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Where in the world am I? And the winner is…

Where in the world am I Oct 5For this week’s Where in the world am I? no tragedy or history this week. Instead I am going to focus on traveling for fun in one of my favorites places.

This week’s where in the world am I? The inspiration for this week’s travel is Fall! I love traveling in the Fall so I was inspired to share 5 reasons why you should travel to Europe in the Fall. With all the benefits of traveling during this time, I’ve traveled to Europe many times in the Fall and want to go even more.

This week, I share a photo from one of my favorite cities. It’s one of my top cities for where I would live if I moved. The weather, people, and culture are unique – I only wished I had explored more of this area. I’ve had a fun adventure on a beach near here but this is a very underrated city. Today actually celebrates an anniversary – the day I discovered one of my favorite places!

Are these clues not enough? Follow along on Facebook and Twitterto get more hints on Wednesday and Thursday!

  • Leave your guess on the blog only (no Facebook or Twitter guesses allowed) by Thursday, October 6 11:59 PM EST
  • Hints will be given on Twitter and my Facebook fan page throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday
  • One guess per hint (with each hint, you can leave a new guess)
  • Winners will be announced on Friday with a brief profile of the winner on this post, shout outs on Twitter and Facebook, and a link to a recent post on Facebook!
  • Even if you don’t write about travel at all, join in the fun and tell us what you love about travel!

Wow, I either made this too easy or people are getting to know me too well! A LOT of people got this one correct to this week I am picking two winners yet again. Congrats to Annie Bettis and Mark Granelli for knowing that this was Lisbon, Portugal!

I hate that I could only pick two people this week because so many answered this one and quite a few of them with no hint needed or just one hint. So congrats to Sophie, John in France, Lisa, Jenna, Danielle, Michael, Erik, and Cat. Thanks so much for playing along!

Lisbon, Portugal – As featured in my 5 reasons to travel to Europe in the Fall, Lisbon is one of my favorite cities of the world. Many have called it the San Francisco of Europe (or considering its age, maybe San Francisco should be the Lisbon of North America?). It has a fantastic history, geography, and mix of cultures and is one of my top cities for an expat life!

Lisbon’s downtown area is known as the Baixa with the hillsides of Bairro Alto and Chiado surrounding the city center. Next to the Baixa is the old fishing neighborhood known as the Alfama while Belem remembers the Portuguese Age of Discovery with monuments to its maritime era. The weather here is great with some of the warmest winters in all of Europe and a pleasant Mediterranean climate. A few of the landmarks include the 25th of April bridge (celebrating the Carnation Revolution and modeled after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge), cable cars, the Elevador de Santa Justa, Praça do Comércio, Sao Jorge castle, and the Carmo Convent.

In 1755, a massive earthquake hit Lisbon in which 85% of the city was destroyed and nearly 15% of its people died. Some of the damage and the deaths were attributed to the tsunami that struck the area as a result of the earthquke. PM 1st Marquess de Pombal helped rebuild the city and rebuilt the city was a rectangular plan.

See – this city does have a lot in common with San Francisco! And like its city by the bay, it’s incredibly beautiful as well with a mix of people from Brazil, Africa, Europe, and the rest of the world!

Annie Betis (@annb04) is a traveler currently making her way through Australia after spending time as an exchange student in Australia and then turning a 3 month stay in Italy into a year and a half. Annie has been to 17 countries and loves to travel. She is enjoying her travels through Australia with her Italian boyfriend and shares her love of travel and her stories on here blog Waywayard Traveller. Follow Annie on her Facebook as well!

Mark Granelli is an independent traveler with about twenty years of short-term travel under his belt that has taken him to most continents and many countries. It all started when he went backpacking around India for six months when he left university. Nervous at first he soon became addicted and now travel is his ‘high’ of choice. Mark really enjoys the freedom that the lack of position and possessions can give you, and also the new challenges and experiences that you would not find at home.

He enjoys reading travel narratives and travel blogs to inspire his future forays abroad and to broaden his knowledge of our small planet.

Congrats to Annie, Mark, and all those who answered correctly and can’t wait to do this again next week!

As a special bonus, here’s another photo of Lisbon which shows off the beauty of this city!

Lisbon Portugal Tejo river April 25th bridge

Lisbon on the Tejo river with the April 25th suspension bridge

What is “where in the world am I?” all about?

Reading travel blogs and getting travel information is great! I love doing it and learn about some great new places every day. However, for those that don’t have time to read a lot of travel blogs, this is a great way to share about where you are visiting, where you have recently been, or where you are going and a fact about that place. This way, people have a way of learning about new places and destinations and interesting information about that place.

Start your own “Where in the world am I?” series on your blog and let’s share our photos and facts about places! Feel free to share your “where in the world am I?” posts each week on this blog to participate. And share on Twitter with the hashtag #whereinworld every Wednesday!

Leave your name, link to your “Where in the world am I?” post, and make sure you link back to my blog post each week! Let’s enjoy this new travel game!

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  1. Cat says:

    Lisbon! Love that city!
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  2. Annie says:

    Lisbon? I was going to say Capri but I don’t think that Capri is overlooked much and Lisbon is the only other city I know with a cool funicular!
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  3. robin says:

    I am so bad at these – I never seem to have a clue. because the architecture here reminds of Prague, and because I have been on a tran in Prague, I am going to say Prague. I bet I’m wrong :(
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    • That’s OK Robin. I am only good at these because I know the answers. I’ve not been that great with others who have played. Maybe I will do Prague for you one day so you can get it right! :)

  4. Erik says:

    Lisbon, Elevador de Gloria if I remember correctly.
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  5. I have no clue but am interested to find out one of your favorite places.
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  6. Lisa says:

    Too easy! :) You said in the comments to your Europe in the fall post that you would like to live in Lisbon – so that’s my guess. We haven’t been to Portugal yet but hear it’s beautiful (mostly from my sister-in-law who comes from the Azores).
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    • Indeed Lisa! That is exactly why I included the link to the Europe in Fall post. I tried to help people out as much as possible before I even gave a hint.

      You really should go sometime – fabulous city!

  7. Those cars look like the ones in Lisbon, Portugal to me.
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  8. Danielle says:

    I am going to go with: Lisbon, Portugal

    • You are getting good at these as well. Have you been to Lisbon? There are lots of Brazilians there and you could speak the language very easily! :)

      One of the best English speaking cities I have been to in all of Europe!

  9. Lisbon!! I was there!!!
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  10. Leslie says:

    I am going to guess this is Slovenia, since you love that region so and you just wrote about it in your Fall post. However, I don’t think there’s been an earthquake there. And I haven’t been right yet! Fingers crossed…

  11. Laurel says:

    I’m going to go with Bratvista.
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  12. Gerry Dupuis says:

    Vienna

    • No, this one was Lisbon. Actually, I have yet to go to Vienna. Since I haven’t been, I am curious what made you think this was Vienna? I want to go there and learn more about it!

  13. John R says:

    I still think you are in San Francisco!

  14. Sophie says:

    Easy one this time :) Lisbon – specifically the Bairro Alto tram.
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  15. Congrats to Annie, Mark, and the rest of you for answering Lisbon! What gave it away for you – was it the photo, the hints, the link to my Europe in Fall post, or something else?

    It’s good to know how people figure out the answers! :)

  16. Laurel says:

    Wrong again. My guess should have said Bratislava (Slovenia), spelling error. They look like the old trams they used to use in Germany, who I know sells them to countries in Eastern Europe to use, oh well, at least my logic was there :)
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