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Old 10-17-2014, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Ireland or Northern Ireland? I can see that happening in Northern Ireland.
There were some bombs in NI in 2003. Never heard of one in the republic.
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:09 AM
 
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Default destinations that didn't live up to expectation

1) Rome - honestly it was a dirty and not that great city to visit (in June when I went). Their ruins are actually quite ruined, the marble and gold and anything of value already shipped off to the world's major museums or locked away in the Vatican itself. So what you end up looking at are ruined old buildings with renderings of how they used to look next to them.

2) Vatican (of course, in Rome) - a tourist trap with ridiculous prices for everything. The best part about visiting the Vatican, is that if you are a rational person you will quickly realize the insane wealth and influence that the Catholic Church has held the past 2000 years as you are surrounded by more gold and valuable art than ever before (and ever again) walking through the halls. I came away realizing an organization like that isn't a godly organization, it's a brainwashing business that convinces followers to give a significant amount of money to them every day.

3) Venice - if you thought Rome was dirty, Venice was a trash heap. The romantic concepts shown via movies 60 years ago... well just throw them out the window. Venice is falling apart, the canals smell, the Gondola drivers don't sing and entertain, and although it's a unique thing to see a floating (or sinking) city, don't have high expectations.

I don't have anything against Italians, I loved Italy, northern Italy absolutely rocked and all the countryside I saw as well. The people were friendly, the night time bar scene was crazy and fun, but honestly it was hard to feel good about Rome when many of the shops I wanted to visit were closed (just because the owners decided to close them, not because it was outside normal business hours), the whole city was dusty and dirty, and all the famous sites (free or paid alike) were in ruins.
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:11 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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New Orleans

As a young person I absolutely idolized the place. I read about it, dreamed about it and really had it built up in my mind. I guess it was a no brainer that I would be seriously let down the first time I went there.

Subsequently, I actually lived in New Orleans for a year. I got more used to it but it still wasn't anything like I dreamed of or expected.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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well 11 years ago I was in Ireland when a bus blew up pretty close to us and my hearing on that side has never been the same would I blame Ireland of course not nor do I blame the IRA - Irish Republican army . I loved the country side and it was beautiful would I go back probably not ... but not because of something blowing up it taught me that most countrys live that way and we are lucky in our country not to have to live that way . Now we are thinking about going to Isreal sometime in the next two years a friend has offered to pay for mine and her trip and Im conflicted about going but we shall see. So I would say Ireland was scary but it did not live up to my expectations of what I thought it would be like to visit and see.
Most!? Really? Guessing you are in the US which seems to be trying for a record in the number of mass murders of innocent people.
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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There were some bombs in NI in 2003. Never heard of one in the republic.
Me either that's why I asked, some people also don't realize Ireland is its own separate country whereas Northern Island is part of the UK
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:11 AM
 
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Venice. Tahiti. Those would be my top two. The rest would be 98% of the US.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Me either that's why I asked, some people also don't realize Ireland is its own separate country whereas Northern Island is part of the UK
Yes, many people have no idea they are two separate countries and have been since 1922.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Yes, many people have no idea they are two separate countries and have been since 1922.
I did not realize that either sorry I had no idea .
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:11 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Most!? Really? Guessing you are in the US which seems to be trying for a record in the number of mass murders of innocent people.

Yes I am in the us but honestly why make a point of that I was not trying to say that usa is any better than any other country . Im glad you live in Scotland and surely you must think you live in a pretty good country as well . Like most of the UK you like to toot your own flag and bust on americans .
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Yes I am in the us but honestly why make a point of that I was not trying to say that usa is any better than any other country . Im glad you live in Scotland and surely you must think you live in a pretty good country as well . Like most of the UK you like to toot your own flag and bust on americans .
I AM American. But I've very grateful I don't live in the US any more. I don't even recognize it any more.
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