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Old 06-30-2012, 03:53 PM   #496
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Good question! That's why we're doing the zip cars in the city the day of arrival as opposed to Monserrat. I want to be awake to see the countryside and if we were to do it on arrival, we'd sleep the whole way!

The company has lots of options if you're looking for something more active on arrival...
Thought we were doing the zipcars the day I arrive? ie Friday morning
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Oh I see, the day you leave, not the day you arrive. Definitely something to think about. Mindy, how was the day tour with this company? We might do that on arrival day just to get a good overview. Not sure what time our flight will arrive yet, guess I've gotta figure that out, even though flight bookings won't open up until August for next July.
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Thought we were doing the zipcars the day I arrive? ie Friday morning
Yeah. As I don't fly in until 7pm the nite before I figured that was understood....I'll be up at the crack of dawn anyway....
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:57 PM   #499
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Oh I see, the day you leave, not the day you arrive. Definitely something to think about. Mindy, how was the day tour with this company? We might do that on arrival day just to get a good overview. Not sure what time our flight will arrive yet, guess I've gotta figure that out, even though flight bookings won't open up until August for next July.
Lol. That would certainly make things an issue if Swiss changes the flight itinerary on us....
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Yeah. As I don't fly in until 7pm the nite before I figured that was understood....I'll be up at the crack of dawn anyway....
Sorry - for some reason I thought you got in earlier in the day...so you're really only there for about 14 hours more than we are?
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How much would you tip for a family of four, say for the Montserrat/Cava tour?And Kim, do you know how they handle payment? Do you have to put a deposit down when you reserve?
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Oh I see, the day you leave, not the day you arrive. Definitely something to think about. Mindy, how was the day tour with this company? We might do that on arrival day just to get a good overview. Not sure what time our flight will arrive yet, guess I've gotta figure that out, even though flight bookings won't open up until August for next July.
The tour was good. They showed us all the highlights and we saw Kim. We were full of energy at first and petered out toward the ends...it was supposed to be like a 4 hour tour, we were done in 3 and we all opted to go to our hotels. We passed out for a couple of hours and then got up, had dinner and went to bed at 10.
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How much would you tip for a family of four, say for the Montserrat/Cava tour?And Kim, do you know how they handle payment? Do you have to put a deposit down when you reserve?
We put a deposit down when we reserved for the group last time and then we paid the tour guide. I think it had to be in cash. I don't remember what we tipped her but she was really good.
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The tour was good. They showed us all the highlights and we saw Kim. We were full of energy at first and petered out toward the ends...it was supposed to be like a 4 hour tour, we were done in 3 and we all opted to go to our hotels. We passed out for a couple of hours and then got up, had dinner and went to bed at 10.
Good to know. Remind me, were your kids nine when you went? We might end up spending an extra day after the cruise in Barcelona. It will all depend on how we are able to use Steve's frequent flyer miles.
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Sorry - for some reason I thought you got in earlier in the day...so you're really only there for about 14 hours more than we are?
Pretty much. Flying out of Seattle at the crack of dawn could get us to Barcelona early that am, but that's a but much....Sean and Ash need a bit more time to convert time zones. I do ok, but I'm used to powering out nightshirts and having to function the next day (I can't sleep on planes). So, we'll arrive in the evening, taxi to apartment, walk, and get dinner. Stay up as late as possible, then try to sleep past 5am. Activity all day with zip car and BAM! Good night's sleep!
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Good to know. Remind me, were your kids nine when you went? We might end up spending an extra day after the cruise in Barcelona. It will all depend on how we are able to use Steve's frequent flyer miles.
They were nine when we went. We stayed the extra day last time on the tail end as well...we didn't do that much...but all met for dinner and gelati in the evening.
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I'm waiting to have Steve walk in the door with the twins and then we are headed off to our neighborhood pool. We had wicked storms here last night -- trees were down everywhere, so they had to clear the debris before the pool opens. So instead, I'm getting my next year's cruise fix thanks to the both of you!

About the cash payments, did you find that you had to travel with lots of euros on hand? Or did you use traveler's cheques? I need to read up on this!!!
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We put a deposit down when we reserved for the group last time and then we paid the tour guide. I think it had to be in cash. I don't remember what we tipped her but she was really good.
They haven't yet asked for a deposit. The other tour was cash or travelers checks.

And 10% is standard for a good tour, from what I understand.
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I'm waiting to have Steve walk in the door with the twins and then we are headed off to our neighborhood pool. We had wicked storms here last night -- trees were down everywhere, so they had to clear the debris before the pool opens. So instead, I'm getting my next year's cruise fix thanks to the both of you!

About the cash payments, did you find that you had to travel with lots of euros on hand? Or did you use traveler's cheques? I need to read up on this!!!
My aunt lives in Woodbridge and posted a pic of one of her trees on Facebook this am!

Travelers checks are hard to find in euros. You can use US dollar ones (or you could....). Atm's were easy to come by. Far easier for me to do it that way as I don't have a bank that will exchange euros. Dad does, and I'll probably task him with doing that for us. He did it for us last time, too.
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Good to know. Thanks! Kids walk in the door so we're off to the pool. Very hot and humid here.
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