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Old 03-06-2013, 09:46 AM   #1756
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One Way Rentals

Our travel plans will have us driving from home to Atlanta the day before our flight to BCN. My brother lives in the ATL area so what we have typically done is meet him and have him keep our car for us while we are gone. Because we will be gone for a month this time, that's a long time for him to have our car parked at his house - and his driveway is such that it makes it harder for him to get around with the extra car in the way. Because the day we fly out is also his birthday, we planned to just stay at a hotel near the airport rather than staying with him so he wouldn't have to go out of his way and miss part of his work day to haul us around.

Anyway, I had looked at one-way rentals for a vehicle to take and come back. When I checked, we could get a good rate on a one way from home to ATL, but from ATL back home was nearly 4 times as much - yikes - put it out of my price range. But today when I was thinking that I needed to confirm with my brother about our plans, I decided to check again and found that the return rate is nearly the same rate as the going rate, so I went ahead and made reservations for one-way rental vehicle to get us to the airport in June and another one to get us home in July.

We are staying at a hotel not too far from the airport that has a shuttle service, so our plan is to check in the hotel, meet my brother for dinner, and then return the rental car and take the shuttle back to the hotel. Then take the shuttle from the hotel to the airport on the 12th when we fly out. Then when we get home, we'll pick up the rental car and then spend the night at my brother's house before driving home the next day.

This will keep our car in our garage, out of the sun and other weather elements while we are gone. And we don't have to pay for parking at the airport, etc., and no inconvenience to my brother (see what a good sister I am?!) This is the longest vacation we've ever taken.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:11 AM   #1757
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I did...We called about character breakfasts. They told us that the rotation wasn't determined until right before we left.
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I see some talk about camera bags, I seem to recall PacSafe has a new photographer/ camera bag. Sorry did not look real close at it.
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A Dry Climate--Pack an "Ocean" before you go!

Before you leave, run to the pharmacy and purchase a bottle of "Ocean" sodium chloride for each person in your traveling party, and lip balm. The air, especially in Athens is very dry---think Arizona or Denver, and a squeeze of these nose drops a few times a day can improve your trip considerably. Pack away plenty of sunscreen (30+), since it is very expensive to purchase in Greece.
There's a product called "Ayr" that can be found at your local drugstore. It comes as a saline nasal spray as well as a gel that you can put on a q-tip and lubricate the inside of your nasal passages. I used to live in Colorado Springs (2000 feet higher in elevation than Denver) and I'd get nosebleeds all the time. Not sure you'd need it for a day or two, tho...but on the airplane would be good, too. Better to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, then hydrate some more.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:14 AM   #1758
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Meets!

For any of you not on FB:

There are a few meets formed up:

June 13th and 14th in the evening at the Renaissance Barcelona. nzdisneymom is coordinating this one.

June 15th: day of embarkation. 3pm in the Promenade Lounge. Should be early enough to be able to meet up before boat drill.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:33 AM   #1759
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I see some talk about camera bags, I seem to recall PacSafe has a new photographer/ camera bag. Sorry did not look real close at it.
http://pacsafe.com/www/index.php?_ro...=detail&id=216

I've already sent quote requests to B&H and Adorama to try and see what I can sell my bag for.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:55 AM   #1760
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For any of you not on FB:

There are a few meets formed up:

June 13th and 14th in the evening at the Renaissance Barcelona. nzdisneymom is coordinating this one.

June 15th: day of embarkation. 3pm in the Promenade Lounge. Should be early enough to be able to meet up before boat drill.
Thanks for the reminder I forgot already about the 6/13 meet and we are staying at the Renaissance!
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #1761
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Thanks for the reminder I forgot already about the 6/13 meet and we are staying at the Renaissance!
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No worries, Sue - as it gets closer to travel time, we'll firm up the time and I'll send out a reminder. We're going to hang out in the lobby on the evenings of both the 13th and 14th for a bit so there are a couple of opportunities to get together. WE have so enjoyed that on other cruises and it's been a great way to share and learn about what others did during the day (and others have shared great tips about places to eat, ways to beat the crowds, etc.). In London, DH and I went to a pub around the corner from the hotel because another DIS family had been there the night before - it was out of the way and wonderful. And another DIS family told us when we went to the Tower of London to go straight to see the Crown Jewels to beat the crowd - we followed their advice and they were right - as we were exiting the area, the queue was backed up!
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A Dry Climate--Pack an "Ocean" before you go!

Before you leave, run to the pharmacy and purchase a bottle of "Ocean" sodium chloride for each person in your traveling party, and lip balm. The air, especially in Athens is very dry---think Arizona or Denver, and a squeeze of these nose drops a few times a day can improve your trip considerably. Pack away plenty of sunscreen (30+), since it is very expensive to purchase in Greece.
Thank for this tip. Very helpful.

As someone who lives in AZ, I love the "think Arizona or Denver" part.
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There's a product called "Ayr" that can be found at your local drugstore. It comes as a saline nasal spray as well as a gel that you can put on a q-tip and lubricate the inside of your nasal passages. I used to live in Colorado Springs (2000 feet higher in elevation than Denver) and I'd get nosebleeds all the time. Not sure you'd need it for a day or two, tho...but on the airplane would be good, too. Better to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, then hydrate some more.
Nice to know, because I could not find the product "Ocean" at our local drugstore.

Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:09 PM   #1764
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For any of you not on FB:

There are a few meets formed up:

June 13th and 14th in the evening at the Renaissance Barcelona. nzdisneymom is coordinating this one.

June 15th: day of embarkation. 3pm in the Promenade Lounge. Should be early enough to be able to meet up before boat drill.
THANKS!!

I am not on Facebook, so I appreciate the reminder!

Are there any meets at the Barcelona Hilton Diagonal? We are staying there for 2 nights before the cruise, and 1 night after.
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THANKS!!

I am not on Facebook, so I appreciate the reminder!

Are there any meets at the Barcelona Hilton Diagonal? We are staying there for 2 nights before the cruise, and 1 night after.
Im staying there the night after the cruise as well
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THANKS!!

I am not on Facebook, so I appreciate the reminder!

Are there any meets at the Barcelona Hilton Diagonal? We are staying there for 2 nights before the cruise, and 1 night after.
I think there are a few folks staying there - so you could host
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OK, I just bought the following anti-theft stuff, because we are paranoid about pickpockets:


Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag


Pacsafe Walletsafe 100 Secure Travel Wallet



Lewis N. Clark Luggage Rfid Waist Stash



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For any of you not on FB:

There are a few meets formed up:

June 13th and 14th in the evening at the Renaissance Barcelona. nzdisneymom is coordinating this one.

June 15th: day of embarkation. 3pm in the Promenade Lounge. Should be early enough to be able to meet up before boat drill.
Thanks! Since I am not on FB, this is good to know. I think and hope that we should be awake for the 13th & 14th to meet with everyone.

However, we (adults) will be the only one meeting on the 15th. It's nice to get to meet everyone.

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We're staying there the night after the cruise too.
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