So, the great expert on travel who's always being interviewed on BBC news when they do a piece about possible difficulties when visiting "problem" destinations has advised that if you're travelling to Greece from the UK this summer, then it's best not to change your Sterling into anything larger than €20 notes. I would suggest that this bloke, who I used to respect greatly at one time in the past, get his facts right; maybe actually come here and find out from the horse's mouth before offering such stupid advice.
I've lived here for seven years this summer and only yesterday was having a conversation at the "Top 3" Bar in town with my fellow Excursion Escort and friend, Tim and some UK guests when this topic came up. Tim and I would have laughed if we weren't so livid to hear that this was the kind of balderdash being served up to the public, which the BBC must think are so gullible.
The €50 note is probably the most common note in circulation out here. The ATM machines dish them out perpetually and - incidentally - these aren't running out of ready cash either. Just about the same percentage of businesses are accepting credit and debit cards as ever and I have yet to see any "unrest" on the streets of a Greek island, apart from perhaps someone getting jumpy over the late arrival of their souvlaki. Yes Mr. Paxman, a "kebab" is Turkish, in Greece it's called "SOUVKALI" mate.
I'll tell you something else. This perpetual "talking up" of the idea of Greece leaving the Euro is pointless as well. It's not going to happen, but even if I'm wrong and it does, do you think that businesses here in the tourist areas will not continue to accept Euros? Go to Turkey and you'll find that, even though their currency is the Turkish Lira, you can spend an entire fortnight there without seeing one, as the Euro is accepted everywhere. Plus, plus...if the Drachma were to be resurrected it wouldn't happen overnight, probably not even during the course of this year's holiday season, so please be assured that, as stated in another recent post, it's business as usual here in Rhodes.
For those of you thinking of coming, here are a quick few snaps taken just yesterday in Rhodes Town...
|The main thoroughfares are pretty busy, but just off the beaten track you get scenes like this|
Postscript added July 1st.
This article has appeared in the Independent. Seems the "expert" in question has finally come here and redressed the balance. Read it all the way through though!!