Well, we are all feeling the pinch at the pump and the housing slump. The weak dollar (at an all time low) has negatively impacted my travel plans to Europe this year. Italy and France, as well as the rest of Europe count on American tourism to boost their economy, so it is inevitable that with our economy tanking of late, that the effects on our economy will be felt in Europe as well.
But, you know it is bad when the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, is offering a discount to Poor Americans. According to Reuters, the owner said there has been a noticeable drop in American customers since January, and April is not looking any better. He hopes to boost some business by offering Americans a 20% discount off all items on the menu. The discount does not apply to just drinks at the bar.
That may be a great offer, but honestly, if the major portion of the trip is the cost for the outrageous airfare and hotel, which have gone up so much that travelers can’t even afford to step onto the plane, I doubt if this discount will entice you to book that European vacation.
On the other hand, if your trip is already planned or you are currently wandering around the Piazza San Marco in Venice…..you may want to head right over to Harry’s and announce to the staff, “Please sir, I am a poor American”. You may be able to enjoy a meal in a historic location, where the legendary Hemingway did, at 20% off. Or you can just buy the cookbook.
But you’d better act fast….there is no telling when this special offer expires!!
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