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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Robinson Crusoe Inn, Valparaiso

The Robinson Crusoe Inn is situated in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso (‘Valpo’), approximately 120 kilometers west of Santiago. The inn is perched on a hillside in the rustic neighbourhood of Cerro Bellavista and boasts a truly breathtaking view of the city, the port and Valparaiso’s harbour. The inn’s rather ramshackle exterior forms a […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Portland

What: Fresh crawfish Where: Jake’s Famous Crawfish (Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.) Note: I thought the crawfish served in this rather touristy but very popular restaurant were good, though not as good as the stuff you can get in New Orleans! A good friend of mine who lives there had a look at this photo and went […]

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The murals of Valparaiso

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I visited Valparaiso (known locally as ‘Valpo’). My knowledge of the city was limited to the fact that it’s the leading port of Chile, about 120 kilometers west of Santiago, it’s on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and that it’s situated along the edges of a massive bay. Some […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Valparaiso

What: Fresh prawns and scallops in a whisky and cumin sauce. Where: Café Turri (Valparaiso, Chile). Note: The combination of the freshest prawns and scallops with a light whisky sauce and a sprinkling of cumin seeds was absolutely divine! The Montes Alpha (my favourite Chilean vineyard) Sauvignon Blanc that accompanied this starter was sublime! Café Turri is […]

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Plane Views: Vancouver to Portland (OR)

I just love looking at the view of our planet from above. One of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen was on a flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam in the summer. I couldn’t sleep so instead, I lifted the screen and I was totally bowled over. We were flying across the Canadian Arctic and […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Punta Arenas

I’m not a food critic but I do love good food! That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy travelling. Seeking out the best eateries and exploring local cuisines are all part of the adventure. This post marks the beginning of a new series: velvet escape’s Culinary Journey. It features a selection of culinary highlights […]

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Spotlight: St. Lucia

  This stunning island in the Eastern Caribbean boasts a verdant, mountainous interior and gorgeous palm-fringed beaches. This island nation is also home to the Pitons, probably the most iconic natural landmark in the Eastern Caribbean. These majestic twin mountains are the island’s major attraction but there’s a lot more for the visitor to discover. […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Mine Boutique Hotel, Buenos Aires

Mine Boutique Hotel is located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Palermo Soho in Buenos Aires. This design hotel’s ample use of wood, stone and glass, and brightly coloured walls provides for a cheery ambiance. The rooms are adequately sized (though the bathroom was small-ish) and have a cosy feel. There’s a café (which doubles as […]

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Spotlight: Vancouver

Vancouver is certainly one of my favourite cities. It has so much to offer the visitor: the ocean and the beaches, the stunning snow-capped mountains at its doorstep, the immense harbour, gorgeous parks, great shopping, a multitude of excellent restaurants… there’s so much to see and do in this fantastic city both in the summer as […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Hotel Indigo, Puerto Natales

Hotel Indigo is situated in the small town of Puerto Natales in the Chilean part of Patagonia. The town is famous as the gateway to the stunning Torres del Paine National Park and the breathtaking fjords, glaciers and mountains in the area. This boutique hotel is exquisitely designed by a local Chilean architect and features […]

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