Have you visited any old towns?

@maximax8 (31166)
United Kingdom
September 25, 2011 10:19am CST
If you have visited an old town which things have you seen and enjoyed? I visited Cartagena De Indias earlier this year and loved seeing the attractive looking buildings in the old town. I adored walking up to see the majestic looking fort. It was delightful fun to ride on a colorful bus up to an old church. I really like old towns with little traffic and colonial towns and villages. How about you?
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@yspmyl (3436)
• Malaysia
26 Sep 11
I live in the Malaysia, and one of the state in Malaysia which called Malacca is an old town where you can see many old buildings like "A Famosa" fortress, Christ Church, Stadthuys, Saint Francis Xavier Church, St. John's Fort and also the old street building which are still maintain the old look. Most of them have been there over 100 years and some of them have been demolished and build into a new building, but there are still many more that remain, and the government now is more aware on preserve those old building. If you never been to Malacca, you should come and visit. Not to forget to taste the local foods like friend noodle and "cendol" which taste pretty good.
@yspmyl (3436)
• Malaysia
26 Sep 11
Malacca Old Town - Malacca Old town building, the A Famosa fotress and Christ Church
Here are some of the picture of the Malacca old town
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
25 Sep 11
well, "old towns" is very relative. I live in Europe, and most towns could be called old, since most have ancient cathedrals, or even roman, visigothic, arab, phoenician, or greek reminiscences. Spain, my country, is a good example of it, so yep, I have definitely visited old towns. I understand that in "younger" countries this can be different.
@jillhill (37371)
• United States
26 Sep 11
I have been to Europe and loved all the castles.....the catherdrals! And learning so much about history at the sites. Wonderful!
@Porcospino (30833)
• Denmark
29 Sep 11
Some years ago I visited a Danish island called Aeroe and on that island there is a beautiful old town called Aeroeskoebing. The town is about 750 years old. Unfortuneately there was a fire in 1629 and all the really old houses are gone, but there are still many houses from around 1700. Before I visited the town I had read about it, and I knew that it was famous because they try very hard to keep the houses the way that they were in the past and because it was beautiful and charming. When I read those things I thought that the books exaggerated a little, but when I visited the town in person I immediately fell in love with the beautiful old houses, the roses, the old street lamps, the old signs and all the other things. I think it is an amazing place and my visit there felt like a visit back in time
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Sep 11
Old Laval, Canada Cobblestone streets, part of it restricted where no cars, except police, cars can go.Walking everywhere on a perfict temperature afternnon. Seeing old archtecture, going to different shops and being with new found friends. It was really, really lovely. I wish every city or town had a no car area. Walking does people good (most days when the weather isn't bad) and the air is so much cleaner. I got there by bus when I was going to college. They left us off just outside the restricted vehicle area.
@marguicha (173016)
• Chile
27 Sep 11
Hi Maxine, I experienced that joy when we went with my husband to Andalusia, in the south of Spain. Then there are the beautiful quaint villages around the Mediterranean. You should go there some day as you are so near.
@Torunn (7683)
• Norway
26 Sep 11
The oldest town I've visited was Skara Brae on Orkney, a neolithic village about 5000 year olds. Of course it came complete with a very loud American tourist, demanding to know if "The vikings had build this too?". Reading signs is difficult, the exhibition starts with a rebuilt viking village :-) I also like the old medieval villages in middle Europe, different styles of stone buildings etc.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
26 Sep 11
I know Cartagena, beautiful city indeed, but, when I travel, I am more interested in nature and wild places, instead of towns, but it is always interesting to see old towns, and talk with the people there, they are usually so aware of their history and are more open than those in modern cities. Another interesting place, is Antigua, in Guatemala, preserved as in Colonial times.
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
26 Sep 11
I used to enjoy visiting old towns, still do if I get a chance. In English/European terms, our towns are not old. Our oldest would be 200 + years. Quite a few of our old homes and state buildings have been preserved. In Adelaide, St Peters Church is magnificent, and very historic. Many of our historic towns are very small. They would be the towns in the outback that were opene up when areas were explod and settled. One of my favourites is Quorn, a tiny town in the Flinders Ranges. It is nestled in the midst of the ranges amonst towering gum trees. The most hostoric building in Quorn would be the hotel (pub). In fact, many of Australias most hitoric buildings would be hotels. Funnythat!
@salonga (27814)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
The City of Vigan is perhaps the best of all the places when it comes to historical antiquity. It is the capital city of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. I so enjoyed walking along its cobblestone streets and the view of the old but well preserved buildings. The designs are of Spanish and European architecture. I truly enjoyed having an in-depth feel of the place. It was like having the opportunity to live in the old, old Spanish era. I also love the native delicacies being vended in various corners of the city.
@best2011 (210)
26 Sep 11
i visiteed the china town last week ,, and beleive me i enjoyed there alot .. there were lots of the tradiontial things sold out there and i have also bought a couple of the items ... there were historic buildings as well as the churches .. really the condiiton of the churches, temples and building are really even now also ..
@jillhill (37371)
• United States
26 Sep 11
I also have visited a few old towns...love the architecture....the history..and the local flavor. And how much you learn. When I visited the Netherlands I went on a school outing with my granddaughter and went to a Roman bath....it was wonderful learning about how they heated the floors etc all those years ago...and we think we are so smart!
@oldchem1 (8143)
25 Sep 11
I have visited lots and lots of old villages, towns and cities on my travels. One that sticks in my memory well is on Corfu and is a little village called Old Perithia, I have visited this 'lost' village twice now. ia Old Perithia is a deserted village that is well hidden high up, off the main road between Kassiopi and Acharavi. It is such a strange feeling driving in the mountains, and then suddenly coming across this deserted village with a few sheep and a couple of Tavernas in the middle! Even more interesting, walking around just wondering about those who used to live here. Perithia was built centuries ago in the 14th century for the people living on the coast to go to because of the pirates that were raiding there coastal villages. Old Perithia grew to be quite a prosperous place with eight churches, each one belonging to a different family in the village. There was a school, a police station and even a court and there were more than 1,500 people living there. But around In 1912 as tourism was getting strong on the coast once more the people all moved down to the 'new' coastal resorts. By 1975 most of the villagers had moved further down the mountain and only a few remained.Today there are only six people who live in the old village throughout the whole year, they tend the local crops and look after live stock. We did notice a difference on our second village , as a few more taverns had been opened but it is a wonderful place to visit and is full of mystery and atmosphere. In the heat of a Corfu summers day dozens of butterflies flutter around you and the wild mountain flowers, beautiful flowers, there is clean air to breathe in and delicious mountain food cooked at the little tavernas. We had a mound of delicious lamb chops cooked in rosemary and olive oil and a honey and walnut cake that looked heavy and stodgy but was in fact as light as a feather!!
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
25 Sep 11
Hi maxi, Cartagena De Indias- where it is ? Is it in India ? Usually I want to visit old towns. In India there are many old architectural structures. These structures attract the tourists. All these have historical backgrounds. I'm sure you will like to visit India and enjoy old cities.
@surekharathi (14148)
• India
25 Sep 11
Yes my friend I visited my old towns and I feel very happy lots of green trees, good place for playing. I like my uncles town that is a small but good.