I always have a soft spot for the small towns I find during my travels. Sure, Paris is sublime and London is a majestic metropolis, but this city has its own little charms that really resonate with me. It’s wonderful to hear the birds chirping and the laughter of children playing in the park. It’s magical to meet locals and feel like you know their secret places. Discovering small cities with enviable quality of life makes us question our own way of life.

Perhaps because I’m from Quebec, when I travel, I have a weakness for old, human-scale cities. Your heart is pounding on the streets of Quebec. I’m finding my roots. I am following in the footsteps of my adolescence and first love. Climb the castle walls over and over again. I like touching old stones, lying on the grass of the Plains of Abraham, and watching boats roll on the water like dimes. I am moved again and again when I return to the ancient capital. Here are some peaceful and beautiful places I have visited elsewhere in the world.

Ronda: Roman city

When I saw her photo for the first time, I wanted to fly to her! Located between Seville and Malaga, this city is the one that inspired me to discover Andalusia and is still my favorite in this part of southern Spain. Ronda is a small town with a population of only 33,000 people. Life is sweet there. The cobblestone streets change height and fall between the top and bottom of the city. This small city built on top of a mountain holds amazing treasures. It is an impressive Roman bridge from the 4th century.e A century of crossing dizzying cliffs. A river cascading into a waterfall is reflected in the valley of the majestic bridge that we have admired for so long. Ronda is also the birthplace of bullfighting, and its bullring is the oldest and most beautiful in Spain.

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Cesky Krumlov: A journey through time and space

Prague in the Czech Republic is lovely, but its smaller version, Cesky Krumlov, is It’s so cute, it looks like it came straight out of a children’s book! Quaint, colorful houses line the banks of the Vltava River in this very charming little town. Like any self-respecting medieval city, it has an impressive castle on a hill. If you are in good shape, you can achieve it! Time stands still here. Its historic center, protected from bombing, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can feel the wind and watch the leaves swirl. You can discover it at your own pace without worrying about getting hit by a car.

Good times in Kurashiki

An ancient merchant town, Kurashiki is famous for its canals, where you can leisurely navigate on traditional boats. During the feudal period, it was an important port for rice trade, and the merchant houses have preserved the beauty of those days. The electric wires in the Bikan Historical Quarter have been buried to preserve the medieval atmosphere. Here, we traveled back in time and time stopped in the most beautiful era of Japan. Art lovers will be charmed by the city’s numerous museums, set in very beautiful buildings along the canals, which are very pleasant to stroll through. Kurashiki is located an hour and a half by train from Hiroshima and, unlike Hiroshima, was spared from bombing.

San Miguel de Allende: Free City

The weather is nice in San Miguel de Allende. This beautiful town is located in the mountains of central Mexico, a 5-hour drive from Mexico City. What we admire here is not the sea, but the relief of this area. This city is hilly and will test your legs. Through a walk, San Miguel reveals its rich history and central figures such as 18th-century conspirator Ignacio Allende.e Century Against the Government – ​​San Miguel was one of the first Mexican cities to be freed from Spanish rule. The magnificent church is the heart of the city. Neo-Gothic bell towers can be seen everywhere. You will be enchanted by the beauty of the colorful facades and colonial mansions whose large courtyards have been converted into restaurants, hotels and bars. My absolute favorite (besides the amazing church) is La Aurora, a former textile factory turned art center with many artists’ studios.

Cambridge: great

There are many charming small towns in England, but I have a soft spot for Cambridge, which is 80 kilometers from London. The campus, with its impressive buildings made of large, beautiful golden stones and vast green grounds, is a university town that makes you want to go to school. But the most beautiful are the canals, where you can admire oarsmen rowing under majestic weeping willows and magnificent stone bridges. It’s not just student life that attracts visitors here. Cambridge’s museums and churches are also very beautiful. This small municipality of 150,000 people is worth a detour.

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