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Old 05-21-2004, 07:00 PM   #113
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Yes, the fall of the dollar is significant. England is not a cheap vacation. What you pay for in a dollar here you pay for in a pound there for most things. So a $1.40 cup of coffee at Starbucks is the same number in pounds in England at Starbucks which equates to about $2.50. Many items seemed to carry the same numerical number be it dollars or pounds. London is very expensive.

The only thing that seemed equal was in pubs. I'm paying about $4.50 locally for a pint of Guinness stout but usually paid about 2 lbs there. I drank a lot of Guinness and visited over 20 pubs in 15 days. One such pub in Oxford had been in continuous operation since 1270! To dispell believed conventions every pub served Guinness cold same as in the US. Guinness tasted no different than the quality pint I can get at the "Local" in Minneapolis. The secret of Guinness is you have to serve it fresh and if you can't double draw it on the tap with a proper head then it is stale.


I reall hope things improve somewhat. London is the first leg of my European vacation this coming Oct. Everything is already bought and paid for hotel/flight wise.

Do you happen to know the name of the pub in Oxford that has been open since 1270, Davydd? I am going to Oxfod to see the University/Museums, etc and would love to visit such a place. Purely for the historical significance of course.
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Old 05-21-2004, 09:31 PM   #114
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The Turf in Oxford

Van,

The name of the pub is the Turf. My favorite pub in all my crawls is in Bray-on-Thames near Maidenhead called the Crown. It has also been in continuous operation since 13th Century. The atmosphere was just right with stone floors, heavy timber ceilings and low doors. A pub can take the name Crown if a King of England pays a visit. It might have been Edward I. Bray is just northwest of Windsor Castle.

Another pub in Salisbury had an upstairs card playing room with a fireplace. They uncovered a hand buried in the walls. The skeleton bones are now on display behind glass next to the fireplace. It is believed to be the hand of someone cheating at cards and getting it chopped off. Had a Guinness in that room.

A public house (pub) usually has a posted menu on a blackboard. You order all drinks and food and pay for same at the bar. They bring the food to your table. You can carry your own drinks. Generally there are no reserved tables so you just have to wait for one to open up. Food is surprisingly good at most pubs. Some of the bigger establishments also have more traditional and separate sit down service restaurants.
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Old 06-22-2004, 07:30 PM   #115
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Updated gas prices...

Regular unleaded just a bit North of Tampa... down to $1.82 Their plan worked. That now looks like a good price to me!
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Old 06-22-2004, 07:48 PM   #116
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left Virgina on 4/15 fuel at $1.59 traveled throughout the Southwest and back to North Carolina. over 6,000 miles using diesel. Average cost for fuel was $1.72. Paid as high as $2.12 per gallon.
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Old 06-22-2004, 08:01 PM   #117
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don't come to a tourist area...Hilton Head, S.C. is at $183.-1.88. until fall probably. After labor day it changes. Some of are not tourists.
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Old 06-22-2004, 08:44 PM   #118
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Regular gas just dipped in Tullahoma, TN. from $1.85 to $1.79 per gallon. This is just in time for my trip to Stone Mountain, GA. next week.
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Old 06-22-2004, 09:58 PM   #119
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Of course.....a national holiday is approaching....folks will travel so up go the prices....they'll go back to where they are now after the 4th.

What a total joke!
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I paid 1.71 at BJ's this morning
they raised the upper limit on what can be produced but left the actual amount of oil produced from the wells at the same level according to reports.
if this is true does this mean that the refineries are now meeting the demand for clean fuel for both Europe and North America and the prices will drop accordingly ????
where do you think it will stop ????
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Finally dropped down below $2.00 around here. I'm seeing anywhere from $1.72 - $1.89 for regular within the city limits. Paid $1.68 this weekend on our way back up I-65. The scary part is that I thought that price was LOW!

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Full-timing in Pagosa Springs.

We have been out here for about 6 weeks. Gas is $2.05 a gallon and diesal is aboutthe same.
Just south of here on the Apache reservation reg is $1.79 and diesel is $1.73. Further west of pagosa (durango) it is about 8 cent a gallon cheaper(than in pagosa).

So we have been full-timing since may 10. The trailer has not given us much problems. The microwave/convection oven croaked and I had to get a new one and one lightbulb has blown out. Sorta getting used to it.

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In STL We jumped from $1.63 to $1.78 on 6/23.
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a link to more news about prices
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...kets_oil_dc_20

the head line is Oil Prices Edge Up Amid Norway Turmoil
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