My Top 5 Cities to Wander


The Internet is riddled with Top 5 lists or whichever number is trending so I figure I will post one too. Where does this wanderer like to wander? Aside from just about everywhere I do have some faves. As I continue to traverse the globe I suspect this list will change though this is the list currently. 

It’s all about the cities. I have to say I prefer cities and the energy found within them. Of course small towns and nature are phenomenal and even entire countries I find amazing, though today it’s about the urban landscape. 

Here they are:

  1. PARIS – Paris! Paris! Paris! Arguably the most beautiful city on the planet, I always find wandering in Paris a joy. The art, the history and vibe. 
  2. ISTANBUL – An extremely close second, Istanbul took my breath away with its history, architectural beauty and culture.
  3. CHICAGO – Not only did I have a fab time in the Windy City I adored its arts, buildings and that deep dish pizza
  4. BUDAPEST – Not only does Budapest offer a gorgeous and clean city there is much to do.  Caving nearby, history, ruin bars & thermals baths makes for a very fun city!
  5. GEORGETOWN (a.k.a. Penang) & BELGRADE – tied for 5th as I was unable to decide. Both so different yet equally cool. Penang’s street art and street food within a chill atmosphere compared to Belgrade’s history, great people and fun nightlife made it a definite tie. 

There you go. My current top 5 cities. Next up will be my fav countries. 

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders the World 

 

Top row (L – R): Paris, Istanbul, Chicago
Bottom row: Budapest, Belgrade, me on boat in Belgrade, Georgtown (Penang)

 

 

Liebster Award


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I am glad to say that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by fellow blogger Linda at Draw My Map. Thank you for the nomination. I do apologize that it has taken me so long to post but better late than never!  So here goes.

Remember to check out below to see which 11 bloggers I nominate!

My answer’s to Draw My Map’s questions:

  1. Describe your blog in 5 words
    About me and the world.
  2. What would your ideal weekend look like?
    A quick getaway to a new destination or a re-visit a favourite. If I have to stay in town then I would like to go to yoga, go out with friends for an evening and then relax at home on Sunday with some cooking.
  3. Which has been your favourite destination so far?
    Oh that’s a tough one. By far my favourite country is Ireland. The people are so friendly and likable and the landscape is stunning. It’s a unique shade of green. However, for cities I would say my favourite is Paris with Istanbul and Belgrade close behind. Oh but India was amazing too. And Budapest. And Prague…and… and…
  4. Would you rather go skiing or lie on a beach?
    I hate snow so I’d pick the beach but checking out a city would usurp the beach.
  5. What made you want to start a blog?
    To share and write about my travel plans and to keep me focused on reaching my goal of extended travel. I was also encouraged to start one from a few people. The power of suggestion!
  6. Is there anywhere you have been that you would never visit again? Yes. I never want to go to Athens, Greece again. It’s chaotic, in disrepair, smoggy and uncouth.
  7. Name the top three destinations on your travel wish list.
    1. Re-visit Ireland + add Scotland
    2. Easter Island (Chile)
    3. Vietnam & re-visiting India (tie)
    Though these tend to change often – LOL
  8. In which country have you met the friendliest locals so far? Ireland by far.
  9. City or small town? I’m a city girl, well, medium-sized city.
  10. Do you like to spend time in nature? Some. I love trees and being around them, going for walks and enjoying fresh air. I want to start hiking. I’ve never gone camping and don’t really have a desire to do so.
  11. Do like to have everything organised, booked and planned before you leave for your trip or do you like to wing it and see where the wind takes you? About 70% organized and 30% winging it. I like to know where I’m gonna go and what I want to see but also leave some room for spontaneous events.

How the Liebster Award nominations work:

  • each nominee must link back the person who nominated them
  • answer the 11 questions
  • nominate 11 other bloggers for this award who have less than 500 followers
  • create 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • you can’t nominate the one who tagged you
  • let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

My nominations for The Liebster Award are as follows:

  1.  Wandering Dragon
  2.  Love The Fold
  3.  Robin T Photo
  4.  Sdoonthego
  5.  Going Around The World
  6.  World Travellerz
  7.  Vegucated in Vancouver
  8.  WellEmma
  9.  Mexico: Live it, Love it
  10.  Where is Noodles?

My questions for the nominees are:

  1. If you could visit one destination in the world, where would it be?
  2. Which book is your favourite and why?
  3. Can you speak another language(s) and if so, which one(s)?
  4. What is the most bizarre food you’ve eaten?
  5. Would you travel solo?
  6. What are your 3 essentials you take with you when travelling?
  7. Do you prefer sweet or savory foods?
  8. Is your preference beers, wines or cocktails?
  9. How did you start blogging?
  10. How many languages can you say “thank you” in?
  11. Where have you experienced the most extreme culture shock?