1. Nice, France: Mike and I went there in 2002 and fell in love with Nice and Southern France in general. Nice is a charming city filled with farmer's markets and street artists galore. You can stroll the older streets and view the sparkling Mediterranean Sea at the same time.
2. Barcelona, Spain: I spent a week in Barcelona in January of 1998, then four more days there in June of 2002. Barcelona is such a vibrant, eclectic city. I love all the funky Gaudi architecture beautiful city parks, like Park Guell.
3. New York City, NY: Since Mike considers this his "home," I have grown to love this city too. Since meeting Mike in 1996, I have traveled to NYC with him sixteen times. Each time we see something new and unique and exciting. It seems to have a heartbeat all of its own. I love flying in at night and seeing the skyscrapers lighting up the night. I truly never get tired of going there.
4. Graham, TX: Okay, so this is more of a town, not a city, but it is on the list none-the-less. Graham is where I was born and lived for the first ten years of my life. My earliest memories are in this idyllic little town in north central Texas with a population of about 8,000. I have so many memories of riding my bike to the pool, playing with my best friend across the street and watching fireworks at the lake on Fourth of July.
5. Oklahoma City, OK: This to me is my very favorite place to be. My heart is here. My family is here. I've lived here for 26 years, and I love raising my children here. Even with the wild wind and springtime tornadoes, there is a beautiful rhythm to this city, and the people here are just awesome.
Most people who have never been here might think this place is a boring, flat, landlocked city, but I see it as much more. Several of my OKC friends were posting this video on facebook today, so I thought I'd share. It's a pretty good overall look at this city that I love. Yes, it is seven minutes long, but it really is pretty good!
What are some of your favorite cities/towns in the world?