I've been fortunate to see many places before they get spoiled by an influx of tourists. I don't have a problem with anyone visiting mind, just the ones that disrespect local customs and people and would rather "selfie" than enjoy what is in front of their faces.
But I am increasingly realising that I have no wish to return to Venice, a once wonderful place that everyone must at least once, visit. Shocking prices, locals ripping off unsuspecting punters and ridiculous bans and fines to slow down the constant influx of visitors.
The latest in taking the piss fines? Tourists could be told to move on and fined from 50€ to 500€ for sitting somewhere they shouldn’t. Full sp at TInd but here are a few more rules that should put you off from going.
Visitors are instructed not to swim in canals, make picnic stops out of public areas, pause too long on bridges, drop litter, ride or wheel bikes, stand or lie on benches, busk or make art without a permit, attach “love locks” to monuments and bridges, climb on trees, buildings and monuments, get changed in public, feed birds or sight-see topless or in swimwear. Making too much noise, whether at night or during siesta time (13:00 - 15:00), is also forbidden.
The consequence of flouting the rules is a hefty fine of up to 450€.
Monday, 24 September 2018
Theresa May reckons the EU should have accepted her deeply-flawed plan for Brexit, or at the very least offered their own load of cobblers of a plan for the UK to leave the EU.
In an extraordinary statement, Theresa May revealed that the EU had basically laughed at the Chequers plan while proposing no viable alternative of their own.
“It’s a disgrace,” vented the Prime Minister.
“If the EU didn’t like our plan to tell them to fuck off, then they should have drafted their OWN plan for us to tell them to fuck off. It’s bad manners that they haven’t done so, quite frankly.
“It’s like they don’t want Brexit to happen at all. It’s ridiculous.”
French MEP, Simon Le Williams, said, “Ah, ten points for ze Prime Minister. We told ‘er weeks ago that ‘er Chequers plan would not work, but still she came and presented it to us.
“Is it not clear yet? None of us want Brexit to ‘appen. It’s a stupid idea for stupid people. If you want it to happen, we are not going to help you do it.
“If we see someone about to jump off ze bridge, we don’t offer zem our own ideas as to how we would like zem to jump off ze bridge. We simply suggest they should not jump off ze bridge. It is surprising when zey get angry and demand we help zem jump of ze bridge.
“We don’t want to help ze UK jump off ze bridge. I ‘ope ze metaphor is not lost in translation.”
We had the MotoGP in Spain yesterday but I have not watched it yet. I will do so when wifey is at the hairdresser (so at least one of us will have some fun) and keep fingers crossed Crutchlow can finish after he lobbed his bike up the track during qualifying. Report tomorrow.