Hi all, I have great sympathy with Joe, we were in Paris in Feb and were amazed at the price of food & alcohol. Although not as expensive as Joes' bills we did actually pay £50 for a basic spag bol for 2 with a glass of wine & lager which pre Euro price would still have cost £35.
Like others we did the homework but were still gobsmacked at the cost of everything in Paris. When we returned home we admitted to friends that we would never say Rip-off Britain again, we did not dine out there again but lunched at baguette stands [£5 each] and had Take-away pizza for dinner [£10 for 12"]
This sounds so stingy partic as people go to Paris to sit at cafes & absorb the atmosphere but that atmosphere in todays financial climate is far too dear.
We travel worldwide but sadly will now avoid the Euro community as are many of our friends & fams.