This is Why You’re Fat in France
Sunday May 31st 2009, 12:36 am
Filed under: food and drinks,signs,weird

super tennessee at flunch
I have to admit I’m equally fascinated and disgusted by the website, This is why you’re fat, and I had the same feeling the other day at the mall when I saw this meal posted at Flunch (a cheap eats cafeteria). It made me wonder when there’ll be a French equivalent of that website. Obviously taking inspiration from the U.S. it looks as though France is pushing calories with this “Super Tennessee,” which looks like two hamburger patties, Canadian bacon, cheese and a fried something at the bottom (I’m thinking it’s deep fried hash browns or something like that – served with French fries. Ok, it’s not as over-the-top as some of the items on TIWYF but still.

Docteur Maboul
Friday May 29th 2009, 2:02 pm
Filed under: daily life,games/software/tech,kids,products,shopping

docteur maboul board game operation in france
There are few things more fun than wandering around toy stores in France to see what they have here that they don’t have in the U.S. In most cases, however, I find few original French games; I suppose it’s much easier to sell games that are translated rather than creating new ones, but that is okay, and even fun, too. Here’s the ever popular board game, “Operation.” Remember that one? I do. I love what the French called it: “Docteur Maboul.” Docteur Maboul means Doctor Crazy (and crazy doctor). It’s not funny but it cracks me up for some stupid reason.

Paris Orly Airport Macarons: The La Duree Cart
Thursday May 28th 2009, 6:50 am
Filed under: food and drinks,news,paris,pastries,shopping,tips,travel tip

la duree cart orly airport paris france macarons
We just returned from Spain and noticed this newsworthy item at the Orly Airport in Paris and thought it would be a sweet tidbit that might come in handy one day: There’s a La Duree Cart at the Paris Orly Airport, so macaron fanatics can grab their last minute fix on their way out of town – or grab some on their way to town, for that matter.

Air France Tweets
Wednesday May 27th 2009, 12:03 pm
Filed under: news,tips,travel and places,travel tip

air france us twitter
Air France now tweets.

What to Do if You Damage Your Rental Car in France
Saturday May 23rd 2009, 5:18 am
Filed under: advice,cars/bikes/etc,tips,travel and places,travel tip

car accident in france
From jaunted:

“All this week Jaunted contributor Eric Rosen has been filling us in on his recent field trip, drinking his way through France. Today, however, he has a major buzzkill to report. Here’s how he learned to deal with denting a rental car in a foreign country.

Renting a car in a foreign land can be a pretty daunting prospect. You don’t know how compact a “compact” will be until you try squeezing in your luggage, your mother, and a few presents for friends back home into a tiny Citroën hatchback. You also pray that you remember how to drive a stick-shift well enough to avoid any accidents. Accidents do happen, though, and you should be prepared, especially when renting internationally.

The first and most important thing you should find out is whether your credit card offers insurance when you rent a car. Call your company, learn all you can about the program and its terms, and decide whether you should go with their program or with the rental agency’s. Usually the credit card’s insurance is a better choice since they are looking out for their cardholders’ interests (for once!), and you’ll have someone on your side in case you get into a scrape—no pun intended.

Many credit cards also offer life insurance and medical care as part of their package, which is not always the case with foreign rental companies. Just be sure you decline the agency’s third-party liability insurance when you sign the rental agreement, otherwise your credit card insurance is void.

Photo Op
Take pictures of the car before you drive it. The last thing you want is for the rental company to charge you for dings and dents that were already on the car when you picked it up. If you get into an accident, take pictures of everything as well, so you have visual proof of what happened, and what exactly your insurance should be paying for.

Call This Number
Every rental agreement has a number to call in case of accident or breakdown. Call it. Immediately. When someone picks up, insist they speak English so that you know exactly what is going on and what they are instructing you to do. It is also a good to look up a list of common car and accident words in the language you will be operating in before your trip. That way, you can explain small problems to a mechanic if something goes wrong along the way.

Then call your insurance company—have their number with you at all times—and explain the situation so that they can start a file on the claim.

If it’s only a dent or scrape, and the car is still driveable, you will only have to fill out a form when you return the car. Get a copy of that form to send to your insurance company so they can start the claims process.

If your accident is more serious than that, or if there are injuries, fill out a police report, seek medical care, and keep a record of all the files and bills involved to submit to your insurance.

When You Get Home
Make sure your insurance company has all the necessary documents, forms and information it needs…then wait. It usually takes about 45 days to process a claim. If the rental agency tries to charge you preemptively for the damages, have your credit card put the charges on hold until the situation is resolved.”

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