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Impressions of Strasbourg

Strasbourg (map) is the capital and the largest city of Alsace, a region in northeastern France bordering Germany. This historic city is home to a renowned university and is also the seat of the European Parliament. In 1988, its historic centre, also called Grand Île (or Grand Isle as it’s situated on a big island […]

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Viking Cruises on the Rhine River.

A Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises

The Rhine is one of the most famous rivers in the world. From its source in Switzerland, the river winds its way into France, where it forms the border with Germany, before continuing into Germany and finally the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. I’ve driven the length of the Rhine from the Netherlands […]

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Reunion Island video – the ultimate adventure island

My trip to Reunion Island was nothing short of epic. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this island in the Indian Ocean (map) but once I arrived, I was simply blown away by its spectacular natural beauty. Its stunning lagoon-fringed coastline and breathtaking mountains are the perfect decor for an adventure holiday. We […]

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Driving the Route du Volcan

It was our second day on Réunion Island. I hadn’t seen much of the interior of the island since my arrival, just glimpses of towering mountains through the clouds. All that changed on the second day! We set out on a drive from our base in Saint-Leu, along the coast to Saint-Pierre. The views of […]

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Reunion microlight

A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius (map). A French overseas department, Reunion Island is a wondrous place with a huge diversity of landscapes and micro-climates – measuring just 2,500 square kilometers, Reunion Island is home to a dry savannah, lush tropical forests and Mars-like […]

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An Instagram tour of Reunion

Réunion Island is a volcanic island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, just 200km southwest of Mauritius (map). An overseas department of France, Réunion is the outermost region of the European Union. French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. Formed by millions of years of volcanic activity, […]

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The village of Cilaos on Réunion (image courtesy of  Philippe Vieux-Jeanton).

Experiencing Réunion

Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare endlessly at photos of its otherworldly terrain of jagged peaks piercing through […]

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My favourite travel moments of 2013

2013 was an incredible travel year for me. If I counted correctly, I visited 20 countries across six continents. More importantly, I had the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing places (and food!) and meet some truly inspiring people along the way. Here are some of my favourite travel moments in photos from […]

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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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