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Emirates Woman - - Travel/News -

If you’re look­ing for a mag­i­cal trip to Europe this win­ter, step back in time at the Pera Palace Ho­tel Jumeirah in Is­tan­bul. Leg­end has it that Agatha Christie was so in­spired by her time in Is­tan­bul that she wrote her fa­mous novel Mur­der on

in room 411. Dis­cover the palaces of the Byzan­tine and Ot­toman Em­pires, try out your bar­gain­ing abil­ity at the Grand Bazaar or sim­ply ad­mire the won­der­ful ar­chi­tec­ture in the only city in the world split be­tween two con­ti­nents. Just a short four hour flight away, room rates start from Dhs720 – Dhs2,263 per night, ex­clud­ing tax. Not only known for an­cient tem­ples, end­less beaches and a vi­brant street-food scene, Viet­nam is also renowned for its cof­fee. Cof­fee was in­tro­duced by the French in the late 19th cen­tury and has been taken to an­other level ever since. As sam­pling the es­sen­tial drink is a must when vis­it­ing Viet­nam, Angsana Lang Co of­fers its guests com­pli­men­tary classes to dis­cover the se­crets be­hind brew­ing the per­fect Viet­namese cup of cof­fee. Classes avail­able up to three times a week. angsana.com

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