Such places sometimes disappoint.
In guidebooks any country seems like Paradise, and photos of tourist attractions so perfect that you cannot even believe. And no wonder: it is often beautiful, the story is quite ordinary prose. We do not want to disappoint you before the upcoming holidays, we just want to debunk some myths about famous places, so you know what to prepare for.
We decided to show the famous tourist locations as they are — without the aura of romance from the tourist guides.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the size of the base and pedestal of the statue of Liberty in the United States. The sculpture in Brazil together with the pedestal is 38 feet, while only the base and the pedestal of the statue of Liberty is 47 m, and as a work of art reaches a height of 93 meters.
The filming of “Game of thrones”, Dubrovnik, Croatia
If you’re a fan of the series “Game of thrones” and sent to the Croatian Dubrovnik, to quietly wander around the filming locations of the series, be prepared for the fact that you’re clearly not alone here. And in high season, summer, here, and not breathe from the people, it is literally difficult to go on. The authorities even forced to limit access to the historic centre up to 4 thousand people a day. So it is elementary to get in the gate city can be a challenge.
The Pyramids, Egypt
When you say “Egyptian pyramids”, to mind immediately come the vast desert, the hot sun, camels and other attributes of the Oriental tales. Hardly anyone will submit to the residential neighborhoods near the sights. But that’s the reality: the pyramids are on the outskirts of Cairo and some travelers and not fear that the Great Sphinx here-here will fall among the houses.
Add to this the rabid crowd of traders of plastic pyramids, savvy natives, offering pictures or camel riding, and you will understand that to be alone and to feel the spirit of antiquity is unlikely to succeed.
Swing “at the edge of the world”, Banos, Ecuador
The famous swing “on the edge” baños, Ecuador, is a good example of how much depends on the perspective. When you look at these crazy photos, it seems that under the feet of men the vast abyss. In fact, downstairs, there is a steep hill, but to fall from such swing we will still not recommend. The types there are, of course, fascinating, but question the safety of this attraction remains open.
Park Guell, Barcelona
Almost any travel guide, presenting Barcelona, shows you a picture of gingerbread houses. Those who have never been in Catalonia, it may seem like here and there in the capital scattered bizarre toy houses. In fact, these structures can only be seen in the Park Guell. The good news: the Park Guell is more than two gingerbread houses. The bad news: houses are only two, and for you to come into their territory (which is very tiny), you will have to patiently wait your turn and pay € 8,5. We’re not sure it’s worth it, it is easier and wiser to take pictures from the observation deck at the top of the Park on the background of these bright structures.
Spanish steps, Rome
To run up the stairs of the Spanish steps in Rome, holding hands with your beloved, just will not work. Well, if you look for a free place on the step to sit in this crowd. But you need it?
Chizhik-Pyzhik, St. Petersburg
A monument to the bird in St. Petersburg is able to surprise… their size. Few tourists it is so tiny. Well, if he were huge, each easily would have caught the coin in the pedestal and all desires (even the most reasonable) would have to be.
The Maldives is not only the blue sky, the azure sea and gentle sand. This also includes the artificial island of Thilafushi — just one big mess. On it dumped all the garbage that is going in the Paradise after the many tourists. Environmentalists claimed that every day the island received about 330 tons of garbage. This caused them great concern. In 2011, the government of the Maldives has suspended the export of waste to Thilafushi.
On the island, by the way, I live about 1 000 people.
Hall of mirrors, Versailles, France
Do not expect to make a brilliant photo in fancy dress at the center of a splendid Mirror gallery. You are unlikely to make even a simple selfie: here are always Packed, and the human flow will rapidly carry you forward “the flow”.
Manneken Pis, Brussels
This attraction may disappoint you only if you tuned in to see the rather risque sculpture. It turns out that the Manneken Pis is not always “defecate” in the Nude, he often does so in costume. By the way, dressing up is accompanied by a cheerful ceremony with the orchestra. So, perhaps, it is even more interesting than the usual boy in the Nude.
If you think that Stonehenge is some kind of mysterious deserted place, I’ll have to disappoint you. There is quite a busy road, and the romantic atmosphere can not count.
Have you been to these places? What were your impressions? Of course, you can disagree with something from the above paragraphs, and find romance even where we were not looking. Anyway, we believe that every journey should only see good and be grateful of life for this very cool opportunity — to change places and learn new things. Because the world is beautiful!
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