Monday, June 15, 2009

Tourists



YESTERDAY, BROWSING AND
PUSHING DUST ALONG NEGLECTED
BOOK SHELVES, I CAME ACROSS A
memory jogger. Is it possible that such
a time existed..when a book, "Europe On
$10. A Day", by Arthur Frommer, was
actually published, actually popular?
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I'm not going back to the early 20th
century..I'm holding a rather heavy tome,
the 1979 edition of, "America's most popular
money saving guide". I remember being
quite grateful to have had someone pave
the way up and down those stairs, helping
me to take the proper (cheap) steps to
a fun filled, whirlwind trip to EUROPE!
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Random selections will be chosen.
I'm curious to know if any of these hotels
and restaurants are still in operation,
and how present prices compare to those of
1979.
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LONDON RESTAURANTS: Soho..big splurge-
The ASIA INDIAN,44 Frith Street,
(chicken curry) $3.75.
THE MUSEUM TAVERN, opposite the British
Museum, hot plates/steak and kidney pie/
mashed potatoes..$1.50. PUB at BOLTON
HOTEL,326 Earl's Court Road, pub lunch:
.50 cents to $1.50.
HOTELS: ST.GEORGE HOTEL, 46 Norfolk Sq.,
$9.61, single with breakfast. LONDON
MUSICAL CLUB, 21 Holland Park/ full board,
$8.64 a day. THE SUTHERLAND, 90 Sutherland
Ave., $8.65 per day.
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PARIS RESTAURANTS: LE DROUOT, 103
Rue de Richelieu, $ 2.50 full meals,
vegetables, cheese. GRAND RESTAURANT
ST. MICHEL, 10 Blvd. St Michel, prix fixe:
$2.08...
HOTELS: HOTEL RACINE, 23 Rue Racine,
single/$ 15. (this is Paris!) Highest rated!!
HOTEL des BALCONS, 3 Rue Casimir-Delavigne,
double(with breakfast), $11.
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Could go on..looking for time machine..
will adjust more than prices. Which
actually seem to add up to more than
$10.a day. How did I do it? Memories!
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Happy Birthday to Jon, my lovely son..
can still see your funny little face at birth
time..look at you now!! How did you get
to be so terrific?
Good luck, good love, good karma..








14 comments:

Jeane said...

oh, god, Lyn, when you find the time machine, let me know so I can hitch a ride - it's the only way I'll ever get to Paris now - those prices are amazing!

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
I swear, compared to now, everything seems like small change!! Hard to travel, these days...

willow said...

OMG. Let's turn back the clock and GO!!

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
What a blast..let's do it!! Nowadays I can only go if I stay with friends!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

You can visit us here in Camelopardalis for no charge!

Lyn said...

Hi Raph-
I'll be looking for that portal..
Just to see the whole gang..imagine!

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

Impossible to imagine that those prices existed even in 1979! Interestingly (perhaps!) our friend in Newcastle had come across an old restaurant bill for Simpsons on The Strand, London (swanky!) where dessert was 1/6 and 3/- and that's in "old" money when we had pounds, shillings and pence!

Glad you liked my Newcastle pics!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
We had gone to Simpson's, it was the tourist thing to do! Probably had roast beef..no idea of the cost!!
Did love the pics...

A Cuban In London said...

Happy birthday to your son! And I had to laugh at those prices when I got to the London. We have just overtaken Paris as the most overpriced capital in Europe, not a distinction of which to be proud, mind.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to A Cuban-
Thanks for the good wishes...
NY also is sky high with pricing..there are still major players here who can show off their willingness to pay! Not me..love to cook!!

FireLight said...

Lyn, I had just been looking through a journal from a stay in Oxford, England during the summer of 1989. Prices were not quite so unbelievable as in '79, but still dramatically different! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I always love to find you have been there!

Lyn said...

Hi FireLight-
I so appreciate your kind words!
I will keep that travel book..it is a history book!!

Owen said...

Hi Lyn, I'm not sure if my parents still have it, but when we went to Europe in 1970, we used "Europe On 5 Dollars A Day"... (that's dating me a bit, but I was little...) And we used that book everywhere we went that summer... I can remember my parents poring over page after page, hunting for bargains... and we got some bargains, including Montezuma's Revenge in Paris...

Lyn said...

Hi Owen-
Thanks for visiting! If your folks still have the book, it's an antique..those were the days!!
Yes, Montezuma was also quite a traveler!!

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