Overcrowded and full, New Zealand
Thought for the day..”There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.”
New Zealand continues to be overrun with tourists. Whilst the tourist board seems to think that ever increasing numbers of tourists are a wonderful thing, those people who are in New Zealand are now seeing the effects over too many tourists. Accommodation is full in many places, cafes are packed out, roads are busier than they have ever been (=more accidents) and the national parks and nature are suffering (and suffering is the word) from the onslaught. And there is no end in sight. Airlines are putting on more and more flights (particularly from China) and are upping frequencies. Trying to get reservations for accommodation at the moment is a nightmare and the once quiet country is now far from quiet and unspoilt.
The number of tourists has now passed 3.42 million a year, (population of NZ is about 4.7 million), and is growing by over 10%. So the overcrowding at the popular tourists sights is becoming serious. This also means that the nature and wildlife is suffering too. Imagine driving into Milford Sound (which is in a national park) and arriving before 0900 only to find that ALL parking was already full and that officials were telling arriving motorists to turn around and drive out again.
And the worst part…..there is no end in sight. Quiet, peaceful and quaint it might once have been. Not now.
Today’s photo comes from the Old Town in Bergen, Norway. It started out as a quick snapshot in colour, and was converted to B&W. Just lucky that there was somebody in the sunlight in the ideal position. Another reason why it is good to always have the camera ready.
and another photo from the archives…..sunset over Norway from an aircraft window…..
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