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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Easter Island

What: tuna sashimi with rice and a carrot/cabbage salad Where: Taverne du Pescheur (Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile) Note: The Taverne du Pescheur is a quaint restaurant at the small harbour of Hanga Roa, the only town on Easter Island. The owner, a temperamental but entertaining Frenchman (who, seriously, looked like Obelix), remarked that he had […]

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Five splendid ‘new world’ wineries in the Southern Hemisphere

Europe has many of the finest wineries in the world. Anyone who has visited the Bordeaux region, Burgundy, Tuscany, Veneto or Rioja can attest to the stunning scenery and some of the most heavenly wines in the world. In the past ten years, however, wines from the ‘new world’ (these include Chile, Argentina, South Africa, […]

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A desert full of wonders – San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

A desert full of wonders – San Pedro de Atacama (a page from my Travel Journal) A very good friend of mine persuaded me to visit northern Chile. I was quite hesitant at first because it’s a desert region and I’m not a big fan of deserts! They’re very dry and extremely hot; elements which […]

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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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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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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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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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