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October 2014

Red October Factory, Moscow

“Krasny Oktyabr”, as it’s called by locals, is a 4.72-hectare mixed-use complex located on the westernmost part of Bolotny Island, not far from the Kremlin. Plans to convert the 19th Century complex into residences were stymied in the face of a faltering economy, but it wasn’t long before the creative community moved in to transform the area into one of Moscow’s coolest neighbourhoods

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Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice

Store manager Gianni Coppola opened Libreria Acqua Alta with owner Luigi Frizzo ten years ago. The shop oozes Venetian character and authenticity, with stacks of books piled in every nook and cranny. Being Venice, the store floods regularly, but the books are protected by storing them in various boats and bath tubs, including a full sized gondola. It’s these quirky details that the bookshop is known for.

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Houston: Food City

Texas has more to offer than barbecue, as Chaney Kwak discovers in Houston – a city where the food scene is flourishing. At night and on weekends, once commuters ebbed to the suburbs, downtown Houston used to be no-man’s land. In the past two years, however, the historic Market Square Park area has come alive with outdoor restaurants, smart bars and live music venues

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The Building of Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

The Madinat Jumeirah’s official opening took place in October 2004, and it is now one of the most iconic resorts in the world. This month marks the 10th anniversary of Madinat Jumeirah’s opening. Here CEO of Mirage Leisure And Development, Dene Murphy, President and Group CEO of Jumeirah Group, Gerald Lawless, and founder of KCA International, Khuan Chew, recall the project

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Paul Oakenfold, Our man in Los Angeles

The British record producer and DJ found his creative zeal and lifetime home in Los Angeles. He says: “Los Angeles is my home now. A few things clicked for me about the city. One: it is definitely the capital of entertainment. Two: I needed to be here because I was getting all of these opportunities in film. And three: I enjoyed being around creative people”

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Last Look, Barcelona

Garikoitz Irusta, 35, an industrial designer photographed in the Gothic Quarter, has lived in Barcelona for 13 years. He says: “I came here to study design, and now, more than a decade later, I’m still living here. I’m Basque, so I like the weather in Barcelona, of course, as it is really sunny. Barcelona is also by the sea, which makes the city really fresh"

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Room 220, Ham Yard Hotel, London

Ham Yard Hotel seems to have appeared out of nowhere, revitalising a forgotten space between Great Windmill Street and Denman Street in the heart of Soho. Presiding over a tree-filled courtyard, Ham Yard Village, the 91-room property, with its long cocktail bar, restaurant and outdoor seating, comes alive post-6pm. It boasts a gym, an original 1950s bowling alley, a theatre, a spa and a drawing room-library

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Geneva - Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Galleries

With views of snowy Alpine peaks and glittering Lac Léman, Geneva has some of the most attractive scenery in Europe. But the city doesn’t fall far behind. If you’re travelling here in winter you’ll want to indulge in fromage-y fare such as raclette and fondue, but the cosmopolitan city has as many Michelin-starred restaurants as it does Swiss lodges.

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Marta's Kitchen, Dubai

In a short time, Marta Yanci has turned a passion for natural, home-cooked food into a thriving catering business, Marta’s Kitchen, and appeared on television in both Dubai and her native Spain. Her latest venture, Marta’s Workshop, has wowed Dubai foodies with its natural ingredients, simple cooking and fuss-free eating. The European-style restaurant has brought the charm of Europe’s modest, family-owned restaurants to Dubai

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Rome - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Cristina Bowerman

Cristina Bowerman, head chef at Rome’s Glass Hostaria, reveals her favourite places to eat in the Italian capital. She names Coromandel, La Baia di Fregene, Tastevin and Il Pagliacio

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Johannesburg

A rich history, a cosmopolitan population, iconic leaders and spectacular weather combine to make Johannesburg a truly unique destination. The 19th century gold rush created a city that now boasts exceptional restaurants, vibrant clubs, accomodation ranging from five-star city hotels to camping in a lion park, and plenty to see and do. There’s a culture and spirit that’s hard to resist

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