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IKE travel to a kite festival in the UK? France? Spain?...

Postby Mike » Tue, Jun 23 2009, 11:42 AM

UK? France? Spain? Italy? Denmark? China?
I'd like to go to a new kite festival next year.
There are some really cool festivals overseas, where we would see all kinds of new kites and kite fliers. Large art kites that aren't an octopus (I like the octopus, but I'd like to see something else now). And thousands of spectators and hundreds of kite fliers.

Who's up for an adventure in 2010?

Surf the web and find some cool festivals, I'll post some too.
(try http://www.kitecalendar.co.uk/ for a start)

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Re: IKE Travel To A Kite Festival In The UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Jynx » Tue, Jun 23 2009, 02:58 PM

Group deal? That would be fun!
I'd be interested in details!
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Re: IKE Travel To A Kite Festival In The UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Mike » Tue, Jun 23 2009, 06:24 PM

Jynx wrote:Group deal? That would be fun!
I'd be interested in details!

I don't think we'd be a large enough group to get a true group deal. But it might be easier to find people to share hotel rooms to save money. Group airfares are often not cheaper then individual fares, but I'd look into all the possibilities. One of our new members is in the travel biz, and my brother books sailing trips for large groups. So I have good people to turn to for advice.

I'm not talking about an escorted group tour though. I'm thinking more like a bunch of friends traveling together to visit a kite fest and and keeping together or breaking up into smaller groups for sightseeing, depending on what people want to do.
Think of it like when IKE goes to Kite Party, except with an accent.

Here's a festival I've always been interested in:
A week long festival in France: http://www.cerf-volant-berck.com/

You can read Gomberg's reports on it by searching his web page:
http://www.gombergkites.com/update/index.shtml
(To search a web page on most web browsers: once you're on Gomberg's page, hit control-F and type berck)

I've already been told that Berck doesn't have much money for fliers because they are going to have competitions on top of the kite festival next year. So we'd be tourist kite fliers not invited fliers at Berck.

We can also meet up with local fliers in many places. I've met fliers from Holland, Spain, Belgium and England who I'm sure would meet up for a day of flying and a night of whatever if we were in their area on a weekend day.

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Postby Sailor99 » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 03:38 AM

Sounds like a good game to me - count me in.

If it should turn out to be UK based clearly I would not have far to travel, but I should like to offer my services as IKE's local agent - airport runs, tour bookings, hotel recommendations, etc ;) If the geography were right it would be my very great pleasure to offer a place to stay to some of the IKEs who were so kind to me on my trip over (or at least as many as possible given I live in an ordinary house not a mansion!).

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Postby Mike » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 07:25 AM

That's so kind of you Jeremy, but I feel I owe *you* for your kindnesses when I was there last year.

Anyway: Rose, Jeremy and maybe Jynx so far.
If the timing works out, maybe a combo France and England trip? The chunnel and high speed trains make it easy and quick to get from Paris to London.

Any other festival location ideas?
Jeremy, have you been to other fests outside of the UK?

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Postby Mike » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 08:08 AM

A rough idea of costs:
figure any where from $600 to $900 for airfare. The high end in the summer, low end in the spring.
Depending on the dollar vs the Pound/Euro, and which country, food and hotels may cost about 50% more than in the U.S.

London and Paris are expensive.

When I travel I stay in Bed and Breakfasts or small hotels with tiny rooms to save money. I don't mind having the bathroom down the hall as long as the room is clean and neat. I also eat a lot of sandwiches from the grocery stores.

I know many folks in the club haven't traveled outside of the country, but it should be a fantastic experience in a different culture. Don't worry about the language difference, Jeremy will translate British to English for us. In other countries, just learn a few basics like "good morning", "please" and "thank you". Many people speak some English. Add a few (polite) hand gestures and you'll do fine.

Now, lets see who's interested.
No commitments or anything, just who wants to do something like this.

I'm gonna go somewhere with or without you guys :-D

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Re: IKE Travel To A Kite Festival In The UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Sailor99 » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 11:48 AM

I have to say I am totally ignorant of festivals on the continent, apart from Berke. The thing that immidiately comes to mind is that the UK and the Europe festivals may not tie up. The bigger ones here are portsmouth and Bristol (although the wind can be a bit on the odd side at Bristol). So that would mean August. I think we would then have to check up with some of the French people on the rev forum what is happening in Europe at that time - they are a good bunch so I am sure they would be pleased to advise.

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Re: IKE Travel To A Kite Festival In The UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Jeff » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 12:01 PM

Interested? Yes, absolutely.

Realistic probability of it happening? Magic 8 Ball says "Don't Count On It."
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Re: IKE travel to a kite festival in the UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Babbman » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 06:55 PM

Interested.

But really, there isn't a chance in hades that this will be happening in my future, for all KINDS of reasons.

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Postby backdraft » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 07:05 PM

Count us in we love to travel and life is to short and Anne his not been out of the country except for Canada.

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Re: IKE Travel To A Kite Festival In The UK? France? Spain?.

Postby TeamTrejo » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 08:13 PM

I could see maybe doing Dieppe. The Canadian one.

http://www.knowmoncton.com/Profiles/171 ... ml?id=1712

It would be kinda like going to France but a lot closer.
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Re: IKE travel to a kite festival in the UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Mike » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 09:57 PM

Dieppe, NB is closer but not much cheaper. Last time I checked it was $500 a ticket.
It's a much smaller festival, but I'm thinking of going to that one too.

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Re: IKE Travel To A Kite Festival In The UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Sailor99 » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 11:41 PM

Mike wrote:Dieppe, NB is closer but not much cheaper. Last time I checked it was $500 a ticket.
It's a much smaller festival, but I'm thinking of going to that one too.
... And no croissants in the champs elysee overlooking the louvre with the eifle tower just across the river, no enjoying a slow pint of beer in the garden of a 16th century thatched pub and no tappas while watching the sun sink slowly into the Mediterranean.

Just a thought :)

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Postby Frodos Majik » Wed, Jun 24 2009, 11:59 PM

Jeff wrote:Interested? Yes, absolutely.

Realistic probability of it happening? Magic 8 Ball says "Don't Count On It."


That is till the wife and I have joined the RETIREMENT bunch. Plus there is no way I would do a trip like that wit out her!!
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Re: IKE travel to a kite festival in the UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Mike » Thu, Jun 25 2009, 08:55 AM

Sailor99 wrote:... And no croissants in the champs elysee overlooking the louvre with the eifle tower just across the river, no enjoying a slow pint of beer in the garden of a 16th century thatched pub and no tappas while watching the sun sink slowly into the Mediterranean.
Just a thought :)

Well put.
In the last two months, my Mom died, my Dad has had several small strokes, my younger brother told me he has cancer, and I turned 50.
I think sooner is better than later for travel.

I've been to Paris and London several times, so personally I would hit the kite festival and then probably travel somewhere else afterward. Rose is trying to talk me into Spain. Maybe fly with Team Balou (spelling?) and see the sites. The rev team from the Netherlands seemed really nice too (team Time Out), or maybe...

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Re: IKE Travel To A Kite Festival In The UK? France? Spain?.

Postby RevJB » Thu, Jun 25 2009, 10:40 AM

Chris and I have an interest. It would be a family trip so other nearby interests would also be important. Key for us will be timing. Kids have to be out of school. A lot depends on other summer activities.

Suggest we concentrate on UK and Europe. Asia will be more expensive, longer flights, harder to self navigate. Festival with history of good winds would be nice. Might mean a seaside location.

Netherlands would be a good location. Netherlands is almost as easy as UK regarding language. Almost all Dutch are multi-lingual and speak English. Driving is easy and on the same side of the road as us. (Sailor99: Not "right" or wrong, just the same. :-) ) Public transportation is excellent and trains can get you almost anyplace you want. Amsterdam is a European hub with good airfare and great jumping off point for other countries. Plenty to sightsee in Netherlands. I have brother-in-laws in Belgium and Netherlands that can help with research and language.

Scheveningen appears to be one of the major festivals. Timing is bad for us as it is the end of September. I'm going to look for summer ones.
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Re: IKE travel to a kite festival in the UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Babbman » Thu, Jun 25 2009, 01:27 PM

my 'no way in Hades' explanation...

I'd go except for the following issues...

job security - pretty dismal looking at this point

money - we are barely hanging on... goes hand in hand with the above

time - getting a week or more at my convenience is impossible right now... Jenny is self employed and vacation days are no pay days, and could only go during summer vacation with Elie going into 2nd grade.

family - there is no way they would let me go without them but Jenny has NO interest in kite flying and no interest in being left to her own devices with Elie in a foreign country while I play with my kites. Also, it requires flying and Jenny has an aversion to flying...

so in conclusion...

when the Atlantic tunnel is built so I can drive, I am independently wealthy, I can dictate when I vacation, Elie is out of school, etc. etc...

will I be able to go...

:up: lol..


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Re: IKE travel to a kite festival in the UK? France? Spain?.

Postby Mike » Sat, Jun 27 2009, 08:41 AM

NY Times slideshow on Paris in today's (actually tomorrow's??) online paper:
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/0 ... index.html

And article:
http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/tr ... paris.html

I guess a pink balloon is easier than making a "P" in the sky with revs. (see Berkeley:iQuad)


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