Top Places to Stroll

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This list is for strolls not hikes, the types of leisurely walks that one might take after dinner for instance.

1. Lake Bled, Slovenia- The Promenade. The 6 km path around Lake Bled offers some of the most beautiful vistas to compliment your recent meal. The glowing emerald green lake, the view of the island and its centuries old church, views of the castle and the Alps, which all change as you walk arouind the lake. It doesn't get better than that. You can rent a rowboat if you wish or stop for a drink as well and just take in the gorgeous scenery.

2. San Sebastian, Spain- Onderrata/La Concha/Urguell/Zurriola Promenade. This long promenade is lined in tiles with decorative lighting, which is totally unnecessary since the views are magnificent. It connects a small mountain on the sea (Igueldo), two lovely crescent-shaped beaches (Onderrata & La Concha) with aqua blue water (and an island in the middle), the picturesque old town and port, another seaside mountan (Urguell- topped with a towering statue of Jesus), rocky seaside landscapes, and another even more beautiful beach (Zurriola). It truly feels as if you are in a movie set. Sure you can take the bus to get around town, but why would you?!

3. Split, Croatia- The palm tree lined promenade along the harbor is a gem! Nice restaurants, gelato stands, social life and ships coming and going makes a stroll here breathtaking.

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia- The wall around the city offers nice views of this delightful city and the sea.

5. Barcelona, Spain- Las Ramblas. This is the most liveliest street on earth! Street entertainers, outdoor patios for restaurants, party atmosphere, and beautiful gothic architecture makes this one memorable place to walk through.

6. New York City, USA-  The High Line. I know I'm from New York and this isn't much of a travel for me, but I'd be remiss if I didn't laud the High Line. It is such a unique piece of Urban architecture with wonderful views of the Hudson River and intersting panoramas of city life. I love it! You're in Manhattan, but you're not.

7. Lugano, Switzerland-  The long lakesaide promenade that connects the old town to the Paradiso district has places to sunbathe and swim, is shaded with wonderful trees, has many gelato vendors, and could not be more breathtaking with a view of the mountains overlooking the lake.

8. Victoria, British Columbia- A nice path connects the downtown along the harbor, past the striking Parliament Building, and Fisherman's Wharf, an active neighborhood of houseboats.

9. Baltimore, Maryland- The promenade around the Inner Harbor connects the tourist attractions and restaurants wirth neighborhoods such as Federal Hill, Fells Point and Canton and gives a variety of views of this historic harbor. It is constantly being expanded.

10. Washington, DC. It''s completely touristy of course, but the National Mall is for a reason. After hours it really is a lovely place for a walk. Take in the monuments at dusk as the monuments become illuminated. It really is like out of a movie.

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