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A world of inspiration: Traveling the World Ten Days a Year

This week’s edition of ‘world of inspiration‘ is brought to you by Liz Borod Wright who hails from New York. It is a delightful story about the amount of free time we have and using this time in an optimal manner to achieve a positive balance in our lives. Traveling the World Ten Days a […]

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Plane views: Millau, France

On a recent flight from Amsterdam to Majorca, I had the opportunity to view the Millau viaduct in southern France from a height of 10,000 meters (about 33,000 feet). It was an incredible sight and I managed to zoom in for some decent pictures. The Millau viaduct, designed by Sir Norman Foster, is the world’s highest […]

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Enchanting spots: Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon , just outside Reykjavik, is one of the most extraordinary spas I’ve ever been to and I can definitely recommend a visit for anyone planning a trip to Iceland. The lagoon consists of a series of aquamarine blue pools (this amazing colour is created by the silica, algae and minerals in the geothermal […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Hamburg

What: Fresh white asparagus with smoked salmon & a Hollandaise sauce Where: Friesen Keller (Hamburg, Germany) Note: The Friesen Keller is a typical Hamburg restaurant with efficient and friendly service, and hearty portions. The restaurant also has an outdoor terrace which boasts fantastic views of Hamburg’s famous landmark, the Rathaus. Late-spring is asparagus season and […]

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A world of inspiration: The Cellist & the Historian

This week’s edition of ‘A world of inspiration‘ is a remarkable story by Janice Waugh who hails from Toronto, Canada. Janice is a freelance writer and a strong advocate of solo travel. Her story is poignant yet inspiring, and above all, a lesson of how a chance meeting can motivate us to seek a better […]

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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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Enchanting spots: Amsterdam

I recently wrote an article on “The Most Impressive Tourist Attractions” and Sara, one of my readers, included a comment describing how she felt when she visited the Victoria Falls – it was a magical experience. Her honest, beautifully-worded comment got me thinking about all those enchanting places around the world that I’ve visited and […]

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A Dutch floral extravaganza

The Keukenhof (literally means ‘kitchen garden’) is the largest annual flower show in the Netherlands. The park is situated near Lisse, about a half hour drive southwest of Amsterdam. Each year, the park draws hordes of visitors from all over the world who come to feast their eyes on the amazing floral display. This year […]

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Houseboats in Amsterdam

One of the things I love about my hometown is the abundance of water – there’s the Amstel River, the Ij-harbour and the many, many miles of canals that crisscross the city centre. If the canals freeze in the winter, hordes of locals grab the opportunity to go ice-skating through the city’s splendid historic centre […]

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“Mardi Gras on steroids”

Amsterdam’s two biggest annual events are the Queen’s Birthday on the 30th of April and the Gay Pride weekend during the first weekend of August. On both occasions, the city centre turns into one big party zone attracting several hundred thousand people. The Queen’s Birthday is the only day of the year when the Dutchies […]

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