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Old 05-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #631
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So if Croatia is joining the EU does that mean they will be accepting Euros as their currency?
From what I have read it will be a while before they adopt the Euro. Certain places already accept the Euro but there is no guarantee. You can always use a bank machine to get Kunas as well.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #632
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:53 AM   #633
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I know Celestine and a few others were wondering about hiking up Vesuvius. We hiked up last July with a (then) 5 yr old and 1.5 yr old. It is long and can be quite hot so obviously morning is best. Be prepared to get VERY dirty. You will be pitch black by the end (especially your feet and legs). Just keep that in mind for any afternoon excursions.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:09 AM   #634
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #635
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:20 AM   #636
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For those wondering about phone/data plans and internet access... we have an unlocked phone and usually buy a sim card for the country we are visiting. If you don't want to get a separate one for all 5 countries you could just buy one for Italy (as that is the country we are in the most) and roam with it if necessary or you could buy a multi-country one but they are usually much more expensive then they need to be. I believe we've used free-wifi in Italy in the past without issue.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:22 AM   #637
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #638
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WRT the phone topic- the following link might be helpful.
http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/...one-europe.htm
and WRT to the Euro topic this link will help:
http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/Ge...ia_before_2017
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:25 AM   #639
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WRT the phone topic- the following link might be helpful.
http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/...one-europe.htm
and WRT to the Euro topic this link will help:
http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/Ge...ia_before_2017
Excellent information-thanks!
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:33 AM   #640
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So if Croatia is joining the EU does that mean they will be accepting Euros as their currency?
They have no intention of joining the Euro, lol! A few places will accept Euros, but that will mainly be hotels etc., not for a souvenir magnet!

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:47 AM   #641
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They have no intention of joining the Euro, lol! A few places will accept Euros, but that will mainly be hotels etc., not for a souvenir magnet!

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It will be a long while before the newer countries will join the Euro, if at all. The benefit of them being in the European Union is the free trade and borderless access.
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Does anyone know if my credit card has to have a RFID chip, or can I just use one without it?

Yes, I have a Disney Visa and I am notifying them that I will be using it in Europe. I have also been told I can get a Disney Visa with the RFID chip on request if I need to.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:53 PM   #643
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Does anyone know if my credit card has to have a RFID chip, or can I just use one without it?

Yes, I have a Disney Visa and I am notifying them that I will be using it in Europe. I have also been told I can get a Disney Visa with the RFID chip on request if I need to.
I dont think it needs the chip. Certainly in the UK everything is chip and.pin but very little.is.touchless technology. As.long as you.have the magnetic strip I think youll be ok.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:54 PM   #644
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Does anyone know if my credit card has to have a RFID chip, or can I just use one without it?

Yes, I have a Disney Visa and I am notifying them that I will be using it in Europe. I have also been told I can get a Disney Visa with the RFID chip on request if I need to.
Whilst preferable, not essential, but you may need to have additional ID with you. It always amuses me to go to the US & not need my pin - downside is struggling to remember it when I get back!

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I know Celestine and a few others were wondering about hiking up Vesuvius. We hiked up last July with a (then) 5 yr old and 1.5 yr old. It is long and can be quite hot so obviously morning is best. Be prepared to get VERY dirty. You will be pitch black by the end (especially your feet and legs). Just keep that in mind for any afternoon excursions.
Have booked the treasures of Herculaneum tour with DCL - its the only ship excursion we are doing. Have decided I'll wait to climb Vesuvius until either I have no gremlins with me, and/or it is not the height of summer!

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