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11. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting cobbana

Applegirl,
Shops selling the Sun, Star and daily Mirror newspapers from the UK with the usual crass headlines, page 3 topless tarts and football, bloody boring football. Every English pub showing endless fixtures from the Premier league (or some bloody football league in Europe). Stout english yeomanry wearing Beckham football shirts accompanied by their even stouter wives and bawling children, most of them also wearing Beckham football shirts.

Anthony

Careful there, you're starting to sound like your stereotypical, bigoted, pommy hating Aussie...totally un-intentional I'm sure

12. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 11y

Quoting cobbana

Applegirl,
You must have your Greek islands mixed up.
Anthony

As long as there's just one island called Paros in the Cyclades, with a village on the east coast called Piso Livadi I haven't got it mixed up.
No need to defend yourself ;) each to their own you know!

13. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

MikeyB,
Laganas Bay, south coast of Zakynthos.
The 'Independent Travellers' guide book calls it tacky and dreadful.
The 'Lonely Planet 2000' travel book says Laganas is ideal if you are into lager, discos and would rather be in the UK than Greece.
Margate with sunshine.
I gave a more detailed and extremely accurate description of Laganas in my previous post, and it is an 'Abomination In The Eyes Of The Lord'.
More 'Sharon and Gazza' than 'Sodom and Gomorrah'.
Very early September 1997 and went through the Cyclades to Samos and on to Kusadasi on the Turkish coast.
More Ulster breakfasts, Watney's Red Barrel and football acolytes in Turkey!!!!
Nothing bigoted about despising the cultural cancer of British tourism.

Anthony

14. Posted by Dominatrix (Budding Member 43 posts) 11y

Don't believe in "heaven" as such, on earth or elsewhere,

but a city I could spend the rest of my days

with just brief trips to other places once or twice a year for a long weekend

is definitely Lisbon.

Unfortunately I have a Canadian passport but not an EU one and therefore these days reside/work in China.

15. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I've been thinking about this one since the thread started and i really don't know, it really depends on the day but today it would be Siwa , outside the tourist season there are few visitors but it is one of the most tranquil places i've been which would suit me fine at the moment, as were i currently am is a bit stressful...

16. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 11y

For me, its not really a particular place, but the people that I meet in each new country that I visit. In particular....those rare moments when a conversation leads to an insight..something that I would have never understood or seen had it not been for a new friend.

17. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting cobbana

Nothing bigoted about despising the cultural cancer of British tourism.

Anthony

There is when you appear to stereotype all British tourists, quote: 'Stout english yeomanry wearing Beckham football shirts accompanied by their even stouter wives and bawling children', without also acknowledging that not all British tourists fit into this category.

Also as an Australian, surely you're all to well aware of the reputation your own countrymen have when travelling overseas. Obviously not all Australians are the same but come on, have you never been to SE Asia/Bali or set foot in an 'Aussie bar' in London for heaven's sake?!

18. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

I agree.
Just a spleen-venting at the crass package tourists after a hard day at the orifice!!!!
There are probably more English/Irish pubs in SE Asia than Aussie pubs.
Try walking along the main drag at Chaweng on Koh Samui and you are straight into Beckham shirts and bloody European football on every TV in every pub.
I can say the same for Phuket.
The best thing about Aussie sport (AFL/Cricket) is that it is primarily played on weekends.
No wall-to-wall sport every night.

19. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

I bet you're over the moon following the first ever qualification by the Australian 'Socceroos' team for next year's Football World Cup!!

You're right about the vast numbers of David Beckham shirts and the proliferation of European Football in SE Asia (and everywhere else for that matter). However rather than sighting European/British tourists as the reason for this, the reality is that:

A. Football is the worlds most widely played and popular team sport.

B. The European leagues are the most closely followed around the world.

C. David Beckham is currently the Worlds most popular player. Whether you're speaking to young kids in Burma, Costa Rica or Morocco (as I've done recently), you can be guaranteed that as soon as you mention football, his name will be the first on all their lips.

20. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

Quoting Mikey B

I bet you're over the moon following the first ever qualification by the Australian 'Socceroos' team for next year's Football World Cup!!

You're right about the vast numbers of David Beckham shirts and the proliferation of European Football in SE Asia (and everywhere else for that matter). However rather than sighting European/British tourists as the reason for this, the reality is that:

A. Football is the worlds most widely played and popular team sport.

B. The European leagues are the most closely followed around the world.

C. David Beckham is currently the Worlds most popular player. Whether you're speaking to young kids in Burma, Costa Rica or Morocco (as I've done recently), you can be guaranteed that as soon as you mention football, his name will be the first on all their lips.

Actually it is our 2nd time qualifying for the World Cup. The first time we qualified was in Germany in 1974. Lets hope we do a bit better this time around in Germany.