Europe is free from American tourists this summer.
Following World War II, hordes of Americans descended on European cultural sites and attractions, packing old-world cities each spring and summer. Europeans despised the "ugly Americans" for their obnoxious behavior and lack of respect.
This year, Europe has struck back with a ban against American travelers because of surging coronavirus cases in the country formerly known as the leader of the free world.
Trump wants to destroy NATO, and condescends to European leaders. Now, they mock him for his bungling. As Covid-19 ravages the American heartland, our once deferential European allies pity the country that saved them in World War I and World War II. At last, that American smugness is over.
No more packs of college kids clutching their Eurail passes and "Europe on $10 a day" guides. No tour groups lining up and gawking at Michelangelo's David. The Spanish Steps won't be filled with young Americans seeking to hook up. The Sistine Chapel won't be deluged by visitors from the U.S.A.
Maybe European citizens can go back to restaurants that had been overrun by tourists. They can walk down uncrowded sidewalks, and spend time appreciating art in museums without jostling from vulgar groups from Iowa and Nebraska.
Yes, Europe will be back open this summer. Americans won't be welcome.