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11. Posted by ali g. (Budding Member 241 posts) 11y

Pretty partial to my hometown of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. It is small, friendly,clean,has great sandy beaches,is the jumping off spot for 4 well-known wine regions.Also the start off spot for the outback area of Oz.We have a vast multi-cultural population, so have some varied eating spots and some great watering holes,as well.

12. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

Yes, I definitely recommend everyone to come to Kiev for a few days. The architecture of the city is very unusual and always interesting to foreigners. Even if you're not religious it's quite exiting to see the first time all those churches with golden domes. As for me I'm tired of all these "gold" but all my friends from abroad always admire Kiev. Among the other interesting places worth to see I would add the museum of miniatures where you can see for example the rose which is made within the human hairline - it was in 50's so any laser technologies! The same museum should be only somewhere in Andorra. I also like our museum of water where you can enter into the soap bubble and make it over you! It's so funny!!!

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Our current hometown has approx. 460 people, 3 bars, 2 churches, 1 funeral home and 0 attractions. The main street is 2 blocks long and they rerouted the highway to bypass the town completely. Nope, I don't think I'll be recommending it as a traveler's hotspot anytime soon...

Our previous hometown was Chicago and I would highly recommend visiting the city to everyone. Some of the highlights are the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Schedd Aquarium, Adler Planatarium, Milennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan Avenue (aka The Magnificent Mile) and Oak Street (both for shopping), Lincoln Park and Lincoln Park Zoo (free entry), Brookfield Zoo (suburban - pay entry), and just walking along Lake Michigan in the summer.

Comparing the two - where would you want to visit? No need to answer - I already know.

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

That reminds me of a Simon and Garfunkle song (doesn't everything remind me of a song??):

In my little town
I never meant nothin'
I was just my father's son
Saving my money
Dreaming of glory
Twitching like a finger
On the trigger of a gun
Leaving nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town...

15. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

That reminds me of a Simon and Garfunkle song (doesn't everything remind me of a song??):

In my little town
I never meant nothin'
I was just my father's son
Saving my money
Dreaming of glory
Twitching like a finger
On the trigger of a gun
Leaving nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town...

You're not alone - I have a song for every occasion too, T!! ;)

But, that's exactly how I felt about the town where I grew up when I was a teenager. Anything to "get outta Dodge" was my feeling. My original hometown is Mankato, Minnesota. It's a university town with 32,427 people, give or take. It's highlights include being the Minnesota Vikings summer training camp, the county seat and the "big" town that the characters in the Little House on the Prairie books and TV program would visit for supplies. It was the home of Maud Hart Lovelace, who wrote a series of Betsy-Tacy children's books. Author Sinclair Lewis lived there for awhile. It's also where the Blue Earth and Minnesota rivers converge - flowing against each other. The Blue Earth river banks have large deposits of "blue" silt (sky blue when dry) which was thought to be copper deposits, but the color is actually derived from the algae. Other than that - Mankato is also not a highlight for the adventurous traveler. Unless you like lakes... Minnesota - state motto being Land of 10,000 Lakes - has 15,293 lakes, 6,813 of them un-named. Mankato is surrounded by several.

16. Posted by lafalott (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

I am from Vancouver, Canada and even though I have travelled to many places I cannot imagine living anywhere but here. There are many things to do and see here in every season. In the summer you can hike up (or take a gondola up) one of our local mountains and get an amazing city view - which you can also do in the winter to go skiing. There is also stanley park which you can rollerblade/bike/walk around as well as the aquarium in stanley park. We have museums and the planetarium. Always exciting are the fireworks during the end of July and early august. Granville Island is a great place for the tourist and the local for shopping (local artists, fresh food, and live entartainment). There is a ton of other shopping around the city (both indoor and outdoor). UBC is a very beautiful campus and Wreck Beach is a walk across a road and down a hill from the campus :))) The weather in all the seasons is not extreme in either direction yet it is still warm enough and cold enough to do all the season specific attractions. My favorite thing about Vancouver is after being outdoors for a day I come home and my skin is not coated in a layer of dirt -- ahh clean air.

-Katrina

17. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 11y

My hometown is Glasgow, I guess there are some things to do here if you like drinking or music as Glasgow has a pretty good music "scene". It certainly has some nice buildings, but in general I think it's got nothing on Edinburgh in terms of the people there, the atmosphere and architecture. Go to Edinburgh!

18. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

Our current hometown has approx. 460 people, 3 bars, 2 churches, 1 funeral home and 0 attractions.

Isa, if I did not know beerman and you are such happy people, I'd be slightly concerned now ;)...

I'm from Berlin myself (not originally, but have lived here for a while now) and I consider it as the best city in Germany .
It's probably not very German as many people from all over the world are living here together making it such a special place with full of atmosphere. Also not to forget about the amazing history of the city and eventhough we have 3.8 mil. citizens the city is very green and has lots of parks. Just love living here!

19. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting steffbo

Quoting Isadora

Our current hometown has approx. 460 people, 3 bars, 2 churches, 1 funeral home and 0 attractions.

Isa, if I did not know beerman and you are such happy people, I'd be slightly concerned now ;)...

No need for concern, Steff!!! That's why martinis were invented - something to do when you're attraction challenged!

20. Posted by Leadfoot (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

New to the forum, so far finding it great, myself i live in Nottingham (England) which is rubbish to travel to but just next to where i live is a place called Derbyshire (aka the peak district) second most beautiful place i've ever been best place to go is behind Riber castle and look across everywhere it is stunning absolutely beautiful

Maybe one day in the future a few of us from TP can go and take a look definitely worth the endless hours spent on planes and trains and god knows what other transport