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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 08:44 AM
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Milan (except possibly to see a performance at La Scala)
Brussels
Rotterdam
Geneva

Never is a very strong word, but I've seen what I wanted to in each city and don't remember just enjoying being in any of these. It was hard to come up with even these few.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 12:04 PM
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Bucarest
Sarajevo
Thessaloniki
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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Madrid- but my feelings may be skewed. The night before we departed for Madrid from SFO, I woke during the night sick and barfed all the way to Madrid. I didn't feel well enough to appreciate much.
Florence
St. Emillon
Bagnoreggio
Guernica
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:09 PM
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I think there's a huge difference between liking a place so little you'd never return (on the one hand) and having once visited a place you liked you'd likely not return because there are too many other places to go ( on the other hand). I'm not sure I've ever truly disliked any of the places we've been, but there are many we likely won't ever return to for the second reason -Bruges comes to mind - loved it for the day and a half we were there, but not likely to return). I guess the wine road (Strasbourg to Colmar) might meet the first criterion - we were bored after one day and returned to Paris several days earlier than originally planned.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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Bratislava
Brussels
Amsterdam
Kutna Hora
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:13 PM
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SF- agree about the wine road and Colmar. Maybe all of mine would fit that category.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:24 PM
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Brussels
Monte Carlo.
Liverpool
Mexico City
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:29 PM
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I have to concur about Monaco/MonteCarlo (overpriced pile of rocks)

and Colmar

and St-Emilion
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:34 PM
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But I might need Monaco to get into the Traveler's Century Club. It's a cheap one.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:39 PM
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I am shocked. I am really, really shocked.

The posters mentioned so many beautiful, interesting places. Many mentioned whole countries, one poster even three large countries.

What happened to all these travellers? Why have they missed the beauty of the places they visited?

Wrong guidebooks? Wrong advice? Wrong attitude to other cultures? A case of diarrhea? Mosquito bites? Victim of scam? An unfriendly receptionist? Spending a couple of nights in a local jail?

I can absolutely not understand all these posts. Even on my craziest business trips I found something beautiful or exciting or interesting, whereever I was.

Okay, except of Croydon.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Probably Naples that we would never return.

For my 80th in 2015 we have no need to Monaco and we will be in a villa overlooking Nice.

Luxemburg was not a favorite.

We usually like everywhere we have been.
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Ronda, Spain - Beautiful, but not "magical at night" as many told us. Just boring at night. The whole place closes up at 9 pm! Except for a couple of places that were so crowded with locals, it's hard to get in... Many advised us to stay overnight, and we stayed 2 - I normally hate one-nighters when traveling, but this was a mistake on my part. We were so bored, we joked about jumping off the bridge and into the gorge for a little excitement...

San Gimignano, Italy - a pretty little hill town from Medieval days that's been thoroughly Disney-fied. In my opinion, anyway... It's ironic that the town is authentic, because I honestly felt like I was strolling through the Epcot center version of Italy and not an actual place. It's hard for me to describe, but I think it's the lack of everyday real-life establishments (in the areas that tourists frequent, anyway) like laundromats, groceries, schools, etc. or even restaurant signs with Italian words on them. We did see a butcher shop with a boar's head nailed above the entrance, but I think it was only because that's something Tuscany is famous for, their wild boar sausage... The place just felt tacky and cheap. Didn't care for it. I loved Siena, because it was obviously a real place where people resided and worked, and there was evidence - little food markets, a school, laundry hanging out windows, a bank, etc. - of everyday life scattered everywhere among the historical sites.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 02:09 PM
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>We were so bored, we joked about jumping off the bridge and into the gorge for a little excitement...

Thank you for my laugh of the day, BumbleB6. I have always felt guilty that we didn't get to Ronda for a night.

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bilboburgler .... Who in the name of Hades suggested you should visit Kilmarnock in the first place !?

Basingstoke was a place I was glad to see the back of.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 02:14 PM
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I HATE HATE HATE Vienna. I would not go there again unless I got free airfare 1st class and a free suite at the Hotel Sacher.

I thought the food was disgusting and I could not stand the officiousness of the Viennese.

If it weren't for the delicious coffee, I would have fled the first day I was there.

O Gucci, and the horrid smell of Weiner schnitzel!

What an awful city.


Zurich is a pleasant city, but it is so BORING. A battery chicken lends itself to more excitement.

I only fly in/out of Zurich to visit my beloved Wengen.

I would never go back to Prague. I liked Prague, but I think I saw everything that I wanted to see.

Same for Istanbul. Liked it, but would not go back.

Would not go back to Lisboa. Beautiful city, but I had enough.

Other than the Prado, I hated Madrid. LOVED Toledo and Segovia.

Would not go back to Thessaloniki, but I thought the archaeological museum there was FABULOUS! One of the best I have ever seen.

Monte Carlo is boring, but there is a lot of eye candy there.

I hate Edinburgh, too.


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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 02:21 PM
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Zurich
Geneva
Barcelona
Monaco
Cannes

And I can't believe I am saying this, but Aix-en-Provence. I went to school in Aix 30 years ago, and absolutely loved it. I was so excited to return this summer. I couldn't believe how much it had changed--a Foot Locker on the Cours Mirabeau??!! The winding old streets are now filled with Rolex and Sonia Rykiel stores. What was a charming town has turned into a designer store shopper's dream. I don't ever need to return.
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Cute town but now ruined by tourism in my opinion.

Olomouc, Czech Republic. Kind of the opposite of Cesky Krumlov: few tourists at all, and in the downtown core areas, few locals, either, at least the nights I was in town! What a dead town, at least in September.

Amsterdam. Been there twice; gave it the 2nd chance in 2011, 2nd time wasn't a charm, either. Just seems dirty and unappealing to me.

Split, Croatia. Didn't find it to be an interesting town, even though it's a "real" city not a tourist mecca like Dubrovnik.

Zagreb, Croatia. The place just didn't grab me.

Graz, Austria. One night was plenty; I didn't dislike it but I can't imagine why I'd ever return.

Sorrento, Italy. Another place that seemed built for tourism and tourists. Really disliked it. Day tripped to Naples, wished I'd stayed there instead!
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"I have always felt guilty that we didn't get to Ronda for a night."

Ian - don't feel guilty! If you saw it during daylight hours, you saw it! It is true the bridge is lit up at night, but that's it!
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 03:18 PM
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Mallow. I have been there 3 times and was hopelessly lost trying to leave all 3 times. Well, not hopelessly because I'm not still there but when you start to recognize the pebbles by the side of the road....
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Gibraltar - I think I was meant to go there so I could warn others not to.

Cordoba - Sorry.

Dublin - Wanted so much to love it.

Rhonda - I did think it was beautiful and amazing but one day was enough and I know I'll never go back.
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