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Old January 21st, 2009, 02:23 PM   #781
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Although I appreciate ot a lot to see photos of all those places - wouldn't it be enough to show the very best and leave some others out!? Sometimes it is like some people just emptied their whole HD here. And this is not a photo-thread.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 07:37 AM   #782
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Perhaps not a top 3, but Quebec City deserves a mention. Sorry about the photo quality.

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Old January 22nd, 2009, 12:11 PM   #783
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! This is one great view of the city! Stunning and impressive!
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 12:39 PM   #784
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Quebec City is like a fairy tale land in the winter. That towering building is the Chateau Frontenac Hotel. It is part of the Fairmont Hotel chain and built in the Canadian Chateau Style. It's not a commonly known architecture around the world as it is only found in Canada. It never gained popularity beyond our borders which is a shame. I've always admired Canadian Chateau Style.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:54 PM   #785
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Seventeen thousand readers of The Guardian chose the southern Polish city of Krakow as the second most interesting world city in 2008 - reports of The Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

In a special questionnaire, the British daily asked its readers to pick the most interesting places, the best hotels and the most interesting world tourist destinations.

The capital of Australia - Sydney turned out to be the winner, followed by Krakow and such cities as San Francisco, Singapore or Vancouver.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 05:00 PM   #786
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Porto

I said before that my favourit city is Lisbon. But i also have to give credit to the second portuguese city.

Porto is an amazing place and really beatifull. It was mention just a couple of times in this thread.

Here's a preview for the ones that don't know Porto:



















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Old January 22nd, 2009, 08:27 PM   #787
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Seventeen thousand readers of The Guardian chose the southern Polish city of Krakow as the second most interesting world city in 2008 - reports of The Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

In a special questionnaire, the British daily asked its readers to pick the most interesting places, the best hotels and the most interesting world tourist destinations.

The capital of Australia - Sydney turned out to be the winner, followed by Krakow and such cities as San Francisco, Singapore or Vancouver.
That's good because I managed to visit Krakow in 2008. Lucky me i guess.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 09:33 PM   #788
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Quebec City is very beatiful!
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 11:49 PM   #789
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The capital of Australia - Sydney turned out to be the winner, followed by Krakow and such cities as San Francisco, Singapore or Vancouver.
The capital of Australia is Canberra, not Sydney.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 12:45 AM   #790
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For the moment.....

1. Hong Kong
2. Paris
3. London



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Old February 4th, 2009, 08:51 PM   #791
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Very Difficult... but for me the most beautiful are:

1)Paris
2)Prague
3)Hong Kong

Prague:




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Old February 7th, 2009, 06:21 PM   #792
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It's hard to choose, but i think:

Paris
London
And come city of Canada
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Old February 7th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #793
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Rio de Janeiro (landscape)
Paris (architecture and culture)
New york (Urban)
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Old February 12th, 2009, 01:07 AM   #794
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Nobody mentioned small city. There are so many beautiful small cities in Spain, France, Austria( When I was boy I used to look at a pic from an Austrian small city between alps mountains, very beautiful city) and in Greece. I picked up some photos from Greek cities, they look like heaven, it gives you a heavenly peace sensation:









This one is transcendental:



This one gives me a nostalgic feeling:





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The straight street passes harmony:


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Old February 12th, 2009, 01:13 AM   #795
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What I wonder is that not even the most modern architecture nowadays in Dubai, Beijin etc. can be more beautiful than those poetic simple colored forms mixed to the sea.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 02:40 AM   #797
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i think i feel the same towards these pics.
its an incredibly heartwarming beauty. it just makes me want to be there and enjoy myself. i love it!
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Old February 12th, 2009, 06:37 PM   #798
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I guess the problem of thoses places is that they look like museums where everything is exactly the same for centuries. It's a lot easier for small villages and towns in Europe to be considered the most beautifull.

Segovia, Brugge, Sintra, Firenze... they can all be considered perfect, there's nothing i would chance in thoses places.

The point here is... cities. Places where you can find a bit of everything.

When i made my post about Lisbon i tried to show a bit of that.


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Must admit i'm surprise with the amount of times that Lisbon was mentioned in the thread... too little.

Maybe it's because many of you are from America and Asia and Lisbon is not that popular outside Europe.
Even so it’s strange for me that many people put London and Madrid in this list. Those two are incredible cities, great places to live and work, but I don’t think beauty has anything to do with those cities.

So, what is a beautiful city? In my opinion:
-It’s has to have a great arquitecture
-It has to have great monuments
-It has to have beautiful surroundings

Another important point for me is that it shouldn’t be all the same. I mean, Brugges, Florence and Segovia or Toledo, or other hundreds of European cities, are almost perfect medieval cities. But they’re not more than that. They look like museums. A great city must have it all.

There’s where Lisbon comes

Lisbon existed before the romans got arrived (more than 2000 years ago), It's still possible to find structures from that time.
Them the arabes came and made great buildings (like the castle) and areas like Alfama (the hearth of the ancient city).
Latter was the time of the discoveries that made Lisbon one of the richest cities in the world and the center of the commerce (for the first time in history, a global commerce). Great palaces and churches are from that time (Jeronimos and Torre de Belem are the best examples).
Than the earthquake that destroyed a lot of the medieval city in 1775. But it was rebuilt in a more gigantic and modern way, in a Paris style (Baixa and Rossio)
One can also find a bit of all arquitecture styles of the XX century, in areas outside of the historical center.
Then the modern times, Parque das Nações is a great example of the new times, and what it means to build cities in the XXI century (last photos)


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Lisbon is really nice! A very beautiful mixture between super modern and old. And it is nice that Lisbon didn't pack the cityscape with skyscrapers. Although I saw a project on the net with a glass tower in the harbour district...
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