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LEAVE YOUR HEART. The free Fall 2007 San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide can help you cut to the chase. Among its many offerings: a list of not-to-miss sights in major neighborhoods. For example, in the Union Square area, check out the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets; at Fisherman's Wharf visit The Cannery and the Aquarium of the Bay; South of Market (a k a "SoMa") has the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Cartoon Art Museum. The 192-page booklet also has fold-out maps that will help you get where you want to go. Order online at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com; e-mail vic1@sanfrancisco.travel; call 415-391-2000; or pick up one at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., in Hallidie Plaza (and watch the streetcars turn around while you're at it).

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Festive Singapore

SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER ARE BUSY MONTHS IN SINGAPORE. The city/state celebrates its diversity with two significant festivals. Hari Rava Celebrations, through Oct. 21, marks the end of the Muslim fasting month Ramadan with bustling bazaars and dazzling lights. Deepavali, Oct. 12-Nov. 11, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a major event on calendars of Singapore's Hindu residents. The district known as Little India is lit up with colorful street lighting and alive with bazaars and cultural performances. Information: www.visitsingapore.com.

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When in London ...

DO LIKE THE LONDONERS DO. A new marketing campaign aimed at Americans showcases the city from a Londoner's perspective. Through a new Web site, www.visitlondon.com/golocal, you can pick up suggestions on where to go and what to do from local characters. Click on Lucy, for example, and you'll find tips about where to shop for clothes. Click on Lorna and you'll get an itinerary for cyclists that takes you to major points of interest.

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When in Germany ...

FOLLOW A FOCUSED ITINERARY. Thirteen cities have come together as members of Historic Highlights of Germany to offer "Dream Routes" that follow specific themes and interests. The idea is to help travelers and their travel agents formulate the perfect itinerary. The Web site www.historicgermany.com is the gateway for the information. An example: Cities of Literary Genius, which features Augsburg, birthplace of Bertolt Brecht; Heidelberg, heart of the Romantic Movement; and Lubeck, hometown of Thomas and Heinrich Mann.


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