Subject: European prices
My wife and I have traveled the last three Octobers in Italy and France and are returning to Italy this October. We have always lived quiet well on a budget of $100 per day per person including hotel and food with wine. I pick my hotels from either friends recommendations or Michelin Red Guide. I like 2 star hotels better than 3+ stars as they usually are smaller and have more charm. A bathroom down the hall doesn't scare me, although most places have private baths. We stay in Venice for $70 per night for a double room with gondoliers serenading out our window on a small canal down from the Bridge of Sighs. Usually find a 2 star with symbol for quiet situation or view. Would rather stay in the best room in a small hotel than the cheapest room in a big hotel. I love wine but in France and Italy the House Red or White seems to go quite well with the local food. The restaurants reputation depends on it. And I especially like restaurants with the Bib Gourmand symbol which means Good food at moderate prices. My biggest problem is that after eating in Italy and France and spending $25 on a 3 course meal with wine it is very hard to come back to the United States and eat out at all at any price. Paul in Connecticut