American currencies, when (as is usual in ordinary traffic) at
par; the addition of a list of the coins in circulation in Germany
will not be unacceptable to travellers en route for the Rhine;
the currency of Switzerland is the same as that of France.
Foreign bills of exchange on Paris must be furnished with
a stamp of 5 c. per 100 fr., to be procured at the Timbre National,
Rue de la Banque 13, before they are presented to the banker.
With regard to the cost of a visit to Paris, it is impossible
to offer any remarks with precision. Supposing a traveller to fre¬
quent a hotel of either first or second-rate pretensions, to dine
at a table d'hote, or perhaps the 'Diner de Paris', to partake of
wine of a good though not extravagant quality, to visit the theatres,
to indulge in a supper 5 la carte, etc., a pound a day would prob¬
ably be the lowest estimate at which all this could be accomplished.
The thrifty and experienced traveller, who visits Paris for its
monuments, its galleries, its collections, and not for its pleasures,
will know how to control his expenditure in accordance with
the extent of his resources; but where all that can gratify the
eye and the palate are so temptingly displayed, where luxury is
raised to a science, and where the provocatives to extravagance
meet one at every 6tep, each traveller must be his own mentor.
Passports have again, since the events of 1871, become in¬
dispensable in France. They must, moreover, be provided with
the visa of a French ambassador or consul (10 fr.). Application
may be made to W. J. Adams, 59 Fleet Street; Lee and Carter,
440 Strand; E. Standford, 6 Charing Cross; or Letts and Co.,
8 Royal Exchange.
In order to avoid any unpleasant detention at the Customhouse
(or 'douane'), travellers are strongly recommended to eschew
all articles not absolutely necessary. Books and newspapers are
occasionally regarded with suspicion. Cigars (6 only free of duty)
pay 10 c. each.
II. Post and Telegraph Offices.
The General Post Office is in the Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau,
No. 55, near the church of St. Eustache (p. .116). The trans¬
mission of parcels is undertaken by the Messi^eries, Rue Notre
Dame des Victoires 28, the Compagnie Generale'.des Messageries,
Rue St. Honore 130, and other companies.
The Poste-Restante office (corner of the Rue Pagevin and the
Rue Coq-Heron) is open from 7. 30 a. m. to 8 p. m., on Sundays
till 5 p. m. In applying for letters the written or printed name,
or passport, of the addressee should always be presented. It is,
however, far preferable to desire letters to be addressed to the
hotel or boarding-house where the visitor purposes residing.