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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Benidorm

Benidorm by night. Read the accompanying post: ‘Experiencing Valencia‘. Note: my trip to Valencia and Benidorm was sponsored by the Land of Valencia and Transavia. See other Velvet moments: Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia […]

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Experiencing Valencia

Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain and is the home of paella (YUM!) and the famous Falles festival. With its seaside setting, mile upon mile of sandy beaches, a treasure trove of heritage buildings and the futuristic City of Arts & Sciences (designed by one of my favourite architects, Santiago Calatrava; and Felix Candela), […]

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A stroll through Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic islands, a small group of islands in the western Mediterranean. The Balearics, of which Mallorca and Ibiza are the most famous, are a popular summer holiday destination for many Europeans, many of whom have second homes there – with the abundance of […]

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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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My velvet escape travel tip: Sevilla

“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. Seville intoxicates, that’s for sure. […]

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The delights of La Boqueria

Markets everywhere in the world are a delight for the senses. A visit to a local market is certainly one of my favourite ways of getting acquainted with local customs. One of the most delightful markets I recently visited is the La Boqueria market in downtown Barcelona, just off the famous Ramblas boulevard. This market is […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Castellar del Riu, Catalonia

What: Lunch in the Bergueda mountains. Where: Restaurant Els Roures, Castellar del Riu, Catalonia (about 1.5 hours drive north of Barcelona) Note: Els Roures is a popular restaurant among the Catalans. Located in Castellar del Riu, in the Bergueda mountains just north of Barcelona, this cosy restaurant serves a large variety of local specialities. We visited […]

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Experiencing Catalonia

A group of travel bloggers, including me 🙂 , have been invited by the Department of Tourism of Catalonia to visit and experience the wonders of this stunning province in Spain for several days. I have no idea what the programme is – it remains a top secret! – but I’m really looking forward to […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Lanzarote

“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. There are lots of fascinating […]

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Plane views: Mallorca

Mallorca (or Majorca) is part of the Balearic islands, a Spanish archipelago in the north-western corner of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is famed for its beaches but its hinterland is absolutely fascinating and definitely worth exploring. My flight approached the island from a north-westerly direction. The views of the rugged Formentor peninsula and Pollensa […]

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