By no means an exhaustive list, this is in the order of where I have spent most time. I am not a city girl but I enjoy visiting cities and everything they have to offer, from the amazing architecture to museums and restaurants.
I have lived in Latvia for ten years and spent a lot of time in the beautiful city of Riga. I especially love the old part of town with Medieval, Classical, Rococo, and Baroque architecture. I have to thank my mother for all the galleries and museums she brought me to and the quaint cafes we frequented.
I have lived north of Boston for fifteen years, though I am not in the city as much as I was in Riga when we lived there. I love the European charm of Boston. The parking prices are something that keeps me from going there more often! I really enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Commons, a.k.a. central park.
A three to four hour drive from Boston, New York is a good weekend trip. My favorite part is Brighton Beach, sort of like little Russia. When I come there it feels like I am in Russia - everyone speaks Russian, the cashiers are rude, and the streets are not very clean. ;) I love Central Park and the amazing museums.
I can't quite recall, but I think I've been here twice, three times at most. Quebec City is a seven hour drive for me, but so worth it! The Old Quebec is amazing, the architecture exquisite, certainly a foodie tourist spot, and very amiable people. I remember taking a road trip with my older sister and staying in the attic of an adorable bed and breakfast right in the old town. This was long before I was married and we got a lot of attention from all the cute French speaking waiters :)
You [almost] have to be Russian to appreciate Moscow, it is a crazy city. Every time I come there I get a headache from all the exhaust fumes, they don't have good regulations for emissions. Otherwise it is great to be there, it is a blend of history with ultra modernity. I have never visited Moscow on purpose, it is always for stopovers (train or plane) and a night here and there. Museums, architecture... plenty of everything I love about cities. It is not cheap though, expect to pay NYC prices.
Architecture, architecture, and architecture. Those are the three reasons to visit St. Petersburg, formerly known as Leningrad. Unfortunately I haven't visited it since I was seven. Nevertheless my memories of it are striking.
Don't know about living here, but it sure is a great summer resort spot. Lazy warm days, beaches, and azure waters. I came here with a large group after volunteering for three weeks as camp counselors in Moldova, so it was extra sweet after all the hard work.
I have only been to San Juan for two nights, but that was enough to fall in love with it. A very romantic city. Though it is a place to be careful, my sister and I rented a car and got lost in the suburbs. We saw men walking around the street with machine guns and quickly found our way out of there! The city itself is great...during the day. The Westin was amazing there!
I have been here on two occasions, both for weddings of friends and relatives. There is an enormous Russian community there (with not the best of reputations). I just like the weather and the old town of Sacramento. The best part was flying over all the hills and valleys in a little Cessna!
I had a one day stopover here and explored the city with my mother and sister. The cleanliness amazed me and so did their environmental commitment, about 10 years ahead of the US. There weren't many cars, most people were on bikes or electric cars. We went to a local Starbucks and gawked at the prices at local boutiques.
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