Hard to be a Smart Consumer in Paris! (Betty Sexton)

It's fun to get away and visit exciting places, but there's no place like home!

  I thought I would blog about my family's recent trip to Paris, France with a slight consumer perspective. 

  What an eye-opener!    We knew it wouldn't be cheap and the goal wasn't to be super budget-conscious... but it was wild to see just how expensive random items were.

  Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the amazing French food and all the sites... the Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, and Versailles... but it was very expensive.

  We pre-booked many activities and used a concierge who told us where to go for everything from museum passes and  taxi rides to restaurants and bakeries, but try buying a Coke or Sprite in Paris ... and you'll pay through the nose.

  I think the most we paid for 12 ounces of Coca Cola was 6.60 euros which today equates to  $8.70!   As always, a lot depends on where you're buying it and how the dollar is trading, but that was insane!  

  A package of luscious macaroons was 5.5 euros... which means the tasty, colorful morsels were actually $11.60, but I took comfort knowing it's better to be a tourist than a resident. 

  In fact, The Economist Intelligence Unit named Paris the most expensive city in the world in its latest survey.  Tokyo came in second and Oslo took third... when comparing factors like housing, food, transport, clothing and utility costs.

  My kids got a kick out of other differences.  For example, the Virgin Megastore on the Champs-Elysees sold DVDS of the Twilight release.  Instead of being called Eclipse, the title was Hesitation.  And the flick, Step Up was labeled Sexy Dance.

  So, it's good to be back home where soda in the KKTV vending machines will only set you back 65-cents instead of more than $8!  

  Au revoir!!!


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