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On Greek traditions . . .

. . . like conning tourists

sunny 33 °C

R&R day today as we shift across town to rendezvous with my brother for a few days. We decided to treat ourselves to a taxi between the two hotels, especially as there was a taxi rank literally meters from the front door of the hotel. However, the doorman stopped us as we tried to leave and insisted on calling the taxi from his cell phone.

We waited for five minutes which was kind of strange given the proximity of literally dozens of cabs. When we arrived at our new destination – the St George Lycabettus (a little step up from the Hotel Stanley), the meter read 5 Euros, but we were mysteriously charged 7. Apparently, there is a 2 Euro charge for the privilege of hailing the cab via phone rather than on the street….. though this may be a legitimate system, we feel like we were ripped off which didn’t add to our love of the Greeks.

Posted by jacquiedro 19:51 Archived in Greece Tagged round_the_world

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