7 Night City Break Explorer Cruise on Anthem of the Seas from Southampton, England Paris (Le Havre), France, Panoramic City View
The 7 Night City Break Explorer Cruise from Southampton, England visits Bruges/Zeebruge (Brussels), Belgium; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Paris (Le Havre), France; Bilbao, Spain; Southampton, England. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night City Break Explorer Cruise
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Explore Anthem of the Seas
Day 1 - Southampton, England
Day 2 - Bruges/Zeebruge (Brussels), Belgium
Day 3 - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Day 4 - Paris (Le Havre), France
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Bilbao, Spain
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Southampton, England
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Paris (Le Havre), France, Panoramic City View
A panoramic view of Paris, France
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Leaving from
Southampton, England
Onboard
Anthem of the Seas
Day Port
1
Southampton, England
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Bruges/Zeebruge (Brussels), Belgium
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
3
Rotterdam, Netherlands
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4
Paris (Le Havre), France
From 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Bilbao, Spain
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Southampton, England
Arrives at 5:30 AM
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Your ship Anthem of the Seas

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Anthem of the Seas
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Anthem of the Seas, Aerial view with North Star
An aerial view of Anthem of the Seas with North Star
Get to know
Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas® isn't the same old song. It's a US Tri-State thrill ride that packs in cutting-edge experiences – like North Star®, which gives you 360-degree views from 90 metres above sea level. And flavour firsts, like creative fare at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Plus showstoppers like We Will Rock You.

UPGRADE YOUR PLAY

Defy gravity with a free-falling experience on Ripcord® by iFLY®. Practise your surf skills on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Score views 90 metres above sea level in North Star®. And witness a spellbinding show in Two70®.

A CULINARY CAPITAL AT SEA

This is a culinary scene to rival many metropolitan cities. Get your family-style fix at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, and sip cocktails crafted by robots at the Bionic Bar®. Venture down the rabbit hole at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Or dine like a VIP at Coastal Kitchen – exclusively for suites guests and Pinnacle Club members.

WOW- WORTHY SHOWS

Settle in for the best of Broadway at Sea. Watch as cinema, pop culture and tech combine in Spectra's Cabaret. Embark on a musical journey of fantasy and illusion in The Gift. And rock out to Queen classics in We Will Rock You.

ROOM FOR ADVENTURE

We’re redefining the way you stay, one room at a time. With quiet comfort and services designed to exceed your expectations across a broad range of rooms. From an Interior stateroom to the most expansive and incredible suites at sea – Royal Suite Class, offering a whole new level of luxury, exclusive access and inclusive facilities.

Day 1: Southampton, England

Day 1
Southampton
England
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Southampton, England, The Bargate gatehouse
The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
Things to do in
Southampton
Departs at 5:00 PM
Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town – walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 – Southampton is where the historic ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.
Southampton, England, Stonehenge
View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument – it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.
Southampton, England, SeaCity Museum
The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travellers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travellers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.
Southampton, England, The Bargate Close Up View
Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armour

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors with a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.
Southampton, England, Fish and chips
Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavours: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.
Southampton, England, Various Antiques
Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewellery.

Day 2: Bruges/Zeebruge, Belgium

Day 2
Bruges/Zeebruge
Brussels, Belgium
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Bruges, Belgium Colorful Waterfront Homes
Various colorful homes reflecting on a canal in Bruges, Belgium
Things to do in
Bruges/Zeebruge
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Bruges offers the best of both worlds: a European cultural hub and, not far beyond, a seafront paradise. Often called the Venice of the North, the capital of Belgium's West Flanders province is lined with canals, bridges and historic buildings. One of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, Bruges' historic town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgium cruises give you access to the lively market square and you'll see the Belfry of Bruges, a popular piece of Middle Ages architecture. Encounter the city's other personality in Zeebrugge – or 'Bruges on sea'. This international port and seafront resort is home to cafes, a beach and a marina.
Bruges, Belgium Market Square
The market square in Bruges, Belgium

Behold the Belfry

Standing 83-metres tall and founded in 1240, Bruges' Belfry tower is home to a carillon with 47 bells. Learn about the tower's history in the reception area, then ascend 366 steps up the narrow staircase for a breathtaking Bruges view.
Insider tip
There's always something happening at Markt in Bruges, whether it's amusement rides, performances or a market.
Bruges, Belgium Assorted Belgium Chocolates
An assortment of Belgium chocolates

Check Out Choco-Story

Belgium is synonymous with chocolate. Learn more about the history of chocolate at Bruges' chocolate museum, Choco-Story. Housed in the 16th-century Huis de Crone building, the museum lets you see chocolate being made. There's also a section dedicated to chocolate's health benefits.
Insider tip
If you're looking to get away from the crowds, check out the urban orchard Hof De Jonghe or the quaint, quiet Sint-Anna Quarter.
Bruges, Belgium Aerial View
An aerial view of Bruges, Belgium

Get a Seafront Education

Located in a former fish auction hall, at Seafront you'll learn about Belgium's fishing industry and this important world port. Check out the various activities and exhibitions – there are installations on Zeebrugge and World War II. Cruise to Belgium and visit the Russian submarine and West Hinder, the lighthouse-ship. Kids will love the pirate island and the ball pit.
Bruges, Belgium Fries with Mayonnaise
A container with fries topped with mayonnaise

Local Cuisine

Sample some classic Belgian fries, served with mayo rather than ketchup. Got a sweet tooth? Seek out Belgian waffles, or indulge in a delicious bowl of hot chocolate at The Old Chocolate House. Meanwhile, seafood is Zeebrugge's main food group of choice – the dish moules frites combines mussels with the city's signature fries.
Bruges, Belgium Traditional Home Souvenirs
Various miniature traditional home souvenirs in Bruges, Belgium

Shopping

The best shopping in Bruges is within walking distance of the historic town centre. Purchase chocolate at The Chocolate Line, Dumon or Choco-Story's gift shop. Pick up a miniature Bruges house at a traditional handicraft store. If you're visiting between March and November, explore the flea market along the Dijver every Saturday and Sunday.

Day 3: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Day 3
Rotterdam
Netherlands
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Rotterdam, Netherlands, Windmill
A several large windmills on a river in the Netherlands
Things to do in
Rotterdam
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Rotterdam is Europe's biggest port and one of the Netherlands' great surprises. Hit hard by World War II, the city was rebuilt gradually from the 1950s to the '70s – today, it's a lively, thriving metropolis that's home to a diverse, multicultural population. Get a taste of what the city used to look like at the Old Harbour or Delfshaven, a historic marina that survived the 1940 bombardment. Then, visit one of the many top-class museums, such as Boijmans, Van Beuningen or the Kunsthal in Rotterdam's Museum Park. Take a gander at the extraordinary cube houses and the sparkling market hall. Cruise to Rotterdam to relax at the Kralingse Plas lake and park, and snap a photo of the windmills.
Rotterdam, Netherlands, Colorful painted arch
The colorful painted arch of the Markthal

Marvel at Market Hall

Head to the Markthal, a striking landmark that accommodates 96 stalls and several restaurants. Sample local delicacies, such as delicious Dutch cheeses or fresh fish. The ceiling bears the world's largest artwork, the 'Horn of Plenty' by Arno Coenen, depicting colourful fruit tumbling from a sky, grazing cows and flowers.
Insider tip
The euro is the official currency in the Netherlands. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards.
Rotterdam, Netherlands, Oude Haven Harbor
View of the Oude Haven Harbor and Openlucht Binnenvaart Museum

Art En Plein Air

Stroll through Rotterdam's Museum Park and visit the Kunsthal, designed by architect Rem Koolhaas. It hosts regularly changing experimental modern art exhibitions. Close by is the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which displays world-class artworks by Dutch artists such as Piet Mondrian and Vincent van Gogh.
Insider tip
You can explore Rotterdam by foot, or take the tram, metro or bus.
Rotterdam, Netherlands, Delfshaven historic district
Boats docked at the Delfshaven historic district

Charm by the Canal

Head to Delfshaven, a picturesque marina and one of the few parts of the city that survived the 1940 bombardment. Admire the historic canal houses, and browse the art studios and boutiques full of antiques and bric-a-brac. Fuel up in one of the down-to-earth eateries, or sample some local craft beer in a brewery.
Rotterdam, Netherlands, Bitterballen dish
Eight bitterballen on a plate with a dipping sauce

Local Cuisine

From exotic foreign cuisine to traditional Dutch dishes, you can find something for every taste here. Rotterdam's internationally inspired comfort food is patatje oorlog, french fries covered in satay peanut sauce, mayo and diced onion. At a pub, order bitterballen, a deep-fried croquette of shredded meat and roux served with mustard. For dessert, try appeltart, a super-moist apple pie that's reminiscent of bread pudding.
Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ceramic shoes
An assortment of souvenir ceramic shoes in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Shopping

Shops in Rotterdam are open every day. The city centre offers plenty of choice in the Beurstraverse, Lijnbaan and Meent, as well as the exclusive Van Oldenbarnevelt street. Witte de With is the cultural shopping street with a wide choice in art boutiques. For vintage clothes and art, go to concept store Toko 51. With your Netherlands cruise, keep an eye out for the signature Dutch trinket: a tiny set of decorative pottery clogs.

Day 4: Paris, France

Day 4
Paris
Le Havre, France
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Paris (Le Havre), France, Eiffel Tower
View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Things to do in
Paris
From 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Paris is an iconic city – a melange of everything artistic and sublime, with a worldwide reputation for excellence in cuisine, fashion, architecture and the fine arts. After you take the drive in from the port (just over two hours), hit the streets to see the city's monumental landmarks: Pass through the Arc de Triomphe, and stand in the presence of the Eiffel Tower. The beauty here is only matched by the history and culture. Cruise to Paris to feel the cool morning air outside Gothic Notre Dame cathedral, and see works from prehistoric to post-modern at the Louvre. At evening, walk the lamplit avenues as restaurants' wooden tables and rattan chairs spill onto the pavements and terraces. Pull up a seat, order a glass of vin rouge and a plate of pate on toast, and dive in.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Famous Gargoyles
Famous gargoyles overlooking the city of the Paris, France

Astounding Architecture

Climb the steps of the heaven-scratching Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of Paris. Then, head to the gargoyle-clad Notre Dame, perhaps the most famous cathedral in the world. And don't miss the Romano-Byzantine influences of the unique Sacre Coeur Basilica.
Insider tip
Take the time to stroll the streets of Paris and find restaurants, boutiques and bars hidden inside little nooks.
Paris (Le Havre), France, The Louvre
View of The Louvre museum in Paris, France

Home of the Arts

Paris is home to perhaps the most famous museum on Earth, the Louvre. It houses the equally well-known 'Mona Lisa'. But Paris is also home to Musee d'Orsay, an impressionist art hub, as well as the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, focused on the decorative arts.
Insider tip
Scout for impressive views of the city by reaching the top decks of buildings and landmarks.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Parisian Cafe
View of a typical Parisian cafe in Paris, France

Hang with the Locals

Escape the beaten tracks and discover a side of Paris that few tourists get to see. Cruise to Paris and head to Canal St Martin to find hip boutiques and cafes with verandas overlooking the water. Then, head to the less-crowded top decks of Montparnasse Tower or the Arc de Triomphe for Paris vistas.
Insider tip
Sample Parisian desserts beyond macarons and chocolate-filled croissants. Try local sables or pates de fruits.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Escargot Dish
Escargots on a white plate with a side of sliced bread

Local Cuisine

You'll find Paris' Michelin-starred restaurants in the neighbourhoods lining either side of the Seine. Head there at the noon hour for lower-priced lunch menus. Feeling adventurous? Try French classics like escargot and bone marrow on toast. If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss le Paris-Brest, a circular cake filled with praline cream during your Paris cruise.
Insider tip
Leave time for getting to and from the port: Paris and Le Havre are just over two hours apart.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Designer Storefront
A typical designer storefront in Paris, France displaying shoes and handbags

Shopping

The Champ Elysees may be the most famous shopping avenue in Paris, with designer boutiques and global chain stores But it's in lesser-known neighbourhoods – like North Marais and Rue du Chateau d'Eau – where you can find one-of-a-kind and handcrafted jewellery and goods, as well as the city's funkier fashion options.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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North Star During Sunset
North Star During Dusk
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
North Star During Sunset
North Star During Dusk

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure – with 360-degree views of the world from 100 metres above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule – winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Basketball at Daytime
SeaPlex at Sunrise

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and dodgem cars – it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  
Ripcord by iFly Instructor with a Kid
Boy Enjoying the iFly with Instructor

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving – and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.

Day 6: Bilbao, Spain

Day 6
Bilbao
Spain
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Bilbao, Spain Cityscape
A view of the Bilbao, Spain cityscape
Things to do in
Bilbao
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The new and the old meet head-on in Bilbao – the unofficial capital of Basque country in Spain's northwest, near southern France. Once an industrial capital, the opening of the Guggenheim in 1997 propelled Bilbao into a hub of outstanding art, architecture and gastronomy. Today, modern trams travel on historic avenues like the Siete Calles ('Seven Streets') of Casco Viejo – Bilbao's medieval quarter, which today is dotted with boutiques, bakeries and outdoor cafés. Meanwhile, futuristic buildings like the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum and the Gran Hotel Domine hang over the Nervion river that runs through the city. There's no other city with such a polarity of scenes in Spain. Get onboard a Spain cruise and see for yourself why Bilbao is the pride and joy of Basque Country.
Bilbao, Spain Hilltop Chapel
A hilltop chapel in Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao's Nature

Bilbao may be famous for architecture, but the rolling green hills, panoramic coastline and lush plazas will enchant you as well. Reach Mount Artxanda by cable car for sweeping vistas of the city. Walk by ponds and fountains at Parque de Dona Casilda de Iturrizar, and reach the riverside walkways for close-up urban views of Bilbao.
Insider tip
Don't miss Bilbao's outskirts – check out the coastal suburb Getxo, a 25-minute train ride away, which offers lush green mountains and ocean views.
Bilbao, Spain Downtown Architecture
Various buildings in downtown Bilbao, Spain that show the city's wonderful architecture

Bask in Basque Culture

Check out the Euskal Museoa and the Arkeologi Museoa for a look into the Basque Country's past. Cruise to Spain to stroll down medieval streets in Casco Viejo, the historical center of Bilbao, or down the Gran Via boulevard for a glimpse into the daily lives of locals, who are usually moving from one pintxos (tapas) tavern to the next.
Insider tip
Follow the locals and hop from one pintxos bar to the next, sampling a variety of dishes.
Bilbao, Spain Aerial View of City
An aerial view of the city of Bilbao, Spain

Artistic Heights

Take in the monumental beauty of the Guggenheim by first exploring the outside. You'll see how architect Frank Gehry blended titanium, glass and limestone to conceive elegant curves and sharp edges in this masterpiece of modernity. Then, head inside to see the other masterpieces created by legends like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and more.
Insider tip
Instead of taking a cab or hiring a car, discover Bilbao more intimately by bike.
Bilbao, Spain Cod Dish
A filet of cod with side dished on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Food is a pastime in Bilbao. Sample bacalao al pil pil (cod with garlic), Marmitako (tuna and vegetable stew) and savoury pintxos, the local version of tapas. Stop by El Globo and La Barraca for a quick bite-sized dish, or head to Mina and Azurmendi for Michelin-starred experiences.
Bilbao, Spain Botas Wine Flasks
An assortment of botas wine flasks

Shopping

In Bilbao, you do your shopping on historic streets and sprawling urban areas, with hidden gems in between. Go to the old town and look for the classic botas (wineskin flasks), txapelas (berets) or pañuelos (kerchiefs). Head north to the Abando district for modern shops offering more contemporary wares.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Jamie's Italian Spinach Rotolo
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FOR FOODIES
Jamie's Italian Chicken Porcini Bruschetta
Chicken Porcini Bruschetta with Zesty Lime

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, sit down to Tuscan-inspired cuisine crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs. Seasonal ingredients meet authentic recipes in family-style dishes that range from homemade pastas and classic Italian entrees, to contemporary creations infused with rustic influences.
Grilled NY-Strip Steak -  Chops Grille
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.

Chops Grille℠

For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialized in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.

Day 8: Southampton, England

Day 8
Southampton
England
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Southampton, England, Yachts docked at Ocean Village Marina
Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
Things to do in
Southampton
Arrives at 5:30 AM
Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town – walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 – Southampton is where the historic ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.
Southampton, England, Stonehenge
View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument – it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.
Southampton, England, SeaCity Museum
The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travellers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travellers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.
Southampton, England, The Bargate Close Up View
Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armour

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors with a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.
Southampton, England, Fish and chips
Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavours: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.
Southampton, England, Various Antiques
Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewellery.

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