Disappointing travel destination: Los Angeles

Disappointing travel destination: Los Angeles | You’ve dreamt of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for your whole life. You booked your ticket. Then you get there and it’s by far not what you expected. Hollywood Boulevard turns out to be run-down, dangerous and dirty piece of concrete with roughly 60,000 homeless people sleeping almost everywhere on the streets. Finding that Los Angeles is not even remotely like described in travel brochures might be an experience you share with many other tourists. But too late. Now that you are no longer able to avoid this pitfall, try to make the best out of your stay in L.A. Here are some recommendations.

Car Rental | Under all circumstances rent a car! There is almost no public transportation available that carries you comfortably between the tourist sites, spread all over the region in great distances. And don’t forget: you are not in Europe. There are no car-free streets or pedestrian zones anywhere.

Getty Center | Once you took care of a car, you may start with the Getty Center in the morning at 10:00am when crowds are still limited and parking lots are plenty. The Getty Center itself is for free. You will only pay a parking fee. The Getty Center’s core purpose is to show off the art collection of a guy called J. Paul Getty. He was a super-rich American industrialist (1892 – 1976). While traveling around the globe and taking care of his oil business he also purchased art – in large amounts. Example: In 1983, his Getty Museum acquired 144 illuminated medieval manuscripts from the Ludwig Collection in Aachen, Germany. At least his foundation paid for it. So nobody can ever compare him with colonial-style art robbery a la France or Great Britain.

Hollywood Walk of Fame | Roughly check the position of your favorite artist online before you hit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Go straight there, take your snapshot and escape this place as fast as you can.

Hollywood Sign | Since there is no major road leading you close to this famous landmark, instead of annoying local residents you might just hang out at the 4th floor viewing platform of the Hollywood and Highland mall. The view is okayish. If this is not enough, I recommend driving up to Canyon Lake Dr through Beachhead. It routes you through some nice winding streets. You end up at the top of Ledgewood, that is quite cool and free of ice cream trucks, tourist shops, beggars and other BS.

Lakers and Clippers | For basketball fans all the above will not matter much. L.A. remains a magnet for NBA event tourists. There is no more Kobe Bryant on the court. But guys like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan compensate fans when slam dunking over you and both your parents combined.

Disappointing travel destination Los Angeles Clippers. I wonder when it will be their time?
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers idol. We really wonder when will it be Clippers time. Lakers had their share of fun, now the Golden State Warriors rule. But the Clippers?

Disappointing travel destination Los Angeles
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Disappointing Travel Destinations 2018:
 Giza, Egypt
 Los Angeles, US
 Petra, Jordan
 Four Corner Monument, US
 Naples, Italy
 Male, Maldives
 Casablanca, Morocco
 Sakura bloom, Japan

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Disappointing Travel Destination Four Corners Monument

Disappointing Travel Destination Four Corners Monument, United States | The Four Corners Monument marks the quadripoint in the Southwestern U.S. where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. This location is – hold your breath! – the only point in the United States shared by four states. Now this must be something, somebody thought. And the idea of a tourist attraction was born. Using hands and legs one can step into all four states at once. But that’s pretty much it. There is nothing else to do. So move on. And by the way: In 2009 a spokesperson for the U.S. National Geodetic Survey admitted the monument is placed 1,807 feet (551 m) east of where modern surveyors would mark the point. However, he defended the accuracy of the original survey, stating surveyors “nailed it” considering the primitive tools they used in the 1912.

Disappointing travel destination Four Corners Monument
Disappointing travel destination Four Corners MonumentDisappointing travel destination Four Corners Monument

Disappointing travel destination Four Corners Monument
Disappointing travel destination: Four Corners Monument

Disappointing Travel Destinations 2018:
 Giza, Egypt
 Los Angeles, US
 Petra, Jordan
 Four Corner Monument, US
 Naples, Italy
 Male, Maldives
 Casablanca, Morocco
 Sakura bloom, Japan

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Disappointing Travel Destination: Naples, Italy

Disappointing Travel Destination: Naples, Italy | This city has seen better days. More than 4000 years old, situated at the foot of the Vesuvius volcano, base camp for Pompeji and Herculaneum, widely known for its piazzas, palaces, castles and museums … although Naples (Napoli) is one of the oldest inhabited places on earth, it is a no-go for tourists. The city is packed with well-organized thieves, in Naples the Mafia ‘controls’ the waste-management industry by dumping and burning trash across its rolling hills and vineyards. In 1994, EU declared the situation in Naples an official environmental emergency, and things have only gotten worse since then. No wonder that tourist reviews of Naples at Tripadvisor start with the headline “Beware” -> Review of Naples

Disappointing travel destination Naples Italy
Naples tourist reviews – not holding back …

Disappointing travel destination Naples Italy Mafia. And it's getting worse.
Naples has a garbage problem thanks to the Mafia. And it’s getting worse.

Disappointing travel destination Naples Italy Postcard from 1903.
Naples has seen better days. Postcard from 1903.

Disappointing travel destination Naples Italy Theatro San Carlo
Naples, Theatro San Carlo. We must admit: this one is quite amazing.

Disappointing travel destination Naples Italy Napoli
Book an accomodation in Naples (Napoli)
Disappointing Travel Destinations 2018: 
 Giza, Egypt
 Naples, Italy
 Male, Maldives
 Casablanca, Morocco
 Sakura bloom, Japan

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Disappointing Travel Destination: Sakura bloom Japan

Disappointing Travel Destination: Sakura bloom Japan | Each year the Japanese Weather Association’s annual cherry blossom forecast prompts a rush of international bookings as travelers race to experience the country’s famed Sakura blooms. This annual ritual is called Hanami. Meaning: Stop to view and appreciate the beautiful spring blossoms. Most commonly it’s cherry trees appreciated. Hanami gives Japanese a chance to recognize and reflect on the beauty of nature while welcoming the new season. Japan’s highly urbanized population desperately needs this kind of recognition of nature. 94% of all Japanese live in cities that have more skyscrapers than trees.

Disappointing travel destination sakura bloom Japan
Sakura Jindai. Perhaps the oldest cherry in the world? It is estimated 1800 to 2000 years old, and obviously needs some support.

Nobody outside Japan really gave Hanami a serious thought until the internet changed our way of life. Apart from watching cats, naked women and photos of food, tourist selfies became a vital part of our daily dose of online entertainment. Sakura and Mt. Fuji pretty much sum up Japan for an unprepared tourist. And the ugly side of a perfect tourist selfie at Hanami: Tourists shake, kick and climb trees to create ‘pink rain’ for photographs or video clips. We recommend: Don’t fly to Japan for Sakura. Instead enjoy your own cherry tree blossoming at home.

Disappointing travel destination sakura bloom Japan
Chinese tourists climbing and kicking the cherry blossom trees in Japan.

Those of you laughing at us now and waving with a ticket to Tokyo: the cherry blossom usually starts on the island of Okinawa in January, then works its way up the archipelago until it hits Hokkaido in early May. Sakura blossom peak in Tokyo is in the very beginning of April. But these are rough estimates. Sometimes the weather has different ideas.

Disappointing travel destination sakura bloom Japan
Sakura statistics: More tourists fly to Japan in April then in May and June combined.

Disappointing travel destination sakura bloom Japan
What a romantic pic! A train next to some cherry trees.

Disappointing travel destination sakura bloom Japan
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Disappointing Travel Destination Pyramids of Giza

Disappointing Travel Destination Pyramids of Giza | They are some masterpieces of ancient architecture, world wonders for a reason, but out of reach for tourists. The Pyramids of Giza are among those. Yes you did read right. We recommend not go to the Pyramids of Giza. Here is why:

When reaching the entrance to the Pyramids, a dozen of men will jump on your vehicle, bang on it and shout at you. They are trying to stop your car right there and get you on one of their mule-drawn carriages. This is illegal, but keep in mind: you are in one of the world’s poorest countries. People are desperate. Once you enter the site, there will be a constant nagging of merchants wishing to sell you souvenirs or offering a ride on their camels. It’s annoying, but you still want your selfie with the pyramids in the background! So you just continue to say no for the next 20 minutes. Now imagine this: Police has no more authority due to the lack of respect from the Egyptian people. This security vacuum led to an influx of locals including donkeys and camels. The stench of piss and shit is horrendous at the Pyramids of Giza. Everybody – humans and animals – are pissing everywhere. A layer of smelly shit covers the entire area. Watch your step. To make matters even worse: you don’t see that in the broshure. The area around the pyramids is just a big dump site for rubbish. Plastic bags and toilet paper with patterns on it fly around everywhere.

Meanwhile Egyptian media continues to state tourism has increased by this and that magical number, while failing to report that there are no more tourists at the Pyramids.

Instead of going thru that same lovely experience you might check in at Mena House. The historic Mena House Oberoi hosted Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille and soon maybe you. This hotel has managed to retain its charm. Stylish interior design makes you feel like you have traveled back in time. Having a nice but expensive lunch and a fancy coffee with the Pyramids of Giza in the background will be your reward.

Mena House Oberoi, Pyramids of Giza
Disappointing travel destination Pyramids Giza. Your best shot: the Mena House Oberoi.

Disappointing travel destination Pyramids Giza
Disappointing travel destination Pyramids Giza

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