Lonely Planet - Top 10 Cities

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Miss Chicken, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Premium Member

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

    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
     
  2. JoeZhang

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    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.
     
  3. Collingwood Nick

    Collingwood Nick Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Um

    Hobart gets rated, and Melbourne doesn't?

    I can't take that list seriously.
     
  4. Avon

    Avon Commodore Commodore

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    derry is a dump. amsterdams too sleazy.
     
  5. StolenThunder

    StolenThunder Poster Premium Member

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    Was in Montréal just before Christmas. Amazing city, great fun.
     
  6. Finn

    Finn Vice Admiral Admiral

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    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.
     
  7. lurok

    lurok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Only been to four of those ten :(. But perfectly nice,
     
  8. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    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. :techman: (Unfortunately, since it's an organized tour, I won't have a lot of time to sightsee in the city itself...)
     
  9. Spot's Meow

    Spot's Meow Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    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.
     
  10. auntiehill

    auntiehill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    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... ;)
     
  11. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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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. :(
     
  12. 1001001

    1001001 Let the Good Times Roll!! Moderator

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    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). :p 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.

    :techman:
     
  13. JoeZhang

    JoeZhang Vice Admiral Admiral

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    In contrast, I'm pretty sure I got the clap when I was in Derry.
     
  14. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

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    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.

    Digits, Our sports teams are fine thank you. ;)
     
  15. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Premium Member

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    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
     
  16. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Oh yes, winning the World Series twice in three years (with almost completely different lineups each time) doesn't count, does it? :razz: :D
     
  17. 1001001

    1001001 Let the Good Times Roll!! Moderator

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    No it doesn't.

    The 49ers and the Giants are front companies for Satan.

    It's a widely believed fact!

    PS: You'll love AT&T Park. Perfect for baseball (except for the garish Coke bottle).
     
  18. teacake

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    This list is obviously bollocks since Melbourne isn't on it.
     
  19. Kestra

    Kestra Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Now I feel extremely guilty because I live within an hour of SF and have seen barely any of the city. I just haven't felt motivated to, and have really only gone in for an event or two. If it were a short train ride I might do it more, or if I had someone who was interested in exploring the city with me. As it is I've been more interested in exploring the non-city areas around the Bay Area.
     
  20. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Yeah, I am very excited about going there. AT&T Park and Dodger Stadium are the ones I'm most looking forward to on this tour.