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Travellers confuse Monaco di Baviera with Monaco

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Munich and Monaco: two cities not especially known for their similarities, regardless of what some residents of Bogenhausen may imply, but joined in name.

Seriously.

Munich borrows a little jet-set glamour in Italian, as the town, considered by certain locals as the Mediterranean's most northerly city, becomes Monaco di Baviera.

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And not without problems for travellers: Stuff.co.nz article

 

 

Two women led themselves on a wild goose chase from Italy to Munich after arranging to meet their niece in Monaco - which in Italian can mean either the tiny principality on the French Riviera, or Bavaria's capital.

"The problem was they thought Munich was Monaco," said a spokesman for Munich police today.

Called Monaco di Baviera in Italian, the city is known as München in High German, Mnichov in Czech, Monachium in Polish and Minga in the local Bavarian dialect.

The two women, originally from the Dominican Republic, had driven across the Alps from Trento in northern Italy to collect the 14-year-old from the Paris-Munich train, but started to panic and went to the police when the girl failed to appear.

Deutsche Welle article is extremely cute, fabulous picture titles there.

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Britons fly to 'wrong' Sydney

 

 

An internet booking mix-up has left a young English couple holidaying in chilly Sydney, Nova Scotia, instead of on the sun-kissed beaches of the Australian city of the same name ...
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Same thing happens in the U.S. with people planning to take the train to Las Vegas. The only Las Vegas with train service in the U.S. is tiny Las Vegas, New Mexico (pop. 15,000), most recently known as a principal filming location for "No Country for Old Men".

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aaah that's why they speak such a crappy french here!

 

When I announced to my friends that I was moving to "Monaco" they started with celebrations, asked me to rent a BIG house and bought 10 liters of sun cream. I then revealed my true destination. I have no friends now.

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