When Tourist Attractions Disappoint

Ever make a special visit to a world-famous tourist site -- a wonder of the world, renowned for its majesty and historical importance -- and just go, "Eh"?

That happened when I recently caught up with the Liberty Bell for the first time since elementary school.

I expected to start sobbing in awe, amazed by the power of the country's most famous ding-dong instrument, but instead I noticed how small the thing is, and also how the crack looks really calculated by now.

For all I cared, I could have been looking at a Precious Moments figurine on the shelf of a Hallmark store.

Then again, I wasn't that impressed with the Sistine chapel.

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