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I have built up my FS fund a little and was looking to purchase some add on scenery...FS2004, a scenery package that has been out for at least three years, and the US Dollar conversion has it at over $70 now. Whew...that is too much...I will have to pass...I was coming back from overseas in 2000 and remember the Euro being less than the dollar...how things change...Scott

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>I have built up my FS fund a little and was looking to>purchase some add on scenery...FS2004, a scenery package that>has been out for at least three years, and the US Dollar>conversion has it at over $70 now. Whew...that is too>much...I will have to pass...>>I was coming back from overseas in 2000 and remember the Euro>being less than the dollar...how things change...>>ScottI'm hoping to visit friends in the US this July. From a European perspective things look quite inexpensive in the US to me - I'm looking forward to it - the cost of living in Europe is just crazy.What's Virginia like anyone? It looks great to me - civil war and War of Independence history - will it be safe for me as a Brit to walk the streets of the US on 4th July? ;-)

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Virginia beach will be busy. Center yourself around Williamsburg. Plenty of theme parks, stuff to do. Traffic bad. Weather humid. Drivers a bit better than NY and Jersey but not much.KNTU right next to Va. Beach.Make the trip to the Outer Banks in NC. Worth your entire trip to US to see that location..Gary

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You'll be fine! just don't wear a Red Coat or Carry a Brown Bess.Bill *:-*

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>>What's Virginia like anyone? It looks great to me - civil war>and War of Independence history - Oh, haven't you heard? We settled those misunderstandings years ago! :-)will it be safe for me as a>Brit to walk the streets of the US on 4th July? ;-)Absolutely -- people may insist that you apologize for all the inconvenience your country caused us 2 1/2 centuries ago, but don't you worry about them. They will be mostly old and cranky.And remember the Virginia state ad slogan: "Virginia is for Lovers" -- (but not out in public!) :-lol

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Of course. We won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Having a British mother has caused many interesting conversations about this. I'm always reminded of how the French gave us the necessary diversion to survive the War of 1812.

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Gavin,I can't think of a better place to celebrate the 4th of July than in Washington DC. I lived/worked there for eight years. Plenty safe... just keep to the good parts of town. Get around on the Metro - very safe and very clean and a great way to get around the city.4th was always a blast. Just you and about 500,000 other people to party! Suggestion: Hang down at the dock on the 'waterfront' in Georgetown and perhaps you'll be able to hook up with some revelers on their boats. We used to always meet new people that way and let them come aboard to watch the fireworks from the Potomac river.Definitely hit the Smithsonian (of course the Air Museum there and the new one at Dulles airport), Gettysburg, Williamsburg.have fun!

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I've been to the DC celebration and it was great, but Phillys the place to be on the fourth, dawg! We really know how to ring in the 4th! There are no less than 5 fireworks displays in the city, and over 30 within 10 miles drive.But while in Washington, definately go to the Air and Space Museum -- and don't pass on the bus ride out to see the space shuttle and the Enola Gay! In case you'er interested, the original Enterprise from Star Trek is down in the gift shop at the A+S Museum now -- relegated to the basement! **sniff**

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Thanks for all the advice guys, I'm really looking forward to it. To be honest though, we'd better stop as, to be fair, it's not really an FS9 subject.Much appreciated thoughI think the Air and Space museum in Washington and the Smithsonian are 100% defo must see sights.Gavin

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>Thanks for all the advice guys, I'm really looking forward to>it. To be honest though, we'd better stop as, to be fair, it's>not really an FS9 subject.>>Much appreciated though>>I think the Air and Space museum in Washington and the>Smithsonian are 100% defo must see sights.>>Gavin>As others have stated, Virginia is a nice state to visit. Don't just hang out near the coast though. The Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountians are worth a see. Richmond (where I live) has nice parts too. As others have pointed out, the humidity in the summer is stiffling.

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I am feeling the pain... I just hope this brings work into the country being that the depressed dollar makes our labor attractive. Certainly no time to go out of the country though, at least not the Eurozone.

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Havent you heard? The US is going to peg its currency to the Euro at one to one!

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Gavin...........bring your euros with you. Some Washington DC area restaurants and bars are now accepting euros. Signs of the times as the dollar plummets on the financial markets.

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ClutchCargo,You wrote "I can't think of a better place to celebrate the 4th of July than in Washington DC."Well, I can ...The place is Main Street in Ranchester, Wyoming. The time is civil twilight. The goings-on bear a remarkable resemblance to an intense and long lasting live fire training exercise. It's like going on Hadj -- you should do it at least once in your life. :)NOTE: This information is thirty years old. Perhaps by now the Blue Meanies have toned things down.

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Or Jackson, Wyoming.Maybe a bit touristy, but where else do you find wooden sidewalks and a proud display of elk and moose antlers forming the gate to the city park :)

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jwenting,I've been to Jackson Hole also for the 4th of July. The problem with Jackson is that unlike Ranchester they won't let you do big stuff downtown as I recall :), meaning that you have to go out to the boonies. (In Ranchester they were even firing skyrockets horizontally at each other. :) Truth. We had to flatten ourselves against buildings to stay out of the simulated urban combat line of fire. Apparently the whole town and its environs participate in what was then an annual battle. :))Anyway, if you do that -- get out of downtown Jackson -- and if you manage to get a fire going in the grass and/or underbrush, you get to pay for the cost of having the fire put out. Been there, done that too. :) We (my family and I) were running around like crazy keeping all the little fires stomped out, so in the end it didn't cost us for anything but the fireworks themselves.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxBut apart from that I have to agree with your sentiment. Jackson Hole is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

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It may now even be an automatic felony if you start a fire in a national park to boot. LOL. Not sure about in the city though. WY may not be as strict as CA.I'd love to go to Jackson myself soon also.

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Jeff, It's probably illegal on WY federal land too but nobody seemed really to care thirty years ago. :) At the time the WY license plates read "Wyoming Is What America Was".Jwenting,You ask where else touristy wooden sidewalks can be found. Until about ten years ago they could still be found in Elizabeth, a small town you've never heard of out on the plains just east of Denver.There is nothing touristy about Elizabeth. The sidewalks were real, as were the hitching posts. Those things are gone today.The real question to ask regarding Wyoming is, Where else can you buy an entire small town for next to nothing? (It changed hands recently. I forget its name. It has one resident. :))xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDo you hear, EU members? You can buy an entire town now in the magical state of Wyoming. Make the owner a low offer. I'll bet that he's dying to sell already. :)

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>Certainly no time to go out of the country>though, at least not the Eurozone.True. But perhaps more of us Europeans will come on holiday to the US and our tourist dollars/pounds/euros will help a little.Apart from my sightseeing trips - I'll be based in Chester, VA and also a few days with another friend in Asheville (I think) NC - I intend to spend one day shopping for clothes. The last time I was in the US was 1996 and I clearly remember how cheap clothes seemed to me then.I've just had a thought - I hope no US citizens misunderstand what I'm saying. I truly sympathise with anyone suffering from the effects of this temporary economic downturn. OK, this makes it a relatively good time for me to visit my friends in the US as my savings can buy a few dollars more than a few years ago - but, to be honest, I'd probably be going this year anyhow. I hope I haven't caused any offence to anyone.

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You haven't offended anyone....come on over and have some fun! :-)

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>>I have built up my FS fund a little and was looking to>>purchase some add on scenery...FS2004, a scenery package>that>>has been out for at least three years, and the US Dollar>>conversion has it at over $70 now. Whew...that is too>>much...I will have to pass...>>>>I was coming back from overseas in 2000 and remember the>Euro>>being less than the dollar...how things change...>>>>Scott>>I'm hoping to visit friends in the US this July. From a>European perspective things look quite inexpensive in the US>to me - I'm looking forward to it - the cost of living in>Europe is just crazy.>>What's Virginia like anyone? It looks great to me - civil war>and War of Independence history - will it be safe for me as a>Brit to walk the streets of the US on 4th July? ;-) You should be fine in VA! I live about 45 mins from Jamestowne area.!

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4th of July + Brit = safe in Virginia? Hmmm... well, only if you speak the Irish version of Brit and carry a pint of Guiness with you where ever you go! :-lolMy wife and I live in Charlottesville. She's a native and I have been here 21 years. Every state of the union has its own unique offerings to the visitor and Virginia certainly holds its own. I am originally from San Diego, Calif., and the fact that I have been here as long as I have speaks volumes for the area and the state. I just had British visitors this week on business, and they can't get enough of the area. Skyline Drive, Monticello, battlefields, history every where. You won't go wrong by visiting us, and if you can get to the Skyline, you won't ever forget it.

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You certainly haven't offended me - as a Virginian I say, Y'All come! And bring money...DJ

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>You certainly haven't offended me - as a Virginian I say,>Y'All come! And bring money...>>DJFlights booked! Air France had the best deal so it'll be an A319/320 from Warsaw to Paris then a B772 to Dulles. It'll be my first time in a B777 :-) 27 June to 11 July :-)I'm looking at hiring a car to pop down to Asheville NC for a few days where I have some other friends. I want a Mustang :-) Or maybe a Harley? I see much Googling ahead. Looks like I'll be in DC for the 4th July as my Chester friends are working that one out - can't wait :-)

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