Last month, we asked InterNations members and Instagram followers to share their favorite global-local spot with us. We wanted to see your favorite place to hang out in your city, be it a park you love to visit when the sun is shining or a cozy café where you spend hours relaxing and reading.
We received a lot of posts under the hashtag #GlobalLocalSpot of people sharing the places in their city that make them feel at home. Many also included stories about what this specific place meant to them.
With all the great contributions we received, it was really tough to choose the best of the best. Two weeks ago, we were finally ready to announce the three top global-local spots around the globe.
Third Place: A Summer Night Concert in Vienna
@slonska shared a beautiful scene with us, captured at a night concert in Vienna. When asked what made this moment so special for her, she ensured us that it was “the perfect combination of nice weather, a beautiful location, lovely company, and, of course, great music.” While it was her first time going to this event, the annual summer night concert and the castle Schönbrunn, where it takes place, are popular among visitors and locals alike, making it the perfect global-local spot.
Second Place: Picturesque Wira Bruk
@orangemarabou chose a charming place in Wira Bruk, Sweden, as her favorite global-local spot. The historic little village, located about an hour to the northeast of Stockholm, will make every visitor feel like they have been dropped smack-dab in the middle of an Astrid Lindgren story. Aside from the calm, idyllic atmosphere, their café is well worth a visit as well.
First Place: A Hidden Gem in Paris
Finally, our winning picture came to us straight from Paris and was a somewhat accidental discovery for @eudesparis: “I had passed by this garden a thousand times without knowing that it exists and one day, I wanted to take a statue’s picture and there it was.”
Île de la Cité has since become his favorite spot on the Seine, which has brought him many great memories, from a sightseeing boat passing by with its passengers waving, to a private friends-only picnic. The greatest thing about it is that it is calm and peaceful making it perfect for anyone who needs a moment to breathe, meditate or just relax. Or, as @eudeparis puts it, “it’s special because you are in the center of Paris, feeling like you’re not in Paris.”
Congratulations to our three winners and thank you to everyone who shared their favorite global-local spot with us. Visit us on Instagram to see more amazing global-local moments and feel free to share your own favorite spots with us.