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Velvet Moments: travel photos – Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a contemporary arts museum in this city in the Basque Country. Designed by one of my favourite architects, Frank Gehry, the museum, with its undulating titanium façade, is a sight to behold. Built in the 1990′s as part of a programme to breathe new life into the decrepit port area […]

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Discovering Montreal through its food

Montréal and food. I had no idea this combination would be so potent. After four days in Montréal and several pounds heavier (I’m guessing!), I was convinced… this awesome Canadian city is a foodie’s dream! A great way to get yourself acquainted with the diversity of Montréal’s foodie scene is to join the Flavours of […]

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A festive holiday in Morocco

Morocco is a land of endless beaches, atmospheric towns with age-old alleys and colourful souks, imposing snow-capped mountains and expansive deserts. It truly is one of those timeless destinations, drenched in every exotic image your mind can conjure, and before you know it, you’ll be caught in its bewitching spell. Many visitors to Morocco come […]

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The mysterious Ksiaz Castle

Ksiaz Castle or Zamek Ksiaz (or Schloss Fürstenstein in German) is an imposing castle located in the region of Lower Silesia in the southwest of Poland. The castle, situated atop an impressive rock cliff, can trace its origins back to the 13th century when it was built by the order of Bolko I, the Duke […]

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San Marino – more than just #78

San Marino is one of the smallest countries and the oldest republic in the world. For people visiting the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy, it’s a quick way to chalk up another country to their list of countries visited. When I checked my list, San Marino came in at #78. That’s the thought that sprang […]

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Ready to discover #MyMauritius

Mauritius, the island nation in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, is one place I’ve always dreamed of visiting. If you saw a photo of one of its beaches, like the one below, you’d understand why! *wink* My dream is about to come true! On Monday, 23rd September 2013, I’ll leave for this stunning island, […]

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Exotic chic in Marrakech

As I stepped out of Marrakech’s stunning airport terminal, I felt pangs of excitement. I’d always wanted to visit this famous Moroccan city. The name itself conjures exotic images of age-old alleys, crowded squares with camels, snake-charmers and carpet sellers, and colourful souks. Those images were soon very real. As I strolled through the Medina […]

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A week in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is an Italian region north of Tuscany, roughly between Florence and Venice. With its forest-clad mountains, endless beaches along the Adriatic coast, historic towns such as Bologna, Modena, Parma and Ravenna, world-famous automotive industry (think Ferrari, Ducati and Lamborghini), colourful festivals and terrific cuisine, Emilia Romagna has a lot to offer visitors. Despite […]

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Going slow in Provence

I should’ve taken it as a sign. I guess I was just too excited to notice. It was my first time in Provence, this world-famous region in the south of France, and I couldn’t wait to explore its historic towns, stroll around the charming villages I’d heard so much about and feast on its delicious […]

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European Culture in Marseille-Provence

Marseille, France’s second largest city, has the distinction of being Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2013. Throughout the year, events are being planned in the city (and in the surrounding Provence region) to showcase the great diversity of Europe’s history and culture. With its long and sometimes turbulent history – the city can trace its […]

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