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Plane views: Cape Town

When I published a post a while back on airports you must book a window seat for, I received various comments from readers saying that I should include Cape Town in that list. I’d flown to Cape Town quite a few times previously but I’d always arrive at night (direct flights from Amsterdam arrive in […]

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An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape

“I have a surprise for you”. We stood on a dirt road surrounded by mile upon mile of fynbos, a shrubby vegetation found in the Western Cape of South Africa. In the distance, I could see the Atlantic Ocean and its pounding surf. The air was heavy with a heady mix of salt and floral […]

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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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A helicopter tour of Mauritius

I was wide awake before the alarm went off. I was THAT excited, knowing what was in store for me that day. I’d been booked on a helicopter tour of Mauritius and I couldn’t wait to get started! I arrived on this stunning tropical island in the Indian Ocean just the day before and I […]

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Ten airports you must book a window seat for

Aisle or window? That’s a question I’m sure many of us are familiar with. I’m a big fan of window seats – you’ll know why if you’ve seen any of my Plane Views posts! Whether you’re an aisle or a window person, here are ten airports you’ll want to book a window seat for (arriving, […]

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Plane views: Rio de Janeiro

I’d just spent four glorious days chilling in Rio de Janeiro and it was time to say goodbye. I’d booked a flight from Rio’s downtown Santos Dumont airport to Saõ Paulo and chose a seat in row ‘F’ (right side of the plane). It was my lucky day as Rio had one more grand surprise […]

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Plane views: Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls are one of the most iconic falls in the world. The falls, located on the Zambezi River, are on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the falls are one of the largest in the world, with a width of about a mile and a drop of more […]

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Plane views: Assisi

Assisi is a historic town in Umbria, Italy. Famous as the birthplace of St. Francis and home to the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis, the town can trace its roots back to the 1st century B.C. Assisi is built on the western slopes of Mt. Subasio – a mountain that, funnily enough, sports a bald […]

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Plane views: Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, thanks to its spectacular location. It’s always a treat to fly into Vancouver from any direction. The views of the city, surrounded by the ocean and snow-capped mountains, are absolutely stunning. On a recent flight from Amsterdam to Vancouver, the plane approached […]

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Plane views: Amsterdam

m4s0n501 Amsterdam from a plane window. It’s a view I’ve always wanted to capture on camera but the chances of flying directly across the centre of Amsterdam on a commercial airliner are quite small considering that Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has five runways fanned out in different directions. Then you have to take the weather into […]

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