I'm about half-way through my 3 crazy month travel spree:
- Week 1- near Cholet
- Week 2- Thailand
- Week 3- China
- Week 4- home (woohoo!)
- Week 5- near Cholet
- Week 6- Istanbul
- Week 7&8- Thailand
- Week 9&10- US
- Week 11- Return to France
- Week 12- near Cholet
- Week 13- nothing booked yet, but that's still a ways out...
But I did actually take the metro yesterday and picked up one of the free newspapers, so I thought I'd share a few interesting articles.
First of all, the Regional Tourism Committee has started renting out these little wifi boxes to tourists in order to give them better mobile access during their vacation. The box is about the size of a telephone, has a 6h battery span, and allows you to connect up to 10 devices to it. There are about 100 available, and you can rent them at the information booths at CDG and Galeries Lafayette. The cost is pretty reasonable too - 7,90€ per day.
There was a second offer for tourists too - Appart'City is offering a special for the month of June that allows customers to name their price for a hotel room. The promotion is valid all over France and can be booked online at www.appartcity.com.
And lastly, if you don't like speaking in French on the phone or can never get your doctor to pick up, there is a new website called www.RDVmedicaux.com. The site has over 2600 general practitioners and specialists (including ophthalmologists) in over 500 cities through France, and basically lets you book a doctor's appointment as you would a train ticket. They will send you a confirmation via SMS, as well as a reminder SMS the day before your appointment. I can see how something like this would be extremely practical, both in helping you find an available doctor near you and also during les vacances. I know there have been times in the past where I've had to call as many as 10 doctors before finding one available during the month of August!