Please remember that we are having a group meeting on Sunday, August 17 in the CARE Center, Room 214 after the 11:30 Mass- so, about 1:00-2:30pm. I will have your luggage and name tags and e-tickets. We'll also have a quick trivia quiz with prizes, and then Monsieur Josef will teach us those important tourist phrases (where is the bathroom... how much does this cost... may I have the check, please).
Many of us already have some Euro to get started in France. For the rest of you, please do arrange to have at least a day or two's worth ($75-100 Euro?) BEFORE you leave the US... we don't want to waste time at an exchange booth in the Paris Airport or searching for an ATM. If you are a Wells Fargo customer, you CAN get Euro from the tellers at the Cary High House or RTP branch without a service fee, rather than having to pay for them to be shipped to you.
Before you leave for France, please be sure to contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know your will be out of the country. Otherwise, they might see attempted spending coming from a place they know you don't live and suspend or cancel your account! That's generally a good thing, a safety measure to guard against someone running up huge bills on your card without your knowledge. But if it happens while you are away, and you don't have alternate options for money, well.... that could get tricky! So please, sometime BEFORE September 1, call the customer service number for your ATM and Credit Cards, and tell them when and where you will be away. (Don't bother bringing your DISCOVER Card, that's hardly accepted at all in Europe).
Trying to decide which suitcase to pack for France?
Step number one: please note that the word is "suitcase", not "suitcases".
Here are some quotes from our travel company that should help guide you:
- You are permitted to bring one piece of checked-in luggage, and one piece of carry-on luggage. No exceptions.
- You are responsible for carrying your carryon while on tour. Be careful that your carryon luggage is within the standard size and weight of your airline. Call the airline if you have questions. There is limited space on the bus for your carryon luggage.
- Make sure you have your luggage tags on the outside of your luggage and that you also have your name and telephone number inside your luggage, in case your luggage tag falls off. You will be given brightly colored Catholic Travel Centre luggage tags to be used in addition to your own.
Unless your bag is too heavy, or too big. Here is a link to Delta Baggage policies- please refer to the section on transatlantic flights. In summary: your checked bag can weigh up to (but not over) 50 pounds, and its overall dimensions (length+height+width) must be less than 62 inches. (E.g., a bag that is 27 inches long and 21 inches wide and 12 inches high = 60 inches).
Your carry-on bag (link to info here) can be up to 45 inches and 40 pounds- BUT PLEASE REMEMBER that YOU are responsible for carrying your own carry-on! You may also bring one other personal item (purse, briefcase) on board. Our checked bag- once we get it to the airport in the first place- will be wrangled in and out of our motor coach, and to and from our rooms for us (and we have pre-paid the tips!)!