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The house of Napoleon

Napoleon Museum, Switzerland There’s a house on the shores of Lake Constance in Switzerland that, albeit pretty, is quite unassuming from the outside. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you might just mistake it for another residence of a wealthy Swiss citizen – of which there are many. But this house has a history that is revealed once you step through the doors. It was the refuge of Hortense de Beauharnais, the stepdaughter of Napoleon, who was forced to flee France and marry her stepuncle, Louis Bonaparte, who together were named King and Queen of The Netherlands. The house is called Arenenberg and in 1906 it became the property of the state. With the space, they created a museum in honour of Napoleon and his family. The museum has taken many forms in the years since it began but most recently it has been restored to resemble how it would have...

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22 November

Where the toys live on without us

Zurich Toy Museum, Switzerland Looking through the glass, into the cabinets, you can start to get a sense of the joy that once existed. Sedentary now, orphaned, these toys are merely relics. Like a car without a key, or a torch without a battery, they are not complete without their owners. It’s the love of a child that brings these objects to life. A museum is a fitting place for these toys to end up because now they are simply reminders of what once was. That’s not to say that the collection can’t still bring joy… but it’s fleeting and detached. For many visitors to the Zurich Toy Museum, there’s a connection with particular items – and a connection to a shared history. But it’s a nostalgic reminder, not a reconciliation. Toys are for boys. Toys are for girls. Warm memories are for adults. The Zurich Toy Museum, like many a box of...

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22 June
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The most expensive shopping street

Zurich's Bahnhoffstrasse, Switzerland Have you got a bit of spare change to buy something with? Then don’t come to Zurich’s Bahnhoffstrasse shopping street. Around these parts, you may need a bank loan if you’re hoping to make a purchase. Bahnhoffstrasse has the reputation for being the most expensive shopping strip in the world. Some of the most famous fashion houses have outlets here – Armani, Gucci, Prada. Amongst them you’ll find stores for companies like Rolex, Cartier, Tiffany. Window shopping is free but step through any of those doors and you’ll want a pretty healthy limit on your credit cards. This street is either for the super rich or for us ordinary folk who are making a one-off special (and extravagant) purchase. Let's take a look at a couple of examples, so you can get a sense of what it is like. Fancy buying this outfit for a night out? Well I hope you...

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21 June