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A boy’s dream

It had been a long time since I thought about my dreams as a child. I had so many of them. My family always called me a dreamer – and indeed I was. However, as I grew older, my childhood dreams gradually became a distant memory. I guess, at a certain point, we all get […]

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Lion's Gate Bridge

My velvet escape travel tip: Vancouver

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. I’m lucky! I live in […]

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Palace Hotel

Ten things to do in Manchester

Manchester is a fascinating city in northwest England that’s a destination in its own right. On a casual stroll around the city, visitors will feel the city’s unmistakable spirit that lies in its pioneering past and in its trendsetting present. I found a board in the Manchester Art Gallery that beautifully describes the Manchester ‘Attitude’. […]

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Experiencing Brunei

I’m going to Brunei for a few days to attend a cousin’s wedding. Brunei is a small sultanate on the island of Borneo. It’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan (sounds really exotic!) is about a two-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Brunei’s long coast faces the South China Sea while it borders the Malaysian state […]

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Perth: An unexpectedly cool city

An unexpectedly cool city,… and another mishap (A page from my Travel Journal) I’m not sure what I was expecting of Perth. Definitely not a sleepy hollow. What I knew of Perth beforehand is that it’s the capital and by far the largest city in Western Australia; that it’s located on the banks of the Swan […]

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Leuven Town Hall

My velvet escape travel tip: Leuven

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. When I got the question, […]

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Manchester Town Hall

A walk down Oxford Road, Manchester

Oxford Road is one of Manchester’s main throughfares. It starts at St. Peter’s Square in the heart of the city and runs very much like a straight line into the city’s southern suburbs. Dubbed ‘the Corridor’, Oxford Road is home to Manchester’s two universities, the BBC offices, various architectural gems and a host of splendid […]

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Wheel of Manchester

Experiencing Manchester

I’ve been invited by Creative Tourist to spend a few days in Manchester in the northwest of England. I’ve never been to this part of England so I’ve been doing some research. Did you know that Manchester was the largest producer of cotton goods in the 19th century and it was often called ‘Cottonopolis? The […]

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Leblon beach

My velvet escape travel tip: Rio de Janeiro

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. I love escaping, in all […]

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Our guide explains the sights

Zooming around Barcelona

When I received the itinerary for the travel bloggers’ trip to Catalonia last December, the first thing that caught my eye was the Segway tour of Barcelona. I’d heard of the Segway, a two-wheeled electric vehicle; I’d seen groups of Segway riders in the streets of Amsterdam and Hamburg before but I was rather apprehensive […]

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