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Pizzaman
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June 16, 2015 9:23 am  

I follow the news on a regular basis and have been watching the situation in Greece with interest as we have an upcoming trip planned for the family.

The most recent news shows talks between Greece and their various creditors/EU/IMF going poorly. Like most things in politics, I expect that if a deal is to be made, it will be at the very last minute (end of June, in this case).

I still feel fine taking our trip this summer, but I'm wondering what folks here would use as a barometer to bail on the trip.

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June 16, 2015 10:36 am  

Rioting in the streets? And then only if you are committed to staying only in Athens - if you're hiring a car and happy being elsewhere, I'm not sure even mild rioting in Athens would be a showstopper.

I can't imagine lynch mobs running wild in the streets. As grumpy as the Greeks may be, I doubt we'll see public executions or even beatings of German tourists. We might see a burning effigy of Angela Merkel, but that sounds more like a cultural experience than a reason to stay home.


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June 16, 2015 10:40 am  

Yeah, I haven't really internalized much in the way of concern yet and I'm really not sure if I'm being too cavalier

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June 16, 2015 11:37 am  

Just go. We went a few years ago, just after the riots in Athens ... and there wasn't a peep about it anywhere else.

If anything it'll drive prices down.


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June 16, 2015 11:51 am  

Ed Chandler, post: 2619237, member: 326 wrote: Just go. We went a few years ago, just after the riots in Athens ... and there wasn't a peep about it anywhere else.

If anything it'll drive prices down.

Yeah, part of me welcomes them trying to print Lira. 🙂

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June 16, 2015 12:00 pm  

I'd only bail on a trip if I felt like it would be unsafe, that the purpose of the trip would be severely compromised by events without good alternative, or that the logistics would become untenable. I don't see safety as an issue, but may as well monitor the situation in case events would lead to e.g. transportation delays/cancellations, and if such delays would affect your schedule too much.

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June 16, 2015 1:34 pm  

Pizzaman, post: 2619239, member: 24 wrote: Yeah, part of me welcomes them trying to print Lira. 🙂

Why would they print Lira? That was the national currency in Italy, the Greek had drachmas.

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June 16, 2015 5:23 pm  

Too hot in the summer......


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July 5, 2015 3:51 pm  

Flying back from Greece right now and spent last 8 days in Santorini. Very little impact of the Greece-EU economic crisis noted by us except for a line of 5 people at an ATM on Friday.

There are cash withdrawal limits for Greek bank account holders. No issues noted by us with our US bank cards and taking out cash.

Tourism is huge part of Greek economy and with July/August being high vacation season in the Greek islands, can't imagine there with be much in way of protests that would disrupt tourists spending money that would help their economy.

Did talk with several hotel and restaurant staff about referendum all with wide range of opinions but much more civilized than a US political discussion 😉 and will be interesting to see how their vote turns out


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July 5, 2015 4:41 pm  

martyfly, post: 2627580, member: 85729 wrote: Flying back from Greece right now and spent last 8 days in Santorini. Very little impact of the Greece-EU economic crisis noted by us except for a line of 5 people at an ATM on Friday.

There are cash withdrawal limits for Greek bank account holders. No issues noted by us with our US bank cards and taking out cash.

Tourism is huge part of Greek economy and with July/August being high vacation season in the Greek islands, can't imagine there with be much in way of protests that would disrupt tourists spending money that would help their economy.

Did talk with several hotel and restaurant staff about referendum all with wide range of opinions but much more civilized than a US political discussion 😉 and will be interesting to see how their vote turns out

I've heard there have been protests about the vote at major tourist attractions, but I'd expect those to be gone shortly. The rest really depends on the vote and what the EU is willing to do now. I think Tsipras has his misjudged his bargaining power.

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July 5, 2015 4:42 pm  

HaveMilesWillTravel, post: 2619296, member: 648 wrote: Why would they print Lira? That was the national currency in Italy, the Greek had drachmas.

My bad. Getting old Euro currencies confused in my doddering mind.

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July 5, 2015 5:19 pm  

If they go back to the drachmas it will most likely spend like the lira:D.
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July 6, 2015 1:15 am  

Pay like a Euro, get a florint service ? 😉


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July 8, 2015 11:25 pm  

I feel like if you bring enough euros and/or have prebooked a few things it should be ok. I also think that travel to some of the islands like Mykonos and Santorini that have a lot of tourists continually coming in will not be as affected as the country as a whole. I have no basis of facts for this opinion, but just a personal feeling. I would love to hear from someone who has just gotten back from Greece to see how their experience was.


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July 9, 2015 11:53 am  

One note to keep in mind: while banks do not impose the EUR 60 limit on foreign cards, you could face situations where ATM are simply empty, so it is best to carry plenty of cash rather than to expect to be able to withdraw money at regular intervals (yes, a real call for thieves at the same time).

Also, shops/hotels/restaurants could, potentially, only accept cash rather than credit cards (some of them already do at normal times) as they need money to pay suppliers/employees/...

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