Your funniest travel experience?

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Mar 13th, 2001, 10:41 AM
  #21
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My wife and I were in London, and I had brought my new sweater. She kept complaining to me that I wasn't carrying it securely enough when I put it through the camera bag strap. We were walking around the area where Parliment is, including the Thames walkways. I discovered that my sweater was gone! We quickly retraced our steps, and were on the sidewalk trying to figure out what to do next. My wife suddenly asked what is that? And before I knew it she was in the middle of Parliment Bridge St., under the glare of the statues of Winston Churchill and Abrahma Lincoln, picking up this "rag", cars and taxis having to dodge around her. It was my sweater. The only damage was fractured buttons; not one of them was intact. I was relieved to get both my sweater and her back. But I wish I had thought quickly enough to get a picture with my camera!
 
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Mar 13th, 2001, 11:06 AM
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This isn't an experience, it's a comment by my 9 yr old son. We are taking our kids to italy for 10 days. I've been showing them pictures, moveis, etc. Anyway my son has decided that italy is 'R' rated because of all the naked statues, therefore it is not appropriate for us to take hiem there. Needless to say, we are leaving in 3 days and he'll have the art history lesson of his life!
 
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Mar 13th, 2001, 11:07 AM
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For kk,
(In the interest of protecting the identity of those whom I assume are innocent, I have omitted some details.)
Last Wednesday in Rome, my mother and I were in Santa Maria Maggiore seeing the True Manger and other wonders, when a young priest said to me, "That's a very Lenten outfit you're wearing." (I had on my black overcoat and a purple scarf.) I said, "Yeah, I thought about that the other day...well, you too." (He had on a purple parka and black priest clothes.) We stopped to talk with him, and he told us he was with a seminary group from (insert place name here). He nearly jumped up and down with joy when we said, "We're from (insert other place name here)." He is, too. We chatted for awhile and as we parted, he said, "God bless (insert place name here)!" I said, "Yes, and God bless you, too." He quickly said, "God bless you." My mom later said she thought he would have jumped up and down with joy at finding fellow residents of (insert place name here) if we'd been outside a church. I've since been accused of flirting with a priest, but if so, hey, he started it.
 
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Mar 13th, 2001, 12:44 PM
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Last year when my husband, I and another couple were in Maui on the road to Hana, we had stopped to look at the waterfall. There were people swimming. My husband, friend and a couple began looking in the bushes at a mongoose. After awhile, the female went over to her car and began undressing completely and started putting on her dry clothes. My husband and friend stood there in surprise with the mongoose long forgotten. About the time she bent over her husband asked the guys "Did it come back out?". My husband said "It sure did". Thus lives the mongoose story that we have had more laughs over.
 
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Mar 13th, 2001, 02:22 PM
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Well...
My mother and I visited Germany 3 years ago.
At the airport of Dusseldorf and during the passport control we had the chance to find out for good what german organization and typicallity means:
We were standing in the line waiting for our passports to be checked. Suddenly the German officer started yelling at as in that strickt german way, that made as petrified! I felt like I was in the hands of Gestapo! As we didn't know any german, we started showing him our staff: We put out from the bag a bottle of Ouzo, some greek cheeze and spinach pie, all gifts for our friends in Germany. The face of the German became red and started screaming "Nein, nein!!"
I was more than certain that we were going to be arrested when a passenger behind us explained our mistake: we have crossed the yellow line on the floor which showed the place we had to stand before the passport control!! It was unbelievable!! When we standed behind that yellow line he calmed down. One minute later, the same man welcomed us with a warm "Guten Abend", he checked our passports and wished something like "willkommen in Deutschland" as if nothing happened!
That was the best example of how different countries and cultures are!
 
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Mar 13th, 2001, 11:40 PM
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A friend of ours went to visit her family in the north of Portugal where the roads give new meaning to the phrase "the long and (especially) winding road". After a few hours' drive on the bus and her being violently car sick, a fellow traveller leaned over to her and said: "I have never seen anybody throw up so much in all my life!"
 
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Mar 14th, 2001, 05:16 AM
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After renting a cottage in the country outside Wexford, Ireland, for six months, I got one terrible cold and was told to a particular address to see a doctor. I did, was administored to and given medicine, went back to the cottage and suffered for another week. End of story. It was nearly six months later, just before we were to return home, that my wife discovered that I had been seen by an animal veterinarian. Apparently it was rather common practice in that area at the time. True story. The thing is, I now have a tendency to count with my right foot, a one, and a two, and a three. The later pof course, not quite true.
 
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Mar 14th, 2001, 05:50 AM
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Finding fresh cut roses in vases in the restrooms on the New Jersey turnpike, in the middle of the summer.
 
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Mar 14th, 2001, 09:40 PM
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Mar 14th, 2001, 10:05 PM
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We were standing in a very long queue to go through the metal detector to board the plane. The young lady in front of us was well dressed in a leather outfit that was kept together with a wide variety of metal chains, pins, stars, etc. After they had sent her back three times and she had started doing a slow and agonising strip tease to get rid of all the metal pieces, they asked to go with them to a search room.

Although it was quite amusing at the time, we also felt sorry for her as it must have been one of life's most embarrassing moments.
 
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Mar 14th, 2001, 10:16 PM
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This happened almost 20 years ago in a German town, I think it may have been Regensburg. We had gotten into our (rental) car which was parked in a small lot by the church, when we noticed that a car was parked behind us waiting for our spot. Of course, my husband (the driver) couldn't locate the reverse gear in the unfamiliar car. As he tried to figure it out, a small crowd gathered to "help." One of the helpers was beating her purse on the back fender. As I became more and more tickled (read that hysterical with laughter) my husband became more and more flustered, activating the lever for the windshield wipers in his confusion. That REALLY set me off! I'm writing this with tears of laughter streaming down my face even now. Maybe you had to be there....
 
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Mar 15th, 2001, 07:20 AM
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Same husband, another trip. We had just landed in Calais, having taken the ferry from Dover. We picked up a car and headed to the autoroute. We pulled into the first toll booth, where my husband paid the toll. As the toll-taker handed him his change, my husband sang out "Mercy" in his very best approximation of "Merci." Son (age 20) and I were rolling in the floor. It still sets us off when we think about it.
 
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Mar 15th, 2001, 08:04 AM
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Naxos, Greece, 6 women in two very teeny cars take a wrong turn in the dark and come to a dead end on a hill. OldHand backs out her car successfully, but Sis is in a narrower part of the dead end on a slight curve, and she's struggling. 4 or 5 people come from the houses on the cul-de-sac, and set up chairs to watch. She's now humiliated, or so she thought - until she backed into a prickly pear cactus and got stuck in it.

Out of the six girls, guess which five were screaming with laughter, peeing their pants, and which one, to this day, sees no humor in this at all.
 
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Mar 15th, 2001, 12:16 PM
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When Bob and I were in Spain we spotted a funeral prossesion going up the steps to a small church. When Bob's flash blinded the lead pallbearer he tripped and fell forward. Boom, the casket hits the ground and the corpse spills out on to the cobblestones. Wow, were we embarrassed! We still chuckle when we see those photos.
 
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Mar 15th, 2001, 01:12 PM
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Connie,
you're just sick!
and a troll
 
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Mar 16th, 2001, 06:50 AM
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We were driving through the Black Forest and as we got close to Basel, Switzerland, we decided to go across and check out the city. We came to the border checkpoint and a young guard came out to see out passports, etc. He told us to go ahead, and my wife asked him if we could get the passports stamped. He replied that he could do that and directed us to pull over and park at the edge of the pavement. I did so, put the car in park, and sat there. Suddenly, the door on my wife's side of the car was yanked open by another guard, who sternly said, with that wonderful German authoritarian accent, "In Switzerland we do not leave our autos running when parked! Turn it off!". I apologised, switched off the engine, and waited. We got our stamped passports back, went on our way, and still today we laugh about little incident!
 
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Mar 16th, 2001, 08:10 AM
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Last summer in Paris the gypsies were driving us crazy.My husband rigged a small battery and coil inside my fanny-pack.We had endless laughs at the screams of pain from those little thieves.
 
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Mar 16th, 2001, 08:27 AM
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After reading these posts I know I am not alone. Driving and navigation usually end up being our most hilarious experiences. We still laugh about our drive from Milan to CT after the overnight flight. Very close to our final destination we approched the town of Pignone. Thanks to my son we still get a chuckle and will forever refer to that town as Pig n' 1.
 
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Mar 16th, 2001, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for this one Daphne, and everyone else.
these are great stories.
 
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Mar 16th, 2001, 09:40 AM
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Probably not the funniest, but: In Brugges, after the busses had left, we went to dinner on the square. Wanting something light, we stopped a place near the center of the restaurant row and asked about the salad on the menu. The barker, a smallish man with a wonderful accent, ridiculed us that "Vie Don't Snack at night" or something like that. Apparently, the menu was for the daytime tourists, and salads (snacks) were not available at night. The individual was overbearing and rude, so we went next door to the Restaurant Central, or something like that, for a nice meal. However, whenever we debate eating healthy vesus a substantial meal, we remind ourselves that "Vie don't snack at night."
 
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