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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 15 Sep '09 02:53

No not just touristic but tourist town... I mean a traveller's mecca. Have you ever lived in an ultra touristic place. Places that are so iconoclastic.

Places where tour buses converge, agencies everywhere, and expats thrive in small communities. Some days can just be so insane... But most of the time, you can be grateful, with the thought that you live in a post card perfect environment.

2. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive, 698 posts) 15 Sep '09 11:37

Yes I have. I lived in Llangollen (North Wales). All 4 seasons the buses kept coming, wind, sun, rain, snow, they just never stopped from dawn till dusk. Ice cream shops by the dozen, slate everything.. Dolls, teddys, lampshades, hi-fi speaker cases; Welsh lamb at 3 times the price of in Tesco's, cafes selling the foulest tasting coffee you've ever tried, t-shirts, cups, mugs, plates etc. with dragons on them. Even Welsh Whisky. Isn't that a bit like Luxembourg tea? Oh just so ugh. Lovely town but that's all.

3. Posted by baluba (Respected Member, 407 posts) 15 Sep '09 15:54

I live in Brighton...nuff said!

I used to live in Moffat, Scotland. A small town but daily, tour buses arrive and people get off and back on again with armfuls of Walkers shortbread, malt whisky and chocolate reindeer droppings. Then they go and take photos of the massive statue of a ram, not realising that the sculpter, on completing his masterpiece realised that he had forgotten to put ears on the poor thing and so promptly killed himself!

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Sep-2009, at 16:01 by baluba ]

4. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member, 173 posts) 16 Sep '09 02:09

Quoting Swept Away

No not just touristic but tourist town... I mean a traveller's mecca. Have you ever lived in an ultra touristic place. Places that are so iconoclastic.

Places where tour buses converge, agencies everywhere, and expats thrive in small communities. Some days can just be so insane... But most of the time, you can be grateful, with the thought that you live in a post card perfect environment.

I live in Istanbul . One of my first memories from childhood is an american hippy couple asked if they can camp in our backyard. And my grandpa was talking english with them while I couldnt understand a shit out of it. Then I grew up spending my summer off days around grand bazaar where is absolutely the meccah for female tourists who want to buy fur and jewellery in Istanbul. And nowadays every time I take the boat to go to work I pass by a touristic boat full of tourists ( esp japanese9 taking a bosphorus tour.

It is like living in the garden of UN.

and for the beiing tourist part. bleive it or not turks can go anywhere in any conditions.1000 years ago we moved from central asia araound mongolia to here on horse.And now eastern citizes come to istanbul, istanbullians go to south etc. you can see travel agencies and airline commercials every where in the streets. we travel a lot.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Sep-2009, at 02:11 by eroltoksoy ]

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 16 Sep '09 03:51

Quoting baluba

I live in Brighton...nuff said!

Where is that? I wish I am kidding.

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 16 Sep '09 03:54

Quoting eroltoksoy

[quote=Swept Away]No not just touristic but tourist town... I mean a traveller's mecca. Have you ever lived in an ultra touristic place. Places that are so iconoclastic.

It is like living in the garden of UN.

you can see travel agencies and airline commercials every where in the streets. we travel a lot.

I wish I could jump from one tourist town to another. Istanbul is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in that part of the world, uhm middle east/mediterrenean.

7. Posted by makka (Respected Member, 248 posts) 16 Sep '09 05:57

Eastbourne here - hi baluba a fellow south coast neighbour

I'd say were hit all year round, this year has been one of few years where ive been here all year round (give or take a few weeks) ... To make things worse i work in the hospitality industry! haha!

Our main clientel are elderly, Eastbourne has the stigma of being 'gods waiting room' ... it certainly tests the locals patients!! ... also foreign exchange students are everywhere! from the months of april - september - we have 100's ... which makes for the local buses to be just crrrrazy!!

All in all i welcome them all, without them im pretty sure Eastbourne wouldnt be what it is today,. arguably one of the nicest seaside towns on the south coast! ... the money generated from such high tourism levels pays a big part in keeping it that way! ... plus i'd be without a job

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 16 Sep '09 11:14

I've lived in several touristy places in the States: Honolulu, San Francisco and Ocean City, NJ. All of these places are beautiful and interesting, but after a while the locals just ignore the tourists and they hang out on the other side of town. In Hawaii, you'll never find a kamaaina hanging out in Waikiki, or a San Franciscan on Fisherman's Wharf.

9. Posted by baluba (Respected Member, 407 posts) 16 Sep '09 13:02

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting baluba

I live in Brighton...nuff said!

Where is that? I wish I am kidding.

Brighton is on the south coast of England, just left of Eastbourne and full of young people...unlike Eastbourne!!!

10. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member, 173 posts) 17 Sep '09 00:53

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting eroltoksoy

[quote=Swept Away]No not just touristic but tourist town... I mean a traveller's mecca. Have you ever lived in an ultra touristic place. Places that are so iconoclastic.

It is like living in the garden of UN.

you can see travel agencies and airline commercials every where in the streets. we travel a lot.

I wish I could jump from one tourist town to another. Istanbul is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in that part of the world, uhm middle east/mediterrenean.

you know you can live here and see the most parts of the world also . because istanbul is just in the middle of the sphere : west is europe, east is asia, north is russia and south is africa.

for example you can live in istanbul and spend the christmas at paris winter break in st petersburg summer vacation cruising the medditerraninan and fall break at india.