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A world of inspiration: Ghosts of the Past

This week’s edition of ‘A world of inspiration‘ is brought to you by Andy Jarosz who lives in England. Andy shares with us a story about his journey with his mother to the Ukraine, her birth place. It is a poignant story about the painful memories from Europe’s darkest period and a humble ode to […]

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A world of inspiration: Pay It Forward

This edition of ‘A World of Inspiration‘ is brought to you by Alex Berger who hails from Arizona. This story is set in Croatia and is about the simple kindnesses that one never forgets. Pay It Forward 3:00AM. The evening before, I’d made an important decision. After a brief period of indecision I decided to […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Cala Sant Vicenç, Mallorca

What: Iberico ham. Where: Restaurante Modesto, Cala Sant Vicenç, Mallorca. Note: Cala Sant Vicenç is a small hamlet in the northwest of Mallorca, with a gorgeous crystal-clear, turquoise cove and a small sandy beach. The houses hug the hillsides and offer a magnificent vista of the daunting cliff face of the Formentor peninsula. Modesto is […]

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A world of inspiration: The Rebel

This week’s edition of ‘A world of inspiration‘ is brought to you by Gloria Casinadirosa who lives in the gorgeous hills of Tuscany. This romantic story is an ode to days bygone when travelling was seen as a luxury few could afford, as well as our unceasing quest for adventure. Gloria’s beautifully-worded narrative superbly captures […]

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Ten things to do in Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city (after Berlin) and is its main port. It’s a very cosmopolitan city with a small historic section (Altstadt) – most of the city was destroyed during the Second World War) – and large portions that have been redeveloped. The city is hemmed in by two lakes (the Binnenalster and […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Palma de Mallorca

What: Tuna Tataki (seared tuna with baby salad leaves, pear, cucumber, avocado and ginger dressing) Where: Caballito de Mar (Palma de Mallorca, Balearic islands, Spain) Notes: The tuna was perfectly seared and the combination with the fresh garden leaves, pear, avocado and cucumber was beautiful. The ginger dressing was an excellent touch, giving the tuna […]

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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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