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I'm So Old That...

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I'm so old that when i first started traveling Europe:
*Paris metro had first and second class cars!
*Travelers cheques and lines at banks were the way to change money
*Calling home was a real pain and expensive
*Keeping in contact with home meant either Poste Restante at the post office or tracking down the American Express for their mail service.
*No trains required reservations
* Getting to British soil meant taking boat trains to a Channel port and then a boat to the UK ('leading to one UK newspaper to tour "Fog Closes Channel Ferry - Continent Isolated!")
* In the Netherlands a 'coffeeshop' was a place where you'd go to get coffee!
* There was an East and West Germany, with walls between the two - entering the old DDR often meant a police interrogation.
*The UK used shillings and pence
* All the girls in France used tissue paper pants!
* Carnaby Street was a hot sight.
* Cappuccino was something only available in Italy
* Les Halles in Paris was a vegetable market as was Convent Garden (really dating myself now)
* youth hostels were run by martinent dictators enforcing rules like 10pm curfews and mandatory chores.
* Icelandair, the hippie airline, was the cheapest way to Europe, landing in Reykyavik and then Luxembourg.
* The dollar was so strong - in my notes as a college student traveling in the late 60s i was spending $2-4 a day for everything - food and hostel but not including YouthEurailPass that cost about $150!
* Parisian waiters once gave out old francs for new in change to unsuspecting tourists - the old francs were slashed in worth by 100 around 1960 so the old france 100 franc coins for example were now worth one france but still circulated - thus a waiter could easily fool tourists and make a bundle by sluffing off old francs for new!
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