Hey all, thanks for any help & sorry for length (if I've crossed any etiquette lines let me know)...
Documents: I have our passports and have enrolled at the US government's STEP website. So far it appears I don't need visas for any of the country's we are committed to visiting (England, The Netherlands, Italy and France). What happens if we decide to go to a country where you need a visa after we're in Europe? Also, I only put the longer stays of the trip on the STEP website (for example, not Amsterdam because we're only there three days). Is that a mistake? I am in process for the GOES program. Any advice on taking advantage of this program (flying SFO-LHR, LCY-FLR, CDG-SFO via DUB). I have read we should carry photocopies of our passports and leave the originals securely in our apt. Is that good enough?
Customs: from US to London: the paperwork (the actual form) looks like we have to declare everything above and beyond $650 in value (total) and pay 2.5% on the value above that. Seriously? And, how detailed are we talking? We'll have shoes, coats, a little jewelry, lots of electronics. Everything I've seen on-line is very nonchalant. From country to country within Europe: with things we have purchased is there anything in particular to keep in mind? Seems like somebody said we should take the price tags off stuff? Any good links for help on VAT info?