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What are all the cities that you've visited?

Asked by Symbeline (30528 points ) March 6th, 2014

By city, I mean any area where a community lives. So it doesn’t necessarily need to be a city. Maybe you lived in the jungle with some Amazons, or a small, forgotten town lost in China’s snowy mountains. Were there tigers? Did they say things?

Seriously though.
Big cities, small ones, little villages, huge metropolises. This question also welcomes cities you’ve lived in, of course. You can also talk about where you live and always have, but I really am wanting to hear about visits, or stays.

You have to come from a place to know it, but you have to go there fresh to see it for what it really is.
-Irvine Welsh

I’m curious. Of course, which city was it? What was your experience there, and did you like it? Did you visit several of them? Doesn’t matter if it was a two hour stay, or you were stranded there for two years. I want to hear. So tell me. I’ve got a couple of cities I have visited and stayed in, but I’ll save that for a little later.
I’m especially interested in the cultures and fashions you experienced in the place. Lots of pizza stands? Abundant poverty? A lot of farming work? Whatever applies, tell all.

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downtide's avatar

One of the most interesting cities I visited was Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, which I visited for a long weekend a few years ago.

The old part of the city is mainly around a series of canals, and a lot of that area is being redeveloped. Some of the architecture makes me think the architects are spending too much time in Dutch “coffee” shops:

I was surprised to see vending machines for beer in the streets. But I never saw anyone drunk.

Football fans are really friendly, even towards the away supporters (we went to watch a football match; Feyenoord vs Newcastle)

Everyone is amazingly good looking. I don’t think there are any ugly people in the Netherlands.

And public transport runs as frequently on a Sunday as on a weekday. Just… there’s nowhere to go because everywhere is closed on a Sunday.

JLeslie's avatar

All the cities?

Venice, Rome, Florence, and a small town outside of Venice where my BIL (my husband’s sister’s husband at the time) was born and raised. I went there for his son’s baptism. It was very nice. The whole town walked to the church. Everyone was very friendly. Italy lived up to its reputation of having amazing food.

Garmish in Germany. It’s in Bavaria. Beautiful, safe, people were very nice. Innsbruck, Austria was lovely. People had an air of sophistication and the desserts were unbelievable. The Alps in that region were gorgeous with pools of blue water at the base in some areas.

Tokyo and Kyoto Japan. Tokyo is like a super duper New York City, but remarkably quiet.

Stowe, Vermont. Lovely smallish town. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is there, you can take a tour. Also, the Von Trapp Lodge, which is where the Von Trapps (the sound of music) finally settled. Family members still live there and they give history tours.

Atlanta, Georgia. Very crowded, tons of traffic. Best thing about it is the Coca Cola museum.

Dallas and Houston, Texas. Also, very crowded. San Antonio, TX. Very nice. Great place for a weekend vacation. There is a river walk, you can walk for a very long time down the river which is surrounded by hotels and restaurants in some areas, or take a boat down the river.

La Jolla, San Diego and San Francisco, California. San Francisco felt the most like a big city, I actually liked it the least. La Jolla has that affluent feel, like everyone has money,

Montreal and Quebec City, Quebec. Montreal is completely bilingual even though it is in the French part of Canada. Barely ever encounter a French accent when people there speak English. Quebec City is like being in Europe. The architecture, and people have very strong accents. French is very much the predominant language. Vancouver, absoultely lovely. A walkable city surrounded by water and mountains. Toronto is also very nice, but larger. All Canadian large cities have wonderful food.

In New York: New York City, Hastings-on-the Hudson, Mt. Vernon, Woodstock, Saugerties, I could go on and on in NY. Of the ones I mentioned, I lived in Hastings as a young girl. I have very good memories of it. We lived in an apartment building and I had friends in the building. I remember sledding down the hill on the apartment property when it snowed and playing in the playground in the summer. We could walk to the downtown area and I would often get a slice of pizza at the local pizza parlor and there was a candy store I used to go to a lot. There was a park called Reynolds field nearby and I remember playing there also. They still have some of the same events there. Easter egg hunts, Maypole, and more. My grandmother lived in Mt. Vernon. I used to vacations in Saugerties every summer. It’s in the Catskill mountains, Woodstock wasn’t too far away.

Montgomery Village, Maryland and all surrounding suberbs of DC. I grew up in Montgomery village from the ages of 9 until moving for college. It was very very nice back in the day. It still is beautiful, but some of the neighborhoods are “turning.” It was billed as the second master planned community in America. We had bicycle and walking paths everywhere. There were several community rec, pool, tennis, centers that were included in the maintanence fees if you lived in the Village. There were tunnels under streets to get to the rec centers and elementary schools, so kids didn’t have to cross the street or walk far to an intersection. My parents still live there.

East Lansing, Michigan. I went to college there. I have also been all over MI from Mackinac Island where no motor vehicles are allowed except for the ambulance and fire truck, to the shores of the great lakes to Detroit and the surrounding suburbs.

All over Southeast Florida. I lived in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, North Miami Beach and South Beach. Now I live on the west coast of FL in Clearwater. Love Florida, what can I say. Sunshine, warm, and palm trees. Feels like vacation every day even after living here for years. The larger cities have very good shopping. Orlando, the home of Mickey Mouse and many other amusment parks. I love Orlando even though it is a traffic mess. Just north of Orlando is Winter Park, which is absolutely lovely. Walk and walk down the main street lined with restaurants and shops. At the northern end there is a museum with more Tiffany pieces than any other, it is gorgeous. There is an entire “chapel” basically made of Tiffany glass there. There is no state income tax if you live here. Also in Florida, Naples, Jacksonville, Daytona (I don’t recommend Daytona unless you are a racing fan, or come for the motorcycle festivals).

Memphis, Tennessee. I lived right outside of Memphis for a while. The people are very social, which is nice. They get together a lot, potluck dinners, bbq’s, dinner out. Very welcoming area. Too much crime there though. It’s not so bad you feel unsafe all the time, but still it is annoying. Very good museums in and around Memphis and wonderful local theatre. They also get the boradway tours, Also have visited Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooha. Knoxville and Chatanooga are in east TN in the mountains. Very picturesque and laid back. More of a country feel. Nashville has some nice suburbs and it is basically the country music capitol. You can also buy country boots, as opposed to Memphis which is blues music and Elvis Presley and not very country at all.

Raleigh, North Carolina. Nothing thrilling. The research triangle area is in the Raleigh Durham area and it is known as the silicone valley of the south. Many tech companies there. Pinehurst, NC. It’s known for it’s golfing. It feels a lot like the old south to me there, which is good and bad.

Pachy's avatar

One of the most interesting cities I was privileged to visit was Beijing. I was immediately put off by all the heavily armed soldiers around the airport, but I soon discovered how friendly and accommodating the people were. The Great Wall and the Forbidden City (the Chinese imperial palace) were amazing. The streets were packed bumper to fender with cars and bicycles. Most of the food I ate was delicious, the one exception being mystery chicken at a Kenny Rogers.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’ve been up and down the East coast and into Canada, but the place I get the most culturally is in the village of Cooperstown. They have the Fenimore Art Museum and they get amazing displays all the time. They also have a kick ass pizza joint and some great restuarants. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pretty nice. Ithaca NY is pretty neat culturally too, with some nice museums and lots of places to eat. One of the funkiest places I’ve been was some of the cities in the Dominican Republic. When you see a police station and there’s a cop siting in the doorway with both hands on a 50 caliber machine gun it’ll make an impression on you.

Mimishu1995's avatar

My home, my schools, restaurants, book stores, the airport, the train station, my relative’s houses, clinics…
Oh, there’s so many that I can’t list them all!

filmfann's avatar

I have traveled a bit, so listing all the cities I have been to would be too long.
I did love Hong Kong. There were so many moments where I stood back in amazement at what I was seeing.

ucme's avatar

Raccoon City was a ghost town, the residents walked around like zombies.

Blackberry's avatar

One of my current regrets was not getting out more when I traveled. I should have tried to immerse myself more in the community to really see what it’s like. I’ll give a decent rundown though.

Jacksonville, FL: As someone coming from the Pacific Northwest: absolutely beautiful. My mood changed a lot as I was surrounded by sun and palm trees everyday. I was in the military so I didn’t have to go through much struggle there. I had a place to live and money so it was an easy transition.

Jax always seemed lively and busy, so it probably had a good economy. The people I encountered were nice and inviting. The nightlife was amazing as well. Clubs with big foam parties etc. At the time I was a shy gamer kid, and I went out with some friends and one guy who was tired of seeing me be so timid introduced me to a group of people. They had no problem asking me to sit down and chat with em’. I did and they invited me to hang out with em one day and gave me a metting place. Unfortunately I didn’t go because I was still timid.

I even met a woman there that offerted to drive me around and generally wanted to hang out with me, but once again I was afraid. Massive regret there.

Biloxi, Mississippi: The same as Jax but more southern accents. For all the crap southern people get for the stereotypes, they really are nice and accomadating. They have a simple southern hospitality down there (if you reciprocate of course).

They don’t have a booming economy there. Their main entertainment and revenue are the few casinos along the beach. A lot of people fled the area after Katrina, but never came back so that whole region is still dealing with that backlash.

I have to do work stuff now so I’ll come back with more on New Orleans, Virginia Beach, New Jersey and various European countries.

zenvelo's avatar

Cities/areas I’ve lived in:
Anacortes WA
Cartagena Columbia
St. John New Brunswick
Bogata Columbia
Colon Panama
Harrison, NY (in Westchester, just north of NYC.)
San Francisco
Santa Barbara CA
Isla Vista CA
Lafayette CA

Visited:
New York
Boston
Seattle
Portland OR
Portland ME
Bar Harbor ME
Newport and Providence RI
Burlington VT
Hartford CT
Stamford CT
Montreal and Quebec City, Quebec CA
Vancouver BC
Denver
Aspen
Telluride
Santa Fe/Taos NM
Salt Lake/Park City UT
Reno NV
Las Vegas NV
Jackson WY
San Antonio TX
Newark NJ
Trenton NJ
Philadelphia PA
Pittsburgh PA
Baltimore MD
Dover and Wilmington DE
Richmond VA
Williamsburg VA
Washington DC
Raleigh NC
Charlotte NC
Atlanta GA
Tampa FL
Miami FL
Naples FL
Boca Raton FL
Fort Lauderdale Fl
Orlando FL
Chicago IL
St Louis MO

London
Paris
Nice
Geneva
Copenhagen
Amsterdam
Dusseldorf
Cologne
Frankfurt
Munich
Florence
Rome
Pisa
Siena
Lucca
Genoa
Jakarta
Sydney
Hong Kong
Singapore
Tokyo
Honolulu
Lahaina
Poipu Beach
Puerto Vallarta
Mazatlan
Panama City Panama
Los Angeles
San Diego
Anaheim
Flagstaff
Phoenix
Tuscon
Sedona

I’m sure there are some I have forgotten or overlooked.

jerv's avatar

Outside of the US, Hong Kong (both under British rule and after it was turned over), Singapore, Dubai, Mombasa, Sasebo, Sydney, Perth, Phuket, and Vancouver.

I have yet to set foot in Europe :/

Brian1946's avatar

@jerv

Were you in Phuket before, during, or after the December 26, 2004 Indonesian earthquake?

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Brian1946 How about you? Where else do you go apart from Los Angeles?

Brian1946's avatar

I wasn’t going to post them because I don’t have time to list them all, but for you I’ll post some of the more exotic ones:

Kathmandu, Nepal
Muktinath, ”

Agra, India: the location of the Taj Mahal.

Varanasi, ” : the location of the Chaukhandi Stupa, which commemorates the spot where Buddha met his first disciples in the 5th century. It’s the oldest city in India and has been continuously inhabited since sometime between 1200–1100 BCE.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cartagena, Colombia
Athens, Greece
Rhodes, ”
Venice, Italy

Here’s a photo of my wife and me standing in front of the basilica at Ste. Anne-de-Beaupres in Quebec, Canada: http://oi61.tinypic.com/15gfn7k.jpg

Brian1946's avatar

@Mimishu1995

What cities have you visited? I’d really like to know, because the only cities I know of in your nation are Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi.

turtlesandbox's avatar

Tijuana, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Elko, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Rawlins, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Omaha, Des Moines, Davenport, Rockford, Janesville, Madison, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Wausau, Sheboygan, Green Bay, Hayward, Silver City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Washington D.C., NYC, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Nashville, Paducah, Carbondale, St. Louis, Tulsa, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Dodge City, Denver, Albuquerque. Las Cruces, Gallup, Flagstaff, Sedona, Tucson, Phoenix, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Las Vegas. (and all the little towns in between)

I’ve driven across country a time or two. My favorite city is San Francisco. My favorite small town is Hayward, WI.

jerv's avatar

@Brian1946 Long before. I haven’t been out of the country in almost 20 years.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Brian1946 I’ve been to Binh Dinh, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. Never been to Ha Noi though.

I visit Binh Dinh the most often as some of my relatives live there. The city has a lot of beaches and is famous for its seafood (and my relatives can handle seafood very well. That’s partly the reason why I’m excited to come to Binh Dinh). We came to Hue for only 1 day and the city is very quiet. There are a lot of historical sites there like that Nguyen Citadel (I haven’t visited them all, apart from the Nguyen citadel). Hoi An is quite small and there aren’t much to visit. The most attractive thing there is that ancient city. The city looks glamorous at night, with all those candles lighted up and traditional stuffs being sold (this is the only part of the city that doesn’t use electrical lights at night). And Ho Chi Minh, you already know the type: crowded, noisy, and expensive.

By the way that building in your photo looks cool! And you don’t seem to show your face in the photo huh.

JLeslie's avatar

I forgot a whole bunch. Mexico City, Cancun, and Cozumel, Mexico. Juneau, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay, Alaska. Las Vegas, Nevada. Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bogata, Colombia. Santo Domingo and Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. St. Thomas and St. Johns, USVI. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Key West, FL. Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Springfield and St Louis, Missouri. Louisville, Kentucky. Elkhart lake, Sheboygan, Kohler, and Madison, Wisconsin.

jca's avatar

Late to this question and there are too many to list (the time would be in the thinking, not the typing) but in general, cities in:
New York, NJ, CT
Vermont
New Hampshire
Maine
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Maryland
Delaware
Florida
Louisiana
Mississippi
California
Nevada
Arizona
Toronto
Montreal
Quebec
Mississauga
Hawaii
Mexico
Ireland

JLeslie's avatar

Add Savannah, GA. Very nice city.

Symbeline's avatar

I gave her the GA. Also Maine, FTW.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

I’m in the process of compiling the lo-o-ong list. If I provide a comment for each city, I might break the record for the longest post on Fluther. I should have it in a couple days…no, really!

Mimishu1995's avatar

<——Waiting for @Yetanotheruser‘s super record-breaking list with bated breath…

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Here, in no particular order, is the list of cities I’ve lived in and/or visited. This list does not include towns I’ve just passed through, or many I may have forgotten along the way. As I posted above, it would be nearly impossible to comment on each and every town.

When I read this back to myself, I felt like Hank Snow!

Illinois: Minooka, Channahon, Joliet, Braidwood, Coal City, Wilmington, Morris, Plano, Oswego, Yorkville, Aurora, Lockport, Crest Hill, Naperville, New Lenox, Rockdale, Mt. Carroll, Waukegan, Chicago, Frankfort, Lemont, Des Plaines, Springfield, Marion, Quincy, Effingham, Bloomington, Champaigne, many others.
Wisconsin: Waukesha, Milwaukee, Janesville, Madison.
Minnesota: Milwaukee, St. Paul, Edina, St. Cloud.
Iowa: Davenport, DesMoines, Council Bluffs.
Nebraska: Omaha, Papillon, North Platte,
Missouri: St. Louis, Kirkwood, St. Charles, Florissant, Perryville, Cape Girardeau, Joplin, Kansas City.
Indiana: Michigan City, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, South Bend, Gary.
Michigan: Detroit, Ann Arbor
Ohio: Zanesville, Columbus
Tennessee: Nashville, Memphis
Arkansas: West Memphis, Little Rock, Hope
Mississippi: Jackson, Meridian.
Louisiana: New Orleans, Barataria.
Texas: Austin, Round rock, Dripping Springs, Tyler, Kerrville, Johnson City, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Comfort, Center Point, Pflugerville, Bastrop, San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Wimberly, Marble Falls, Houston, Beaumont, Katy, Dallas, Fort Worth, Richardson, Irving, Plano, Denton, Waxahachie, Waco, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Shady Shores, Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Abilene.
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City, Norman
Florida: Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Miami, Davy, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Okeechobee, Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Tampa, St. Petersburg,
Georgia: Atlanta, Norcross, Marietta, Tucker, Roswell, Stone Mountain,
Colorado: Aspen, Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Parker, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills Village, Thornton, Northglenn, Glenndale, Commerce City, Castle Rock, Longmont, Estes Park, Westminster, Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield, Boulder, Kremmling, Craig, Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Steamboat, Conifer, Bailey, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Walsenberg, San Luis, San Acacio, Manassa, Alamosa
New Mexico: Santa Fe, Taos, Raton, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Grants, Gallup, Deming, Las Cruces, Tucumcari, Alamagordo, Amarillo
*Arizona: Tucson, Needles, Flagstaff, Kingman, Elko, Reno
Nevada: Reno, Sparks, Lovelock
Utah: Salt Lake City
Wyoming: Douglas, Casper, Laramie, Gillette
South Dakota: Yankton, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Scenic
Kansas: Kansas City, Salina
California: Vallejo, San Francisco, Berkley, Emoryville, Livermore, Lodi, Truckee, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Imperial Beach, National City, San Diego, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Rancho Bernardo, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay,
Virginia: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Alexandria, Arlington
Maryland: Silver Spring, Baltimore
New Jersey: Springfield
New York: Queens, Bronx, Manhattan
South Carolina: Greenville, Columbia, Orangeburg, St. Matthews
North Carolina: Asheville
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
Massachusetts: Boston, Cambridge
Outside the US:
Phillipines: Olangapo, Manila
Vietnam: Da Nang, Hue, Quang Tri
Australia: Sydney, Wollongong
Canada: Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec

JLeslie's avatar

@Yetanotheruser Were you in the military?

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Only for three years, reflected by my travels in the DC/Virginia area, my overseas travel (Vietnam, Australia and the Phillipines) and some of the time I spent in California. The rest of the time I was just adventurous.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Yetanotheruser You’ve been to Danang? Hey, let me know if you ever come back there again. I’ll be your guide :)

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I’d love for that to happen. A trip back to Vietnam is on my bucket list of things to do while I’m still young enough. I guess it’s changed a lot since 1970. I spent most of my time there (August 1968 through April 1970) on a hospital ship in the harbor, or we would be steaming up the coast by Quang Tri. I am serious about wanting to come visit, and having a local guide would be the bomb.

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