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Frugal Retiring News, Issue 60, May 2014
May 23, 2014
Issue 60 Greetings from ParisWell the bucket list is getting shorter... We now have Paris and London scratched off.
Is hard to believe that this issue represents over five years of working on this website.
I must say that London or Paris cannot in any way be described as frugal places... They are both very expensive.
Frugal tip number oneMy first tip is be prepared for inclement weather... London is supposed to have rain, but we had bright sunshine there and some rain in Paris...
As you can tell from the picture above Julie has a waterproof poncho on, I had just taken mine off, and it really saved the day... She had bought the ponchos a few years back, on sale naturally, we used them for the first time last year.
We took bicycle tours in both London and Paris... A great way to get a quick overview of any city.
Without the rain gear we would not have enjoyed Paris as much as we did.
Check out Fattirebiketours.com, their rates are reasonable in their guides are extremely knowledgeable.
Frugal living tip number twoDespite the high prices of London and Paris, we try to keep our costs down by choosing hotels that offer free breakfasts or stay in B and B's.
As we do at home, we still we still eat our evening meal out very rarely.
You can do the same here... A little fresh bread, wine and cheese... And you are all set.
Frugal living tip number threeAnother tip that we use when traveling foreign countries is to never rent a car and rely on public transportation.
We spent five days visiting friends in Exeter England and I am so glad someone else was doing the driving... Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the road, some of these beautiful country lanes we drove on were extremely narrow.
Getting a drivers license in England is not as easy as you might think... You can still rent a car with your US drivers license... But believe me driving is not easy at all in England.
The tube in London and the Metro in Paris are both superb and get you quickly to any tourist site that you want to visit.
They also have train and Metro service to the airports and any time you can avoid using the taxi you are going to save money.
We use trains to get from city to city... Going through the Chunnel from London to Paris at over 150 miles an hour was a tourist attraction in itself.
Frugal living tip number fourOn the cruise over to Southhampton England I was delighted to run into a couple of readers that actually recognized me from our website picture.
Thanks for stopping by at dinner Karen, we enjoyed meeting you.
We also found out that very few people know about the benefits of becoming a Carnival cruise line shareholder when you cruise with Princess.
Check out the details here .
You can't beat the cost per day on a cruise ship compared to a land vacation... Unfortunately cruise ships do not dock in Paris or London.
We are spending at least double on land then when we are on board a ship.
Something to keep in mind when vacation time rolls around.
In closingWell that's all for now folks... Please stay safe and healthy and frugal.
All the best,
Gary and Julie
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