The bill states "service net". Since we were used to seeing "service compris" (meaning tip included) on bills, we assumed that service net meant that the tip was not included. Wrong! We asked the hotel and they said that the tip is included in "service net". We left way too much tip.Related to:
- Food and Dining
2,5 Tones baby!
So the goods of the trade of Abdel from Dijon, passing from the south of France to Rennes, was exactely : 2,5 tones!
Thanks for using my force and muscles
I know I was payed, but I was squeezed like a lemon!Related to:
- Family Travel
If you do thiss type of holiday you have to accept that you lovely motor pride and joy just might get damaged, rolled over or at the very least scratched. We had a guy with over 50k`s worth of vehicle that accepted this but did have to decline from one or two of the tracks because of possibilty of damage.
If you have side steps on they will definately hinder you....plus side is better to rip your side steps off than bend your sills :O)
Unique Suggestions: Take your time see what the terrain is in front of you and use some one to guide you.
Might be an idea to invest in some sump guards.
Fun Alternatives: Dont buy a 60k Range Rover
The photo below hides some pretty big boulders that could have done some serious damage if not taken into consideration. As you are looking at the photo, to your left is a couple of hundred foot straight drop....gospel truth is alot of the times we decided to forget seat belts...they would have been useless in the event of a roll............. ;O)
Ok folks you know with this sort of adventure that many things can go wrong and preperation certainly lowers the odds of this happening. As you can see from the photo one of our group had a serious problem with over heating....we improvised and got round this and they sucesfully completed the journey thanks to the bottom of a washing up bowl and a portable compressor. You have to have a dam good knowledge of getting out of tricky situations on a trip like this or use the brains of a clued up guide....we opted for the latter.
Unique Suggestions: Any reasonable guided tour will have an itinery of spares and standards of the vehicle. Make sure you comply with the requests....its a long way from anywhere in the middle of no where.
Mont Saint-Michel in July
I was unable to enjoy my visit of Mount St. Michel during my last visit to France. It is a very small village on a very small island and once you add a few busloads of tourists, it becomes impossible to navigate through the very narrow laneways.
Unique Suggestions: I'm sure it would be very quaint and lovely without the hordes of people, so my recommendation is to visit during the off season.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
The whole country
I think the title is descriptive enough.
Unique Suggestions: If you must go bring lots of cash as it will be drained. Bring your own food to eat. Bring a friend so you have some one to talk to. Then pretend you are not in France.
Their wine is good, so maybe drink some of that to try to forget how crappy France is.
Fun Alternatives: Germany is equally historic and much more friendly to Americans (as of 1997, maybe less now). It is just as expensive, but a better value and with good food and beer.
Paris is no different!
not to worry; the places are quite safe.
Unique Suggestions: dont be surprised when you peruse the liiterature and discover that most is printed in NYC.
Fun Alternatives: go to a Chinese restaurant in Paris. They're everywhere and quite good.Related to:
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Okey if you are not careful and you want to go to the station called Richelieu-Drouot
but then you throw a look to the same line in the bad direction and you read Reuilly Diderot
names will means nothing to you and you can get out in the wrong station, and you'll be pissed off, please read well the name of the station, they could be similar, and in the same lines!
Photographing inside is forbidden
Argh so boring, such a beauty like Sacre Coeur and it is forbidden to take a photo inside, hee hee but not for the crazy Dentist with the Syndrome: Chronical VTmania LOL
I searched for a corner where the watchers can't see me, and took a fast picture as if I was stealing or something, and it was good having my little pocket digi camera Casio EX-S2
James Bond's favorite way to espionage ha ha ha ha ha!
The little machine
The little machine to but products like Snickers, Mars, Twix, Cola's and etc... is every where in Paris, that's a good solution for having your order fast and cheaper than many other places, but don't forget that you can alwasy have a better price in other supermarkets!
I always use the comparing prices of Water!
here you'll have it for 1,50 Euro
and in the supermarket the same water for 25 cents!
To Eat or Not To Eat
Don't feel you have to eat at one the restaurants to experience the full enjoyment of being at Disneyland. Grab a hotdog (foot longs) at one of the local cafes along Main Street; it's just as good. Plus, you will have saved yourself a fortune.
Unique Suggestions: If you must eat at one of the restaurants, then ask the waiter/waitress if you can order off the kids menu. If not, then at least enjoy the scenery/interior .
Fun Alternatives: There are many shops located along Main Street. Talk a walk up and down both sides; there are cafes and small eating establishments where it is much cheaper to grab a sandwich or burger.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
Some places could attract you like the catacumbs, but often they are closed, some other places could be opened but with a little narrow gate, and a small way to get in, don't be afraid to pass through even when people inside will look at you in a wierd way, they will understand soon you are a tourist or a VT maniaque! LOL
Boucherie, Boulangerie, Patissier
Boucherie, Boulangerie, Patissier they are all the same in one tourist common trap, there all the prices of the drinks are really exagerated, so be careful and remember you could ever have good drinks for better prices with big difference in any supermarket.
Don't get rid of your ticket!
Many stations in the Metro and more in RER are with changing points, even when you buy one ticket for dispossible using, keep it, and don't throw it, you can use it in the changing next border even if it is for one time using if you didn't left the station and went out to the citty!
otherwise you will be angry to have to buy a new one for one direction, so why too, be careful, you will have time to get rid of it after you are sure you are in the place you wanted to be ;-)
Near the pantheon there is a wonderful church St.Etienne, and just near St.Etienne you have a beautiful Tower, if you wanna enter you will never find the right way, many towers in France seems like they have an enterance, but they don't they are just put on a big building!
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