Tag Archives: tourism
18 Nov

london 7.15pm saturday 2017 9C rain,

it’s been raining all day. i ventured out at 12pm, to the victoria library and it was raining then. a light rain, not big enough to put up an umbrella. it was not cold even though the forecast was for a early morning temperature of 2C, but it was wrong. coldest it got was 6.7C around 6.30am.

the daily mail on saturday is having a detective murder mystery for us to guess who did it. the prize is £25000. i wonder who will be the lucky winner. every week there will be a winner, for 4wks. the paper also have a voucher for 2 wrapping paper, redeemable at paperchase… fortunately it is valid today and tomorrow as it is so rainy that i did not fancy going to the shop to get it today.

weather like this makes me glad to stay indoors and at home. haha. i think a lot of businesses must be quiet today, as i think quite a lot of people are like me, not wanting to go out at all if they can help it.

but london has so many visitors, i think i might be wrong and business will still be good. we hear so much of other cities their local citizens complaining that there are too many tourists, but in london i doubt you will hear much of that. somehow the city is so well organised, locals dont feel crowded out by the tourists. at least, i am a local and i dont feel crowded by tourists.

i think london is very efficient that way. perhaps other cities might like to come and see how it is done. and the restaurants dont sneak in hidden costs unlike in venice, where a chinese man and his parents were given a huge bill, over 100Euros it seems the restaurant serving them dishes they did not order. i think they got a reputation for charging a lot; so much so that the tourist keep away , and so when they do get one, they just have to make hay and screw him for as much as they can get.haha.

this publicity about it will just mean no one will eat in any restaurant in venice at all and that cannot be good for business.

anyway i am glad i am not a tourist, having to rely on restaurants for my meals, having always to eat out, it can be very costly if u do so… but i also think it can get boring. somehow i like my own cooking and the foods that i prepare. even a simple dish like a stir fried veg over rice is so much nicer , and i can eat that everyday and not get fedup at all. it is strange that, maybe because it is not salty, unlike food that you buy out. 

sunrise 7:23 AM

sunset 4:07 PM

not so sunny

24 Jul

london 6.59pm 17.8C overcast monday 2017

the only bright thing about today is the free hamburger i got at prime burger in kings cross. it may well be the last of their monday freebies. ah well, it was great while it lasted.

but even though it is overcast and every thing looks dull, i am happy to be in london. made happier with this hamburger. haha. somehow when london is grey and overcast, it does not make me sad. unlike if i were at a seaside town. it seems so much worst when it is grey skies over a seaside town…dont you think? 

i got an email from my friend john who lives in poole, he had been on a car trip to devon with a friend. and he sent me pictures he took of his time there, using dropbox. i must say looking at those pictures, showing overcast skies, harbours with no water in them, rocky beaches,  lots of pictures of pubs, and empty streets, he did not really capture the beauty of the places, ( i am assuming  they exist…) haha.

maybe there are no sandy beaches , bright sunshine, cheerful skimpy dressed people frolicking in the sunshine,for him to take pictures of… unlike those pics taken in spain or anywhere in europe. haha. now u know why people flock to the med for their holidays. haha.


one of the pics he showed me. i find their harbours with no water rather off putting. perhaps it looks better if there is bright sunshine on it.

too many tourists spoils the place

19 Feb

london 10.43pm 9.8C friday 2016 ( i wonder if that temperature is correct. we are warmer than madrid?

this article in the guardian make me think that there are very few unspoilt tourist areas in the world nowadays. the article was talking about italy limiting tourists access to a group of villages in cinque terre, linguria. i wonder how they are going to do that. but it does highlight a problem nowadays of too many tourists visiting a place, making it over crowded and destroying what is attractive in it in the first place. what happens is that the locals get to be too money grabbing, and try to fleece the tourists, or resent the tourists destroying their way of life. there is no answer to this  very modern problem. maybe we should just accept it as part and parcel of modern living.

i think only big cities can cope with the huge influx of visitors, in fact, they are the only ones able to do so and are unique in that aspect… they thrive with lots of visitors.  any other places will just get swamped. so u could argue that for the real tourist experiences that are not spoilt, visit  big cities. some might argue that cities are too much like each other… too westernised, to be authentic. but i think that is their strength. they distil the local culture, and bring all the diverse culture of that country into one place, and than serve it up in a palatable form, that a tourist can partake who might not be able to take the unadulterated form of that culture when practised in its home ground. i am sure many of u have gone to a country thinking u can try the authentic foods, there , to find that u cannot really stomach it, and is nothing like what u ate in your own country where it is calling itself the authentic country’s dishes. you may want it authentic , but not too authentic. haha.

some people might even say just come to london where u can eat all the world’s cuisine without travelling so much. 


Tourist hotspots around the world are crowded with new visitors – but are they all welcome? | Business | The Guardian

26 Jul

Tourist hotspots around the world are crowded with new visitors – but are they all welcome? | Business | The Guardian.

a good account of the dangers of too many tourists.

it mentioned bad behaviour by the tourists.

it did not mention that the host is also guilty, of fleecing the tourists, and enabling such things as the pedicab rider in london recently filmed whilst asking over £200 for a short pedicab ride to a family.

it also did not mention the prices to eat in the restaurants, or to buy from the shops, will inevitably rise to the disadvantage of the locals, as tourists are more willing to pay the exorbitant prices.

and the locals changing their behaviour to accommodate foreigners , like learning to speak english , or creating some festival, and dressing up just to keep the tourists entertained, and selling international stuff, rather than local stuff , because international by definition has more appeal to tourists. or even changing the taste of their local cuisine to suit the tourists.

i think it is long gone those days when travel is an education, and broaden the minds.

nowadays it is getting to  cheaper places with lots of cheap booze and lots of sun.

personally i think it is just modern life, and though i dont like it, ( that is why i dont travel anymore) i think it is here to stay and i can see the advantages to everyone, as it keeps the economy rolling.

i think it sad that barcelona is banning nudity. spanish laws are liberal and allow nudity in public. i would have thought that is a nice local tradition to keep to distinguish spain from everywhere else, but i guess barcelona is so crowded, they are trying to find ways to stop poor tourists from coming. haha. they want rich tourists who stay a short while, and spend lots and create the least trouble, and then fxxk off. and that is what will happen more and more as towns and cities get overcrowded with tourists.

i think with airbnb, so many will be able to by- pass paying to stay in expensive hotels and crowd even more the cities that are popular to start with.  the authorities cannot manipulate the type of visitors they want to encourage, the rich ones who stay in expensive hotels.

yesterday i was in that stretch of london between trafalgar square and parliament square, and it was just full of tourists and foreigners. i would imagine practically everyone on the street was a tourist. i was a local who was just passing through on the bus. i bet there are very few british born people there. if i were british born, i would feel i am the odd one out. in fact there have been some complaints about that, some were saying they dont hear english spoken in the streets in these places, as there are so many foreigners talking their lingo amongst themselves. i would say to them, dont get upset about it, treat them like they are guests of your country whilst taking their money selling them some junk, haha.