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Sep 13th, 2005, 09:26 AM
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Thit_cho,
I read one of your responses on the Asia Board...

"Well, maybe I'm in the minority, but I have been to HK many times, either on business or a forced stopover when I spent a free day there, and I just don't find it that interesting. Sure, any large city can be fun, but its not in my top 100 cities, and I have been to almost all of the world's major cities in over 100 countries."

...and I wondered which cities you would consider to be your top ten? I am especially curious beacause I agree with your opinion of Hong Kong.

While this may not end up being an Africa question, I feel like the Africa board is my 'home'! Thanks.
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Sep 13th, 2005, 10:28 AM
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Top ten, hmmm, that changes over time, but by continent, I'll tell you places where I could easily and enjoyably spend a lot of time:

Europe
London (too easy to list, but great)
Madrid (underrated, but I got to know it well on a half-dozen business trips)
Stockholm
Tallin, Riga and Vilnius (I lump them together b/c I visited on same trip, but really beautiful cities)
Krakow
Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice (of course)

Asia
Beijing (number one, for me, in Asia)
Kyoto
Hanoi
Phnom Penh

Australia
Sydney and Melbourne

South America
Lima (I thought it was great, but it gets lots of bad reviews)
Buenos Aires

Latin America
Mexico City
Havana

North America
New York (hometown, but its great, and if I didn't love it, I'd move)
Washington, DC

Africa and Middle East
Cairo
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Cape Town

And I'm sure I could extend the list to total 100 that I prefer to HK (and for that matter, Singapore, Jakarta and KL, all of which I've been to a few times, and none of which I find that interesting -- they are all OK for one day, but their not among my top 100).


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Sep 13th, 2005, 10:46 AM
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Thanks, this is exactly what I wanted to know! I've been focusing more and more on leaving the big city behind, but you've made me reconsider. How could I NOT return to London and Istanbul??

Looking forward to visiting other places on your list (esp. Jerusalem, Cairo and Cape Town).

Are the flies in Sydney seasonal? I shudder at the thought of ever returning to Sydney because of this, but now wonder if it was just a matter of bad timing (October).
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Sep 13th, 2005, 10:48 AM
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I forgot to ask about Bangkok. It's pretty high on my list, but you haven't mentioned it.
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There are a lot of nice, smaller (population-wise) cities, that are also incredibly interesting.

In Europe, for example:
Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo
Ljublana
Lviv, Ukraine (no tourists, and I was there last month and its beautiful)

Plus, I forgot Vienna (which is one of my favorites).

As for Bangkok, I think its overrated, and sadly, its the only place I've been in Thailand. It does have some great sites -- Grand Palace, taking a boat thru the canals, Patpong Road, Chinatown, and some excellent restaurants, and I'd definitely spend a couple of days there on any trip to Thailand, but I enjoy the other cities I listed in Asia better. And the traffic is terrible, although I haven't been since they opened the skytrain.


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Sep 13th, 2005, 11:28 AM
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Thanks Michael.
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Just to throw a fly in the ointment I am not a city person but I actually enjoy Bangkok!
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Jules39,
I enjoyed Bangkok in spite of the smog and crowds. I enjoyed boat trips on the Klongs and the shopping (better than HK and Singapore I think), and the reasonably priced accomodations meant I had an oasis to escape to when I'd had enough.

What are your favorite cities?
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