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A hotel fit for a king

In my previous post, I talked about what makes an accommodation ‘epic’ and my assignment from Booking.com to find an accommodation that reflects my definition of ‘epic’. I thought hard about what I look for in a hotel and the factors that make me want to gush about the hotel to everyone. It took a […]

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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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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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Velvet Moments: travel photos – Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a contemporary arts museum in this city in the Basque Country. Designed by one of my favourite architects, Frank Gehry, the museum, with its undulating titanium façade, is a sight to behold. Built in the 1990’s as part of a programme to breathe new life into the decrepit port area […]

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Wildlife in Valencia

Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city after Madrid and Barcelona. Famed for its historic Old Town and its expansive beaches, Valencia also lays claim to arguably one of Spain’s biggest and most innovative urban renewal projects, the Turia park. The Turia River used to flow through the city but devastating floods in 1957 prompted the city […]

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Mercado de San Miguel

One big happy Mercado

“Crisis? In Mercado de San Miguel, the crisis is far, far away”. I smiled. I knew exactly what she meant. I stood there, at the seafood tapas bar with my new friends, two Madrileñas. We clutched glasses of vino in our hands and we’d emptied two plates of spicy mussels. I looked around and she […]

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Ten things to do in Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain and the country’s largest city, is one of my favourite European capitals. With its grand architecture, majestic palaces, stunning museums and broad tree-lined avenues, it ranks right up amongst Europe’s great capitals like Paris and Vienna, at least in my book. What distinguishes Madrid from the other European capitals is […]

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Walking the city walls of Girona

Girona is a small medieval city about a 1.5-hour drive north of Barcelona. Located halfway between the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees and the rugged Costa Brava coast, the town sits on the confluence of four rivers and has a rich history that goes back to the Roman ages. Girona is quite often overlooked by […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – the tree

Strolling through the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres, I couldn’t help but stop and stare at this tree in the courtyard. Its naked and forlorn appearance tugged at my heartstrings. It could’ve been my (rather melancholic) mood that day but I stood in awe of the emotions this tree evoked. Read the accompanying post: “Being […]

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The castle of dreams

As a child, Albert Diks spent many summers camping with his family in Catalonia. Each time they went on a drive around the Catalan countryside, Albert would stare out the window, his eyes glued to every castle they passed. “At night, in my little tent on the camping, I dreamed of having my own castle.” […]

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