After last week’s post about my top countries to go to, I thought I would do the same with cities. Interestingly they are in TOTALLY different countries from my top ten, how strange!
1. Vladivostok, Russia – To me that word signifies the ends of the earth, as far as you can go, as it is the furthest the Trans Siberian reaches. It also sounds so damn soviet and cool – I imagine it being very grim and grey, with all the hardened faced people still singing soviet songs as they go about their labours, that sound like Borat’s Kazakh national anthem…
2. Tblisi, Georgia – With a name meaning ‘warm spring’, that only the initiated know how to pronounce, who doesn’t want to go!? It looks like a beautiful Eastern European capital, with a church on a hill overlooking the river.
3. Turkmenbashy, Turkmenistan – The portal to the Caspian Sea and to Baku and as part of the Silk Route, it is a city I am dying to see.
4. Mexico City, Mexico – I went to an exhibit at the British Museum not so long ago about Moctezuma, and it made me realise just how amazing the history of Mesoamerica is and specifically Mexico City, which I had discounted before as being some great big, newly sprung up megalopolis.
5. Timbuktu, Mali – Another place that have always felt signified the ends of the earth to me, a place impossible to go to as it is so totally unreachable, ever since I was a child when my dad used to recite the cassowary poem to me. Nowadays that poem annoys me – it has misled generations of children who have grown into adulthood into believing that cassowaries are from Africa…
6. St Petersburg, Russia – Great grand squares and candy cane patterned buildings.
7. Samarkand, Uzbekistan – Another fabulous Silk Route city.
8. Moscow, Russia – Red Square, The Kremlin, and this place –
It looks like if I climbed up and licked it, it would taste sweet and sticky!!!!
9. Barcelona, Spain – Oddly I have never been here, even though I have been to Spain many times, and have had friends living there in the past. I really want to see all of the Gaudi architecture.
10. Beijing, China – Specifically to see The Forbidden City, but also Tienanmen Sq. and the Temple of Heaven.
Oddly, Russia is not a place I would say I want to go to that badly, yet three of my told ten cities are there!