Renting A Home As A Retiree In Panama…Dining Out In Languedoc, France

Renting A Home As A Retiree In Panama…Dining Out In Languedoc, France

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“Let me just tell you: The 3-course US$12 lunch your correspondent reported on recently is certainly a lie. I have lived in France for 29 years, and the truth is this: There are some hot dog stands where you could get a lunch (that is, a hot dog) for less than US$12. Period. A lunch normally costs US$60 to US$100 per person. Yes, it was cheaper 20 years ago, but never US$12. Not even in the countryside, more than three hours drive from a major city, can you eat for US$12. It’s either a myth or distant history.”

— Henri S., France

Correspondent Lucy Culpepper rebuts:

“First, my apologies. I meant to write 12 euro, not US$12. So we’re talking about US$16, more or less, depending on the exchange rate.

“And that figure I stand by.

“Yes, this is an average price. You won’t find lunch for this price at every restaurant in every town in the region of France I was reporting on (Languedoc). But you won’t have to go far to find it, either (certainly not three hours outside town!).

“Frankly, I’d say it would be impossible in Cessenon-sur-Orb, in the Languedoc region of France, to pay US$60 to US$100 per person for lunch. Please, dear reader, if you know such a place, I’d like to have the name so I can go see it for myself. What a menu that must be.

“Today, I took my sister out for lunch to a very attractive brasserie. The lunchtime menu was 9.90 euro. It included a salad with toasted camembert, a small steak, fries, and a green vegetable, as well as bread, a glass of wine, and a coffee, with a small chocolate. I’d call that a full, proper lunch–certainly not a hot dog.

“Last week my parents ate out at a canal-side restaurant. They had a 4-course meal for 15 euro per head. I have eaten many 3-course meals in the Languedoc region for 12 euro per person. An example included a lunch of salad, chantarelle mushroom omelette, creme caramel, bread, and a glass of wine. “I’m not a fan of hot dogs. And, even if I were to have one for lunch, I’d never pay US$12 for it.”

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