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To all those silly people who were afraid to travel, we just returned from Italy, best trip to Europe ever.

To all those silly people who were afraid to travel, we just returned from Italy, best trip to Europe ever.

Old Oct 1st, 2001, 12:51 AM
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Gee, if American's stay homefor awhile do you think the Europeans might eventually be happy to see us-mainly, be more patient with us if we do not speak their language, dress differently, etc?
Time will tell.
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 03:07 AM
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They'd be more patient if you TRIED to speak their language (at least "hello") and didn't wear things they wouldn't let their 2 yr olds wear.
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 03:17 AM
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This is, as you've discovered, a good time to travel despite the check-in lines. Security is improved, (but not where it ought to be, yet).
My European friends feel that Americans are bouncing back fairly quickly... a number of European countries, you may know, have had a lot more experience with terrorism than us.
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 04:26 AM
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I, too, am uncomfortable with the word "silly" for any who decided not to travel in the past three weeks. In my own case, not a single person told me it was too dangerous to go to Europe in the days or weeks after September 11. they said it was too anxiety-provoking - - not too dangerous. There's a big difference, and no one can say for another person how anxiety-provoking something is.

But like Todd, we - - the fall Fodorites' trip (well, just me, actually; the others are coming home on Wednesday) - - returned from twelve days in Italy yesterday also. And there were no glitches that can be related to the events of September 11 in any way. September was not, and has not been for some time, totally free of crowds in Italy. A sunny Tuesday at noon on the Ponte Rialto seemed as crowded as ever, but it felt like there were few Americans.

I, too, had a full row of empty seats on my return (Frankfurt-Chicago) flight, and took two very long and restful naps. And I counted at least seven other such lucky empty row inhabitants.

Those lucky enough to travel now should feel good about the message it sends to the beleaguered air travel industry. I doubled my effort to say "Good job" and "Thank you" to every person working those flights.

And to those of you who will feel comfortable to get back out there on those planes in the next week, month or year - - it's the same great Europe it's always been.

Best wishes,


Old Oct 1st, 2001, 04:35 AM
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Thanks Todd and Rex for the encouragement I needed to go ahead with my planned trip to France. I am sure it will be the best trip ever.

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