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I need to travel internationally more...

 

Small Cities:

1. Asheville NC

2. Savannah

3. Santa Fe

4. Bardstown KY

5. San Clemente CA

 

I feel like San Clemente is often overlooked.

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Probably because it's in Orange County, which almost always gets lumped together as one entity in discussions like these. Southern Orange County is very nice and relaxed though, even compared to the other beach cities further north like Newport and Huntington Beach.

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My stab at smaller cities but honestly I haven't spent a ton of time in smaller cities except for a few:

 

Bloomington, IN

Iowa City, IA

Cedar Falls, IA

 

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Probably because it's in Orange County, which almost always gets lumped together as one entity in discussions like these. Southern Orange County is very nice and relaxed though, even compared to the other beach cities further north like Newport and Huntington Beach.

 

Yeah a few miles up the road in Laguna you see Lamorghini's and Maclarens on the street next to you. In San Clemente you see old hippies in VWs and young hippies in Honda Insights. It has a really nice walkable center spine that runs perpendicular to the beach, a great beach with a pier, and it's linked to the rest of Orange County and Los Angeles via a train that's right on the beach.

 

Despite the stereotype of Southern California, San Clemente would be a relatively easy place to live car free.

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Probably because it's in Orange County, which almost always gets lumped together as one entity in discussions like these. Southern Orange County is very nice and relaxed though, even compared to the other beach cities further north like Newport and Huntington Beach.

 

Yeah a few miles up the road in Laguna you see Lamorghini's and Maclarens on the street next to you. In San Clemente you see old hippies in VWs and young hippies in Honda Insights. It has a really nice walkable center spine that runs perpendicular to the beach, a great beach with a pier, and it's linked to the rest of Orange County and Los Angeles via a train that's right on the beach.

 

Despite the stereotype of Southern California, San Clemente would be a relatively easy place to live car free.

 

Love San Clemente!  There is a Mexican restaurant there on the PCH that I guess Nixon used to frequent.  I can't remember the name but have been several times.  Great stuff!

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Probably because it's in Orange County, which almost always gets lumped together as one entity in discussions like these. Southern Orange County is very nice and relaxed though, even compared to the other beach cities further north like Newport and Huntington Beach.

 

Yeah a few miles up the road in Laguna you see Lamorghini's and Maclarens on the street next to you. In San Clemente you see old hippies in VWs and young hippies in Honda Insights. It has a really nice walkable center spine that runs perpendicular to the beach, a great beach with a pier, and it's linked to the rest of Orange County and Los Angeles via a train that's right on the beach.

 

Despite the stereotype of Southern California, San Clemente would be a relatively easy place to live car free.

 

Love San Clemente!  There is a Mexican restaurant there on the PCH that I guess Nixon used to frequent.  I can't remember the name but have been several times.  Great stuff!

 

It's either El Adobe or Olamendi's.

 

I haven't been to El Adobe, but Olamendi's is pretty good, and has some really crazy stuff on the walls.

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Probably because it's in Orange County, which almost always gets lumped together as one entity in discussions like these. Southern Orange County is very nice and relaxed though, even compared to the other beach cities further north like Newport and Huntington Beach.

 

Yeah a few miles up the road in Laguna you see Lamorghini's and Maclarens on the street next to you. In San Clemente you see old hippies in VWs and young hippies in Honda Insights. It has a really nice walkable center spine that runs perpendicular to the beach, a great beach with a pier, and it's linked to the rest of Orange County and Los Angeles via a train that's right on the beach.

 

Despite the stereotype of Southern California, San Clemente would be a relatively easy place to live car free.

 

Love San Clemente!  There is a Mexican restaurant there on the PCH that I guess Nixon used to frequent.  I can't remember the name but have been several times.  Great stuff!

 

It's either El Adobe or Olamendi's.

 

I haven't been to El Adobe, but Olamendi's is pretty good, and has some really crazy stuff on the walls.

 

Olamendis is the one I think. The crazy stuff goes up on the ceilings as well.

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My turn:

 

> Cleveland (there's no place like home)

> Wexford, Ireland (narrow streets where my family came from 270 years ago)

> Boston (America's most European city, lacks only the tiny medieval core)

> Toronto (the city that Cleveland should have been)

> York, England (the most walkable city I've ever walked)

 

Going to Italy in June. My list is therefore subject to revision.

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I don't think I've contributed here, so I'll give a go at my top 5:

 

- New York

- Paris

- Amsterdam

- London

- Montreal

 

Honorable mention: Berlin, Geneva, San Francisco

 

Smaller cities: Santa Barbara, Savannah, Newport (RI), Quebec City

 

I just got back from my first ever visit to New Orleans, and it is definitely in my top 5. What a wonderful, lively, unique city. If I had to bump one, I'd toss Montreal into the honorable mention category.

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I don't think I've contributed here, so I'll give a go at my top 5:

 

- New York

- Paris

- Amsterdam

- London

- Montreal

 

Honorable mention: Berlin, Geneva, San Francisco

 

Smaller cities: Santa Barbara, Savannah, Newport (RI), Quebec City

 

I just got back from my first ever visit to New Orleans, and it is definitely in my top 5. What a wonderful, lively, unique city. If I had to bump one, I'd toss Montreal into the honorable mention category.

 

Just got back from my first New Orleans trip in many years. Have to say it has about the greatest buildings/architecture I've seen in the US and I'm talking only a bit about the French Quarter or Garden District. What floored me most were the fabulous Art Deco and earlier 1900s buildings in downtown/CBD. Exceptional examples on nearly every block. 

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International (excluding USA):

 

1) Toledo Spain (so much history such a great natural setting)

2) Buenos Aires (incredible blend of architectural styles - parisian buildings with italian details, moorish revival houses side by side with english tudors, a bit chaotic and bursting with culture)

3) Kyoto Japan (Japan's most interesting city great blend of pre-modern, pre-war and post-war - has layers of history unlike other Japanese cities)

4) Tokyo Japan (futureworld - better at night than day, awesome train system and Shibuya is the most insane nightlife area I've ever been to)

5) Vancouver (Weird blend of Tokyo and Seattle - natural setting is unbeatable)

 

*Honorable Mention* Melbourne Australia - the laneways, peak British Empire Victorian grandeur and tons of culture like if Boston and Portland Oregon had a kid

 

USA:

 

1) San Francisco (natural setting, Victorian architecture, cultured and vibrant)

2) Boston (most European of American cities also very vibrant)

3) New York City (diversity, architectural grandeur)

4) Chicago (most livable of these cities not as much character as what's above but enough to be happy with it)

5) Philly (so much history)

 

*Special Mention* Cincinnati - has all the ingredients to be way better than it is, deserves way more love.

 

 

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International (excluding USA):

 

1) Toledo Spain (so much history such a great natural setting)

 

 

When I went to Toledo many years ago, it felt like a theme park. We entered through a bridge and castle like setting and the town seemed like it had no streets until the occasional car whizzed by and you realized that narrow alley was actually a main thoroughfare.

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Top 5 US Cities

 

1. NYC

2. Pittsburgh

3 Cincinnati

4. Charleston SC

5. Albuquerque

 

Top international

 

1. Rome

2. Sienna

3. Wuppertal

4. Cologne

5. Dusseldorf

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Albuquerque?  I've never head anyone have a positive opinion of that city and always thought Sante Fe was the place to be in New Mexico (I've been to neither). What makes you say that?

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I'm interested in the choice of Wuppertal. I like the schwebebahn, but nothing else about the city jumped out at me as being unique. Worth visiting, though, and refreshing to go to a German city off the beaten path. It's super blue-collar; I don't know how many other cities in the region are like that, so maybe that's the charm.

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United States:

 

1. New York

2. LA

3. New Orleans

4. Columbus 

5. New York again...or maybe Sante Fe 

 

World:

*not that I have been to all of these*

 

1. London

2. Vienna

3. Toronto

4. Valletta

5. Wellington

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^Valletta is a pretty surreal place.

 

1) Lisboa - I have been thinking about this city recently, and I haven't been back in quite some time. No place has attached and stuck with me as much as Lisbon.

2) Catania - Another place that has stuck with me, not to the degree of Lisbon but similar.

 

...too many to decide at the moment

 

 

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1 hour ago, viscomi said:

1) Lisboa - I have been thinking about this city recently, and I haven't been back in quite some time. No place has attached and stuck with me as much as Lisbon.

2) Catania - Another place that has stuck with me, not to the degree of Lisbon but similar.


Great picks, I have visited both! Lisbon is an absolutely stunning place. I was there in the height of summer and I just remember blinding sun and bright colors. Deep blues in the sky and the water, buildings pained with reds and yellows and pastel blues, green trees, sidewalks made of slippery white and black tiles with designs in them (a Portugal tradition apparently) and amazing views. Great beaches and even surfing in the south of the country too, Portugal in general is an incredibly underrated destination by Americans. 

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