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#151 natty

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:28 AM

I'm a fan of high speed rail for very targeted areas that make economic sense.  I'd rather not spend billions of dollars on technology that's essentially hundreds of years old.  The future of transportation is in self driving cars and/or 'pod' systems imo(at least in this country).  



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:39 PM

DDII I've taken that trip from Paris to Caen. Rented a car down the street from the train station and out to the different places. Off the path of the normal places to visit check out the German cemetery as well -

 

I wish we had time to do that, but we are limited.  Also trying to avoid going to much in debt.  4 days in Paris (at least one of which will be spent recovering from the flight), 1 day in Normandy, and maybe if we can swing it, a day trip to London. 

 

I told my wife we can go to Paris this year, but for our next vacation, about all we will be able to afford is a trip to Statesville.  :)



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:50 PM

eurorail passes are freaking horribly expensive. if you just wanna get there take ryanair, they're obscenely cheap

 

Wow, just checked them out and you are right.  Had I seen that before, I might have changed my plans.  Had thought about going to Rome for four days then Paris, but the train from Rome to Paris was really expensive. Don't think I can take a flight from Paris to Normandy though.
 



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:03 AM

ryanair rome to paris will probably be like 40 bucks



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:37 AM

ryanair rome to paris will probably be like 40 bucks


I would feel pretty leery about getting on a plane to anyplace for only forty bucks.

They have got to be cutting costs somewhere.

Does this plane actually have seats or do they pack you in a crate before boarding?

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:47 AM

I would feel pretty leery about getting on a plane to anyplace for only forty bucks.

They have got to be cutting costs somewhere.

Does this plane actually have seats or do they pack you in a crate before boarding?

 

they cater to the int'l backpacker crowd, so you're gooshed in like sardines in a can and if you're carrying more than like 15 kilos they'll poo all over your wallet



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:49 AM

just checked it's currently $49 on ryanair. cheapest airfare i've seen from an international airline, except for maybe airasia, where you can still hop a flight from kuala lumpur, malaysia to borneo for thirty fuging dollars



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:06 AM

just checked it's currently $49 on ryanair. cheapest airfare i've seen from an international airline, except for maybe airasia, where you can still hop a flight from kuala lumpur, malaysia to borneo for thirty fuging dollars


That is an awesome price!

This includes a proper landing, right, or should I plan on bringing a parachute with me?

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:47 AM

Funny story about Ryanair.  They tried to get a law passed where they could sell standing room only tickets on their flights. 



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:08 AM

eurorail passes are freaking horribly expensive. if you just wanna get there take ryanair, they're obscenely cheap


it is, but it's the equivalent of flying into concord regional instead of charlotte douglas

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:15 AM

That is an awesome price!

This includes a proper landing, right, or should I plan on bringing a parachute with me?


its a very good airline. and they seem to have certain "standards" with their flight attendants (hint: they sell swimsuit calendars with them)... At least that was the case back when I lived in Europe.

The problem is that they save money by going to alternate airports. Fly to London, you won't land at heathrow. you'll land at stansted. many of their airports in Germany were old US airforce bases that were given up in the 70s and 80s.