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Just when I thought I had Venice figured out!

Sep 23rd, 2012, 04:48 AM
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Neo,
I was not criticizing you.
I buy a few hundred euros before I leave (at home) because I don't wish to wonder around airports
jet lagged and sleepy.
We have no control over the exchange rates the banks charge on the CCs bills- normally
used for the largest of the trip expenses.
If buying a couple hundred euros costs a bit more at home thatn at then ATM at a European
airport, and there is no prove it does, why not travel hustle free.
Once, I landed at the Amsterdam airport feeling so sick they had to take me in a wheel chair to he
First Aid clinic.
Fortunately, it was nothing serious and I was able to continue my trip in a couple of hours.
Was certainly glad I did not have to look for an ATM.

Of course, emergencies don' t happen often
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 04:53 AM
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Sorry... no proof...
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 08:05 AM
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Danon: Your use of a local foreign exchange agency is not an option for the vast majority travelers -- especially from the USA. There simply are not places where one can buy foreign currency at decent rates. So maybe if you had included the little detail. . .
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 08:45 AM
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I said " not where I live". No?
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 09:04 AM
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BTW,
when you are purchasing euros at the ATM in Europe, your bank is selling your dollars
to , let's say Barclays of London , and effectively purchasing for you the pounds you withdraw from the ATM

I understand big foreign exchange companies do not exist in small towns, but it would be interesting to know the difference between the rate for a euro purchased from the home town bank
( if this is possible) before the trip and the rate one pays in Europe.
As I said, our CC purchases / payments in foreign currency work in the similar way
you are charged in euros , your bill is in dollars.....somewhere along the way there was a transfer
of currencies. And , of cours , the , banks have made mony in the process.
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 09:05 AM
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money
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Pound in UK, of course.
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 04:33 PM
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Neo, how was Villa Clementina??
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 05:05 PM
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I'm in Vancouver, and the rates offered by this place are about 2% over the interbank rate. This is often cheaper than an ATM in Europe, because I will get dinged something like 5-8 Euros no matter what, for the withdrawal fee (I know some people are lucky enough to have accounts that don't do this).

www.vbce.ca

It seems that currency exchanges that are that inexpensive don't exist in the US, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

I always prefer having about 200 Euros to start with, but I don't always. I have experienced inexplicable ATM failures, and it's quite unnerving. The bank's explanation in one case is that they had recently put a $100 withdrawal limit on my account - why, I don't know, as it had thousands in it with nary a bad charge ever.
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Sep 24th, 2012, 04:48 AM
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Jean, Villa Clementina was wonderful. We wanted a relaxing place for one night before going to the Rome airport the next day, and this was just perfect. There was only one other couple there (starting September, the place seems mainly to be busy only on weekends, and we were there on a Wednesday). We only saw the other couple once in passing, so it was really like having our private villa. We were upgraded to a beautiful and huge room with lots of frescoes. It's the room featured on their website. We had booked dinner and we were the only ones there -- like being served dinner in a private dining room. The food was excellent and there was a surprising amount of choices. The cook set up breakfast buffet just for us and she waited on us as well. She is a Filipina who has worked for the family for something like 19 years. She and Peter (who is Filipino) chatted up a storm and we got lots of family and villa history.

http://www.hotelvillaclementina.it/en/home.php
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Sep 24th, 2012, 06:29 AM
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danon: "I said " not where I live". No?"

Yes -- but you didn't say that was in a major Canadian city. Apparently banking/credit cards/ATM cards/exchange work differently in Canada than in the States. I was just saying that your experience would not work for many if not most Fodorites.

"I understand big foreign exchange companies do not exist in small towns, but it would be interesting to know the difference between the rate for a euro purchased from the home town bank"

Actually even most large cities in the States don't have them. Generally banks will either jack up the rates as much as 10% and then boast they don't charge 'fees' - or - they charge fixed fees and tack on another 4 or 5%.
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Sep 24th, 2012, 06:44 AM
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Great, Neo. I'll have to stay there "next time."
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Sep 24th, 2012, 07:22 AM
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..the banks will jack up rate as much as 10%"...

too bad In the land of opportunity and competition
there is no option for millions of travelers but To
be ripped off by the banks or be " forced"
to search European airports for ATMs.
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Sep 24th, 2012, 07:34 AM
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"search European airports for ATMs"??? Generally speaking one would have do be stupid and blind not to be able to find a couple of ATMs prominently and logically located after arrivals in any major airport. "forced to search"?? Are you kidding or just trying to be funny? Searching for the taxi queue, the route to local transportation, or even to find your luggage is usually far more complicated than simply locating an ATM.
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Sep 24th, 2012, 10:33 AM
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I agree, the ATMs are usually obvious and I haven't bothered getting currency ahead for years (except when we needed a large sum for our 2 week apartment rental on arrival this year).

Btw we do have a British credit card with no fees and a 'perfect' exchange rate for foreign ATM withdrawals and purchases - it's what we've used for nearly everything here in Venice for the last 6 months - but maybe no such cards are available in certain other countries.

I'm sorry you were caught out by Alilaguna, though. The last vaporetti were at our local stop at c.3pm so I can't imagine why Alilaguna packed up so early.
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