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Plane views: Perth, Western Australia

Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world. Located in the southwestern corner of Australia, the city faces the massive Indian Ocean on one side and the great Australian plains on the other. Perth is a surprising destination in itself and offers visitors a broad choice of sights and activities. The lovely […]

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Enchanting spots: Ngorongoro

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania borders the Serengeti National Park and consists of the crater highlands, plains and woodlands. The main attraction is undoubtedly the main Ngorongoro crater. Measuring 20 kilometers wide and 30 kilometers long, it is one of the largest caldera in the world and boasts a stunning diversity of wildlife. Large herds […]

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Fabulous sunsets

It’s my favourite time of the day: when the sun sets and the ensuing twilight. A dazzling display of colour, then a serene interlude before the darkness sets in. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to stop for a moment if the weather is good and enjoy the sunset. They never cease […]

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Enchanting spots: Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a stunning stretch of pure white sand on the Whitsunday Islands, just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Whitsundays are often touted as some of the most beautiful islands in the world and I wouldn’t disagree. Pristine white sandy beaches line the islands whilst the jungle-clad interior is home to unique […]

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Ten places I would love to visit

When I was a child, my parents bought me an encyclopedia set called ‘The World & Its People”. The facts, stories and pictures of every corner of our globe made a huge impression on me – that was the start of my love affair with travel. I studied each and every page of that 26-volume […]

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Enchanting spots: Amsterdam

I recently wrote an article on “The Most Impressive Tourist Attractions” and Sara, one of my readers, included a comment describing how she felt when she visited the Victoria Falls – it was a magical experience. Her honest, beautifully-worded comment got me thinking about all those enchanting places around the world that I’ve visited and […]

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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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The most impressive tourist attractions

An article “The world’s most disappointing tourist spots and attractions” by my Twitter pal, TravelRants, provided some great insights and resulted in a lively discussion. It’s clear that our impressions of a certain spot or attraction are often coloured by our state of mind at that moment (e.g. our expectations), the company we’re in or […]

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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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The velvet escape blog is here!

Hello world! Welcome to the brand new Velvet Escape blog! I will be posting bits of travel advice and tips and you’re most welcome to add your (travel-related) comments. This blog is dedicated to all out there who share the passion of travelling with me.  Get your ideas here. Go explore. Experience. And be inspired.

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