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Old 10-22-2006, 10:11 AM   #31
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Hi Disneytraveler,

I'm sorry you are having trouble with the podcast.

I have listened to it on desktop speakers, laptop speakers and downloaded to an Ipod and have not had any trouble. The recording is very clear.

I have forwarded your post to the technical crew to see if there is something that can be done

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Old 10-22-2006, 10:37 AM   #32
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I've been listening to it for a while now (on part 4) and have had no problems! I'm finding it very helpful and am now feeling better about justifying the cost. Thanks to Kevin and John!

PS: DisneyKevin ... I'm assuming you are the Kevin in the podcast, or is that being presumptuous!
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:58 AM   #33
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Wow, all of these adventures sound great. I'd love to do the Italy one.
Unfortunately, for now money has been spent out on vacations.
I'm going to WDW next month and next summer i'm going with my school to England and France, so that costs a pretty penny.
Maybe I'll get to go on an Italy ABD for my graduation present.
Although thats 2 years away...
Oh well, I'll just look forward to it and enjoy reading everyone's reviews.
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:30 PM   #34
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Wow i finally was able to hear the Podcast!
Kevin ,
You trip must have been wonderful! And all the photos are stunning to. The combination of them really makes my choice for Viva Italia great.
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:52 PM   #35
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Not being presumptious at all.

It is me...or I am he.

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Old 10-22-2006, 06:54 PM   #36
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Thanks DisneyTraveler, I'm happy to hear that it's working for you.

And thanks for the compliments regarding the photos. I took them all myself.

You cant go wrong with the Viva Italia trip.

If there is any way I can assist, you can reach me at ABD@wdwinfo.com or Kevin@DreamsUnlimitedTravel.com

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Old 10-27-2006, 12:42 PM   #37
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Thinking about the podcast and cultural differences.
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Were you charged for asking for butter in Rome or any place. I have traveled
over to Europe about 15 years ago on a tour and before going i knew about
the bread and butter. For example ,in Innsbruck there is charge for asking for butter ,no problem in getting it though. I remember dining with a couple from
New York and they asked for butter, but i tried to warn them. Well when they got the bill, they could not believe there was a charge for it. I was
laughing out loud !

Then while dining solo in Germany, i noticed pretzels were on the tables. So i thought i wonder if they charge for eating any, so i did not .When i asked for the bill, the waiter asked me if had any pretzels . I said no.

But i also traveled and stayed in Romatic hotels that had the best meals
ever!
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:08 PM   #38
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Hi DisneyTraveler,

We were aware ahead of time of the additional charges at some restaurants.
We paid the bread and water charges and the service charges without question. I was not charged for butter but was told twice that it wasnt available. When I asked for olive oil (knowing they had that) I was told that dipping your bread in olive oil was not something people in Italy normally do. It's an American custom. While I was provided with oil, I could tell that they thought it was unusual.

I never found the additional charges to be out of line except for Harry's Bar in Venice. There was a service charge, a bread and water charge and an 18% gratuity added to our check.

We had seen on the Travel Channel that Harry's Bar was famous in Venice. Hemingway, Bogart and Bacall etc hung out there. It's also where the Bellini was created. I also understood that they served the "best ham. and cheese sandwich". So we decided to go.

Two very small Bellinis and 4 slices of ham and cheese sandwiche (1 slice = approximately 1/4 of a whole sandwich...so 4 slices was the equivalent of one sandwich) with all additional charges and gratuities was 80 euros or approximately $104.00 US.

While this was OUTRAGEOUS pricing....we were in a very famous tourist location (also very very small) in a very expensive city. We should have known better. At the time I was upset about spending that much on so little, but in hindsight....I'm glad I did it.

I will add that the bread (delicious) came with butter and there was ice in our water

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Old 10-27-2006, 05:36 PM   #39
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I saw Harrys on the Travel and Food channel to. Thats is great !
Thanks again Disney Kevin
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:09 PM   #40
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I am so homesick for Italy

As I've mentioned,we were on the same Adventure as DisneyKevin and have to agree with everything he's said. We missed the Harry's experience, but had one he hasn't mentioned. That same night we (DH & I) met up with Kevin at the Cafe Florian in St. Mark's Square. The moon was almost full and shining over the water and there's a small orchestra that plays every night in front of the cafe. People were sitting at cafe tables listening . . . some were even dancing. We joined Kevin for dessert and tea and listening to the wonderful music. It was one of the highlights of our trip. I bought a CD at the cafe and I think it's my favorite souvenir. I can't stop listening to it.

So glad for the London/Paris adventure. We're going on that with Kevin in October. ABD rocks!
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Old 10-29-2006, 09:14 PM   #41
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As Elizabeth said, she and her husband just happened upon us and we had a blast. It's amazing, besides the trip of a lifetime (hopefully, the first in a long line of trips) we made friends that we cherish. They are an integral part of the memories of that trip.

That night was one of those perfect nights that we'll be talking about 20 years from now.

We cant wait for London / Paris 2007.

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Old 10-30-2006, 03:13 PM   #42
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It's interesting how many of us have made lasting friends on these AbD trips. I'm heading to Italy next year with two girls from the London/Paris trip. We just got together this weekend to see "Marie Antoinette" and re-live our trip to Versailles!
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It's great to find out how the ABD stacks up. I have been seriously eyeing the Ireland trip for 2007.
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Old 10-31-2006, 03:39 PM   #45
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It's great to find out how the ABD stacks up. I have been seriously eyeing the Ireland trip for 2007.
You should try to get in before Dec. 2 and maybe get an early booking discount. I saved $1000 on my trip!
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