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Jan. 8, 2006

Istanbul, Turkey, is a shopper's paradise. The 550-year-old Grand Bazaar offers 4,000 shops -- about half of which sell jewelry -- in a maze of 56 streets. No trip to Turkey is complete without also visiting the Spice Market, selling any type of spice you can think of, or a carpet shop, as Turkish rugs are famous. To make sure you have energy for all the shopping, stop into a Turkish coffee shop for some delicious Turkish coffee.

Jan. 1, 2006

In the middle of the country's seventh-largest city lies Balboa Park. It was recently named one of the top 20 parks in the world. Its 1,200 acres are home to museums, gardens and a world-famous zoo, and it sees more than 12 million visitors each year.

"It's often referred to as the crown jewel of San Diego," said David Kinney, the park's House of Hospitality executive director. "Originally it was called City Park. And in 1910 they changed the name to Balboa Park, leading up to the celebrations to honor the opening of the Panama Canal in 1915."

The botanical garden was created during the first World Expo between 1911 and 1915 and it housed nearly 2 million plants. Besides the plethora of cultural institutions, including several performing arts centers, the park is home to the San Diego Zoo.

"We have roughly 4,000 animals, representing over 800 species," said Richard Schwartz, a spokesman for the zoo. Those include pandas, polar bears and koalas.

To learn more about the park and the zoo, visit their sites at balboapark.org. and sandiegozoo.org.

Dec. 25, 2005

"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited New Mexico because it really lights up during Christmastime. That's because they put luminarias -- paperbags that are lit by the candles inside, which are anchored by sand -- on rooftops, steps and anywhere else they can think of. This makes New Mexico, whose state nickname is the "Land of Enchantment," even more enchanting than usual.

Dec. 18, 2005

The "Bavarian village" of Leavenworth, Wash., was born in the early 1960s.

The town has been there longer. But when Leavenworth's economy dropped off in the 1940s, people there decided to create a Bavarian village to draw in tourists because of the quaint location -- nestled between the mountains and the river.

"The river, the mountains and the scenery is so like the area around Garmish and Obermagow in Germany," said Arlene Blackburn, a local historian.

This time of year, the village offers sleigh rides and holds its annual Christmas Lighting Festival. This is the festival's 36th year.

"We have 20 miles of mini lights in the birch trees," said Bill Rietveldt the coordinator of the Christmas Lighting Festival. "We have thousand and thousands of light bulbs in the pine trees. We keep the Christmas spirit alive. We really do."

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