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Old 05.10.2014, 00:49
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Not that I'm disagreeing with you guys, but OP did specify Switzerland/Europe.
That's why I didn't suggest Caracas or Detroit. But it's a good idea to put those on your bucket list of ugly!
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Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Detroit, nice place. But actually the first and only place where I really felt unsafe so far.

If we go over the pond: Erie, PA.

Staying in Europe: La Grande-Motte, but its an other league of quirky.

Staying in Switzerland: Any reasonable priced hotel in Bern.
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Old 08.10.2014, 21:39
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Detroit, nice place. But actually the first and only place where I really felt unsafe so far.
Your next destination is Caracas then.
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If we go over the pond: Erie, PA.

Staying in Europe: La Grande-Motte, but its an other league of quirky.

Staying in Switzerland: Any reasonable priced hotel in Bern.
Well now! Quirky is a whole new kettle of fish!
I love quirky towns. Ugly. Not so much.
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I like to thank DB for this idea, he posted on another thread:

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Old 24.10.2014, 10:58
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Napoli.

Your average Swedish town.

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Birmingham UK, the ‘totally Muslim’ city.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/201...ingham-muslims


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Old 13.01.2015, 01:31
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I often recently visited two Swiss retirement homes, both the people I visited have now died. The homes were depressing places anyway, and then there were the rules... No wonder Exit cannot keep up with the demand.
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned Geneva.

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Old 13.01.2015, 08:22
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If one has seen all the nice place, only the bad and the ugly ones are the good ones left.

So which ones are the worst places in Switzerland/Europe? Those which you would recommend your MIL or your Swiss neighbor? The places not worth a blink of an eye nor a stop to take a piss?
CH: Wallisellen. Aarau. Olten.

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Old 13.01.2015, 10:34
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Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

A couple of UK towns which are often in the top 10 chaviest towns
Crawley, West Sussex - the locals call it "the Armpit of the universe".
Redhill, Surrey - where having a baby when you are over 16 is seriously uncool!
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Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Croydon? Playa Blanca, Lanzarote?

Both horrid!
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Paris - And its no go zones.



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Old 20.01.2015, 10:41
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned Geneva.
DP has

Im glad nobody mentioned Hull!
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We like to pretend Geneva isn't part of Switzerland unless something brilliant happens there.
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CH: Wallisellen. Aarau. Olten.

What?? Really? Why?
Serious question !!

What does the video say, about Wallisellen?..... Briefly , in English ?
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California City. Actually nice and pleasent but with an interesting oddity:

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Oradour-sur-Glane https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradou...Glane_massacre
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Belchite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchite
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I don't understand both of these examples. Just because they are abandoned, destroyed, and are memorials to something horrific, it doesn't mean that they are not beautiful.

I find old, abandoned places absolutely beautiful, in a post-apocalyptic depressing way. Hence the reason I absolutely love old abandoned factories and castle/church ruins.

I've been thinking really hard about places I absolutely hated, and I can only come up with 3: the area next to La Gare du Nord, the only place in this world that made me fear for my life; Stansted airport; and the Kiyomizu-dera, which made me have a panic attack for no apparent reason.
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I don't understand both of these examples. Just because they are abandoned, destroyed, and are memorials to something horrific, it doesn't mean that they are not beautiful.
It is all about the spice. Weird, strange, ugly, non-recommended places have their charm and sometimes more truly reflect a countries mindset than all the nice polished shiny stuff.

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... and the Kiyomizu-dera, which made me have a panic attack for no apparent reason.
I think many religious places where you have no attachment and you are an outsider can induce a weird and strange feeling. As I said before Lourdes did it for me.

Here another example which is more to the original request: The Tagebau Garzweiler Skywalk https://goo.gl/maps/Sx7jJJpjB9x
Friends we visited near Cologne could not believe I wanted to see a Tagebau. "It is ugly, nothing to see, why would you even, better visit the Dom" were their words.
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Old 25.10.2017, 14:39
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It is all about the spice. Weird, strange, ugly, non-recommended places have their charm and sometimes more truly reflect a countries mindset than all the nice polished shiny stuff.
Ah, the sending your MIL then completely turned me into the wrong direction, because I won't send her to my secret post-apocalyptic spots!

Stuff that totally rocks my socks, and I really really really would like to visit before it is destroyed or restored:

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/a...t-monuments#15

Or a childhood highlight:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_B...(fortification)

Recently crossed Ronchamp, because of the Le Corbusier church, and demanded the bus to stop because I had to take photos of the abandoned coal mines (from the outside only, unfortunately):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronchamp_coal_mines

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I think many religious places where you have no attachment and you are an outsider can induce a weird and strange feeling. As I said before Lourdes did it for me.
I visited major and minor Christian sites (one of them is just around the corner to where my parents live in Portugal), sometimes during highlight celebrations (if you suffer from claustrophobia, or agoraphobia, don't do it). Also Muslim (I was in the second biggest mosque of the world, which was kinda awesome to visit as an architect). Sites that were Pagan-Roman-Christian-Muslim-then Christian again. I was in big Hindu temples. Tons of other Buddhist temples in Japan. I enjoyed them as a believer and unbeliever.

But the Kiyomizu-dera just made me panic. I remember having crossed the bridge and seeing the building from the side (btw, it's an architectural mark on wooden construction) and suddenly having this awful feeling of having to flee. No idea what the hell crossed my brain.


My summer holidays, by the way, are sometimes just hopping from decrepit ruin to decrepit ruin in Portugal/Spain. And I love it <3. If you have the chance, totally awesome trip
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