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Ten airports you must book a window seat for

Aisle or window? That’s a question I’m sure many of us are familiar with. I’m a big fan of window seats – you’ll know why if you’ve seen any of my Plane Views posts! Whether you’re an aisle or a window person, here are ten airports you’ll want to book a window seat for (arriving, […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – swimming with rays in Bora Bora

One of the many highlights of my trip to Bora Bora in French Polynesia was swimming with various types of rays in the Bora Bora lagoon, amongst which the large manta ray. I described this experience in my Travel Journal entry, A Little Piece of Heaven: “As the boat anchored, about a dozen large manta […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Tahitian singer

This guy was incredible. He was our guide in Bora Bora, both above and under the water, boat captain and performer! 🙂 Read the accompanying post: ‘A Little Piece of Heaven‘. Search for hotels in Bora Bora.

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Shark, Bora Bora

In the late-afternoons, baby black-tip sharks would swim past right under the deck of my overwater hotel bungalow in Bora Bora. Read the accompanying post: ‘A Little Piece of Heaven‘. 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, […]

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Bora Bora from the air

Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia from the air. Read the accompanying post: ‘Plane Views: Bora Bora‘ See other Velvet moments: Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina The Great Ocean […]

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A little piece of heaven

A little piece of heaven (a page from my Travel Journal) I remember a quote by the late Pavarotti (bless his soul) when he first visited Pangkor Laut, an upscale resort in Malaysia. He said that when he saw the island, he wept because it was so beautiful – obviously, the resort uses that quote […]

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Masaai Mara, Kenya

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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Plane views: Bora Bora

Bora Bora had always been at the top of my must-visit list. I’d seen countless pictures of this famous atoll in so many publications and it always looked stunning, both on the ground and from the air. So, when I boarded the flight from Tahiti, I hoped and prayed that I’d chosen the right side of […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Sofitel Motu Bora Bora

The new velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature is a series of reviews of hotels and resorts I’ve stayed at. They’re being featured on this blog because… well, they’re amazing (for a variety of reasons) and scored well on the jaw-dropping scale. 🙂 The very first ‘Stayed There’ feature is Sofitel Motu Bora Bora. This small-scale […]

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