Which are the world’s Top Ten Cities – looked at from a Senior Traveller’s point of view?
By that I’m meaning which ten cities offer most for those of my age who are looking for an attractive, indeed extraordinary, city to visit with good facilities and with not too many problems for those who are maybe not quite as nimble as they were.
I’m not interested in aspects like the night club scene or family friendly facilities.
Rather I am taking into account ease of travel within a city by foot or local transport, the range of interesting buildings, gardens and other attractions, and the availability of good, but reasonably priced, hotels and restaurants.
So bearing these points in mind, I’ll now give you my Top Ten Cities, in alphabetical order. Over the coming weeks I will provide posts giving more details about each of these cities and will list the highlights of my visits.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands – So much more than the red light district and coffee shops!
- Barcelona, Spain – Fascinating architecture and relaxed pedestrian areas.
- Cape Town, South Africa – Table Mountain dominating an attractive waterfront.
- Edinburgh, Scotland – Attractive buildings and gardens overshadowed by the castle.
- Istanbul, Turkey – So many fascinating contrasts in the two continent city.
- London, UK – Lots to see and do: heritage sites, relaxed strolls and boats.
- Prague, Czech Republic – Pleasant relaxed strolls if you avoid the high season crowds.
- Rio de Janiero, Brazil – Visit before the football and olympic crowds arrive.
- San Francisco, USA – Cross the Golden Gate bridge to watch the city at sunset.
- Sydney, Australia – Use the ferries to explore the harbour with magnificent views.
Other close contenders included Bangkok, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Christchurch, Havana, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Rome and Wellington, but the ten I’ve listed are the ones I’ve most enjoyed visiting and look forward to returning to in the future.