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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Punta Arenas II

What: A selection of wild meats of Patagonia, including wild goose, beaver, rhea and llama. Where: Remezón (Punta Arenas, Chile). Note: Patagonia is not only famous for its stunning nature. I soon discovered that the food is amazing too. Fresh seafood can be found everywhere whilst game is plentiful. Punta Arenas boasts several top-notch restaurants, […]

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Plane views: Santiago to Punta Arenas

The plane trip from Santiago to Punta Arenas in Chile was one of the most scenic flights I’ve ever been on. I was extremely lucky: the clear sunny weather made it possible to enjoy the stunning, uninterrupted views of the Andes mountains, lakes, volcanos and countless fjords. If you’re southbound, sit on the left side of the […]

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A world of inspiration: The Man Behind the Miracle

A great thing about travelling is the many, often unexpected, sources of inspiration we encounter. One of the best sources of inspiration lies in the people we meet. I’m certain that we all have travel stories to tell in which we met someone inspiring who may even have had an influence on us in some way […]

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Five splendid ‘new world’ wineries in the Southern Hemisphere

Europe has many of the finest wineries in the world. Anyone who has visited the Bordeaux region, Burgundy, Tuscany, Veneto or Rioja can attest to the stunning scenery and some of the most heavenly wines in the world. In the past ten years, however, wines from the ‘new world’ (these include Chile, Argentina, South Africa, […]

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A desert full of wonders – San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

A desert full of wonders – San Pedro de Atacama (a page from my Travel Journal) A very good friend of mine persuaded me to visit northern Chile. I was quite hesitant at first because it’s a desert region and I’m not a big fan of deserts! They’re very dry and extremely hot; elements which […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Robinson Crusoe Inn, Valparaiso

The Robinson Crusoe Inn is situated in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso (‘Valpo’), approximately 120 kilometers west of Santiago. The inn is perched on a hillside in the rustic neighbourhood of Cerro Bellavista and boasts a truly breathtaking view of the city, the port and Valparaiso’s harbour. The inn’s rather ramshackle exterior forms a […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Portland

What: Fresh crawfish Where: Jake’s Famous Crawfish (Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.) Note: I thought the crawfish served in this rather touristy but very popular restaurant were good, though not as good as the stuff you can get in New Orleans! A good friend of mine who lives there had a look at this photo and went […]

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The murals of Valparaiso

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I visited Valparaiso (known locally as ‘Valpo’). My knowledge of the city was limited to the fact that it’s the leading port of Chile, about 120 kilometers west of Santiago, it’s on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and that it’s situated along the edges of a massive bay. Some […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Valparaiso

What: Fresh prawns and scallops in a whisky and cumin sauce. Where: Café Turri (Valparaiso, Chile). Note: The combination of the freshest prawns and scallops with a light whisky sauce and a sprinkling of cumin seeds was absolutely divine! The Montes Alpha (my favourite Chilean vineyard) Sauvignon Blanc that accompanied this starter was sublime! Café Turri is […]

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Plane Views: Vancouver to Portland (OR)

I just love looking at the view of our planet from above. One of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen was on a flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam in the summer. I couldn’t sleep so instead, I lifted the screen and I was totally bowled over. We were flying across the Canadian Arctic and […]

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