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Posted December 26th, 2012 - 12:51 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
If you are DEFINITELY coming to the CS50+ France meeting, please can you add your name to this thread AND add your details to the google docs spreadsheet (see link below). In particular, I need:

1. Names of those attending
2. Accommodation arrangements and approximate location of your accommodation
3. How you will be travelling to the Dordogne (e.g. flying into Paris CDG and taking the train to Perigueux via Angouleme etc., driving in our own vehicle etc)
4. Arrival date / time
5. If you have space in your car for others, the number of spaces available.

PLEASE NOTE. I have said this before but it bears repeating. The Dordogne is a VERY rural location with virtually no public transport. Distances between tourist sites are big. If you are not driving to the region in your own vehicle, we strongly recommend you hire a car. If you do not have access to a vehicle it is YOUR responsibility to arrange a lift from other participants (sharing fuel costs of course!)

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Posted December 26th, 2012 - 1:36 pm from New York, United States
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Posted December 27th, 2012 - 11:13 am from Essen, Germany
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Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 1:37 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
I will be spending a total of two weeks in France. I will be travelling with Shaeryl and Catherine from Toronto. I would like to fly into Bordeaux and out of Paris. Travel plans are still up in the air but I would like to purchase my tickets on Air France soon.

Judy

Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 9:40 am by from Weston-super-Mare, England (Permalink)
I would like to fly in to Bordeaux on 25th and leave a week later. I don't drive so would be looking to share car hire costs with someone good enough to give me a lift!

Anne

Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 9:46 am from Tourlaville, France
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Posted January 6th, 2013 - 12:57 pm by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
Although I told Sheryl and Catherine that I was thinking that I wouldn't come to the event, I'm now reconsidering. I think it would be a great opportunity to meet so many of you.

I have never been to Europe before (save England, 35 years ago), so I would love some help in making transport and accommodation arrangements. I am happy to share costs of either with folks.

More later as I sort this out. Please let me know directly if you have ideas for me.

Thanks!

Cindy

Posted January 6th, 2013 - 3:31 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Well, Cindy, now that you might go, I might go, too. I've wanted to meet you for months!

I haven't been to Europe before either, and felt I might be a little lost going on my own to the meet up, but if I could tag along with you...????

I'd take Icelandair Seattle-Reykjavik for a day or two, then on to France from there (good airfare rates that way). I already have an offer from a CSer in Iceland, so that really helps pave the way, too.

We could meet up in Reykjavik...

What do you think?

Cherie


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Posted January 6th, 2013 - 7:24 pm by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
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Posted March 5th, 2013 - 11:27 pm by from Kansas City, United States (Permalink)
I so wanted to go but I won't be able to make it to this meet up. Please post pictures and remarks so I can enjoy vicariously!

Regrets,
Deborah

Posted March 6th, 2013 - 2:08 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Oh...I wish you could have come, too, Deborah.

Would you be able to attend a USA get together?

Cherie

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 1:30 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Bought my ticket today on Air France from JFK to BOD, Bourdeaux. Very excited for this trip. Arriving on Thursday,April 25.

Judy

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 1:52 am by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
Judy,
What time do you get into Bordeaux?

B~

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 4:29 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Wahoo!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Cindy and I arrive at 11:42 AM in Bordeaux...our connecting train leaves at 12:35PM.

From la Bordeaux to la Dardogne, I'd prefer a car trip with others, yet Cindy and I feel the necessity to get to the rental as early in the day as possible to "take residence" for the following 4 days of enjoyment.

Cherie

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 9:37 am by from Weston-super-Mare, England (Permalink)
Cherie

I am assuming your train is to Perigeuex. How are you getting to the house from there? As I am arriving on Saturday I will probably have to get a cab and it would be useful to know if you have any numbers & how much it will cost.

Really looking forward to meeting the owners of the faces,

Anne

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 11:25 am by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
Anne:

Richard has offered to come to the train station in Perigueux to pick us up. It's about an hour away from their house. He's apparently picking up other folks too.

You may want to talk to him.

What time do you get into Bordeaux on the 27th? Maybe someone with a car would make a side-trip of it that day to see Perigueux and pick you up?!

Cindy

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 2:47 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
We won't be able to pick up people from the station on Saturday as our car is being used to transport people to Sarlat - which is quite a distance from Perigueux.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few people who don't have transport so it's not possible for us to take people to events and pick up from the railway station at the same time.

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 3:32 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Anne,

It's my understanding that Kathie and her husband can pick us up at the train station.

Cherie

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 3:40 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
Cherie, we can pick up on Friday but we can not pick up on Saturday - not unless 5 people are happy to miss the Saturday activities.

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 3:42 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Kathie

I thought we were arriving the 25th...that's Thursday.

Cherie

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 3:58 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
What I meant was we can pick up til Friday pm but, after that, the car will be being used for transporting people to the events.

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 4:24 pm by from Weston-super-Mare, England (Permalink)
Kathie

I wasn't expecting a lift on Saturday as I know that people will have arrived a couple of days before & will have plans.
Thanks for the heads up anyway,

Anne

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 4:41 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
Anne, I know you weren't expecting a lift - I wanted to clarify that we can only offer lifts as already agreed...in case others thought there was an open ended transfer service in place!

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 9:05 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Can you pick up on Thursday?

Cherie

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 9:37 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
Yes, I've conirmed with Cindy that we will pick you up :)

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 11:07 pm from Norwich, England
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Posted March 9th, 2013 - 5:44 am from Tulle, France
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Posted March 9th, 2013 - 12:12 pm by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
Yes, this is a time where I've definitely wished that it was possible to send PMs on CS to more than one person at a time (copying, forwarding etc.). That's why I've switched to email for many converations...

Later refinements perhaps. Where's the suggestion box for CS? I also wish they had sorting such that you could see just one person's postings all lined up in one place to avoid the hunting around one has to do.

Thanks, Kathie!

Posted March 10th, 2013 - 1:24 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
Kathy, I will be present \0/

I am here admiring how much work you folks have done to organize this meeting! Thanks and congratulations!

Now, let´s fill the spreadsheet.

Emi.

Posted March 10th, 2013 - 4:25 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted March 10th, 2013 - 4:42 pm by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
Friends:

This group is growing daily! What a fantastic opportunity to meet so many folks and see a beautiful part of the world.

Ah, it's the infamous Toronto Gang you'll be meeting!

And yes, my iPad and a few translating apps will be at the ready because my school-room French of forty years ago is almost non-existant. But I'm also using teaching apps to get French back in my head a bit, and I have great food-term apps loaded as well (Patricia Wells has a nice one).

It would be great if folks put their after-party plans on the spreadsheet so that we can see if people are going our way. I know that Cherie is looking to go back to Paris on the 30th to catch a plane and Becky is looking for travelling companions afterward as well.

I, too, Cadence, would like to eat something, anything French. I'm going to eat the whole country.

Thanks, and it will be a pleasure to meet all of you.

Cindy

Posted March 10th, 2013 - 10:46 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I'm with you re: the excitement factor, Cadence.

REALLY looking forward to seeing YOU again, even if we have to go half way around the world to!

Cindy inspires me daily: she does hours of research, then asks me what I think. Since I'm working 6 days a week, she's been a lifesaver, and I know my vacation will be great because of all of her time spent in making it so.

When we meet up, should we wear name tags with our real name, our screen name, and country of origin? I get confused with people's REAL names and their screen names, and often think of people by where they're from.

Cherie

Posted March 11th, 2013 - 7:21 am from Norwich, England
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Posted March 11th, 2013 - 8:07 am by from Monpazier, France (Permalink)
...hello, i'm with you on the name tag idea, not my cup of tea...have you looked at helpx.net for the ideal getaway from it all?...see you soon, amanda...

Posted March 11th, 2013 - 9:01 am from Tulle, France
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Posted March 11th, 2013 - 11:25 am by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
We did name labels at Istanbul but I used the ones with card inserts - which promptly fell out! We pretty quickly figured out who was who though :)

Posted March 11th, 2013 - 2:57 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
Ok, no labels.

Posted March 11th, 2013 - 6:14 pm from Norwich, England
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Posted January 12th, 2013 - 11:48 am by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
The spreadsheet link in the first posting on this page is a fantastic way for us to indicate our travel plans, and anyone one can edit it.

Can you post the link in other places, too?

Posted January 12th, 2013 - 12:11 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
thank you Cindy for pointing out that a spreadsheet exists. I was not aware of it. I think this will help with planning, as the many , many postings on the various threads was beginning to become a bit too much and very scattered.

Posted January 12th, 2013 - 1:25 pm from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted January 12th, 2013 - 6:30 pm by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
I´m very interested also, if I come I follow Cherie and Cindy from Iceland where I live. Can tell in a week or two if I´m coming.
Carina

Posted January 13th, 2013 - 7:02 pm from Ilminster, England
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Posted March 10th, 2013 - 7:24 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Perhaps the owner of this group could fix some of the messages like the one that tells about the spreadsheet in order for everyone be aware of its existence. Maybe other messages could merit be fixed in the beginning of the threads.
BTW the spreadsheet is a very good instrument, congratulations, Kathie.

Roger

Posted January 13th, 2013 - 8:00 pm by from Norman, United States (Permalink)
I am interested in this meeting up prior to my Camino In Portugal. I was hoping to see some local French couch surfers in the gatherings. It seems to be mostly surfers from other countries. My experience has been the greatest value in a CS visit is the local host contribution. I CS'd in Aix En Provence last summer with one of the most active CS host in France.(his profiles has over 129,000 views!) Perhaps he can provide some names of locals who can add to the gathering. I will stay posted.

Posted January 13th, 2013 - 11:06 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Nice remarks, Ken. One of the gatherers is from a city very near the meeting place. And another one lived there for 3 years and was a guide there.
BTW, there are several chemins de compstelle in France. I shall cross one of them in Cahors and perhaps will stop later in Moissac - staying probably in lodgings for pilgrims there.

Cheers from Rio,
Roger

Posted March 10th, 2013 - 4:50 pm from New York, United States
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Posted March 10th, 2013 - 11:47 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I've wanted to meet you for so long, Sheryl!

Cherie

Posted March 11th, 2013 - 2:00 am by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
@Cadence: I will be delighted to just be in your presence!

@Cherie: When we meet up, should we wear name tags with our real name, our screen name, and country of origin? I get confused with people's REAL names and their screen names, and often think of people by where they're from.

I agree! tags with name (the one we sign the posts) + country will be very useful, especially the first days.

I can bring some fabric to make colourful tags...ehehe

Posted March 11th, 2013 - 2:13 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Wonderful, Emi

I think it will be helpful.

What do the rest of you think?

Cherie


Posted March 11th, 2013 - 7:09 am from Norwich, England
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Posted March 11th, 2013 - 9:25 pm from Norwich, England
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Posted March 11th, 2013 - 10:19 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted March 11th, 2013 - 10:49 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Cadence, there is a way for the group moderator to make some threads to be fixed on top of the list. That is what I was referring to. The message you proposed would be one of these, as the first one.
The group moderator (Kathie) may also create group guidelines that are on the top right of the group but I think they are less visible.
Cheers!

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 1:49 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I agree that name tags should be optional.

I'll be wearing one so people can identify me, and call me by my correct name, and hopefully remember my various posts and pictures from CS 50 +.

I have TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and I'll forget the name of my best friend, but I'll remember a face forever. ;D

Cherie

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 6:30 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
Cadence:
Emi, you will have to invent some other creative project....

Yes! I propose to make a patchwork to give our host!

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Posted March 13th, 2013 - 9:32 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
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Posted March 14th, 2013 - 12:28 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
So cool!

So we meet up in Paris?

Can't wait!

How are you getting to France?

Cherie

Posted March 14th, 2013 - 1:29 am by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
No, Cherie... I guess I should have been a little more specific. I fly into Bordeaux, getting in at 10:30 AM. That should give me time to get from the airport to the train station (I hope) and catch the 12:30 train with you and Cindy to Perigueux. I also hope I'll be able to hitch a ride with Richard to the house. I'll send a message to Kathie and Richard.

Becky

Posted March 14th, 2013 - 1:30 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Got it!

Looking forward to our meet up.

Cherie

Posted March 30th, 2013 - 3:29 pm from Essen, Germany
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Posted March 30th, 2013 - 4:14 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
I too would like to know the plans of those that will be remaining after the weekend and would like to see more of the Dordogne area.
As for myself, I will be leaving the rented house (Cindy's) on Tuesday, although I could leave on Monday if it works out better. I would like to see more of the area around Sarlat and also the Bergerac area. By Friday night (May 3) I need to be either in Bordeaux, or very close, for a Sat. morning flight.
If anyone is interested in seeing more of the Dordogne area let me know and we can begin making plans. (Airbnb?) I'd like to get this done sooner rather than spending valuable time while there planning and researching.

Becky
randb65@aol.com

Posted March 30th, 2013 - 4:26 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
If any are staying on afterwards then some of us plan to go to Oradour-sur-Glane (the Martyr village) on the Tuesday.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187159-d304759-Reviews-Oradour_sur_Glane_old_town-Limoges_Haute_Vienne_Limousin.html

Posted March 30th, 2013 - 4:43 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Marion,

I think the tool for maintaining this kind of information centralized is the spreadsheet. My entry there is as complete as I can do right now.

Roger

Posted March 30th, 2013 - 5:02 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
Roger,
What I think Marion is asking for is people's plans AFTER the weekend. If you look at the spreadsheet most people only listed their arrival plans, except for you, which is commendable on your part. You are definitely are good planner and traveler.
B~

Posted March 30th, 2013 - 5:06 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
B,

I just said that the spreadsheet could be the proper place for this information, for it centralizes the data.


R.

:)

Posted March 30th, 2013 - 7:53 pm from Essen, Germany
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