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Tourists’ most bizarre complaints

Monday, September 10, 2012


IN HIS continuing search for the weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says Britain’s Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents have compiled a list of their countrymen’s more bizarre complaints.

Howlers include one British honeymooner, who on return home, complained to his travel agent that his honeymoon had been ruined – because he’d been left feeling inadequate after confronting the sight of an “aroused” elephant.

Another complained about the seaside holiday spot that had been recommended to him because “the beach was too sandy”, while a couple was upset to discover fish swimming in the sea.

"No one told us there would be fish in the sea,” the wife said. “The children were startled.”

And it seems some travellers also have a lot to learn about other aspects of nature. "I was bitten by a mosquito – no one said they could bite," one traveller wrote to his travel agent.

Then there was the British guest dining at a Novotel hotel in Australia who complained his soup was too thick and strong. The waiter pointed out that it was the gravy for his main course.

And one young lady even blamed a hotel for her pregnancy. "My fiance and I booked a twin-bedded room, but we were placed in a double-bedded room,” she wrote to her agent. “We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant – this would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

Other complaints included “There are too many Spanish people in Spain” and that a holiday was spoiled because “too much curry is served in restaurants in India”.
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-SEVEN- 10/28/2012 9:32PM

    This is great! emoticon

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INFLATED 10/4/2012 8:02AM

    Someone could have made some money selling "diet" water to these people.

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CHEFKATLEANER 9/12/2012 4:22PM

    Oh my. *lol*

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ADRIENALINE 9/12/2012 3:49PM

    Funny stuff.

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PEACEJENN 9/12/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon Oh my, people are so not smart!!! They got pregnant because they weren't booked in a twin bedded room, oh come on people!!!! LMAO!!!!

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LITTLEWIND53 9/12/2012 1:50PM

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GLMOM2 9/11/2012 9:31PM

    LOL

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 9/11/2012 6:57PM

    I'm in the tourism industry here on Kauai and have similar stories....these made me crack up laughing!

Mahalo for posting this!

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PEGGYO 9/11/2012 6:41PM

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JUDYBUGS 9/11/2012 3:06PM

    Gosh, is this silly or what! emoticon

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PYNETREE 9/11/2012 9:24AM

    Takes all kinds....LOL!

Thanks for sharing!

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GOANNA2 9/11/2012 6:38AM

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BARBARASDIET 9/10/2012 10:39PM

    Crazy!

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/10/2012 10:36PM

    OMG, I can just see some people I know saying some of these things!

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PHEBESS 9/10/2012 10:07PM

    Oh my - these people either need to get out more, or just stay home!

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MARYELLEN301 9/10/2012 8:36PM

    Having worked 11 years for a major airline, I can assure you we all have our stories! Flying across the International Date Line or going from one time zone to another on a short flight where you arrive before you depart is another that is always a head banger!

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MORNINGSONG1 9/10/2012 8:11PM

    Love the witty and simple things you present in your blog. It is very entertaining and highlights the wonders of travel in a pleasing light.

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Old Jewish Catskill Humour - Part 2.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1. The Harvard School of Medicine did a study of why Jewish women like Chinese food so much. The study revealed that this is due to the fact that Won Ton spelled backward is Not Now.

2. There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins. In Jewish tradition, the fetus is not considered viable until it graduates from medical school.

3. Q: Why don't Jewish mothers drink?
A: Alcohol interferes with their suffering.

4. Q: Have you seen the newest Jewish-American-Princess horror movie?
A: It's called "Debbie Does Dishes."

5. Q: Why do Jewish mothers make great parole officers?
A: They never let anyone finish a sentence.

6. Q: What's a Jewish American Princess's favourite position?
A: Facing Bloomingdale's.

7. A man called his mother in Florida, "Mom, how are you? "Not too good," said the mother. "I've been very weak."
The son said, "Why are you so weak?" She said, "Because I haven't eaten in 38 days."
The son said, "That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 38 days?"
The mother answered, "Because; I didn't want my mouth to be filled with food if you should call."

8. A Jewish boy comes home from school and tells his mother he has a part in the play. She asks, "What part is it?
The boy says, "I play the part of the Jewish husband."
The mother scowls and says, "Go back and tell the teacher you want a speaking part."

9. Q: Where does a Jewish husband hide money from his wife?
A: Under the vacuum cleaner.

10. Q: How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: (Sigh) "Don't bother. I'll sit in the dark. I don't want to be a nuisance to anybody."

11. Short summary of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat.

12. Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said "Lady I haven't eaten in three days." "Force yourself," she replied.

13. Q : What's the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother?
A: Eventually, the Rottweiler lets go.

14. Q: Why are Jewish Men circumcised?
A: Because Jewish women don't like anything that isn't 20% off.
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INFLATED 8/24/2012 12:39AM

    LOL at these while my husband is sleeping.

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PHEBESS 8/22/2012 9:12AM

    Oy!!

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GOANNA2 8/22/2012 7:18AM

    Love them all, especially the Princess one. emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 8/22/2012 7:11AM

    Some more of my favorites!! How can you not laugh at these!! Priceless!!!

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MARYELLEN301 8/21/2012 8:20PM

    Though she wasn't Jewish we lost another great one yesterday when Phyllis Diller died at 95. I saw her once in person and she was a riot. That was on a Friday night. Sunday there was an Ed Sullivan special on commemorating some sort of anniversary of his program. They were featuring acts that he was instrumental in making famous. They had excerpts of not only Elvis and the Beatles but of Phyllis Diller. She used the exact same lines THEN as I'd heard two nights before. They were STILL funny and clean to boot. I wonder what our kids and grand-kids will mourn the loss of when they are our ages?

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EFFIEANNIE 8/21/2012 12:49PM

    You made me laugh today. Thank you!!

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SAINTBETH 8/21/2012 12:02PM

    Good ones! Oyveh!

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LITTLEWIND53 8/21/2012 10:02AM

    ow

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Old Jewish Catskill Humour - Part 1.

Monday, August 20, 2012

You may remember the old Jewish Catskill comics of Vaudeville days, viz., Shecky Green, Red Buttons, Totie Fields, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, and others. You've probably heard of them before, but don't you miss their humour? Not one single swear word in their comedy.

* There was a beautiful young woman knocking on my hotel room door on night! I finally had to let her out.

* A car hit an elderly Jewish man. The paramedic says, "Are you comfortable?" The man says, "I make a good living."

* I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport.

* I've been in love with the same woman for 49 years. If my wife ever finds out, she'll kill me!

* What are three words does a woman never wants to hear when she's making love? "Honey, I'm home!"

* Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did.

* We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

* My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night, only this time I stayed in the bathroom and cried.

* My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed. My wife called it the Dead Sea.

* She was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate. She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.

* The doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months.

* The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back. Mrs. Cohen answered, "So did my arthritis!"* Doctor: "You'll live to be 60!" Patient: "I AM 60. Doctor: "See! What did I tell you?"*

* Patient: "I have a ringing in my ears." Doctor: "Don't answer!"

* A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says, "You've been brought here for drinking. The drunk says "Okay, let's get started."

* Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? They're worth it.

* Why do Jewish men die before their wives? They want to.
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LINOVER 11/14/2012 8:56PM

    I loved those old Vaudeville comics! They are definitely missed by many of us!

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ADRIENALINE 9/12/2012 3:52PM

    I really miss them. My parents honeymooned at Grosingers.

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INFLATED 8/24/2012 12:39AM

    These were great!

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GOANNA2 8/23/2012 4:57AM

    Thanks for those memories of old. You are absolutely right,
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DESERTDREAMERS 8/21/2012 8:50PM

    Cute!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/21/2012 12:48PM

    Soo funny.

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PEGGYO 8/20/2012 5:07PM

    I was at Grossingers long long ago.

Dirty Dancing was about there too.

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MARYELLEN301 8/20/2012 3:08PM

    I think of all of them, Totie Fields was my favorite! She really cracked me up! She was on Johnny Carson one night, sitting next to Ed McMahon on the couch. Sitting there they both looked to be the same height. (Of course her feet weren't even close to touching the floor.) Johnny had them both stand up and by the time Totie's feet touched the floor and Ed finished unfolding himself, she was about as tall as his belly button! How that happened is beyond me but Totie's explanation was that she was sitting on at least 12 inches of fat on her butt! She was a great comic. RIP
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GAYLLYNNE 8/20/2012 11:38AM

    Remember all of these!!! Hahahahaha!!!

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LITTLEWIND53 8/20/2012 10:12AM

    Some great humour and like you said, not a swear word to be found. See young people, it CAN be done!

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MILLISMA 8/20/2012 9:26AM

    These were some of the greatest comics!!! You are so right about their humor. Thanks for the reminder of the days gone past.

hugs....Mary Anne

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ILOVEROSES 8/20/2012 9:12AM

    Have you ever been there, Phebe? I've only just read about them.

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PHEBESS 8/20/2012 9:00AM

    Gotta love the Catskills!

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Lost Luggage!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Yesterday we arrived in Brussels for our week's stay and after getting off the train from Amiens/Lille at 2pm we decided to have a bite to eat.
Long story short, we got DH backpack stolen with my lovely hot pink emoticonhis new Nikon camera with it's charger and my phone charger, his jacket & hat and a book.
I am using the computer in the lobby, just for 10 min duration at a time, so won't be able to keep up with my blog emoticon
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EWL978 8/4/2012 1:00AM

    I'm so sorry that someone would steal your things....it's difficult enough to be in another country, but did you have to deal with the police as well? I hope somehow you'll get some of your things back...and that somehow you'll be able to enjoy yourselves in spite of this.

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INFLATED 7/10/2012 7:41AM

    That is awful. I hope that the things might be returned to you somehow.

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JUDYBUGS 7/5/2012 2:43PM

    Oh, Ania - so sorry to hear that! What a bummer! I hope they find the culprit! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/5/2012 7:42AM

    Oh, shoot! We never think it will happen to us until it does, and then we think, "why didn't I ..?" Sorry

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GRACIEC 7/2/2012 1:24AM

    I know the loss of the photos is the worst - all those memories! Hope the rest of your trip is delightful! Hugs!

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ILOVEROSES 7/1/2012 12:32PM

    Thank you all of you for your hugs and good wishes.
We did go to central Police Station to report the theft and get a report to show to our travel insurance co. Don't know whether it will do any good but will be trying to find another netbook computer as a replacement, hopefully on a sale.
Luckily, I have an old Samsung camera that I am just now charging on this computer, so will be starting our picture taking again.
I just have to have a record of our cruise to Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords.
With only having 10 min of computer time, not sure about bloging, but will definitely try. No photos though until we get home at end of August.

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LIZARDG7 7/1/2012 12:02PM

    Ania - so, so sorry! Losing possessions and pictures on vacation is so hard. I hope this doesn't spoil your trip. Unfortunately, every country has thieves.

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PHEBESS 7/1/2012 11:36AM

    Oh no!!! So sorry about that!!!!!!!

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MARYELLEN301 7/1/2012 11:24AM

    OH NO!! You never think it will happen to you but then you get blindsided and poof! everything's messed up! The jacket, hat and book, they aren't so bad ,but the electronics...what a bummer. Any insurance that will cover it? Probably not. So sorry. I hope this will serve to keep everyone's vigilance up during their own travels. At least you still have your Passports. Hope this is the only episode of bad luck you have. Take care.

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GAYLLYNNE 7/1/2012 10:20AM

    So sorry that happened to you! Try and enjoy the rest of your trip!!

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JHOPPER 7/1/2012 10:15AM

    I am soooo sad for you Ania! Photos are irreplaceable.

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TERRIPAL1 7/1/2012 9:26AM

    Try to enjoy the rest of the trip and I hope they find at least the camera! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/1/2012 9:01AM

    so sorry to hear this has happened to you.....
one cannot replace the lost photos....
we live in a sick sick society!!!
would be nice if they turned up at a lost and found???!!!
i bet not.....as they are hot commodities!!!
take care......blessings and hugs.............lita

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FITKAT62 7/1/2012 8:54AM

    I've also had items stolen from my checked baggage. It is very frustrating.

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OPALMOON 7/1/2012 7:04AM

    Oh No!! So sorry to hear this news Ania! It's not just the actual items themselves, but all those memories contained in the 2 weeks' worth of photos...I don't know what your chances are of recovering anything - but I sure hope this is the last glitch you encounter and everything just goes smoothly from now on.

Hugs, Nattacia

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Greetings from Liege, Belgium and Luxembourg City.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On Friday we left Amsterdam by train to Liege. It was a long journey but luckily without changing trains! Liege is near the border with Holland. It has a very modern, striking station.

The hotel I booked turned out to be a 40 min bus ride from Liege! It turned out that the one in Liege is being renovated so they put everyone at the moment in Boncelles, lol.

Next morning we took the bus to Liege and then a train to Spa, just 30 km away. It's a resort town recommended by DD#2. We walked around, had a nice lunch, took the funicular railway to the top and then tried to get home. Well....it took hours! The train timetable was incorrect, had to wait an extra 50 min on the station, then when we got to Liege couldn't find a bus to take us back to Boncelles.
By that time I had enough, so we got into a cab and got to the hotel 30 min later and 21 euros poorer, lol.

On Sunday after a 3 hour train journey we got toa rainy Luxembourg City. Got a taxi to our hotel and it turned out we're 10 min away from downtown and way too far to walk there. The rain didn't let up at all, so we stayed in and read and made good use of the complimentary internet. The hotel is better than the usual ones we stay in. Spacious room, big bathroom and perfect wifi connection. Nice breakfast every morning included! Bus stop downtown opposite the hotel and only 10 min ride for 1.50 euro valid for 2 hours.

Next morning was overcast and cool, where's summer? The bus took us to the city and we just walked around with all other tourists and took a City Promenade walking tour after lunch. Had a lovely guide-Robert, a native of Luxembourg, around 75 and speaking fluent English and German. He'd first explain everything in English and then the same in German.
You could tell that he really enjoyed taking us all around and talking about his favourite subject.
The country was founded in 963 AD but for many centuries been invaded by the Dutch, French, German and Spanish armies and eventually won it's independence in 1815.
We walked to the P.M.'s residence, like 10 Downing Street in London and not a guard in sight.
The same outside the beautiful Ducal Palace, just a 20 something ceremonial soldier.
We passed a restaurant that Robert mentioned has a Michelin star. While he was explaining in German, I went in and got their business card with the address & phone #.

At the end of our tour I asked a girl at the Tourist Information to reserve a table for us.
Luxembourg City is an old walled city of almost 200,000 inhabitants. The guide told us that there are people from 153 nations in Luxembourg, therefore no shortage or variety of places
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INGMARIE 6/29/2012 4:26PM

    I am soo glad you are having a good time (even in the rain)
It is vacation time in Europe, that explains the rains,good thing you did not go in July
LOL we swedes use to complain about the "industrial" vacation ie. factory workers
vacation time , it always rained.
Thanks for sharing.

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JUDYBUGS 6/29/2012 11:59AM

    Hopefully, that day of waiting around will be the only one. Everything else sounds just amazing! emoticon

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OPALMOON 6/29/2012 9:25AM

    Thanks for keeping us updated with your very interesting travels, Ania! it sounds like you are doing a lot of fun things and keeping fit. Wish I was there too!

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FITKAT62 6/29/2012 8:53AM

    I'd like to hear all about the Michelin star restaurant. It sure sounds like you are having an amazing vacation.

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L*I*T*A* 6/28/2012 8:03PM

    what awesome memories and such adventures!!
thanks for sharing..........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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MARYELLEN301 6/28/2012 6:09PM

    Travel is ALWAYS and adventure! What fun you are having. I envy you being in places I've not been yet. You are adding to my bucket list with your descriptions!
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PHEBESS 6/28/2012 5:51PM

    And I'd add either the Belgian or Luxembourgian (?) flags, but I don't even know what they look like - how sad it that!

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PHEBESS 6/28/2012 5:51PM

    What fun!!!!! Don't you just love travelling???

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ANGRITTER 6/28/2012 4:43PM

    Wow - that sounds amazing! Hope you are enjoying yourself. And I know you're getting your exercise with all that walking. I bet you are proud to be able to do all that walking.

Enjoy, and keep us all updated!

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