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Old 02-16-2014   #41
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Arles is also on my list, but not sure if I can make it this year; never been there.
Other "WWI" places to visit: Luik (Liège), Verdun, Soisson, Peronne etc...
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As I make frequent visits to Belgrade, I would vote for it. Sarajevo is great and I would prefer if there were no clashes recently...
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Dear Martin,

Well, of course I'd back Arles,which is probably also the cheapest place to stay on the list. Drawbacks to such of the others as I have visited:

Riga: Didn't go through the centre but the outskirts were dull (true of most cities in all fairness). More to the point I found Latvia in general surprisingly expensive and dull. Good beer, though.

Lisbon: beautiful, especially Alfama, fairly expensive for half-decent hotels.

Malta: utterly stunning (see http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subsc...t%20malta.html ) but quite hard to get to. Of course there are plenty of flights but not everyone wants to fly (or lives that near an airport). Also quite expensive unless you can book a package.

St. Petersburg: again, beautiful, but a lot of hassle with visas as compared with the EU.

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Copenhagen, some day during June 1-3.
Oslo, some day during June 5-9.

My wishlist is complete. I am not a European, so ignore my wishlist.
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I like that Valletta, Malta suggestion a lot actually. Hostelworld.com suggests private rooms available from €15, so it doesn't have to be very expensive if you choose basic accomodation.
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I just sent a message to those who have expressed an interest over the last few years...
Thank you - I'm interested. Gdańsk is a great idea - as well as one of the other beautiful cities in Poland (Wrocław, Kraków, ...). Could Ankara be an option? Bratislava/Vienna/Budapest and Verona/Venice would be most easy to reach for me though. 10./11.05. and 17./18.05. are my preferred weekends. 24./25.05. is definately not possible for me.
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Around this time of year the light in Northern Africa is beautiful btw... anywhere in Morocco/Algeria would be great now too.

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Algeria and Morocco are located in Africa.
If the Europe Meeting is held outside of Europe, why call it so?
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Algeria and Morocco are located in Africa.
If the Europe Meeting is held outside of Europe, why call it so?
Those places are only a "stone's throw" from Europe, so why not? The year before last the Euromeet was held in Istanbul, and despite being the only Euromeet not held in Europe proper, I suspect that particular Euromeet had the highest number of attendees of any Euromeet held so far.
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Algeria and Morocco are located in Africa.
If the Europe Meeting is held outside of Europe, why call it so?
Why wouldn't europeans meet on some common backyard grounds just outside their doorsteps? Northern Africa is covered by most budget airlines on top of that, and a fun change of the regular flintstones background loop to make urban photography a little more interesting. Yet, still close enough to make a great destination for a european meetup I'd say.
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Those places are only a "stone's throw" from Europe, so why not? The year before last the Euromeet was held in Istanbul, and despite being the only Euromeet not held in Europe proper, I suspect that particular Euromeet had the highest number of attendees of any Euromeet held so far.
Geographically the Euromeet in Istanbul was in Europe, with one short trip to Asia.
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Algeria and Morocco sounds good.
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Algeria and Morocco sounds too exotic for me. I wouldn't go out there without the group. My goal for a Euromeet is to add a few days to explore the place on my own.
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What's wrong with the northern north/eastern destinations in the beginning of the thread?
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My "wishing well" short-list has come down to one entry: Belgium. I have been there only twice and there is much more to see.

But since I do not really know if I can participate at all, ignore that.
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What's wrong with the northern north/eastern destinations in the beginning of the thread?
There's nothing wrong with these destination. And I still prefer them.

On the other hand, how about Euromeet 2014 in Tokyo?
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HI,

FWIW, I'd prefer somewhere like Koln because it's on the rail network and easy for us in the UK or Ireland. Plus all the aggro of flying gets me down: or rather all the aggro before you actually and then after flying.

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FWIW, I'd prefer somewhere like Koln because it's on the rail network and easy for us in the UK or Ireland. Plus all the aggro of flying gets me down: or rather all the aggro before you actually and then after flying.

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How about a list of the countries that have been visited in the last five years and then agreeing to go somewhere else? As I recall it's:

Berlin, Germany
Florence, Italy
Hackney/London, England
Istanbul, Turkey
Prague, Czech Republic

Also, if you're including Algeria as a potential destination in North Africa what about including Tunisia too, or is it more dangerous?
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Have a good one dudes, I can't make it this year.
That's a shame, can we book you for next year?

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FWIW, I'd prefer somewhere like Koln because it's on the rail network and easy for us in the UK or Ireland. Plus all the aggro of flying gets me down: or rather all the aggro before you actually and then after flying.

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One night in Arles, and getting there from anywhere in Europe, costs probably as much as flying to, and spending a whole week with accomodation, in the Mahreb. Photographically it's much more interesting too, with its street crowds in the medinas and vibrant colors in beautiful low-angled sunlight.
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Why wouldn't europeans meet on some common backyard grounds just outside their doorsteps? Northern Africa is covered by most budget airlines on top of that, and a fun change of the regular flintstones background loop to make urban photography a little more interesting. Yet, still close enough to make a great destination for a european meetup I'd say.
One advantage for holding a Europe Meeting in Europe is for other RFF members who happen to visit Europe to finally meet RFF members from Europe in Europe.

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You make it sound like Europe is a single place... when in reality we all need to travel quite a bit whatever the decided outcome.
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I never said that Europe is one place. No matter where you decide as a group to meet, some will have to do some serious traveling.
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Exactly. So even some French town might be more expensive to reach and stay at than some place catered by Easyjet/Transavia budget airline.
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In the end, it will be a meeting of RFF Members who live in Europe.
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If we go to Arles during the photo festival you better book your hotels now! Apart from that the hotels wil have a 50-100% upmark on their normal prices. I'm in favor of the Baltic states, but the date is more important to me.
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Any place named so far sounds good to me.

Timing is flexible except for the weekends of 14/15 June and 21/22 June...
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we should really put the date together asap.
let us drop out also public holidays may31/june1.
anybody else with desired dates?
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we should really put the date together asap.
let us drop out also public holidays may31/june1.
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Hi,

We ought to be marking a map where everyone who has posted or read this thread lives, then look at the map and decide.

My UK problem is that all routes have to go through a ferry port or the channel tunnel or worse, some dire airport.

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Tom :- the holiday weekend mentioned by Janko is the religious weekend of Ascension Day. About half of Europe has that five-day-weekend off work.

Practically speaking, there is a choice between "the first three weeks of May plus first half of June" and "late Summer"?? This comes about because we are a bit late for April now and most family holidays seem to occur during July or August, of course they would generally have priority for most people.

So . . . Spring ??? Or late Summer ???

Locations outside of the EU might be a little far away, in travel time or costs. I have not found the Arles opening week to be expensive (but I do stay in a tent for that) provided that one doesn't try to book the TGV very late. If we are going to be silly, lets go to Kabul - at least it will be safer this year than in 2015 . . .

Later in the year could suit the Northern Baltic locations very well, if we wish to have fine weather. Earlier might be good for more central locations, such as Brussels and/or Antwerp, Bruges etc. Gdansk also looks to have reasonable average weather in May or June. Romania or Hungary can be interesting too. Cheap airlines are useful, as are the train networks and of course self-drive for the people nearest to a location.

If we can find a vague consensus, or top-five, I'll make a poll thing like last time.
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Not that I would be able to go....
But Iceland sounds FAB !!!
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Iceland does sound great but getting there and prices there are crazy.
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Iceland does sound great but getting there and prices there are crazy.
Iceland would be: carrying a tripod around, taking photos very early in the morning, need for cars to get to the landscape locations. As a city- and street-photography location Reykjavik is not so interesting.
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Iceland would be a transport problem indeed. Maybe we could hire bicycles . . .
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