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Subject: Paris a tourist trap?? I am not going there now
Herc the Merc    10/24/2006 1:47:20 PM The phenomenon, which the newspaper dubbed "Paris Syndrome", was first detailed in the psychiatric journal Nervure in 2004. Bernard Delage of Jeunes Japon, an association that helps Japanese families settle in France, said: "In Japanese shops, the customer is king, whereas here assistants hardly look at them ... People using public transport all look stern, and handbag snatchers increase the ill feeling." A Japanese woman, Aimi, told the paper: "For us, Paris is a dream city. All the French are beautiful and elegant ... And then, when they arrive, the Japanese find the French character is the complete opposite of their own."
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Danton74    blah blah blah   10/24/2006 6:38:09 PM
Hmmm, having read the article it sounds like those people would have had psychotic incidents where ever they had gone. 12 people a year, for a city that recieves 50 million visitors every year - doesn't particularly sound out of order.

I note that the media still takes any chance it gets to have a pop at the French, I wonder how many Japanese visitors to New York or London go a bit potty... not that that would be "interesting" enough to report on, of course.
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Herc the Merc    Oddly enuff   10/25/2006 10:29:31 AM
New York city was voted as the most friendly city.
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xylene       10/25/2006 6:23:45 PM
I think a lot of people build places up in their mind and set themselves up for a let down when they are not awe inspired. I remember first time visiting New York I was dissappointed that the Statue of Liberty was smaller than I had imagined. Brazil has been the one place that has seemed to live up and exceed expectation. I remember being awe struck gazing at the skyscrapers in Sao Paulo stretch on to the horizon. Night life in Rio de Janiero is truly better than any book I have ever read or movie I have ever seen. I've always been scared to go to Egypt thinking I will travel all the way there and the Pyramids being a let down.
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