As far as i am concerned i've never lived near a City, living on the Wirral all my life doesn't fit the bill of living near a City surely, people come to the Wirral to get away from it.
I have Beaches on 3 sides of me with it being a Peninsular.
))))))))) Beat that then.
I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere.
I love it over there but i dont think of Birkenhead as "getting away from it all" because its as busy as Liverpool town centre and actually has more and better "everyday" shops.
Thinking about it, we are both very lucky in where we live. Some places have nothing.