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Favorite Cities I Have Lived in and Visited

  • Feb 13, 2010
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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.  
Riga, Latvia
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.
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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 :)
Moscow, Russia
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.
St. Petersburg, Russia
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.
Sevastopol, Ukraine
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.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I enjoy visiting French speaking areas, it is one of my favorite languages, which I understand well but can't really speak. Montreal is very beautiful, both in the winter and summer.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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!
San Francisco
San Francisco is so alive. I like the mild climate and the gorgeous views. The Golden Gate is so dramatic. I highly recommend the Japanese Gardens.
I like rain. I like rainy cities. But only for a couple of days at a time! Seattle is beautiful, it is a bustling city yet does not seem as hectic as Boston. Maybe because I don't live there :)
Bridgetown, Barbados
It was on a cruise itinerary. I think all of Barbados is just one big party.
Frankfurt am Main
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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February 15, 2010
Frankfurt is quite dead, esp. on weekend! Next time, make sure you go to Munich, Berlin & Hamburg. These are my favorite German cities. Bavaria is very romantic, so it's also a must! :-) I need to get to Ukraine some day! Haven't been to Riga but I was in Estonia for a short stay, that's as close as I got. :-) Nice list!
February 16, 2010
I know you've been around, I could never catch up to your travel know how :) I've never even been anywhere in Europe because my family could not afford to travel when we lived in Latvia, and now it is even less possible financially (Frankfurt was just a stopover). Even if I could afford to travel abroad anytime soon, I would probably volunteer at orphanages rather than just travel for pleasure. Thanks for the recommendations though! :)
February 16, 2010
Oh, you never know in life where finances are concerned ;-) Just keep buying the lotteries, I do that all the time! There have been cases of drastic changes in one's finances within a span of a few years, rags to riches and vice versa. Where life is concerned one can never tell. That's one thing I'm sure of :)
February 14, 2010
Nice list. A great collection of cities that is a little off the beaten track. As a Canadian, I have to applaud your choice of Montreal and Quebec City. They are both FABULOUS cities to see.
February 16, 2010
Thank you Paul, I certainly agree!
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