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Destinations that you just 'don't get'

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19 minutes ago, urban.spaceman said:

Italy.

 

It's a shithole.

Oddly despite my dislike for Rome, I love every other part of Italy I've visited. 

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Have to agree about Paris.It will be a huge disappointment unless you're nostalgic 

about streets littered with dog shit or happy to be treated with open contempt.

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Milan - Aside from Duomo, most of the city is a run down shithole, one of the most disappointing cities I've ever been to.

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1 hour ago, bovril said:

Dubrovnik. And Croatia generally. I like it, but I feel like everything about it is better elsewhere.

 

Just my opinion, obviously. 

One of my mates lived in Dubrovnik for 6 months and said it didnt feel 'real',  felt like a tv set or a town solely set up for tourists. That could just be his opinion tho, was going to go in 2015 but went to Split/Hvar instead and was happy enough with that.

 

Would still like to go to Dubrovnik someday though to see for myself, maybe coming in from Montenegro or something.

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27 minutes ago, grobyfox1990 said:

Your description sounds exactly like London. At least in Dubai you have sunshine, it's not full to the brim with arrogant morons and you don't breathe in smog continuously.

 

To answer the question though, any destination where there is nothing else to do but sit on a beach reading. Sounds like such a boring way to drain your life away on the limited free time you get outside of the day to day routine of life

Oh yeah, London is far from perfect but it has history and character which is something that I love about cities and why I love Rome, Edinburgh, York etc. It is has a myriad of different areas and things to do for virtually all interests, whereas Dubai seems to cater for a particular group of people. 

 

As I said initially, I've not been to Dubai so I could be missing it's charm. 

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46 minutes ago, urban.spaceman said:

Italy.

 

It's a shithole.

 

South Tyrol in Northern Italy is fantastic. Although, it's very different from the rest of Italy - German is the most commonly spoken language. The Dolomites are tremendous and the wine is decent. 

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2 hours ago, David Guiza said:

Following on from a post in the Unpopular Opinions Thread, I assume we all have a couple of these places where you've either been to and hated, or have no desire of going to, because it's just not your cup of tea/you don't get the 'hype'.

 

I'd put forward the following:-

 

1. Miami - Went a few years ago and did not enjoy it all. Head down the wrong street and it seemed to be rough as hell, and the front is just full of people who look like second division footballers. I don't understand why it's overly cited as being a beautiful and exciting place, just not my jam.

 

2. Las Vegas - I visited on the same trip as Miami and would happily never go back. It's certainly different, but I just found it a little tacky. The casinos are pretty cool from the outside, but effectively identical on the inside. Highlight of the trip was walking into Dirk Kuyt and punching Mike Tyson through a window. I get that if you're a gambler then it must be fantastic, but again just not my cup of tea.

 

3. Dubai - This is one where I've never been to and have no desire whatsoever to go. Just everything about it is my idea of hell, over commercialised, capitalist, trendy, animal rights abusing crap. I'm sure there are parts that are stunning - but I don't think I'll ever make the trip.  

 

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Amsterdam, above ground sewer filled with rude people. Include the easily accessible drugs and porn and its just a dodgy part of any town on a saturday night

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Dublin - Whats the appeal, besides the Guinness factory? - i don't even like Guinness so i can't see any reason to go there at all.

 

New York - Just a city full of skyscrapers, arrogant locals and more McDonalds than any other City in the world.

 

Las Vegas - I've had gambling problems in the past so that place would be hell on earth for me!

 

 

 

There's a lot of hate for Dubai in this thread but i absolutely loved the place. I've never felt safer and more welcome than i did walking around Dubai. A lot of the horror stories you hear about in the news about Brits being arrested for seemingly trivial things are blown well out of proportion by the media. Someone on here mentioned the Brit who faced prison time for "accidentally brushing up against a man in a bar". I was in working Dubai just a few weeks after that incident, and i was told by my multinational colleagues that the man was off his face, verbally abusing and threatening staff and customers at the bar leading up to the incident. None of this made it to print in the right wing media over here because it wouldn't fit with their anti-middle eastern agenda.

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Los Angeles - a big sprawling mass of traffic and smog.

 

No focal point, full of posers, tacky tourist areas and thoroughly dirty and smelly.

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1 hour ago, Arriba Los Zorros said:

100% agree - my idea of hell rather than heaven.

 

Echo Paris too, it's dirty, busy, full of wankers and just not worth seeing

 

And also, never really fancied going to places like Mumbai or Tokyo.

 

Go there and you'll see it's the best city in the world.

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4 minutes ago, ozleicester said:

Amsterdam, above ground sewer filled with rude people. Include the easily accessible drugs and porn and its just a dodgy part of any town on a saturday night

 

Tbh, mate (and I'll get shit for saying this, no doubt) it's been ruined by the Brit tourists, same as many other places in Europe.

 

Back in the Seventies it was the coolest place on Earth.

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1 minute ago, Buce said:

 

Tbh, mate (and I'll get shit for saying this, no doubt) it's been ruined by the Brit tourists, same as many other places in Europe.

 

Back in the Seventies it was the coolest place on Earth.

yeh, im guessing it was just a bad few days and its probably ok in reality.

Bali is the Aussie equivalent, a stunning country with amazing people that has been destroyed by bogan aussies

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26 minutes ago, David Guiza said:

Oh yeah, London is far from perfect but it has history and character which is something that I love about cities and why I love Rome, Edinburgh, York etc. It is has a myriad of different areas and things to do for virtually all interests, whereas Dubai seems to cater for a particular group of people. 

 

As I said initially, I've not been to Dubai so I could be missing it's charm. 

That's true, lived in London for 8 years now and i'm still learning something new every week about the history, culture, traditions etc. Finding new local pubs and places to keep the mind fresh. Although i hate the stinking hovel and the quality of life here with a passion, can't deny that.

 

Charm and Dubai is not something i'd put together, just find the place very very fun. If you act the fool and get horrendously drunk, throw up everywhere, fight, scream, be a t**t, you'll be severely dealt with. If you go out and want a very good time and are capable of behaving it's great. I like that, i wish it were like that in England.

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11 minutes ago, TiffToff88 said:

 

There's a lot of hate for Dubai in this thread but i absolutely loved the place. I've never felt safer and more welcome than i did walking around Dubai. A lot of the horror stories you hear about in the news about Brits being arrested for seemingly trivial things are blown well out of proportion by the media. Someone on here mentioned the Brit who faced prison time for "accidentally brushing up against a man in a bar". I was in working Dubai just a few weeks after that incident, and i was told by my multinational colleagues that the man was off his face, verbally abusing and threatening staff and customers at the bar leading up to the incident. None of this made it to print in the right wing media over here because it wouldn't fit with their anti-middle eastern agenda.

Couldn't say this better or agree any more. 

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Milan was definitely underwhelming, visit to San Siro being an exception but even that is a shithole.

 

Never been one for 'lads' holidays in Magaluf or anywhere like that. Not my thing at all.

 

It has to be really bad for me to not like a place though, can usually find enough to have a reasonable time, just won't head back. I'm not the best traveller though and do sometimes fall into the tourist traps, English bars etc more than I'd like to.

 

 

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Didn't think Paris was that bad, and I went there with someone I was in a dying relationship with.

 

I particularly enjoyed the beautiful flowing dresses worn by all the lovely gypsy ladies trying to extort money from you

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1 hour ago, Bobby Hundreds said:

I have been to Australia and I would never go back, not even for the cricket. 

 

Also really didn't like Copenhagen; grey, cold and boring. 

I loved Copenhagen tbh. Shame the bars and restaurants weren't cheaper because so many of them were great. 

 

2 hours ago, Arriba Los Zorros said:

like Mumbai or Tokyo.

 

Yeah I know what you mean, I personally hate places like Keswick and San Francisco. 

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1 hour ago, Simi said:

Miami I can agree with. It's a really odd place. I went last year and felt the same as you. Rough in places and a lot of people walking round looking like they're up to no good. However, downtown looked more promising but didn't have enough time to spend round that area.

 

Love Vegas, but then I am a gambler so it ticks a lot of boxes for me! 
 

Not had the pleasure of Dubai. 

 

For me, I'd say Madrid. Didn't really get it? Few nice bars etc, but didn't seem to be an awful lot going on to me? Especially if you compare it against other cities that have similar reputations such as Barcelona, Budapest and Porto. 

Madrid is a cracking city but I don’t think you can compare it to them three. 

 

i’ve been 4 times through work/football/pleasure and really enjoyed it.

 

I can’t say I have got a burning desire to go to Dubai if I’m honest, pretty sure they would want to chop my cock off which is a bit of a downside.

 

India is somewhere I will probably go to at some point but from what I see/ hear of places like Mumbai that really puts me off.

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46 minutes ago, David Guiza said:

Oh yeah, London is far from perfect but it has history and character which is something that I love about cities and why I love Rome, Edinburgh, York etc. It is has a myriad of different areas and things to do for virtually all interests, whereas Dubai seems to cater for a particular group of people. 

 

As I said initially, I've not been to Dubai so I could be missing it's charm. 

I think the thing with London, maybe easy to say as an Englishman, rather than a tourist...if you really dig and explore you can find incredible things. 

 

When i go for footy (this might sound very twee) but me and my friend have often been trying different restaurants/cuisines we wouldn’t. Post Palace 5-0, I was in Brixton market seeing off a Colombian Mixed Grill. 

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