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Sacramento Travel Group Meeting - January 18th

Happy New Year! Please join us if you love to talk about travel, are planning a trip, or maybe you have just returned from a trip and you want to share your experiences with others. Do you need help with planning a trip? We have a group of well traveled people who are happy to help.

We always (**see the exception below) meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. You will find us at the Panera Bread located at 3571 North Freeway Blvd, Sacramento. This location is off I-80, using the Truxel Rd. exit.

It is helpful if you let us know if you are planning to come. We welcome everyone, but it gives us an idea of how many people we need to have seating for. Look for the Rick Steves books on the table.

**In March 2020 we will be meeting on the 28th. Ms. Jo will be here from Frankfurt and will be joining us. I will be at Panera on the 21st as well since the 28th may not work for everyone. We often have people show up who don't frequent this forum.

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We plan to be there -- possibly jet-lagged from the 14th.

Ed and Lauri
(will post the balance of our trip report before then so everyone can ask specific questions)

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Happy New Year!
Let the 2020 fun begin!
🥳🥳🥳

Andrea, do you have your trip itinerary worked out? I’d love to see it!

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Lauri, Ed and Matt, I'm looking forward to seeing you. Matt, we need to discuss Oktoberfest.

Susan, we have our itinerary for the first 6 weeks worked out. The final 2+ weeks we are staying flexible. It will involve visiting with my family in Germany for a portion of it. We are flying out of Luxembourg so I'm hoping to work our way up (down?) the Mosel as we make our way there.

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Andrea, Sounds good. I’ll look forward to seeing your itinerary. Your trip will be amazing!

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Thanks Susan. Have a good meeting tomorrow!

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We should be at the meeting on the 18th. We have another trip coming up. Dave saw AA tickets from SFO to Europe for summer for $309 each so we also bought Passion Play tickets and we’ll be going to Germany in July-August.

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You could let people know about it at today’s meeting. Into LHR and out of CDG 😀. Quite a few summer dates.

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Mona, darn, i could have but didn’t see your post til now. Wanna post it on our FB page? 😊

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I should be there. I have some new travel ideas I'd like to bounce off people.

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I should be there this month...finally

Andrea, you may not care anymore LOL but since the ‘day bags’ are on sale through Sun let me know if you’re still interested in my Appenzell & Ravenna bags. Also, I can throw our 3 sizes of Away bags in the trunk if anybody tells me they’re interested in seeing them (Large, Medium, & Carry-On). Somebody previously expressed interest in seeing them...

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Eileen, I was thinking about your show and tell items when I saw they were on sale. I would love to check your backpacks out. I will try to remember to bring the one I would be replacing to compare the sizes. I really like mine, but I'm afraid my repair with a carabiner won't hold up on a long trip and I don't see how I can actually repair it. Maybe someone smarter than I (no smartass remarks, Eileen) can figure out how it can be done.

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Laurie, looking forward to seeing your Glühwein mug collection! ☕️🍵

Will be happy to see the RS shop annex toted in from A Texan in Folsom.🧳🎒

Bringing a friend who is planning a trip to Spain & Portugal and needs recs, please.

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We are hoping to be there!

I would love to hear from people that have been to Provence and the Dordogne.

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Andrea, my Appenzell & Ravenna bags are in my trunk; your job is to remember that LOL!

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We're baaack, still adjusting to time difference.
Balance of our trip:
DO NOT FEEL OBLIGATED TO READ THIS REPORT -- THERE WILL NOT BE A QUIZ
Munich -- main market at Marienplatz, Ed got raiber dachi (latkes) in honor of Hanukkah. (AKA kartoffelpuffer)

Hotel Brecherspitze, outside downtown by a direct tram from Hbf. Our third or fourth visit.

Salzburg -- our favorite Christmas maket. On the 26th since many/ most things were scheduled to be closed we did an all-day Bob's Tour which included Sound of Music stops plus a drive to Hallstatt and its incredibly beautiful views of lake and mountains. Would have been more fun if the other 6 passengers in the van had said a word on the drive. (But no, we did not sing 'Do, a deer")
Goldenes Theater Hotel, 10 minutes walk from Altstadt, great breakfast and mini-bar where we stashed soda from Spar market and sandwiches from said breakfasts.

Next to Vienna for New Year's Eve with waltzing on the street. Saw the closest we got to snow on the trip -- flakes that we walked through on the way to the U-bahn. My first visit to to the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
We split an enormous schnitzel at Schnitzelwurst and had tiny sandwiches at a random cafe (we were hungry and didn't want to brave the crowd at Trezwinski's)
We stayed at an apartment about four U-bahn stops from St Stephen's and direct line from Hbf, rented directly from the owner (multiple times.) We were there 8 nights so used the washing machine twice. (!)
Went to the Sylvester market at Rathaus on New Year's Day, watching symphony performance on the outdoor Jumbotron and had our final glühwein (bought piggy cup)

Budapest -- bought a 7-day transit pass (Ed, with an EU passport, traveled free as a senior.) Took trams to the end of the line to see less-touristed areas of Buda and Pest, plus scenic rides along the Danube on tram #2. Toured over-the-top heavily-gilded Parliament building. And, of course, a relaxing day at Szechenyi Baths where water was 38° while air temperature was 6°C.
Lots of goulash both in restaurants and heated from cans at the apartment.

Apartment at Liszt Studio, on Liszt Ferenc ter, near the Opera. And washing machine ! (3rd trip)

Berlin -- EasyJet flight uneventful, which is the best way for flights.

A return visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Brandenburg Gate. Toured on the 100 public bus. Visited the largest department store in Europe, Ka de We (and bought nothing.) Dined at a restaurant near the hotel that Ed says has the best calf's liver he has ever had (always excluding Mother's.)
Stayed at Hotel Pension Columbus just off the Ku'damm shopping street and transit from the Zoo train station. Our third stay with them, including one when they recommended a doctor when I had sudden hearing loss. Family-owned small pension with great breakfasts: fresh-made soft boiled eggs; meats and cheeses; home-made yogurt. On our last morning we had to leave for our flight before scheduled breakfast so owner Chris got up before six to make sure we had coffee and eggs and stuff to pack as sandwiches.

Flight home -- Swiss Air, with a connection in Zurich. Because of the distances between gates I had requested wheelchair assistance at Zurich and SFO. WHAT A PLEASURE! Only downside was that at Zurich the wheelchair-to-cart-to-van-to-wheelchair-to-gate service (excellent!) dropped me behind immigration control, on the other side from the lounges, so we missed our Priority Pass lounge visit. On a previous connection in Zurich we had spent a few hours grazing a substantial buffet, and we were looking forward to that again. But time was limited and we didn't want to get stuck in a passport-control line, so ... we ate the sandwiches from Berlin.

SFO -- another wheelchair ride to the Global Entry area for our enrollment-at-arrival interviews, then all the way to BART. Painless interviews; cards arrive within 2 weeks.

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Great report! Can’t wait to see you and hear more on Saturday and Boo for the silent passengers on Bob’s Tours. Are you bringing the piggy cup for show and tell? I’ve never seen an animal cup!

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Great trip report, Lauri! I'll be picking your brain about Budapest. We are excited about our first trip there.

Everyone, please help me remember to ask Eileen about the backpacks in the trunk of her car. 😬

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Anyone else coming?

A friend and her young adult daughter who live in the East Bay will be joining us. They are going to do a bike and barge trip in the Netherlands and she's looking for suggestions/advice for the time prior to that. She's considering Brussels, Brugge, northwestern and central western Germany, and perhaps as far as Nurnberg and Rothenburg. She lived for a time in Aschaffenburg and may revisit there. I'm hoping we can all help her.

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I can't make it tomorrow,looking forward to Feburary,have a nice Meeting.
Mike

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I have to miss the meeting tomorrow but I hope to see you next month or in March.
Lauri, I'll look forward to hearing more about your holiday trip.
SharYn