Too Many American Tourists

Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:52 AM
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I feel sorry for all the old folks who have retired in Boca. How do they get around in the crowds? At least Americans wait in relatively orderly lines...
 
Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:53 AM
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Hi SuzieC
>...what is up with all the "italianate" architecture? <

I noticed that, too.

One would expect Spanish style, wouldn't one?



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Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:54 AM
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Laclaire's comment about the relationship between good travel and informed travelers is a real gem.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:58 AM
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Or you could try being a local attempting to drive on one of Alaska's three highways betwen June and September when they are clogged with all those motorhomes moving 5 mph. I'll check this summer and see if they have Florida and New Jersey plates. <grin>
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 09:06 AM
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Ira. If you have a surplus of American Tourists, feel free to sent some you may have in excess. I think we are able to accomodate a few thousands (they don't bring the SUVs)
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Thank you, smueller.

Unless you were being sarcastic, in which case, I will just acknowledge that I read the post and let bygones be bygones.

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Feb 22nd, 2006, 09:28 AM
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Does anyone really believe any nationality has a monopoly on oikishness?

I had a thoroughly enjoyable few weeks on America's West Coast last year, mostly in places where 95% of tourists were American. The only poor behaviour came from the unbelievably ill-trained and yobbish restaurant help (and, it has to be admitted, on occasion from the odd overweight Englishman with a justifiably low toleration of incompetents expecting tips for nothing)

I spent a week a decade ago with mainland Chinese tourists in China's interior. Their ignorance of, and lack of respect for, their country's history and monuments was simply extraordinary.

Even by the standard of English barbarians on Aghios Paraliticos.

Driving a Chelsea tractor (as we call them) isn't essential for bad behaviour. Oiks are infintely resourceful in finding new ways to be oikish.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:13 AM
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Can I take it that Ira has never been to Skegness?
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:26 AM
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To paraphrase Kate...

we English are not immune either.

David mentions Skegness - well I've not been to Skeggy and it is not on my list of places to go anytime sooner OR later (am I missing anything? am I bothered?), but I WAS thinking of Devon and Cornwall in July and August - packed with visitors from elsewhere in England, jamming the roads with their off-road vehicles that never go further off the road than the verge or pavement, and caravans, from here to infinity...

However, I do go down to Cornwall in early July before the real mob gets there, to a lovely fishing village with no campsite nearby and not that much accommodation. There are lots of visitors/tourists by day, but it is delightfully peaceful after 6pm when cream teas are no longer served, so thankfully there are few problems getting a table in any pub/restaurant in the village.

Tell me David - what am I missing in Skegness, apart from the "bracing" air, jellied eels and wall-to-wall caravan sites?
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:34 AM
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As a general rule I avoid anything south of St. Augustine & north of Miami. I just don't fit in...I CAN see over the steering wheel, I DO have all my own hair & is does have natural human coloring (not blue grey or a toupe for instance), I don't drive a Cadillac & I don't have a New York/Jersey accent. I also don't let my wife wear her furs when it is 70 outside & I limit her jewelry to less than 17 pieces of gold at any one time w/a max of no more than 7 fingers being so adorned (also/a Max of 3 rings per finger). Ira - just go to dinner a little later, they'll all be catching the early-bird specials right @ 5pm.. LOL
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:42 AM
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No sarcasm intended.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:42 AM
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Amen to it, Ira.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 11:14 AM
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Gee, how superior we all are to people who weren't born as smart as we or got to be as sophisticated as we or have aged more than we.

I really think extermination camps are the only way we're going to make this planet habitable.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:02 PM
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I'll take a hundred Yank tourists to 10 German tourists any day.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:07 PM
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True, Germans are awful, they acually want to get something in return for their money. Those ... don't realize that you'd simply have to give it away and stop asking for even basic service. ;-)
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:12 PM
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Hi SP,

>Ira - just go to dinner a little later, they'll all be catching the early-bird specials right @ 5pm.. LOL<

I am absolutely outraged that you would suggest that I, a person who is superior to people who weren't born as smart as, or got to be as sophisticated as, and hasen't [sic] aged at all, would go to the "early bird special".

Besides, I forgot my tote bag with the plastic liner.




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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:28 PM
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"Besides, I forgot my tote bag with the plastic liner." - WHAT???? don't you have pockets???

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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:46 PM
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sweet.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:55 PM
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Funny, I haven't heard anyone in Florida OR Arizona complaining about all the money these people leave lying around in the local economies.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 01:03 PM
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The trailer trash (or its equivalent) of any country tends to stick close to home on vacation, for reasons of budget.

Some years ago, during the dot-com bubble, just about everyone in the U.S. had a decent job, and just about everyone could afford to come to Europe. In those days, we saw a lot more of the loser classes coming over to visit for the first time; the shift in the character of the tourist crowd was palpable. Then the bubble burst and things shifted back to normal, with the cost barrier acting as a kind of filter to keep the real dregs of the USA out of Europe. For a while it was getting a bit scary. I suppose all those American tourists are going to Florida now (or whatever is cheapest).
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