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Old 04-17-2014, 06:19 AM
 
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Most of my friends like to go on vacation to a place like Cancun where they spend their entire vacation at the beach or the pool baking in the sun. I want something more.

I want to visit the most interesting and intellectually stimulating city in the world. The city that has the best attractions that make you think. The best historic and cultural attractions. The finest museums. The most interesting places to visit that make you think and possibly even change you. Where your mind gets a work out by all the things you learn while visiting.

Where is that city and why did you chose it?
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:08 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I want to visit the most interesting and intellectually stimulating city in the world.
Since you've apparently already gone on a whole bunch of "Seven European Cities in Seven Days" jaunts and haven't found any city there which meets your criteria (although you've certainly come away with some very peculiar generalizations on these whistle-stops) you could always now start working on Asia. On the other hand, maybe you could whittle down these fly-by trips to maybe two European cities in seven days so you have a little more time to spend in each one.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:20 AM
 
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In Europe? - Perhaps Florence with it's wealth of museams and exhibits, combined with Rome and it's ancient Roman artificats and you can't go wrong. Paris perhaps as well. You can spend days in the Louvre alone.

Worldwide? hmmm - Shanghai maybe, lots of good cultural spots. Don't discount Washington DC either with all it's Smithsonian museams. Egypt - the entire country is a cultural and historic hotspot if you get past the logistical difficulty of travel there.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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There is no one answer, since all people aren't stimulated intellectually by the same things.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:13 AM
 
Location: USA
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I've been to several, but was also blown away by Rome (after Florence). Had been asleep in the coach and woke up to look out and see the Colosseum and then shortly thereafter walking across the street to unexpectedly see Moses. To be there seeing all of what I'd studied was spectacular.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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There are lots of places that offer museums and culture, plus history.

Edinburgh Scotland has excellent museums, tons of history, interesting architecture, and good day trips around the area. There are cultural things like plays and music going on. If you want to take a day away from culture, you can go and look for the Loch Ness Monster.

London has a wealth of excellent museums. There's plenty of history, but you will have to do day trips to see architecture. It's close by, though. The Roman museum at Bath is worth a visit. (buildings in London were destroyed by bombs in WWII). If you want culture, Oxford is close by.

Washington DC and NYC are heavy on museums and cultural things like plays and music.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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I was thinking Rome because it is so fast paced and unique. Places in the United States may have lots of museums but are generally bland and boring because they are so similar to each other. It is not like visiting historical and cultural places in India.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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There is no one answer, since all people aren't stimulated intellectually by the same things.
Yep, I agree. OP, give us your stimulants, and we'll come up with better answers.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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Yep, I agree. OP, give us your stimulants, and we'll come up with better answers.
Oh stimulants? That would be Amsterdam - the local coffeeshops.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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of the places we have traveled throughout the world, I would say Madrid (not just the city but the surrounding areas) and DC. We haven't been to Rome, Paris or Florence. We have been throughout UK, Hong Kong, Poland, Canada, Mexico and So America.
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