Saturday, 2 February 2008

Holiday dreams

So after 'one of those weeks' and wintery weather, time to think of this years holidays. I spotted this Virgin poll ;

The sights voted most disappointing in the UK were:
(Some of you may remember i did a post on some of Antony Gormleys work.)

Ten UK must see sights
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark, London
The Backs, Cambridge
Holkham Bay, Norfolk
Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast
Isle of Skye, Scotland

The sights voted most disappointing around the world were:
The Louvre (Mona Lisa)
Las Ramblas, Spain

And the must see sight of the world were:
Kings Canyon, Australia
Lake Titcaca, Puru and Bolivia
Cable Beach, W Australia
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

I wondered if the well traveled of you would agree with these?

32 comments:

Chris H said...

Awww the ONLY one of any on those lists I have seen is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and I wouldn't say I thought it was a MUST SEE!! It's pretty... but not AMAZING. We have the most amazing 'waterfall' here, called the HUKA Falls, now that's awesome to see! Well I think so anyway!

Anne Brooke said...

Ah yes, Stonehenge - it's better from a distance. Much like Monet's waterlilies. From a distance both really come into their own.

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Elissa - Managing Autism said...

Glad to see so many Aussie sights rate a mention (I'm a bit biased)!

BenefitScroungingScum said...

The most disappointing ~I can think of is the little mermaid in copenhagen...it's so tiny you can barely see it! BG

Scorpy said...

Go Australia....but I would replace Cable Beach (Broome, Western Australia) with the anywhere on the Great Barrier Reef and Kings Canyon with Uluru (Ayers Rock) or Kakadu National Park. Sydney Harbour, as a whole, is far more than just the Bridge as it has The Sydney Opera House, the majestic Headlands and Pinch gut Island (Fort Denison) to name but a few other of the amazing sites of the majestic waterway.

Mima said...

I really enjoyed the London Eye, but as I was living there at the time I knew what I was looking at, I'm not sure how it would be if you didn't recognise anything.

My absolute must see would have to be a scuba dive on a coral reef - I did a lot when I lived in Cayman, but there are many other beautiful reefs to see. It is just an experience that can't be beaten, totally otherworldly.

buffalodickdy said...

No Grand Canyon, no Mt. Rushmore?

Inthemud said...

Of the must see list i've only seen 2 Grand canal venice and the Jungfraujog in Switzerland, both amazing impressive sights.

I think some of the ones considered uninteresting are more so, depends what you want from a sight, Eiffel Tower is pretty amazing, so is Angel of the North and stonehenge, but you need to think beyond the objects themselves.

motherx said...

Im not that well travelled but I know stonehenge was dissapointing. Brighton pier is a bit blah...My sister on the other hand has been everywhere! so I must ask her what she thinks as she has travelled the world three times!!(ok for some.)

laughingwolf said...

climbing the 'lady liberty' in august was not a good idea on my part, nyc humidity was such i was soaked by the time i was 1/4 of the way up... but it's NOT a 'disappointment'....

Bev said...

Oh, those disappointing pyramids! The lousy Louvre! If the folks who took this poll believe in Heaven, they'll probably dis' that too. "What, no cable?" "I thought it would be...bigger."

Omega Mum said...

Award waiting for you.

Club 166 said...

Sorry to hear about your bad week.

Hope this next one is better for you.

I love the pics that you put in your blog.

As to the Statue of Liberty, perhaps you have to relate to it. As one who is descended from immigrants to America whose first glimpse of this land was that statue, visiting it and Ellis Island was inspirational, as well as reading the promise of the poem written at its base-"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free...",

Joe

the mother of this lot said...

I am so well travelled I haven't even seen one of the top UK sites.

Do you remember a kids programme called 'The Tommorrow People'? They had special transporter belts which could take you anywhere. They would be really handy, because you could nip round the pyramids or somewhere and be back in time to pick the kids up from school!

grit said...

oh dear, i couldn't decide. at first i was sure. i cried 'No! It's not disappointing!' And then, 'Of course everyone must see that and it's not even on the list!' Then, if I could go right now, where would I land ... oh dear, wanderlust.

leslie said...

I agree Stonehenge was disappointing when you got right up to it, but from a distance seemed amazing. I loved seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Spanish Steps were also kind of disappointing. But I'd still like to go to Brighton and walk the pier and go down to Land's End. The Isle of Skye was amazing with the wind blowing crazily. I had my photo taken there with that castle in the background. Scottish stories are so full of violence!

Dumdad said...

All of these places are lovely in their own way, I'm sure. It's a bit naff to say, for example, that Stonehenge is better than the Eiffel Tower or vice versa.

What exactly are people expecting when they turn up to these places?

Bev (above) hits the nail on the head!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Well obviously I will vouch for Alnwick Castle. The Tree House within the grounds is a little disappointing however.

Crystal xx

kristina said...

Something must be in the air----I just posted on winter doldrums........

(Sorry if this is a duplicate, I got an error message when I first tried to send a comment.)

OHmommy said...

I loved lake Titcaca, the nomads that live on the floating islands are amazing.

Venice was nice.

Would LOVE to go to Jordan to see Petra.

I am shocked at the voted most disappointing around the world were. I mean the Louvre, and the art? Las Ramblas and the beautiful streets around. THE PYRAMIDS... who voted for these? I am shocked.

I am just a tiny bit passionate about travel. :)

Gledwood said...

why would anyone travel up just to see the Angel of the North?

hardly the Rio Fairy (or whatever THAT is called)... with Rio de Janeiro and Copacabanna beach at its foot!

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San said...

I don't see how anyone could be disappointed by the Louvre. I could wander in there for weeks, if I had the time and the money! Now getting to see Mona Lisa is very frustrating because of all the crowds trying to take her picture.

Most of the other places I've never been. Sigh.

QUASAR9 said...

And there's more.
Hope you are having a fun filled action packed weekend.

alan said...

Not well enough travelled to have seen any of them...perhaps a few will find their way into my vision before I'm done here!

Venice and Yorkshire's "West Riding" have been the top of my "must see" list for years, then Scarborough, "The Lake District" and Cornwall...

At this point, the most beautiful place I've ever been in my life is Vermont; each time we visit I don't want to leave.

alan

Palm Springs Savant said...

I remember thinking Stonehenge was SUCH a hoax when I was it. But Buck House was cool to me..

Patti said...

The London Eye didn't do anything for me...I didn't pay to go up in it, but my daughter did.

I agree about the Mona Lisa. After hearing about it all my life, it was a major letdown.

I disagree about the Eiffel Tower. I had a great time there!

Flea said...

I've never been outside the U.S., so I can only speak for what I've seen here. I didn't find Lady Liberty at all disappointing. I was disappointed because I didn't make it to the top. I was with a friend who used a walker and could only go as far as the elevator would take us. That wasn't the statue's fault.

The White House certainly wasn't a disappointment. Now, George Washington's home on the Potomac - THAT was a disappointment. It was a plantation home, and growing up in the deep south, I'd toured tons of those.

Josie said...

I loved seeing the Eiffel Tower because it's such an icon, but I was disappointed with the Louvre and the Mona Lisa. I loved the small Impressionist Gallery more.

Likewise the Statue of Liberty. I was more impressed with the World Trade Centre. They were amazing. If you ever get to Canada, you must see Niagara Falls. They're beautiful. Likewise the Rocky Mountains, by train, not by air.

Odat said...

I wonder how they determine what "disappointing" means....I mean what were people expecting? The Statue of Liberty is a statue! Stonehenge is a bunch of stones!!! Its not necessarily the object themselves but what they signify.
Peace

Billy Boy said...

`Good old Carrick a Rede rope bridge........been there once on a very windy day and one was very sure, I wasn't going across as you can see the sea between the planks of wood and that bridge sure did swing...One person on the bridge at any time.....

Tina said...

Makes you realise how poorly travelled you are! Am with them on the Princess Diana memorial fountain, I thought it looked like a drainage ditch...

MZUNGU CHICK said...

The Masai Mara in Kenya is SOOO worth seeing once we get our s**t sorted, you should all definitely be getting on the next flight. Its fab, amazing , and you just won't find any other 'wonder' the same!!
- Sorry, did that sound rather biased?
I do mean it though, it is stunning! :-)