Nicknames are an inseparable part of our everyday lives in many aspects. We give nicknames to people, animals as well as things because nicknames are usually much more reflective of their true qualities and characteristics. Many of the world´s most famous cities are no exception. While some of these cities´ nicknames are well-known, there are still plenty of those that are not so familiar. How many of these 25 awesome cities can you recognize by their nicknames?
The Big Easy – New Orleans
There are several theories explaining why the largest city of Louisiana is called The Big Easy and one of the most common refers to the fact that it was and probably still is very easy for musicians to perform gigs in the city.
The Little Paris – Bucharest
It was mainly the city’s elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite that earned Bucharest the nickname of the Little Paris. The Romanian capital really is smaller than Paris but compared to other European cities, the adjective “little” is quite misleading since Bucharest, home to almost 2 million people, is the 6th largest city in the EU.
The City of Lilies – Florence
A lily is such an important symbol of Florence that it even made it in the city´s official flag. It is no surprise then that this beautiful flower became a part of this Italian city´s nickname. As the capital of the Tuscany region, Florence is also called the Birthplace of the Renaissance.
Muddy York – Toronto
The most populous city in Canada has earned several nicknames throughout the years and one of the oldest is the Muddy York. This unflattering nickname, dating back to city’s settlement years before the streets were paved and rain turned the dirt roads into mud, may not fit anymore but it’s still used today.
The Peace Capital – Geneva
Switzerland is known for its armed neutrality and involvement in peace-building processes around the world but if there is one city particularly notable for its peacefulness, it’s Geneva, home to more than 200 international organizations including the Red Cross.