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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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An oasis in the snow

It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool, with a blanket of steam hovering around me, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. Aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spring water in the pool, there was complete silence. I looked around but I didn’t see anyone, but […]

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An awesome winter in Quebec

I probably should’ve called this post “Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone in Wintry Québec” because that seemed to be the recurring theme during my recent trip to Québec. I settled with “An Awesome Winter in Québec” because that’s what it was… simply AWESOME! I didn’t think I would’ve enjoyed this trip because I’m not […]

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All pepped-up to #LoveWinter

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the winter season. I love the scenery when its snows and when the lakes, rivers and ponds freeze up. I’m not a fan of the cold. I’ve certainly been pretty chirpy about the mild winter we’ve been having so far in Holland. The fuchsias in my […]

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Discovering Montreal through its food

Montréal and food. I had no idea this combination would be so potent. After four days in Montréal and several pounds heavier (I’m guessing!), I was convinced… this awesome Canadian city is a foodie’s dream! A great way to get yourself acquainted with the diversity of Montréal’s foodie scene is to join the Flavours of […]

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Experiencing the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

“Good evening Mr. Jenkins!”. I stepped out of the taxi and smiled at the cheery bellboy. Whichever Four Seasons property I stay at, there’s always one constant: impeccable, personalised service; and the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was no different. I stepped into the lobby and I was struck by its clean lines, wood-panelled walls and […]

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Five ways to experience Montréal’s diversity

Montréal! I’d heard so many great things about this city so when the opportunity to visit landed in my lap, I didn’t hesitate for a second! I arrived in Montreal on a stunning summer day. The sun shone bright from a cloudless sky and people were out-and-about, shopping, sipping lattes at one of the many […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – ferocious Toronto

The best place to enjoy a panoramic view of the Toronto skyline is simply to take the Centre Island ferry to the Toronto Islands. The islands are perfect for a quiet stroll, jog or bike-ride. When I was on the islands recently, dark storm clouds gathered over Toronto, creating a ferocious-looking skyline! Good thing they […]

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The magnificent Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

It was my first visit to Montréal and I know now… it won’t be my last! I spent four days (way too short) criss-crossing the city on foot and what I found was a charming, laid-back city with a distinct European feel. Sure, downtown Montréal, with its towering skyscrapers and broad avenues, looks very much […]

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Plane views: Rio de Janeiro

I’d just spent four glorious days chilling in Rio de Janeiro and it was time to say goodbye. I’d booked a flight from Rio’s downtown Santos Dumont airport to Saõ Paulo and chose a seat in row ‘F’ (right side of the plane). It was my lucky day as Rio had one more grand surprise […]

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