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Re: Tell me about Paris

We stayed about 1/2 mile out from the Eiffel Tower. We once had a taxi near the center of Paris refuse to take us back there. I think the prefer shorter hauls. I read this was illegal, but I don't know how to prevent it. PS: The "center of Paris" is actually the center of old Paris where ...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

Quick Trip Update (I will post this on the Paris thread as well): We have tickets bought - they are now available via Skyscanner for even less than we paid for them - I saw the reference here on Bogleheads too late :oops: We also have airbnb bookings completed; we have not really followed the precis...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Berlin :-)

I don't know how Kreuzberg stacks up against Prinzlauer Berg? Kreuzberg (the western half, I forget if that is postal code 36 or 38) is supposed to be very gentrified, the eastern half (which would have been smack against the Wall) was I had heard, still very Turkish and a bit run down. Prinzlauer ...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Berlin :-)
Replies: 36
Views: 2280

Tell me about Berlin :-)

We will be visiting Berlin for a couple of days as well in the November/December timeframe. Who all has been there (in the recent past, say since 2000) and what have they enjoyed the most? I am definitely planning to visit the touristy places of historic significance such as the remnants of the Berl...
by an_asker
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Berlin :-)
Replies: 36
Views: 2280

Re: Tell me about Paris

Thanks once more to everyone who has responded. Keep them coming. I bet I've got more here than we can cover in the couple of days we have. But what the heck! There might be someone coming along tomorrow who wants to spend a week there, and can look up all the locations mentioned in this thread.
by an_asker
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

siamond: Thanks for your detailed responses! Hi there. I am French, I lived in the Paris suburbs for my entire youth, and lived in Paris itself for 9 years before moving to the US... Yes, this was 17 years ago, but things don't change that much... So here are a few answers. [...]If you're there for ...
by an_asker
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

We went to Paris in July and stayed in 6th arr. (Rue De Vaugirard/Montparnasse Blvd area). Booked an apartment through AirBnB. Great location, nice apartment. Very safe even at night with family. Communication with the owner was via email and then via phone/text messages when we were traveling in E...
by an_asker
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

If you arriving late at night with kids, you might want to spend your first night out by the airport and then transfer to somewhere more central the next morning. I wouldn't want to take a public bus with kids and luggage anytime - much less late at night when the buses are sure to run less frequen...
by an_asker
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

chaz wrote:Don't miss Notre Dame.

I am not planning to :-)
by an_asker
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

Each host might be slightly different, but here is how it worked for us: Initially we were in contact via email, using the messaging service of AirBnB. It actually would send me text messages to my phone as well as email whenever my host posted a new message on AirBnB. We were able to pay with our ...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

Just got back from Paris 10 days ago :D We traveled with our 9 month old and rented a very nice apartment in Marais (4 arrondissement) near the Pompidou Center, through AirBnB. It was very close to a metro stop, plus we could walk to the areas near the Lourve, Notre Dame, etc in about 5-15 min. Rea...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Tell me about Paris

You are looking at places that are kind of out there and it gets a little rough. Clignancourt has the big flea market which you might want to shop but I don't think you'd want to stay there. How about 14th? Are you saying that these are bad enough to not being staying there? I looked at google maps...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Tell me about Paris

We are considering a trip for a couple of days to Paris* in the November/December timeframe. I've been run off from tripadvisor (OK, not literally but figuratively), so I am here licking my wounds :oops: Here are some questions I have for those who are familiar with the city: - how safe is the city ...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Paris
Replies: 65
Views: 3554

Re: Is my husband a spendthrift? Or I a tightwad?

OP here. Just want to say thank you to everyone for the input and advice. Totally ok to pile on. Hearing it different ways helps it sink in. Anyway it will take me a little while to digest but just want to say I appreciate it greatly. I will respond tonight and probably have follow up questions. (A...
by an_asker
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is my husband a spendthrift? Or I a tightwad?
Replies: 198
Views: 15711

Re: Norwegian Airlines

We flew Norwegian Air twice in 2014. Both times, we did not have any problems. We departed and arrived on time. Be aware that you have to pay for everything once you are on (water and food), so bring snacks if needed. Also, they are somewhat strict about their luggage sizes. Thanks to everyone who ...
by an_asker
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Norwegian Airlines
Replies: 24
Views: 2033

Re: Dave Ramsey: The Legacy Journey

I thought that someone posted that they did not attend Ramsey's course as they were concerned about being pressurized to destroy their credit cards. I was wondering if destroying credit cards was part of the class. Maybe a small group had a type of confessional in which each person admitted their s...
by an_asker
Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dave Ramsey: The Legacy Journey
Replies: 41
Views: 5430

Re: Norwegian Airlines

I am seeing very good deals to Europe on Norwegian. As I've never flown them before, upon googling them, it looks like they're a mixed bag based on the reviews.

Have any of you traveled Norwegian? If so, how was the experience?
by an_asker
Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Norwegian Airlines
Replies: 24
Views: 2033

Re: Is this an exception to buying Mortgage Points?

My bank is offering 4.25% fixed 30 year mortgage loan for $225,750. They will reduce my closing costs by $1,128 if I use this option. They are also offering me 4.125% for fixed 30 years if I pay $846. Or they will offer 4.0% for 30 years fixed if I pay $1,800. This isn't technically buying points, ...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is this an exception to buying Mortgage Points?
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Is this an exception to buying Mortgage Points?

See what is a variable 7/1 . DS used a local broker found on zillow, who only advertised on weekends (too much business to do more). DS put down 25%, no points. He tried his credit union but they were not competitive. July 2014. 2.625% rate. 2.77% Apr. Seattle. 25% marginal income. what does "...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is this an exception to buying Mortgage Points?
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Florida prepaid college plan. Dumb or undumb?

I bought Florida Prepaid for both of our children. My daughter did not use it, as she went out of state for college, but our son is a senior at UF at present. Bright Futures Scholarship covers about 75 % of the tuition, so the Fl Prepaid after paying the balance of the tuition, one year dorm ....et...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Florida prepaid college plan. Dumb or undumb?
Replies: 15
Views: 1352

Re: Do you plan trips on your own or use a [travel agent]?

1) They probably do. 2) Some of them might. 3) We have historically planned our trips by ourselves. The only times I can remember using a travel agent, ironically, was for the two cruises we have taken. Ironic because a cruise is where there is not really much to plan, as they are all inclusive dea...
by an_asker
Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you plan trips on your own or use a [travel agent]?
Replies: 36
Views: 1569

Re: Do you plan trips on your own or use a [travel agent]?

Good travel agents used to be indispensable. Now they are practically non-existent. Sadly, the on-line tools have not yet caught up to what the good agents used to be able to do. Sorry to go off-topic, but I agree. There is only so much trip chaining and kid-swapping between vacation-days-challenge...
by an_asker
Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you plan trips on your own or use a [travel agent]?
Replies: 36
Views: 1569

Re: Do you plan trips on your own or use a [travel agent]?

So I've decided to visit London UK next summer (feel free to flood me with tips) and I'm beginning researching. I don't have any personal ta so I went to the local liberty travel agent. While the agent is very nice, we don't seemed to be meshing. basically I told her what type of hotels I like and ...
by an_asker
Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you plan trips on your own or use a [travel agent]?
Replies: 36
Views: 1569

Re: Dave Ramsey: The Legacy Journey

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by an_asker
Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dave Ramsey: The Legacy Journey
Replies: 41
Views: 5430

Re: Angry when stock market is down

Does anyone else get angry/edgy/cranky on days where the stock market is down? In the last couple of days, I find little things "set me off". But maybe it could also be other factors in my life. For instance, it's annoying to see REITs down 1.8% today. I won't sell, but I'm just annoyed. ...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Angry when stock market is down
Replies: 79
Views: 4205

How is the FL property tax cap (Save Our Homes) applied?

I noticed what appears to be a discrepancy, but it is probably just my misunderstanding. The question is: how is the Save Our Homes property tax cap applied to homesteaded vs. non-homesteaded properties. For those who are unaware, FL caps year-over-year increases to assessed values to 3% for homeste...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How is the FL property tax cap (Save Our Homes) applied?
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Re: Rental rate of return

kksmom/swaption:

Thanks! I think I've finally got it. I also googled and found this nice post. The comments are a fun read (for later; there are too many of them ;-)
by an_asker
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental rate of return
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Re: Rental rate of return

I tell you, there is a Boglehead joke in here somewhere. Something like "How would a Boglehead value a company? He would give you a long speech about how it is waste of time and then recommend you read a book." In this case the annual cash flows are -$18,600, -$17,800, -$16,000, -$15,200,...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental rate of return
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Re: Rental rate of return

I tell you, there is a Boglehead joke in here somewhere. Something like "How would a Boglehead value a company? He would give you a long speech about how it is waste of time and then recommend you read a book." In this case the annual cash flows are -$18,600, -$17,800, -$16,000, -$15,200,...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental rate of return
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Rental rate of return

This has probably been asked here before; if so, please accept my apologies but humor me anyway! Let's say I have a rental property that I bought for $100,000. Each year, I pay off $20,000 in principal plus interest and taxes etc. So, here are the figures: Year 1: principal payment = $20,000; intere...
by an_asker
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental rate of return
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Re: POLL: Has a financial firm made a mistake with your mone

I had bought some sweets at a local store. The transaction was for $11.00 or something like that. Imagine my surprise when I logged into Schwab and saw that my account had been debited by $1100! I called them immediately; they said that it would take a couple of days to fix the issue and it did get ...
by an_asker
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: Has a financial firm made a mistake with your money?
Replies: 52
Views: 2749

Re: DIY Index Fund

On a personal note there are about 50-75 stocks I would like to own more of, at this point however, I just don't have enough cash to take the appropriate positions in them. Why not? How much cash do you think it takes? Trading costs have come down dramatically, so that shouldn't be a factor. If you...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: DIY Index Fund
Replies: 25
Views: 2454

Re: 1.99% Unsecured "AnythingLoan"

How about the fact you need to repay a 401(k) loan immediately-ish (or pay penalties on a withdrawal) if you lose/leave your job? No legal requirement for that and indeed some plans don't. Can you elaborate? Some plans (albeit VERY few) allow you to make payments after you have terminated employmen...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1.99% Unsecured "AnythingLoan" READ UPDATE 9-10-14
Replies: 49
Views: 6043

Re: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass

An update on the thread: I got in "free" to Teton National Park again. The booth was completely unmanned at 1 am for some reason. Nowhere to leave money except tape it to the window! Left at dusk, again no one at the booth. We arrived at Yosemite (Tioga Pass) at noon, and of course bought...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass
Replies: 66
Views: 5853

Re: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass

Ldevelopment wrote:...Wow. I thought I was cheap :-)

Now I am confused. My wife says that I am cheap; but I purchased the $80 pass last July and used it only that month ... and that too, only twice. It would have been cheaper just to pay up the two admission fees! :oops:
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass
Replies: 66
Views: 5853

Re: Lawnmower/gas issues

an_asker - I will admit that I didn't use to be vigilant to old gas issues, but for a while now, since earlier brushes with this problem, I've tried to buy gas in smaller quantities, use a stabilizer (red Stabil, mainly, I think), and not keep gas over the winter. This season, with my many problems...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower/gas issues
Replies: 48
Views: 2140

Re: Peter Lynch was wrong

I would rather be wrong and lucky than right. Of course, it is better to be right than wrong and unlucky! :oops:
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Peter Lynch was wrong
Replies: 64
Views: 6204

Re: Lawnmower/gas issues

an_asker - I will admit that I didn't use to be vigilant to old gas issues, but for a while now, since earlier brushes with this problem, I've tried to buy gas in smaller quantities, use a stabilizer (red Stabil, mainly, I think), and not keep gas over the winter. This season, with my many problems...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower/gas issues
Replies: 48
Views: 2140

Re: Warning level

I think it has to do with the number of times you've been chastised by one of the moderators. I remember being warned once about one post, and my warning level is 1. Get too many, and you're in trouble. I like this group then. Wordpress kicked me - and my nine-year-old blog - for a vague 'Terms of ...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:48 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Warning level
Replies: 39
Views: 2435

Re: Lawnmower/gas issues

when my 1 year old mower wouldn't start the guy at the repair shop said it was from ethanol. i now buy gas for the mower that is ethanol free. i found plenty of options using this website: http://pure-gas.org/ Based on the responses on this thread (and maybe most of you already feel this way), it a...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower/gas issues
Replies: 48
Views: 2140

Re: buying a house in france

Thread title could be changed to collect more eyeballs, as in "How to move 6-figure amount of US$ to Euros in France with minimal fees?" +1. On the other hand, it might reduce the eyeballs as well. I was interested in reading about house purchase in France; have no clue how to transfer si...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: buying a house in france
Replies: 15
Views: 1621

Re: Lawnmower/gas issues

I use a plastic gas can, fairly high capacity (~5 gallons), but usually only get 1 to 1.5 gallons at a time, and then add a stabilizer. I've had a lot of the same issues. What kind of fuel stabilizer are you using? A Toro mechanic told me to use Stabil Marine (green color). He said Stabil (red colo...
by an_asker
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower/gas issues
Replies: 48
Views: 2140

Financial Advisory Firms

OK, there are two kinds of financial advisors: - those who claim that their stock picking is superior to the rest - those who swear by index funds (which if I understand correctly, both Rick Ferri and Larry Swedroe belong to) Now, my question is, undoubtedly the folks who fall in the latter category...
by an_asker
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Advisory Firms
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Did you reveal to your kids...your savings and salary

3. Two different (married) female coworkers ask me about them becoming my "mistress" after a large promotion at work several years ago Where do you work where they would think that's appropriate?!?!? I hope it was said in the same tone as anyone says "adopt me" to someone else o...
by an_asker
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you reveal to your kids...your savings and salary
Replies: 75
Views: 7064

Re: Help With 401K Choices

Let me take a crack at this one ... you have quite a few good funds to choose from. Here are the top few I would choose from.

VANGUARD INST INDEX (VINIX)
VANG MIDCAP IDX INST (VMCIX)
VANGUARD WELLINGTON (VWENX)
VANGUARD LT TRESURY (VISUX)
SPTN INTL INDEX INS (FSPNX)
SPTN US BOND IDX IS (FXSTX)
by an_asker
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help With 401K Choices
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: How I beat Indexing... in 1 hour

To all, I'm limiting this strategy to bi-annually. Stay posted until the Top holdings in the small/mid-cap changes significantly Here's my rationale: 1) Smarter people than myself have already done 99.5% of the work of identifying high-growth potential 2) The only knock of index funds is they dilut...
by an_asker
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How I beat Indexing... in 1 hour
Replies: 71
Views: 11830

Re: Gas station etiquette

I routinely make the same maneuver. If someone were waiting I'd probably roll my window down and ask them if they were going to use that space or just point and shrug. If someone had been in front of him and taking longer he would have had to pull into the center anyway. I doubt he had any real con...
by an_asker
Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas station etiquette
Replies: 46
Views: 3054

Re: Compute Mathematical Best/Fastest Way to Pay off Car Loa

Southern, all the auto loans I've had worked the same way... extra payments get applied to future payments. You're over thinking this though, IMO. Even with a 6.2% rate you don't have much interest to pay on a $13k balance. Any mathematical best way to pay it off is likely to make little difference...
by an_asker
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Compute Mathematical Best/Fastest Way to Pay off Car Loan?!
Replies: 16
Views: 1159

Re: Hit a financial milestone at an age milestone

MikeWillRetire wrote:Maybe he is bragging. Driving over the border into Canada for a camping weekend could be viewed as "international travel", and his "two kids" may actually be billygoats. :happy

Didn't he imply that he is a Boglehead? Bogleheads don't brag, do they? :oops:
by an_asker
Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hit a financial milestone at an age milestone
Replies: 50
Views: 5142

Re: Anybody heard of/used Zinc Save?

Now I am worried. Is fatwallet something similar? Over there as well, if you log in, you get discounts when making purchases ...
by an_asker
Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody heard of/used Zinc Save?
Replies: 10
Views: 946
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