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I spent too much time in ... - what places did you stay too long?

Nov 8th, 2005, 06:56 AM
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Key West. I went on the recommendation of two friends and hated it--too commercial, too crowded, too much concrete, too hot, too complicated to get where the snorkeling was good. I might've enjoyed a single day visit to see a few of the houses, but a week was torture.

I agree with the person who mentioned Las Vegas. However, I went here only because I needed to fly out of there after a trip to some of the national parks, and I spent a good chunk of my one full day there on a day trip to Valley of Fire. So under the circumstances, it was sensible to go there, though, if there's a next time, I'll go out of my way to avoid it. I felt irritated and cranky the entire time I was in Las Vegas, after feeling so relaxed and refreshed and happy during my preceeding days in the canyons.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:10 AM
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I've nearly always wished I had more time to enjoy the places I've visited. But I'd have to say that a full week in Dublin was about twice as long as it needed to be.

I would also say the same about 20 minutes in Holland, MI.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:15 AM
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Lucerne, sorry, since I know most people love it but I thought it was awful
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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:31 AM
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Leipzig. It was on a church choir tour. Our stops were scheduled around singing dates and we were there about three days when one would have been enough. We wandered around the zoo, the department stores, etc. Had all kinds of free time in Leipzig, but only about three hours of free time in Prague and Budapest. That's what happens when you don't plan your own trip.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:31 AM
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In the plane, at the end of the runway at SEATAC. Airport needed the gate, but Chicago O'Hare had weather issues. Put us on board, shipped up to the end of the runway and let us sit and watch all the other airplanes leave. I think this lasted an hour or two.

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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:36 AM
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Carcassonne and Annecy. Although we had a great time outside of Annecy.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:42 AM
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This is awful...but London. When the upteenth trip ( which was a run over for the weekend from Ireland where my husband had a company) for my "birthday" became the realization that it is just another big dirty city.
I am jaded. Sorry!
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Nov 8th, 2005, 08:36 AM
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There aren't too many places I'd say that about, but a few.

Bruges, Belgium (I think I was there four days and don't remember why I didn't just move on, maybe I was tired)

I agree with Quebec City -- I also was there about 4 days, which was at least one too many.

The only major city I haven't liked that well was Vienna, Austria. I was there four days and that might have been too many except I too a day trip to Budapest to fill up one of them when I was getting tired of Vienna.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 09:02 AM
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I'm sure you mean vacation days. I travel quite a bit forbusiness and have stayed at many places way too long. Lynchberg,Va is one, but if airports count being stuck for 6 hours at Houston Hobby took a month off of my life.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 09:24 AM
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I was once stuck in FRA for an extra three days at the end of a long, solo trip. I had been in Frankfurt on several occasions and had already seen most of the sights. It was one of the few times in Europe that I used the hotel's pool, and even then the pool was full of naked Japanese business men. I was very tired and homesick.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 10:18 AM
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I was staying with friends of friends and my friend for a few weeks in a remote villa. It was early in the season, really cold, rainy and foggy. We had to drive about three or four miles on a dirt road which crossed or rather dipped into a streambed to get to the main road. On rainy days the stream ran right up underneath the car and we would lose traction and spend about a half hour fording it. It got to be that we dreaded going into town because of the slippery rocky road. We were more or less stuck inside most of the day without a television or any form of entertainment. We finished our books, listened to one man's walkman and then roamed aimlessly around the house, moving from chair to chair, looking out of different windows. We practically forced one of the older men who had been in Italy in WWII to tell us his tales over and over again.

We did take trips to the Tuscan towns and wineries and loved that part, but the dreary-ness just overcame us and the cold seeped into our bones making us lethargic. The house was freezing cold and we could not warm up the thick walls or cover the drafts from the gigantic doors. It got dark early and we would have fun cooking dinner and sitting at the long wooden table to eat and drink but then the long evening set in. It was a good trip really but....a little long.....
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Nov 8th, 2005, 10:23 AM
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I spent 24 hours in Aix-en-Provence. It was 24 hours too long.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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That does sound dreary! Maybe there's a lesson there about Tuscany - ask about the road and don't go there in the rainy season!
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Nov 8th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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Nov 8th, 2005, 10:31 AM
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What everyone has already chosen: Heathrow and Vegas.

Also Dar Es Salaam--we weren't even supposed to be there.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 11:01 AM
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A week in Asolo, Italy. SeaUrchin's description of her week in Tuscany describes my week in Asolo. I have never seen so much rain, the roads were flooded, the house was freezing cold, the bed are hard and miserable. The evenings were long and boring, the TV was kept on at high volumne from early morning until bedtime. I laid in bed at night actually shivering from the cold. There not enough hot water for everyone to have a good hot shower. The unruly teenager was screamend at by his mother around the clock. Other than that it was delightful, NOT, LOL.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 11:23 AM
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Loveitaly, yes, I forgot to mention the beds! More like hammocks with the dip in the middle! To ward off the chill at night I piled so many blankets on the bed I could hardly breathe under the weight, lol.

I didn't mention the driveway being so slippery that our car nearly slid into the pool!

I won't mention the upstairs toilet backing up and the groundskeeper blaming us for using too much TP!

Too bad I wasn't a fodorite at the time or I would have written one of "those" trip reports.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 11:27 AM
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Guadalajara, Mexico - yecch!!
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Nov 8th, 2005, 11:28 AM
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Hi SeaUrchin, sounds like we both had the same miserable week although in different areas of Italy LOL. I wasn't on Fodor's than either. Wow, what trip reports we could have posted. Have a good day.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 11:31 AM
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I have plenty!

1. Cincinatti, OH - when you realize to find a nice restaurant to eat with other people under the age of 40 you have to cross the state border, you know you are someplace not fun for a 26 year old!

2. Albuquerque, NM - Just didn't do anything for me.

3. Florence, Italy - In fairness to florence, this probably had more to do with my crappy hotel and my cranky husband, but 3 days were 2 days too many, and we left a day early. It was hot, smelly, crowded and there was only so much shopping my husband would let me do on our honeymoon.
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