March 4th, 2011


The best cities to visit

It started with an article on Lonely Planet, one of my favorite Travel authors responded on his blog. I couldn't resist the temptation. I had to make my own list.

It is the list I made last month. Had you asked me a year ago, I'd probably go with several other cities. A decade ago I only knew the first and last one. Next year it'll be different again. But it is just a bit of fun anyway. The five best cities in the world. The ones you have to visit before the grim reaper visits you.

1. Napoli. Stroll around for hours in the maze that is the old city and just watch life pass you by. In the north of Italy they look down on the south, it being too African. I’d take that as a compliment.

2. Buenos Aires. Culture, music, great atmosphere, best food, fitting capital for one of the nicest countries I have visited.

3. Guanajato. Hidden treasure in Mexico. No traffic in town center, many steps, many small alleys, another town to walk around for days in a row. And then sit down in a park in the evening when the town comes alive.

4. San Sebastian. Forget the horror stories about Basque country. This city has it all. Beaches, culture, mountains; all in walking distance. In the old town every other building is a bar or restaurant where the best pinchos (known as tapas everywhere else in the world) are impossible to just walk by.

5. Amsterdam. Not chauvinistic, but I just love the international ambiance, where travelers and locals mingle as if there are no borders. Where soft drugs are tolerated (not legal, though many seem to think so), but crime is still not an important factor. Where you do not need transport to see the other part of town as in many metropole. Amsterdam is the smallest metropole in the world.

Honorable mention: Sydney. Having worked there as an Olympic volunteer, the city will always remain part of me.