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Old 09-18-2012, 11:06 PM   #631
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I know I'm not on your cruise but I'm still reading your pre-trip report because it keeps me excited!! The thread for our date doesn't have a lot of action. But I have to say that I booked my airfare too!! I'm coming from Minneapolis and because of school (trying not to have my DD miss more than she has to) and a custody schedule I needed very specific flights and dates. So we are flying Swiss Air on the way to BCN through Zurich and on the way home we are flying Lufthansa through Toronto. I'm so glad to have that booked, I can't even tell you!! You'd mentioned Swiss in a previous thread - I've never flown with them before. You like them? (I hope!)
LOVED Swiss! Would be using them again if it weren't for saving that HUGE chunk of change...The chocolate after the meal is to die for......
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:07 PM   #632
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Whohoo!! Love , love, love the excitement buildup!!!
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Have a great time! I can't complain...just got back from a trip to San Diego for my brother's wedding...beautiful time, wonderful people.... But I do wish I was cruising sooner than next June!
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LOVED Swiss! Would be using them again if it weren't for saving that HUGE chunk of change...The chocolate after the meal is to die for......
I'm flying Lufthansa out of Toronto as well! Small world!
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:15 PM   #635
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I'm baaaacccckkkkk.... (ala Jack Nicholson)...

Hi!!

I have not fallen off the face of the earth! I have, however, started a TR on the cruise we just returned from. Go here:

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If you miss my ramblings! They had to be re-directed for a bit...

Anyone else concerned about American? A little unnerving.....
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #636
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So, on the off chance there is anyone here on the same Med cruise (June 15) who hasn't checked in on the cruise meets board, I'm "advertising" for another family to join Mindy and my families on our Rome excursion. Size no more than 5, no small children/strollers. PM me if interested!

So, I'm in the midst of researching trip insurance. Not that I understand a lick of the legalese, but I do read loud and clear that being from WA state stinks! There are zero options for any "cancellation for any reason" additions. Yes, I'm well aware I'm past the window for the cruise, but the airfare was worth looking into. What if Sean gets some fabulous job? Hosed. Well, to the extent we'll have to pay American's change fee. But still, what makes WA so un-special? I think I'm offended!

So I called then and asked more questions. Since we live in 2 different states, could we still be on the same policy? Or did it have to be separate? Separate, as the policies have to be issued for different states. But would he still be considered to be part of our "traveling party"? Yes. Sigh. Ok, thank you....

So the other day, Sean asked me if I heard that there was a bunch of social unrest in Greece, Italy, and Spain. Apparently I've fallen off the face of the earth, as I had not heard that. Strangely enough, Rick Steves (all hail Rick Steves!) put out an article on this on Facebook the same day he mentioned this to me. Here's a link to that article:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/rick-...51099822464702

OOOOOOooooooo! And on the topic of his royal travelness.....Guess who I'm going to hear a lecture from!!! Yup, the big Kahuna himself! I haven't been down to attend any travel classes in MONTHS!! Between work and summer vacations and whatnot, I haven't been able to fit anything in. BUT....after getting an email today, I went to his website to see what was new and there is a travel festival on November 3rd!!! Sean's working, but Ashleigh and I are going to attend 2 workshops: "Packing Light and Right" (snort...yeah, right....), and "Italy" (which is the one Rick will be lecturing on). Were it just me, there are lots of other interesting classes throughout the day, but I don't think Ashleigh will tolerate that. She is a groupie, though, and was stoked by the idea of actually seeing the real deal. I think I may have warped my daughter's idea of cool....

So the other consterning thing I have to deal with: shoe drama. Why, you ask? Well, the lovely Tevas I hiked Cinque Terre successfully in really bothered my feet last week while in Florida. What now? Keens rub on toes, Tevas hurt my soles. What's a girl to do? Any suggestions? I'm worried, as we won't have any nice weather prior to the cruise for me to test out new shoes. June is still winter here.

And, as I haven't posted pics in a while, cheers!!

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:40 AM   #637
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I was at my sister's this weekend and we saw the news about the unrest in Spain, Italy and Greece and she got a little nervous about our cruise. Our cruise isn't the Greece itinerary (only the 7 day) but she's nervous about our other destinations. So I'm glad that you posted this article because I'm going to send it to her right now! While I was there we also caught an episode of Rick Steves in Rome!! I've been there before but she hasn't so I enjoyed pointing out some of the places that we'd see when we are there.

Are those Grand Marnier slushy drinks? Lucky!!

Unfortunately I don't have any good suggestions for your shoe dilemma. I just tend to stick out as an obvious American and I wear my running shoes! My daughter and I went to Paris one time and we were relaxing in a park playing "spot the American" and the shoes were a dead giveaway!

Now I'm off to read your trip report!
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Hello! Lurker here and Future Med cruiser (on a different itinerary, however) I haven't read the article you posted yet, but I wanted to mention that I live and work in Athens and that things look on TV much worse than they really are here. Most likely, the worst thing that can happen is a public transportation strike. Even they are pretty predictable, happening whenever important voting is going on in Parliament. In such a situation, cabs are usually readily available. Tourists are loved here, and nearly everyone speaks English at least a little. I wouldn't worry about it. Worry more about the heat! I was actually comfortable August in Orlando.... just sayin'
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I was at my sister's this weekend and we saw the news about the unrest in Spain, Italy and Greece and she got a little nervous about our cruise. Our cruise isn't the Greece itinerary (only the 7 day) but she's nervous about our other destinations. So I'm glad that you posted this article because I'm going to send it to her right now! While I was there we also caught an episode of Rick Steves in Rome!! I've been there before but she hasn't so I enjoyed pointing out some of the places that we'd see when we are there.

Are those Grand Marnier slushy drinks? Lucky!!

Unfortunately I don't have any good suggestions for your shoe dilemma. I just tend to stick out as an obvious American and I wear my running shoes! My daughter and I went to Paris one time and we were relaxing in a park playing "spot the American" and the shoes were a dead giveaway!

Now I'm off to read your trip report!
Yes, yes those were Grand Marnier slushies!!!! YUM!!!

I use my running shoes as well, but have the need to not use them every day. My feet will get sore in those as well if I wear them too many days in a row. Jim (of all people) texted me after I posted this and recommended a brand called Niot? I think....I emailed them last night to see where they are sold here.

Rick Steves new/updated shows start really soon...

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Hello! Lurker here and Future Med cruiser (on a different itinerary, however) I haven't read the article you posted yet, but I wanted to mention that I live and work in Athens and that things look on TV much worse than they really are here. Most likely, the worst thing that can happen is a public transportation strike. Even they are pretty predictable, happening whenever important voting is going on in Parliament. In such a situation, cabs are usually readily available. Tourists are loved here, and nearly everyone speaks English at least a little. I wouldn't worry about it. Worry more about the heat! I was actually comfortable August in Orlando.... just sayin'
Hi! Which cruise are you taking?? And thank you for your advice! I figured that part of it was the media, especially here....gotta whip everyone in a frenzy, right?

And I am so not looking forward to diving into the intense heat! It was bad enough last week in Orlando....Is it humid in Greece in June??
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Hi again. I am on the last Med 7 night. School starts here on the 11th of September, or thereabouts, but my daughter will be missing a week of 'Exam Preparation Tutoring School' which is the 'real' schooling kids get over here, too hard to explain.

June weather is typically hot but dry, 80's and 90's. This year, however, we had a lot of cooler, cloudy weather. July and August was weather in the 100's almost everyday. It was really brutal this year, we even had a lot of humidity which is atypical. I will have my positive vibes out for pleasantly warm and dry for when you come.
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June weather is typically hot but dry, 80's and 90's. This year, however, we had a lot of cooler, cloudy weather. July and August was weather in the 100's almost everyday. It was really brutal this year, we even had a lot of humidity which is atypical. I will have my positive vibes out for pleasantly warm and dry for when you come.
Yikes! Ok....let the weather gods hear your vibes!!
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I think mean Naot which are very similar to Birkenstocks?
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I think mean Naot which are very similar to Birkenstocks?
Not birkenstocks!!!

Naot have many styles including for walking which Kim wants. They are made by kibbutz people who wear sandals as work shoes. Very different. Also have a very stylish line.
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Naot have many styles including for walking which Kim wants. They are made by kibbutz people who wear sandals as work shoes. Very different. Also have a very stylish line.
Too funny! I would not wear Birkenstocks! And Jim sent me a link to the Walking Store and they have a TON of styles! They have one of these in my favorite mall, so I'll look and try next time I'm down that way. I also finally got an email back from the company this morning and there's a shop here in town that carries them, apparently, as well as one down island a ways. As I just paid the credit card bill from our trip, this needs to wait a while!
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Rick Steves' new season is starting and last night we watched an hour long show titled "Rome: Eternally Engaging". It was one of the best (IMO) that he's done, and had so many lovely view of all the sights we're going to see next summer! Sigh....237 Days...
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