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Manchester Town Hall

A walk down Oxford Road, Manchester

Oxford Road is one of Manchester’s main throughfares. It starts at St. Peter’s Square in the heart of the city and runs very much like a straight line into the city’s southern suburbs. Dubbed ‘the Corridor’, Oxford Road is home to Manchester’s two universities, the BBC offices, various architectural gems and a host of splendid […]

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Wheel of Manchester

Experiencing Manchester

I’ve been invited by Creative Tourist to spend a few days in Manchester in the northwest of England. I’ve never been to this part of England so I’ve been doing some research. Did you know that Manchester was the largest producer of cotton goods in the 19th century and it was often called ‘Cottonopolis? The […]

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Leblon beach

My velvet escape travel tip: Rio de Janeiro

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. I love escaping, in all […]

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Our guide explains the sights

Zooming around Barcelona

When I received the itinerary for the travel bloggers’ trip to Catalonia last December, the first thing that caught my eye was the Segway tour of Barcelona. I’d heard of the Segway, a two-wheeled electric vehicle; I’d seen groups of Segway riders in the streets of Amsterdam and Hamburg before but I was rather apprehensive […]

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Ten things to do in Macau

I’m honored to present a special guest post by Stefanie Michaels a.k.a. Adventure Girl. Thank you for sharing your tips Stef! Ten Things to do in Macau 1. Adventure enthusiasts – Jump of the 10th tallest building in Macau: the Macau Tower. The freefall lasts 10 seconds! Don’t worry – you’re harnessed for the 700 […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Phoenix, Arizona

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. What does velvet escape mean […]

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vege garden - mushrooms and foam

Cutting-edge dining at Iggy’s, Singapore

A special guest post by @agentcikay one of Malaysia’s top food bloggers. She delights us with a gorgeous gastronomic experience at Iggy’s in Singapore. When someone tells you “Get ready, we are going to dinner at Iggy’s”, what this actually means is , get out your Louboutins, we are going to have the dinner of […]

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The Bull at the Bull Ring

Ten things to do in Birmingham

Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city and is located in the West Midlands region northwest of London. In the 1800’s, the city was known as the ‘Workshop of the World’ as it was here that the Industrial Revolution began. Birmingham attracted merchants and workers from around Britain as industries blossomed. A whole network of canals was […]

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Experiencing Birmingham

I’ve been invited by bmibaby and Visit Birmingham to spend a few days in Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, after London, and a city which reportedly has more canals than Venice. This is a really exciting opportunity as I’ve never been to Birmingham. To be honest, I’ve never given this city much thought so when […]

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Indigenous Girls outside the Cathedral

San Cristobal de las Casas: A Window to the Past

A special guest post by Paola Santos. I had many expectations about San Cristobal de las Casas before I visited the old colonial capital of the State of Chiapas in Mexico. Some of these expectations were met or even superseded, and others weren’t, but each day that I spent there I learned something new about […]

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