The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2012: Final Four

March 20, 2012 by Anil Polat  

best city to visit tournament 2012 final four

This is it, the Final Four of cities that have survived 6 rounds of voting over the last 3 and a half weeks. Fethiye, Sarajevo, Guimaraes, and Istanbul are all so close to the final, yet still far away. The debates in the Elite 8 heated up as to which two cities will meet in the championship and now you decide. Will it be Fethiye who (again) narrowly escaped Kuala Lumpur, favorites Sarajevo, steady but strong Guimaraes, or Istanbul; who made it to the finals in 2010? We’ll find out in 2 days.

Voting in the Final Four will be open until 11:30am US EST this Thursday, March 22nd. Results may not appear after you vote so check back throughout the day and I’ll post updates in the comments below. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote.



best city to visit tournament 2012 final four bracket

Please keep in mind the final votes for any poll aren’t final until they’re verified by my diligent verification team. The Championship round to decide The Best City to Visit in 2012 will begin next Tuesday, March 27th.

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Best of luck to everyone!


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  1. orlando says:

    GUIMARÃES THE BEST CITY… GLAMOUR,PASSION,BEAUTIFUL…

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  2. Vitor Silva says:

    Are these the final results? Is Guimarães in the last two cities to be voted?

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  3. black heart says:

    yeeeeee sarajevo love you

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  4. Adriana says:

    Guimarães, my love, my passion, my life.

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  5. Julia says:

    Wow, 1,575 votes. Happy with that, despite the tremendous beating. 🙂 Sorry Istanbul didn’t make it. We know where our vote’s going for the final… 😉

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  6. Mafalda says:

    I’m thrilled, so haapy right now!! Guimarães best destination 2012, without a doubt! let’s hope our brothers Spain, Brasil, Moçambique, Angola amd others will support us next round!!!! Guimarães****Portugal****

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  7. Rudi says:

    Sarajevo is Nr. 1

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  8. Sarajevu do groba odani! says:

    Sarajevo is the city with the probably biggest amount of local-patriots of all cities in the world. You really have to see that, something pretty unique for Sarajevans, most of us really adore our city far beyond “normality”.

    Only Rome, Paris, New York and maybe some other huge world metropolis have more songs dedicated to them, than Sarajevo has (and this is a city with half a million people). The songs are made from all artists, not just those from Sarajevo and Bosnia, but from whole former Yugoslav countries and much further. The city has a soul, it’s unique, the people, the humor, the mentality, the look, everything. And it is said that if you come to Sarajevo once, you will always want to come back.

    We have survived the longest siege in history, we won in the end.
    This place has been screwed over for millions of times through history and has risen every time even more beautiful than before and the unique and in ex-Yugoslav area famous “sarajevan spirit” of the “sarajevska raja” (sarajevska raja means sarajevan crew, sarajevan posse) was never destroyed
    That’s why we say: “Sarajevo will be, everything else will pass/end”.

    It’s unique for its multiculture, a mix of nationalities and religions, a mix of architecture (modern, communist, turskih, austro-hungarian, all within a few hundreds of meters)…

    There is so much to say about the “One and Only”, but come and see for yourself 😉

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    • Husejn O. says:

      Sarajevo! Sarajevo! Sarajevo!
      Bordo boja, to je dusa moja!!!

      Enjoy the spirit and the taste of Sarajevo, the unique city!

      Show me the place on the Earth where you can find within a diameter of 500 meters a worship place of all 4 religions, Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Jews?
      And this is a spirit of multicultural, multi-religious, cosmopolite Sarajevo City.
      And NO other European city was like Sarajevo, NO other European city is like Sarajevo, NO other European city will be like Sarajevo, and, finally, NO other European city can ne like Sarajevo. Including – of course – Guimaraes.
      Most welcome to SARAJEVO.

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    • Mr. Karvalhovsky says:

      Sarajevo is the city with the probably biggest amount of local-patriots of all cities in the world. You really have to see that, something pretty unique for Sarajevans, most of us really adore our city far beyond “normality”.

      That’s because you don’t know Guimarães people…

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  9. Dado says:

    Vote for Sarajevo!!!

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  10. sahin says:

    Sarajevo , who else!

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  11. Sérgio Mendes says:

    GUIMARÃES allez GUIMARÃES allez GUIMARÃES allez 😀

    GUIMARÃES the most beautifull city in the world <3

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  12. Fake3c says:

    Forza SARAJEVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  13. ami says:

    Go Sarajevooo !!!

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  14. Lela says:

    How can I vote,please?

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  15. MAGALHAES says:

    GUIMARAES the most sweet city 😀 LOVE GUIMARAES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Anil P. says:

    Hi everyone, there are still about 4 hours of voting left! (I miss-typed on Facebook for those of you who saw that message.)

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  17. Amar says:

    the results aren’t showing??

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  18. Anil P. says:

    Hi everyone, the final results will be up later today! Keep voting and I’ll end the suspense in a few hours – good luck!

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  19. black heart says:

    hi i would like to know the final results,where i can find it

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  20. Anil P. says:

    The final results are now up everyone!

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  21. black heart says:

    i cant find

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  22. Francisco Silva says:

    Guimarães made it into the final aginst all the odds 🙂 Is there any doubt that Guimarães is the best destination in 2012? Of course not…

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  23. black heart says:

    come on,i cant wait more 🙁

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  24. Adriana says:

    What’s wrong with this poll? Shouldn’t be active by now.

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  25. Luís says:

    For all people who desire to know an ancient and awsome historic town, which is world heritage and one of the european capitals of culture with such magnificent landscapes as Penha Mountain and also be in touch with nice and friendly people as its inhabitants, please do not hesitate and vote for Guimarães.

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  26. Sa says:

    what about results?

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  27. Mafalda says:

    The poll should be closed already. Can you confirm us why is it taking so long?

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  28. Guimarães was founded in 959, saw the birth of Portugal in 1128, is a World Cultural Heritage UNESCO site and European Capital of Culture in 2012. Sarajevo is great but Guimarães is fabulous.

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  29. Mário says:

    Both are awsome, but I’ll vote for my hometown – GUIMARÃES!!!
    It’s how we say here, these days: “You also are a part of it too!” – Including you all from Sarajevo!!!

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  30. Adem says:

    Sarajevo is the best!!

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  31. nermin says:

    Sarajevo is the best!!!

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  32. selma says:

    Is it necessary to keep the finale when we know who’s the winner?!? 🙂
    Sarajevo

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  33. JOSE says:

    ONLY FOREVER-SARAJEVO

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  34. Matea says:

    Sarajevo is just more then a city…its a way of living…if you visit it once you have to come again. It has something magical. Although the people there suffered a lot, they are still smiling and they are full of joy; drinking coffee in one of hundreds little coffees in the city. Sarajevo is a city with a soul. It is like a child; naive and it always makes the first step. If you visit this city, you will meet a lot of locals, because unlike for example Parisians, Sarajevians love tourist and they will always take some time to talk to you, show you around or share a meal or coffee.
    Sarajevo is a place where everything is just fine and where you can enjoy the little things in life…without rushing…the mountains and nature around the city are incredible.
    Especially recommended for people who love food, friendship and a simple, but intensive way of life 🙂

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  35. Denny Boy says:

    Sarajevo!!

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  36. Aljosa says:

    Sarajevo :))))))

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  37. Mr. Karvalhovsky says:

    My choice is GUIMARÃES!
    No doubts.

    European Capital of Culture 2012.
    UNESCO World Heritage.
    The birth city of Portugal (the oldest European country).

    Guimarães is beautiful!
    City of football, excelent gastronomy, good weather, many cultural events every days, with nice and cool people and an amazing historical center.
    Cool bars, Night party, great beer and food…
    Must-See.

    I Love Guimarães!

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  38. Zinajda says:

    Sarajevo <3

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  39. miguel says:

    i would love to see saravejo, it must be really wonderful city. but right now my vote goes to guimaraes!

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  40. Harry says:

    My vote goes to Sarajevo wonderful city

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  41. Américo Costa says:

    European Capital of Culture 2012.
    UNESCO World Heritage.
    The birth city of Portugal (the oldest European country).
    Guimarães is beautiful!
    My vote goes to guimaraes!

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  42. Luna says:

    Come on.. We wonna vote the winner .. 😀

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  43. Sarajka says:

    I recommend Sarajevo 🙂 it is multicultural city and also it is very rich city in historical monuments and proud of its traditions.
    just come and visit it..

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  44. sarajevo4ever says:

    Sarajevo-simply the best!

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  45. black heart says:

    that is Sarajevo,only one n the world

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  46. sandra costa says:

    Guimaraes clarooo….=)

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  47. Anil P. says:

    Thank you everyone! I appreciate all of the tips for both cities, I’m taking note depending on where I end up going first! I guess you’ll all tell me next week 🙂

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  48. Elvis says:

    enjoy in Sarajevo!

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  49. black heart says:

    my SARAJEVO I MISS YOU AND I WILL CAME BACK TO YOU ONE DAY………YOU ARE AS LIKE AIR I CANT STAY WITHOUT YOU,when i hear something about you my heart is crying and i dont know will i ever find city as like you.

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  50. sebilj says:

    I hope that votes for SARAJEVO r coming from out brothers and sisters in Turkey :)))
    Everyone should visit sarajevo, the culture and history here are amazing , and the people are kind and full of love, and we love to see tourists from all of the world in our city, because not so long ago, we were fighting to save sarajevo from agresors…

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  51. Filip says:

    The main deference between Sarajevo and Guimares is that Sarajevo had suffered 1600 days of brutal siege, and gone through it all. Today, it’s rebuilted with the most beautifull mosaic of cultures and religions in the world. There is no place in the world with a mosque, chatolic church, ortodox church and singoge so very near each other. 🙂

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  52. Maria Miguel says:

    Guimarães is the place to be this year. A city full of charisma,good food, lots of history and fabulous old architecture just to name a few points of interest.

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  53. sarajevo says:

    sarajevo horde bog i čaršija neka zivi bonsna nasa drzava

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  54. lilac says:

    My vote for the most beautiful city… SARAJEVO!!! 😀

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  55. np says:

    Sarajevo has a soul a wonderful, open friendly soul that was nourished and developed through thousands of years of its history. East truly meets West here like nowhere else. You will learn, see and meet so much new and you also have a good time with people who like to have a song and a dance.
    You will always wish to come back and Sarajevo will welcome you with open arms everytime.

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  56. Morten says:

    I was in Sarajevo last year and I hope that I’ll come back again one year.
    The best food you can get is CEVAPI 🙂 and ofcourse sarajevsko beer, which I think is top 20 in the world.

    Cheers

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  57. Maria Sousa says:

    Guimarães!

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  58. Ivana says:

    And in Sarajevo, you will be welcomed, indeed. You’ll feel the way people are warm, and how much they care. Beucase, even though we’re diffrent, we still accept it, and we learned how to live with it, so every one of us has a friend who is Muslim, Christian etc..

    There is a place in a world called Sarajevo; it’s waiting for you 🙂

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  59. Grazzia says:

    Sarajevo. 🙂

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  60. Bimbotronic says:

    Sarajevo must win! 🙂

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  61. Nina says:

    For the mooost beautiful city on Earth… SARAJEVO 🙂

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  62. Luís says:

    Guimarães will win the tournament. Why ?
    Because all our british friends will share with us their care and love towards Guimarães and its historic and ancient beauty. Also because all people willing to take a deep step in the past of Portugal birthplace must como to the town.

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  63. Caroline says:

    Sarajevo is a great city. I LOVE SARAJEVO!!!

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  64. Edin says:

    Of course SARAJEVO (Ljubavi Moja):-)

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  65. Mafalda says:

    I believe there are no words to express how beautiful Guimarães is, not only the city itself, but the passion and hospitaliy that runs in every “vimaranenses” blood. We absolutely love to live here, but the moments that take our breath away are the ones in wich people from other citys, countrys and cultures come here and begin to love the city as much as we doo. (it happens every time ehehe).

    We are waiting you! Come 🙂

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    • Anil P. says:

      Thank you Mafalda! Win or lose Guimaraes supporters have done a wonderful job promoting the city. I think all of us are now itching to go…

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  66. Vera says:

    GUIMARÃES *-*

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  67. Galib says:

    Sarajevo is the best! >)

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  68. jujujuventus says:

    Sarajevo all the way, the most beautiful city in this selection and generally!

    Go Sarajevo!

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  69. suad says:

    Saraajeevooo is one

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  70. Joe says:

    SARAJEVO FTW!!!

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  71. Amar D. says:

    Guimares may be European Capital of Culture, but still it doesn’t mean it should win here 😉 Be aware that Portugal has already won Bosnia in play-off for UEFA Euro 2012, now it’s turn for Bosnia to win at least this tournament 🙂

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    • Francisco Silva says:

      ahahah and a great win it was 🙂 but now it’s time for Guimarães to show how great it is 🙂

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      • Alen05 says:

        we’re gonna have to get 3,5 times as many votes against you guys to even the score for how Christiano Ronaldo humiliated us 😛 (after our own players made a fool out of themselves)

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    • Anil P. says:

      haha, perhaps a rematch coming up?

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  72. bosanac says:

    sarajevo ljubavi moja….

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  73. Brazilian says:

    Sarajevo :))

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  74. Marco says:

    Sarajevo is a magic city 🙂 my vote goes to him..

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  75. Mia says:

    Guimarães must win! As you know this year Guimarães is the European Capital of Culture, everything is happening! Como and visit us! 🙂

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  76. Mafalda says:

    Definitely Guimarães 😀

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  77. Julia says:

    I just can’t watch. ‘Lambs to the slaughter’ comes to mind. Go easy on us, Sarajevo. 🙂

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  78. Kemo says:

    Sarajevo n1! 🙂

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  79. black heart says:

    Hello, i think that Sarajevo is winer,and i think that this city is the best location for meeting,and in the same time i love Istanbul,and i live now in istanbul,but Sarajevo is only one

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  80. Jan says:

    Sarajevo – most beuatiful city in world!

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  81. Niran says:

    Sarajevo winer 🙂

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  82. adrenaline says:

    Come and see a unique region, where the traditions and customs of the past coexist with the avant-garde and modernity. Endless possibilities, ranging from adventure, through the well-being and culture, welcoming the visitor who chooses this authentic destination. For more information, see page Guimarães Tourism: http://www.guimaraesturismo.com/

    Venha conhecer uma região única, onde as tradições e costumes do passado convivem com a vanguarda e a modernidade. Infinitas possibilidades, que vão da aventura, passando pelo bem-estar e a cultura, acolhem o visitante que escolhe este destino autêntico. Para mais informações, consulte a página Guimarães Turismo: http://www.guimaraesturismo.com/

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  83. Ramo says:

    GOO SARAJEVO
    Could you please tell us the updates?

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  84. Dutchie says:

    Went to Sarajevo for first time few years ago and got amazed with the city, people, history and culture. Kept going there every year since. Good luck Sarajevo!!

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  85. Francisco Silva says:

    The Soul of Guimarães…the best destination in 2012! Visit us and you’ll never want to leave!

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  86. fake3c says:

    Sarajevo and Istanbul!!!!!!!!!!! The best two cities in the world! Basically, Sarajevo was made by Turks, and it is not wonder if we see two cities in the final! I hope so. The problem is that I don’t know which one to vote for in the final! I love both of them! Maybe Sarajevo, just because Istanbul is already so famous! Ok, Sarajevo win! Hopefully!!!

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  87. Minna says:

    Sarajevo win, hopefully. I live in Sarajevo, and it’s the most beautiful city in the world. Love you Sarajevoo <3

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  88. Francisco Silva says:

    Glad to see that Guimarães still ahead. Unfortunatly a small difference to Istambul. You should close the poll right now 🙂

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  89. Anil P. says:

    Hi everyone, before the live results are up here are the latest updates:

    Fethiye-Sarajevo: Sarajevo strong lead
    Guimaraes-Istanbul: Guimaraes ~5% lead

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  90. veni vidi vici says:

    Is this enough

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  91. YUNUS says:

    ANYONE ELSE VOTE FOR FETHİYE ? 😀 ihope guimaraes and fethiye wll be n final leg…. fethiye winnerrr 😀

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  92. alma says:

    welcome to sarajevo;the best place on the whole world!

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  93. MuratCanK says:

    Fethiye is absolutely beautiful city and rich in every respect…I believe the best city must be Fethiye !

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  94. Alberto says:

    Good night

    I’m from Guimarães/Portugal, i love my city, Portugal born in Guimarães, it’s a good city to live, and all you are invited to come here this lovely city. GUIMARÃES THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD

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  95. Alexandra says:

    Guimarães, Portugal off course!! 😀

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  96. ahmed says:

    Update please, and some numbers regarding the Sarajevo-Fethiye and Istanbul-Guimaraes difference

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  97. Ida says:

    Hm… My doubts are between Istanbul and Sarajevo… I adore both cities.. But Sarajevo has a soul, that rarely any town has!

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  98. Alen says:

    No doubt, Sarajevo is de winner!

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  99. DINO says:

    VOLIM SARAJEVO

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  100. Edina says:

    Who have once been in SARAJEVO.. Will come back to visit it again!!! <3

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  101. eldo says:

    sehe seher sarajevo zlatni dom e moj

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  102. david says:

    Guimaraes is an unique city. I can’t even imagine how some Portuguese don’t know their own birthplace (Portugal was born in Guimaraes). Well, I’ve been to Sarajevo and really loved it but my vote will go to Guimaraes this time. I go to Portugal every now and then and I cannot miss a visit to this beautifull, lovely medieval city! Such as the locals that are the most special people! Go Guimaraes!

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  103. Alex says:

    I see it coming, Sarajevo-Guimaraes in the final. This would be a great final! So original!
    Sarajevo is magic! Guimaraes beautiful! Now, cant wait to see the results!

    🙂

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  104. Almir says:

    Sarajevo !!!!!

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  105. Tuzlak says:

    Any updates Anil ?

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  106. Marcela dias says:

    guimarães <3

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  107. Amel says:

    Once a wise man sad, who drinks water on “Bascarsija” will definitely come back again 🙂
    Go Sarajevo 🙂

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  108. Go Guimaraes Go!

    The whole of Spain is with you!

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  109. Francisco Silva says:

    Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012! Definitely the best destination in 2012!

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