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Old 12-29-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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We don't travel very much.

But Blowing Rock, NC. Its nothing but a big rock at the edge of a small mountain.


But it has a wicked ride down 321, at least until you hit the 4-lane section. Blowing Rock and Boone - I preferred those towns before the routes getting up to them were improved.

I agree with those who are dismissive of Raleigh and Charlotte. The slogans for those towns are "nice place to live, but no one wants to visit." Cary is known by its acronym Containment Area for Relocated Yankees ; both cities are known for their economic improvement of the state, with cultural activities being added afterward. For history, I prefer poking around Winston-Salem - Bethabara, Old Salem ... we take our bicycles up there on a Sunday and ride around.

A better way to see NC is to get a State Road or topographical map and explore the western side. The interstate takes you to Asheville, but the back roads take you to places like Hot Springs, Spruce Pine, Laurel Springs ... hole in the wall spots where I'd rather spend my day than the cities. Friendly people, real food and awesome scenery. Seen best from the seat of a motorcycle
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:23 AM
 
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I haven't travel to Italy but planning for it now i leave after 1 month with my wife the best place we have traveled yet is Egypt a nice country with plenty of Sites.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Earth
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The very first place that pops into my head is Omaha, Nebraska. Never, ever, ever again. Ever. Granted, I had no expectations but it managed to leave a very bitter impression!
Didn't you see the giant corn statue outside of town?
It's a stunner!
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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The very first place that pops into my head is Omaha, Nebraska. Never, ever, ever again. Ever. Granted, I had no expectations but it managed to leave a very bitter impression!
The only place I've been in Omaha is the Henry Doorly Zoo and I think that is one of the nicest I've visited. The only place I can think of that was a bit of a disappointment was Amsterdam. It was very polluted and sleazy, although I am willing to give it one more chance since I didn't get to see a lot of it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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I travelled in to Trieste, Italy, by bus, got off at the bus station and caught the next bus out, 30 minutes later. I'd always thought the place had such an interesting history that I really wanted to go there but what a letdown!

I'm sure that if I'd stopped there for a few days I could have found plenty of interest but sometimes first impressions count



Trieste, Italy looks like one of those Italian cities that was bombed pretty heavily during the war and then rebuilt 1950s style. Nothing much they can do about that.
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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Boston area. We couldn't get out of there fast enough! Thought Salem was a low rent, Disneyesque tourist trap and Providence, R.I was a pit.
You just need to know where to go! Comm Ave, Newbury St., the North End, Beacon Hill... all beautiful historic places. Providence has a great little Italy. Old cities are confusing and I think a lot of first time visitors get turned around by the narrow lanes and unmarked streets. Try it again with a GPS.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Virgin Islands
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Atlanta - Everyone raves about it, but I am never impressed when I stop over there.
NYC- Ugh. I was expecting more from the subways, some sort of magical expereience IDK. I actually prefer the METRO in DC. I am a country girl from the South and the NYC hype from two decades of movie watching was not lived up to!

Cities I was suprised to find myself liking: Cincinnati and Minneapolis.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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NYC- Ugh. I was expecting more from the subways, some sort of magical expereience IDK. I actually prefer the METRO in DC. I am a country girl from the South and the NYC hype from two decades of movie watching was not lived up to!
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Since when is public transportation the apex of one's travel experience? NYC totally lives up to "the hype"; you did it wrong. Probably spent too much time riding the subway to Times Square & posing with the naked cowboy. Not enough time at the Met, MoMa, Central Park, Broadway, world class restaurants, and culturally rich ethic 'hoods (Chinatown, Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst - Little Italy, Richmond Hill - Russian, Brighton - Caribbean, Spanish Harlem).
Or, maybe you just don't appreciate NYC. Not everyone does.

I was disappointed in Quito Ecuador. Mostly I found it filthy and unattractive with limited entertainment options and lackluster cuisine.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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I thought riding the subway in NYC was cool totally looked like the movies heheh
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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NYC- Ugh. I was expecting more from the subways, some sort of magical expereience IDK. I actually prefer the METRO in DC. I am a country girl from the South and the NYC hype from two decades of movie watching was not lived up to!

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I agree. I think NYC is really overrated. Probably because people from NYC won't stop going on about 'the city'. It's a bit provincial and not as cosmopolitan as other world cities, like London or Paris.
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