5 Cities that Keep Pulling Me Back
My passion for travel pulls me to seek out and explore new countries and unique experiences. But some cities draw me back, and I can’t help but return to again and again. And I’m excited to say I’ll be returning to at least two of them next spring for My Next Epic Solo Adventure. As I chose my 5 Cities that Keep Pulling Me Back I thought this will probably keep changing the more places I visit, but maybe not.
I remember when I first mentioned traveling to Budapest in 2005 – everyone was like “Where?” But after watching An American Rhapsody (much of which took place in Budapest) I knew I had to go. I immediately fell in love with its old world charm, its unique character and returned again to find even more to love. From the labyrinth to the Fisherman’s Bastian and the Zoo to Hero’s Square, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Every time I visit Rome I feel like I’m returning to the home of a dear friend. I could walk from one end of the city to the other, along cobblestone streets, through winding alleyways and always find new treasures. Surrounded by so much history its like you’re stepping back in time.
From across the globe to right at home, I had to include my home town of Toronto. Born and raised for my early childhood years, I have since moved north but with only an hour distance in between I return as often as I can. And like any city it always surprises me with new places to explore and sights to see and many that keep me coming back year after year like my beloved Toronto Zoo.
I have many reasons to keep returning to London, first and foremost because one of my most favourite people in the world lives there, my brother. But exploring London is always an adventure, whether its making my way through the crowds of tourists, riding the famous Tube, or simply letting myself get lost in the empty back streets in search of Temple Church or prowling the streets on a Jack the Ripper tour.
Unlike most, I did not even remotely favor Paris on my first visit. I gave it another shot and it was alright. But it was on my third visit that I warmed to the city of love. Many are drawn to the iconic Eiffel Tower and though I love it when it sparkles at night, for me its Notre Dame that tugs at my heart, its neighbourhood and its café Esmeralda are so far my favourite. But that might change when I return next spring.