Monthly Archives:: May 2014

How to tip like a local in Paris

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Paris Tours

Figuring out how to tip in a foreign country can easily be the most stressful part of your vacation. Of course everyone wants to tip fairly or even generously, but over-tipping looks flashy and sometimes culturally insensitive. Luckily, in Paris the tipping etiquette is pretty straightforward. Unlike in other countries, e.g. U.S., service workers in France are paid a living wage, complete with benefits and vacation time. In addition, there is a 15% service charge attached to all food and drinks, although this does not go straight to the worker, it generally helps fund the benefits. All of this means that in Paris a tip is used purely as a thanks for good service. How to Tip in a Restaurant Tipping is not required by etiquette in restaurants, but if you enjoyed your meal, it’s a nice to leave 5-­10%. If you really enjoyed the meal, or plan on returning to the restaurant and want the wait staff to like you, 15% is a generous tip. Also keep in mind that if you put the tip on your card, the server will probably never see it. It’s always best to tip in cash. How to Tip in a Café/Bar For coffee or drinks, it’s usual to just round up the price, somewhere between 20 centimes and €1 per drink. If the place is particularly busy, or you want the bartender to remember you, bump it up to a few euros. And bartenders really do remember good tippers! How to Tip in a Taxi  For normal rides in Paris, a €1­-2 tip is appropriate. If it was a long ride (like from the airport), or you had heavy bags. If you weren’t satisfied with the trip, or had your suspicions that you were taken the long way round, feel free not to tip at all. How to Tip in a Hotel For a bellhop who brought up luggage, €1 per bag is the right amount to tip. It’s also polite to leave €1­-2 per person, per day for the housekeeping at the end of your stay. How to Tip a Tour Guide All of the Paris by Foot tours are pay­-what-­you­-want tours, but most other tour guides earn a fee for their tour. If you enjoyed the tour, it’s appropriate to leave about €5 per person.

The Real London Bridge

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One of the most well known bridges in the world, London Bridge rests on a site that has held a crossing over the River Thames for nearly 2,000 years! Although most London visitors often confuse London bridge with Tower Bridge, the current London Bridge is worth a visit on its’ own merits – even if […]

Visit San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

As an epicenter of activity in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a plethora of sights, smells, tastes, history and fun. In addition to all of the activities you can enjoy at the wharf, there are also a lot of notable landmarks and sites located nearby. With so much to see and do, it can be […]