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Forum: Current Virus Issue Forum 26 Oct 21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,507
Posted By sotagals
We queued 45 minutes at a local walk in centre...

We queued 45 minutes at a local walk in centre. They weren't advertising boosters on the website but were taking walk ins.

Trouble was the long wait outside with the wind whistling down the alley...
Forum: UK Holiday Planning & Days Out 25 Oct 21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Thanks for the replies - they managed to meet up...

Thanks for the replies - they managed to meet up easily as all travel arrangements went smoothly.

The friend had only just ordered her coffee in Ritazza when the intrepid traveller showed up...
Forum: General Chat 22 Oct 21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Really looking forward to this - see you there. ...

Really looking forward to this - see you there.

We were out on Wednesday to the Tom Petty birthday movie so DH and I have been out twice in a week - unheard of.

Only Shalamar still...
Forum: Accommodation 19 Oct 21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By sotagals
Mobile AoA is a complete lottery. I don't know who...

AoA is a complete lottery.

I don't know who BA source their villas from these days but they will just allocate whatever they have available on the day. This is what often leads to problems as you...
Forum: UK Holiday Planning & Days Out 18 Oct 21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Paddington Station question

If you were meeting someone off the Heathrow Express at Paddington where is the best place to wait (seated) that would be easy for the arriving person to find ?

My elderly relative is flying in...
Forum: Disneyland Paris Trip Planning 12 Oct 21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Is there any advantage to staying on site ?

I'm just helping a friend by doing some pricing up for next April.

She asked me because she thinks I'm a Disney expert but it's years since I went to DLP.

Disney hotels are about £800 more than...
Forum: Car Hire & Transportation 5 Oct 21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By sotagals
Mobile We've done it a couple of times. Flown in on KLM...

We've done it a couple of times. Flown in on KLM from AMS and landed before 2pm. Picked up car and driven about 90 minutes south which is around Cordele Georgia .

Not that I'd recommend the area...
Forum: Accommodation 5 Oct 21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 718
Posted By sotagals
Mobile The villa we had on Calabria was a very last...

The villa we had on Calabria was a very last minute thing and we wanted a Westside location.

We ended up renting through Kingdom State Villas. We didn't actually need a 5 bed but it was a lovely...
Forum: Accommodation 3 Oct 21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 718
Posted By sotagals
Mobile I've stayed at Orange Tree and Calabria. OT is a...

I've stayed at Orange Tree and Calabria. OT is a bit further out and is now mostly full time residential.

I'd choose Calabria for location. We had a fabulous villa there and loved the location.
Forum: Accommodation 2 Oct 21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 850
Posted By sotagals
Mobile It sounds like the OP is restricted to certain...

It sounds like the OP is restricted to certain hotels sold by his agent eg BA hotels.

I would move back to the Rosen. It's just a more convenient location and you'll still find enough eateries.
...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 30 Sep 21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
Posted By sotagals
Mobile I'm probably over thinking it. It just feels like...

I'm probably over thinking it. It just feels like there's a certain level of jeopardy attached as regards esta.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 30 Sep 21, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Another Global Entry question.

Many years ago before ESTA was started I was caught up, along with some fellow dibbers in the overstaying our visas fiasco.

Do to an admin error we weren't recorded as having left the country on...
Forum: Accommodation 26 Sep 21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 197
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Anyone holding Tesco/Hotels com vouchers from 2020 ?

After our cancelled road trip in 2020 to New England and Canada I've ended up holding £300 of hotels.com vouchers.

We're booked for July 2022 and I've got accommodation locked in with free...
Forum: Accommodation 25 Sep 21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Thanks JoJo, I just saved £78. Happy days...

Thanks JoJo, I just saved £78. Happy days...
Forum: UK Holiday Planning & Days Out 25 Sep 21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By sotagals
Mobile She normally flies into the north east via...

She normally flies into the north east via Amsterdam but because she's had so much hassle with Expedia trying to use her voucher she's having to transfer through CDG this time. Expedia USA still owe...
Forum: UK Holiday Planning & Days Out 24 Sep 21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Thanks, I don't know whether you'll see this now...

Thanks, I don't know whether you'll see this now the thread has moved from transportation but where would her luggage go ?

She'll have her Christmas presents with her so would need her suitcase to...
Forum: UK Holiday Planning & Days Out 24 Sep 21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Transfer between LHR and Kings Cross ?

An elderly relative is flying into Heathrow.

She intends to get a taxi to Kings Cross which I thought might be alarmingly pricey.

Does anyone know a private transfer company that's reliable ?...
Forum: Car Hire & Transportation 22 Sep 21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By sotagals
Forgot to say, if you can swap out the car...

Forgot to say, if you can swap out the car somewhere off the I75 , Naples, Bonita, Estero, Sarasota etc it will save you trailing into Tampa with all the usual traffic issues.

You'd be able to go...
Forum: Car Hire & Transportation 22 Sep 21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By sotagals
I've been looking at this and the cheapest option...

I've been looking at this and the cheapest option I found was a one day rental from Miami and swapping the car out at Hertz in Fort Myers.

Returning that car to MIA didn't add anything extra.
...
Forum: General Chat 19 Sep 21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,839
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Ask around for boosters - they are the sort of...

Ask around for boosters - they are the sort of thing people have hanging around in their garages.

I scrounged loads or paid a pound or so in the days when we were taking them to Florida and...
Forum: General Chat 16 Sep 21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,122
Posted By sotagals
Mobile When we got our first mortgage the interest rate...

When we got our first mortgage the interest rate was 12%

Let's hope that doesn't happen again anytime soon or some of these buyers are going to be in trouble.
Forum: Accommodation 13 Sep 21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 492
Posted By sotagals
Mobile I've stayed at Grande Villas on a few occasions...

I've stayed at Grande Villas on a few occasions. It's very well maintained and staffed . The 2 bed condos are very spacious with full kitchen and washer / drier.

Grand Beach being also Diamond...
Forum: Accommodation 6 Sep 21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,296
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Do we know if there are resort fees ?

Do we know if there are resort fees ?
Forum: Current Virus Issue Forum 29 Aug 21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,900
Posted By sotagals
My friend's son had to finish with his girlfriend...

My friend's son had to finish with his girlfriend because she was trotting out this "it's all made up and it doesn't even work" rant.

Don't know how and why she picked up that attitude ?

He's...
Forum: Current Virus Issue Forum 27 Aug 21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,900
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Unvaccinated changing their minds

Hopefully this is a thing now ...

3 work colleagues of DH

1 didn't fancy it
1 didn't think the vaccines were properly tested.
1 had read anti Vax on social media.

All 3 ( men between 35 &...
Forum: Accommodation 13 Aug 21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 924
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Thanks for all the info. I have booked a family...

Thanks for all the info. I have booked a family suite at Cabana Bay.

I booked with BA as their prices were way cheaper than the rest.

20% cancellation fee if we can't go but to be honest I'm...
Forum: Accommodation 13 Aug 21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By sotagals
Mobile If looking on Trivago or similar and you want...

If looking on Trivago or similar and you want Melbourne area beach front search for Indialantic.

We've stayed at the Doubletree a couple of times - the rooms are all ocean front mini suites. ...
Forum: Accommodation 11 Aug 21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 924
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Thanks, sorry I meant for them to get to IOA or...

Thanks, sorry I meant for them to get to IOA or US

Is it easy and safe to walk from CB to SF for the boat ? And with the water taxi you are through security already which you wouldn't be on the...
Forum: Accommodation 11 Aug 21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 924
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Cabana Bay, Sapphire Falls or Aventura with teens ?

Which would be best for teens to get to the Studios if DH and I have set off before they get up ?
Forum: General Chat 9 Aug 21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,451
Posted By sotagals
Mobile My cousin just turned 70 ...he had bladder cancer...

My cousin just turned 70 ...he had bladder cancer 15 years ago.

Unfortunately you are in for a bit of a torrid time but treatments are even better now and you'll get through it. Sending best...
Forum: General Chat 6 Aug 21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 271
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Can anyone help with Hermes / Inpost locker

Never used lockers before. DD has ordered something from vinted .

We can see that the item has been delivered on the Hermes site which gives a barcode number.

Trouble is when we get to the...
Forum: Current Virus Issue Forum 1 Aug 21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,747
Posted By sotagals
Mobile I think it's pretty disingenuous of her not to...

I think it's pretty disingenuous of her not to say how she qualified to enter the USA - presumably with some of her 4 sons in tow.

The implication of the article is that we are all too cowardly to...
Forum: Current Virus Issue Forum 1 Aug 21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,747
Posted By sotagals
Kirstie Allsopp's Florida Jolly

Quote " I was lucky enough to go on holiday to Florida with my family just a few weeks ago.

Attractions such as Universal Studios were packed and the weather was uncomfortably hot, yet after just...
Forum: General Chat 19 Jul 21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 606
Posted By sotagals
Mobile A deserted abbey

Should have been in Florida for my aunt's 95th birthday and family reunion. Cancelled from last year so she's really 96.

I've been feeling the loss of this trip . Who knows whether I'll see her...
Forum: Accommodation 12 Jul 21, 02:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Moving Premier Inn date ?

Does anyone know how many times you can change the date on a basic Premier Inn booking?

I've moved mine forward but I'm thinking I'll probably need to do it again.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 6 Jul 21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,986
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Melbourne is a typical regional airport. We flew...

Melbourne is a typical regional airport. We flew back from there in 2017 via Atlanta. The check in lady was remarking that she'd never had someone fly to MME before.

It was quick, efficient and...
Forum: General Chat 2 Jul 21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,203
Posted By sotagals
Mobile I was surprised when my optician said she'd see...

I was surprised when my optician said she'd see me. Looked to me like she was suffering from a lack of customers. The town and the shops were dead.
Forum: General Chat 2 Jul 21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,203
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Thanks for enquiring how I got on. My...

Thanks for enquiring how I got on.

My optician had a good look at it and didn't think it was anything to worry about.

I did check my blood pressure and it's fine. I didn't realise it could be...
Forum: General Chat 1 Jul 21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,203
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Yikes - I've taken your advice I've got an...

Yikes - I've taken your advice I've got an appointment at 5pm with my optician so she can have a look at it.
Forum: General Chat 1 Jul 21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,203
Posted By sotagals
Mobile Burst blood vessel in eye

The whole of the white of my eye is red. It feels very scratchy and sore.

Anyone had this ? How long did it take to wear off ?

Feel like I need a pirate eye patch.
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