If you didn’t know, one of the things that fascinates me most about traveling is being able to appreciate a city’s architecture. There’s something about being immersed in a city’s culture and experiencing its uniqueness that makes me feel in awe.
If you are like me, and enjoy architecture, I highly recommend you the following cities. They will blow you away:
Florence is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance”. It is surrounded by Tuscan hills, and no matter where you go, you’ll see inspiring monuments, churches and galleries.
I was astonished when my best friend Heidy and I walked down the Piazza Del Duomo and saw the Florence Cathedral. This gothic-style masterpiece made me feel like I was looking at a real life HDR photograph. Its colour, symmetrical and geometrical structure is something you truly have to appreciate in person.
You get the 13th century feel when you cross over this bridge. I was mesmerized by all the old surrounding buildings full of colour and stunning views of the river. Ponte Vecchio is Florence’s oldest bridge, and its first documentation goes way back to 966.
This L-shaped plaza is interesting to see due to all the monuments and historical buildings surrounding it. It hosts a number of palaces including the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) which is the city’s town hall, a copy of Michelangelo’s David, and more.
I’m sure Florence won’t disappoint. The food, shopping and sight seeing are an absolute delight.
Known for its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture, San Francisco’s most popular landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street (the most crooked street in the world) – just to name a few.
There is no doubt that the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges that exist. Its presence, vibrant red colour and size is impressive. When two of my girlfriends and I visited San Francisco, we rented a yellow Ford Mustang convertible so we had a blast driving through this 80 year old bridge.
The streets of San Francisco are like no other I’ve ever seen. They are extremely steep, so driving up and down the streets in our yellow convertible gave me the feeling of being in a roller coaster (minus the speed). It was an experience like no other.
No matter where you go in the city, there’s always something interesting to observe. One of the things I enjoyed about this city was appreciating all the colourful buildings and their fire escapes. It felt like you were in a 90’s movie or TV show.
As Tony Bennett’s song says, I left my heart in San Francisco.
I grew up in Panama. I love that you get to experience such diverse atmospheres all within a 10-minute drive. In one instance, you can be passing by the city’s coastline surrounded by modern skyscrapers, and in the next, you can be exploring Casco Viejo (Old Town).
Casco Viejo’s architecture is inspired by the French and Spanish. This area of the city hosts the presidential palace, a number of historical plazas, museums and churches.
Interesting note: this old town’s buildings have over 1,000 metal balconies and each one of them has its own unique design. To see more photos of this beautiful area, check out my fashion shoot here.
Being in this area allows you to see all the city lights, skyscrapers, old town, yachts and the beautiful ocean. This 2.5-kilometre-long beltway is pedestrian friendly as it has a designated area for people to walk, run, rollerblade or bike so it’s very common to see locals exercising here.
P.D. the views here are surreal, especially during sunset.
Panama Viejo is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas (founded in 1519). It’s the former capital of the country as it experienced numerous pirate attacks and natural disasters around the 17th century.
I love visiting this spot as it takes me back through history. It makes me recognize how much Panama has been through to be where it is now.
I haven’t been to Africa yet, so why not start exploring this continent with this alluring North African country? I’m instantly drawn towards the variations of design patterns, vibrant colours, and variety of textures that are present at this city’s mosques, palaces and gardens. Additionally, I’m sure I’d enjoy its subtropical climate.
Have you visited any of these cities? Where would you like to go next?
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