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Old November 16 2012, 06:29 AM   #31
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I had the opportunity to travel all across the USA over the summer. I absolutely loved Boston for some reason. Just seemed like it more of a big town than a bustling city like I expected. Minneapolis and Chicago are close seconds.
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Old November 16 2012, 08:17 AM   #32
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Paris.

Because PARIS
Paris was a very, very close second to Amsterdam for me. I just loved the place. The people were friendly, the food divine and the sights were amazing.

Next time I went back, the husband was with me and he loves it now too. We've been back once again since then and I probably could convince him to visit it again.

I made sure my girls got one trip abroad before they went out on their own and we went to France - mostly to Paris. They all loved it too, especially my eldest.
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Old November 16 2012, 03:58 PM   #33
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I really liked Mumbai, and would love to visit that city again under better personal circumstances. It was the most different place I've been, culturally, from my own background, and I learned a lot while there. I was awed at the size of the city, even though I spent much of my childhood living in big cities and have lived in NYC for 11 years. Mumbai just seemed futuristic in how endless it was. And that sort of futuristic vibe was contrasted with how ancient the city was. I love history and the juxtaposition of the historic and the modern (this is also what I loved about Cairo and Puebla City).
The diversity of the population was also a wonderful aspect, because I got to meet a lot of people from a lot of different cultures; Indians from all over the country, as well as some foreign expats. Though I speak no Hindi, nor any of the other many languages native to India, it wasn't at all a hinderance, since so many Indians speak English (I also really enjoyed learning some of the quirks of Indian English). The only time I had to use another language besides English was when I had tea with a couple of African tourists who spoke French.

Here's one of my favorite pictures of me in Mumbai:



Other than Mumbai I quite enjoyed Puebla City. Mexico is a beautiful and culturally rich country, and I think few tourists penetrate deep enough. I'd like to visit Cairo again, though I admit that Egypt was the only country where I felt a tinge of concern for my safety (specifically, as a woman), not in Cairo, mind you, but outside the city.
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Old November 16 2012, 04:30 PM   #34
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The Maldives are the most lovely place I've visited. The beaches are spectacular. If there's one downside, it's that many of the islands are so small that you can't spend more than a few days on one before you start to get restless.

Bangkok was also a very nice place. Also, Kuala Lumpur......lots of places are cool.
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Old November 16 2012, 05:09 PM   #35
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I don't travel a lot. I like other big cities, they're interresting, but I always find Paris more pleasant and I feel genetically programmed to be a snob about it

The most beautiful place I've been is certainly Porquerolles.
I also like Brittany, there is "something special" there.
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Old November 16 2012, 06:47 PM   #36
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I also like Brittany, there is "something special" there.
Yep. A certain village surrounded by Roman strongholds
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Old November 16 2012, 08:49 PM   #37
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Don't even mention the magic potion
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Old November 16 2012, 11:17 PM   #38
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New York City, followed by Washington, D.C. and Virginia Beach.
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Old November 16 2012, 11:22 PM   #39
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My favorite places that I've been to which aren't named New York? That would be Boston and Washington DC. Not just for the baseball, either.

Next year I plan to take a mega-trip and hit all five ballparks in California. That should be awesome.
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Old November 17 2012, 12:59 AM   #40
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Apart from Scotland, you mean.

I may have said this before, but my one favourite place in the whole world is the tiny island of Moutohora, in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. One of the calmest places on Earth.

I also love any opportunity to visit London, although I'm not sure if I would want to live there permanently. (I have actually lived there, for about 5 years. I didn't like it much, although I was only an infant...)
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Old November 17 2012, 01:50 AM   #41
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London.

I visited a few places in Europe, and I loved lots of them (Prague, Barcelona, Graz, Venice, Rome, Turin, etc.), but I felt an instant connection to London. I felt I could really live there, and feel completely at home.
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Old November 17 2012, 03:11 AM   #42
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - beaches and weather.

Venice - food, culture, just sheer general awesomeness.
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Old November 17 2012, 03:44 AM   #43
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I feel like this is grabbing at the low hanging fruit, here, but Venice.

I loved the pigeons so much, lol.

Second place would be Bolzano (also in Italy). It was by pulling some serious strings that we got to go there at all, but I'm so glad I did.
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Old November 17 2012, 11:49 AM   #44
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It depends on the kind of travel.
Far from my hometown, but I enjoyed my stay at the Greek island of Santorini a lot! Just pick some non-high-season period, you don't want to have to deal with all the tourists chasing the sunset... The island may not have the best beaches on average (even though one of my all time favorites is hidden there) but the views are great, the non-touristy villages are very pretty and I found it has a nice calming effect on the soul. Again, avoid the high-season!
This is also one of my favourites! You find everything you need on one tiny island: nature, historical sites, cute villages, good food, nice people, interesting shops, and beautiful sunsets.

Two other islands I particularly like are Madeira and Malta; Madeira for it's impressive and varied nature, Malta for it's impressive and varied historical sites.
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Old November 18 2012, 12:49 AM   #45
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Venice - food, culture, just sheer general awesomeness.
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I feel like this is grabbing at the low hanging fruit, here, but Venice.
Venice is awesome indeed, but it's a bitch to live there. I have a few friends who live and work in the city, and even the simplest tasks are mind-mindbogglingly difficult. For example, no cars, no motorbikes, no bicycles: which means you can't buy more groceries than you can transport in your own hands, up and down a few bridges with steep steps, crossing over bad-smelling canals (which double also as the city sewage system). Ah, and all your groceries are crazy expensive, since all goods must be transported into the city by motorboats. And the list is long!

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Second place would be Bolzano (also in Italy). It was by pulling some serious strings that we got to go there at all, but I'm so glad I did.
Bolzano/Bozen is very nice, too! You really get the feeling of being on the frontier between Mediterranean and Continental Europe.
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