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An artist painting the scenery of Calella de Palafrugell.

Velvet moments: Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palafrugell is a lovely coastal town in Costa Brava about a two-hour drive north of Barcelona. Calella is a perennial favourite amongst both locals and foreign visitors as a summer destination due to its beautiful beaches and picturesque surroundings. It’s also located on the Camins de Ronda (coastal paths) which winds its way […]

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The colours of Lunenburg

The town of Lunenburg is a gorgeous fishing town on Nova Scotia’s eastern seaboard, southwest of Halifax. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Lunenburg is one of the best surviving examples of planned British colonial settlements in North America, with immigrants from Germany, Switzerland and France making the settlement their home in the 18th […]

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A forest of glass and steel

It was one of the first things I asked when I arrived in Toronto: where is the name ‘Toronto’ derived from? A quick Google search – gee, why didn’t I think of that? – revealed that the name Toronto, a derivative of the word ‘tkaronto’, was first used by the Iroquois (a tribe that used […]

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A passion for NOSH

For as long as she can remember, Judith Sakata has had just one dream: to one day be the proud owner of a restaurant. She went to night school to learn pastry-making when her kids were asleep, and worked at a bakery and later at a restaurant when the kids were at school. She earned […]

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Moments of luxury in Toronto

What is luxury travel? To me, more importantly than travelling like I’d just won the national lottery, luxury travel is all about the moments of beauty and indulgence. With this in mind, I set out on my latest mission with three other bloggers to discover Toronto’s luxury side. What we found was a city in the […]

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Culinary Journey: Samhoud Places in Amsterdam

What: Fine-dining at & Samhoud Places Where: Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam Notes: I still don’t quite get the name but Amsterdam’s latest fine-dining establishment, just a stone’s throw away from the Central Station and the Mövenpick Hotel, is already making waves in the city’s gastronomic scene. Headed by Chef Moshik, it’s clear that Samhoud Places has […]

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Mövenpick Amsterdam – a delightful city hotel

The Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam is one of the newer luxury hotels in the city. Part of the Swiss luxury hotel chain of the same name, the hotel is located next to the Cruise Terminal and is a mere ten-minute walk from the Central Station, making it an attractive place to stay for both tourists and […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – sailing on the Markermeer

It was a chilly day for a sailing trip on the Markermeer near the village of Marken but the amazing light and the gorgeous clouds that day made the experience simply magical! Located in the middle of the Netherlands, the Markermeer is the southern half of the Ijsselmeer, a large lake that used to be […]

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Spellbound in Chobe

The Chobe National Park is situated in northern Botswana and is home to large herds of elephants, giraffes, hippo’s, many species of antelope and a great variety of birds. The Chobe and Zambezi Rivers form the northern boundary of the park, as well as the boundaries between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. The park, in the […]

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Plane views: Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls are one of the most iconic falls in the world. The falls, located on the Zambezi River, are on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the falls are one of the largest in the world, with a width of about a mile and a drop of more […]

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