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The Forty-Three Meme

Deborah at Old Shoes-New Trip posted a list of 43 city squares, plazas, and piazzas from around the world. She tagged her SlowTravel friends and travel blog readers to see how many of these places they have visited.

The rules:

Copy this list into your own blog and put an asterisk after each city square you've actually spent time in. (Riding past in a taxi or bus doesn't count.) Please include a link back to Old Shoes-New Trip in your own entry and then leave a comment on Deborah's post so she can find your blog and admire your count.

piazza san marcoLike many other Slow Travelers, my list is heavy on Italy. I've only been to 12 of the 43 places. Do multiple visits to the same place count extra?!

Speaking of return visits, my big news is that I bought my plane ticket this weekend and will be going to Venice this December!

Read on for my list:

The Forty-Three MEME from Old Shoes, New Trip

1- Piazza Del Campo, Siena, Italy
2- Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy *
3- Staromestske Namesti, Prague, Czech Republic
4- Markt, Bremen, Germany
5- Grote Markt, Brussels, Belgium *
6- Piazza and Piazzetta San Marco, Venice, Italy *
7- Piazza Del Campidoglio, Rome, Italy *
8- Krasnaja Polscad, Moscow, Russia
9- Sultanahmet Meidani, Istanbul, Turkey
10- Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy *
11- St. Peter's Square, The Vatican *
12- Place Des Vosges, Paris, France
13- Place Vendome, Paris, France
14- Place Des Terreaux, Lyon, France
15- Place Stanislas, Nancy, France
16- Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
17- Schlossplatz, Stuttgart, Germany
18- Plaza De La Constitucion, Mexico City, Mexico
19- Praca do Comercio, Lisbon, Portugal
20- Trafalgar Square, London, UK*
21- Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany
22- Konigsplatz, Munich, Germany
23- Winter Palace Square, St. Petersburg, Russia
24- Piccadilly Circus, London, UK*
25- Piazza Duomo, Milan, Italy *
26- Piazza Dell'Unita D'Italia, Trieste, Italy
27- Theaterplatz, Dresden, Germany
28- Maria Theresien Platz, Vienna, Austria
29- Hosok Tere, Budapest, Hungary
30- Plaza De Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
31- Times Square, New York City, USA*
32- Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, China
33- Praca Dos Tres Poderes, Brasilia, Brazil
34- Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada
35- City Hall Plaza, Boston, USA*
36- Plateau Beaubourg, Paris, France*
37- Tsukuba Center Square, Tsukuba, Japan
38- Place Du Nobre D'Or, Montpellier, France
39- Placa Dels Paisos Catalans, Barcelona, Spain
40- Parliament Square, Canberra, Australia
41- California Plaza, Los Angeles, USA
42- Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
43- Potsbamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

It's interesting to look at this list. I'd like to return to every place I've been and of the ones I haven't visited, the one that attracts me the most right now is Istanbul, Turkey. Reading Frances Mayes' "A Year in the World" put Turkey on my travel radar in a big way. But for now, I just want to go to Venice again and so that's the plan for this year. :)

Thanks Deborah - this was fun!

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Comments (8)

Happy to see you accepted the tag challenge, Annie.
But to tell you the truth, I was surprised to see you hadn't been to Trieste. With all the time you spend in Venice :evil grin:, I would think you could have found time to give Trieste a few days...they have churches, too! LOL


Istanbul is extremely cool, Annie -- in fact, thinking about it these past few days(since reading Deborah's post) is making me want to go back!

I haven't read A Year In The World, but now my interest is piqued!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, 12 is very good! I also think Turkey would be a fascinating country to visit.

Venice is pretty great too! :) It's the only place I've been to three times . . . Congrats on buying your tickets!

I feel a little guilty for not playing in Deborah's really interesting meme. I'll try to participate in the next one. Have a great evening!

Nice list. We have many plazas in common.


Not related to the post, but wanted to say I like your new profile photo. :)

Interesting list. We have many in common. Isn't Piccadilly Circus truly a 'circus'?
I’m thrilled that you have your airline ticket! December in Venice must be so magical.
I too have Turkey high on my list and, in fact, hubby and I had planned to go this October but we wanted to do Turkey and Greece. We changed plans when we realized that we needed a minimum of three weeks to see the main sights on our list.


Yay for you!!! Awesome news that you have booked your Venice trip!!

I've only been to eight of these places...and not looking like I'll be adding any new ones anytime soon! But I sure am looking forward to revisiting Piazza Della Signoria in Florence next month!

Yipeeee!! I am so excited for you. Can't wait to hear more about your plans.

Now how is it that I grew up in Massachusetts and you have been to City Hall Plaza in Boston and I haven't? I even asked my dad to make sure.

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