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5. Paris, France
Is there ought to say about Paris that hasn’t already been said? The birthplace of modernity and romance, the city of lights and the subject of who knows how many movies and poems.
Paris’ attractions vary from the morbid (the infamous Catacombs and the Père Lachaise Cemetery where Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf and more are interred), the romantic (Eiffel Tower and the padlock-riddled Pont des Arts bridge), the artistic (Louvre Museum), historical (Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Élysée Palace) and the gourmet (all around, really). It’s got it all
6. Istanbul, Turkey
Originally known as Byzantion, the city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia was elevated to capital of the Eastern Roman Empire in the 4th Century by Constantine the Great, who lent the city its name (Constantinople). The city was held in such regard, that when Sultan Mehmet II conquered it, he declared himself Caesar of the Romans.
In Istanbul, you’ll find bazaars filled to the brim with handmade earthenware, carefully-crafted fabrics, aromatic herbs as well as monumental architecture such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque