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daytrips that upstaged your base city and why

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list an instance or instances in which a daytrip location was far more magnificent than the spot you picked as your base....preferably a location you wish you had originally chosen as your base in the first place. I'll go first:

We chose Brussels as our base city in Belgium. The Grand Place was very nice, the food and chocolate great, but we were a bit underwhelmed by the attractions that were very spread out. Grafitti, litter, a barren winter landscape, and infinite scaffolding didn't help. Aside from the guy that sold us our metro tickets the people appeared cold, in a hurry, and miserable. Ghent was a totally different experience. It boasted a medieval skyline of churches and the belfry, the castle, lively market square with lots of locals, canals, and smiling faces from the college students. Crossing the St Michael's bridge was like stepping into a time machine. I also loved the architechture which i found far more Dutch and Gothic. We had our best meal there as well

There are only two rules:

1. list your base location and the daytrip
2. explain why you felt the latter was so much more enjoyable

participation is encouraged! :-)

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