Wednesday, August 16, 2023

whims of American tourists clashing with european culture

Americans in Europe

They wear shorts and flip-flops. They would like ice cubes in their drinks. And they want to know why there’s no air-conditioning — and how to dry their clothes without a dryer.

With U.S. tourists returning in high numbers to Europe, some Americans are butting up against European etiquette and norms.

Savvy travelers seeking to blend in with the locals have increasingly turned to social media, particularly TikTok, for advice and commiseration. Much of the guidance will sound familiar to seasoned travelers — including one piece of standard advice for Americans: “Be less loud.”

Related: As sun loungers that rent for up to $130 pop up across Greece’s islands, local people have decided they won’t take it lying down.


European sensibilities are clashing with the whims of American tourists

Morning Briefing, Europe Edition

August 16, 2023

Iced Coffee and Flip-Flops as Europe Broils? Not So Fast, Americans.

As large numbers of U.S. tourists visit Europe during a record hot summer, their efforts to stay cool are running up against cultural norms.

With this summer’s heat waves in Europe, Americans wearing shorts and ordering ice water may butt up against etiquette and norms in some areas. Credit...Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press

By Melina Delkic

Aug. 15, 2023

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On a scorching June day on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Chloe Madison and her boyfriend, Colin Pinello, stopped to have lunch in Positano, a glamorous town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

With their refreshing caprese pasta plates and Aperol spritzes, they had one thought on their minds: ice water. But they knew that asking for it would be too American. While the Europeans around them seemed unfazed by the temperatures, she said, they felt parched.

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A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 16, 2023, Section A, Page 6 of the New York edition with the headline: Flip-Flops? Iced Coffee? Europe Has Some Tips For American Visitors.Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe


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‘No Space for Us’: Greeks Fight Beach Takeover by Pricey Sun Chairs

As lounge chairs that rent for up to $130 pop up across the islands, local people have decided they won’t take it lying down.

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Protesters demonstrating to “reclaim the beach” in July at Marcello and Krios beach on the island of Paros, Greece.Credit...Ronit Nesher/Reuters

By Niki Kitsantonis

Reporting from Paros, Greece

Aug. 15, 2023

It is peak tourist season in Greece, and on the pristine Monastiri beach on the northern tip of Paros island, a phalanx of lounge chairs with red umbrellas covers the sand. At 70 euros for a pair of front-row seats near the crystalline waters, less than half were taken on a recent day, as Greeks and tourists alike who did not want to pay instead sheltered from the sun under nearby trees.

“In some cases they covered 100 percent of the beach,” said Nicolas Stephanou, 70, a local resident. “We feel we’re being pushed off the island,” he added, explaining that people are made to feel unwelcome unless they use the services of the beach bars that own the chairs.

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Niki Kitsantonis is a freelance correspondent for The Times based in Athens. She has been writing about Greece for 20 years, including more than a decade of coverage for The Times. More about Niki Kitsantonis

A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 16, 2023, Section A, Page 6 of the New York edition with the headline: As Rented Chairs Multiply, Greeks Fight for a Free Spot on the SandOrder Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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