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Old 07-06-2007, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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curious - why is france a bad place? i'm well aware of the anti-anything-french sentiment in this country now , but seriously, Paris is a gorgeous city with wonderful food, sites, museums, architecture, history. is it because french ppl can be rude?



now THAT'S a cruise I'd love to do. when my kids get older.
I'm just a france hater and it's mostly political, even though I've worked with their military before and they are stand up peeps

I haven't been to paris, so I can't say anything about it, but the places I did go (Hyers, La Havre and Toulon) weren't anything I'd lilke to go back to. The people were far from friendly and looked at us like we were below them. Granted, I was on an aircraft carrier at the time and there were plenty of people I looked at like that also, but I try to be as nice as possible and even used some of my high school french, or at least tried to..
Monaco was pretty nice though, even though it's not technically france. VERY expensive, but it was nice looking and as long as we had money they were pretty nice to us.

and that cruise should be sweet. It's not cheap, but for what you get it's a pretty good deal. Just a little over $3K for a balcony room and roundtrip airfare for London. Best part is it'll add more countries to my collection of travels.
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Toronto wants to be the NYC of Canada, but it's really much more like Chicago, except not as good, and high increasing rates of crime.

"What is there to do in Cleveland" ... I dunno, listen to 80s music and look for beer and pizza maybe?!
If the dawg won't come along, leave him and the pickemup truck in Texas.
Some people just have no Rustbelt Soul.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:22 PM
 
Location: In God
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IMNSHO, there are only 2 places in this country I consider cities: NY and Chicago.
I hate to be a "flamer", but I just had to ask how you came to this conclusion when there's no one thing in either of this cities that can't be found elsewhere.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:45 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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i don't agree with any of those listed above, especially orlando & miami. why would anyone really want to visit orlando? it's the most pathetic city in the US, only famous because of a couple overhyped theme parks, and the culture is non-existant, just a bunch of tourists, yankees and that's about it. same goes for miami, although it does have a more interesting culture, but i still wouldn't say it'd be anywhere NEAR my list.

oh, and regarding the chicago/phoenix thing, i put them BOTH on my list.
How can you put Phoenix before Las Vegas? And Orlando's theme parks are some of the top tourist destinations in the U.S. for both American and international visitors. Disney World is possibly the MOST visitied place in the U.S. Miami also has a very special glamorous feel especially with the beach and the nearby Florida Keys.

Phoenix is nice but nothing special about it...just a less flashy version of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, without the beaches, actors, or resorts, though it is a nice place. I would put Nashville before phoenix.....for its contributions to authentic American culture in terms of country music. Going to the Grand Ol' Oprey is something every person should do at least once in their life.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:50 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I don't get anyone who doesn't believe Las Vegas shouldn't be a place to visit at least once if not many times in your lifetime (after all it changes with every visit.) Its not really about the gambling...I don't gamble and I LOVE Vegas. Even with casinos in Atlantic City and riverboats and Indian reservations everywhere Vegas is still popular. Its like a quasi-theme park city like Orlando....every hotel is an amazing attraction. The Venetian canals, the Paris Las Vegas, the New York skyline all replicated, the volcano at Treasure Island, the artificial beach in Mandalay Bay..and historic downtown Las Vegas where so many old movies were filmed with Vegas Vic and the other famous neon signs.

Same with Orlando. Disney WOrld has had SUCH an impact on American and world culture, on mass media and our way of life and is the most visited place in the country.

Call my tastes shallow, but I'm surprised I'm the only one whose mentioned Sydney, Australia and Cancun and Acapulco, Mexico as must-visit places. Acapulco's nightlife is famous along with its setting and Cancun is the most amazing beach place there is on earth according to every single person I know who've been there.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Also my last two cents on this....for a foreigner to experience the "real America", I would suggest they leave the usual touristy areas and visit a heartland city like Des Moines, Tulsa, or Kansas City or Sioux Falls.
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Mumbai
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Kolkata, India. Must visit for it's sheer cultural vibrancy, the people, the food and the fish
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:40 AM
 
Location: SoFlo to SoCal (Hacienda Heights)
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My picks..

US:
- New York City, definitely.
- Los Angeles/Hollywood
- Las Vegas
- Anchorage
- San Francisco
- All of Hawaii

World:
- Sydney
- Paris
- London
- Rome
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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My favourites of where I've been

Istanbul
Havana
Rome
San Francisco
Edinburgh
Melbourne
London
Odessa

Where I want to go

NYC
Dubai
Moscow
St. Petersburg (RUS, not FL)
Beijing


I've been through parts of Africa, Europe, and extensively through the US and Canada, and really, with a few local variances, anything in Canada and the US is the same city. The culture is homogenous, and there are experiences to be had due to geography more than the city culture.

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