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Old 10-07-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Just returned from Europe (Italy (Rome, Civitivecchia, Genoa), Spain (Barcelona), Corsica and Cannes, Fr) I will say that Italy was my favorite while France was my Wife's favorite. When we do go back, I would like to spend more time in Rome, Florence, Naples and also Pisa. I also want to visit Greece.

For whatever reason, I felt more "connected" to Italy..Maybe because I found the people there outgoing, the energy, the history and archictecture, my ancestral ties there or a combo of all.

One commonality from all of the places that we visited were that I simply enjoyed the laid back lifestyle, approachability of the people and general cleanliness (Genoa was a slight exception)
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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Yes, Europe does get overrated by Americans...but many go there because they are too scared to travel outside to a country WITHOUT western values. Asia has many, many, many fantastic destinations as well as South America. Heck I can't wait to go to Africa myself (so expensive though).


The typical travel list for an American will be Italy, Spain, France. They are very nice, but they just have way, way, way too many tourists. If you do travel to Europe, check out Eastern Europe. It has just as many years of culture as the West and can be cheaper. I've been around most of Europe, and Croatia is without a doubt by far and away my most favorite country in Europe. It's stunningly gorgeous as well as its people, isn't too expensive, tons to do outdoors, and many amazingly beautiful cities and towns to see. Belgium is also far underrated. Ghent and Brugges are gorgeous (esp. Brugges).
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