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

Mar 9th, 2006, 05:04 AM
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Of course I have standards and naturally there have been things about most places that I did not like, but there were always other things I found enjoyable, and ended up with a positive experience.
Also, I think I am a pretty positive person and prefer to see the glass as half full rather than half empty.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 05:57 AM
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I'll throw my hat in the ring for the Bahamas. Stayed in Nassau for 7 nights - I think 3 would have been too long. We had beautiful weather, and got some great pictures but there just wasn't enough to do and EVERYONE seemed to be trying to take your money or tax you for something.

New Orleans - I LOVED the city...but 6 nights was about 3 too many.

As for Vegas, it is one of my favorite places to visit, but never for more than 3 or maaaaybe 4 nights. My first trip was a full week and I was poor and exhausted by the end. Vegas is a ton of fun, but certainly not a relaxing vacation!
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Mar 9th, 2006, 06:26 AM
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Martha's Vineyard-a day trip would have sufficed.
Koh Samui Thailand-could have done without it altogether. Beach was nasty.
And another vote for Dallas.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 06:45 AM
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Nova Scotia.

It was OK and people were friendly enough (though someone stole my WAC Lacrosse cap), but a week and a half (or was it just a week?) was just too, too long.

Food preparation was generally humdrum (though the seafood was, of course, wonderfully fresh), and the scenery, though quite nice, wasn't much different from dozens of other nice coastal areas we've visited over the years. And once you've viewed the scenery, there just isn't much variety in things to see and do.

We did get some nice coastal photos, and I bought a Monkey Nodder in Halifax.

I took some lumps on the Canada forum for my write-up on our trip.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 06:53 AM
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Just remembered one of the criticisms of my Nova Scotia trip write-up. It boiled down to that I shouldn't go to places that I'm not going to like.

Now that really is good advice.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 07:00 AM
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I try to find something redeeming about everywhere I go...there is usually SOMETHING, even in the worst of places, but....never could find what that was in Las Vegas...two nights to say.."Never again"...
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Mar 9th, 2006, 07:39 AM
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Las Vegas and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Cozumel

Hadn't been to Las Vegas in 30 years,was nicer then,unfortunately recently booked 5 days. What a rip off expensive place. Big Mistake. 3 days at most is more than enough. Hotel room which was very expensive at MGM was supposed to be "deluxe" - was old - cracked ceilings, grungy but it was big- although the bathroom was very nice = Ocho Rios - fuggedaboutit - dirty, people following you asking for money, offering drugs, unsafe areas all over the place - and believe it or not Cozumel too. Nothing to see, but shop shop shop.

I liked Key West but was only there for 1/2 a day..could see spending a weekend there.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 07:58 AM
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I usually try to spend 10-11 days in one place, but most places just don't seem long enough. Maybe because I actually like doing nothing at times. I like getting away and relaxing.

With that said, I spent one day in Rome before flying out after two weeks in Florence. (I loved Florence, but I took day trips, do love the art, and found the crowds huge, but bearable). I loved the Roman Forum and the antiquity of Rome. My plan was I would spend 1 day in Rome and then go back another time. I haven't been back. I'm sure another trip wouldn't be "too long" because there are still things I would like to see but something just keeps me from doing it. Seems like when I consider all the places I want to go, or go back to, Rome is always on the initial list, but I keep crossing it off first.

I love the Southwest, but the Grand Canyon for me was a disappointment. So, I didn't stay too long though, but I left sooner than I had planned and spent more time in Sedona area.

I don't know why everyone is apologizing though. We are all different and have our likes and dislikes. It shouldn't hurt anyones feelings. I love reading about people's travel thoughts, experiences, and opinions. (Just hope you aren't all right about Avignon, because I've got 4 days planned there in about 2 weeks. However, I already planned a day-trip to Nimes). Of course, I could spend 4 days on a park bench reading a book and be happy.

Maybe that is why I didn't like my day in Rome. I never saw a place to do that. Let me know where that is. Where would I escape to in Rome? Not a day trip, but maybe a park or a suburb.

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Mar 9th, 2006, 08:32 AM
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This was interesting to read. We really are all so different! Big city lovers, country lovers, beach lovers- all different kind of "slow" vacation or travel.

I like almost anywhere for 2 days. I'm really not a 5 to 7 day opter except for very special or return places.

I would be flamed if I was absolutely honest because I don't like many of the features that the common American Europhile seems to like the most.

Disliked for more than 2 days:
Amsterdam (several times- left early once)
Florence (left early once)
New Orleans
Key West
Most of Switzerland
Lake Tahoe

Loved for more than 2 days:
Amalfi Coast
Cinque Terre
France- coastal
San Diego
Washington DC
AZ- Northern half especially
NM- most of it, even the meteor hole

I do believe there is a visceral dislike of an atomosphere or something like bad karma that gets attached to a place with certain individuals, and sometimes it's immediate. And it's hard to overcome, of course it is not always logical, and others may call it a prejudice. But I always go with a very open mind and prepared to love an adventure- so I can't just discount that it has happened to me- strongly.

Overall, I like most USA cities for more than 2 days, I can find interesting things to do for 4 days in almost any USA city.

I do not like most beach vacation places at all or only minimally. Hot and sand are my idea of the patio on the outskirts of hell.

And lastly- I have seen LV in all its stages since early '60's. I love the SW USA- and always take LV for what it is. I liked it better before it got to be a mob scene. But I can gamble or see a show for a day or 2 and quite enjoy it. After 2 it gave me a headache- and haven't been back in 4 years now.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 10:44 AM
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cchottel, in Rome you could go to the Borghese Gardens or Janiculum Hill for a beautiful, green place to relax.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 11:10 AM
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7 days in Fiesole (just above Florence). We thought it would be a great base for exploring Tuscany, but you need to go down into Florence and deal with Florence traffic before you can get out on the open road. It added at least 40 minutes each way, sometimes much more.

Nor would we spend more than a day or two exploring Florence itself. If you want to be near Florence and explore Tuscany, make sure to stay to the south or west of the city itself.

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Mar 9th, 2006, 12:22 PM
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1. Las Vegas, Nevada- Artificially tasteless
2. Ascuncion, Paraguay- Undescribable sanitation
3. Tiajuana, Mexico... A $50 busride to see a "Mexican Tiger"= a poorly painted donkey
Mar 9th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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Sarlat, France
Loved the town, but the public transport was soooo limited, one could not travel far outside the city limits.
We cancelled our week's accommodation and moved on after three days; great area however for slow travellers with their own transport.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 11:44 PM
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Langkawi, Malaysia- spent 5 days there and there's not much to do in the island.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia- beautiful setting but nothing to do besides spa and beach,no tv in the bungallows, average to bad food and very long to get to or leave. Spent 3 days there and wouldn't return!
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Mar 10th, 2006, 12:49 AM
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Tere - When I first started working I did UK PR for Pangkor Laut but never got to go there as my boss was a meanie (and I was very junior and not there long!) but am actually rather pleased now that it's not all 'that'!
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Mar 30th, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Hamburg. Just relative to where I'd rather be, because I'd cut shorter stays in London and Paris in order to stay where a friend lived. When I got to the train station, her German husband wasn't there as agreed; had mixed up the time of arrival. I ended up checking into a nice little hotel (Kronprinz, I think) near the station instead of staying with my friends, and they thought that worked out so much better after all, so of course the trip was more expensive than I'd thought. Friend, who'd urged me to come, turned out to be too busy to do much because of some easily forseen events. How much rather I'd have been on my own elsewhere during my precious vacation time. By the time I left, I found the German tongue a little annoying.
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