Five Cities That I Would Return To

Cities I would return to

I am typically the type of person that must try somewhere new every time we go out to eat, or travel. Craig, on the other hand, can quite happily go back to the same place, knowing they’re a safe choice offering what he likes. Cities, compared to restaurants, have to be really out of this world to justify paying for those flights over and over again, but yet, some just stand out. Just like these:

#1: Cape Town

Cape Town Cities I would return to

Okay, maybe I am biased. I spent six years of my twenties here, so it was a good time. It’s also kind of ‘home’ so it also does have that appeal. But Cape Town has consistently topped travel lists for the past few years, and if you ever visit, you’ll see why! Not to mention, there’s more than just the city of Cape Town. The surrounding winelands are a must for your itinerary. Check out Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and extend your stay for a night or two.

Check out the top 8 Hotels to stay at in Cape Town, here

#2: Paris

Paris Cities I would return to

Most people are let down and disillusioned by their Paris experience, finding it to be unlike what they imagined it to be. But that wasn’t the case with us. We fell more in love, and we have been twice now! Here, and here. (And would still go back again!). I think the key is to try everything! Do things that locals do. Get lost and stroll around quaint areas instead of waiting in long queues to visit tourist traps. Here is a post of why we fell in love with Paris.

#3: Rome (Italy as a whole really)

Rome Cities I would return to

I felt like I did Rome ‘wrong’ the first time, because it was so rushed and it was on an organised tour. And to be honest, I’m not really an organised-tour-kind-of-person (but it did have it’s benefits at the time). That being said, I’d love to go back to explore with Craig. I can only describe Italy as authentic, in every possible way. And if you love old Roman architecture, cobbled streets and cultural buzz, then you’ll want to keep returning too – even if it’s a stop off for a night or two on your way to a new little town like Verona, or onto the Amalfi Coast for some days in the sun.

#4: Reims

Reims Cities I would return to

We loved our spontaneous day trip to Reims from Paris and we’ve spoken about returning ever since for at least a night or two. It is a champagne-foodie getaway deluxe! The thing I love about this city is that many people don’t even know about it. It’s truly a hidden gem that everyone forgets about when they’re in Paris.

Here’s the ultimate guide for your visit to Reims. 

#5: Los Angeles

Los Angeles Where to Eat

I never thought we would have loved Los Angeles as much as we did, but now we’re dying to return. We went in April this year for a quick 3 days and it wasn’t enough time to explore this enormous city. We did, however, dine at all the hotspots in Downtown. Check out where to eat here.  The food was incredible — some of the best we’ve ever had!

Check out our day at Universal Studios while we were there, here, plus some tips for Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, here

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Which cities would you return to? I’d love to know! Comment with your blog post links below too!

~ Leigh

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24 Comments

  1. Great Post!! I love reading about people’s experiences while travelling. I hope to one day visit all of these locations! Especially Italy (really for the food).

    1. The food was AMAZING! Pretty sure I came home 5 kgs heavier. Only to leave for a beach holiday a week later. Not well planned at all!

  2. These defiantly are the ideal destinations! Your so lucky to have travelled them!hopefully one day i will be able to see them all too! Thanks for sharing this awesome post! x

  3. I can definitely agree about Los Angeles — I came here on vacation and then moved here a year later. And I’m still finding new things to see, do and taste! I’d love to do Rome and Paris again because I did it as a very broke student, and I wish I could really take advantage of what those cities have to offer. I’ve never been to Reims, and it sounds like a must!!

    1. Ah, I am SO jealous that you live there now! Where did you move from? Haha Rome and Paris can be expensive so it’s always nice to do again with a bit extra cash to splurge!

    1. So interesting! I think there are definitely areas in LA that can be rough but we tried to stay out of those areas. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. ohhh I’ve always heard such good things about Italy “as a whole.” Like every city, big and small, EVERY one seems to love! Hope you get to go back to some of the places if not all! 🙂

    1. Well I’m hoping my husband will love Italy too when I take him seeing as I have talked Italy up so much to him! 😂

  5. I have been to all of them except Cape Town and Reims. I loved reading your descriptions of all the cities especially, Paris and Italy. I loved walking on the cobbled streets in Italy when I visited. Glad, you shared your honest opinion about these cities.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! You’ll definitely have to visit Cape Town – it’s incredible!

  6. People often won’t want to return to places they’ve been to, but I totally agree that some places are so special they’re worth visiting again (and again). I love Rome, too and would definitely welcome a chance to be back there!

  7. I agree that exploring Paris like a local is a lot more fun than exploring as a tourist. I quite enjoy Paris myself for the same reason. I just went to Rome for the first time last week and it was really amazing to see the ancient ruins. I think I’d like to go back for a longer time next time and maybe not during peak season.

  8. I can’t see a future without more Paris and Italy in it either! I’m almost scared to go to LA just in case I love it too. It’s not the cheapest destination…! Reims sounds like a fabulous place to visit, it has just won a spot on my bucket list 🙂

    1. Ah I am so glad! Reims is just so unique! You’ll have to let me know after your visit. Haha and I really don’t blame you regarding LA. It was a super expensive 3-day visit. But totally worth it! 😉

  9. What a fun “re-bucket” list! We just got back from our second visit to Paris and I completely agree with you — if you slow down and spend your time strolling, sitting in cafes and taking in the ambiance it’s hard NOT to be overwhelmed by the city’s charm.

    I’m glad you loved LA! I’ve lived here for half of my life and you’re right that there’s tons to explore. Did you spend much time on the westside? Many visitors and would-be visitors focus on the mega tourist traps like Hollywood and theme parks, but they don’t realize how much more there is. For instance, one of our favorite things about LA is that you can go on beautiful coastal hikes without really leaving the city! It’s a world away, but you can still see the ocean, the beach and much more from on top of the world.

    1. Ah “re-bucket list” — that is such good name for this list! 🙂

      I just read your Paris Family Friendly blog and it’s so great that you travel with your two little ones! I think exposing kids to the world and travel is one of the best ways to teach them openness and awareness of the world around them! I hope we can tackle travelling with kids as well as you guys do!

      We actually had such a short time in LA – only 3 days – so we didn’t get to do as much as I had wanted. We stayed in the Downtown area and got roped into Universal for the day as we really wanted to see the Harry Potter World. We’re hoping to go for over a week next time and rent a house/apartment and explore more. I would love to stay near the coast after having stayed Downtown last time. Ill have to bug you for more recommendations when we decide to go again!

  10. From your list,I’ve only ever been to Paris, but all the other are HIGH on my buscketlist (Except Reims as I’ve never heard of it, but will need to look it up pronto!)

  11. What a great list! I’ve only been to a few of these, but I totally agree, they’re totally worth revisiting again and again!!