PHOTO: The legendary Louvre, home of the underwhelming Mona Lisa. (Photo via Flickr/Alejandro)
Guidebooks may tout the beauty and importance of Europe’s finest masterpieces, but some travelers aren’t having it says a report in the Daily Mail that says tourists “just aren’t impressed.”
“From overcrowding and high prices to disappointment when confronted with their real size, travelers have taken to a U.S.-based online forum to share what they believe are Europe's most overrated attractions,” writes Harriet Mallinson.
In regards to the Tower of Pisa, one comment reads, “It's just... a not particularly notable tower that happens to be slanted, and not even as slanted as one might think. I don't recall being allowed to go inside. It's a one-minute photo op.”
That is rather tame in terms of other comments.
In reference to the experience at the Louvre, Mihnea Nastase, from Brussels, Belgium, had this to say:
"If you are struck by awe and rush to the Louvre in order to see the Mona Lisa, be prepared to have your heart shattered into a thousand pieces and have them blown away by a gusty wind which will make each piece sink into the sands of time."
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Even the good fortunes passed on by a kiss of the Blarney Stone in Ireland weren’t safe from the ire.
“After waiting forever to get up into the tower of a mostly demolished Blarney Castle near Cork, in Ireland, you get to lie on your back on the cold stones, crane your neck down through a hole in the floor and kiss a stone on the outer wall polished smooth from millions of previous guests doing the same thing; and you get to pay 12 Euros for the privilege last I knew the price,” complained James O'Connor, from Connecticut.
One of the best ways to avoid these experiences is to travel in the off-season or to go with a group tour but for more commentary of the perils of European travel, read on here.