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The ultimate Euro food trip!

Costa Brava (Catalonia, Spain) and Emilia Romagna (Italy) are two of my favourite regions in Europe as they offer all the elements of a perfect Velvet Escape – think romantic medieval towns, gorgeous hotels, colourful markets, beautiful nature, history, art, beaches and last but certainly not least, some of the most divine food and wines […]

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Sant Narcis Festival (image courtesy of Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona).

A tower of strength, unity and balance

I’ve seen them perform on several occasions and I would quiver as these brave souls climbed atop each other to build human towers, often exceeding 7-8 levels high! It’s an impressive show of strength, teamwork, balance and most of all, courage, but I often wondered what motivated them to go to such extraordinary lengths to […]

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Medieval fun at the Terra de Trobadors festival

Anyone who knows me well knows this: fancy-dress parties aren’t my ‘thing’. I just don’t care too much about dressing up for the fun of it I guess, and I’m pretty sure the fear of looking silly has something to do with it as well. Haha! That said, I often find myself in situations during […]

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Five ways to get active in Costa Brava

Costa Brava (map), the land of Salvador Dalí, picturesque medieval towns, gorgeous beaches and some of the best cuisine in the world, is a paradise for those seeking sun, sea, culture, history and gastronomy. Any visitor will soon discover the amazing cuisine and wines – there are many people who come here simply to have […]

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Walking the city walls of Girona

Girona is a small medieval city about a 1.5-hour drive north of Barcelona. Located halfway between the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees and the rugged Costa Brava coast, the town sits on the confluence of four rivers and has a rich history that goes back to the Roman ages. Girona is quite often overlooked by […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – the tree

Strolling through the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres, I couldn’t help but stop and stare at this tree in the courtyard. Its naked and forlorn appearance tugged at my heartstrings. It could’ve been my (rather melancholic) mood that day but I stood in awe of the emotions this tree evoked. Read the accompanying post: “Being […]

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The castle of dreams

As a child, Albert Diks spent many summers camping with his family in Catalonia. Each time they went on a drive around the Catalan countryside, Albert would stare out the window, his eyes glued to every castle they passed. “At night, in my little tent on the camping, I dreamed of having my own castle.” […]

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Picnic at Terra Remota

Terra Remota is a lovely winery located in the Emporda region of Costa Brava, about a two-hour drive northeast of Barcelona. The winery consists of a modern, bunker-like main building that’s surrounded by rows of vines, olive groves and fruits orchards. You can go for some wine-tasting and a tour of the winery when you […]

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A marriage of Strambotic art and gastronomy

Art on a plate that tastes as good as it looks. For those of us who appreciate fine dining, the presentation of the dish is just as important as its taste and the aromas emanating from it. A recent dining experience opened my eyes to yet a different dimension: art on a plate that not […]

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A bird’s eye view of Costa Brava

Costa Brava, in the northern corner of Catalonia (Spain) is one of my favourite destinations in the world. Not many places combine sun, sea, nature, culture and gastronomy as effortlessly as Costa Brava. Every time I visit, there’s always something new to experience: another gastronomic highlight, an artistic wonder or a hidden panorama. A great […]

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