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Old Aug 7th, 2013, 07:56 PM
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We had a rather disappointing time in Gyor but I don't think I need to warn too many folks about it. I wouldn't go back.
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Old Aug 7th, 2013, 08:11 PM
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So, Peter, how does one pronounce Slough?

One would think that anyplace with a name like that would be a hellhole to begin with.
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Old Aug 7th, 2013, 08:12 PM
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Iris..We stayed in the Parador Santillana, not the Gil Blas so ypu're safe! We spent a month in Northern Spain, wonderful trip with many excellent paradors. This was the most expensive of the whole trip, the room was tiny and in poor shape. At dinner, we sat next to the boxes of cereal ready for breakfast and the food was terrible.
Remebering beautiful paradors in Baiona and Leon....
Hope Gil Blas works outmformyou!
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Old Aug 7th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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St C, Slough rhymes with Thou or cow.
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Old Aug 7th, 2013, 08:22 PM
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Thanks, Peter.
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Old Aug 7th, 2013, 08:48 PM
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Raincitygirl, we spent four years living in Maidenhead, just a short distance from Slough. I will start a new thread titled For Raincitygirl to answer your question rather than hijacking this thread.
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Old Aug 7th, 2013, 11:18 PM
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Well, I would never go back to Switzerland if I had a choice. Work has other ideas.

I have no real interest in returning to Nancy, France, either. And I think I've seen everything I need to see in Hamburg.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 01:02 AM
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Never to return
Le Havre
Rotterdam
Charleroi
But… in 1989, Bucharest was very dreadful. Now, it’s better. I think.
Never say never.
But I have met many nice people in all of these cities.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 06:27 AM
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Can anyone tell me why Colmar makes this list?

(BTW, I think it's very different to say you won't return somewhere b/c you feel you saw the place, v. saying you won't go back b/c it was not an interesting or fun place).
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 06:34 AM
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I know that in the places I listed it wasn't that I totally dislike those cities or villages it was just that there wasn't a lot that makes me want to go back. I love Dublin and know many people don't. I will keep going back there. Switzerland was just so expensive and can't afford to go back to any part of that country. Rome was so crowed and dirty imo. I want to see new places and only return to cities I love.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 06:52 AM
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Geneva
Thessaloniki
Zadar
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 07:01 AM
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LOL. You know, if any '1st-time-to-europe' tourists were to browse this forum for ideas, most of europe would be written off!
Personally, no place has revolted me as much as it seems to have done to some. Sure, I like some places better than others, and won't return to many because there are other places I want to see, but that's simply because there is so much beauty around and I'm greedy to see more.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 07:09 AM
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About Slough: Yes, there are nice areas nearby - Windsor, to name one. It's a badly planned industrial estate for most part. Plenty of people who work there don't necessarily live there. It's not a tourist destination ... in fact the problem is that it's rarely a destination at all: it's a pass-through town, a handy interchange town, a town that no one seems to care about enough to make nice. It reminds me of Gary, Indiana.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 07:38 AM
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<b>Vienna</b> was the first thing that came to mind. And I found it really odd that one of my best friends said she liked it better than Paris. That statement did not move me to revisit Vienna; instead, it moved me to reconsider her soundness of mind. I truly do think I saw most of Vienna's "good bits"--and now I'm done.

<b>Prague</b> left a bad taste in our mouth because of the international drunks who throng there. Not Prague's fault, but I'm not tempted to return.

<b>Monaco, Monte Carlo</b> We did everything "good" in the 'burg and will never, ever return.

Yet...
...I would go back to Madrid, not because I loved it, because I want to do more art there.
...For the same reason, I would go back to Nice, which I found to be dirty and crowded, because of the excellent art collections that I would love to revisit.
..while I did not love Brussels itself, I loved using it as a rail base and coming back at night there to enjoy La Grand Place and some excellent restaurants.

I enjoy Galway and Dublin only because I adore Irish trad music. I know where to go in each city to find "the good stuff", and our family will return endlessly for the sheer joy of it. Plus the country is FINALLY making great IPAs.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 08:22 AM
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~ Magdeburg
~ Inverness
~ Moulins
~ Chateauroux
~ Belfast
...and NYC!
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 09:40 AM
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i had very high hopes for Brussels...maybe that was my downfall. Aside from the Grand Place and the collection of awesome gothic churches there just wasn't much in the way of tourism that suited our tastes. The other problem was that we went in early March. Other European capitals were blooming with flowers but not Brussels. The parks i read about were completely barren and void of any life. London is actually sunnier which is really saying something. Public transportation was inconsistent and outdated. Everything is covered in scaffolding (Palace of Justice has had scaffolding on the dome for 10 straight years) The chocolate and beer were great but you could find that in other Belgian cities. i wouldn't go so far as to say NEVER EVER AGAIN but our appetite for Brussels is about as strong as bread and water for dinner.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 09:42 AM
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<i>It reminds me of Gary, Indiana.</i>

That isn't fair to Slough.
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Have you BEEN in Slough Travelgourmet - it is beyond awful! Nobody goes there unless they must, on business. The only good thing about Slough is the train to London.

If you have been there, then apologies, and I will take your advice and never plan a trip to Gary Indiana
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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<i>Have you BEEN in Slough</i>

I've been through.

<i>Nobody goes there unless they must, on business.</i>

At least there is business!

Gary, Indiana is a crime-filled, rapidly depopulating eyesore.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...al-centre.html

Slough may be bad, but it ain't Gary.
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Old Aug 8th, 2013, 10:29 AM
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Strange, I actually have seen those photos before the DM site. What a tragedy. OK. Slough is not this bad.

Slough (the client sites I have visited) has lots of lovely glass business cathedrals. But the rest of it appears to be absolute S£&(! Also, none of the people I worked with lives there.
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