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08-25-2008, 08:09 AM #1
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1. Bangkok, Thailand: The 10 million residents of Thailand's capital city strive to preserve the past (the Grand Palace) and plan for the future (think high-end shopping and luxury hotel developments). The cityís centuries-old culture can be discovered in its narrow alleyways, away from the grinding traffic, where visitors can find silk and handicrafts by local artisans.
08-25-2008, 08:10 AM #2
2. Buenos Aires, Argentina: The country’s capital exudes an air of the exotic, smoky and mysterious that is embodied by its tango salons and sophisticated cafť life. Now recovering from a period of economic crisis, the city has been called the Paris of South America for its neoclassical buildings on tree-lined boulevards.
08-25-2008, 08:13 AM #3
3. Cape Town, South Africa: Blending European influences and African ancestry, this jewel of a city is a heady mix of attractions and activities that can take visitors by surprise. Start with a tasting tour of the Cape Winelands, wander through the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s struggle on Robben Island, ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain or see two oceans collide at the Cape of Good Hope.
08-25-2008, 08:15 AM #4
4. Sydney, Australia: The 2000 Summer Olympics catapulted Sydney onto the world stage, but it has long been Australia's capital for sun and sand. An international beacon of the good life, this Southern Hemisphere city pulses with a thriving arts scene, fine restaurants and world-class hotels. In addition, the city’s cultural side is defined by landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Cove and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
08-25-2008, 08:16 AM #5
5. Florence, Italy: This city is a masterpiece filled with masterpieces: Not only are Florence’s bridges, churches and buildings architectural wonders, but art lovers can revel in paintings and sculpture at every turn. Michelangelo's "David," Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and Brunelleschi's Duomo are just a few examples of Florence’s rich artistic heritage. With its warm trattorias, upscale shops and small luxury hotels, the city is a Tuscan treasure.
08-25-2008, 08:17 AM #6
6. Cusco, Peru: The gateway city to Machu Picchu, "the lost city of the Incas," Cusco sits at 10,800 feet above sea level and is the historical capital of the Inca Empire. Remains of the original Incan city are still visible in Cusco at the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. More recent landmarks (circa 1570) are represented by this Jesuit church, one of two once-competing cathedrals on the main square of Plaza de Armas.
08-25-2008, 08:18 AM #7
7. Rome, Italy: Once you see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Vatican museums, and marinate in the history, art and architecture of Italy’s capital, indulge in la dolce vita. Linger over an espresso, buy flowers at Campo del Fiori, throw a coin in Trevi Fountain or enjoy a gelato in the Piazza Navona.
08-25-2008, 08:19 AM #8
8. New York City: The millions of people who visit New York each year are faced with an age-old dilemma: What do I do first? Watch stars on Broadway, glimpse masterpieces at the Met, explore Central Park, visit Lady Liberty and Ellis Island or shop on Fifth Avenue or in trendy SoHo? Sometimes it’s best to just soak it all in: Stand amid the throngs of sightseers below Times Square’s neon billboards or peer down at the city from atop the Empire State Building.
08-25-2008, 08:20 AM #9
9. Istanbul, Turkey: Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has long been a crossroads of civilizations, and its multicultural history is still on display at places like the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the Topkapi Palace from the Ottoman dynasty and the Roman Hippodrome. The Byzantine Hagia Sophia, which was first a basilica, then a mosque and now a museum, should top every traveler’s itinerary.
08-25-2008, 08:22 AM #10
10. San Francisco: The City by the Bay is a living postcard set against scenic backdrops such as the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, colorful Chinatown and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco’s streetcars and Victorian neighborhoods add a historic charm to the modern vibe that’s evident in the city’s many lively cafes and trend-setting restaurants.
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09-22-2008, 02:23 AM #13
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