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Forum: Italy
Sep 29, 18, 7:00 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By Mikester

Question What are Your Favorite "Secret" Places to Go or Eat at in Florence?

I will be visiting Florence to visit my daughter in October/November and would like to see some sights and eat at some restaurants that are relatively unknown by tourists and in the guidebooks. So...
Forum: Italy
Jun 30, 18, 10:33 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Posted By Mikester

Long Term Roaming in Italy

My daughter will be studying in Italy for about 5 months and making some side trips in Europe. Trying to decide what she should do about a phone plan that includes data as well as texting and voice....
Jun 30, 18, 10:26 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 974
Posted By Mikester

Long Term Roaming in Italy

My daughter will be studying in Italy for about 5 months and making some side trips in Europe. Trying to decide what she should do about a phone plan that includes data as well as texting and voice....
May 6, 18, 5:32 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,960
Posted By Mikester

Question Transit Time at Lisbon Airport?

Looking at flights from the USA to Italy via Lisbon for my daughter. There is one option that only has 1.5 hours in Lisbon between flights. She will be travelling on a student visa. Is this enough...
May 6, 17, 9:21 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,285
Posted By Mikester

I have stayed in 4 (once just across the river...

I have stayed in 4 (once just across the river from the Ile St. Louis and once on it) and 1 (near Chatelet Les Halles) and am about to stay in 5 (near the Jardin des Plantes). You cannot really go...
May 6, 17, 9:10 am
Replies: 14
Views: 3,500
Posted By Mikester

Take 3: What is Your Favorite "Secret" Thing to Do (or Place to Eat) in Paris?

I am back again looking for suggestions for lesser-known things to do and places to eat in Paris, this time with a twist. My wife and I have been to Paris several times before but my two younger...
May 6, 17, 9:02 am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,874
Posted By Mikester

Belgian Trains

Traveling soon to France and Belgium. Very excited to be taking the Thalys and TGV and already have tix for them. For my domestic legs in Belgium, do I need advance tickets and seat reservations or...
May 6, 17, 8:57 am
Replies: 157
Views: 52,379
Posted By Mikester

Preferred Seats on International Flight - Enforcement?

My family and I are flying internationally next week and have purchased preferred seats for about $80 per person per direction. Have never flown AA outside of the US before. Looking at the seating...
Jul 6, 11, 9:43 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,025
Posted By Mikester

OK. From the airport, take the RER into the...

OK. From the airport, take the RER into the city. For only one day in Paris, you know what the main sights to see are and you should see them:


Eiffel Tower

Notre Dame

Arc de Triomphe...
Jul 6, 11, 9:33 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,025
Posted By Mikester

Thumbs up I am not a big fan of the hop-on-hop off buses...

I am not a big fan of the hop-on-hop off buses but since you only have one day, it might be a good idea. I do agree with the Bateaux Mouches suggestion (and there are other boats, too, from other...
Forum: Europe
Jul 5, 11, 5:32 pm
Replies: 83
Views: 6,531
Posted By Mikester

My wife and daughter are currently in Geneva and...

My wife and daughter are currently in Geneva and couldn't agree more with the statement that there is not much to see there. And it is very expensive relative to anywhere else we have ever traveled...
Forum: Europe
Jul 5, 11, 5:18 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 2,842
Posted By Mikester

Question Costly Geneva?

My wife and daughter are in Geneva right now and have been telling me how expensive everything is there, especially meals. Even relative to the previous expense champion cities we have been in like...
Feb 5, 11, 4:21 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,015
Posted By Mikester

Excellent trip report! Really enjoyed reading...

Excellent trip report! Really enjoyed reading it. And you can never have too many macarons. Gerard Mulot is a favorite of mine and my Francophile daughter's.
Dec 25, 10, 10:57 am
Replies: 24
Views: 3,364
Posted By Mikester

A couple more things: For a real taste...

A couple more things:

For a real taste treat, and one that you do not find much in the US (although it may be the next food fad), try macarons, which two light meringue-like cookies (made with...
Dec 24, 10, 8:51 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 3,364
Posted By Mikester

While you might not want to stay on Rue...

While you might not want to stay on Rue Mouffetard, it is well worth a walk. Lots of food shops and restaurants and a lot of fun. In the area, I agree with the recommendation of the Musee National...
Replies: 14
Views: 1,932
Posted By Mikester

When a Black Diamond Lane is Not Really a Black Diamond Lane

At PHL having just passed through the new Terminal D/E security checkpoint. Generally a nice checkpoint in the scheme of things but the TSA folks were directing everyone coming through to any of the...
Mar 5, 10, 9:28 pm
Replies: 98
Views: 8,771
Posted By Mikester

If you want really good burgers, I recommend the...

If you want really good burgers, I recommend the Gourmet Burger Kitchen (www.gbk.co.uk). Many locations to choose from. Ate there twice the last time I was in London and the burgers were fantastic....
Jan 24, 10, 5:26 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 3,153
Posted By Mikester

Through the Parc du Champs du Mars so more of a...

Through the Parc du Champs du Mars so more of a park-like setting than coming from the river-side via, say, the Bir-Hakeim metro or Tour Eiffel RER stations which most folks do.
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jan 23, 10, 4:15 pm
Replies: 423
Views: 61,142
Posted By Mikester

Best Hamburgers in the United States [merged threads]

Want to find out who you think makes the best burgers. Going to start it off with two nominations:

1. Gourmet Burger Kitchen (www.gbk.co.uk) in the UK. Ate at the ones in Greenwich and SOHO a...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jan 23, 10, 4:15 pm
Replies: 114
Views: 14,528
Posted By Mikester

Best Burgers Outside of the United States

Moderator's note: Since there is already a long-running thread on Best Burgers in the United States...
Jan 23, 10, 3:55 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 8,996
Posted By Mikester

I'd go to Paris anytime I could. Have been there...

I'd go to Paris anytime I could. Have been there in January, June, July, and October. The city presents a different face each month. March may still be chilly but I am guessing that it will be...
Jan 23, 10, 3:51 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 3,153
Posted By Mikester

Did not go through the Montparnasse-Bienvenue...

Did not go through the Montparnasse-Bienvenue station this time around so I cannot comment on whether or not the walkway is working but it is a very big station. If it is out of service it is going...
Jan 23, 10, 3:47 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 3,153
Posted By Mikester

Since I do not know when you are traveling or if...

Since I do not know when you are traveling or if you have reserved yet, I hope that this response is still timely. Just returned from Paris a week ago myself. Out of the apartments you mention, my...
Jan 23, 10, 3:20 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,633
Posted By Mikester

I am going to send a big thanks to the person who...

I am going to send a big thanks to the person who responded privately and gave a useful answer and the one person who added a good answer to the thread, unfortunately after I had returned. ^ Other...
Jan 3, 10, 9:54 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,633
Posted By Mikester

Paris CDG Airport Shuttles

Anyone had experience using one of the airport shuttle services from CDG to Paris and back again? If so, is there one that you prefer and is more reliable than the others?
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