Sacramento Travel Meeting - Saturday March 15 @ 10:00 a.m.

It's that time again to meet with fellow travelers to talk about --- travel!!

As always, we meet the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

Location-

Panera Bread 3571 North Freeway Blvd. Sacramento This is off I-80, using the Truxel Rd. exit.

Everyone who wants to discuss their upcoming trips, reminisce about past trips, or just hang out and talk about travel is welcome.

Who's planning to be there?

Posted by Darcy
Lewiston, Idaho, USA
1397 posts

Ha! like this isn't the most important event of every month for you Eileen!

Posted by Susan
Marin County/San Francisco
3710 posts

Can we move the meeting to Bistro Jeanty??... : )

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
5661 posts

Susan, moving the meeting to Bistro Jeanty would definitely eat into my travel fund! Once a month is enough. It was great having lunch with you there last weekend though!!

Posted by Joe
Dorrington, CA
2 posts

My wife and I plan to join you to get tips for our first trip to Europe. RS 21 day Best of Europe leaving end of April.

Posted by Susan and Monte
Granite Bay, CA
940 posts

Welcome Joe! We look forward to meeting both of you.

As usual, we wouldn't miss it! The highlight of our month is to talk Europe for hours on end.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4140 posts

Hi, Joe! I really hope you two can make it; kudos on making that drive, too! You and Susan from Sausalito can thumb-wrestle over how many miles vs how many minutes it takes the three of you to make it to Panera ;-) At least one of the 'regulars' has taken several of Rick's tours, so maybe he can answer your tour-specific questions; the rest of us have been to everywhere you'll be going, so we'll do our best.

Dang it, Darcy! I have a life around here...somewhere...

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
5661 posts

Hi Joe! We look forward to meeting you. Do you plan to spend any time in Europe before or after your tour? If there is something specific you want to discuss, let us know so we can bring appropriate books or maps to assist you.

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As far as coming the furthest, we may have someone from Arizona!

Posted by Joe
Dorrington, CA
2 posts

Thanks Andrea, we look forward to meeting you and everyone else in the Sacramento group. Our plan is to take a side trip to the Normandy Beaches after our tour. If anyone has info on that area of France, that would be great.

Posted by kat
276 posts

If we're not meeting in Yountville, I'll be at Panera with my mashed potato IV.

Went to Normandy a few years ago, so I'll bring some info for you, Joe. Will you have a car?

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
326 posts

Just a reminder--the ban on talking about Paris has been lifted (seems I'm going there for a week at the end of August). Heck, I even bought a book about the joint (although my London and Italy books refused to allow it to be shelved next to them).

Kat--lunch is on me, I owe you (will explain in person).

Side note--in Rick's 2013/14 TV series he stays (shown on the video, exterior, lobby, room, breakfast room) at Aster House in London (Kennsington near the V & A) ....I just booked 11 nights there (3 upon arrival and then 8 after Paris before flying home)...will be interesting to see how it matches up with Rick's review. Oh, substantial discount with the RS referral and a nice smaller discount if I check out and pay cash - I will (bill reduced by the 5% VISA/MC fees they would be hit with)

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
326 posts

Joe-- I was going to do the RS Best of Europe in 21 this upcoming September (2014) but that trip has been delayed 9 months (I'm stuck in England, London, and Paris instead) until June of 2015. PLEASE we (I) beg--please vist the group this month and then come back in 2 months and report on the trip--would like to talk to a 21'dayer and see what it was like.

Posted by kat
276 posts

David: Lunch for moi? You don't even have to explain! I'll take it! Will that be in Paris?...or some semblance of Paris, like the oft regaled Bistro Jeanty?!

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
326 posts

Yeah...some part of our local Paris called LaPanera.....

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4140 posts

Le LOL!

Maybe David can wear a beret...

[...as opposed to a 'barrette'; that would be something altogether different :-( ]

Posted by Joel
Tempe, AZ, USA
976 posts

I will be in the Bay Area visiting friends. I am going to try and make it up to Sacratomato.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4140 posts

I was just about to PM you, Joel. Andrea told me you were going to try and make it. That would be great! Bonus points for 'Sacra tomato' ;-) I hope you can see us we can meet you on Saturday.

We should come up with RS passports - each Helpline/Travel Forum person could have their own stamp, and we could carry little passport books...safely tucked away in our moneybelts, of course.

Posted by kat
276 posts

Headed to Amsterdam and Bruges in a few weeks. Any info you might have would be appreciated.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4140 posts

Kitty - I've got some info for you - you need to take me with you 8^D

Posted by kat
276 posts

Eileen: I'll drop you off at the closest Belgian beerfest. Then I'll pick you up (literally,
as in off the floor) so you'll make the next Panera meeting.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4140 posts

Works for me...but you won't need to pick me up; you can't enjoy yummy beer if you're intoxicated... :-\ ...but I will require a mussels-and-cheese allowance.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
5661 posts

Maybe at the meeting we can discuss how to obtain fake passports. I think there's someone on the helpline that can point us in the right direction. :-P

Posted by Pam
Troy, Idaho, USA
1818 posts

We want to see the minutes of your meeting about the fake passports. You all do take minutes, right?

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
5435 posts

Wait until you see the new CV's I ordered for all of you. So proud and I know you will all be thrilled. If you like them, will order the drivers licenses next.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4140 posts

Golly gosh, Ms Jo - that's soooo sweet of you (wiping a tear) ;-)

I'm thinking of ordering some of those fox passports. 'Oh, faux is pronounced 'fō'...'

Nigel, we aim to please.

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
326 posts

New record....5 pm this afternoon. Too bad Andrea and Jim left early.
EDIT: now 5:06 pm and still going strong.
EDIT: now 5:57 pm and still with 5 Stever's.
Discussing nude coed spa experiences in Europe; things the kids will never know about.
Off to Ruth Chris for dinner---we deserve it!!!

Posted by David
Sacramento, CA, USA
326 posts

6:01 pm Time Stamp
6:05 pm.....Ruth Chris here we come (finally)

Posted by Susan
Marin County/San Francisco
3710 posts

Wow record time! Missed seeing you guys.. : (

Posted by Pam
Troy, Idaho, USA
1818 posts

Laughing...we want them fauxy passports in Moscow next month!

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
5661 posts

We left close to 3:00. Not exactly early! We had a party to go to. I wish people would stop scheduling other activities for us to attend on our meeting days. How rude of them! :-)

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
5435 posts

Must return to Cal. soon so I can talk about the co-ed nude sauna and swimming experiences in Europe. They don't hand out those fauxy passports for nothin'. Why do you guys talk about the interesting stuff after I have gone? This is grossly unfair.

Posted by kat
276 posts

David: you were not supposed to EXPOSE those indiscretions!

Jo: That co-ed spa is in your backyard. Go to Baden Baden and turn left!

Posted by Joel
Tempe, AZ, USA
976 posts

It was great to meet the Sacramento folks. They really enjoy their meeting.

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1740 posts

Wait-am I getting this right? Jo has a hot tub in her backyard, and we're all invited for skinny-dipping?

Posted by Kathy
Sacramento
1 posts

I'm so sad I missed this by a day! Do you always meet in Sac? I'm going on my first backpacking trip in Europe next month and would love some advice!

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
5661 posts

@Kathy --- We meet the 3rd Saturday of every month in Sacramento. It's always at the same place and at the same time. See the information in the original post.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
5435 posts

Only those who bring me large chunks of aged cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese can visit my hot tub. Always a price to pay.
Thought you all were coming over in Sept. anyway.