There are towns those that speak to their residents. They share; they recommend; they make their residents happy with their surprises. They are alive, dynamic, and social…
They change from one shape to another all day long from sunrise to sundown only to present the beauties of life… It is a pleasure being able to live in such towns. They nourish, encourage manifestation, and entertain. If we had the luxury of where ever we want to live in this planet, we would probably have a hard time deciding. In our list, which we can call only an introductory, we are sharing the destinations that not only living there but even visiting them will be a privilege.
Energetic and vibrant, Berlin is one of the youngest and most social cities in the world, with exuberant urban life and lively art venues. It has been a long time since the city became free of the burden of Cold War Germany and being a city divided by a wall. Restaurants, cafes, narrow streets with graffiti, and art galleries overflow all the time in this cosmopolitan and affordable capital’s neighborhoods such as Mitte, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg, and Kreuzberg. It is impossible to be alone in these places and each of them is fun thanks to their own unique surprises. Especially when it is sunny, one can see how much ‘being social’ suits a city. Berlin never sleeps indeed. Although sometimes Berliners act as if ‘having a good time’ is their civic duty, museums are the windows that open to the rich history of Berlin. In other words, where there is fun, there is also history and arts. As for creativity, the sky is the limit. It has become one of the cities in Europe that made a breakthrough in this area. In the last 20 years, the city has been filled with places that nourish and promote new ideas. It turned into a huge cultural laboratory. No doubt that the city’s having plenty of space for cheap rents played a part in this. Let’s add that the stages of theater, concert, and opera are also artistically satisfying.
Minarets, a silhouette of Mongolian-style domes and skyscrapers, colorful food stands and chaotic streets shaded by banyan trees, this is the most striking country of Southeast Asia with a rich and unique character, and rhythm, where the Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous communities are blended in social life and administration; the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Although the climate is sultry, Kuala Lumpur is a feast for all senses. Historic monuments, steel-facade skyscrapers, green parks, mega-sized malls, bustling street markets and nightlife venues all make you feel the ongoing life. The indispensable elements of this lively mix are the temples of Malay, Chinese and Indian communities with colorfully adorned mosques. To socialize with local people, join them in their favorite pastimes: Shopping and dining. You can catch up with Malaysia’s consumer culture, the world of design and fashion trends in shining air-conditioned shopping centers. You are likely to come across local brands, extraordinary independent designers, souvenirs and handicrafts shops, as well as a small number of craftsmen and antique shops that are still around in the China town. The difference between Kuala Lumpur and other Asian cities is its ability to maintain its local character, despite its industrialization process along with its technological development and western wannabe. You can look up to face the world’s tallest building after you leave China Town. Different styles in architecture capture the attention; elegant buildings of the British colonial period, modern mosques, overwhelming skyscrapers, and artistic temples are all together. Despite the heat, this is a city to discover the best on foot. Walk and catch all the surprises of the city.
Tehran, one of Iran’s most liberal cities, is on the lower slopes of the majestic, snow-covered Elburz Mountains. As you spend time here, you’ll deliver that the city is much more than a chaotic mass of concrete and crazy traffic chaos. It is a social city, where the heart of the country beats, that embraces modern Iran with its future. This fascinating metropolis invites you to the depths of Iranian history, which is more than 250 years old. From the glamorous Gülistan Palace to the splendid Grand Bazaar, from the magnificent Azadi Tower to the Nature Bridge, from the Jewelry Museum, which reveals the wealth of the Shah period, to the National Museum, which combines the archaeological depth of the country with the fascinating history of Persepolis, the city will take you to a unique journey. Aside from the city’s excellent museums and tranquil gardens, life is also colorful with young people. It is not possible to leave without chatting with the sweet-tongued Iranians. Modern cafes, traditional tea-houses, and hiking trails on the mountains are pleasant. Iran’s window that opens to its introvert nature, Tehran is a perfect combination of tradition and modern life.
From the skyscrapers of Wall Street to the neon lights of Times Square, from the colors of Central Park to first-class museums such as Metropolitan, New York has unpredictable energy and dynamism, which is difficult to compare with others. Although it does not have a very old history, this global entertainment, fashion, media and financial center of the world welcomes you with all the delicacies of social life. It is not only the Statue of Liberty that puts this place among the unforgettable icons of the world. In order to understand it, it is necessary to wander through its neighborhoods and back streets. These discoveries are equally rewarding. New York is like a union square where the cities of the world come together. There is a life experience for each race, gender, ethnicity. It is a society in which over 200 nationalities and differences are often embraced. Art is unlimited; all tastes of the world are gathered here. Cafes, bookstores, architectural diversity remind of Alice in Wonderland. Crossing the continents is as easy as crossing a few streets in this city. It should not be surprising that you come out of the Buddhist temples and smoky restaurants of Chinatown and find yourself on the streets with world brand boutiques. As for the arts, it is an ocean; New York embraces every level of culture. As the sun goes down slowly behind the Hudson River, skyscrapers illuminate the night and New York turns into a big stage. You can see the most famous actors, dancers and musicians from all over the world on the legendary stages of lively Broadway.
Warsaw, the capital of Poland, was exposed to the worst history that a city could experience. At the end of World War II, it was almost completely destroyed but survived. For the young people and visitors of Warsaw today, World War may have been completely buried in the past, but it is impossible to forget that 85 percent of the city was completely destroyed in the war. The definition of “born out of its ashes” does not fit any other modern European city as it does Warsaw. Perhaps the most distinctive quality of Warsaw is its change. Although the city has been invaded and destroyed many times over the ages, it is difficult not to realize how quickly it has been able to rise and re-create itself. Warsaw’s transformation continues successfully. In the years immediately after World War II, the Polish capital was often but quite unfairly described as a “concrete forest”. Yet today, in the 21st century, this city that constantly surprises its visitors, has already forgotten this description. It deserves the title of a “European Capital” as much as Berlin, Paris or Rome does. Today, the city is like a rare collection with its charming neighborhoods and architectural icons. The excellent museums exhibit its complex history like a story. But not everything about the city is about the past. You have everything you would expect from a vibrant, social city; five-star luxury hotels, a booming art scene, contemporary architecture, gourmet restaurants, popular clubs, and luxury shops. This brave city still has more than elegance and modernity: cherished memories…