New Zealand cut its COVID cases to single digits in mid-April. You can’t help but feel that islands have an advantage in a world where global pandemics play a role. Having a population under five million probably helped too. If islands aren’t your thing – hurricanes, sharks, seasickness, or whatever – then maybe check out some of these cool cities around the world. It’s the perfect place to isolate yourself, recreate your favorite Monty Python scenes, and shout: “Hark! Who goes there? “Emerges from a gate.
The medieval citadel here is one of the most intact examples of architecture from that period. The city attracts tourists and the surrounding countryside with vineyards, wine caves and castle ruins.
In this capital, not only are the walls still intact, but also over 80 round towers and nine medieval gates. It is also the hometown of Saint Theresa and has the most churches per capita in a city in Spain.
Pingyao’s records date back to 800 BC. Back, but only in the Ming Empire did the city build the walls in the 14th century. It is a popular place during the Golden Week when China celebrates a seven day national holiday. The entire city, from the walls to the houses and shops, kept the style of the Ming Dynasty. It’s like Pingyao’s 13th century journey through time.
This impressive city has survived two earthquakes and bombings during the Croatian War of Independence. Good thing it survived as it became King’s Landing in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Ironically, the walls attract millions of tourists every year, crowding the city. When you visit us, visit the summer festival, which includes games, concerts and theater for 45 days.
Denmark’s first female leader ordered the first wall around Tallinn. This wall was only 16 feet high and 5 feet wide at the base; The city called it the Margaret Wall in her honor. In the following years Tallinn enlarged and expanded the city with walls with watchtowers. Throughout history, Tallinn residents volunteered to guard, occupy the towers, and look for potential intruders.
How would you like to give away an entire city? The wife of Alfonso II, Urraca, gave the entire walled city of Obidos in the 13th century. It is still a charming small town, where you can stay in the original castle, which after Urraca is inhabited by a number of queens.
This walled city is a classic Moroccan market town, smaller and less popular with tourists than Marrakech. There are still boutique hotels with hidden pools and lush gardens, and it’s close to the Anti-Atlas Mountains for hiking.
The Romans built walls around York to defend it, and many survive to this day. They were rebuilt, expanded and reinforced so that almost none of the masonry is original Roman craftsmanship. If you’re looking for grilles that you can yell through, they’re called bars – six of which have survived to this day.
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