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How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by VictorWong on 22 March 2006 3:38pm
 
I gather MP is thinking about doing another travel series, so I'm wondering how people feel about this idea?

Back in 1959-1960, the writer Ian Fleming (whose name some people here may recognize) published two books based on traval articles he did for the London Sunday Times. I suppose you could say that this was the beginning of the Jet Set era.

Anyway, he profiled the following cities:

Hong Kong
Macao (visited world's largest brothel)
Tokyo
Honolulu (complained about pensioners in bathing suits)
LA / Vegas
Chicago (toured city with Playboy Magazine)
New York (didn't like this one at all)
Hamburg (liked the burlesque revues)
Berlin (lots of Cold War talk)
Vienna
Geneva
Naples
Monte Carlo

Some of these trips were influential on Fleming's later work, such as ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.

A revisit to these cities (along with Miami and Istanbul) might make for a good show, for the following reasons:

1) we're coming up on Fleming's centenary in 2008; and

2) it would be interesting to see how the early jet age compares with the early 21st century.

What do people think?
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by kazzzz on 22 March 2006 3:56pm
 
I'm sure it would be interesting to do this...Michael tends to make anywhere interesting!

Personally, I prefer to see places "off the beaten track", places I've never heard of and am unlikely to see on other travel programmes.
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by montyfreak0234 on 23 March 2006 12:16am
 
i like going out to the middle of nowhere. camping on assitegue island was awesome, was the first time i actually saw the milky way
but a lot of mosquitoes
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by peripatetically on 23 March 2006 1:10am
 
OMG MOnty, when were you on Assateague Island? That's in my neck of the woods. It is highly infested with mosquitos all the time except in winter. We went there when I was a young teenager just for the day to go swimming and nearly got eaten alive. It's certainly not my cup of tea. Beats me why it's popular in summertime. You have to live in a net! HAHAHAHAHAHA. Ocean City, Maryland is the place to go. But go to the northern end where it's not as crowded. My brother has a house up there which he lets us use whenever we wish. Also, Bethany is nice too, smaller and more family-like. All this in close proximity to each other involves 3 states ...Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, respectively. lol
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by tucsonmike on 23 March 2006 5:00am
 
Istanbul I can ask my parents about. Miami, I can comment on. That would be interesting. For the dark side of Miami, read crime writer Edna Buchanan. The Bond movie Goldfinger, actually takes place across Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach. The hotels where it takes place are Mid Miami Beach around Arthur Godfrey Causeway (41st Street). South Beach wasn't the "in" place it is today.
When Goldfinger was made, it was the Miami Beach of Jackie Gleason. I remember my grandpa taking the bus down there from New York when I was a kid. He wanted to take me with him, but he got sick and died and my Mom wasn't keen.

Chicago would be timely. This weeks, Economist did a special section about Chicago. Interesting thriving city, but too cold in the winter.

Monte Carlo I saw as a teenager. Vienna is well Vienna, but must have been different in the Cold War.
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by Ellerd on 23 March 2006 2:27pm
 
Minsk
Ouagadougou
Ashgabat
Canberra

There's a few more to add to the list :)
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by tucsonmike on 23 March 2006 11:07pm
 
In Minsk, you might get beaten up now, Don't know 'bout the other two and the Aussie will have to explain the delights of Canberra.
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by arty_farty on 24 March 2006 12:14pm
 
what about Venice? its gonna dissapear due to global warming according to the Independent so visit it while you can.
 
Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by Ellerd on 25 March 2006 12:39am
 
Minsk - yes Mike, they're having problems over there. I heard President Lubashenko's election slogan was, "Vote for Lubashenko or I'll get the state security force to beat you up". Very effective!

Ouagadougou - nobody visits Ouagadougou. :(

Ashgabat - the President of Turkmenistan has ridiculously oversized monuments dedicated to himself all over that city. How humble he must be...

Canberra - a rather disturbing mix of politics and pornography in that town...
 
Why No One Visits Ouagadougou Re: How About Re-visiting Some Thrilling Cities? by tucsonmike on 25 March 2006 4:33pm
 
Why does no one visit Ouagadougou? Because no on can spell it or say it!
Wikipeida on Ouaga for short http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouagadougou It is actually an old famous West African trading city. Well I went to my travel agent. She looked at me crosseyed. She thought I had either gone mad or gone to work for the U.N. I can see why Mr. P didn't visit it in Sahara.
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