With so many places in the world to go, and only so little time – it’s kind of hard to decide! But if it’s arts and culture you’re after here’s a few recommendations.

Istanbul, Turkey

It’s the only city to straddle to continents. With it’s well-preserved ancient relics, like the Hagia Sophia, Christian mosaics and frescoes, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapı Palace it’s rich in history and architecture. Alternatively you can head to their bustling markets during the day and soak up the music by night at one of their thriving nightclubs.

San Francisco, CA

There’s a reason why start up companies have staked their grounds here – because the city awakens creative minds. And it goes back a long time – for example, Treasure Island was the site of the World’s Fair in 1939. Any night of the week you can find spoken word poetry and being the the city is only 7 square blocks, a simple walk up the street will lead you to encounter a totally different type of personality.

New York City, NY

It has been said that New York has more culture per square mile than any other city in the US. And it’s hard to argue with that. From time tested iconic statues like Liberty, to historic Ellis Island, to the more recent 9/11 memorial museum – New York is unlike anywhere else in the world.

Rome, Italy

Artists and writers have been flocking to Rome for over 2,000 years – often leaving pieces of their works behind. Historic sites include the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain of miraculous wish granting, the immaculately-restored Palazzo delle Esposizioni with 100,000-square-feet of gallery space.

Paris, France

After a visit to the Musée du Louvre’s to see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, you can watch the sunset through the glittering glass pyramid in the museum’s plaza. Want more? Scale the Eiffel Tower and Rome the restaurants to taste some of the world’s best cuisine.

By: Cheri Lynn

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