Foreign governments warning citizens about US cities

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November 15, 2013, 9:41 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - It's a beautiful fall weekend in Boston and tourists fill the city's North End, Chinatown and the neighborhood around Fenway Park.

But would you believe foreign countries actually warn their citizens not to visit Boston because of "petty crimes" in those areas?

According to the Washington Post, just like our country warns U.S. citizens which areas of the world may be dangerous to travel to, foreign countries single out American cities in the same way.

The paper says tourists were also cautioned to avoid walking at night in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury - not exactly tourism hot spots.
 
"I think if you're saying don't come to Boston because of those places then that's pretty ridiculous, I don't know if I'd advise you to go there at night, but I don't think that constitutes a very fair travel advisory," Bob Wu of Boston said.
 
Wu lives here and thought it safe enough to allow his mother to visit from Sydney -- who's also not concerned.
 
Mom Ping Wang said, "That's a bit of a stereotype I think, you know things happen everywhere in the world you just have to be careful and that's fine."
 
Tourists enjoying the italian eateries in the North End weren't fearful for their safety - although some did guard their coveted pastries and left over pasta walking through the bustling streets.
 
Rebecca Fuchs, who was visiting the North End, said, "We have received nothing but cheerfulness and we haven't seen anything or felt - we were out last night until late walking the streets and it was fabulous."
 
"I've never had any trouble in the North End, so I can't even imagine," said Carrie Bibens, who was also visiting the North End.
 
And as for those travel "warnings" -- seems the message hasn't gotten out to foreigners arriving at Logan Airport.
 
Max Kooper of Amsterdam said, "No not at all actually, I didn't even see a single warning, I, nope no one ever told me or I didn't see anything, probably the French do, but the Dutch don't warn us."

Tags: Boston, Alysha Palumbo, Washington Post, French foreign ministry, French government travel warnings
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