Why can't I look American in Paris??

Old Oct 13th, 2003, 03:45 AM
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Why can't I look American in Paris??

So shall I try to look German, Muslim, Polish, Irish, British, Australian?????

What's wrong with being who I am????
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:03 AM
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Lucky, have you got some Paris 'issues' you want to tell us about?

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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:10 AM
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I just read a post about a concern of looking too American in Paris...should he avoid wearing American logos...Gap...Banana Republic, etc. and I wondered why should anyone be embarassed to display their identity? What do we have to be embarrassed about? There are probably as many "Ugly Europeans as "Ugly Americans."
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:17 AM
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Aha, I see your point. I agree. I guess this person has never seen groups of Spanish or German schoolchildren in London!! Logo city.
 
Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:23 AM
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Since there are at least 10 GAP's in Paris ..you might be taken for a Parisian anyway.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:27 AM
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If this is a serious question - you don't have to worry about looking American. Just dress semi-conservatively and don't SCREAM American. Everyone will probably know you are American on sight even before you open your mouth - we do (in general) look and carry ourselves differently.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:37 AM
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Well, lucky03, the "ugly American" thing is not so much (or, not all) about physical appearance. It's about expecting everyone to speak English, comparing things there with the familiar thing back home ("we don't have/do that in U.S.")

And then there is the subject of manners. As I learned in another post, we Americans have no manners, the Europeand so, and the French may be snooty but have good manners.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:40 AM
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Please explain why you think Americans have no manners. I think that's a bogus rap that wears thin in the cold light of day.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 04:54 AM
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This is one that sounds puzzling to me as well....the moment you open your mouth, the cat is out of the bag anyway. I have seen all nationalities on jeans and sneakers while on travel. The time I saw more American logos that I have ever seen while traveling in Europe was on a group of Norwegian school children visiting the Tower of London.

My only expectation from people in general is that if treated with respect, they would treat you with respect. It is the minimum a TRULY civilized human being should do.
 
Old Oct 13th, 2003, 05:57 AM
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The only time I was ever embarrassed about being American was in London when I witnessed an American woman creating an ugly scene with a waiter because she did not order the salad he brought her.
She was wearing a suit, so I think you are safe wearing your Gap tee.
Mind your manners and you will be fine.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 07:14 AM
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Generalizations of any type IMHO are bogus. All the French or British or Germans. etc., etc., have manners?? Please...And the American who was embarrassed by the fellow American making a scene....could that not have been a local? Is that unthinkable?
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 07:18 AM
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hansikday,
I don't know about YOUR town, but here in D.C. few businesses (movie houses, fast food , shops) show even basic manners: "good morning", "good evening" "how are you?" "thank you" "your welcome" . Here, responses to "thank you" (if any) range from "Uh Huh" to "no problem". Also, I've had wait staff at restaurants actually come to my table to ask if I'm "still working on that?" as if I am a pig at a trough or something. But maybe it's just my town....
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 07:28 AM
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Hi lucky03,
You could also go as an Italianuper tight pants,bare midrift and a calculated look of utter boredom, together wth a certain surliness.


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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 07:32 AM
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Correction to the above. Please read:
"super-tight pants".
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 07:45 AM
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No matter the season, I always try and look European in Paris by wearing my two year old son's bathing suit and my sandals with black socks. It seems to work as I'm usually left alone and always seem to have plenty of room on the Paris Metro.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 07:55 AM
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Parfym, the bare midriff and super tight pants is an international look.Take a look the way the girls or immature women were their bareness here in America. With the difference that at least in Italy the girls are super SLIM...and you dont see love handles sticking out anywhere..
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 08:17 AM
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Oopss, it should have been "wear" not were..
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 10:54 AM
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The only time I was ever embarrassed about being American was in London when I witnessed an American woman creating an ugly scene with a waiter because she did not order the salad he brought her.

Hey kate2, I think I'm embarrassed reading about you being embarrassed about being an American.

See ya later
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 10:59 AM
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With the difference that at least in Italy the girls are super SLIM...

All girls in Italy are super Slim?????? I didn't know that.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 11:22 AM
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Do tell Lucky03 - what is wrong with being who you are ? I am curious.
Having lived in Europe when I was younger I can tell you most Europeans REALLY do not care what you look like. Now on the other hand if your behaviour is rude and obnoxious, you may get some hostile looks but believe me it will not be because of the logo on your t-shirt.
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