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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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What’s your travel style?

When I left my career in corporate and investment banking in 2008, my primary goal was to spend some time on ‘me’. I was tired and I felt somewhat out of touch with myself. I decided to embark on a five-month (predominantly) solo round-the-world trip. In a sense, I used that trip to grow; I […]

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Sailing down the Nile in luxury

Along Shores of Time tells a story about a journey along the Nile. The majestic sail boat “Feddya” takes us on a soothing cruise through impressive ancient history, all along the shores of a river that has allowed Egypt to fluorish for centuries. A voyage of plenty, joy and excitement. Inspired by the Nile, visual […]

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Reasons to visit Amsterdam in 2013

I often kick off the new year with a post about my top destination picks for the year. This year, I’ve chosen just one destination: Amsterdam! It’s going to be a great year for Amsterdam with tonnes of events and celebrations commemorating various historic milestones as well as the birthdays of some of Amsterdam’s most […]

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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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A circus act in Vienna

“Where am I staying?”, I asked again, with a hint of disbelief. I just wanted to make sure I heard it right the first time. “The 25Hours Hotel“, she replied. “It’s a brand new design hotel in Vienna, with a circus theme”. That’s it! That’s the phrase that made me doubt my ears the first […]

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Globetrotting in London

A guest post by Andrea Kirkby. Jules Verne challenged his character Phileas Fogg to get round the world in 80 days. I can do better than that – I like to visit the world without leaving London. Here are my top 10 favourite attractions for a globetrotter stranded in London… First stop Venice, Italy via […]

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Ten colourful festivals in India

A guest post by Divij Pasrija. God may be one, but there are a whole lot of different forms of God that are worshiped in India. Almost every culture in India has its own forms of God which they worship with fervent delight. There are almost as many festivals in India as there are number […]

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Lesser known museums in Madrid

A guest post by Beth Davidson. Outside the Golden Triangle – Madrid’s Lesser Known Museums The Golden Triangle. The central art hub of Madrid. The Prado, the Reina Sofia, the Thyssen. These three museums contain a considerable amount of Madrid’s culture and, displaying works by the likes of Picasso, Goya, Miro, and Van Gogh, is […]

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Plane views: Assisi

Assisi is a historic town in Umbria, Italy. Famous as the birthplace of St. Francis and home to the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis, the town can trace its roots back to the 1st century B.C. Assisi is built on the western slopes of Mt. Subasio – a mountain that, funnily enough, sports a bald […]

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