Joe’s Favorite Cities

These are some cities where I like spending time:

1) Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors

One of my favorite places, Fort Lauderdale is special. The people, the gay community, the climate, the foliage, the everything. There is nowhere else that is as relaxing, convivial, and titillating as this town.

 2) Firenze

Spending time in this old city is something that one never forgets. Standing in the Piazza Del Duomo when all the bells in all the churches begin to chime is  like nothing else. Knowing you are in a place that has seen the likes of Dante, DaVinci, Michelangelo, and so many many more, is humbling and inspiring.

3) Roma

The eternal city remains one of the wonders of the world. Filled to overflowing with art, history, and food, this is one of the most outstanding cities in the world

4) Köln

One of the best cities in Germany, Köln has a cathedral which outshines most others. An old Roman colony  (Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium), the city has some wonderful ruins and beautiful museums. An afternoon in a cafe on the Cathedral platz is a glorious way to spend some time.

5) Praha

Not destroyed by the ravages of World War Two, this gem of a city has some of the most beautiful sights any traveler can imagine.

6) New York

What more can be said about one of the great cities of the world? The awe inspiring nature of the sheer number of people makes this one hell of a town.

7) Siena

A neighbor and old rival, of Firenze, this city is as exciting and vibrant as it’s brother town. When the Palio is not being run, this city can seem peaceful, even sleepy. It is anything but. And when the Palio is coming, there is excitement around every corner.

8) Budapest

9) Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

10) Montréal

North of the border, this city is one of the best places to be gay. From the delights of Le Village Gai to the wonders of the city at large, this is one of my favorite places. The French-Canadian atmosphere is so distinctly different from that of the States, which makes it fun to visit.

Of course there are other cities I enjoy visiting and some are even favorites but they haven’t made the Top Ten — at least not yet. Shanghai, Beijing, Roma, Berlin, Paris, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Warsaw