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Dublin - it’s decent for a booze up if you’ve had a win on the horses the week before, eye watering levels of expensiveness and it’s just a bit of a shit hole - rubbish everywhere, it’s dirty, smack heads on every other corner shooting up. It feels more like an old fashioned soviet town than Ireland. The bit around the arena is quite smart but downtown I didn’t think much of it. 

 

 

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I could have replied on the holiday thread, but thought it better placed here. I've never understood holidays where you go abroad but don't really leave the hotel to explore the country. Surely the whole point of visiting a foreign country is to, well, visit it? Explore the area, eat in the restaurants and drink in the local bars? See the local sights, visit the museums, heritage sites, whatever you like. But stay around a hotel for pretty much the whole holiday? Yeah, I don't get it. 

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9 minutes ago, FoxesDeb said:

I could have replied on the holiday thread, but thought it better placed here. I've never understood holidays where you go abroad but don't really leave the hotel to explore the country. Surely the whole point of visiting a foreign country is to, well, visit it? Explore the area, eat in the restaurants and drink in the local bars? See the local sights, visit the museums, heritage sites, whatever you like. But stay around a hotel for pretty much the whole holiday? Yeah, I don't get it. 

Reminds me of when I went to Sri Lanka. I met a woman who never once left the hotel. She said to me on her last day that she only came for a “ fackin suntaaaaan”. 

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Dubai just seems like such a pointless place to go but then I've never understood why you would waste holiday time to go sit on a beach or in a hotel for 2 weeks. Wouldn't fancy somewhere like Florida for similar reasons but each to their own.

 

Port cities are usually shit: Ancona, Livorno, Pula are awful. Malaga and Trieste at leatst have a bit about them.

 

Marseille was weird.

 

Disliked New York when I first went last year but it grew on me when I went back in the warm weather in May.

 

Madrid is nice enough but not in the top 15 places I'd go in Spain.

 

Munich is average.

 

Going to Milan for the weekend in a few weeks, but I'm going with low expectations and just want to see the Cathedral, some art and get a bit of end of summer sun.

 

The person who declared Italy a shithole 😂

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2 hours ago, ousefox said:

Dubai just seems like such a pointless place to go but then I've never understood why you would waste holiday time to go sit on a beach or in a hotel for 2 weeks. Wouldn't fancy somewhere like Florida for similar reasons but each to their own.

 

Port cities are usually shit: Ancona, Livorno, Pula are awful. Malaga and Trieste at leatst have a bit about them.

 

Marseille was weird.

 

Disliked New York when I first went last year but it grew on me when I went back in the warm weather in May.

 

Madrid is nice enough but not in the top 15 places I'd go in Spain.

 

Munich is average.

 

Going to Milan for the weekend in a few weeks, but I'm going with low expectations and just want to see the Cathedral, some art and get a bit of end of summer sun.

 

The person who declared Italy a shithole 😂

Trieste has a certain something. Ancona I kind of liked just for its port town roughness but it's not really holiday material. In Munich I just remember having breakfast for ten euros. 

 

And yes if you declare Italy a shithole your life must be disappointing. 

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On 14/08/2019 at 22:49, 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! 

Well Iv been and it don’t rock my boat and bigger is certainly not better!. Yes the streets are clean but because the air is full of sand particles due to it being a massive building site and in a desert the windows in hotels are dirty and it gives a feeling of constant air pollution. 

Its expensive the restaurants are no better than anywhere else in the world and their treatment of cheap workers is diabolical. If ever there is a more plasticized place I haven’t seen it .

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I travel a heck of a lot and can honestly say:

 

New York - Felt claustrophobic and incredibly busy, ridiculous tax system and generally found people rude.

 

Rio de Janeiro - Beautiful Beaches, Sugarloaf is amazing but the actual city centre is very dangerous and there's not a whole lot to see. The poverty is also heartbreaking.

 

Venice - A bugger to get around, incredibly busy and hard to find many places that serve great food at an acceptable price. 

 

 

Dubai is a wonderful city, if a little expensive. I did a jet-ski tour going past Burj-al-Arab and Atlantis and it was just incredible. I found the people there to be softly spoken and really friendly.

 

Paris is my favourite city in the world but it does help to make an effort by speaking French. Head for the restaurants in the main tourist areas and you'll be treated as a tourist and most likely ripped off. Speak to any gypsys bothering you with clipboards in French and they won't bother with you. 

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Don't get the appeal of Dubai or any other more well-known place in the area, be it Qatar, Saudi Arabia or the UAE. Just not my cup of tea, too hot, too dry, dependent on air conditioning, so you tend to lead a life on the inside more than anything.

 

LA is mostly a shithole with a few decent areas (Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Barbara on top of my head). It's just one gigantic urban sprawl with too many superficial people living in it and little historic monuments. All too plasticky.

However, I loved my visit to the Getty Museum and the view onto the city (same with the Griffith Observatory).

 

Malta - dirty, bad food - and cockroaches. At least when I went there on holidays the last time.

Some of the beach areas are spectacular, though.

 

Don't get the hate for Paris, although I can see why some people may be struggling. There's definitely a certain arrogance to your typical Parisien, but I wouldn't take it personal. Just give some arrogance back, and you'll be fine. Best choice is still trying to speak French, though - which helps a lot.

Also, once you get past the more touristy areas, there's plenty of fine place to visit. I personally like the 18th Arrondissement near Sacré-Cœur the most.

On the other hand, France isn't all about Paris - I'm much more fond of the South (Camargue, Provence, Occitania).

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On 14/08/2019 at 13:11, 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

That was what I expected when I went, but stay out of the red light district and it’s a historic capital city with all the idiots taken out and put in a giant crèche. Great booze culture, pretty canals, would go again...

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1 hour ago, Oxfordfox83 said:

That was what I expected when I went, but stay out of the red light district and it’s a historic capital city with all the idiots taken out and put in a giant crèche. Great booze culture, pretty canals, would go again...

Exactly this.

 

Been there before on a boozy trip years ago but going with the missus next weekend and planned a good bit of it out, it will be a completely different experience to Amsterdam culture wise and really looking forward to it.

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1 hour ago, Nalis said:

Exactly this.

 

Been there before on a boozy trip years ago but going with the missus next weekend and planned a good bit of it out, it will be a completely different experience to Amsterdam culture wise and really looking forward to it.

I bloody love Amsterdam. 

 

Disagreed with the comment above on people being rude; everyone I spoke to was polite and extremely helpful. 

 

Went with my girlfriend in the summer, to just explore the place a bit more. Some of the cultural places are brilliant, its quite a nice city to just wonder around and find small cafes or restaurants to eat in etc. 

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1 hour ago, Paninistickers said:

Fuerteventura.

 

How comes every middle aged builder, plumber and leccy with three year 6/7/8 kids, the obligatory BMW 4WD and excessive house extension go there for holidays? 

 

Cos direct flight there from Stanstead, Essex :D

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4 hours ago, Paninistickers said:

Fuerteventura.

 

How comes every middle aged builder, plumber and leccy with three year 6/7/8 kids, the obligatory BMW 4WD and excessive house extension go there for holidays? 

 

 

The beaches are decent to be fair.

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5 hours ago, Paninistickers said:

Fuerteventura.

 

How comes every middle aged builder, plumber and leccy with three year 6/7/8 kids, the obligatory BMW 4WD and excessive house extension go there for holidays? 

 

 

I went this year for the first time to a very quiet resort with very few English and loved it, but then went to the main resort there for a day and despised it, all depends on where you choose.

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25 minutes ago, Mark 'expert' Lawrenson said:

I went this year for the first time to a very quiet resort with very few English and loved it, but then went to the main resort there for a day and despised it, all depends on where you choose.

Yeah when I went we weren’t in a resort and had a massive beach to ourselves.

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