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Velvet moments: travel photo – panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro

The best place for the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro is from atop the Corcovado Mountain at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the city’s iconic landmark. It can be a long wait for those who want to get up there (by train) – I suggest taking a taxi from the […]

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A weekend in Berlin

It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner joined me for these few days. We’d […]

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Bologna on my mind

My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a good friend of mine standing there with a big grin on his face and a bag casually slung around his shoulder. Minutes later, he’s settled at my dining table and he reaches into his bag. “We’re going to Bologna!”, he announces. “You’ve been talking so […]

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An oasis in the snow

It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool, with a blanket of steam hovering around me, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. Aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spring water in the pool, there was complete silence. I looked around but I didn’t see anyone, but […]

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25 Hours Bikini Hotel Berlin – cool, funky, quirky

“So where are the bikinis?” That was my first thought when I entered the hotel… and I’m sure I’m not the only one with that thought! As I stepped inside, I was greeted by a concrete-clad, industrial-looking space with a car in the middle and bicycles hanging from the ceiling. Very funky! A massive art […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – Old Church, Amsterdam

The Oude Kerk or ‘Old Church’ is one of my favourite churches in Amsterdam. Built in the 14th century, the church is one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. It’s a sight to behold on the outside but step inside and you’ll be greeted by a bright, cavernous space and the stunning wooden ceiling. These […]

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The land of a thousand castles and palaces

Lower Silesia is a region of vasts forests, snowy peaks, picturesque villages and historic towns in southwestern Poland, bordering Germany and the Czech Republic. Power over the region exchanged hands many times through its history; from the medieval Kingdom of Poland to the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Habsburg Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia – […]

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Discovering Melbourne’s hidden secrets

Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city and capital of the state of Victoria. The second you arrive in Melbourne, you’ll immediately be swept off your feet by its infectious energy; at times brazen, often funky but always omnipresent. You can’t miss it! On my previous visit in 2008, I remarked: Melbourne is a city with aspirations […]

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Inside the most opulent suite I’ve ever seen!

On my recent trip to the Southeast Asian Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, I had the opportunity to stay at the country’s premier resort, the Empire Hotel & Country Club. The hotel is huge and comprises several wings, various restaurants, a stunning lagoon-pool and beautiful views of the South China Sea. During my stay, I was […]

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Gran Canaria – the perfect winter getaway

Gran Canaria is one of the largest islands in the Canary Islands archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Spain, in the Atlantic Ocean. Located off the coast of southern Morocco, these volcanic islands are a magnet for visitors from Europe, especially in the winter months. When I was asked what I would do with 100,000 […]

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