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Istanbul cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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Baklava in '5 of the Best Baked Desserts from Around the World'

Sakaman If you were to imagine the best dessert or baked item in the world, then your favourite would likely be very different from your friends and family members. From childhood treats to family recipes, there are many foods that are personal to each individual and this is especially true when it comes to desserts. Sugary, sweet treats hold a lot of nostalgia for most people and often these bakes and desserts use influence from local flavours. A lot of these “desserts” are actually classed…

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4 Best Hotels in Istanbul With Great Gym Facilities

Hi Everyone!I have visited Turkey several times in my life and no doubt, it is a beautiful place for tourists. However, as a fitness lover, I usually prefer to stay in Istanbul hotels which also offer an outstanding gym facility. In this thread, I am going to share such 5 hotels with you:Grand Hyatt Istanbul: If you have enough budget and want to a hotel near to Taksim Square then Grand Hyatt Hotel should be your first choice. With housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, laundry, spa and business services,…

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7 musts of Istanbul

Istanbul is a city of many fascinating and fun things to see and do. With its captivating ancient culture, delicious cuisine, and distinct neighborhoods, you can never experience a dull day in Istanbul.  Here are the top things to do in Istanbul.  read post

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