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Plane views: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah which occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. ‘KK’, as the city is locally known, has arguably one of the most beautiful locations of any city in Malaysia. It faces the gorgeous emerald-coloured South China Sea while its harbour is protected by […]

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Breathtaking Positano

Positano is a small town on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, just south of Naples. The town is truly an engineering marvel as it clings precariously onto the almost vertical slopes of the massive mountains that seemingly plunge dramatically into the sea. The colourful pastel houses are stacked atop each other and the views of the […]

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Enchanting spots: Palenque, Mexico

Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another Mayan city that is a sure highlight of a visit to southern Mexico. Nestled deep in the jungles of the mountainous region of Chiapas, Palenque does not receive the large flow of tourists as Chichén Itzá or Tulum so it’s a great place to explore at a leisurely […]

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Plane views: Mt. Vesuvius, Italy

These pictures were taken on my recent flight from Naples back home to Amsterdam. The plane took off in a westerly direction, then banked sharply to the left and continued in an upward spiral above the Bay of Naples. I was sitting on the right side of the plane (i.e. row ‘F’). The plane climbed […]

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Plane views: Putrajaya, Malaysia

All flights that approach the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from the north fly over Malaysia’s new administrative capital, Putrajaya. To have the best views, I recommend sitting on the left side of the plane (i.e. row ‘A’). Located approximately 45 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya was built at a tune of $8.1 billion to relieve […]

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Enchanting spots: Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and voted as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, is probably the most popular tourist attraction in the Yucatan, Mexico, with its proximity to Cancun ensuring a steady stream of visitors. Don’t let the large crowds deter you as this ancient Mayan city is […]

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Baobabs at sunset

The splendid Tarangire

This is the last of a four-part series on national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Tarangire National Park, about 90 kilometers southwest of Arusha in Tanzania is home to the impressive baobab tree as well as an amazing variety of wildlife. The flora in this region is dominated by the baobab trees, with their characteristically […]

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Rio de Janeiro

The ubiquitous fridge magnet: a reader’s collection

I never thought my first post on the fridge magnet ‘The ubiquitous fridge magnet‘ would attract the type of attention it did. Quite a few readers sent me pictures of their favourite magnets – I bunched these together and published it in a new post: ‘The fridge magnet – readers’ favourites‘. A few weeks ago, […]

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Sydney Opera House

Enchanting spots: Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in the world (in my book). Designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect, the Opera House was built on a spit of land called Bennelong Point that juts into the breathtaking Sydney Harbour. Opened in 1973, the instantly recognisable clam-like structure has become […]

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The majestic Masaai Mara

This is the third of a four-part series on national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. The Masaai Mara is a national reserve in Kenya, about a 4-5 hour drive southwest of Nairobi, and encompasses a hilly region (that continues into the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania) that is home to probably the greatest population of […]

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