Having just read the newly released Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities for 2012, I thought I would create my own list. Would love to hear your thoughts on both!
1. DUNEDIN, New Zealand - has to take the number 1 spot, it is my home town and a fabulous city.
Dunedin is amazing for so many reasons aside from the more personal ones, (dunedin is still home to most of my immediate family and some very dear friends), some reasons for your to visit Dunedin when you are in NZ include;
the stunning and diverse range of wildlife, home to the Yellow eyed penguin, the Royal Albatross, Sealions, and seals to name a few… have a look at this link http://www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz/ if you would like to know more. We also have the recently opened Orokonui Ecosanctuary, a must for bird lovers http://www.orokonui.org.nz/.
wow! i could write a whole post about Dunedin, it really is number 1 for me
2. KORCULA – my current home town, where I met my wonderful husband and so much more…..
again, there are so many reasons that I love Korcula, you can see some of my other blog posts for more about Korcula and have a look at www.korculaexplorer.com for more island information and recommended places to stay during your visit.
Korcula is also the home of our small business,Seba Dizajn, home of fabulous Traditional Filigree Jewellery and so much more….
3. QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand
With scenery like this, and a cute niece like this (below), what’s not like to like about Queenstown? It is also NZ’s self claimed adventure capital and tourist meca, offering literally hundreds of entertainment options and more bars and restaurants than any other small ‘city’ I’ve visited to date.
4. VICTORIA/VANCOUVER, Canada – a draw for 4th place
12 years ago I started my current travellers journey in Vancouver and headed on to Victoria on nearby Vancouver Island, both cities rank highly for me as I have GREAT friends living in the two places, therefore they are always fun places to visit.
Both cities also offer a fantastic selection of places to eat, easy to use public transport, & proximity to mountains and sea that are hard to beat. Try The Reef, http://thereefrestaurant.com/ for some extra tasty treats & cocktails and fabulous customer service. Yummy!
5. KATHMANDU, Nepal – oh so many reasons to love this vibrant city.
the PEOPLE of Nepal are fabulous, friendly, resourceful – once again I am reminded how blessed I am to have met such fantastic people in my travels;
the FOOD, Kathmandu has some of the tastiest places to eat you can imagine
the CULTURE, Nepal’s predominant mix of Hinduism &Buddhism create a colourful and vibrant cultural mix, and a calendar doted with frequent celebrations and holidays!
Kathmandu and the Kathmandu are also home to our wonderful FAIR TRADE supplies, you can find out more about them in my ‘Who is Sewing Your Sequins?’ post.
And I have to make a quick mention of Verena, the wonderful bar keeper and owner at SAM’s BAR - always a friendly welcome, and a friend indeed during my many solo visits to Kathmandu, thanks Verena!
6. GRANTOWN ON SPEY, Scotland – a little bit of a push on the ‘city’ category here but I make the rules!
Really the same rules as above apply to Grantown, friends and scenery make a ‘city’ special for me – ‘no comment’ on the Grantown food options! Although the Royal Chippy and a pint of Belhaven Best at The Claymore must rank somewhere in my most memorable ‘meals’ of Scotland.
and of course there is the Scottish WEATHER as a draw card to Grantown???
7. BERLIN, Germany – family, food, culture, galleries, shopping…. a great mix of good things!
the public transport, easy to negotiate, cheap and full of beautiful people!
Berlin is also home to some amazing artistic talent, including that of Helen Bogun of http://helz-design.com/, look at this FABULOUS tree she did for our Christmas cards