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Paris in April – Packing, Preventing Pickpockets, and Getting Ready

2 Apr
Ready for our trip.  Passports, check, Euros exchanged.

Ready for our trip. Passports, check, Euros exchanged.

The husband and I are prepping for our upcoming Paris Trip this April, and we can’t wait!  In doing all our travel prep, we have heard so much about pickpockets so we  I decided to be more vigilant and order “Neck Wallets” from Amazon.com.   These are meant to hold your valuables and keep them from prying Gypsies!  We probably will store our passports, credit cards and money in these and hide them under our jackets once we land at CDG, and then if I plan to do “a lot” of shopping that requires a VAT Refund, I’ll need to hide my passport in this, too.  Frankly, getting a credit card or cash stolen IS bad, but getting your passport stolen is far, far worst.  Better safe than sorry!

Here are all four that I ordered.  I am only reviewing #1s, #3, and #4 as the Sacks & Such one was really terrible and cheap looking in real life.

Travel Neck Wallets Ordered from Amazon.com

Travel Neck Wallets Ordered from Amazon.com

I ordered two Lewis N. Clark Neck Wallets to do a little comparison, here’s the Deluxe one (#3).  It’s the Lewis N. Clark Deluxe Neck Stash and it sells for about $14 on Amazon.com:  

It seems pretty solid – it has multiple zippers for your items, can hold two passports easily, and seems pretty comfy to wear.  It is not too big.  I really can’t find anything wrong with this item.

Lewis N. Clark Neck Wallet

Lewis N. Clark Neck Wallet

Here’s the second Lewis N. Clark neck wallet we tried out (#4); it has some fancy RFID thing that supposedly protects your identity from being stolen.  So not the reason I ordered it….I just like the extra pockets because it makes organization a bit easier.  This one sells on Amazon.com for about $12.

Lewis N. Clark RFID Neck Wallet

Lewis N. Clark RFID Neck Wallet

We also ordered a Travelon ID holder from Amazon.com.  We really did want to make sure we were getting the right items for our trip.  This one was was a bit smaller because it had a snap closer that folded it in half (you can see it above).  That also made it slightly more bulky when worn.  What I liked about this one most was the hidden zipper in the back to stash your euros.  This wallet sells for just $9.50.

Travelon ID Travel Wallet

Travelon ID Travel Wallet

I think we’ll end up taking one of the Lewis N. Clark ones (the RFID one) and the Travelon ID Wallet.  My husband REALLY liked the Travelon one because it came with a pen. 😉  I guess it can be useful!

Which would you choose?

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Election Day in DTLA – 2012!

6 Nov

Hello world!  Today is it – so glad it’s finally election day because I’m pretty sick of the debates and the commercials on TV (my husband made me watch the news instead of Dancing with the Stars last night – tear!).  But I’m also terrified of really ridiculous measures getting passed so I decided to exercise my right to vote! 🙂  [like really, County Measure B? SMH]

Vote by Mail Ballot

Vote by Mail

Alrighty, so because I am incredibly impatient, I thought I would request a “Vote By Mail” ballot.  Great idea, right?  No lines, happy me!! woo hoo.  Only problem is, I forgot to mail in my ballot early!  Luckily, the system anticipates idiots people like me so you’re allowed to drop off your ballot at polling locations in your county – sweet!

I looked up my polling location up on Google and found that it was on on Hill & 2nd at some placed called Angeleus Plaza… definitely not a spot I want to walk to or around after dark so I decided to drop my ballot off during my lunch break.  The place was packed with senior citizens – adorbs (they wouldn’t let me take photos).  I was SO excited that it took less than 15 minutes to get in, drop off my ballot, pick up my nifty sticker and get out of that part of town!!  Woot.  Here I am post-voting (it’s almost a crime not to have your “I Voted” sticker in DTLA – proud!):

So if you guys aren’t familiar with downtown LA, Hill street requires you to walk down a steep hill to get to (hence the name!) – which means you must walk up that hill to get back to where you came from (duh).  I wasn’t feelin it today (hello 4 inch heels!) so I decided to be a little adventurous and take the Angel’s Flight Funicular, which is this super short train ride that costs only 50 cents!  Saved me the pain of walking up a hill (and hey, it’s November in LA – which means 80+ degree weather, eek!).

Angel’s Flight Railway – shortest railroad ever!

Hope you guys all voted today, too!!  For fun things to do tonight to celebrate election night, here are some things that are going on!

Park Your Politics: Grand Park’s Election Day Viewing Party at Grand Park, for info go here

Perch’s “Nonpartisan cocktail party” where if you show them your “I voted” sticker, you get one of our delicious signature cocktails on us! Click here to go to their Facebook page to see more.

What are you doing tonight to watch the results?!  Share with me here!

xoxo,
Sidra

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