Friday, 2 July 2010

How to get on with the locals and impress your children on holiday

An Englishman - P. Oborne of the Mail - explains how to ingratiate yourself with bar owners, restaurateurs and retailers when holidaying on the Continent:
Anyone planning to travel to Eurozone countries during the summer should consider what has previously been unthinkable - the fate of euro notes and coins if the single currency falls apart. 
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Certainly, on my travels, I'm going to be wary of accepting euro notes with serial numbers that are prefixed with the letters Y (coming from Greece) or M (from Portugal). 
I shall also strongly steer clear of notes with the serial numbers starting G (Cyprus), S (Italy), V ( Spain), T ( Ireland) and F (Malta). 
This might sound as if I'm being ridiculously alarmist, but you cannot be too careful.

Imagine lunch at the taverna. His kids are really going to hate him.

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