Nothing to start your day 13 days before leaving for Paris than chirpy tv news anchors who announce, “Dollar hit a record low against the euro this morning. If you’re planning a trip to Europe, pout on the brakes!”
They preferred this dramatic approach to actually telling me the rate, so I checked online. And it’s now over the buck 50 mark at $1.51 to the euro. Ouch indeed.
Permit to whine for a minute about the decline of the dollar since my first trip in 2001. The exact same meal, metro ticket or souvenir now costs almost *double* — not even counting the natural price increases before factoring the exchange rate. I think it’s time to start travelling closer to home. After Paris of course.