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El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

An architectural marvel in Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences is a string of stunning architectural jewels in the centre of the Spanish city of Valencia. Designed by Santiago Calatrava (one of my favourite architects) and Félix Candela, the City of Arts and Sciences is a modern cultural and entertainment complex built on the old riverbed of the Turia […]

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The intersection of the Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht.

‘The One Thing’ in Amsterdam

I love trying to pinpoint ‘The One Thing’ that sums up the thrill of travel. Travelling around the world allows me to consider fresh ideas and meet people with experiences totally removed from my own. When that ‘One Thing’ is completely new, it becomes a memory that can define an entire trip. Sometimes ‘The One […]

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Plane views: Paris

Seeing Paris from the air is always a treat. Not only is it easy to recognise some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, it’s also a great way to truly appreciate the beauty of Baron Haussmann‘s stunning design of the city’s wide boulevards, epicentres […]

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Behind the scenes of the Valencia Formula One Grand Prix

Before my trip to Valencia to visit the Formula One Grand Prix, my understanding of Formula One racing was limited to fast cars that cost millions, whizzing around a track, and gorgeous girls. Sure, I’d heard of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso but that was about as many famous Formula One names as […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Benidorm

Benidorm by night. Read the accompanying post: ‘Experiencing Valencia‘. Note: my trip to Valencia and Benidorm was sponsored by the Land of Valencia and Transavia. See other Velvet moments: Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia […]

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Experiencing Valencia

Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain and is the home of paella (YUM!) and the famous Falles festival. With its seaside setting, mile upon mile of sandy beaches, a treasure trove of heritage buildings and the futuristic City of Arts & Sciences (designed by one of my favourite architects, Santiago Calatrava; and Felix Candela), […]

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The intersection of the Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht.

The canals of Amsterdam: a window into the city

My hometown, Amsterdam, with its rings of canals, historic monuments, world-class museums and vibrant nightlife is one of the most visited cities in the world. Amsterdam’s world famous canals offer visitors a unique window into the history of the city and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. In the 17th century, Amsterdam was one of the […]

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Places that inspire: Rome

A guest post by Annemarie a.k.a. @TravelingAnna Rome It isn’t difficult to become inspired by Italy. From the beautiful people, amazing food, and fantastic architecture, it’s a rare person who isn’t charmed. However, my trip, 26 years in the making, brought tears to be eyes for a different reason. To me, my Rome getaway meant […]

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Enchanting spots: Palazzo Ducale Mantua, Italy

This post is an excerpt from the book “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go” by Susan Van Allen. The book is filled with gorgeous descriptions of some of the most enchanting spots in Italy as well as lively anecdotes and fascinating historical insights. The chapters are arranged according to themes, such as Gardens, […]

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Velvet moments: spring in my garden

After a long, cold winter, it’s finally warm enough to sit in my garden and enjoy the sunshine. It’s a stunning spring day: clear, blue sky, a slight breeze and the sun’s rays feel delightfully warm. My garden is simply bursting with life and colour. The fish and the salamanders in the pond are swimming […]

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