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Kyoto's living art of the geisha

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Catching a glimpse of a geisha, with her white face and brilliant kimono, scurrying to an appointment in the narrow streets of Kyoto’s Gion district is a moment of pure magic.
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Lonely Planet's top 10 outings in London

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In the run up to the 2012 Olympics, you’ll find improved infrastructure and public spaces and some of the best nightlife, shopping and culture theatre, music and dining in the world.
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Lonely Planet's top 10 ways not to be a New Yorker

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Want to see the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, a Broadway play? So do many New Yorkers. But other things more easily separate the tourists from the locals.
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Lonely Planet's top 10 ways to burn cash in Dubai

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Multicultural, materialistic and moving forward at a staggering pace, Dubai went from sleepy trading port to skyscraper central and is the very model of a tolerant Arab state.
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Mexico's Day of the Dead

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Mexico’s remembrance of departed souls, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is in November, and its upbeat treatment of immortality is both fascinating and thought-provoking.
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The infamous architecture of Chicago

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The devastation of the Great Chicago Fire gave the city a chance for a new life, and some of the most innovative structures the world had ever known emerged from the ashes.
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