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Istanbul: This city of two cultures is alive with variety

by Sarah Khan/The Independent
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Given its perch at the brink of two continents and its provenance as the treasured capital of two empires, Istanbul seems perpetually at a crossroads

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Baltimore tourism: Salute the 200th anniversary of America’s national anthem in its home city
Baltimore, the largest city in the East Coast state of Maryland, is spread out around a colourful inner harbour

Avignon tourism - The provencal city offers a busy cultural calender in early autumn
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Bern - Switzerland’s graceful capital
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City-West tourism - centre of former West Berlin
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, City-West has got the attention it deserves


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