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Originally posted by Board-O:
"Not touristy?" Aren't you a tourist when you travel? I am.



Yes. But I hate the noise, flash of those overpriced joints that cater to the tourist mob. Poor food, high prices. Ones that brings to mind are those joints on the side streets in Venice near St. Marks that try to grab you.

Also in these trying times, I will try to avoid the 'tourist' joints to assure ourselves of more security. Not enamoured with security in Belguim
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Originally posted by Board-O:
"Not touristy?" Aren't you a tourist when you travel? I am.
Of course you are but when you travel don't you try to avoid the classic tourist traps especially when it comes to food? I have friends that still say they don't like the food in London. But that's because they went to the classic tourist traps around their hotel in Leicester Square. I always strive to have as much of a local experience as I can when visiting a city.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I've had some great meals in restaurants loaded with tourists- Cal Pep and Botafumeiro in Barcelona, Burehiesel in Strasbourg, La Petite Chaise in Paris, etc


Maybe to elaborate. In Venice and other places they have these crap tourist menus. Low quality tasteless $hit. Trying to avoid the hawkers and this type of joint.

Add "Diana" at the Ritz in Barcelona!!

Aiming for Burehiesel on May 15th next year
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I've had some great meals in restaurants loaded with tourists- Cal Pep and Botafumeiro in Barcelona, Burehiesel in Strasbourg, La Petite Chaise in Paris, etc


Maybe to elaborate. In Venice and other places they have these crap tourist menus. Low quality tasteless $hit. Trying to avoid the hawkers and this type of joint.

Add "Diana" at the Ritz in Barcelona!!

Aiming for Burehiesel on May 15th next year


You'll love it! But be aware, there will be plenty of tourists there!
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
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Originally posted by bman:
We stayed at the Marriott, some rooms of which are in a 400 year old brothel, overlooking a canal.


The girls still there?


Well, there WERE girls there, perhaps THOSE kind of girls, but being Canadians we were too polite to inquire further.....
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
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Originally posted by bman:
We stayed at the Marriott, some rooms of which are in a 400 year old brothel, overlooking a canal.


The girls still there?


Well, there WERE girls there, perhaps THOSE kind of girls, but being Canadians we were too polite to inquire further.....

I'm not sure that a banana thrusting up and down was the emoticon that you were after here.

Or was it? Wink
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
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Originally posted by bman:
We stayed at the Marriott, some rooms of which are in a 400 year old brothel, overlooking a canal.


The girls still there?


Well, there WERE girls there, perhaps THOSE kind of girls, but being Canadians we were too polite to inquire further.....

I'm not sure that a banana thrusting up and down was the emoticon that you were after here.

Or was it? Wink


Perhaps you'd prefer this one?!
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Originally posted by WinoCA:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
"Not touristy?" Aren't you a tourist when you travel? I am.


You can get around that by calling yourself a "traveler", and also doing less or no touristy things when you travel.


We are studying art and architecture for Interior Design projects.
In Bruges, we ate at Kok au Vin - excellent little restaurant a little off the main touristy area such as we were the only English (as native language) speakers anyway there.

In Amsterdam, we had Ristofal at Tempo Doeloe as per Rob Sutherland's suggestion above with a party of 13 - was an incredible meal and truly fun.

The Foodhallen in Amsterdam was also a very interesting and cool spot.

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