Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) — A trip to New York City turned out to be a nightmare for one Greek newlywed couple.

Their U.S. honeymoon ended in a city they always dreamed of visiting — but not penniless.

Valasia Limnioti (vah-lah-SEE'-ah lim-nee-OH'-tee) and her new husband ran out of cash a few days ago. Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were declined. The Greek government has stopped card withdrawals as the country careens into financial disaster.

Limniotis says she cried for two days. They spent their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's.

Now, two Greek Orthodox churches in Queens are coming to the couple's rescue. The churches, along with a New York-based Greek journalist, have given them survival cash.

The newlyweds return to Greece on Friday.