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Beirut

Beirut

Beirut is the perfect destination for seasoned travellers: here, East and West intertwine in intricate ways, creating a city so magnetic that few are able to resist its powerful draw. Much has changed over the latter half of the twentieth century – Beirut rising to become glitterati central in the 60s but falling from grace during the bloody Civil War – but the city is alive and kicking, enticing travellers with superb gastronomy, the Middle East's most vibrant nightlife and a close proximity to the ancient towns of Byblos and Baalbek.
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Bangalore

Bangalore

Once a sleepy regional capital, Bangalore today is a modern metropolis that will come as a big surprise to those who are visiting for the first time. Also known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and the very place where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged. Although the city might somewhat lack in historical sites, its buzzing and liberal atmosphere provides the perfect base for exploring the beautiful temples and palaces of the Deccan.
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Recontrer nos habitants: Jochem, le rebel [FRENCH]

Recontrer nos habitants: Jochem, le rebel [FRENCH]

Jochem Daelman est l'un des membres fondateurs d'Onkruid, un studio qui propose une combinaison réussie d’architecture, de marketing, de musique et de culture pour lancer des projets originaux dans les villes. À Leuven, Onkruid est notamment derrière des projets comme l' and& festival,un événement bisannuel, et la réalisation d'une place dans le nouveau quartier branché du Vaartkom. L'organisation constitue également l'une des forces motrices derrière Stelplaats, un lieu d'expérimentation pour les jeunes.
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Treffen sie unsere einheimischen: Gie, Café-chef [GERMAN]

Treffen sie unsere einheimischen: Gie, Café-chef [GERMAN]

Jeder in Leuven kennt Guy. Von einer Party in seinem legendären Festsaal Rumba oder von einem Bier in seinem Traditionslokal Leuven Central. Er sagt von sich selbst, dass er „mit dem Gastronomievirus infiziert“ ist. Und er weiß genau, was der Leuvener will: „Echtes Stella und guten Kaffee. Das ist die Basis.“ Wenn es nach ihm geht, serviert er diese bis zum Umfallen.
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Chisinau

Chisinau

Chisinau appears to have little to no concern for the superficial – still very much rough around the edges and with scant tourist infrastructure, the Moldovan capital conquers with precisely its uncharted quality, an authenticity guaranteed to make off-the-beaten-path aficionados' and Soviet era enthusiasts' hearts flutter with excitement. The country's genuinely welcoming populace, free-flowing wine and overtly low travel costs all ensure its relatively obscure status isn't long to stay.
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Bahrain

Bahrain

It is easy to overlook this small island-nation, having, as it does, such powerful and flashy neighbours as Qatar and the Emirates, but to ignore Bahrain would be a huge mistake. It is an emerging power in the region, with all the luxury and worldliness of a cosmopolitan destination and all the charm and personality of a small island. Add to this the growing arts scene and burgeoning international cuisine in the country, and you have the newest prime travel destination in the region, and the most socially liberal one, to boot.
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Treffen sie unsere einheimischen: Pieter, der künstler [GERMAN]

Treffen sie unsere einheimischen: Pieter, der künstler [GERMAN]

Pieter Janssen ist ein Leuvener Künstler, der vor allem als Szenograf, Bühnenbildner und Bildhauer für Film, Theater und Museen arbeitet. Gestalten und Bildhauerei waren schon immer sein Ding. Dass er dies zu seinem Beruf machen konnte, findet er auch heute noch großartig. Seine Umgebung spielt bei seiner Arbeit eine große Rolle. Pieter hat sein Atelier im Leuvener Stadtteil Vaartkom. Dort lebt er in seiner eigenen Fantasiewelt. Wenn er sein Atelier verlässt, findet er in diesem lebendigen Viertel zahlreiche Inspirationen.
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Treffen sie unsere einheimischen: Jochem, der rebell [GERMAN]

Treffen sie unsere einheimischen: Jochem, der rebell [GERMAN]

Jochem Daelman ist eines der Gründungsmitglieder von Onkruid. Dieses Büro kombiniert Fachkenntnisse in Architektur, Marketing, Musik und Kultur, um Städte durch kreative Aktionen mitzugestalten. In Leuven organisieren sie unter anderem das zweijährlich Andfestival, sie haben einen Platz für das neue hippe Stadtviertel Vaartkom entworfen und sind die treibende Kraft hinter Stelplaats, einem Ort für kreative Projekte von Jugendlichen.
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Antwerp

Antwerp

Antwerp, a busy pocket-sized metropolis, has something for everyone. The city is an inspiring source of culture thanks to its impressive architecture and magnificent museums and churches. Fashionistas can explore the stores of Antwerp’s designers, whose stylish creations are revered all over the world. And foodies and people with a passion for life in general will enjoy the warm welcome of Antwerp’s cafés and restaurants. A visit to Antwerp should definitely include the new museum MAS, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Rubens House.
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Debrecen

Debrecen

When in Debrecen, use your senses instead of the just looking for the signposts: look down ahead of you to see on what kind of planks the citizens walked the streets in days of old. Look up to the sky and marvel at the colorful facades of the merchants’ houses built at the beginning of the previous century. Follow your nose to the pleasant smells from the busy Mediterranean squares and intimate cafés, or simply listen to your ears and let the charming music guide your steps.
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Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan

Brunei was once a very important trade hub that connected Asia with the rest of the world, and still today it attracts workers, migrants, and travelers from all corners of the globe. The capital Bandar Seri Begawan encompasses the country's captivating mix of Malay culture, the Islamic faith, a vast international community and spectacular wealth, which combined result in an infinitely interesting city dominated by an array of beautiful mosques, a fascinating floating city, and the world's largest royal palace.
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