Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Activities > Travel/day trips/free time
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #61  
Old 25.10.2017, 14:55
aSwissInTheUS's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Zurich area
Posts: 9,230
Groaned at 72 Times in 63 Posts
Thanked 13,763 Times in 6,144 Posts
aSwissInTheUS has a reputation beyond reputeaSwissInTheUS has a reputation beyond reputeaSwissInTheUS has a reputation beyond reputeaSwissInTheUS has a reputation beyond reputeaSwissInTheUS has a reputation beyond reputeaSwissInTheUS has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
Ah, the sending your MIL then completely turned me into the wrong direction
It is the question you would have to ask the locals to find some of these spots.

So Helm, where would you never go because it is just too plain bonkers?
Reply With Quote
  #62  
Old 25.10.2017, 15:33
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 24,829
Groaned at 1,442 Times in 1,113 Posts
Thanked 28,627 Times in 13,686 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
where would you never go because it is just too plain bonkers?
Ohio, or NYC.

(or anywhere outside of New England or New York State, if talking about the US)

If I must limit myself to CH, I'd say any of the French or German speaking bits.

Tom
Reply With Quote
  #63  
Old 25.10.2017, 16:30
Helm's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Zürich<->St.Gallen
Posts: 2,122
Groaned at 13 Times in 13 Posts
Thanked 3,929 Times in 1,301 Posts
Helm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
So Helm, where would you never go because it is just too plain bonkers?
I am not really sure, to be honest. Difficult to answer such a question . I do love to travel to weird bonker places, and to perfectly boring ones too. Depends on the bonkers, and the reason I find it bonkers.

The only destination I will probably never go to is Egypt (because I do not want to destroy the very wrong and unrealistic 18th century vision of the country I have in my head). Possibly also Dubai or Abu Dhabi (I'm not into archi-kitsch).

But I know I will never be able to visit places like the Cueva de los Cristales, or Hashima Island, or Hang Son Doong, not because they are just plain weird destinations, but because I do not possess the knowledge to do so in relative safety. Even though I would love to.

I'll gingerly go inside a medieval ruin, but I take a step back about going underground... Even if I would love to go.

Palmyra was in my bucket list, but that is really just pure plain bonkers right now... The bad kind of bonkers.

I think a place I would have to be dragged by my feet would be Jakarta. Or Beijing. Or Angola. Benidorm. Majorca. Anywhere where British and German tourists concentrate en masse.

Probably bonkers, and not in anyone's bucket list: Detroit. Because of the awesome representation of the destruction of human aspiration.



(awesome!)

Also: Sudan. Naboo. Gobekli Tepe. Who wants to visit this stuff? I do! Bonkers!

I think there are so many places I would love to visit, but I am too conscious to even consider: either because they are dangerous if you are not specialised (like a cave), because they are under siege or war (like Palmyra), because it is not safe for a woman, or because it's impossible to get there without breaking the law.

Also, the East-German husband doesn't understand my fascination with old communist monuments, or abandoned fascist buildings, or abandoned factories, or old sanatoriums. He had that shit next door when growing up... I need a crazy travel partner!
__________________

Fighting for Pluto's liberation from the Dwarf League since 2006 @(°.°)=@)x.X)' ' '
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Helm for this useful post:
  #64  
Old 25.10.2017, 17:23
Treverus's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Luxembourg
Posts: 10,978
Groaned at 276 Times in 233 Posts
Thanked 20,337 Times in 7,403 Posts
Treverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

What's wrong with Jakarta or Beijing? But anyway - if you love weird so much is your place anyway Japan... and it's safe, too!
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Treverus for this useful post:
  #65  
Old 25.10.2017, 17:28
JagWaugh's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eglisau
Posts: 7,003
Groaned at 47 Times in 46 Posts
Thanked 13,414 Times in 5,271 Posts
JagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
where would you never go because it is just too plain bonkers?
Frankenmuth Mi. At least not if I was with someone who can't control their shopping urge.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank JagWaugh for this useful post:
  #66  
Old 25.10.2017, 17:44
MusicChick's Avatar
modified and reprogrammed
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 12,152
Groaned at 162 Times in 132 Posts
Thanked 14,454 Times in 7,252 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

People nag about Idaho and Utah, in an ugly place kind of way, I loved both. New Foundland - emergency landing, was pretty void, but I liked it too. A drive through Alberta was pretty non-eventful in a tourist kind of way, but I loved the space and folks.

Usually, run down places have a special warmth and spirit going on.

One place I do not want to see, is Tchernobyl no-go zone.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank MusicChick for this useful post:
  #67  
Old 25.10.2017, 20:09
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CH
Posts: 7,289
Groaned at 238 Times in 189 Posts
Thanked 9,364 Times in 5,018 Posts
greenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
(haven't been there, just saw a documentary and it made me curious)
Reply With Quote
  #68  
Old 13.11.2017, 21:36
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: USA, former Zurich
Posts: 2,050
Groaned at 14 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 4,811 Times in 1,660 Posts
BokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
where would you never go because it is just too plain bonkers?
A bit late in the game, but interesting thread!!! Some good suggestions for "bonkers"/interesting spots. For example, I like visiting cemeteries - I like to look at tombstones, some of which are historical or of artistic significance. I like to look at the pictures of people buried there and imagine what life they led, who they were, etc. Some of my favorites: Cimitero Monumentale (Milan, Italy), Cementerio de la Recoleta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Lafayette Cemetery #1 (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA).

As far as specific locations, I'd probably give a shot to any place I've never been to at least once. One place I hated and I hope I never, ever go back to if I can avoid it was Manila - sorry if I am offending anyone, but it was NOT a good experience for me. I can't think of anywhere in Europe. In the US, probably Newark gets the cake.
Reply With Quote
  #69  
Old 13.11.2017, 21:48
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 24,829
Groaned at 1,442 Times in 1,113 Posts
Thanked 28,627 Times in 13,686 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.



Tom
Reply With Quote
  #70  
Old 14.11.2017, 10:56
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CH
Posts: 7,289
Groaned at 238 Times in 189 Posts
Thanked 9,364 Times in 5,018 Posts
greenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
A bit late in the game, but interesting thread!!! Some good suggestions for "bonkers"/interesting spots. For example, I like visiting cemeteries - I like to look at tombstones, some of which are historical or of artistic significance. I like to look at the pictures of people buried there and imagine what life they led, who they were, etc. Some of my favorites: Cimitero Monumentale (Milan, Italy), Cementerio de la Recoleta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Lafayette Cemetery #1 (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA).
.
...and my other half thinks I'm weird . One of the place I really wanted to visit on our first trip together to Paris was Montparnasse cemetery. I even bought flowers for a few places there, and obviously I wasn't the only one - those tombstones had plenty of fresh flowers. Let's admit though that Montparnasse is famous, but your suggestions are still very interesting imho.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank greenmount for this useful post:
  #71  
Old 14.11.2017, 11:17
Helm's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Zürich<->St.Gallen
Posts: 2,122
Groaned at 13 Times in 13 Posts
Thanked 3,929 Times in 1,301 Posts
Helm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
One of the place I really wanted to visit on our first trip together to Paris was Montparnasse cemetery.
Quote:
View Post
For example, I like visiting cemeteries - I like to look at tombstones
Social architecture lesson number one: you can learn a great deal about a people by the way they dispose of their dead.

I love graveyards so much, I took a stroll in one with my 18 month old, to look at the wonderful moss covered tombstones under the shade of the century old chestnut trees.

I used to have a screensaver with photos I made from different graveyards when my other half met me. He thought I was crazy, but considering my music taste, he just thought I was a closeted goth.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Helm for this useful post:
  #72  
Old 14.11.2017, 11:32
Chemmie's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Zurich
Posts: 4,013
Groaned at 31 Times in 27 Posts
Thanked 4,783 Times in 2,169 Posts
Chemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond reputeChemmie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

The cemetery in Buenos Aires - La Recoleta - is absolutely amazing if you're into this kinda thing.
Can spend hours there roaming around, taking pictures, imagining past lives. Very surreal.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Chemmie for this useful post:
  #73  
Old 14.11.2017, 12:06
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CH
Posts: 7,289
Groaned at 238 Times in 189 Posts
Thanked 9,364 Times in 5,018 Posts
greenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post

I used to have a screensaver with photos I made from different graveyards when my other half met me. He thought I was crazy, but considering my music taste, he just thought I was a closeted goth.
Not a goth here! My taste in music is so eclectic you couldn't tell anyway...

I liked Chemmie's post. Maybe that's why I adored "All the Names"
Reply With Quote
  #74  
Old 14.11.2017, 19:12
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: USA, former Zurich
Posts: 2,050
Groaned at 14 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 4,811 Times in 1,660 Posts
BokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond reputeBokerTov has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
...and my other half thinks I'm weird . One of the place I really wanted to visit on our first trip together to Paris was Montparnasse cemetery.
Quote:
View Post
I love graveyards so much, I took a stroll in one with my 18 month old, to look at the wonderful moss covered tombstones under the shade of the century old chestnut trees.
Quote:
View Post
The cemetery in Buenos Aires - La Recoleta - is absolutely amazing if you're into this kinda thing.
Can spend hours there roaming around, taking pictures, imagining past lives. Very surreal.
Cemetery lovers unite!!! I'm so glad to read I am not the only one

Speaking of Paris, greenmount... on my first ever trip there I headed straight to Pere Lachaise, much to the dismay of the people I was traveling with, who instead flocked around the Tour Eiffel. I couldn't care less about the Tour (still don't) but did not want to miss Oscar Wilde's place of eternal rest!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank BokerTov for this useful post:
  #75  
Old 14.11.2017, 19:42
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 24,829
Groaned at 1,442 Times in 1,113 Posts
Thanked 28,627 Times in 13,686 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
I couldn't care less about the Tour (still don't) but did not want to miss Oscar Wilde Jim Morrison's place of eternal rest!
FTFY!

Tom
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #76  
Old 14.11.2017, 20:14
MusicChick's Avatar
modified and reprogrammed
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 12,152
Groaned at 162 Times in 132 Posts
Thanked 14,454 Times in 7,252 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Loads of people like cemeteries. I always go for the feeling of healthy ephemerality. I like cemeteries so much that I will never go for cremation, makes no sense.

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is worth visiting.



A place for reflection, void of people but not lonely.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank MusicChick for this useful post:
  #77  
Old 14.11.2017, 20:22
Treverus's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Luxembourg
Posts: 10,978
Groaned at 276 Times in 233 Posts
Thanked 20,337 Times in 7,403 Posts
Treverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond reputeTreverus has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is worth visiting.

A place for reflection, void of people but not lonely.
Been there: not exactly void of people. And no chance for a lot of reflection when there are bus loads of Southern European tourist shouting at each other in Italian and Spanish are around you...
Reply With Quote
  #78  
Old 14.11.2017, 20:25
Helm's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Zürich<->St.Gallen
Posts: 2,122
Groaned at 13 Times in 13 Posts
Thanked 3,929 Times in 1,301 Posts
Helm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond reputeHelm has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is worth visiting.
Tried to visit twice, but never managed to get inside. But made a bunch of photos from outside, because it was totally empty, so awesome photos It is really lovely.

A favourite of mine used to be the Cemitério de Agramonte, in Porto. I had to pass by everyday on the way to the university. Nowadays it's hard as my aunt has been buried there and I've had a really tough time processing it.



After I left my parents home, who live literally across from the local village graveyard, I moved to Zürich Oberland, to an apartment literally in front of the local graveyard.

There might be something going on here...
__________________

Fighting for Pluto's liberation from the Dwarf League since 2006 @(°.°)=@)x.X)' ' '
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Helm for this useful post:
  #79  
Old 14.11.2017, 20:53
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 24,829
Groaned at 1,442 Times in 1,113 Posts
Thanked 28,627 Times in 13,686 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

We normally go to Sant'Anna in Trieste, but now that the ancestors are being kicked out, no point any more.

Tom
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #80  
Old 14.11.2017, 22:29
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CH
Posts: 7,289
Groaned at 238 Times in 189 Posts
Thanked 9,364 Times in 5,018 Posts
greenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond repute
Re: When you have been everywhere nice you need some spice.

Quote:
View Post
Loads of people like cemeteries. .
I guess so. In Bucharest for instance we have the famous (nationally) Bellu Cemetery who organises guided tours even on Museums' Night and there are loads of visitors apparently. There is even an European association of most significant ones (founded in 2001)






As for the original question, since we are going a bit off topic - frankly I haven't been anywhere that is not at least a little bit nice. I wouldn't visit Chernobyl, that's for sure. Probably many other places either, but only because of (perceived) lack of safety.

Last edited by greenmount; 14.11.2017 at 22:45.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank greenmount for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
You know you've been assimilated when... olygirl Daily life 35 08.06.2016 17:44
You know you've been living in Switzerland too long when... Vince Jokes/funnies 27 02.08.2011 13:17
What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there? ancsach90 Daily life 11 18.05.2010 01:41
You have all been so nice... chris1964 Employment 4 26.08.2007 10:55


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 01:54.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0