My hometown is Istanbul. And I can say that if you havent seen yet, it seems like you are losing lots of things.
First of all Istanbul can be considered as the craddle of civilizations. It has been the capital city of the Byzantine and then for the Ottoman Empire. So Istanbul is the only place where you can see all signs of all around. Here is the only city where you can see a Church, a Synagogue and a Mosque on the same street and all of three are active! Also there are lots of historical places which I can not list them all.
Secondly Istanbul is settled on two continents; Asia and Europe. Half of the city is on Europe and other half is on Asia. So you can travel between two continents in a day several times. It is a real melting pot between east and the west.
And lastly contrary to what most of you think, Istanbul is a secular country and we are totally different from the image what you consider as a `middle east country`. In US, some people asked me if we are travelling by camels, we are using the arabic alphabet or women have to wear headscarfs. No no no.
I recommend you visit www.istanbul.com to view some photos or have travelling guides.
And lastly please if you want to learn something about Turkey, or Middle East or something else DO NOT USE your media. Try to find someone objective, use internet. One of the English daily newspapers in Turkey is Turkish Daily News. You can read via internet.
Thanks. I can invite all of you to Istanbul. And if you are looking for a friend to show you around please contact me.
My hometown is Penrith, in Cumbria which I still think is the most beautiful county in England with the picturesque Lake District and the wild Pennines within shooting distance.
Penrith itself is probably worth a day, it has a ruined Norman castle, lots of historic buildings, more pubs than you can shake a stick at, britain's 'biggest grass-covered building', Eden Ostrich World and the Alpaca Centre. For visitors it's best as a base for exploring the stunning countryside around though.
Also, it's where Withnail goes on holiday!!
Quoting ali g.
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.
spot on, if u want a bit of a break from the full on times of sydney or gold coast, adelaide is the place. by far the most multicultural and artistic city in australia, with plenty of festivals (should u be lucky enough to be here when one is on). Adelaide has a good feel to it. head to the outback - flinders ranges, plenty of great walks and sights and the yorke peninsula one of the best places to see great rugged coast line and do some surfing or fishing. IGNORE people who say adelaide is completely boring, they just didnt do the right things while here.
sheffield - south yorkshire.
A bit of a shit hole, but not bad for uni life, cant wait to go travelling in DEC!!!
My town city is Barcelona... and I love it! it's more than beautiful, and it's really interesting! well, I must say something about the great weather ( warm in summer, not very cold in winter) and of course... the food!!
I love travelling and eating new things from other places... but the food in the mediterranean sea is so, so, so good! that it makes me always come back home...
The nightlife is also great... we party till morning, so... a little bit of siesta is not a bad idea!
at this point of my life I have two hometowns...
Well, "Home" is actually a little village between Siena and Grosseto, in Tuscany (Italy): Civitella Marittima. Both my parents are from the village, my 4 grandparents were from teh village, 6 out of 8 greatgrandparents were from the village... I have a pedigree!!!
I myself lived there until I went to the University and I go back every week-end to family and friends.
Civitella is a smal village of 350 people, on the top of a hill overlooking the Maremma. It is an amazing place, and I would recommend it to anybody.
I now live in Pisa. I have lived here for the past 11 years, so I feel this too is home.
Pisa, despite what you might have heard, is a realy beautiful city. Unfortunately, the popularity of the Tower obscures all the rest.
And as iti usually happens when everybody say that a city is a must-see, it never really keeps up with the expectations.
It is actually a really nice city. But too much traffic!
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Dundee, 4th largest city in Scotland and not a backpacker hostel in sight! It's waiting to be discovered...
Er Dungiven....not widely known but a cracking wee place nonetheless, we got mountains, glens, a castle (which is now a hostel, coincidently), a river running through(The Roe), 4000 people and around 20 pubs. Its on the main road from Belfast to Derry (Northern Ireland). Feel free to knock on the door of the house accross the road from the Castle and my Ma will have you sitting down with a cup of tea in your hand and dinner in the oven before you can explain how you came to be there.
If you don't like drinking heavily, its probably not your scene though.....and its quite a political little place too. Mind your knees.....
I grew up and still live in Glasgow (although am about to leave it for a year!). I love it because (despite some negative views given in the media!) the people are very friendly and its generally an easy going place. it has all the advantages of a big city, lots of good pubs, clubs, restaurants etc yet in half an hour you can be away from it all in the middle of nowhere in somewhere like Loch Lomond. We might not get the weather but we have great museums (which are free!), lots of great music venues, great shops.
Most people think of Scotland and think Edinburgh but in Glasgow you will get a more realistic taste of Scottish life as its not as tourist oriented. Not just my own opinion, i recently met a load of Australians travelling the UK and Glasgow was their favourite city! They liked it so much they stayed here for nearly a year!
Although for anyone coming to Scotland they shouldn't just stick to the one place! there's a whole beautiful country to see!!
Glasgow rox. Whatta town.