Sacramento Group Meeting - Saturday 2/16 @ 10:00 a.m.

The February meeting of the Sacramento Area Helpline Travel Enthusiasts will be held on 2/16 @ 10:00 a.m. Location- Panera Bread 3571 North Freeway Blvd. Sacramento Take I-80 and use the Truxel exit. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and hearing about everyone's travel plans. This meeting is open to everyone who loves to travel or who wants to learn more about traveling. We are usually at the large table in the middle of the room. Look for the blue and yellow books.
So my question is.... Who plans to be there?

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6708 posts

Andrea, I can't make this one. Mary and I will be spending a long valentine's day in the Napa Valley. See you next month.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4871 posts

Sorry you won't be there Larry. I was going to bring you some lemons and oranges. :-) Have fun in Napa!

Posted by Susan and Monte
Granite Bay, CA
679 posts

We will be there! Looking forward to getting some help on London from lots of you, but especially from our expert David! We'll miss you Larry. I'm sure it was a difficult choice to choose Mary and Napa over us.

Posted by kat
parkdale
198 posts

Oops! I was just going to say I'd be there, but I will be atop Mt. Hood, swilling hot mulled wine.

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
205 posts

Ok- agenda is now clearly set with Larry and Kat absent...who..umm what we will talk about. Larry and Kat you two will be missedhappy travels. Susan- I'll bring a big London map. Bring your apt address so we can plot your adventures. I'll also go digging for Oyster Cards. I think I may have 2- will save you the 5 pound deposit or whatever they are currently charging for a new card. Susanhave you seen this seasons Rick Steves show on London/England? If not let me know and I'll bring the DVD for you and Monte. I need to fill a couple (2-3) weeks in Septemberwhat curse line are you using to tour the big "island"..have checked with the usual suspect lines but drawing a blank so far. I guess I could just go and hang out in Rome again..or Paris.... I'll be early this month to grab a table; no am conflicts.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3580 posts

So if I understand correctly, this month's meeting will be hosted by Larry and Mary in Napa?!? Yippee!!! Thanks, Guys ;-) Kat, I never got your phone message telling me what time you were picking me up (scratching head)... Try to have a good time without me ;-) (I'm glad you finally got up there!!!) David, have you run out of picture books for me to drool over? Andrea, if you're drowning in citrus, I'll always take some 8^D; you're welcome ;-) And I was going to remind you to bring some for Larry... I'm looking forward to talking about other people's trips LOL (sigh).

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6708 posts

Eileen, come on by. We're booked for dinner at Press in St. Helena on Valentine's day. We can do wine tasting on Friday. By the way Andrea and Eileen, I just received confirmation this morning that Mary and her daughter (mother/daughter trip) are booked for 3 days in Agriturismo Marciano. I also have them booked at Tourist House Ghiberti in Florence and we're waiting for confirmation for the Hotel Berti in Assisi.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4871 posts

@Larry - I hope they enjoy Marciano as much as Jim and I did. Do you know what room they will be in? With 3 nights they should be able to enjoy at least one of the optional dinners. My mouth waters just thinking about the food there. Kat and Larry, I hope you enjoy your trips. We were supposed to go to the coast for Valentines Day and the long weekend. As you guys know, I've been pretty housebound for the last year and I was looking forward to getting away. Unfortunately we had to cancel due to a death in the family. On the plus side, this means I will be able to be at the meeting. Who else is coming?

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3580 posts

Ahhhh, Marciano...(sighs deeply). Officially jealous. OK - who's riding with me to go crash Larry and Mary's getaway? My car holds 4 people... I've recently accumulated some atrocious vet bills, so I'll be bringing a tip jar (empty 1-gallon pickle jar). Please be generous; don't forget to stop by the ATM on your way to Panera :-P. Stinker thanks you, too >^..^<

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6708 posts

Andrea, they will be in the Camera Grande room. We had a shot at the suite but chose not to accept that one.

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
205 posts

Eileen--I'm sure I can dig up something that will be appropriate for drolling purposes. Oh wait, your coming to the meeting and not your husband...never mind....lol I guess I can get you covered also.

Posted by Susan and Monte
Granite Bay, CA
679 posts

That would be fabulous David, - Oyster cards and maps to help me plan! I'll try to get feedback from my dad to see what he wants to visit in London before we meet. I just so happen to have the Rick Steve's current season of shows, thanks to our own sweet cat lover, Eileen! I have watched the London ( and all the others!) but it will be fun to share them with my dad, too. We are going on the Princess Cruise out of Southampton, 12 nights, British Isles.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6708 posts

Susan, I can make copies of my tube and bus maps and get them to you. They were our main source of getting around when we were in London. We had the 7-day Oyster cards. We found ourselves on either the bus or tube multiple times each day. We were across the Thames in a Hilton and had to take the tube each day to and from the hotel area.

Posted by Susan and Monte
Granite Bay, CA
679 posts

Thanks Larry, that would be great! I can get them from you next month. My trip isn't until July, so I still have plenty of time. Have a fun valentine weekend!

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3580 posts

Larry, the Marciano suite was sweet!!! Tell them to peek into the room at the very end of the hallway (as usual, they're all open while being cleaned)... David, I drool easily. Wait - that sounds weird. Better - I think - than 'I'm easy', tho...I just want to make you feel better about lugging those heavy museum books back from Europe :-) Susan and Monte - don't you have U-Verse? If so, remind me to tell you about the 'PBS 2' channel... Don't forget your veterinarian/Visa card donations >^..^< Large bills ($20s/$50s/$100s) are better than a bunch of small bills...Will accept $, €, £, ¥,...

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
205 posts

Sorry Eileen, The only stacks I keep of lose bills are Pounds and Euros--not good here in the USA with Vet bills.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3580 posts

Oh, no, David - I can work with that ;-) Loose change under the car floor mats? Bring it LOL! I'm looking forward to a few hours of no spoon-feeding kitties and no IV bags and needles...(but my nearly 20-year-old Stinker is doing really well! Yea!). Talking Europe is the best escape!!! Going to Europe would be the bestest escape (sigh).

Posted by Margaret
Citrus Heights, CA, USA
9 posts

I see there's discussion about London. Out of the blue, I find myself booked for a two-week tour of Great Britain in May. I'll be especially intersted in all of your London tips, etc. See you Saturday.

Posted by Susan and Monte
Granite Bay, CA
679 posts

Well, I think I'm getting sick! We may miss the meeting tomorrow. David, can I take a rain check for next month?

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
205 posts

No. lol Of course! London and the goodies are not going anywhere--take care!
I'll have them with me anyway-just in case.

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
205 posts

WOW. Great 5 hour meeting today-really nailed down London. Glad next month will be a change of pace covering Paris in detail (kinda London'd out now) hmmm is Susan steaming yet.... Andreataking your advise, ok Eileen's also. Looks like "splitting the baby" and spending a week in London (let the old body adopt to the time change) and then off to an RS tour of Paris for a week (could do it on my own but having the company will be great).

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4871 posts

Yea David...branching out to Paris! I hope you love it as much as I do.

Posted by Susan and Monte
Granite Bay, CA
679 posts

Ok, everyone be ready for a full 8 hours for next month meeting! I need a replay of everything discussed London, plus all my questions, too. I think the Paris discussion starts at around 6pm. We might as well have drinks and dinner over Paris.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3580 posts

"Ok, everyone be ready for a full 8 hours for next month meeting! I need a replay of everything discussed London, plus all my questions, too. I think the Paris discussion starts at around 6pm. We might as well have drinks and dinner over Paris." And this is why I like you 8^D

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
205 posts

Paris is locked in...........
Made the mistake of telling a friend about my trip last night via email-she lives in Saigon (works for a Japanese company). She is due out in late August and will be flying back on 9/1- out of SFO. I stupidly joked that I would be parking in longterm parking as I would be flying out also but in the other direction-to Paris for a RS tour. As she was just here over Christmas she has now decided that instead of 2 trips to California this year...one would be enough and the second trip would be to Paris with the RS Tour (not in her budget, so it is now in mine I've been informed)........Now I have to call RS on Tuesday and "work with them" to come up with the "original" paperwork and hotel confirmation she will need for a Visa. One thing we often overlook is how forunate we are in terms of travel-no visas need for western europe... I take coming and going as to London/Rome for granted when many can't. Susan...NO PROBLEM with the 8 minutes you've requested for London. We can squeeze that in.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4871 posts

David...wow! If I knew that all it took was for me to say I was going to Paris and that YOU were paying, I would have totally done that! Just think what a good tour guide I could be for you when you have time on your own in Paris!!!

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3580 posts

Whoa...No, no, no!!! David, I told you - in front of witnesses - that I'd be your tour guide for Paris, and that I'd even carry your luggage for you!!! Andrea tried to get a trip to Paris out of you as your tour guide, and I said I'd carry luggage for both of you. Uh-uh. Noooooooo. You tell that chick there's already two ahead of her ;-)

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
205 posts

Sorry-- but I called both of you about this....but the calls were intercepted by Jim and Sid respectfully--both said NO! sorry, I tired.