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See more, do more and pack less with pocket guides, mini-telescope and jet-set bag

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Pocketful of cities Like carrying the advice of a savvy local in your pocket, Taschen 4 Cities is a compendium of stylish hotels, restaurants and boutiques of London, Paris, Berlin and New York. The 12-volume series is an easy-to-carry version of the publisher’s coffee-table books and boasts colourful hand-illustrated maps. $59.99.

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Magnify magnificence Zoom Art, a miniature telescope made by Italian company Palomar, gets you up close and personal. Examine the fine brushstrokes of a Monet, Manet or Miro through a lens that magnifies objects by six times. Architecture buffs can use it to study the intricate details of ancient buildings. €40 ($52.79).

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