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Impressions of Marseille

Marseille is France’s second largest city and is located on the Mediterranean coast. Blessed with a mild climate and a stunning natural harbour, Marseille has played an important role in the trading routes in the Mediterranean since Roman times. However, the city entered a period of decline in the mid-20th century. In 2013, Marseille has […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – a moment in Avignon

It was a beautiful sunny day in Avignon and I’d just arrived. There are so many things to see and do in this historic town in the Provence but I decided to take it easy – there was sufficient time to explore the town and visit the main attractions. I headed straight to the Place […]

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Glacier Express - Zermatt (image courtesy of Martha de Jong-Lantink)

Luxury on the slopes

The ski season is now upon us, as resorts in Europe and North America open up their hotel doors, and get the chair lifts running for another busy few months on the slopes. There are some resorts which are so glamorous, you’d want to arrive in a private jet; something that isn’t out of the […]

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Winter events in Paris

The Best Winter Events in Paris Trips to Paris aren’t just for the summer! In fact, no matter what time of year you visit there’s always an interesting event to enjoy, and the cold winter months are no exception. Here’s our guide to the best winter events in Paris for you to experience. Salon Nautique […]

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In search of authentic Montmartre

A guest post by Marlys Schuermann. Paris is, essentially, a 19th century town with a few older buildings thrown in: the showcase city for the rampant optimism of the Belle Epoque, and little in modern day Paris reminds the visitor of earlier, more humble periods. Of all the city’s quartiers, only Montmartre – an unassuming […]

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Le 7 (image courtesy of vincent)

A gourmand on the slopes

Some people feel that basic fuel is the only thing necessary to propel themselves down the slopes of Europe’s finest ski resorts. Fortunately there are enough of us about who want something a bit more special. As such there is a large market for fine dining at altitude. Europe is blessed with some of the […]

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The hidden charms of Chamonix

Sitting humbly at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, the French commune of Chamonix, which in 1924 was home to the first ever Winter Olympics, is something of a mecca for snow/extreme sports enthusiasts. Each year thousands of people flock to the powdery slopes in search of exhilarating fun and, […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Millau viaduct, France

The Millau Viaduct, located in the south of France, is the highest bridge in the world. It’s an impressive sight, even from 33,000 feet! Read the accompanying post: ‘Plane Views – Millau‘ See other Velvet moments: Masaai Mara, Kenya Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, […]

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Plane views: Paris

Seeing Paris from the air is always a treat. Not only is it easy to recognise some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, it’s also a great way to truly appreciate the beauty of Baron Haussmann‘s stunning design of the city’s wide boulevards, epicentres […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Paris

“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. You’ve done all of it: […]

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