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Wineries near Paso Robles[edit]

Hi, everyone. I'm starting to plan a likely summer trip to California. Part of the trip is likely to be a trip from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara and back, including a visit to someplace on the way. We've already visited San Luis Obispo, so we're considering Paso Robles going and Salinas coming back, with a likely stay in San Jose on the front end, too. Your thoughts about any of those places are welcome, but in terms of Paso Robles, I'm wondering whether good wineries are very close, such that it would be reasonable for us to visit them in a rented car (of course with the driver tasting and spitting), and not pay for a winery tour. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:23, 1 June 2017 (UTC) Asked by: Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:23, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

My brother already has suggestions for me, for what it's worth, so I'll pay attention to what he says. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:42, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Going to Riga and Jurmala in July[edit]

I am considering travelling to Riga and Jurmala in Latvia in the start of July. I plan on visiting RopeFest near the centre of Riga but actually staying in Jurmala with my girlfriend, to be able to visit the beach. My itinerary would be as follows:

  • Arrive at Riga airport on Saturday 1 July at 10:40 and go straight to RopeFest at Brivibas gatve 193c by 15:00.
  • Leave RopeFest at 23:00 and go straight to Jurmala.
  • Stay at Jurmala until Wednesday 5 July.
  • Go to Riga airport to catch a flight back to Finland at 11:05.

Is this possible? My main concerns are the transfers. I'm sure I'll be all OK in Jurmala. Is it possible to:

  • Get from Riga airport to Brivibas gatve 193c in four hours?
  • Get from Brivibas gatve 193c to Jurmala in the middle of the night?
  • Get from Jurmala to Riga airport by about 09:00 or 09:30 in the morning?

Asked by: JIP (talk) 22:24, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

Scratch that, I'm not going to Latvia after all in July. I'm going to Tampere! Bye! =) JIP (talk) 16:42, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Topically applied sun-cream, insect repellent and related...[edit]

I have read the article on Sun protection, but it didn't mention any specfic brands (as discussed on the talk page.).

I will be visiting part of the Eastern Scottish Coast later this year, and wondered if anyone had any specific ones available in that region that were better, or by comparison any that should definitely be avoided?

Based on past experience, I've also encountered 'midges' and was wondering if there were some recommended insect repellents that were obtainable, as my skin doesn't respond well to minor bites, I am aware of things like citronella and DEET (vaugely) from past trips, but would perhaps prefer to use something other than DEET as I am never too happy about using chemical methods unless I absolutely have to? I am also not sure if topically applied insect repellents now exist, or would be "compatible" with any sun protection. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 18:31, 26 June 2017 (UTC) Asked by: ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 18:31, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

EU regulations about DEET have changed and now (in the EU) you wont be able to buy anything more powerful than 50%.

Three types: DEET, Saltidin/Icaridin and Citriodiol

  • DEET everybody knows about.
  • Saltidin/Icaridin is considered as effective as DEET withour some of the more unpleasant effects (non-irritating, "gentler", does not affect plastics like DEET does)
  • Citriodiol personal opinion but I've thought it a waste of time.

Many products using the different underlying repellant. Some products micro-encapsulate the repellant making it last longer. But these are all chemical methods. PsamatheM (talk) 19:01, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the note about the changes in EU regulations, I would imagine the UK (despite Brexit) would follow the same direction. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:07, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
UK is still a member of the EU and so is obliged to have the same constraints. You can get 50% DEET fine. Micro-encapsulated tends to be at lower concentrations (e.g. 30%) - I guess because it does not lose as much strength over time. PsamatheM (talk) 19:53, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
On sun cream - I don't think that any special measures need to be taken for eastern Scotland. I would just buy a cheap supermarket own brand, choosing for one with a SPF of 20 or more. If you are sailing or swimming, get a waterproof one - although the sea is usually so cold that most people are only in the water for 5 minutes so sun cream doesn't matter.
Midges tend not to be as bad in the east as in the west. I find a head net (and long sleeves etc) is best when in areas where there are loads of midges. There are some repellents that are specifically sold as deterring midges, e.g. Smidge. Others recommend Avon Skin So Soft Oil, which is sold as a moisturiser but midges don't like the smell, and tend not to bite through oily skin, but I haven't tried this myself.
Midges tend to be bad on still days, and can be driven away by smoke, so a camp fire or barbecue can help. There are also midge eating machines available, but these are not practical for travel. AlasdairW (talk) 21:32, 26 June 2017 (UTC)