Friday, February 8, 2008

Sticker Shock

Six months into our stay, I'm pretty adept with the euro and can even give a cashier exact change without too much trouble. Getting used to the high price of living in Paris is another thing. To give you a sense of what I mean by "high", here's a list of some of the things you might buy while in Paris, whether as a tourist or resident, and the typical prices in our well-to-do neighborhood(assuming the euro is about $1.46):

  • two liter bottle of milk(just a bit more than a half gallon): $3.73
  • Starbucks tall coffee (actually, here the smallest size is called "moyen" or medium): $3.77
  • cup of coffee in a local café: $3.51
  • cup of coffee on the Champs Elysées: $6.58
  • sandwich at your local bakery: from about $5.40 to about $8.00
  • chicken: $1.96 per pound for the whole chicken and up to $5.14 per pound for split breasts; roasted whole chicken from the butcher's rotisserie: about $12
  • baguette fresh from the oven: a steal at $1.31
  • bottle of wine from the corner market: from $2.07 (which looked questionable) to about $15; many bottles can be had in the $4-$6 range.
  • the least you can probably pay for dinner in Paris in a non fast food restaurant (for two courses, not including wine or coffee but including tax and tip): $36.57
  • two Snickers bars out of a vending machine: $2.92
The good news: walks through the city and most museums are free for those under 18 and free for all the first Sunday of every month.

1 comment:

susen said...

Obviously,we will plan to be in Paris on the first SUnday of a month!

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