My company has several sites across the UK and I’ve been lucky to have had many business trips to visit them. My first visit was to Shrewsbury, England, established roughly 1083. Also home of Charles Darwin. I arrived early on a Sunday morning and went out to explore the town in a light rain. When I got to the central stone market place, a large ukulele flash mob broke out. At least 40 folk ages 8 to 80. That was my welcome to England
Then after long 10 hour days in a conference room we’d head out to the Nag’s Head pub (est. 1780) where they LOVED Americans. We became good friends with the owner and I got to bartend for a bit. He got free labor and I learned how to pull a proper pint of cask ale.
It might not be the biggest, flashiest city in Europe, but it’s certainly the most welcoming.
I’ve lived in a handful of countries and each one has some interesting cities that are really nice in their own way. What is so interesting about European and SE Asian cities I have lived in is the sense of history - centuries and centuries of history that we just don’t have in the same way in the USA.
@macromeh Nope. Humans started out a zillion years ago in only a couple of spots in the world (presuming you are counting several early groups). The Native American ruins, burial mounds, etc. aren’t as “in your face” as 14th century castles sitting on a hill over the city that has its own 400 and 500+ year old houses. You don’t stumble across 2000+ year old Norse ruins or walk on an old Roman road from BC (both examples NW England Lake District where I worked or near by) in the USA.
@Kidsandliz@macromeh Oddly enough, on a train ride from Edinburgh to York, an English professor of history scoffed at the assertion that Europe has a lot more of it than North America, with the addendum that we’d be a lot more aware of North American history if the colonizers hadn’t resolutely stolen and/or destroyed all of the evidence of it as fast as they found it. And he made no excuses for the role the English played in that.