I have the pleasure to be your host (again). I just came back from a round trip through Morocco where I had to pay in Dirhams which gave me the idea to ask you to show your wallet and a picture of the banknotes and coins you use in your countries.
Mr. Arthur has the (sleeping) honor to present you my rather boring black wallet. I had a nice red one but a pickpocket had liked it too and stole it from my purse while I was in a packed up train.
Here it is open (Arthur doesn't care). On the top right a pictures of my different darlings and below the pink thing is the Belgian driver licence, which is still very old fashioned. I wonder when we will get it in form of a credit card !
I only had 55 € cash, which was already a lot, because usually I pay everything with my bank card. That's why I had to google for Euro banknote and coins pictures.
The Euro is very new to the poor citizens of Europe, they had to forget their local money since 1 January 2002 when new coins and banknotes entered circulation. Belgian Francs, Deutsche Mark, French Francs, Italian Lira etc, disappeared from one day to the other. Lots of mostly elderly people still calculate in their local currency. It's not so easy to give up what you have known all your life.
For tourists of course visiting Europe is very easy now, because they don't have to change into X different currencies ! Only the UK keeps on his pounds and a few Scandinavian countries to their local currency, don't ask me why, because it's far easier if we all have the same money. And anyway everything is expensive, if you pay now in $, or whatever currency.
Who wants to host Fun Monday next week ?