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The wondrous caves of Nerja

There are caves and there are CAVES… the ones that make you gape in awe and fill you with an immense sense of wonder. I’ve visited many caves on my travels around the world and only a handful of them fall into this latter category. The caves of Nerja are one of them. Located near […]

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Luxury Myanmar river cruise – and the art of giving back

I met Janice and George Mucalov, two travel writers, on an Alaska cruise in 2011 and we’ve stayed in touch ever since, following each other’s travels via social media. Janice, George and I enjoy travelling in the same manner, i.e. comfortably, or rather… the ‘velvet’ way, so when Janice approached me with an idea for […]

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The magic of Phinda

We’d just passed the main gates of the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve when we spotted something moving stealthily through the tall grasses. Someone in the van yelled “STOP” and the driver hit the brakes. We trained our eyes on the patches of tall grass that lined the road, alert for any movement. Several moments […]

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The murals of Dozza

Dozza (map) is a hill-top medieval village about a 30-minute drive south of Bologna. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy (“Borghi più belli d’Italia”), Dozza is dominated by an imposing fortress, Rocca Sforzesca, and consists of a main street that circles the village in an elongated form. The village is best […]

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My annual digital detox

Gosh, 2015 is just flying by! The past six months have been amazing, with trips to some of my favourite places in the world: Helsinki, Finland My first trip took place quite soon after the start of the year… to a wintry Helsinki in Finland, where I attended the Nordic Bloggers’ Experience and MATKA tourism […]

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Ten panoramas of cities in Germany

This is a guest post by Jörg Dietrich, an architecture and streetscape photographer whom I met in Leipzig last year. Being an avid fan of architecture myself, I was impressed with his portfolio of streetscapes of cities around the world and I asked if he would like to showcase some of his photography on Velvet […]

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What I’ll be up to in Emilia Romagna

My next trip takes me to the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Located smack in the middle between the famous cities of Florence and Venice, Emilia Romagna is a diverse region boasting beautiful sandy beaches on its Adriatic coast, historic cities like Bologna, Ravenna and Modena, expansive plains and impressive mountains. Add to that an […]

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Viking Cruises on the Rhine River.

A Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises

The Rhine is one of the most famous rivers in the world. From its source in Switzerland, the river winds its way into France, where it forms the border with Germany, before continuing into Germany and finally the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. I’ve driven the length of the Rhine from the Netherlands […]

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Driving the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is regarded as the “world’s longest defined coastal touring route”. Stretching 2,500km from County Donegal in Ireland‘s far north to County Cork in the south, it sure is long but aside from its length, the Wild Atlantic Way is without doubt one of the most epic drives I’ve ever done. Along […]

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Ok, one more photo of Holland's tulip fields... because they're just amazing!

Bursts of colour from around the world

It’s a gorgeous day, the sun is shining bright and the flowers in my garden are blooming beautifully. It may be the most logical thing but it always surprises me how colours just spring to life on a sunny day, and they never fail to cheer me up! And that’s one reason why I love […]

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