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Old March 10 2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

My city (Hobart, Tasmania) made the "Best in Travel 2013 - Top 10 Cities. It is at no 7.

The sleepy harbour town reputation attracts a solid ‘outdoorsy’ set, but the recent arrival of the world-class MONA museum has the waters rippling, hip tourists flocking and Hobart rousing from its slumber. 2013 will see the new kid on the block team up with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) for the Theatre of the World exhibition curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, former director of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. This year will also prove exciting for Hobart’s already burgeoning gastronomic scene as the city’s culinary credentials continue to rise.
I was wondering how many of the 10 cities named people here have been to and their opinions of the cities. The other cities are

1) San Franciso
2) Amsterdam
3) Hyderabad
4) Londonderry/Derry
5) Běijīng
6) Christchurch
8) Montréal
9) Addis Ababa
10) Puerto Iguazú

details of why the cities made the list here
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Old March 10 2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

I visited Londonderry a lot a few years ago, always struck me as a bit of a dump - the fact that it won UK City of Culture (a mechanism to pour cash into a dump) doesn't change that view.
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Old March 10 2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

Um

Hobart gets rated, and Melbourne doesn't?

I can't take that list seriously.
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Old March 10 2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

derry is a dump. amsterdams too sleazy.
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Old March 10 2013, 02:52 PM   #5
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

Was in Montréal just before Christmas. Amazing city, great fun.
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Old March 10 2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

Reminds me of one of those lists a while back. The topic was top 10 cities where one can take a solo walk away from the touristy areas . New Orleans was one of them, which is really a no-no except for perhaps the garden district. The article even implied one could take a walk at night away from the French District.
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Old March 10 2013, 03:30 PM   #7
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Only been to four of those ten . But perfectly nice,
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Old March 10 2013, 03:53 PM   #8
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

I've never been to any of those cities, but I will be going to San Francisco this summer. Can't wait to see AT&T Park. (Unfortunately, since it's an organized tour, I won't have a lot of time to sightsee in the city itself...)
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Old March 10 2013, 05:18 PM   #9
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

The only one I've been to on the list is San Francisco. I grew up about an hour away from the city, and it holds a fond place in my heart. It was always the place to go for fun and exciting things, such as when our senior prom was held there and I went on an hour-long limo ride with a group of friends to get there, or for a day break when you want to get away from real life. My family and I recently did a city-wide scavenger hunt, Amazing Race type adventure there (through Urban Adventure Quest) and it was a lot of fun. We got to see parts of the city that I hadn't really dedicated any time to visiting before, such as Chinatown and the Cable Car Museum. And it all ended at the pier with a beautiful sunset and view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Although the article implies that it's only a destination for liberals who want to mingle with like minds, it's actually a city that has something for everyone. There are so many different cultures, religions, ethnicities, and points of view in the Bay Area that everyone will find something that makes them feel at home here.

As touristy as it is, I still love walking along Pier 39. There is a certain smell and breezy feeling to it that you never forget. I'll often be in other parts of the state or country and get a hint of something on the wind and for a second I am transported back to San Francisco.
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Old March 10 2013, 07:52 PM   #10
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

I grew up across the bay from San Francisco, and I've never found a city in the US to come anywhere near in it, in regards to beauty, culture, friendliness, style, etc. Of course, I am a little bit biased...
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Old March 10 2013, 08:27 PM   #11
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I love San Francisco for all the reasons others have mentioned. The closest I came to any of the other cities on the list was a meeting at the airport in Amsterdam, en route elsewhere.
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Old March 10 2013, 08:39 PM   #12
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

I've only been to two cities on the list: San Francisco and Hobart.

San Francisco is one of the best cities on Earth (except their sports teams). I love going into "the city". We live a little over an hour away. We've been there for concerts, sporting events, conventions, and just general goofing around. It is a fantastic place. It's one of those cities that when you're there, you know you're there (if that makes sense).

As for Hobart, I spent 4 days there during my year abroad in Australia. That was many, many years ago. We stayed at the Wrest Point Casino. I won big, drank big, and had a wonderful time.

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Old March 10 2013, 08:59 PM   #13
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In contrast, I'm pretty sure I got the clap when I was in Derry.
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Old March 10 2013, 09:11 PM   #14
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Re: Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

I feel proud to know that my city is number one on this list, but man where are the other American cities.

I would love to go see a Canadians game in Montreal.

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Old March 10 2013, 11:39 PM   #15
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Collingwood Nick wrote: View Post
Um

Hobart gets rated, and Melbourne doesn't?

I can't take that list seriously.
Its only for this year. Hobart made the list because it is hosting its months long "Theatre of the World" exhibition, as well as hosting/ or already hosted its regular attractions such as the Wooden Boat Festival, Taste of Tasmania, MONA FOMA (and Dark Mofo) etc, etc
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