Favorite Country in EUROPE?????

Aug 19th, 2002, 06:57 PM
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And the answer is France----Provence in particular. We have been there some seven times in the past ten years and can't wait to go back. I'm so keen on it I started a Yahoo Provence Group. Check it out at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/provence
 
Aug 19th, 2002, 07:37 PM
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I haven't been to every European country, so perhaps it's not fair to comment, but France is my first choice.

I also love Italy - but so many things don't work or aren't on time.I love Italy and Italian but the country really needs to get its **** together when it comes to basic services like trains and telephones.

Germany - lovely place but way too tidy for me and the people can be grating. Don''t think I'd like to hear the German language spoken all day around me, either.

Austria - I don't like adults dressed up in dolls' clothing, especially when they are gruff and demeaning - but they sure have a lock on scenery. And again, the language thing.

Switzerland - someone once said this is the land to retire to, and I think of it that way, Europe's retiree country - staid, rigid, backward-looking, clean as a whistle. Give me a bit more oom for the pah-pah. Also the food's not that great. Lovely scenery, but I'd like a more flexible culture.

The Netherlands - I couldn't stand to hear Dutch spoken day in and day out, I don't think. As far as I'm concerned, Dutch is more of a disease than a language. Otherwise, I'd appreciate this clean and orderly and tolerant country, except that it might be too tolerant for my conservative self as I grow older.

The Czech Republic - I haven't been there since before the fall of communism, but I did note that it was an extraordinarily beautiful country with exceptional architecture, friendly people (well, they were desperate when I was there), and gobs of history. Now, with the floods, It's hard to say. I might love this country to death these days or might be put off by its recent need to turn to the West for help. I'd be willing to give it a try, anyway.

Spain - been there three or four times and never warmed up to it. Too much of an outpost. Too barren, too much of a substandard EU country. Loved Sevilla and Granada and Cordoba, but thought the rest of the country, including the Costa Brava, was a poor-sister to France and only if you looked in the few right places did you find the picturesque views and decent restaurants, etc. Hated Madrid.

Greece - Spent three weeks in Athens and the islands and loved every minute of it. Spent three days in Turkey and thought it was even more enchanting and interesting than Greece. Did get some stomach bug and puke for two days - doesn't that happen to everybody??

Former Yugoslavia - I'm betting I'd love this place, but I haven't had the opportunity to go.

Portugal - my plumber in France extols its pleasures, and I'm game to go sometime in the near future.

Belgium - love it. Think Brussels is a great city, underrated by many. The best food in Europe by some definitions. Also like Brugge in the off-season.

Denmark - a beautiful, clean country with incredibly friendly people. Not inexpensive. I could live here, but the socialist government puts me off. It's good for the natives, though. And the silver is of exceptional quality, and I love silver.

That's the extent of my travels and opinions. I choose France because it is so relentlessly beautiful in terms of scenery, because the food is so good, and because I just feel at home there after 25+ years of travel there. Others will have other choices, I'm sure.
 
Aug 19th, 2002, 08:10 PM
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St Cirq.... "Dutch is more a disease than a language"? Yikes, that one is going to come back and bite you!
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 12:46 AM
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Thanks xxx for rectifying the Dutch. Don't know where StCirq has hung out, but: the CHARM of Italy is sometimes that things don't work, and that you can forget your home-grown time-management habits once in a while and enjoy life; German is one of the most eloquent languages in the world - try the cosmopolitan quarters of Hamburg - where people will also speak English if a tourist needs it, thank goodness without a grating American or English accent; Austrians are some of the most FRIENDLY people in the world, try a small ski-piste bar and you'll see why; in Switzerland, Zurich has some of the most laid-back quarters and cool urban culture, and the food is indeed the best if you let your tourist-guard down and taste it.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:43 AM
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Grating English accents?

German sounds like someone cleaning a drain with an industrial vacuum pump.

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Aug 20th, 2002, 03:31 AM
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A reliable, quality German vaccuum pump cleaning out a stopped-up English drain - guess you're right...
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 03:40 AM
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grating english accents? now which one do you mean?.... Liverpudlian? Midlands? Thames Estuary? Geordie? West Country? to name but a few!! Are you talking about the POSH english accents which are a figment of imagination of the Film Industry? You obviously havent visited England - our accents are amazingly varied! Great! its all part of the fun of living here trying to suss out each others accent! (lighten up everyone) jeez
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 04:05 AM
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Wales.

Massively underrated. Most people outside the British Isles don't even know it exists.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 04:10 AM
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Hey everyone - the point was just to say that you can't judge a country and a people by how their accent "sounds"... Just as a German accent may sound grating to someone non-German, an English or American accent may sound grating or whatever to a non-English or non-American. There are so many jokes, quips, mimics about accents, it's almost a non-event.

Anyway, back to favorite countries: how about Norway? Just pick the right season when it's not raining!
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 05:56 AM
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Hmmm...Just ate at a pizza place, at the cute waitress had a very attractive british accent, which certainly made it for her totally messing up my order...
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 07:20 AM
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I think for only a week I would vote for Paris. My personal favorite is Italy but you don't have sufficient time to do that properly. Paris makes for a quick (hopefully direct flight) & you won't have to waste more time getting from point A to point B.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 07:23 AM
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I think for only a week I would vote for Paris. My personal favorite is Italy but you don't have sufficient time to do that properly. paris makes for a quick (hopefully direct flight) & you won't have to waste more time getting from point A to point B.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 07:34 AM
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City: Paris
Country: Italy.

I love italy. Not exactly sure why, but the language is beautiful and the food in all its simplicity is delicious. The people friendly. The country is also very diverse. I prefer the dusty south.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 09:43 AM
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Have traveled throughout France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and England. Recently we traveled to Switzerland, Austria and a portion of Germany. I have to say that the alpine countries are unbelievably beautiful.
The mountains are just incredible--love the little town of Zermatt at the bottom of the Materhorn--high in the Alps at Murren--the staggering views from Berchtesgaden atop the mountain--the classical music in Vienna--the sparkling city of Salzburg--gorgeous Lake Geneva on a boat--Sound of Music country --and everywhere you look in Switzerland are mountains dotted with lakes, waterfalls and chalets.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 10:37 AM
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I love them all. But, I must say that Peter is really screwed up. Jerusalem is not now nor has it ever been in Europe. It was invaded by Europeans a few times over the years, but it remains solidly in the middle East.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:02 PM
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I'm still laughing about the Jerusalem in Europe comments. I loved Jerusalem but a) wrong section of the world and b) you couldn't pay me to go there right now.

Favorite city to visit: Rome with Venice a close second and London solidly in third place
Favorite Country to visit: Italy - the history, food, people, culture and well, everything...wow...
Place I'd most like to live: Monocco (ok, I'll settle with the south of France if I have to ;-)

All this being said, I haven't made it to Paris yet (very soon) but it'll probably end up on my list somewhere...
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:03 PM
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Wow my spelling is atrocious...I meant Monaco, not Monocco...whoops...
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:08 PM
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Malta & Gozo; quaint and timeless. The weather is gorgeous and the people are wonderful.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:10 PM
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We have been to Ireland 3 times, and w think it is the most beatiful place in the world. The people are very friendly, and most everyone has a relative in the US. They love Amercans unlike other countries we have been in We have just booked a trip to Italy, so am looking forward to that!
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:26 PM
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Hey Ben maybe you should take a geography course. What an idiot. Ben says Jerusalem is solidly in the Middle East. Well what continent do you think the Middle East is on Ben? Australia?
 

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