The truth about popular tourist attractionsBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/the-truth-about-popular-tourist-attractions
The tourist season is in full swing - every day thousands of people go to places they have dreamed of visiting all year. We often imagine these places to be very different from what they actually look like. In order to prepare for a meeting with reality, not to be disappointed, and not to spoil your holiday experience, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the true state of affairs in the most visited places on our planet by tourists.
1. The most famous painting in the world - "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, which is located in the Louvre (Paris, France) - is actually very small in size.
In addition, you will have to fight hordes of other tourists vying for the opportunity to see the famous work of art.
2. The ascents and descents of the Great Wall of China are very steep.
If you want to walk around this great monument, make sure you have the right shoes, enough time, and a certain level of fitness.
3. The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen is a copy.
This famous sculpture is an exact copy of an original in an unidentified location.
4. Dead Sea salt can bring pain.
Avoid the water of the Dead Sea (Israel, Jordan) after shaving or in the presence of microtraumas, because due to its exceptional salinity, it causes slight pain in such cases. Also, when diving, you should keep your eyes tightly closed.
5. The angle of "fall" of the famous tower in Pisa (Italy) has decreased.
In the period between 2001-2013, the tower straightened out by almost 3 cm. And although this fact is difficult to notice with the naked eye, many tourists complain about something else - apart from a few photos against the background of the tower, there is not much else to do in Pisa.
6. It is forbidden to film in the Sistine Chapel (Rome, Italy).
Even secretly, taking a photo of Michelangelo's famous fresco is unlikely to succeed.
7. The gardens and park of Versailles (France) are more interesting than the Palace of Versailles itself.
Start your day (it's better to choose a serene one) by exploring the thousands of acres of paths, fountains, and grottoes - an unforgettable experience is guaranteed! By the way, if you live in your own house and want to put a fountain, then in Versailles you can learn a lot of interesting ideas, and then voice them to the fountain builders.
8. The pyramids in Giza (Egypt) have Pizza Hut and KFC fast-food restaurants in their immediate vicinity, as well as a garbage dump.
It should also be remembered that a visit to the nearby center of Cairo prepares you for an encounter with some of the most intrusive street vendors in the world.
9. Niagara Falls (Canada, USA) is best viewed from the Canadian side.
To fully enjoy the best views of all three waterfalls (American Falls (American), Bridal Veil Falls (Bridal Veil), and Horseshoe Falls (Horseshoe)), you need to get on the Canadian side of the border. Both sides of the waterfalls are surrounded by casinos and souvenir shops.
10. In the Moscow Mausoleum (Russia) are the mummified remains of Lenin.
Be prepared to have only a few seconds to catch a glimpse of something reminiscent of Vladimir Lenin.