Convenient Perspectives Insult My Intelligence

Have you ever looked at those glossy tourist brochures promising you bright and colorful adventures that look like this?

Prague cropped

Oooooh, pretty!

Of course you have because that’s what’s best for business.  However, you inevitably arrive at your destination and discover something a little different…

Cheerful, isn't it?

Cheerful, isn’t it?

I took this photo in Prague, which is a beautiful city in a soot-covered sort of way.  It still looks a little run down in places because of its time under communism and a lot of the sights haven’t been scrubbed clean… or so it seems.

Moral of the story: when planning a vacation, make sure your perspective matches that of the travel agency.  Or better yet, do your own research.  Your sleep deprived spouse and children will thank you while you’re all cooped up together in that tiny hotel room with no escape from each other.

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28 thoughts on “Convenient Perspectives Insult My Intelligence

  1. Hey, my home town! Happily I know exactly what I’m getting into when I get back there. 🙂 But I know just what you mean.

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  6. Some years ago we went to London and booked a hotel online. When we got there, it was SO small compared to how the photos looked! I don’t think it was intended to deceive, as there weren’t too many spots from which to take the photos, but it was rather funny and a good lesson as well. Perspective in that type of thing is to be taken with a healthy grain of salt.

    janet

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