20. Dresden, Germany
A completely unique architectural gem in Eastern Germany, and a great example of urban renovation (most of its buildings were destroyed during WWII, but several treasures have been restored to their former glory).
19. Florence, Italy
I visited this splendid Renaissance city after cycling for several days through the green Tuscan scenery that surrounds it. Venice and Rome are both beautiful places, but this was Italy's most striking city for me. It's a must-see place for art and history lovers, and the Duomo is one of the most breathtaking cathedrals I've ever seen.
|The magnificent Duomo.|
|Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge famed for having shops and houses built along it.|
18. Lund, Sweden
|Playing our guitars in a park in Lund.|
|We also played guitar in the nearby sea.|
17. Ohrid, Macedonia
|The lake is a great place to go for a cycle.|
16. Disney World Resort, Florida
|My favourite water park: Typhoon Lagoon.|
|My second-favourite water park: Blizzard Beach.|
15. Seoul, South Korea
|An alleyway near Jongro.|
14. Edinburgh, Scotland
13. Côte D'Azur, France
|White cliffs near Marseille.|
|The cliffs magically turn to red sandstone not far from Cannes.|
|The beautiful village of Èze.|
|Close to Monaco.|
12. San Francisco, California
I loved the relaxed vibe here. It felt a lot more quaint and historic - almost European in quality - than most American cities I've been to, with its old cable cars, diverse architecture and a thriving art scene. Also, the surrounding Bay Area has some gorgeous coastal scenery and is well worth exploring.
|Sailing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.|
|A view of Alcatraz Island from Coit Tower.|
11. Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
|Crossing Charles Bridge.|
9. Yangshuo, China
A stunning landscape that makes you feel as though you wandered into an old watercolour painting.
|The view from our balloon ride.|
8. Bath, England
|Pulteney Bridge, which hangs over the River Avon.|
7. Paris, France
|The Grand Palais.|
|View over the Seine.|
|The Arc de Triomphe from the Eiffel Tower.|
6. New York, New York
5. Istanbul, Turkey
|View from Galata Tower.|
|A whirling dervish.|
|The Blue Mosque.|
4. Beijing, China
When I visited Beijing, I was nearing the end of a month-long trip through China, and despite my love of the country, I was fed up with the endless crowds, the pollution, the language barriers, the staring, and all the other challenges that China brings to its visitors. Yet when I reached Beijing, I fell in love with the country all over again. After a month of travelling this vast, diverse place, it was in the capital, at the end of my trip, that I experienced some of the most profound "Wow...I'm in China" moments: exploring its hutongs, ancient alleyways where locals cycle on rickety bicycles and sell antiques from the dusty sidewalks; wandering the Forbidden City; seeing Chairman Mao's face plastered right next to bulletholes from the Tiananmen Massacre; browsing night markets that sell snake-meat and scorpions on sticks; and of course, hiking along the Great Wall.
|The Forbidden City.|
|The Temple of Heaven.|
3. London, England
|Royal Albert Hall.|
2. Barcelona, Spain
I'm generally very trigger-happy when it comes to taking photos (well evidenced by the content of this blog!). But of all the places I've been to, the one where I found myself taking photos the most was Barcelona. This Catalonian capital deserves to have the same reputation for beauty as Paris or Prague. Every street corner I turned, I found myself confronted by some new, unusual building, built in a style I'd never seen before. Gaudi's influence is everywhere, giving the city an earthy, organic feel, as though its buildings rose straight out of the dirt. Whether it's Park Güell, with its surrealist clay-structures, or the wave forms of Casa Mila, or the part-palace-part-termite-mound that is the Sagrada Familia, there's no shortage of unique and magical things to see in this city.
|The city's cathedral is incredibly beautiful inside. Also, last time I checked, there were geese living there.|
|Exploring the Gothic Quarter.|
|Barcelona's own Arc de Triomf.|
1. Hong Kong, China
|Crossing between Kowloon and Hong Kong island by ferry.|
|One of the city's many beautiful parks.|
|A performance...by skyscrapers!|
Well, I hope you enjoyed the list. There are tons of other places I would like to have added if I had the time to extend it: Amsterdam, Venice, Stockholm, Budapest, Macau, Munich, to name a few. I'm sure I'll be doing a repeat of the list in a year or two, after I've explored more of the world.