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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 06:22 AM
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Galway, Ireland
crowded, charmless, worst fish and chips we ever had

Dublin....kind of blah....
liked small towns on the Bay: Howth and Sandycove.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 06:49 AM
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Ah, yes... How could I forget Dublin... Agree, a city which left me cold in a country I adore.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 06:51 AM
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I have been fortunate enough to have done enough pre-trip research on where I might like to visit that I have no "bombs" in my travel history.

I did purposefully stop briefly in Cologne and Brussels for a few hours when they were a logistical part of a greater itinerary. I saw what I stopped in for and, in each case, confirmed that it was highly unlikely I would ever return for a longer visit.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 06:57 AM
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Monte Carlo/Monaco
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 07:15 AM
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Holyhead, Wales

Glastonbury

Cheddar Gorge

Fussen

Waterford
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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Wow, some of these really really surprise me. I have been to many of them and LOVED them...but then again, we are not cookie-cutter versions of each other. Thankfully.

Another example of why it is soooo very difficult to answer questions like, "I'm going to city XYZ. What should I do there?" Or, "I want to go to France...what area should I visit?" Very very subjective.

Back to the question. I wouldn't say I would never visit a place again. I'd be willing to give it another shot. Maybe I just didn't 'get it' the first time. Or weather, crowds etc influenced my first impression. I will travel anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Just get me on the plane and I am good to go.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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Aix-en-Provence

The only reason I would return to Colmar is to see the Musée d'Unterlinden, which we did not visit. The town underwhelmed me.

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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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I'm the same as Michele_d, there's no place I've been that I wouldn't try again. Sometimes real life interferes--allergies, bad weather, bad mood, crowds--and sometimes it simply takes a little while to 'get' a place. For example I've had both my worst and one of my best vacations in Paris (and I can say the same for New York).

Generally a 'bad' vacation makes me determined to make the next one a success.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 07:50 AM
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I found Leipzig uninteresting. I would not recommend a first time visit.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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michele,
good point!
Sometimes it is the crowds, hot weather, bad food, lousy hotel, or our own state of
mind at the time that has made the place unattractive.
I would probably give a second look some spots if only I did not have to pay for the trip.
Since I do, I keep going back to the "safe" destinations.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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Actually, on secont thought, I probably wouldn't return to Bruges--it was beautiful but two nights was enough for me.
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I forgot Monte Carlo - sterile, full of expensive cars and soulless apartment blocks.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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<i>-it was beautiful but two nights was enough for me.</i>

That applies to a lot of <i>plus beaux villages</i> and their equivalent whether so designated or not in other countries, and without the overnight stay.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Germany
Italy
Poland
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:11 AM
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Yes,
Monte Carlo, Bruges, Leipzig, Aix....
forgot Sanremo
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:15 AM
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"Never" seems too strong a word for my feelings.

There are many places I have not visited that draw me now. Of the places I have been, some I could return to over and over again (Rome, Paris, the Italian countryside). Others necessarily move down the list because of time and money constraints.

With limitless time and money, I would return to the places I did not "get" the first time (Pisa--did not get beyond looking at the outside of the buildings on the Field of Miracles) or those that drove me crazy with crowds (Venice--I might try March instead of May).
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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I do kinda like going to Monte Carlo to watch the self absorbed self absorbing.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:20 AM
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I do kinda like going to Monte Carlo to watch the self absorbed self absorbing

Wouldn't be cheaper to get a sponge?
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:31 AM
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I only drop by if I am in the area BigAl... I was there in late November... A young man with D and G sunglasses and a D and G camera case was taking a picture of self and girlfriend. He in lime green and she in gold metallic.

I consider myself well dressed on days my pants are long enough (I am quite tall). So yea, I will pay some extra money to watch the show. Being somewhat fashion challenged, I could watch this all day.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:40 AM
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The history, the art, the Vatican, the archaeological sites are all incredible & Rome should be on everybody’s must do list but we tried twice & we disliked the place both times. Too crowded, too many motorbikes, too crowded, too intense, and too crowded. I may use FCO for transit but I will also use the ring highway . . .

While the rebuilt Old Town area of Warsaw has charm & poignancy, the rest of the city was grim & our short 5-6 hour visit was enough.

Except for small islands of interest, Palermo stands out as a good thing to see in your rear view mirror as you are driving into the wonderful Sicilian countryside.

And the widely hailed Barcelona left us absolutely cold.

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