What are your favourite cities around the world?
I’m a city girl so the list could have gone on and on but I wanted to restrict myself to five! This was harder than I thought it would be! The top three were easy and whilst these don’t change, the number one spot regularly does!
At the moment, Paris tops the list…well, maybe it shares top spot!
Paris is one city that I return to year after year. I love roaming around the the different arrondisements, returning to the stunning galleries, sitting in the cafes and watching the people, exploring local markets and of course the food! Trying new restaurants and returning to old favourites plays a big part in our stay.
For many years we stayed on the left bank but recently we have been trying different parts of the city. In 2011, we stayed in the 1st arrondissement, an area near the Palais Royal and the Opera. Last year we were nearby in the 2nd Arrodisement, just off the fabulous rue Montorgueil, one of best market streets in Paris. Staying in different area gives you a different persepective on the city. Wherever we stay, we walk everywhere… from the left bank to the right, to the Ile Saint-Louis and the Marais and, if we’re feeling like a longer walk, we head to Montmartre.
New York, New York. The love affair continues…..
Just walking the streets gives me a buzz. There’s so much happening and so much to see. Our twelve day stay here last year was not nearly long enough to visit all the uptown parks and museums, see the mid town sights or enjoy the atmosphere of Soho and the Villages. So much to do! New York’s food scene is exciting. From food carts, to specialised stores, farmers’ markets and stunning restaurants,eating can be a continual crawl from one exciting place to the other. Let’s not forget that American institution of brunch…any excuse for a bloody mary at eleven o’clock!
We’ll be back…very, very soon!
I love the mix of old and new that Istanbul offers. One day you will be exploring the historic Sultanahmet area, the markets and the mosques and the next you could be sitting on top of the world at one of Istanbul’s modern roof top bars or trendy cafes. On another day you can head to the Asian side and join the locals at the markets of Kadikoy.
Istanbul can also be the starting point for some fabulous holidays in Turkey. Nothing beats a relaxing gulet cruise in the turquoise waters of the south or a visit to the fairy land of Cappadoccia. Now that I have tried ballooning, I have to go back to take an early morning balloon ride over this amazing countryside.
My quick visit in early December has reignited the passion I have for the city… I need to go back and stay longer!
The countryside of Piemonte with it’s beautiful scenery, magical hill top towns and some of the best food in Italy is one of my favourite areas of Italy. Sicily also became a firm favourite after our time there. How could you not love the people, the towns and the fabulous food of this island! But when choosing a city it has to be Rome (Sorry Milan…you come next!)
Rome is a city where you can lose yourself for days and weeks! Immerse yourself in daily life by taking an early morning walk through the streets of what is the ultimate art gallery, stopping at a bar for an early morning coffee with the workers before heading off to the markets. Get out of the centre and into the suburbs to learn about another side of Rome, one where you will be the only tourist. Enjoy a long lunch followed by siesta. It will then be time for that fabulous Italian tradition of passeggiata, finishing at one of the many local bars. Dinner then awaits….a perfect day! What’s not to love about this wondrous city!
It’s all happening in Barcelona. Gaudi has marked the city with his own crazy form of eccentricity which sets the mood for some fabulous times. From the Eixample area north of the Plaça Catalunya to the Ramblas, into the trendy El Born area and down to the Barcoleneta area near the beach, life in Barcelona is one big party!
The old town of Barcelona, the Bari Gothic, area is a maze of small alleyways leading you round in circles until you emerge and continue on your way.If art is your thing, Picasso and Miro have their own fabulous galleries.
But it is the food of Barcelona that will bring me back to this wonderful city. From the fabulous selection of fresh produce at the Mercat de la Boqueria, to the myriad of tapas bars dotted throughout the city and the city’s exciting restaurants, the choices are unlimited. I can’t wait to return.
These five are followed very closely by Jaipur, Milan and Sydney.
My favourite countries is a different story….one I’m yet to write about! If you follow A Taste of Travel on Facebook or Pinterest, I’m sure you’ll already know the answer to this as photos from these beautiful countries often appear.
What are your favourite cities?