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City Guide: Blooming Budapest

Being Janus-faced might sound like a despicable attribute, but judging a wine by its bottle is seldom a good idea. In the case of Budapest, Janus-faced connotes the two extremities embodied by the city’s two parts, Buda and Pest. Connected by nine bridges, they resemble a pair of distinctively differing twins with a handful of common features. Calm, cool, and collected Buda is a laidback aristocrat with a tendency to live it up once in a blue moon, and Pest is an artist incapable of resisting the temptations of the good life. Budapest is still searching for its true identity, and has just begun to bloom. Bálint Kodaj reports.   | more |

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City Guide: Czarist Culture Meets Modern Cuisine

Once the country's capital, St. Petersburg is still considered the cultural heart of Russia. With 5 m inhabitants, it is also Russia's second largest city.   | more |
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City Guide: Helsinki - Where East Meets West

Helsinki is a fascinating meeting point between East and West. It is a beautiful city surrounded by the sea on three sides and the city's shoreline is adorned by over 300 islands.   | more |
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Heading for Culinary Diversity

For more than four decades, the Czech restaurant scene remained at a standstill behind the Iron Curtain.   | more |
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