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sayhello
08-06-2011, 07:35 PM
I didn't get my ABD box, either!

However, today was not entirely boxless! I got my canvas enlargement of my photo of Mt. Denali! It looks *so* good. I have to move the hook on the wall down a bit, but I wanted to get it up there... What do you think?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Hewene/joy/P1050233.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Hewene/joy/P1050234.jpg

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apurplebrat
08-06-2011, 07:39 PM
I didn't get my ABD box, either!

However, today was not entirely boxless! I got my canvas enlargement of my photo of Mt. Denali! It looks *so* good. I have to move the hook on the wall down a bit, but I wanted to get it up there... What do you think?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Hewene/joy/P1050233.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Hewene/joy/P1050234.jpg

Sayhello

Incredible picture!

k5jmh
08-06-2011, 09:11 PM
Worked on perfecting some of my shots today

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww335/k5jmh/c8bc6d4f.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww335/k5jmh/6be54a08.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww335/k5jmh/969381a4.jpg

iPads are wonderful!!
http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww335/k5jmh/76d202e5.jpg

sayhello
08-06-2011, 09:17 PM
Worked on perfecting some of my shots today

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww335/k5jmh/c8bc6d4f.jpg

iPads are wonderful!!
http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww335/k5jmh/76d202e5.jpgWas this with the steadycam?

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k5jmh
08-06-2011, 09:27 PM
I didn't get my ABD box, either!

However, today was not entirely boxless! I got my canvas enlargement of my photo of Mt. Denali! It looks *so* good. I have to move the hook on the wall down a bit, but I wanted to get it up there... What do you think?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Hewene/joy/P1050233.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Hewene/joy/P1050234.jpg

Sayhello
:thumbsup2. Great pic Tobi!

k5jmh
08-06-2011, 09:36 PM
Was this with the steadycam?

Sayhello

That was just with the camera. I did shoot some video footage with the steady cam, but I still need to edit it all together.

sayhello
08-06-2011, 09:51 PM
Incredible picture!

:thumbsup2. Great pic Tobi!Thanks Cynthia & Mike! :goodvibes

That was just with the camera. I did shoot some video footage with the steady cam, but I still need to edit it all together.They're nice shots! An interesting mix of techniques. Fancy-shmancy! :lovestruc

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Sarabi's Cubs
08-07-2011, 08:06 AM
Amazing picture Tobi! :thumbsup2 I remember that one from your trip report. Where did you get it blown up like that?

Laurie

Sarabi's Cubs
08-07-2011, 08:07 AM
Great pics, Mike! :thumbsup2 I'm really looking forward to seeing your pics from the trip since you will be able to get such unique photos with all of your fancy gadgets!

Laurie

sayhello
08-07-2011, 09:56 AM
Amazing picture Tobi! :thumbsup2 I remember that one from your trip report. Where did you get it blown up like that?

LaurieThanks, Laurie! :goodvibes I got it done at a place called CanvasOnDemand.com. I was at an art show, and a guy there was selling the most gorgeous canvases of pictures he'd taken. He told me about the website. Apparently Ty Pennington is promoting it now, so it's *in*. But I knew about it before it was popular!

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mattincanberra
08-08-2011, 04:52 AM
Well, I have a box!

k5jmh
08-08-2011, 08:08 AM
Well, I have a box!

Wow! :cool1:

I guess ours will be here today!

Chropistopy
08-08-2011, 08:47 AM
Wow! :cool1:

I guess ours will be here today!

It will be cruel if we don't all get our boxes today.

Chropistopy
08-08-2011, 09:20 AM
Pounds and Euros ordered. WOW at the exchange rate:scared1: On a brighter note, my order should be at my local branch on Wednesday. This trip is getting closer and closer (and more real).

DisneyKevin
08-08-2011, 10:31 AM
Well, I have a box!

Okay...that's a bit funny.

ABD got the box to Australia before the rest of the US.:laughing:

DisneyKevin
08-08-2011, 10:32 AM
twenty five

Chropistopy
08-08-2011, 12:10 PM
Box Alert! It has arrived at my house. Of course, I'm not there to open but it is there.

Sarabi's Cubs
08-08-2011, 12:47 PM
No box today:sad2: But I think I have completed the online ordering of various travel accessories, and I got my spare camera battery.

Laurie

tardis1029
08-08-2011, 01:01 PM
Our BOX has ARRIVED!!! :banana::banana:
:wizard: - It's wonderful !!!!:woohoo::woohoo:

:love: Good Job ABD!:yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

I can't wait for John to come home and see it...He is going to be very happy :cloud9::cloud9:

I'm not tellin him :rolleyes1

k5jmh
08-08-2011, 01:57 PM
We should be home in about 3 hours. We are eagerly waiting to drive home and see if the box is there!

sayhello
08-08-2011, 05:24 PM
Okay...that's a bit funny.

ABD got the box to Australia before the rest of the US.:laughing:I'm going to be really sad if I get home & still don't have a box! :sad1:

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BriarRosie
08-08-2011, 05:37 PM
I'm going to be really sad if I get home & still don't have a box! :sad1:

Sayhello

If you are sad, you're in good company. No box yet in my li'l suburb o' Chicago.

k5jmh
08-08-2011, 07:00 PM
Um, what is going on in London?



Foxtrot Oscar: Be safe everyone.




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8687177/London-riots-live.html

JWren1234
08-08-2011, 07:32 PM
No box here in New Jersey. I'm betting that it comes tomorrow :)

Everything is really starting to come together, I've got my pounds and euros and I bought an adaptor for my electronics. Now it's time to start thinking about packing.

Jason

skunkvette
08-08-2011, 07:44 PM
Really, we are outside of Philadelphia and still no box...

sayhello
08-08-2011, 08:29 PM
If you are sad, you're in good company. No box yet in my li'l suburb o' Chicago.So very sad. No box. :sad1:

Um, what is going on in London?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8687177/London-riots-live.htmlYipes! :eek: I sure hope things have calmed down by the time we get there! I lived through riots once in my life and that was quite enough, thank you!!

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MinnieGarden
08-08-2011, 09:47 PM
No box for us.... :sad2:

For our weekend at my family reunion Mike had 3 technology bags..... I'm wondering just how many he will be taking to London and Paris.... :eek:

jmccormick
08-08-2011, 11:04 PM
:cool1: we got our box today, this must be real!

mattincanberra
08-09-2011, 03:20 AM
Okay...that's a bit funny.

ABD got the box to Australia before the rest of the US.:laughing:

And here I was thinking it would not arrive until I returned from Europe :)

k5jmh
08-09-2011, 08:29 AM
Map of the London Riots, to date

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww335/k5jmh/Capture8-9-2011-82700AM.jpg

Here is the link to the live map...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8689355/London-riots-all-incidents-mapped-in-London-and-around-the-UK.html

DisneyKevin
08-09-2011, 09:18 AM
twenty four

k5jmh
08-09-2011, 09:19 AM
twenty four
Isn't that a TV show?

k5jmh
08-09-2011, 09:21 AM
OK, I took today off from work so I could wait for our box! My boss thought I was crazy, but, after I explained to him that it was filled with Gold and Diamonds and other miraculous stuffings, he graciously allowed me to take the day off (or I all ready had today off as a scheduled day off). :woohoo:

Chropistopy
08-09-2011, 10:36 AM
OK, I took today off from work so I could wait for our box! My boss thought I was crazy, but, after I explained to him that it was filled with Gold and Diamonds and other miraculous stuffings, he graciously allowed me to take the day off (or I all ready had today off as a scheduled day off). :woohoo:

:rotfl:

The amount of time that we have all spent on "Box Watch 2011" you would think that was true about the gold and diamonds.

I just realized that I have two small trips for work over the next couple of weeks. I'll be in KS next week for a couple of days and then an overnight to another part of GA the following week....and then I leave for London the next week. That realization just made the departure date seem even closer somehow.

Let's hope and pray that the riots will be well under control by that time...

k5jmh
08-09-2011, 03:40 PM
WooHoo! No box, but we did get our Oyster Cards and an envelope from Orlando, Home of Sea World and Disney and Putt Putt Golfing.

k5jmh
08-09-2011, 04:11 PM
the doorbell rang and there it was!!!!!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/281935_1912952939661_1117025522_31683808_5893436_n .jpg

sayhello
08-09-2011, 05:44 PM
the doorbell rang and there it was!!!!!

Pleasepleaseplease let mine be there when I get home!!!

Sayhello

skunkvette
08-09-2011, 06:01 PM
6:45 PM EDT, a call from home reports a box with the correct markings has just arrived at home.

Think I shall go investigate.

BriarRosie
08-09-2011, 06:37 PM
My box arrived a little squished, but the contents seem to be ok. My favorite part about reading up on the itinerary is knowing that the 7th day when most people go back to the airport, we're still getting a couple more days!


:banana::banana::banana:

BriarRosie
08-09-2011, 07:48 PM
I'm thrilled that I have my box, but I'm still waiting for my Buckingham Palace tour ticket! :scared1:


Just thought I'd mention it. :rolleyes:

DisneyKevin
08-09-2011, 09:01 PM
I'm thrilled that I have my box, but I'm still waiting for my Buckingham Palace tour ticket! :scared1:


Just thought I'd mention it. :rolleyes:

It took two separate calls to Buckingham Palace to get my tickets and book delivered.

I found the number on the website.

You might want to call.

sayhello
08-09-2011, 09:30 PM
Boxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxbo xboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxb oxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxboxbox

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Mine was rather squashed, also, but the contents are all intact!!! The "media bag" is a bit larger than I though it would be. I'll probably just bring the backpack with me from one of my previous ABD's. I wonder if we're going to have the bus that we can leave stuff on like on other ABD's?

I've ordered an international power strip, various adapters, and a travel flat iron. (If anyone was still thinking about buying the flat iron, the same one that is on Travelsmith.com is WAY on sale at overstock.com!)

http://www.overstock.com/Health-Beauty/Travel-Smart-by-Conair-1-2-inch-Ceramic-Straightener/4345552/product.html

I'm just having the worst time making decisions on what I'm doing on my pre-days. Which means by the time I make up my mind, it will be too late to pre-order tickets. I don't know *WHAT* my problem is! (Except maybe I'm just too spoiled by ABD making all the plans for me!)

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k5jmh
08-09-2011, 11:33 PM
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wishspirit
08-10-2011, 06:55 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about the riots, they are cracking down hard here. They are just focusing on looting and arson of shops rather than going for touristy areas.

London wasn't too bad last night, it seems to have spread further north as people are just being opportunists!

DisneyKevin
08-10-2011, 10:31 AM
We leave three weeks from today.:dance3:

belle41379
08-10-2011, 11:01 AM
Well, I'm stuck in the airport, with the baby. Since this flight is delayed, I will miss our connection, effectively not getting home until after 11pm. Looks like I might have a box to look at if I finally make it home. I bet Michael has already checked it all out. :)

k5jmh
08-10-2011, 11:09 AM
Well, I'm stuck in the airport, with the baby. Since this flight is delayed, I will miss our connection, effectively not getting home until after 11pm. Looks like I might have a box to look at if I finally make it home. I bet Michael has already checked it all out. :)

I opened the box before Christy got home and then taped it back up so she could open it. :rolleyes1

BriarRosie
08-10-2011, 12:30 PM
It took two separate calls to Buckingham Palace to get my tickets and book delivered.

I found the number on the website.

You might want to call.

I took another look at my confirmation email. It said it should take up to 16 days (outside the UK). Today technically is the 16th day, so if I don't get it today, I will be contacting them.

I opened the box before Christy got home and then taped it back up so she could open it. :rolleyes1

You do realize she reads these posts, right? :laughing:

*NikkiBell*
08-10-2011, 12:31 PM
I opened the box before Christy got home and then taped it back up so she could open it. :rolleyes1

:rotfl:

k5jmh
08-10-2011, 12:41 PM
You do realize she reads these posts, right? :laughing:

She has me on ignore. :snooty:

Sarabi's Cubs
08-10-2011, 12:54 PM
Whoo-hoo!!!! Not only a box but also a check!!!:cool1:Time to get some more pounds and euros! 3 weeks! Aarrgh!! Time to start packing!

Laurie

MinnieGarden
08-10-2011, 02:00 PM
I opened the box before Christy got home and then taped it back up so she could open it. :rolleyes1



You do realize she reads these posts, right? :laughing:

:rotfl:

She has me on ignore. :snooty:

It's ok..... I've just discovered there's a Jimmy Choo outlet at Disneyland Paris! I've always wanted a pair....... :lmao: and they are less expensive than Hermes. :rolleyes1

sayhello
08-10-2011, 02:25 PM
Whoo-hoo!!!! Not only a box but also a check!!!:cool1:Time to get some more pounds and euros! 3 weeks! Aarrgh!! Time to start packing!

LaurieWhat? ABD sent you a check? How do I sign up for that???? ;)

It's ok..... I've just discovered there's a Jimmy Choo outlet at Disneyland Paris! I've always wanted a pair....... :lmao: and they are less expensive than Hermes. :rolleyes1Sigh. No Jimmy Choo's for me. This just became my new best friend:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Hewene/joy/Donjoyvelocity.jpg
That's what I get for telling my doctor my ankle has been hurting me & locking up on me. I don't have to wear it *all* the time, but when we're walking around a lot...

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apurplebrat
08-10-2011, 06:42 PM
It's ok..... I've just discovered there's a Jimmy Choo outlet at Disneyland Paris! I've always wanted a pair....... :lmao: and they are less expensive than Hermes. :rolleyes1

AWESOME!!! :cool1:

Circusgirl
08-10-2011, 09:13 PM
In my French lesson today I learned to say, "Je vais voir mes amies", which means "I'm going to see my friends". :goodvibes

And I have the box to prove it!

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg300/Circusgirl_WDW/ABD%20London%20Paris%20and%20DLP%202011/DSC_0968.jpg

k5jmh
08-11-2011, 09:22 AM
In my French lesson today I learned to say, "Je vais voir mes amies", which means "I go to see my friends". :goodvibes

And I have the box to prove it!


:thumbsup2

and

22 days until our adventure begins

and

20 days until Christy and I get on an Airplane!

k5jmh
08-11-2011, 11:47 AM
I guess i need to work on my poses!



Disneyland Paris has appointed official Royal Wedding photographer

8/7/2011 8:36:00 AM

Disneyland Paris has appointed official Royal Wedding photographer, Hugo Burnand as its first-ever photographer in residence. Burnand, who snapped the big day of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton, will take up his first commission at the Paris resort from 12th-15th August 2011, where he will be photographing six families a day.

The appointment comes on the back of research commissioned by Disneyland Paris that revealed that 82% of UK parents miss out on capturing a family photo when on holiday, because one family member, usually the father, is at the other end of the lens. The research also found that more than half of British families do not have a single photo of the whole family from their last holiday, even though one in five family holidays are now the only time that the whole family is together.

“For me, photographing a family is all about creating and capturing a magical moment. A family photograph is a point in time in the life of that family which can be treasured forever. I am looking forward, through this commission with Disneyland Paris, to creating a unique series of family portraits,” said Burnand, who also photographed the wedding of David and Samantha Cameron, as well as likes of Victoria Beckham, Michael Jackson and other members of the Royal Family.

Ginger Taggart, Executive Marketing Director for Disney Destinations International UK said; “Photography captures the lasting memory of a holiday and is such an important part of a family’s trip. However, we understand that many families return home without having one great shot of the whole family together - so our photographer in residence is designed to help in a small way. And who better to capture the magic than Hugo Burnand, who captured the most magical moment of the 2011.”

sayhello
08-11-2011, 11:56 AM
I guess i need to work on my poses!That sounds cool, but he's only doing 6 families. I wonder if he chooses the families, or if it's a horrendously expensive extra charge that you have to make reservations for?

Mike, I'm not sure if pictures with Flattie Ian will count...

Sayhello

BriarRosie
08-11-2011, 12:17 PM
I guess i need to work on my poses!

Not unless you plan to be there August 12 - 15. :laughing:

DisneyKevin
08-11-2011, 01:37 PM
Three weeks from today, we will be in London.

Chropistopy
08-11-2011, 02:12 PM
Three weeks from today, we will be in London.

Three weeks from today, I will be obsessively checking my suitcase to make sure I have everything packed before heading to the airport that night. :rotfl:

BriarRosie
08-11-2011, 04:22 PM
Three weeks from today, I will be obsessively checking my suitcase to make sure I have everything packed before heading to the airport that night. :rotfl:

Same here! Not only will I be convinced I left something crucial at home, I will be hoping I can sleep ok on the plane.

k5jmh
08-11-2011, 06:38 PM
Camera.........check
Clothes........check
Passport.......check
Underwear......
Riot Gear......check

sayhello
08-11-2011, 08:37 PM
Same here! Not only will I be convinced I left something crucial at home, I will be hoping I can sleep ok on the plane.Now see, not only will I be convinced I left something crucial at home, but I *KNOW* that I won't be sleeping on the plane!

Sayhello

sayhello
08-11-2011, 10:08 PM
YAY! I had dinner with Cynthia & Micheal and it was SO fun! 2 very nice people. Of course, I ran at the mouth all through dinner, but it was so great to meet them & get to know them (and their *adorable* baby!) I can't believe the next time I'll see them will be in LONDON!!!!

Thanks for a great time!

Sayhello

k5jmh
08-12-2011, 08:44 AM
Wow, 19 days before Christy and I (and several others) leave for London!!!

21 days until our adventure begins!!!

sayhello
08-12-2011, 12:49 PM
You know, I've loved all of my ABD trips. Fabulous adventures, where I was able to travel on my own, but not alone.

This is the first time I'm doing an ABD where I feel like I already know a whole lot of the folks going. The only one where it wasn't all total strangers is the Med add-on, where I'd met one couple before the trip (it turned out they lived near my sister, and I met them while visiting her). I think it's going to make this trip really special.

I'm really looking forward to the different dynamic of taking an ABD where I'm already at least familiar with the majority of the people. Where I've actually already met 3 really fabulous people (Laurie, Cynthia & Michael)! I feel like I'm already friends with a lot of you (OK, if that isn't true, let me live with my delusion! ;)) I think I can truthfully say this time "No, I'm not traveling alone. I'm traveling with friends!" :lovestruc

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Chropistopy
08-12-2011, 02:15 PM
Tobi- I feel the same way! I look forward to traveling with you all.

I picked up pounds and euros from the bank today. Check!

OKW Lover
08-12-2011, 03:57 PM
Camera.........check
Clothes........check
Passport.......check
Underwear......
Riot Gear......check


Mental note - Mike's underwear does not have a checker pattern. Not that this should surprise anybody, but we almost found out on the DATW after PCC 1.0.:rolleyes1

Sarabi's Cubs
08-12-2011, 04:21 PM
I'm really looking forward to the different dynamic of taking an ABD where I'm already at least familiar with the majority of the people. Where I've actually already met 3 really fabulous people (Laurie, Cynthia & Michael)! I feel like I'm already friends with a lot of you (OK, if that isn't true, let me live with my delusion! ;)) I think I can truthfully say this time "No, I'm not traveling alone. I'm traveling with friends!" :lovestruc

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Tobi,

It was great meeting you too! I loved hearing the perspective of an ABD veteran, and now I'm even more excited to meet everyone else!


Laurie

belle41379
08-13-2011, 09:05 AM
YAY! I had dinner with Cynthia & Micheal and it was SO fun! 2 very nice people. Of course, I ran at the mouth all through dinner, but it was so great to meet them & get to know them (and their *adorable* baby!) I can't believe the next time I'll see them will be in LONDON!!!!

Thanks for a great time!

Sayhello
Aww! We had a great time too! :) we left talking about how much fun you were and how our personalities are so similar. I though I talked way too much, so it cracks me up to here you thought you did! LOL

On another note, if anyone in FB wants to add us, let me know. :) It would be nice to recognize folks at the hotel. :)

sayhello
08-13-2011, 04:23 PM
Aww! We had a great time too! :) we left talking about how much fun you were and how our personalities are so similar. I though I talked way too much, so it cracks me up to here you thought you did! LOLHeheheheh. I guess our personalities really *are* similar! :goodvibes See you soooooooooon!

Sayhello

BriarRosie
08-13-2011, 05:34 PM
My parcel from the Queen arrived today! I thought it was completely lost in the mail!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

sayhello
08-13-2011, 05:44 PM
My parcel from the Queen arrived today! I thought it was completely lost in the mail!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::woohoo::w oohoo::woohoo: :dance3:

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DisneyKevin
08-13-2011, 05:58 PM
My parcel from the Queen arrived today! I thought it was completely lost in the mail!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Now, you can see her eggs.:laughing:

cayz
08-13-2011, 06:50 PM
I'm checking (in-depth) for WiFi. I figure if Denise & I get a room at the Chancery on the West side of the building, I'll hit the Pret next door. Should definitely hit it from the lobby. If not, the Penderel's Oak will be my first backup. And I'll get a beer at the same time!

But what is the name of the Paris hotel? I know it ISN'T a Renaissance anymore, but what IS it?

Thanks.

James

BriarRosie
08-13-2011, 07:01 PM
Now, you can see her eggs.:laughing:

Cue the spit-take. :eek:
And the souvenir guide book I ordered with the ticket? Totally worth it! It's eye candy.

I'm checking (in-depth) for WiFi. I figure if Denise & I get a room at the Chancery on the West side of the building, I'll hit the Pret next door. Should definitely hit it from the lobby. If not, the Penderel's Oak will be my first backup. And I'll get a beer at the same time!

But what is the name of the Paris hotel? I know it ISN'T a Renaissance anymore, but what IS it?

Thanks.

James

Hilton Arc de Triomphe. Chancery was the one that used to be Renaissance but isn't anymore, but the Paris hotel was always advertised on this tour as a Hilton.

cayz
08-13-2011, 07:07 PM
Hilton Arc de Triomphe. Chancery was the one that used to be Renaissance but isn't anymore, but the Paris hotel was always advertised on this tour as a Hilton.

Ya know, if I had bothered to read the materials that came in the Snail Mail this week, I would have known that BEFORE I posted this.

*sigh*

James

apurplebrat
08-13-2011, 07:28 PM
My parcel from the Queen arrived today! I thought it was completely lost in the mail!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

:dance3::dance3:

OKW Lover
08-14-2011, 05:56 AM
Thought all those traveling on this trip might be interested in this story (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20091908-52/eurostar-is-the-best-way-to-get-from-london-to-paris/?tag=topStories) about riding the train from London to Paris.

skunkvette
08-14-2011, 08:15 AM
Thought all those traveling not this trip might be interested in this story (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20091908-52/eurostar-is-the-best-way-to-get-from-london-to-paris/?tag=topStories) about riding the train from London to Paris.

Thanks, neat article!

DisneyKevin
08-14-2011, 10:28 AM
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Shakespeare's 18th Sonnet

18 days until our Adventure begins.

sayhello
08-14-2011, 12:22 PM
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Shakespeare's 18th Sonnet

18 days until our Adventure begins.Aw! You're a romantic, Kevin!

:yay:

Sayhello

belle41379
08-14-2011, 06:54 PM
Well, we are officially going. London and Paris have been added to the list of locations on my Weather Channel app. :rotfl2:

17 days until we leave!!!!!

Circusgirl
08-14-2011, 07:20 PM
I just learned my absolutely favorite thus far French phrase:

"Je vais faire du leche-vitrine"

It means "window shopping" but translates as "to go window licking"

I better bring my Windex.

k5jmh
08-14-2011, 08:05 PM
Only 2 more Weekends left to get stuff done.

Get Dogs groomed
Make sure I have the right clothes (DW approved clothes)
Make more lists
Dry Cleaning
Talk to NWS and make sure all hurricanes stay away while we are gone

MinnieGarden
08-14-2011, 09:11 PM
I've been watching the weather in London and Paris and need a little help..... It's been soooo unbearably hot here that I can't for the life of me remember what to wear in 60 - 70 degree weather. I've read layers, however living in Houston, layers don't really work, especially right now! Any advice?:confused3

belle41379
08-14-2011, 09:53 PM
I've been watching the weather in London and Paris and need a little help..... It's been soooo unbearably hot here that I can't for the life of me remember what to wear in 60 - 70 degree weather. I've read layers, however living in Houston, layers don't really work, especially right now! Any advice?:confused3

I say pants and short sleeves. I might bring one pair of shorts or capris if the weather looks warmer. Deciding what to bring will be the hardest part of the trip for me! LOL

Chropistopy
08-15-2011, 08:40 AM
I say pants and short sleeves. I might bring one pair of shorts or capris if the weather looks warmer. Deciding what to bring will be the hardest part of the trip for me! LOL

I've decided on all pants...with maybe a dress for the theater. I've got to decide what to do about tops. I'm definitely thinking all short sleeves but 60 degrees is going to be chilly during the mornings and evenings. I'm thinking a sweater or two will be making it into the suitcase.

k5jmh
08-15-2011, 09:06 AM
I have my wardrobe, just sayin :rolleyes1

http://rookieonthegreen.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/halfshirtman22.jpg

skunkvette
08-15-2011, 09:30 AM
[QUOTE=k5jmh;42255770]I have my wardrobe, just sayin :rolleyes1

Posting just to turn the page, thanks for that image now burned in my brain.

MinnieGarden
08-15-2011, 09:39 AM
Posting just to turn the page, thanks for that image now burned in my brain.

Thanks Frank! Clearly I will have to inspect his luggage carefully! :scared1:

belle41379
08-15-2011, 09:43 AM
To those of you that make Flaties...(no idea if I spelled that right)...

Is there a template somewhere for the body? I have a Cricut, but not the paper doll cartridge. I thought it would be neat for the kids if I took them along. :)

belle41379
08-15-2011, 09:47 AM
I have my wardrobe, just sayin :rolleyes1

http://rookieonthegreen.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/halfshirtman22.jpg

:scared1: Christy, we will fully support you should you claim to be single whenever we are in public! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

I will be having a conference call sometime soon with Michaels colleague and his girlfriend in London. I will definitely have a "what to pack" report from a female perspective. :thumbsup2

DisneyKevin
08-15-2011, 09:55 AM
I have my wardrobe, just sayin :rolleyes1

http://rookieonthegreen.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/halfshirtman22.jpg

There's just no way to "un-see" that.:scared1:

MinnieGarden
08-15-2011, 10:11 AM
To those of you that make Flaties...(no idea if I spelled that right)...

Is there a template somewhere for the body? I have a Cricut, but not the paper doll cartridge. I thought it would be neat for the kids if I took them along. :)

Cynthia, I made a Flattie Ian. When I was cutting, I did a few more than I needed, so I'd be happy to send you the extra bodies and loan you my paperdoll carts. Just PM me your address and I'll get them in the mail tomorrow! :wizard:

I'll tell Mike to post a pic of Flattie Ian. :)

k5jmh
08-15-2011, 10:22 AM
To those of you that make Flaties...(no idea if I spelled that right)...

Is there a template somewhere for the body? I have a Cricut, but not the paper doll cartridge. I thought it would be neat for the kids if I took them along. :)

Christy asked me to post a couple of pics:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/284915_10150721399290316_638730315_19480214_476789 3_n.jpghttps://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/268720_10150721747480316_638730315_19485649_714733 0_n.jpg

...and i promise I will dress decently! Christy is dressing me! :rotfl:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8231_1133342849896_1117025522_30350090_6973759_n.j pg

sayhello
08-15-2011, 10:33 AM
Thanks Frank! Clearly I will have to inspect his luggage carefully! :scared1:PLEASE!!!! Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease do!!! :eek:

:scared1: Christy, we will fully support you should you claim to be single whenever we are in public! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:Seriously!!! :thumbsup2 :rotfl:

I will be having a conference call sometime soon with Michaels colleague and his girlfriend in London. I will definitely have a "what to pack" report from a female perspective. :thumbsup2Oh, that's excellent! I am so going crazy over that!

There's just no way to "un-see" that.:scared1:Unfortunately, that's so true!!! :sick:

...and i promise I will dress decently! Christy is dressing me! :rotfl:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8231_1133342849896_1117025522_30350090_6973759_n.j pg:scared1::scared1::scared1:

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belle41379
08-15-2011, 11:23 AM
Cynthia, I made a Flattie Ian. When I was cutting, I did a few more than I needed, so I'd be happy to send you the extra bodies and loan you my paperdoll carts. Just PM me your address and I'll get them in the mail tomorrow! :wizard:

I'll tell Mike to post a pic of Flattie Ian. :)

Thanks Christy! Is there a tip for getting the picture of the face the right size?

belle41379
08-15-2011, 11:26 AM
Christy asked me to post a couple of pics:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/284915_10150721399290316_638730315_19480214_476789 3_n.jpghttps://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/268720_10150721747480316_638730315_19485649_714733 0_n.jpg

...and i promise I will dress decently! Christy is dressing me! :rotfl:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8231_1133342849896_1117025522_30350090_6973759_n.j pg

Thanks for the Flattie pics. As for the other...

there are no words for the shimmer slickness of that shirt. :eek:

MinnieGarden
08-15-2011, 11:38 AM
Christy asked me to post a couple of pics:

...and i promise I will dress decently! Christy is dressing me! :rotfl:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8231_1133342849896_1117025522_30350090_6973759_n.j pg

Seriously.... you went THERE! :eek: It was a costume party! The picture doesn't give the full effect..... your polyester disco pants and my hot pink go-go boots! :3dglasses

MinnieGarden
08-15-2011, 11:39 AM
Thanks Christy! Is there a tip for getting the picture of the face the right size?

No problem! And not really.... I'll look to see if I have an extra picture I can send for reference.

DisneyKevin
08-15-2011, 12:10 PM
The 17th Amendment to the US Constitution

"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution."

17 Days Until Our Adventure Begins

Sarabi's Cubs
08-15-2011, 12:30 PM
17 Days Until Our Adventure Begins

I have been so focused on getting work done and getting the kids ready for school that I feel behind getting ready. Normally I would have dragged out half of my closet for packing preparation by now. Fortunately, I will have a solid week to get things done once they are in school. My brain must know it's coming soon though because the weird dreams have started. Last night, it was me trying to convince a ticket agent that I was supposed to be going to London and not on a Disney cruise. I kept telling her that I was supposed to get on a plane not a boat. It didn't help that she only spoke French and I couldn't understand her. This is what happens when you fall asleep listening to a language CD.

Laurie

BriarRosie
08-15-2011, 12:33 PM
Seriously.... you went THERE! :eek: It was a costume party! The picture doesn't give the full effect..... your polyester disco pants and my hot pink go-go boots! :3dglasses

Well, the good news is that when I saw what you were wearing, I knew it was a costume. ;)
When I saw Mike's shirt, I thought, "Hmm, I didn't realize they made clothing out of wrapping paper..."

As for the other photo I've seen, I threw up in my mouth a little. :crazy2:
It was just as nasty as it was the first time he posted it.

*NikkiBell*
08-15-2011, 12:35 PM
I just wanted to pop over and say how excited I am for you guys. I took a trip to London, Paris, and a few other major European cities my senior year in high school, and it was absolutely amazing. Westminster Abbey was my all-time favorite thanks to the monuments they have dedicated to some of the best writers of all time. Make sure to spend time looking at them. They are just amazing!

I am so envious of all you will get to see and do! Enjoy every second of it!!!

Oh, and did I mention you'll be in DLP on my birthday? :rolleyes1 :rotfl:

sayhello
08-15-2011, 05:09 PM
I just wanted to pop over and say how excited I am for you guys. I took a trip to London, Paris, and a few other major European cities my senior year in high school, and it was absolutely amazing. Westminster Abbey was my all-time favorite thanks to the monuments they have dedicated to some of the best writers of all time. Make sure to spend time looking at them. They are just amazing!

I am so envious of all you will get to see and do! Enjoy every second of it!!!

Oh, and did I mention you'll be in DLP on my birthday? :rolleyes1 :rotfl:Thanks, Nikki! Which day will be your birthday? I'll be sure & sing "Happy Birthday" to you from in front of the Castle!!!

Sayhello

tardis1029
08-15-2011, 08:04 PM
Did ya know that there is a Disney Store on the Champs-Élysées;

Plus all of the rest .......The avenue is also one of the most famous streets in the world for upscale shopping. Adidas, Benetton, the Disney Store, Nike, Zara, Cartier, Bel Air Fashion, Toyota, continental Europe's largest Gap, and Sephora occupy major spaces.[3] Traditionally home to popular brands, as well as luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Lancel, Guerlain, Lacoste,Hôtel de la Païva,Élysée Palace and Fouquet's, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées confirms its world-class appeal as a prime real estate location: it has lately seen the opening of new big upscale shops such as the biggest Adidas store in the world.
Just like HOME !!:rotfl: ..can't wait !!:banana:
Now I love a good Disney Store - but I don't think I have ever heard of it referred to as upscale shopping :confused3 but I could be wrong :rolleyes1
The Disney Store ...or ...Cartier...how will I ever be able to choose !!:sad2:such decisions !!:rotfl2:
Micki

*NikkiBell*
08-15-2011, 08:57 PM
Thanks, Nikki! Which day will be your birthday? I'll be sure & sing "Happy Birthday" to you from in front of the Castle!!!

Sayhello

September 9th. ;)

Chropistopy
08-16-2011, 09:35 AM
On flight to Kansas City. Am I really prepared to be in one of these steerage seats for 8/9 hours in a couple of weeks? :confused3. I'll make it through but I'm so dreading that flight!

sayhello
08-16-2011, 10:29 AM
On flight to Kansas City. Am I really prepared to be in one of these steerage seats for 8/9 hours in a couple of weeks? :confused3. I'll make it through but I'm so dreading that flight!Chances are pretty good your seat will not be as bad. They tend to use the large, wide-bodied planes for international flights, and they aren't *quite* as "steerage" as the planes that are used domestically. Just be sure to get up every hour or so and walk around for 5 minutes. Good for the prevention of blood clots. My flight last year to Madrid was not nearly as horrendous as I'd thought it would be. I'm hoping & praying the same will be true for my flight to London!

Sayhello

DisneyKevin
08-16-2011, 11:25 AM
16th arrondissement of Paris

"The 16th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "Arrondissement de Passy") is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of Paris, the capital city of France. It includes a concentration of museums between the Place du Trocadero and the Place d'Iéna.

Situated on the right bank of the River Seine, this arrondissement—which includes the mainly residential districts of Auteuil and Passy -- is home to a large number of diplomatic embassies and is also the location of the famous Avenue Foch, the widest street in Paris and home to many of the City's wealthy foreign residents.

With its ornate 19th century buildings, large avenues, prestigious schools and museums and various parks, the arrondissement has long been known as one of French high society's favorite places of residence (comparable to New York's Upper East Side or Los Angeles's Beverly Hills)[2] to such an extent that the phrase "le 16e" has been associated with great wealth in French popular culture. Indeed, the 16th arrondissement is France's 4th richest district for average household income, only fourth to the 8th, 7th and 6th arrondissements; with Neuilly-sur-Seine, they are collectively referred to as Paris Ouest: the most affluent and prestigious residential area in France.

The 16th arrondissement hosts several large sporting venues, including: the Parc des Princes, which is the stadium where Paris Saint-Germain football club plays its home matches; Roland Garros Stadium, where the French Open tennis championships are held; and Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the Stade Français rugby union club. The Bois de Boulogne, the second-largest public park in Paris (behind only the Bois de Vincennes), is also located in this arrondissement.'

16 days until our Adventure begins.

k5jmh
08-16-2011, 11:47 AM
16 days until our Adventure begins.

Vive Le Goldbond!!!

belle41379
08-16-2011, 11:59 AM
On flight to Kansas City. Am I really prepared to be in one of these steerage seats for 8/9 hours in a couple of weeks? :confused3. I'll make it through but I'm so dreading that flight!

I know I'm not prepared! lol:crowded:

Im hoping to make the best of it...

sayhello
08-16-2011, 12:19 PM
So I had a "fun" day yesterday! :eek: I've been having issues with my left ankle for a while, and last time I went to my doctor, I mentioned it (again). He sent me for an X-ray, and they said there was an old chip & old fracture! So my doc sent me to an orthopedist last Wednesday. He took his own X-rays, and said he couldn't see a chip or a fracture :confused: but it was obvious the ligaments & tendons are screwed up (I can still walk just fine, but it's sore and sometimes a bit weak). So he set me up for physical therapy, and put me in an ankle brace. I don't have to wear it all the time, but I wore it while walking, since I do a lot of that.

Well, it just didn't feel right. For those who don't know, I had a blood clot in my left leg 2 1/2 years ago, that started in my left foot. I called my vascular doctor to get her opinion on my wearing the brace, and her nurse was like "Do I think you're at risk, with your history? Yes! You need to come in & see the doctor."

I went to the doctor yesterday, and she was a bit put off by how non-specific the orthopedist was about when I needed to wear the brace ("So, you don't need to have it immobilized all the time?") and was far more concerned about me having indeterminate issues with the foot and planning to fly to Europe in less than 2 weeks. She decided to do a doppler ultrasound of the leg, to rule out the possibility of another clot causing the issues (the leg was clot free 9 months after the clot was found!) If it was a clot, she was going to put me back on a full regimen of blood thinners (coumadin). If it wasn't, she was going to give me Lovenox (a milder, prophylactic blood thinner) for the flights & the Chunnel trip. Oh, and she nixed the brace. I've got a super-duper ACE bandage wrapped around it (not as well as when she did it!) and the extra support does help!

Good news is, the leg is clot-free! YAY! So no coumadin. But I *will* be bringing 4 doses of Lovenox with me. I hope the pharmacy has some sort of travel case for them. I think most airport restrooms I've been in have had sharps disposal containers.

Anywhoo, that's the story of my fun day! Taking such a long flight, it *is* nice to know I'm not starting out with a clot, and I'll be up & walking around frequently throughout the flight. Plus the extra help of the Lovenox. I'm not thrilled about having to inject myself :sad2: but I'll get over that. I did before. :confused3

Such fun!
Sayhello

belle41379
08-16-2011, 02:01 PM
So I had a "fun" day yesterday! :eek: I've been having issues with my left ankle for a while, and last time I went to my doctor, I mentioned it (again). He sent me for an X-ray, and they said there was an old chip & old fracture! So my doc sent me to an orthopedist last Wednesday. He took his own X-rays, and said he couldn't see a chip or a fracture :confused: but it was obvious the ligaments & tendons are screwed up (I can still walk just fine, but it's sore and sometimes a bit weak). So he set me up for physical therapy, and put me in an ankle brace. I don't have to wear it all the time, but I wore it while walking, since I do a lot of that.

Well, it just didn't feel right. For those who don't know, I had a blood clot in my left leg 2 1/2 years ago, that started in my left foot. I called my vascular doctor to get her opinion on my wearing the brace, and her nurse was like "Do I think you're at risk, with your history? Yes! You need to come in & see the doctor."

I went to the doctor yesterday, and she was a bit put off by how non-specific the orthopedist was about when I needed to wear the brace ("So, you don't need to have it immobilized all the time?") and was far more concerned about me having indeterminate issues with the foot and planning to fly to Europe in less than 2 weeks. She decided to do a doppler ultrasound of the leg, to rule out the possibility of another clot causing the issues (the leg was clot free 9 months after the clot was found!) If it was a clot, she was going to put me back on a full regimen of blood thinners (coumadin). If it wasn't, she was going to give me Lovenox (a milder, prophylactic blood thinner) for the flights & the Chunnel trip. Oh, and she nixed the brace. I've got a super-duper ACE bandage wrapped around it (not as well as when she did it!) and the extra support does help!

Good news is, the leg is clot-free! YAY! So no coumadin. But I *will* be bringing 4 doses of Lovenox with me. I hope the pharmacy has some sort of travel case for them. I think most airport restrooms I've been in have had sharps disposal containers.

Anywhoo, that's the story of my fun day! Taking such a long flight, it *is* nice to know I'm not starting out with a clot, and I'll be up & walking around frequently throughout the flight. Plus the extra help of the Lovenox. I'm not thrilled about having to inject myself :sad2: but I'll get over that. I did before. :confused3

Such fun!
Sayhello

Whew! SO glad there is no clot! :banana::banana::banana: How often do you have to take the Lovenox?

We are use to injections in our house.:rolleyes: I'm more comfortable with Michael giving me shots than I am any nurse. :rotfl:

sayhello
08-16-2011, 02:44 PM
Whew! SO glad there is no clot! :banana::banana::banana: How often do you have to take the Lovenox?

We are use to injections in our house.:rolleyes: I'm more comfortable with Michael giving me shots than I am any nurse. :rotfl:Thanks, Cynthia. I'm really glad there's no clot, too! I just need to take the Lovenox before each of the long legs of the trip (it lasts for 24 hours, basically). So one shot before I get on the plane to London, one shot before we get on the Eurostar to Paris, and one shot before I get on the plane to fly home from Paris. And an extra one for just in case.

In my house, it's either me giving me the injection or no-one! :goodvibes

Sayhello

brettburke
08-17-2011, 01:17 AM
Great. Have fun there guys:goodvibes

k5jmh
08-17-2011, 06:42 AM
Holy Crap!!! 2 weeks from today we get on the plane!!!

sayhello
08-17-2011, 08:25 AM
Holy Crap!!! 2 weeks from today we get on the plane!!!I've got 10 days!!!! :scared1: I'M NOT READY!!!

Sayhello

belle41379
08-17-2011, 08:44 AM
Holy Crap!!! 2 weeks from today we get on the plane!!!

:banana::banana::banana:

I was looking at all the Disneyland attractions last night. Super excited!! 2 weeks and a few hours and we will be on a plane!!!!

DisneyKevin
08-17-2011, 09:20 AM
Holy Crap!!! 2 weeks from today we get on the plane!!!

Us too!

14 days from today, we meet Cathy, Frank, Denise and James to start our Adventure.

It seems that we've been talking about this since the 80s and it's finally almost here.

I'm so excited.

belle41379
08-17-2011, 10:33 AM
Holy Crap!!! 2 weeks from today we get on the plane!!!

This time 2 weeks from now I'll be stressing over the things I'm bound to have forgotten while packing. :rotfl:

BriarRosie
08-17-2011, 12:15 PM
You're all making me nervous with the "I'm not ready!" posts, because I'm right there with you. :laughing:

I just listened to Kevin (through the power of the Internet) telling us about Adventure Insiders (http://www.adventureinsiders.com), the loyalty program with ABD. I just went ahead and signed up. I provided that link for your convenience. :goodvibes

Chropistopy
08-17-2011, 01:28 PM
Chances are pretty good your seat will not be as bad. They tend to use the large, wide-bodied planes for international flights, and they aren't *quite* as "steerage" as the planes that are used domestically. Just be sure to get up every hour or so and walk around for 5 minutes. Good for the prevention of blood clots. My flight last year to Madrid was not nearly as horrendous as I'd thought it would be. I'm hoping & praying the same will be true for my flight to London!

Sayhello

That is good to hear. I don't think I could make it that many hours with so little room. My nice co-worker offered to give up her first class seat on the way back to ATL today to allow me some more room. I wish I could talk someone into doing the same on the flights to and from Europe. :laughing:

I've got 10 days!!!! :scared1: I'M NOT READY!!!

Sayhello

I've got two weeks but am in the I'M NOT READY mode as well.

This time 2 weeks from now I'll be stressing over the things I'm bound to have forgotten while packing. :rotfl:

:rotfl: I made the same statement last week. I just picture all of us packing and repacking our suitcases multiple times leading up to departure time.

You're all making me nervous with the "I'm not ready!" posts, because I'm right there with you. :laughing:

I just listened to Kevin (through the power of the Internet) telling us about Adventure Insiders (http://www.adventureinsiders.com), the loyalty program with ABD. I just went ahead and signed up. I provided that link for your convenience. :goodvibes

OOOH...I look forward to listening. I'll download the shows before leaving work today to listen to on the way home....during my very long commute.

sayhello
08-17-2011, 04:09 PM
You're all making me nervous with the "I'm not ready!" posts, because I'm right there with you. :laughing:

I just listened to Kevin (through the power of the Internet) telling us about Adventure Insiders (http://www.adventureinsiders.com), the loyalty program with ABD. I just went ahead and signed up. I provided that link for your convenience. :goodvibesOooooo, thanks! I haven't listened to the Podcast yet, but I went ahead & signed up. I think I qualify! :goodvibes

That is good to hear. I don't think I could make it that many hours with so little room. My nice co-worker offered to give up her first class seat on the way back to ATL today to allow me some more room. I wish I could talk someone into doing the same on the flights to and from Europe. :laughing:
Wow! I've never had anyone offer up their First Class seat for me! Lucky you!!! :yay:
I've got two weeks but am in the I'M NOT READY mode as well. I have a feeling I'm going to be in that mode until I get picked up to go to the airport...
:rotfl: I made the same statement last week. I just picture all of us packing and repacking our suitcases multiple times leading up to departure time.Which is one reason I haven't started actually packing yet. If I started now, I'd pack, unpack, repack, and end up with half my house in the suitcase. (Oh, maybe I'll just need this one extra top. And another sweater, and these socks, too.... :sad2:)

Sayhello

mattincanberra
08-17-2011, 05:13 PM
I just listened to Kevin (through the power of the Internet) telling us about Adventure Insiders (http://www.adventureinsiders.com), the loyalty program with ABD. I just went ahead and signed up. I provided that link for your convenience. :goodvibes

Appears I am not welcome to join :( Only valid for residents of the US

BriarRosie
08-17-2011, 07:30 PM
Appears I am not welcome to join :( Only valid for residents of the US

Well, that stinks. :mad:

belle41379
08-17-2011, 08:10 PM
For those interested, our conference call w/Michaels colleuge and his girlfriend will be Saturday afternoon. I will report what I learn from her. :thumbsup2. I'll feel better about packing once I chat with her.

MinnieGarden
08-17-2011, 08:18 PM
For those interested, our conference call w/Michaels colleuge and his girlfriend will be Saturday afternoon. I will report what I learn from her. :thumbsup2. I'll feel better about packing once I chat with her.

Awesome Cynthia!:thumbsup2 I am mystified by the weather. Looking at Paris, the highs for a couple of days in the 7 day forecast are in the 90's! Then there's London...... :scared1:

k5jmh
08-18-2011, 06:18 AM
Well, with only 13 days until we leave, I will be doing my last round of online ordering for travel stuff today.

belle41379
08-18-2011, 07:55 AM
Awesome Cynthia!:thumbsup2 I am mystified by the weather. Looking at Paris, the highs for a couple of days in the 7 day forecast are in the 90's! Then there's London...... :scared1:

90's?? :eek: Looks like we might be packing for 2 totally different climates. Ugh!! This is stressing me out! :scared:

Well, with only 13 days until we leave, I will be doing my last round of online ordering for travel stuff today.

What could you possibly have left to order? More MC Hammer pants? :lmao: :)


Today I need to work on my Big Give item, then something I'm hoping to take on our trip. Not sure it will happen today, but I'll at least get an E for effort.

Anyone planning on being in chat tonight?

skunkvette
08-18-2011, 10:43 AM
Anyone planning on being in chat tonight?

Cynthia,

I am planning on chat tonight (with Cathy looking over my shoulder as usual).

This will be my last opportunity for pre trip chat as we are out of town next week, then we leave on Wednesday 8/31 on the DIS flight out of Philly.

Frank

belle41379
08-18-2011, 12:09 PM
Guess who's gonna have some Flattie fun tonight? Me, that's who! :yay:

Thanks Christy!!!!

k5jmh
08-18-2011, 12:31 PM
We should be in chat tonight! My last online orders have been placed, Christy and I are shopping this weekend for clothes (tax free weekend in Texas), and going to see "the Help"!

k5jmh
08-18-2011, 12:32 PM
I guess Pete and Walter leave next week for London. Wow, this seems so close!

k5jmh
08-18-2011, 12:36 PM
...and just for Cynthia...

http://www.homage.com/store/bmz_cache/5/50b1651d9f089a76e13886072afecda3.image.304x500.jpg http://product.images.fansedge.com/32-27/32-27490-Y.jpg

belle41379
08-18-2011, 12:48 PM
We should be in chat tonight! My last online orders have been placed, Christy and I are shopping this weekend for clothes (tax free weekend in Texas), and going to see "the Help"!

My mil read the ook ABD loved it. We are going clothes shopping this weekend. :cool1:

...and just for Cynthia...

http://www.homage.com/store/bmz_cache/5/50b1651d9f089a76e13886072afecda3.image.304x500.jpg http://product.images.fansedge.com/32-27/32-27490-Y.jpg
I would definitely go with the purple ones. I think they will look better with your skin tone. :cutie:

sayhello
08-18-2011, 01:12 PM
Man, work is such a pain in the butt lately! I *SO* am gonna need this vacation by the time the 27th rolls around!!!!!!

See you in chat tonight!

Sayhello

DisneyKevin
08-18-2011, 01:46 PM
There are 14 freakin' days left until our Adventure begins.

14!


I've chosen purple to match the color Cynthia chose for Mike's zebra pants.

Chropistopy
08-18-2011, 01:48 PM
90's?? :eek: Looks like we might be packing for 2 totally different climates. Ugh!! This is stressing me out! :scared:



What could you possibly have left to order? More MC Hammer pants? :lmao: :)


Today I need to work on my Big Give item, then something I'm hoping to take on our trip. Not sure it will happen today, but I'll at least get an E for effort.

Anyone planning on being in chat tonight?

Awesome Cynthia!:thumbsup2 I am mystified by the weather. Looking at Paris, the highs for a couple of days in the 7 day forecast are in the 90's! Then there's London...... :scared1:

URGHH....the weather and packing is really starting to stress me out. I was really looking forward to the 60s or 70s. I'm tired of the 90 - 100 degree weather...but I'll be in Paris so I'll make it work. :goodvibes I just have a feeling that my suitcase is going to be jammed packed with lots of different clothing options.

I'll definitely be in chat tonight. Talk to y'all then!

Chropistopy
08-18-2011, 01:51 PM
There are 14 freakin' days left until our Adventure begins.

14!




I only have 9 more days of work...two of which will be spent out of town. I've got to get busy finishing things up!!

skunkvette
08-18-2011, 02:01 PM
It is official, the color for chat tonight is PURPLE.


Have to remember not to wear my Zubaz the same day as Michael.

belle41379
08-18-2011, 02:25 PM
URGHH....the weather and packing is really starting to stress me out. I was really looking forward to the 60s or 70s. I'm tired of the 90 - 100 degree weather...but I'll be in Paris so I'll make it work. :goodvibes I just have a feeling that my suitcase is going to be jammed packed with lots of different clothing options.

I'll definitely be in chat tonight. Talk to y'all then!

The weather in Paris the next 10 days is 70's ish. Maybe it won't heat up. :confused3

It is official, the color for chat tonight is PURPLE.


Have to remember not to wear my Zubaz the same day as Michael.
Frank, as long as you wear a different color than Mike, I think you will be okay. You will both definitely blend in, especially in Paris, with your chic choice in clothing. :rolleyes1

DisneyKevin
08-18-2011, 02:32 PM
You will both definitely blend in, especially in Paris, with your chic choice in clothing. :rolleyes1

From everything I've read...it's the white athletic shoes that brand you a tourist.

I think a nice pair of brown wing tips will go nicely with the zebra pants. Or maybe some knee high boots with the zebra pants tucked in.

It'll almost be like Parisian camoflage!:laughing:

skunkvette
08-18-2011, 02:48 PM
From everything I've read...it's the white athletic shoes that brand you a tourist.

I think a nice pair of brown wing tips will go nicely with the zebra pants. Or maybe some knee high boots with the zebra pants tucked in.

It'll almost be like Parisian camoflage!:laughing:

I wonder if I can get "Zoolander" on Netfilx?

It could be a good refresher course for "Parisian camoflage" tips.

apurplebrat
08-18-2011, 04:19 PM
It is official, the color for chat tonight is PURPLE.


Have to remember not to wear my Zubaz the same day as Michael.

Everyday is purple day for me :yay:

tardis1029
08-18-2011, 06:27 PM
We are starting to get another major storm here right now - Thunder and Lighting..Oh My !!! :scared1:
The ground is still soaked from the last few storms and our basement was flooded. If we get more rain the trees are gonna start falling again and taking power lines with them ... Hope it goes away before our chat ...
Micki

k5jmh
08-18-2011, 06:46 PM
We are starting to get another major storm here right now - Thunder and Lighting..Oh My !!! :scared1:
The ground is still soaked from the last few storms and our basement was flooded. If we get more rain the trees are gonna start falling again and taking power lines with them ... Hope it goes away before our chat ...
Micki

Send it down here!!!!

sayhello
08-18-2011, 08:12 PM
Send it down here!!!!Nope, she sent it here!

Sayhello

tardis1029
08-19-2011, 09:39 AM
Nope, she sent it here!

Sayhello


Sorry bout that :rolleyes1

tardis1029
08-19-2011, 09:46 AM
It was so nice to chat with you all last night - hope the storm wasn't to bad where-ever you are? We are supposed to have rain and T-storms for the rest of the weekend... I learned many things last night, however I learned that I need to brush up on my SPEED READING AND SPEED TYPING skills for the next chat :worship:.. at least I know that being from NYC - I can certainly keep up with the Speed talking for the trip.:rotfl:

How many more days is it Kevin ????:wizard:


Micki

DisneyKevin
08-19-2011, 09:53 AM
XIII

13 days until our Adventure begins.

k5jmh
08-19-2011, 10:49 AM
Maybe we can see the new virtual gate agents while in Paris

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/travelsmart/files/2011/08/airport.jpg



Paris airport tests ‘virtual’ boarding agents
by FloridaGoGo

ORLY, France (AP) — An airport in France is experimenting with “virtual” boarding agents in a bid to jazz up its terminals with 21st century avatars who always smile, don’t need breaks and never go on strike.

The pilot project at Paris’ Orly airport began last month, and has so far been met with a mix of amusement and surprise by travelers, who frequently try to touch and speak with the strikingly life-like video images that greet them and direct them to their boarding gate.

The images materialize seemingly out of thin air when a boarding agent — a real live human — presses a button to signal the start of boarding.

They are actually being rear-projected onto a human shaped silhouette made of plexiglass. Three actual airport boarding agents were filmed in a studio to create the illusion, which the airport hopes will be more eye-catching and easier for passengers to understand than traditional electronic display terminals.

“Bonjour! I invite you to go to your boarding gate. Paris Airports wishes you a bon voyage,” the image appears to say, while the name of the destination flashes in front of him.


Airport authority AdP came up with the idea for what it calls “2-D holograms” earlier this year, when it was brainstorming ways to modernize Hall 40, one of the dozens of boarding gates at Paris’ second airport, south of the capital.

“Children like it, it’s fun. They’re attracted to it and try to play with it,” said Didier Leroy, the airport’s director of operations. “There’s finally very few who find it useless or just a gizmo.”

The technology behind the images was developed by a Paris audiovisual marketing agency, L’Oeil du Chat. Similar virtual agents are in place in airports in London and Manchester since earlier this year.

Hall 40 serves about 30 or 40 flights a day, Leroy said. Around 1 million passengers a year pass through it, mainly on their way to destinations in the south of France and Corsica. The airport decided to make it a “laboratory” for testing new ways of organizing its boarding gates. It received an overhaul this spring that created 40 percent more space and 20 percent more seats so that it can now hold up to 400 waiting passengers.

As passengers boarded a flight to Bastia in Corsica, one small boy of about five years old approached the hologram, this one showing a middle-aged man in a striped shirt and neatly trimmed beard. “Hello!” the boy greeted it. The pre-recorded image smiled, blinked, folded his hands, glanced to the left but said nothing.

Leroy said the airport’s experiment with virtual reality will be evaluated by the end of the year, after which it could be expanded to other boarding halls at Orly or to Paris’ larger Charles de Gaulle airport.

Not all passengers were as taken with the virtual hosts as the boy.

“It spooks me the way his eyes seem to follow you,” said Cedric Olivier, 32, an Air France pilot waiting for his flight. Other passengers hurried past with barely a glance at the hologram, more concerned about boarding the plane and finding space for their carry-ons.

BriarRosie
08-19-2011, 12:26 PM
Maybe we can see the new virtual gate agents while in Paris

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/travelsmart/files/2011/08/airport.jpg

I'm sorry, but that's just CREEPY! :scared:
I'm relieved that I'm flying out of CDG airport.

belle41379
08-19-2011, 01:42 PM
I'm sorry, but that's just CREEPY! :scared:
I'm relieved that I'm flying out of CDG airport.

I agree!! :scared1:


In honor of only having 12 days until we leave, I bring you airline travel tip #1 (these will be in no particular order):

1. Get your immune system healthy before you get on the dirty, germ heaven we call the airplane. :lmao: Make sure you get enough rest, water, and exercise. Don't forget to take your vitamins. :thumbsup2

We don't want anyone getting sick on us, folks. :hug:

Aahhhhh!!! I can't wait!!! :banana::banana::banana:

skunkvette
08-19-2011, 02:05 PM
I agree!! :scared1:


In honor of only having 12 days until we leave, I bring you airline travel tip #1 (these will be in no particular order):

1. Get your immune system healthy before you get on the dirty, germ heaven we call the airplane. :lmao: Make sure you get enough rest, water, and exercise. Don't forget to take your vitamins. :thumbsup2

We don't want anyone getting sick on us, folks. :hug:

Aahhhhh!!! I can't wait!!! :banana::banana::banana:

Dip me in Purell.

belle41379
08-19-2011, 02:39 PM
Dip me in Purell.

Better check with our our online shopping guru, Mike. I don't know if they make body size bottles of Purell. :rotfl2:

DisneyKevin
08-19-2011, 03:19 PM
If anyone is looking for something to read on the plane, this book came highly recommended.

Eiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World's Fair That Introduced It

The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary world's fair that introduced it

"In this first general history of the Eiffel Tower in English, Jill Jonnes-acclaimed author of Conquering Gotham-offers an eye- opening look not only at the construction of one of the modern world's most iconic structures, but also the epochal event that surrounded its arrival as a wonder of the world. In this marvelously entertaining portrait of Belle Époque France, fear and loathing over Eiffel's brash design share the spotlight with the celebrities that made the 1889 Exposition Universelle an event to remember-including Buffalo Bill and his sharpshooter Annie Oakley, Thomas Edison, and artists Whistler, Gauguin, and van Gogh. Eiffel's Tower is a richly textured portrait of an era at the dawn of modernity, reveling in the limitless promise of the future."

It's available for the Kindle as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Eiffels-Tower-Thrilling-Extraordinary-Introduced/dp/0143117297/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313784950&sr=8-1

skunkvette
08-19-2011, 03:21 PM
Better check with our our online shopping guru, Mike. I don't know if they make body size bottles of Purell. :rotfl2:

It's scary, I know they make hand sanitizer in a 55 gallon drum and it costs $450 a drum.....

DisneyKevin
08-19-2011, 03:29 PM
It's scary, I know they make hand sanitizer in a 55 gallon drum and it costs $450 a drum.....

I know we are on the same flight.

Can I board before you try to get your 55 gallon drum of Purell on the plane?

:laughing:

skunkvette
08-19-2011, 04:12 PM
I know we are on the same flight.

Can I board before you try to get your 55 gallon drum of Purell on the plane?

:laughing:


Be glad that you get to go through TSA in Orlando, the Philly group is NEVER in a good mood.

sayhello
08-19-2011, 04:14 PM
Oh, good grief! They're trying to kill me at work! I'm SO GLAD I have vacation in less than a week! I am SO GOING TO NEED IT!!!!

And I was going to get a flu shot at CVS yesterday, and they couldn't get the insurance to authorize (it was fine with my insurance, but their system wouldn't take it). So no flu shot for me! The stupid thing is, my Rx insurance is with Caremark, and they *OWN* CVS! So very stupid!

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
08-20-2011, 09:28 AM
Shopping is complete! :thumbsup2 And I'm thrilled to report, there are no zebra pants in Mike's wardrobe! :rotfl2:

BriarRosie
08-20-2011, 09:34 AM
Shopping is complete! :thumbsup2 And I'm thrilled to report, there are no zebra pants in Mike's wardrobe! :rotfl2:

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

Glad to hear it! I just checked the weather app on my phone, and it seems that I might need to pack my closet to cover all the bases from chilly to hot. I bought a new outfit for an evening in London, probably for the Lion King night. I plan on going more casual for Foxtrot Oscar night.

dcayz
08-20-2011, 10:41 AM
All,

Denise & I (yes, it is James, typing on Denise's account, since I was using FFox to do the searching and planning this morning) were thinking of taking one of the seemingly standardized tours of Paris offered by many groups, but I thinking hosted by a single company, namely the "Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations tour" (google this, or just copy / paste / edit this: www{dot}viator{dot}com/tours/Paris/Seine-River-Cruise-and-Paris-Illuminations-Tour/d479-2050C ). 2.5 hours - 1 hour cruise & 1.5 hour bus tour.

D & I were thinking of taking the small-group (8 person minivan version).
Yes, I know that the cruise is not 8 person, more like 500 people on something akin to the Admiral Joe Fowler (1 hour, 1 vending machine, no restrooms).... But, the small group option includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and I would like a smaller group rather than a huge bus for the tour.

2 Questions:
Q1) Has anyone taken this? I've read the reviews, and I can't seem to figure out if any of the reviews are for the mini-van version.

Q2) Anyone (3 couple / 6 singles / any other combo) want to join us on Tuesday (9/6) @ 8:30 - we would rent a whole mini-van. It would probably make the guide's night :-)

If $104 / person price is a little high, I can reduce it by $10-13 - I have a ton of Coca-Cola points, and even if I use it for all 8 people, it is only 600 points, which is a drop in the bucket from my total.

It doesn't appear to be booked, even for tomorrow evening, so it isn't like we need to get this booked "today", but it never hurts. I'm spending other Coca-Cola points in London, so, I figured I'd ask.

James

dcayz
08-20-2011, 10:53 AM
All,
Q2) Anyone (3 couple / 6 singles / any other combo) want to join us on Tuesday (9/6) @ 8:30 - we would rent a whole mini-van. It would probably make the guide's night :-)

If $104 / person price is a little high, I can reduce it by $10-13 - I have a ton of Coca-Cola points, and even if I use it for all 8 people, it is only 600 points, which is a drop in the bucket from my total.


If we get 8, we can save even more: http://www.paris-tours.net/?event=offer.detail&offerId=5453 has the full van at $685 (that's $85 for the mathematically challenged).

Oh, and yeah, if you say you want to join us, I'll pay for the tix in advance. Not only do I trust you all to pay me back at some point, but I will know where you are sleeping for 10 days ... ;)

James

belle41379
08-20-2011, 11:12 AM
Shopping is complete! :thumbsup2 And I'm thrilled to report, there are no zebra pants in Mike's wardrobe! :rotfl2:

:worship::worship: Thank you!! :rotfl:
:banana::banana::banana::banana:

Glad to hear it! I just checked the weather app on my phone, and it seems that I might need to pack my closet to cover all the bases from chilly to hot. I bought a new outfit for an evening in London, probably for the Lion King night. I plan on going more casual for Foxtrot Oscar night.

This was my plan too. I have a new dress for the theater, and I'll go with a cute skirt or something for FTO. My call. In in ine hour, so I should have a better idea for us - at least for London.


Travel Tip #2: Drink water. They say the planes have a very low humidity level, and that you should drink 8oz of water every hour or so just to replace the moisture you loose. :scared1: Drinking has the added benefit of causing you to need to get up frequently. :rolleyes1. It was suggested you take a long bath upon arrival at the hotel to rehydrated your skin. :teacher:

"They" also say to avoid alcohol and soft drinks. Any takers on that? lol


Today I will be making a few things to wear on our trip. We'll see if they turn out well enough to make the cut! :rotfl2:

Sarabi's Cubs
08-20-2011, 12:21 PM
Q2) Anyone (3 couple / 6 singles / any other combo) want to join us on Tuesday (9/6) @ 8:30 - we would rent a whole mini-van. It would probably make the guide's night :-)


Brian and I were hoping to do a Seine cruise that night, so we would definitely be interested.

Laurie

belle41379
08-20-2011, 12:35 PM
Okay, ladies. Here's the word from Mark and Claire. They said it will feel cool to us, especially having been in the 90's. They said plan on 16-20...or 62-70. Mornings and evenings are obviously cooler. Plan on pants and short sleeves with a sweater or jacket for mornings/evenings. Does that help?

Now, does anyone have a friend in Paris we can consult? :rotfl2:

k5jmh
08-20-2011, 01:25 PM
Okay, ladies. Here's the word from Mark and Claire. They said it will feel cool to us, especially having been in the 90's. They said plan on 16-20...or 62-70. Mornings and evenings are obviously cooler. Plan on pants and short sleeves with a sweater or jacket for mornings/evenings. Does that help?

Now, does anyone have a friend in Paris we can consult? :rotfl2:

Let me call Johnny Depp and see what he says...

wishspirit
08-20-2011, 01:31 PM
Okay, ladies. Here's the word from Mark and Claire. They said it will feel cool to us, especially having been in the 90's. They said plan on 16-20...or 62-70. Mornings and evenings are obviously cooler. Plan on pants and short sleeves with a sweater or jacket for mornings/evenings. Does that help?

Now, does anyone have a friend in Paris we can consult? :rotfl2:

That's what I've been wearing recently. Use layers in case the weather changes. Make sure you have closed shoes for when it rains (or you'll get soggy feet)

belle41379
08-20-2011, 02:20 PM
Let me call Johnny Depp and see what he says...

Forget calling him...have him meet us there! :cloud9:lol

That's what I've been wearing recently. Use layers in case the weather changes. Make sure you have closed shoes for when it rains (or you'll get soggy feet)

No need for capris, then? Any recommendation on types of shoes? I have some super comfy ballet flats that have good support that I'm definetly bringing.

sayhello
08-20-2011, 02:24 PM
Yep, looks like layers is the way to go. **, I'm starting to freak out about packing! Maybe I should go shopping and buy a new outfit or 2 for the trip. I'd probably feel better then!

Sayhello

wishspirit
08-20-2011, 05:59 PM
Forget calling him...have him meet us there! :cloud9:lol



No need for capris, then? Any recommendation on types of shoes? I have some super comfy ballet flats that have good support that I'm definetly bringing.


If you feel comfortable in them, then go for it! If they dry quickly, then they'll be better. It has been quite rainy here at the moment (I'm just north of London) and often just drizzles. The weather is pretty changeable here, as this morning it looked like a nice day, but it was drizzling for most of the afternoon. We had lovely weather at the beginning of the summer, but its all gone miserable again. Hopefully it will pick up again in September!

I'd still bring your ballet flats and capris if they are comfortable (France in September 2 years ago was gorgeous!), but bring layers or maybe take a spare pair of socks in your bag so you can change if your feet get wet (I really hate having wet feet!) Also (weather depending) a small umbrella that you can slip in your bag is a sound investment (otherwise they are very easy to buy in the UK, go to your nearest Primark or Marks and Spencers will have them).

jmccormick
08-20-2011, 09:16 PM
If we get 8, we can save even more: http://www.paris-tours.net/?event=offer.detail&offerId=5453 has the full van at $685 (that's $85 for the mathematically challenged).

Oh, and yeah, if you say you want to join us, I'll pay for the tix in advance. Not only do I trust you all to pay me back at some point, but I will know where you are sleeping for 10 days ... ;)

James


Jame
Please put us (Jim and Linda) down for this. I do recall when the ABD BackStage Magic group boarded the Finding Nemo Submarine way back in Spring of 2010, the boot did scrape bottom. Just saying.

belle41379
08-20-2011, 09:50 PM
Yep, looks like layers is the way to go. **, I'm starting to freak out about packing! Maybe I should go shopping and buy a new outfit or 2 for the trip. I'd probably feel better then!

Sayhello

I say that will definitely help you feel better! :cool1:

k5jmh
08-20-2011, 10:41 PM
...the boot did scrape bottom. Just saying.

Wouldn't that be Das Boot (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082096/)?

DisneyKevin
08-20-2011, 10:47 PM
<----wasnt in the boot.;)

Becx N Gav
08-21-2011, 06:51 AM
If anyone wants a fun way to brush up on their British history (although they cover all areas of history) you should check out Horrible Histories - search on you tube for it.

We watched this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkzxXLRjojM) over and over :rotfl2:

When I was growing up they did the books for this series and recently they have made it into a kids show. It consists of lots of sketches about different ages in time including the Vile Victorians, the Rotten Romans, the Measly Middle Ages and tons more. It reminds me of Monthy Python as well as being educational :thumbsup2

Sarabi's Cubs
08-21-2011, 07:05 AM
If anyone wants a fun way to brush up on their British history (although they cover all areas of history) you should check out Horrible Histories - search on you tube for it.

We watched this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkzxXLRjojM) over and over :rotfl2:

When I was growing up they did the books for this series and recently they have made it into a kids show. It consists of lots of sketches about different ages in time including the Vile Victorians, the Rotten Romans, the Measly Middle Ages and tons more. It reminds me of Monthy Python as well as being educational :thumbsup2

:rotfl:My kids thought this was hysterical!:rotfl:

It looks like my closet exploded on my bed - starting the packing process to make sure there's nothing more I need to shop for!

Laurie

Chropistopy
08-21-2011, 09:20 AM
It looks like my closet exploded on my bed - starting the packing process to make sure there's nothing more I need to shop for!

Laurie

that's my plan for today. I think I've finished shopping but need to make sure. One weekend left for shopping prior to departure...

MinnieGarden
08-21-2011, 09:46 AM
:rotfl:My kids thought this was hysterical!:rotfl:

It looks like my closet exploded on my bed - starting the packing process to make sure there's nothing more I need to shop for!

Laurie

that's my plan for today. I think I've finished shopping but need to make sure. One weekend left for shopping prior to departure...

Great minds think alike! We are working on packing too.....

Also, I started a thread for Buckingham Palace so we can figure out our plan!

k5jmh
08-21-2011, 09:55 AM
We watched this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkzxXLRjojM) over and over :rotfl2:



Is this the show we get to see at the "Bloody Tower"? :cool1:

tardis1029
08-21-2011, 10:48 AM
if we get 8, we can save even more: http://www.paris-tours.net/?event=offer.detail&offerid=5453 has the full van at $685 (that's $85 for the mathematically challenged).

Oh, and yeah, if you say you want to join us, i'll pay for the tix in advance. Not only do i trust you all to pay me back at some point, but i will know where you are sleeping for 10 days ... ;)

james

James,

Add two more. Micki & I would like to join to fun. I also remember that same ABD Back Stage Magic group breaking the Space Mountain ride that same night. Just saying.

John

apurplebrat
08-21-2011, 01:51 PM
:rotfl:My kids thought this was hysterical!:rotfl:

It looks like my closet exploded on my bed - starting the packing process to make sure there's nothing more I need to shop for!

Laurie

that's my plan for today. I think I've finished shopping but need to make sure. One weekend left for shopping prior to departure...

Great minds think alike! We are working on packing too.....

Also, I started a thread for Buckingham Palace so we can figure out our plan!


It looks like we are all doing the same thing today. We have everything pulled out all over the bed and the couch. I think we have everything. Still trying to decide on shoes. :upsidedow

k5jmh
08-21-2011, 02:57 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301830_1936248282030_1117025522_31714399_190991_n. jpg

I am now ready to claim France in the name of the USA. Because, all you need is a flag, right?

wishspirit
08-21-2011, 04:11 PM
If anyone wants a fun way to brush up on their British history (although they cover all areas of history) you should check out Horrible Histories - search on you tube for it.

We watched this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkzxXLRjojM) over and over :rotfl2:

When I was growing up they did the books for this series and recently they have made it into a kids show. It consists of lots of sketches about different ages in time including the Vile Victorians, the Rotten Romans, the Measly Middle Ages and tons more. It reminds me of Monthy Python as well as being educational :thumbsup2

Loads of the children I worked with could recite the Charles II rap, which I think is just fantastic! Really brings history alive!

sayhello
08-21-2011, 05:30 PM
It looks like we are all doing the same thing today. We have everything pulled out all over the bed and the couch. I think we have everything. Still trying to decide on shoes. :upsidedowI actually spent most of today at a bridal show with a friend of mine who's getting married next year. Denial is not just a river in Egypt! ;)

Sayhello

tardis1029
08-21-2011, 06:55 PM
We ordered our TravelPro duffels bags way back when and I thought "My God they are huge". Now I started to pack and I realize that they are not that big:confused3

DisneyKevin
08-21-2011, 06:55 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301830_1936248282030_1117025522_31714399_190991_n. jpg

I am now ready to claim France in the name of the USA. Because, all you need is a flag, right?

:lmao:

wishspirit
08-22-2011, 05:19 AM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301830_1936248282030_1117025522_31714399_190991_n. jpg

I am now ready to claim France in the name of the USA. Because, all you need is a flag, right?

There is an Eddie Izzard sketch about just needing a flag, very funny!

This is my country!!... Do you have a flag? :rotfl:

k5jmh
08-22-2011, 06:09 AM
There is an Eddie Izzard sketch about just needing a flag, very funny!

This is my country!!... Do you have a flag? :rotfl:

:thumbsup2 Kate, I was in tears watching that sketch.

&

Doing the Single Digit Dance!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana: :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

Chropistopy
08-22-2011, 08:11 AM
Doing the Single Digit Dance!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana: :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

I'm looking forward to doing that dance tomorrow! Here's a banana in anticipation :goodvibes

:banana:

belle41379
08-22-2011, 08:18 AM
Doing the Single Digit Dance!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana: :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:[/CENTER]

Doing the dance here too!!!

I REALLY need to start packing!! :scared1:

belle41379
08-22-2011, 10:06 AM
Question:

We have the option of going with our friends to Windsor Castle and Windsor Town from the airport once we arrive, or going to the hotel first to freshen up, then do a number of neat things in London with them. We leave here at 3:30pm, fly to New York, 3 hr layover, then head to London, arriving at about 9:30am their time. Not including getting to the airport early initially, that will be like, 13 hrs of traveling, I think.

Which option would you choose?

sayhello
08-22-2011, 10:44 AM
:thumbsup2 Kate, I was in tears watching that sketch.

&

Doing the Single Digit Dance!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana: :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:
I've been down to single digits for a while!!! :eek: I've got 5 days!!!!!! OMG, I AM NOT READY!!!

Question:

We have the option of going with our friends to Windsor Castle and Windsor Town from the airport once we arrive, or going to the hotel first to freshen up, then do a number of neat things in London with them. We leave here at 3:30pm, fly to New York, 3 hr layover, then head to London, arriving at about 9:30am their time. Not including getting to the airport early initially, that will be like, 13 hrs of traveling, I think.

Which option would you choose?Personally, I'd choose the going to the hotel first to freshen up & then doing the cool stuff around London. You're going to want to freshen up (but try NOT to take a long nap! You'll adjust better if you don't).

You'd also have the option that, if you do poop out during the day, you'll be closer to the hotel, rather than having an hour's drive to get back to London.

Sayhello

wishspirit
08-22-2011, 10:53 AM
Question:

We have the option of going with our friends to Windsor Castle and Windsor Town from the airport once we arrive, or going to the hotel first to freshen up, then do a number of neat things in London with them. We leave here at 3:30pm, fly to New York, 3 hr layover, then head to London, arriving at about 9:30am their time. Not including getting to the airport early initially, that will be like, 13 hrs of traveling, I think.

Which option would you choose?

From my experience going forward 5 hours is much worse than going back 5 hours. I personally wouldn't want to push myself too much on the first day. I am pretty sure you are going to be tired and will need a rest.

On the other hand, most hotels won't let you check in until after 3pm, so maybe it is best that you just work it out and keep on going!

Sorry, I'm not much help! :confused3

BriarRosie
08-22-2011, 12:24 PM
I'm looking forward to doing that dance tomorrow! Here's a banana in anticipation :goodvibes

:banana:

I'll do the single digit dance with you tomorrow! :banana:

apurplebrat
08-22-2011, 12:39 PM
Doing the Single Digit Dance!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana: :banana::banana:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:



us too

Doing the Single Digit Dance!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana:
:woohoo::woohoo:

:dance3::dance3:

Becx N Gav
08-22-2011, 01:58 PM
Question:

We have the option of going with our friends to Windsor Castle and Windsor Town from the airport once we arrive, or going to the hotel first to freshen up, then do a number of neat things in London with them. We leave here at 3:30pm, fly to New York, 3 hr layover, then head to London, arriving at about 9:30am their time. Not including getting to the airport early initially, that will be like, 13 hrs of traveling, I think.

Which option would you choose?

I would go for the London option, we can never seem to sleep on a plane and it takes us days to feel back to normal! At least if you are in London you can go back to the hotel as soon as you can check in. I agree with Tobi in that you should try and stay up until a 'normal' bed time and force yourself to get up the next day (easier if you have a tour to go on!)

Circusgirl
08-22-2011, 02:42 PM
It seems impossible that the trip is almost here!

I am having a quiet day at the Grand Californian after the hubbub and rush of the D23 Expo. Good training for our trip, although I hope to not wait so long in so many lines for so many things ever again.

I won't be putting my suitcases away once I get home, just washing things and packing them up again. Still don't know how I'm going to manage the one suitcase trick.

I can't wait to see all my old friends and meet my new ones!!!

belle41379
08-23-2011, 06:35 AM
8 DAYS!!!
:scared1::scared1::scared1:
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
:scared1::scared1::scared1:

I really need to start packing. I'm not ready!!! :eek:

MinnieGarden
08-23-2011, 07:21 AM
8 DAYS!!!
:scared1::scared1::scared1:
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
:scared1::scared1::scared1:

I really need to start packing. I'm not ready!!! :eek:

:dance3::dance3::dance3:
:scared1::scared1::scared1:

This is really happening!!!!:yay:

sayhello
08-23-2011, 11:05 AM
:dance3::dance3::dance3:
:scared1::scared1::scared1:

This is really happening!!!!:yay:SERIOUSLY!!!!! :eek::eek::eek: :cool1::cool1::cool1: :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: :yay::yay::yay::yay:

Sayhello

Chropistopy
08-23-2011, 12:30 PM
8 DAYS!!!

I really need to start packing. I'm not ready!!! :eek:

:dance3::dance3::dance3:

This is really happening!!!!:yay:

SERIOUSLY!!!!! :eek::eek::eek: :cool1::cool1::cool1: :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: :yay::yay::yay::yay:

Sayhello


:yay::yay::yay::yay: I'm doing the SINGLE DIGIT DANCE today!

BriarRosie
08-23-2011, 12:43 PM
:yay::yay::yay::yay: I'm doing the SINGLE DIGIT DANCE today!

:banana::banana::banana:

k5jmh
08-24-2011, 05:50 AM
One week from today, we get on the plane!!!!!!

:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

belle41379
08-24-2011, 07:50 AM
One week from today, we get on the plane!!!!!!

:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

Ditto!! :cool1::cool1: :banana::banana: :cool1::cool1:

I sure could use your prayers and pixie dust. I started feeling bad yesterday and still do today. :sick: Better now than a week from now, but still not good. I have a ton to do to get the kids ready, not to mention us. :sad1:

DisneyKevin
08-24-2011, 08:42 AM
Ditto!! :cool1::cool1: :banana::banana: :cool1::cool1:

I sure could use your prayers and pixie dust. I started feeling bad yesterday and still do today. :sick: Better now than a week from now, but still not good. I have a ton to do to get the kids ready, not to mention us. :sad1:

Feel better Cynthia!

Chropistopy
08-24-2011, 08:50 AM
Ditto!! :cool1::cool1: :banana::banana: :cool1::cool1:

I sure could use your prayers and pixie dust. I started feeling bad yesterday and still do today. :sick: Better now than a week from now, but still not good. I have a ton to do to get the kids ready, not to mention us. :sad1:

Feel better!

sayhello
08-24-2011, 11:21 AM
Ditto!! :cool1::cool1: :banana::banana: :cool1::cool1:

I sure could use your prayers and pixie dust. I started feeling bad yesterday and still do today. :sick: Better now than a week from now, but still not good. I have a ton to do to get the kids ready, not to mention us. :sad1:It must be something in the Ohio air, because I've been feeling kinda cruddy for the last couple of days, too! I hope you feel better really soon, Cynthia! I have 3 days to recover... :sick:

Sayhello

k5jmh
08-24-2011, 11:27 AM
As Pete stated on the Show (http://www.wdwinfo.com/podcast/roundtable334-082411-full.mp3)...

DIS London Meet @ Chancery Court Hotel, London, UK (http://www.chancerycourthotel.com/en/)
Sunday, September 4th, 2011 @ 2pm

Pete and Gang will be there along with a rag tag group on an ABD adventure.

I hope we can see some of ya'll there!

belle41379
08-24-2011, 01:08 PM
Thanks folks. :hug: Tobi, I'm sending all the get well vibes to you...3 days!!! :scared1:. You will be better by then. The ABD fairies will be sure of it. :thumbsup2

I managed to pull myself up long enough to make 4 trays of baby food for the little guy. I've got my packing list done (I do love a good list :cloud9:), now I just need to start packing. Hopefully tomorrow. Going camping this weekend, so that will help pass the time, and will help us relax some.

Does anyone have an idea of how much we will be outside while in London?

k5jmh
08-25-2011, 05:45 AM
Christy and I are under the 1 week mark! Woohoo!!, 6 days!! The Brown Truck of Joy brought me my Power Strip and Power adapters yesterday as well as a new Camera Strap. We have just a couple of things to wrap up here, like making the house ready in case a storm from the Gulf of Mexico drops in while we are "across the pond."

:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:
:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

belle41379
08-25-2011, 06:37 AM
Less than a week to go! :scared1: That is really hard to believe.

Get power adaptor/convertor...check

International plan for phone...check

Prep food for the baby...check

Call ABD and make sure they got Michaels humor when he wrote he was "allergic to carbohydrates":rolleyes:...check

Get healthy...working on it :sick:

Packing...um.....no comment. :rolleyes1

Anyone flying Delta on Wednesday?

Are you planning to take a carryon that includes clothes, just in case, or just your "personal" carryon?

k5jmh
08-25-2011, 06:51 AM
I am taking a Carry-on with a couple of changes of clothes. If for some reason my checked bag does not make it, my airlines will give me a bag with essentials to use until my bag is returned (and maybe a clothing allowance!) This has happened to me on several occasions (for some reason it happened twice flying into Dayton, OH).

MinnieGarden
08-25-2011, 06:52 AM
Cynthia and Tobi - hope you both feel better!

I can't believe we are soooooo close! :banana:

Hope to see everyone in chat tonight!:cool1:

belle41379
08-25-2011, 07:21 AM
I am taking a Carry-on with a couple of changes of clothes. If for some reason my checked bag does not make it, my airlines will give me a bag with essentials to use until my bag is returned (and maybe a clothing allowance!) This has happened to me on several occasions (for some reason it happened twice flying into Dayton, OH).

Good thing I'm not flying INTO Dayton! :rotfl:

Wait...I'm not flying out of Dayton either. Duh!

sayhello
08-25-2011, 10:40 AM
Less than a week to go! :scared1: That is really hard to believe.

Get power adaptor/convertor...check

International plan for phone...check

Prep food for the baby...check

Call ABD and make sure they got Michaels humor when he wrote he was "allergic to carbohydrates":rolleyes:...check

Get healthy...working on it :sick:

Packing...um.....no comment. :rolleyes1

Anyone flying Delta on Wednesday?

Are you planning to take a carryon that includes clothes, just in case, or just your "personal" carryon?I *ALWAYS* carry a couple of changes of clothes (especially underwear!) in my carryon. I've seen too many people wearing the same clothes day after day on a trip until their suitcases caught up with them.

Get all prescriptions: check!

Have slacks washed & pressed: check!

Pick up said slacks: DAMN! NO! Must make a special trip today (cleaners is at work)!

Start doing laundry: SOON!

Receive all online orders of "stuff": Check!

Receive Global phone from Verizon: That would have required them to actually send it out 2 days ago! :headache: They're over-nighting it, and oh-so-nicely waving the extra fee for the over-nighting. :rolleyes:

Off to run some errands, then I really have to get serious about laundry & packing...

Cynthia and Tobi - hope you both feel better!

I can't believe we are soooooo close! :banana:

Hope to see everyone in chat tonight!:cool1:Thanks, Christy! Definitely starting to feel better. :thumbsup2 I plan to be in chat, although I may be distracted running around & doing stuff!

Sayhello

wishspirit
08-25-2011, 10:43 AM
Just to let you know that the weather is really changeable here at the moment. It was tipping down with rain this morning, and this afternoon it is fairly sunny!

sayhello
08-25-2011, 11:02 AM
Just to let you know that the weather is really changeable here at the moment. It was tipping down with rain this morning, and this afternoon it is fairly sunny!What is the temperature like?

Sayhello

Royster83
08-25-2011, 11:25 AM
It's 66 degrees in London today... Or in real money 19 degrees centigrade ;)

Roy

sayhello
08-25-2011, 11:26 AM
It's 66 degrees in London today... Or in real money 19 degrees centigrade ;)

RoyBeautiful! Thanks!

Sayhello

Royster83
08-25-2011, 11:28 AM
I hope we can see some of ya'll there!

I'll be there Mike :thumbsup2.

Wouldn't miss it!

Roy

BriarRosie
08-25-2011, 12:16 PM
Are you planning to take a carryon that includes clothes, just in case, or just your "personal" carryon?

Absolutely! As others have stated, it's always a good idea to have all your must have essentials, like prescription medication, with you. But I tend to pack all my underwear in my carry-on, as well as a couple changes of clothing.

I have a tip for all the couples going, something I observed from my mom packing for trips years ago. Mom would pack 1/2 her clothes and 1/2 my father's clothes in one bag, and then another 1/2 and 1/2 in a second bag. That way, if one bag is lost, both people have at least enough clothing to hopefully cover the time needed to locate the bag. And she did pack a change of clothing and underwear in a carry-on, as well.

DisneyKevin
08-25-2011, 12:21 PM
I have a tip for all the couples going, something I observed from my mom packing for trips years ago. Mom would pack 1/2 her clothes and 1/2 my father's clothes in one bag, and then another 1/2 and 1/2 in a second bag. That way, if one bag is lost, both people have at least enough clothing to hopefully cover the time needed to locate the bag. And she did pack a change of clothing and underwear in a carry-on, as well.

John and I do this exact thing.:thumbsup2

Sarabi's Cubs
08-25-2011, 03:27 PM
Well, got the kids off to school so now I can focus on the trip! Did some last minute shopping today, took care of the haircut and pedicure, got my verizon phone in the mail (not I just have to figure it out), and picked up more pounds and euros.

Tobi and Cynthia, hope you are feeling better! Cynthia, are you flying out of Columbus? We are flying out on Wed, but on United. I'll be in chat tonight, but late (curriculum night at school).

Go away quickly, Irene!

Laurie

tardis1029
08-25-2011, 04:08 PM
To all of the East Coast friend and travelers --- Hurricane Irene :scared1: is looking very scary . Be safe,,,
... John and I are "supposed " :confused3 to leave Newark NJ at 10:15 pm on SUNDAY for London :scared1:
If anyone has any extra pixy dust :wizard: to spare ..could you sprinkle it on Irene to make it GO AWAY !!
John will be monitoring it all :surfweb: over the next few days.

Newark is cancelling flights in on Saturday. Our daughter and our 7 year old grandson are in WDW now and they can't come home on Sat ... we are trying to extend their stay now. :confused3 .. This is crazy stuff. I guess if I had to be 'stuck' someplace ...WDW is the Place I would want to be.. but the kid is starting to miss is mommy, daddy and little brother:sad2: Oh to be 7 again ;) ..

Be safe Micki

sayhello
08-25-2011, 06:19 PM
To all of the East Coast friend and travelers --- Hurricane Irene :scared1: is looking very scary . Be safe,,,
... John and I are "supposed " :confused3 to leave Newark NJ at 10:15 pm on SUNDAY for London :scared1:
If anyone has any extra pixy dust :wizard: to spare ..could you sprinkle it on Irene to make it GO AWAY !!
John will be monitoring it all :surfweb: over the next few days.

Newark is cancelling flights in on Saturday. Our daughter and our 7 year old grandson are in WDW now and they can't come home on Sat ... we are trying to extend their stay now. :confused3 .. This is crazy stuff. I guess if I had to be 'stuck' someplace ...WDW is the Place I would want to be.. but the kid is starting to miss is mommy, daddy and little brother:sad2: Oh to be 7 again ;) ..

Be safe MickiI'm flying to Toronto on Saturday, and then from there to London. I sure hope this doesn't mess up everything. But I am going kinda early... I'd just rather get there!

Sayhello

columnwest
08-25-2011, 07:32 PM
I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet, but the Chancery Court Hotel in London has an absolutely amazing spa. It's in the basement level ("lower ground floor" in British English), but it is extremely luxurious, and beautifully designed. I'm a spa junkie, and this still ranks as one of one of my all-time favorites. (I used to live in London, and went to the Chancery Court spa fairly often.)

The hotel is also within walking distance of the British Museum. Personally, I think the British Museum is overrated. The big Egyptian stuff is cool, and the Rosetta Stone is a must-see, but it gets a little tired pretty fast for me. My personal favorite London museums are: The Victoria and Albert (So much incredibly cool stuff. The plaster cast courtyard alone is jaw-dropping.) and The Wallace Collection (First-class art collection, and incredible over-the-top decor.)

Circusgirl
08-25-2011, 08:05 PM
I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet, but the Chancery Court Hotel in London has an absolutely amazing spa. It's in the basement level ("lower ground floor" in British English), but it is extremely luxurious, and beautifully designed. I'm a spa junkie, and this still ranks as one of one of my all-time favorites. (I used to live in London, and went to the Chancery Court spa fairly often.)

The hotel is also within walking distance of the British Museum. Personally, I think the British Museum is overrated. The big Egyptian stuff is cool, and the Rosetta Stone is a must-see, but it gets a little tired pretty fast for me. My personal favorite London museums are: The Victoria and Albert (So much incredibly cool stuff. The plaster cast courtyard alone is jaw-dropping.) and The Wallace Collection (First-class art collection, and incredible over-the-top decor.)

Hey Chris!!

Do you have any cool new shirts? Hope you're well and having fun travels.

Thanks for the notes. We have so little time that I relish all the tips on how to best spend my moments!

Chropistopy
08-26-2011, 08:14 AM
I can't believe that we have people leaving tomorrow for London! This trip is actually happening! It's been a long time coming.

belle41379
08-26-2011, 09:37 AM
Pete, Walter, Tobi, and whoever else is leaving this weekend...have a GREAT flight, stay safe, and we will see you in London!! :banana::banana:

5 DAYS!!!!!!!
:banana: :banana: :banana:
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Circusgirl
08-26-2011, 09:45 AM
Bon voyage to our travelers! Wishing everyone smooth journeys and much fun upon arrival.

Sarabi's Cubs
08-26-2011, 10:27 AM
I was relieved to learn on the Alaskan cruise podcast that Pete also has height/bridge issues. Maybe I won't be the only one having a panic attack on the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye!:scared1:

Laurie

sayhello
08-26-2011, 10:29 AM
Thanks, everyone! Just keep good thoughts that Irene doesn't cause enough problems to affect my flight through Toronto.

Pete & Walter, I don't know where you are flying through, but I hope you have a safe flight!

Sayhello

sayhello
08-26-2011, 10:31 AM
I was relieved to learn on the Alaskan cruise podcast that Pete also has height/bridge issues. Maybe I won't be the only one having a panic attack on the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye!:scared1:

LaurieI'm fine as long as the surface is solid. If I can see down between my feet, forget about it!!! :eek: (Seriously! I have problems walking over sidewalk grates!!!!)

We'll all do it together! Remember! Walk backwards! ;)

Sayhello

MinnieGarden
08-26-2011, 11:20 AM
Safe travels everyone! :goodvibes

See you in LONDON!

BriarRosie
08-26-2011, 01:08 PM
Bon Voyage to those traveling tomorrow!

jcb
08-26-2011, 03:13 PM
Delta has started cancelling flights:

All flights departing from JFK, LGA & EWR will be cancelled on Sunday August 28. We will re-book you on the next available flight on or before Sept. 2 (no later) or you can re-book yourself on delta.com. If you need immediate reservations help you can also call us at 800-221-1212. Please continue to check your flight status on delta.com and sign up for Delta Messenger for continual updates.

http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/flight_status_updates/advisories/irene/irene_3.jsp

I hope this doesn't affect anyone. Good luck and have a good trip.

sayhello
08-26-2011, 04:18 PM
Delta has started cancelling flights:

All flights departing from JFK, LGA & EWR will be cancelled on Sunday August 28. We will re-book you on the next available flight on or before Sept. 2 (no later) or you can re-book yourself on delta.com. If you need immediate reservations help you can also call us at 800-221-1212. Please continue to check your flight status on delta.com and sign up for Delta Messenger for continual updates.

http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/flight_status_updates/advisories/irene/irene_3.jsp

I hope this doesn't affect anyone. Good luck and have a good trip.Crap. Even though my flight still says "Confirmed", I can't bring up any details online, nor can I check in online, even though it's less than 24 hours. United.com says I have to check in with air canada, but their site says no go. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

Sayhello

JWren1234
08-26-2011, 04:22 PM
I was relieved to learn on the Alaskan cruise podcast that Pete also has height/bridge issues. Maybe I won't be the only one having a panic attack on the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye!:scared1:

Laurie

I have height issues as well. I definitely want to do the London Eye, but might need to take a couple of deep breaths before getting on!

Jason

JWren1234
08-26-2011, 04:26 PM
To all of the East Coast friend and travelers --- Hurricane Irene :scared1: is looking very scary . Be safe,,,
... John and I are "supposed " :confused3 to leave Newark NJ at 10:15 pm on SUNDAY for London :scared1:
If anyone has any extra pixy dust :wizard: to spare ..could you sprinkle it on Irene to make it GO AWAY !!
John will be monitoring it all :surfweb: over the next few days.

Newark is cancelling flights in on Saturday. Our daughter and our 7 year old grandson are in WDW now and they can't come home on Sat ... we are trying to extend their stay now. :confused3 .. This is crazy stuff. I guess if I had to be 'stuck' someplace ...WDW is the Place I would want to be.. but the kid is starting to miss is mommy, daddy and little brother:sad2: Oh to be 7 again ;) ..

Be safe Micki

Stay safe Micki and John. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Jason

DisneyKevin
08-26-2011, 04:47 PM
I have height issues as well. I definitely want to do the London Eye, but might need to take a couple of deep breaths before getting on!

Jason

I'm with you Jason.

I can get the runs just thinking about this, but I'm doing it.

Helicopters and suspension bridges....NO....but I'm going on the London Eye.

wishspirit
08-26-2011, 06:26 PM
I'm with you Jason.

I can get the runs just thinking about this, but I'm doing it.

Helicopters and suspension bridges....NO....but I'm going on the London Eye.

Go for it Kevin and Jason! The view is spectacular (hopefully you'll get a lovely day for it) and you can see all parts of London.

:thumbsup2

columnwest
08-27-2011, 12:30 AM
Regarding the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye...

The Millennium Bridge is a very solidly build metal footbridge that basically connects the Tate Modern (modern art museum) with St. Paul's Catrhedral (which is a few blocks from its end of the bridge. It's a very low bridge, maybe 20 feet over the river. It's not the Golden Gate, lol. Frankly, I think the bridge from the Oasis to Africa in DAK is higher up. Some folks may remember that back when it first opened, there was a design problem that caused the bridge to wobble a little, however this has long since been corrected, and now it's as sturdy and wobble-free as any metal bridge across any other river.

BTW, I dont know if you get to see the Tate Modern on your tour, but if you have a few free minutes, it's definitely worth a peek inside. Not for the art (though it is a great collection) but for the amazingly cavernous lobby space that used to house a coal power plant. Usually they have some massive art installation there. When I was there, one time it was a whole city-scape made out of giant plastic sugar cubes, and another time it was full of twisty metal tubes you could actually slide down inside.

As for the London Eye. Keep in mind that it moves very slowly in a continuous smooth motion. It does not start and stop, even to let people on and off (unless there's a person in a wheelchair, etc). It moves quite a bit slower than, say the loading area for Peter Pan or Haunted Mansion. Spaceship Earth speed is probably a better comparison. This keeps it from feeling like a ride at all. In fact you may not feel you're moving at all, so the rise in elevation is extremely gradual. The capsule you're in is completely sealed from the elements, and there's even a bench in the middle to sit down on if you want. Each capsule is the size of a small room, where you can easily stand and walk around to see things in different directions. So, again, it's not cramped like a farris wheel. It's directly opposite the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben, so you'll have a great view of those in the foreground and the rest of the city stetching into the distance. Because the movement is so gradual, and the capsule is so roomy, I would say that it's much less "scary" than the glass elevators on the Space Needle or the CN Tower (or even the Westin Hotel in Atlanta, for that matter).

Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time. Wish I could go with you! Next time, maybe.

Sarabi's Cubs
08-27-2011, 06:55 AM
Regarding the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye...
As for the London Eye. Keep in mind that it moves very slowly in a continuous smooth motion. It does not start and stop, even to let people on and off (unless there's a person in a wheelchair, etc). It moves quite a bit slower than, say the loading area for Peter Pan or Haunted Mansion. Spaceship Earth speed is probably a better comparison. This keeps it from feeling like a ride at all. In fact you may not feel you're moving at all, so the rise in elevation is extremely gradual. The capsule you're in is completely sealed from the elements, and there's even a bench in the middle to sit down on if you want. Each capsule is the size of a small room, where you can easily stand and walk around to see things in different directions. So, again, it's not cramped like a farris wheel. It's directly opposite the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben, so you'll have a great view of those in the foreground and the rest of the city stetching into the distance. Because the movement is so gradual, and the capsule is so roomy, I would say that it's much less "scary" than the glass elevators on the Space Needle or the CN Tower (or even the Westin Hotel in Atlanta, for that matter).

Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time. Wish I could go with you! Next time, maybe.

This is helpful. Thanks! I think my issue with the Millennium Bridge (aside from my general fear of bridges) is that I have seen the Harry Potter movies too many times, so my mental image of that bridge is of it twisting and falling into the Thames.

Safe travels all!!!!

Laurie

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08-27-2011, 10:05 AM
This is helpful. Thanks! I think my issue with the Millennium Bridge (aside from my general fear of bridges) is that I have seen the Harry Potter movies too many times, so my mental image of that bridge is of it twisting and falling into the Thames.

Safe travels all!!!!

LaurieHeheheheh!!! I have to admit that I thought the same thing; but as long as the bridge itself is not see-through, I'm going to give it a go! I'm thinking about doing the London Eye at night. I know ABD is taking us, but I imagine it will be during the day, and I think seeing London at night like that would be very cool!

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08-27-2011, 10:08 AM
Three hours until I get picked up to go to the airport. I'm getting that pre-flight stress (not from a fear of flying, just because it is SUCH a hassle, and my fear of leaving something important behind, despite lists & double-checking). It's not helping my poor tummy any. :sick: I'm going to be SO relieved once I'm on that plane to London! You know, a silly part of me wishes I wasn't doing the extra days so that I could have ABD meet me at the airport & take care of everything. I'll be happy once I'm there, but I *am* spoiled!

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