The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2012: Championship

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It is hard to believe that it’s been a little over a month, 7 rounds, and 103 cities later that we’ve arrived at the 2012 Best City to Visit Travel Tournament Championship. Fethiye put up a strong fight but Sarajevo continued on with the momentum of nearly 5,000 votes while Guimaraes again edged out another round to sneak past a stubborn Istanbul. Today we are left with an exciting match up – and Friday we’ll have The Best City to Visit in 2012. Will Sarajevo continue its impressive march to victory or will Guimaraes again slip past a tough challenger? You decide and tell us who is the best.

Voting in the Championship will be open until 11:30am US EST this Thursday, March 29th. 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. FINAL RESULTS won’t be announced until Friday, March 30th.

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Please keep in mind the final votes for any poll aren’t final until they’re verified by my diligent verification team.


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Remember, I won’t be sharing the final results until The Best City to Visit in 2012 is announced this Friday, March 30th. Good luck to both cities!

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  1. Elma says:

    SarajevooOoOo <3

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  2. MrYoldic says:

    I’ll vote for SARAJEVO

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  3. Galib says:

    Sarajevo and Guimaraes :) The best 2 city in the world for me \:)

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  4. chris says:

    Guimarães is wonderful city…too bad it hadn’t better luck in finals.

    You can’t beat Sarajevo…

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  5. spica says:

    Go SARAJEVO!!! :)

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  6. sacira says:

    Sarajevo!!! :)

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  7. aaa says:

    Sarajevoooo

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  8. middle east says:

    Guima…what? Sorry guys, I’m a frequent traveler but I’ve never heard of this place till now. My vote goes to Sarajevo. Good luck.

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  9. Aida says:

    Saaaaaaraaaaaajevooo!

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  10. a says:

    Welcome to Sarajevo :-)

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  11. Emina says:

    Sarajevo is probably the city that deserves all of this publication so much.
    We have been occupied for a little less than 4 years and we have suffered from every sort of violence there is. But still, the city got up and today it’s still recovering from his fall. However, we are very nice and friendly people and they say we’ve got the best culture and the best food in Europe ! This is probably one of the best trips you can take in 2012, because there’s nothing like Sarajevo. It’s mosques, streets, summer climate, food, people, nature, and so many other things are so unique and I can tell you for sure that you won’t find this beauty anywhere else.
    If I could, I would give many more votes for Sarajevo, because 1 vote is not enough for this beautiful city. I have visited a lot of cities but none of them are like my Sarajevo. And it’s not just that Sarajevo is my hometown, it is the city that I RESPECT the most. And can you believe that this is the same city that it was 17 years ago ? I did my research on Guimarães and all I can say is that no city can compete with this:
    http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/389526_10150527487789901_752629900_8669129_311752032_n.jpg

    regards to you all, and vote for Sarajevo as the best city to visit in 2012 !

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  12. Amila says:

    Sarajevooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!

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  13. What an interesting final pair – I haven’t been to either!

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    • Francisco Silva says:

      You should visit Guimarães, the European Capital of Culture this year and World Heritage by UNESCO. You are more then welcome :)

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  14. Pedro says:

    GUIMARAES <3 SEMPRE <3

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  15. Vitor Silva says:

    It’s going to very difficult to defeat Sarajevo, but I hope Sarajevo won’t get as many votes as they got in the semi-final. Hopefully Guimarães will win this tournament. :)

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  16. Vítor Bessa says:

    Guimarães, Portugal’s birthplace and European Capital of Culture 2012!

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  17. Luís says:

    Who will win the tournament?
    I think Guimarães really deserves to be the winner, because it is still quite unknown worldwide and this can be the great opportunity to show tourists all over the world the reasons wich made Guimarães be one of the european capitals of culture, during 2012. Come and visit us! You won’t regret.

    Luís Freitas

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    • Lolly says:

      Nicely said and I agree about Guimaraes being an unknown destination in comparison to Sarajevo. It looks beautifull in pictures. Good luck.

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  18. MAGALHAES says:

    GUIMARAES – BERÇO DE PORTUGAL!!

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  19. Rafael says:

    Guimaraes !!!

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  20. Anil P. says:

    Hi everyone, thanks for the comments and keep them coming – just please keep the links in your comments to a minimum. We’d rather hear your voice than anyone else’s ;)

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  21. Carlos Morais says:

    Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012!!!

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  22. HbK_vSc says:

    _O_ GUIMARÃES _O_

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  23. adrenaline says:

    Best Regards to the Sarajevo supporters but I have no doubt that Guimarães is going to win! Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012!!!

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  24. GUIMARÃES ETERNA CAPITAL says:

    GUIMARÃES!

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  25. Yeahy, it’s the final. Big congratulations to everyone who got Sarajevo and Guimaraes to this stage. Both cities definitely on a few people’s agendas now. :) We’ve voted and allied ourselves to the city we believe helped Fethiye along the road in earlier rounds. ;) Looking forward to seeing lots of votes in this one. Good luck to both cities.

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    • Francisco Silva says:

      I’ve voted for Fethiye on the other rounds. Hope to have some help form the Turquish supporters for Guimarães :)

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      • LuxAeterna says:

        good tactics, Francisco silva, but I have voted for all Turkish citiesand have been telling my friends to do the same, so I hope to see our Turkish friends to vote for sarajevo… we do have common history :)

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      • SarayBosna says:

        I dont think so ;) I think our brothers will Vote for us ,like we voted for them!
        Even in the last 4 I voted for Both!

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    • Anil P. says:

      I can already hear the chants of both sides somehow coming through the screen :) Seems a lot of Fethiye may be putting their votes in the same direction – once the live results go up it will be quite a ride to watch…

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  26. Luis Paulo says:

    Guimarães on of the most beautiful portuguse city!…

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  27. Diogo Rodrigues says:

    This year there’s no better place to visit than GUIMARAES my friends ;)

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  28. meli says:

    Sarajevo in my heart <3

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  29. Marina says:

    GUIMARÃES – PORTUGAL

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  30. Samara Morgan says:

    Whatever happens we’ll still be proud of Sarajevo

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  31. Sarajevo says:

    Turks do we have your votes? :)

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    • Francisco Silva says:

      After you defeated 2 Turquish cities you’re asking for their votes? Good luck with that… :)

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      • black heart says:

        i am so sorry francisko,but for your information turkey and Bosnia forever will be together,what we can do when we have to do something,and in the end finals we were voted for ISTANBL NOT FOR some other city.have a nice day ;)

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  32. Cvrle says:

    Give us the updates!!!

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  33. Sergio Fres says:

    PORTUGAL – GUIMARÃES!!!!!!!

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  34. Pipi LongNiner says:

    The best tourist atraction of some town/country are people!
    Vote for Sarajevo!

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  35. Francisco Silva says:

    Anil P., you should give us an update every 5 minutes :)

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  36. Luis Filipe says:

    Guimarães :)

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  37. Ja says:

    SARAJEVO is beautiful! :D <3 <3

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  38. Kemo says:

    I can’t see how Guimaraes can even be compared to Sarajevo, really guys?

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  39. GBG says:

    SARAJEVO is UNIQUE…

    See you in SARAJEVO.

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  40. Anita says:

    GO SARAJEVO GO BOSNIA

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  41. belma says:

    Sarajevo win

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  42. tuzlak says:

    Sorry Portugal, nothing personal but Sarajevo IS the number one.

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  43. Mustafa Bektic says:

    Sarajevo is best of the world

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  44. Amelie says:

    I came all the way from Sweden going south and after visiting Prague, Vienna and Zagreb now I am stuck in Sarajevo. The the Spring is amazing here, everything is so alive, and there is one place up high on a hill where you can see Sarajevo like the palm of your hand. I feel like a princess standing on a castle protected by the wind and the high walls of old tower. In one valley you can see so many diversities, and this morning even the weather is not the same in all parts. Right now I am standing on that tower and through the wind I send good luck to this beautiful valley.

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    • A Sarajevan says:

      Enjoy our beautiful valley, Amelie :) I will be going to Sweden in a few months, hope I will enjoy it as much as you’re enjoying Sarajevo :)

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    • LuxAeterna says:

      theere are many places on the hills of Sarajevo from which you can see Sarajevo, and each of them offers a different view- Trebevic, Zmajevac, Bijela tabija and so on…

      and check out the view from the Hecco Hotel, it is awesome, reminded me of Prague

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  45. Tommy says:

    Sarajevo definitely!!!!!!

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  46. Camoes says:

    Je vote pour Guimaraes

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  47. black heart says:

    Sarajevo is only one,so vote fore Sarajevo

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  48. bosanac says:

    sarajevo ljubavi moja…

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  49. Hugo Silva says:

    Vote for Guimaraes.

    Best city in the world.

    European Capital of Culture.

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  50. Nirmel says:

    Sarajevo, city which you must visit!

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  51. Romanista says:

    One and only Sarajevo

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  52. Planeteu says:

    Sarajevo is awesome.I vote for Sarajevo you should too

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  53. vitor says:

    Go Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012, very beautiful city :)

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  54. Vanja says:

    Sarajevo the best :)

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  55. C.J.Parker says:

    I have friends who were born in Sarajevo and the wonderful people and wonderful stories about this city …I hope to this summer and I see the magical city of Sarajevo :)…Greetings from Washington!

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  56. johny says:

    Sarajevo,
    has a soul,
    and it¨s a magical city!!!

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  57. John says:

    GUIMARÃES one of best cities to travel for culture and fun! Been there and wish to come back really soon!! Best Regards from Poland!!! MY VOTE GOES TO GUIMARÃES!!

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  58. Adela says:

    Vote for Sarajevo, the most beautiful city in the entire world. I’ve been all over the world but have never seen a more beautiful city than Sarajevo. 1,2,3 GOOOOOOOOOO—Vote! <3

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  59. erlman says:

    GUIMARAES?????? What is that???? I never heard of it. Is that a city?????

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    • Anil P. says:

      You should Google it and find out ;)

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    • Francisco Silva says:

      The ignorance of some is the the proud of many others!

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    • Alen05 says:

      Why would one choose to appear stupid and ignorant when we have these great websites like Google and Wikipedia where a lot of free information is available. I read about the city on Wikipedia and checked out some images. Looks like an interesting small city. (However I still hope Sarajevo will win.)

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    • Catarina Dias says:

      The world is full of ignorant people!
      Guimarães: European Capital of Culture! UNESCO world heritage!

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  60. Zukioni says:

    Sarajevo FOREVER ! <3

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  61. Lust says:

    SARAJEVO ist am besten und am schonste Stadt in EUROPA!!!!! Note fur SARAJEVO!!!!

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  62. The only city in the world that is multi ethnic as Jerusalem
    is S A R A J E V O and that can give you such warmth and diversity in culture, art, cuisine….people are so nice…..Good Luck SARAJEVO CANADA IS WITH YOU!

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  63. traveler says:

    So much to see and to live in Sarajevo! Definetly no.1 city!

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  64. Nobody says:

    Go Sarajevo, GO!

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  65. Sa says:

    Sarajevo FTW!

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  66. ricardo says:

    ……VITORIAAAA!!!!!!

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  67. Horga says:

    if you can sleep and eat for 15 euros in Guimaraes,then it deserves to win…
    you can have all off that and much more in Sarajevo,no doubt about the winner…
    S A R A J E V O

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  68. SA says:

    Sarajevo !!

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  69. Sinan says:

    Sarajevo ;)

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  70. edin says:

    <3 SARAJEVO – BOSNIA <3

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  71. Miss Sarajevo says:

    SARAJEVO !!!! Sarajevo went through a terrible war and now its like a beautyful flower, nobody can destroy Sarajevo!!! European Jerusalem :-)

    All these Citys are beautyfull but….
    No City deserves it like Sarajevooooooooooooo ;-)

    S A R A J V O

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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  72. samra says:

    sarajevo <3 most beautiful and unique city in europe

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  73. jose auranda says:

    hello

    AMAZING PEOPLE ,GREAT FUN,DELICIOUS FOOD,LOW PRICES SARAJEVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  74. Dino says:

    Sarajevo FTW !

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  75. jenna says:

    S A R A J E V O

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  76. Indira says:

    Sarajevo, my love <3

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  77. Oliva says:

    No east, no west, Sarajevo is the best!!!!

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  78. GO SARAJEVO! Life is beautiful in Sarajevo! A vida é bela em Sarajevo!

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  79. lucio says:

    Sarajevo beautiful place with lot of eastern culture,food,history, friendly people. mix culture
    good luck Sarajevo I’ll be back

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  80. Fazlibegovich says:

    Come onnnn… Sarajevo deserves this chance. It is quite unknown city in the world with 3 different religions livning in it.. Thousands of people were killed with a stupid mistake that politicians make every day. Sarajevo has suffered a lot, but nevertheless it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
    Vote for the Sarajevo and come to visit, you wont regret…

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  81. Asim says:

    SARAJEVO ! WILL WIN. We need support from our muslim brothers . Good luck !

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  82. Alex says:

    Cant wait to see the results!
    Both cities are great!

    Good luck!

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  83. HECIMOVIC says:

    SARAJEVO <3

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  84. JÖRG says:

    Sarajewo !!

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  85. Ado says:

    Sarajevo, poz iz Njemacke

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  86. LoEG City Guardian BHF says:

    People vote for Sarajevo, because this City got a Soul, meet their citizens, the culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina, taste the traditional food, enjoy your time in the city of the former Olympic games.
    Sarajevo the European “Jerusalem” the place which is during his wounded history still multicultural, antic and also modern.
    Walk across the old town, feel the positive energy of all religions in a air line of 100 square meters.Simple, be a part of Sarajevo !
    Visit the European Pyramids near Sarajevo , be a part of the history..

    Enjoy your time in Bosnia and Herzegovina , you`re all are Welcome !

    Regards ,

    LoEG <3

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  87. Azra says:

    Vote for Sarajevo, it will win I am sure :))

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  88. Amy Sweetlove says:

    The best city in the world <3 <3 <3 Sarajevo <3 <3 <3

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  89. Semih says:

    and this year, 200.000 people from Turkey come to Sarajevo.. Like every year, are you ready :D

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  90. John says:

    I’ve been to Sarajevo last year and its a magnificent city. My vote goes to Sarajevo. People, you have to visit this passionate, beautiful, breathtaking city.

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  91. MoKe says:

    GO GO GO for Sarajevo!
    Good luck for Guimares too, but I’m pretty sure Sarajevo will make the fight :)

    VOTE BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, VOTE EUROPE, VOTE WORLD FOR SARAJEVO!

    Give us a chance to show YOU all the beauty of multyethnic life, the taste of chevapchichi with a smile on your faces and of course the unbeaten turkish coffee with turkish delight. These are just one of the “must do” things which will make your travel unforgetable.

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  92. Alen says:

    Definetily Sarajevo. One of the most beutiful and historical cities in Europe. Sarajevo :)

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  93. Lavender says:

    THERE IS SENTENCE ABOUT SARAJEVO : ‘Who once come to Sarajevo, it will come back’ :)
    <3

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  94. Marco says:

    Vote for Sarajevo.. By. Slovenia

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  95. Francisco Silva says:

    Good luck for Sarajevo, but hopefully Guimarães will win :)

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    • Salem says:

      One time in Sarajevo, you never want to go back.Most Beautiful city with most incredible people in the world. good luck to Guimaraes, you need it! Peace

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    • Mostar says:

      Sarajevo is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Drop by and see it with your own eyes, feel it with your heart…
      I have never been to Guimaraes but after have seen some videos and pictures, I definitely will come over once.
      To be honest, it’s very hard to say which city deserves out votes more. Sarajevo, the pearl of the Balkans and Guimaraes, the cradle of Portugal. However, both cities are already winners.

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  96. LuxAeterna says:

    too bad for guimares, but sarajevo has won :)

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  97. adrenaline says:

    too bad for Guimarães? Congratulations Sarajevo, it was an extremely good competition, hope you all can visit Guimarães soon!

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  98. Francisco Silva says:

    If you pay attention to what happens in Europe you would know that Guimarães is the European Capital of Culture this year as well as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2001 ;) if you are sorry for me I must be even more sorry for you ;)

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