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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10, i tie LC I MBHIuut HERALu 4, Greeks feel antiquity threatened by tourists NAUPLION, Greece (CP) "You can find the key to time itself in the little streets of this old said Sa- rantos Carahalios, 32, con- templating a scene of serene beauty. "The history of Greece is written in the stones and the architecture of Nauplion and the Peloponnese region." The Peloponnese-rich in his- tory, dotted with such ancient cities as Corinth and Sparta- is a paradise for tourists. Carahalios, a hotel desk clerk, welcomes visitors with the warmth typical of Greeks and, no doubt, an eye to the tourist dollar. Yet he is disturbed about the long-term impact of tour- ism on his native Nauplion, the Aegean seaport which was the first capital of modern Greece when it emerged from Turkish rule in the last cen- tury. "When tourists first started coming, the people here were happy but now life is getting terribly expensive and some of us tend to blame this new way of life. "There is a certain Corrup- tion of manners in the young generation. Some of the tour- ists use the beaches for free love, they behave in a way that would not be acceptable in their own countries." Carahalios apparently re- gards Americans as the worst offenders, remarking crypti- cally that tourists are roughly 30 per cent American and 40 ier cent European, "and we :lass the Canadians with the Europeans." "I feel very sad when I see the modern boxes being built ,o cater to the tourist ic declared. "The day might :ome when there will be no for tourists to come to Vauplion because the things they come to see will have seen destroyed." These sentiments, so famil- ar in more developed coun- xies, sounded strange to a :irst-time visitor to what seemed an unspoiled milieu. But in the over-all picture, 3reece also is struggling with problems of over-central- million of her nine million citizens live in lack of balanced development. Citizens like Carahalios see a fragile and vulnerable pat- .ern in Nauplion, which -ecords the passage of vari- >us peoples and civilizations jtretching into the mists of antiquity. The present is'represented y a ship loading farm pro- duce in the harbor, over- looked by busy "tavernas" and hotels. A bullet hole be- side a church door marks where the first Greek presi- dent, Capodistrias, was mur- dered in 1831. Transformed mosques recall the Turkish iccupation of 400 years. Cliff- op and mid-harbor fortresses ;estify to the medieval might if Franks and Venetians. A museum contains arch- ;ological finds from the My- cenean civilization that nou- rished in the region in the 14th century BC. In the nearby Kanathos spring, Hera bathed 'annually to restore her virginity. Legend has it that the town was named for Nau- plius, whose father Palmides fought beside Agamemnon in the Trojan also in- vented arithmetic. "I will never leave Nau- plion, even though the cost of living is so said Cara- halios, reporting that an apartment of three or four rooms often costs a worker more than half his monthly wages in rent. How was life under the seven-year military dictator- ship that ended in July? At the question, Carahalios shot a quick look over his shoulder, then chuckled. "My neck is sore from doing he said. "It became a habit when anyone mentioned politics." Still, most citizens went about their lives in workaday fashion during those years, despite feelings of foreboding. "You had the bad feeling that things could happen to you without said George J. Besi, a ship agent and broker at the port of Piraeus. "Perhaps some industries had more advantages than others, but generally the stan- dard of living went said Besi, who bitterly opposed the junta. One financial observer said the junta generals and colo- nels tended to be erratic in economic matters, but gener- ally left the economy in the hands of professionals. The Greek economy now was not as bad as sometimes painted. In the current world situation, it was difficult to say where world problems ended and peculiarly Greek problems be- gan. Canadian exports to Greece, including ships, locomotives and water-bomber aircraft, jumped to million in 1973 from million three years previously. Greece's exports to Can- surprisingly, a comparatively modest million in 1973 and the country, faces a serious over-all balance-of-payments deficit. The 1971 Census showed 53 per cent of the Greek popu- lation as urban but agricul- ture remains the biggest em- ployer in a country where only 31 per cent of the land is under cultivation. "You could almost say that the national economy has been kept going by the love of expatriate Greeks who make remittances to and invest in their said one of- ficial. In 1973, such remittances came to million. That tops the million brought in by the shipping the merchant marine is the biggest in the the million earned by tour- ism. EACH Give... This Book! COME HELL OR HIGH WATER by Owen G. Holmes w I Published by The Lethbrldge Herald, the book is an account of the conception of the University of Lethbridge Canada's Centennial (6 University (born January 1, It is a must for every Southern Al-p bertan's library and is now once again available in a very limited j quantity. Please order early to avoid disappointment! Use this convenient order form! The Lethbrldgtt Herald P.O. Box 67O, I Please Mali copies of the book I Hell or High Water" to: Name lAddress I Enclosed please find cheque or money order in (amount of for books plus each forjj lhandling charges. The 1973 tourist revenue came from 3.2 million vis- itors. During the first seven months of this year, numbers slipped nearly 20 per cent from the corresponding period of 1973 but revenue remained virtually steady because of in- flation. "Greeks have been leaving their homeland for thousands of years but interesting things are happening in the popu- lation a civil servant reported. A total of Greeks emigrated in a three-year pe- riod in the mid-1960s "but the rate has been dwindling as the standard of living improves and as some West European countries close their doors." In the second quarter of this year the number of homecom- ing Greeks exceeded depar- tures to "I hope emigration will cease being a said official. "Greeks like to leave, but they also like to come home." Giant hall of mirrors Looking like a gigantic attraction at 4n amusement park, new panels oh the Bank of Canada building under construction in Ottawa reflect abstract images of the Justice building across the street near Parliament Hill. 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