Underrated cities deserve more love

cityBy Melody Park

There is a strong imbalance of the love that goes to the beautiful cities of the world. People dream of going to cities like Paris and Barcelona, but often forget about the other regions of the world that deserve that same love. And while these are cities that most of us can only dream of travelling to, they are worthy of greater attention. The following five cities were selected on the basis of refreshing beauty, rich history, and abundant cultural offerings.


Stockholm has clear blue waters and pastel-colored buildings. Green trees speckle the landscape between architectural complexes. Stockholm is referred to as a museum-city because it has over 100 museums that span arts, history, and ethnography of the Scandinavian region. It also has one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world, making it easy for city residents to jump between the different fashion and arts centers in the large metropolis.


Taipei has a very unique tea culture. It also has the best Chinese cuisine. Despite having one of the most intricately crafted urban skylines in the world, the city is surrounded by lots of green, mountains, and water. There are several national parks and hot springs within the city as well. The active outdoorsy, adventurous urbanite and tea enthusiast can all find his or her own niche in this sprawling setting.


Bergen is the second most populous city in Norway and is characterized by its quaint and colorful buildings. The city has a huge mountain hiking culture. Bergen is very close to the esteemed Western Fjords: long, narrow steep cliffs beautifully and naturally formed by glacial movements. At the fjords, you see mountain peaks, snow, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls, and all the beautifully crafted natural views. Bergen attracts hikers because of its proximity to the beautiful landscapes of the fjords; however, the city is also a cultural center with elaborate street art.


A port city on the northern coast of Colombia, Cartagena is a fishing village with a colonial downtown aura. Throughout the city, there are not only colorful buildings, but horse-drawn carriages that pass through narrow streets and major city squares. The city has plenty of open-air gatherings outside of major plazas and tourist attractions where street vendors sell fresh fruit, coconut water, and flowers.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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