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Velvet moments: travel photo – panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro

The best place for the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro is from atop the Corcovado Mountain at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the city’s iconic landmark. It can be a long wait for those who want to get up there (by train) – I suggest taking a taxi from the […]

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My favourite travel moments of 2013

2013 was an incredible travel year for me. If I counted correctly, I visited 20 countries across six continents. More importantly, I had the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing places (and food!) and meet some truly inspiring people along the way. Here are some of my favourite travel moments in photos from […]

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Ten airports you must book a window seat for

Aisle or window? That’s a question I’m sure many of us are familiar with. I’m a big fan of window seats – you’ll know why if you’ve seen any of my Plane Views posts! Whether you’re an aisle or a window person, here are ten airports you’ll want to book a window seat for (arriving, […]

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Plane views: Rio de Janeiro

I’d just spent four glorious days chilling in Rio de Janeiro and it was time to say goodbye. I’d booked a flight from Rio’s downtown Santos Dumont airport to Saõ Paulo and chose a seat in row ‘F’ (right side of the plane). It was my lucky day as Rio had one more grand surprise […]

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Chilling in Rio

I LOVE RIO! Who wouldn’t? It surely is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Hemmed in between a huge bay, the Atlantic Ocean and a mountainous interior, Rio de Janeiro boasts some of the most famous attractions anywhere, such as the Christ the Redeemer statue atop the Corcovado mountain, the Sugar Loaf […]

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How to make a caipirinha

Caipirinha! It’s Brazil’s national cocktail: a wicked mix of lime, sugar, cachaça (sugar cane liquor) and lots of ice. I remember my first trip to Brazil in 1998 when I went on a sailing trip near Rio de Janeiro. I was one of three foreigners on the boat and we had a blast, all thanks […]

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Goofing around at the Iguazu Falls

A special guest post by Alex Lopoukhine. Bloggers captivate their audiences through their photos, words, and video – and sometimes, bloggers get you to laugh. A lot. In June of this year, an international group of bloggers was flown down to Foz Do Iguaçu, Brazil for the very first EIBTUR Conference. Towards the end of the […]

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The colours of Parque das Aves

Most people who visit Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, head straight for arguably one of the world’s natural wonders: the magnificent Iguassu Falls. It is the biggest attraction by far in the tri-border region (Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay) and rightfully so. The massive volume of water and the thunderous roar of the falls leave every visitor […]

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What it feels like to stand next to the Iguassu Falls

The Iguassu (or Iguazu) Falls are a series of spectacular waterfalls that straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina. It’s one of the largest waterfalls in the world (by various measures) and was voted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are many trails on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides […]

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Shifting capitals

As a kid, I would spend hours studying my geographic encyclopedias. I memorised all the data I could find, like the size of each country, its population and its capital city and used this to challenge my friends at school to a game of “Name The Capital”. There was one guy at school, Raymond, whom […]

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