Top 5 Places I Have Been To

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy
Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy

I was inspired by Alex’s post to write about my top 5 places I’ve been to. Having visited 20 countries and many more cities in the world, I’ve had the pleasure to meet many amazing places, but here are 5 that really made it to the top in my mind. 

1. Rome, Italy

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Even before I visited Italy for the first time, it was one of my favorite countries. Has this happened to you? I have a weird obsession with Italy and its culture; the food, the beauty, the people… It must be a past-life thing because I haven’t been to Italy enough to love it so much. I have even dreamt in Italian! Which I only speak minimally because it is similar to French and Spanish being a Romance language and all.

Pasta, pizza, gelato, wine, flowers, vineyards, architecture, history, fashion, tiny cars, scooters, riposo time, passion, art, the language… did I mention the food? It’s just my kind of heaven.

And I only put Rome down because it is the only city I’ve been to in Italy. I would’ve put Italy as a whole but it wouldn’t be consistent with the rest of my places.

2. London, England

Rainy day at Trafalgar Square.
Rainy day at Trafalgar Square.

I’ve written a whole post about why I fell in love with London when I lived there for a year but I’ll sum it up to:  diversity, museums, beauty, parks, public transportation, Europe, shopping, the accent, style and tea.

Also, Londoners seem to be in their own world whenever they are out and about in the city minding their own business. I really like that because I am like that.

I’d live there again in a heartbeat.

Related: Rome, A Tiny Dot In The Vast Amazingness of Italy

3. Berlin, Germany

The German flag twists during a Eurocup game in Berlin.
The German flag twists during a Eurocup game in Berlin.

I wasn’t here for too long, but I liked everything about my trip to Berlin. The architecture, the history, the people, the nightlife, the beer gardens, the transportation, the cleanliness…

I think I could live there happily. For some reason it kind of reminded me of Mexico City, I think it has to do something with the historic French architecture influence in both counties. I could call Berlin the European/1st world Mexico City.

4. Mexico City, Mexico

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The Zocalo in Mexico City.

I wasn’t sure if it was fair to add my hometown, but it’s my blog and my post so I decide the rules.

I especially have appreciated this city more when I have come back as a visitor rather than a resident. I even felt kind of like a tourist when I was taking photos of things that could be categorized as normal daily life. The bad things about it I am used to, and the good things are accentuated when I come visit. I even experience some new things because I haven’t lived there in years. The best thing about Mexico is the friendliness of the people and their willingness to help out.

I also love the colorful culture and history behind it. Did you know Mexico City is the city with the most museums in the whole world? With over 140 museum buildings where you can learn about all kinds of things including cultural, social, artistic, and political heritage, you won’t ever be bored.

Of course the food, and the climate. It’s not as hot as people think because Mexico City is in a valley with an elevation of 7000 feet!

Related: Mexico City Without Pollution And A Legendary Volcano Love Story

How To Be A Tourist In Mexico City (Written By A Mexican)

5. Whistler, BC, Canada

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Whistler Mountain

Every time I have been to Whistler (via Vancouver, another amazing city) it has been a perfect trip.

Whistler mountain is a heavenly place for skiing, and Whistler town with its shops and restaurants is wonderful after a full day of skiing. The fresh crisp air, the atmosphere, and the hotel hot tub after skiing make it a height of pleasure. Also, because of the long hours of skiing, I’ve taken the best naps ever in Whistler.

Whistler has brought me a lot of happiness. There is just something about that place.

Related: My Favorite Ski Resort Town: Whistler, BC Canada

What are your top 5?

15 thoughts on “Top 5 Places I Have Been To

  1. Nice post. (And btw – haha – it confirms what your “Top 5 Museums” entry suggested – that you really like museums! 🙂 London, Rome, Mexico DF, and Berlin have more museums than perhaps any place else on the planet (although I’d add LA and Washington DC to that list also).

    My top 5 cities are probably Mexico DF, Chicago, LA, Paris, and Stockholm…but your post has definitely given me something to think about! 🙂

  2. My wife lived in London for a few months and raves about it, I’d love for us both to go there.
    Some of my favorites:
    Charleston, SC – awesome food, history, architecture and art
    Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas – like a New England village in the tropics
    Williamsburg, VA – a living history museum
    St John, USVI – 2/3 of the island is a national park leaving it in a preserved, gorgeous state for hiking and beach going
    Ireland – I want to go back and explore more!

  3. Mexico City is my favourite city to visit – I think I’ve been there more than ten times and each time is a new discovery. The endless museums, Chapultepec Park, my favourite taco pastor place, my favourite desayuno bakery, the adventure of riding the subway… I never run out of things to do in the D.F.

  4. So happy to see you like Rome…so many people don’t care for it and it is one of my favorite cities….soooooo much history. Also…Mexico City is my other favorite as well! Great list!

  5. Beautiful post. Whistler looks and sounds amazing. I’ve not made it to Canada yet, but I definitely hope to get out to their snowy slopes one day.

  6. I went to Rome a very long time ago and don’t remember much of it, I was a child so probably it as just full of gelatto! I could never live in London, I had a boyfriend that lived there and he refused to ever come to Birmingham, saying that everything outside London might as well not exist – I just thought it was really narrow-minded. I’d move to Mexico City, and that’s the plan – it’s a beautiful city and I always feel at home there.

  7. My eldest daughter and her husband are in London now for a year.
    They love it.
    I do too.

  8. Rome was DEFINITELY close to making my list! So much history, it’s incredible. It’s amazing to stand inside the colosseum and imagine who was standing in your same steps thousands of years ago.

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