Unlike Italian, French and Spanish men, who embrace the maturer woman and find Botox, fillers and surgery common and un-attractive.
Age and confidence are sexier than breast implants and conversation about - and boy, do we welcome that.
But the having and growing of children, gardens, libraries, and art collections seem to demand something more permanent than romantic love allows.
And now I, too, am beginning to wonder whether the European way isn't more pragmatic, more intelligent, finally more durable.
Well, for one, it has obvious, superficial reasons, such as the typically super-white teeth and perfectly groomed appearances that Americans tend to have compared to their more natural-yet-not-necessarily-better-looking European counterparts.
But then again, Americans tend to dress up less often and like wearing their sneakers and sweatpants everywhere without ever being judged, a level of a relaxed attitude I would sometimes like to see in my own country.
Similar to Americans, in their wrinkle-free taste in women, English guys tend to associate youth with beauty." The answer to this question is always yes, says my friend who lives in Paris."But, of course," he goes on, over a scrumptious lunch of stuffed roast lamb with wild mushrooms at Maxim's, "Europeans know better than ever to ask that question.If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.But knowing some of the cultural differences – who makes the first move, kissing on a first date, how soon to call after a date – may help you avoid awkward situations, or at least stop you from getting hurt or hurting someone else unintentionally.When it comes to dating in London, for a women in her thirties, options are limited.Despite keeping myself in reasonably good shape, spending time and money on my appearance and limiting my booze intake to an amount society deems acceptable, when it comes to meeting hot men - it's slim pickings. Firstly, I have neither the time nor inclination to stand around in bars and pull, most men of an appropriate dating age are now either married or homosexual, and those who are not, are chasing skirt ten years younger than themselves, in the hope of bagging themselves some arm candy before, they too, are on the proverbial shelf.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.I could hardly find anyone who wasn't in a relationship and who wasn't engaged in some serious PDA all over the place, complete with holding hands, wearing matching clothes, constantly uploading a super-couple-y profile picture on Facebook and so on.It felt almost as though each person played their role in the perfect relationship, but could easily repeat it the following week with somebody else.