Since the Euro's introduction, it has been
readily accepted. My only criticism is the coins. After nearly a year of
handling them, I still get confused. The shot above is of our till after a busy
day at the taverna! Notice just how similar the coins are. The notes are fine, but
all the coins are golden in colour and difficult to distinguish between.
Many have commented that 'things have gone
up with the Euro'. Well maybe. I have a masters in computing and economics,
and realise that consumers only spent their hard earned money
on an item if they perceive that it offers value for money. If it does not
then they will not buy. If some companies have increased their prices then
the consumer can and will shop elsewhere.
Has the Euro made it easier? For us a little. Gone are
the days when Italians would come over in their high-powered boats and
demand to pay in Lira - often arguing over the rate! The next time we drive
to England we will not end up with a bag of change after the trip. With the
increased dependence on plastic money though, I wonder how long it will be
before the coins and notes just disappear.