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I love travelling and was wondering which city people rate as their own personal favourite, doesn’t have to be in another country just which city you like best, and maybe the reason. Mine is Vienna, obviously with the musical connections but also with the museums and art galleries, closely followed by London for the same reasons but with the added attraction of theatre, thought a completely off music topic would be good for a change.

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I don’t have one right now. It used to be Las Vegas, but not so much now. It has changed and has turned more towards nightclubby for the younger crowd. There isn’t even Texas Hold’em in all casinos any more. Fewer slots, and they are not as fun. The best casinos are actually the old ones; Flamingo, Harrahs, Freemont Street. The MGM, NY NY, Excalibur, etc have all changed to the younger no-fun crowd. 😁 The first two times we went, it was fun, then the change-over started. Great place for long walks, but no longer much fun. 

Not sure about a favorite city now. I will think about it and get back to you. 

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Back before retirement and lower funds, we went to Carlsbad, California for a week or two at a time almost annually for about 10 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. More of a senior catering, quiet town and we stayed at an inn right on the ocean, with a balcony to enjoy the view and sounds of the surf.

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we prefer state and national parks.. personally i prefer sitting on/by a lake.  Falls Creek Falls and Norris lake are my 1st choices due to scenery and being pretty much a day trip if we wanted.. But as far as a city..St Augustine is a favorite.  Tampa weve visited a few times..this year wasnt so great due to water conditions.  Id like to visit the  Scandinavian countries along with Iceland one day.  Glacier National and Alaska here in the U.S. would come first though.  Landscapes over night life.

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Back before retirement and lower funds, we went to Carlsbad, California for a week or two at a time almost annually for about 10 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. More of a senior catering, quiet town and we stayed at an inn right on the ocean, with a balcony to enjoy the view and sounds of the surf.

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Sounds excellent john , those images are quite stunning, I like the relaxed look, I also love the sound of the sea, you just cant really beat walking along the sand as the sun goes down. We did this in Malaga a year or so ago, very relaxing.

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@stringy - Thanks, those were taken from the balcony in 2008 (have I mentioned photography was another of my hobbies?).

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@stringy - Thanks, those were taken from the balcony in 2008 (have I mentioned photography was another of my hobbies?).

  

John, photography is my second hobby, and was my greatest interest at one time. I was as addicted to capturing images as I am to music, I actually used to develop my own black and white photos in a darkroom in a bedroom at my mothers house, there was nothing like seeing that image appear before your eyes as the paper swished about in he chemicals, this was before digital of course.

My favourite photogqrapher by the way is Don mc cullin

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we prefer state and national parks.. personally i prefer sitting on/by a lake.  Falls Creek Falls and Norris lake are my 1st choices due to scenery and being pretty much a day trip if we wanted.. But as far as a city..St Augustine is a favorite.  Tampa weve visited a few times..this year wasnt so great due to water conditions.  Id like to visit the  Scandinavian countries along with Iceland one day.  Glacier National and Alaska here in the U.S. would come first though.  Landscapes over night life.

  

We have the scandinavian countries on our doorstep, and I havent visited them, for which I feel a bit guilty, my father was in the royal navy and had been to iceland many times, he told me the northern lights were spectacular and some day I intend to go and see them in honour of his memory.

I have never been into night life apart from a good restaurant since I was a kid, I like peace these days, and architecture. I also love mountains, something about the quality of the air, it rejuvenates, leaves you feeling good.

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I'm fairly well-traveled, but I think my favorite city is the one I live in, Sacramento. It has the benefits of living in California (climate, good food and wine, close to both mountains and sea) without the excessive costs of the coastal cities, it's big enough to have all the amenities of city life but not so big that it feels overly crowded, and it has a vibrant local arts scene and lots of civic engagement. It's one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US.

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We have the scandinavian countries on our doorstep, and I havent visited them, for which I feel a bit guilty, my father was in the royal navy and had been to iceland many times, he told me the northern lights were spectacular and some day I intend to go and see them in honour of his memory.

  

I feel a bit guilty about having never been to Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America, even though I've lived in border states for most of my life and speak Spanish fluently. I keep planning to go and something always comes up.

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@stringy - I started taking pictures in my early teens with a Baby Brownie Special! Then when I was stationed in Korea in 64-65, I learned how to develop my own black and white film at the U.S. Army recreational compound in the area. And you're right, seeing that picture form from a blank sheet of paper is magical.

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I live in a corn field, and I have had the opportunity to traveled the US and Parts of Europe for business and personal travels. And if I never visit a city again that would be OK with me. My favorite vacations I have ever had were on a house boat on Dale Hollow lake, and Lake Webster.

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@Mark ill have to look up lake webster but very familiar with dale hollow.  lake cumberland in Ky is another, especially for houseboats.  

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Mark, all personal preference of course, if you like nature best nothing wrong with that.

Andrew I am extremely impressed that you speak another language, I would love to go to mexico to see the pyramids and also to peru.

John, I learned photography using an old zenith em that belonged to my father. must have weighed ten pounds, as you know Russian built, then I got a chinnon, they dont make them anymore but it was a great camera, and then finally went onto Nikons, today its all my mobile phone, bit sad as nothing is ever printed, I fear that in future years this period in history wont have a photographic record at all, negatives last a long time, I once had a few glass plates from USA of the old west, dont know what happened to them but they stood the test of time.

Greg sounds like some of your country is beautiful, over here the lake district is extremely popular, only about two hours from where I live.

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Andrew I am extremely impressed that you speak another language, I would love to go to mexico to see the pyramids and also to peru.

  

Comes from living in multilingual environments my whole life. It's easier to learn new languages if you hear them on a regular basis. I mostly speak Mandarin Chinese with my parents, grew up mostly in Dubai and went to an international school, and after returning to the US lived in Texas and California which both have large Spanish-speaking populations. I also spent a whole summer studying in Austria; although instruction was in English I still had to navigate daily life.

So I speak English and Mandarin natively and Spanish fluently, speak enough German to get by, know basic phrases in Arabic and Japanese, and can mostly understand any Romance language if people speak slowly.

To give my earlier comment some context, the places I've lived or stayed for extended periods (a month or more) are:

Houston, TX (age 0-2, 12-17)
Aberdeen, Scotland (age 2-3 so I really don't remember it)
Dubai, UAE (age 3-12)
Pasadena, CA (age 17-27)
Sacramento, CA (age 27 to present)

Corvallis, OR (several summers in childhood)
Durham, NC (several summers in childhood)
Salzburg, Austria (study abroad)
Washington, DC (summer internship)

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Andrew I am even more impressed now, 4 languages and almost 6, I have tried and failed to learn a few in my time, I think it must help a lot living in the country were you are trying to learn as you say.

I would love to go to Salzburg, you probably read that vienna is my fave city. 

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I'd say just 3 languages and almost a 4th -- I would be extremely hesitant to claim to speak German, and Arabic and Japanese are really limited to basic phrases.

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My great great great great great Grandfather Fredrick Cooper "I believe that's enough greats' in 1774 homesteaded the land between beaver and Otter creek on the Cumberland river, which is now under about 90 feet water from the creation of Cumberland Lake. 

Lake Webster is a small Lake that I caught my first musky on in 1986 and it's a ringed by cottages and a bunch of pleasant folks that live there.

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Sorry, I have a lifetime of images and memories racing through my brain - not sure I can even narrow it down. 

ALWAYS loved being out exploring Nature and the Natural Sciences.  I love the people, History and Cultural specialties of places. 

I LOVE this Country!  

My tootsies have touched the water of the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and as far north as the Great Lake Superior.

I've only spent time in 20 States, only lived in 4 - but we ARE a big melting pot, found something unique around every corner and if I wasn't so upset about the way it's being run right now, I'd recommend it to everyone! 

I've loved the major cities in States I've visited & lived in - for events & features, but wouldn't want to live in one.  I don't like wall-to-wall buildings and parking lots, but big cities do have ethnic communities and 'Old Town' architecture worth searching out.  I also have fond memories of finding surprises in small towns scattered all over the US.  Some towns are wonderful for a specific season or Festival.  I favor the unique atmosphere of New Orleans (not for Mardi Gras), but I haven't been there since Hurricane Katrina - parts of it are magical to me.  I love California.  I've been there several times, as far south as Long Beach and as far north as San Francisco - loving many places in between, but I wouldn't go there today. 

Love Michigan, but I can't pick only 1 City - depends on my mood and what I'm looking for.  We even have a couple Islands that are pretty unique, too!  My home town of Dearborn is known for having this Country's largest indoor/outdoor Museum complex - The Henry Ford.  It's mind boggling to realize that Michigan is 3% larger in land mass than the UK, while the UK has 6 TIMES the amount of people!

The only Country I've been to outside the US is Canada - and only Ontario. 

There are more States and places in other parts of the World that I wish I could've visited.  Looking back, I've always wanted to travel!  It was one of the reasons I joined the Military - but, fate can be ironic. 😞  I understand it's never as good as 'being there', but at least my having easy access to virtual tours and Cultural documentaries about other places around the World is better than nothing. 🤗 

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Btw, the beach on Lake Michigan looks like the ocean, only NO sharks! 

...just deadly undertow currents. 🤣 

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sharks..yeah I agree.  seems like anytime we visit a beach a week or two later I read a news article about an attack there.  Of course down here theres snakes to be aware of...and now asian carp if youve got the boat moving..not on all lakes but getting there.  mostly other boaters or submerged logs biggest worry when tubing/skiing.  

The Great Lakes shoreline weve visited have been beautiful.  Id like to get farther up North in Michigan one day and see more.  Cali was cool..never got farther north than LA though.. of the 2 I think I prefer San Diego but that was many years ago along with Texas where I lived for several years.  great state..My son was born there so he always can claim native Texan..wink

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@ABitRusty -

I've seen carp in one of the canals nearby, but NOT the kind you're speaking of - very scary!   The thought of those things getting into the Great Lakes makes me cringe.  

...thought I was the only one to leave a beach to find out a few days later a shark attack was reported in the same spot (Corpus Christi, TX)!

Was just thinking... we have such a wealth of really spectacular National Parks and Historical sites in this Country- still many I wish I could've visited. 

Glad I never got to see Hawaii... don't think I would leave. 

Anyway, here's a recent Michigan Autumn Travel video.  First place is one of my favorite in the Upper Peninsula - Munising, where Pictured Rocks is located (the video didn't do it justice), but many other trails with waterfalls.  You'll also see about Mackinac Island & Sleeping Bear Dunes, etc...  

Michigan does NOT have a monopoly on Fall Color - most Northeastern States have a gorgeous Autumn, but hope you enjoy this.   

Michigan ᐈ Fall Foliage - Top 20 Best Places To See Fall Colors In Michigan

 

@stringy -

I think very highly of all the older cities around the World, but my bubble would probably burst if I visited.  Spent time in 7 of the top 23 largest cities in the US - NYC, Los Angeles and Chicago were the largest, but I just don't care for the hustle and bustle anymore.

I know I really would've loved Kyoto, Japan. 

The last deep dive I did (talking several years' worth), before violin, was of Traditional Japan.  From architecture, old automata, the myriad of ways silk & other fabrics were woven/decorated, to garden features.  Everything of Traditional Japan is an 'Art' to me; Raku, paper, Lacquerware, Dolls, metal & woodwork - down to the 'singing' "Binchotan" charcoal and the cuisine.  I do regret not being able to see all the beautiful gardens around Kyoto. 

Many of my family members and friends have traveled outside the USA, but we have wonderful museums, great Orchestras/Opera Houses & Fine Art in ALL our large cities - as well as smaller museums, local art and music everywhere else.  Never enough Old World charm, though.  I love light opera & just about anything Theatre, but it's usually cheaper to go to a Museum or Botanical Garden/Zoo - and free to visit an Art Gallery.

So, tell us more about where you were thinking of moving to! 

 

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Kevin had quite a few deployments after we moved back to Michigan.  He had fun in Newfoundland/Labarador, Alberta and as far west as Fairbanks, Alaska - loved it.  Too much time in various Countries in the Middle East, but he had one at Misawa, Japan, which he really liked - too far North to visit Kyoto.  They thought he was a native in Norway - enjoyed some great time around & in Bergen.  He was impressed with Singapore, but we'll never hear the end of the smelly Durians. 🤣  He did make it to Gibraltar for a few nice days. 

- Emily

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