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1London, England, United Kingdom
One of the world's top shopping cities, there's really nothing that you can't buy in London. Big name stores line Oxford and Regent Streets. Luxury items abound in upmarket Knightsbridge. For a distinctive London spree, head north to Camden Market and wander among stands of clothing, crafts and bric-a-brac.
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      London
      Offering the irresistible combination of atmosphere, history and the thrills of a vast, fast-paced city, London makes a majestic destination. From the ghoulish Tower of London and the pomp of Buckingham Palace to the buzz of a big wheel, the London Eye, this is a city that will have you in a spin.
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      London
      Lovers of history will fall in love with London. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Buckingham and Kensington Palaces and the Tower of London are must-sees, as are the Tate and National Galleries and British Museum. Military history devotees can spend hours at the Imperial War Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.
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2New York City, New York, United States
Perhaps the world's top shopping spot, the Big Apple hardly needs an introduction. Fifth Avenue. Madison Avenue. Soho. Times Square. The list of stellar shopping destinations and famous names is almost endless, so pack light and stock up on everything from electronics to vintage clothes while you're there.
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      New York City
      New York's many zoos, museums and landmarks make the city a perfect destination for families of all ages. Explore Times Square or take the kids to FAO Schwarz, take a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty or an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, eat lunch at Carnegie Deli or picnic in Central Park - the choices are endless.
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      New York City
      Though it is not the oldest city in America, no place has more history or culture than New York. One visit can't fit all the highlights: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Natural History Museum and, of course, the moving site of Ground Zero.
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3Paris, Ile-de-France, France
The world capital of Haute Couture, Paris is a shopper's dream. Legendary addresses like Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore tempt the glitterati. Ancient flea markets perch at the city's hems, offering chaotic atmosphere and fascinating treasures, plus a peek into the real personality of Paris.
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      Paris
      The City of Lights shines bright for kids of all ages. Living up to every pre-trip fantasy, Paris has a constellation of starring sights from the atmospheric Notre Dame to the elegant Eiffel Tower to thrilling Parc Asterix, Disneyland Paris and the wonders of the Louvre. Prepare to be dazzled.
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      Paris
      History is as easy to come by in Paris as fresh croissants. Just strolling along the Seine is a walk through the ages. But don't miss Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacre Coeur basilica, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, the once-bohemian cafes of Montparnasse, the Louvre and Orsay museums and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
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      Paris
      Under the bridges of Paris your dreams can indeed come true. Like countless other lovers in the French capital before you, share a drink at an outdoor cafe, hold each other tight at the top the Eiffel Tower or take a cruise on the Seine you are in the most romantic city in the world.
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4Rome, Lazio, Italy
Italian retail chains line charming medieval shopping streets in the vivacious capital. Family-run outfits still flourish and street market stands are laden with fresh fruit. Upscale fashion palaces are poised at the foot of the famed Spanish Steps, with looks fresh off the world's catwalks.
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      Rome
      With sights guaranteed to impress even the most jaded teen, the Italian capital makes for a captivating getaway. From the ghoulish bone-decorated Santa Maria della Concezione to the delicious slew of ice cream stops around the city, Rome is sure to have something unforgettable for everyone.
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      Rome
      Besides delicious food and delightful Italian culture, the best thing about Rome is its history. At its peak, Rome was the greatest, most powerful city and civilization in history. Today, sights such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps remind us of what Rome once was.
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5Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
With an ever-booming population, shiny Dubai has emerged as the shopping capital of the Middle East, with more than fifty malls and counting (many ultra-upscale), and outdoor markets peddling everything under the sun. Stores citywide slash their prices during the month-long annual Dubai Shopping Festival.
6Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
You'll be spoiled for choice in bargain-crammed Barcelona, where designer names jostle for attention in the city's thrilling array of stores. If you're in the market for some picnic shopping, trot to La Boqueria - a rambunctious market - and stock up on almonds, cherries and other tasty delights.
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      Barcelona
      The winning combination of culture, coastline and a great climate make Barcelona a top choice for the whole family. Gaudi's astounding architectural creations amaze. Some appealing beaches provide daytime diversions. Sights such as the aquarium and Las Ramblas provide yet more entertainment.
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      Barcelona
      You will not find any shortage of history in Barcelona, a city that is more than 2,000 years old. A trip through Europe's best-preserved Gothic Quarter turns the clock back to ancient and medieval times, and visually stunning churches and outstanding art museums also make excellent sightseeing.
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7Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region, Morocco
One of Marrakech's main and most fascinating attractions is Djeema el Fna, its sprawling labyrinth of vendors selling everything from crafts to rugs to clothing to spices. Other souks specialize, with Siyyaghin concentrating on jewellery and El Kebir focusing on the leather goods for which Marrakech is famed.
8Bangkok, Thailand
A mind-blowing delight, Bangkok shopping runs the gamut from ultra-chic malls to energetic street markets hawking everything imaginable. For an experience unlike any other, check out the Chatuchak weekend market, the largest in Thailand and the world, with a staggering 15,000 stalls covering 35 acres.
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      Bangkok
      For those willing to see and explore, a visit to Bangkok can be a fun and enriching lesson in Thai history and culture. Some key attractions include the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Temple of the Dawn, the Jim Thompson House and the two-century-old Grand Palace, featuring a majestic emerald Buddha.
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9San Francisco, California, United States
The choice of distinctly different shopping districts in San Francisco is almost overwhelming. Whether you want to opt for the opulent Westfield Centre or go funk fantastic in the eclectic Mission or tourist traditional in Union Square, you'll definitely need to bring an empty suitcase when you visit.
10Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is definitely a destination for the experienced bargain shopper. Tsim Sha Tsui offers the densest concentration of shops in the crowded city. Shoes, watches, luggage, clothes and myriad more items cram shops and stands in the frenetic area. For more elegant attire, try the Central area.
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      Hong Kong
      A rare combination of age-old tradition and a dynamic modern state, Hong Kong boasts many remarkable historical attractions. Be sure to visit the Peak Tower, the Po Lin Monastery with the largest outdoor bronze Buddha in the world, the Man Mo Temple and the Hong Kong Museum of History.
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11Madrid, Spain
Boasting a slew of intriguing boutiques - 50,000 of them, no less - Madrid can fulfil your every shopping desire and then some. El Centro teems with tempting opportunities. For intrepid shoppers and hagglers, El Rastro, which takes place every Sunday, is Spain's largest and most varied flea market.
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      Madrid
      Madrid boasts some of the finest art collections in the world, but the city also has plenty of interesting historic attractions. The Royal Palace, the Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns, the Museo Naval and Sun's Gate trace Spanish history from the empire Francisco Franco's reign to the modern day.
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12Singapore, Singapore
Whether you want to sashay through a slew of gargantuan malls or sidle down side streets in the hopes of a bargain, Singapore is sure to satiate the appetites of the most jaded shopper. Choose from local crafts in Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street, or find upscale attire along Orchard Road.
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      Singapore
      Tourists have shown an increased interest in the past, so Singapore has restored much of its Chinatown district, including the Thian Hock Keng temple, with its impressive warrior door gods and the city's oldest Hindu national monument. The Kranji War Memorial is a tribute to the casualties of the Second World War.
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13Los Angeles, California, United States
L.A. offers an eclectic mix of shopping possibilities. Hit hip Robertson Boulevard, upscale Rodeo Drive, quirky Melrose Avenue or delve deeper and unearth bargains in the Fashion District or Farmers Market. The city is also a top eco-conscious shopping spot, with crops of green retailers sprouting.
14Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Hip, cosmopolitan Glasgow's shopping is concentrated around Sauchiehall, Buchanan and Argyle Streets. Stand out shopping spots include 1920's-style Princes Square, design Mecca Italian Centre and the Buchanan Centre. The Barras, a vast flea market, presents a distinctly Glaswegian cultural experience.
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      Glasgow
      Glasgow now has a vibrant music and art scene, but not a glamorous past. The Medieval City consists of a pre-Reformation cathedral, Glasgow's oldest house and The Necropolis cemetery. The 18th-Century Merchant City has been renovated, and many museums and galleries showcase the city's history and art.
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15Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Boisterous Sydney offers every kind of shopping for visitors, with the heart of the action centred on the tourist-thronged Rocks district and along George and Pitt Streets. A distinctive Sydney shopping experience can be had at the Queen Victoria Building, where 200 boutiques compete for attention.
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      Sydney
      With dozens of stunning ocean beaches within half an hour of downtown, there are few better urban beach destinations than Sydney. Famed Bondi Beach sees up to 40,000 on busy weekends. If quieter beaches appeal, take the coastal walk past smaller strands all the way to Coogee's calmer sands.
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      Sydney
      Home to indigenous people for tens of thousands of years, Sydney's European history began when Captain Cook laid eyes on Botany Bay in 1770. The discovery of gold in 1851 led to massive growth and Sydney has blossomed into a thrilling, glittering, modern city with world-class arts and culture institutions.
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16Milan, Lombardy, Italy
The high fashion capital of Italy, the northern metropolis of Milan is one of the world's premier shopping destinations. Ostentation, splendour and near otherworldly glamour beckon from the glitzy windows of Milan's flagship design houses, the sleek fashion temples of Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.
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      Milan
      History lovers should know that Milan is not all about trendy shops and designer clothes. Among the city's many historical attractions are La Scala Opera, the Milan Cathedral, the National Museum of Science and Technology and Santa Maria della Grazie, the church that preserves da Vinci's "Last Supper".
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17Lisbon, Estremadura, Portugal
Lisbon's charming and historic streets present excellent opportunities for the savvy shopper. Atmospheric stores sell leather and hand made goods, antique and contemporary ceramics, and hand-painted tiles. And some of the largest shopping malls in Europe offer a seemingly endless array of goods.
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      Lisbon
      Controlled at different times by the Celts, Romans and Moors, Lisbon is a combination of diverse ideas and peoples. One can see the history of cross-cultural exchange in St. George's Castle, the Gulbenkian Museum (with Persian, Egyptian and Portuguese art) and the architecture in the port of Alfama.
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18Miami Beach, Florida, United States
The epicentre of cool has all the shopping options a fashionista could ever want. The Collins Avenue Fashion District boasts designer labels from Armani to Versace. Ocean Drive caters to the younger, funkier beautiful people, while Lincoln Road draws the artistic crowd to its galleries and boutiques.
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      Miami Beach
      Miami Beach makes an utterly irresistible destination for those with romance on their holiday itinerary. Fabulous famed beaches, celebrity-owned eateries, alfresco dining, legendary bars, star spotting and spectacular shopping offer inspiring opportunities to indulge with loved ones.
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      Miami Beach
      At the shore in Miami Beach, visitors can swim, surf and jet ski in the warm and crystal-clear Atlantic waters. You can also nap on the white sands, work on a tan or simply watch the beautiful people, especially at South Beach, a favourite of models and celebrities.
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19Boston, Massachusetts, United States
From hot haute couture Mecca Newbury Street to the eclectic shops of historic Faneuil Hall Market Place, Beantown has an impressive array of places to shop and splurge. Vast Copley Place teems with shoppers stocking on upscale attire, while couples go antiquing on Beacon Hill's Charles Street.
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      Boston
      With its host of revolution-related sites and an eclectic range of attractions, from the Museum of Science to the Museum of Bad Art, Boston is an inspired choice for family holidays. Watery wonder is on offer at New England Aquarium and from a swan boat on Public Garden Lagoon.
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      Boston
      "The Athens of America" has an important place in American history. One can explore the city's past and present along the Freedom Trail and at Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution, the Kennedy Library, Fenway Park, the Public Garden and the Boston Public Library, the first of its kind in the United States.
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20Cape Town Central, Western Cape, South Africa
Victoria and Albert Waterfront, South Africa's most visited attraction, offers more than 400 shops for all tastes and budgets. St. George's Mall is a popular and very central pedestrian shopping avenue, with arts, crafts and jewellery among the wares. For antiques it's Long Street, one of the city's oldest.
21Chicago, Illinois, United States
Amid downtown's gleaming skyscrapers lies Magnificent Mile, the Michigan Avenue strip that's long been Chicago's shopping heart, boasting swanky chain stores and the famous Water Tower Place. Further afield, the Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park neighbourhoods offer some extraordinary boutiques.
22Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A smorgasbord of scintillating shopping experiences awaits in Canada's largest city. Intrepid shoppers can sashay along up and coming Queen West, with its independent boutiques and funky, trendy galleries, or strut through flagship stores and big name emporia in chic, sleek, star-studded Yorkville.
23Vienna, Austria
Traditional crafts, such as hand-painted porcelain, ceramics, wrought iron and leather goods, are Viennese classics. While the bulk of stores are situated in the city centre, chic Vienna’s most elegant shopping avenue is Mariahilferstrasse, a perfect spot for picking up jewellery, accessories and fashions.
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      Vienna
      From Maria Theresa to Franz Ferdinand and from fragmented state to world empire, Austria has a history of compelling royalty and influential statecraft. One can find much of this in Vienna's many historical attractions, including the Schonbrunn Palace, the Imperial Palace and the State Opera House.
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24Athens, Attica, Greece
Known as a place to acquire antiques and leather goods, the Greek capital also has a famed flea market in Monastiraki. Chic neighbourhood Kolonaki teems with cafes, stores and restaurants. Situated within this fashionable suburb, Tsakalof Street is among the world's most expensive shopping addresses.
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      Athens
      Paradise for the history lover, Athens is filled with precious ruins of ancient Greek civilization. The most famous sights are the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Agora, the Theatre of Dionysos and the National Gardens, but to visit these attractions is merely to scratch the surface of what Athens has to offer.
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      Athens
      Athens makes for a marvellous family holiday. Everyone will go away with astounding sights and experiences emblazoned in their memories; buildings the kids have only seen in cartoon form, from the Parthenon to the Acropolis looming up high. Plus towering statues, idyllic islands and stunning antiquities.
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25Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Cairo's bazaars (called souks) are among the world's most famous, where almost anything fathomable - even live camels - is for sale. Be ready for sensory overload, and be ready to haggle, as starting prices are generally double the expected sales price. Khan el-Khalili is one of Cairo's most popular souks.
26Beijing, China
An exploding commercial giant, Beijing abounds not just with big street markets (avoid the overpriced and touristy Silk Market and instead check out Panjiayuan, sometimes called Dirt Market), but also higher end areas like downtown's Wangfujing, a pedestrian mall flanked by two Western-style shopping centres.
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      Beijing
      With a street grid laid out by Kublai Khan in the 13th century, Beijing is filled with history. Tiananmen Square contains a memorial to the Heroes of the People, the Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the spectacular Forbidden City palace. Slightly outside of town, the Ming Tombs are the burial grounds of 13 dynastic emperors.
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27Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A proliferation of malls makes shopping a breeze in affordable Rio. Try Barrashopping, a vast complex of more than 600 stores. At Galleria River in Arpoador, a dozen stores cater to surfers and skaters. Alternatively, get a taste for Brazilian beach life and score souvenirs from vendors strolling the sands.
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      Rio de Janeiro
      Lively, exuberant Rio de Janeiro is an excellent choice for an active romantic escape. The city pulses with the throb of sensual samba rhythms, the beaches teem with life, the nightlife scene is searing hot and there's a palpable air of excitement in this vivacious city of seven million.
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      Rio de Janeiro
      Perhaps nowhere on earth is the beach so crucial to a big city's culture as in Rio, with its two most popular strips having even been immortalized in song. Of the two, Copacabana is bigger and livelier, Ipanema a bit more upscale and relaxed. For even greater Žlan, try Leblon just to their west.
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28Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Thanks to the steady stream of cruise ship passengers passing through its harbour, Puerto Vallarta is geared toward the shopper, with virtually anything Mexican-made being readily available. The marina boardwalk, its nearby market, and the surrounding streets are full of shopping opportunities.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      Puerto Vallarta has the ideal setting for a luscious romantic escape. Banderas Bay, the site of Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's big romance, offers fabulous beaches, some of the country's best restaurants, proximity to Old Mexico and boat rides to the charming fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      On the second-largest natural bay on the continent, Puerto Vallarta has miles and miles of world-class beaches. The coastline is dotted with quiet coves and spectacular islands, and the water caters to all sorts of beach activities, from sunbathing to snorkelling to windsurfing.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      All the right ingredients for a fabulous family getaway are on offer in, Puerto Vallarta; wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, great resorts and welcoming people. Perched between the ocean and the jungle, PV offers all the sports and activities of a perfect Pacific playground.
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29Buenos Aires, Capital Federal District, Argentina
Latin America's shopping capital offers exciting experiences along its grand, wide boulevards. Galleria Pacifico and Patio Bullrich are upmarket malls, crammed with Argentine fashions. You'll find fabulous shoes, bags and other items for appealing prices throughout the city, known for its leather goods.
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      Buenos Aires
      Buenos Aires' European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the city's tycoons and presidents, as well as still-beloved first lady Eva Peron. Cafe Tortoni, the city's oldest bar, will transport you back to 1858, and the spectacular Teatro Colon impresses just as it did in 1908.
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      Buenos Aires
      The birthplace of the sensual tango is an incredibly romantic city to sashay to. Atmospheric old neighbourhoods present captivating corners and enticing restaurants to linger in. Restaurants and nightlife options are appealingly priced, making it even easier to enjoy any number of romantic meals out.
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30Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Shoppers of all budgets can find a lot to love in Montreal, from the Marché Jean-Talon farmers market to the mid-range trendy shops and department stores along rue Ste-Catherine, to the more cutting edge fashions of rues St-Denis and St-Laurent, to the high end luxury boutiques on rue Sherbrooke.
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      Montreal
      With its European ambiance, Quebecois joie de vivre and its elegant architecture, Montreal is ideal for romantic escapes. Intimate bistros, perfect for tête-à-têtes, nestle on cobblestone streets. Patio tables give views of Montrealers strolling their streets. A thrilling slew of hot hotels and nightlife make for exciting nights.
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      Montreal
      Since Cartier landed in Montreal in 1535, it has evolved from a small village into a major world metropolis. Trace its development from the days of Champlain as you walk through Old Montreal's Parisian-style streets, explore the Botanical Gardens and visit the renowned Notre-Dame Basilica.
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31Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto, Japan
Shopping amidst Tokyo's infinite options can be dizzying, so knowing the neighbourhoods is crucial: Go to Ginza for upscale boutiques and department stores, Akihabara for electronics, Omotesando and Aoyama for high-end fashion, Harajuku and Shibuya for young trendy clothing, and Kanda for bookstores.
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      Tokyo
      Tokyo can't be judged from the outside, since those expecting ancient monuments will instead be greeted with modern drabness. The Imperial Palace, still home to the Emperor, shouldn't be missed, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum details the city's history. Sensoji Temple is the city's oldest, and the Tokyo National Museum holds the largest collection of Japanese art in the world.
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32Beverly Hills, California, United States
Developed as a shopping district in the 1970s, Beverly Hills' high end Rodeo Drive is a ritzy throwback to the halcyon days of Main Street shopping. Celebrities stalk the sidewalks, big name bags in hand. More than 60 elite clothing and jewellery stores line this main affluent shopping artery.
33Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Queen Street at Auckland's city centre is home to a bounty of mainstream outlets including department store Smith & Caughey and many duty-free shops, while parallel High Street is the spot for chic fashion boutiques like Karen Walker and World. Polynesian crafts are an especially popular Auckland draw.
34Zurich, Switzerland
A central square kilometre lures eager speciality shop enthusiasts to this stately city. Elegant Bahnhofstrasse is one of Europe's most intriguing streets and is home to impressive department stores. Go further to discover jewellery and shoe stores, and don't miss the underground spendapalooza at Shopville.
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      Zurich
      Located in the heart of Switzerland, Zurich retains its 19th-century charm. Despite its puritanical reputation, things are loosening up. Fans of the Dada movement will rejoice in its birthplace, and the famous 11th-century Grossmunster is worth a stop. Thirty museums detail the country's history and art.
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35Bahamas, Caribbean
Unique shopping opportunities can be found across the Bahamas' many islands, but the biggest concentration is along and around Bay Street in downtown Nassau, where you'll find department stores, boutiques and duty-free shops, as well as a lively straw market selling art, crafts and designer knock-offs.
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      Bahamas
      The Bahamas boasts an enticing array of gambling destinations. Grand Bahama's big draws include Freeport's Bahamia and Lucaya's Isle of Capri, while Paradise Island, adjacent to Nassau, boasts the thrilling, glittering Atlantis Resort, a fairy-tale destination with a 7-acre lagoon, towers, glass sculptures and fantastic gaming.
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      Bahamas
      Whatever you look for in a beach, the Bahamas has it. With sands that range from pink to white to sugary, waters that are blue or crystal clear, waves that cater to water sports or swimming and sunsets that are always romantic, the Bahamian shores are brilliant and unforgettable.
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      Bahamas
      The Bahamas offers families 700 islands of fun, sun and nature. Marvel at the tropical wildlife, plunder away at Pirates in the Bahamas, or explore the Adventure Learning Centre's petting farm, planetarium and nature trail. Of course, there are always relaxing beaches for family fun.
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36Bermuda, Caribbean
Bermuda's best shopping is in the City of Hamilton, the capital, where Front Street is the main buyer's drag. Fine British and Irish clothing and tableware are among the better finds, with prices cheaper than in their homelands due to Bermuda's lack of sales tax. St. George also boasts some good shops.
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      Bermuda
      The real Bermuda triangle comprises pink beaches, inspiring marine life and family fun. Even on rainy days, kids love the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and its 140,000-gallon replica of a living coral reef, as well as the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute's shipwrecks, artefacts and shark cage.
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      Bermuda
      The scents of hibiscus and oleander fill the air, balmy Trade Winds blow, secluded pink-sand beaches surround hidden coves, and candles twinkle during intimate dinners on this island made for couples. Horse-drawn carriages, stunning sunsets and moonlit strolls complete Bermuda's romantic ambience.
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      Bermuda
      Most famous for their pink sands, Bermuda's beaches are so good for swimming and water sports that most visitors will find that the Bermudan waters match the brilliance of its shores. Take a dip in the tranquil waters at Elbow Beach or try snorkelling at Warwick Long Bay.
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37Adelaide, Greater Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
With its 800+ shops, expansive Rundle Mall at Adelaide's city centre is the undisputed king of local consumerism, with everything from high-end fashion to fresh produce to aboriginal crafts. Adelaide is also the heart of the world's opal industry, selling gorgeous stones from South Australian mines.
38Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
From the older department stores of the Centro Historico district, to local handicraft markets like Bazar del Sabado in San Angel, to the upscale shops and boutiques of the Polanco neighbourhood, huge Mexico City has a plethora of shopping options, and something to fit every style and price range.
39Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Vieux Port is a thriving, diverse shopping area with a rich merchant heritage. European influences abound in the charming 400-year-old city. A proliferation of antique stores has sprung on Rue St Paul, while galleries display excellent indigenous art and crafts. Don't forget to pick up ice wine and maple syrup.
40Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
With its selection of shopping malls, open air markets, and quite a few areas that actually blend the two, Johannesburg draws shoppers from across Africa. Sandton City (with the adjacent Nelson Mandela Square) and Rosebank Mall (with the next-door African Crafts Market) are two of Joburg's shopping musts.
41Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
While Santiago has a couple of American-style shopping centres, Mall Panorámico is a better and slightly more authentic local choice, with a cavalcade of cool but reasonably priced goods being sold by over a hundred vendors. For Chilean handicrafts, clothing, jewellery and antiques, Los Dominicos is the place.
42St Maarten-St Martin, Caribbean
Dutch on the south and French on the north, St. Maarten/St. Martin is an entirely duty-free island, rendering it a playground for shoppers. Jewellery, high-end clothing and local and European crafts are especially popular. In St. Maarten, Philipsburg is the main shopping town; in St. Martin, it's Marigot.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      A glittering constellation of casinos is scattered across the vibrant Dutch side of St. Maarten. Some are Vegas-style, themed casinos, such as underwater-themed Atlantis and the Ancient Rome-inspired Coliseum. There's no shortage of hot entertainment options to add to the excitement.
    • Family Fun
      St Maarten-St Martin
      The island of Saint Maarten/Saint Martin offers twice the international flavour of a single holiday. Swim in the calm, clear waters of Le Gallion or Pinel Island beaches, hike through rain forest-like landscapes at Loterie Farm, or chase fluttering, colourful creatures at the Butterfly Farm.
    • Romance
      St Maarten-St Martin
      A spicy marriage of European and Caribbean cultures, St. Maarten/St. Martin boasts lavish elegance and secluded beaches on the cosmopolitan French side and a bustling centre in Dutch-hued St. Maarten. Zouk, calypso, reggae and jazz soundtrack thrilling romantic dining experiences at some of the region's best restaurants.
    • Beaches & Sun
      St Maarten-St Martin
      There is no shortage of beautiful shoreline on St. Martin, which boasts some 37 beaches. What sets these apart from other Caribbean beaches is their breathtaking environs--visitors will not only be stunned by the white sand and gorgeous water but also by caves, cliffs, palm trees and rock formations.
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43Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
No surprise that the biggest city in South America would overflow with shopping prospects, from the bargain market stalls of Rua 25 de Marco to the high end shops and boutiques of the Jardins area. If it's a mall you crave, you can't do better than Shopping Patio Higienopolis, one of the city's tonier haunts.
44Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Alberta's capital offers an abundance of shopping options, with the lion's share concentrated at West Edmonton Mall, North America's largest shopping centre, featuring more than 800 stores. If that's not enough, the city's historic Old Strathcona district boasts more than 300 shops and boutiques.
45Curacao, Caribbean
The capital of Willemstad is naturally the capital of Curacao shopping, with the picturesque Dutch-tinged pedestrian-only Punda neighbourhood having for centuries been the focal point. Here you'll find fine European wares from the Netherlands and beyond, as well as Caribbean-made art, crafts and liquor.
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      Curacao
      Considered a diving paradise, Curacao provides and island of wonders to couples. Spoil your loved one with morning swims in warm, clear waters, afternoon lounging on sunny beaches, sunset-lit walks through 17th-century architecture or romantic world-class dining.
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      Curacao
      Curacao is a good bet for those looking for that lucky combination of gambling, glorious beaches and an array of outdoors activities. Balance time on the tables with daytime delights such as scuba diving, befriending dolphins, golf and wandering the streets of Chrisoffelpark and Willemstad.
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      Curacao
      Thirty-eight small, gorgeous beaches frame the turquoise waters around Curacao, and each one offers a distinct experience, from secluded to surrounded by cliffs. Scuba divers and snorkelers will find this a world-class destination, as will windsurfers and boaters of all kinds.
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46St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean
The gorgeous Caribbean paradise of St. Thomas is a haven for those seeking sun, sand and shopping bargains. Both local and imported items, such as liquor, European china, crystal and jewellery, can be an absolute steal on this duty-free island, where U.S. citizens pay no tax on purchases up to $1200.
47West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Sometimes called "the Rodeo Drive of Florida," West Palm's Worth Avenue is home to a multitude of the uppest-of-upscale boutiques, including Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and Gucci. More reasonably priced but still very nice, City Place and its 80-odd shops have helped revitalize West Palm's downtown area.
48Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Home to the country's largest shopping mall, the 520-store Mall of America, as well as 1956's historic Southdale, the first mall to be built in the U.S., Minneapolis is an enticing shopping destination. No tax on apparel makes the better known half of the Twin Cities an even more enticing option.
49Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, Mexico
Known for its beautiful black pottery, textiles, baskets, painted tin and woodcarvings, Oaxaca is a delight for seekers of Mexican handicrafts. The Benito Juarez Market at the city centre is best for fresh food and produce, while the Tlacolula Market just outside of town is great for rugs and such on Sundays.
50Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
Uruguay's capital and largest city offers a variety of indoor shopping possibilities (like downtown's appropriately named Montevideo Shopping Centre), but is perhaps more cherished for its informal markets like Mercado del Puerto, Villa Biarritz Fair (Saturdays only) and Tristan Narvaja (Sundays only).
51Taxco, Pacific Coast, Mexico
A tradition dating back to the city's origins as a colonial mining capital, silver is the focal point of Taxco shopping, and indeed the most popular tourist pursuit. All around the picturesque town you'll find sellers of silver finery, from open air markets to metal workshops to high end boutiques.