It's shaping up to be the most economical time in quite awhile to visit Europe. That's because the dollar finally is gaining on the euro, thanks in part to the Greek financial fiasco.

The euro is trading at about $1.2237, while Great Britain's pound is at 1.1702, the closest they have been to an even trade with the dollar in four years. That means that instead of forking over $1.60 for every pound, as I did just a few months ago, visitors to Great Britain will spend about $1.10.

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The difference certainly adds up when you're spending on lodging, entertainment, transportation and eating every meal in restaurants.

Planning to go? Take photo tours of London and Paris.