The Paris-part of our trip is over. We're waiting for our limousine to pick us up and take us to the airport. There, we will see Peggy and Chris off as they leave for Florida, and the rest will find their rental car and leave for Normandy.
This trip I decided to have a phone with me that I could use in Europe. Searching the internet I found little that I would consider 'affordable' until a story on CNN's website pointed me toward CallInEurope. This company, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, provides (among other options) a reasonably-priced, bottom-of-the-line unlocked Motorola GSM phone (ours was the C123). Phone, SIM chip, charger, carrying case, US adapter, manuals, and shipping: $60, and the phone is mine forever. Calls I make are $0.39/minute; incoming calls are gratis. It was a very great relief to be able to call Joe if we got separated, or to call our next lodging to tell them we would be arriving late, or to call friends and family back home to share special moments. Yes, I spent almost $40 in airtime charges, but it was worth it. If you're travelling to Europe and want to stay connected, CallInEurope is the way to go. Rates for France are best, but they aren't bad for other parts of Europe.