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A boy’s dream

It had been a long time since I thought about my dreams as a child. I had so many of them. My family always called me a dreamer – and indeed I was. However, as I grew older, my childhood dreams gradually became a distant memory. I guess, at a certain point, we all get […]

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Palace Hotel

Ten things to do in Manchester

Manchester is a fascinating city in northwest England that’s a destination in its own right. On a casual stroll around the city, visitors will feel the city’s unmistakable spirit that lies in its pioneering past and in its trendsetting present. I found a board in the Manchester Art Gallery that beautifully describes the Manchester ‘Attitude’. […]

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Manchester Town Hall

A walk down Oxford Road, Manchester

Oxford Road is one of Manchester’s main throughfares. It starts at St. Peter’s Square in the heart of the city and runs very much like a straight line into the city’s southern suburbs. Dubbed ‘the Corridor’, Oxford Road is home to Manchester’s two universities, the BBC offices, various architectural gems and a host of splendid […]

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Wheel of Manchester

Experiencing Manchester

I’ve been invited by Creative Tourist to spend a few days in Manchester in the northwest of England. I’ve never been to this part of England so I’ve been doing some research. Did you know that Manchester was the largest producer of cotton goods in the 19th century and it was often called ‘Cottonopolis? The […]

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The Bull at the Bull Ring

Ten things to do in Birmingham

Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city and is located in the West Midlands region northwest of London. In the 1800’s, the city was known as the ‘Workshop of the World’ as it was here that the Industrial Revolution began. Birmingham attracted merchants and workers from around Britain as industries blossomed. A whole network of canals was […]

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BMAG

Experiencing Birmingham

I’ve been invited by bmibaby and Visit Birmingham to spend a few days in Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, after London, and a city which reportedly has more canals than Venice. This is a really exciting opportunity as I’ve never been to Birmingham. To be honest, I’ve never given this city much thought so when […]

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Thames estuary at sunset

Plane views: London City Airport

London City Airport (LCY) is my absolute favourite of all the airports serving London. It’s small (getting through it is a breeze) and well-connected to the City (via the efficient Docklands Light Rail). One of the highlights (for me, at least) of flying to LCY is the approach. All flights from the European continent approach […]

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Dragons Cave

My velvet escape travel tip: The Lake District, Cumbria

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. A little wooden seat overlooking […]

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900 year-old St Mary’s Church inspired the famous poet Lord Byron, who studied at the nearby Harrow School.

My velvet escape travel tip: London

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. The more famous the city, […]

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Masaai Mara, Kenya

Fabulous sunsets

It’s my favourite time of the day: when the sun sets and the ensuing twilight. A dazzling display of colour, then a serene interlude before the darkness sets in. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to stop for a moment if the weather is good and enjoy the sunset. They never cease […]

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