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The Forty-Three MEME

We have this book into our bargain department for only $12.95. I just spotted it today. A tall narrow coffee table picture book by Maria Teresa Feraboli, an architect from Milan. City%20Squares.jpg

It feature forty-three city squares, plazas and piazzas, with interesting photographs - some of them from unusual perspectives and well written descriptive text about the history of the square. Since the author is an architect, the text leans toward discussion of construction and buildings.

It is a beautiful, beautiful book that makes me want to visit every single one of those city squares. She seems to have listed them loosly based on chronological order from oldest to newest, rather than any preferential order on her part.

So, for fun, I've decided to list them as a meme so all my SlowTrav friends and travel blog readers can count the ones they've visited.

I've chosen to highlight my list by putting an asterisk next to the ones I've had the honor to stroll through. With only 15 of the 43, my list is entirely too meager. I have a lot of travel to do!

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 the link back to my blog in you own entry and don't forget to come back to and leave me a comment so I can find your blog and admire your count.

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

Comments (9)

Fun list. I only got 13. Check out my list at:

I enjoyed this also! Sadly, I have only visited 8! The book looks beautiful.

My total is also 15. I checked the book and it's available at my local B&N. Sounds like a very interesting book.

Fun post!


I've only visited 19, so I also need to do a lot more traveling!

This is a good idea, Deborah, I have to try to copy it for my blog as well. And the book looks really interesting.

Thanks - looks like fun!

What a great list Deborah! I'll post mine in the morning...I've been to 14.

Deborah responds: Great Jill, I'll stop by and check it out tomorrow!

Thank you for the book recommendations for my son. I don't know who/what is good and I truly appreciate you taking the time to list some. I'll definitely look into them, for him.

Deborah responds: You're very welcome.

I've been to 12 of them. Unless multiple visits to the same place over and over counts extra?

Thanks - this was fun!


Ooops, Deborah -- I forgot to tell you that I copied your list to my blog:

Great idea, very fun!

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