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evelyn's picture

London-fest (post #56879)

London-fest? Anyone up for it? Some discussion was prompted from the thread on the Borough Market. We could do a London Food Fest in July? (I'm suggesting July as my kids will be in summer camp, it is difficult for me to manage otherwise, as I'm already taking time off for Ireland in
April/May).

I know I'm up for it - any excuse to get me back to London!

pan metron ariston 

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
assibams's picture

(post #56879, reply #1 of 182)

Me, me, me!!! London is just a short hop away - I can arrange that any time (well, almost, with about a month's notice to make sure DH is home for the kids)


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

AnnL's picture

(post #56879, reply #2 of 182)

Hmmm, I went to a psychic reading party yesterday and one of the things the psychic asked me was if I had just recently been asked to go overseas.  I said no and she said well, I think you're going to be asked, I see it being across the ocean, and you should go.  Hmmmm.


Of course, I do need to apply for a passport.  I wonder how long that process is taking now.


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Gretchen's picture

(post #56879, reply #5 of 182)

I think it is going well now--a couple of weeks, I have read on some travel boards. They finally caught up.

Gretchen

Gretchen
jojo's picture

(post #56879, reply #11 of 182)

We just applied for and got passports for our kids in about 4 weeks. I was surprised--we applied waaay ahead of time because we had heard horror stories.

evelyn's picture

(post #56879, reply #13 of 182)

you have enough time - it should not take 7 months!

pan metron ariston 

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Jillsifer's picture

(post #56879, reply #22 of 182)

For-freaking-EVER is how long it's taking.


Seriously, Ann, if you're thinking of going, get started NOW. Last summer my son went to Europe--his first trip overseas. I decided to get my new passport at the same time (myprevious one had been expired too long for a simple renewal). We applied in May and his trip was in July. For his, we paid the extra (around $60ish, I believe) for expedited service, and he had his passport in two weeks. Mine came in around Labor Day.


Things may have changed in the fall and winter months, but better safe than sorry, huh?


 


Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

ashleyd's picture

(post #56879, reply #3 of 182)

Well I'd have to come wouldn't I? Side trips to Canterbury and/or Dover can be arranged for anybody who wants to stay a little longer.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Wolvie's picture

(post #56879, reply #4 of 182)

July, eh? I was thinking of May anyway - but if a bunch of folks sign on, sounds good to me. I'll just postpone the may trip. :-)

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

Heather's picture

(post #56879, reply #6 of 182)

Oh how I wish I could join you, but it's impossible this year. You'll have a wonderful time and we'll enjoy hearing all about it!

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56879, reply #7 of 182)

Keeping all appropriate digits crossed, while clutching my rabbit's foot, it looks very likely that I may be going to London for a conference in July (from the 15th to the 17th, to be specific). I would love, love, love nothing better than a LondonFest either just before or just after.





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
Samchang, 2007

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56879, reply #8 of 182)

This is our year to do summer vacation in Germany. I'm not sure yet whether it will be in July or August, but if we're on the continent I could probably fly up with Astrid.

shoechick's picture

(post #56879, reply #9 of 182)

I would love to do a Londonfest, or a Parisfest, or basically anywhere in Europefest. But July would be so bad financially.  We're going to the Caribbean in late April and a Greek Island Cruise in September (Yeah, I know, woe is me ;) )  I just don't think I could afford the air from the westcoast and I don't have enough points.  I will keep an eye out for cheap flights, but July...I don't think so!!

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Gretchen's picture

(post #56879, reply #10 of 182)

It will be fine for the European contingent and fine for anyone already there or using points, etc. But for coming from the US, it will be tres expensive to get TO London, let alone, being there. Most expensive in Europe.  It IS all relative, depending on what you want to do.

Gretchen

Gretchen
assibams's picture

(post #56879, reply #12 of 182)

You'll be here this summer! Great!!! Looking forward to seeing you all again :-)



Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

helena1's picture

(post #56879, reply #65 of 182)

I can't come to London, but Germany might be easier! I'd lvoe to meet you this time :o)

Wolvie's picture

(post #56879, reply #69 of 182)

my sister is going to be working in Germany a lot this year - starting in March. I was thinking of tagging along with her one weekend.

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

helena1's picture

(post #56879, reply #73 of 182)

If you do, please let me know!! If it's doable, distance-wise, I'll come see you :o)

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56879, reply #76 of 182)

Yes, we should definitely try to meet up in Germany. Astrid, is the guest room done? (hint, hint)

It looks like our trip will be in August, so I won't be able to make London either.

helena1's picture

(post #56879, reply #77 of 182)

Well, we're not going on vacation this year, so that won't be a problem this time ;o). I really hope it will work this time!

PeterDurand's picture

(post #56879, reply #78 of 182)

For your info. Be prepared..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=493912&in_page_id=1770

 


Better life through Zoodles and poutine...
roz's picture

(post #56879, reply #79 of 182)

Oy Vey, I'm exhausted already.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
ashleyd's picture

(post #56879, reply #80 of 182)

Much like Europeans trying to get into the US then!


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

shoechick's picture

(post #56879, reply #81 of 182)

Hey, I was going to say that :)

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

assibams's picture

(post #56879, reply #83 of 182)

Yikes! Flying into another European destinations might be a good idea. Haven't heard of any other EEC country taking such measures. Fly into Frankfurt or Amsterdam, pass customs there, then the flight to London will be like a domestic flight - no customs there.


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Gretchen's picture

(post #56879, reply #84 of 182)

You don't think a terrorist would think of that?  ;o)  Especially since those cells were identified in Germany?  I think the US is about to lose its reputation as the "worst" to fly into.

Gretchen


Edited 1/11/2008 4:55 am ET by Gretchen

Gretchen
assibams's picture

(post #56879, reply #85 of 182)

Yeah, that whole security thing makes a LOT of sense LOL


I didn't mean to imply that entering and leaving through Germany and/or the Netherlands will be without security measures (AFAIK Lufthansa has to pass on those informations stated in Peter's link to US agencies before the passengers land in the States, so even if you don't provide those answers yourself, the "powers" know them), it's just easier IMO Most of the infos they're asking in Britain isn't anything really secret, but just thinking about the time you spend going through that questionnnaire is hairraising. Especially if it has to be in front of an officer or something like that - no big deal if it's a form that you fill out in-flight.



Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

PeterDurand's picture

(post #56879, reply #86 of 182)

Its the "fly out of" that has me worried. Missing your flight because your credit card got stolen or you cannot remember your car license plate. And will one be able to carry on anything bigger than a paperback book?

Better life through Zoodles and poutine...


Edited 1/11/2008 10:22 am by PeterDurand

assibams's picture

(post #56879, reply #82 of 182)

I hope we'll be done with it this spring. But how about a whole house? We still haven't found tenants for the other house...


We definitely have to round up some of the closer CTers (Heleen, are you listening *g*) and make a mini-fest.



Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

helena1's picture

(post #56879, reply #111 of 182)

assibams's picture

(post #56879, reply #125 of 182)

And so you should ;-) You know, with all the construction probably being in full swing by summer you will need a few days get-away to regain some sanity.



Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.


Edited 1/17/2008 2:11 am by Assibams

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright