Travel App Tuesday

Don’t Throw Away That Old Phone – Not Yet!

On a recent trip to Italy, there was a necessity for two phones.  I already had a European phone and thought it would be necessary to buy another upon arrival.  However, we discovered another option…use an old phone no longer on any kind of plan.  In our case, we had an old 3GS IPhone that was not being used and not under contract.  We  had the former carrier, in this case AT&T, unlock the phone so we could insert an Italian sim card when we arrived.  At the airport, we bought a prepaid sim for 15 euros at a phone store which lasted for our entire 2-week stay.  We could have also purchased a data plan for more money but opted out of that.  The phone worked beautifully and we still have time left  of the card next time we go back.

This worked for our 3GS iPhone because it is capable of using the european cell phone system (GSM). Some US carriers use a different system (CMDA), and not all of their older phones will work in Europe. The best way to find out if your old phone can be unlocked for use with GSM is to call the carrier or take it to the carrier’s retail store and ask someone there.


France as it used to be.

An ancient land of lush valleys, majestic castles, soaring limestone cliffs, meandering rivers, painted caves and a star studded cuisine, the Dordogne is a place where you can lose yourself for a while.  It’s a place to step back in time while visiting fortified bastides, ancient pilgrimage sites and medieval towns and villages considered to be some of the most beautiful in France.

If you like slightly off the beaten path destinations rich in a culture and tradition that still thrives, join our small group of like-minded travelers to this unique area of southwest France.  It will be a journey to delight each and every one of your senses and bring your camera, there’s an award-winning photograph at every turn and from every vista.

Solo travelers are welcome.  We will be happy to match you up with another solo traveler if desired.  Single rooms are also available.

Each outing on the itinerary includes a professional, English speaking guide, van and driver.


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