Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Great Cities of the World

Indianapolis proved that it was worthy of being awarded a Super Bowl during the recent celebration here and showed that it could play very well on the world’s biggest sports stage.  Being downtown for some of the festivities reminded us of the vibe you get in other major cities of the world.  It didn’t feel like Indianapolis.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Indy.  We’ve lived here 30 years and it’s been a great place to live, work and raise a family.  But we often do find ourselves unwittingly making comparisons when we visit world-class cities around the globe.  Of course, we don’t have the problems here that many of those cities have either.  In honor of the attention of the world on our city, we thought it would be fun to pick our 5 favorite cities in the world to visit:
1)  New York – It’s got everything from iconic sites, museums, architecture, art, funky boroughs, great restaurants, the theater  and just plain fun people watching.  There’s nowhere else in the world like it.

2)  London -  Fabulous historical sites, museums, within driving distance of castles and, they speak English !(well, sort of)  It’s just fun to eat in a real pub.
3)  Rome – what more can be said, that hasn’t already been said?  Everywhere you look there’s history and art.  Between the Coliseum, the Forum and the Vatican & St. Peter’s, you could spend days.  But even smaller churches off- the- beaten- path are full of surprises.  For example, St. Peter in Chains is home to Michaelangelo’s statue of Moses, a stunning masterpiece.

4)  Sydney – One of the most beautiful harbors in the world features the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one side and the world-famous Opera House on the other.  The city is modern with great restaurants and shopping and the people are the friendliest anywhere.  They really do invoke the phrase “no worries” all the time! There’s a petting zoo where you can actually feed the kangaroos and koala bears.

5)  Hong Kong – Another breathtaking harbor that is highlighted with a nightly laser and fireworks show.  It’s a pulsating, neon-lit city by night with beautiful parks right in the middle where you’ll catch people doing Tai Chi.

Runners Up:  Paris (of course), Prague, San Francisco, Athens, and Cairo.  I wouldn’t go now, but Cairo is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.  Beautiful, it is not, but there’s no equal on the history front.
There’s nothing groundbreaking in our list.  But perhaps it will serve to reinforce your own preferences or help to encourage you to get out and see other parts of our beautiful world.  But it is always nice to come back home to Indianapolis!

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