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I'm looking for a word to describe a person's feelings when visiting a city for the first time, or a beautiful and lively park. There's so much going on that they would like to stop time to explore everything.

Sample sentence: When visiting Paris for the first time, I was so ___ with all the sights and sounds that I just stood there until it was time for the coach to leave.

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    Your question is hard to answer because you aren't very specific about what kind of word you want. You want a word to describe a feeling. Do you want a noun for that feeling? An adjective to describe a person experiencing this feeling? An adjective to describe the thing that caused that feeling? Please provide an example sentence with a blank space where you would like to use this word. You should also look over the question checklist for single word requests. You can add details to your post by clicking the "edit" button. – sumelic Sep 5 '16 at 6:37
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  • overwhelmed ? – David Handelman Sep 5 '16 at 14:09
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You may be looking for enthralled (or one of the synonyms below).

Sample sentence:

When visiting Paris for the first time, I was so enthralled with all the sights and sounds that I just stood there until it was time for the coach to leave.

ODO:

enthrall (also British enthral) VERB (enthralls, enthralling, enthralled)

[WITH OBJECT] 1 Capture the fascinated attention of:

she had been so enthralled by the adventure that she had hardly noticed the cold

On the way here, she had been enthralled, mesmerised, spellbound by the area.

Synonyms: captivate, charm, enchant, bewitch, fascinate, beguile, entrance, delight; win, ensnare, absorb, engross, rivet, grip, transfix, hypnotize, mesmerize, spellbind

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I would say: "I had to pause, stand back and orientate myself when I first visited New York's vast Central Park for otherwise I would have lost my way and overlooked its fascinating fauna and flora".

Orientate: (BE) Relate to setting or determining direction or position, either literally of figuratively. (Merriam-Webster online)

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The word you are describing is wonder or wonderment.

From Merriam-Webster:

wonder: rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience

wonderment: a feeling of being surprised or amazed

I prefer the former in response to the question, but the latter is a wonderful but underused word.

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You can also say you were enamored of Paris and its many sights.

enamored 1.1 Have a liking or admiration for: She was truly enamored of New York

  • I became totally enamored of the flowers there.
  • I'm really enamored with/of this part of the country.
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How about awe?

When visiting Paris for the first time, I was so awed by all the sights and sounds that I just stood there until it was time for the coach to leave.

From Merriam-Webster:

awe: an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime

I expected to be impressed by Machu Picchu, but now that we're here, standing in the clouds atop the world, I'm more than impressed—I'm in awe. Machu Picchu is actually better than photographs suggest, more a timeless way station than archaeological ruin. —Patrick J. Kelly, Traveler, May/June 2005

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overwhelm

verb (transitive)

  1. to overpower the thoughts, emotions, or senses of

[dictionary.com]

This fits quite well: there's a lot going on which is overpowering your senses (sight, smell, hearing etc.) and your emotions.

When visiting Paris for the first time, I was so overwhelmed with all the sights and sounds that I just stood there until it was time for the coach to leave.

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I like enthralled and voted it up. However, I have to say that it is a bit fancy, and you might like another word, overwhelmed better, because it is more common, and in the context it means pretty much the same thing.

When visiting Paris for the first time, I was so overwhelmed with all the sights and sounds that I just stood there until it was time for the coach to leave.

(I have one more suggestion, but it's a little old-fashioned: I was so taken with all the sights etc.)

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