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# Transfers in Paris

Aug 15th, 2005, 10:08 AM
#61

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"The exaggerations are now up to it costing a few hundred bucks [never said that] to avoid walking a few yards (previous versions were 30-40 euro versus carrying bags up a flight of stairs [that's each way], and then 50 euro [it was 50 dollars] for something)."

Permit me to take you through the math: the difference between a taxi and train is about \$100 for a round trip: \$60 (50&euro each way for the cab versus \$10 (8&euro- (or even less if you do the Carte Orange trick) for the RER. Subtracting, we have \$50 each way, (40&euro which times two is \$100.

So all of my posts are numerically consistent. Your exaggeration to prove a point, however, is known as a "straw man" argument.

"The amount of trouble it takes" is a subjective judgment. It's a value-for-money call.

One more time: there is no one-size-fits-all answer. I say "if you place value where I do, the train is an attractive possibility."

I do not respond to threads like this one with one word, as some posters do, because I don't know where the questioner's priorities lie, unless they are stated. And neither do you.
Aug 15th, 2005, 10:37 AM
#62

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I don't understand why you seem to take offense that others here want to take a taxi. Everyone is aware that a taxi costs a huge amount of money vs. the RER, but it's worth it to those who choose to use that form of transportation. It's a matter of personal choice.

The original poster asked if transportation can be arranged for less than 100 euro and a taxi would be an option, therefore, it was mentioned as well.

Aug 15th, 2005, 11:11 AM
#63

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I don't understand why you think I take offense that others here want to take a taxi. I only take offense at people mischaracterizing my position or misquoting my analysis.

As you can see from my web page http://67.72.88.51/cdg, I do not recommend for or against any particular mode; I merely list the pros and cons intrisnic to each.

My only goal is to respond to the "take a taxi, regardless of your situation" crowd with a few facts about commuter trains of which beginners may be unaware. I provide the facts and leave the decision to each traveler, just as I always have.
Aug 15th, 2005, 12:05 PM
#64

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To me I get the impression that you are the one who is pushing the RER option more than anything. It's all very one-sided the way I read it. Otherwise, you would present your point of view and leave it at that. No one is trying to convince others that a taxi is THE only way to travel as you claim by stating "..."take a taxi, regardless of your situation" crowd...". Those who feel that taking a taxi is their best option choose to do so and are stating why as well. But in the end it's up to that particular individual to make the choice that's best for him/her.
Aug 15th, 2005, 12:25 PM
#65

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Frank, it isn't one-sided at all: see my web page. Everyone knows what a taxi entails, but those who feel they deserve "luxury" (after flying steerage class into CDG!) distort the reality of the train, perhaps at least partially to justify their guilty pleasure. (They KNOW it's profligate, but dammit, they "DESERVE" it!) I offer the truth of the RER only to offset their misstatements of its rigor.

Marilyn originally asked for input. She got various opinions (mostly from the "take a taxi, regardless" camp, without any understanding of her circumstances), and I pointed out that the train is both survivable and cheap.

IMMEDIATELY, everyone was all over me, attacking not only my similes, but my intelligence as well. I bristle at the insinuation that my well-considered and documented alternative "doesn't make sense" as one poster put it. And when I'm pushed, I push back.

What "doesn't make sense" to me is shouting down any idea that isn't your particular cup of tea, while advocating yours above all others.
Aug 15th, 2005, 01:24 PM
#66

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FWIW, I personally am not offended or put out by Robespierre's advice. A chacun son gout, folks.
Aug 15th, 2005, 01:38 PM
#67

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Thank you, Marilyn. It is, as you say, strictly a matter of taste (and/or spinal integrity, see above).

Once, that is, one is armed with all the facts.

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