For me, it's a toss up between New York and San Francisco. I love the older type cities built for walking, with real neighborhoods, and small open markets. I loathe places like Phoenix which are nothing but ugly highways and big box stores. Yuck. Plastic.
my favorite city is Stavanger in Norway because of its atmosphere/climate. A pity I only lived there for a month.
great visit my hub on the most beautiful cities of the world
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you're right about Phoenix, it has no identity, since everyone is from someplace else, plus it suffers from poor planning and has no character or charm, until you visit certain little pockets like downtown Phoenix and its historic district, or Glendale, an adjacent city that has a nice old neighborhood where they converted old houses into atnique stores, which are fun to visit especially around the holidays when the city strings lights everywhere. but they are very tiny pockets.
i will say that Tempe Arizona has character and charm, being a college town and very lively. people are always walking around on the streets, and there are interesting hangouts and places to see, with street musicians and interesting people. it just has a feel...a feeling...i think that is what makes a city interesting - it gives you a feeling.
i have never visited anywhere excting except maybe Dallas so i can't really comment on cities people mentioned, although i would like to visit them sometime.
Actually, you are right, Cosette. I don't know why I was hating Phoenix when I posted this a long while ago!
Tempe is cool... Very hot, though. Too hot. And my friend Amy who lives in Phoenix tells me there is this movement redoing mid century modern houses in the downtown area.
The weird thing is, when I visit there, I rather LIKE the areas people are me telling are barrios! haha. What? You mean the buildings are older than 25 years, there are a few established trees, etc., and the place has some character?
me too. in many of those barrio neighborhoods, the homes are older (built before 1965, some even older), so they are small (i LOVE small houses!) and have a lot of interesting architectural details, and aren't restricted by homeowner's associations, so there's a lot of yellow, green and even pink houses. then, the houses are set back on huge lots with lots of old shade trees. on top of that, there is either no sidewalk at all, or a skinny sidewalk along a green belt with even more shade trees. i used to live in those neighborhoods when i was younger and remember walking through those streets that were filled with autumn leaves, something completely missing from newer neighborhoods.
oOo you just inspired a new hub for me. thanks
(and yes it is horribly HOT here - you get used to it after a while. and then you start thinking 70 degrees is chilly
Hi Lita, I've never been to the states. Ever been to Malta. I live in Gozo a smaller Island than Malta. I cannot tell between NY and S Francisco but the city I like best in Europe is Porto Fino, in Geneva, Italy which I recently visited. They won an award recently for the most unpoluted atmosphere. The air there is so cool and refreshing, all greenery and the smell of the sea. It's a seaside resort really, not a city as big as Phoenix........ Kind Regards.
I hate all cities because I like to see the stars at night. I am not good at people, so, the less the better. The "city" closest to me has about 16,016 people in it, and thats too big for me.
Has to be Sydney. I LOVE Sydney. It is a very good balance between natural beauty and man made beauty!
The beaches north and south of Sydney are awesome. you will not believe this, once when we had gone to one of these places called Jervis Bay, we saw dolphins natural ones in their habitat, swimming like 10 feet away!
An then there is the usual stuff, Opera house, Harbour bridge and Darling Harbour. I cannot capitalize enough my love for Sydney!
Sydney is lovely to visit - but a bitch to live in - the harbour really stuffs up the transport links LOL I have a real soft spot for London- spent many lunch times finding new odd spots when I worked in the City - just walked out of the office and went randomly down a laneway - found the pub Dickens did a lot of writing in one day!
sure, my home city; where i raised; whatever, it's the best city in my eyes.
London first, then in no particular order, St. Petersburg, Krakow, Delhi, Jerusalem, York, Lincoln, Cambridge, Ely, Oxford, Norwich, Prague, Talinn, Varanasi, Udaipur.
I am not a big fan of cities in general, but I would have to say my favorite is Seattle, since my mom's family is from there. We visit often and I've always loved it, though I wouldn't want to live there. Other places I love to visit but wouldn't want to live permanently: San Diego, San Francisco, St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida), Kazan', and Paris. Some smaller cities I would consider living permanently in are Eugene and Boulder.
London. Definitely! Impossible not to feel a thousand years of history no matter where you look.
I have had the chance to visit many cities big and small in the U.S., I would have to say each city has its own beauty and charm, however if I had to choose a city in particular I would have to say Portland OR, and Lexington Ky. Smalltown America it would be Sedona Az and the beach cities in L.A. There is beauty everywhere you just have to look for it.
I really had a ball in Cancun twice. But man is it ever hot down there. It's hell.
Okay, it has to be Cape Town, best city in the world by far and London a close second, with Sydney third and then maybe Hong Kong...Shanghai fourth
Toronto doesn't matter where you walk, theres something or someone that's interesting not to mention the variety of ethnic cultures in whatever section of the city one be.
Madrid, Spain is my personal favourite. Culture, activity and good food, what more can you ask for!
San Francisco. It's by far the most scenic city in the U.S., though I have to say the food isn't so good there. If you're in it to eat and absorb some culture, I'd say NYC. For sightseeing, San Francisco.
There were some pretty good restaurants in San Francisco, at least when I was there last. Sometimes I do a little off the beaten path....so, Indian food was great in/around the Tenderloin area. There was this cool old 40's 'joint' downtown, and of course the Ferry Building is really nice just to walk around and shop--it looked like there were some upscale restaurants there on the waterfront.
Nothing beats NYC for food just on every corner though, definitely.
My favorite city so far would have to be San Diego California because I like the harbor watching the cruise ships and eating at the seafood restaurants and listening to the live music at the outdoor concerts, not to mention the excellent weather out there.
Although I was raised in a small town, I have at different stages in my life lived in both Edinburgh and London. I have also travelled to several countries in mainland Europe.
It has been my experience that I have yet to find any city which can compare to Edinburgh, for its heritage, its fire, its passion and its incredible sense of being alive.
I actually moved from Edinburgh directly to London and although London is twenty times the size of Edinburgh, I very quickly found that Edinburgh's heart is a hundred times the size of London's.
I have now returned to my origins as a small town dweller
Toronto, because it's "my" town. and some european towns...they have completely different atmosphere, no matter if Italy, France or Germany...
Lisbon. Simply because it's worthy of being on anyones' favourite city list. The culture, atmospere, architecture. And don't get me started on the beer gulping and cake scarfing ...
Obudu cattle ranch in cross river state, Nigeria. A very attractive tourist zone!!!
I live in Las Vegas, so I'll say Las Vegas, our city needs a boost, I am advertising it :-)
Santa Barbara, California.
Went to college there. Great weather, great beaches, great food, great nightlife.
My perfect town.
Barcelona, I love the City and the people are just fantastic. I go there every year and will be there in August again.
Stoke-on-Trent. It has it all, oatcakes, Alton Towers, pottery and the home of the spitfire. I strongly reccomend it to anyone visiting Britain in the future!
A tie between Toronto and Chicago. Chicago was my favorite for most of my life, but three years ago Bill took me to Toronto for a couple of days and now I'm close to changing my loyalties.
I like the toughness of Chicago, like Sandburg's poem--he got ti right. And I love how diverse and friendly Toronto is.
Navarre Beach Florida for the white as snow and soft as powder sandy beaches of the warm Gulf. Blue-green salt water and perfect sunsets. It is here where the water touches the sky that I have made many major choices in my life. Somehow that horizon has all my answers tucked inside it waiting for me to come and get them as I need. A very peaceful and decicive place.
My favorite city on earth is Las Vegas. Now, this is coming from someone who does not gamble. I love it because there is always something new and intersting to do. The best stage shows such as Cirque Du Soliel, Unbelievable Magicians, Top-Notch Comedy, Some of the greatest rock cover bands and the women there are gorgeous. Each hotel has a special theme, the food is great and everything is open...all the time.
Florence. It was the first place I traveled by myself and realized that it was so much better to have someone with you to turn to and go "DANG that's amazing, isn't it?"
I read "The Agony and the Ecstasy" about Michelangelo growing up in Florence while I was there, and getting to walk in the same streets, visit the same churches, and see his house was awesome. I could have stayed for a very very long time.
In the states it would have to be Austin, Tex. It's just so unique and, no better way to say it, weird! You get all the benefits of city life, but the city is not too crowed and it's easy to get around. OH! And all the vintage shops are EVERYWHERE!
I'm not especially well traveled, in spite of having lived in two different countries and three United States. Of those cities I *have* visited, I would have to say Raleigh, North Carolina. But don't tell my husband that! LOL
Honolulu, Hawaii because of the diversity of culture, and beautiful scenery once you get out of the city.
Berlin although I should be more accurate and say West Berlin as I haven't been back since before the wall came down.
Beijing is my favorite city.people in beijing are friendly to everyone from all over the world.
I have never been to kyoto.next year i will go to there for my study .You can introduce some interesting places for me .:)thanks ~~~
Wow, there are so many things to see. If you are there for a while you can visit lots of places. I'd start with Kiyomizudera, kinkakuji, ginkakuji, and maybe sanjusangendo. But really, there are hundreds of things to see and do (and eat). I'm sure you'll love it. And of course good luck with your studies.
Wow ,after you description,i am so expecting to go there .I think i will acquire a nice memory in there.I want to play around and eat all delicious food.i think i will.
Thank you ^^!best wishes for you
London for the diversity and history that your surrounded by in every area.
Barcelona for the architecture and culture.
Interlaken, Switzerland. I had a better time there than any other place in Europe when I went. Don't know if it quite qualifies as a city, but oh well...
If you are looking for good football and a great shopping experience, and good food, especially in China Town then visit Mancheter.....
Auckland City New Zealand
Auckland is a very unique city, apart form all its volcano's that are extinct, giving the city a unique landscape and its also such a green city with so many wonderful parks walkways and bike ways there are so many hidden gems and there is the more obvious gem like its culture diversity. Which makes the city breath with excitement and life. Auckland is one city you have to see and visit for yourself to truly know why it is such a magical city and won fourth best city in the world for 2009.
Melbourne Australia. It is built on a huge bay with the ocean nearby, it is clean, safe and has beautiful architecture. Mountains in the background we have snow skiing within 2 hours of the city and the surf even closer.The wheather is fantastic, with a mean ambient temperature range of 11.c degrees. A very friendly place to visit and a great place to live. I call it home.
Aachen Germany. In my limited travels, that has been my favorite locale. Its a small city/big town with culture, art, and history. Once the seat of Charlemagne's empire, now a beautiful attraction. It has a beautiful Dom (cathedral) that took long enough to build that a few different eras of architecture show up. Lovely gardens and hot springs, and statues through out the city. I was lucky enough to visit the city with the local historian and past mayor (who awards an international peace prize yearly which apparently Bill Clinton received one year--my guides son was the mayor by then) and avid story teller, which may be why I loved it so much. But if you find yourself in Germany, Belgium, or France (Aachen is located where the three meet) I would highly suggest a day trip there.
Although I'm not a huge city person, without a doubt Antigua, Guatemala. It has beautiful coloured buildings, cobblestone streets, isn't too big, great handicrafts, friendly people, very reasonably priced and pictueresque volcanos (some active) as a backdrop. Not to mention a plethora of outdoor activities at it's doorstep including hiking an active volcano (Pacaya) in which you can roast marshmellows on the lava.
Calgary -- for the welcoming hospitality of the Calgarians, the closeness and accessibility to the Rocky Mountains (and all that wonderful skiing and hiking), the cutting edge technology that prevails in medicine, information technology and sports. But mostly, it's my hometown!
Let's see now, in my limited travel I would have to opine a few. The list could change as soon as the swine flu pandemic cessates so we can get back to the occasional family trip.
London, on top of the diverse appeal, the quaint beauty of everything, and the good manners, I appreciate the way the planners have so much common space in every township.
New York City. It offers so much for all the world: shopping, sightseeing, entertainment, and it's home to so many of my countrymen.
Havana, Cuba. History of the Spanish Empire frozen in time. And surprise, surprise, the people are happy and healthy. Food was great too.
I also rate very highly Brussels, Fayetteville in Carolinas (was that north or South),Richmond, Virginia, Basel and Geneva in Switzerland, Cologne in Germany, and how could I omit Kingston, Jamaica with its mountain backdrop and large harbour.
In the US: Chicago
In Europe: Brugges, Belgium or Venice, Italy
In Mexico: San Miguel Allende
Chicago is the greatest.
Charleston, SC is my second choice...It's just like New Orleans without the smell of puke all around you... I'm finishing up my travel hub on Charleston tomorrow.
Sorry, but it's a tie for me between NYC, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC.
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