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Re: France

Post #51 by PredsFan77 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:13 pm

Just tell them you want to go by the bataclan.
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Post #52 by Craig » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:59 pm

They wear out and I don't go to Paris that often.
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Re: France

Post #53 by Dog » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:01 pm

Habfan4, thanks for the Lou Pistou recommendation. We went tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Wife only wants to go to your recommendations from now on.
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Re: France

Post #54 by Craig » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:19 pm

It's a good policy, if you can afford it.
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Post #55 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:00 pm

i am craving some tarte flambee
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Re: France

Post #56 by Dog » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:53 pm

Craig wrote:It's a good policy, if you can afford it.


It's all monopoly money, greg.
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Re: France

Post #57 by Dog » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:36 am

This trip allowed me to correct an important misconception my daughter had that I hadn't realized. She thought she was of native american decent. She got quite a good history lesson out this trip, with museum and historical site visits. To top it off, gift shops had absolutely fantastic history books for kids, so we loaded up and read/discussed. Discussing antiquity and the middle ages, she'd ask "what about in Canada" and I'd remind her that Canada had not been discoved by Europeans yet and the land was occupied by native americans. At one point, I realized she thought, being from Canada, that she was of native american descent and her ancestors had been invaded by the "mean" Europeans. I cleared that right up. Kids say the darnest things.
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Post #58 by Dog » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:39 am

Explains why she's always been so fond of Pocahontas. Lol, kids are so stupid. She thought she was a native american (with her being from Canada) for long time.
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Post #59 by Craig » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:43 am

Yeah, but like, did you get my t-shirts?
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Post #60 by Dog » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:44 am

Sorry, greg, we never really came close to La Banane, Paris.

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Post #61 by Craig » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:45 am

Geez, why'd you even go then?
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Re: France

Post #62 by Dog » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:46 am

Mostly for the choucroute in Strasbourg.
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Post #63 by Dog » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:48 am

We drove 2,700 kms in this trip. Was great fun!
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Post #64 by Dog » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:10 am

My takeaways:

Paris: had not been since 2001. Older and more run down than I remembered. Key sites were as impressive (in a "grandiose" sense) as I remembered. Overall, I had better memories of it than what I experienced this time around. It's still like nice and all, though.

Chartres: cathedral interior is fantastic, second only to completed sagrada familia in my experience/taste. Quiet, cute town.

Mont-St-Michel: like predo had told me. Happy I went but quite out of the way. We got there in the evening and stayed overnight. Did the night visit with the thing all done up in "mystical" like lights and sounds. That added quite a lot to it, being that it's an old medieval abbey in the middle of nowhere. Enjoyed the drive through brittany and normandy.

Loire valley chateaux: fine. The girls liked it more than me. Blois was a good base -nice town.

Strasbourg: may be a case of too high expectations, but wasn't blown away. Cute, but smaller than I thought. Interesting franco-german mix. It's all about Alsacien architecture and food. Heck of a detour, though.

Provence: discovery of the trip. I absolutely loved it. Tourism done right. It's filled with french/eu tourists but it has stayed very natural. Theater festivals, art shows and historical sites are key attractions, all in rustic/rural setting. Fantastic.

Nice/Cote d'Azur: not my bag of tea. Tourism done badly, in my opinion. More jet set version of most international beach destinations.

The french: retained a good impression. Fairly/acceptably friendly overall. Horrible work ethic and everything seems always slightly confused/badly planned. The country as a whole had a distinctly more "Mediterranean feel" than I recalled. Cities and towns were quite run down. Then, in typical french fashion, out of seemlingly disorder and disorganization, they seem to manage to pull out absolute quality (mostly in food and arts). I really enjoyed their dedication to culture. On security, they have army units patrolling most major city centers/major sites. Surprising/intimidating at first, but the soldiers seem quite relaxed/friendly (even if vigilant) and it blends in after a while. Not against it in the context.
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Post #65 by Dog » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:10 am

France just sent me a ticket for having been caught on radar at 6km/h above limit (76 in 70 zone) at some point during the 2,700kms I drove (and spent about $500 on toll booths).

Fortunately, they appear to have many convenient payment options available to international travellers, including a dedicated app!

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Re: France

Post #66 by AD » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:16 pm

En Marche!
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Post #67 by PredsFan77 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:35 pm

lol they do that to everybody. mine was like 90 euros
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Re: France

Post #68 by Dog » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:45 pm

I got 45 euros if I pay in the next 10 days. They actually have a table with amount based on how long you take to pay.
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Post #69 by Craig » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:16 pm

How much is it if you never pay?
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Post #70 by Dog » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:21 pm

The 30 or so bucks the car rental company charged me to proccess the fine and have it reissued to my home address in Canada?
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Post #71 by PredsFan77 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:28 pm

I tried cancelling a credit card to avoid the charge but the rental company still got me
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Post #72 by Dog » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:42 pm

I mean it's fair enough to get a ticket, but tracking somebody down in Canada for a 6km/h speeding ticket may be pushing it.
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Re: France

Post #73 by MP » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:25 am

Why were you only doing 6 over... Nancy.
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Post #74 by Dog » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:31 am

MP wrote:Why were you only doing 6 over... Nancy.


That was in the Paris region with traffic. Was going faster near Nancy.
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Post #75 by habfan4 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:10 pm

Dog wrote:France just sent me a ticket for having been caught on radar at 6km/h above limit (76 in 70 zone) at some point during the 2,700kms I drove (and spent about $500 on toll booths).

Fortunately, they appear to have many convenient payment options available to international travellers, including a dedicated app!

Jerks.


Mrs. hf4 picked up a similar ticket outside Lille when we were visiting Vimy Ridge (less than 5 km over the limit). Pay it. They'll go after the car rental company, who'll ding you with an administrative charge (close to 100 euro) in addition to the 45 euro ticket.

Glad to hear you liked Lou Pistou - It been ages since I've been in Nice.
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Post #76 by Dog » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:14 pm

I'm a wuss, 4. Of course I've paid it.

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Post #77 by AD » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:42 pm

I just received a ticket from Washington DC because of a damned 10miles an hour extra I did there a few weeks ago.
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Re: France

Post #78 by Dog » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:50 pm

This is the France thread. You know how I feel about things going off topic!

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