Posted by: coastcontact | September 1, 2012

A Trip to Europe

We, my wife and I, left for London England on August 21 for our holiday to London and Paris. It was not the same as going on a safari but since we had never traveled to Europe before this was a special event in our lives.

While the trip did not take us away from civilization it did educate us on the way others live in their cities. We did not suffer from any cultural shock. Western Europe is really very similar to the USA. America’s roots are based upon European culture and behavioral differences are minor.

The single prominent difference is the presence of Muslims. That is fact is enforced by the high number of woman dressed in burqas. Since France introduced its burqa ban in April there have been violent attacks on women wearing the niqab. Niqab is the term used to refer to the piece of cloth which covers the face, worn by some Muslim women.

 Still in Paris, women are wearing the burqa without the niqab as they walk down the Champs-Elysees. That is not the case in London, where all manner of dress is seen.

In the next few days I will be retelling more details of our trip.

In summary it was an extraordinary experience. I am grateful to have had the experience.

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