Things you are supposed to find incredible but dont

The Mona Lisa

Michelin Star food

The Natural History Museum (except the building itself)

 

 

 

travel to exotic locations - nah, a comfortable sojourn by the pool in the Med will do fine.

posh restaurants - not worth the extra dollah

I didn't think I would be awed by the Mona Lisa but I was. 

I'm "stepping in to disagree" you loon I'm just responding to a thread 

don't start a thread then ffs 

I think you misread the tone of my post, am happy for you to disagree, just find it funny that we seem to disagree about practically everything.

the Taj Mahal.  Meh to that.  One of the least interesting things i saw in India.

18th century German music.

Bach and Mozart are just dull.

Ooh The Pyramids.   Shyte, look like they are out in the desert but in fact surround by slums and covered in rubbish.   Constant hassle including from police officers supposedly there to look out for you.

I mean technically neither was JS Bach because Germany didn't exist then. 

Not sure that puts the pyramids into room 101. Litter, slums and shitty cops don't make the pyramids themselves underwhelming. Like giving a restaurant a bad review because the taxi got stuck in traffic on the way there. 

I didn’t find it an enjoyable experience Jelly, and because of that found them underwhelming.

New York. Outside the nice bits of Manhattan it's a giant slum.

New York + 1

Maybe I just went too late. I found it sterile by the time of my first trip in 2011.  

The pyramids are stunning, but are indeed let down badly by their setting.

Fancy cars and watches. Don’t get them at all. 

I was never impressed by NY as a tourist but have been back a couple of times to stay with friends who live there and as a resident you see a different side and I can now see the appeal.

Sydney opera house. Up close its a bit grubby and municipal.

Bondi. Far better beaches in the city.

Amazing how people can have such different tastes. How anyone could find Bach dull is beyond me, but then I don't like baked beans, so each to their own. Surely at least Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor stirs the senses?

I was underwhelmed by the Mona Lisa, but there were so many incredible works of art in the Louvre that it didn't matter.

Kanye West. We are constantly told he is some sort of genius but I don’t get it at all. Too old to now I suppose. 

Any old timers like me remember that time when someone's comment about Bach being formulaic drove another roffer to commit roficide?

I forgot the context. But Bach came up and someone made the comment that his music was "a bit formulaic" (I think those were the exact words.) Another music-loving roffer was so distraught by this that he committed roficide by posting ban-inviting stuff.

Maldives - blow you away when you arrive but quickly become dull and claustrophobic.

I knew it was controversial, it is one of the few things Mrs P and I disagree on, but didn’t realise that had happened!

Soz (not soz) to anyone who is truly offended

Any recommended restaurant.

Any five star hotel.

Flying first class.

Mercedes.

Woke coffee.

LOL @ toccata and fugue. Do you also enjoy Now That’s What I Call Classical, Vols. 1-16?

Nope. The previous de-Bach-le (see what I did there?) did not involve me. other PP.

Musicals. I hate being sat there forced to listen to shite songs sung at me by shite singers. It's uncomfortable. I love a good play, and love the fun sets and effects, but the songs. Oh god the songs.

Also, overly posh tasting menus. IT seems the highest end restaurants love to serve 19 course meals where each course is some sort of reduced foam on a spoon. I cannot with this. Just bring me the wine and a slab of meat with some chocolate dessert, thanks.

 

I have to exclude “musicals”  nobody expects you to find them incredible particularly as a man 

"Flying first class."

U wot mate? It's certainly over priced but I think the juxtaposition of lay flat beds and near private accomodations and kiss ass service on long haul flights to be one of the best things ever. I mean I get it, for 10 hours of pampering the cost is not worth it for most people but jeez how do you not like it compared to the alternative?

I haven’t flown first class but expect I would find the personal attention from service  uncomfortable - as I do with lots of luxury experiences 

Out in patland finding good cheap restaurants is fish in a barrel stuff. Slap up Lebanese with completely fresh ingredients costs so little you don’t blink.

Because he hasn't done it, Canadian.  He drives a Vauxhall Astra and lives in Derby.

Haha Guy i guess I can see that...for me I love the attention..."more Dom please. Yes I would like a warm cookie, thank you for asking!" etc. I just don't understand how anyone would not prefer first/biz class to flying economy

The new Astra is quite nice actually. And doesn’t Derby have the Dales? I do find the north a little mysterious.

Ohhh true enough goethe - you don't find it incredible! I guess incredible is a strong word to use. Fair enough. Incredible compared to economy is maybe where I'm thinking. Incredible compared to the cost? Absolutely not.

I think Guy is kind of right re 1st class. What actually matters on a 13 hour overnight flight is being served tasty food as soon as the plane takes off and then sleeping in comfort and silence. Full stop. No-one flying regularly gives a sh*t about what vintage of champagne they're being served or how many times the flight attendant uses their name or what aspirational toiletries you can wash your smelly armpits with.

 

If you took anyone in the UK who has only ever flown economy and put them in first on a long-haul flight, there is 0% chance they would describe their experience as anything other than "INCREDIBLE".

I was equating first and biz as one...a lot of airlines apparently are shrinking or removing their first and just using biz class. Agreed its about the beds, privacy and food on offer. Although I very enjoyed having unlimited Krug in the first class american lounge in Dallas. I love that stuff and can never bring myself to buy it.

"Would you like to lie down totally Kallum, and have a good night's sleep after being served your dinner and booze and tucked in?  

Or would you like to have a restless 13 hours with your sh1t neck pillow?"

Also, overly posh tasting menus. IT seems the highest end restaurants love to serve 19 course meals where each course is some sort of reduced foam on a spoon. I cannot with this. Just bring me the wine and a slab of meat with some chocolate dessert, thanks.

Amen.  I don't enjoy fancy restaurants that much.  I have very simple tastes. 

Never flown first class but I was blown away by business class.  A little scrot from the North like me can't imagine how first class could be better than business class.  Unless you get a blowjob from a Victoria's Secret model, how much better could it get?

Climbing Everest.  Zero facilities, bloody freezing and I could hardly breathe.  

Cornwall. Undoubtedly a beautiful coastline, but ruined by the decimation of any actual communities living there. I find it a strangely bland place with horrendous traffic and simmering aggression in visitors and locals alike.   

Religion/anything religious. In the sea with the lot of it.

Surprisingly small, the Mona Lisa, irl.

Like Jane Austen's novels, I am prepared to accept the narrative that it is exquisitely crafted, despite not being able to see it and finding it slightly dull.

Also, steak.

Nice enough if well cooked and a good cut, sure, but number of times in my life I've ever craved a steak: null.

Cornwall is pretty much 2 separate places, one wrapped round the edge of the other.

Curb Your Enthusiasm.

It seems this is Statement TV, especially for Americans abroad - I Like Curb Your Enthusiasm Therefore I Am A (Wo)Man Of Great Erudition And Taste

I hate really attentive service. There's a real art to a waiter knowing when his presence is required. At Le Gavroche they used to be masters of it - not been in a long time (if indeed it's still there).

Agreed Eeyore - the central parts are particularly melancholic, albeit in a beautiful way. My beef is with the coast where we are told to go on holiday. 

Cornwall is awful in Summer - great in spring and autumn 

Religion/anything religious. In the sea with the lot of it.

That's swathes of classical music and art in the sea then?  Sorry Requiem Mass and pretty much everything Caravaggio painted.  In the sea.  You too Divine Comedy and Master and Margarita.  Get in the sea.

I'd agree with the Cornwall comment in relation to North Cornwall (Newquay etc), but I don't think the same is true for the Falmouth area.

I've flown Upper Class on Virgin and it was very pleasant but I wouldn't call it incredible because I generally dislike the whole process of air travel.

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I agree with this in general, but it's more a case of "incredible when done right, but a shame most people don't know how" for me. I may well be one of the people who don't know how.

I am bemused by women who don't enjoy receiving oral sex. Genuinely bemused 

can only imagine it has never been done properly 

I agree with flying first class compared to business class. The service in first is excellent (except on Emirates in my experience) but the extra money for what you get over business is not worth it. Obviously I take the option of first when someone else is paying. Having said that, the people watching in first is very good.

"That's swathes of classical music and art in the sea then?  Sorry Requiem Mass and pretty much everything Caravaggio painted.  In the sea.  You too Divine Comedy and Master and Margarita.  Get in the sea."

Ok, might have been poorly worded.

Guy at the time it was there top class and included individual table cloths and silver service and electrically reclining seats.  It was 1994.

OK, I thought they have never had genuine first class and upper class was always just business class - could well be wrong though

I am bemused by women who don't enjoy receiving oral sex. Genuinely bemused 

can only imagine it has never been done properly 

Kingpin

The bull milking is one of the funniest scenes ever committed to film.

Both the Statue of Liberty and Leaning Tower of Pisa are decidedly underwhelming. 

Totally agree re QCS! the Leaning Tower of Pisa... the BA executive lounge.. the feeling when I qualified 

To be fair I've never had a bad meal when flying first class but it's relative. Travel itself is shit. Anyone who worries about or is impressed by what champagne they serve hasn't flown first very much. The cabin crew can smell a noob before they pass security. As for people watching in first: you don't watch unless you go to the bar and no one is there to watch. There's nothing to watch. 

Opera is the only thing I've seen in a theatrical setting that is genuinely breathtaking. As a bonus I saw Puccini's Turandot, which includes 'Nessun Dorma', it was hilarious seeing a good portion of the male attendees suddenly perk up.

"What did she say?"

"She said it was almost as good as the Pirates of Penzance"

(From my ever favourite fillum)

Opera has some breathtaking climaxes but also very long dull periods when most normal people are squirming and  glancing at their watches