Typical double decker Flickr image by RachelH_
If William Shakespeare had ridden in a tour bus, would he have said, “A tour bus by any other name is still great transportation for touring?” Had Shakespeare been Spanish, he might have said, recorrido en autobus, or as a Parisian he might have uttered bus de tournée, and as a Vietnamese he might have called it tour du lịch xe buýt.
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Regardless of what a tour bus is called it can provide a delightful, or horrific, alternative to other means of transportation, whether touring leisurely or not. This reminds me of a scene in the 80’s blockbuster hit, Romancing the Stone, when Joan Wilder is taken into the dense Columbian jungle on a less than ideal bus ride. She shares the bus with the locals, and a variety of farm animals as they traverse up a mountain on a road barely wide enough to keep the bus from teetering off the mountainside. The driver’s haphazard handling of the bus added to the overall hilarious adventure taking place.
Had I not ridden on a Greyhound bus early in my childhood, and several more luxurious motor coach’s later in life I might have believed this could easily have been the norm for a tour bus: rickety, filled with less than desirable co-passengers and driven by a maniac. Oh my, I believe I may have actually described some tour buses. LOL
Half the fun of going anywhere should be in getting there, and with a tour bus you are able to take in the sites, not worry about your driving, where you are going, getting lost and so on.
Disneyland Paris Flickr image by Dr. Epsylon
Disney tourist bus and Palais de Justice Flickr image by ell brown
Imagine you are in Paris . . why not be a passenger on Disney’s bus de tournée. Paris features many beautiful and historic sites such as the Palais de Justice which at one time imprisoned Marie Antoinette in the Conciergerie [a former prison] and now a museum.
Guadalajara tour bus Flickr image by El Gran Dee
You might be bound for Centro de Guadalajara, the site of the 2011 Pan American Games, and a city to delight your eyes with many beautiful venues, and no doubt your appetite as well with delicious cuisine de Mexico. Guadalajara meaning stony river is the 10th largest Latin American City, and considered a ‘city of the future’ and « the third most business-friendly city in North America, » It is also called the home of Mariachi music.
Hua Shan's West Peak Wikimedia
This spiritual adventure will take you to the five sacred Taoist mountains ; perhaps via a XIAN tourist bus. Other names associated with the five peaks are Five Cloud Summit, Great Flower Mountain and Dark Dragon Ridge. To get the complete history of Huashan, you may want to visit Wikipedia or Travel China Guide for a more modern intrepetation.
Tourist bus North Thailand Flickr image by Zoe Goodacre
The colorful tourist bus in North Thailand is typical of the country itself. Vibrant and colorful Thailand, once known as Siam, is ranked the 50th largest country [in terms of total area] and 21st as the most populous, with about 64 million people. Although Bangkok, its capital, has numerous attractions such as the 1782 Grand Palace, home to the King of Thailand, you’ll want to traverse its many well-known tourist destinations such as « Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Ko Samui. »
Original Movie Poster King and I Wikimedia image
An early introduction to Thailand was through a 1946 movie, titled Anna and the King of Siam, adapted from a book written by Margaret Langdon in 1944, based on the diaries of Anna Leonowens, a British Governess in the royal court of Siam. It subsequently became a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in 1951, and a movie in 1956 starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. A remake of the movie was done in 1999, starring Jodi Foster and Chow Yun-fat.
So many places, so many tour buses, so little time . . .
I never know where I’ll go next or what I’ll blog about, but I hope you’ll join me, from my ‘arm-chair’ or from been there, done that and 68 years of living!