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It's common practice in Italy. It's called "coperto" (cover charge). Even though it's sometimes phrased as "pane e coperto" (bread and cover charge) but even if you don't touch the bread you are still required to pay for it. It is usually stated somewhere on the menu, although in some cases not very prominently. So this does not only happen to tourists. To ...


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In your individual case, this could of course have been a ripoff. However, historically, it has been quite common practice, particularly but not only, in south western Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal), to charge a small fee for sitting down at a restaurant. In essence, you could argue this is to cover, say, the bread and butter you receive but did not ask ...


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It is common practice in Italy to charge for the dish on top of the dinner. It is common practice in Portugal to charge for water, bread, olives on top of the dinner. It is common practice in the USA to charge for service and taxes on top of the dinner.


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Your best bet is to sign up to a crew-finding website like findacrew.net. A friend who cycled from London to New Zealand did this for the ocean parts - hung out in port and used the site. What was observed is that there are different levels of opportunities. Some berths require that you have licenses or sailing experience, or a particular skill (eg ...


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This looks like one of the Genoese towers, of which 67 still stand today. They are somewhat similar-looking and all are on the seacoast, so it may be a bit difficult to identify this particular tower without a doubt. You can compare the map of surviving towers with the route followed by the Tour — that only eliminates about half of them. Tour de la Parata ...


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Being a Turk and living in İzmir, yes nearly all beaches in Turkey are bikini friendly. In fact, Antalya attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, mostly Russians. You will have no problems about using any kind of swim suits. You can even find topless suntan girls (generally foreigners). For recommendations, Antalya is a better choice for it has ...


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August the traditional "everyone go on holiday" month in France (and Italy). Hence they are probably very booked up. Another theory is that Cannes might be more higher class tourist destination and there might be no hostels. Try nearby towns/cities. Sometimes the train between these places is very fast and cheap. I got a single train ticket from Monaco to ...


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I just checked airbnb.com and found accommodation for under 40 euros in August. It seems, indeed, that there are either very few or no hostels in Cannes, if a hostel is an accommodation with dorms. I suppose flashy Cannes does not have much of an interest in the lower end of the tourism industry. Nearby Nice does have hostels, or rather, accommodations with ...


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There is a site that lets you book the ferry from Porto Torres to Propiano. There appears to be one to Ajaccio as well Both operated by SNCM


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Well, it's not yet a full answer, but it's a start. The ferry leaves Mersin once a week. But... as I write this (October 16, 2012), after having spoken to Anrusstrans, the ferry has not run for the 'past month' and will not run for 'at least another month'. (I might have an opportunity to try them again in April 2013. Any updates in the meantime are most ...


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I have been to Croatia and stayed in the coastal town of Cavtat, about 30 minutes by car south of Dubrovnik, close to the Montenegro border. Whilst I did visit the island of Brac, I cannot whole heartedly recommend it. If you were to choose only one island, people in the know would definitely recommend the island of Hvar. It is regarded as the queen of the ...


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I try to provide a general-applicable answer to this broad questions: From April to November you will have the widest selection of cruise ships. End of October the holiday season in Europe comes to an end and a lot of small cruise lines and tourist locations in the whole Mediterranean sea just shut down. Note that a few cruise lines operate in the ...


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Well yes, probably, but it can be defended as a cultural thing. I've seen places in Poland charge a per person cost for "sauces" too, something like $2.50 a head (regardless of whether or not you've actually used any of course!). In that case my waiter's defence sounds similar to the your's.. "It's standard and it's listed in the menu". He was right too, it ...


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Corsica/Sardinia ferries has connection between both islands islands



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