This year I fell in love. Profoundly and meaningfully. With a city.
And as it is indeed a special place, I wasn't the first one falling.
Among others, the most significant is maybe English poet John Betjeman.
Sir John Betjeman famously described Bristol as "the most beautiful, interesting and distinguished city in England".
Of course, having passed away in 1984, he didn't get to know all the reasons why I came to love Bristol so deeply. But the words still are beautiful...
Here is his famous poem about the city.
Poem: Bristol by John Betjeman
Quick the struggling withy branches let the leaves of autumn fly
And a star shone over Bristol, wonderfully far and high.
Smoothly practicing a plain course, caverned out the dying day
As their melancholy music flooded up and ebbed away,
High above the moonlit houses, triple-masted on the tide,
By the tall embattled church-towers of Bristol waterside.
Out of multitudes of elm trees over leagues of hill and dells
Was the mathematic pattern of a plain course on the bells.