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Cities that didn't meet your Expectations

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Meeting expectations may be too strong a word, but by the title I mean cities that you just didn't like as much as others do. Not necessarily cities that you regret, but ones that wouldn't be at the top of your revisit list. I wanted to hear your experiences since you all have probably traveled much more than me. To make this more of a positive experiences instead of a bunch of complaining, I thought we could use the following format.

City
Things you liked about it
Things you didn't like about it
Recommendation of what you think would make the city more enjoyable if you visited again/ Rec of a similar city you enjoyed more

My city was Rome. I really loved a lot of things about it, the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery were absolutely amazing but there were a few things that made it a city I don't think I want to revisit for a while. They were:

-I didn't have the best experience with the people there. I was stopped by the police 3 separate times while just walking down the street. I was never able to communicate well enough with them to find out the reason why. Also didn't have the best experience with the hotel staff and the hotel we stayed at.
- The weather! It was almost 20 degrees (F) hotter than what I expected when I planned the trip (I looked up the average highs and lows beforehand). It was approaching almost 100 degrees. In places like the Roman Forum where there was basically no shade, this was torture.
- The food was great! But...it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. We ate at high rated Tripadvisor restaurants or those recommended by the locals. And though the food was good, I just was wowed like I wanted to be.

My recommendation for those looking to visit Rome is to make sure you go at a cooler time! It's surprising how much of a difference weather can make. Much more enjoyable to walk around in 80F weather than 100F, in my opinion. I'm pretty sure my experience with the people was a fluke, so don't worry too much about that! I'm sure you'll love the city yourself.

So what are your cities that you felt you just didn't enjoy as much as others do?

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