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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: 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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Culinary Journey: sushi and sashimi in Vancouver

What: sushi and sashimi Where: Miko Sushi. 1335, Robson St., Vancouver Notes: If you love sushi and especially sashimi (raw slices of tuna or salmon), you have to check out Miko Sushi in downtown Vancouver. I’ve been to many sushi bars in Vancouver (in my book, one of the best places for Japanese food outside […]

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Exploring Vancouver Island

m4s0n501 Vancouver Island is a large island just off the west coast of the Canadian mainland. The majestic snow-capped mountains at its core, covered with impressive conifer forests, and the rugged coastline with its many inlets and islands offer the visitor a wide range of exciting outdoor activities. Suggested itineraries to explore Vancouver Island Vancouver […]

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Ten things to do in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of my favourite holiday destinations. The immense harbour, the towering trees of Stanley Park and the breathtaking mountains just a short drive away form a spectacular backdrop for Vancouver’s gleaming skyscrapers. Vancouver’s location, hemmed in by its magnificent harbour, Stanley Park and the majestic Coastal Mountain range, is truly spectacular. When strolling […]

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Ten city peaks for the most breathtaking views

There’s nothing more spectacular than a city with an imposing skyline and a nearby mountain-top from which to enjoy the view. There’s just something magical about it. I guess it’s the adventure of getting to the top of the mountain and the first moment you feast your eyes on the incredible view. It’s always an […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Vancouver

“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. I’m lucky! I live in […]

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This could happen to you

Vancouver, 6th January 2000 I was in Vancouver with a friend to celebrate the Millenium there with some other friends. We’d had a great time and it was the day before our flight back to Amsterdam. Just like my previous visits to Vancouver, the day before my departure meant one thing: reclaim the VAT on […]

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Ten unforgettable city cruises

Some of the most spectacular cities in the world have a sea- or harbour-side setting. Think of Sydney, with its breathtaking harbour; or downtown Vancouver, hemmed in by Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet; New York, Cape Town, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and the list goes on. The best way to really appreciate the beauty […]

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Lightning strikes!

My best friend Eugene, who lives in Vancouver, Canada, called me over the weekend and spoke about an awesome electric storm that hit Vancouver the day before (Saturday, 25th July). Back at the office on Monday, he found out that various colleagues had taken some stunning photos of the storm. He sent me a few […]

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