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It’s been dubbed the seven-minute miracle: teams of high-speed cleaners, with wide smiles and plastic flowers clipped to their hats, leap on board Japanese bullet trains and carry out a meticulous cleaning routine, before the next batch of passengers come on board. The spectacle, which unfolds with near-mundane regularity every day on train platforms, is
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Despite its legacy of Soviet architecture and passion for luxurious bling, Moscow can be a surprisingly stylish place. There are plenty of design stores throughout the city, a Design Week since 2010, and many hotels adhere to Western standards of interior chic. The Standart, the country’s first Design Hotel member, certainly raised the bar when
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Riviera Travel has been providing luxury escorted tours for more than 35 years. Voted Which? Travel Brand of the Year in 2017. Travellers are delighted with the professionalism and knowledge of the local guides, and the value for money. 97% of travellers book again. This holiday is provided by, and your resulting contract and booking
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For over a century, San Sebastián has been a destination for the rich. Queen María Cristina made it her summer home in the early 20th century, sparking a trend in sophisticated summering, as well as an explosion of Belle Époque architecture. With the second-most Michelin stars per capita it’s a glutton’s heaven, and its unique
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Autumn is here, with Monday’s equinox marking the official start of the new season. Together, the crisper air, golden leaves and sense of back-to-school energy make this the ideal time to explore the capital and its surroundings by bike or on foot. Such healthy endeavours are helped along by London’s annual Car Free Day, which takes
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With usually plentiful snowfall and generally quiet slopes, Canada offers huge attractions for skiers and snowboarders coming from the UK. Piste grooming is great, and anyone going off-piste can do so without a guide. This is because, unlike in Europe, everywhere within the ski area boundary, however steep or challenging, is avalanche controlled and patrolled. Nonetheless, it’s important
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In an effort to highlight this, one of the world’s leading snow-sports brands, Burton Snowboards, has announced it will be joining millions of students and workers from around the world in support of the Global Climate Strike, which is taking place over the next two weeks on September 20 and 27. On both days the
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When I first started going to Israel in the early 2000s, there was a curious gap between the food and drink scene (outstanding) and the hotels, which were… embarrassingly dated. Even in Tel Aviv, the lifestyle centre of Israel, the offerings, especially in the luxury sector, amounted to American-branded concrete behemoths lining the beach. When,
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Autumn is a splendid time to visit Britain’s finest hotel gardens: think carpets of crisp leaves, pumpkin gardens, apple orchards, russet-coloured forests and saffron hills. Here are a selection of the best hotels for autumn colours, where vibrant views can be enjoyed on heart-racing estate zip wires, from four-poster beds with a glass of sherry,
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