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Old 04-11-2013, 06:23 PM   #196
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I'm starting to listen to the Coffee Break German podcasts. They're very good, I hope to know some basic German phrases for the trip!

Less than six months now!

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Gave our daughter a German phrase book for Easter. We got a kick out of one of the phrases and sent it to our friend who is an ABD guide. We all laughed !

"Der reisefuhrer ist schon". LOLOLOL

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Old 04-18-2013, 12:15 PM   #197
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Mike -

Are you and Christy going to Fauchon? If so, can you pick up a box of chocolates for Brian and me? I am still steamed that my son wolfed down all of the chocolate we bought in Paris before I got to try any.

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #198
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Mike -

Are you and Christy going to Fauchon? If so, can you pick up a box of chocolates for Brian and me? I am still steamed that my son wolfed down all of the chocolate we bought in Paris before I got to try any.

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Absolutely! It's on our list of things to do. If there is a specific type of chocolate, just let me know. I think we will probably go with a shopping list.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:04 PM   #199
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Yay!!! I will let you know as we get closer. I just need some French chocolate! 5 months to go!!!!

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Old 04-19-2013, 09:25 AM   #200
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Absolutely! It's on our list of things to do. If there is a specific type of chocolate, just let me know. I think we will probably go with a shopping list.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:59 PM   #201
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OK Holly,Laurie, John, & Kevin, The Container Store is having it's travel sale...

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:00 PM   #202
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...and I just noticed we are under 150 days!!
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #203
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...and someone has been on a "tagging" spree again. TY, TF!
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I guess it is about that time...

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While this is still fresh on my brain, I thought I would throw out some things we learned from our Recent Adventures by Disney Trip to London and Paris. I hope that this reference will help not only those traveling to London and Paris, but to other locations as well


Understand the Power requirements of the locations you are going.
  • Check all of your devices and make sure they are capable of dual voltages!
  • Learn what plug adapters you will need. London and Paris use different power plugs than the ones used in the US and they are different from each other.
  • Get a dual voltage power strip that uses a universal power connector. If you get into a situation where you need to unplug a lamp to get power, you can plug in the lamp into the universal plug.
  • Do not use US Power Strips!! They will not work and could cause a fire.

If you have an Ipad and want to avoid costly internet charges at the hotel, find a SIM Card provider that does not require a credit card on file.
  • I used Vodaphone. They charged £5 for a Sim and 250mb of data. I was able to get an additional 750mb for £15. Very reasonable. I used about 500mb total while we were in London.
Think about the bag you will carry around and protecting your wallet.
  • Think about using a messenger bag over a backpack. It is easier to keep a hand on a messenger bag. I carried a messenger style camera sling bag instead of my backpack. It is not as easy for someone to take items from a messenger bag.
  • Watch your pockets and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
If you use the hotel internet, bring a small wifi router (not access point).
  • When you purchase the hotel wifi or wired internet, you can only use it on a couple of devices. I had my travel router with me. This helped in connecting my Ipad, Blackberry, Iphone, and laptop. The router allowed me to use the wired connection and share that with all of my devices.
If you have free time, plan it out before you go on your trip.
  • We made reservations at a couple of restaurants several months out. These were small cafes and the space went quickly.
Take time to plan out where you want to wander.
  • Know that the most popular locations, in Paris especially, are popular targets for pickpockets and scammers. People will also sell "le crap" at these spots. AVOID THEM. We saw a person buy something and then he was then pegged as a "sucker." And was hit by every illegal "le crap" vendor.
XL = Sausage Skin in Paris.
  • I tried to purchase an XL shirt in Paris but was not happy to find that XL in Paris means body condom in US sizes. They do not sell any thing above XXL, and that was even tight.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:21 PM   #205
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Yay! I can go on a packing folder spree again! It's coming up fast!

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Old 05-07-2013, 09:36 PM   #206
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Holy Smokes we are at nearly 4 months! Someone gave me a set of plugs to use but I'm going to need a power strip. I was talking to someone else about cell phones abroad and I was getting a lesson about "unlocking" the phone. I'm hoping someone can assist me with this.

DH is looking for a "european" wallet so he doesn't have to do origami with the money. Anyone know of any credit card companies that have the chip in them that you can "touch" the device and pay with it?

I think another trip to The Container Store is in my future and more researching!
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Well, one of my Europe bags we bought for the last trip croaked (handle broke in an unfortunate incident with an escalator.)

Just ordered a new Spinner from TravelPro.



http://www.ebags.com/product/travelp...uctid=10167830

Christy got the 25" and I got the 29".
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:29 PM   #209
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Pleasde help me welcome Sharon and David to our Fairytale Adventure!

Welcome Aboard...or Abroad!

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WELCOME!!!!!!!

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