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Why vacation in Europe? - from an American point of view

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Though we've done a fair amount of travel throughout the US, there are many places in the States we (me and wife) have not seen. But at this point in our lives, we prefer Europe for vacation. Many friends, aquaintances, co-workers and frineds seem to have a hard time understanding this ... "Didn't you go to Europe last year???"
Here are some reasons that come to mind

- I am a European history buff.
- I like old buildings, old cultures, and old stuff in general.
- It doesn't have to be any more expensive than a stateside vacation.
- We've been to enough beachy resorts - too similar.
- I like the challenge of getting around in a foreign land, even when confronted with a language that I can't understand.
- The food and wine always tastes better.
- I enjoy being able to de-bunk some of the stereotypes - French are arrogant, rude, and frivolous; Poles are unintelligent; British have bad teeth and a superiority complex; Germans are humorless, beer-drinking megalomaniacs; Italians are loud, uncouth gangsters, etc. In this day and age, some people still believe this stuff, but I've found a vast majority of the people in every European country I've visited to be friendly and genuinely nice - they're just people.

I'm curious, why do others prefer Europe?

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