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Beautiful Cities Around the World

April 27, 2015
Prague and the Charles Bridge early in the morning

Beautiful Cities Around the World

With so many beautiful cities around the world, I was excited to learn that the #FriFotos theme on Twitter this week is Urban. Here are a few of my favorite cities, in no particular order.


Vienna, a city in Europe with a serious luxury factor, is bursting with attractions ranging from historical palaces, UNESCO sites, and the world’s oldest zoo.

Gardens Schönbrunn Palace Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace


One of the first cities I visited in Europe and one I hope to return to for as long as I live. There is so much to love about Paris, including the iconic Eiffel Tower, cobbled Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Seine, and sweet treats at every turn.

Eiffel Tower Paris

A bug’s eye view of the Eiffel Tower Paris


Chicago surprised me. In a good way. Although it is the third largest city in the United States, behind New York and Los Angeles, downtown Chicago retains a small-town feel.

Early morning in Chicago

Early morning downtown Chicago


I can’t get enough of the capital of Lombardy and as the current host of Expo 2015, the time to visit Milano is now!

A view inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


This global financial center located on Lake Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. The beautiful lakeside location, shopping, excellent transportation networks and family activities make Zurich an easy choice for a summer vacation.

Limmet River ZurichPrague

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is also known as the City of a Hundred Spires. The Vltava River bisects the city, and sight-seeing cruises offer a unique view of the city and the famous Charles Bridge.

Prague and the Charles Bridge early in the morningBudapest

Hungary’s capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River. The Chain Bridge, completed in the 1840s, was the first permanent bridge between the two communities. Now there are multiple options for crossing from one side to the other.

View of Budapest and the bridges over the DanubeVictoria

As my current home, it is impossible to omit the capital city of British Columbia. Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and with the mildest climate in Canada, it is a popular year-round destination.

Victoria, B.C. Inner Harbour

Inner Harbour, Victoria, B.C.


Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is home to many of Antoni Gaudi’s creations. A favorite Gaudi masterpiece is the spectacular Sagrada Familia.

Interior Sagrada Familia Barcelona

Sagrada Familia


Known as Firenze in Italian, Florence is considered to be the cradle of the Renaissance. One of my favorite views of the city is from Piazza Michelangelo, a spacious plaza offering magnificent views of the city and the Arno River

Florence Piazza Michelangelo View Arno Valley

View of Florence and Arno Valley from Piazza Michelangelo.

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  • Reply Jessica The Dining Traveler September 8, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Great suggestions Nancy! You included some of my favorites: Vienna, Chicago , and Barcelona! Hope you visit Washington, DC soon!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily September 10, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Jessica! I would love to visit Washington, DC – I hear it is beautiful!

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