We often get posters looking to avoid "touristy" things, and get off the beaten track in search of the "authentic" experience. I'm never quite sure what either of these terms truly mean. Is it a case of ne'er the twain shall meet?
Aren't Newgrange and Clonmacnoise touristy in that the are set up for visitors? ( I'm old enough to remeber when you could just cycle up to the tumulus in Newgrange and just wander about free and easy)
I recently visted a relative in Spain who lives in an "authentic" Spanish town. It was grim, dusty, lifeless and had one dirty bar/restaurant serving processed food. Give me a nice tourist apartment in a tourist trap that has lots of nice restaurants. I won't complain
Open for discussion/debate/dust-up