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The city of London will be hosting the Olympic Games from the 27th of July until the 12th of August besides the games and the attractions of the Olympic village, you will probably want to spend some of your time traveling around the city to see what other attractions and sightseeing opportunities there are. The following is a list of ideas for things to see and do during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Olympic Arts Festival Director Ruth Mackenzie has already stated that she felt this years festival will most likely be the largest single cultural event and performance of many people’s lifetimes.  The line-up of the festival was recently announced for the event which coincides with the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.  The Cultural Olympiad is a 17-day event (as are the Summer Games) and will be comprised of some 12,000 events that will take place throughout the UK.

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Kiev is Ukraine’s capital and largest city, and is situated along the Dnieper River. It is, without a doubt, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, despite once being part of the Soviet Union.  Its numerous art galleries, exhibition centers, gardens, and parks make Kiev a destination with some very unique attractions.  There are plenty of hotels in Kiev from which to visit the following must-see attractions:

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With the Summer Olympics being held in London this summer, the time is drawing near for securing your lodging. If you’re planning on traveling on a budget, there is a good possibility that the price of lodging along with everything else is going to be higher than what it normally would. Fortunately, there are several hotels in the greater London area that can still fit within people’s budgets, including the ones listed here.

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This year, coinciding with the London 2012 Olympic Games, the World Shakespeare Festival makes its way to the capital and will be an ongoing event between April and November 2012. The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of the Bard’s life and work organized by The Royal Shakespeare Company and is part of the London 2012 festival – an extravaganza that showcases the country and capital to the world as nations gather for sport’s greatest event, The Olympics. If you’re either a sports fan or a theatre aficionado, Londonis where your pilgrimage ends.

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The 2012 Olympic Torch is being carried by Ben Ainslie, the former three-time winner of the Olympic Gold Medal. Located at the tip of Cornwall, Land’s End was the starting point for the torch’s 8,000 mile trip through England to the London Olympic Games.

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The south Spanish region of Andalusia is the home to some of the most beautiful Atlantic and Mediterranean beach areas. It is a region that is characterized by ancient cities, beaches, and deserts. The beaches along the Costa de la Luz and Costa del Sol also offer some of the best beach vacations in Andalusia, Spain. The following is a list of the most popular seaside vacation areas.

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Located in the South Holland province of the Netherlands is The Hague and its half a million residents. It is the Dutch Government and Parliamentary seat. Despite being the home of Queen Beatrix, The Hague is not the country’s capital. There are a number of aspects of the city that attract visitors from around the world, but one of the most significant that you can experience are the best shopping opportunities in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Just south of Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea lies the island of Cyprus, a popular vacation destination of international travelers world wide. The island is also known for its diverse nightlife which ranges from energetic and lively to relaxed and romantic.

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Bordering on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas is the Albanian Riviera an area that is somewhat undeveloped yet extremely affordable compared to the Croatian beaches to the north. However, the Albanian Riviera is not lacking in beautiful beach areas and attractions including its crystal-clear waters, Mediterranean Sea villages, and white-sand beaches, most of which have remained unchanged since the days of King Zog. Here are some top areas to visit on the Albanian Riviera.

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The city on the French Riviera known as St. Tropez was originally made famous by the French actress Brigette Bardot. However, today it is the hotspot of southern France for the very rich and famous. Apart from the beautiful location, the scenic city is known for its interesting array of cafes, shopping arcades and a host of sightseeing destinations.

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The city-state or principality of Monte Carlo is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps while being bordered on the east by the Italian Riviera and the west by the French Riviera. It is a popular tourist destination, especially for the more affluent members of global society. More importantly, it is a gambling mecca that attracts tourists from around the world regardless of what their economic status is. Here is some additional information on the casinos of Monte Carlo.

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Situated on the Niamiha and Svislach Rivers, is Minsk, the capital and largest city of Belarus, a former USSR constituent and republic. Its borders are shared with the countries of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine. Although English is rarely spoken in Minsk and tourism is not much of a priority, it does have its merits considering 80% of the city was destroyed during World War II. The following is the top places to visit and things to see in Minsk.

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There is no doubt that Slovenian cities depict the historic influence of past governments which is evidenced by the Austrian and Italian style architecture that abounds in most areas. However, there is no lack for other tourist attractions and the following are the more popular sightseeing spots in Slovenia.

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More commonly referred to as “The Rock”, Gibraltar is an overseas UK territorial kingdom situated off Spain’s southern coastline and the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. The majority of Gibraltar’s inhabitants of citizens of the UK. There are numerous attractions, points of interest, and sightseeing opportunities to enjoy when vacationing here. Listed here are the favorite sightseeing destinations in Gibraltar and other activities to partake in.

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