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Plane Views: Sydney Harbour

Sydney is one of the great harbourside cities in the world, ranking alongside my other favourites: San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Seeing Sydney from the air on a clear day is a breathtaking treat. The harbour, with its dozens of inlets, is absolutely magnificent. The views over the city […]

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The murals of Valparaiso

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I visited Valparaiso (known locally as ‘Valpo’). My knowledge of the city was limited to the fact that it’s the leading port of Chile, about 120 kilometers west of Santiago, it’s on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and that it’s situated along the edges of a massive bay. Some […]

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The most impressive tourist attractions

An article “The world’s most disappointing tourist spots and attractions” by my Twitter pal, TravelRants, provided some great insights and resulted in a lively discussion. It’s clear that our impressions of a certain spot or attraction are often coloured by our state of mind at that moment (e.g. our expectations), the company we’re in or […]

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Plane Views: Vancouver to Portland (OR)

I just love looking at the view of our planet from above. One of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen was on a flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam in the summer. I couldn’t sleep so instead, I lifted the screen and I was totally bowled over. We were flying across the Canadian Arctic and […]

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velvet escape’s spring/summer picks

Spring is slowly but surely approaching which means that summer is not too far behind! To get my readers into the mood, I’ve selected some of my favourite holiday destinations and showcased them below. Enjoy… and if you’re serious about visiting any of these places, start booking now! Sabah Sabah is Malaysia’s second largest state […]

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Winter blues?

It really is a cold winter this year. I don’t know about you but I’m starting to crave for some warm weather and sunny skies, maybe a white sandy beach, swaying palms and crystal-clear water. Something like this ->  And a tropical cocktail would be nice.. If you’re tired of the current ‘big freeze’ (like […]

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