food and francs

Old Mar 2nd, 1999, 03:34 AM
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I scanned the last few posts, so maybe this was mentioned, but DO invest in a copy of Cheap Eats in Paris, not only for the worthwhile suggestions....BUT there's a translation section at the back. Voila! You will KNOW (more or less) what you are ordering, AND no moreyucky goat cheese for you!
Old Mar 2nd, 1999, 05:22 AM
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Breakfast at the hotel always seems to run between $7 and $10. Then it's just a couple cups of coffee, a croissant, a roll and juice. We always stipulate that we do not want breakfast included. We travel with our immersion heater and a jar of instant coffee. (If your hotel is using plastic glasses you can generally get a glass one from the bar.) There is always a wonderful patisserie just a few steps from anywhere in Paris, so while one of us showers, the other goes out for some yummy, just out of the oven, goodies, always under $1 per. So we feel we get a far tastier breakfast at a fraction of what the hotel is charging. If you MUST be served, go to what we would call a bar. They always serve fresh baked pastries at much lower prices than the hotel. How I envy you!
Old Mar 2nd, 1999, 07:18 PM
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You can certainly eat well within that budget if you keep your eyes open. For example, across from the Bir Hakeim metro stop (by the Tour Eiffel) there is a strip of inexpensive litle restaurants and outdoor food stands with excellent food - cheap. Along rue St. Dominique and rue Cler in the seventh are lots of shops with "take out" food, where it's great fun to assemble items from this place and that to enjoy in your room or on a park bench. At both of the aforementioned places, you can see what you're getting ahead of time and determine what looks appealing. It's best to have a comprehensive food glossary along if you're not familiar with the language. There's also a new guidebook called "Paris for less" (it's British, but I found it at a very local bookstore and it's available at the bookstores on the web). Retail is $19.95. Included (in addition to a very good map and guidebook) is a discount card valid for four people for eight days. With the card you receive a 25% discount at 100 restaurants (every cuisine imaginable), as well as discounts at shops, for tours, and for some of the museums and attractions. They even throw in an $8 phone card. I just bought the book and haven't tried it out yet - but it sure looks good.
Old Mar 12th, 1999, 12:37 PM
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Catherine: The Canadian dollar is excellent now in relation to most European currencies, unlike to the $U.S. In fact, the rate for the French franc, though not as low as it has been, is in very good shape now. It has been getting better constantly over the past year.
Old Mar 12th, 1999, 04:36 PM
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Thanks so much everyone.There has been lots of great tips.I know whatever we do I am going to be spending a small fortune. it's worth eating bread and jam for 6 months when I get home.
Yes Bob the canadian $ is improving.I hope it dosen't take another dive!

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