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Velvet Moments: travel photo – Pisco Sour

It had been a long day. First a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, then a three-hour wait for the bus to Puerto Natales, the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. It must’ve taken me close to twelve hours to get to Puerto Natales. I arrived at the hotel, totally […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – the moon

Going for a star-gazing tour is a highlight of a visit to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. I was about to take a photo of the moon through the telescope when someone bumped my elbow. I like the accidental effect. The Sea of Tranquility, where the Apollo11 landed, can clearly be seen (the middle of […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – mural in Valparaiso

The stunning murals are a major highlight of a visit to Valparaiso, Chile. Read the accompanying post: “The Murals of Valparaiso“. Search for hotels in Valparaiso.

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The mysteries of Easter Island

m4s0n501 Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it’s called by the Polynesians, or Isla de Pascua as it’s called in Spanish, is one of the most isolated places in the world; the closest landmass is about 4,000 kilometers away. The island is small but the scenery is spectacular. In addition, it boasts an extraordinary history […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Guanacos, Torres del Paine

Gorgeous guanacos grazing at the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Read the accompanying post: ‘Patagonia: Home of the Gods Part II‘ See other Velvet moments: Rice terraces, Bali, Indonesia Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

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The spectacular lake crossing to Bariloche

“The spectacular lake crossing to Bariloche” (a page from my Travel Journal) Gosh, it seems like ages ago that I was in the deep south of Patagonia. I looked up my itinerary to check the dates and discovered that it was only four days ago that I left Punta Arenas for Puerto Montt – it’s […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Valparaiso, Chile

The magnificent murals of Valparaiso, Chile. Read the accompanying post: ‘The murals of Valparaiso‘. See other Velvet moments: Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Lago Grey, Torres del Paine

Lago Grey, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile Read the accompanying post: Patagonia: Home of the Gods (Part II) See other Velvet moments: Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Valle de la Luna

Valley of the Moon, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Read the accompanying post ‘A desert full of wonders‘ See other Velvet moments: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina Positano, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina The […]

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Plane views: Atacama desert

The Atacama desert in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world – it’s so dry, even bacteria find it hard to survive here (the place is virtually sterile). I flew over the desert on a flight from Santiago to Calama, a mining town close to the Atacama desert. The views throughout the 1.5 […]

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