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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Pompeii

An erotic fresco in Pompeii, Italy. Read the accompanying post: The Faces of Pompeii. See other Velvet moments: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina […]

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Keukenhof garden, Holland

An afternoon in the Keukenhof

The Keukenhof is perhaps the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attraction in the spring. Literally translated, Keukenhof means ‘kitchen garden’, and is located near the town of Lisse, about a half-hour drive southwest of Amsterdam, in the heart of one of the country’s major flower-growing regions. The Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and every […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Positano

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy. Read the accompanying posts: Breathtaking Positano and A Glorious Day at Adolfo’s. See other Velvet moments: Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina The Great Ocean Road, Australia Angkor Wat, Cambodia Laguna Chaxa, Chile

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MOSI plane

A boy’s dream

It had been a long time since I thought about my dreams as a child. I had so many of them. My family always called me a dreamer – and indeed I was. However, as I grew older, my childhood dreams gradually became a distant memory. I guess, at a certain point, we all get […]

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Palace Hotel

Ten things to do in Manchester

Manchester is a fascinating city in northwest England that’s a destination in its own right. On a casual stroll around the city, visitors will feel the city’s unmistakable spirit that lies in its pioneering past and in its trendsetting present. I found a board in the Manchester Art Gallery that beautifully describes the Manchester ‘Attitude’. […]

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Leuven Town Hall

My velvet escape travel tip: Leuven

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. When I got the question, […]

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Manchester Town Hall

A walk down Oxford Road, Manchester

Oxford Road is one of Manchester’s main throughfares. It starts at St. Peter’s Square in the heart of the city and runs very much like a straight line into the city’s southern suburbs. Dubbed ‘the Corridor’, Oxford Road is home to Manchester’s two universities, the BBC offices, various architectural gems and a host of splendid […]

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Wheel of Manchester

Experiencing Manchester

I’ve been invited by Creative Tourist to spend a few days in Manchester in the northwest of England. I’ve never been to this part of England so I’ve been doing some research. Did you know that Manchester was the largest producer of cotton goods in the 19th century and it was often called ‘Cottonopolis? The […]

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Our guide explains the sights

Zooming around Barcelona

When I received the itinerary for the travel bloggers’ trip to Catalonia last December, the first thing that caught my eye was the Segway tour of Barcelona. I’d heard of the Segway, a two-wheeled electric vehicle; I’d seen groups of Segway riders in the streets of Amsterdam and Hamburg before but I was rather apprehensive […]

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The Bull at the Bull Ring

Ten things to do in Birmingham

Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city and is located in the West Midlands region northwest of London. In the 1800’s, the city was known as the ‘Workshop of the World’ as it was here that the Industrial Revolution began. Birmingham attracted merchants and workers from around Britain as industries blossomed. A whole network of canals was […]

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