American Tourists

  1. OK Americans, I don't want to worry you but you appear to have lost your title as the rudest, loudest, most obnoxious tourists on the planet.

    Let me explain; I was recently in Paris and as usual there were a lot of American tourists about but mostly they were reasonable and sensible. I say mostly because there is always going to be a few rude, loud people about.

    However, it now appears there is a new kid on the block. Take a bow the Asians - I mean Chinese, Japanese etc. These tourists have no understanding of the meaning of the word queue and will push on to busses, or into lines with no thought that other people were there first. They will even do it when they do not even have the correct tickets (or even any tickets at all). They are loud - they shout at each other. They dress very inappropriately and the get in everyone's way with their cameras.

    So America, time to up your game (lower your standards?) and get back to being rude and obnoxious.

    Before anyone questions me, yes I am aware of the UK's standing - we are the best tourists in the world and are a pleasure to be around and I won't listen to anyone who says differently.
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Having been to Vietnam twice, just the traffic rules . . . or lack thereof, were a shock to me.

    I'm a quiet American . . .

  4. by   BCgradnurse
    A couple of years ago I was in France and went to Versailles. It was crowded and hot, but I was doing ok until someone hip checked me into a wall in an attempt to push past the orderly flow of people. It wasn't an American. I had the bruise for a week. I don't know what the rush was. Versailles wasn't going anywhere....
  5. by   GrumpyRN
    Exactly, it was Versailles that I noticed the most inappropriate dress. Young Japanese girl trying to join the queue in the courtyard - you know the one, the one with the cobbles and very uneven footing.

    What was this girl wearing? A pair of heels that were about 8 inches high. She could hardly move plus as you are aware, Versailles is all walking so how she thought she was going to get around all day and see anything is beyond me. She had obviously thought "palace: I will dress up for that", with no thought of the practicalities.

    It was on the train back from Versailles that I witnessed the good and bad of your citizens.

    Bad; crowded train 2 youngish female Americans pushed through and past me to get a seat instead of waiting or offering it to elderly people who were standing.
    Good; same train and an American lady sat opposite myself and my wife and chatted for a bit and wished us well while we were in Paris.