So tonight was the premiere of E!'s new Wild On show with Tara Reid (or rather, the European premiere), which they have renamed Taradise, for some inane reason. Normally I don't watch Wild On, it pretends to be a travel show, but in the end, it just shows all the places around the world to get really, really drunk (see SeaWitch's wonderful post on what those of us who live here in Greece think of such tourists). I don't really need a show to tell me that, I know I can get drunk in just about any bar or restaurant in the world, except in the Bible Belt on a Sunday.
I knew Tara Reid's version wouldn't be much different, but the first episode was in Athens, so I just had to watch. This show didn't even make a pretense at being a travel show. It was basically a show to watch Tara hang out with her friends, who in this episode happened to be Paris Hilton and Paris Latsis. We saw Tara have fun on the beach with P&P, we saw Tara hang out at the Latsis' home, we saw Tara party at different clubs and restaurants with P&P. Then we saw Tara have dinner at the restaurant atop the Grand Bretagne Hotel, where she had to ask the waiter what the Acropolis was. At first, I thought this was for the benefit of the travel-show watching audience, until she made it painfully clear that she knew nothing about ancient Greek history. Then she had a friend show us what we need to see in Athens, which basically consisted of the Plaka area, otherwise known as the home of touristy shops in Athens.
Yes, this is absolutely all Athens has to offer folks...drinking, partying with rich friends, and overpriced shops.
Actually, if it weren't for the ancient history of the city, this might be true. But then again, I'm not a fan of Athens. Nor am I a fan of Taradise. I hope nobody makes their travel plans based on this show.