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Tourist Traps

Nice, France
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Tourist Traps

What is a Tourist Trap, is it something that catches a Tourist, like a snare, do tourists only get caught in these traps ?.. Do they result in slow death by starvation similar to the Jungle Traps in the Amazon...

According to reviewers they are very common in Vieux Nice,

Do locals get caught in these, or do the Hunters release them before death ?

Antibes, France
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1. Re: Tourist Traps

Your question is quite interesting Nice-regular and certainly not restricted to Vieux Nice. It can mean IMO one of two things. A. The reviewer doesn't like it. B. It is full of the kind of tourist who wears Hawaiian shirts.

In any event tourist traps are usually safe to visit as the wrong kind of tourist having read this review take themselves off to the 'genuine' places where the black-bereted locals are to be found reading Proust and discussing philosophy, having left their bikes with strings of onions outside.

Ed

Vence, France
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They release the tourists after they got filled up with cheap wine, paid (too much for the lousy food) in order that they can post exited reports on TA about that wonderful evening and give five stars. Locals here have experiences with the tourist business in the 3rd generation and they are definetely not the victims.

Edited: 26 January 2014, 17:46
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Well said Ed. Tourist traps I have visited jnclude the Golden Temple, Kyoto; the Grand Canyon and Cape Cod, USA; the Grindelwald Valley, Switzerland; Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds, St Ives, Cornwall; the Star Ferry, Hong Kong; the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I found them all to be wonderful but they should, of course, be avoided by the more discerning kind of visitor.

Vence, France
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LondonBob: These are not tourist traps. Traps are set up by a hunter. The places you mentioned - and to the half of it I've been myself - are simply beautiful (Grindelwald) or at least quaint (Pisa) places which existed well before the tourists arrived, unlike the "restaurants" around Cours Saleya in Nice. Its the hordes of tourists do ruin these fine places. More or less they/we are to blame them/ourselves.

Just two questions:

a) whats wrong with the Star Ferries in Hong Kong?

b) have you ever been to Montmartre/Sacre Coeur in Paris?

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5. Re: Tourist Traps

<< IMO ... A. The reviewer doesn't like it. >>>

Bingo, Ed!! What qualifies as a Tourist Trap is indeed subjective.

I am yet to see one tourist wearing a Hawaiian shirt! I must search for those tourist trappy places..

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I have photographic evidence of the loudest shirt i've seen here:

http://i.imgur.com/4d4MHEL.jpg

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Nice shirt, tplus!

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Cannot be me. I never wear shorts. Or sandals. But I have a hat like that (actually even two)!

And: Whats a guy in shorts and a crazy shirt against the asian folks taking photos of their dishes when served and posting it right away to their - assumed - even dumber "followers".

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Now that is one flamboyant shirt! :) I have not seen anything like it even in Hawaii.

<<asian folks taking photos of their dishes when served and posting it right away to their - assumed - even dumber "followers">>

That's me raising my arm!! This is called "food porn" tplus, and those pics are also taken by highly educated and accomplished Americans ;) and then immediately posted to Facebook, so their equally highly educated and accomplished friends can admire and drool! Lighten up and get into the 21st Century!

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Not going to happen, Anna.