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evelyn's picture

I want to book my ticket asap on one of those no-frills deals, so just want to make sure this is happening.

If we could get a hands up from those attending and, if you've already booked your tickets, the days you are booked for.

Thank you.

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #1 of 474)

<hand raised>  I'm landing at Heathrow early morning on Wednesday, 7/9.  IIRC, most others were planning on arriving on 7/10.  I figured this would give me a day to rest up and try to recover a bit from the jet lag.  I'm flying back on the 15th.  Passport has been applied for.  Airline tickets purchased.


Haven't booked any hotels, yet. 


One thing I have decided I MUST do (unless Ashley finds out the horses are not treated well) is rent a horse to ride through Hyde Park and watch the changing of the guard from horse back!  My friend told me it's a better view from horse back.  :-)


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

Wolvie's picture

(post #56890, reply #2 of 474)

I'm here - and will be there. :-)


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)

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #56890, reply #3 of 474)

I just came across this interesting travel book/diary. I am sure it is eye wateringly expensive, but very nice.


Nutcakes if you see this, it might be a nice thing for your daughter.


http://www.moleskine.com/eng/_interni/catalogo/Cat_int/catalogo_city.htm


Gretchen
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evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #4 of 474)

thank you for empowering us to spend even more money.LOL They even have an Athens address. Guess that means I HAVE to check them out.

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #6 of 474)

There are various "kinds" and they look SO cool. I love the "museum" one with grid lines.
 I am just a complete nut for journal, paper books, etc. I have absolute STACKS of them and buy more every time I see one!!  Target is a pretty good money hole for nice paper!!

Gretchen

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evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #8 of 474)

Oh, I know what you mean. You should see the various notebooks - some leather-bound, some cheeful plastic, some pressed ecological paper, I've bought to transfer tried and true recipes in, by hand, for my kids to take with them when they leave home. Some day I'll get started.LOL

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #5 of 474)

I'll be there, but my dates are flexible. Decision now is do we book the LSE accommodation (and know what we're getting) or do we take a punt on Priceline? I'm happy either way.


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Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #7 of 474)

Was talking to Sandra yesterday and she said something about the only accommodation left at the LSE had only shared bathrooms. Not so appealing.

I'm OK with the priceline bid.

Does the weekend at your place still apply?

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #9 of 474)

Weekend on the lovely Kent coast still on offer!


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Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #10 of 474)

weekend on the lovely Kent coast most gladly accepted. I've never been to that part of the country before. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. :-)

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #11 of 474)

I'm here, I'll be there, priceline thing is fine with me (shared bathrooms aren't my thing, either).


Weekend in Kent sounds lovely :-)



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evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #12 of 474)

and I'm booked. Flying in on Thursday, July 10, arriving at 14:15, Gatwick. Flying out Tuesday, July 15, 20:00. Thrilled.

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #13 of 474)

I've checked on Priceline rates and I'm wondering what sort of prices people are expecting to pay? It looks like stuff is available in the 4* category at around $100 (£50)/room/night, is that about right, too much or could there be a higher limit? Does anybody want to share? It will probably be OK for the Europeans (the pound is weak against the Euro) but there will be some pain for the Americans (the dollar is weak against everything). I tend to go for 4* because they tend to have a decent level of consistency because although some 3* hotels are great, some are, how shall we say this, not good.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #14 of 474)

50 GBP for a double? I'd say that's pretty reasonable for London - especially for 4-star, and in July. I'm sharing with Assibams, so that will make it even more reasonable. Don't know about the others.

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #15 of 474)

I don't share very well, ;-) but I can do the $100USD/night. 

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

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56890, reply #16 of 474)

I'm still fence-sitting, because we don't get our budget until after the end of the month. I don't share rooms well, but am willing to do the LSE thing for the sake of being able to spend more on more interesting stuff. Will do Priceline if P decides to join us, but that is looking unlikely. (BTW, Evelyn and Astrid, if I don't make it London in July, look for me in Greece and/or Germany in the fall).





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evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #17 of 474)

hey - we can get a triple and share! If Captain Peter doesn't come, I mean. Kind of strange, but it'll be like high school and, hey, that wasn't SO long ago.LOL

You know I'm waiting for you in Greece.

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #19 of 474)

Sharing a room with both you and Sandra sounds perfect if you ask me, perfect and a LOT of fun!


Resist the temptation to over-clean. After all, how many times do you need to kill the same germ.

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

assibams's picture

(post #56890, reply #20 of 474)

You really NEEEEEEED this trip to London, plus the fall ones, too :-)


Resist the temptation to over-clean. After all, how many times do you need to kill the same germ.

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

evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #21 of 474)

that's what I think too!

fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity

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

(post #56890, reply #22 of 474)

sigh... one or the other, lemme see: London in July with a great group of decadent enablers, or..... Crete in autumn - still warm and golden, but without the crowds. Germany in autumn - maybe not so warm, but uncrowded (relatively), and a leisurely opportunity to visit a friend. Hmmm. Tough call. I'm going to sleep on that one for a day or three.





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

MadMom's picture

(post #56890, reply #23 of 474)

Don't forget that you and Peter owe me a visit, preferably in the fall when the leaves are changing.  You know it's beautiful here then.



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56890, reply #24 of 474)

I think Fall just might be the perfect time to visit anywhere. And yes, N.C is definitely on our list of places to visit. I may just have to quit work to keep up with all this travel - but then if I do that, I can't afford the travelling. Dilemma, dilemma!





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

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56890, reply #25 of 474)

Okay, I'm in for London. What the hell -- live rich, die broke. So, what are your game plans for accommodation? I'm still up for the LSE.





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

evelyn's picture

(post #56890, reply #26 of 474)

Yay! You do only live once, so if you can do this, I'm glad you are. As to accommodation, I mentioned in this thread what you wrote me about there being only shared bathroom facilities available at the LSE, and that did not prove popular. We're going with Ashley's pricleine thing - he's going to put a bid in sometime in the future. Would you like to come in with Assibams and me? A 3-bed room will probably come to about $40 AM (based on Ashley's original quote). It's only a couple of nights in London and then on to friend Ashley's for the weekend.

Get your ticket booked and post here when that's done. I'm so thrilled to be meeting you all!

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Edited 3/20/2008 1:40 am by evelyn

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

(post #56890, reply #27 of 474)

The thing about Priceline is that you get what you get, which is mostly a twin room, you can't order a triple.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Wolvie's picture

(post #56890, reply #28 of 474)

okay - so you are going to bid for all of us, right? If so - I will do a room to myself, twin beds or whatever. Like Ann, I don't share really well, I am usually up earlier than most and I am a light sleeper. :-)


I will be arriving on the 10th, IIRC - I will double check my reservations.


 


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)

 

ashleyd's picture

(post #56890, reply #30 of 474)

Yep, the plan is that I'll do a "group" bid once we have sorted out what we are doing, I'll put together some alternatives and choices, so if anybody has something on their "must do/see" list then let me know and I'll try and work it in.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Wolvie's picture

(post #56890, reply #31 of 474)

very cool - and thanks!

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)

 

ashleyd's picture

(post #56890, reply #32 of 474)

I think the plan will very much depend on how much time people want to spend in London and how much on the coast. I figure at least Thursday (10th) and Friday nights in town and leave for the coast on Saturday afternoon, or add another night in London and down to the coast on Sunday. From then on it's how long people want to stay in Kent, before returning to London or flying home.  The major attractions round here are Dover Castle (sat on the famous White Cliffs) and the City of Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral, mother church of the Anglican community. After that there's the usual coast and countryside trips (some very pretty villages) plus retail and dining options.


Edit to add in London the options are culinary (Borough Market, Harrods Food Hall etc.), historic (Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and so on), cultural (lots of great museums), entertaining (want to see a show?), touristic (London Eye, bus tour, Changing of the Guard), dining (from Ramsay to some great ethnic) or even retail (Harrods again, Oxford St, Covent Garden). Bring your endurance boots!



Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.


Edited 3/20/2008 9:10 am by ashleyd

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.