Krje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3240 times:
Since there is already an ongoing thread about places that impressed you,I thought it might be interesting to see what places people have been to that somehow did not live up to expectations. As I wrote in the previous thread, I was slightly disappointed with the following places:
Hawaii (Oahu) - Maybe I expected too much, but Oahu, and Honolulu in particular, was just like any other tropical place. Beaches, palm trees and lots of tourists. Nothing that made it stand out. Frankly, I found several places in the Philippines much more exotic and beautiful.
Washington DC: Except for the main downtown area, I found the city generally depressing and uninspiring.
Gothenburg, Sweden: The city has its fun parts, but overall I found the town quite gray and dull (maybe I shouldn't have gone during winter?)
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 3092 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3206 times:
The most disappointing place I've been has to be Florida. It's just one big strip-mall and condo development with so many beaches ruined by overdevelopment. Relaxing beach vacation, sadly no. Just lots of hype and Mickey World. Won't be back.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3179 times:
It seemed very dark and gray, a former world city in search of new meaning and purpose. On my first grand tour of Europe in the early 80s, I'd planned on spending 4 days there, but left for Italy after the first night, and haven't returned since. I did manage to fit in a slice of Sacher Torte though, which was quite good!
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13671 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3170 times:
Needles, California... Well, pretty much anywhere in the Southern California desert. I have driven SFO-LAS through Barstow and I was dissapointed. There is supposed to be an Air Force base there, but I saw nothing. Also, the cleanest gas station somewhere between LAS and RNO. That was a BIG let down. Also, the Klamath Falls. That really left me sitting there saying "That's it?"
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3156 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 2): I did manage to fit in a slice of Sacher Torte though, which was quite good!
You did the most important thing then Vienna is a little grand and forbidding, but it does have a lot of charm. The architecture is fun if a little excessively imperial, and the food is excellent.
One place that really disappointed me was Los Angeles - just ugly, plain ugly, even Hollywood was just a bunch of very shabby suburbs cheek-by-jowl with hideously tacky "mansions". Living proof that money cannot buy you good taste.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3123 times:
Small southern town that happens to be very large. Many of the people were nice but it seems that the city really wants to be seen as a major international city. Everyone raved about how great Atlanta Underground was. It's just a shopping mall that just so happens to be underground.
Then again, I was with some rather boring relatives as this was back in 1992. Perhaps if I visit again and met up with some infamous A.neters in the Atlanta area, I may have a better experience.
Houston, Texas. Need I explain?
Houston makes Los Angeles look nice.
Mexico is another place that I am under-whelmed everytime I visit. Many people talk about how great and how fun the place is but somehow I've only been to the crappy parts (Cancun & Tijuana). Next time I go, I want to see Mexico City.
Haiti was a awful place. I knew the country was poor but my gosh, that is a 3rd. world country. That was the only time I've seen wide-spread malnutrition face to face. True a sad place.
NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3124 times:
Of all the places I've been, I'd have to say Mexico City.
In spite of the crime rates, I heard many good reviews regarding the cultural vibrance and diversity of this city, and chose to visit. Only, I took one damn wrong turn and ended up getting kidnapped and held for ransom.
I'm taking Denzel Washington with me if I ever go back.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3115 times:
Quoting EXTspotter (Reply 9): The place no-longer feels like a living city, it is just Disneyland Italia.
Of course it isn't a living city! Why else would it have been so preserved? Living cities develop and grow, and they do so by largely knocking down what was there before - see London, Paris and any other thriving metropolis where the new is cheek by jowl with the old.
Venice became a backwater. That's why it wasn't worth demolishing so much of it, thankfully for us.
As for all the queues and the tourists, if all you do is hang around St Mark's Square, that's entirely true.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Krje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3105 times:
Quoting NWA742 (Reply 8): In spite of the crime rates, I heard many good reviews regarding the cultural vibrance and diversity of this city, and chose to visit. Only, I took one damn wrong turn and ended up getting kidnapped and held for ransom.
For real? You got kidnapped? Tell me more. . .now I'm intrigued.
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3075 times:
For me, that place was Rome, Italy.
It was the dirtiest place in Europe I visited, I literally feared for my life every time I stepped into a crosswalk or rode on public transportation. The sidewalks aren't even safe, as I got clipped by a scooter on the fricking sidewalk! I was on crutches for three days, in Europe! Every single individual I saw smoked heavily, and I got pneumonia a few days later. Oh, yeah, and then there was CIA. The guards pointed a loaded gun in my chest when I couldn't find my passport in two seconds. Then there was only one bus every hour, and we had to fight others just to get on the bus. Not to mention every single place was filled to the brim with lines and people trying to sell you stuff. For a city with such a rich history and a national icon, I was amazed at what a dump it was. Definitely do not want to go back.
The city smells bad, is crammed with tourists, lacks decent infrastructure and is dirty.
The queues are too long, the pigeons are obscenely overwieght due to tourists feeding them, everything is expensive and service on-existent.
The place no-longer feels like a living city, it is just Disneyland Italia.
Yup, I spent two days in Venice when one was more than enough. Milan was another city that was not the greatest. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much out of Milan, and sure enough I was right. Very dirty, smoggy, rude, city.
MadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11311 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3044 times:
Any place that became spoiled by mass tourism. Many of the Greek Islands for example.
Mykonos, Paros, Ios, Santorini, Samos, Rodos...
They used to be so great, friendly, hospitable and incredibly cheap in the 70's. Now they have built up everywhere and do not look the same as they used to before the hords of tourists went there. Locals have changed too. They have become accustomed to money so they are ready to compromise.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 6313 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3040 times:
I've been travelling for 35 years now and I can honestly say there are only two places I really hated. I love experiencing new cultures, and will usually knock some fun out of most places I visit, but by far the two worst places I've come across are Monaco and Singapore. The former is a built-up, sterile rich man's club, and the latter just one enormous shopping centre. I'm sure both had plenty of charm decaces ago, but unfortuantely it's long, long gone.
...I forgot this one on my list...thank you! What a bad place.
Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 18): Bismarck, ND: Boring place, nothing to do but sit indoors and freeze.
Not sure if it's your thing, but if you're ever in Bismarck in the summer...go golfing. Bismarck has a few nice courses for the price. I'm not saying it rivals the 17th at Sawgrass, but for the price, it's a good place to play.
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: Hot and filthy, for sure. Overpriced?????? Overrated....? I think that the Pyramids alone at sunset are worth the trip. . . . . Chicago- I stayed in
: I frogot one also: Tunisia, Southern in particular (i.e. Monastir) When we were there, we were pestered non stop, pulled into shops, my Mum and Sister
: Really? I actually quite liked SA when I was stationed there. Of course, most of my free time was spent drunk on the River Walk!!
: I remeber the River Walk, seemed like a fun place. I guess I'll have to pay San Antonio another visit once I turn 21
: Seattle: expected too much perhaps, but it really isn't a walking city, and a lot of it feels too cutesy and 5/8ths scale Disneyland-y to me. San Fran
: Well, to each his own I suppose - but Rome is my favourite place in the entire world. Yes it's crowded and insane, but it has so much history and cul
: Are you kidding, you probably dont like Waltz Music you know how i feel out here Are you kidding? I love the Mid-wilshire district the best, although