This weekend I was discussing
Europe with some Americans and I got asked which was my favourite city in Europe. I tried to explain without name dropping too many cities I had been to that because Europe wasn’t one country – it was lots of different ones with different history, culture, language, food, architecture… I couldn’t just pick one city. Most capital cities of European countries have something special to offer, in fact most cities have some aspect that is unique and special.
|Something familiar? In the heart of Savannah|
I was told I would like
.. because it is so English! Speaking about this one American said you can’t see the British influence any more. I questioned this. Surely the architecture was very British. He said ‘Oh Yes – It is – but it isn’t full of British people any more’. MMmmmm! That might be because it was in the 1770’s that the Colony rebelled against the British rule and Boston went on to win the War of Independence! The Brits went home or eventually became American! Didn’t manage to stay there for the last 200 years holding on to their English accents but did enough to ensure it is a pretty city! America
I went on to recommend
– I haven’t been to Italy but I loved Rome and Florence . One American was alarmed. He said his friend went to Venice and was issued with a taser gun when he got off the plane. Clearly a lack of geographical and cultural knowledge here. I think he was confusing Naples – a UNESCO world Heritage site - with Naples, Italy *. Naples, Florida
*Where there are lots of reported taser related activities including Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson being tasered!)