Somerset West is a very pleasant small town about 40km from Cape Town. Not a lot happens there, it's well situated for the airport and the Winelands, it is surrounded by the Helderberg mountains and the sea. It's a bit sleepy, depends what life style you're after.
"They put up a parking lot and paved over paradise...." It seems like most of the UK towns are places that have changed demographically and physically due to inflowing and outflowing of populations steered by economics. The character changes as the group mentality of the older (steering) residents fades away and is often replaced by the looser civic pride of the next generation and/or immigrant influx. Most of the 'new towns' haven't lived up to the utopian dream of the planners and seem to register highly on many lists. As is often the case when you move away from somewhere and travel and broaden your horizons, the coming back is invariably a disappointment.
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Why is Tintern on the OP list ? Tintern in the Wye valley, between Monmouth & Chepstow ? - Great little place that, complete with the old Abbey. Was there few weeks ago, staying at Ross on Wye, another wonderful clean and busy little town. Crap towns we visited were Bath (expensive, nowhere to park, nightmare to drive in & pigeon poo everywhere), Gloucester (dirty & smelly), Cheltenham (Bland) and poor old Evesham (clean, but many empty shops, a dying town, a shame)
Surprised Wigan not mentioned. Well, to all suvverners, it's shyte - stay away !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shame to blame places like Rotheram, Sheffield, Hull, Manchester, etc etc. These are all (ex) industrial towns, the places that built Britain. Sad that their trades have all been sent to China, hearts ripped & lifeblood bled out of them - thats NOT their fault. They were built on hard graft, now gone.
One bloody good thing living "up north" is that we are never far from fantastic scenery. Within an hours drive of Wigan I can be (and regularly am) in The Lake District, Fylde Coast, Yorkshire Dales, Derbyshire Peak District, Cheshire Plain or North Wales national parks. Nice places nearby too. (yes, a couple of ruff ones also !!)
What, scenery wise, is within an hours drive of London ? - Watford Gap !!!!!!!!!!!!
Mt Isa takes some beating. It manages to combine everything that's bad about remote Australia with everything that's bad about city Australia.
It's hot, dusty and three days drive from decent shops but also has hoons doing burn outs in noisy cars, parking meters and is neck deep in cashed up city bogans (Aussie chavs) doing their time in the mines and drinking most of their earnings every weekend. It's also really unsafe at night.
Broken Hill is a lovely place so being a remote mining town is no excuse for being horrible.
Aaahh Baku... Jewel of the Caspian. (Not) Where even the children have moustaches, just like their mother.
Actually it can be very pleasant to live there... great Turkish restaurants... a few decent pubs (not sure if the Lord Nelson is still open though it used to be kept in UK food stuffs by BA crew) and great caviar. Lamb is the predominant meat here with kebab shops on most street corners.
Not exactly somewhere I would go for a weekend but interesting never the less.
The Nobel family (as in Prize and Dynamite) are celebrated sons of Baku.
Paris and London. Give me the horrors. Quite liked Bujumbura - Something about scoffing ndagala with a cold pint while a baby croc hunts fingerlings in the reeds next to your table and the hippos browse in the yacht basin.
Location: ex-Abu Dhabi now back in Carrot Cruncher Land
Obviously East Anglia and Norfolk in particular, "the eastern edge of the known world" is too remote for most on this forum, which is why Great Yarmouth has not been mentioned yet (though Lowestoft in sunny Suffolk did get a single vote).
Must agree with TTN in post #14 that Camborne must qualify fairly high up the list.
As far as I can tell, only two Kent towns have been mentioned (Yay!), Dover and Hythe. I agree with Dover; as the UK's front door, those continental chappies don't always remember to wipe their feet on the doormat.
But there's absolutely nothing wrong with the historic Cinque Port of Hythe!