Good News and Bad News

MorgueFile by lisaleo
United States
July 10, 2019 2:30pm CST
Well, we are back from a wonderful three weeks of traveling. There is so much to say about it, but mostly, it was wonderful. France--Paris, Amboise, Beaune, Colmar. Then on to Brugge in Belgium where I was able to go and watch people making lace. The bad news?? My phone was stolen while waiting for the Metro in Paris the second day into the trip. So I have no pictures to share. But after a stressful two-hour phone call, I had my phone line suspended, and made sure that my family was notified back in the states so they wouldn't worry. The upside was that without a phone, I talked to more people and looked at many more things than I would have had I been glued to my phone.
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@CarolDM (32754)
• United States
10 Jul
Oh wow, I would have bought a camera. But I am so glad you had a great trip.
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• United States
10 Jul
@CarolDM We thought about it, but just never ran across a place to get one. The hardest thing was that I was never sure what time it was--that only mattered when we had to catch a plane or train--but then it really mattered
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@CarolDM (32754)
• United States
10 Jul
@divalounger The main thing is you enjoyed the trip and made good memories.
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• United States
10 Jul
@CarolDM We had a great time--I don't feel much like working now so I must have gotten to that relaxed place
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@Corbin5 (149360)
• United States
10 Jul
So glad you found a positive in not having your phone. My mother's purse was stolen in Paris.
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• United States
10 Jul
@Corbin5--I think having your purse stolen is worse. I still had all my money and credit cards and passport--but having those taken would really make things a lot harder.
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@Corbin5 (149360)
• United States
10 Jul
@divalounger Yes, Mom lost all of that.
@LadyDuck (230439)
• Switzerland
11 Jul
@Corbin5 They target tourists, my purse was stolen in Miami.
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@BelleStarr (46276)
• United States
12 Jul
Wow I would have bought a throwaway phone or a camera, I have had my camera die in Europe and always replaced it but for me, I need to have pictures.
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• United States
13 Jul
OOh--love this @BelleStar --where was it taken?
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@BelleStarr (46276)
• United States
14 Jul
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• United States
14 Jul
@BelleStarr Yes!!! I loved the hospital! It was a fascinating tour--Thank you!!
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@LadyDuck (230439)
• Switzerland
11 Jul
Oh my goodness, I am so sorry. I know that the Paris Metro is not a safe place, I should have warned you.
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• United States
11 Jul
@LadyDuck unfortunately, I did something stupid--I took the phone out of one pocket in the backpack and put it in another. That was all it took!
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@LadyDuck (230439)
• Switzerland
12 Jul
@divalounger I am really sorry, should you ever visit Italy be more than careful, especially in the south.
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• United States
14 Jul
@LadyDuck I learned my lesson this time--I am hoping to get to Italy as well--and I hear that Italy is also bad that way
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
15 Jul
Lovely glad you had a wonderful trip anyway.
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• United States
16 Jul
Thank you! It was fun!
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
16 Jul
@divalounger And I am so sorry for what happened to you. But glad you came home safely
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• United States
16 Jul
@TiarasOceanView Me too--I loved getting away--and I would stay away longer if we could afford it--I would love to find a way to split my time between Europe and here
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jul
What a shame your phone was stolen. I guess the upside is that you now know you can function without it!
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• United States
11 Jul
I was telling my husband that I think I looked at more things by not having my phone with me--it worked out well in the end--but I did send the evil eye to the guy who took it!
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
@divalounger Hopefully karma will catch up with him - and soon.
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• United States
14 Jul
@JudyEv Yup!
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jul
I'm sorry you lost your phone and glad you did more without it and enjoyed your vacation.
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• United States
15 Jul
I forget how good it feels to get away from the regular routine. It was wonderful! Thank you
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Jul
@divalounger I'm glad it was good to make that change even for a short while.
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@DianneN (122378)
• United States
13 Jul
Welcome home! I'm sorry your phone was stolen. One can't be too careful when traveling. I'm happy you had a wonderful time, but I would have run out and bought a new phone or camera immediately.
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• United States
13 Jul
We thought about it actually, but the area of Paris we were in just didn't have any electronics stores--and then gradually, I got used to not having it --
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@DianneN (122378)
• United States
13 Jul
@divalounger Well, at least you had a good time when all is said and done.
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@LowRiderX (10962)
• Serbia
12 Jul
Hey welcome back!! Oh, I can not believe what happened to you, I'm sorry, and I just used to, and I was looking forward to see the pictures
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• United States
13 Jul
And I was looking forward to taking all those pictures! But it was ok really--
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@LowRiderX (10962)
• Serbia
13 Jul
@divalounger That's how it is, the most important thing is that you have fun
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@kareng (13798)
• United States
11 Jul
Sorry about your phone and no photos of your trip. I'm glad you still had a good time.
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• United States
11 Jul
Thanks--I am slowly trying to get back in the groove of working--but my brain still feels like it is on vacation!
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@kareng (13798)
• United States
13 Jul
@divalounger You are welcome.
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@garymarsh6 (18434)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul
Paris is becoming quite a terrible place on the metro for pick pockets. I am sorry you had this experience but you did not let it mar your holiday! I hope you still had a wonderful time despite this hiccup!
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• United States
14h
We did have a great time! Once I handled all the stuff around suspending the line and making sure the kids stateside knew that we couldn't contact them readily it was fine--
@jaboUK (57698)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
Sorry about that, but it does make you realise that a lot of things pass us by with a phone in our hands.
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• United States
18 Jul
It did make me realize that same thing!
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@jstory07 (80164)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Jul
I am glad that you had a good time. I hope you are able to get another phone.
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• United States
15 Jul
I am using my daughter's old phone right now. Its camera is broken but the phone part works and right now I would like to not spend money on a phone.
@Ecoy41 (379)
14 Jul
Oh I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your phone in Paris. SO, the situation in Paris hasn't changed as I have read about and seen in the movies. And you can always find the silver lining in every situation.
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• United States
14 Jul
The Paris Metro especially seems to be plagued with pickpockets--but otherwise, I had a great time
@snowy22315 (70528)
• United States
10 Jul
Oh my...that is rough! It could have been worse though.
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• United States
11 Jul
It could have been much worse. At least it wasn't my money or credit card or anything like that--or worse--passport--
@JohnRoberts (85122)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Jul
An interesting downside and upside. You have to be careful around the Metro. Pickpockets as you learned.
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• United States
12 Jul
@JohnRoberts I learned my lesson---and when your phone is in your hand, it is not being stolen--that was my other observation
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@yanzalong (13217)
• Indonesia
10 Jul
What happened will make you more careful next time.
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• United States
12 Jul
I hope to never have that happen again!
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@thelme55 (19463)
• Germany
10 Jul
Welcome back. I am glad you still enjoyed your travel even though your phone was stolen.
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• United States
10 Jul
@thelme55 Thank you! I am so glad that we got to get away!
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@LindaOHio (6812)
• United States
10 Jul
I would have purchased a camera; but I'm glad you had a good time. Sorry your phone got stolen.
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• United States
10 Jul
It worked out ok really--we thought about it, but it was hard to find a camera so we ended up letting go of the idea
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