Looking at the Volvo XC60, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Acura RDX. Any insights? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 9:51 AM - 10 answers

Vermont/New Hampshire for the toddler set

Any suggestions on toddler-friendly places we should stop at on a drive from Boston to NW Vermont? [more inside]
posted by statsgirl at 9:04 AM - 7 answers

Viewing bike paths in Google Maps

When I route bike directions in Google Maps, I have the option to "show bike paths," which are marked with green lines, dots, etc. Useful! However, the blue route line that tells me where to go also blocks me from seeing whether the route Google is suggesting is a bike path/bike-friendly. How can I view both at the same time, so I can figure out what sections on my route are bike-friendly? Example here.
posted by c'mon sea legs at 8:36 AM - 5 answers

Road Trip Unknown unknowns

We are driving from Germany to Turkey later this month. I thought we had most of it sorted, but this comment in a post about Europe talking about vignettes in Austria made me realise there are probably quite a few things I didn't know I needed to know. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 3:41 AM - 8 answers

March 4

Should we drive or take the train in Europe?

We are finalizing our plans for our honeymoon, and we're wondering whether train or car travel would be the best approach. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 10:06 PM - 15 answers

LA + baby + travel = SUPER GREAT, right?

The husband, the baby and I are flying to LA for a week on very short notice (Saturday). I'll be busy for most of the days; he'll be bopping around with the kid (and is familiar with the area). We'll have one full day for fun together. Ideas and tips? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins around Los Angeles, CA at 9:12 PM - 4 answers

Tropical island summer vacation recommendation for college women

My 19 year old daughter and her girl friend would like to visit a tropical island for a week or two, during the summer break, that is safe and has either public transportation or is easy to get around otherwise (they don't drive) and see the sights. Any suggestions? Requirements in order of preference: safe, island, beautiful, easy to get around without a car, other young people, not too hot, nice beaches, not too expensive (airfares from US, lodging, food), interesting places to explore. Thanks!
posted by j810c at 8:07 PM - 9 answers

Help me plan an introvert's vacation.

The gap between President's Day and Memorial day is months long and, in the lack of state holidays, I tend not to take any time off during that stretch. It seems to me that a four day weekend in April would be a good idea. I live in central New Jersey, and a four hour drive could take me to most of Pennsylvania, most of Long Island, the southern extension of New York, and even parts of Connecticut, Maryland or Delaware. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 12:17 PM - 7 answers

Where in the world is a Toy Musical Instrument Museum?

Surely, somewhere in the world, there must be one. There certainly *should* be. Musical Instrument Museums abound, in many countries, and would probably be fascinating to visit. But what I really want to see (and want to see archived) is a lovingly-curated collection of TOY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Does anyone know where in the world such a place might be?
posted by dorgla at 12:15 PM - 2 answers

Where to stay in Salt Lake City for the weekend?

Going out to Salt Lake City for a conference next week and staying through the weekend to see the area. Current plan is just to stay an extra few nights in my current downtown hotel and explore from there but am now thinking about doing an Airbnb somewhere for those days instead. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 around Salt Lake City, UT at 9:02 AM - 4 answers

Loire by bike

We are finally going on our (rather belated) honeymoon, and we've decided to spend several days in Paris and the Loire valley. I think we've got the Paris bits down, but don't have a whole lot of info on the Loire area - can you help us? Oh yeah, and we're going to do it all by bike. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot around Tours, France at 8:36 AM - 6 answers

help! looking for boat ride from America to west central Africa

Hello guys I am looking for any information on freightliner cruises or any other boats that I can take from anywhere on the east coast of the usa to west central Africa. Also, if anyone has any general info on traveling on freightliners than that would be greatly appreciated as well!
posted by MD_yeahright around Gabon at 8:20 AM - 3 answers

London cafe for lingering

Can you recommend a cafe in London that has top-notch coffee, comfortable seating, a nice ambiance, and an atmosphere conducive to lingering with a book (assuming you re-up your coffee once in a while)? Bonus points for delicious baked goods. I have seen this question but unlike that poster am specifically looking for a cafe with great espresso/latte drinks. Thank you.
posted by eugenen around London, England at 12:34 AM - 21 answers

March 3

Hebrew university tshirt

I'm in Jerusalem and someone has requested I bring back a Hebrew University tshirt for them. Can I only buy these at the university bookstore, or could I get one somewhere else?
posted by Mimzy at 9:55 PM - 1 answers

Last chance vacation in the West: California or Vegas?

We are moving to the East Coast at the end of the summer. We currently live in the West (Canada). This summer will be our last chance to vacation on this side of the continent. Help me decide whether to pick Las Vegas or somewhere in California in the last week of July. Difficulties: must be super fun for our four-year-old daughter. No Disney (too expensive). [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:10 PM - 24 answers

After leaving the mechanic, my car revs violently on cold starts. Why?

2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse. This never happened before I took the car in. Should/Can the shop fix this? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 10:44 AM - 12 answers

22 hours in Hong Kong - what to do and see

First time visitor has a layover from 1 pm to 11 am the next day in Hong Kong. Was advised to see the action and stay in central Hong Kong instead of Kowloon. I am looking for a centrally located hotel costing about $250 (is that possible???) and need suggestions on what to do. I am having problems finding a "centrally located" hotel because I don't know what I should see. Single female traveler. I understand it is very safe even to venture out after dark to see the dramatic skyline. Anything I should definitely do or see? Up for a hectic and fun time before I sack out on an overseas flight the next morning. Thanks, hive.
posted by dublin at 4:53 AM - 8 answers

March 2

Quiet late night drink in Toronto?

I'm in TO for a week for work and have evenings free, could any locals suggest a nice somewhere to get a cocktail? [more inside]
posted by Cosine around Toronto, ON at 9:53 PM - 18 answers

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