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MeetSouthAfrica

A nation of big smiles

It’s a nation of big smiles. It’s one of many reasons why South Africa has a special place in my heart: the spectacular nature, melting pot of cultures, amazing food and wines, and yes, the big smiles! This video, produced by Caspar Diederik, shows us what it’s like to Meet South Africa, and experience its […]

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Exploring the Itria Valley in Puglia

The Valle d’Itria or Itria Valley is situated in the heart of the region of Puglia, in the ‘heel’ of the Italian peninsula (map). This area is characterised by charming villages, historic towns, wooded slopes, vineyards, mile after mile of olive groves and the intriguing ‘trulli’ (whitewashed, cone-roofed houses) that dot the countryside. The trulli […]

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Ten things to do in Seville

Sevilla, or Seville, is the fourth largest city in Spain and the largest city of the region of Andalusia in the south of the country. The city was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis in the 8th century A.D. on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and through the centuries, was occupied by a […]

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Falling in love with San Miguel de Allende

A guest post by Billie Frank. Have you ever arrived somewhere you’ve never been before and felt like you’d come home? [Keith: yes, I have! Cape Town is one of them. :)] It’s happened to me three times: Santa Fe, where we now live, the west of Ireland, and most recently, San Miguel de Allende […]

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My 2014 canvas of travels :-)

2014: my year of travel

Gosh! Another year comes to a close and another begins! 2014 was a wonderful travel year for me. I chalked up tens of thousands of miles, visiting twelve countries on five continents. In my New Year’s post at the start of 2014, I wrote: I prefer to see each new year as a blank canvas, waiting […]

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The historic architecture of Sevilla

One destination that truly surprised me during my recent travels is undoubtedly the Andalucian city of Sevilla. With its charming squares, picturesque neighbourhoods and impressive historic monuments, Sevilla, or Seville, is one of those cities that will sweep you off your feet within moments. I strolled around in a constant state of awe, and when […]

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Sundays in Bologna

I love Sundays in Bologna‘s historic centre. With the streets empty of traffic, pedestrians and cyclists reign supreme on the ancient cobblestones. Locals come out in full force to shop, eat and wander around the markets. The Piazza Maggiore and the adjacent Piazza del Nettuno (with its famous Fountain of Neptune) are the focal points, […]

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A food tour around Modena

Modena is a historic town in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. The town is perhaps most famous as the home of some of Italy’s most famous automotive brands such as Ferrari and Maserati – a tour of the Motor Valley is a must! – but foodies will most likely associate Modena with balsamic vinegar […]

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Things to do in Malta, Gozo and Comino

Arriving with Air Malta from any of the 45+ European destinations, you won’t always be treated with the most lush views from the sky. Especially when visiting in the dry, warm months of June-August, before the rain falls. But there is much more to these three small islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea […]

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A hotel fit for a king

In my previous post, I talked about what makes an accommodation ‘epic’ and my assignment from Booking.com to find an accommodation that reflects my definition of ‘epic’. I thought hard about what I look for in a hotel and the factors that make me want to gush about the hotel to everyone. It took a […]

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