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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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True bliss in Mauritius

Bliss is defined as perfect happiness or great joy. On my trip to Mauritius, that’s exactly what I experienced: a dream we all dream of having… every night This Vine was filmed while I sat on the soft white sands of the gorgeous St. Regis Resort at Le Morne, on the southwestern tip of the […]

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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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Autumn magic

Autumn, or fall, is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s a bit of a sad moment for those who crave the warmth of summer, whilst for the winter buffs, it’s an exciting time as the wait for the first snow begins. As for me, I love the autumn specifically because of the […]

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What paradise is like

This image will stay etched in my mind forever… Old friends, new friends, happy faces, rhum cocktails in hand, in the breathtaking crystalline waters of Île Plate (Flat Island) on the north coast of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Everyone has visions of what paradise is like, most of which involve tropical […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – a moment in Avignon

It was a beautiful sunny day in Avignon and I’d just arrived. There are so many things to see and do in this historic town in the Provence but I decided to take it easy – there was sufficient time to explore the town and visit the main attractions. I headed straight to the Place […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – a sea of tulips

Last week, I posted a plea to the Weather Gods to usher in the spring a.s.a.p.! That didn’t quite work, unfortunately. So, here’s some inspiration to get everyone into the mood for a colourful spring and a lovely warm summer! A walk around the tulips fields in Holland is one of my favourite things to […]

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Dear Weather Gods…

It has been a gorgeous winter. Crisp cold air, stunning snowy scenes and curling up next to the fireplace. I truly enjoyed it. It’s spring now yet snow continues to fall from thick grey clouds and the mercury is barely above the freezing point. Please wrap up the snow clouds, blow some warmth into the […]

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