Searching the World for People Friendly Cities

With more and more of the planet's population living in cities, it becomes more and more essential to ensure that those cities are pleasant places for people, work, learn, play, thrive, and be happy.

Since 2007, we have been searching the world for People Friendly cities. As we have traveled, we have made observations about the People Friendliness of a number of the world's cities and have documented excellent examples with stories and pictures.

Below are two lists of our stories:
- a short list by geographic area, and
- a more detailed list in chronological order, by geographic area

For either list, we invite you to follow the links to whichever part of the world is of interest to you.
We add new stories as we travel, so check back every now and then.

 

US and the Americas

  • United States and Canada
       - Western Canada and our Return to the Northwest US (Summer 2017)
       - Nomads with Wings Clipped (Summer 2012)
         - Stapleton - 10 Years On
       - Resuming Nomad Life - In Mexico and on to Hawaii (Spring 2012)
       - Midwest, Southeast, and the Gulf Coast Road Trip
         - Ft. Myers, Florida - A Downtown Renaissance
       - Los Angeles, without a car
  • Mexico
       - Our Escape to Mexico Extends From Winter into Spring - December 2016 to April 2017
       - Life in Puerto Vallarta - Relaxed, Easy, Urban (Fall 2013)
       - Mexico - Guadalajara, A City of Plazas, Museos, and Vital Urban Living (2012)
       - Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz, El Panchan & Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza in 2008)
  • Central and South America
       - The Nomads Again Fly South for the Winter (2015/2016)
         -  Argentina's Big Changes
         -  We Travel North to the Atacama Desert
         -  Atacama Desert in Northern Chile (Flickr album)
         -  Santiago, Chile - Vibrant, Rich in Culture, Diverse, and Livable'
         -  Our Bus Trip from Santa Cruz to Chillan - an Adventure
         -  Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina (Flickr album)
       - Finding Summer in Argentina (Winter 2013/2014)
       - Ecuador - First Nomad Journey of 2013
         - Our Galapagos Adventure
           - Galapagos Trip (Flickr album)
         - Cuenca - Ecuador's People Friendly City
         - Banos, and then on to Tena, at the Edge of the Amazon jungle
         - Quito - A City Shaped by Its Geology
       - Central and South America (2010) (Costa Rica, Argentina and Peru)

    Europe

  • Summer 2017
       -  Return to Europe - Cherishing Nomad Life, Becoming Global Citizens and Engaged Americans
          -  Searching for Vincent Van Gogh
  • Summer 2016
       -  Back to Europe - First Stop Brussels, on to Germany, Poland & UK
         -  Discovering the Amsterdam School
         -  Poznan - Birthplace of a Nation
         -  Warsaw - A City With Its Own Identity
         -  Gdansk - Maritime History, and the Birth of the Solidarity Movement
         -  Krakow's Renaissance Architecture, Nazi Oppression and Communist Planning
         -  Krakow Highlights (Flickr photo gallery)
         -  Newcastle Upon Tyne - So Much to Enjoy Here!
         -  Hadrian's Wall - the Roman Empire Stops Here
         -  Edinburgh - A City of Scottish Charm and Fascination
           -  Visit to Edinburgh Castle
  • Summer 2015
       -  Nomads' Return to Europe - First Stop Nijmegen, Then on to France and England
         -  Nijmegen, Netherlands - A Place Where We Feel Very Much at Home
           -  Keukenhof Gardens (Flickr photo album)
         -  France: Paris and the Loire Valley
           -  France: Loire Valley - Visit to Fontevraud Abbey
           -  Blois Chateau (Flickr album)
           -  Chambord Chateau (Flickr album)
           -  Beauregard Chateau (Flickr album)
           -  Chenenceau Chateau (Flickr album)
           -  Cheverney Chateau (Flickr album)
         -  England: Reading, Cathedral Cities, The Old Farm House, Birmingham and Bath
           -  Old Sarum and the Cathedral City of Salisbury
           -  Nomads Settle in Hungerford in the English Countryside
  • Summer 2014
       -  Switzerland and More Time in Brussels
         - Lucerne - City of the Sad Lion, Blue Water, and Snowy White Peaks
         - Zermatt and the Matterhorn (Flickr photo album)
         - Story of our travels in the Interlaken region
         - Jungfrau Views from Stilthorne (Flickr photo album)
  • Summer 2013
      - Europe - Brussels, Vienna, England and Madrid
         - The Waters, Tarns, Fells and Dales of Northwest England
         - Port Sunlight - The Lever Brothers Vision Of a Village Where Their Workers Could Live a Better Life
      - Turkey - Perfect for Spring and Early Summer
         - Ancient Cities of Turkey - Building to Last
  • Fall 2012 (France)
  • Winter 2011/12 (Spain)
  • Summer 2011 (Germany)
  • Summer 2010 (Turkey, Netherlands and Germany)
  • Summer 2009 (Germany and Hungary)
  • Summer 2008 (Italy, Hungary and Scandanavia)
  • Summer 2007 (Spain, Belgium and England)

    The Rest of the World

  • New Zealand (Winter 2014/15)
  • Africa (Spring 2014)
  • Egypt (Winter 2012)
  • Australia and New Zealand (Winter 2010/11)
  • India (Spring 2009)

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    US and the Americas

    Summer 2017

  • Western Canada and our Return to the Northwest US (Summer 2017)

    Mexico 2016/2017

  • Our Escape to Mexico Extends From Winter into Spring - December 2016 to April 2017

    Argentina and Chile 2015/2016

  • The Nomads Again Fly South for the Winter (2015/2016)
       -  Argentina's Big Changes
       -  We Travel North to the Atacama Desert
       -  Atacama Desert in Northern Chile (Flickr album)
       -  Santiago, Chile - Vibrant, Rich in Culture, Diverse, and Livable'
       -  Our Bus Trip from Santa Cruz to Chillan - an Adventure
       -  Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina (Flickr album)

    Argentina 2013/2014

  • Finding Summer in Argentina

    Mexico 2013

  • Life in Puerto Vallarta - Relaxed, Easy, Urban

    Ecuador 2013

  • Ecuador - First Nomad Journey of 2013
  • Our Galapagos Adventure
       - Galapagos Trip (Flickr album)
  • Cuenca - Ecuador's People Friendly City
  • Banos, and then on to Tena, at the Edge of the Amazon jungle
  • Quito - A City Shaped by Its Geology

    United States (2012 and earlier trips)

  • Nomads with Wings Clipped - Summer 2012
       - Stapleton - 10 Years On
  • Resuming Nomad Life - In Mexico and on to Hawaii - Spring 2012
  • Los Angeles - February 2008
  • Midwest, Southeast, Florida and the Gulf Coast - Fall 2006 to March 2007
       - Ft. Myers, Florida - A Downtown Renaissance

    Mexico 2012

  • Guadalajara, A City of Plazas, Museos, and Vital Urban Living

    Central and South America - Spring 2010

    Costa Rica

  • A Small Piece of Paradise in Costa Rica
  • Experiencing the Real Costa Rica and the Ticos

    Argentina

  • At Home Again - Summer in Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires - Lively, Vigorous and People Friendly
  • Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires' Connection to the Water's Edge
  • Cataratas de Iguazu - a Fluviophile's Dream!
  • We Get Caught Up in International Politics

    Peru

  • Map of Our Travels
  • Lima's Two Faces - Colonial and Contemporary
  • Machu Picchu - Pachacutec's Great Citadel
  • Nasca Lines - A 'Gods-eye' View
  • Colca - A Grander Canyon?

    Mexico - Winter 2008-2009

  • Puerto Vallarta - A Near Perfect Tropical Resort City
  • Oaxaca - A friendly Small City of Art, Music and Architecture
  • Monte Alban - Ancient Urban Center with Lessons for Today
  • Veracruz - 490 Years after Cortes, Some Lessons for Urbanists
  • El Panchan - Lost in the Jungle (near the Palenque Ruins)
  • Palenque - Our Entry Into the Mayan World
  • Uxmal - City of Great Architects and Stonemasons
  • Chichen Itza Keeps its Secrets

    Mexico City - January 2009

  • Ciudad de Mexico - Living in the Midst of 19+ Million People
  • Encounters with a Few Million Residents - Zocalo, Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park
  • First-Rate Transit for a MegaCity
  • More of Mexico City - Out to the Edges
  • Teotihuacan - The First Master Planned City in Mesoamerica
     
  • Europe

    Summer 2017
     - Return to Europe - Cherishing Nomad Life, Becoming Global Citizens and Engaged Americans
        -  
    Searching for Vincent Van Gogh

    Summer 2016
     - Back to Europe - First Stop Brussels
        -  Discovering the Amsterdam School
        -  Poznan - Birthplace of a Nation
        -  Warsaw - A City With Its Own Identity
        -  Gdansk - Maritime History, and the Birth of the Solidarity Movement
        -  Krakow's Renaissance Architecture, Nazi Oppression and Communist Planning
        -  Krakow (Flickr photo gallery)
        -  Newcastle Upon Tyne - So Much to Enjoy Here!
        -  Hadrian's Wall - the Roman Empire Stops Here
        -  Edinburgh - A City of Scottish Charm
          -  Visit to Edinburgh Castle

    Summer 2015
     - Nomads Return to Europe
     - Nijmegen, Netherlands - A Place Where We Feel Very Much at Home
     - Keukenhof Gardens (Flickr album)
     -  France: Paris and the Loire Valley
       -  France: Visit to Fontevraud Abbey
       -  Blois Chateau (Flickr album)
       -  Chambord Chateau (Flickr album)
       -  Beauregard Chateau (Flickr album)
       -  Chenenceau Chateau (Flickr album)
       -  Cheverney Chateau (Flickr album)
      -  England: Reading, Cathedral Cities, The Old Farm House, Birmingham & Bath
       -  Old Sarum and Salisbury
       -  Nomads in Hungerford in the English Countryside

    Summer 2014
     - Switzerland & More Time in Brussels
     - Lucerne - City of the Sad Lion, Blue Water, and Snowy White Peaks
     - Zermatt and the Matterhorn (Flickr photo album)
     - Our travels in the Interlaken region
     - Jungfrau Views from Stilthorne (Flickr photo album)

    Summer 2013 - Turkey and a Return to Europe
     - Summer 2013 in Europe - Brussels, Vienna, England and Madrid
     - Turkey - Perfect for Spring and Early Summer
     - Ancient Cities of Turkey - Building to Last

    Fall 2012 - France

  • Our Paris Stories
     - Hemingway's Paris
     - Haussmann's Paris
  • A Tale of Four Cities
     - Rouen - City of Spires
     - LeHavre - Port City of Auguste Perret
     - Caen - Home of William the Conqueror
     - Rennes - Brittany's Friendly Capital
  • Normandy Coast (Flickr photo album)
  • Etretat (Flickr photo album)
  • Giverny (Flickr photo album)
  • Mont St Michel (Flickr photo album)

    Winter 2011/12 - Spain and on to Egypt

    Summer 2011 - Joys of Urban Living

    Germany

  • Berlin - Das Leben Ist Sehr Gut! (Life is Good!)
  • Hamburg: River City and Major Port
  • HafenCity - Hamburg's Bold New Venture in Urban Living
  • Leipzig - Home Town of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Dresden - Baroque, Revived and Restored
  • Erfurt and Eisenach - In the Footsteps of Martin Luther

    Summer 2010 - Turkey and More Time in Europe

    Turkey

  • Istanbul: City of Blue Waters, Rich Past, Influential Future
  • Topkapi Palace - Seat of Power of the Ottoman Empire
  • Kudos to Istanbul for People Friendliness!
  • Sultanahmet Camii, The Blue Mosque
  • The Ruins of Ephesus Tell Many Stories
  • Aya Sofya, Emperor Constantine's Church of Holy Wisdom
  • Pergamon - Keystone of the Aegean Kingdoms

    Netherlands

  • Delft - Nearly Perfect Urban Living
  • The Dutch Celebrate the Return of Their World Cup Team
  • Den Haag - Global City by the Sea
  • Climate Change - Worrying about US!

    Germany

  • Berlin - From Somber History to the Joys of Urban Living

    Europe - Summer of 2009

    Germany

  • Our Home in Freiburg
  • Solar Region Freiburg
  • Vauban is Famous!
  • What Makes Freiberg so People Friendly?
  • Freiberg Rides and Rambles

    Hungary

  • Budapest Calls Us Back

    Europe - Summer of 2008

    Italy

  • Venice - the Ultimate Walkable Urban City!
  • Firenza - Finding Resemblances to Madrid and Santa Fe
  • Pisa - Engaging, Though the Bell Tower Leans
  • A Walk Through the Cinque Terre
  • Our Home in Roma
  • Ancient Roma
  • Herculaneum - A Roman City Preserved
  • Pompeii - A Great City in a Dangerous Location

    Hungary

  • Szentendre and the Danube Bend - Our First Impressions of Hungary
  • The Belvaros - Budapest's Baroque Heart
  • Budapest - Finding Where People Live
  • Budapest's Transit System Provides Great Mobility Choices

    Scandinavia

  • Through the Fjords of Norway - A Day of Sensory Overload

    Europe - Spring & Summer of 2007

    Spain
    A map of our Travels

    Making Friends and Doing Business in Spain - Our Experiences

    Barcelona

  • Update After Two Weeks
  • Living at the Pension Palacio
  • Urban Ecology

    Madrid

  • Our first update about May 1
  • Our next update about May 24
  • Urban Ecology - thoughts at May 24
  • Conumbrum of Cars - thoughts at June 4
  • Madrid's Wonderful Museums
  • Time to Move On - Our Travels in Andalucia - see the links below

    Day Trips from Madrid

  • Segovia
  • Toledo
  • El Escorial

    Andalucia - Our Travels in Southern Spain

  • Cordoba
  • Sevilla
  • Donana National Park and Sanlucar de Barrameda
  • Algeciras and Gibralter
  • Algeciras to Granada by Train
  • Granada, with Our Picture Gallery of the Alhambra

    Belgium and Northern Europe - Summer 2007

    Brussels

  • Brussels - Our First Impressions
  • Brussels Update #2 in August
  • Brussels is a Comfortable, Livable City
  • The European Union (EU) and Its Place in Brussels, Its Capital

    Day Trips from Brussels

  • Antwerp - The Second City of Belgium and Capital of Flanders
  • Bruges - Charming Medieval City
  • Ostend - Beach Resort City on the North Sea

    Munich for a Long Weekend - August 2007

    England - September 2007

  • Harlow 'New Town' - 60 Years Later
  • London, Dover and Greenwich
  • The Regeneration of Manchester
  • The Rest of the World

    Winter 2014/15 - Finding Summer in Winter in New Zealand

  • Exploring Auckland In Search of Walkable Urban Neighborhoods
  • Christchurch - Four Years After

    Spring 2014 - Adventures in Africa

  • South Africa - Our Take
  • Durban, A Most South African City - Our Story
  • Safari to Kruger National Park (Flickr album)
  • Safari to Hluhluwe National Park & St Lucia Estuary story
  • Hluhluwe National Park (Flickr album)
  • Hippos in the St. Lucia Estuary (Flickr album)
  • Addo Elephant Park story
  • Addo Elephant Park (Flickr album)
  • Capetown story
  • Capetown, South Africa (Flickr album)
  • Simons Town & African Penguins (Flickr album)
  • Atlantic Coast of Cape Point (Flickr album)

    Spring 2012 - Our Journey Through Egypt

  • Where from? Welcome! - Our Experiences Meeting Egyptians
  • Egypt's People Made Our Visit Pleasurable!
  • Aswan - City at the First Cataract of the Nile and the Edge of Nubia
  • Abu Simbel and the Temple to Ramses II
  • Cruisin' Down the Nile (With a stop at Kom Ombo Temple)
  • Modern Day Luxor, Once the Ancient Egyptian Capitol of Thebes (with links to our photo albums)
  • People Friendly Cairo?
       - Sights of the City and the Coptic Area (Flickr photo album)
       - Citadel and the Pyramids at Giza (Flickr photo album)
  • Alexandria - 'Most European' of Egyptian Cities
       - Alexandria (Flickr photo album)

    Winter 2010/11 - 'Down Under' in Australia and New Zealand

    Australia

  • Brisbane - Queensland's River City
  • Cairns - Wet Tropical Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Melbourne - The Chicago of Australia
  • Not Quite at Home in Melbourne
  • Uluru - Our Journey to Australia's Red, No, Green Center
  • Sydney - Beautiful, Really Australian and Fun!

    New Zealand

  • Christchurch Asks, "What Do We Want Our City To Look Like After the (September 2010) Earthquake?
  • Christchurch Earthquate - February 22, 2011
  • Travels Around New Zealand's South Island
  • Milford Sound - A Must See
  • Travels Around New Zealands North Island

    Revisiting India - Spring 2009

    Mumbai - City of Maximum Urban Vitality

    Indian Cities are Difficult to Love!

    India's Elections - The Greatest Exercise of Democracy on the Planet!

  • #1 - The Exercise Begins
  • #2 - Good Morning, Bangalore - It's V-Day!!
  • #3 - Jai Ho, Congress! Get to It!

    Kerala, South India

  • Munnar - Land of Tea and Misty Mountains
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Traveling By bus in Kerala - Adventurous and Then More Adventurous
  • Backwaters of Kerala
  • Varkala Beach - A 5 Minute Rickshaw Ride from India

    Bangalore - Expectations, Realities and a 'Save the Trees' Crusade

    Delhi

  • We Find a Home in Malviya Nagar
  • Exploring the Delhi Megalopolis by Bus and Metro

    The Inspiring and Amazing Temple Caves of Ajanta

    India - Spring of 2006

  • Mumbai, India
  • Exploring Agra, India
  • Looking to the Past and the Future in Delhi, India
  • Traditional Worship Ceremony in a Mountain Village in Western Arunachal Pradesh, India
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