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A new dawn, a new day, a new year!

And, I’m feelin’ soooooo good! As I welcome the first dawn of the new year, I can’t help but look back at 2013. It was an amazing year for me in many respects. 30-odd trips across six continents, visiting the most extraordinary places, meeting inspiring people, making new friends, speaking at events around the world, […]

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Palazz-ial luxury in Florence

A special guest post by Rajul Chande. To call Relais Santa Croce in Florence a “hotel” is a slight misnomer. The building is so unique, replete with historic details and visually opulent that I immediately felt as if I’d stepped into an entirely different dimension. This feeling began with the sense of discovery on arrival. […]

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My TEDxTalk – Passion. Empowerment. Social Media

It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of 2012 for me: my TEDxTalk for TEDxSaxion. I felt very honored to be invited and I chose to tell a simple personal story about passion, empowerment and social media. Standing there on that red spot was an incredibly exciting and nerve-wracking experience that I’ll never forget. I […]

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#LoveCapeTown

Have you ever been to a place for the first time and felt as if you’d been there before, like this foreign place somehow felt like home? This happened to me on my first trip to Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. Many aspects about the city felt strangely familiar to me, as if it […]

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Velvet Escapes from around the web in 2011

What’s a Velvet Escape? Many people have asked me this question. To me, a Velvet Escape is about getting away from our daily routines & exploring, being adventurous, reflecting & doing it in style. It could be a moment of solitude or one that jolts your senses. Indulging in the culinary magic of a Michelin-star […]

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Tuscany’s gifts to the world

p5rn7vb It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Tuscany, or Italy for that matter! My love affair with Tuscany began more than two decades ago. I think it started the moment I had my first meal at a cosy trattoria in Florence. The food was absolutely divine. Simple, fresh and cooked with a […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Malibu

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown or favourite place 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. Today’s guest […]

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Seven Velvet Escapes

I recently received an invitation from my good friend Abi from the fabulous blog, Inside The Travel Lab, to participate in a new Tripbase project called My 7 Links. The idea is to get travel bloggers to feature their content in a special post by answering seven questions. It’s a simple yet brilliant idea and […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Oslo

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown or favourite place 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. Today’s guest […]

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Celebrating 500 Velvet Escapes

Errr… what? 499? That’s the number that popped up when I glanced at my Dashboard yesterday. 499 posts! Wow! When I launched the Velvet Escape blog on 30th December 2008, it never occurred to me that I would one day hit the milestone of 500 posts. It’s been an incredible journey – along the way, […]

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