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    Your home town

    We had a thread like this on the old forum that was nice to read through, it's interesting to find out about towns you've probably never heard of, as a lot of people here don't live in the capital city of their country So this thread can be a place to introduce a bit about your home town, whereabouts in the country it is, its landmarks, what there is to do there, and so on...
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    Re: Your home town

    So the place that I've lived for many years now is called Cricklade, and it's located in the south-west of England, near to the border with Wales, and between the big cities Bristol and Oxford. It's in a county called Wiltshire.

    Cricklade's a very small town, there's only about 4,000 people living here, but it is actually quite popular with tourists as not only is it located in a very scenic part of the countryside but we also have a very rare flower that grows here more than any other place, called the Snake's Head Fritillary...



    Cricklade is pretty renowned amongst people who are into botany for that reason other than that, Cricklade is mostly a town that has already peaked it was a very important settlement in the first century AD, but ever since then has become more and more marginalised as the towns around it grow and it remains small... At the start of the 1900s, Cricklade had its parliamentary constituency taken away from it, and in the 1970s they closed down our railway station too, so now we are pretty unimportant and cut off!

    Overall I'd say I like Cricklade but it's not the best place to spend more than a few years in as there's not really that much to do in this part of the country. It's good for a visit if you like places that are quiet and pretty, though
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    Re: Your home town

    I live in Sofia.
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    Re: Your home town

    Quote Originally Posted by 94ayd
    I live in Sofia.
    Well you can still tell us some things that are perhaps not so well known to people who don't live there, how do you think it compares to other capital cities, and so on ...
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    Re: Your home town

    My home town is called Onesti, a small city from Bacau county, located in the eastern part of Romania. The city is the home town of Nadia Comaneci and some other Romanian personalities. Onesti is not a big city, but a clean and beautiful one with nice people in it.















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    Re: Your home town

    Currently I'm living in a small city called Hørsholm, with a plain population of roughly 33.000. It's located on the northern part of Zealand, and furthermore it's located with a relative short distance to Copenhagen. It's frequently considered one of Copenhagen's rich suburbs. That's at least how the city is stereotyped.

    It's by no means an exciting city, but we've got what is needed in order to call it a city.

    Anyway, some pics of the main street of Hørsholm:






    The library:




    Our swimming bath:




    Our old mill :




    Oh, and we have a church as well:

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    In Canada, my home town is called Oshawa. Some people call it like a suburb of Toronto (it is 30 minute drive to a highway), but it has 150,000 people (more than most of the cities in Macedonia ). There is nothing much to see in this place. Everything looks pretty much the same. If you go there for a first time, you could easily get lost (even with a map). That is due to the fact there are a lot of houses (many look the same) and there are few tall buildings. The city has an access to lake Ontario. Near the lake, there are many fields for soccer, baseball and rugby (so people can play there for fun, or play in the local leagues).

    This is the General Motors Centre. It is a place where hockey games are played (usually local ones or Ontario based league). One of the first games in the arena was between the young squads of Canada and Russia. Some basketball games get to be played there and the arena is also reserved for concerts. This year Akon had a concert there.


    Bellow is the library in UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology). Despite a college, Oshawa also has a university. This place is 15 minutes walking distance from my home, though I do not go there.



    I also have another home town, Ottawa. It is the place where I attend university, so being there for four years does make it a second home. And I love the place, because it reminds me of Skopje.
    As you know, Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. There is a lot of interesting things about Ottawa. It is located in easternmost Ontario and it borders Quebec. There is a suburb of Ottawa that is part of Quebec and it is called Gatineau (though it is counted as a separate city). It is a typical party place for all freshmen (18 year old kids who want to smoke and drink in their first year of college/university ). Only in Quebec the drinking/smoking limit is 18+, while in the other provinces is 19+.
    During the winter (usually January-February), you can skate on the canal. It is one of the biggest naturally frozen skating places in the world. You can also go visit the Parliament Hill, as a nice attraction. Also, close by is the ByWard Market. This place reminds me much of the Market/bazaars in Skopje. You can buy lot of fruits and vegetables there, honey, there are also stores where you can buy cheese (variety of feta cheese, and many different types of cheese). You can also buy some suveniers over there. Around, there are a lot of cafe's, night clubs, also some strip bars. Every may, there is a festival going on in Ottawa called "Canadian Tulip Festival". This festival is accompanied by an International Pavillion that features food, culture, arts, music from more than 20 different countries. This festival goes for about 20 days.

    Some nice pictures from Ottawa:

    This one is the Parliament Hill!


    Here on this picture you can see the Rideau Canal during the winter. A perfect place to skate.


    In Ottawa there is something called O-train. It goes through 5 stations and it is really nice if you go to university (and live somewhere close to the stations) and you want to skip traffic. This picture is actually shot near by my university.


    Not to forget, there are 2 universities in Ottawa: Carleton University and University of Ottawa (the latter being larger in terms of more buildings and more students, the first one is much nicer ). Also there is one college called Algonquin.

    The only not so good thing about Ottawa, is the cold weather in the winter. The temperature easily goes bellow -20 Celsius degrees in January and February. Also, Ottawa is a windy place. If sometimes the temperature happens to be -15, it will feel like -30. The urbanization plan of the city also affects that, as wind prevailance can make you catch a cold.
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    Re: Your home town

    I live in the Southern Ukraine in Mykolaiv (Russian name: Nickolaev).
    Population: 510 000 (more than half of our administrative district, aka "oblast' " ).
    It's situated on 2 rivers that collide and form a bay (half-sea, half-river).
    We have: the 2nd biggest aluminia plant in the world
    - the biggest European military shooting range (or firing field)
    - the biggest granary in the world
    - 1 airport, 1 military airport (and a lot of radars behind the city), 2 sea ports.
    - 2 big shipbuilding plants that build ALL types of ships.
    - 2 big bridges and few small bridges (incl. for people only).
    - 2nd biggest Ukrainian zoo.
    - numerous factories and firms obviously, I won't remember them all, lol.


    Central area of the city:


    Southern area:



    Climate: usual official highest peaks: +45*C at summer and -25*C at winter (it's already been -23*C 2 weeks ago), sometimes it's hotter or colder (just on few days though). It's windy (kinda usual thing for a city on the bay which is not defended by forests or mountains, I've seen even few little tornadoes (but that's REALLY rare).
    1 big earthquake (more than 4 points, Richter scale) per 5 years. Not a dangerous seismic zone like Yalta (Crimea, Ukraine) or Bucharest (Romania) for instance.





    Sports: On 2004 Olympics almost half of medalists were born or trained in my city (constantly or temporary) We have a base for canoe/kayak, yacht-club, boxing base (we've just hosted European Female Boxing Championship in September of 2009), basketball arena, the Central stadium (capacity: 25 000) and 1 smaller stadium, 3 modern swimming pools, 1 skating rink.
    Our women's fencing team is the most famous probably. They are current Olympic, World and European champions. The captain of the team was announced the sportsman of the year in Ukraine (2009).
    In the building in front me lives former Olympic champion (trampoline), in the other building in front of me the captain of our basketball team.

    Right now Central Stadium is on renovation (in order to meet European standards) so this is how it looked before:



    Music: Popular Soviet singer Alexander Serov (Soviet Tom Jones) was born here among with Russian singer Nikolay Troobach, not to mention the 1st Ukrainian rap band, one former singer from VIA-GRA, Gorchitza Live Project band (quite famous Ukrainian electro band that recorded a duo with Apollo 440) , the most famous Russian composers Igor' Krutoy and Konstantin Meladze (who write for almost ALL famous ex-Soviet performers -> from Alla Pugatchova & Sofia Rotaru to VIA-GRA, Ani Lorak and Verka), famous Russian singer Valeriy Meladze studied/worked here.
    Kostya Meladze produced 3rd Ukrainain "Star Factory". He composed Russian ESC 2009 entry.
    Nastya Kamenskih from Potap & Nastya band has a bf from my city so she visits us quite often, she knows almost everything here, basically it's her 2nd home )))
    Another Soviet icon Lyudmila Senchina was born near my city.







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    Here I go

    I live in Girona at the north east of Spain at the region of Catalonia and it's the capital of the province (department) of the same name. From the north 95km far from Barcelona. The city should be called officially Girona but you could heard it as Gerona in spanish or Gérone in french. As well Gerunda in latin when was founded by romans.



    At 2009 Girona has a population of 96.188 inhabitants with a metropolitan area of more or less 130.000 inhabitants.
    It's divided by four rivers, Ter , Güell, Oñar and Galligants.
    Girona has a lot of history and settle of a noble city which was an important place for Crown of Aragon which gives it the title of Principality and the Prince of Girona was named to be the Queen of Aragón Crown.


    Houses above Oñar's river.

    Nowadays the Prince of Girona is Felipe de Borbón, cause as named for be King of Spain is named for be as well Queen of the Crown of Aragón. Also he is Prince of Asturias for the Crown of Castilie.

    One of the main atractions of turists in Girona is The Cathedral of Santa Maria. It's build in gothic estyle and has the significant point that it's nave is the largest in gothic style and the 2nd in all styles after Saint Peter Basilica in Vatican City.

    Cathedral of Girona

    However overall the the Old Town is the most beautiful parto of the Town. It has some churches moreover than the Cathedral. Like the Church of the Great Heart, Saint Peter of Galligants or Saint Felix that is the collegiate of the Cathedral.

    Church of the Great Heart

    The romanic Churhc of Saint Peter of Galligants

    The collegiate of Saint Felix with the Cathedral

    Furthermore Girona inside its Old Town has one of the most important Jewish quarters of Europe.

    Pujada de Sant Doménech, which is the entrance to Jewish Quarter

    Garden of a Jewish house

    Arabian Baths

    Girona has its metropolitan service of Bus. And has its Bus and Train Station at the centre of the city which are in progress of been renovated for the arrive of The High Speed Rail Way (AVE). Also not more than 15km far at the south of Girona is the international Airport of Girona-Costa Brava which conects the region whichs many cities of Europe and north of Africa.

    And now some of the modern city. As I think all the capital cities in Spain, Girona has its own University, (Universitat de Girona "UdG")

    Scool of Law

    A modern building near the train station

    Teixidor Fluor Mill seat of the Newspapaer "El Punt"

    Migdia Park

    A view of Girona from the south(first the industrial zone)

    Finally if you decide to visit Girona here you can see the Airport. Not as big as Barcelona-El Prat but at 2009 has been the 8th Spanish Airport by number of passanger with a total number of 5.300.000 aprox. An it's in constantly construction and renovation cause the number passengers is growing very fast since Ryanair based here.

    Air view of Girona-Costa Brava Airport, you can see the work construction usually since many years.

    Hope you like it!!!

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    Manchester

    Manchester has population of 464200 and was founded in the 1st century by the Romans.
    2547700 live in Greater Manchester county.

    This is Victoria station which was built in 1839. This is where trains to the Northern suburbs (where i live ) terminate.



    Opposite is URBIS (the city life museum), the Cathedral and Cathedral Gardens.



    Then Exchange Square with the Wheel and Triangle Shopping Centre.


    And this is the Post Box that survived the 1999 IRA bomb.


    This is the Arndale Centre where I go shopping regularly!


    Piccadilly Gardens


    And Piccadilly station where the trains to London terminate.


    There is also the old Roman area called Castlefield however it is a replica because the orginal one was knocked down in the 1800's :x .


    In between, there is the Gay Quarter.

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    Beetham Tower.


    Albert Square and Town Hall.


    St. Peter's Square and City Library.


    Manchester Central.


    Concorde G-BOAC @ Manchester Airport.



    Manchester United FC .


    Manchester City FC.


    Salford Quays.

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