Day 1: Los Angeles to London

It feels surreal to finally be sitting here at LAX with Rich and Shari waiting for our flight to London.  We have been engaged for a year and a half so you can imagine the excitement as the trip/wedding finally approaches.  For our family and friends who could not join us, I will be updating this blog daily with my photo

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Possible Showers

I have been checking the weather forecast and it seems it might rain on some days in Paris (including the day of the wedding) so please pack an umbrella and possibly rain attire.  It will be about 30-50°F so warm clothes is a must!  Though it would be unfortunate to have a few showers on March 14th, I look forward anyway to

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Parc du Champ de Mars – Eiffel Tower

While researching the location of the wedding, we found you can enjoy two hours of free internet access in most public parks and gardens (this will be helpful in staying in communication with one another but also in staying connected via social media): Free WIFI (in French, pronounced "wee-fee") Find a park with a “zone wifi” sign by the gate.

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Adventure Awaits

One month from today, we will be embarking on the first leg of our trip to London and we are eagerly counting down the days to the wedding in Paris!

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What to Bring on the Big Day

If you booked your flights/hotels already, you should have received a care package of gifts to assist you with the trip!  Among those items, please also bring the following on Saturday, March 14th at 10:00AM at the Champ de Mars park: 1. Breakfast (i.e., croissant, baguette , cheese) 2. Beverages (i.e., coffee, wine - the restaurant after the ceremony allows

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Using Your iPhone in Europe

Tom Meyers on Eurocheapo.com shared some words of wisdom when it comes to using iPhones in Europe.  Travelers must be wary because you don't want to end up with a huge $400 phone bill for using it over seas, so keep these in mind: 1. Turn off data roaming 2.  Turn off data fetch 3. Consider purchasing an international data

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Help!

In the case of an emergency, you should have these telephone numbers saved so you can contact police enforcement or get medical assistance in France (it is free to call them, even on pay phones): SERVICE TELEPHONE Medical help/SAMU 15 Police/Police Nationale 17 Fire & accident/Sapeurs Pompiers 18 SOS - all services (calling from a mobile) 112 The caller must (there

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Beware of Pickpockets!

Pickpocketing is a common problem in Europe that almost everyone has either experienced themselves or know someone who has. TripAdvisor had a few helpful pointers to avoid getting pickpocketed yourself. Here are the highlights: Belongings should be out of sight and difficult for others to access. Do not keep anything in exterior pockets or back pockets. Do not carry passports

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*Cough*

"Winter is coming" (more like it's already here) so I thought it would be important to teach you guys some helpful phrases just in case you need medical attention or if you catch a cold/flu and need to purchase medicine. General: La pharmacie: The pharmacy Un médicament: A medicine Le docteur or le médecin: The Doctor Une ambulance: An ambulance

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Shops and Stores in France

Eating Related: une épicerie: A small grocery store le marché: The farmer's market le supermarché: The supermarket une hypermarché: A superstore, giant supermarket le bar: The bar le bistro: The small restaurant la boucherie: The butcher shop la boulangerie: The bakery le cafe: The coffee shop la charcuterie: The pork butcher la confiserie: The candy store la crémerie, la laiterie: The dairy store la fromagerie: The cheese

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