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The bus stops of Krumbach

A post about bus stops, you might wonder? Yes, this is a post about bus stops. Haha! 🙂 Not any old bus stop, but instead a cool collection of bus stops in the Austrian village of Krumbach (map). Being a fan of architecture and design, my curiosity was piqued when I heard of these designer […]

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A weekend in Rotterdam

It all started with a conversation I overheard between two ladies as I walked down a street in Amsterdam. One of them had just spent a weekend in Rotterdam and she remarked how “gezellig” (a typical Dutch word basically meaning cosy) the city had become and what a lovely time she had. I almost stopped […]

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Art Nouveau architecture in Riga

It was my first visit to Latvia and to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did some research beforehand and learned that the historic centre of Riga, the capital city, was accorded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997, primarily due to its historic architecture. I dug a bit more and learned […]

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The murals of Dozza

Dozza (map) is a hill-top medieval village about a 30-minute drive south of Bologna. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy (“Borghi più belli d’Italia”), Dozza is dominated by an imposing fortress, Rocca Sforzesca, and consists of a main street that circles the village in an elongated form. The village is best […]

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Ten panoramas of cities in Germany

This is a guest post by Jörg Dietrich, an architecture and streetscape photographer whom I met in Leipzig last year. Being an avid fan of architecture myself, I was impressed with his portfolio of streetscapes of cities around the world and I asked if he would like to showcase some of his photography on Velvet […]

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Ten things to do in Seville

Sevilla, or Seville, is the fourth largest city in Spain and the largest city of the region of Andalusia in the south of the country. The city was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis in the 8th century A.D. on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and through the centuries, was occupied by a […]

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The historic architecture of Sevilla

One destination that truly surprised me during my recent travels is undoubtedly the Andalucian city of Sevilla. With its charming squares, picturesque neighbourhoods and impressive historic monuments, Sevilla, or Seville, is one of those cities that will sweep you off your feet within moments. I strolled around in a constant state of awe, and when […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photos – Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a contemporary arts museum in this city in the Basque Country. Designed by one of my favourite architects, Frank Gehry, the museum, with its undulating titanium façade, is a sight to behold. Built in the 1990’s as part of a programme to breathe new life into the decrepit port area […]

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The magnificent Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

It was my first visit to Montréal and I know now… it won’t be my last! I spent four days (way too short) criss-crossing the city on foot and what I found was a charming, laid-back city with a distinct European feel. Sure, downtown Montréal, with its towering skyscrapers and broad avenues, looks very much […]

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Grand Central Terminus (image courtesy of Alex Proimos)

Where a million paths cross

New York City! Who could ever forget their very first time in this great city? I remember strolling down the streets in complete awe of the buildings and the incredible energy gushing through the city. On my first visit in 1992, I was determined to see all the famous landmarks that I’d gotten to know […]

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