World | Feb 27, 2023

Cities around the world with the same name

Mikala Johnson

Mikala Johnson / Our Today

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Do you remember that good old saying, ‘look before you leap’? Well, here’s a new one, ‘check before you book’! Still don’t get it?

Well, here’s what’s been happing, the internet is full of unfortunate stories of travellers making flight booking blunders that land them in a totally different destination that the one they anticipated to be!

Sometimes in the haste of booking cheap flights, travellers end up wasting their hard-earned money by arriving at a different location with the same name as that of a popular destination. 

To save you from such blunder, we’ve put together a list of places that have the same name but are in most cases the total opposite.

Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua, Antigua vs Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, the island was so named by Spanish explorer Cristopher Columbus, meaning ‘ancient’ in Spanish whereas Antigua in Guatemala is a city that boasts Spanish Architecture.

Apart from the Spanish connection, these places are strikingly different, the first one being surrounded by the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea and the second one being surrounded by volcanoe.

Memphis, Egypt.

Memphis, Egypt vs Memphis, Tennessee
The Memphis in Egypt was the former capital of Ancient Egypt near Cairo, the modern capital. People visit Memphis, Egypt to see the famed Pyramid of Djoser.

The Memphis in Tennessee is known for its flamboyant parties and nightlife! People visit Memphis, Tennessee to see the bars.

Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Saint Petersburg Russia vs Saint Petersburg Florida

Saint Petersburg in Russia is one of the prettiest cities in the world exhibiting the finest architecture, art and ineffably majestic treasures of antiquity.

Meanwhile, its namesake in Florida is all about entertainment, great cafes and bars!

La Paz, Mexico.

La Paz, Mexico vs La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz Mexico is the vibrant capital city of Baja California Sur. It has very little feel of a big city and more of a happy port town brimming with amazing scenic views and exciting things to do for sea lovers.

La Paz Bolivia’s is the country’s second-largest city. There you’ll find a blend of ancient and modern cultures.

Moscow, Russia.

Moscow, Russia vs Moscow, Kansas

Chances are you’ve heard of the first and we’ll if you are among the 314 people on earth who have heard of the second kudos to you!

Moscow is the largest and capital city of Russia. It is known for its prime importance in the history and the symbolism of its architecture.

Moscow in Kansas on the other hand is a small city with a population of around 300! 

Sydney, Australia.

Sydney, Australia vs Sydney, Canada

Sydney in Australia being the more popular of the two is a land of majestic harbour, iconic landmarks, fantastic skyline and diverse attractions.

If you should visit Sydney in Canada, you’ll find it to be well laid-back and all about its coal mines and port! 

Paris, France.

Paris, France vs Paris, Texas

Paris France is the dream destination for romance enthusiast. It is the city of lights, the epitome of romance and home to the majestic architectural paragon- The Eiffel Tower.

Paris in Texas is a city that is home to a replica of the Eiffel with a red cowboy hat on the top!  

Waterloo, Belgium.

Waterloo, Belgium vs Waterloo, Canada

Well, Waterloo in Belgium is known for its world-famous battle of Napoleon. It’s also a popular destination to visit if you love museums and architecture.

Canada’s Waterloo is a small but very liveable city with cheery parks, zoos and lakes.  

Naples, Italy.

Naples, Italy vs Naples, Florida

Naples is Italy’s third largest city, it is famous for its intoxicating mix of old world charm and modern grit.

Naples is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with enough art, architecture, and archeology to hold its own against other metropolitan cities.

The city of Naples, perched on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, is famous for its high-end shopping, world-class arts and culture, and sophisticated dining, and wild outdoors.

Birmingham, England.

Birmingham, England vs Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is also the name of the United Kingdom’s second-most populous city. The city is a major international commercial centre and it’s also home to six universities.

Birmingham, Alabama, however, is a busy, modern metropolis that was founded in 1871. The city is rich in history and culture and is the home of several universities as well.


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