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CNBC released an article today that outlined the seven cities you must see before you die. They polled 50 travel experts and compiled a list of the top seven. I agree with some of these and have visited five of the seven. Here are the cities these experts recommend:
1. Paris, France
Paris was the first city I visited in Europe and it will always hold special memories for me. I’ve been back over a dozen times and I always find something I have not seen, tasted, or experienced. From the Eiffel Tower to the catacombs or just spending an afternoon in a cafe, Paris is a city that once visited always stays with you.
2. Rome, Italy
Rome is a chaotic and frenetic city filled with history, art, and food. Cacio e Pepe, artichokes, gelato, and Pasta alla Carbonara. Mamma mia! Once you’re full take in the Colosseum, Vatican City, and everything else that Rome has to see and do.
3. New York City, USA
I lived and worked in NYC for many years. It’s the city I partied in and grew up in. There are countless things to do in the city that never sleeps. Some of my favorites can be found here. Where else can you get a slice at 4:00 AM?
4. Cape Town, South Africa
We were booked to go to Cape Town, but then Covid cases spiked and the weather looked bad for the week we were headed there. The city remains near the top of my list and I will get there. Host to nearby wineries, Table Mountain, and the opportunity to cage dive with great white sharks, it sounds like an amazing place to visit.
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Civil unrest has filled the headlines in the past week, but Brazil still remains high on my list and Rio is the other city on this list that I have yet to visit. Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Copacabana Beach are some of the many draws of this city. Hopefully, some day soon.
6. Tokyo, Japan
We visited in 2015. This is one city that I will argue does not belong on the top seven list. I liked Tokyo, but I didn’t love it. We rang in the new year and saw the emperor speak at the Imperial Palace on January 1st. We wandered the city, ate some great meals, visited Tsukiji Market, and saw some Harajuku Girls. I know many people that rave about it, but I found it to be just okay.
7. Istanbul, Türkiye
We had a lot of fun in Istanbul. From the Byzantine architecture to visiting the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar, the city is rich in culture and history. My husband was reading a Dan Brown book that partially took place in the city and that led us into a cistern to hunt for a Medusa head (it’s there; there are actually two).
Anthony’s Take: I would drop Tokyo from the list and add Hong Kong or London in its place. I would love to go back to any of these cities and look to visit the two I have yet to reach – Cape Town and Rio in the near future.
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