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Favorite and worst foreign cities

Posted Friday, October 31, 2008, at 3:45 PM

What foreign city you have visited was your favorite? Why?

Is there a city you have been in that you would avoid under all conditions?

My favorite city has been Paris. I found the people friendly, the food and entertainment great.

Although I was there very briefly, Kathmandu is one place I found the place to be backward and filthy.


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My favorite city is Dubrovnik Croatia, everyone is friendly, polite and it is a very clean city.

My least favorite city is Naples Italy, for reasons that are opposite of Dubrovnik, unfriendly people, rude people, and it's not a clean place at all.

-- Posted by Mtalley on Fri, Oct 31, 2008, at 4:49 PM

I've only been to a few foreign cities. There was Paris, London, Amsterdam, Montreal & Victoria. My favorite was definitely Paris. I was there by myself & found the people very friendly & helpful. For instance, I was at the subway system (can't remember now what they call it) by the Eiffel Tower after dark, & the booth that sold tokens was closed. I could use my change but had no idea what I needed. Three young girls saw me looking at the map & stopped. They didn't speak English, & I didn't speak French. I pointed on the map to where I wanted to go as I held out my hand with the coins. One of them pushed aside the exact change I would need to make the ride back toward my hotel. I would probably have been ignored or robbed in some of our large cities here.

People were also quite nice in Amsterdam. Almost everyone spoke English, so there was no problem in asking directions. I believe everyone did ride a bicycle.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, Oct 31, 2008, at 8:51 PM

Well, having spent eight years in the Navy I've been to twenty-seven countries and some several times. My favorite has always been Varna, Bulgaria. Varna is a resort town on the Black Sea. It has beautiful countryside and the people there are extremely nice. There was a band and the Mayor met our ship at the pier. There was a local college there that we played a softball game with and those kids spoke better English than most of the guys on my ship. Also, they had cheap, high-alcohol content beer...I was a sailor after all.

I have to agree with Mtalley when it comes to my least favorite. Naples, Italy is just a dirty, nasty place and the gypsies are terrible there, much like Rome, but the history there makes up for it.

All in all, I believe that most people around Europe at least speak English, but they would prefer that tourists at least make the attempt to speak their language. Trust me, once you butcher their language, they'll let you know that they speak English.

-- Posted by Thom on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 1:29 AM

I liked Europe in general when I visited.

Except for Germany,most of my time was layovers but they seemed to have hidden the tacky people in the dungeons.

(I think we let them be free-range here.)

What I saw was immaculate but not sterile.

It had the clean,fresh,worn and comfortable feel of a favorite flannel shirt that's been rinsed in rainwater and dried in a summer breeze.

Children played freely,dogs slept in the street and visitors didn't seem to be resented or fawned upon.

I know that it's not like that everywhere but I was astonished to discover Brussels,Frankfurt,etc. felt a lot more like Bell Buckle,Lynchburg or Wartrace than Atlanta,Chicago or Indianapolis.

Maybe,if you're confident,open-hearted folks,it's easier to keep up your surroundings,maintain a small-town intimacy and draw out the best from strangers who might not be perfect people.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 5:57 AM

I loved Berlin this past summer. I also really liked Dakar, Senegal and Cocobeach, Gabon. I am also very fond of Montreal, but I have family there, so I don't think of it as a foreign city since I've been there so many times. And I also loved Wolfville, Nova Scotia - it was so pretty.

I really did not like Libreville, Gabon, but since my husband goes a fair amount, I'm sure I'll end up going back there someday.

-- Posted by cfrich on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 1:32 PM

I have never been, but judging from Shelbyville, I would have to say Somalia and Mexico have to suck pretty bad.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 1:55 PM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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