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Grecian Vacation

The Land and Isles of Greece: The Complete Vacation Guide For All Budgets
Deane
1965

Submitter: This book is living life at my local public library, still giving out 1966 travel advice for those who want to visit Greece. I know their economy has tanked, and I am pretty sure hotels are no longer $8 a night. I am also suspect on those temperatures. I would guess, with global warming, they have risen slightly since 1966.

Holly: This is a prime example of how world events require updates in the travel section. Remember Hurricane Katrina? All the New Orleans books needed updates. Remember the Indian Ocean tsunami? Yup, update. Earthquake in Japan? You got it. Greece is in the middle of a financial crisis that absolutely affects travel. Hopefully our patrons are smart enough to realize that hotels are not $8 a night, but honestly I wouldn’t count on it. Maybe they think it’s a really great exchange rate.

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12 Responses to Grecian Vacation

  • I remember reading this book when I was in high school! I was fascinated with Greece and the islands. BTW, I’m going to retire next year. Any book that I read in high school, unless it was Shakespeare, needs to be long gone now.

  • Was the misspelling of “Grecian” as “Greecian” intentional? I wasn’t sure if I was missing a joke here.

  • Those numismatical indictments are a hoodwinking pettyfoggery. If one really proposes to himself to travel, not just to take a cheap leave, one only contents himself with experiencing the sempiternally momentous phenomena of man and nature, which is what an aspirational travel book endeavors to expose. The account hereof is what bibliothecaries as the guardians of education are required to expose.
    In the case of the designated object nation, Greece, I exemplify the specified evaluation by giving as suggestion the book “Griechische Frühlingstage” of the German literary critic and philhellenist Eduard Engel, first published 1887 (the first two of four original editions are available on archive.org); what it loses by aging out, it gains by enabling comparison. In general, one has to understand the difference between a “The Innocents Abroad” of Mark Twain or an “American Notes” by Charles Dickens and a temporal trifle travelogue to dissect a weeding candidate.
    Of course, the denominated book by Philip Deane leans to the latter side, if it abounds in numbers and regulations, snuffing out the rest therewith.

  • While your concern for the effect of global warming on Greek weather is a bit exaggerated, there are many other reasons to weed this book. Although it may not be for long, Greece is still on the euro, not the drachma, and I doubt the particular hotels and businesses mentioned are still open, or at least not under the same names or at the same locations. Travel options have changed , too; people are now using Uber and Lyft.

    • Sorry but you’re wrong. As a Greek, those temperatures are off. They were probably off when this book was published.
      Why comment on topics you clearly know nothing about.

      • I just hope he’s not a librarian. That’s the last thing our career needs is a know-it-all. They never do and look foolish. I install this virtue in all my library aids.

  • Things that have happened in Greece since that book was published include a military coup, seven years of neo-fascist oligarchy and a messy and inconclusive war with Turkey over possession of the island of Cyprus, an issue that still hasn’t been completely laid to rest to this day.

  • We have a rule of thumb that travel books need weeding once they are 5 years old……