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My top cities of the world

For some reason, I often tend to end up in large cities during my travels. While nature is bold and beautiful, there is something alluring about old man-made cities where people have lived for generations and every corner has a history. These are my favorite ones.

New York – for the atmosphere

It smells, it stinks, it loves, it hates. A city like no other. For good and bad, this place got it all. The greatest and worst mix of people on the planet.

New York View from Empire State Building. See more New York photos.

Sydney – for the people

It’s clean, beautiful and has the friendliest people I’ve ever met. While you’re there, you begin to wonder why not all cities are like this. Too bad it’s located on the other side of the globe or I would move there tomorrow.

Sydney The Opera House by night. See more Sydney photos.

Paris – for the love

One would never suspect that such tiny dogs could produce such enormous dumps, let alone spread it all over town. Well, despite them and the occasionally grumpy locals, Paris is the most romantic city in the world. Take a stroll along the Seine, walk up the hills of Montmartre and smell the croissants.

Paris Moulin Rouge at Boulevard de Clichy. See more Paris photos.

Tokyo – for the pulse

Tokyo is the world’s most populous metropolitan area and there are always lots of people in every inch of the streets. Despite all this the citizens manage to be very friendly and polite, but behind that calm surface they party like it’s 1999 so fasten your seatbelts.

Tokyo The busy crossing at Shibuya. See more Tokyo photos.

Rome – for the ice cream

It’s really amazing to walk past the ruins of a civilization that wore togas in marble halls while my ancestors still lived in caves freezing their butts off. However, after standing in the middle of Colosseum, you realize that humanity never changes, despite the turn of millennias. Except for the Roman ice cream, which is probably the best in the world.

Rome St Peter’s Basilica with the Tiber. See more Rome photos.

San Francisco – for the streets

Unlike many other great American cities, this is a place where you can walk around without ever feeling the need for a car. Where its evil stepbrother Los Angeles has a soiled Hollywood Boulevard and endless freeways, San Francisco has charming hills and the Golden Gate bridge.

San Francisco View from Coit Tower. See more San Francisco photos and a roadtrip.

What are your favorite cities?

6 comments

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    Theresa
    02 Jun, 2009

    I agree on all, except perhaps Tokyo, since I’ve never been there. And, Sydney is #1.. :)

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    03 Jun, 2009

    Oh yes, Sydney is a wonderful place!

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    sofia
    18 Jun, 2009

    Rome is definetly on the top. It was an amazing trip there. Not only for the icecream, but for the tiramisu too! And the guides! And maybe the piles of stone and the old stuff…
    Else, I prefer calm places, nature and some adventure actually. *I’m such a grown-up nowadays.

  • avatar
    20 Jun, 2009

    Ah, the divine tiramisu at the place Jim recommended… How could I forget? Let’s go back!

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    Tess
    24 Jun, 2009

    I must have missed this post..
    I agree with you on some of it.. :-) I really liked Sydney.. and hope to go back there again this summer when I’m downunder.. and New York is just THE city.. Paris is always Paris.. even though I dont see what is so romantic about it.. I have been to Rome twice but must admit I didnt fall for it.. even though its history & all old buildings are amazing.
    San Fransisco and Tokyo is still on my “to do” list..
    My favorites cities would probably be Sydney, Singapore, maybe Istanbul, Dublin.. Gothenburg.. :-) London is always London… arh.. there are so many great cities.. it is too hard…

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    25 Jun, 2009

    A hand-in-hand stroll through the hills of Montmartre or a walk along the banks of Seine at sunset is perhaps a romantic cliché but I think it’s nice.
    As for London, I always like to quote Avi from Snatch: “Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup ‘o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins”. :)
    Enjoy your summer in Aussie, Tess!

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