Gold Coast, Queensland Australia... The name says it all really. Huge skyscrapers overlooking surfers paradise beach, one of the finest in the world. Outside of surfers paradise there is great surf at Kirra beach and burleigh heads
Sydney Australia... fantastic natural harbour with great landmarks, it realy is a worldclass city.
i have been living in Australia for the last 2 months and returning home to Los angeles in two weeks.
phnom penh is super-cool.... brash, beautiful, sketchy as hell, full of wonderful people living in a crazy place. hire a bike and hit the streets... its fantastic! drinking with loads of cambodian guys wearing holsters is unreal!
also i really really love new york. it's so energetic and exciting! sydney's pretty cool too... definitely somewhere i could see myself living.
the first time i went travelling i really enjoyed auckland. it was cold and clear and i spent many happy days cruising the hills on my skateboard.
but phnom penh is the most exciting city i have visited. and also saigon.
I didn't like Bangkok...
Kuala Lumpur though, I really liked... Thought Singapore was nice too. Kuching, in Sawarak, is really beautiful.
In Europe, I'd probably go for Prague. Beautiful old city, but excellent pubs as well.
New York I also really love.
Havana, Cuba, is really interesting as well - fascinating to be somewhere with no McDonalds, Holiday Inns, Starbucks and all the other western chains everywhere etc. Really felt different.
And although I live here, I have to say that London is an amazing city!
Conclusion - no real favourite!
Seriously though, for me its a close run thing between Chicago and Hong Kong.
I'd have to say Rome, for the buildings, people, food, atmosphere and even the crazy traffic. I went there on a trip with school so I have some funny memories of the city
A close second would be Whistler (if it qualifies as a city?) - I visited in the summertime and I can't remember the last time I have hated leaving a place so much.
I haven't been to many places..yet!
But if I have to choose then here's my toplist :
1. New York City - can't put my finger on it..but it sure was something special
2. Barcelona - for such a relaxed city, but still very lively at nights!
3. Ho Chi Minh City - for the spicy food and the smiling people..and all the mosquiots....haha!
4. London - for all the lovely parks and the Brit's humour
5. Paris - for the lovely Crêpes with all the fillings...mmmmm
I might change this list soon...when I finally get to see Bangkok and see what's all the fuzz's about...
It was in Bulgaria,in the middle of nowhere,lost between two mountains.And all people there treated me like I was an old friend;I was lost in myself,thinking:"Did I ever come here before?",I also felt like I knew them all.It was a little cute village,there were no monuments,no restaurant,but grandma was sitting here in the sun,and a woman smiled to me as if I was coming back after years away from our home...
Odysseas, you woke a distant memory!!! Though maybe not my favourite city, this small Bulgarian village will be for ever edged in my mind! It was a rainy day in Bulgaria, 2002. One of the two cars we were travelling with outside Sofia just ended up upside down in the ditch at -luckily- the mountainside of the mountainroad, because the Bulgarian driver (a friend of the brother of the bulgarian guy we were travelling with) was a suicidal maniac, overtaking three cars and a truck in a right-bending curve, with a 350 meter steep at the left... he lost control, and the end of the story is we landed upside down. (I still am gratefull there was not a car coming in the other direction)
But to come back on topic: we were brought to the nearest village by some gypsies who happened to be in a pickup behind us. It was away from the main route, clamped between two green, dampy mountains. The moment we drove into that village, I felt like being put a century back. The only car in town broke down years ago, and was left at the streetside, now used as a shelter by a gang of chickens. All transport was done by donkey-pulled chariots. It only consisted of at most 15 small houses. No church, no school, one a little shop slash café, where the whole village gathered to look at us, drippy foreigners. From all sides came blankets, cups of the best coffee I ever tasted and undoubtly comforting words we couldn't understand....
Maybe this contributed to the reason Bulgaria's coastal city of Varna is in my top-5 of favourite cities!
1) Berlin, Germany. the perfect city. Quiet parks, great nightlife, shopping, the best musea and a rich history. For me it's easy to visit (only a 5 hour drive), so I've been there a couple of times
2) Johannesburg, South Africa. Not for the beauty of the city (it is ugly). Not for the old monuments (all there are remind of apartheid ages). Not for the friendly people (you only bump into a nice person after been robbed by the first 10 you meet). Actually, I cannot really put a finger on what attrackts me in this city, but man is it alive! vibrating, running like s full-speed train. I just love it, and could imagine myself living here some day.
3) St. petersburg, Russia. It's Amsterdam, it's Venice, it's Paris, it's Prague. But then add that unmistakeble Russian sauce. During summer, just walk around the summer-gardens, the Neva-shores or the Nevski-prospekt or Vasilievski Island... During nighttime, enjoy the russian nightlife, drowned in vodka...
4) London, England. Great city, though a little expensive...
5) Varna, Bulgaria. It has the atmosphere of mediterrenean citis, but for balkan-prices Great nightlife with seaside, open air clubs. great beaches as well.
My two favourite have to be Vegas and Sydney.
Sydney for the wow factor of the harbour bridge, opera house, great beaches and great weather
Vegas for the sheer over the top everything and awaking my inner child everytime I go!
For me: Jerusalem.
The whole city has this incredeble atmosphere of being deeply ancient. Everything seems to have meaning here, until you look closer and realise that it is just ordinary live. Then you step back agian and see that it *does* have meaning. The religious fanatism and the turbulence of the security situation as well as the ordinary crazyness of the Middle East in general just add up to something out of this world.
Take the Via Dolorosa for eample - for the Catholic nun from the USA walking that street is the trip of a life time and the spot where Jesus (pbuh) put his hand the spot to break down crying and sobbing like a teenage girl at a pop concert. But for the little Christian Palestian girl next door it is simply her way to school.
If you live there, you either go crazy or you are it already.
Barcelona by far. Best combination of culture, nightlife, ocean, and non-stop things to do.