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modeled

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San Diego, California, US

I still haven't been to Europe, well besides Spain.  What are the most beautiful European towns and cities in your opinion?

I was doing some Google Maps searches earlier and found the following picturesque locals in Italy, amazing, Google Maps is so cool!:

http://i.imgur.com/ncC0w.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EqkP4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kd2c1.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/FAWYN.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fQgBQ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/xCX0u.jpg

Dec 30 12 02:54 pm Link

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Christine Eadie

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Charleston, South Carolina, US

Santorini in Greece.

Dec 30 12 02:55 pm Link

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Stephen Dawson

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I was pretty impressed by Amsterdam. Especially as seen from the canals.

Dec 30 12 03:01 pm Link

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modeled

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San Diego, California, US

Stephen Dawson wrote:
I was pretty impressed by Amsterdam. Especially as seen from the canals.

It was a cool city on google maps as well! lol

Dec 30 12 04:47 pm Link

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kickfight

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Portland, Oregon, US

Stephen Dawson wrote:
I was pretty impressed by Amsterdam. Especially as seen from the canals.

OMG it's gorgeous, especially at night. We took a Museumnacht tour of some galleries/chapels via an antique streetcar that is apparently trotted out just for the occasion.

Dec 30 12 04:59 pm Link

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Russian Katarina II

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London, England, United Kingdom

Stephen Dawson wrote:
I was pretty impressed by Amsterdam. Especially as seen from the canals.

According to Fox News it makes Beirut look like Pleasantville though.

Dec 30 12 05:16 pm Link

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SayCheeZ!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Prague
bar none.

Dec 30 12 05:18 pm Link

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Babalon Salome

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Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Paris!

Dec 30 12 05:19 pm Link

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Brian Diaz

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Danbury, Connecticut, US

The azulejos of Lisbon make the city a giant art gallery and museum.

http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/lisbon … oto-essay/

Dec 30 12 05:21 pm Link

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C h a r l e s D

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Los Angeles, California, US

Pretty much any city that didn't get destroyed in WWI or WWII is fabulous! 
Some of their newer buildings are 200 years old.  Our oldest are barely that old.

Dec 30 12 05:21 pm Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

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Los Angeles, California, US

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels location

http://goo.gl/maps/JDbj6

Dec 30 12 05:21 pm Link

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DivaEroticus

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Budapest

http://thebudapesthelp.com/images/Budapest_General-view-of-Royal-Palace.jpg

Salzburg

http://www.campus-austria.at/campus/upl/images/001_ab3a634bf4c4b8b8cd9c47074e1a324c.jpg

Heidelberg

http://www.fuu-heidelberg-languages.eu/var/fuu/storage/images/media/images/heidelberg_im_herbst__2/158024-1-ger-DE/heidelberg_im_herbst_reference.jpg

Dec 30 12 05:33 pm Link

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billy badfinger

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Tampa, Florida, US

There are just sooo many...
The title of your post IS proper...Cities vs towns...
Many of the major cities are well preserved and that old world craftsmanship
astonishes most Americans...Paris is a masterful mix of old & new!
Berlin,Stockholm,Amsterdam,London,Madrid,Prague...all have such great history,architecture and yet still have a modern vibe and energy...
All among my faves...but would make almost anyones list.
A few underated,smaller places IMO are:
Bruges,Belgium...Delft,Holland...Helsinki,Finland...Bristol,UK...Brest,France...
Copenhagen,Denmark...Lisbon,Portugal and Vienna,Austria

Just sooo many places would make my list....not even enough room here!!!
Rome would also make my personal list.

Dec 30 12 05:33 pm Link

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London Fog

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London, England, United Kingdom

In no particular order...

Paris
Seville
Prague
Rome
Geneva
Zurich
Nice
Vienna
Zermatt
London
Edinburgh
Salzburg

...and just about any small town West of Turin right along the South of France coast! This is the region that places like Malibu, Santa Barbara, Laguna etc shamelessly imitated!

Dec 30 12 05:41 pm Link

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London Fog

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London, England, United Kingdom

Amsterdam, Prague, hehe, I'm beginning to see a pattern emerge here!

Someone needs to mention Krakow to complete this...er nice trio!

Dec 30 12 05:48 pm Link

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Tony-S

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Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Dubravnik, Prague.

Dec 30 12 06:14 pm Link

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modeled

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San Diego, California, US

London Fog wrote:
This is the region that places like Malibu, Santa Barbara, Laguna etc shamelessly imitated!

Can you blame them?

Dec 30 12 06:19 pm Link

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Friday Art Photography

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Atlantic, Iowa, US

Cesky Krumlov.

Bruges.

St. Petersburg.

Prague.

Kinsale.

Dec 30 12 06:48 pm Link

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B R U N E S C I

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Bath, England, United Kingdom

Venice - my all time favourite smile




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
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Dec 30 12 07:00 pm Link

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udor

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New York, New York, US

SayCheeZ!  wrote:
Prague
bar none.

Wrong... they do have bars in Prague... a lot of bars! big_smile

Dec 30 12 09:25 pm Link

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Russell Hebert

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Los Angeles, California, US

I am going to +1 Dubravnik, Prague.

Dec 30 12 09:33 pm Link

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Cy_n

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Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany

Munich
Cologne
Frankfurt
Paris
Lisbon
Barcelona
Dublin

Dec 31 12 05:19 am Link

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Carl Roberts

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

SayCheeZ!  wrote:
Prague
bar none.

Pfft...not

Parts of Prague are clearly beautiful
But there is a whole bunch of Prague that looks like it just suffered the blitz

Truthfully though, there are WAY too many cities that are just beautiful in Europe
Compared to America, the cities over there are magnificent

Dec 31 12 05:30 am Link

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Tony-S

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Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Carl Roberts wrote:
Truthfully though, there are WAY too many cities that are just beautiful in Europe Compared to America, the cities over there are magnificent

The US is just too young to have much character in its cities. I've been to London, Berlin, Bruges, Dubrovnik, Prague, Milan, Venice, Sofia, Gent, Split, Zagreb and Vienna. Dubrovink and and Prague were my favorites, with Berlin and Bruges close behind. The weirdest thing, though, is the Reichstag in Berlin. It's this really old building with a glass dome on it. The glass is there because the allies bombed the hell out of it during WWII. For some reason, the Germans decided to replace the (marble?) dome with glass.

Dec 31 12 08:51 am Link

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Virtual Studio

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tony-S wrote:

The US is just too young to have much character in its cities. I've been to London, Berlin, Bruges, Dubrovnik, Prague, Milan, Venice, Sofia, Gent, Split, Zagreb and Vienna. Dubrovink and and Prague were my favorites, with Berlin and Bruges close behind. The weirdest thing, though, is the Reichstag in Berlin. It's this really old building with a glass dome on it. The glass is there because the allies bombed the hell out of it during WWII. For some reason, the Germans decided to replace the (marble?) dome with glass.

The Reichtag was deliberately not restored as a way of reminding people that things can never be the same for Germany post WW2.

Jan 01 13 08:15 am Link

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Axioma

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Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

A few of my favourites smile

Paris !
Boedapest !
Prague
London
Berlin
Antwerp - Ghent - Leuven - Bruges
Rome - Florence

Jan 01 13 08:18 am Link

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DivaEroticus

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Axioma wrote:
A few of my favourites smile

Paris !
Boedapest !
Prague
London
Berlin
Antwerp - Ghent - Leuven - Bruges
Rome - Florence

Seriously, Budapest is just lovely.  The view from Fisherman's Bastion over the Danube to the Parliament Building is just stunning.  And Matthias Church, which is in front of the Bastion, is SO beautiful.  I want to go there again.  And to Prague.

Jan 01 13 08:27 am Link

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Linda Chudomelova

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Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Sure, come to Prague, everyone. Make sure you schedule a shoot with me too while you're here. wink

No, all kidding aside, I adored the capital city of Rhodes (so much character) and Rhodes overall and Venice.

Jan 01 13 08:36 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

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Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

I like (and have visited) Prague, Paris, Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and pretty much anything around Tuscany (especially in the fall)

from my own country, I think Antwerp
http://www.boekuwhotel.be/info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/citygames-antwerpen.jpg

Bruges
http://marianne-louis.be/images/brugge.jpg

and Ghent
http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/1593/gent12.jpg

are quite pretty smile

Jan 01 13 08:59 am Link

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sweetcheekscouture

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West Palm Beach, Florida, US

SayCheeZ!  wrote:
Prague
bar none.

I have never been but what I have seen from pictures but I would say Prague and Paris would be on my short list.

Venice is beautiful though too ( I have been there).

Jan 01 13 09:24 am Link

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Visual Serotonin

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Los Angeles, California, US

Virtual Studio wrote:
The Reichtag was deliberately not restored as a way of reminding people that things can never be the same for Germany post WW2.

Same for Warsaw, only city that had the privilege to be razed to the ground in 1944 after the Insurrection (not the same as the ghetto uprising the year before but the polish resistance provided all the weapons to used then as they were stockpiling for August 1944's action). And first such even since the Romans razed Carthage to the ground 2000 years before.

Anything you will see in Warsaw is less than 60 years old, and I mean *anything*, including the lowliest park. It had to be restored from paintings and some salvaged blueprints.

Every street corner has a list of people, sometimes 50-100 at a time, executed against walls by the Germans. Including bullet holes.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zizzxcs91ug/TpEAxmbRENI/AAAAAAAACuQ/1a4T0zfAHoE/s1600/85pc+of+Warsaw+destroyed+Center_+ruins+of+Old+Town+Market+Place+Warsaw+1944.jpg

"The battle for Warsaw has entered its second month. The Old Town sector has been abandoned but within its ruins German troops have been patrolling the area and executing any civilian survivors and wounded insurgents who were left behind in the hospitals.  No one has been spared. At the start of the Uprising, it was Himmler's express order that German troops take no prisoners - that every Polish man, woman, and child be shot on sight for the purpose of teaching the rest of the world what the Reich is capable of doing. While Paris has been celebrating its' liberation Warsaw is being targeted for annihilation."

A reminder that just like Germany, Japan, and Italy, Poland also lost WWII and wasn't among the victors, thanks to the Western Betrayal orchestrated by the traitors Churchill and Roosevelt.

Jan 01 13 10:09 am Link

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modeled

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Anna Adrielle wrote:
and pretty much anything around Tuscany

i want to go!

Jan 03 13 06:55 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

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Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

modeled wrote:

i want to go!

if you ever do, make sure to go in the fall smile. Personally my favorite season for tuscany... and go truffle hunting big_smile

Jan 03 13 06:59 am Link

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immateria

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Brooklyn, New York, US

I'm just beginning my European travels. I've only been to Berlin, where my family lives, Quedlinburg, Leipzig, and Prague.

Prague is gorgeous, and I loved Quedlinburg. Potsdam is fun to visit.

Jan 03 13 07:44 am Link

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Snowmonkey Design

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Linda Chudomelova wrote:
Sure, come to Prague, everyone. Make sure you schedule a shoot with me too while you're here. wink

No, all kidding aside, I adored the capital city of Rhodes (so much character) and Rhodes overall and Venice.

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hmm Im part from there ..but never been , tis on my to do list one day.

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Granada in South of Spain..close tie with Barcelona as a magical place... visit the gardens of the Alhambra Palace..breathtaking beauty as is the architecture. smile

Jan 03 13 08:37 am Link

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Dragos Codita

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Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Some see beauty in old towns, some see beauty in glass and stell modern buildings. Nothing to blame, just a matter of tastes.
Towns in my country i would reccomend will be Sighisoara, Sibiu, also Brasov. Nice cities with old town in the center, hotels in the old fortified town in Sighisoara, bars and so on.

Jan 03 13 08:45 am Link