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Old 05-06-2021, 09:27 PM
 
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I love France. French people are so, well, French. Which is a thing in itself that everyone fits.

Colombia is by far my favorite Latin American -- the one Latin country that is inward-looking and proud of its Latin-American-ness.

Iran may be my favorite country in the world. A country where people treat each other with respect and dignity.
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Iran may be my favorite country in the world. A country where people treat each other with respect and dignity.
ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Iran law requires women to wear a hajib and loose clothing in public.
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Old 05-08-2021, 06:01 AM
 
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ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Iran law requires women to wear a hajib and loose clothing in public.
Is Iran the only country you have been in, that requires women to cover body parts in public?
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Old 05-08-2021, 07:19 AM
 
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I'd been to Paris twice before when I went back for a couple of days in 2018- side trip form Edinburgh. I avoided all the tourist spots- the Louvre and the d'Orsay had been jammed on my last visit, I noted a sidewalk cafe offering onion soup for 9 Euros... no, thanks. I walked a lot, admiring the beautiful old architecture and people-watching. That's the way to do it!
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Old 05-08-2021, 07:40 AM
 
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Is Iran the only country you have been in, that requires women to cover body parts in public?
It's certainly not the only country that requires women to cover, but it is the only one your specifically mentioned.

And just because other countries do it, that doesn't make it any more respectful. Any country that requires me to cover up before I even get off the plane is not one I consider to be a "country where people treat each other with respect and dignity."
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Old 05-08-2021, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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It's certainly not the only country that requires women to cover, but it is the only one your specifically mentioned.

And just because other countries do it, that doesn't make it any more respectful. Any country that requires me to cover up before I even get off the plane is not one I consider to be a "country where people treat each other with respect and dignity."
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:17 AM
 
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Tijuana, yeah its got lot of murders per year but stick to normal areas where cartels are not duking it out and its awesome.
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:30 AM
 
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I ventured to Mexico for my first time in 2019. I was wary because of all the headlines but I was taking a small-ship cruise near the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortes. SO much natural beauty. We were docked in La Paz for awhile and I enjoyed walking around and admiring all the flowers. I had ice cream at a place patronized by a lot of families. The area clearly catered to American expats (there was a freebie paper called "The Gringo Gazette") so maybe that wasn't the "real" Mexico, but it was a pleasant surprise.
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:43 AM
 
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I wish so many Americans were not so negative about France. I've been there three times in the last six years and I have not encountered any issues with the people there. The USA has a long history with France. It was money and support from France that helped us successfully carry out the American Revolution. We were there for France in 1917 in World War I to support them. We also helped liberate France from the nazis during World War II. When you walk around Paris, you will begin to realize how much our countries are intertwined. Streets are named after American presidents. McDonalds is on the Champ Elysees. I cannot help, but believe that both America and France would be stronger if we looked towards one another for support and assistance rather than to spend our time criticizing one another.
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Old 05-08-2021, 11:31 AM
 
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I'd love to get a rail pass for Netherlands-France-Spain-Portugal and get on/off and visit towns as I felt like it. But the airplane to get there ugh. We visited parts of Italy and England by train and car in earlier days, some parts with friends, but doing it alone would be even better IMO, not sure spouse would be interested but he'd come anyway to make sure I was safe lol.

Are Americans negative about France? Hadn't heard that, where does this sentiment appear? I can make an effort to speak a little French but poor hearing would put me at a bad place at understanding the answers, pretty much like being in US wearing a mask and trying to decipher what is being said.
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