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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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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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Spotlight: Kuala Lumpur

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a delightful city that’s certainly worth a visit. KL is the location of the famous Petronas twin towers (see image) but the city has so much more to offer: historic architectural jewels such as the Old Train Station and Jamek Mosque, atmospheric street bazaars, beautiful parks, and one […]

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“Mardi Gras on steroids”

Amsterdam’s two biggest annual events are the Queen’s Birthday on the 30th of April and the Gay Pride weekend during the first weekend of August. On both occasions, the city centre turns into one big party zone attracting several hundred thousand people. The Queen’s Birthday is the only day of the year when the Dutchies […]

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