I wonder whether the people who write articles like this have ever even visited the places they trumpet?
Or perhaps, they trumpet the only places they’ve ever visited?
The Lonely Planet author says that Paris is one of the most beautiful places to wake up. Now, plenty of people would be thrilled to wake up in Paris, because then they’d, well, be in Paris! But daytime is hardly Paris’ best face. The Champs-Élysées at night lights up beautifully, there’s sometihng about the juxtoposition of lights and dark sky that makes the glow of the Eifel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe special. But the morningtime…?
And I was just in Mumbai last week. There are many, many things that can be said about Mumbai, but among the 10 most beautiful places in the world to wake up in is certainly not one of them. Marine Drive has its charms but does not offer pretty waters. Most of the city wakes up in slums that offer anything but beauty. I suppose if you’re in a suite at the Taj Palace looking out at the Gateway of India then… perhaps. But we can all name impossibly expensive spots that offer just a sliver of beauty amongst things less than beautiful.
And speakking of impossibly expensive spots, how can any list of this sort not include an overwater bungalow off Bora Bora facing Mt. Otemanu?
Instead they offer the most beautiful beaches of … Maui. Does Maui even offer the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii? (Not in my opinion, anyway.)
They mention Hong Kong, but like Paris seem to get their clocks confused. Perhaps it’s jetlag. Would anyone argue that Hong Kong is more beautiful in the morning, than at night looking out at the light show from either side of Victoria Harbour?
I do have to agree about the Great Barrier Reef. And yet.. it still strikes me that a travel list which contains three of ten spots in the United States is a bit, well, under-traveled.
The disclaimer at the bottom of the article says,
This content was independently commissioned by Lonely Planet and is proudly supported by Hyatt.
And I just have to think, someone paid money for this?