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Purely subjective, here are my capital city ratings.
|Don't die without visiting it!|
|Make a special trip to see it|
|Add to your Cities I Really Should Visit list|
|Worthy of a sizeable detour|
|Only if you're passing|
|Don't bother, even if you're passing|
|Country & Capital||Date Visited||Comments||Rating|
|Åland Islands, Mariehamn||13/07/2013||A low rating but that's a bit unfair - it's a tiny dot of a place on a pretty island.|
|Albania, Tirana||24/08/2012||Potholes you could lose a man in.|
|Andorra, Andorra la Vella||10/08/2011||Massive climb but great views.|
|Austria, Vienna||12/06/2011||Yes, it's pretty but pretentious with it. Austria is the countryside.|
|Belarus, Minsk||18/05/2013||One of a kind, for lots of reasons. Really not what I expected. Go there!|
|Belgium, Brussels||02/05/2011||A fun day nearly ruined by a fish festival.|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo||30/08/2012||Atmosphere and scary modern history in a couple of square miles.|
|Bulgaria, Sofia||14/08/2012||Not spectacular but a lovely place to spend a day or three.|
|Channel Islands, St. Helier||12/04/2011||I keep getting lost!|
|Croatia, Zagreb||08/09/2012||Go see The Museum of Broken Relationships.|
|Cyprus, Nicosia||13/07/2012||Not much on the Turkish side.|
|Czech Republic, Prague||30/05/2011||What a beautifully atmospheric city!|
|Denmark, Copenhagen||23/07/2013||Attractive city on a swelteringly hot day.|
|Estonia, Tallinn||20/06/2013||A bit pretty-pretty but with some nice, dark corners.|
|Finland, Helsinki||10/07/2013||Maybe it caught me in a bad mood - the weather was minging - but I couldn't see much to get excited about.|
|France, Paris||20/04/2011||Beautiful, sunny ride in on cycle paths and relatively quiet roads.|
|Germany, Berlin||18/05/2011||Possibly the best five days of my life.|
|Gibraltar, Gibraltar||04/09/2011||Cycled up the Rock. A monkey attacked my tent.|
|Greece, Athens||14/06/2012||Hot and windy, and cheese-pied to death. Long weekend in Athens was fun.|
|Hungary, Budapest||10/04/2013||Not as funky as I remember it from back in the 90s.|
|Isle of Man, Douglas||31/03/2011||Not much of a surprise really.|
|Italy, Rome||15/05/2012||Stunning city; even better pizza.|
|Kosovo, Pristina||18/08/2012||Ugliness interestingly presented.|
|Latvia, Riga||09/06/2013||I think I didn't do it justice. The OU exam took over.|
|Liechtenstein, Vaduz||07/07/2011||Thoroughly pointless place.|
|Lithuania, Vilnius||01/06/2013||An unexpected, little beauty.|
|Luxembourg, Luxembourg City||28/04/2011||Minging weather improving as I entered this pretty, little city.|
|Macedonia, Skopje||20/08/2012||A modern, little Rome.|
|Malta, Valletta||02/06/2012||A surprisingly lovely few acres.|
|Moldova, Chisinau||30/04/2013||Not much there to be honest, including road signs.|
|Monaco, Monaco||24/04/2012||I even made it on to the telly.|
|Montenegro, Podgorica||27/08/2012||Pleasant, cafe-filled town.|
|Netherlands, Amsterdam||06/05/2011||It's all a bit mad!|
|Northern Ireland, Belfast||13/08/2013||Like Cardiff, the visit was too short to rate it but not much seemed to be going on.|
|Norway, Oslo||19/07/2013||Lots of construction work and a boringly modern waterfront but a pleasant place to spend a little while, as long as you don't have to buy anything - it's hellishly expensive.|
|Poland, Warsaw||25/05/2013||Some lovely spaces. I imagine this would be a nice place to live.|
|Portugal, Lisbon||27/08/2011||Great city, terrible roads. Potholes or cobbles, take your pick.|
|Republic of Ireland, Dublin||11/08/2013||A quick visit but I'd been here before and so I know it's a fun city to visit.|
|Romania, Bucharest||23/04/2013||A disappointment after some of Romania's other, lovelier cities.|
|San Marino, San Marino||07/05/2012||Slog up the hill but worth it for the views.|
|Scotland, Edinburgh||14/08/2013||Nice to see Edinburgh again, especially at Fringe time|
|Serbia, Belgrade||03/09/2012||A nice plateful of fried testicles.|
|Slovakia, Bratislava||10/06/2011||Sleeping on the river in a boatel.|
|Slovenia, Ljubljana||11/09/2012||The final capital of 2012 was a little beauty.|
|Spain, Madrid||06/04/2012||Wonderful weekend with The Lovely Nina but not in Spain's Top Ten cities.|
|Sweden, Stockholm||13/07/2013||A real treat. Nice to see a city use water so well.|
|Switzerland, Bern||27/07/2011||Small, but nice. Nice, and forgettable.|
|Turkey, Ankara||23/07/2012||It's no Istanbul but it's worth a look.|
|Ukraine, Kiev||10/05/2013||Missing the wow factor but plenty of nice churches.|
|United Kingdom, London||06/04/2011||A thrilling ride into Trafalgar Square with a great bunch of people.|
|Vatican City, Vatican City||15/05/2012||Camels and eyes of needles spring to mind.|
|Wales, Cardiff||07/08/2013||I won't rate it - it was such a flying visit - but what I saw looked pleasant enough.|
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