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    Finally ready to accept that I will not visit every city in the world. Not even the capitals. Time for some secondhand thrills.

    What's are the best cities you've ever visited and why?

    Why should someone visit your city?

    Not just idle curiousity as I take lots of city breaks and I'm always looking for new ideas.
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    My favourite city is London, where I live. This is because I have the time to explore it in far greater depth than any other and it keeps on giving. You can choke on the history here and its full of back streets, hidden secrets, underground rivers and deep shadows. Half real, half collective fantasy.

    Favorite other city is probably Berlin. Here, the dark secrets have been ripped out into the daylight. I have never visited another city where the wounds of history are so raw, where most of the monuments are not to the glory of your nation but to its crimes. A city that seems like a sophisticated, decadent, haunted adult compared to London's unruly street urchin.

    Slowly falling in love with Paris because I have a friend who lives in Montmarte (property prices are so much lower than London) and shows me round the local bars and restaurants that you would never find as a tourist. And on their own turf the Parisians are much sweeter than their reputation. And its a smaller city which means you can walk everywhere whereas in London you can live for months without seeing the sun.

    Other cities I have loved: Edinburgh, Sevilla, Barcelona, New York, Washington, St. Petersburg, Istanbul.
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    Amsterdam. It is a beautiful, fantastic place. It's a small city but it's got most things you could want. Especially if you want is hookers and drugs. It also has great museums, parks, bars. It is built to be cycled around, the canals open up the streets so it never feels closed in like many cities can. There are so many old buildings all stacked against each other like dominoes.

    It is just a great place to visit.
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
    @mark barter - Right on, re: Barcelona. I traveled all through Spain, and it was by far my favorite stop. I could sit and stare at the Gaudi chapel for days.

    Austin. It's the reason I'm still living here. It's an oasis of absurdity and whimsy in an otherwise stodgy and stuck-up state. With as many people as there are in this city, it still has this small-town mentality, and it's hard to go anywhere without bumping into someone you know (and not the douch-ey ones; it's not so small you can't avoid them). The people are generally interesting and quirky. The selling point for me, though, is the sheer volume (har!) of music that happens in Austin on even a nightly basis. It's a major stop on almost all tour routes, so all the big name acts are sure to come through Austin. Plus, it's pretty cool to be able to attend SXSW and Austin City Limits with all your friends, and be able to walk home to your own bed.
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    What's are the best cities you've ever visited and why?

    I've been out of Brazil exactly once, in Portugal, and I can barely remember it. So, inside Brazil: São Paulo. Polluted and crowded, but there's something in it that just got to me.

    Why should someone visit your city?

    Rio de Janeiro: the women and some touristic points. But be careful which neighborhoods you walk.
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    London is still my favorite city, I lived there 5 years and constantly found new things to do and see and i still have a list of things i haven't done there yet (my aunt has lived there 50+ years and is still finding new things) BUT it helps a million times more if you know someone there who can show you around...

    Kathmandu is an awesome place, crazy and hectic and ramshackle and almost held together with masking tape, but also in the right places very modern and comfortable and relaxing. crammed full of amazing architecture and history and culture but with enough bars and booze to keep you happy too. also there's a new trend popping up there called 'shower bars' where exotic nepalese women dance around in showers. what more could you want?

    Lhasa is both an amazing city to visit but also a very upsetting one if you have any sort of love/respect for the Tibetans and their culture and history. Stepping foot inside the Potala palace was one of the most confusing experiences for me. exhilirating but crushing. oh, and the altitude makes your head go funny.

    in americaland, i'd rate Chicago and Austin as being my favorites.

    stay clear of dehli.
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    I love Canterbury (happens to be where I am currently baised).
    Its lovely. Anywhere, where to get to where I want to go, I walk along a city walls, or past a gatehouse, over a moat, and past a pub from 1372, is ok by me.
    Oh, and the Catherdal is pretty as well.

    And other that that, I love Perth, Austrailia. Such a beautiful, modern and clean looking city, I've never seen.
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
    Boston. My city. Gritty and glitzy, haunted and stoic, raucous and staid.

    I need to visit soon.
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    I first went in high school and made it back every few years. Something to the city that just feels right to me. I grew up in an Indian/Jewish neighborhood in Chicago so the proliferation of Indian food and culture was oddly familiar. The accesiblity of the culture, the suffusion of history and story is just wonderful. It's a place where a building might have been an abbatoir in 1600, a whorehouse in 1850 and been a hospital in the blitz only now to house a bed and breakfast. It feels like the center of the wheel on which the world is turning, for good and bad.

    Edinburgh was amazing. I've never been that drunk or seen that much wild and weird Scottish history in my life.

    I'm from Chicago. We natives can talk your ears purple about this town. I could leave this city and make about 50% more money in my profession but I don't because it's home. I live in Nelson Algren's old neighborhood, which used to be a Ukranian/Polish enclave and is now suffused with hipsters and encroached by yuppies. I can see the glittering downtown from my roof and walk a half block to get the freshest mexican food I've had outside of Zavala. It's an old city that reinvents itself almost yearly. We hate everything new but embrace strangers with a cheery passion. You can wander some of the finest museums, eat food from everywhere they make food and meet people who are treasure-troves of story and history. A Latino woman the other night at a the Ten Cat Lounge was telling me how her son was in the army, in Korea, and came home to become a cop, bought a house for 15,000 dollars that he just sold to "some punk white college fucker" for 600,000 dollars. "That house sucks" is how she put it.

    It's a city of stories.
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
    @Chris Hickey

    Your description made me homesick.

    Go sox.

    - Z

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