5 Cities that Keep Pulling Me Back

cities draw 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.

Fisherman's Bastian

Fisherman’s Bastian in Budapest

1. Budapest

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.


2. Rome

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.

Toronto skyline

3. Toronto

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.

St. James Park

4. London

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.

Notre Dame Cathedral5. Paris

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.

What are your top 5 cities that keep pulling you back?


I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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10 Responses

  1. Rome, London & Paris – I’m with you. I’ve not visited Toronto or Budapest but I really need to get them on my list 🙂

  2. Great post, I agree with Budapest and Paris and of the others have only been to Rome. I wrote a piece for this campaign which you can read here: http://www.aholeinmyshoe.com/2014/09/17/5-top-destinations/

  3. While we completely agree with these choices, it is hard to stop at 5. We would have to add New York and Prague.

  4. Anda says:

    I see we both like Budapest, Stephanie. It’s a great city, not the other ones are not …

  5. I’ve only been to Rome but I am planning on hitting all of them. I have met so many great people from Toronto, I’ve decided it must be a great place so it is definitely on my list! 🙂

  6. Lily Lau says:

    Haven’t been to Budapest yet, but the rest of them are pure classics! London, Rome, Toronto! 😀 Nice to see you here too!

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