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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cities in Europe I Didn't Love

Okay, so you've probably read the post about my favourite cities in Europe already if you've made it here. If you haven't, you should definitely check it out. Unfortunately though, not everywhere can be a winner... even beautiful European cities. Here's the list!

1) Prague, Czech Republic

I don't have a very good reason for disliking Prague, but it is a bit of a story. Prague is a cool city and it's surprisingly laid back while still being cultural. However, I got some sort of stomach bug from a classmate in London and spent 6 hours throwing up and another 12 hours being totally miserable. While I liked Prague Castle, the beautiful bridge and the architecture of the city, my memories of Prague are currently tainted by my total stomach-bug misery.

2) London, England, United Kingdom

Speaking of London, I don't really like it. I loved visiting London, but I absolutely despised living there. Part of the problem is probably that I was in South Kensington, which is one of the whitest, poshest and generally stuck-up areas of London. It's also the French sector of the city, which means that the local pubs weren't that "English" of an experience. London's museums are great, the food is getting better, and it's still a city worth visiting. Yes, you can laugh that I titled that post "Loving London". The first few days living there were definitely awesome. It was just the last three weeks that I wished I was back in Geneva!

3) Berlin, Germany

I have to be honest with this one... I have a really hard time understanding how this is anyone's favourite city in Europe, much less Germany. Germany is full of beautiful, historical cities! Then theres Berlin. I understand that Berlin was basically bombed flat and had to be rebuilt. I respect that it  holds immense historical and political value. I also admire the museums there-- the German History Museum and Museum Island museums are wonderful. That being said, I think the city is very cold, industrial, and lacks any charm. Maybe it's because I'm not really a party person, but I have no idea why so many people say it's a "must' while visiting Europe. It might be a "must" while doing a proper tour of Germany, but I wouldn't go out of your way for this city.

What do you think? I honestly think my reasons for disliking the first two cities are pretty weak (a stomach bug ruining my Prague experience is hardly reason to dislike the city, it's just that being ill overshadows everything else that happened there!), but I really don't get the appeal of Berlin. Whatever! I am really looking forward to going back to Europe and exploring new cities... and hopefully finding new favourites.

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