velvet | cultural holidays

Slovenia: castles, wine and snow

If you’re looking for a tiny destination, easy to explore, with an intriguing culture and impressive nature, your solution is Slovenia. The pearl of Europe – on the busy crossroad between East and West, has managed to blend to its traditional charm the finest features of various foreign dominions. What’s more, relatively cheap hotels and […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →

Ten things to do in Asturias

Asturias is a small principality in the northwest of Spain. Squashed between the glistening peaks of the Cantabrian mountains and the Bay of Biscay, Asturias is home to great natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and varied culinary traditions. It is a land of gushing rivers, lush forests and impressive mountains whilst its dramatic coastline […]

12 Comments Continue Reading →

The iconic Vespa

The Vespa is without doubt the most iconic scooter around. Since the 1950’s, it has appeared in a countless number of movies, music videos and commercials, creating an almost mythical aura. I always wondered what it was that made the Vespa so appealing. Brilliantly executed marketing strategies obviously played a significant role in creating an […]

6 Comments Continue Reading →

Onboard the luxurious Transcantabrico Gran Lujo

There’s something about luxury trains that never fails to capture the imagination. Aside from passing through some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, trains like the Orient Express or the Blue Train transport their guests to a bygone era that exudes luxury and romance. The latest addition to the world’s luxury trains, the […]

7 Comments Continue Reading →

Once in a lifetime experiences in Costa Brava

16 bloggers, 7 days, one amazing destination There are blog trips but there will only be one #InCostaBrava blog trip; in my book, the ultimate blog trip. I’ve just returned from this trip in the Costa Brava sun and my head is still spinning from the whirlwind of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The itinerary, which was gradually […]

29 Comments Continue Reading →

Experiencing Costa Brava

Costa Brava. The name conjures images of sun, sea and sand. The good news is: there’s plenty of that there. The even better news is: there’s so much more to see and do in Costa Brava. The most excellent news is: I’m about to have the travel experience of a lifetime in Costa Brava! My […]

8 Comments Continue Reading →

Art in motion – pouring cider in Asturias

One of the first things any visitor to the principality of Asturias in northern Spain will notice is the abundance of so-called sidrerias. These are restaurants or cafés where food is served but it’s the cider that takes centre stage. The second thing visitors will notice is the extraordinary way cider is poured at the […]

15 Comments Continue Reading →
Courtesy of Celeste33

Ten things to do in Cyprus

Cyprus is a large island located near Turkey and has an intriguing but turbulent past. Birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite, Cyprus has sandy beaches, ancient archeological sites, wineries and gorgeous mountain scenery. There is, however, still evidence of the conflict between the Greek-Cypriots and the Turkish people. Highly coveted because of its location, the island […]

10 Comments Continue Reading →

The seductive curves of Centro Niemeyer

The Centro Niemeyer is a new cultural complex in Avilés, one of the largest towns in the Spanish principality of Asturias, and is part of an ambitious scheme to redevelop the town’s riverfront. World-renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, designed the complex as a gift to the principality. The result is a mesmerising blend of seductive […]

11 Comments Continue Reading →

The splendour of the Lake District

Imagine green rolling hills that stretch to the feet of massive, boulder-like mountains. In the valleys, tranquil, finger-like lakes extend for miles, their forested shores occasionally interrupted by quaint settlements, grassy meadows and striking patches of daffodils. Crystal-clear streams and waterfalls abound. In the fields, white-faced Herdwick sheep graze peacefully, seemingly smiling at everyone who […]

26 Comments Continue Reading →