Just returned from Paris; misc. info!

May 23rd, 2002, 06:14 PM
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Why thank you for the prize. I always thought that I could be one, it's just that..... so soon? thank you once again!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S.: Dear Sue, on your trip, i hoped you learned how to be literate in french

embrassez mon âne
May 23rd, 2002, 06:34 PM
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Why Jon -- I'm sure we'd be happy to -- if your nose weren't up it
May 23rd, 2002, 07:22 PM
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Just a small correction....the official plural of Euro is.....Euro. So to use the terminology properly, one should make statements such as, "Did not take euro with me." "I took 100 Euro with me" etc.

No hostility meant...just helping people write properly.....
May 23rd, 2002, 07:52 PM
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Don't understand why so many of you went to Paris without taking euro with you...you can get American Express travellers cheques in euro denominations. Another thing I've done is to overpay/put a credit on my Visa. Then, whenever I use it it works as a debit card and I can use it in bank machines to withdraw cash at the daily rate with no charge.
May 23rd, 2002, 07:58 PM
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Thanks, "no hostility meant". I wondered about the plural of Euro! If everybody else already knew that and I'm the only "Duh!" person here, so be it. I cull some bit of knowledge with every Fodors drop-in, glad to pick up whatever I can whenever I can.

And Marcia, back to you: yes, it is a relevation when you switch from one pair of shoes to another and find instant relief. Ah, but wait a few miles...

Maybe, like the Pony Express couriers who jumped from horse to horse, we could arrange Shoe Exchange Posts along our route each day.

Send scouts out at the crack of dawn with a sack of sandals and sneakers to man the Foot Relief Stations, then hand us a pair of soft, fuzzy slippers at the finish line.
May 23rd, 2002, 08:26 PM
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dear xxx--re: the correct plural form of euro:

Check out the official website; click on the english version, then on spelling
You will find that the Secretariat General of the European Commission has issued a statement(section 12.12) regarding the spelling of the plural form of euro. Essentially, what it says is that the official and legal spelling of euro and cent is to remain the same in all languages, and that the "s" for plural is not to be used in official or legal documents. In practice, some countries (including France) prefer to add the s. In common use this is considered acceptable.
May 23rd, 2002, 08:27 PM
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Excellent thought about the shoe hand-off, Kathleen. But next time, the running shoes definitely come along! I could have enjoyed the holiday twice as much if my feet hadn't hurt so much.
May 23rd, 2002, 08:35 PM
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Well Barb aren't you saying what I'm saying i.e. that the official plural of Euro is Euro....sure people can use the vernacular any way they want. I mean the word ain't is not in any dictionary and officially it is (as it should be) frowned upon when used in any official way....but many people say that word right.

Incidentally, I spoke to three people in France yesterday to make various bookings for an upcoming trip. In each case they said Euro like "I am going to charge 25 Euro to your credit card." Obviously 3 people do not make a scientific sample but this is what I experienced.
May 24th, 2002, 06:53 AM
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Wear your running shoes and don't worry about it. We just returned from Paris and believe it or not people wear all and every kind of shoes. No one will even notice what kind of shoes you have on.

May 24th, 2002, 01:47 PM
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re: shoes. Lands end has very comfortable substantial mocs that are waterproof for only 29.95$ sizes run big. but shoe is excellent knokoff of original brand that charges over $100.
May 24th, 2002, 02:01 PM
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Hey Greg--if you look over past posts, most of us who recommend heavy ATM use almost always also say, "make sure you get enough Euro at your home AmEx office for the cab into town and one meal."
May 24th, 2002, 02:42 PM
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Sorry folks, the official plural of euro IN FRANCE is euros - yes the EU decided to have only one plural (euro) but the French (and Portugal, Spain and Finland) were allowed to opt out of this and choose their own official plural.

The EU's website emphasises that all this is for legal documents only - for all other purposes anyone can use what plurals they like, for euro/s and cent/s. So my point is, this is one area when being pedantic is NOT WORTH IT - you won't be right.

May 24th, 2002, 02:53 PM
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The other intesting thing about this discussion about the Euro is the location of the symbol (I don't have any idea when I enter the proper code for the Euro this web site and this web site alone prints a ? even though om my computer it looks like the Euro symbol).....

If you look on a French web site 79 euro and 23 cent is printed 79.23 followed by the Euro symbol. In other countries, the Euro symbol is listed first just like in the US and UK.....

Interesting how some countries wish to keep their little whatevers....
May 24th, 2002, 04:59 PM
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I also noticed in France they list the euro as 7E30.
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