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Old 04-23-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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My apologies if this is a repeat thread...as heavily posted as CD is, it probably is.

I see lots of posts about problems, complaints, and even one about the most disappointing place you've visited...not knocking them, but want to see something positive about places.

What place have you been to that most pleasantly surprised you? Was it a place that you weren't expecting to like? Was it a place in which people were exceptionally friendly, went out of their way for you? Was it a place that nicely contradicted a preconceived notion?

A place that stands out to me was ...Buffalo, NY. Yup. Really.

I know it's rust belt, gets knocked for harsh winters, but I've had to go there several times on business, and my experience has been without exception very nice. It's been the people I've had to deal with that made it so. From the waiters at the restaurants, to the hotel staff, to just people you meet around the city, they without exception have been pleasant, courteous and helpful. Not that I was expecting otherwise, but the place has stood out for me in my travels in that part of the country.

I have actually had many more pleasant surprises traveling than unpleasant, disappointing ones. Maybe you see what you look for..

What about you? Good places?
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Zacatecas, Mexico.

It's a town in the hills and is absolutely gorgeous. I feel at one with the world when I'm there.
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Scotland. My mum and I went on a roadtrip a few years ago and we were a bit concerned about encountering the stereotypical "dour Scot" and almost everyone was really nice! Especially in the smaller towns and villages that we visited and stayed in. (It was the receptionists in our hotels in Glasgow and Edinburgh who were the least helpful and totally uninterested in any questions or problems we might have had.)
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Maine
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i think there was another thread recently, but new start is good.

We recently did playa del carmon in mexico in an all inclusive. It was WONDERFUL. I had heard stories of how great there are and such, but I am not a beach person and was concerned we would be bored. Not at all. Wonderful resort, clean, very good food and beverages, nice relaxing pool/beach and nice day trips into mexico. It was perfect.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:15 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Paris. We heard horror stories from every single person we knew that's been there. They claimed that the French are rude, yet we found that to be totally untrue. Really, the only reason we started our trip with Paris was because the airfare was cheapest and really had no plans in staying long. Now, we can't wait to go back. They were some of the friendliest people we have encountered on our travels. The Italians on the other hand...
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Chilaili I loved Scotland and wish I could go back some day.

I haven't had too many surprises, but one place that always stands out in my mind is Hawaii. I've posted about it in this type of thread before.
It really surpassed my expectations in just about every way.

I had expected to enjoy the beach but thought our trip might have a bit of a synthetic, pre-packaged aspect. I enjoyed the beach all right, but it was so much more than that.

We visited Oahu, the Big Island, and Kauai, and I can't think of a single thing we saw or did that wasn't wonderful, interesting or even astounding.
From seeing John Keawe perform, to the helicopter swim trip, to hiking Volcanoes National Park, it was a memorable vacation.
I loved the food there, too, as well as all of the Hawaiiana.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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Most surprisingly pleasant place I've been had to be Florida. Yeah, I know, it's ordinary to most. But I live in Arizona and we don't have no beach. And I'm more of a beach person. So, I love it the best. I love Ft. Lauderdale and The Keys. People were so nice and don't judge you (even if you're wearing a 1-piece). Those were the most pleasant in Florida I've been to.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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The Italians on the other hand...
I had no problems in Italy.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Bath England..I thought it was just going to be this little ho-hum town....very interesting town
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I had no problems in Italy.
I had no problems either. I love Italy, but the people there are another story. By far the rudest we've encountered on all our travels, which was quite surprising.
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