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Indie

Indie

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Let's just say my sentiments are with the left.

Italy it is. Its story is etched in its architecture. There's ancient, medieval, renaissance, industrial cities and mixes of all.

I don't know about others here, but culturally speaking, Europe is much closer to us than the Americas. Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, I never felt at home in the U.S. or Canada. Something was missing. It’s just the culture and mentality of people.
I agree that the lifestyle in Europe is more similar to Lebanon than to America. Even though Americans and Canadians are descendents of Europeans, the countries themselves are very new and the geography is very different. Also, people who moved to the new continent, back in the day, had a different mindset to those who stayed in Europe, and that mindset was passed on to new generations. And before the arrival of new technology, it was easier to travel and have communication between Europe and the Levant than between Europe and America.
 
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  • Jorje

    Jorje

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    Never been to Portugal, but I'm sure it's stunning. Cultures without street food are not to be trusted lol.

    Spanish extravagance? In Andalucia? In what way? Maybe Malaga can be a bit over the top and the Alhambra is certainly extravagant, but I found the culture and people extremely down to earth. My first time there we spent a week basically getting lost in small villages around Andalucia and people could not have been kinder or more hospitable.

    Plus, Spanish Arbequina olive oil puts all other evoos to shame.
    Extravagant is perhaps the wrong word. But there's something very extroverted, a bit show-off in Spain that stands in contrast to a culture of restraint in Portugal. I don't know about the rest of Andalucia, but Sevilla is definitely quite "exclusive". It's hard to break in the local culture; have close people there as well as my own research.
     
    AtheistForJesus

    AtheistForJesus

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    Portugal <3 <3 <3

    Great weather, beautiful beaches and scenery, a liberal/socialist stronghold, friendly people, beautiful capital, get confused with a Portuguese so that makes it easier.

    And I didn't mention the best yet:

    cheap as hell.
    The Atlantic is too cold for my taste. Also, after visiting Spain, I found Portugal a bit of let down: so-so cities and not so many "must-sees".

    I found Lisbon too similar to Beirut to invoke any dreams. Even my Portuguese friend who lived in Lebanon says Beirut reminds him of Lisbon.

    Andalusia on the other hand (namely Seville) is one of my favorite places.
     
    Jorje

    Jorje

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    The Atlantic is too cold for my taste. Also, after visiting Spain, I found Portugal a bit of let down: so-so cities and not so many "must-sees".

    I found Lisbon too similar to Beirut to invoke any dreams. Even my Portuguese friend who lived in Lebanon says Beirut reminds him of Lisbon.

    Andalusia on the other hand (namely Seville) is one of my favorite places.
    I don't really see it. Unless you restrict Beirut to a couple of nice streets in Ashrafieh or something. Seriously, Lisbon is full of narrow, winding streets, with colored houses and the distinctive Portuguese tile work. And because it's hilly, you accidentally fall on a gorgeous view of the ocean here and there. And then there is Alfama, which is just magical. Granted, I'm not particularly attracted to grandiosity.

    I actually felt Sevilla to be a bit suffocating, and I was there in the spring. I can't imagine how it is in the summer. There's the Guadalquivir, but it's kind of on the outskirts of the city and the main sights.
     
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