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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:02 PM
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PLEASE don't turn yet another thread into a political soapbox. PLEASE, people. Give it a rest.
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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:08 PM
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I apologize, the devil made me do it
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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:09 PM
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Dang that old Devil!
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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:16 PM
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jsmith: LOL!

(Do you feel better now? LOL!)

Actually, I forgot to add that they also have a great sense of humor!

I can certainly understand the sense of ennui when confronted with the same question over and over again. Sometimes the most sharp and piquant phrases are reserved for inner members of the "brood" - like ... well, no names!

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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:38 PM
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What the bloody hell do you mean, darling?? The only thing I brood over is how many Valium tablets to take with my martini at breakfast.

You're sterling with me though, sweetie. Not like those horrible arrivistes who come here talking about naff Saucony trainers.
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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:40 PM
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I did make a mistake about how I went about thus but what a response! I respect the dress and culture of other countries..My problem was may what I should have said was "how should I dress in Rome so that I don't call attention to myself?"
My reason for traveling is to experience and understand other countries and cultures. I love America but I think that we have lost some of our cultural heritage. Mine is Italian on my father's side so I'm axious to visit ItaLY and experience the culture and food!
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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:53 PM
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I do not think that it matters what you where with one exception...avoid those knit sweaters or shirts that have the US flag on them-sure giveaway!

One way that the locals and other tourists can spot Americans is by the large amount of luggage that they invariably seem to carry. Much more than anyone else and I am certain most of it not required. You can REALLY see this on the trains in Europe.
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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 03:54 PM
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easytraveler, I was DS.
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Old Mar 14th, 2004, 05:37 PM
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Gee, people, cut her some slack. Maybe she is truly ugly, and doesn't want to give her country a bad name. After all, she was the one that entitled the posting "ugly".
In the interest of being truly helpful, let's offer meaningful suggestions. For example, perhaps she could wear a burkha, trying to pass herself off as an ugly shiite. Or perhaps she could wear a saffron robe, trying to be an ugly buddhist. Come on, gang, let's hear some helpful hints.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 01:07 PM
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So says the Mirror...

BRITS are the rudest, worst behaved and least adventurous holidaymakers in the world - and Germans the best.

Tourist offices placed us bottom of 24 countries, a survey said yesterday.

In contrast,those sunbed bandits from Germany ranked highest for behaviour and their attempts to speak the local language. Dermot Halpin, boss of online travel service Expedia which conducted the survey, said: "Much as it pains me to say it, the Germans deserve the best sunbeds.

"British holidaymakers are some of the most widely travelled in the world. But that doesn't mean we're good at it." Expedia questioned tourist offices in 17 popular destinations worldwide. Britons were worst for rudeness, followed by Russians and Canadians.

They were also worst for their behaviour, learning the language and enthusiasm to try local delicacies.

Next on the bottom of the list were the Israelis, Irish and Indians. At the top, the Germans were followed by Americans, Japanese, Italians and French.

Americans were the most polite and most generous tippers and Italians the most adventurous eaters.

The Foreign Office said: "A lot of our tourists are no worse than other nationals. Look how well behaved they were at the World Cup in Japan."
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 01:09 PM
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Don't you know what an "Ugly American" is ?
It's not about physical appearance. It is about dress, and mostly attitude.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 01:10 PM
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No, Americans don't carry any more luggage than any other nationalities visiting Europe from thousands of miles away.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 01:18 PM
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Of course they know, sealady (hey, are we cousins?).

They are being sarcastic.

And I think they jumped on you because we had just finished a long thread re my wearing jogging clothes, a thread I started just for discussion.

Don't let it bother you, besides if you already know that it is attitude and dress you are a step ahead of the game.

Have fun.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 02:00 PM
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Bravo, AA FF, you're getting 1,000 FF points for your latest remark! =D>
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 09:00 PM
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Hi Sealady,

The outfit is:

For Spring/summer: slim fitting black capri pants, white v neck t-shirt (stretchy), light weight silk sweater (black or beigy neutral)for your shoulders in case of air-conditioning, pointed mules, hoop earrings, gossamer silk scarf in color double looped around your neck. I brought multiple pairs of pants in the same color, ditto t-shirts.

Designer sunglasses, straight long hair (nothing you can do about this but it is stylish), manicure, designer bag (even if it's a knock-off)

If fall add blue jean jacket and substitute/long black slim fitting pants.

Heavier coat in winter of course and substitute pointed boots.

If you can't handle the pointed toed shoes for walking just get a stylish looking leather tie shoe.

They wear beautiful leather products.

If you don't dress like the natives they won't shoo you out of the country . The longer you are there the more you may find yourself dressing like them however.

Have a great trip!

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Old Mar 16th, 2004, 05:33 AM
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It has always amused me to see the ladies arrive at our Venice hotel (been staying there since 1988) expensive wool suit, spike heels, jewelry, make-up, perfect coif, and carrying a large expensive leather attache' case...later we see them making up the beds, etc. Maybe there's a dress code ?...
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Old Mar 16th, 2004, 07:10 AM
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In a word: get a face lift!
 
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Aw c'mon, people, is this thread REALLY still going? Sealady has learned what she needed to learn, and it should be over. Let's PLEASE let this thread die.
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