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CORK

Ireland’s second city takes first place when it comes to independent shopping, with quirky markets, vintage grottos and foodie pit stops aplenty. Here’s our pick of where to go

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Cork does a vibrant line in vintage. Start at MISS DAISY BLUE, a Tardis squirrelled away in Market Parade. Treasures here range from cool cashmere to 1970s maxi dresses, and there’s always a big collection of coats. And it’s not just the goods that are recycled — the shop’s wood panelling and its staircase are reclaimed from old local buildings. facebook.com/missdaisyblue Approximately three-quarters of Cork’s shops are independently owned, many located along strips like Oliver Plunkett Street or the tight-knit Huguenot Quarter. Magpies should check out the slightly mad mix of headpieces and accessories at ISOBELLA RU, while a handmade chocolate bar at Ó CONAIL CHOCOLATE is essential. Isobella Ru: T: 00 353 87 132 4137. oconaillchocolate.ie

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This month, we ditch the jeep to discover Africa from a different perspective. Whether on foot, by boat or hot air balloon, we’re showcasing the continent’s wild side on an active safari across Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and more. We go north of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland; discover Japan’s Tohoku region; and spend a long weekend in Vilnius. Other highlights this issue include Lima, Fife, Budapest, San Francisco and Turin, while our photo story unearths the tradition of gold panning in Costa Rica.