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OK, since the bid city sights and sounds thread has got a bit unwieldy, I thought it was worth starting a new thread - similar but hopefully it'll be readable and more interesting (I hope you don't mind Soaring). This is really for people who live in, and know the bidding cities well to to sell their cities to us...

We all know about the big world famous tourist attractions like Jesus Christ the Redeemer in Rio or Sears Tower in Chicago, so no more pics of those places. ;) We're not getting any sense of why YOU think the games should come to your city by posting such generic photos we've all seen hundreds of times.

So, post three photos which, for you, really sum up and define your city and tell us why. Tell us what's so great about the places (they don't have to be at all well known) and why you think those places are unique to Chicago/Tokyo/Rio/Madrid. Tell us why your three photos sum up why the games should be in your city.

Also, you can only do this once, once you've posted your three pictures from your city you can't post more!

Hopefully, this will give more insight into the bidding cities, from people who actually know them... B)

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Ok man!

Rio offers a different place in a metropolis of 11 million people. Live the Olympic Games in Rio as a carioca. OK? Yes! As a carioca! Live the natural beauty and the charm of the city of natural beauty.

Here, hang-glider in the south zone, the region of the the marathon, rowing, beach volleyball... here, you may be a "bird carioca"

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Here, the stone of the turtle or "Pedra da Tartaruga", in portuguese. For rappelling (for the brave men) and a real and divine paradise for brazilian cariocas and "cariocas tourists" (you):

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This paradise is in the region of Barra da Tijuca, the center of the games.

Well... Rio is a great cultural center in Latin America, with great museums, is building the largest opera house in Latin America, the largest aquarium ... Yesterday I saw the design for a futuristic new museum to copacabana (the museum of image and sound), Rio has everything that exists in large cities, but I think the paradisiacal scenery within the city is its major advantage.

Live it in 2016.

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Chicago is a global city with a highly diversified economy. It is home to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the largest furtures exchange in the world, and is host to numerous global corporations (McDonalds, Boeing, United Airlines, Motorola, etc). It is the third largest inter-modal port in the world, after Hong Kong and Singapore, and is the preeminent hub for transportation in North America. The population is highly diverse, as the city is the anchor for a region of 10 million people, and global immigration continues to make it a cultural and ethnic mecca. Quintessentially American, it is has beautiful skyline and is the cradle of modern architecture and the skyscraper, has numerous world renowned museums, galleries, sports teams, restaraunts, and a thriving artistic scene.

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Although I left Madrid some years ago, it's definitely my second home town. These are the three places (activities?) that I think makes it unique.

The first of it, Sundays at the Latina area, where crowds of people go to have tapas and small talks with the friends, either in winter or summer:

Madrid - La Latina

The new business area located north of the city, including the new congress center (still not built, the round, cheesy one :))

Madrid - Cuatro Torres Business Area

Just in order to discover to more than one that Madrid is not that hot in summer...

Madrid - Sierra

I hope it surprises some of you, at least :) Madrid is really a very nice city that the world will be astonished to discover...

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Although I left Madrid some years ago, it's definitely my second home town. These are the three places (activities?) that I think makes it unique.

The first of it, Sundays at the Latina area, where crowds of people go to have tapas and small talks with the friends, either in winter or summer:

Madrid - La Latina

The new business area located north of the city, including the new congress center (still not built, the round, cheesy one :))

Madrid - Cuatro Torres Business Area

Just in order to discover to more than one that Madrid is not that hot in summer...

Madrid - Sierra

I hope it surprises some of you, at least :) Madrid is really a very nice city that the world will be astonished to discover...

By the way, can anyone tell me how the hell should I attach a picture into this posts?!? Am I ridiculous or is it that difficult to find it out?!?

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But the idea is the differential of the cities, is not it?

The Willis Towers and the beautiful center of chicago I have seen many times here in the forum. Skyscraper I see in Tokyo, too.

And I think all candidates have many good restaurants, good food, cultural diversity, great museums, art galleries ...

I posted a hang-glider flight in Rio, a paradisiacal place with a forest in the city ... I think they are attractions that only Rio, between the candidates, offer.

Rio have the largest Museum of Natural History in Latin America, the largest Library (the National Library, 8th largest library in the world), the largest opera house in latin america, is building the largest aquarium ... Rio have castles with centuries of existence, palaces... too.

I prefer to see the "direfencial" of the candidate city. Attractions that only this city offers, among the four candidates.

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The point was to post just three pictures and explain what makes Madrid different, so Tutankamon, all those photos of the landmarks Madrid would be better placed in the "Bid City Sites and Sounds" thread.

I've never lived in Madrid, but I think I have a close enough view and I've highly enjoyed it as a visitor. I would highlight firstly (without more photos) its historical heritage and art. The Prado museum is undoubtedly among the most important collections of European art in the world (the most important works by Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Bosch's Garden of Early Delights, Rubens' Three Graces, etc.). The Prado forms a triangle of art along the Paseo del Prado with the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum and the Reina Sofía for modern art (Picasso's Guernica or Dalí's Woman at the window), and there are many other galleries and museums. Being the center of the Spanish monarchy and court brought also many other monuments beginning with the Royal Palace, the largest one in Western Europe, the unknown but exqusite Convent of Las Descalzas Reales, the Royal Botanic Gardens, or the Parque del Retiro, know enjoyed by all Madrileños. Within a day trip distance from the center of Madrid you have also the World Heritage sites of Toledo, Alcalá de Henares, Segovia, or the Royal Site of El Escorial, where Spanish royals are buried. Spain is only second to Italy in number of World Heritage sites in the world. In the "sierras" (mountain ranges) that surround the city all kind of sports or skiing can be practiced.

Then you have the Castilian village-like feeling of many parts of the city, distinctive for a metropoly of almost six million people, and the friendly atmosphere that it brings, reflected in the bid's image. In fact, Madrid was just a 500 people village when choosen to be the King's court, and it's growth till the mid XXth century relied on people who emigrated from small villages. It's been in the last decades that people has arrived from other parts of the world, making it become a cosmopolite city. You can have dinner having delicious tapas from bar to bar, chatting with people, enjoy the multiple terraces that are displayed in summer, and enjoy the nightlife of Madrid any weekday.

In contrast to the village-like atmosphere, there's the modernity of the city and its infraestructures, which include the sixth most extense metro system in the world and Europe's fourth busiest airport.

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Three pictures man! If you want to post more you can do that in this thread:

http://www.gamesbids.com/forums/index.php?...c=14540&hl=

The point of this thread was for people to post just three pictures which for them really sum up their city.

Thx Rob i didnt know!!!so 3 nxt time :D and i didnt cment at all cause they dont need to be comented hehehehe i did a title coment more or less and i speak bad english xD

Thanks again :D

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Putting the bid thought aside. The places I really wish to be right now based on pics are Chicago and MAdrid. I love futuristic ideas and Chicago is one of them, tokyo even more but haven't seen anything from Tokyo here yet. And Madrid is very old fashioned and pretty it's very very similar to Lisbon where I lived a few months, modern and ancient makes a good complementation.

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... Madrid is ... very very similar to Lisbon ...

Hmm, but Lisbon has a much nicer atmosphere. At least, to me. I don't know if it's the sea, the people, the food or what but must return some time.

Sorry, armada fellows... ;)

Anyway, I'm glad now we have in the forum some (well, many actually \0/) pictures from Tokyo, which seems very interesting. I'd like to go there.

Their bid hasn't got me like Rio's though. By the way, lovely photos. Unfortunately I think I missed those places, will have to go again =)

Debating the uniqueness of the bidding cities shown so far, from my perspective these two (Tokyo and Rio) are on the lead, Rio having the extra passion and nature elements to it.

Thanks for the pics, mates.

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I think, among the largest cities in the world, the natural scenery of Rio is the most impressive. The city hosts two forests (with de Pedra Branca Park, the largest urban forest in the world, the forest is greater than Lisbon). A mix of urban and natural.

The city is candidate for World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its setting natural-urban.

Rio is more incredible than you can imagine and my photos are only a small part of it.

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Hmm, but Lisbon has a much nicer atmosphere. At least, to me. I don't know if it's the sea, the people, the food or what but must return some time.

Sorry, armada fellows... ;)

Ummm, yes, I think the sea and the Tajo estuary, and the fact that Lisbon is less than half the size of Madrid in population help, of course. I love Lisbon, its melancholy and openess to the Atlantic Ocean, its decayed but charming sloppy neighbourhoods and the new architecture and sites next to the Tajo. But I don't think it is that similar to Madrid to begin with.

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By the way, as I don't know how to edit, in my previous post I don't mean anything negative or ironic when I say "sloppy", I was just referring to the neighbourhoods of Lisbon that are located in the "slopes" of the seven hills of the city. Excuse my English.

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By Madrid losing 2016, Portugal nd Spain will make an invincible Iberian WCup bid! I'm so excited for it, Africa>S America>Europe? There couldn't be a better chance for Madrid to host something. I do think Both places share more similarities than differences that's why I think it's the perfect choice, Port/Spain has always been together.

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I SUPPORT TOKYO 2016

I think the only one that can beat the BEIJING, not even LONDON but TOKYO. I agree with one of the Tokyo supporter that with their advance technology and creative thinking they will bring or set the 2016 Olympics in a new high bar.

We are now in the era of advance technology and only Tokyo can bring that to the table.

Someone comparing the past Olympics held in Japan. Look at the past Japan and the 21st Century Japan. Lots of changes and from the pictures I saw in the other thread, Tokyo is everything, not only the buidlings of Chicago nor the nature of Rio. All are in Tokyo and more of it.

Las Olimpiadas futuristas van Tokio 2016

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... Lisbon ... But I don't think it is that similar to Madrid to begin with.

I don't think either.

I liked Lisbon a lot...it's smaller, friendlier and LESS IMPERIAL than Madrid.

I think it's not just my impression then, I totally agree.

Of course, Madrid is a great place. But I also felt this "imperial" attitude somehow. I don't know if you've been to the "Escorial" but I felt bad at that place.

By Madrid losing 2016, Portugal nd Spain will make an invincible Iberian WCup bid! I'm so excited for it, Africa>S America>Europe? There couldn't be a better chance for Madrid to host something.

Well, I must be supporting England 2018. But let's just say I wouldn't cry if Portugal/Spain got it ;)

Port/Spain has always been together.

Yes, except when they were fighting or in any other sort of dispute.

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