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Destinations that you just 'don't get'

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50 minutes ago, Voll Blau said:

I know loads of people are doing them and it's an easy buck to make for cabbies, but I genuinely enjoyed ours and felt the bloke doing it went well out of his way to give us a properly detailed experience. Though I do appreciate in England you don't get the full picture beforehand even if you try and educate yourself beyond what you know from the news, so maybe you wouldn't learn anything if you're a native of Ireland doing it.

Maybe I was a bit harsh to them on reflection, glad you enjoyed your experience.

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1 hour ago, EastAnglianFox said:

Venice, unfortunately.

 

The smell was horrific, felt more crowded than New York in places, and the cost of some of the bang average Pizza, Coffee and beer that you fork out for is enough to make your nose bleed.

Yeah I thought Venice was pretty naff after about 10 minutes.

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4 hours ago, CollinsLCFC said:

Naples for me. Although, my trip got off to a bad start and I carried the mood over the next 4-5 days, a few days in we were also pickpocketed at the trainstation on a trip outeward to Pompeii (Pompeii is an incredible place). I found the city dirty (which it is reknown for),quite boring and the people rude. 

Wouldn't argue with anyone's choices as each to there own and all that. But man no way! Napoli is amazing, I love the place 

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8 hours ago, David Guiza said:

 

 

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.  

Of all the rights abused in the UAE, you prioritise the animal ones. Sorry for being speciest, but there plenty of human rights being abused need sorting out.

 

So basically anywhere like that... China, Russia, most Islamic states, Israel for the exact opposite, many African nations, and dare I say it... USA... land of the free and all that. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

Having said all that, so many natural wonders or ancient monuments in many of these countries. :(

 

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26 minutes ago, Soup said:

Barcelona 

Rome 

New York 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 of the greatest cities in the world. Plenty of culture, entertainment,  things to do & see for all ages & tastes, history, OK modern history in New York.

 

3 shitholes

Turkey

Brussels

Nottingham

 

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28 minutes ago, Trav Le Bleu said:

Of all the rights abused in the UAE, you prioritise the animal ones. Sorry for being speciest, but there plenty of human rights being abused need sorting out.

 

So basically anywhere like that... China, Russia, most Islamic states, Israel for the exact opposite, many African nations, and dare I say it... USA... land of the free and all that. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

Having said all that, so many natural wonders or ancient monuments in many of these countries. :(

 

Absolutely, it was more aimed at the crap you see on Instagram and the like of people posing with Tigers, Leopards etc just for social media attention. 

 

I save my regular human rights rants for the politics thread :ph34r:

 

Agree on the natural and ancient wonders, Iran for example looks amazing from that point of view but I can't imagine ever stepping foot anywhere near to there. 

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Morocco, absolute sh1tehole and felt threatened walking round , they wouldnt even acknowledge my mrs in the bars, just serving me.

 

Loved Dubai, although only there for 4 days, lots to do and sea as warm as, in contradiction to Morrocco above , never felt safer, infqct we were in a bar one night watching lcfc play united at old trafford so it was full, gotbtalking to a brit working out there, and asked him if it was safe, he said watch this, then to save his seat whilst he went to the loo, he put his mobile and wallet on the table in front and left, came back 10 mins later and ibviously still there

 

Barcelona was cool and loved it there as its a nice city with a nice beach

 

Vegas, was ok but as said, weird and the casinos are all the same inside, but we stayed in the venetian and thats an experience to see, amazing

 

Loved everything about Venice

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23 minutes ago, boots60 said:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 of the greatest cities in the world. Plenty of culture, entertainment,  things to do & see for all ages & tastes, history, OK modern history in New York.

All overrated imo. Not shit cites by any means but those 3 countries have way better places to visit.

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In spite of the wonderful mix of architecture and beautiful Byzantine churches, I found Palermo very grim in parts, the people quite guarded and on occasions hostile. Hardly surprising given almost three millennia of invasion, centuries of poverty starvation and hardship and near two centuries of Cosa Nostra coercion. 

 

6 hours ago, TiffToff88 said:

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.

 

Because actually, Dublin isn't simply about a popular brand of Irish stout.  What's the appeal/reasons to go there? - I dunno, The Book of Kells, Trinity/College Green, The Wicklow Mountains/Glendalough, the music scene, Jameson Whiskey, St. Patrick's Cathedral, The National Museum of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral, Bray cliffs, Dalkey/Killiney headland, Kildare Street, The James Joyce Centre, O'Connell Street GPO, Phoenix Park, Dublin Castle...

 

This is like saying I can't stand Bono or U2 so I can't see any reason to go there at all. 

 

6 hours ago, TiffToff88 said:

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

Because it isn't "just" full of skyscrapers, arrogant locals and McDonalds. 

 

6 hours ago, TiffToff88 said:

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

Makes sense - but although the hospitality is predicated on gambling just as drinking is institutionalised and inescapable if you are waging that battle every day, it's a bit like saying I'm not going to go to Dublin because I have a drink problem...or assuming that it's all about Guinness. Granted, Vegas revolved around the spin of the Roulette, but as gambling oriented and as kitsch that the strip is, Vegas is actually a great place to commence a road trip of the American West and the surrounding high desert and Spring Mountains are awe inspiring. 

 

6 hours 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.

Bollocks - Nothing to do with the "Right Wing Media". There are hundreds of criminal justice organisations and legal firms worldwide which specialise in breeches in human rights and detainment of European, American, Australasian Nationals and prisoners of conscience in the UAE - the majority of which you never even hear about in the Western media. One innocuous or ill judged comment to the wrong person - or simply someone with connections that takes a dislike or umbrage to you irrespective of intent can result in arrest - often without charge and frequently resulting in kangaroo courts, arbitrary incarceration or torture. Matthew Hedges for example was denied access to legal council for five months after detainment. All very well some anecdotal account during a busman's holiday. Behind the opulence corporate hospitality and polished stage managed facade, lies the ugly face of migrant labour abuse, the lack of freedom of expression, corruption, discrimination, suppression and Sharia Law. The UAE has issued more Red Interpol Red Notices, than any other country/state in the world...that says much. The place is a step away from the Saudi's but similarly we ignore it, because the business of business, is business. 

 

"Right Wing" propaganda? ...

 

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/united-arab-emirates/report-united-arab-emirates/

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I think anyone who slags off Dubai just haven’t been - fantastic place, cleanest place I’ve ever been to, hotels and restaurants amazing. No crime, feel completely safe. Fantastic place and different. All about opinions though! 

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2 hours ago, jonthefox said:

Sunny beach in Bulgaria. Got back last week. Never again.

I went in 2008 and hated it, so basically nothings changed....

 

Even the magaluf holidays I've been on were a laugh, sunny beach was shit and in a shithole, no fun for anyone.

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2 minutes ago, Tommy G said:

I think anyone who slags off Dubai just haven’t been - fantastic place, cleanest place I’ve ever been to, hotels and restaurants amazing. No crime, feel completely safe. Fantastic place and different. All about opinions though! 

Most who slag it off openly admit they’ve never been? I personally don’t spend my hard earned cash on visiting a place that seems to bill “being clean” as a top selling point. Each to their own though.

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1 minute ago, Unabomber said:

Most who slag it off openly admit they’ve never been? I personally don’t spend my hard earned cash on visiting a place that seems to bill “being clean” as a top selling point. Each to their own though.

It’s not the top selling point - it just noticeably much cleaner than anywhere else you go. It’s just an observation, chill 

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My answer would be Dubai. I have never been so it's probably unfair for me to say that but it's also somewhere I would never want to go. 

 

Looks very nice but I don't want to be worrying that the slip of a swear word may get me stoned to death. 

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