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Top Cultural Destinations
World-class museums and timeless works of art. Walk in the footsteps of poets and artists. These destinations will satisfy your cultural curiosities and stimulate your creative side.
Paris, France
Paris is known around the world as the “capital of love,” and even if you don't understand the history of Paris at all, you certainly know about such cultural symbols as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre-Dame de Paris. In addition to visiting famous tourist sites, as a cultural capital, you can also explore the art museums of Paris, stroll through the "left bank” of art and literature, look for street art in Montmartre, and visit the homes of famous personages. Of course, how could you come to Paris without trying authentic French cuisine! Leaving aside the top Michelin three-starred restaurants in Paris, the streets and alleys are all bursting with a variety of French restaurants. Paris is a city that will meet all your heart’s desires!
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New York, United States
New York is a great metropolis on the east coast of the United States. The most famous landmark and representative symbol of the city is arguably the Statue of Liberty. The city is also home to the Empire State Building, often seen in film and television. Wall Street is perhaps the world's largest economic center. Times Square never sleeps, with its vibrant lights flashing day and night. Fifth Avenue is the place to go if you want to window shop next season's newest and hottest fashions. Central Park, nestled among the forest of skyscrapers, is the city's iconic flower garden. People from all over the world have come to this city to live. The diversity of culture is reflected in all aspects of art, music and food.
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Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan. Despite being a hub of commerce, fashion and finance, the city has still managed not to lose sight of its ancient traditions. It is a leader in Asian fashion and a city of art, with its warm and intimate "izakaya" (pubs) hidden away in small side alleys, blend of people of different backgrounds in the Shimokitazawa District, animation and high-tech companies. It is also distinctly international, home to people from all over the world. The city features attractions like Ginza District, a center for several world-famous stores, the fantastic Disneyland Resort and beautiful cherry blossoms in Ueno Park in Shinjuku. Known as the city that never sleeps, Tokyo’s districts also include Asakusa, which preserves the essence of Japanese traditional culture, Shibuya, the birthplace of modern Japanese fashion, and the futuristic Odaiba Island. There’s a place for absolutely everyone in Tokyo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo and Rio couldn’t be any more different. Rio is hot, sexy and chaotic, knew for its sultry beaches and passionate samba. In São Paulo, residents of the seventh largest city in the world are more often than not found working, partly to maintain its distinction as the world's tenth richest city. That money gets a lot of impressive buildings, and visitors will appreciate the 70 shopping malls and dozens of business hotels that fill the Brazilian modernist architectural gems. As the cultural capital of Brazil, São Paulo boasts South America's most impressive collection of nightclubs, museums and theatres. The city is also South America's most gay-friendly; its Gay Pride Parade in October is the largest in the world, been recognized for draw up to 3 million folks. Dining tops most Paulistanos lists of things to do, as São Paulo has the best restaurant selection in the country, ranging from sushi to Brazilian chiropractor (steakhouses). São Paulo has the largest population of Italian descendants outside of Italy (six million), so try the famed pizza partisan.
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London, United Kingdom
As the capital of the United Kingdom, London bears much of Great Britain’s glory, and it is here that the traditional British ambiance is both deeply rooted and carried forth. The lofty figures of the imposing Parliament Building and London Tower Bridge are landmarks of London, and you can easily view this classical architecture by taking a tourist boat along the Thames River. At the same time, as one of the world's three major financial centers and a place where all cultures of the world gather together, London is also rapidly modernizing. There are art galleries and a forest of skyscrapers, and riding up on the London Eye, which symbolized the new millennium, you can enjoy London's beautiful skyline!
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Florence, Italy
Florence was an artistic and cultural center of the Renaissance. The historic center of Florence has numerous great buildings and has already been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral) is absolutely stunning to behold. The Ponte Vecchio has become a unique sight on the Arno River due to the many art, jewelry and souvenir shops lining the bridge. So many pieces of art have been collected by the major art galleries that it goes beyond measure. Go to the Uffizi to see astounding masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto di Bondone, and enjoy Michelangelo’s original "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia. After worshiping at the altar of humanity's priceless art treasures, you should go looking for some delicious local specialties. Lampredotto sandwiches and Bistecca alla Fiorentina are definitely part of an essential gourmet experience in Florence.
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Istanbul, Turkey
As a city that cradles both Asian and European cultures, Istanbul has innumerable stories to count. Sitting at the throat of the Bosphorus Strait, this city is at the confluence of eastern and western culture. Previously, three ancient empires—the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans—made this their capital city, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium. An abundance of ancient relics and structures each culture left behind have been preserved. In the old Sultanahmet District you can see magnificent Blue Mosque and, in the same visit, go to the nearby Hagia Sophia—a Greek Orthodox church that became a mosque and is now a museum)—and the Ottoman-era Topkapı Palace. The century-old Grand Bazaar is a spectacle not to be missed. The goods inside are dazzling to behold and it is a good place to buy souvenirs.
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Chicago, United States
Chicago is one of the central midwestern United States' hot tourism cities and transportation hubs. Located on the banks of tranquil Lake Michigan, it is sometimes called "the Windy City". The skyscrapers of Chicago stand tall like a forest of buildings. Many of them are unique architectural landmarks that are a gorgeous representation of the region. All sorts of people historically have immigrated to Chicago, bringing their culture, food and music to the city, and have woven it all together into a brightly colored tapestry. The passion of baseball games and the beat of lively music are puzzle pieces that make up the city’s astounding energy. With regards to the field of public arts, Chicago is even more of a leader. Creative sculptures and brightly painted walls line public parks, green spaces and the city’s famous commercial district, the Magnificent Mile.
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Berlin, Germany
In Europe, it is difficult to find a place that bears as many heavy historical scars as Berlin does. During World War II Berlin suffered recurring devastation from bombings but it has since emerged from the ruins reborn. Berlin preserves Germany’s long history, from a royal monarchy to the Second World War to stories from the Cold War. Museumsinsel—Berlin's Museum Island located in the Spree River—is listed as a World Heritage Site. There are not only charming exhibits on fascinating topics ranging from ancient times to the present, but also other museums from which you may gain a lot. The streets are full of graffiti which give the city a modern artistic atmosphere and temperament, but the most significant graffiti is painted upon the remains of the Berlin Wall. The nightlife in the capital city is also spectacular. Hidden under its serious governmental and historic countenance, Berlin's endless vitality makes itself known.
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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of Spain's well known tourist destinations, and is known as the “Pearl of the Iberian Peninsula”. Not only does it have the architecture of Gaudí and the paintings of Picasso, but also the bustling Las Ramblas and the Boqueria market. The home ground of the Spanish League giants FC Barcelona is here at Camp Nou, and is also destination for fans to come party. With its sunny beaches and festive bars and a perfect combination of art and life, perhaps it is its down-to-earth yet unique character that gives a hundred people a hundred different reasons to fall in love with Barcelona.
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