Subject: Re: european currency should I buy it here or there?
Hi Mary,

Here are links for bank or ATM machines. Check your cards to see which symbol is on it and which machines you can use. http://visaatm.infonow.net/bin/findNow?CLIENT_ID=VISA http://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp

Two articles on money in Europe for travelers: http://tinyurl.com/5d6db http://tinyurl.com/2exco

The rec.travel.europe FAQ has a section on money. http://www.faqs.org/faqs/travel/europe/faq/ Part 15.

I do usually buy a small amount of cash in the local currency before I go. However, it isn't necessary but I worry that all the bank machines in the airport will be down or something! For your needs, unless Switzerland is your first destination, that would be euros. And I try to stash one large note away for emergencies.

Frances Toronto, Canada