It's also common for couples to keep the fact that they're an item to themselves.The date itself Unless you're going to be doing something sporty, dress up a little.
In France and Spain it's not unusual for a man to call/text/email a lot – it just means he's interested.
A French man or Spaniard might tell you he loves you after only a few weeks but don't panic: It usually just means ‘I really like you'.
For example, in the UK, a woman might kiss one or more men when she's out in a club or bar (or vice versa) but it wouldn't necessarily mean anything or lead to a relationship of any kind.
Whereas in France, if you kiss someone on the lips (or have sex) it means you're ‘in a relationship'. The day after In the UK or US, there's much debate about how long to wait before calling after a first date. Too long and it can seem like they're not really interested.
Flip-flops, shorts or scruffy clothes in general tend not to make a good impression in fashion-conscious Europe. In France, a man may be late but don't take it personally – French men are notoriously bad timekeepers.
In Germany and Switzerland, however, punctuality is highly valued so if one of you rolls up late, your date will be off to a bad start.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.Making the first move in Europe In France, Germany and Belgium, it's common for the man to ask a woman out, but in Switzerland, the men can be a little reserved so women might want to give them a nudge.Of course, every relationship is different and how yours develops will depend on who you both are and the chemistry between you.If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.Here's a guide to take you through your first Euro date.