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Bursts of colour from around the world

It’s a gorgeous day, the sun is shining bright and the flowers in my garden are blooming beautifully. It may be the most logical thing but it always surprises me how colours just spring to life on a sunny day, and they never fail to cheer me up! And that’s one reason why I love […]

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Velvet moments: Amsterdam in one photo

It was a sunny winter day and I happened to pass the back of the famous Flower Market in Amsterdam. I’ve walked down this stretch a million times but I guess with the bright sunshine, this scene, which I’m so familiar with, looked fresh and, well, new! I stopped to admire the gorgeous houses and […]

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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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Velvet moment: travel photo – sunset in Amsterdam

This spot on the banks of the Amstel River at Café Hesp (map) is one of my favourite places in Amsterdam to simply chill. Nothing better than just sitting with my legs dangling over the edge of the promenade, with some friends, wine and a few bites to eat, and watching people and boats pass […]

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A flight back in time on a Dakota DC3

I come from a family of aviation enthusiasts. Hmmm… on second thought, that’s not entirely true. Whereas my father was a true aviation geek and my brother and I share his enthusiasm, my Mum and sister are pretty oblivious, often managing little more than “it was a big/small plane” when asked which aircraft type they’d […]

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The magic of Rio de Janeiro in photos

Rio de Janeiro is a city of contrasts and great diversity. Squashed in between imposing mountains, the ocean and a massive bay, the city enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the world. There’s no denying that the city has a lot of issues – poverty, inadequate infrastructure, high prices and crime to name […]

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Wine-blending at Middelvlei Wines

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Almost every time I take a sip of a white or red blend, I try to differentiate the different grape varieties that have gone into the wine and their specific impact on the resulting bouquet, taste and finish. I’ve often wondered what my perfect wine would be and […]

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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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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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Velvet Moments: travel photos – koalas!

Koalas are arguably one of the most adorable animals on the planet and no visit to Australia would be complete without at least seeing them in a zoo or wildlife park. On my recent visit to Victoria, I visited the Ballarat Wildlife Park where I got to see and pat a family of koalas – […]

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