Lonely Planet Writer

Twities competition - Tweet the city of the week

city_birdCan you get to the heart of a place in 140 characters?

Each week our Twitter team will choose a city, and the tweet that best captures the essence of the place will win a free Lonely Planet guidebook. All you need to do is tag your tweets with #twities and you'll be entered into the competition. More details and a few examples can be found in the previous post.

On this page we'll post the winning entries as well as the challenge city for the current week. Are you up for the challenge?

Los Angeles

Week 13 - May 13-May 19, 2010

Tweet your entries now!


Week 12 - May 6-May 12, 2010

Berlin über-love; yesterday, today & tomorrow, I left my heart in the Tiergarten, in bright winters and summers, for Viktoria

Winning Entry by @ammmacri — Retweet:


Week 11 - April 29-May 5, 2010

Dense heat, towering towers. Noodles from a toothless grinning street cook. Cars careen, ladies cackle, woks sizzle. Hungry again.

Winning Entry by @megoizzy — Retweet:


Week 10 - April 22-28, 2010

Lying under a tree in Botanic Gardens, Opera House to the left, water straight ahead. Kids run, bats fly, sun shines.

Winning Entry by @travelingerin — Retweet:


Week 9 - April 15-21, 2010

Busy vaporetti, spectacled shoemaker, moody gulls at a fish market: past, present, future flows through this liquid labyrinth

Winning Entry by @juxtapotato — Retweet:

San Francisco vs. New York City

Continuing Robert Reid's debate, "Is San Francisco better than New York?"

Week 8 - April 8-14, 2010

Egg creams, neon lights/ yellow cabs on Lexington in the rain/ old bookstores and sarcasm/ any world just a walk away

Winning Entry by @Lidian

Ginsberg's Howl riding on Carl's cat paw fog comes to yum cha in San Fran, tweeting about a new start up, rainbow flag flying

Winning Entry by @mayleechai


Week 7 - April 1-7, 2010

Bangkok: Folded into a tuk-tuk, sucking hot air and exhaust, I whiz past standing buddhas and sleeping dogs and grin.

Winning Entry by @PaulBingley — Retweet:

Buenos Aires

Week 6 - March 25-31, 2010

Buenos Aires: Where you drink mate, have steak for dinner and dulce de leche on everything else, but you never have enough coins

Winning Entry by @solangefrancois — Retweet:


Week 5 - March 18-24, 2010

Rome: High heels on cobblestones, tourists on two-wheelers, 2000 years of history seducing you - another glass please!

Winning Entry by @italofileblog — Retweet:


Week 4 - March 11-17, 2010

Dublin: rustic pubs, trim cobblestone streets, steeples remind the glassy modernity: remember the spirit of fraternity.

Winning Entry by @damiensmyth — Retweet:


Week 3 - March 4-10, 2010

Istanbul: hijab'ed hipsters eating fish sandwiches on the bridge, old men selling cheese, minarets & rooftop bars, art EVERYWHERE.

Winning Entry by @hopemeng — Retweet:


Week 2 - February 25-March 3, 2010

Tokyo is a dreamy haiku:
Effervescent lights,

Gentle cherry blossom trees,
Crazy, kitsch, vital.

Winning Entry by @FionaHilliard
— Retweet:


Week 1 - February 18-24, 2010

Vancouver is a confluence of cultures, classes and terrains. Pirates in luxury cars could lurk at any corner.
Winning Entry by @van_tho
— Retweet:

[Photo: Urban raptor by mugley]