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Chatter / Re: European travel
« Last post by Susan in Saint John on Yesterday at 03:08:07 AM »
As others have mentioned, Rick Steeves is a good source of travel information.  Do not assume that a rail pass is the least expensive way to travel.  Point to point fares can be less and if you have a plan, you can buy tickets online at excellent prices starting ususally 90 days in advance.  Use the German railway site for planning but buy your tickets from the rail company in the country in which you are travelling.  In the Netherlands, you need a debit card on the Maestro (MasterCard) system to buy train tickets [except at Schiphol where you can use a credit card].  Some of the major stations do have ticket counters where you can buy tickets with a small surcharge.

Rough Guides and Lonely Planet guides have good information about "cheap eats" and hostels.  You may be able to find copies at your local library even if they are not the latest edition.  The forum section of Trip Adviser can be very helpful too as there are often locals who will answer your questions [e.g., where are the fabric stores???].

As others have mentioned, you need a chip in your credit card and in your debit card and a 4 digit pin.  Forget travellers cheques and US dollars.  Some places, even fairly expensive restaurants, will only take local cash.  I normally take a week's worth of Euros [which I have purchased at my local bank] so I arrive with the correct currency [and pounds sterling if I'm going to the UK] and use ATMs to replenish my cash.  My bank charges $5 per international withdrawal and the maximum withdrawal is probably 250 to 300 EUR -- depends on your bank as well as the bank whose ATM you are using.  It may be worth doing some bank shopping.

As he has a couple of years to prepare for this adventure, you might consider foreign languages, history of the countries he's planning on visiting, learning about the cultural norms and how they differ from the US and each other, budgeting, learning to read rail and bus schedules, European geography, some basic cooking and laundry skills, national holidays and how they are celebrated, national dishes.  Actually learning the local vocabulary for food is probably very useful as places with bilingual menus tend to be geared to tourists and therefore more expensive.  Restaurants/cafes not on main squares are usually less expensive.  Eating like a local will be less expensive and more interesting.  If your son drinks, we've found that the local beers and wines are usually inexpensive and pair exceptionally well with the local foods.  Hard liquor is relatively expensive.  We've bought very acceptable wine in grocery stores for under 2 Euros a bottle.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Capes
« Last post by Karendee on Yesterday at 03:07:33 AM »
Gorgeous white cape and knitted cowl, Manuela. What type of fiber did you knit with? I know you will look beautiful in this.

And I don't mind doing laundry en route. My husband insists on wearing jeans, which are too heavy to wash in the sink at a hotel. So we'll do laundry, sigh.
Luz Clara

Perhaps he'll do laundry?

Actually, when you are travelling it is not always that easy to find laundry facilities sometimes.  I remember my first trip to Lund, Sweden.  The tourist information did not even know what a Laundromat was as all flats come with washer/dryer and there is was no such thing as a Laundromat.  I have definitely seen them in Paris.  I don't remember ever seeing one in Spain but that doesn't mean that there aren't any.  I've found the Rough Guides are good for things like finding Laundromats.  Sometimes, I've chosen to rent a flat rather than staying in a hotel just so that I can do laundry.  Most things we travel with can be washed in a sink but doing hand laundry every day gets tedious and the bathroom is always full of things trying to get dry.  Ease of washing is certainly a criterion for a travel wardrobe for me.
In fact, I *borrowed* your card idea and just made a get-well card by sewing on a night shirt and two buttons. *Rest and get well.* Thanks! Martha
Chatter / Re: Appreciation
« Last post by seeker2921 on Yesterday at 01:18:36 AM »
Seeker, you have hit upon the core culture of our forum. Stitcher's Guild is first and foremost built upon the ethic of mutual respect, and we speak to each other as if we were in their living rooms. You will find a genuine politeness that pervades the site.

We're a community which comes to know one another through hundreds of helpful, supportive, informative posts. It's always been that way.

And finally, while we welcome vendor participation as members, we do not allow selling of goods or services in member posts. Vendors can post a link to their commercial sites in the Signature line of their profile, but that's all the advertising that is allowed, unless an ad is purchased to help support the site.

Our rules are simple and our members are, IMO, among the best in sewing cyberspace. :)

You should feel right at home here. :)

SG Admin


Thank you for the reminder about the Vendor policy. I believe I am following the forum rules by making quality posts. My story above was nothing more then a heart felt thank you to the community. I do wish to participate here as my wife has dedicated much of her time to sewing, and I am attempting to take part in her passions.

Chatter / Re: European travel
« Last post by Pina on Yesterday at 12:58:38 AM »
Beer and wine are cheaper than bottled water in most restaurants. Europeans aren't as uptight about young people drinking compared to N. America.

LOL thanks for the memories !  ;)

When DS was a teenager I carried a couple of bottled water,pop and small juice packs I bought at grocery stores in a cooler bag.I didn't want to drink "his" pop.Coffee and pop was expensive at restaurants,so was water.No one served a glass of water with a meal.One had to buy bottled water,the mark up was very high.One day we visited a Burger King in a European city.I looked at the menu,ordered 2 hamburgers and one bottle of beer.DS asked,why did you order beer,you don't like to drink alcohol.I replied a cup of coffee is 5 Marks,a pop costs 4 Marks,a bottle of beer costs 1 Mark,I drink beer today,you can drink the cold pop in my bag.   ;D
All the Christmas sewing is done, so I'll be working on ... another cape  ;D
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend? 2
« Last post by Meg on Yesterday at 12:30:09 AM »
Dear Annenet, I am sorry for your loss.  Like you, I also was taught to sew by my mother.  We have wonderful memories, and skills, because of our mothers.  Remember her well.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Tina Givens Patterns
« Last post by FrancesGrimble on Yesterday at 12:23:56 AM »
I just bought the PDF for the Club Bethany pattern, a 20s-inspired dress I really like.  BUT, others might want to wait because the links to the instructions are for the Adelle dress.  I checked the Adelle and those instructions are also for the Adelle, not the Bethany (I hoped it might have been a straight swap of the links).  I just notified the TG site about the problem.

TG is having a limited (50-subscription) offer of Club memberships at $24.95 instead of $32.95 for a one-year membership. The offer expires when they reach 50 people or on December 31, whichever happens first.  The idea seems to be that people will want gift memberships. They sent me an email, but the details are also on the Sew Tina Givens Facebook page.  Which also says they are hiring customer service people to work in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Jalie Patterns
« Last post by Stephie on Yesterday at 12:17:39 AM »

Thanks, it will be an after Christmas project I guess. The 7 year old has gone to Fernie (B.C.) and the other 2 are coming from Florida on the 27th then we will all be together on the 30th. That is the trouble with trying to sew for "long distance" children.

Did everyone find the 1/4" seam allowance difficult to get used to? Could always cut it larger more I guess and yes there is a size chart but people are mentioning to go up a couple of sizes. It may be because Jalies primary business is skating and athletic clothes and they are expecting a snug fit.
The pattern number is 2795.
Thank you for responding,
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