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The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar

Hand-painted ceramics, jewels, antiques, carpets (might any of them be magic?), coloured lamps, the scent of spices and leather, the rumble of the stallkeeper’s conversations… the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is one of those incredible places which makes you feel as if you’d walked into a tale from the Thousand and One Nights. more ...

Where to go on a shopping trip in Bilbao

Where to go on a shopping trip in Bilbao

Spain is a big country. In fact, the way some people look at it, it’s several countries folded into one. One of the least well-explored is the Basque Country. Tucked away in the curvature of the Bay of Biscay, powerful cities such as Bilbao have more in common with their French cousins than those from the South. When it comes to style, be elegant, look sharp and make sure you’re impeccably chic at all times. Grab your smartest coat: we’re going shopping in Bilbao. more ...

Vintage shops in Barcelona

Vintage shops in Barcelona

We all know vintage is cool. Whether your clothes are actually from the sixties or not, it’s all about creating timeless looks that feature a mix of styles, fabrics and decades. Barcelona, indisputably, is also cool. Ergo, in Barcelona, vintage shops come ten a penny (although the clothes might cost a little more than that). Here’s our guide. more ...

The best markets in Istanbul

The best markets in Istanbul

Markets in Istanbul come in all stripes, and will sell you everything and anything. The wealth of markets in Istanbul is one of the things that makes the city so vibrant. It’s here, more than anywhere else, where the hackles will rise on the back of your neck in an indication that you are witnessing the truly exotic... more ...

Istanbul Shopping Fest 2012

Istanbul Shopping Fest 2012

If shopping in Istanbul is big business, the Istanbul Shopping Fest 2012 is set to be huge. With a growing economy and investment of 50 m lira from Turkish airlines, the 2012 edition of the Istanbul Shopping Fest is sure to be a wallet-busting success. more ...

Amsterdam markets

Amsterdam markets

There are several markets in Amsterdam which are worth a visit. Here, we provide some practical information about the markets and their opening hours. more ...

Venetian Masks: The History Hiding Behind the Masks

Venetian Masks: The History Hiding Behind the Masks

If there’s one thing in Venice that’ll keep tourists window shopping, it’s the carnival masks. With originals being decorated with animal skins, fabric, jewels and striking coloured feathers, the masks are a real visual magnet. more ...

Winter sales in London 2011- 2012

Winter sales in London 2011- 2012

Yes, it’s that time of year again and the post-Christmas sales have returned to London even bigger and even better this festive season with scandalous reductions on shopping for a very merry New Year! They’ve already started but the discounts will be flowing right up until the end of January so get ready to fight your way through the stampedes and bag yourself a bargain. more ...

The best shopping outlets in Barcelona

The best shopping outlets in Barcelona

In times of crisis, we have to tighten our belts a little and change our shopping habits in line what we can afford. However, that doesn’t mean that we have to completely forget about shopping for new clothes. There are many outlets in Barcelona where you can find clothes from last season, as well as stock and samples at scandalously low prices. more ...

Markets in Barcelona, beyond the famous Boqueria Market

Markets in Barcelona, beyond the famous Boqueria Market

One of the main things that tourists look for when they come to Barcelona is the Boqueria Market, famous for its polychromatic range of colours distributed throughout its multiple fruit and vegetable stalls, as well as for the freshness of the products on sale, whether it’s meat, fish, fruit juices, or nuts etc. However, the variety of the markets in Barcelona is not limited to just this one. There are other very popular markets in Barcelona that tourists don’t know about. Thus, here is a little guide of the best markets in Barcelona. more ...

2011 Winter Sales in Milan

2011 Winter Sales in Milan

It’s that time of year again for shopping fanatics and sales freaks in the capital of chic Milan, as the 2011 Winter Sales will be officially starting on Thursday the 6th of January and running for an entire delicious week of shopping in the city and Lombardia. more ...

Seville Antique Fair 2011

Seville Antique Fair 2011

We are still in the midst of Christmas celebrations, the New Year is approaching, and Kings’ Day is still on the agenda which is when the Spanish exchange gifts unlike in England where the main celebrations take place on Christmas Day. However, Seville the city that likes a good fiesta has other events lined up following the end of festive season. Not quite the big party you were expecting (they’re saving that for April) but still interesting and a good excuse to go shopping. We are referring to none other than the second edition of the Seville Antiques Fair taking place this February in the Fibes Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre. more ...

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