I know you are itching to plan your summer vacation, but check out this list before you go booking anything. "USA TODAY" posted a list of the most OVERRATED tourist attractions. These are the places that sound really great, but once you get there you realize what a waste of time and money it actually was. I was disappointed to see some of these on here because I wanted to see them at some point in my life. ha! I'll include pictures, maybe that will help ease the pain. :)

1. Stonehenge. Disappointed? I know. Turns out that you used to be able to walk right up to the stones but people chipped away at the stones for souvenirs so now you can't get very close. I was surprised to read that it's wedged between two very busy highways. They never show that in the pictures! Well, I found one to show what it looks like from close up and far away.

Stonehenge Distance/Flickr

2. The Blarney Stone. Kissing the Blarney Stone supposedly gives you the gift of "gab" and makes you a better communicator. That just seems like a really easy way to catch a cold. Plus look at pictures I found on Flickr of people kissing it. That looks uncomfortable AND a wee bit dangerous. Plus, they say there is always a really long line.

Blarney Stone/Flickr
Blarney Stone/Flickr

If someone has to HOLD ON TO ME before I can kiss it, I think I'm gonna just work on my communication skills with an online course. :)

3. The Pyramids. According to the article, they are not as beautiful as we are led to believe. Plus they are located in a suburb. What? Yeah, they say you can see all kinds of fast food restaurants when visiting them. I always thought they were in the middle of a desert or something. See how little I know? Here are a couple of pics I found on Flickr.


4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa. According to the article, this one is just boring. It's a long drive from Rome, and there is nothing else to do when you get there except take a picture looking like you are holding it up. (like this one I found on Flickr) I don't care what the article says, I want to TAKE THAT PIC! Hopefully, I will get to one day.

Leaning Tower/Flickr

5. Times Square. Been there, done that, would go back again. I loved Times Square. Well, to visit that is. I went to New York at Christmastime and it was so busy and beautiful and awesome. The article recommends going to Museum Mile, which is a stretch of 8 museums on Fifth Avenue. Adding that to my TO DO list if I ever go back. I couldn't find the pic of me at Times Square (I'm sure it's on a Floppy Disc somewhere in my closet), so this will have to do.

Times Square/Flickr

So, there you have it. What do you think? Did that change your mind at all about visiting those places? If I get the chance, I will probably go see them all anyway. :)

Happy Thursday!


P.S. Happy Birthday to my BFF, Julie Sloan! I love you! I hope you have a wonderful day!