euro pinching in france

Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:04 AM
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I believe the 350 euro is for the full ten days, of which 3 are "free" ? So we're talking about 35 euros a day.

When I'm in Paris, I'll have breakast at a cafe or take out (~10 euro for OJ, croissant and coffe at a cafe). For lunch, I'll stop at one of the many sandwich/bakery shops, have a sandwich, drink and a sweet. Again, probably around 10 euro. Dinner, I splurge a bit. But, if on a budget you could do a prix fix meal (choice of appetizer/entree,at a set price) for...say 20 euro. So food wise, I could see a day where you bought every meal being in the 30-40 euro
range. This is but one way of doing it, but hopefully it helps.

In Paris, you will see public toilets which a big, round "booths" that are pay toilets. They are spread around the city.

Now if above and beyond food you need to get public transit tickets, entrance fees to museums, souvenirs...350 euro may be tight.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:27 AM
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Tricks for restrooms... Never pass one without using it (if you are a museum, restaurant, department store, etc.)

In cities find public ones on a map or from your guidebook. Paris has some stand alone public facilities, for example, that charge a small fee in central locations.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:31 AM
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In Paris, you will see public toilets which a big, round "booths" that are pay toilets. They are spread around the city.

Those toilets have been free in Paris for the last two years. You still pay about 40 cents in other cities.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 12:26 PM
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We usually make good use of the buffet breakfast and make sure we eat really well then. We do take a piece of fruit for later, I think the hotels probably expect that most tourists are going to do this. The Fresh Hotel in Athens kept a big bowl of fresh apples on the reception desk and guests are able to take one when coming and going. A great idea and one that more hotels could adopt.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 03:18 PM
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thanks for the great tips. i won't have to buy lunch & dinner every day as there are a few meals included with the tour. maybe i can recoup enough from these days to pay for public transit and extra sight seeing.
to save a bit extra, i've been putting money in a jar to reward myself for passing up sweet treats and wine. so far i've got $5
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