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Old 05-01-2013, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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What in your opinion would be the 10 most unique cities in the world?

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Bruges, Belgium
Seville, Spain
St Petursburg, Russia
Tokyo, Japan
Le Paz, Bolivia
Brasilia, Brazil
Edinburgh, Scotland
Perth, Australia
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Los Angles, USA
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Istanbul
Venice
Paris
New Orleans
San Francisco
Havana
Prague
Medellín
Hong Kong
Tijuana

Honorable mention:
Montréal
Marseille
Cape Town
Budapest
Curitiba
Lhasa
Berlin
Barcelona
Astana
Dubai

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:06 PM
 
Location: NYC
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What in your opinion would be the 10 most unique cities in the world?

Factor in culture, architecture, food, accents/dialects/languages, or anything else you'd like to use.

Pictures are also fine, please make sure they're not copy-right material and that you're authorized to post them, if not then a link to the picture should suffice.
Of the cities i've been to, in no particular order:

NYC
Tokyo
HK
Rio
Venice
Amsterdam
Jerusalem
Barcelona
Vegas

Lots of candidates for #10...
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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San Marino in Italy... beautiful place with scenic beauty Ive never seen the likes of....

San Marino: Travel & Tourist Guide | Italy Heaven
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:52 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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In my view and experience, one city stands out for uniqueness: Venice.

The last of the great pre-industrial Mediterranean, mostly sea-faring, empires, with an almost completely forgotten 1,000 year history, La Serenissima, built exactly for that purpose, its splendid architecture almost perfectly preserved, stuck in history and slowly sinking.

Napoleon brought its history to a close on the cusp of the industrial era and no one would ever rebuild such a city for the purpose that it was originally built.

It's industrial-era counterpart is Mestre.

While other cities such as Rome and Istanbul preserve much of their splendid historical architecture, they are also evolving industrial-era cities, especially Istanbul over the past 20 years or so, and it seems to have bright prospects going forward.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In no particular order, most of which I've been to:

Venice, Italy
Pyongyang, North Korea
Macao, China
La Paz, Bolivia
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Mamaus, Brazil
Lhasa, Tibet, China
Mogadishu, Somalia
Las Vegas, Nevada
Arica, Chile
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Macao:
The mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture really amazed me, probably the most unique city I've ever been to. Totally loved it. It's a pitty, though, that there is so much gambling going on at night. The city centre is basically dead, some street cafes would have been lovely. Huge plus: It only takes one hour to get there from Hong Kong.

Venice:
Yep, it's unique. I don't particularly like it, though. It feels a bit like Disneyland. Too many tourists, too many places that just want to rip you off.

Tallinn:
Probably the best conserved Hansa city. Lovely centre, good nightlife, great architecture.

Havana:
Never been there, but I imagine it amazing. Kind of bizarre, because of the communist system implemented there.

Karyes, Greece:
That place is weird. 200 inhabitants. Capital of the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain. The number of daily visitors to Mount Athos is restricted, and all are required to obtain a special entrance permit valid for a limited period. Only males are permitted to visit the territory. The monasteries are definitely worth a visit, though.

Berlin:
It's not that beautiful and it still feels like it's stuck between east and west. But boy... The parties there are wild. Wouldn't want to live there, but a visit every now and then is quite nice.

Thimphu:
Looks like a Lhasa without the Han Chinese to me. I definitely want to go there

Pyongyang:
Also on my list. Definitely wins the prize for being the capital of the creepiest country on earth.

Algiers:
A piece of Europe in Africa. The French built a city that was designed to be the Paris of North Africa. Better still, it is a Paris with great beaches and the African sun.

Why didn't I include NYC, Tokyo, Hong Kong or Seoul? Well, they are all more or less the same.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Paris
Rome
London
Montreal
Toronto
Vancouver
San Francisco
Los Angeles
NYC
Las Vegas
Dubai
Rio De Janeiro
Jerusalem
Tokyo
Hong Kong
Sydney
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Paris
Rome
London
Montreal
Toronto
Vancouver
San Francisco
Los Angeles
NYC
Las Vegas
Dubai
Rio De Janeiro
Jerusalem
Tokyo
Hong Kong
Sydney
A few of your cities are similar to other countries on your list, never mind unique.
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