Venice from Another Perspective

Piazza San Marco from the Cruise ShipI’ve written some fairly mean posts about Venice. What an awful place. Too many tourists. So unfriendly. It stinks. The sewage. The mediocre overpriced food. The jaded, bored gondoliers who just don’t want to sing anymore. Just another example of Italy’s indifference towards the never-ending flow of tourists (Florence […]

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The Dirtiest Tourist Destinations

The following tourist destinations are renowned for their mystique and popularity but also for their bacteria. In fact, some of these could probably boast not 25 million visitors a year but 25 zillion (if we include Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus salivarius, and E. coli O157:H7). Talk about mass tourism! In 2009, TripAdvisor listed The Blarney Stone […]

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Strange Things Happen

Do you believe in coincidence? Do you believe things happen for a reason? Do you believe in Santa? In May when I started planning my trip to Scotland and Ireland with my father, I played around on Expedia.com for days, searching for the most economical meeting place and starting point for our trip. This place […]

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Venetian Jade and Ligurian Diamonds

Exactly one year ago, I vowed to myself and those around me that I would never ever ever return to the world’s largest, sinking tourist trap—Venice. Like the other Italian tourist meccas, Venice must have been beautiful once. Now, it’s a watery maze of trinket shops, bad restaurants and over-priced hotels. Who can we blame […]

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