France - Round The World Tour 2003 T-40

pre-departure

Paris

Saturday 1st February

As I type, the Thalys train out of Paris is just leaving the station. Paris has been fun and we are ready to return back to Holland. This little teaser trip to Paris was something of a dry run for our man journey. We have been able to test out our gear, learn what it is like walking with a full load of backpacks and also what it is like to live for several days in a youth hostel. If the rest of our trip were as successful, we will enjoy ourselves immensely when we get under way. We did go over the planned €500 total budget slightly but not by much. Here is the breakdown of what we spent altogether:

Activity Transportation Feed Lodging Attractions Other
Return train journey between Kerkrade & Liege €40,40
Return train journey between Liege & Paris €120,00
Metro passes in Paris (Carte d’Orange) was much better value that the Visit Paris tourist pass €27,50
Day 1
I night for two people in Friends youth hostel €30,00
Munchies in Maastricht train station €4,50
Munchies in Liege train station €5,50
Hot chocolate in the train bar €2,00
Overpriced safety pins €4,80
Eiffel Tower – two tickets to the top level €20,40
Hot chocolate and a hotdog at the 2nd level €6,70
A quaint little brasserie around the corner from the youth hostel €26,00
Day 2
I night for two people in Friends youth hostel €30,00
Supermarket shopping €14,70
Louvre – two entrance tickets €15,00
Chocolate muffins €1,39
Day 3
I night for two people in Friends youth hostel €30,00
Supermarket shopping for breakfast €2,80
Bread €2,20
Notre Dame – two entrance tickets €11,00
Restroom €0,41
Arc de Triomphe – two tickets to the top of the arch €14,00
Postcards €2,10
Internet terminal €3,00
Bread €0,65
Day 4
I night for two people in Friends youth hostel €30,00
Restroom €0,41
Buskers €2,00
Sacré Coeur – candle for Charlie €1,00
Hot chocolate, a coke & a hotdog in a café near the park €12,00
Catacombs €10,00
McDonalds €2,65
Boat ride up and down the Seine €18,00
Postage stamps €3,00
Brasserie off the Champs Elysees €27,50
Internet terminal €2,00
Sub-totals €187,90 €108,59 €120,00 €88,40 €15,72
Grand total €520,61

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