Hey all! Sorry I've been absent, summertime and all that....
Anyway we played a fun game over at My Left Wing, thought I'd see if you would like to play.
Pick any city (preferably one you know and love), and imagine that it never was there as a city at all, just the woods, riverbank, swampland, beach-and-dunes, or whatever was there before the city was built...except for three places or institutions that are there now. They could be anything: cultural, commercial (yes, bars and restaurants count), educational, professional, or just something personally significant.
You may pick more than one city, but no more than three; if you do, it would be fun if one wasn't in the US, but that's OK too. No, you may not pick the whole city as one of your "places", but a reasonably sized neighborhood or an institution with multiple sites may count as one, as long as there's a theme or discernable character that ties it together. For instance, I'm not sure Harlem should count, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with several sites, would. The French Quarter in NOLA, yes; Staten Island, no. You get the idea.
So the Question is:
What city/cities would you choose?What three places/institutions would you keep?Why?
I'll Bite...City 1. Barcelona
The Montana Bar with it's cold cervezas and monumental record collection (hey I'll need something to sip!)
At least one block of La Rambla (if I can't have the whole street).
One Building by Gaudi.
City 2 Dubrovnik, in what used to be Yugoslavia :(
The walk atop the wall of the city from which you get such magnificent views.
The nude beach on the island in the bay.
One of the little cafes where they serve iced coffe and you can watch the piegons fly their proscribed circle from the cathederal each hour when the bell sounds... oops that's four....
and to be a homer....
City 3 St. Louis
The Gateway Arch
New Busch Stadium
Cunetto House of Pasta - on "the Hill". Best Italian west of NY and south of Chicago..... :)
What do you say?