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Old November 15th, 2007, 04:14 PM   #141
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Rio is great! Such a beautiful city in the mountains!

And, Amsterdam!;

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Old November 15th, 2007, 05:56 PM   #142
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My top 3:

Rio(simply amazing)



































Santiago (modern, mountais)













Hong Kong (density, modern)












But I love Toronto, Vancouver, Auckland, Brasilia, Paris, Dubai, Beijing, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, Cancun and Cape Town too.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 06:09 PM   #143
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1 - Paris
2 - Vancouver
3 - Hong Kong
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Old November 15th, 2007, 06:26 PM   #144
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Strange how anybody can mention Athens as one of the top 3 - or even Buenos Aires, Rio or Cape Town. I understand that there are different tastes, but those cities aren't really beautiful besides their scenery and a few architectural highlights maybe... Ultimately I wouldn't consider them to be one of the top 3 most beautiful, even if they honestly aren't that bad to look at either.

It's hard to name just 3 in a row - there are way too much fantabulous cities on earth to make such a decision. Nevertheless I could easily say I'm not prefering any of those absolutely tourist overcrowded places, that often come to someones mind hearing the term 'beautiful'.
Maybe I'm going to post a list the day I've visited every (real) great city in the entire universe
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Old November 15th, 2007, 07:24 PM   #145
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"Strange how anybody can mention Athens as one of the top 3 - or even Buenos Aires, Rio or Cape Town. I understand that there are different tastes, but those cities aren't really beautiful besides their scenery and a few architectural highlights maybe... Ultimately I wouldn't consider them to be one of the top 3 most beautiful, even if they honestly aren't that bad to look at either."

I completely agree!!! You and I have sophisticated urban palettes to realize that a backdrop does nothing for a city. This is like judging a restaurant by the space it is in and not the cuisine.

There are cities that have both though. Barcelona, Lisbon and even Seattle have beautiful settings as well as streetscapes.

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Old November 15th, 2007, 08:17 PM   #146
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"Strange how anybody can mention Athens as one of the top 3 - or even Buenos Aires, Rio or Cape Town. I understand that there are different tastes, but those cities aren't really beautiful besides their scenery and a few architectural highlights maybe... Ultimately I wouldn't consider them to be one of the top 3 most beautiful, even if they honestly aren't that bad to look at either."

I completely agree!!! You and I have sophisticated urban palettes to realize that a backdrop does nothing for a city. This is like judging a restaurant by the space it is in and not the cuisine.

There are cities that have both though. Barcelona, Lisbon and even Seattle have beautiful settings as well as streetscapes.
I complete agree with both of you, in fact I've picked the cities for things such as architecture, lifestyle and quality of life for what I've experienced, seen and heard... but, believe me, there's no landscape or a few architectural highlights in Buenos Aires.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 09:20 PM   #147
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but, believe me, there's no landscape or a few architectural highlights in Buenos Aires.
lol, i totally disagree with you. Buenos aires IS a city of architecture, NOT a city of landscapes, backdrops, or natural settings.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 09:35 PM   #148
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but, believe me, there's no landscape or a few architectural highlights in Buenos Aires.
Is this a joke, right?
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Old November 15th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #149
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1. Amsterdam - Netherlands


2. Maastricht - Netherlands


3. Groningen - Netherlands


Nothing beats the Netherlands.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 10:54 PM   #150
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lol, i totally disagree with you. Buenos aires IS a city of architecture, NOT a city of landscapes, backdrops, or natural settings.
Thats what I said
"but, believe me, there's no landscape ... in Buenos Aires"
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Old November 15th, 2007, 11:02 PM   #151
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For me, the 3 most beautiful cities of the world are:

1)BEIRUT, Paris of the Middle East, the cosmopolitain capital where you can be at the beach and you have the snowy mountains in front of you, where you have the best nightlife ever, with the best downtown on earth, Beirut is simply the phoenix that will never die.

2)PARIS, capital of arts, breath taking architecture, Le Louvre, Eiffel Tower, the capital of Earth.

3)Venise, the most charming and romantic city of the world, you go there to relax, to enjoy the gondolines and to feel real Italy.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 11:02 PM   #152
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My top 3 are...

Paris
Venice
NYC

Other ones,

Viena
Amsterdam
Barcelona
Buenos Aires
San Francisco
Rio De Janeiro
Madrid
London
Boston
Washington

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Old November 15th, 2007, 11:19 PM   #153
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agree
It's Rio, but could be Paris


It's Rio , but could be NY


It´s Rio, and could be only Rio.


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Old November 16th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #154
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Buenos aires...

















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Old November 16th, 2007, 01:57 AM   #155
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Based on photos (I've never been to the first 2) i will go with...

1. Amsterdam
2. Buenos Aires
3. San Francisco

if landscape were conserned, Rio would be number 1 no doubt!
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Old November 16th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #156
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I have traveled the world extensively, and naming just three cities is impossible, because different cities are beautiful for different reasons. Some cities are beautiful only because of their location/landscape, whereas other cities have no particular landscape/location and are only beautiful because of their buildings or urban perspectives.

Also, there are so many cities on earth, in Europe each micro region has scores of very beautiful towns, it would be impossible to list them all. If we restrict the list to really big cities only, say cities above 2 million people, then this would be the cities I consider the most beautiful in the world (in geographical order):

- Saint Petersburg
- Paris
- Rome
- Lisbon
- Algiers (it has lost a lot of its beauty since the independence of Algeria, but the city still keeps some of its former beauty, and the hills will never change, it's the San Francisco of North Africa)
- Washington DC
- San Francisco
- Rio de Janeiro
- Santiago de Chile
- Hanoi (although it's now changing for the worse, so go visit quickly)
- Hong Kong (incredible landscape, but the city itself is really average apart from the tallest skyscrapers)
- Sydney

50 or 100 years ago, I would have included other cities in the list, but they have unfortunately lost their beauty:
- Beijing: would have definitely been in the top 3 until 1949, but was almost completely destroyed by Chinese communist authorities and greedy developpers. It's probably the most horrendous destruction of an historical city on such a scale outside of war time in contemporary history.
- Tokyo: destroyed by the 1923 Kanto Earthquake
- Seoul: destroyed during the Korean War and subsequent years
- Phnom Penh: in tatters after 20 years of civil war, but the buildings are still there, so there's potential for that city if they restored the buildings, cleaned the streets, and solved the poverty problem. Then it could become again the Pearl of Asia or the Paris of the East as it was once known. Unfortunately I fear it will just become another soulless Asian city with destruction of old buildings and construction of bland high rises. Hanoi is already following that path.
- Beirut: destroyed by 10 years of a bitter civil war
- Mexico City: this once beautiful and historical city nestled in the mountains with pure air and incredible landscape was turned into an ugly and poluted megapolis by lazy and corrupt urban planners. Mexico City in the 1930s and 1940s was an absolute jewel, with old Renaissance churches, French beaux arts districts, and new art deco neighborhoods, not to mention parks and little violence. People told me back then it was possible to see the Popocatepetl volcano on any single day of the year. I wish I had lived there back then.
- Los Angeles: incredible location and beautiful art deco and colonial revival architecture ruined by post-war urban planning. West LA is still gorgeous though.

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Old November 16th, 2007, 03:38 AM   #157
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Chicago should be among the top 5 imho








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Old November 16th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #158
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"Strange how anybody can mention Athens as one of the top 3 - or even Buenos Aires, Rio or Cape Town. I understand that there are different tastes, but those cities aren't really beautiful besides their scenery and a few architectural highlights maybe... Ultimately I wouldn't consider them to be one of the top 3 most beautiful, even if they honestly aren't that bad to look at either."

I completely agree!!! You and I have sophisticated urban palettes to realize that a backdrop does nothing for a city. This is like judging a restaurant by the space it is in and not the cuisine.

There are cities that have both though. Barcelona, Lisbon and even Seattle have beautiful settings as well as streetscapes.
I certainly hope you aren't a restaurant owner because that's the biggest load of bull I've ever heard. Of course a backdrop counts. I wouldn't step foot in a restaurant that serves good food but is completely run down. Backdrops set a scene and general mood for a city like the decor in a restaurant does.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 03:02 PM   #159
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(in no order)
London- love the way its and architectural mash of styles, chaotic road layouts and varied culture throughout. For me personally this is why i prefere it over Paris, which although beautiful doesnt have the organised chaos that is London
San Fransisco- Beautiful setting and amazing architecture. Prefere it over New York, which although it has my favourite building in it (chrysler Building) and its amazing to look at its skyline can be to over developed (especially when you compare it to old pictures).
Venice- Because there is nothing like it on earth and it has a massive history as being a cultural center of europe.

If you dont like my choices or opinions dont argue. i dont care.

Also worth a mention (in no order)... Tokyo, Paris, New York, Moscow, Barcalona, Liverpool (closest thing to London in the UK), Chicago and Frankfurt
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Old December 1st, 2007, 08:19 PM   #160
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NEW YORK
Chicago
San Francisco
These are my top 3. Maybe Hong Kong in place of San Francisco
Sydney is nice too.
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