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Five Cities with Must-See Spring Sights

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Spring holds the promise of new beginnings as we reemerge after winter and nature bursts into bloom. In some of the world’s great cities, the return of spring is an especially remarkable wake-up call for all the senses. Few displays compare to the culinary delights of spring in Germany, or the musical high notes of Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Here are five cities to put on your spring must-visit list, and The Leading Hotels of the World members waiting to make your stay story-worthy.
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1 Chome-1-1 Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-8558, Japan
“What a strange thing/to be alive/under cherry blossoms,” wrote the 18th-century Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa. When the thousands of cherry trees in Japan burst into bloom each spring, it can feel like much of the country is covered in a pink...
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833 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
New Orleans is a year-round destination for music lovers, home to legendary jazz, rhythm & blues, and rock & roll venues, but over the last weekend of April and the first in May, the city’s music scene reaches its high note. Jazz Fest takes places...
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Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Spargelsaison. If that word isn’t familiar, then you probably have never visited Germany in late spring. For a brief few weeks, the entire country goes mad for asparagus at its peak moment. It can be found in abundance at farmers’ markets while...
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225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston’s four-block City Market is a historic landmark (one of the oldest in the country, rivaled only by Baltimore’s Lexington Market) and an essential stop for locally made souvenirs and snacks. Pack up your sweetgrass basket (a...
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Calle Canalejas, 1, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
In 2015, Easter falls on April 5, but the pageantry in Seville begins the week before, on Palm Sunday. The world’s most famous Easter celebrations are a feast for all the senses, with the smell of incense and candles, the music of the processional...