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Old Feb 21st 2007, 5:46 pm
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I'm considering a move from London to New York. Doesn't scare me as much as it probably should as the two cities aren't all that different. Fast-moving, expensive, anti-social, bad tempered...

I lived in Winchester for a number of years and really loved that. What would be the closest US equivalent, i.e. Sleepy, Picturesque, semi-rural, affluent, nice architecture etc?

I visited Niagra (Canada I know) and remember likening it to a British Northern seaside town!

Has anyone else ever been prompted to reminisce about somewhere in the UK by visiting somewhere in the US, and why?
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Hard to answer, because you'll find things spread all over, Seattle and Washington might be good....some parts of Mass, and parts of Maine are quite reminiscent of UK cities to varying degrees.
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Has anyone else ever been prompted to reminisce about somewhere in the UK by visiting somewhere in the US, and why?
Errr... frankly, no. If you're looking for an equivalent, you'll be sorely disappointed. Best start looking for somewhere you'd like on its own merits.
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Old Feb 21st 2007, 11:27 pm
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Has anyone else ever been prompted to reminisce about somewhere in the UK by visiting somewhere in the US, and why?

over the yrs i've visited many states and haven't seen anywhere that reminds me of the uk but then i don't come here looking for the uk...
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Has anyone else ever been prompted to reminisce about somewhere in the UK by visiting somewhere in the US, and why?
If you take "reminisce" to mean "remember fondly" I bet some of you have been places in the U.S. that cause you to do just that!
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I'm considering a move from London to New York. Doesn't scare me as much as it probably should as the two cities aren't all that different. Fast-moving, expensive, anti-social, bad tempered...

I lived in Winchester for a number of years and really loved that. What would be the closest US equivalent, i.e. Sleepy, Picturesque, semi-rural, affluent, nice architecture etc?

I visited Niagra (Canada I know) and remember likening it to a British Northern seaside town!

Has anyone else ever been prompted to reminisce about somewhere in the UK by visiting somewhere in the US, and why?
I have reminisced about Uk towns here in the South (Carolinas) there are some quaint sleepy towns with sidewalks, shops selling nick knacks etc.... cafes and delis. Charleston I feel is the closest I have found to a UK type town, given it's architecture and layout, shops and with a real town centre.
Problem is just that. Quaint. Some places may be pretty but not always real working towns, more like tourist attractions.
I lived in Southsea and Chichester and am very familiar with Winchester, as True Brit and others have said, try not to come here expecting to compare or find the same thing as back home, enjoy the new experiences that come with the adventure, good and bad.
If you put tons of energy into trying to recreate a UK life you will miss out on the time spent. I think it also makes the transition harder because you spend too much time wishing a place was more like home when it will never be that, its just a fact.
New York is an experience unto itself...........and certainly an interesting first place to lay your hat Best of luck
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I thought NY and London were very different, NY being slower, maybe the time of year.

Some places are easier to accept, both ways, but nothing has ever struck me as similar.

They drive on the wrong side of the road you know.
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hi,

I have lived in London, New York and Virginia (the english colony) and I can offer a few suggestions.

In New York I lived in the Bronx. Now that sounds scary but its really not. There is a really nice section that is on the main subway line (1 &9) called Riverdale...its basically just an extention of Manhatten but much cheaper. It is urban but there is also a great sense of community and you are right next to Van Cortland Park which is a massive park with lots of greenery-good for walks, golf etc. You are also just a short drive from many sleepy little towns in upstate NY. I really thought we had the best of both worlds there.

As for quaint sleepy englishy types of towns you will find plenty in the suburbs of Washington DC or the state of Virginia. It is hard to find a pedestrian town with good transport links akin to London so if you don't mind relying on your car a little more I would suggest Williamsburg, VA or Charlottesville, VA. Both have a good pedestrian "high Street" with shops and places to eat etc similar to the English feel. You are also quite close to DC if you want to escape to the city. I agree with the South Carolina comment too. It is another good state. the only thing I would say is that after living in London and NY I found it quite hard living in souther Virginia as I felt isolated and could have done with beign a little closer to a big city such as DC, philly or NYC.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for all the interesting replies. Some good advice there.

I'd never emigrate with the hope of recreating where I'd come from but I guess what I was aiming at was to get pointers as to which US towns would be more comfortable for someone from a specific type of English town.

I'm comfortable with the thought of going from London to New York and think that I'd also be less than bored in LA, Chicago, EDIT: (Maybe Not) Houston and Philadelphia.

If and when I tire of New York and want to put down roots I'll need somewhere semi-rural with a 100K or so population. I guess I'll have plenty of time to find that place.

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Thanks for all the interesting replies. Some good advice there.

I'd never emigrate with the hope of recreating where I'd come from but I guess what I was aiming at was to get pointers as to which US towns would be more comfortable for someone from a specific type of English town.

I'm comfortable with the thought of going from London to New York and think that I'd also be less than bored in LA, Chicago, EDIT: (Maybe Not) Houston and Philadelphia.

If and when I tire of New York and want to put down roots I'll need somewhere semi-rural with a 100K or so population. I guess I'll have plenty of time to find that place.
You are thinking too far ahead
Just move to New York, enjoy it and use your massive (specially negotiated) vacation allowance to see this country. You will find plenty of places that will give you what you want re. settling down.
Semi rural here can be quite different to semi rural in the UK.
After a few years of living here, assuming you like it enough to stay, you may find that what you want from the US is different to what you think you will want now. (Garbled and enigmatic enough?)
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Hard to answer, because you'll find things spread all over, Seattle and Washington might be good....some parts of Mass, and parts of Maine are quite reminiscent of UK cities to varying degrees.
I'd agree with this; somewhere like Annapolis might work, or as Bob says New England might be a good bet; I thought Portsmouth in New Hampshire was very reminiscent of a UK market town.

Also heard Savannah, GA is very nice too, in a cobble streets kind of way; not been yet but plan to. Milder weather as well than further up North.

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