First time in Paris

Jul 19th, 2013, 12:19 PM
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Re: The luggage. I think the trouble here is the cruise! People WILL know you are wearing the same thing again and again and there's dress codes. I know when I've tagged a cruise onto a trip it added a lot to the luggage - we still managed to fit it into a wheelie but it was a lot tougher than when the entire itinerary was solo travel.

Also we made a big point to get our laundry done in Vancouver before our Alaska cruise (after a week in Canada) and spent a ton for it only to find the cruise ship had a laundry room with coin op machines.
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Jul 19th, 2013, 02:21 PM
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Now the self service laundry on the ship is a big factor! If that is the case, we can certainly bring less and wash for less!Thanks Monica.

re less luggage, I am taking a number of basic black tops that can be dressed up many ways. I am also taking "traveler" clothes which can be rolled without creasing. scarves, scarves and scarves. Finally, I am taking over a part of my husband's suitcase of extra space
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Jul 21st, 2013, 05:08 PM
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...weaping uncontrollably...

I had my hopes that this would not be the case for your packing *success.*

What the hell are "traveler" clothes? LAUGHS!! Do they contain micro-odor-holding-fibers? Do they come in colors on the bright side of the color wheel?

And for that matter, pray tell, what is a basic black top??? Are they pretty? Sexy? Head turning? Is this a form of fashion time-out?

Where are your dresses?? Silk nighties? Those silk nighties are the only items, besides the silk scarves that I pack that could be rolled (OMG). I mean folded. What I roll, I can't travel with...

Speaking of which... It's 6pm somewhere...LAUGHS!!!!!!!

What about your shoes? Humor me, please...

In Good Fun,
Oaktown Traveler

P.S. These can be rolled/folded and you can look GREAT!:
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Jul 21st, 2013, 10:04 PM
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Oaktown,, it must be hard to be so concerned with what others thing about your outward appearance,, while the rest of us are enjoying the cultural and historical sites of Europe you are worried that you are still turning heads condolences..
I like to appear well presented, but you take it to another level.
Trust me, on your death bed you will not give a sh%t for Jimmy Choos.
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 07:14 AM
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Oaktown must have gotten shut out of the Lounge!! LOL Enough about you--let me tell you about ME!!
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:38 PM
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one could only hope so....

It doesn't make sense to buy the Paris Pass ever. I don't even really know how people hear of that or where they see it, it's a terrible deal.

There are several companies that do the Seine cruises, here is the one with some discounts

I've taken this one at night and really liked it, I like their location a little bit better than the Pont Neuf one, it's very convenient, right off the quay. The other one isn't super difficult, though. They also have a location near Eiffel Tower. Their price is 13 or 14 euro which I think is the same as Vedettes du Pont Neuf, but they don't have that summer promo rate.
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 07:33 PM
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Oaktown, "travelers" is a category of clothing at Chico's. It refers to the clothes from man-made materials that can be rolled without fear of crease. Clearly you are not in Chico's target age group. Velvets belong to this group. black velvet tank with velvet pants and a nice belt will do for my dressed up nights on the cruise. The link you gave is a fun collection but I am not in that age category anymore. I am past caring what others say about my outfit (been there, done that). As long as I am not violating a prescribed dress code, I go for comfort. But you sound like a lot of fun and please enjoy your clothes because we all have to find what makes us feel special. But don't try to wear what you roll, you can get burned

Packing sensible Merrell shoes for the 6-8 mile walks during the days and a pair of black shoes for dinners. My husband and I are taking up the challenge of packing one bag each for clothes and shoes. Toiletries, tech and other stuff in our backpack. I think this will be a good exercise in planning well. But I will bring an empty light bag for the trip home

Nine days to go! So thankful for everyone's suggestions. You have all been generous with your time and ideas.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 06:31 PM
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Hello all,

We are back from our 19 day vacation in Europe and what a great time we had! Thanks again to those who reminded me to pack as light as possible. Our train from Strasbourg was cancelled and we had to take three trains to get to our destination. The light luggage was a blessing.

Bistro de Gastronome was just the right bistro experience. Thomas, the very nice waiter let us in before the bistro opened, which gave us time to freshen up (with their fluffy cloth towels) before dinner. My husband loved the razor clams with crispy shaved potatoes that looked like bacon strips on top.

The boat ride at sunset, D'Orsay, missing our metro stop (because we didn't know that one had to press the button to open the car), peeking in at Gallerie Lafayette and making a quick U-turn, sampling varied pastries on Rue Cler and and watching people walk by with their fresh baguettes, and more, was an exhilarating two-day experience. Staying at the Kyriad right in Gare De L'est was most convenient and Bernadette at the front desk was more than helpful. She printed two e-receipts which I somehow forgot to take with me!

Thanks again everyone. Will post soon for my return-to-Paris with my nieces.

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Aug 28th, 2013, 06:43 AM
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Super, Jojojg. Glad it worked out.
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Aug 28th, 2013, 11:58 AM
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jojo, its nice to hear back and that your trip went well!
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Aug 28th, 2013, 06:37 PM
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Welcome back!

I am glad to read that your trip went well. Awesome!

My husband and I just got back yesterday as well. We were gone for 40 days. Great trip as well.
We wound up with two suitcases each. Shipped stuff home when needed. No worries. Felt great. Looked great. All is well.

When are you going to Paris?

I leave in 7 days for 60 days. I will be in France for 30 days and in Italy for 30 days. I can't believe that I put these trips so close together.

I don't care what other think about what I wear. That some do is nice and fun and puts a smile on everyone's face. I think I'm envied by a small number on this thread, but that's ok.

The personal attacks and snarky remarks are pathetic and illuminating. Says more about the posters than me. Sad. What shoes I'll be wearing when I die? Really?

How travel appropriate! Nice...
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