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41. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 823 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

I can see how some people will hate "post-Soviet drab" because places aren't shiny clean and geared up for easy tourist sights, but for me it's fascinating, tells a story, and you're seeing how people live.

Looking forward to reading about your Kamchatka trip, Bob.

42. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andyf

Looking forward to reading about your Kamchatka trip, Bob.

Likewise - I saw a documentary about it recently and it looked amazing.

43. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

I would never again do a day trip to Capri. The island has been totally ruined by the effects of mass tourism and become a horrible tourist trap. In case I ever return, I'd want to stay overnight. When the hordes of day trippers are gone and the tedious tour guides and crap merchants are off work, in the evening and early morning, there may be a chance to experience the beauty of the island.

It was that way 50 years ago, and I think it has always been a tourist trap for almost as long as there have been people there. I went long ago, but I do not really remember it and apparently I took no photos, so I'd like to go back to see what I saw. Probably not going to happen though as I doubt it is at all handicapped accessible

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45. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andyf

I can see how some people will hate "post-Soviet drab" because places aren't shiny clean and geared up for easy tourist sights, but for me it's fascinating, tells a story, and you're seeing how people live.

Looking forward to reading about your Kamchatka trip, Bob.

Some people dislike places in the Caribbean, because the buildings are old and decrepit. They see the blue tarps as a sign of sloth - not understanding that there's no possibility of getting a fixer-upper loan - the people have to earn the money to fix the place up as they go. They see trash on the shore as a sign of slovenliness - not understanding that there's no trash pick-up in most of these places, and no street cleaners. My granddaughter was told by her mother that there wouldn't be any graffiti or vandalism in Europe. (I don't know where she got that information from.) So we had a discussion about it - I think vandalism is more than just painting pictures on the walls (not talking about swastikas or hate messages).

46. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I can see how some people will hate "post-Soviet drab" because places aren't shiny clean

Some people dislike places in the Caribbean, because the buildings are old and decrepit.

There does seem to be an association with run down and "bad". When I was telling people we were going to drive through Bosnia the response was "but it's run down and nasty, why would you go there?" First of all it is not nearly as rundown as people think it is otherwise it is a beautiful country and why should a few run down buildings negate the positives of a destination? The same thing happened when I mentioned we were doing a stop over in St Thomas. Someone actually said to me "they're bad people they don't even paint their houses" I was thinking maybe they have more pressing concerns to be spending money on then the asthetics of their house. Turned out the locals were the most friendly and helpful people we came across, they helped us with directions, showed us how to navigate the streets and on our last night when we couldn't find parking, the neighbour to our accommodation was so generous he let us use his private parking spot. The peeling paint proved to have little bearing on the peoples' character. On the flipside when I first drove through France I was surprised by how run down a lot of towns were. I mentioned this to a friend who lived in France at one point and her response "but that's what makes it charming!"We live in a weird world.

47. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

We got a note from our insurance company that said they would refuse to insure our house unless we painted it or put on siding (among other things - most of which were equally ridiculous). I said what does some peeling paint have to do with your liability? And she said it indicated that we might be neglecting maintenance. The inspector that submitted that report did not even know that there were such things as working shutters - ones that were not purely decorative.

I think Disney has a lot to answer for.

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