California Guide

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Publicized and idealized all over the world, California has a formidable reputation as a terrestrial paradise of sun, sand and surf, also boasting fast-paced, glitzy cities, primeval old-growth forests and vast stretches of deserts. While it’s been the source of some of the country’s most progressive movements, from the protests of the Sixties to modern […]

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24 hours in Istanbul

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At spring, Istanbul awakens, the sun is stronger, evenings are longer. And the city’s 15 million residents spill outdoors to sip tea al fresco on both banks on the Bosphorus. Alas, that traditional watery divide between European and Asian shores is no more. In late 2013, a brand new sub-sea tunnel connected the bazaars and […]

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Havana for first-timers

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Truly one of the world’s great urban centers, this tough-minded yet ebullient Caribbean metropolis is a riotous mélange of noble monuments and hip-gyrating music that has few cultural equals. Yet, scarred by its past and flummoxed by one of the worst economic fallouts of modern times, Havana is no Paris. Here, at the proverbial heart […]

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