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Best city to live

Old Oct 20th, 2004, 11:25 AM
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Best city to live

While Paris seems like the most popular choice among American expats, I'm wondering which other European cities you would choose to live? This might not be your favorite city, but the place you may feel most comfortable, or where you speak the language, etc. I would pick London.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 12:15 PM
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Other than Paris my second choice would be Rome. If you're including London, then that's not considered Europe.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 12:20 PM
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"If you're including London, then that's not considered Europe".


Huh?
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 12:27 PM
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Beth:

What's your evidence for Paris being the popular choice among American expats?

Among authors and painters in Scot Fitzgerald's time, maybe. But they'd fit into a London phone box. Among the corporate honchos, temporarily transferred investment bankers, journalists, diplomats, academics and camp followers of all the above that actually make up the world expatriate community, aren't London's quarter of a million resident Americans far more numerous than the few J-P Sartre groupies living in Paris?

And, yes, much as some of us wish 'twere different, London is indeed in Europe.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 12:39 PM
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I'd take London or Paris...love them both for very different reasons obviously but which ever one I lived in, I could frequently visit the other...just perfect...now if I could only figure out how to make it happen!!!
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 12:44 PM
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Montreux or Vevey because they are gorgeous settings, the Swiss are wonderful people, fantastically clean and organized country, and most importantly I have several friends who live there.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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Roma!
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 01:10 PM
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No question - London. As others noted London is indeed part of Europe. I plan to retire there.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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Almost any, including Philadelphia!
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 01:34 PM
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Monte Carlo.

Small, glamourous, friendly, safe.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 02:29 PM
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flanner's right...most american companies have their european headquarters in the london area. therefore it is most popular with american expats.

francophile...i will lobby the webmaster to have your name changed if you make any more comments that show a complete lack of understanding of europe

Referring to continental europe as just "europe" only makes sense when you are in the british isles. while not technically correct (as you are technically already in europe), saying you are going to europe when you are in the UK is an expression that is well understood to mean you are going to the continent. From stateside, you just look foolish trying to contend that london is not in europe.

i've lived in london, munich, paris, copenhagen, prague, boston, nyc, austin. london feels like home. it's dirtier, standard of living is lower, people are more miserable, weather is awful, transport is bad, it's horribly expensive, etc, etc. but through all this, it is still the best city in the world in my opinion.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 02:52 PM
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Walkinaround, I really don't appreciate it your 'kind comments' to me and putting me on the spot for every 'error' I make. First this morning and now this evening.

I know that one time here I made a comment saying that London is in Europe. I was severely corrected that London is not part of Europe.

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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 02:56 PM
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Francophile, who would say that London is not part of Europe. It is a city in the UK. What is the rationale behind all of that?
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 02:56 PM
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Some place in Spain...not sure where yet as I'm still "researching", but right now it would be between Seville and Barcelona.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 02:58 PM
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Ok, I read walkinaround's response. Is that something like saying because Hawaii isn't continental US, it isn't the US. If so that is ridiculous.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 03:03 PM
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sorry franco...all in good fun.

i was just putting you on the spot because you were confidently criticising someone else when you shouldn't have been.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 03:08 PM
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tulips, read my post again. i was not saying london is not in europe, i was saying just the opposite.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 03:18 PM
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I just asked someone who says that England may be considered to be in Europe geographically but actually it's not since it's an island that's separated from the continent. It is part of the EU but it has its own currency so maybe the opinions here are that England is part of Europe. But they are opinions only. So if you want to say it's part of Europe, I'll go along with you.

As to who I was I criticizing? No one. I made a comment this morning that eating a burger with knife & fork is tedious I had mentioned prior to that that in Denmark they do not eat sandwiches and burgers with knife & fork. If you say that in all European restaurants this is the case, I'm saying it's not. I asked someone who lives in Denmark-if that's how they do it there then it must be different than other parts of Europe.
Or was it because I happened to repeat what I was told-that England isn't part of Europe at the beginning of this post?

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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 03:20 PM
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I do understand what you are saying. I guess I am not sure where francophile is coming from.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 03:22 PM
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Tulips, I, too don't know where you are coming from.
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