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User currently offlineAFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4270 times:

What is your favorite city/metropolitan area which you live in or you would like to live in throughout the world? For what aspects?

Mine are one, the Paris metropolitan area. Personally, Paris is the greatest city in the world and many of the suburbs I could easily see myself living in. Second, is the Randstad. I love Dutch architecture as it breaks the lines yet is also very traditional. I love the Dutch townhouses and apartments located in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague. I also love how densly populated this area is and how there is great dining, walking, shopping and a nice quality of life. Third, would be Buenos Aires. I am going there this summer for four weeks but I just love the culture and architecture. I think it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Those are some of mine. What are yours?

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User currently offlineEvilForce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4259 times:

I have lived in many places, including central Europe. All places have their upsides and downsides. Asking me which place is my "favorite" is hard. I can say my favorite place for weather. Or my favorite place for eating out. Etc... A city or place is what you make it. I travel quite often for business, and my mental "game" I play with myself is to find 2 things I like about each city I go to. I may think El Paso is a dump (and it is) but the food there is awesome! I find Salt Lake City to be dreary and dreadful.... but I stay up in Park City when I'm there, and I must say it's one of the prettiest places on Earth.

There are only two places I have never been able to find 2 things I like about either of them. Toledo, OH and Sacramento, CA. World class dumps.

I can live just about anywhere. I love Tokyo, Sydney, the Patagonia, Costa Rica, Ljubljana Slovenia, Prague, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and Toronto.

I guess if I had to pick which place I'd like to live next... I'd go with Sydney or Ljubljana.


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4255 times:

I love living in Toronto, although I could probably live in any large metropolitan area in North America, if I had to choose I'd go for New York, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix or Seattle.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4244 times:

Id love to live in Vienna or Zurich but you would need to have alot of money to have a nice place to live. Id also love a Summer house in Greece or Cyprus.

User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4244 times:



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Thread starter):
What is your favorite city/metropolitan area which you live in or you would like to live in throughout the world? For what aspects?

Tough question. First off, I don't really want to live in a large metro area. I'd rather live in a less crowded venue, but close enough to a big city for those times when I needed a "big city" fix.

But if we are limited to large metro areas, in the US I'd have to cast my vote for San Diego and San Francisco. Elsewhere, I could easily live in Vienna, London, or Edinburgh.


User currently offlineAFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4218 times:



Quoting EvilForce (Reply 1):
Ljubljana

Now, I always think of Slovenia as being a really nice country. I mean although the name sounds eastern, the country itself has a lot to offer. I mean, my family would never go to Ljubljana, but the pictures I've seen and the research I have done over the years has made it seem like a nice city. Plus, I could speak Italian there, big plus for me! But, is it a cosmopolitan place? I mean the mountains are nice as well as the architecture, but what makes it such a great city to be in?


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

Where ever home is at the moment.

Given my idea place in the United States its the San Francisco Bay Area or San Diego Area..


User currently offlineEvilForce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4173 times:



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 5):
But, is it a cosmopolitan place? I mean the mountains are nice as well as the architecture, but what makes it such a great city to be in?

It's a very vibrant city. I was first there in 4 weeks after 9/11. Had a blast. The cafe culture had old and young alike outdoors at the various eating places on an Oct. Friday eve, laughing, and enjoying life with techno music playing from the town square. The cost of living then was amazingly cheap. I paid about $ .35 for a beer. My b/f and I got drunk for $ 5. Food was great! (Prices have gone up, but it's still a cheap place by relative standards) It's a college town with a large university. In addition to the student population there are another 300,000 in the city. It's close to lots of outdoor activity either up in Lake Bled, or heading down into Croatia. They had an art museum that we went to before grand opening. Overall, a very nice place to be.


User currently offlineFantikerz From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

I love living in Coeur d' Alene. Beautiful winters, and warm summers.

Right by the lake, resort, golf courses, and 5 ski resorts. In addition, we can head over to Spokane in case we need to go to the airport, want to go to a larger mall, or for other things.. Also, there isn't much in the way of geological risks, like earthquakes, tornados, or tsunamis..





User currently offlineDc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4164 times:

Most European large cities are nice and easy to live in, albeit expensive sometimes. Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington DC fit my category as well. In the rest of the world... I'll let people that have actually seen those cities to have their say.

User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

I think that place would be the southwestern United States. This includes SoCal, Vegas, Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso, and S. Utah & Colorado. The only problem is that lots of people agree and are moving here.

User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4680 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

The old part of Dubrovnik is very beautiful, but I don't know if I'd like to live there.


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User currently offlinePlane Holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Sydney, Australia, by far.

Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Thread starter):
Second, is the Randstad. I love Dutch architecture as it breaks the lines yet is also very traditional. I love the Dutch townhouses and apartments located in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague. I also love how densly populated this area is and how there is great dining, walking, shopping and a nice quality of life.

Well, I live there and trust me, I'm seriously busy trying to find ways to emigrate. Quality of life is going down here. Dining is good though although Sydney they sell Honey chicken and you can't find that in this country.


User currently offlineAFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4139 times:



Quoting Plane Holland (Reply 12):
Well, I live there and trust me, I'm seriously busy trying to find ways to emigrate. Quality of life is going down here. Dining is good though although Sydney they sell Honey chicken and you can't find that in this country.

Well, although I have not been to the Randstad, I have spent much time looking at pictures of the three big cities and looking at real estate and dining guides. I mean, statistics wise, the Netherlands is one of the most open, free, economically friendly places in the world. The use the Euro and are part of the Schengen and that really appeals to me. However, although English is widely spoken, it is not official so I would rather move to a place where the language is more useful elsewhere and not as hard to learn when English is spoken. I just love the architecture and planning of the Randstad. Although there are industrial parks, for the most part, the towns, cities, roads, highways are all nice. It feels very urban and populated without feeling suburban, qualities which I like. So, I mean, could you explain why it is getting so much worse? Is it just immigration or is it just the overall mentality?


User currently offlineDC10extender From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

Anywhere in the good old USA! Although with the winters up here, a Caribbean island would be great too. As for Paris, it is too crowded and the people are too rude for a good Minnesota boy like me. I love the Bay area but I also just love the US in general.


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User currently offlineArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4101 times:

The grass is always greener on the other side.....

I've heard many times about people wanting to move to a different and better place in the world but I've also heard somewhere , and correct me if I'm wrong , that as many as 1/3 to half the people come back more or less disillusioned after about 3 years.

I think that for many people in the second or third world countries it is indeed a real dream to go to countries where its better and for those people it usually turns out to be true but even then they suffer from homesickness and severe adjusting problems.
For us first worldners (is that even a word?) it is hard to appreciate the things we have until we part from them, only then we start appreciating our home countries better and we start truly understanding how good it really is.

Personally I've spend a fair amount abroad in all parts of the world and while I wouldn't mind moving to other places for good (Netherlands, US-east/west coast or the Chicago area , Canada, ...) I still believe I can also be perfectly happy staying in our little spot on the world.

Our weather is not the best and it might look terribly unorganized and messy to the untrained eye it still gives a lot back like, the best taverns bars and restaurants in the world (IMHO), overall nice and sometimes weird people, an excellent social security and healthcare system, not too exuberantly expensive pricing, good central location in the EU, Lots of personal freedom and even some very pretty places like Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and even some places in the Brussels area, nice wide (and topless!!!) beaches and the lovely Ardennes.

In time I will be moving back to Antwerp, a not too big but truly international city (after AMS the city with the most nationalities in the world) with tons of things to do and lots of nice areas to live.



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User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4097 times:

I would love to live in Kihei, Hawaii. Every time I've visited there it was amazing. Also it would be cool to live in some middle eastern city for a year. Maybe Dubai, Cairo,or Doha.


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4086 times:

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Then Paris, S.F., Vienna. London perhaps.
Smaller cities: Freiburg, Brescia, Strasbourg.

I'm sure there are more.



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

Given the chance, I'd move to New hampshire in a heartbeat. I've spent a lot of time there over the years, so it wouldn't be too much of a culture shock.
Second choicee would have to be Mikonos......possible one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, and the food & hospitality is amazing.



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User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

The moon!
But if it had to be on earth then Jerusalem, Melbourne, London, or Johanusburg or actually any main city.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

While I've lived both in Namibia and the USA, and plan to spend the bulk of my life in Namibia, I'd say the place I could most see myself living in OUTSIDE OF those two would be Australia. I love the people, lifestyle, and just about everything. What a great place.

User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

Favourite Place in the world?
That would have to be Edinburgh,
nothing like a pice of home

Edinburgh - Capital of the best small country in the world

Where would I like to live?
London, England;

So that I can be based at LHR if I get a job with BA
and obv because there's fabulous shops

like Harrods  Yeah sure

JG  Smile



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User currently offlineSeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 843 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4002 times:

for me the best place to live would be Hong Kong- I love everything about HK, how friendly people are and just how well everything blends together. Otherwise I would say Copenhagen or Amsterdam. I don't really know why but just really enjoyed my time there and loved the atmosphere and the more liberal and tolerant attitude towards life they have.

User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3829 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

Hayward, CA. It's located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay area and only minutes away from Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. It's an all american city with a state college, a bedroom community comprising of subdivisions, condos and trailer homes, and plenty of industrial businesses such as auto auction, salvage yards and chop shops. Also, there's a large immigrant population readily available for day employment.


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User currently offlineAFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3977 times:



Quoting Confuscius (Reply 23):
Hayward, CA. It's located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay area and only minutes away from Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. It's an all american city with a state college, a bedroom community comprising of subdivisions, condos and trailer homes, and plenty of industrial businesses such as auto auction, salvage yards and chop shops. Also, there's a large immigrant population readily available for day employment.

Sounds nice.


25 ThreeFourThree : Sydney comes in first, I just love the whole place, people are friendly, weather is nice, not too cold but can get a bit hot. Second would be Singapor
26 9VSRH : that is a really hard one! I would have to say....Hong Kong, Paris, Sydney or Melbourne.
27 Halls120 : Actually, Hayward is one of the most boring places in the entire Bay Area. Just my opinion, of course.
28 AFKLMLHLX : I was of course being sarcastic. I think he on purposely described it that way because maybe he read other posts on how I don't like things about tra
29 Confuscius : Boring? Hayward is not, Atherton and Woodside are. Hayward is a multicultural city with social clubs aligning themselves along racial groups and dema
30 IADCA : Sounds like paradise. You might also want to try Hazleton, PA; dreary, dead ex-coal mining town in a charmingly gray mountainous and frequently snowy
31 Captaink : IN the US, my second home New York City. In fact I find it hard to find a comparable city anywhere else. In Mexico, I like Guadalajara, Aguascalientes
32 Paneuropean : Well, that just leaves Britain and Ireland (and Malta) to go to....I think Plane Holland is being quite pessimistic as there are many places in the R
33 Post contains images RobertNL070 : Like my canal front town house in The Hague? Why? Steenwijk is hardly the Randstad. Not in my experience. You can still buy a very nice apartment for
34 Post contains images ABQ747 : ABQ has much better food.
35 Comorin : I love NY - it's a vibrant city with a big heart. If only we could get Guiliani back for a few months to get the doggy poop off the sidewalks, it'd be
36 Post contains images AFKLMLHLX : Yes, that is perfect! I could spend hours just looking at pictures of the Hague on flickr. There is this one pictue on nl.wikipedia.com of The Hague
37 Singaporegirl : in a way yes. my (new yorker/american) husband and i now reside in the beautiful island of bali. i was born and raised in singapore (which is a total
38 CanadianNorth : Have to say Whitehorse does it for me. I love travelling to different places, and never get tired of seeing new cities. But as far as living, I loved
39 Post contains links AFKLMLHLX : Whitehorse love it! Hey, whatever makes you happy. It must be beautiful up there. Hey, atleast you have that one main street and you can fly Condor t
40 FlyDeltaJets87 : Let's see: country: United States, hands down. Where in the US: Pretty happy in Greensboro, NC at the moment when I'm up here and not down in Florida
41 Aa7295 : I just came back from Sydney last week. It is a beautiful city!!! However, the people who live there are by far the rudest people I have ever met in
42 Superfly : I am happy living in San Francisco. It is a great city but I also love it here in Bangkok, Thailand. The weather here in Bangkok sucks but the people
43 StuckInCA : It's not. Yep. I can't think of a good thing to say aobout Hayward. If it were't "close" to San Francisco, it would have nothing good going for it un
44 Post contains images Allstarflyer : The U.S. is still the best country, and the best place in the world to live is the place you can afford - just ask anyone who bought too much and had
45 AFKLMLHLX : As I said, I was being purely sarcastic. It sounds horrible. If you have ever read my feelings on most places in America in general, Hayward would be
46 767Lover : Yeah, I saw that too. What you didn't mention is that the reason the Danish said they are happy is because they generally don't have high expectation
47 Post contains images Halls120 : you got that right!
48 ScrubbsYWG : i'd like to hit up western europe and live there some time. I can get dual citizenship with the UK through my father, so i might do that someday and g
49 YVRLTN : Vancouver!! I moved here from London and I never want to go back. The rain gets a bit monotonous through the winter, but when its perfectly clear & su
50 Superfly : The "rural feel" is due to a nuclear reactor and develpers can't develop on government property. Otherwise, that area would be filled with stripmalls
51 Post contains links and images Aaron747 : New Zealand... Doesn't have the kitsch of the states, the endless parades of fashionable lassies of Japan, or the cosmopolitan panache of Europe, nor
52 Halls120 : I love Vancouver. They do have a bit of a crime problem, however.
53 CupraIbiza : Cairo? Are you serious? I have to assume you either a) know very little about Cairo b) have a strange fetish for overcrowding, 24 hr a day traffic ja
54 Nitrohelper : Cairo ? Lived there for a year in 98-99, I wouldn't want to go back. Add to your list the blowing dust, and incompetent government.
55 Confuscius : There's a Vietnamese/Thai restaurant on Mission & Industrial called Red Chili. The food is really delicious but the service can be a bit spotty. Ther
56 MIA : I would have to say, and I am sure quite a few people here would agree: New Orleans. The big easy is everything I have ever wanted out of a city (cult
57 IliriBDL : Going to have to say my country Kosovo first, in which I spent 14 years. Then Montenegro, which is a beautiful country, went there every summer, would
58 Csavel : I would've said New York ten years ago, but now that the edge is gone and it is mallified like every other US city, (you barely even hear New York acc
59 Post contains images B727-200 : I have to say that i am pretty happy with my home town of Melbourne, Australia. Despite Sydney getting most of the attention in this part of the world
60 N1120A : The best place to live in the world is right where I am, Los Angeles and the areas within its metro area, West of the Santa Monica Mountains. The best
61 NG1Fan : I currently live in BNE. Sensational weather, though even with the recent rain, there isn't much water to go around (Restrictions on water use everywh
62 Elite : I'm in love with NYC I guess, although not many other people like to live in it. I just love the atmosphere there and its a great place to be.
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