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From: Derek F on 10 Jul 2010 13:25
On 10/07/2010 07:57, David Horne, _the_ chancellor (*) wrote:
> Derek F<lordpilrig(a)NOXo2.co.uk> wrote:
>> We tend to avoid Tourist Offices as they will send you to their out of
>> the way favourites
I found a very helpful one in Stockholm Station. They got us such a good
deal for three nights with one night free that we only ended paying for
Almost as good as the pissed off receptionist in a five star Swiss hotel
who told me she hated the hotel. She showed us rooms each one better
than the other before asking how little I would like to pay:-)
From: Derek F on 10 Jul 2010 14:00
On 10/07/2010 08:32, Earl Evleth wrote:
> On 10/07/10 8:57, in article 1jlem1v.17lbe6thzp65eN%d4g4h4(a)yahoo.co.uk,
> "David Horne, _the_ chancellor *"<d4g4h4(a)yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
>>> We tend to avoid Tourist Offices as they will send you to their out of
>>> the way favourites.
>>> Derek (76)
>> No. In Europe they tend to be quite helpful.
> A French Tourist office will list more hotels in town than say,
> Michelin. In all price categories. One place I know has
> a board-mop it their window, and hotels still having space
> are lit up.
> N-years ago we got off the ship SS France, in Le Havre to find
> that our favorite hotel, at which I thought we had a reservation
> had changed managements and never heard of us, and the place
> was full. There was no rooms available in town so we headed for the
> train station, but the next train to Paris was in the morning.
> We were standing there lost when a more experienced European
> said "no problem, we go to the police station". So we went
> and they qlso could not get us a room, so they called the mayor
> (a communist mayor) who called around the region and got
> rooms for us in a small coastal town to the north reachable
> by taxi. So we did not have to spend the night in the train
One of our near sleep in the street nights was when we unknowingly
arrived in Nice late in the evening before the Monaco Grand Prix.
We walked for miles looking in vain for a vacancy. We decided to go to
the station and take a train to Marseilles well away from the Grand
Prix. However just by the station was the Hotel Moderne where
surprisingly they had rooms to spare.
For an encore the next week we went to Cannes in the middle of the Film
Festival. There we were ripped off for a tiny room in a scruffy hotel,
the second worst we ever stayed in.
The winner in that category was in Salinas, California the scene of many
of Steinbeck's gritty novels of the Depression. There Greyhound told us
that we had missed their last connecting bus to Monterey. Only the next
day did I discover that the local bus company had a service to there as
From: Derek F on 10 Jul 2010 14:13
On 10/07/2010 12:32, PetrolHead wrote:
> On Fri, 09 Jul 2010 23:40:45 +0100, Derek F wrote:
>> Rubbish! Elderly does not mean not being able to get around on ones own.
> They asked for "easy transport at the destination end", taxi is simpler
> than foreign PT any day, whatever age you are.
Travel is an adventure. We travel on a Budget so travel with the locals.
First time we went to New York we got from JFK to 42nd Street for a Buck.
Free bus to Kew Gardens in Queens, 50c on bus to the Subway and 50c on
the Subway to Manhattan. Now it costs $4.50 compared to $35 for a cab.
From: Ian F. on 10 Jul 2010 15:00
"Derek F" <lordpilrig(a)NOXo2.co.uk> wrote in message
> One of our near sleep in the street nights was when we unknowingly
> arrived in Nice late in the evening before the Monaco Grand Prix.
Call me old-fashioned, but I can't imagine ever, ever going anywhere without
having a reservation at somewhere to stay.
Is it just me?
From: Jean O'Boyle on 10 Jul 2010 15:07
"Ian F." <wowfabgroovy(a)googlemail.com> wrote in message
> "Derek F" <lordpilrig(a)NOXo2.co.uk> wrote in message
>> One of our near sleep in the street nights was when we unknowingly
>> arrived in Nice late in the evening before the Monaco Grand Prix.
> Call me old-fashioned, but I can't imagine ever, ever going anywhere
> without having a reservation at somewhere to stay.
> Is it just me?
No, it isn't just you, Ian...especially when traveling in another country.
If driving in the US, we might take a chance and drive on to the next city,
but I would never do it otherwise...old fashioned, maybe, or just not that
young to take the risk anymore! ;-)