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The ultimate Euro food trip!

Costa Brava (Catalonia, Spain) and Emilia Romagna (Italy) are two of my favourite regions in Europe as they offer all the elements of a perfect Velvet Escape – think romantic medieval towns, gorgeous hotels, colourful markets, beautiful nature, history, art, beaches and last but certainly not least, some of the most divine food and wines […]

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Sant Narcis Festival (image courtesy of Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona).

A tower of strength, unity and balance

I’ve seen them perform on several occasions and I would quiver as these brave souls climbed atop each other to build human towers, often exceeding 7-8 levels high! It’s an impressive show of strength, teamwork, balance and most of all, courage, but I often wondered what motivated them to go to such extraordinary lengths to […]

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A romantic evening cruise in Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With its grand buildings and boulevards, bustling markets, historic thermal baths and eclectic architectural styles, Budapest is definitely one of my favourite European cities! I’d been to Budapest several times before but on my most recent trip, I did something I’d […]

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Exploring Vienna in a day by foot

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is arguably one of the grandest capitals in Europe. I’ve visited this beautiful city five times over the years and have gotten to know it fairly well. My most recent visit was during a river cruise from Budapest (Hungary) to Nuremberg (Germany) with Viking Cruises. The ship stopped in Vienna […]

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The windmills of Consuegra

As someone living in the Netherlands, a country that’s famous the world over for its windmills, I’m naturally intrigued every time I stumble across these wonderful machines anywhere in the world. During my trip to the region of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain, I visited the beautiful windmills of Consuegra (map). Located about 60km from […]

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A gorgeous wine region you should know about

I’ve visited many wine regions around the world, from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia to Stellenbosch in South Africa, and Tuscany in Italy to the Napa Valley in California. One wine region I recently visited turned out to be a wonderful surprise: South Styria in the southeastern corner of Austria, about a two-hour drive […]

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Plane views: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an historic, walled town near the southernmost tip of Croatia. The town can trace its roots back to the 7th century AD and at its pinnacle in the 15th and 16th centuries, Dubrovnik rivalled Venice in terms of trade and wealth. These days, Dubrovnik (map) is a popular destination for travellers from around […]

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Seven things to do in Toledo

Toledo is an historic city in central Spain, located about 70km south of Madrid. Its impressive history goes all the way back to Roman times and through the centuries, Toledo became a centre of commerce, law and literature for the Visigoths, and later under the rule of Arabs and Castilians. In 1986, the city was declared […]

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The impressive walls of Dubrovnik.

Walking the walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an historic town on the Dalmatian coast of southern Croatia, and one of the most popular destinations on the Adriatic Sea. A UNESCO World Heritage town, Dubrovnik (map) can trace its history back to the 7th century AD and through the centuries came under the control of, amongst others, the Byzantines, Venetians and […]

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Discovering the South Styrian Wine Road

South Styria. To be honest, I’d never heard of this region before until my recent trip to Austria. Situated about a two-hour drive southwest of Vienna, South Styria is a gorgeous region with green rolling hills, mile after mile of vineyards, picturesque villages, wine taverns and lovely, family-owned hotels and inns. I spent several days […]

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