Five Big Cities You Must Return To…

Happy Sunday! Today the post is about cities I’ve been to which I think absolutely DEMAND a second visit (if not a third or fourth). They are BIG cities, cities that blow you away, amaze and dare I say… delight? Let’s see!

  1. Singapore
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Above Singapore
The Island of Sentosa, Singapore.

Definitely the smallest of these five cities, Singapore is in my mind the best city in South East Asia. And the reason that it’s so great to return to is that every time I have done there is some new and interesting to explore. Such as the island of Sentosa, and more recently the Gardens by the Bay which weren’t there the last time I visited.

It’s a very efficient city, public transport is excellent, communication is never a problem, food is varied and can cater to a huge range of budgets. It’s well positioned for layovers and there’s a lot of fun to be had, day and night (it’s a great city at night!) On top of all this, it’s an extremely safe city too.

  1. London
London Eye
Tower Bridge.

I think it’s four times now I’ve been to London. Like Singapore, every couple of years you can find something excitedly NEW about London. Sure, it has its faults, but it is one of the world’s truly great cities. Love or hate the TUBE, it’s one of the world’s most iconic metro systems. You can get a bargain if you look hard enough at the theatres, there is art as well, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

And walking around, even from the outside it’s hard to image a more impressionable place. Sights like the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Huge parks, boats on the Thames… and so many museums and galleries. So much to keep coming back for. Except maybe the prices!

  1. Rio De Janeiro

Flag on beach Rio
Rio volleyball Ipanema

Despite its reputation for crime, Rio to me is a brilliant city, and if you’re smart and careful enough, you shouldn’t fall victim. The location of Rio – curled around the beaches and between the mountains, is unbeatable. It is without a doubt the most attractive city on my list today.

There is so much to do and explore and keep you interested in this amazing city. And the beaches are pretty amazing – it’s pretty much party time day or night. And they are such famous places too!

  1. New York City
New York from the harbour on a ferry.

New York City from the Empire State Building, 1999.

You just can’t go past New York. Although it is filled with so much to sink your teeth into, so many sights, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Broadway, the different boroughs, museums, galleries and theatre, the main thrill of New York is just being in New York!

Get up the Empire State Building, and look across lower Manhattan and around. And what do you think to yourself? Oh my god, I’m in NEW YORK! And that’s the thing, just BEING in New York gives you this buzz, this sense of excitement. It is a unique city, it is tall and wide, money is made and money is spent. And when you come back the next time… the thrill is still there!

  1. Tokyo
The Tokyo Tower.
Tokyo street.
It’s Tokyo Disneyland!

Japan’s capital is just brilliant! It is SO big, so well connected, with so many different parts, with so much to see or do, one or two or even three trips there may not satisfy your craving. I’m not sure how many days I’ve spent in Tokyo or nearby, but I know that when I go back the next time there will be loads more to see and do.

And what city in the world can combine the ancient with the ultra-modern like Tokyo can? Where you can find a whole sub-culture down in Akihabara, as well as more electronic good than you knew existed? Some of the world’s best dining, a Disneyland. No, sorry, TWO Disneylands, the most efficient public transport system in the world, connections by ultra-fast trains to most cities on the island, a ROBOT RESTAURANT, entertainment in bucketloads, giant parks and lakes, temples….

Tokyo is, in my eyes, the best BIG CITY in the world. What do you think? What would you put on this list? Paris mayhaps? Please do comment below!

And May the Journey Never End!

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