“Certainly you are correct, America probably has a lot more decaying buildings and such than in Europe - but certainly there are many found in France as well. Just google abandoned chateau Europe. There are many. Churches too. I live in Paris and can think of many boarded of churches that we have driven by.”
“Two thoughts I feel like sharing (er oversharing in the second case).
1)It would have been so much cooler if the women photographed weren't shaving on their own volition and not FOR the photoshoot. When I read that, the entire thing became gimmicky.
2)For all the commenters who talk about stinky stink stink for armpits WITH hair... well, can't say why exactly, but after shaving i sweat more and let's just say that deodorant is less effective than with a little fuzz.”
“If only American women could see a French woman's magazine. Usually they have spreads men being objectified too - and they are hot! I wonder if or when a mainstream American magazine will catch on to this!”
“I totally agree with all the comments that it is her choice to go or not go, babies don't remember etc. BUT I think I would also be very uncomfortable watching a movie revolving around sex surrounded by a bunch of little ones. Just too weird. I wouldn't go. Should they offer it? Sure, why not let the ticket sales dictate that one.”
“Airbnb owners have insurance, as drivers do, in case of accidents - which it was. We did our very best to child proof the house, but clearly not well enough. SInce they knew we were coming with 2 small children under the age of 4, one would think they would have moved a few of their delicate objects up off the floor. They also had a cat which they claimed was friendly, but was most certainly not.
BUT anyway, if my kid broke the tv at a hotel, do you think we would be required to pay for it? Of course not, that is why they have insurance. It is a business arrangement, the homeowners are not our friends - that is why we pay generally over 150 a night to stay at these places. They are making a nice profit and we are getting the space we need as a family of 4 that any hotel cannot provide - especially for extended stays.
Well, now I know in case another accident happens. Thanks.”
MyTwoCentsB4Taxes on Mar 18, 2014 at 10:06:17
“I don't know where you get the idea that you wouldn't have to pay for a tv you broke in a hotel room. Of course you're liable for it. But hotel decor is usually going to be sturdier and have less clutter than a home so extra care has to be taken in the latter. When it comes to a broken picture frame, I'm surprised that a host would request payment for something so insignificant but I also think a decent guest would offer to chip in a few bucks. I had something similar happen and the guests replaced the item of their own accord but I wouldn't have asked them to. This is where the reviews play an important role: it's not worth making an issue over little things and risk a bad review.
So I'm not sure what you now "know in case another accident happens" that would make any difference in future stays. If you cause any damage you are responsible for it and it's up to the host to decide whether to let it go. But if it's significant, they could still pursue it in court.”
“Hmmm, well that is interesting because when we rented a place in Amsterdam recently, our child knocked over a picture and broke the glass. It was leaned up against the wall of all places. And though we thought we had gotten all the breakables up, we missed the picture. Actually, we didn't realize it was glass since the entire apt was ikea... anyway, the owner asked me to leave some money to repair it. Which I happily did. Guess I should have read the fine print!”
MyTwoCentsB4Taxes on Mar 17, 2014 at 18:49:52
“I'm not sure what your point is. Do you need fine print to tell you that if you cause damage in someone's home you should pay to fix it?”
“To all the naysayers regarding finding lodging over the internet, all I can say is: what happened to this guy is so rare, that it is news.
My family has found great apts/homes/houseboats on various vacation home rental websites (found airbnb fees to be one of the most expensive though) and it has always been much better than renting a hotel room for more money. If you haven't booked a place on one of these websites, you are missing out!
As for renting out our own apt, we are considering it. But our little home is so cluttered, I am not sure anyone would want to stay here! Well, it is Paris so maybe.”
Jan 19, 2014 at 17:28:42
“For me, the issue was that at age 16, I stopped eating meat and became vegetarian. Then, about 15 years later I started eating fish on occasion. That was 10 years ago now and I still feel very strongly about animal rights but not so much about wild salmon. I also don't think wild caught fish impact our environment, etc.
I guess I just identify with other vegetarians. But, I guess, since it isn't exactly correct to claim to be a veg and yet still eat fish, I will stop doing it.
I know that there is the whole pescatarian thing, but that would require too much blah blah.
Long story, short: I will no longer claim to be a vegetarian. Done.”
“If you can afford a 3-star dinner, you sure the heck can afford a babysitter!
You can see from my pic that I have a baby and bringing her or her older sister out to eat at that age is the least of all fun to the parents!
We only eat at restaurants when we are travelling and even then, we limit that and rent an apartment specifically NOT to put OURSELVES through the special hell that is dining with your very young children. (Not to mention other people!).”