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Old 03-16-2019, 01:54 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I'd say that Texas is the most stereotypical region of America particularly the Texas Panhandle, then Southern California

Australia - The Outback

Japan - Tokyo

Ireland - rural areas, anything but Dublin

Italy - Tuscany or Sicily
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:50 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Australia.... the outback

Argentina....the pampas

Russia....Siberia

Scotland ...the highlands

Norway....the fjords

South Africa ...Table Mountain

Brazil....amazon rainforest

Switzerland ....the Alps

Germany....the Black Forest

France....French Riviera

Greece ....Santorini Island

Japan....Mount Fuji

Nepal....the Himalayas

Tanzania ....the Serengeti

New Zealand ....Milford Sound

Spain....Costa Del Sol
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:54 PM
 
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Okay, here are the most usual comments about the U.S. I've received in over forty years of traveling from folks in dozens of countries (and it's funny how these comments haven't changed much over the decades):

New York -- Everything is in New York. You can get anything in New York. The greatest city!

California -- Hollywood. Movies. Pretty girls. Beaches. Palm trees. Surfing. Lots of pretty girls!

Texas -- Cowboys. Bang bang! The Alamo. Bang bang! Tall men. Bang bang!

And occasionally ... Chicago -- At-tut-tut-tut-tut-tut-tut-tut (the imitation of machine gun fire).
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Netherlands: South Holland
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Old 03-21-2019, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Netherlands: South Holland
Pretty much. Many are surprised to learn that in Friesland, they speak Frysk or Fries. That Holland is not The Nederlands, but only a part of it.

I had a wonderful time there, a long time ago
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:38 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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That Holland is not The Nederlands, but only a part of it.
Off topic: here, the Netherlands are universally known as "Holanda", even by the dutch expat themselves. The official name "Países Baixos" (lit. "Low Lands") is almost never used, except in official documents or in very formal situations. It sounds weird, nonsense, even because "baixo" can sound as a derogatory word in Brazilian Portuguese; this word can be translated as "low", "bass" or "inferior" depending on the context.
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Off topic: here, the Netherlands are universally known as "Holanda", even by the dutch expat themselves. The official name "Países Baixos" (lit. "Low Lands") is almost never used, except in official documents or in very formal situations. It sounds weird, nonsense, even because "baixo" can sound as a derogatory word in Brazilian Portuguese; this word can be translated as "low", "bass" or "inferior" depending on the context.
A lot of people use the term Holland, yes. Officially it's incorrect.

"The official name of the country is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander is the king of the nation. Holland actually only means the two provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. However, the name Holland is often used when all of the Netherlands is meant."

https://www.holland.com/global/touri...vs-holland.htm

My point was that some people do not know this.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:09 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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A lot of people use the term Holland, yes. Officially it's incorrect.

"The official name of the country is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander is the king of the nation. Holland actually only means the two provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. However, the name Holland is often used when all of the Netherlands is meant."

https://www.holland.com/global/touri...vs-holland.htm

My point was that some people do not know this.
At least the media in UK and USA employs the word "Netherlands"; here, however, the name "Holanda" is used even by the media. Calling it "Países Baixos" may lead to misunderstanding and sounds pedantic. The demonym and the language are likewise called "holandês" (lit. "hollandese").
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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At least the media in UK and USA employs the word "Netherlands"; here, however, the name "Holanda" is used even by the media. Calling it "Países Baixos" may lead to misunderstanding and sounds pedantic. The demonym and the language are likewise called "holandês" (lit. "hollandese").
People in Canada also tend to use Holland for the whole country. I'm more particular because The Netherlands was my very first European country to visit. I have been back many times. I guess I'm trying to be respectful in a way, by calling their country by it's proper name. Not that I think people who call it Holland are being disrespectful, just not accurate.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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People in Canada also tend to use Holland for the whole country. I'm more particular because The Netherlands was my very first European country to visit. I have been back many times. I guess I'm trying to be respectful in a way, by calling their country by it's proper name. Not that I think people who call it Holland are being disrespectful, just not accurate.
Yeah I definitely conflate Holland and the Netherlands in my mind.


I was looking it up and it's surprising that the two Hollland provinces (north and south) only make up a small portion of the country's land area and have about a third of the population. Given how much Netherlands = Holland = Netherlands in people's minds you'd think it would be a much greater share (as in the England = UK conflation).


In French I'd say it's quite a bit more common to refer to the country as Pays-Bas than Holland, but the language is more often referred to as "hollandais" in my experience. Officially it's "néerlandais" (which is also what they use officially for the Flemish language in the Netherlands) but to me "néerlandais" doesn't roll off the tongue as nicely as "hollandais".
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