English dating customs

In Europe, getting to know someone romantically is fairly laid back.People don't tend to go on ‘dates' with complete strangers but instead often get to know someone who's already in their circle or the friend of a friend, and then it ‘just happens' and they decide to go out together alone. There aren't too many rigid rules, either: "In the Netherlands there are no set rules – you might do all or nothing on the first or tenth date," and, "the timescale between the first date and having sex in France could be anything from 20 years to 20 seconds," said European expats.

For French men, it's all about the chase, and playing ‘hard to get' is part of the game.Everyone seems to celebrate Independence Day, these days.On the back of every pub toilet door (and believe me, I spend a lot of time in pub toilets) there seems to be a flyer for their 4th of July piss-up.Men might find it baffling that their Italian girlfriend demands he 'look after' her.Whereas some women might view their Italian boyfriend's desire to 'protect his woman' a little chauvinistic.