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Touristic season nightmare or gift?

Do you live close to a touristic spot of town? Close to Geneva's lake, Zurich's center, etc?

In Basel, tourists are not much seen, from my experience. I never got stuck somewhere because of them nor refusing to go somewhere because of the huge crowd of tourists.

I was tempted to put it in the complain corner but it isn't all negative. Tourism brings lots of good thing to a city.
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Old 18.07.2012, 13:32
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Re: Touristic season nightmare or gift?

mrs. and I live in Vaud and there is barbed wire on the borders to keep the tourists out

but here in Geneva this is the latest insult we have to deal with ( this and random posting by LiB, but you learn to live with that )

Just what Geneva needs? ( Segway rental )
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Do you live close to a touristic spot of town? Close to Geneva's lake, Zurich's center, etc?

In Basel, tourists are not much seen, from my experience. I never got stuck somewhere because of them nor refusing to go somewhere because of the huge crowd of tourists.

I was tempted to put it in the complain corner but it isn't all negative. Tourism brings lots of good thing to a city.
Living near the lake is a nightmare in summer (but probably quite profitable for the traffic police when they can be bothered to show up). Cars parked on every conceivable stretch of flat, car-sized ground. Plus they spend most of a sunny afternoon endlessly cruising round the surrounding streets looking for any such plot to abandon their vehicle.

The businesses round here probably turn a massive profit, too, particularly anywhere selling beer and disposable barbecues.

Zurich would definitely benefit from a proper park and ride scheme - find a big plot of waste-ground just at the end of the motorway, charge cars a flat fee to park all day and include a bus-ride into town. If it works, they could set up one at the north end of the city.
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Re: Touristic season nightmare or gift?

It depends, at the beginning of the season they are a gift, towards the end they turn out to be a nightmare. The problem is that nowadays there aren't any distinct seasons anymore and therefore no breaks for the locals.
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It depends, at the beginning of the season they are a gift, towards the end they turn out to be a nightmare. The problem is that nowadays there aren't any distinct seasons anymore and therefore no breaks for the locals.
Here it's from Easter to September, we're flooded with Swiss-Germans and Germans clogging our streets, they should be banned from driving here!

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Old 18.07.2012, 14:37
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Re: Touristic season nightmare or gift?

Well, being that I'm still not fully assimilated (and probably never will be), I guess I often feel like a bit of a tourist myself.

But usually I can spot the tourists from a mile away, because they're the only ones smiling.
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Re: Touristic season nightmare or gift?

I spot them usually with their Indiana jones hat, beige matching Bermudas, sandals with sock and bag strapped around the waist.
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Bloody auslanders, I don't know what the world is coming to
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Here it's from Easter to September, we're flooded with Swiss-Germans and Germans clogging our streets, they should be banned from driving here!

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I know how you are feeling. I always fear for my life when I see a car from
TI. Do you know speed limits in Ticino?
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Re: Touristic season nightmare or gift?

Surely Simplon, Valaisans are worse, lol!

Bliss to live in a non-touristy area. When the odd ones stop to ask for directions, they are always welcome, as they are rare- and usually treated to a glass of our local Green Fairy!

Mind you, one of our daughters is in the throws of starting a new business in the Canaries - and she can't wait to see the tourists. Let's hope the terrible forest fires can be controlled soon.
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I spot them usually with their Indiana jones hat, beige matching Bermudas, sandals with sock and bag strapped around the waist.
Here it's even worse. Female packpackers in dresses and high heels pulling a samsonite trolley. Ay de mi, que pasa con el mundo?
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Surely Simplon, Valaisans are worse, lol!

Bliss to live in a non-touristy area. When the odd ones stop to ask for directions, they are always welcome, as they are rare- and usually treated to a glass of our local Green Fairy!

Mind you, one of our daughters is in the throws of starting a new business in the Canaries - and she can't wait to see the tourists. Let's hope the terrible forest fires can be controlled soon.
At least Valaisans know how to break, Ticinesi don't, they honk instead.
Believe me it's not fun anymore if you answer the same questions all the time. But sometimes you encounter some "trouvailles" like the German who was puzzled that he couldn't drive from Lauterbrunnen through the Jungfrautunnel to Brig.
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<Makes note to get lost near Odile's ASAP>
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Here it's even worse. Female packpackers in dresses and high heels pulling a samsonite trolley. Ay de mi, que pasa con el mundo?
I shall try to avoid the "uniforms."
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Do tell! What is this?
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Do tell! What is this?
Me in a green dress! No, wait, it's probably http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe.
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Me in a green dress! No, wait, it's probably http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe.
I would pay to see that!

Since it was good enough for Ernest Hemingway, I'm sure it'll be something that I could enjoy in a gathering.

When's the next gathering after 16 Aug.?
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Here it's from Easter to September, we're flooded with Swiss-Germans and Germans clogging our streets, they should be banned from driving here!
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If only there were still tourists coming to Ticino, you might have some point, or if were are talking the 1970ies. Once you could make some good dough working in the tourism sector in Ticino.

now it's already the hotels (i.e. also the business meeting points) closing down (exception made for Novotel/Ibis new hotel where Meister was at Paradiso), not all but also a result of the damn frank exchange (fights in GastroTicino and TicinoTurismo witness very well that they are other problems for catastrophical results in the sector, too).

I don't say that in the past everything used to be better, but yes that point was infact better until +- the 80ies, made Ticino much more international and "user-friendly".

What is one of Ticino's biggest problems is commuters from Italy (more than 50.000 a day), which flood streets built in the 1960ies for traffic of maybe the 1970ies, causing salary dumping in CH and cash flow towards Italy (N.B. I'm against ristorni-freezing but pro ristorni-renegotiations), Bern just does not care at all.

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I hope it's not mild green Fairy liquid.
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Re: Touristic season nightmare or gift?

This is a "discussion" I'd have frequently when living in Daytona. The influx of money is great for the businesses, but the nightmare of traffic snarls and everything else (from public drunkenness and sex to stopping the car dead in the street for everyone to get out and dance to a great jam on the car's stereo, it happens in Daytona )... is it really worth it?

One guy I went on a couple of dates with worked for the fuel company supplying the Daytona races, he was always on about how much money it was, how the tourist influx was good for the city, blah blah blah. BUT!!!! He always left the night the Daytona 500 concluded and never saw what a mess all those tourists left behind.

To me, it's double edged, not all bad, but not all the money people would crack it up to be either.
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