We have extended relatives who live on Long Island in New York.  They had visitors come from Germany and during the stay, decided to see Niagara Falls.  The story which came back to us was that during the drive across New York, the visitors were amazed that not only were they still in the same country, they were in the same state.  I took this as an enjoyable comparison of size, but this evening found a map of my present state compared to Europe, and it puts things in quite a different perspective.