Monday, August 10, 2020

Travellers named a few places of disappointment rather than enjoyment

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Eiffel Tower in Paris, France by Siebe Warmoeskerken

Tourists did not like some of the most famous places because of the large crowds. The first place on the list of disappointments is attributed to the Eiffel Tower.

More than 17 thousand online users who took part in the online survey said that most of all they did not like the Eiffel Tower in the capital of France.

Long  lines and a large concentration of tourists on the observation deck was criticised.

I don’t think that the reason such as a long queue should discourage travellers from visiting this beautiful structure.

Having visited it myself a few times in different years, I can attest that the lines are quite long however if you book a table at one of the restaurants in the Tower then you will be able to access it through a different line and entrance. Throughout the years, I have also learned to just admire it from the bottom without going up. Serving as one of the symbols of Paris, the tower is surely beautiful from any angle. 

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Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey by Daniel Burka

The list of attractions that most disappointed the tourists also include the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the Swallow’s Nest in Crimea. 

19% of people were unhappy with the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. According to them, it is not blue at all, there are many people and there is a foul smell.

I personally never visited the Blue Mosque but have heard that the best time to visit it could be also in the evening. I also highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance or acquiring a museum card for fast track access. As for a Mosque being blue, I’d suggest that travellers read on the attractions they are visiting prior to their visit – The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design not the exterior.

The Charles Bridge in Prague turned out to be an “ordinary bridge”. I live in Prague and frankly the Charles Bridge is best enjoyed during the early hours of morning. There are no crowds. The bridge is far from being ordinary and it is the history and age of it that makes it exceptional, not the looks. 

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Manneken Pis in Brussels, Belgium by Chris Curry

Tourists also did not like the statue of Manneken Pis in Brussels and the Palace of Versailles in Paris. Now, this I can understand as Manneken Pis looks much bigger on all those glossy postcards than it is in reality and if no research was put into learning how it is, then there is no way to avoid disappointment. 

As for Versailles, a proper preparation is needed before visiting it such as purchased tickets in advance  and a whole day devoted to it – the lines are long even with a purchased ticket. I spent 3 hours in line but it was worth it as Versailles is a breathtaking place especially knowing its history.

Don’t forget to visit the famous gardens but check in advance if they are open for visitation on a day. 

My advice to travellers would be to take the moment to enjoy these places by seeing them rather than planning on visiting them all, unless they are of course on your bucket list. If so, then no crowd, no queue will disappoint you or put you off as it will all be worth it in the end. 

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