Not sure the OP caught every nuance of your humorous encounter, but I loved it, cheers! Danny, honestly, I think that's low. You're on vacation. You spend how much to get to Paris? That's not a lot of money. There comes a point where it's just putting too much attention and stress on the food. Nobody wants to deal with that on their vacation!! It's super easy to find filled baguette sandwiches. Have formula lunches at cafes for under 15 Euros each good news - tax and tip are included in the price!! Cafes on not in the center of town are going to be a lot cheaper than the cafes in the most central, most touristy zones.
Easy peasy. The other thing that I'm not sure you have a handle on is that groceries aren't cheap in Paris. But it's not cheap. Produce is excellent. Even at a Monoprix. It just doesn't compare to what we can pay in the suburbs in the US with our grocery stores competing against each other to have the lowest prices. The reason why Danny has such a low food budget is from his deleted thread is because he accepted a challenge from his tutor.
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Coffee to go — I don't think it is part of the French culture to drive or walk with a coffee in hand. It is a tradition to sit down and savour a rich and delicious cup a joe while visiting with friends and soaking in the atmosphere. Our society unfortunately is always on the go. We rented a car in France and as Canadians, we are conditioned to drink a coffee while driving. At home, we can't go on a road trip without a stop at Tim Hortons. It isn't the best coffee on the planet, but it is a Canadian institution.
They have brainwashed us well. Luckily, McDonalds sells coffee to go.
Free Wifi — As travel bloggers, we have to stay connected. It can be difficult to find affordable wifi and we could always count on McDonalds. We could bring in our laptops in with us, find a quiet corner, plug in to their power outlets and work. All we had to do was buy an affordable meal, coffee or ice cream and we could work for hours on end.
People came and went and nobody even noticed that we were there. Parking Lot s — We don't know Europe well and we don't know all the little tricks to find free parking. When we entered a new town, we would have to find a public parking lot and pay for our parking. If there was a McDonalds somewhere, we could park our car for a little bit and go for a walk to explore.
We didn't leave it for hours on end, but at least we could stretch our legs, get our bearings and decide if we wanted to stay in that town. The pastries were delicious and the cappuccinos were rich and creamy. Breakfast — Many of the places where we stayed in France only offered breads and if we were lucky a little bit of cheese for breakfast. If we were lucky we could get a little cereal and some jams. While it was great to have a continental breakfast included, we missed our eggs. McDonalds has egg McMuffins just like at home and we would stop in and grab a couple.
It was the easiest and most affordable way we could find to get our eggs.
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You may not believe this, but sometimes we would enter McDonald's and the line up would be huge. It was massive and chaotic. I can't believe that we didn't get a photograph because it is the opposite of what we expected. To handle the large crowds, McDonalds has machines placed out front to pre-order your food.
You just walk up to the counter with your ticket, and your food is all set to go. Sometimes it can be exhausting trying to find a place to eat out. Especially on a heavy driving day. McDonalds is an easy choice. It is also fast. We could pop in and get out fast when travelling from one city to another.
We entered some cities where we couldn't find a restaurant within our budget. While we mostly shopped at supermarkets when this occurred, sometimes we would just hop into McDonalds to grab some fries to tie us over until we could bring back some food to our campsite. Also, may times in France, restaurants wouldn't open until pm. But we were hungry at , sometimes McDonalds would be the only thing open.
So there you have it. Why we like McDonalds in France. What about you? Do you like McDonalds when you travel?
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I am a huge fan of McDonalds and for many reasons. The high standard of quality is something that amazed me, you will not believe it! Moreover all the free services from free toilets, free wifi, the newly introduced ATM-machines and more make of McDo a safe haven for travellers as well as locals. Thanks Michela.
It is good to hear from someone that worked for McDonalds, you never know what a company is really like until you have seen behind the scenes. I have to say, we are always impressed with their high standards, no matter what city or country we visit, we can count on them being clean, cheap and familiar. On the flip side, the way the world is becoming so generic is a bit of a bummer. We are quickly loosing character and unique qualities in each country due to corporations swarming in.
Like someone else said in a comment though, it is not necessarily McDonalds, it is globalization. That is why we all have to get out traveling now before the whole world is the same.. I have never heard of them before but now have a hankering to find one just so that I can order from it. Like you guys, I dig the McCafes and free wifi — it has saved my life on more than one occasion on the road! I know eh! Sure it is just an ordering machine, but it is a cool new novelty for us I am not a fan of McDonalds but all the reasons you give make it a good choice.
Seems McDonals are everywhere. We have them in Turkey and I remember someone telling me once, that there was one near the Pyramids in Egypt. However, we did sit in a McDonalds to take advantage of their free wifi in Luxor overlooking the Luxor Temple.
It was surreal. Here we were in the middle of an ancient land looking out the large glass windows that overlooked the temple. The McDonalds set it up so that you could eat and overlook the temple. Especially the free public toilets. And the coffee to go. And just being able to grab a quick, cheap bite to eat when you need one. It makes the travel experience just a little bit easier sometimes. Hi Gray, Agreed. The McCafes are quite nice across Europe and in Japan.
It is nice to have a familiar and consistent place to go on your travels. Sometimes it just takes too much work to experiment looking for a local place. However, coffee at McDonalds? I am not quite that adventurous to actually try the food in a McDonalds. I have been to a few McCafes in Europe to use the bathrooms. Not all of them are free. In Budapest, one of the McCafes charges forints about 50 cents.