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You're a Pedestrian, Act Like One In France roller skates and other wheeled contraptions are considered as games, rather than means of transportation, and are therefore not subject to any specific regulation. Indeed from a legal standpoint the French Traffic Code states that skaters are considered pedestrians and must therefore abide by the same rules. ...


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Absolutely! And not only you can, it is one of the best ways to explore the City! My favourite place to start the journey is from Hyde Park - right by the Serpentine Lake is a nice place to eat a sandwich and start skating, while you see some people dancing on rollers and quads. There are also some places to rent inlines in case you can't take yours with ...


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The site skridsko.net is crowd sourcing information about skating in all regions of sweden. You can search there when it starts to get cold enough. I live in the Stockholm area and here municipalities provide with skating lanes on a couple of lakes and also have information on their home pages about the avilability and ice quality. The lake Norrviken north ...


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I will be travelling around many Western European countries which I expect to not have these sorts of experiences. Actually, some do.


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For Slovakia, you could consider the Bratislava Rifle Range: Bratislava's premiere outdoor rifle shooting range is the setting for our most popular stag do activity. You can have a blast shooting a real Scorpion machine gun, sub-machine guns or a selection of handguns supervised by certified instructors. We guarantee you will love letting a fully loaded ...


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US Topo maps don't presently include these features, mainly because USGS doesn't collect the data. USGS is working on incorporating data from non-governmental organizations into the US Topo maps, however that work is expected to take a while, and some types of data are considered low priority. A FAQ entry addresses these issues in some depth: Why are there ...


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I know that Lake Mälaren, in downtown Stockholm, is accessible to ice skaters in winter. But Google Maps disqualifies it as being 324km far from Jönköping. And for assistance or guided tours on natural ice, you can check Ice Guide.


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I went with some friends in 2004, in April. From Hervey Bay we took a day trip across to Lady Elliot Island. They offer everything as a day trip, or you can stay on the island for longer if you wish. This included a flight in a small plane for the 40 minutes to the island, walking in reef shoes around the island and seeing the coral and shallow-water ...


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Natural, open areas are not a strong suit for Kuala Lumpur. Potential sites (both are near public transportation, neither have chin-up bars): ASEAN sculpture garden (not natural, not particularly big, no water, but the area around it is natural and shaded in places) Merdeka square (big, not natural, not shaded, no bodies of water). Here's a running ...


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Sailing is actually a pretty diverse field. There's a lot to learn, and a lot of choices to make about what to learn. E.g. Racing or cruising? Big boats or small boats? Keel boats or catamarans? Solo or crew? That being said, you should be able to find an introductory crew course that will fit into 2 days. One day is likely to be a stretch since it's ...


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Tour E (page only in German) from Berliner Unterwelten e.V. might fit what you are looking for. It's probably only somewhat demanding, so if you aren't tired after, I guess you can climb the outside too.


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I don't think there is a lake that could freeze over. A few mountain regions in VIC, TAS NSW and even SA get snow during winter, but there aren't any lakes at this attitude. The coldest place in Australia I could find was Collinsvale, TAS (close to Hobart) with a minimum average temp of +7.5 degree C. This is still pretty far away from cold enough for lakes ...


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I'm not in Sweden and I've only seen Vättern in summer, but I've been reading a lot about skating in Sweden. Here is an on-line guide of skating lakes to the north-east. NOTE: In the chapter on Vättern it says that IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE to go out on Vättern if wind speed is over 6 m/sec (about 20 km/hr or 10 knots) because the ice tends to break up. The ...


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If you are looking for something that is a bit more outdoorsy than a 'private lodge', then may I suggest a yurt? These are wooden huts, usually designed for six or eight and with a stove, perfectly suited to winter camping. There are yurts at Mew Lake campground in Algonquin Park, The Pinery on Lake Huron, and Killarney - all several hours from Toronto. ...


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I have a recollection of taking a trip (some decades ago) between the Niagara Falls and Toronto, and seeing a number of farms along the way. In your shoes, I might take that route during the fall, and talk to some farmers, and see what they have to say about lodges. If all else fails, I'd think about spending the vacation in someone's farmhouse or barn. ...


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In Poland you can visit Wolfsschanze (Wolf's Lair), the place where Hitler stayed during the war against Russia. There you can see the older concrete buildings, but you can also fire some massive guns for not a lot of money. From the Website about the site: Suffering from lack of adrenaline? Want to test your sniper abilities? Visit our new shooting ...


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The Appalachian Trail is a stop on the Metro North Railroad on weekends.


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The Botanical Gardens actually fulfilled all my prerequisites except the outdoor gym. It's about a 25 minute walk straight to the west of Chinatown. If not actually natural it's certainly nicely landscaped and full of trees and plants. It has a lake in one section though not a huge one. It has quite a few paths running all around it and a small number of ...


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Writing this sat in Da Nang airport. You're going to find the heat and sun difficult. Plenty of water (take some cash and you'll be able to buy bottles along your route) and sun cream required. In terms of risk of being attacked you'll be fine I think, but the road often lack footpaths and where they do exist they are often filled with scooters/chairs/food ...


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Considering you liked the climbing: Hochseilgarten/high rope course in Berlin I do not know this one personally, but every similar place in Germany I know has very simple courses you can even do with small kids to hard ones that will REALLY tire you out. Prices look ok, too :).


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There's Flipkey by Tripadvisor. It's pretty new so the listing are limited, but there's some pretty isolated and scenic places. Might want to try Craigslist too if you have a place in mind. Good luck!


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CNNGo has a piece on this as well, explaining about how it was done. It sounds like there was a major expose and resulting crackdown. Wikitravel's page on Vang Vieng also states that there's been a massive shutdown. However, the Sydney Morning Herald reports these attempts have had 'mixed success': But two days ago, the river was still busy with more ...


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A lot of hostels in the Baltic countries like for example the Naughty Squirrel in Riga or the Boutique Hostel in Tallinn offer AK47 shooting tours. Also the Kiev Backpacker Hostel in Kiev, Ukraine offers such a tour. From my experience a lot of hostels in the Baltic Countries, and Eastern Europe in general offer such tours. If not mention directly, they ...


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I would suggest expanding your range since 1 hour out of New York city won't get you very far along the coast. There are several places that say they offer but you might have to call them to see what they will actually offer. Rockaway Ferry Several listed in Freeport Of course there is other kind of Whale Watching available as far as New York is ...


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http://www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com/ includes kayak hire and appears to be cheaper than the price you have. You could enter that. Or you could ask them where they hire their kayaks from as it must be cheaper than what you have been quoted.


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The USGS maps are indeed not very useful for outdoor people. They are better than nothing, but lacking a lot of detail. National Geographic Maps are available for popular recreation areas such as national parks. They are much more detailed than the USGS maps. Sometimes also local organisations/companies produce their own maps (e.g. this one for the Wasatch ...


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Since you mention Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, there is a National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior that provides simple and detailed maps of all of the national parks. There are simple maps showing roads, buildings, park attractions etc. as well as topographical maps that include trails, landmarks, and most ...


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If you don't like biking around Central Park. Try Bear Mountain. There is a race there in the summer but I can't find the info now. You can go to the Poconos for hiking, Trail Biking, Kayaking, Fishing. More on the Poconos here. There is also Catskills but I wouldn't do it in one day.


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For biking, hiking, and all other mountain sports in the alpes I really can recommend www.hikr.org It is a collection of tours, often with really great reviews, pictures and ratings.



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