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Fans bathed in blue at the Benicassim Festival in Spain.

Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Benicassim Festival

This week’s Velvet Moment was taken during my recent trip to the Benicassim Festival in Spain, where I had a pass to enter the photographers’ pit during the performances. It was an incredible experience to be mashed in between the band on the stage and probably 30,000 wild fans behind us. My initial focus was […]

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The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

Plane views: Valencia

My trip to Valencia in Spain has been an excellent source of Plane Views posts: there was Paris from the air and a study of the European patchwork of fields. On my flight back to Amsterdam, I chose a window seat on the left side of the plane (row ‘A’) and got very lucky! Row […]

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Seafood stall at the La Boqueria market in Barcelona.

Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

The La Boqueria market in Barcelona, Spain. Read the accompanying post: ‘The Delights of La Boqueria‘. See other Velvet moments: Mt. Vesuvius, Italy Murals of Valparaiso, Chile Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

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The treasures of Morella

Morella is a medieval town in the province of Castellón, approximately 180 km north of the city of Valencia in Spain. There are few walled towns around the world (Carcassonne in France and Diyarbakir in Turkey are classic examples that spring to mind) that can match the magnificence of Morella. As you approach Morella, one […]

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Mt. Vesuvius near Naples, Italy, seen from the air. This volcano is famous for its eruption that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii.

Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius, near Naples, Italy, from the air. Read the accompanying post: ‘Plane Views: Mt. Vesuvius‘ See other Velvet moments: Murals of Valparaiso, Chile Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, […]

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SHA: A sanctuary like no other

Sanctuary: “a place of refuge or asylum” Looking at the sweeping views afforded by the rooftop pool of the Sha Wellness Clinic, this is the first descriptive noun that came to my mind. Just a short 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm, a Spanish seaside town that welcomes 7 million sunbathers a […]

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An aerial experience of Europe

One of the great joys of living in Europe is being in such close proximity to a great diversity of people, cultures, history and landscapes, all within a relatively small land area. I recently had a unique opportunity to see Europe’s amazing topographical diversity from the air on a flight from Amsterdam to Valencia in […]

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El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

An architectural marvel in Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences is a string of stunning architectural jewels in the centre of the Spanish city of Valencia. Designed by Santiago Calatrava (one of my favourite architects) and Félix Candela, the City of Arts and Sciences is a modern cultural and entertainment complex built on the old riverbed of the Turia […]

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The intersection of the Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht.

‘The One Thing’ in Amsterdam

I love trying to pinpoint ‘The One Thing’ that sums up the thrill of travel. Travelling around the world allows me to consider fresh ideas and meet people with experiences totally removed from my own. When that ‘One Thing’ is completely new, it becomes a memory that can define an entire trip. Sometimes ‘The One […]

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Plane views: Paris

Seeing Paris from the air is always a treat. Not only is it easy to recognise some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, it’s also a great way to truly appreciate the beauty of Baron Haussmann‘s stunning design of the city’s wide boulevards, epicentres […]

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