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21. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

i agree with scratch. i live in Bridgend and i always visit Cardiff. i dont think it is special. in my opinion, Bath is much more pleasant than Cardiff. i like York too. my latest trip was to Tenby, Wales, it was really nice. then again, Tenby is not a city.

i come from Southest asia and i work in a chinese takeaway. i am truly disgusted by drunk people walking the streets after midnight. the scene truly reminds me of any generic zombie movie. i kid you not. and i am not living in a big city, i am living in a small town! British people are drinking too much and it is not only the guys who binge drink, the girls too. i also get the feeling that drunk girls pose a bigger nuisance than drunk guys.

Manchester is just a city with a lot of tall buildings, loads of shopping places, a football team, and nothing to see. Ditto Liverpool, except for the tall buildings

[ Edit: Edited on May 14, 2007, at 5:28 PM by GerryKhong ]

22. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Quoting clarife


Really interesting thread guys! If I had been asked this thread last year it would definitely have been Barcelona - & I still think its a great city to visit. It has the beach right beside the city & a port in between - and of course the Ramblas!

Now though, it has to be paris - Obvious choice I know but I have been there twice this year(3days & 8 days) and I would still go back next week if I had the chance. There is so much to do, and corny as it sounds, there is nothing like seeing the eiffel tower lit up at night & tourists from every corner of the globe. We met some really great friends there too, and visited them the last time we were over so that makes it feel less like a foreign country too.

Romantic-eiffel tower, to scary-the catacombs I think paris just has it all.

I sound like a travel agency!!!

Thank you! I agree with you. I also love Paris.
I started this thread with the intention to hear people's opinion and get suggestions of where I should go next, because in the end, no city is better than the other. All are different and all are special in their very particular way, what really matters is how one feels about the city. I also have friends in Paris, London, Edinburgh and near Amsterdam and I know what you mean about feeling less foreigner when you know someone from the country/city. Speaking the language also helps.
I have been to Paris for New Years and although there weren't fireworks there was the Eifeel Tower with its lights. I want to come back to Paris but next time with better weather.
I have been to Cardiff three times and I am coming back again this year. I really enjoy that city and the fact that it is not so stunning as Paris does not matter to me because I simply love it. :)

23. Posted by Nikolina (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y


24. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Quoting audry79

I have been to Cardiff three times and I am coming back again this year. I really enjoy that city and the fact that it is not so stunning as Paris does not matter to me because I simply love it. :)

And that is why it nobody can say which is the best city in europ or the world because it is all about personal feeling!

25. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

Istanbul! by far is the best!

Berlin - a close second....

26. Posted by dewberry (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

I live in Cardiff and I love it too! But in the UK we all wish we lived somewhere else, i'm surprised so many British cities have been listed.
Despite the crowds, there is always so much to do in Barcelona so thats my pick. Nobody has mentioned French cities!

27. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 9y

paris paris paris

venice barcelona and lisbon are close.

28. Posted by Dominatrix (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

Lisbon, Barcelona, Istanbul, Oslo, most cities in Flanders (Leuven, Ghent, even Antwerp), except for Bruges which is too touristy and Brussels which has unfortunately been gallicised -- though there are still plenty of old Flemish buildings in the city.

Vienna, Prague, Copenhagen, Budapest, and Riga are also quite beautiful, but people there are not as nice as in the cities above.

I don't really like living in huge cities like Paris, London, Berlin or Moscow, though of course I do not mind visiting them, as they have best museums. Even Madrid is too big for my taste. Istanbul is the only exception because it does not feel as populated as it apparently is.

29. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Madrid ... I am just back, and miss it terribly. (but I have to option to go and live there)

Vienna, London, Helsinki (in summer) and Granada, are pretty close

30. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

On a wet rainy day it’s not just the fact that a great city has a great looking river, a castle, delightful hills, awesome and unique monuments and architecture, great restaurants serving fantastic fresh fish, meat, fruit and veg, all at great value, etc, etc…

To conclude you are in ‘the best city’ you need to feel it so… through the way you are treated as a visitor.

It’s the Welcome you get and the way you are treated by the people in this city that decides it for me. Because, if below the thin veneer, you are reduced to being just another tourist from a foreign country then ‘the best city’ soon becomes a disappointment. You feel you cannot be part of it and all is lost. You want to leave!

It’s PEOPLE then that make the difference and help you decide.

Its in this respect that Lisbon wins it for me. The ‘Lisboetas’ are blessed in wanting to meet you and make you feel as if they’ve been waiting for you!! Great.