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The Heritage sites of Malta and Gozo

When you visit some of the heritage sites on Malta, you will find that the architecture on the islands (some dating back to more than 5000 years a go) reveal something exceptional: the Maltese temple culture disappeared abruptly in the third Millennium BC and researchers still don’t know exactly why. Surrounded by mystery, Malta’s megalithic […]

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Finding paradise in Grootbos

Grootbos is a private nature reserve near the southernmost tip of the African continent. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Grootbos is a two-hour drive southeast of Cape Town and a short 30-minute drive from Hermanus, the premier destination for land-based whale-watching in South Africa. Literally translated, Grootbos means ‘big forest’ in Afrikaans (or […]

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An unforgettable tour of Ecuador

It was a photo of the spectacular Cotopaxi volcano that first captured my imagination. I was ten years old and I promised myself that I would one day visit Ecuador. I had an opportunity in 2008 while I was in South America on my round-the-world trip. I’d planned to fly to Lima from Buenos Aires […]

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Plane views: Cape Town

When I published a post a while back on airports you must book a window seat for, I received various comments from readers saying that I should include Cape Town in that list. I’d flown to Cape Town quite a few times previously but I’d always arrive at night (direct flights from Amsterdam arrive in […]

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An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape

“I have a surprise for you”. We stood on a dirt road surrounded by mile upon mile of fynbos, a shrubby vegetation found in the Western Cape of South Africa. In the distance, I could see the Atlantic Ocean and its pounding surf. The air was heavy with a heady mix of salt and floral […]

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The treasures of Gallipoli

Many people thought I was in Turkey when I posted photos of my stay in Gallipoli (map) earlier this summer. I wasn’t. In fact, I was in Puglia, in southern Italy! Gallipoli in Turkey is especially famous as the site of the ‘Gallipoli Campaign’, a battle during World War I, not to be confused with […]

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Chilling on the Perhentian Islands

It was supposed to be my little offline holiday – a few days of chill time at the Bubu Villas on Pulau Perhentian Kecil (‘Pulau’ means island in the Malay language) on the east coast of Malaysia. It turned out slightly differently… My little holiday began with a short 45-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur’s futuristic […]

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A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius (map). A French overseas department, Reunion Island is a wondrous place with a huge diversity of landscapes and micro-climates – measuring just 2,500 square kilometers, Reunion Island is home to a dry savannah, lush tropical forests and Mars-like […]

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An Instagram tour of Reunion

Réunion Island is a volcanic island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, just 200km southwest of Mauritius (map). An overseas department of France, Réunion is the outermost region of the European Union. French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. Formed by millions of years of volcanic activity, […]

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Experiencing Réunion

Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare endlessly at photos of its otherworldly terrain of jagged peaks piercing through […]

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