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Americans, what mainly draws you to Europe?: quick poll

Americans, what mainly draws you to Europe?: quick poll

May 24th, 2002, 12:47 PM
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Americans, what mainly draws you to Europe?: quick poll

I'm just curious what people's *main* motivation for traveling to Europe is.

Are you interested in the museums/art/architechture?

Are you interested in the history?

Do you go mainly for the food?

Do you go mainly for the shopping?

Do you have a strong interest in discovering a different way of life?

Other?
 
May 24th, 2002, 12:51 PM
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The history, art, architecture & museums, mostly. Also, a different culture, with enough similarities to American culture for me to not feel totally out of my element, but enough differences to keep me keenly interested.

(That's also not to say that I won't enjoy food or shopping while there; it's just not the focal point of the time I spend there.)

BC
 
May 24th, 2002, 12:56 PM
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My main motivation for traveling to Europe? The antiquity of it all. Just thrilling to have stood in Corinth on the same spot St. Paul preached to the masses thousands of years ago.
 
May 24th, 2002, 01:00 PM
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The uiqueness of the different cultures within a small area. You can drive through four or five countires in one day. Along with that, the history, the art and the architecture of those unique cultires.

That and the food, the beer, the wine and the people.

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May 24th, 2002, 01:13 PM
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I'm drawn primarily by the people, the different cultures, history, architecture, and scenery.
 
May 24th, 2002, 01:23 PM
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We love the historical aspect of traveling to Europe and being in the places we've read so much about. Of course the museums, art and architechture. The food is not a big draw for us but the wine sure is! Shopping is fun if you find what you like. And of course meeting cool people and going off the beaten path is aways icing on the cake. We travel as often as we can and choose our journey from what we like, not what is "in" at the moment. Thanks for asking.
 
May 24th, 2002, 01:33 PM
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It's usually a cheap vacation getaway.
 
May 24th, 2002, 01:40 PM
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Personally, my friend is there and I intended to visit him. The fact that he happens to be in Europe was a bonus.
 
May 24th, 2002, 01:41 PM
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The history.....the fact that my ancestors came from Scotland and Holland and my wife's came from Sicily. We are deeply rooted to Europe in many ways. We love the people, the art, the museums, the old magnificent buildings, the traditions and different languages, the different cultures. You are a very interesting people and many of us Americans are bonded to Europe through our heritage. We're drawn to you on many levels.
 
May 24th, 2002, 02:05 PM
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I've got an old and dear friend who moved from the States to Switzerland 15 years ago. I visit her, then different trips have gone on to see Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, etc.
 
May 24th, 2002, 02:23 PM
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When I went to Europe for the first time as a teenager, I was hooked! The history, museums and architechture are magnificent. I enjoy going to places that are "interesting" and so different from home. The food in Italy was memorable.

And it's a good feeling when you are watching a TV program or reading an article about Rome (or any place) and having been there. Always brings back fond memories.
 
May 24th, 2002, 02:30 PM
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I want to shop at the flea markets in Paris and London. Will also be looking for thrift stores. Love those bargains!
 
May 24th, 2002, 02:31 PM
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Many Americans are of European ancestry. I think that plays a big role as to why so many vacation there.
 
May 24th, 2002, 03:23 PM
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Art. Definitely the art. Sorry, but the US just doesn't have the quantity or quality Europe does.
 
May 24th, 2002, 04:42 PM
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The admiration of the rich and profound things in life, the things that are really important.

The rejection of superficial fluff. Stuff like "quick polls".
 
May 24th, 2002, 05:07 PM
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Because it is so unlike America. Most of the American towns are so alike, whether they be small or large. I figure while I am young enough to travel abroad, I should do so now, then when I am older I will travel around the states and Canada.
 
May 24th, 2002, 05:59 PM
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Going back to my grandparents homeland, Sicily, and having a meal in a nice, small family restaurant in Taormina. We ordered a dessert I have made many times, Panna Cotta, but it never tasted as good as it did that beautiful day in May in Sicilia.

A la famiglia!
 
May 24th, 2002, 06:05 PM
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The beauty
The delicious food and drink
The art
The romantic atmosphere
The history
 
May 24th, 2002, 08:40 PM
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I'm a proud American, but Europe offers a sense of continuity and antiquity that we don't have in our country, simply because as countries go, America is still very young. It's awe-inspiring to stand inside a cathedral that was built a thousand years ago. You just can't do that in the U.S. - nothing is that old.
 
May 24th, 2002, 08:57 PM
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to get some respite from crass commercialism, billboards and 24-hr supermarkets, the all night glare of fluorescent lights at gas stations and cheap motels on pulsing neon highways
 

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