Unbelievable, another narrowly avoided calamity! I am curious, except for of course the picturesque panorama of it all, why they insist coming so close in the very fragile canal waters with those behemoths.
just for money. This is really shameful 😤
Just saw this: I have always wanted to go to Cinque Terre. Eeek!
It's not just Italy anymore, apparently.
I remember long ago taking a motorcyle (semi) organized tour of Mexico.. One of the fellow riders, was a Texan, journalist by trade and a hoot as a drinking partner. Me and a friend used to pull out our cameras every stop and opportunity we'd get, and start snapping photo's right away, as many as possible.. and the Texan would go (with his best accent): "dayum, y'er like Japanese tourists!!!!" hahahahaaa...
now it's impossible to visit these places on holidays or during the summer holidays. I luckily went to the Cinque Terre a few years ago but at the end of August and was able to enjoy the beauty of these places with tranquility and walk on the "way of love" 💗 without the crowd of tourists 👍
I went in the mountains and still found too many people there - Elk River Falls
.. for my taste, anyway.. I don't have a problem per se most places, with any other visiting people, but there was a couple ostentatiously sun bathing, occupying the best photo op spot down the falls, and that really was a sour view in my opinion (I did what I could to avoid them being in the picture but that also made me miss certain view angle I'd have liked to photograph the falls from).
These are beautiful photos! You'd never know you were trying to adjust around the people on the shore.
I think what instagram (and other "social" avenues online) does, is funnel the narcissistic side of people, feeding it's ego until it becomes acceptable to lose common sense (if it ever existed in some) over the self centered, manufactured image, projected for others to applaud. It's pretty darn deep and I have no answer where the line should be, because we are social beings who need others for our mental health. But not in the way we are doing it, superficially. What social media allows is lack of something that would be required as part of a one on one, sincere relationship in real life. Thus, in my view, it becomes a very convenient yet fake way of living our lives ( by that I mean the part where we share with others and get feedback); will it ever get better?
Another article on the subject:
It's the herd effect!
now I no longer believe in anything, especially the promises of politicians. In small cities the rules imposed by mayors work because the local police manage to keep the situation under control, but in a big city like Rome it is very difficult..
This is an interesting approach.
Interesting... my first attempt to guess at a solution would be one way to try and "regulate" the visitor influx using free market principles. i.e. pricing based on availability, demand and offer. I am sure it's not so simple to define "tourists" yet if, for example, locals control say, bed and breakfast, or restaurant prices, then it could help.