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Old 05-23-2021, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Palm Harbor, FL 'til Nov
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The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay in Paris 8 years ago. Both jammed to the gills. Some tourists just went up to each painting, took a picture of it with their tablet computer, took a picture of the informational plaque, then moved to the next one. Rinse and repeat.
It's a bit odd, isn't it? I've seen concerts online, where the audience is panned & everyone, everyone is watching through their phones, video-ing the concert. Don't ya wanna see it? Plenty of others will post it on YTube for later viewing, enjoy it while you're there.

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We love Impressionist paintings but in the d'Orsay the major works were in a room where you were routed around the perimeter, which is NOT how to view Impressionists- you get up close and then see the picture emerge form the brush strokes as you slowly back away. Not possible. Fortunately I'd read about an exhibit of Slovenian Impressionists at Le Petite Palais, a small gallery where we were practically the only ones there. Who knew there were Slovenian Impressionists? Much better experience.
Love impressionists. My faves.

And, thanks for this:
https://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

Gorgeous. Do you live in FR or visit often? I'd love to see the museums. Art & out of the way espresso bars are my fave things in any major city.
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Old 05-23-2021, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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My husband, daughter and I at a Grand Canyon lookout waiting for the sunrise. We were the only Americans there-haha.
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Old 05-23-2021, 04:09 PM
 
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Mount Rushmore!
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Old 05-23-2021, 05:07 PM
 
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And, thanks for this:
https://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

Gorgeous. Do you live in FR or visit often? I'd love to see the museums. Art & out of the way espresso bars are my fave things in any major city.
I've been there only 3 times- FaceBook is reminding me that I was there 8 years ago today. First trip in 1977, most recent on 2018 as a side trip from Edinburgh. I dropped some of DH's ashes into the Seine off the Quai aux Fleurs- don't tell anyone! I wouldn't mind going back someday- my French is decent (thanks, RFI documentary podcasts) and it's a wonderful place to wander and people-watch.
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Old 05-23-2021, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ and Redwood City, CA
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Pretty much anything in DC outdid every other touristy spot I've ever been to as far as being overcrowded goes (Space Needle, Niagara, the Arch, Mt Rushmore, 4 Corners, etc).

I didn't realize it at the time (1974-1975) but we were lucky to live in DC as we toured a different museum every weekend, including some most visitors never hear about. Heaven.
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Old 05-23-2021, 06:47 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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St Peter's in Rome
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Southern MN
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Lately it's been National Parks for us. Bryce was elbow to elbow unless you went off on a hike.

Last time we were in Yellowstone I think half of Asia was there!

And we stopped visiting Sturgis, population under 7,000, shortly after the Bike Week attendance hit half a million.
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:11 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Lately it's been National Parks for us. Bryce was elbow to elbow unless you went off on a hike.

Last time we were in Yellowstone I think half of Asia was there!

And we stopped visiting Sturgis, population under 7,000, shortly after the Bike Week attendance hit half a million.

The very same for me the last time I was at Yellowstone. And the other half of Asia was at Zion!
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:56 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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My husband, daughter and I at a Grand Canyon lookout waiting for the sunrise. We were the only Americans there-haha.
I was there in December a few years ago, before Christmas. Me and three bus loads of pushing and shoving Chinese tourists. There might have been a handful of other tourists but not many.There was no effort to control them and they all were armed with selfie sticks. They either could not read or ignored warnings and any safety barriers and ran up to the edge, turned their back to the abyss, and took selfies. There was ice and snow on the rocks and I figured they would lose someone that day. I finally got away from them and had the canyon to myself. But I wasn't entirely rid of them...we all stayed at Bright Angel Lodge and, unfortunately, the hot chocolate machine was broken and that was almost an international crisis. There was no way to make them happy without hot chocolate. If I had a hot chocolate machine I could have made a fortune.
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Old 05-23-2021, 11:29 PM
 
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Mount Rushmore!
There are so many vantage points -- loooks the same from all of thrm. Last time I saw it, I just sat by myself and watched workers on scaffolds scrub off the black residue from the fireworks the night before.
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