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Jul 15th, 2007, 05:28 PM
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mideba -

I've been enjoying your report. Talk about covering a lot of ground! Keep it coming...
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Jul 17th, 2007, 03:50 AM
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Thanks for two terrific trip reports (I just read the Scotland version as well)! As others have said, you have a lovely writing style that makes it easy to read and leaves the reader with a sense of the travelers even though we don't know you. And kudos to you for the lovely comments you made about your DD. If you can say that about a 14 year old girl who is doing some significant travel, she must be special and you can take some credit .

We leave in August for a reverse trip with our DD11 and DS 13. Going to London last because I know DS well enough to know that he would find Scotland particularly boring after four great days in Scotland! Hope we're not too exhausted to enjoy it. Instead of Skye, we're spending three days in Fife/Perthshire.

Hope you can help with a few questions:

1. Renaisscance Chancery Court - we have reservations there and at two other Marriotts. Want to do CC but having trouble getting them to commit to two bedded room. We're on points. Any experience with this?

2. I plan to do the laundromat thing as well (our hotel in Crieff has one). Do you remember what coins you needed?

3. Any packing advice? I'm most interesting in thoughts on jackets/rain gear. Realize that we should layer (and will).

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Jul 18th, 2007, 06:17 AM
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Hi ccrosner!

I know you will have a great time! RCC did promise me a room with two beds but I was not using points. They would not make any promises about location. They were very accommodating and professional when we got there and I doubt you'll have any trouble. I found that trying to get anything out of them by e-mail was impossible.

The washing machine required 20 pence pieces - three of them - and a pound coin as well. It seems like the dryer also needed a pound per cycle and only went for 8 minutes, so had to be fed several times.

You will need long sleeved shirts and a light rain jacket. I needed both of those things every day while in Scotland and kept commenting on how grateful I was to have them. Remember, Mark Twain said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was August in Edinburgh!"

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Jul 18th, 2007, 06:27 AM
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Oh, I didn't address packing for London! My daughter and I wore capris pants, skirts, and shorts (her) with short sleeve shirts. My husband usually wore jeans and a t-shirt. I had a very light jacket that I used in the mornings and evenings. When the sun was shining, it would be very warm and when it ducked into the clouds for the occasional shower, it would get cool off quite a bit. We wore sandals as well. We bought a small umbrella while there, which we carried every day. I really preferred the rain jacket as it would get windy while raining, but hated to carry it around. Once we got to Scotland, the sandals and short sleeve shirts got packed away. And I didn't have to carry my rain jacket as I had it on all the time. - Really didn't use an umbrella much there.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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On our first trip to London we had lots of rain, and I tried the rain jacket approach and the umbrella approach. We preferred the umbrella which we could tuck away. Plus we found that most Londoners were carrying umbrellas. The sidewalks got a bit crowded at times, but everyone seems pretty experienced at dodging others' umbrellas.

In Scotland a hooded rain jacket is essential, IMO, especially in the countryside. I've rarely seen rain there when it wasn't cool as well.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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Thanks for all of the good advice on rain jacket vs. umbrella. It will help me make some purchases.

crazy4--the laundry information was incredibly helpful. Definitely not cheap to do laundry in the UK!!!! But I'll stock up on pound coins before we get to our laundry stop and will try to squeeze a few more items into the suitcases so we don't have to do too much.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 03:49 PM
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No, the laundromats are not cheap - and I never got my clothes dry in the dryer. I packed well enough that I didn't really need to do any laundry. I washed out underwear once in the sink. My husband, however, just didn't bring enough underwear or shirts. Somehow I packed almost perfectly. If I had it to do over again, I would take one less short sleeved shirt - (I had six.) - and take one more long sleeved shirt. (I had three). I had just two pairs of shoes - one pair cute Born sandals (Casimis) and one pair leather walking shoes (Simple). I think women get in trouble carrying too many shoes sometimes and too many accessories. Keep it simple!
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