If I visit a place for the first
time and I like it so much that I feel I need to come back again, I consider it
to be one of my favourites. My favourite cities which I have been back to visit
several times are London, Vancouver,
New Orleans and Adelaide.
There are so many things I like
about London. One thing which fascinates me
most is the different languages spoken by people. When you walk in the streets
of London, it feels like every other person
you pass by or you meet comes from a different part of the world. Over 300
different languages are used in this city. It seems as if London is the meeting place for the
people of the world. Sometimes when I am in London and walking down a street, I have
the urge to stop and chat to everyone. I would like to ask him or her which
part of the world they come from. I like to know what language they are
speaking. Even the English language itself comes from various regions of UK and you have a chance of hearing
some beautiful blends of English accents.
so many old and historical buildings such as Houses of Parliament, Tower
of London and other world heritage
sites. For anyone who loves history, London
is a gold mine. Walking around these buildings and thinking and imagining what
went on over the years in these places is a real delight.
Hyde Park gardens
Some people say London is too crowded and noisy. Yes it is but, when you have
had enough of that, there is always some quiet and peaceful corner somewhere.
Take Central London as an example. You can be in a most crowded place, such as
Oxford Street and, within minutes, you can walk across the road to the quiet
and beautiful gardens of Hyde Park and peacefully hand feed birds and
Feeding birds is another pleasure in Hyde Park.
Squirrels take food from people's hands.
I love running marathons but the only marathon I ever run is London
and I have done 14 of them. The marathon route takes you through most of the
historical buildings and sites of which I have great memories. I consider
myself very lucky to be living close to London
so that I can get to my favourite spot whenever I feel like it.
One year we travelled
starting from Toronto and finishing
in Vancouver. We were planning to
take it easy and relax a bit after a tiring journey through the Canadian
Rockies but realised that there was so much to see and do in Vancouver.
The city is blessed with a huge
park, known as Stanley Park,
where there are so many different types of activities for people to enjoy. We
decided the best way to see the park was to walk the 6 miles path around it. We
saw people cycling, jogging, power walking and skating around it. The park has
beautiful gardens, forest, beaches, the sea, various types of animals and
seems to have everything you need. I remember sitting in one of the cafes right
in the main shopping street (Robson Street) and I could see the mountains with
snow cover, the sea, and the park, all from the same spot where I was having
coffee. I can’t think of any other city where people can go swimming in the
sea, sun bathing on a beach and skiing within the same day. That is what you
can do in Vancouver.
Orleans was part of our journey through the deep south
of USA. We went
to Florida, Georgia,
and Louisiana on an organised bus
tour. The day before we got to New Orleans,
I picked up a book and started reading about this city. I enjoyed every bit of
the write up until I read a line where it said “New Orleans
is the leading city for gun crime in USA”
I said, "Oh!! My god, where are we going?"
The first day we walked out of our
hotel, I was a nervous wreck. Every time I saw someone move his hands towards
his pocket, I thought now the gun is going to come out. I stayed nervous all
day, until I had few beers and walked into Bourbon Street. All that Jazz and
the lively atmosphere could mask your fears. In fact, by the time we finished
from New Orleans, we felt so safe
and loved it so much that we planned to come back again. Since then we have
driven from Florida to New
Orleans 3 times.
Cafe Du Monde
Jazz in New Orleans
There is entertainment on every
corner of The French Quarter. Jazz players, tap dancers, street buskers,
fortune tellers and acrobats perform throughout the day. You can sit at Café Du
Monde, with café au lait and freshly cooked beignets, and enjoy the jazz coming
from every direction of New Orleans.
I like so many things about Adelaide. The centre of town is about 1
mile square and surrounded by green public parks. The population is
just about 1 million and the rush hour traffic jam lasts only 20 minutes. The Torrens
cuts across the city with its paths on each side of it. The paths are very well
used by the locals. You see them walking, jogging and cycling every day.
In the distance you have views of the surrounding hills of Mt.
A short ride away on the tram or a car, you can get to one of the popular
beaches such as Glenelg or others on the south coast.
Buskers in Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
Street cafe in Adelaide