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Take a look....a Ranking of the "World's Best Dressed Travelers." Before you look, guess where Americans rank out of 10.

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Aug 27th, 2003, 05:41 AM
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... lets all picture a Dane or Italian, perhaps a student or family ... it's 4 p.m. on the subway after a summer's day touring the streets and sites.

... flip flops, fanny packs, seats, stringy tee shirt, hat or sweat band. Of tres chic .... raising the tousits travel bar.

... we hardly ever see foreign starlets and the rich on metro, so perhaps our assessment tends to be distorted a bit.

... my experience suggests all tourists sweat the same. It's strictly an informal measurement taken up close and personal. Talk about rank.
 
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Aug 27th, 2003, 05:45 AM
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I just got back from Toronto Sunday, and was really impressed while there because all the young people were dressed much better than I see here in the U.S. We went to the Buskerfest and another weekend festival and noticed that none of the girls dressed like hookers and none of the guys had their jeans so low that they looked indecent. They do wear the oversized shirts, hats, and trendy clothes, but nothing that I would be embarrassed to have my grandkids wear. Their behavior was also better than I've seen in large groups of kids at home. Surprising, but a nice surprise!
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Aug 27th, 2003, 06:02 AM
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As someone who has travelled the globe, I have always thought the Brazilians were the best dressed. This poll is silly because it doesn't even include tourist offices from many parts of the world, like South America or Asia.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 06:08 AM
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Oh, heavens, I think the Italians generally are so beautiful, that to me they'd still be "best dressed" even if they were nude! (Maybe "especially" if they were nude?!)

BC, feeling a bit naughty
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Aug 27th, 2003, 06:51 AM
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BC:

Based on David I would have to agree!

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Aug 27th, 2003, 07:30 AM
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david wasn't an italian!!
 
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Aug 27th, 2003, 07:32 AM
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Getting back to that sandals with socks statement, it must be stopped! Unfortunately, it's a far too common sight here in the U.S. too! If you are going to wear socks, PLEAZZE wear covered shoes!
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Aug 27th, 2003, 07:41 AM
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It's generally older men who wear socks with their sandals here in the UK! Another quick way of spotting an American is to look for the white socks. Brits, at least, tend not to wear white socks, especially not with dark clothes.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 08:37 AM
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Italians #1 is making me feel good! When we were in Spain, the cab drivers all thought my oldest son and I were Italian--I thought it was the dark hair.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 08:51 AM
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Actually, if you count the ties, we Americans only rank 10th. I'll be a big help when I go hiking in the Cinque Terre with my baseball hat (turned backward) that says Mai Tai on it.

But to all Americans, don't feel bad. If my San Diego State Aztecs could ever be ranked number 10 in anything (except partying, of course) I could die a happy man.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 08:52 AM
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OK, so I was off by 2-3 places. My initial reaction was to guess lower. Just goes to show what happens when you don't follow your intuition.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 09:05 AM
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uuhhh: Perhaps "David" wasn't Italian, but I bet the model for the sculpture was! And what a hunk he must have been!!


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Aug 27th, 2003, 09:10 AM
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I'm surprised that there aren't any Latin American countries in the survey. The Latin Americans that do travel are always well dressed. Granted, Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia have been going through some tough times, but there are still travelers from those countries that travel. Maybe they just don't go into the Tourism Offices!
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Aug 27th, 2003, 09:23 AM
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FYI- If the 1st link isn't working try this one: http://www.expedia.co.uk/daily/promo...ed/results.asp

If you click on "See how YOU voted", you'll see the Americans fared a little bit better....#7.

"See how you voted

1 Italians

2 French

3 British

4 Japanese

5 Spanish

6 Australians

7 Americans

8 Swedes

9 Irish

10 Canadians

11 Chinese

12 Russians

13 Danish"
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Aug 27th, 2003, 09:51 AM
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I read that 51% of Torontonians were born in another country - that means China, India, England, Somalia, various Latin American countries, Ireland, Jamaica, Italy, Greece, etc. etc. etc. So although I like the fact that Canadians were ranked fairly high, I'm not sure how anyone can pick out a Canadian based on appearance!
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Aug 27th, 2003, 09:51 AM
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I'd like to know what constitutes "best-dressed" although I agree that Italians, especially men, are superbly dressed.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 10:00 AM
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This survey really made me laugh.
I am a British male(welsh actually) and I can tell you that British men in particular should rate at around 750 in the list.
The football shirts are still there and when the sun shines all the men get the shorts out that were bought on a sunny day 15 years ago and wear them again, well why not; they have only been worn 14 times...lol
I vote for Japanese and Italians. I think French dress like they are in mourning..

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Aug 27th, 2003, 10:07 AM
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In Florence one Sunday, I watched one of those superbly dressed Italian guys lounge all over his new red Ferrari, really showing off to the ladies. His jacket was dropped across his shoulders, and he was just too, too, too.

This went on for 30 minutes ... before he climbed aboard and strated that lovely engine. My god, the roar was just fabulous.

He slipped it into gear, pulled away from the curb and powered out into traffic --- but my god, what noise and jerking. This well-dressed gentleman missed every single gear. It was atrocious. The poor car, how abused it was. The clothes make the man, isn't that was the Great Bard said? I bet even David drove an automatic!
 
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Aug 28th, 2003, 11:43 PM
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Yesterday I was off duty, so I took my time for some shopping around the centre of Rome.
I met several japanese groups (aren't they able to wander around by themselves ?) .
Yes, they were formal dressed but, believe me, far away from being elegant at all.
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