I'd challenge the idea that breakfast can be made "Euro-friendly", for the very simple reason that there is no such thing as a European breakfast. A Greek breakfast is about as different as can be from a British one, and I am certainly not going to trade my Brötchen for any churros.
For the same reason, there is no such thing as a general European coffee taste. Our (German) filter coffee is not only different from American filter coffee, it is also quite different from a French café au lait or from an Italian espresso or a kafe elliniko.
German breakfasts include cold cuts, sliced cheese, brotchen (a type
of bread roll), butter and perhaps a boiled egg.
You forget the jam! Yes, people will have cold cuts or sliced cheese on their Brötchen, but first and foremost, a German breakfast is sweet.
have tea instead of coffee because at least it can't be ruined if it
comes in the predictable tea bag
Funny you should say that. I assume that you are a coffee drinker? :D My husband is a confirmed tea drinker and he always drinks coffee when we are traveling. There are so many ways to ruin tea... starting with the tea bag and ending with the water...
You can get exceptionally good coffee in the San Francisco Bay Area
and in many parts of the US.
"Exceptionally good" is a matter of taste, and of what you are used to. Bay Area friends have presented me with what they believed to be an exceptionally good French roast, and to me, it just tasted like the same bland coffee, just with an added tinge of a burned flavor. No doubt Italians will say the same kind of thing about the coffee I feel is "exceptionally good".
Europeans more often use travel agencies to create a
Assuming this is true, why would that be?
I am not sure this is true. But if it is, I could imagine a number of reasons: 1. We usually get a much better refund policy when booking a package than when booking things individually. 2. In case something goes wrong, I have a real live person to talk to and will not spend hours trying to reach someone in a hotline. The travel agency is my legal partner; I have no direct dealings with the airline or car rental or hotel. 3. If the price is the same, why shouldn't I support local businesses? I have tried it: found an online offer, went to my travel agency around the corner and asked them if they could book that for me. Works every time, and they get the commission and not some big internet dealer. 4. I don't have the hassle with some website that keeps trying to trick me into buying some insurance I don't want.
I believe fewer Americans above college age than Europeans are willing
to accept hotel rooms without en suite bathrooms. Or perhaps Europeans
have now caught up with Americans in that regard.
Yes... for about the past thirty or forty years...
Yes please! I hate being locked in between two sheets. My legs need freedom!