Among the photographs of our trip to Italy in 1999 I found a crisp 1000 lire banknote. I stared at it with nostalgia, remembering those pre-euro trips with a favorable exchange rate.
I also came across a receipt from 'Da Gemma', a wonderful restaurant in Capri with a lovely view and a fabulous antipasto buffet. I have the habit of saving all kind of receipts from our travels and I particularly liked this one because it looked more like an official document than a receipt and it also had the detailed story of the restaurant.
Our lunch consisted of one antipasto misto from the buffet, one pizza alla marinara, one spaghetti Gemma (with seafood), a bottle of wine and a half bottle of mineral water, one coffee and one dessert. The total with coperto and servizio was 61,525 lire equivalent to about $35.00.