1. walking neighborhoods, finding cool stuff. I remember seeing a downspout in Paris on one of the islands, shaped like a happy golden dolphin, spitting water.
2. better coffee shops than the 'burbs
3. many more, and usually better LYSs
4. restaurants: better food, many more choices
5. museums: i made it to the Hokusai exhibit before it left Boston. stunning.
6. shopping: usually just window. But the occasional clothing or wine find keeps the eyes open.
7. better meat sellers
8. large specialty markets: Ferry Building (SF), SOWA (Boston), La Boqueria (Barcelona)
9. architechtural rubbernecking: Chicago is superb for this.
10. the unexpected: the Bean in Chicago, the decorated cows several years ago in Chicago
1. Hummingbirds. All the birds.
2. Local farmer's markets
3. Local farmstands
4. The interface between the sky and the trees
5. Wild grasses throughout their seasonal cycles
7. Cross country ski places tucked around the area, then add in the snowshoe opportunities
8. Great blue herons floating overhead
9. Room to stretch one's life
10. Colors: flowers, fall leaves, farmers' fields, horse pastures, cows (adore the cartoon Oreo cows)