Quote: Originally posted by Rog on 18 October 2006
SCRIPT>there weren't even Tills behind the Bar. Often when we wanted anything it was a case of help yourself and put the money in the Glass Tumbler placed there for the purpose.
There was never any talk of Guests having drinks and not paying. The fact that the Corfiotes placed their trust in you to be honest made everyone behave in an honest manner.
I prefered the good old Drachma, or should I say the days of it, as it added yet another element of romance to our visits.
Rog - I think you have very rose spectacles indeed - surely you are not suggesting that the Euro brought with it the cash till !!! - I can assure you that they were there long before the arrival of the Euro - but I know what you are trying to say.
Of course we miss the Drachma - and I am 100% sure that so do most Greeks - and there was definately a rise in prices as a result, particularly on items such as drinks where it has become "normal" for the smallest increment to be half a Euro - about 100 dr in "old money", before the changeover you would expect bars to price drinks in 50 Dr increments - but tavernas and Supermarkets in increments of just 10 Drs.
But as you rightly say - it was much nicer to be using Greek currency when in Greece.
Speaking aside, for a moment - I can remember changing money in Corfu town back in the early 80s and getting a better rate from a local taverna than the bank was offering - so much better that the difference covered the cost of our lunch for 2 at that taverna - on an exchange of less than £100.
Ahhhhh --- the good old days Eh ?