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The forty-three meme


Here’s an interesting list of 43 beautiful, famous or perhaps even infamous piazzas, squares, or plazas from around the world.

I copied this list from Deborah’s blog Old Shoes, New Trip. http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/deborah/

As Deborah suggested, I’ve put an asterix besides the places I’ve visited. I’ve got 19 so far, which clearly means I need to do a lot more travelling! She also suggests the following rules for other bloggers who want to play the game!

"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 your 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."

By the way, the photo above is of Maria-Theresien-Platz in Wien, or Vienna. #28 on the list, and very lovely.

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- Krasnaya ploshchad (also known as Red Square) Moscow, Russia*
9- Sultanahmet Meydani (aka Hippodrome of Constantinople), 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- Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany*

Comments (11)

I am impressed! I was not aware that you have traveled to so many countries. So far, it looks like you win the prize :) 6 more days!! Are you ready?


Sandra--are you bringing your laptop on this trip? I'll be strung out if I can't read your blog posts while you're there!


Whoo-hoo, is there a prize?! I've gotta find the coffee table book that inspired Deborah to begin this meme. There must be some wonderful photos there.

Girasoli, I did get to travel more when I was a journalist and we would often get some down time, so I was able to visit cities like Moscow and Bejing and Shanghai -- places I might not have visited on my own!

Vicky, you're very kind. As much as I'd love to take my laptop, I'm going to try to travel light this trip and blog from internet cafes. I think there is going to be a lot of typos!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Sandra, 19 is very good. I only had 8. I remember reading that you've been to Turkey, but I didn't know that you went to Russia too. That's so great. They are both on my "must see" list.

5 days to go . . .

That's an impressive list! You’ve been to many interesting and exotic places.

About the Plaza de la Constitución (aka Zócalo), I first saw it 1971 coming up the stairs from the subway. It caused a huge impression on me because I wasn’t prepared to see one of the largest squares in the world. And the Diego Rivera murals left me speechless. I lived in Mexico City for two years and went to the square quite often.

Very cool! I've been to 12 of them. I'd love to hear more about your trip to Istanbul - that's a place that I'm drawn to lately. But no rush...I can only imagine what all you have to do to get ready to go in 4 days! How exciting!

Bon voyage and safe travels if I don't talk to you before you go.


Kathy, I really prefered Turkey to Russia, but both are fascinating! I felt a certain menace when I was in Moscow, which may have been my imagination (I should never have gone down into Lenin's tomb!)

Maria, I didn't know you had lived in Mexico City for two years -- wow, that must have been so interesting! When I was there, I wanted to see Frida Kahlo's home and didn't get the chance. It's such a huge city -- and I can just imagine how the Plaza must have blown you away when you first saw it.

Annie, it's funny -- I was just posting on YOUR blog about Turkey and how interesting it is. I love Istanbul and would return in a flash. I hope you get a chance to go.

And yes, I should be focusing on Italy, thanks for your good wishes. I'm getting excited!


I'll take exception to the list. I think Union Square, Bryant Park and Madison Square Park should be included in the list for NYC. I'd also throw the Washington Mall into the mix in DC, Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia and I I think I could come up with a few more. :)


Cool list! I've only been to eight, seven of which were in Italy and UK, plus Hosok Tere in Budapest (which is a gorgeous city and one I hope to visit again someday...if I ever get past Italy!)


Anne, that's the hard part, isn't it -- getting past Italy!!

Sandra, I just made it over here to see your 43! 19 does blow the top of everyone else, so far. Thanks for taking the meme challenge.

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