We talk about Italy mostly in this BLOG but we love all of Europe. We were thinking about, Why we love Europe so much.
Europeans are very similar to us in style and thinking but at the same time so different. We tried to look at the main differences that cause them to be so attractive to us:
- They have a reverence for old things. We destroy old for new malls or shopping centers. In Europe the old stuff is what it’s all about. Walking the same ancient walkways as the Romans or the Etruscans is unbelievable. Seeing how sophisticated they were so long ago. We tend to think of people before Christ as not very sophisticated. After all they didn’t have iPhones and the internet. They had sophistication. Lots of it in how they controlled water, flush toilets, streets that cleaned themselves with water and their buildings. This is one reason we travel to Europe to see this old stuff because we don’t have it in America.
- The food is so much better. Europeans still care about ancient farming techniques, nutrients in the soil and taste of their food. We seem to be totally converted to eating what’s in a box, can or frozen container. So much of our food is processed with excess salt. It is no wonder we have so many diseases. Sitting in a European restaurant and seeing the food colors, smelling the food and then tasting it is a reason so many of us go there. We tend to think of them as crazy because they have very small refrigerators and no freezers. In reality they shop for fresh food every day. They have no need of large refrigerators or freezers. There are no BJs, Costco’s or Wegman’s. Food is prepared fresh and with love. It is bought at local family owned stores that make one thing (pasta, chocolate, gelato, bread, fish, meat, wine, etc)
- Most of us in America have European roots. We love to go back and see where mom & dad or grandma and grandpa came from. Maybe we still have relatives there to visit.This adds to the attraction of Europe.
Don’t get me wrong, We love America and its people but we do have a drawing to Europe. It should be on all of our bucket lists. The experience is not one you will soon forget. What are you waiting for? It is very Romantic to be with someone you love in Europe. Slow down and enjoy your life.
George & Jo Anne