I love cities and I love the countryside. These are some of my favourite cities:
London – of course. The greatest city in the world. The nicest and safest place to simply wander around. Superb architecture. Excellent culture. Great food. Friendly people. I could never stay away for long.
Bangkok- of course. I confess I am addicted. Its like diving into a maelstrom of traffic, people, smells and heat. Bangkok is vibrant and exciting. The best part is obviously the people – incredibly friendly and usually smiling. Its quite a safe city. The food is superb. I love the oases of cool and calm such as the many 5* hotels, the river, and the temples. I will always go back. A year away from Bangkok is a bad year.
Norwich – “A Fine City”. Relaxed, good food, compact, great culture. Good university!
Lisbon – I have had several business trips there and I love the place. Very friendly. Compact. Decent food. Stunning views. The most fun tram system in Europe. Brilliant fado music.
Birmingham – but I could equally say Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow, or Newcastle. The renaissance of the British city is an unnoticed success of the last 15 years, and one for which the government should take credit.
Also rans: Valencia, Prague, Singapore
Not placed: Paris, Rome, Moscow