Mark works with a man called Phil. Mark hired him to come work here in California. He was an employee at the office in Worcester, UK. Well Phil has a dear friend named Ali who spent some time with us. Without Phil and Ali's help I would not have known how to get around London or Paris. I am so thankful for them and what they taught me. I rode the train, I rode the underground and did things I have never done before in my almost 60 years of life.
London of course was fun because I knew the language. Paris was a little harder but I managed better then I thought I would. The ride from Paris to Turin, Italy was more difficult when it came to communication because we were out of the tourist locations. Learned some things I didn't know like elevator is lift, exit is way out, restroom is toilet, hotel registration is reception, cab is a taxi and lemonade is a Sprite!
Things I would have done differently. I could have taken less stuff. I didn't feel like I packed that much but we took several flights and the size of our bags (large duffel's) just got to us. We were very lucky that the smaller flights didn't charge us. When you take a trip and have other flights to take make sure you know the weight requirements on the smaller flights! We had packed for the 50 pounds allowed but the smaller flights ask for less. I could have taken less shoes but otherwise I thought I did pretty good.
I maybe would only take my smaller camera but I am happy that I took both with me. Didn't use the bigger one as often but it helped when Mark could carry it for me. I would have left my hairdryer at home, never needed it but definitely should have taken the iron. We were in two hotels which equaled about 10 days and they would not bring them to the rooms. Not allowed so my little one would have been awesome. I did wash some laundry but without the iron I ended up getting some done. We must have spent about 300 pounds/euros on laundry which is just a big rip off when it was maybe a few loads of laundry. (that would be about $450.)
Today I have been sending my 1,500 photos to Kodak where I like to store them just in case my computer goes out. (You should always have backup somewhere) I will not bore you with all of them but I did do that with our children this weekend. We hooked the computer up to the TV and viewed all of them! I will probably do some mosaic ones so I can share more of them with you.
Can't wait to share our trip with you and I'm glad to have my skinny ankles back!
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