Another Bloody Tourist

Engllish GentlemanIn response to yesterday’s popular blog post on Six Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Tourist, I thought I’d relate a story when I was called out as one.

Many years ago, during the early reign of Tony Blair, I was walking from the British Museum in London to Covent Garden.

Coming towards me was an elderly couple that could have come directly from central casting. The woman wore a non-descript, conservative dress but the gentleman was distinctive. It’s as if Dr. Watson himself appeared before me.

Slightly over six feet tall and sporting a large mustache, he wore a dark gray three piece suit with the vest a lighter neutral color, bowler hat on his head and a watch fob dangling from his vest pocket. He carried a black umbrella in one hand using it somewhat like a walking stick. (Almost like the drawing to the let minus the monocle.)

“Excuse me, ” he says. “Do you know the way to Tottenham Court Station.”

“No, ” I said. “I don’t.”

“Another bloody tourist, ” he snorted.

“True,” I said, “But I’m not the one who’s lost.”

Any fun tourist stories you want to share?

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4 Responses to Another Bloody Tourist

  1. Gary Williams says:


  2. Maggie says:

    I live in Hong Kong and someone asked where Chinatown was.

  3. tcl says:

    I had the same question when I was visiting HK too! and it was from another visiting co-worker.