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How to avoid being cheated in Paris cafés

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This is the other side of the medal, as they say in France, of those little old style Parisian cafés.
Nothing really illegal, but sometimes they bend the rules to the point that unsaavy tourists end up paying fat bills.
 
More light on this:
- Most cafés have a clear menu on each table, with all items and prices clearly displayed.
But others will only bring you a printed menu upon request. In some cases they assume that you
don’t need the menu for simple orders (coffee, drinks) and that’s precisely where they
get you. Your bill will show fantasy prices based upon the look of your clothes.
- The “riskier” areas are the famous Paris hop on hop off bus tourist spots: Ile de la Cité (around Notre Dame), Saint Michel, Saint Germain, the restaurants area around Les Halles/Chatelet.
-“Would you like some X with that?” is a typical strategy to sell you more without telling you
it’s more expensive, sometimes by a lot. Adding milk to coffee can add 1-2 euros.
Adding a side salad to a steak can add 4-6 euros to the bill.
- Serving a larger size than requested is quite typical, especially when hiding behind
linguistic incomprehension (sometimes faked). For example draught beers: the standard serving
is called “Démi” and it’s about 20cl. The larger option is called “Serieux” and is around 40cl, roughly the same as a British “pint”. Well, if you just ask for “a beer” without being specific, chances are you’ll get a pint, or even sometimes one full litre. For coffee: the default size for
coffee is a small cup, but don’t be surprised if you get a large bowl. A generic “café creme” order
will get you a large bowl unless you specify “petit” or “noisette”.

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How to pick the best holiday for you

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Different destinations appeal to different travellers for different reasons. We all fall under categories that determine where in the world we may end up. The categories are usually quite simple and obvious in most cases. Are you the traveller who can’t be bothered to do anything but sunbathe? Are you the one who wants to do everything active that every website, brochure, hotel clerk tells you is available? Are you all about culture and sightseeing or just abroad for the hot weather and a fancy hotel?

Destinations will always tell you they have everything but are you really going to go to Marrakech for beach life, The Great Barrier Reef or Uluru for old ruins, or Brooklyn for a taste of the Middle East? No, you’re not. They all have their own magic but it takes a specific type of traveller for each, to bring the magic to life. continue reading

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Mystical Marrakech

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Here is our list of the best things to do in Marrakech – take these into account while planning your trip to Morocco’s most magical city and you’ll be sure to not miss anything out!

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Picturesque Prague

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Check out our new page of things to do in Prague for the must-sees and can’t-misses of Eastern Europe’s most visited city!

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Beautiful Barcelona

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We have recently released a page listing the top things to do in Barcelona – the best activities, sights, tours and excursions. Check it out and start planning your trip to Spain’s liveliest city!

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Get to the Heart of the City

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Take a look at our recent listing of the best New York City walking tours and experience a different flavour of the Big Apple.

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Spectacular scenery, succulent wines….

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If you’re a wine aficionado, take a look at our recently launched page outlining the various Hunter Valley wine tours available and get ready to taste some of Australia’s finest wines!

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Don’t neglect Brooklyn

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Next time you’re in New York City, don’t spend all of your time in Manhattan. Venture across the bridge and get to know New York’s largest borough on one of  our many Brooklyn New York tours.

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Jerusalem Tours – Discover the Treasures of the Holy Land

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Go to our recently launched page listing a variety of Jerusalem tours and discover what kinds of precious treasures the Holy Land has to offer you!

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Marvelous Malta!

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Check out our recently released page on the best things to do in Malta and pick from one of several Malta tours, including scuba diving, jeep excursions, and private sailboat tours!

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