Shortly before his death in 2003, Roy Jenkins wrote a book about his tweleve favourite cities in the World.
Now "Woy" as some knew him (due to his inhability to pronounce the letter R) had his detractors from across the political board, one common charge being that he was a self-made smug little snob! So whilst many were quick to sneer at the fact that he didn't mention Oxford (He was Chancellor of the University there), I myslef noticed that he did mention Birmingham, which does have a rather maligned reputation as a bit of a dump in some quarters!
Now having been there a couple of times (thanks to having a girlfriend at Birmingham University), I can honestly say it is a lovely city, so this has made me reflect on the "Twelve Cities" and decide to do a meme of them!
So here is my list
Oxford - Spent part of my childhood living nearby and it is a lovely city with plenty of history, lovely buildings, and a sense enclosed comfort (well for me anyway)
Birmingham - Again, some lovely buildings, and has the delightful Symphony Hall. The University campus is nice as well.
New York - Have never been, but I like what I have seen of it!
Victoria, Vancouver Island - Has plenty of anglophile touches and wide open spaces and parks. Was there in 1993 and would love to go again
Rome - The Colessium, The Vatican, the Catacombs, the cafes, what more!
London - Some people hate London, I love it. Plenty of nice pubs, cafes, churches, lovely art galleries, and has places like Covent Garden, Camden, and Westminster!
Oslo - One of the smallest capitals in the World, and therefore feels like a national village!
St Petersburg - Never been, but again I like what I have seen of it!
Salzburg - Mozart's birthplace, has a large chessset in the main square, and lovely buildings
Dublin - I love the bookshops and I hear the pubs are good as well (was there when I was fourteen)
Ottowa - You should see their Parliament!
Paris - Never been, but isn't it obvious! ;)
Tagging - Basically anyone who reads this!