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The 26th annual Reader’s Choice Awards

Do you love traveling? Condé Nast Travelera, a well-known American magazine, announced the winners of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Condé Nast Traveler stands for ”Truth in Travel.” As what its name suggests, the principle of the company is that the magazine’s contributors receive pay only from the magazine, and not from members of the tourist industry. In addition to writing and photography about various popular as well as exotic locales, the magazine also rates travel destinations and travel facilities such as hotels and airlines. The ratings emerge primarily from the annual readers’ survey, which results in the Readers’ Choice Awards(RCA) and a variety of other survey-based awards published throughout the year.

The following is a report from CNN, in which you will see the beautiful pictures of the top ten best cities in the list.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/16/travel/cn-traveler-top-cities/index.html

Visit the website of Condé Nast Travelera, and your heart may fly to a remote land before you notice it.

http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/best-cities-world

I have been to 11 cities in this list, including Florence, Rome, Siena, Bruges, Vancouver, Kyoto, Prague, Victoria, Paris, Venice and Barcelona.  My preference does not completely coincide with the ranking. I love the tranquil and holiness of Siena. I am impressed by the Japanese-style temples and stone pavement in Kyoto. I still remember dining at open-air resturants with reasonable prices late at night in Prague. Gaudí’s Architecture in Barcelona makes the city tour an adventure in a fairy tale. Venice is the city where I lost my heart to.  Yet, Florence, Vancouver and Victoria do not appeal to me as much.

I think the ranking of the best cities can be considered as a reminder of the beautiful cities in the world. Every city, like a person, has its own beauty. We may encouter them in a certain period of our lives, and they will also present themselves to us in a particular season, festivity, weather, etc.. It is a bliss to be able to travel to different cities, experiencing various cultures and lives in the world.

Top cities in the world

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2. Budapest, Hungary

3. Florence, Italy

4. Salzburg, Austria

5. Charleston, South Carolina, United States

6. San Sebastián, Spain

7. Vienna, Austria

8. Rome

9. Siena, Italy

10. Québec City

11. Cape Town, South Africa

12. Bruges, Belgium

13. Vancouver, Canada

14. Kyoto, Japan

15. Prague, Czech Republic

16. Kraków, Poland

17. Victoria, Canada

18. Sydney

19. Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

20. Seville, Spain

21. Beirut, Lebanon

22. Paris

23. Melbourne, Australia

24. Venice, Italy

25. Barcelona, Spain

Top cities in the United States

1. Charleston, South Carolina 2. Sante Fe, New Mexico 3. San Francisco 4. Honolulu 5. Chicago

Top hotels and resorts in the world

1. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Maturi Bay, New Zealand

2. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

3. Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa

4. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, South Africa

5. Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily

Top international airlines

1. Singapore Airlines

2. Emirates

3. Virgin Atlantic

4. Etihad Airways

5. Air New Zealand

What is the city you want to visit most? Why?

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