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Pictures: World’s top 10 destinations

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  1. A newcomer to the top 10, Istanbul swooped in to the number one position.
  2. From nine o'clock in the morning (0700 GMT), a small group of maximum six people meets in front of the imposing Castle of the Holy Angel on the banks of the Tiber river and sets off on a tour which takes in the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
  3. Driven by its history as a financial global powerhouse - and helped by its time zone and air connections - the British capital continues to hold sway over its upstart competitors. Picture: Tony Jackman
  4. 4 Beijing, China. Photograph: Theresa Taylor
  5. 5 Prague, Czech Republic
  6. 6 Marrakech, Morocco
  7. 7 Paris, France. Photo for The Washington Post by Dennis Gaffney
  8. 8 Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. 9 Siem Reap, Cambodia
  10. 10 Shanghai, China

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