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Twelve stops for Christmas

Pondering where to pick up gifts for your loved ones this year? Let our editors guide you with their pick of the best shops, emporiums and design stores on the most inviting shopping streets around the globe.

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National treasures

What do you think about when you think about Japan? Fuji-san, shinkansen, tabi, kabuki, rituals, gravel gardens, shrines among the pines. Not here. Beyond the postcards are the people; a nation of unusual ingenuity, fire…

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A global round-up

This Danish island’s charm stretches as far as its sweeping sands, with cosy old-world inns, invigorating sea air and delectable food and drink making it a must-visit.

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The fab four

When it comes to creating hotels, the Experimental Group quartet are always in tune. Plus: new openings from cities to the seaside.

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Cities at 07:00: Seoul

Need some inspiration to get out of bed? Look no further; we visit three cities at sunrise to show you what lies in store for early birds. First up: Seoul.

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Open for business

We visit a US wellness retreat with a soothing Japanese-Scandinavian twist, an art deco boutique hotel in the Middle East and a luxurious guesthouse in Italy.

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Magic moments

Morocco may only be a short hop across the Med from Europe but it is another world. When you’re surrounded by salesmen flaunting their wares in souks, robed figures rushing to prayer and ancient palaces decked with dazzling…

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Coat tails

Whatever the weather, dogs and their owners have to get out and take the ruff with the smooth. And while one of the joys of four-legged friendship is having those rainy streets to yourselves, cosy canine outerwear makes for…

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Game on

A line-up of beautifully crafted toys and games for some light-hearted respite.

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Fete accompli

Every generation the quiet Vaud town of Vevey comes ablaze in a riot of colour, costumery and carousing during its Fête des Vignerons. But the abstemious few must ensure it all runs with Swiss precision.

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Destination: Basel

Thirty years ago the already polluted Rhine turned red after a chemical spill. Now cleaned up, the stretch through Basel has been revitalised to become a conduit for commuters, sunbathers and spritzes.

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