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Old 08-03-2017, 08:46 AM
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Amsterdam is my favorite followed closely by Bruges (not see that's a true city though). London and Paris are a bit too western and Brussels was too corporate feeling.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:20 AM
Location: SE UK
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Originally Posted by GoCardinals View Post
We all have our choices and our own taste but this one surprised me.
Why would it surprise you so much? OK it might not be a 'favourite' but to be surprised that it is somebodies favourite is a 'surprise'. London is one of only two AA cities I believe? (the other being New York) and for you to be surprised somebody 'likes' it suggests that the city has a lot 'missing'. London has just about everything you can have in a city, Food, entertainment, world class museums, sport probably unmatched anywhere in the world, so many touristy things to see and do that you will need a month to see them all, OK not a favourite fair enough but to be 'surprised' somebody else likes it there? I don't see it. What does London actually 'lack'?
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:48 AM
Location: Ithaca, New York
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I also like Riga
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:31 AM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Another London fan here. There is no central tourist district, so you have to be willing to get around a bit to fully see all the good stuff. And this is much good stuff and history- museums, great architecture, shopping if that's your thing. But at the same time there's all this amazing history, it's not stuck in time like some sort of European theme park and is truly a great crossroad of the world. You'll find yourself surrounded by North American college kids in a museum or bar, discover the park down the street from your hotel is crowded with Indian women in saris, go to the mall and see another swarm of women in hijabs (and then get back to your room flip through the tv channels, and find the Ramadan charity telethon- only 40 to a fund cataract back in Africa- on the Somali public access station.

Venture away from the neat tourist timetable, and it can be a wonderfully meesy place with great energy.
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:05 PM
Location: NoVa
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For me, London was just like DC, except with much better architecture. It didn't feel "European", at all. I enjoyed it, and would certainly visit again; but never got the "European" vibe.
So you're saying Eastern Market in DC is just like Borough Market in London, with better architecture? Buckingham Palace is just like White House, with better architecture? London's Tube is just like DC's Metro? Riiiight.
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:10 PM
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Honorable mention- London. The history there is incredible, most of the attractions are free, and I actually like the food lol. I didn't really find it as expensive as people said it was but I do things on the cheap. The main expense was lodging which was high.

I realize my choices are more touristy than others picking places in Eastern and Central Europe. Eastern Europe just doesn't interest me, and while some places in Central Europe interest me, I'm in no hurry to get there until I finish going to my musts even if it's a 3rd trip lol.
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:35 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Maastricht is pretty sweet! But no water front.

I enjoyed Venice far more than I had expected.

Amsterdam and Copenhagen too.

Amsterdam is the winner (so far). Many more cities to enjoy! (But I am not a 'city' person)
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:38 PM
Location: Austin
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But I prefer the small towns such as;

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Old 08-04-2017, 06:46 PM
Location: North Carolina
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:35 PM
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Naples - hands down my favorite city in Europe.
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