I need to get this off my chest. Please bear with me! Its a small travel tip!
Europe has 50 countries and six dependent territories. The smallest country is Vatican City with an area of just 0.44 sq km! The largest is Russia with 3,972,400 sq km in Europe. 743 million people live in Europe, more than double the population of the USA.
Yet I continue to hear a phrase that drives me crazy:
“Last vacation we did Europe” or “last week we did Europe” or on “the weekend we did France” or “On Tuesday we did France and on Wednesday we did Switzerland. Today we are doing Austria”
What about “we did Canada on Monday and Tuesday. This week we are doing the USA”? or “yesterday we did Washington and today we did New York”.
My favourite: “Oh you are from Australia. We did Australia in 2014. It was one of the best weeks of our lives”
These are all actual comments I have heard again and again. It is a little insulting to a country, don’t you think?
How can you “do” France in a day? Really all you can do is go to Paris, climb the Eiffel Tower, visit the Mona Lisa, catch a metro train, take a photo in front of Notre Dame or Seine or Arc de Triomphe, grab a croissant or baguette and a glass of wine and kiss in a romantic spot! Paris has 130 Museums alone. I counted and I have been to 31 of them since my first visit to Paris in 1971.
I have been to France at least 15 times since then and have spent several weeks of my life there but I do not yet feel I have “done” France. There are too many more regions to visit, more cheese to eat and more French words to mispronounce!
Of the top 100 cities in Europe, I have been to 46 in the last 46 years. At the current rate, I will be dead before I can get to all 100.
I have lost track of all the times I have been to New York City and there are still vast swathes, I still want to visit.
Australia is a country the same area as the USA. I have flown across the continent, driven around my country and caught trains, buses and ferries for half a century (I am that old) and there are still major places I have never glimpsed!
Likewise, a stop over in Tokyo or Singapore or Seoul does not give anyone the right to say they have “done Asia”. (there are 48 Asian countries).
So can I implore you to stamp out the phrase: “I have done [insert city name] this week.” Replace it “we spent a day in Paris yesterday” or “last week, we visited New York for a day and Washington for a day.”
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