Confession: I was in Paris over the weekend and visited McDo at least four times

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  1. Lalala
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    Warning - this post should be on Rick Steves' bulletin board or something -

    I don't usually eat at McDonalds - but the free wifi and cheap McMacarons reeled me in like fish or a American teenager afraid of pommes frites and mayonnaise. I needed moderately wifi and something to drink. The McCafe wasn't so bad. I am not a fan of the French preparation of coffee to begin with, so I wasn't expecting much. To tell you the truth, it was pretty tasty. The McMacaron was not to the Jean Paul Hevin quality I am used to, but the framboise was decent.

    I also must hang my head in shame because I also visited McDo at night - a 3.50E dinner of a hamburger, fries and a coca cola light in the company of many young romantic French youth was an experience that I probably wouldn't repeat,but it was useful for this trip.

    I think I'm going refrain my McDonalds for the next few months, or until my next trip to Paris.
     
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    in my experience the McD's in Paris aren't bad, and are one of the few "affordable" places in that town. OTOH, avoid the McD's in Italy- they tend to be dirty, overcrowded, and the food isn't up to corporate quality standards.
     
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    When you need wifi and a cup of coffee it's a darn good place!
     
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    OMG, three heretics in a single thread one after another. :( Free wifi is all over France in Mélodine, Quick, Flunch and others. As for not caring for French coffee; there is no help for that.:rolleyes:

    I am distressed that people I have been admiring for their leadership are now displaying such overtly déclassé behavior.:eek:

    This is happening too early in the morning. I need a good stiff Pastis!!

     
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    Fillet-O-Fish hater!
     
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    Do you mean Rouget? I love Rouget. In Brazil we call them Trilha, they are very cheap and i had some for dinner last night. Excellent. I am pleased you're beginning to see the (city of) light in a proper way. Thanks, General, for your understanding.
     
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    Beware the Rick Stevesification of milepoint!
     
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    ???
     
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    I am really happy I am not the only one who's never heard of him!
     
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    I'll often visit McD's while in a foreign country if for no other reason to see what is different. Most McD's outside the US (and some in the US as well) have regional foods not found elsewhere in the chain.

    And has been mentioned up thread, it's usually a reasonably priced meal. Sometimes after a week or two of the local cuisine it's kind of refreshing to take a Big Mac™ break. :)
     
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    It's like what happened when he took over Cinque Terre. It used to be a beautiful sleepy set of villages where you could relax and spend a day. Now every American tourist feels they absolutely have to go there or their life won't be complete; every 40 minutes a train disgorges a hundred of them, it's wall to wall tourists holding Rick Steves guidebooks and going to every little tourist trap that he mentioned. The locals are making a ton of money, and other coastal towns are allowed to continue to live in peace.

    The OP is concerned that mentioning something as declasse as McD could do the same for mp, and I think it's a valid concern. Lets discuss it over a whopper and fries. :eek:
     
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    Grazie tante !
     
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    Shocking! I don't mind telling a few whoppers with you, all of you, even if the temperature is hot enough to fry. Maybe we might do it at the nearest Flunch, where the prices are reasonable, healthy food is available and the coffee is good, not to mention there is plenty of space for our notebooks. I'll buy. In principle we must invite Stimpy too.
     
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    Flunch? Didn't you mean FL*unch?
     
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    Wow, you're getting difficult.
    http://www.flunch.fr/

    I suggest we meet at the one in Cap 3000 in Saint Laurent du Var. It is only about five minutes from NCE.
     
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    arg, one of those annoying flash websites that the European companies seem to love. go there and it spins around saying "loading" while it downloads 2.4 mb of silly animation.

    I think the U.N. needs to declare a "no-flash zone" over the EU, and have war planes enforce it.
     
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    Indeed... If nothing else it's good as a cultural experience to see what the breakfast menu looks like at a McDonald's in another country.

    I remember having some pastechis at a McD's in Aruba which were actually pretty good.
     
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    Wi fi? Food? McD's is all about the restrooms.
     
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    Hey, did I mention I was wearing zip off pants, wearing a money belt and staying at a flea ridden pensione in Montmartre for local color? I did not.

    I think what Gargoyle meant was that a new board can attract all sort of people needing travel advice and some of which might own those zip off pants and wear tevas with socks.

    HAH!
     
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    I did not know I could have gone to Quick instead. It was right next to McDonalds.
     
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    Are you proposing we should all go to Paris for a quickie?
     
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    Dovster, Gargoyle is calling you.
     
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    yuck. he's not my type. he's way too liberal for me.
     
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    Not in Paris, but I do eat HK's McDo more often than those in Canada/US.
     
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    Honestly I admit stopping beside a McDo to use the free wifi, but the smells inside them turn me off.
     

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