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You're back from Europe. You had a great time. You noticed that the Europeans do something much better than we do it in the U.S. What is it?

You're back from Europe. You had a great time. You noticed that the Europeans do something much better than we do it in the U.S. What is it?

Sep 25th, 2000, 06:34 AM
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Taking Credit cards at Toll Booths, much faster and get frequent flyer miles to boot so you can come back again. Fixed Price Menus(with choices)at most restaurants. Tourist Offices with room finding services and of course Public Transportation.
Sep 25th, 2000, 06:58 AM
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I second the foreign language thing. Those kids in Paris were speaking French at 3 and 4 years old! WHat an educational system!
Sep 25th, 2000, 07:49 AM
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I strongly second the floor to ceiling bathroom stall concept (although I do wish they would consider heating them a bit more).

The whole concept of working to live as opposed to living to work.
Sep 25th, 2000, 08:05 AM
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If you want see how the Europeans think and like to interact...check out this site I just found:


Sep 25th, 2000, 08:19 AM
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Stacey, you hit the nail on the head when you wrote...The whole concept of working to live as opposed to living to work.
So many things in the ambience of Europe stem from that.
As reported in the New York Times, when Americans were told that Germans were working a 35 hours week, Americans often responded: hey, then you could work TWO jobs! Now, that's what I call a really different attitude.
Seems to me the faster we go in the US, the harder it is to savor the moment and enjoy life. And if you don't do that, then everything else is pretty useless.
Sep 25th, 2000, 09:35 AM
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And how about EATING to live instead of living to EAT? The time and the pride involved in food preparation is a joy, and you savor every bit instead of gulping as much as you can as fast as you can.
Sep 25th, 2000, 10:23 AM
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I'd say there's a huge difference in the NOISE level in restaurants in France & the U.S. Here, we sometimes actually have to almost shout to be heard (e.g., in restaurants in the SF Bay Area).
This may be a generalization but I believe (most) Americans really are loud. This goes for children too who are allowed, for example, to yell & run through bookstores (often late at night) while their parents ignore their behavior.
I loved the quiet in France in public places.
Sep 25th, 2000, 11:55 AM
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Derek: Thanks for the website, Executive Planet. Lots of useful information. Only problem is the BOORS who should read the information don't!

I met a man from Scotland years ago when I was having dinner in London. He approached the table after "hearing" I was an American, and stated, "I don't know too much about the Americans, but I do know they're a threat to world peace!"

Sep 25th, 2000, 12:24 PM
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Revolting Scot coming up.(tongue in cheek to a limited amount)

I checked out that executiveplanet site. I could see how it would be useful.

But why ENGLAND?? Why not Scotland, or, heaven forfend, even Wales.

Talk about "how others see us"?

Yours sulking

Sep 26th, 2000, 10:23 AM
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Yes the toilet attendents are interesting. I always find it interesting to be peeing while being watched by some lady in a white dress....hmmm, maybe that is why I can't pee for hours on end in Europe.
Sep 26th, 2000, 10:48 AM
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All above true. Also true, they are so good at brewing 100 yr. or World Wars. Also better than average at fixed class systems and multi-generational ethnic vendettas. Thanks mother, grandma and grandpa for your 75 hour plus work weeks for more years than these people have lived. Because of you I have an education and am not one of the landless peasant women who live short, mean lives drinking the water from the pasta after the men have eaten their solid portion.
Sep 26th, 2000, 10:51 AM
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The first thing that popped into my head on reading the header was "DRIVE"! I'm surprised no one else has mentioned it. It was SO nice to drive in a place where people actually use the passing lane on freeways for (gasp!) PASSING! And when they're done passing, they (more gasps!) MOVE RIGHT.

Of course, it's very interesting that the same people who are so good about following the traffic rules on the highways seem to totally disregard all the rules when driving in the cities. I've seen some of those small cars do some amazing things (driving on the sidewalks, etc).

Sep 27th, 2000, 02:29 PM
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When in Paris, I really appreciated the restrained use of sugar! I don't like sweet things super-sweet, so I loved getting a cup of hot chocolate that was nice and bittersweet, plus sugar to add if you want it sweeter. You can add, but you can't take away what's already there! Whipped cream (chantilly) is usually not super-sweetened, and even mass-market brands of chocolate (like Lindt) use less-sweet formulas than what they import here. Granted, you can't get much sweeter than Nutella or marrons glacÚ.
Sep 27th, 2000, 03:03 PM
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Make love. European men do it so much better!
Sep 27th, 2000, 03:25 PM
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Hi all, just got back from Rome, and had a great time, and noticed that the those Romans can COOK!!!! Even take away pizza from street vendors was better than the pizza I can get here in Hotlanta.....and the bread....and did I mention cheese????? Oops,,, forgot WINE!!! Smart cars are cute too...Negatives???? Don't want to go there!!! Still on a "trip high"....Ciao!!!
Sep 28th, 2000, 05:38 AM
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Judy, this is off-subject, but in case you hadn't heard, there's a new fancy pizza place in Inman Park next door to Sotto Sotto (same owners) that's been getting rave reviews for it's Tuscan-style pizza. All the chefs are Italian. Can't recall the name, but it starts with and "F".

Just in case you need a fix . . .
Sep 28th, 2000, 10:01 AM
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Well, just got through reading all the posts and am very amused that so many of you said "public/mass transit," as the first thing that came to my mind was "go on strike." I'll agree wholeheartedly with all who say we could take a lesson from Europe in relaxing, prioritizing and learning foreign languages, but what's the use of a great rail system when the workers are always in Paris marching?
Sep 28th, 2000, 06:51 PM
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How about quoting price at hotels, restaurants, and shops inclusive of tax. I really like that. Also, I like hours in numbers 1-24, rather than am and pm.
Sep 28th, 2000, 07:39 PM
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Two things: 1) Outdoor tables. Stateside, they tend to wait until the weather will be nice for sure before setting them out. When it rains, no one dries them off. In Europe, tables are taken in and out with the weather and immediately dried off after the slightest sprinkle. All year long in some places. In Europe, they're more likely to take advantage of ten minutes of nice weather. 2) Electronic sophistication. Even the smaller restaurant in the smallest town is often more computerized that establishments stateside. I'm just amazed at those credit card machines the waiters in restaurants use, for one thing. Everyone assumes that the US is "advanced", but one trip to Western Europe opens your eyes. I guess I should add a 3) Efficiency. The longest line moves a lot more quickly there than here. Stateside, the clerks move at the same speed (half dead and as though the wish they wish elsewhere and you were too) no matter how long the line. In Europe, though, there is definitely more "customer service" from the desk clerks, waiters, shopkeepers, ticket sellers. And, that brings to mind 4) Better Manners - IMHO, manners seem to have evaporated in our culture, except when expected from our hosts in foreign countries. Many American tourists are disappointed with the way they are treated in Europe, when they have no idea how to behave. It's just possible that fast food franchises and shopping malls have ruined us for the pleasures the Europeans still hold dear - leisurely experiences, personal attention, and quality goods and services.
Sep 29th, 2000, 01:27 AM
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They dress better.

And of course, they cook better...mmmm...*goes off to dream about REAL pasta n pizza*


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