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Old 06-11-2009, 05:15 AM   #121
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France? ... Italy? ... Mexico? ...

The DW and I went to London/England on our Honeymoon - we booked a Trafalgar Tour package through AAA. It included air, hotel, and a bunch of escorted tours (day trips to Stonehenge, Stratford-on-Avon, etc) - with about half the time "free/unescorted" ... I wouldn't be surprised if they had a London-Paris-Venice combo tour (or something similar ... at least London-Paris).

Unless they speak the language, a tour may be the way to go (and it will probably be cheaper than booking each of trip components separately ...)

And don't forget they will need passports, so they'll need a few months "warning" for the trip if they don't have them already ...
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:04 AM   #122
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In regards to needing to know the language, they'll be fine in both Paris and Venice without a tour. If they can learn the basic words in French/Italian, it'll go a long way (hello, goodbye, thank you, how much, do you speak english?)

We went on our own to Germany (Munich and then smaller towns in the German Alps) and even in the small towns, most people spoke enough English to help us tremendously. They really appreciated it when we did speak 'basic' German.. the hellos, excuse me, please, thank you, etc. Same as when I go visit my family in Greece. I don't speak the language very well AT ALL so I always asked if they spoke English (asked them in Greek though) and never had anyone be rude to me. I believe it's the same all over Europe...although the rude Parisian stereotype might be true Most people are very proud of their country and want tourists to see it, so they'll help as much as they can.

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Old 06-11-2009, 08:00 AM   #123
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WOW that is a great anniv. present but sorry I have no real ideas Never traveled.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:11 AM   #124
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My vote is Paris, absolutely Paris. It's a beautiful city! We've been twice and loved it each time. The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles (an easy Metro ride) - there's a neverending variety of gourmet restaurants/cafes, historic sites, open air markets, quaint little neighbourhoods, etc.

Paris is "the city of light" for a reason It's beautiful.

Your parents could easily take a quick flight to the South of France from Paris as well - Nice is absolutely fabulous, as is Monte Carlo (Monaco), St Tropez, etc.

I could go on and on, but I'll stop now

Oh, to add:
Most people spoke at least a bit of English everywhere we went in France, but in Monaco, darn near everyone spoke pretty darned good English! Money speaks English, evidently LOL
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:17 PM   #125
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:20 PM   #126
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I love the cruise idea!
and if disney did a european one, how much better could it get!

I think it's great that you're doing something special for them..there's nothing like having greatfull kids!
Maybe I'm just saying that now because I have 2 teenagers.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:39 PM   #127
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Alright folks... After working 83 hours in the past 6 days, I decided to take today off (even thought hey called me twice this morning wanting me to come in again today!)... I figured I would post our countdown calendar like I told you I was going to last week... The kids take turns and put stickers when they wake up in the morning and so they can see how close we are getting...

The Whole Calendar


June Upclose


Our Vacation Month is almost here!!!
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:02 PM   #129
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Oh wow great idea. I would look foward in putting a sticker every morning too.


Check this website it has disney cruises

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/dc...ailPage&bhcp=1

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/dc...omePage&bhcp=1

I don't know it might help haven't looked at it much so I didn't pay attention to the dates. Sorry I have to go to work.
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:40 PM   #130
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Thanks for all the replies!!! The only thing about the cruise, is my Mom is scared of feeling confined on the ship and refuses to take one... If I could get her on one of the Seattle to Vancouver ones, maybe she would like it, but I don't see that happening before next September... They are not big Disney nuts like me either... I wonder how "Disney" and Adventures by Disney trip is...

Hmmm... So many choices...
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:11 PM   #131
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Isn't that funny about feeling confined on a ship. I know so many people who are the same way.

That's too bad because cruises are awesome.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:25 PM   #132
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Just found your PTR and got caught up.

My family will be down there from Sep 17-26th (so, in the middle of your long trip)

If you end up doing the DHS rope drop on the 23rd, you may see us there...that's our plan for that day as well.

Yay for double digits!!!
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:47 PM   #133
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Does anyone else find that as it gets closer to the day you can make ADR's that you change them more and more... I am second guessing all of the choices, and driving myself crazy...

We re-worked our which days for which parks again last night, well, actually, it was not me, but I am not naming any names... **cough**BigDaddy**Cough**

Today is Alec's last day of school so time will really start to fly... I can make ADR's in 5 days... It's been about a week since I have unpacked and repacked the suitcases so I think that will be on the list of things to do this weekend...

I told Terry that I was getting a little nervous about ADR's since people who are arriving before us can make their ADR's for the 10 days and that goes into our dates... He said something about everything will be fine... I proceeded to tell him my list of things to worry about and the order in which I will worry about them... Here is the list...

1. Getting ADR's wanted (until Wednesday the 17th)
2. Him "officially" getting the time off (until about the 1st of July)
3. Hurricanes... Must learn everything about them and review history since the beginning of time... I did this last year also... (this will be ongoing until August...)
4. Planning and having Alec's birthday party... (He is turning 10, thinking we may get him a digital camera... What do you all think?) Party will probably be 15th of August...
5. Spend 2 weeks worrying if the dogs will be alright and remember me when I get home...
6. Start REALLY worrying about hurricanes... This begins the beginning of September and lasts until our flight leaves PDX... I have the National Weather Service website programmed into my blackberry...
7. Did I forget to pack something??? This will haunt me the entire flight...
8. How to push Terry off the plane when he has annoyed me too much...
9. Once we land... I will stop worrying... Then have fun, I swear... BUT, then as we are on the flight home, I will start to worry about when we can return...

So there you have it, I admit I have issues, and some shrink is going to make a lot of money off me... I am stimulating the economy...
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Just found your PTR and got caught up.

My family will be down there from Sep 17-26th (so, in the middle of your long trip)

If you end up doing the DHS rope drop on the 23rd, you may see us there...that's our plan for that day as well.

Yay for double digits!!!
Welcome! We are still planning on rope drop on the 23rd at DHS... We will be the crazy people in the rush for TSM who are throwing elbows and tripping small children and the elderly... Just kidding... Kinda...
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:57 PM   #135
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LOL -- Toy Story Mania reminds me of Black Friday.

They should start doing what some of the electronics companies do.....bring the CM's out a few minutes before rope drop and start handing out FastPasses to people. Then, when the rope drops, those with Fastpasses could avoid the crazies (ahem) and move on towards Tower of Terrorville.
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