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Old 03-02-2007, 04:55 PM
 
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Just wondering for those who have traveled around the world (military, business, pleasure, etc) what was the prettiest and Poorest that you got to visit. I was in the U.S.Navy so i got to see alot of the world so for me the prettiest was Monaco as the Casino with the highway going thru it was pretty awesome and as we walked around the entire city we could not find even a piece of trash anywhere. Also the train ride thru the tunnels along the coast into France to Nice and Cannes was cool.

The poorest was Karachi, Pakistan as it was very,very poor and dirty and our taxi was a mule pulling a cart. This was back in the 80's when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and there were about a million refugees there living in squalor tents all along the river and the stench was really bad from all the waste and what not. It was sad to see.

Anyway thats my two choices......
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:05 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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France is gorgeous. Those little beaux villages.
I saw some fairly severe poverty in Guatemala. But I doubt it was as bad as what you saw, harry o.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:17 PM
 
Location: England
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Best city San Francisco loved this place thought it had a lot of character.

Worst Dublin because its overrated, expensive for what it is and boring after a couple of days

not sure if this answers your question thought as none of the cities ive mentioned are poor.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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I love Germany and can sit in a train looking out the window from Frankfurt to Freiburg and luxuriate in the beauty of the countryside. Speaking of beautiful cities, you've got to see Muenster, Germany sometime. It was destroyed in the war, but they rebuilt it back to an almost exact replica of it's medieval old town and it's stunningly beautiful. It's my favorite city in Germany.
Italy looks a lot like California to me with the oleanders in the middle of the highways, etc.
Paris is my favorite European capital...I find it mesmerizing. I think it's a bit dirty and there are parts I've stayed in where I may have been in some personal danger, but I love that city, particularly in St. Michel and St. Germain.
The worst place I've ever seen is Manila, Philippines. It's shockingly bad. There are literally miles and miles of claptrap tenements where they build using the power poles for support and then each other to stand up. Every conceivable kind of material you can think of goes into construction, mostly used garbage. They even have electric meters on them! The poverty and filth is nauseating. The river that runs through Manila is choked in floating debris and garbage and is the color of grey dirty mop water. There are dead animals in it and garbage of every conceivable kind. I hated Manila. Even the Malacanyang Palace where Imelda Marcos used to have all her thousands of shoes is shoddy. I sat in the exact chair at the exact desk and had my picture taken where Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law back when. That palace is a wreck.
I still think some of the prettiest country I've ever seen is here in the U.S. and we have a few of the world's most beautiful cities as well. San Francisco, the historic part of New Orleans, etc.
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Outer Space
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Vilnius, Lithuania is gorgeous. There is a lot to see there, lots of history. I think it is vastly underrated. Antwerp, Belgium is very clean, pleasant, and cute. I would love to return to both places.

I have never been to a place that could be described as third world though. Maybe some parts of Mississippi came close...

Some of the parts of Lithuania were poor and used animals for transport. No running water and electricity in some places, but I wasn't left with a bad impression of the countryside of Lithuania for it. Not like maybe MoMark's experience in the Manilla. It was not like that at all.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:52 AM
 
Location: York, UK
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Some of the carribean Islands have poor area's away from the tourists resorts and million dollar beach front homes. Dominica Republic was really bad a few years ago with many regular familys living in small shacks.
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:15 PM
 
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Grand Cayman was the prettiest[least poor] Caribbean island I saw. Nice dowton-ish place and some very lovely homes. It does have its share of less-desirable areas as well.. just not as much.
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:25 AM
 
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It's either Jaipur, in Rajasthan or Curitiba in Parana (Brazil). Very poor, beautiful, though.
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:49 PM
 
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In the US definitely Sanibel Island in southwest Florida for the nicest and cleanest place with plenty of nature, wildlife, gators, exotic birds, sandy beaches and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Grandview Heights, OH
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Rio De Janeiro is both at once: The beaches are beautiful and one of the nicest places in the world. The favelas in the hills are some of the more dangerous, disgusting places you will ever see.
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