"I Will Never Come Back Here !!!"

Jan 28th, 2004, 12:27 PM
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I can't think of a place I'd "never" return, and I've truly enjoyed some of the nevers posted above. We were entranced with Colmar, for instance. Admittedly, it was a day trip. We were staying in Barr, but it was a very pleasant day trip.

We always make a point of visiting Aix when we are in the area. Again, I wouldn't want to stay there because we prefer to stay in the country or in a small town, but it's a fun day trip.

We visited Freiburg in 2002 and thought the people were very helpful and friendly. I was looking for something in particular and between the two of us, we speak very little German. A lady on the street, overhearing me ask directions of a shopkeeper, went to the trouble of finding someone who spoke English to give us directions. I wasn't too fond of the food in Germany and was glad to get back to France for dinner, but the countryside was lovely and the people were very nice.

I was prepared to detest Texas the first time I visited (in 1982) and ended up loving it. I wouldn't want to live there, but certainly would go back for a vacation. We camped near Big Bend National Park and near El Paso.

We stayed in Seattle on our way to drive the Alaska Highway in 1994 and certainly enjoyed it enough to stop again on the way home.

Los Angeles . . . we live nearby and go in often, but the traffic is truly annoying. We love the museums, concerts and restaurants and there are absolutely beautiful sights in the area. If I didn't live here, I certainly would enjoy visiting, especially when you are having such nasty weather back east!!
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This is in response to the Austrians. We had a great time in Austria. We were there for New Years Eve of 1999-2000. But, I must admitt that when the clock struck 12 in St. Stephens Plaz, you would never know it. Everyone was quite subdude. We were joyous with hugs and kisses and "Auld Lang Sine" (sp). Of coarse we felt like we were over the top, so we sang "Oh Canada". We didn't want to give the USA a bad image. Sorry Canada. There are several places I where I would not return. I have a love of southern Europe and like to return there, but northern Europe is not as interesting to me. I think it is the weather. I live in New England and when I travel I like dependable warm weather.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 02:39 PM
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I guess I have had an occasional bad hotel experience but I really haven't been anywhere in Europe that did not have something positive to say about it.

For those trashing Germany, have you been to Berlin? I am Jewish and it took me years to go to Germany. I didn't like the food much (when you compare it to French and Italian food, well no European food lives up to French and Italian) but the people were very friendly.

I thought Berlin was a much more exciting city than London or Paris. I cannot wait to return.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:00 PM
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I'm very surprised by the comments about Germany and Austria. We were just there in Nov/Dec and found the overwhelming majority of people to be friendly and helpful. We had a few situations where we needed directions or help getting an ATM card unstuck and were always treated with courtesy. Same goes for previous trips. We even had one woman go so far as to give us a lift in her car. The only place I've ever encountered an unfriendly attitude is at the German consulate in Los Angeles, but never in Germany. They do tend to be more reserved and perhaps this is being perceived as arrogance.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:08 PM
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Those of you who don't like Texas, thanks for leaving and y'all don't come back, ok?

Janda0, you didn't grow up in Texas. Don't tell lies (like the one that follows) just for a laugh. A friend of mine that lived in Seattle fell off of his bike . . . and drowned.

I think that a lot of what passes as "dour" or unfriendly behavior in Europe is actually just a contrast to the smarmy, glib drivel that you hear so often in banks, theaters, restaurants, etc. here in the States.

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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:21 PM
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We would never go back to the Chech Republic. Many of the people we met were very nice but their police are corrupt and thoroughly enjoy their power, such as it is. Mary >
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:23 PM
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TFG, your friend that drowned in Seattle probably was a sinner and is now spending eternity in Houston.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:27 PM
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I noticed quite a few of you listed Texas, but without much explanation. Since Texas is bigger than France, what part was not for you, and why would you never visit again?
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:37 PM
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I would never set foot in Curacao again. I would however take a cruise that went there and remain on the ship.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:42 PM
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The only thing wrong with Texas is that its full of Texans.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:44 PM
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Lovejoy, that is exactly the kind of statement that flames people, and it was totally uncalled for.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:48 PM
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tudorprincess - What turned you off about Curacao?
I am surprized to read about the negative postings on Germany. I spent 3 weeks in southern Germany and found the people to be warm and freindly. I loved the Black forest, the bodensee area, the alps, etc...

Oh,.. where would I not go back.....
probably Paris. Why? I found the people most unfreindly.been there 3 or 4 times
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:52 PM
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annesherrod- I thought the people working in the stores were rude and after taking a tour of the island I thought there was nothing of interest that would make me want to come back.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 03:55 PM
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I grew up in the midwest not in Texas. I wasnt trying to be misleading ....
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Well, I live in the midwest now, and have friends in Texas, and so far I have complaints about neither.

But you wouldn't get me back to Sorrento in September for love or money. Beautiful town full of obnoxious tourists whose nationality I will not mention because when they're not crowding the streets of Sorrento, they're nice people.

I WILL go back to Sorrento in the off season AND enjoy it as it's meant to be enjoyed.
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Basel, Switzerland...after a long night train from Rome I ended up there. Never again!
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Jan 28th, 2004, 05:23 PM
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Interesting about Germany. We were there 2 summers ago and had a great time. Most of the Germans we met were friendly and helpful--certainly more so than Parisians. In fact, some of the best information for our trip came from Germans we struck up conversations with on the two train trips we took--Frankfurt to Bamberg, and Bamberg to Munich.

The only downside in terms of the people we met in Germany came with contact with German school children.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 05:26 PM
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Oh, if I didn't have relatives in El Paso, Texas, I'd never go back there.

The other place is Florence, Italy. Tried it on 3 seperate occasions spread over 35 years, and found it to be crowded, dirty, polluted, smelly, hot, and generally unpleasant each time. Though if you're into Renaissance art and architecture, I suppose it's a must visit place.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 05:27 PM
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I would be happy to return to Barcelona but I would never walk Las Rambles again. There is something about that area that feels creepy.
I will never go on another tour again. We toured Italy with a rather large group. Before taking the tour, I read that one could never have a bad meal in Rome. Whoever wrote that hadn't been there on an organized tour. We had eaten three meals in Rome and the best food I could remember had been on the airplane.
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Some of our unfavorites:

1. Saigon a.k.a. Ho Chi Minh City -- sweat, sweat, sweat, gazillion motorbikes, not much to see.

2. New Orleans -- faux, faux, faux, avec high prices. Really tacky.

3. Las Vegas -- incredible bad taste overcast with appalling greed.

4. Liverpool -- so down-at-the-heels it is beyond description.

5. Marseille -- a sense of dread just around every corner. After dark? Never!

6. Switzerland -- magnificent scenery, unsmiling citizens, grimy small industrial burgs, a feeling that one's money is welcome but not you.
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