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A North American comes to Felixstowe

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A North American comes to Felixstowe

So it was a mistake that we ever came to Felixstowe. Misguided by Expedia to a hotel near our cruise port departure at Harwich, we booked at the Marlborough Hotel to spend the night at Felixstowe before (we thought) taking a short taxi ride to Harwich, which we understood was only about four miles away. It IS four miles away across the water. It is a 60 pound taxi ride away by road (it seems you have to drive all the way around the estuary.) Oh well.

But let's talk about Felixstowe. To our North American eyes, this place looks like somewhere opportunity should be knocking. It's a tired, retro, shabby seaside town. How did it ever get this run-down? It's a lovely place, with a great beach and boardwalk, safe, clean. How did it come to this? Along the seafront there are guesthouses boarded up, sad, for sale, drooping. The entertainment is bumper cars and saggy inflatable slides, plus a tacky casino. How come? We docked in Weymouth two days later, and the beach and the waterfront were alive with places to eat, drink and shop for big bucks, and it was crowded. But the beach and the boardwalk were not really better than Felixstowe by an order of magnitude.

So I don't get Felixstowe. It has great things to offer.

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21. Re: A North American comes to Felixstowe

We enjoyed our visit to the fort, beautiful day along the coast and boardwalk.

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22. Re: A North American comes to Felixstowe

Necropost!

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Necropost? I was reviewing something that we enjoyed in this seashore town and found very enjoyable that you Brits seem to ignore. I saw this post and felt the need to say something positive about this village. If TA doesn't want a necropost then they should put the cabash on anymore posting like they do on other threads.

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I agree flpab. The nature of some threads mean that they don't age as quickly as others. There is also a huge difference in the number and type of threads between London and smaller towns. Some people have hardly heard of some towns in Suffolk, so reminders of their existence are always welcome and your comment was entirely relevant. London and other larger towns have no shortage of contributors, so regulars there probably have no idea how heart-warming it is to locals (especially virtually redundant Destination Experts!) when delightful but often unknown destinations are pushed to the top, if only for a few minutes. You have probably informed more people about something they didn't know than hundreds of threads on large city forums that endlessly repeat the same information.

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I agree it's nice to bring to people's minds a positive view of a place. Unfortunately adding to an old thread brings to the fore all the bad reviews. For those people who have set TA threads to be shown in date order it means they might not get beyond the criticisms.

With threads started some years ago I think it's better to start a new thread to avoid the "history" overwhelming what you want to say about the here and now.

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Thank you Wansteader, I had no new question so no need to start a new thread as they are for asking for info. I was going to review the fort and saw this thread. We took the bus from Ipswich to the fort. My husband is retired Navy so really enjoyed this hidden gem. I could not come to England without seeing the coast.

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New threads aren't only for asking questions, flpab. You can start one for moaning about anyhting form travel agents to parking, writing a trip report, saying thank you, or evenstarting a conversationa bout the weather!

That said, wansteader has a point in that reviving an old thread isn't the crime of the century, and it does have some positives :-)

I think that the main reason to warn of an old thread is to help people who may see it and not noticing the original posting. Then they go to answer the question the OP asked, even though they may well have travelled by now.

Edited: 14 June 2017, 08:52
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