Did you know that in Venice it is illegal to feed pigeons? Each nation has its own distinct culture and customs; some are visible, others less so. It is essential that travelers research their destinations before booking international travel.
You don’t want to stand out too much! And the last thing you want is to get in trouble with the law and have to pay a hefty fee. Here are some extremely strange laws from around the world that you should keep in mind when planning your next vacation.
1. No heels in Greece
A 2009 regulation banning tourists from wearing high heels while visiting historical sites such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon put an end to stilettos in Greece.
This is done to prevent the pointed heels from damaging the 2,500-year-old ruins by potentially scratching the stones. Female visitors must wear footwear that does not damage the monuments, according to a representative of the Ministry of Culture. People need to understand that these monuments are suffering.
2. Rinse in time
If you live in a Swiss apartment block and decide to use the bathroom at midnight, please note that flushing is not permitted between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The government considers this noise pollution.
3. It is forbidden to feed pigeons
The hundreds of pigeons that flock to the central square of Piazza San Marco, where eager tourists flock to feed them, often detract from the beauty of the place.
It is currently prohibited to feed pigeons and even sell the grain that attracts them to the most beautiful structures in Venice. The restriction was implemented to maintain the cleanliness of the city, decrease the health problems of the locals, and control the pigeon population that was out of control.
4. Don’t keep the change
You want to get rid of all that extra money, right? In the Land of the Maple Leaf, of course, you can’t. The maximum number of coins you can use in any transaction is set out in the Canadian Currency Act.
If you give the seller too many coins, the seller has the right to refuse your payment. For amounts greater than $10, for example, you cannot use more than one currency.
5. Walk your dog at least three times a day.
The city council of Turin, Italy, established an ordinance in 2005 requiring dog owners to take their four-legged companion for at least three walks a day. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to 500 euros (about Rs 44,336). Additionally, it is illegal to “mutilate” or dye pet fur for aesthetic reasons.
A newspaper of the time stated: “In Turin it will be illegal to turn the dog into a ridiculous stuffed animal.” In fact, committing an act of animal cruelty in Italy carries heavy fines and perhaps a year in jail.
6. There are no sand castles for you
How can you visit a beach without trying to build a sand castle with a moat and turrets? Levante Beach in Benidorm, Spain, is known for its huge sand dunes.
However, to protect the sanctity of the beach, a city council decided in 2016 to ban them completely. Sandcastle builders may be subject to fines of up to 150 euros (about Rs 13,300), according to the Telegraph. In some areas of Mallorca and Tenerife there is a similar law.
7. Only swimsuits
Have you ever wondered why French men usually go swimming in fancy swimsuits? Well, they must, that’s why. At public pools and beaches, children of all ages must wear swimsuits or turn face when asked to leave.
This is due to the fact that speedos are believed to be more hygienic than looser shorts, which are often worn all day and can contaminate water. Something to keep in mind the next time you pack for a summer holiday in France.
8. Is there no place for burial? Not death
Not everyone takes the time to prepare for their passing. But in this French community, the repercussions of not acquiring one’s own burial space are serious.
In 2008, the mayor of Sarpourenx passed a law stating that no one could die unless they had a plot in the city cemetery, which was quickly filling up.
Violators will face harsh punishments, he continued. Unknown punishments are likely to be meted out to unfortunate Sarpourenx residents who die without a plot.
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