Deep Within the Castle Walls

This would be a dream come true, but I'm not holding my breath.  (Photo credit: Mary Harrsch)

This would be a dream come true… but I’m not holding my breath. (Photo credit: Mary Harrsch)

Travel is usually a pleasure.  The change in scenery soothes weary eyes while the sights often lift the spirits.  Of course, the fortunate traveler also discovers excellent restaurants that deliver local recipes.

And then we have the eating establishments that are located inside the tourist attractions.  They’re kind of like school cafeterias except the cooks know you’re not coming back… so there’s little reason for them to make the food edible.  Some of these so-called restaurants are merely “not good” in the sense of airplane food but some look like they’d redefine the entire concept of food poisoning.

With that in mind, this week’s challenge offers several possibilities:

1- Recount an experience of eating at a tourist attraction.  What made you decide to eat there and how did the food compare to the surroundings?

2- Think of a tourist destination that you would not expect to have good food.  What is it about the location that would lead you away from culinary delights on the premises?

3- If you’ve had good food at a tourist destination, tell us about the meal.  Also provide the location so that readers can benefit.

4- Propose the establishment of a restaurant at a tourist attraction of your choice.  Include a basic business strategy and discuss why such a restaurant would be appropriate or profitable at the location you choose.

Compose and publish your response to this prompt on your own blog.  Be sure to include a link to this post so that a pingback will appear here, thereby allowing other participants to discover your work.  Please be patient if your pingback does not appear immediately; I am not at my computer 24/7 and I have to approve all pingbacks.  For this reason, using the bcandelabra tag may be advisable.


  1. Oh — I have stories. From Ireland to Israel, New Orleans to Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix and Flagstaff. Every airport. I have to remember the worst and conjure them in their full flavor! I may need to tap my husband’s memory banks.I think he remembers stuff I’ve blocked from my mind. Thank you. This will be fun.

      1. I have it written and scheduled for the 7th. I think this gastronomic experience could go head to head with any airplane food. I had to choose between this one and a really nauseating experience in Connemara, but Connemara was just a bad restaurant, not a tourist dive per se. In the name of sticking to the subject (which I rarely do), I went with bad tourist food. I wish I had pictures, but this was the vacation where I only brought one camera (never made that mistake again) and dropped it on the stone floor of the hotel parking garage our first day in town. That’s how I know a camera can explode. Sorry about taking so long. It got a bit hectic around here.

    1. When the pingback doesn’t appear, it just means I’ve had to be away for a while. Go ahead and post a link to these topics as soon as you publish your entry.

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