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Istanbul is a tale of two cities. Straddling Europe and Asia and divided by the strait of Bosporus, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires is the only metropolitan city that has its foot on two continents, with the old city sprawled over European territory and the modern, residential areas established on the Asian side. Considering its massive size, a timeframe of 24 hours can hardly do any of the city’s gems any justice at all, but it is sufficient to scratch the surface and instill a curiosity for more. It is an enchanting city, fusing the history of several cultures, languages, religions, and eras together and establishing itself as Turkey’s economic and cultural epicenter.

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When planning a journey to Florence, you can fly into Pisa, Bologna or just outside Florence itself. Below is a guide to travelling from each of these airports to Florence city centre.

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Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport

Undeniably the most conveniently situated for direct access to the centre is Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport, located 4km north-west of Florence. Among others, Alitalia, Meridiana, Lufthansa, Air France, bmi, and Iberia all fly into this airport. read full article

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The Dublin Airport (DUB) is the main gateway to Ireland and is located just 10 kilometres north from the city of Dublin. Arriving passengers can use local buses, coaches and taxis to get to the city.

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Train Services

There are no direct trains from the airport but the Dublin Bus service connects the airport to Connolly and Heuston railway stations. Dublin’s light rail network (LUAS) stops at both Connolly and Heuston stations. read full article

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Carnaval de Nice 2011, one of the major European carnivals, will kick off on February 18, 2011 at the Place Masséna facing the Bay of Angels in Nice, the largest city of the French Riviera.

Carnival in Nice, France

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This time many activities will be either truly Mediterranean or inspired by the country, as the 2011 carnival theme is “King of the Mediterranean (Octopus 1st)”. The lively musical event will break monotony of the dull white winter for about three weeks. read full article

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Munich Airport (MUC) is busy but well organized and it is easy to get to the city from the airport. The airport has two terminals, located just a short walk from each other. Between terminals 1 and 2 is the Central Area where many of the airport services and facilities can be found.

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There are information services for arriving passengers in the Central Area (open 24 hours), in Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2. Arriving passengers can also make hotel reservations around the clock at the info desk in the Central Area, on Level 03. read full article

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Krakow is one of Poland’s main tourist attractions and anyone who loves old castles, medieval town squares and historic architecture will fall in love with the city. Because of its small size, the town centre is easy to walk around and you can visit most of the main tourist attractions in the Old Town by walking. If you have just 24 hours in Kraków, here are the main sights and things to do.

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The Wawel Castle and Cathedral

The Wawel Castle is the old residence of Polish royalty. Take a couple of hours to explore the royal castle, to admire the Wawel Cathedral and its 16th century bell, and to visit the royal tombs where Poland’s kings are buried. read full article

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Paris has two main airports: Charles de Gaulle (CDG—the main international airport) and Orly (ORY). Both airports are well-connected and serviced by public transportation, so getting to central Paris should not be a difficult or inconvenient task. Here are some guidelines to help you:

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Munich is a truly cosmopolitan city and the heart of Bavarian lifestyle. With its beautiful parks, busy shops, hordes of museums and roaring beer halls, it’s easy to lose days soaking up the atmosphere in its urban sprawl.

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But if you’re only paying a whirlwind visit to this stunning southern German city, here are some of the best things to cram into 24 hours. read full article

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Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) is located around 16 km from the city of Budapest. Trains, minibuses and taxis connect the airport to the city. The airport has three terminals: 1, 2A and 2B. Terminal 1 and the other two terminals 2A/2B are connected by a bus service.

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Bus and Metro

Bus number 200E is direct bus between the airport terminals 1 and 2A/2B and the Kőbánya-Kispest metro station. From the metro station the M3 metro line takes you to the city centre and is the most affordable way to travel between the airport and the city. read full article

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Brussels Airport (BRU) is just 14 km outside the city of Brussels and it is easy to get to the city by train, by bus or by taxi.

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The arrivals hall is located on level 2, departures are on level 3 and the promenade on level 4 has shops and cafés. The airport’s bus terminal is on level 0 and the train station one floor below it, on level -1. The information desk in the arrivals hall is open every day of the week from 6 am to 9 pm. If you’re planning to rent a car in Brussels, the airport’s car rental companies can also be found in the arrivals hall. read full article

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Christmas in London isn’t all about mayhem on Oxford Street and teenage shoppers with angry elbows. There’s some great places to go for your festivities. Here’s my run down of the best Christmas spots for 2010. If you’re lucky, you might even get some snow.

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The markets

Markets at Christmas are so much fun. You can legitimately walk around drinking booze for a start (as long as it’s mulled or spiced, no one will judge you). The Christmas market along South Bank is my favourite, but Covent Garden and Greenwich Indoor Market are also lovely at this time of year. They exude Christmas spirit, and if you don’t see some carol singers, you’re unlucky indeed. Make sure you head to the Slow Food market as well. It starts on the 19th December at Southbank. read full article

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Oslo Airport (OSL) is the gateway to Norways capital city and other destinations in Norway, from the Fjords to the Norwegian Lapland. Also called Gardermoen, the airport is Norway’s main international airport and is located 50 kilometres outside the city of Oslo. The airport is proud of its good public transport connections and it is easy to get from the airport to Oslo by train or by bus.

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By Train

The Airport Express Train, or Flytoget, is the easiest way to get to Oslo. Trains leave from the terminal building (in the arrival area, turn right after passing through customs and follow the signs). read full article

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For the less informed, Riga is the capital of Lativa, the Baltic state sandwiched in between Lithuania and Estonia. Because of its stunning architecture, it’s becoming increasingly popular with tourists all over Europe.

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But before we start, it’s time for a word on climate. Latvia feels colder than the moon in the winter months, and I speak from unpleasant personal experience of not having brought enough insulating clothing. Unfortunately, to combat this, many of the establishments you may visit have the heating cranked up to excess, which means you spend half your time taking clothes on and off like some sort of high-energy circus act. Because of this, it’s more advisable to visit in the months of June, July, and August where temperatures average around 17°C, not exactly toasty, but manageable. read full article

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The airport in Athens is a major Aegean, Balkan, and eastern Mediterranean regional transportation hub and is the preferred venue for tourists visiting the city. It has also become a popular gateway to Asian and the Middle East countries. Upon your arrival, you will probably have to figure out which form of transportation you want to use in order to get to central Athens from the airport. Athens is one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean region and is comprised of several districts.

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Fortunately, the area is well served by several transportation venues, so it shouldn’t be hard to figure out how to get from Athens Airport to central Athens. There are three primary transportation venues for getting from the airport to your hotel in the center of the city: read full article

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The Italian capital, nicknamed the “Eternal City” is a city of layers, contemporary establishments built on thousands of years of history. The sense of history here is extraordinary, so profound and immediate. The city of Rome is a museum in itself, and only 24 hours to spare can hardly do its timeless grandeur and beauty any justice at all, but it is ample time to intrigue your senses and pave your path for return.

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The city is best experienced by foot or bike, as transportation is not the most reliable and many of the main tourist destinations are walking distance apart. I prefer walking around the city, as it also provides a full-fledged sensory experience. read full article

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