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the journey of planning continues . . .PARIS APARTMENT

Old Apr 23rd, 2013, 04:46 AM
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welltraveledbrit - not at all an optimist! I was thinking quantity, not quality.

Not only is it less daunting to post from the road, it's more fun too - I've always appreciated the interaction here, it's why I don't just blog.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2013, 10:07 AM
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>>><i>Now, now, Passionfruit did give us some incredible pictures she took--with her Iphone!! I was pretty impressed with that.

Really? If I wanted photos of Paris I could use Google. It would have been nice to have gotten an actual trip report from her as opposed to a ton of photos and a just a few snippets about the trip. The Fodor's thread was far more exciting and interesting than her trip!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2013, 10:08 AM
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>>><i><b>Now, now, Passionfruit did give us some incredible pictures she took--with her Iphone!! I was pretty impressed with that.</i></b>

Really? If I wanted photos of Paris I could use Google. It would have been nice to have gotten an actual trip report from her as opposed to a ton of photos and a just a few snippets about the trip. The Fodor's thread was far more exciting and interesting than her trip!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2013, 12:08 PM
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Old Apr 23rd, 2013, 03:37 PM
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Sorry for the double post.
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Old Apr 24th, 2013, 05:45 AM
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Sorry for being MIA . . .I love coming on here and reading the latest! I will so be doing a trip report . .all being well it'll be live so you can tell me what to do and help me when I get lost! hahaha

Yes I have been to London twice . . .so has mum . .actually mum lived there prior to me and was only there last year . .. so . . .

THOMASLAND is a must . .the only thing we need to decide is if we do it as an overnight stay the day before we fly to Avignon or a day trip.

I'll cut pepper pig out . .. your right seems crazy to waste a day on that ..

Lego Land with Windsor Castle was my thinking too! and the toy shop sounds fab!

I am a shopaholic so my kids are very well behaved shoppers! Strange I know and yes people comment in surprise with the fact a 4yr old boy will play iphone while I try on clothes etc.

My last trip to Europe was filled with clothes rather then nicknacks and I love that!

Everything seems to be falling into place. Almost everything is booked! Thanks again everyone!
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Old Apr 24th, 2013, 06:26 AM
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In order to pack light and still shop - when we visit NYC we hardly take anything, and buy it all there. But NY is generally a lot cheaper than London.

If the kids are tired, you can always leave them with mum, and pop out to Knightsbridge, which is not far from your hotel.
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Old Apr 24th, 2013, 08:52 PM
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Shopping in London will be expensive because of our exchange rate but if that's the plan, then it's a good idea to leave the kids with your mum for a few hours. Make sure you return the favour!
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Old Apr 24th, 2013, 09:16 PM
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Hi crazyfamilyof4,

I've enjoyed following the posts here --

Just wanted to say you may want to consider mailing your purchases home from Paris and London rather than carting them in your luggage.

You can buy boxes right at the post office, fill them up with your clothes, then mail it. Yes, it will be expensive (about 30 Euro for a medium-sized box to the US, not sure how much more it might be to Australia), but you can consider it money invested in making the vacation more fun.

If you want to do this -- mail home your used clothes and wear your new clothes while on your trip. Or take off all the tags from your new clothes and wear everything for at least a few hours so it doesn't look just-bought. If you mail home new items, you may have to pay customs on them. Oh and make sure you write "used clothes" on the customs sticker.

Have fun as you plan!

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Old Apr 24th, 2013, 09:52 PM
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Hi Crazy- if legoland is too far, there is a lego shop in London in the Westfield shopping centre. My 13 yr old son tells me it is amazing and we have ear marked it as a destination must see place.
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thanks swan! we plan on doing that! also thanks caroline...great tip! the hotel just confirmed with us that we get breakfast and evening drinks in the price. its the regency that we are staying at
http://www.londonregency.com
the communication has been great...i just hope its in a good location! basically an apartment in a hotel best of both worlds.
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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 04:28 AM
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Location is great. Close to the South Kensington museums, lots of shops and restaurants, close to South Kensington station.
You can walk to Hyde Park.

If you walk to Sydney Street, there's a small playground behind St Luke's church. Also on Sydney Street; Chelsea Farmer's Market (which is not at all like a farmer's market), has a pizza place where you can eat outside if weather is good.
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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 04:42 AM
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thanks tulips...we are spending more then we wanted but I just felt like I was over the searching and they have been wonderful in accommodating us!

I tell you one thing . .booking the trains is a nightmare this is the 4th day I have tried and gotten right up to paying and then they say the system is down!
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