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passionfruitdrink37 Nov 24th, 2012 11:35 PM

Im not a troll. But thanks?

IdyllicItaly Nov 25th, 2012 04:02 AM

With regard to where/what to eat, you might enjoy looking at the website. Choose the English version, then click on "Price Set Menus less than 30 euros" on the right. If you spend some time at this website you can get a feel for what is available and where. For restaurants that appeal to you, you can cross reference them on TripAdvisor for reviews and for photos of the food (many people post photos of the dishes they ordered).

I would like to add to what others have already said about being prepared for disruptions to your plans by things you didn't or couldn't anticipate.

One of the most memorable sights I ever saw was emerging from the Pont Alma metro stop at night and looking across the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, then seeing it later in the evening when it was flashing and sparkling. I hope you get to see the same.

Best wishes with your trip.

kerouac Nov 25th, 2012 07:11 AM

Well, the wad of cash is a big mistake, but I would certainly assume that uncle's hotel has room safes. Frankly, even when there is not a safe, I have never worried about leaving a certain amount of cash in my room -- but I have never traveled with a "wad."

janisj Nov 25th, 2012 10:17 AM

OK - you always come back to discuss/clarify our advice/suggestions . . . But on this one important issue (more important than carnets/what to order to eat) all you have to say is >><i>Im not a troll. But thanks?</i><< . . .

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 25th, 2012 01:22 PM

My troll comment was in response to someone who said : " I sometime wonder if this is the most successful troll of all time", and not to those who provided concrete advice.

janisj Nov 25th, 2012 01:33 PM

well - we still don't know how big this 'wad' of cash is . . .

I'm curious - Did someone advise you to buy all that cash?

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 25th, 2012 01:51 PM

Well i have about 500€ in cash. No one advised me, I just did it.

Jinky Nov 25th, 2012 05:00 PM

>>>> <I> No one advised me, I just did it. </I>

Ah, youth..

We've all been there. I know I have, so I can't give her too hard of a time.

amer_can Nov 25th, 2012 05:24 PM

500E, altho a fair chunk of change is not really a wad...I usually take about 200/250E just keep it close!!!

Jinky Nov 25th, 2012 05:56 PM

Speak for yourself. 500€ is a wad to a lot of us.

StCirq Nov 25th, 2012 06:06 PM

As I understand it, she's only going for a week, and the hotel is paid for. That 500 euros is probably her entire budget. What a shame to have it all tied up in cash and have lost a goodly percentage of it having bought it ahead of time.

But what's done is done, and there's no going back on this one. Just keep an eye on it every minute.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 25th, 2012 06:34 PM

I will! Thanks. I guess this is something I will not be repeating for future travels.
500 euros is a lot of money....for me at least. It's huge.

StCirq Nov 25th, 2012 06:40 PM

It's not insubstantial for me, either, which is why I am so dismayed that you lost a big % of it buying them ahead of time. But don't let it spoil your trip at this point. We all make mistakes early on in our travels. And learn from them. As I'm sure you have.

Jinky Nov 25th, 2012 07:04 PM

StCirq is so right. We all make mistakes early on, and we learn from them.

You will have a wonderful time. I've really enjoyed this thread, and I hope you'll consider doing some sort of blog page with photos while you are in Paris <I>*and*</I> do a trip report here when you get back.

Doppio Nov 25th, 2012 07:06 PM

PFD, please, please tell me you have your passport already.

Kurosawa Nov 25th, 2012 07:14 PM

PFD, chalk it up to experience. Even though I was told not to buy euro before my first trip to Europe, I got too nervous and bought some euro at the airport from a Travelex exchange. I probably lost $60. I called it stupidity tax.

I also couldn't figure out how to get a VAT tax refund on my way out of Paris and probably contributed another $50 to the european economy because I couldn't find the refund kiosk prior to my flight.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 25th, 2012 07:23 PM

Of course I have my passport.

What's a VAT tax refund?

janisj Nov 25th, 2012 07:30 PM

Don't worry about it. VAT is a tax built into the price of almost everything. Hotel, food, tickets, goods/services. But you only get a tax refund on some products you take out of the country. Unless you plan on buying high-ish end (expensive) presents it won't be worth the effort.

Kurosawa Nov 25th, 2012 07:31 PM

VAT tax is a sales tax in Europe and it ranges from country to country, but I think it was around 18-20% in France. If you spend over $250 euro, you can get a refund at the airport as a non-EU citizen. You have to fill out a form and submit it before you leave the EU.

Kurosawa Nov 25th, 2012 07:32 PM

Here is Rick Steves' article about VAT refunds:

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