“Travels to a Different Time” : 3August1972: Paris at $4.65 a Day

Up early leaving my hovel and heading to the Sorbonne area. I found another hovel for $3.65 a night including breakfast. I walked most the morning seeing the Palais de Justice. What a city of incredible architecture, parks and monuments. Suffering from hunger pains I went to a market and bought bread, jam, cookies and that was my lunch. At seven I went out to a self serve cafeteria for chicken and fries with a half litre of milk. I walked around for an hour after dinner and sat down in a park with a bottle of beer then came home to bed. Expenses for the day $4.65.

4August1972: A Meal Fit for A Prince (a poor one)

One can see so much of Paris simply by walking around and that I did today for hours. There is so much beauty to behold. More rain. Lunch was some water and grapes. After lunch it was to the Samartine department store and bought a canteen and a can opener. My second lunch was a cold can of ravioli with bread and strawberry jam. A strange lunch. Dinner was at the self serve cafeteria I ate dinner at yesterday. Dinner was beef, mashed potatoes, milk and a carrot salad. I strolled around after dinner and sat on a bench with a small bottle of wine and listened to the street singers. I returned home to my hovel not pleased that the chambermaids failed to clean my room.

Photo: Fotini Stephen

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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