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Tourist places that don't look quite like the pictures

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backflip10019

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Okay I only briefly passed by as I got into the city. I'll check it out tomorrow. Most of the city does smell of piss though. Guess a lot of major cities have that in common.
I thought it was definitely worth paying the dozen euro or so to go inside, too. Make sure you see the Pantheon, too. Rome is such a beautiful city.
 

jadedm17

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Niagara Falls on the US side has varying degrees of construction and mess, and the building you pass to go to the falls is a giant cube with most of it unaccessible; Niagara Falls the town is a giant mess.

Buffalo, NY is cool, as is the harbour.
 

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I wonder if the ever plan on encasing all these ancient monuments in something to protect from erosion. They won't last forever.
 

jaypah

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Always fun to see these landmarks from angles other than the standard "beauty shots". Yes, I understand that they exist in the real world and that means that they have mass around them, it's just that you don't often get to see that part unless you travel there. Thanks OP and poster who posted the other link.
 

SirMossyBloke

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I live in the Niagara Region. Whenever tv/movies show Niagara Falls, this is what you see:



When in reality, it is much more like this:



That might be because the first picture is the superior Canadian side and the second picture is the shitty US side. The Canadian side pretty much looks the same as pictures.
 

mclem

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I mean, logically I guess you'd absolutely expect it to be Just A Dusty Backyard, but that's really not the mental image the name "OK Corral" conjures up.
 

Pagusas

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Las Vegas as you imagine it:


Las Vegas when you actually get there:



Oh, and that sign isn't near the strip either.
Lol yeah this is pretty accurate though Vegas is still awesome (my wife enjoys collecting the cards like trading cards :), knew i had a winner).
 

genjiZERO

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Currently travelling through Europe and this is what the Colosseum in Rome actually looks like:



I am not amused.
That's awesome. It's a near 2000 year old building in the middle of a bustling modern city. Also, they're just doing renovations.

Man I miss Italy. Best my sinuses have felt anywhere in the world.
 

Learn2read

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OP could've at least picked a more humorously contrasting picture of the pyramids:





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Did you really think the pyramids were some hidden treasure for you to discover after a week trekking through the desert led by your bedouin guides?

Anyone taking these "idealized" pictures were about 1/2 a second away of some other shithead about to step into frame to take the same shot.
 

11redder

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You think of this right? Surrounded by desert, exotic, far away from anything. It's not about it being a 'shitty perspective' as another poster said. But the reality of what these places look like isn't the same as what the photos portray..
Pretty much every description of the magnificence of the pyramids relies on referencing the fact that they dwarf and tower over modern day Cairo. Unless reading that, people think Cairo is at a far remove but nonetheless used as a point of reference, I don't see the problem.

I've seen countless photos of the pyramids from a similar perspective to the one posted by the OP.
 

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Niagara Falls are great on both sides. Would visit the place constantly as a kid. Preferred the Canadian side because they had more fun things besides the nature part ( you're a kid. Falling water is cool for only a little bit when you live close by)
 

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OP could've at least picked a more humorously contrasting picture of the pyramids:





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Did you really think the pyramids were some hidden treasure for you to discover after a week trekking through the desert led by your bedouin guides?

Anyone taking these "idealized" pictures were about 1/2 a second away of some other shithead about to step into frame to take the same shot.
Yes lol. Now I don't want to go to Egypt!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Egypt, I was expecting a bit more space between the pyramids and city lufe. I guess you would think that having modern civilization right next to it would be a detriment to these historic wonders.
 

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Cursed undead mummies might be scary in films, but in the real world we kinda "pwned" the ancient Egyptians by forcing the Sphinx to stare at a KFC-Pizza Hut for all eternity.
 

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Mount Rushmore isn't that small, it's pretty far away from where your allowed to go in the park. Still enjoyed my time there and the hiking I did at some of the trails.
 

ChouGoku

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Expectation :


Reality :
The terrible part about that is that you can easily find a picture of the mona lisa on the internet, one without tons of cameras in it. Maybe if they were standing by the picture it would make sense
 

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Exactly that basically. I didn't even realise that niagra falls had a casino overlooking it, from everything i've ever seen of it, it looks like its far away from any sort of civilisation.
That's the Canadian side, it's much nicer than the US side. I used to live like 5 mins from the falls.



The big curved building with the shiny building behind it is a indian casino, it's about the only thing of note on our side.

At the bottom of the falls is a power planet that was run by Tesla, that's kinda cool.

 

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Trevi Fountain, Italy.

Expectations:

Reality:
Isn't that also covered up for maintainence? The Spanish steps as well, and the Colosseum as the other guy complained about before. A lot fashion houses sponsored fixing up being done in recent years, but Rome still looked great.
 

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Other than a few that are indeed "ouch" (Taj Mahal and uh... little else), I find that most of the zoomed out pics to look even more awe-inspiring. The pics for Niagara Falls, the Parthenon, Mount Rushmore, Arc de Triomphe, Santorini and Paris all look amazing and jaw-dropping. So, this page has the reverse effect, lol.

I've actually been to the Acropolis, and if anything, the second pic makes it look cooler than it is. The reality is that it's just incredibly crowded and not very fun to traverse. The experience is somewhat similar to this post, I'd guess.

Another example would be Jerusalem. An international wonder, full of history and great architecture and culture, right? Well, sure, but it's also filled with more shitty tourist shops selling the tackiest possible souvenirs (including Jesus's crown of thorns and a mock rock t-shirt imitating the Guns N Roses logo saying "Guns n Moses", among others) than I thought possible. I mean I'm not usually that annoyed by overly touristy crap but Jerusalem was something else. Still enjoyed the city, but damn, guys...

Currently travelling through Europe and this is what the Colosseum in Rome actually looks like:



I am not amused.
I think that looks kinda fun. Maybe because I've actually travelled before (sorry if that comes across as condescending but seriously, what did you expect?), but this doesn't shock me at all.

That's awesome. It's a near 2000 year old building in the middle of a bustling modern city. Also, they're just doing renovations.

Man I miss Italy. Best my sinuses have felt anywhere in the world.
Interesting. I've want to go to Italy for a long time, but I never thought my health would be better there. For my perpetually clogged sinuses, Ecuador was the best country in the world. Wwhether it was the Galapagos, Quito, or the rainforest along the Napo river, I didn't sneeze at all the whole time... so amazing, when I sneeze daily everywhere else because of my allergies. :(

Ok, this one does hurt. :|

If you guys want amazing sites that are still preserved from the taint of crappy modern architecture, I suggest you visit Bruges. Absolutely gorgeous city, compact enough to be walked around on foot and see most of it, and they have municipal laws to protect the heritage and prevent shit like a McDonalds next to a nice historical facade. Ghent is also beautiful but doesn't have those laws IIRC so you might see some of it, but Bruges is a true jewel.

Also, the Galapagos, of course.
 
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