Once Upon a Place: The Elusive Parisian Campsite Bargain

Fieldwork in Stilettos

All this talk about Greece and the Central European Bank has reminded me of the time that my family went to Europe. I’m thinking about France in particular (as that’s where I had my first true run in with the complexities of global economics). And so, I offer the first in a long line of classic Richter family mishaps which I’m going to call (drum roll, please), Once Upon a Place…

Paris, circa 1999: my brother and I stumbled upon what we thought was the greatest deal of the century: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for the equivalent of about $1.50 USD.

If you know anything about Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, you know that a buck fifty is an absolute steal. Being the frozen dessert connoisseurs that we were, we quickly purchased a pint each.


We were staying in a campground with our parents, about to head south to…

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