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apurplebrat
02-22-2011, 07:08 PM
Castle refurb going quickly!!!

http://www.dlrptoday.com/images/2011/02/4198_3.jpg

I can't wait to see the castle!!:cool1:

belle41379
02-23-2011, 11:29 AM
Thought you all might find this interesting.

We went away for one night last weekend and I decided to break in our TP duffel bag. I managed to get all our clothing, shoes, hair dryer, baby items, toiletries, etc. for a family of 5, plus.....wait for it...the PACK N PLAY and wedge, into one bag...and we still had room in the outside pockets! It all fit comfortably - no shoving or pulling needed! Absolutely LOVE these bags. :cool1::cool1::cool1::worship::worship::lovestruc: lovestruc

k5jmh
02-23-2011, 01:58 PM
Ooooo. That's cool. Only thing is, I have an iPod touch, not an iPhone. I wonder if you can use it strictly via the keyboard, without a microphone?

Sayhello

Tobi, you can use a bluetooth headset or a wired headset. You can also get one of these:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/Boards/mic.jpg

This is just a Microphone that plugs into the bottom of the Ipod Touch.

MinnieGarden
03-05-2011, 05:04 PM
This weekend Mike and I gave our new luggage a test run. I'm thrilled to say, it's amazing! :love:

The eBags Mother Lode carry on had enough room for a weekend's worth of chlothes, 5 pairs of shoes :cool2:, laptop, and kindle. Very easy to maneuver and fits perfectly in the overhead bin. :thumbsup2

The TravelPro duffel.... all I can say is WOW! That's huge! We took it virtually empty, and on the return trip was filled with all of my shopping purchases from the weekend. I usually ship things back, however everything fit in the bag with room for more! :banana:

OKW Lover
03-05-2011, 05:19 PM
This weekend Mike and I gave our new luggage a test run. I'm thrilled to say, it's amazing! :love:

The eBags Mother Lode carry on had enough room for a weekend's worth of chlothes, 5 pairs of shoes :cool2:

5 pairs of shoes just for a weekend?!?!

I didn't realize Mike was that much of a shoe addict. How many pair did you take? :rolleyes1

sayhello
03-05-2011, 05:33 PM
This weekend Mike and I gave our new luggage a test run. I'm thrilled to say, it's amazing! :love:

The eBags Mother Lode carry on had enough room for a weekend's worth of chlothes, 5 pairs of shoes :cool2:, laptop, and kindle. Very easy to maneuver and fits perfectly in the overhead bin. :thumbsup2

The TravelPro duffel.... all I can say is WOW! That's huge! We took it virtually empty, and on the return trip was filled with all of my shopping purchases from the weekend. I usually ship things back, however everything fit in the bag with room for more! :banana:Isn't the eBags Mother Lode carry on fabulous? I really love mine! I bought the next larger size for my checked bag, although I don't think I'll have a chance to dry-run it before the trip. But if it's half as good as the carry-on, I'm good to go!

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
03-13-2011, 11:28 AM
Has anyone mentioned lately.......

WE'RE GOING TO PARIS!!!!!! In 5 months!!!!!! :banana::banana::banana:

OKW Lover
03-13-2011, 11:33 AM
Has anyone mentioned lately.......

WE'RE GOING TO PARIS!!!!!! In 5 months!!!!!! :banana::banana::banana:

That gives Mike plenty of time to buy more electronics for the trip. :rolleyes1

MinnieGarden
03-13-2011, 11:51 AM
That gives Mike plenty of time to buy more electronics for the trip. :rolleyes1

Jeff, he claims his iPad purchase will eliminate some of what he needs to bring on the trip, like a laptop. :rolleyes1

I think I'm going to start a pool..... will Mike bring a laptop to Europe or just the iPad?????? popcorn::

OKW Lover
03-13-2011, 11:54 AM
Don't forget the voltage converters and plug adapters.

k5jmh
03-13-2011, 12:00 PM
That gives Mike plenty of time to buy more electronics for the trip. :rolleyes1

Jeff, he claims his iPad purchase will eliminate some of what he needs to bring on the trip, like a laptop.

I think I'm going to start a pool..... will Mike bring a laptop to Europe or just the iPad?????? popcorn::

:rolleyes1

Don't forget the voltage converters and plug adapters.

Luckily most of the items we will be taking are 110/220v 50/60hz, so we will need plug adapters. I may take a couple of Voltage transformers.
:thumbsup2

shellyminnie
03-13-2011, 12:10 PM
I think I'm going to start a pool..... will Mike bring a laptop to Europe or just the iPad?????? popcorn::

Ohh . . .Good idea Christy!!

My vote: He'll find a way to bring BOTH!! :rotfl:

sayhello
03-13-2011, 08:13 PM
Jeff, he claims his iPad purchase will eliminate some of what he needs to bring on the trip, like a laptop. :rolleyes1

I think I'm going to start a pool..... will Mike bring a laptop to Europe or just the iPad?????? popcorn::

Ohh . . .Good idea Christy!!

My vote: He'll find a way to bring BOTH!! :rotfl:I second this vote! :thumbsup2

Sayhello

k5jmh
03-16-2011, 11:18 AM
New Disney Parks Tilt-Shift video of Disneyland Paris!!

http://www.viddler.com/explore/disneyparks/videos/723/

sayhello
03-17-2011, 12:01 AM
New Disney Parks Tilt-Shift video of Disneyland Paris!!

http://www.viddler.com/explore/disneyparks/videos/723/Cool beans! :thumbsup2

And we'll be there IN 5 MONTHS!!!!!

Sayhello

mattincanberra
03-21-2011, 11:21 AM
ABD does request that you keep it to one suitcase and one carry on per person.

As there are some of us that might want to shop....<cough cough>....while in London and Paris, you might want to consider packing a lightweight duffel bag.


Hmm, it's 2am here :surfweb: and all i seem to be thinking about is luggage for a trip that is still some months away. How hard is this one bag limit :rolleyes1 i have now read the ABD website a number of times, and had convinced myself that they were really talking about what would be allowed on a plane :) Qantas will apparently let me cart 140 lbs to and from London - seems such a waste to not use it all (at least on the way back....)

I am going to Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta next week for just over a week, and I am looking at two suitcases, a carryon, and a technology bag staring at me from the corner of the lounge room.

Time to start reassessing my need for clothes it seems...

BriarRosie
03-21-2011, 01:53 PM
Hmm, it's 2am here :surfweb: and all i seem to be thinking about is luggage for a trip that is still some months away. How hard is this one bag limit :rolleyes1 i have now read the ABD website a number of times, and had convinced myself that they were really talking about what would be allowed on a plane :) Qantas will apparently let me cart 140 lbs to and from London - seems such a waste to not use it all (at least on the way back....)

I am going to Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta next week for just over a week, and I am looking at two suitcases, a carryon, and a technology bag staring at me from the corner of the lounge room.

Time to start reassessing my need for clothes it seems...

I'm a girl and don't need to pack that much stuff! :rotfl2:

k5jmh
03-28-2011, 10:21 PM
Find a tube station and get wifi!


March 28, 2011
London tube stations to get Wi-Fi
Roy Greenslade

This is good news... I think. Then again, maybe it's a gimmick that will have lit tle practical benefit.

Lon don Underground is seeking to have Wi-Fi installed on 120 stations by the time of next year's London Olympics.

Transport for London (TfL) has asked for tenders from telecoms companies to make the installations. The bidder will be chosen by the end of 2011, giving the winning company some six months to get the network up and running.

It follows a successful trial at Charing Cross tube station run by BT.

The first phase of the roll-out would involve extending a system already in use for staff at 16 stations to the wider public.

London's mayor Boris Johnson said the installations "will allow Londoners to use mobile devices to pick up their emails, access social media sites and stay in touch with the world above while they traverse our subterranean transport network".

The service will not operate on trains, however.

Source: V3.co.uk

wishspirit
03-29-2011, 02:59 PM
Find a tube station and get wifi!

Seems a bit odd to me. The longest I wait at an underground station is about 3 minutes as the trains are incredibly regular (except if there is trouble on the line). Since you won't get any benefit when the train is moving, it seems like a bit of a waste of money.

However as long as the tax payer isn't paying for it, I'm all for it! One thing we won't be paying for during the ruddy Olympics!

Chropistopy
03-29-2011, 05:37 PM
No real reason for posting other than it has been a while...our thread has gotten super quiet. Is this the calm before the storm? We're almost at the 5 month mark. I imagine that everyone will start going into shopping, planning, etc. frenzy in the next couple of months as the time draws near.

BriarRosie
03-29-2011, 10:19 PM
No real reason for posting other than it has been a while...our thread has gotten super quiet. Is this the calm before the storm? We're almost at the 5 month mark. I imagine that everyone will start going into shopping, planning, etc. frenzy in the next couple of months as the time draws near.

I gave Kevin my flight info. I'm still a bit giddy. :laughing:

Chropistopy
03-30-2011, 08:40 AM
I gave Kevin my flight info. I'm still a bit giddy. :laughing:

Woohoo!!!!

sayhello
03-30-2011, 09:06 AM
I gave Kevin my flight info. I'm still a bit giddy. :laughing:Congrats!!!!

I think we should have a contest on who ended up having to spend the most on their airline tickets (and a certain someone going First Class does NOT count!)

Sayhello

Chropistopy
03-30-2011, 10:17 AM
Congrats!!!!

I think we should have a contest on who ended up having to spend the most on their airline tickets (and a certain someone going First Class does NOT count!)

Sayhello

Wow! I'm jealous of whoever it is going first class. I would hate to even see the price tag on that one. :scared1:

DisneyKevin
03-30-2011, 10:24 AM
(and a certain someone going First Class does NOT count!)

Sayhello

:rolleyes1

BriarRosie
03-30-2011, 01:42 PM
Congrats!!!!

I think we should have a contest on who ended up having to spend the most on their airline tickets (and a certain someone going First Class does NOT count!)

Sayhello

You already have me beat. The scary part is that I'm booked on the Fantasy for next year with a a friend of mine. My 1/2 of the cabin for a week cost LESS than my airfare for this trip. :scared1: That reminds me, I need to contact DU to move my "dummy date" around because it conflicts with this cruise. :laughing:

Wow! I'm jealous of whoever it is going first class. I would hate to even see the price tag on that one. :scared1:

:rolleyes1

Stinker. If I were on that flight with you, I'd feel like a Dickensian orphan asking "Please sir, may I have some more?" I really couldn't do that because they separate the riff-raff like me in coach from the high-falutin' first class area. Gotta keep me and the rest of the Great Unwashed away from them, you know. :rotfl2:

k5jmh
03-30-2011, 02:47 PM
:banana: Air info sent!!! :banana:

sayhello
03-30-2011, 03:42 PM
You already have me beat. The scary part is that I'm booked on the Fantasy for next year with a a friend of mine. My 1/2 of the cabin for a week cost LESS than my airfare for this trip. :scared1: That reminds me, I need to contact DU to move my "dummy date" around because it conflicts with this cruise. :laughing:Oh, I'm with you on that! My airfare is more than my Med cruise cost last year. The airfare is almost as much as I spent last year flying to the Med AND Israel last year! It's ridiculous!

Sayhello

BriarRosie
03-30-2011, 11:46 PM
:banana: Air info sent!!! :banana:

:banana:

Becx N Gav
03-31-2011, 08:32 AM
Congrats!!!!

I think we should have a contest on who ended up having to spend the most on their airline tickets (and a certain someone going First Class does NOT count!)

Sayhello

£26 round trip advanced train tickets for both of us :thumbsup2

sayhello
03-31-2011, 11:26 AM
£26 round trip advanced train tickets for both of us :thumbsup2:headache:

Sayhello

k5jmh
03-31-2011, 09:58 PM
March 31, 1889…The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened to the public.

March 31, 1900…In France, the National Assembly passed a law reducing the workday for women and children to 11 hours.

AND!!!


March 31, 1943…The original Broadway production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!," starring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Howard Da Silva, and Celeste Holm, opened at New York's St. James Theatre for 2212 performances.

sayhello
04-01-2011, 12:16 AM
March 31, 1889…The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened to the public.

March 31, 1900…In France, the National Assembly passed a law reducing the workday for women and children to 11 hours.

AND!!!


March 31, 1943…The original Broadway production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!," starring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Howard Da Silva, and Celeste Holm, opened at New York's St. James Theatre for 2212 performances.COOL!!!

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k5jmh
04-03-2011, 10:36 AM
DLP Castle refurbishment

http://www.dlrptoday.com/images/2011/04/castle_39-600x450.jpg

Five new shades of rose pink have been chosen — darker for the base and lighter for the top. Chosen in Paris by Walt Disney Imagineering colour specialist Alain Champault with the direction of Tom Fitzgerald, they were transferred directly onto the original 1992 model of the castle by Katy Olsen at Walt Disney Imagineering’s headquarters in Glendale, California, allowing the Imagineers to see the colours in three dimensions, rather than just flat concept art.
According to Peggie, the Castle will look as if it is “soaring into the clouds” with the new pink tones.
Where the majority of the rooftops now currently have a green/blue mixture of tile colours, the blue will be brought out much more — using a palette of blues, rather than a mixture of greens.
Two thin golden spires, either side of the main tower, will once again be painted fully golden as per the 1992 colour scheme. During the last refurbishment they were given a less metallic gradient effect, with blue on the bottom.
Above the lower stained glass window, the roof which currently has a gold/blue gradient will once again be fully blue, with metallic gold accents only around its edges.
As Peggie explained, it was essential that the final colours were chosen in Paris, not California, as the quality of the light is very different between the two locations. She pointed to the book “Designing Disney” by legendary Imagineer John Hench which explains this effect in detail.
Speaking about the technicalities of the refurbishment, Thomas revealed:
Final completion date currently set for late August.
At the moment, crews are painting behind the scaffolding and decorative scrim during the day and using a 65 metre crane at night to complete repairs and initial repainting to the exposed upper towers.
From June onwards, there will apparently be less and less scaffolding covering the Castle, and as work enters the final stages painting will only take place from sunrise to sunset, as it will require seeing exactly how the “temperature” of the colours look.
There will be no work to the interior during this project.
Clearly, there is currently some visual impact of the restoration works for guests, but with the park operating 365 days a year there was no alternative and the team have kept disruption to an absolute minimum.

sayhello
04-03-2011, 12:22 PM
Final completion date currently set for late August.Oh, YAY! I'm so glad we should be able to see the castle in all it's glory!

We're under the 5 month mark!!!! It's getting closer, slowly but surely! :woohoo:

Sayhello

BriarRosie
04-03-2011, 01:56 PM
Oh that castle news is wonderful, and I hope they stick to schedule!!

apurplebrat
04-03-2011, 08:40 PM
That is great news about the castle!
I can't believe it's under 5 months till we go:cool1:

Sarabi's Cubs
04-05-2011, 03:19 PM
Need some pixie dust! I've been away from the boards for awhile. My father in law has had some health issues - nothing life threatening but between his health and the fact that he's just not adjusting well since my mother in law passed away, it's become clear that he can't live alone anymore and we've all agreed he should move in with us. Since our kids are already sharing bedrooms, that meant we needed to find a new house. Fortunately, we found a great place for all of us right away, and we're moving in a couple of weeks (aak! don't even get me started on how much stuff we've managed to accumulate in 18 years here!). The scary part is that our current home hasn't sold yet. If it doesn't sell soon, we'll have to cancel our trip which is a bummer on alot of levels not just because we are so looking forward to it but also because we'll have to eat the deposit and already purchased our (nonrefundable) airfare. But family has to come first of course. So I'd appreciate your good wishes that our house sells soon so that we can join you all!!

Laurie

Chropistopy
04-05-2011, 05:29 PM
Need some pixie dust! I've been away from the boards for awhile. My father in law has had some health issues - nothing life threatening but between his health and the fact that he's just not adjusting well since my mother in law passed away, it's become clear that he can't live alone anymore and we've all agreed he should move in with us. Since our kids are already sharing bedrooms, that meant we needed to find a new house. Fortunately, we found a great place for all of us right away, and we're moving in a couple of weeks (aak! don't even get me started on how much stuff we've managed to accumulate in 18 years here!). The scary part is that our current home hasn't sold yet. If it doesn't sell soon, we'll have to cancel our trip which is a bummer on alot of levels not just because we are so looking forward to it but also because we'll have to eat the deposit and already purchased our (nonrefundable) airfare. But family has to come first of course. So I'd appreciate your good wishes that our house sells soon so that we can join you all!!

Laurie

Laurie: Pixie dust coming your way :wizard:!!! It would definitely be a bummer if you couldn't join us. Here's hoping the house sells soon!

sayhello
04-05-2011, 06:44 PM
Laurie, I'm totally keeping good thoughts that the old house will be as easy to sell as the new one was to find, and that you'll totally be able to join us in September!

*hugs*
Sayhello

BriarRosie
04-05-2011, 08:40 PM
I'm adding my good thoughts that Laurie can stay on course, sell her house and join us!

sayhello
04-06-2011, 12:02 AM
Laurie, remember that you don't have to make a decision until the Paid in Full date in June! Since the deposit is already non-refundable, there's no additional penalty if you wait until June to make up your mind.

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Circusgirl
04-06-2011, 12:33 AM
Sending all best thoughts your way. It sounds like a lot of the pieces are falling into place as you do this great thing for your family, so hopefully the rest will work out smoothly and soon. And remember, the more things you get rid of as you are moving, the more room there is for acquisitions from future shopping, most hopefully from London and Paris!

Sarabi's Cubs
04-06-2011, 09:24 PM
Thanks for the good wishes! We had a showing today, so the pixie dust must be working!!!!

Laurie

MinnieGarden
04-07-2011, 08:34 AM
Good luck Laurie!

k5jmh
04-07-2011, 01:07 PM
http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers/l11nnqecjeavwyay.png

Just sayin'

k5jmh
04-07-2011, 02:28 PM
Anyone game?

http://carolitas.co.uk/

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/Boards/TEXMEX.jpg

in South Wales

Chropistopy
04-07-2011, 03:13 PM
http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers/l11nnqecjeavwyay.png

Just sayin'

That makes me happy! :goodvibes

sayhello
04-07-2011, 06:41 PM
Anyone game?

http://carolitas.co.uk/

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/Boards/TEXMEX.jpg

in South WalesI'm sorry, but WHY would you go for Tex-Mex food in the UK? They're not exactly known for that... I really hope you're kidding! Now I hear they have *really* good Indian food!

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k5jmh
04-07-2011, 07:01 PM
I'm sorry, but WHY would you go for Tex-Mex food in the UK? They're not exactly known for that... I really hope you're kidding! Now I hear they have *really* good Indian food!

Sayhello

The people that run it are from Texas!

BriarRosie
04-07-2011, 07:34 PM
Anyone game?

http://carolitas.co.uk/

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/Boards/TEXMEX.jpg

in South Wales

First of all, I can comment about having a fiesta in my mouth, but you'll end up snorting up a storm if I do that. :rolleyes1 So I won't comment! ;)

And why would you travel thousands of miles to get food from your own backyard? That would be the same as me getting a Chicago style hot dog or pizza there. Sheesh. :rolleyes:

One thing I have on my "must do" foods is have foie gras in France. If I manage to have it at least once, I'm happy. Twice? Meat butter heaven! :cloud9: I wouldn't push my luck more than that. ;)

MinnieGarden
04-07-2011, 07:47 PM
:confused3 Good grief honey..... you really need to get out more.

belle41379
04-07-2011, 10:49 PM
Keep us updated Laurie. Good luck. :thumbsup2

I agree w/Lori...best not comment on that advertising line!! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: I'll have to show that t o my husband. He will die laughing!

Has anyone read any of the ABD suggested books? I should probably do some of that...

BriarRosie
04-08-2011, 12:32 AM
:confused3 Good grief honey..... you really need to get out more.

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

Becx N Gav
04-08-2011, 02:48 AM
I'm sorry, but WHY would you go for Tex-Mex food in the UK? They're not exactly known for that... I really hope you're kidding! Now I hear they have *really* good Indian food!

Sayhello

Totally agree - Tex Mex here sucks, you have to try a curry :goodvibes

First of all, I can comment about having a fiesta in my mouth, but you'll end up snorting up a storm if I do that. :rolleyes1 So I won't comment! ;)

And why would you travel thousands of miles to get food from your own backyard? That would be the same as me getting a Chicago style hot dog or pizza there. Sheesh. :rolleyes:



We don't get good hot dogs or pizzas either :sad2:

Fish n chips and pie n mash are the way to go :thumbsup2

k5jmh
04-08-2011, 06:57 AM
Continental is almost done installing all of the Flat Bed seats in Business First.

http://www.continental.com/web/format/img/travel/businessfirst/businessfirstseat200912.jpg

http://www.continental.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/FlatBedSeatInstallation.aspx

mikelan6
04-08-2011, 08:49 AM
Continental is almost done installing all of the Flat Bed seats in Business First.

The only way to fly transatlantic.

sayhello
04-08-2011, 01:31 PM
Continental is almost done installing all of the Flat Bed seats in Business First.

http://www.continental.com/web/format/img/travel/businessfirst/businessfirstseat200912.jpg

http://www.continental.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/FlatBedSeatInstallation.aspxAh! If I only had tons and tons and tons of money for my airfare! ;)

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BriarRosie
04-08-2011, 01:53 PM
Continental is almost done installing all of the Flat Bed seats in Business First.

http://www.continental.com/web/format/img/travel/businessfirst/businessfirstseat200912.jpg

http://www.continental.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/FlatBedSeatInstallation.aspx

The only way to fly transatlantic.

Ah! If I only had tons and tons and tons of money for my airfare! ;)

Sayhello

Ditto! They just pour salt into the wound, while we're stuck in steerage. :laughing:

skunkvette
04-08-2011, 02:36 PM
The only way to fly transatlantic.

USAIR Envoy Class - not too shabby.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g207/skunkvette/envoy_suite_seat.jpg

Chropistopy
04-08-2011, 02:43 PM
Ditto! They just pour salt into the wound, while we're stuck in steerage. :laughing:

:lmao: That's me. I'll be stuck in steerage.

sayhello
04-08-2011, 03:20 PM
Ditto! They just pour salt into the wound, while we're stuck in steerage. :laughing:
:lmao: That's me. I'll be stuck in steerage.When I flew to Spain, they made us steerage folks enter the plane through First Class! We had to walk through these luxurious, home-like seats and then into our tiny little seats! Talk about rubbing our noses in it!!! :lmao:

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Chropistopy
04-08-2011, 05:28 PM
When I flew to Spain, they made us steerage folks enter the plane through First Class! We had to walk through these luxurious, home-like seats and then into our tiny little seats! Talk about rubbing our noses in it!!! :lmao:

Sayhello

Oh, that's just wrong!

MinnieGarden
04-08-2011, 08:42 PM
Ditto! They just pour salt into the wound, while we're stuck in steerage. :laughing:

:tiptoe::tiptoe::tiptoe: Mike can't handle the thought of flying coach...... Just help prolong his fantasy! :rotfl2:

k5jmh
04-08-2011, 09:35 PM
:tiptoe::tiptoe::tiptoe: Mike can't handle the thought of flying coach...... Just help prolong his fantasy! :rotfl2:
WHAT!!! We are not flying in Business First??? http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/1lg028wailing.gif

DisneyKevin
04-08-2011, 09:36 PM
When we get to London, I'll let you know if the seats are comfy.:rolleyes1

http://en.flyerwiki.net/index.php/File:US-airways-business-class-02.jpg

sayhello
04-08-2011, 11:50 PM
When we get to London, I'll let you know if the seats are comfy.:rolleyes1

http://en.flyerwiki.net/index.php/File:US-airways-business-class-02.jpgMean. Just mean! :sad1: I think you should share!!!!

Sayhello

BriarRosie
04-09-2011, 12:39 AM
:lmao: That's me. I'll be stuck in steerage.

Welcome to steerage! :dance3:

When I flew to Spain, they made us steerage folks enter the plane through First Class! We had to walk through these luxurious, home-like seats and then into our tiny little seats! Talk about rubbing our noses in it!!! :lmao:

Sayhello

Oh, that's just wrong!

Cruelty in Coach Class. :headache:

:tiptoe::tiptoe::tiptoe: Mike can't handle the thought of flying coach...... Just help prolong his fantasy! :rotfl2:

WHAT!!! We are not flying in Business First??? http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/1lg028wailing.gif

Oops! :rolleyes1

When we get to London, I'll let you know if the seats are comfy.:rolleyes1

http://en.flyerwiki.net/index.php/File:US-airways-business-class-02.jpg

:snooty: :snooty: :snooty: :rolleyes1

Mean. Just mean! :sad1: I think you should share!!!!

Sayhello

If Kevin says, "Let them eat cake!" we'll all know how THAT will end. :scared1: :rotfl2:

k5jmh
04-09-2011, 08:49 AM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/217635_1658032566811_1117025522_31387950_6500797_n .jpg

Sweetheart, we could get upgraded! Our plane is empty!

DisneyKevin
04-09-2011, 10:16 AM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/217635_1658032566811_1117025522_31387950_6500797_n .jpg

Sweetheart, we could get upgraded! Our plane is empty!

That's very "Langoliers".:scared1:

k5jmh
04-09-2011, 10:29 AM
That's very "Langoliers".:scared1:

I will not be Bronson Pinchot! :rotfl2:

DisneyKevin
04-09-2011, 10:36 AM
I will not be Bronson Pinchot! :rotfl2:

But he gets to scare Patricia Wettig......even more than Sally Fields.:laughing:

sayhello
04-09-2011, 12:08 PM
That's very "Langoliers".:scared1:????

Sayhello

DisneyKevin
04-09-2011, 12:21 PM
????

Sayhello

Google is your friend.

BriarRosie
04-09-2011, 04:42 PM
I will not be Bronson Pinchot! :rotfl2:

:rotfl2: You could just stay awake and be vaporized. ;)

JWren1234
04-10-2011, 10:53 AM
I noticed that Travel Channel On Demand (usually part of your local cable provider's free on demand offerings) has a selection of programs on London. There are Andrew Zimmern, Anthony Bourdain and Samantha Brown specials as well as short segments on dining, culture, sightseeing, etc. Pretty good stuff!

Jason

sayhello
04-10-2011, 11:02 AM
I noticed that Travel Channel On Demand (usually part of your local cable provider's free on demand offerings) has a selection of programs on London. There are Andrew Zimmern, Anthony Bourdain and Samantha Brown specials as well as short segments on dining, culture, sightseeing, etc. Pretty good stuff!

JasonAh! Too bad I only have basic cable. Guess I should hit iTunes or Netflix...

Sayhello

mattincanberra
04-12-2011, 09:40 PM
When we get to London, I'll let you know if the seats are comfy.:rolleyes1

http://en.flyerwiki.net/index.php/File:US-airways-business-class-02.jpg

Ok, well i will be trapped on board the Qantas A380 in First for 20 hours or so - oh the humanity of it all :P

http://en.flyerwiki.net/index.php/Qantas_First_Class

Does mean I will add a natty Qantas First Class set of Pyjamas to my collection lol.

Matt

BriarRosie
04-12-2011, 09:59 PM
Ok, well i will be trapped on board the Qantas A380 in First for 20 hours or so - oh the humanity of it all :P

http://en.flyerwiki.net/index.php/Qantas_First_Class

Does mean I will add a natty Qantas First Class set of Pyjamas to my collection lol.

Matt

You can just march yourself to the Gloating Corner with Kevin, Mr. Snootypants!

:snooty: :laughing:

sayhello
04-12-2011, 10:41 PM
You can just march yourself to the Gloating Corner with Kevin, Mr. Snootypants!

:snooty: :laughing::thumbsup2 :lmao:

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k5jmh
04-12-2011, 11:41 PM
Happy Birthday DLP!!

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/04/this-day-in-disney-history-disneyland-paris-debuts

mattincanberra
04-13-2011, 12:01 AM
:snooty:You can just march yourself to the Gloating Corner with Kevin, Mr. Snootypants!

:snooty: :laughing:

I dont think you understand the hardship - 7 course degustation menu to force feed myself, all that wine and liquor, choices between facials and backrubs in the lounge beforehand. This travel at the pointy end thing is quite a lot of work, so many decisions, so many glasses of wine to make them over :snooty:

You can gain a further understanding of the horror at http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/a380/global/en
or
http://www.qantas.com.au/infodetail/flying/travelClasses/firstLounge/syd/index.html

lol on another note, i have just planned a weekend at WDW in June, down there from the 11th-13th, anyone up for a drink, meal or whatever let me know

DisneyKevin
04-13-2011, 12:23 AM
:snooty:

I dont think you understand the hardship - 7 course degustation menu to force feed myself, all that wine and liquor, choices between facials and backrubs in the lounge beforehand. This travel at the pointy end thing is quite a lot of work, so many decisions, so many glasses of wine to make them over :snooty:

You can gain a further understanding of the horror at http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/a380/global/en
or
http://www.qantas.com.au/infodetail/flying/travelClasses/firstLounge/syd/index.html

lol on another note, i have just planned a weekend at WDW in June, down there from the 11th-13th, anyone up for a drink, meal or whatever let me know

Welcome to the Gloating Corner Mr. SnootyPants.

Someone has to arrive in London rested and fresh....right?

mattincanberra
04-13-2011, 12:30 AM
Happy to join you Kevin

DisneyKevin
04-13-2011, 12:35 AM
By the way...we'd love to get together for a meal while you are here!

skunkvette
04-13-2011, 06:11 AM
:lol on another note, i have just planned a weekend at WDW in June, down there from the 11th-13th, anyone up for a drink, meal or whatever let me know

Matt,

Sorry we are going to just miss you in June, Cathy and I are down to WDW 6/02 to 6/08. Let me know if your plans change.

Anyone else in the parks 6/02 to 6/08? Love to stop by and get to know you.

Frank and Cathy

Chropistopy
04-13-2011, 07:14 AM
Matt,

Sorry we are going to just miss you in June, Cathy and I are down to WDW 6/02 to 6/08. Let me know if your plans change.

Anyone else in the parks 6/02 to 6/08? Love to stop by and get to know you.




Frank and Cathy

It seems like we're all going to be missing each other by a week or so. I'll be down for a quick weekend May 20-23.

BriarRosie
04-13-2011, 01:24 PM
:snooty:

I dont think you understand the hardship - 7 course degustation menu to force feed myself, all that wine and liquor, choices between facials and backrubs in the lounge beforehand. This travel at the pointy end thing is quite a lot of work, so many decisions, so many glasses of wine to make them over :snooty:

You can gain a further understanding of the horror at http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/a380/global/en
or
http://www.qantas.com.au/infodetail/flying/travelClasses/firstLounge/syd/index.html

lol on another note, i have just planned a weekend at WDW in June, down there from the 11th-13th, anyone up for a drink, meal or whatever let me know

I think I'm mostly envious of the extra room to stretch out, and don't some first class lounges have shower facilities? You'd be able to freshen up after the flight I'd think.

Welcome to the Gloating Corner Mr. SnootyPants.

Someone has to arrive in London rested and fresh....right?

Just watch it, or I'll have to come up with a nickname for you, too. :scratchin:

My next trip to WDW won't be until December. so I won't be able to join anyone for a hello and a meal. :rolleyes:

sayhello
04-13-2011, 06:50 PM
I think I'm mostly envious of the extra room to stretch out, and don't some first class lounges have shower facilities? You'd be able to freshen up after the flight I'd think.


My next trip to WDW won't be until December. so I won't be able to join anyone for a hello and a meal. :rolleyes:Same here on both points.

The idea of actually being able to SLEEP on my red-eye flight to London... sigh. Something I'll never know!

Sayhello

k5jmh
04-13-2011, 07:53 PM
The moment I sit down on a plane, I am out cold.

apurplebrat
04-13-2011, 09:36 PM
It looks like we will just miss folks. We will be at WDW 5/13-5/17 and then again 6/16-6/26

sayhello
04-13-2011, 10:10 PM
The moment I sit down on a plane, I am out cold.I wish. I have *NEVER* been able to sleep on airplanes. I was wide awake the entire way to Barcelona. Boy, did I crash when I got there! That's one reason I'm heading to England a few days early. (That, and I just want to see more of England!)

Sayhello

BriarRosie
04-16-2011, 04:33 PM
After listening to the podcast, I'm wondering if John spilled the beans about something we didn't know about. I didn't read anything in the itinerary that says we'd have a meal in the London Eye. I did remember reading about lunch at the Eiffel Tower.

Is the London Eye thing something they're doing for us? Or was John confusing that with the Eiffel Tower lunch? Or did John spill the beans about something meant to be a surprise? :scratchin

apurplebrat
04-16-2011, 05:25 PM
After listening to the podcast, I'm wondering if John spilled the beans about something we didn't know about. I didn't read anything in the itinerary that says we'd have a meal in the London Eye. I did remember reading about lunch at the Eiffel Tower.

Is the London Eye thing something they're doing for us? Or was John confusing that with the Eiffel Tower lunch? Or did John spill the beans about something meant to be a surprise? :scratchin

I just finished listening to the podcast and thought the same thing. I was hoping to go on the London Eye. I am beyond excited for this trip :cool1:

sayhello
04-16-2011, 06:11 PM
After listening to the podcast, I'm wondering if John spilled the beans about something we didn't know about. I didn't read anything in the itinerary that says we'd have a meal in the London Eye. I did remember reading about lunch at the Eiffel Tower.

Is the London Eye thing something they're doing for us? Or was John confusing that with the Eiffel Tower lunch? Or did John spill the beans about something meant to be a surprise? :scratchinI haven't listened to the podcast yet, but OMG that would be amazing! I've seen photos of special events/meals on the London Eye, and it looks incredible. Now I'm all aflutter! (And wondering if I should still buy the ticket for the London Eye for my pre-days in London.... :confused:)

Sayhello

k5jmh
04-16-2011, 06:39 PM
I do not remember seeing it on the itinerary either. I was planning on going to the "Eye" before the adventure because I did not see it on the itinerary. This will be very cool!!

Chropistopy
04-16-2011, 06:45 PM
After listening to the podcast, I'm wondering if John spilled the beans about something we didn't know about. I didn't read anything in the itinerary that says we'd have a meal in the London Eye. I did remember reading about lunch at the Eiffel Tower.

Is the London Eye thing something they're doing for us? Or was John confusing that with the Eiffel Tower lunch? Or did John spill the beans about something meant to be a surprise? :scratchin

I thought the same thing!! That will be so cool. I couldn't believe I could be more excited about this trip but that just pushed me a little further. :yay::yay:

DisneyKevin
04-16-2011, 06:51 PM
GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS....

Good News : The London Eye is one of the things ABD "surprises" us with.

Bad News: John was confused and if you are hungry on the "Eye".....you need to bring your own snacks.

WebmasterJohn
04-16-2011, 07:01 PM
Bad News: John was confused and if you are hungry on the "Eye".....you need to bring your own snacks.

You can have whatever's in my pockets..............

skunkvette
04-16-2011, 07:14 PM
You can have whatever's in my pockets..............

Such a tempting offer.....

sayhello
04-16-2011, 08:27 PM
You can have whatever's in my pockets..............I'm not sure if that's good or bad... :confused3

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
04-16-2011, 09:11 PM
I'm not sure if that's good or bad... :confused3

Sayhello

It's good if there's a credit card in his pocket! :rotfl2:

BriarRosie
04-17-2011, 01:57 AM
I just finished listening to the podcast and thought the same thing. I was hoping to go on the London Eye. I am beyond excited for this trip :cool1:

Me too! :banana: The London Eye was on "my list".

I haven't listened to the podcast yet, but OMG that would be amazing! I've seen photos of special events/meals on the London Eye, and it looks incredible. Now I'm all aflutter! (And wondering if I should still buy the ticket for the London Eye for my pre-days in London.... :confused:)

Sayhello

I do not remember seeing it on the itinerary either. I was planning on going to the "Eye" before the adventure because I did not see it on the itinerary. This will be very cool!!

I thought the same thing!! That will be so cool. I couldn't believe I could be more excited about this trip but that just pushed me a little further. :yay::yay:

Looks like quite a few of us were planning on going to the London Eye, regardless of ABD's involvement! I was thinking I'd have to do it during the time we had on our own.

GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS....

Good News : The London Eye is one of the things ABD "surprises" us with.

Bad News: John was confused and if you are hungry on the "Eye".....you need to bring your own snacks.

I'm glad ABD is doing this for us, so we don't have to do it on our own! :banana:

You can have whatever's in my pockets..............

Such a tempting offer.....

I was picturing penny candy, unwrapped, with pocket lint stuck to it. :crazy2:

I'm not sure if that's good or bad... :confused3

Sayhello

It's good if there's a credit card in his pocket! :rotfl2:

But if he follows Rick Steves's advice, he'd have his credit card in a money belt and not his pocket. :laughing:

k5jmh
04-17-2011, 10:13 AM
It's good if there's a credit card in his pocket! :rotfl2:

um, Sweetheart, he just bought a house. :confused3

BriarRosie
04-17-2011, 03:54 PM
It's good if there's a credit card in his pocket! :rotfl2:

um, Sweetheart, he just bought a house. :confused3

Ok, I have a nickname for John, now. You guys inspired me. I'm still working on one for Kevin.
But for John, let me introduce you to...

Uncle Moneybags!

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b255/BriarRosie/monopoly-man1gif20GIF20Image20214x18020pixels.jpg

And here he is running away from Teresa:

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b255/BriarRosie/mr-moneybags-300x214.jpg

MinnieGarden
04-17-2011, 09:42 PM
Ok, I have a nickname for John, now. You guys inspired me. I'm still working on one for Kevin.
But for John, let me introduce you to...

Uncle Moneybags!

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b255/BriarRosie/monopoly-man1gif20GIF20Image20214x18020pixels.jpg

And here he is running away from Teresa:

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b255/BriarRosie/mr-moneybags-300x214.jpg

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

k5jmh
04-18-2011, 07:36 AM
I am off to the hometown of Johnny Depp and Florence Henderson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owensboro,_Kentucky), today.

I have to keep racking up the Frequent Flyer miles so I can upgrade to Business First for our adventure! (I hope Christy can handle 10 hours in "last class." :rotfl2:

http://media.glassdoor.com/m/19527/texas-gas-transmission-office.jpg
Our office in Owensboro, KY

skunkvette
04-18-2011, 09:22 AM
I am off to the hometown of Johnny Depp and Florence Henderson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owensboro,_Kentucky), today.

I have to keep racking up the Frequent Flyer miles so I can upgrade to Business First for our adventure! (I hope Christy can handle 10 hours in "last class." :rofl2:


I can't get a link to work here check out (Google) today's Pearls Before Swine comic strip for a "last class" funny.

*NikkiBell*
04-18-2011, 10:01 AM
Good one, Lori, but I always thought of this for John... ;)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8zlsSgJodKc/TCV2dcp119I/AAAAAAAAAcM/36-GitVAiY4/s1600/pricklepants-Copy.jpg

jcb
04-18-2011, 10:03 AM
Good one, Lori, but I always thought of this for John... ;)

http://www.*********.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/pricklepants-Copy.jpg

OMG - I just realized Nikki is on break this week. :scared1:

OK - seriously - have a great week.

*NikkiBell*
04-18-2011, 10:04 AM
Muhahaha! I'm watching you, Jack. :rolleyes1

chirurgeon
04-18-2011, 09:56 PM
I'm still looking for someone to stow me away in their luggage. Any takers?

Kim

BriarRosie
04-19-2011, 12:47 AM
I'm still looking for someone to stow me away in their luggage. Any takers?

Kim

I wish I could, but I'd have to stick you with the baggage fees! :rotfl2:

And here's the Pearls Before Swine comic that Frank alluded to.

http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2011-04-18/

Chropistopy
04-19-2011, 09:22 AM
I wish I could, but I'd have to stick you with the baggage fees! :rotfl2:

And here's the Pearls Before Swine comic that Frank alluded to.

http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2011-04-18/

That comic made me smile. I needed it this morning. Thanks!

skunkvette
04-19-2011, 09:12 PM
I wish I could, but I'd have to stick you with the baggage fees! :rotfl2:

And here's the Pearls Before Swine comic that Frank alluded to.

http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2011-04-18/

Thanks for the link, Lori - I just wasn't sure how to do that without making a mess of things.

k5jmh
04-22-2011, 10:29 AM
Broke out our new place mats last night.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/222102_1678577840430_1117025522_31414590_3729896_n .jpg

sayhello
04-22-2011, 11:41 AM
Broke out our new place mats last night.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/222102_1678577840430_1117025522_31414590_3729896_n .jpg??? :confused3

Sayhello

k5jmh
04-22-2011, 11:47 AM
??? :confused3

Sayhello

Paris Metro Map place mats.

Chropistopy
04-22-2011, 12:17 PM
Broke out our new place mats last night.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/222102_1678577840430_1117025522_31414590_3729896_n .jpg

Cool! Are you planning on studying it before the trip? I'm probably going to be at the mercy of our guides when it comes to directions.

k5jmh
04-22-2011, 12:20 PM
Cool! Are you planning on studying it before the trip? I'm probably going to be at the mercy of our guides when it comes to directions.

The first thing Ian noticed on the map was "Palais Royal." "Cool, they have one there, too!"

sayhello
04-22-2011, 12:34 PM
Paris Metro Map place mats.Cool! :thumbsup2

Sayhello

BriarRosie
04-22-2011, 01:43 PM
Cool! Are you planning on studying it before the trip? I'm probably going to be at the mercy of our guides when it comes to directions.

Same here. That map of the Metro intimidated me a bit. :eek:

sayhello
04-22-2011, 02:20 PM
Same here. That map of the Metro intimidated me a bit. :eek:Seeing as I don't speak a word of French beyond "Merci", I'm totally relying on the Guides! I tried getting around the Metro in Montreal (also all French) by myself and it was pretty hopeless!

Sayhello

k5jmh
04-25-2011, 07:31 PM
Got my Paris Hydroflask! :rotfl2:

BriarRosie
04-25-2011, 07:36 PM
Got my Paris Hydroflask! :rotfl2:

I didn't even know there was a Paris Hydroflask. :laughing:

k5jmh
04-25-2011, 07:51 PM
I didn't even know there was a Paris Hydroflask. :laughing:

:thumbsup2

sayhello
04-25-2011, 10:59 PM
Got my Paris Hydroflask! :rotfl2:Paris Hydroflask? I think we need a picture!

Sayhello

k5jmh
04-27-2011, 06:53 PM
4 Months 6 days!!

All the Royal talk is getting me excited! My new "Royal" name is now Lord Cletus Fancy-Stratmore.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/Boards/London.jpg

Chropistopy
04-28-2011, 10:04 AM
4 Months 6 days!!

All the Royal talk is getting me excited! My new "Royal" name is now Lord Cletus Fancy-Stratmore.



:rotfl2:

I'm more excited about seeing parts of London and knowing I'll be there in just 4 months than I am about the wedding. I'm trying to decide if I really want to get up at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow to watch the coverage though...

This will be me at work tomorrow :surfweb:

sayhello
04-28-2011, 12:12 PM
:rotfl2:

I'm more excited about seeing parts of London and knowing I'll be there in just 4 months than I am about the wedding. I'm trying to decide if I really want to get up at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow to watch the coverage though...

This will be me at work tomorrow :surfweb:I'm thinking the same thing. I already was woken up at 4:30am on Tuesday for a work problem (that took until almost 1pm to fix!). So I'm not sure I could handle another *EARLY* morning so soon afterwards... But, man, how often does something like this happen? Plus, there's the whole thing about watching this and saying "I'll be there in 4 months!" "I'll be there, too, in 4 months!" "I can hardly wait to see that in 4 months!" :3dglasses

The last time I was in London (here I go, dating myself) Lord Mountbatten's funeral was taking place. This is a *MUCH* better occasion!

Sayhello

Sarabi's Cubs
04-28-2011, 12:47 PM
Kevin,

Listened to the podcast early this morning - we're moving buddies! We're moving today too! My first priority was making sure that cable was installed so I can watch the royal wedding. The only thing in our fridge is stuff for cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream. No progress on selling the old house yet, but I'm optimistic. Now that all of our crap is out of it, I think it will be easier.

Laurie

sayhello
04-28-2011, 01:10 PM
Kevin,

Listened to the podcast early this morning - we're moving buddies! We're moving today too! My first priority was making sure that cable was installed so I can watch the royal wedding. The only thing in our fridge is stuff for cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream. No progress on selling the old house yet, but I'm optimistic. Now that all of our crap is out of it, I think it will be easier.

LaurieI'd say "have fun!" but there's really very little about moving that even vaguely resembles fun!

So you're still coming to London & Paris with us? :yay: When Kevin said 2 people had canceled, I was concerned...

Sayhello

steve_rob
04-28-2011, 01:23 PM
Cool! Are you planning on studying it before the trip? I'm probably going to be at the mercy of our guides when it comes to directions.

Same here. That map of the Metro intimidated me a bit. :eek:

Seeing as I don't speak a word of French beyond "Merci", I'm totally relying on the Guides! I tried getting around the Metro in Montreal (also all French) by myself and it was pretty hopeless!

Don't worry, the Paris Metro is pretty easy to get around on - all the lines are numbered, so you don't need to read (or speak) French. The map makes it look more confusing than it is because they've tried to cram too much into it - all you need is the bit right in the centre, most of what is shown on there is the suburbs, which you'll never be going to.

To compare, if you looked at the full London Underground map, you'd probably think that was also a nightmare to navigate around, but LU have been a bit cleverer with the way they present things, and so most of the maps they do in tourist areas only show the stations in Central London (usually anything in or near the Circle line), which then gives them more space to lay it out and make it easier to read.

BriarRosie
04-28-2011, 01:53 PM
:rotfl2:

I'm more excited about seeing parts of London and knowing I'll be there in just 4 months than I am about the wedding. I'm trying to decide if I really want to get up at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow to watch the coverage though...

This will be me at work tomorrow :surfweb:

3am central time, baby! :scared1: I'm kicking myself for doing this, but I'll go to bed tonight on "grandparent time". Gotta have the early bird dinner special, then. :laughing:

Don't worry, the Paris Metro is pretty easy to get around on - all the lines are numbered, so you don't need to read (or speak) French. The map makes it look more confusing than it is because they've tried to cram too much into it - all you need is the bit right in the centre, most of what is shown on there is the suburbs, which you'll never be going to.

To compare, if you looked at the full London Underground map, you'd probably think that was also a nightmare to navigate around, but LU have been a bit cleverer with the way they present things, and so most of the maps they do in tourist areas only show the stations in Central London (usually anything in or near the Circle line), which then gives them more space to lay it out and make it easier to read.

You've put my mind at ease a little. Thanks!

Chropistopy
04-28-2011, 04:18 PM
[QUOTE=BriarRosie;40914159]3am central time, baby! :scared1: I'm kicking myself for doing this, but I'll go to bed tonight on "grandparent time". Gotta have the early bird dinner special, then. :laughing:QUOTE]

If I can actually go to sleep at 9:00, then I can get 7 hours of sleep. My body doesn't seem to want to wind down that early though.

Circusgirl
04-28-2011, 09:14 PM
I wish I had thought to take the day off tomorrow. I would love to go visit my mom and stay up all night eating strawberries and cake while watching the extravaganza!

I want to brush up my basic and politeness French before our trip, so I just ordered this: http://www.pimsleur.com/Learn-French/French-Conversational/9780743550420

It was about $30.00 on Amazon and came with free shipping.

DisneyKevin
04-28-2011, 11:57 PM
I need this vacation.

jcb
04-29-2011, 12:01 AM
I hope things went as well as possible today. You had a lot on your plate.

Circusgirl
04-29-2011, 12:04 AM
I need this vacation.

I can't wait to prowl the shops of London and Paris with you!!!!

k5jmh
04-29-2011, 07:19 AM
4 MONTHS!!!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/227675_1693135124353_1117025522_31433018_91076_n.j pg

DisneyKevin
04-29-2011, 08:15 AM
I can't wait to prowl the shops of London and Paris with you!!!!

Should I wear "the hat"?

Circusgirl
04-29-2011, 08:35 AM
Should I wear "the hat"?

Absolutely!!! :goodvibes:rotfl::goodvibes

BriarRosie
04-29-2011, 09:00 AM
I kept viewing all the sights on TV thinking, "I'll be there in a few months!".

And I'll make everyone homemade fascinator hats from decorated paper plates. Just attach to your heads at a jaunty angle like a satellite dish, and voila! :rotfl2:

k5jmh
04-29-2011, 09:49 AM
I kept viewing all the sights on TV thinking, "I'll be there in a few months!".

And I'll make everyone homemade fascinator hats from decorated paper plates. Just attach to your heads at a jaunty angle like a satellite dish, and voila! :rotfl2:

Does that mean that we have to face in a South-southwesterly direction? :rotfl2:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1344/801327678_9a5f822be5.jpg

sayhello
04-29-2011, 12:13 PM
I need this vacation.Yes, you do! :goodvibes

Should I wear "the hat"?OK, I'll bite. What hat??? :confused3

Sayhello

DisneyKevin
04-29-2011, 12:22 PM
OK, I'll bite. What hat??? :confused3

Sayhello

This is one of those times when the only thing I can say is that "you had to be there."

This was a moment in time from the February ABD trip and if I explained it.....no one would think it was funny.

Heather, Madeline (Pete's Mom), John and I were there and it was one of those silly things that makes you laugh until you have tears in your eyes, but doesnt translate well at all.

Sorry to be so cryptic.

BriarRosie
04-29-2011, 01:19 PM
Does that mean that we have to face in a South-southwesterly direction? :rotfl2:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1344/801327678_9a5f822be5.jpg

:thumbsup2 :rotfl2:

k5jmh
04-30-2011, 12:34 PM
I want to see the radio room at the Eiffel Tower!!

FM-radio

Programme Frequency ERP
France Inter 87.8 MHz 10 kW
RFI Paris 89.0 MHz 10 kW
TSF Jazz 89.9 MHz 6 kW
Nostalgie 90.4 MHz 10 kW
Chante France 90.9 MHz 4 kW



Television
Programme Channel-Number Frequency ERP

Canal+ 6 182,25 MHz 100 kW
France 2 22 479,25 MHz 500 kW
TF1 25 503,25 MHz 500 kW
France 3 28 527,25 MHz 500 kW
France 5 30 543,25 MHz 100 kW
M6 33 567,25 MHz 100 kW

OKW Lover
04-30-2011, 02:53 PM
What - No ham radio repeater?

Have you looked into reciprocal licensing with the UK & France?

k5jmh
04-30-2011, 03:24 PM
What - No ham radio repeater?

Have you looked into reciprocal licensing with the UK & France?

Oooooo! I need to to do that!

JWren1234
05-01-2011, 11:18 AM
I want to see the radio room at the Eiffel Tower!!

FM-radio

Programme Frequency ERP
France Inter 87.8 MHz 10 kW
RFI Paris 89.0 MHz 10 kW
TSF Jazz 89.9 MHz 6 kW
Nostalgie 90.4 MHz 10 kW
Chante France 90.9 MHz 4 kW



Television
Programme Channel-Number Frequency ERP

Canal+ 6 182,25 MHz 100 kW
France 2 22 479,25 MHz 500 kW
TF1 25 503,25 MHz 500 kW
France 3 28 527,25 MHz 500 kW
France 5 30 543,25 MHz 100 kW
M6 33 567,25 MHz 100 kW


Very cool! Radio/television have always been huge interests for me. I never realized so many stations transmit from the Eiffel Tower!

Every day I get more and more excited for this trip!

Jason

k5jmh
05-03-2011, 10:27 AM
I have a feeling that Christy will want to hit Harrods.

I am having a hard time trying to limit my "have to do this" list for London.

DisneyKevin
05-03-2011, 10:38 AM
I have a feeling that Christy will want to hit Harrods.

I am having a hard time trying to limit my "have to do this" list for London.

Harrod's is pretty much at the top of my list.

Tell Christy that it's on!!!!

Chropistopy
05-03-2011, 10:47 AM
I have a feeling that Christy will want to hit Harrods.

I am having a hard time trying to limit my "have to do this" list for London.


Harrods is definitely on my list. I'm having the same trouble. There is no way that I'm going to fit everything in that is on my list.

sayhello
05-03-2011, 10:55 AM
Harrod's is pretty much at the top of my list.

Tell Christy that it's on!!!!

Harrods is definitely on my list. I'm having the same trouble. There is no way that I'm going to fit everything in that is on my list.Huh. It looks like the Tea at Harrod's isn't on the itinerary any more? Bummer!

Shall we start a list of London "Must Do's"? If we have sufficient overlap, then maybe we can actually plan to do some of them together on our 2 afternoons on our own?

Sayhello

Edit: OMG, we're UNDER the 4 month mark!!!!! :yay:

Chropistopy
05-03-2011, 12:14 PM
Huh. It looks like the Tea at Harrod's isn't on the itinerary any more? Bummer!

Shall we start a list of London "Must Do's"? If we have sufficient overlap, then maybe we can actually plan to do some of them together on our 2 afternoons on our own?

Sayhello

Edit: OMG, we're UNDER the 4 month mark!!!!! :yay:

I'll start...

Harrods
Picadilly Circus
St. Paul's (I think it is on the ABD list...but don't think we go inside...I want to go inside!)
London Eye (glad to hear they are going to "surprise" us with this one)
The British Museum
Portobello Road
The Globe Theatre (would love to see a show)

k5jmh
05-03-2011, 12:24 PM
Harrods
Organ Concert at Westminster Abby
FOOD
FOOD
FOOD
Fish and Chips
FOOD
Harrods
...

BriarRosie
05-03-2011, 01:40 PM
I'll start...

Harrods
Picadilly Circus
St. Paul's (I think it is on the ABD list...but don't think we go inside...I want to go inside!)
London Eye (glad to hear they are going to "surprise" us with this one)
The British Museum
Portobello Road
The Globe Theatre (would love to see a show)

Hey, I'm glad we don't have to fit the London Eye into our "on our own" plans. :woohoo: I'm with you on much of that list. I want to do Harrods, of course, but I also wanted the British Museum, too! I'm not sure what else I wanted to do...

Hmm, Mike might be on to something...

Harrods
Organ Concert at Westminster Abby
FOOD
FOOD
FOOD
Fish and Chips
FOOD
Harrods
...

...especially the food part. ;) I think he forgot something: PUB. :rotfl2:

apurplebrat
05-03-2011, 06:03 PM
I'll start...

Harrods
Picadilly Circus
St. Paul's (I think it is on the ABD list...but don't think we go inside...I want to go inside!)
London Eye (glad to hear they are going to "surprise" us with this one)
The British Museum
Portobello Road
The Globe Theatre (would love to see a show)

This looks like our list :cool1:

wishspirit
05-03-2011, 06:41 PM
I'll start...

Harrods
Picadilly Circus
St. Paul's (I think it is on the ABD list...but don't think we go inside...I want to go inside!)
London Eye (glad to hear they are going to "surprise" us with this one)
The British Museum
Portobello Road
The Globe Theatre (would love to see a show)

It's interesting for me to see an outsiders perspective on London. I go every couple of months to visit, and I transfer on trains a LOT in London (I live 20 minutes away from central London by train), so I can understand why some of these are 'must sees' but some baffle me!

To me Harrods is just a very posh department store, good for a wander round (and get lost in) but I have never bought anything. I have never actually been in St Pauls, although I am curious! The London Eye is fantastic and something I wish I could do again. It would be even better with an ABD tour guide who can tell you what parts of the skyline are. I had my Dad who has worked in London most of his adult life to explain it to me. The British Museum is great, especially if you can hit it mid-week in September. Since the Museum is free to visit, it can create large queues on weekends. We have loads of other free museums too (Click here for a link (http://www.londontourist.org/museums.html))
I admit I have never been to Portabello Road, but I have been to the Camden Markets, which are interesting if you like some more 'out there' apparel.
I have never seen a show at the Globe, but I have visited backstage for my A level drama course. I would love to go again (or go back to the National Theatre which was amazing) but I would recommend buying a seated ticket. It is a recreation of a Tudor theatre so most are standing, and you can be standing for hours!! You get the best view that way, but my feet couldn't stand it!

I would also recommend popping in to the Tate or National Gallery if you are even a bit of an art lover. Most of the exhibitions are free and there are some outstanding pieces of work. I love walking round the National Gallery if I have a spare hour even though I wouldn't call myself an art fan (I have trouble drawing stick people), but some of the paintings are sensational!


Hmm, Mike might be on to something...



...especially the food part. ;) I think he forgot something: PUB. :rotfl2:

Don't worry, there are plenty!!

MinnieGarden
05-03-2011, 08:54 PM
Here's part of my list....

Harrod's
Hampton Court Palace
Buckingham Palace - inside!
some of the Royal gardens around Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace

And then there's food and a great pub or two!

If they don't do the changing of the guard while we are in London, I wonder what our other activity will be?????

sayhello
05-03-2011, 11:54 PM
Here's part of my list....

Harrod's
Hampton Court Palace
Buckingham Palace - inside!
some of the Royal gardens around Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace

And then there's food and a great pub or two!

If they don't do the changing of the guard while we are in London, I wonder what our other activity will be?????Is there a reason why you think they won't be doing the changing of the guards while we're there? I heard ABD had a pretty good vantage point for that, and I'm really looking forward to it! :confused:

I'm still putting my list together...

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
05-04-2011, 01:13 PM
Is there a reason why you think they won't be doing the changing of the guards while we're there? I heard ABD had a pretty good vantage point for that, and I'm really looking forward to it! :confused:

I'm still putting my list together...

Sayhello

Because I'm :crazy: right now..... I do some of my trip research at the office and things are out of control crazy right now. I went back and re-read where I thought I saw that and was mistaken. :rolleyes1 :flower3:

I must say kudos to Mike for not trying to prove I was wrong and he was right. When he told me I was wrong, and I insisted I wasn't, he let it go knowing I'm :crazy: Thanks honey! :love2:

Now back to our lists.....:upsidedow

k5jmh
05-04-2011, 10:31 PM
Because I'm :crazy: right now..... I do some of my trip research at the office and things are out of control crazy right now. I went back and re-read where I thought I saw that and was mistaken. :rolleyes1 :flower3:

I must say kudos to Mike for not trying to prove I was wrong and he was right. When he told me I was wrong, and I insisted I wasn't, he let it go knowing I'm :crazy: Thanks honey! :love2:

Now back to our lists.....:upsidedow

:flower3:

sayhello
05-04-2011, 10:57 PM
:flower3:awwwwwwwwwwww.... :thumbsup2

Sayhello

irishdancer86
05-06-2011, 06:19 PM
Hi London/Paris trip members! your adventure sounds amazing!

My sister and I are hoping to coincide a trip to London (we live in N Ireland) with a potential dismeet, I've scanned the thread and can't see anything but maybe I've missed it?

Any plans for a London dismeet? I would love to hear all those American accents together, almost (but not quite) as good as getting to go to America itself!:goodvibes

k5jmh
05-06-2011, 10:35 PM
Hi London/Paris trip members! your adventure sounds amazing!

My sister and I are hoping to coincide a trip to London (we live in N Ireland) with a potential dismeet, I've scanned the thread and can't see anything but maybe I've missed it?

Any plans for a London dismeet? I would love to hear all those American accents together, almost (but not quite) as good as getting to go to America itself!:goodvibes

I believe Pete said Sept. 4th. Location TBD, Time TBD

wishspirit
05-07-2011, 07:32 AM
I believe Pete said Sept. 4th. Location TBD, Time TBD

Putting that in my diary!!!

sayhello
05-08-2011, 01:22 PM
Hey, guys, I started a thread on the ABD forum asking for suggestions from folks of things to do on my pre-days in London. Folks have come up with some killer suggestions! I thought I'd share.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2713414

I'm hoping maybe, if enough folks are interested in one or two of them, we could actually plan to do some of them together during our "time on your own". I think a lot of folks have already expressed an interest in doing Harrod's. Anything else inspire you?

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
05-08-2011, 02:20 PM
The ceremony of the keys sounds awesome! I think I'm going to have to send in a request and hope for the best. Lots of great suggestions on that thread, thanks! :thumbsup2

MinnieGarden
05-08-2011, 04:46 PM
So I got stung by a bee this morning, and have spent the afternoon on the couch. Not what I had planned for today, but I got a jump on the London part of our adventure!

I bought tickets online for Buckingham Palace! :cool1: Mike and I will be there Friday morning at 10:00, our adventure starts later that afternoon.

On this webpage https://www.rceltickets.com/eventlist.asp?VenueID=1 I purchased "The Royal Day Out". It includes timed entry to the Queen's Gallery (10:00), and entrance anytime that day to the Royal Mews - where the royal coaches, cars, horses, etc are stored, and the State Rooms, which is only open to the public at certain times of the year. Price is 31 pounds per person.

If anyone would like to join us, we'd love to meet you before the adventure begins!

sayhello
05-08-2011, 05:34 PM
So I got stung by a bee this morning, and have spent the afternoon on the couch. Not what I had planned for today, but I got a jump on the London part of our adventure!

I bought tickets online for Buckingham Palace! :cool1: Mike and I will be there Friday morning at 10:00, our adventure starts later that afternoon.

On this webpage https://www.rceltickets.com/eventlist.asp?VenueID=1 I purchased "The Royal Day Out". It includes timed entry to the Queen's Gallery (10:00), and entrance anytime that day to the Royal Mews - where the royal coaches, cars, horses, etc are stored, and the State Rooms, which is only open to the public at certain times of the year. Price is 31 pounds per person.

If anyone would like to join us, we'd love to meet you before the adventure begins!Ooo! That's one of the ones I was looking at. I'd love to join you guys. *trots off to take a look at the website*...

I hope you're feeling better!

Sayhello

DisneyKevin
05-08-2011, 06:04 PM
So I got stung by a bee this morning, and have spent the afternoon on the couch. Not what I had planned for today, but I got a jump on the London part of our adventure!

I bought tickets online for Buckingham Palace! :cool1: Mike and I will be there Friday morning at 10:00, our adventure starts later that afternoon.

On this webpage https://www.rceltickets.com/eventlist.asp?VenueID=1 I purchased "The Royal Day Out". It includes timed entry to the Queen's Gallery (10:00), and entrance anytime that day to the Royal Mews - where the royal coaches, cars, horses, etc are stored, and the State Rooms, which is only open to the public at certain times of the year. Price is 31 pounds per person.

If anyone would like to join us, we'd love to meet you before the adventure begins!

John and I just purchased tickets to go with you!!!!!

sayhello
05-08-2011, 06:35 PM
John and I just purchased tickets to go with you!!!!!Me, too! OMG, I'm making plans for LONDON!!!! :yay:

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
05-08-2011, 06:45 PM
John and I just purchased tickets to go with you!!!!!

Me, too! OMG, I'm making plans for LONDON!!!! :yay:

Sayhello

Woot! :banana::banana::banana:

sayhello
05-08-2011, 06:49 PM
The ceremony of the keys sounds awesome! I think I'm going to have to send in a request and hope for the best. Lots of great suggestions on that thread, thanks! :thumbsup2When were you thinking of requesting the ceremony of the keys for? I'm in London the 31st & 1st, so I was going to request those, but I was wondering if I'd improve my chances if I requested the 4th, too (our evening "on your own" in London).

Sayhello

mattincanberra
05-08-2011, 06:55 PM
Me, too! OMG, I'm making plans for LONDON!!!! :yay:

Sayhello

Add me to the list of Buckingham Palace visitors I was amazed that it was that easy, I always thought that Buck Palace was an impossible ticket. I also notice that even at Buckingham Palace you exit through the gift shop...

Who's in need of a new Tiara?

MinnieGarden
05-08-2011, 06:58 PM
When were you thinking of requesting the ceremony of the keys for? I'm in London the 31st & 1st, so I was going to request those, but I was wondering if I'd improve my chances if I requested the 4th, too (our evening "on your own" in London).

Sayhello

I was going to do the opposite, request the last night in London followed by the first nights we are in London. In your thread, someone suggested going after you've done the Tower tour, since that's our last day, I was going to request that evening. I don't really want to do it earlier in the trip because I'm a little concerned about jet lag and finding our way there and back.

sayhello
05-08-2011, 07:20 PM
I was going to do the opposite, request the last night in London followed by the first nights we are in London. In your thread, someone suggested going after you've done the Tower tour, since that's our last day, I was going to request that evening. I don't really want to do it earlier in the trip because I'm a little concerned about jet lag and finding our way there and back.That does make sense (doing it the day we go to the Tower). I'm not quite as worried about jet lag, as I'm spending a couple of days in Winchester before heading to London, so I'm hoping to get the jet lag over with while I'm there. But I guess I could request our last night in London, followed by the 1st of September or the 31st of August...

(I spent a semester as an exchange student in Winchester many, many years ago, and am looking forward to revisiting the place)

Sayhello

*NikkiBell*
05-08-2011, 07:23 PM
SO jealous of you all! I love England. It is my all time favorite country to visit. I never got to see Buckingham Palace other than from afar. Westminster Abbey is amazing, especially author's corner. Take lots of pics for us stuck at home!

MinnieGarden
05-08-2011, 07:54 PM
Add me to the list of Buckingham Palace visitors I was amazed that it was that easy, I always thought that Buck Palace was an impossible ticket. I also notice that even at Buckingham Palace you exit through the gift shop...

Who's in need of a new Tiara?

Woo hoo! :cool1: Our group is growing! Look forward to meeting you Matt.:thumbsup2

mattincanberra
05-08-2011, 08:46 PM
Woo hoo! :cool1: Our group is growing! Look forward to meeting you Matt.:thumbsup2

You should all be warned that this is my "Stave off Jet Lag by Doing something" activity :banana:

The plane lands at 5am, I figure some breakfast, a shower, and the Queens pictures are a good way to get into the time zone lol

This trip is becoming a whole lot more real isn't it - I only have two more "work" trips" between now and then, and it feels like this one is coming up quick (maybe it's that nasty requirement to have it paid for.

Matt

sayhello
05-08-2011, 08:59 PM
You should all be warned that this is my "Stave off Jet Lag by Doing something" activity :banana:

The plane lands at 5am, I figure some breakfast, a shower, and the Queens pictures are a good way to get into the time zone lol

This trip is becoming a whole lot more real isn't it - I only have two more "work" trips" between now and then, and it feels like this one is coming up quick (maybe it's that nasty requirement to have it paid for.

MattSo we can blame it all on the jetlag, eh? ;)

It *is* becoming more real. Although I have an entire show to get through before I go on this trip. But some stuff really should be decided on at this point because of availability. At least I have places to stay already... And I'm starting to have PLANS!

Looking forward to meeting you, too, Matt!

Sayhello

mattincanberra
05-08-2011, 09:05 PM
So we can blame it all on the jetlag, eh? ;)

Yep - I figure thats an excuse that can last for daaaays!

I'm stopping off for 24 hours in Singapore on the way over, which usually makes this less painful.

Thinking of going to Universal Singapore while i'm there, that should make for a pretty full day, which makes sleeping on the plane easier, which makes Matt a better human being.

apurplebrat
05-08-2011, 09:06 PM
WooHoo We did it We ordered tickets too!!!!! So excited!! :cool1:

MinnieGarden
05-08-2011, 09:45 PM
WooHoo We did it We ordered tickets too!!!!! So excited!! :cool1:

:cool1: Our group is getting bigger! The more the merrier!

BriarRosie
05-08-2011, 11:38 PM
Unfortunately I cannot extend my trip prior to the start date, or I would have joined you. As it stands, I'm getting on a plane on the 1st and landing 11:15am on the 2nd. Wish me luck that I sleep on the flight! It helps that I'm taking the red eye and am able to sleep on planes. :goodvibes

All of my "on your own" time is where I can fit in the extras. Just haven't figured that part out yet!

sayhello
05-09-2011, 12:18 AM
Unfortunately I cannot extend my trip prior to the start date, or I would have joined you. As it stands, I'm getting on a plane on the 1st and landing 11:15am on the 2nd. Wish me luck that I sleep on the flight! It helps that I'm taking the red eye and am able to sleep on planes. :goodvibes

All of my "on your own" time is where I can fit in the extras. Just haven't figured that part out yet!You are so lucky you can sleep on planes. I have *never* been able to sleep on planes. I did not sleep the whole way to Barcelona, and I don't expect to sleep the whole way to England. Even though they were both red eyes. I'm expecting at least my first day to be lost to jet lag.

Sayhello

skunkvette
05-09-2011, 09:22 AM
Woo hoo! :cool1: Our group is growing! Look forward to meeting you Matt.:thumbsup2

Just got a little bigger - Cathy and I booked the tour at 10AM on Friday, looking forward to meeting everyone!

Frank and Cathy

sayhello
05-09-2011, 11:05 AM
Just got a little bigger - Cathy and I booked the tour at 10AM on Friday, looking forward to meeting everyone!

Frank and CathyWhoohoo! :yay:

Sayhello

Chropistopy
05-09-2011, 12:08 PM
Unfortunately I cannot extend my trip prior to the start date, or I would have joined you. As it stands, I'm getting on a plane on the 1st and landing 11:15am on the 2nd. Wish me luck that I sleep on the flight! It helps that I'm taking the red eye and am able to sleep on planes. :goodvibes

All of my "on your own" time is where I can fit in the extras. Just haven't figured that part out yet!

I'm in the same boat. I won't be arriving until 10:15 on the 2nd. I wish I could join you guys but look forward to meeting you all later that day.

sayhello
05-09-2011, 01:13 PM
I'm in the same boat. I won't be arriving until 10:15 on the 2nd. I wish I could join you guys but look forward to meeting you all later that day.The good thing is, you're not *catching* a boat. ;) So you don't have to worry about missing it! I don't think the Hotel is going anywhere!

Looking forward to that Welcome Dinner!!! :cool1:

Sayhello

BriarRosie
05-09-2011, 01:27 PM
You are so lucky you can sleep on planes. I have *never* been able to sleep on planes. I did not sleep the whole way to Barcelona, and I don't expect to sleep the whole way to England. Even though they were both red eyes. I'm expecting at least my first day to be lost to jet lag.

Sayhello

That's where the "wish me luck" part comes in. I am hoping that the adrenaline coursing through me thinking about "I'm on the plane! I'm actually going!" :banana::banana::banana: <----that. I'm hoping that won't keep me from getting some sleep.

I'm in the same boat. I won't be arriving until 10:15 on the 2nd. I wish I could join you guys but look forward to meeting you all later that day.

I hope to do what I enjoy when I arrive at a new place/hotel. I love to explore the hotel. If not first thing, then very close to it. I expect that I'll be doing that unless I run into the guides or travelers I recognize. :goodvibes

k5jmh
05-09-2011, 06:58 PM
I'm in the same boat. I won't be arriving until 10:15 on the 2nd. I wish I could join you guys but look forward to meeting you all later that day.

When you get there we can climb to the highest spot on the Island and take a picture of me with a silly camera on my head!
(Notice the very expensive button on my lanyard!! )
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Chropistopy
05-09-2011, 09:38 PM
Mike: I think we can find a higher spot than that this time. I don't know...some tower in France maybe?

Circusgirl
05-09-2011, 09:40 PM
I'm in the same boat. I won't be arriving until 10:15 on the 2nd. I wish I could join you guys but look forward to meeting you all later that day.

Me three. I'll get in around 11:30 am on Friday. I've got a direct flight from Seattle so will be travel worn, but super excited to be there.

I love the idea of the Ceremony of the Keys.

Circusgirl
05-09-2011, 10:19 PM
I was just doing the application for the Ceremony of the Keys ticket, and note that the group size for that time of year is only 6 people. Definitely write soon, and ask for two dates. I'll request the 4th and the 3rd.

BriarRosie
05-10-2011, 12:15 AM
Mike: I think we can find a higher spot than that this time. I don't know...some tower in France maybe?

Or maybe some Eye thing in London.
I'll bring a hair brush before my next close up. :scared1:

sayhello
05-10-2011, 12:26 AM
I was just doing the application for the Ceremony of the Keys ticket, and note that the group size for that time of year is only 6 people. Definitely write soon, and ask for two dates. I'll request the 4th and the 3rd.The 3rd is our Lion King night. You don't plan on attending that?

I think that 6 may be an error, because it conflicts with stuff I read elsewhere. Guess we'll find out.

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
05-10-2011, 08:18 AM
I was just doing the application for the Ceremony of the Keys ticket, and note that the group size for that time of year is only 6 people. Definitely write soon, and ask for two dates. I'll request the 4th and the 3rd.

I think 6 is the maximum number of tickets you can apply for. The groups are about 30 people I think.

DisneyKevin
05-10-2011, 08:59 AM
When you get there we can climb to the highest spot on the Island and take a picture of me with a silly camera on my head!
(Notice the very expensive button on my lanyard!! )
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Mike has his own "fascinator".

He's ready for Buckingham Palace.:laughing:

sayhello
05-10-2011, 11:36 AM
Mike has his own "fascinator".

He's ready for Buckingham Palace.:laughing:I think we all need Mouse Ear fascinators for our stay in London... I'm going to have to think about the logistics of this.

Sayhello

Circusgirl
05-10-2011, 01:10 PM
The 3rd is our Lion King night. You don't plan on attending that?

I think that 6 may be an error, because it conflicts with stuff I read elsewhere. Guess we'll find out.

Sayhello

You are right, and of course I don't want to miss Lion King. Somehow I had extended the number of nights in my head and given us an extra evening in London. :rolleyes: I'll just request the 4th and hope to get a ticket.

I think 6 is the maximum number of tickets you can apply for. The groups are about 30 people I think.

Thank you for this information. It makes much more sense than just 6 for the whole tour!

I think we all need Mouse Ear fascinators for our stay in London... I'm going to have to think about the logistics of this.

Sayhello

While watching the Royal Wedding coverage, in amidst the sea of great hats in the crowds watching from the streets (including my favorite, a delightful wedding cake hat), there was a gal with Disney wedding ears on.

sayhello
05-10-2011, 01:58 PM
You are right, and of course I don't want to miss Lion King. Somehow I had extended the number of nights in my head and given us an extra evening in London. :rolleyes: I'll just request the 4th and hope to get a ticket. Just wishful thinking, I guess! I'd love an extra evening in London (which would mean an extra day to go with it! ;))

While watching the Royal Wedding coverage, in amidst the sea of great hats in the crowds watching from the streets (including my favorite, a delightful wedding cake hat), there was a gal with Disney wedding ears on.Too cool! :cool1:

Sayhello

sayhello
05-10-2011, 01:59 PM
I think 6 is the maximum number of tickets you can apply for. The groups are about 30 people I think.That totally makes sense.

Sayhello

belle41379
05-10-2011, 07:47 PM
Woo hoo! :cool1: Our group is growing! Look forward to meeting you Matt.:thumbsup2

Oo, oo, we want to go too. :) Dont have tickets yet, but we will be getting them. :thumbsup2

belle41379
05-10-2011, 07:52 PM
BTW, our neighbor has been overseas a LOT and London is one of his favorite spots. He suggested signing up with the London tourist association thing to get lots of free information. You might get more than you would ever want/need, but thought I'd pass on his tip. :goodvibes

belle41379
05-10-2011, 07:55 PM
I think we all need Mouse Ear fascinators for our stay in London... I'm going to have to think about the logistics of this.

Sayhello

We need to DISign one with ears on the Eiffel Tour, London Eye, etc. :rotfl2: Hmmm...might need to make a t-shirt. :thumbsup2

Circusgirl
05-10-2011, 10:12 PM
Mike has his own "fascinator".

He's ready for Buckingham Palace.:laughing:

My dear friend, you too have an utterly fabulous "fascinator" (west coast style)!! :thumbsup2

MinnieGarden
05-11-2011, 08:19 AM
One day closer to London and Paris! :banana::banana::banana:

So glad to see more people have joined our Buckingham Palace group. Look forward to seeing everyone :woohoo:

k5jmh
05-11-2011, 04:09 PM
You draw your own conclusion...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/www/228364_10150190160116692_803521691_6891396_4223617 _n.jpg

(I stole this from Paula ;-) )

sayhello
05-11-2011, 04:57 PM
You draw your own conclusion...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/www/228364_10150190160116692_803521691_6891396_4223617 _n.jpg

(I stole this from Paula ;-) )I'm not much of an artist. :confused3

Sayhello

k5jmh
05-11-2011, 07:21 PM
I'm not much of an artist. :confused3

Sayhello

Prince Phillip is apparently, "Silent, but deadly"

sayhello
05-12-2011, 11:12 AM
Prince Phillip is apparently, "Silent, but deadly"Apparently! Poor Harry!

Sayhello

DisneyKevin
05-12-2011, 09:17 PM
112

DisneyKevin
05-13-2011, 02:16 AM
111

sayhello
05-13-2011, 11:50 AM
111OMG. It's getting closer, isn't it???? :cool1:

Kevin, do you have any more trips before this one? I know Pete & Walter have 15 billion trips between now & then, but do you & John?

Sayhello

Chropistopy
05-13-2011, 12:14 PM
111

We'll be in the double digits soon! :cool1:

I'm also counting down to my next visit to the world. I'm leaving a week from today. :banana:

Sarabi's Cubs
05-13-2011, 12:18 PM
Some pixie dust please! We have 2 showings today and an open house on Sunday. We've got to get in contract before the final payment date or we'll have to cancel and our London/Paris money will go towards paying that second mortgage.:sad2: I can't even let myself look at any of my numerous planning guides or listen to the French podcast. Fingers crossed!

Laurie

sayhello
05-13-2011, 12:23 PM
Some pixie dust please! We have 2 showings today and an open house on Sunday. We've got to get in contract before the final payment date or we'll have to cancel and our London/Paris money will go towards paying that second mortgage.:sad2: I can't even let myself look at any of my numerous planning guides or listen to the French podcast. Fingers crossed!

LaurieI have my fingers & toes & eyes crossed for you!!!! :goodvibes

Sayhello

Chropistopy
05-13-2011, 12:26 PM
Some pixie dust please! We have 2 showings today and an open house on Sunday. We've got to get in contract before the final payment date or we'll have to cancel and our London/Paris money will go towards paying that second mortgage.:sad2: I can't even let myself look at any of my numerous planning guides or listen to the French podcast. Fingers crossed!

Laurie

Good thoughts coming your way!! :wizard:

skunkvette
05-13-2011, 12:31 PM
111

Isn't our final ABD payment (THE BIG ONE) coming up soon?


I think it is due in the begining of June, right when we are going to be in WDW.

Ouch.

belle41379
05-13-2011, 01:13 PM
Ok, I'm going to see if the library ha any of the "recommended reading" books. Anyone read them or have a suggestion of where to start?

BriarRosie
05-13-2011, 01:24 PM
Some pixie dust please! We have 2 showings today and an open house on Sunday. We've got to get in contract before the final payment date or we'll have to cancel and our London/Paris money will go towards paying that second mortgage.:sad2: I can't even let myself look at any of my numerous planning guides or listen to the French podcast. Fingers crossed!

Laurie

:wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

sayhello
05-13-2011, 01:49 PM
Isn't our final ABD payment (THE BIG ONE) coming up soon?


I think it is due in the begining of June, right when we are going to be in WDW.

Ouch.I was just thinking about that, too. Isn't it like June 3rd or something? Like only 3 weeks away???? :eek:

OMG!
Sayhello

k5jmh
05-13-2011, 03:18 PM
June 4th! I am going to start paying in big chuncks next week.

k5jmh
05-13-2011, 08:36 PM
This is all I am sayin', Kevin...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MedHanoUnoY

DisneyKevin
05-14-2011, 12:05 AM
110

John said no to the beret.

He said Patty Hearst couldnt pull of that look and she had money...and a gun.

Circusgirl
05-14-2011, 12:11 AM
110

John said no to the beret.

He said Patty Hearst couldnt pull of that look and she had money...and a gun.

You could offer it to him as a choice, the beret, or the you-know-what.

BriarRosie
05-14-2011, 04:08 AM
110

John said no to the beret.

He said Patty Hearst couldnt pull of that look and she had money...and a gun.

I wouldn't wear a beret because my reference point would less Patty Hearst and more Monica Lewinsky. :rolleyes: Either way, not a shining endorsement for the beret.

I think the exception to the rule might be Mary Tyler Moore, slo-mo freeze frame in Minneapolis. And even that is questionable.

wishspirit
05-14-2011, 04:19 PM
I just went into London today with my mom and had a fantastic time! When it's on my doorstep I forget how much fun it is to go. Had a good old trek on the Underground before going to the BFI Southbank (British Film Institute, right near the London Eye) as they are showing an animated Disney movie on the big screen in chronological order every weekend. I just saw Sleeping Beauty and it was fantastic! I can't wait for the Lion King or Beauty and the Beast!

You guys will have such a good time!:goodvibes

DisneyKevin
05-15-2011, 11:40 AM
one
zero
nine

k5jmh
05-15-2011, 02:38 PM
one
zero
nine
Are we a little excited about our trip, Kevin?

sayhello
05-15-2011, 03:59 PM
Are we a little excited about our trip, Kevin?What makes you think that? ;)

:yay:

Sayhello

JWren1234
05-15-2011, 04:07 PM
Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be going on this trip, it's going to be my first time travelling out of the country.

I was wondering what it is like to go through Customs. What types of questions are you asked? Is it a long process?

Jason

PS: I can't believe the trip is only 109 days away!

sayhello
05-15-2011, 04:21 PM
Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be going on this trip, it's going to be my first time travelling out of the country.

I was wondering what it is like to go through Customs. What types of questions are you asked? Is it a long process?

Jason

PS: I can't believe the trip is only 109 days away!Personally, except for Canada, mostly they just asked the purpose & length of your trip, and if you have anything to declare. It's generally a long time in line, and a couple of minutes actually with the Customs officer.

Unfortunately, I've had a couple of times coming back from Canada that weren't so easy. One time, my brother-in-law got me to the airport REALLY late, so I was rushed & flustered, and that made them delay me & question me even more... And another time, I'd forgotten to sign my brand new passport. The guy looked at me and said "So. You think you have a valid US Passport." To which I replied, "Well, technically, *you* have my valid US Passport". He then pointed out the lack of signature, and toyed with me a bit, because, technically, it *was not* a valid US Passport, since I hadn't signed it... But both ended up OK. Just don't be rushed, and sign your passport!

Sayhello

JWren1234
05-15-2011, 04:51 PM
Personally, except for Canada, mostly they just asked the purpose & length of your trip, and if you have anything to declare. It's generally a long time in line, and a couple of minutes actually with the Customs officer.

Unfortunately, I've had a couple of times coming back from Canada that weren't so easy. One time, my brother-in-law got me to the airport REALLY late, so I was rushed & flustered, and that made them delay me & question me even more... And another time, I'd forgotten to sign my brand new passport. The guy looked at me and said "So. You think you have a valid US Passport." To which I replied, "Well, technically, *you* have my valid US Passport". He then pointed out the lack of signature, and toyed with me a bit, because, technically, it *was not* a valid US Passport, since I hadn't signed it... But both ended up OK. Just don't be rushed, and sign your passport!

Sayhello


Thank you very much! I really appreciate it!
Jason

skunkvette
05-15-2011, 07:46 PM
Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be going on this trip, it's going to be my first time travelling out of the country.

I was wondering what it is like to go through Customs. What types of questions are you asked? Is it a long process?

Jason

PS: I can't believe the trip is only 109 days away!

Jason,

Cathy and I have been through customs a few times.

Going into another country they only asked the purpose of our visit.

I did get laughed at going into Italy when they found the bottle of California red wine I had brought into Italy as a gift for family, security thought it was hilarious bringing in wine to Italy where "the greatest wines were to be found".

Coming home on our trips, they passed out declaration forms on the plane and you filled out anything you needed to declare like goods being brought into the country, then you deplaned and went through customs.

Frank

Circusgirl
05-15-2011, 08:04 PM
I was just out shopping and bought a new eyeshadow that is not only very pretty, but most importantly is named "Meet Me in Paris". I feel very Audrey Hepburn :goodvibes.

I've been reading the Lonely Planet city guides for London and Paris. I like how they start with a section of super condensed history to put everything into context.

My dream item for this trip is the perfect walking shoe - as comfortable as a Croc and cute enough for Paris. I have sweet comfortable dressy sandals for evening, but really need that killer walking shoe that isn't embarrassing.

I sent away for the Ceremony of the Keys ticket, which made London seem so much closer all of a sudden!

mattincanberra
05-15-2011, 08:06 PM
Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be going on this trip, it's going to be my first time travelling out of the country.

I was wondering what it is like to go through Customs. What types of questions are you asked? Is it a long process?

Jason

Hey Jason,

I go through Customs/Immigration more times a year than I wish to count.

On the plane you should be issued an arrivals form, which will ask for details about you, your reason for visiting, and to declare any items listed on the form (ie. items that customs might be interested in - liquor, cigarettes, expensive electronics etc). It is useful to have your passport and a pen handy for filling this in on the plane.

When you get off the plane at Heathrow, you are going to walk in a seperate bit of the terminal (usually downstairs) from where you would leave from, it is effectively a great big corridor - there are bathrooms, but not shops or restaurants or anything else. The faster you move through this corridor the earlier you will be in the queue at border control - remember, every person you pass is a person that you don't need to stand behind! It's one of the reasons frequent flyers like being close to the front of the plane.

You will arrive at border control (there will be a queue here), once you get to an agent they will usually ask what the purpose of your visit is, where you are staying, they might ask about what funds you have to provide for yourself while you are in the UK. At this point it can be handy to have a printed itinerary that shows your departure dates from the UK, and a copy of your plane ticket/e-ticket home.

What these guys are really checking is:

1. You are not a criminal (they do this through checking passports against a database)
2. That you are not going to cost the UK Government anything in having you (ie. if you get sick, you can cover the cost of Hospital care etc), and that you can afford to get home.
3. That you are not intending to live or work in the UK.

Usually this is done really quickly, They will usually take a photo and your fingerprints as well (all done electronically). The longest part of this is usually waiting in line. The best advice whenever dealing with immigration/border agents is to just tell the truth, and I always find a pleasant smile, and a "Good Morning" go a real long way.

Once you clear immigration, you will then collect your bags in the baggage hall, then you go "through" customs, where you decide if you have anything to declare - ie. foods, exotic things, liquor/cigarettes over the specified limit etc.

The final part of the trip out of the airport is the entering of the regular part of the Airport. This can actually be a bit overwhelming - particularly if you are arriving off a red-eye. Usually there are people waiting for friends/family coming off the flight, as well as drivers etc waiting to collect people. If you don't see your driver immediately, step out of the way of other people exiting the secure area, and take your time to have a look.

Matt

k5jmh
05-15-2011, 08:26 PM
Good info!!

JWren1234
05-15-2011, 09:12 PM
Jason,

Cathy and I have been through customs a few times.

Going into another country they only asked the purpose of our visit.

I did get laughed at going into Italy when they found the bottle of California red wine I had brought into Italy as a gift for family, security thought it was hilarious bringing in wine to Italy where "the greatest wines were to be found".

Coming home on our trips, they passed out declaration forms on the plane and you filled out anything you needed to declare like goods being brought into the country, then you deplaned and went through customs.

Frank

Thank you very much! Looking forward to seeing you and Cathy!

Jason

JWren1234
05-15-2011, 09:14 PM
Hey Jason,

I go through Customs/Immigration more times a year than I wish to count.

On the plane you should be issued an arrivals form, which will ask for details about you, your reason for visiting, and to declare any items listed on the form (ie. items that customs might be interested in - liquor, cigarettes, expensive electronics etc). It is useful to have your passport and a pen handy for filling this in on the plane.

When you get off the plane at Heathrow, you are going to walk in a seperate bit of the terminal (usually downstairs) from where you would leave from, it is effectively a great big corridor - there are bathrooms, but not shops or restaurants or anything else. The faster you move through this corridor the earlier you will be in the queue at border control - remember, every person you pass is a person that you don't need to stand behind! It's one of the reasons frequent flyers like being close to the front of the plane.

You will arrive at border control (there will be a queue here), once you get to an agent they will usually ask what the purpose of your visit is, where you are staying, they might ask about what funds you have to provide for yourself while you are in the UK. At this point it can be handy to have a printed itinerary that shows your departure dates from the UK, and a copy of your plane ticket/e-ticket home.

What these guys are really checking is:

1. You are not a criminal (they do this through checking passports against a database)
2. That you are not going to cost the UK Government anything in having you (ie. if you get sick, you can cover the cost of Hospital care etc), and that you can afford to get home.
3. That you are not intending to live or work in the UK.

Usually this is done really quickly, They will usually take a photo and your fingerprints as well (all done electronically). The longest part of this is usually waiting in line. The best advice whenever dealing with immigration/border agents is to just tell the truth, and I always find a pleasant smile, and a "Good Morning" go a real long way.

Once you clear immigration, you will then collect your bags in the baggage hall, then you go "through" customs, where you decide if you have anything to declare - ie. foods, exotic things, liquor/cigarettes over the specified limit etc.

The final part of the trip out of the airport is the entering of the regular part of the Airport. This can actually be a bit overwhelming - particularly if you are arriving off a red-eye. Usually there are people waiting for friends/family coming off the flight, as well as drivers etc waiting to collect people. If you don't see your driver immediately, step out of the way of other people exiting the secure area, and take your time to have a look.

Matt

Thank you very much Matt! Looking forward to meeting you on the trip!

Jason

k5jmh
05-16-2011, 05:45 PM
So I decided to practice getting some good audio of some of the amazing organs we will hear in London and Paris, and I took my little furry recorder with me to a wedding this weekend. The church we were at has an AMAZING Schoenstein & Co. organ (http://www.schoenstein.com/) with some 32ft pedal pipes. It has some "shake your soul" notes on it. I am expecting Notre Dame and Westminster Abby to sound just as amazing or even better!

Water Music (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/www/ZOOM0071.mp3)

We were sitting in an optimal sweet spot for the organ.

jcb
05-16-2011, 05:56 PM
So I decided to practice getting some good audio of some of the amazing organs we will hear in London and Paris, and I took my little furry recorder with me to a wedding this weekend. The church we were at has an AMAZING Schoenstein & Co. organ (http://www.schoenstein.com/) with some 32ft pedal pipes. It has some "shake your soul" notes on it. I am expecting Notre Dame and Westminster Abby to sound just as amazing or even better!

Water Music (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/www/ZOOM0071.mp3)

We were sitting in an optimal sweet spot for the organ.

Cruel, utterly cruel. ;)

k5jmh
05-16-2011, 06:00 PM
Sorry Jack. I know you would be sitting next to me with your facinator on.

k5jmh
05-16-2011, 07:08 PM
Kevin, here is facinator 101 for you, with a Texas twist

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/www/Screen%20shot%202011-05-16%20at%206.04.56%20PM.png (http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/static/flash/embeddedPlayer/swf/otvEmLoader.swf?version=&station=ktrk&section=&mediaId=8133958&cdnRoot=http://cdn.abclocal.go.com&webRoot=http://abclocal.go.com&configPath=/util/&site=)

DisneyKevin
05-16-2011, 09:21 PM
ok...now I'm ready.

I've studied Fascinator 101 with Ceron!

DisneyKevin
05-16-2011, 09:22 PM
oh....I forgot...

108

MinnieGarden
05-16-2011, 09:33 PM
ok...now I'm ready.

I've studied Fascinator 101 with Ceron!

Don't worry Kevin, I'll go by the shop in the news clip and pick out something fabulous for you! :rotfl2: