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A gorgeous wine region you should know about

I’ve visited many wine regions around the world, from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia to Stellenbosch in South Africa, and Tuscany in Italy to the Napa Valley in California. One wine region I recently visited turned out to be a wonderful surprise: South Styria in the southeastern corner of Austria, about a two-hour drive […]

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Sunset at Seminyak beach.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Friendship – The Bestie Getaway

Allan and Eugene. They’re the best and closest friends I have. We met when we were six-years-old; we lived in the same neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur and attended the same school. Our friendship grew as we had lots in common and we shared countless precious moments together: joy and laughter, family tribulations and our own […]

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Five reasons to visit Castilla-La Mancha

Mention ‘Toledo, Spain’ to anyone you know and you might get a response. Mention ‘Castilla-La Mancha‘ and chances are, you’ll receive a blank look and a shrug of the shoulders. At least, that was my response when I first saw the name. Hehe! I’d been to Toledo before; an unforgettable road trip from Barcelona to […]

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A drive around the tulip fields

It’s always a treat to fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the spring as you’ll have the chance to see the flowering tulip fields from the air, provided you book a window seat of course! It was no different when I flew back home last Saturday from Bristol. The view of the tulip fields around […]

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The bus stops of Krumbach

A post about bus stops, you might wonder? Yes, this is a post about bus stops. Haha! 🙂 Not any old bus stop, but instead a cool collection of bus stops in the Austrian village of Krumbach (map). Being a fan of architecture and design, my curiosity was piqued when I heard of these designer […]

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A schnaps adventure in Tirol

I have to admit… I’ve never been a big fan of schnaps. This clear brandy distilled from fermented fruits has a high alcohol content and the varieties I tasted in the past were simply mind-blowing, throat-burning strong with little flavour. That perception was radically altered after an extraordinary schnaps tour in Tirol, Austria! A fun-filled […]

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Cook, eat and dress up! A fun tour of Malpaga Castle

We stood in front of the imposing Malpaga Castle, a 14th century castle located a short drive from the city of Bergamo in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Surrounded by a broad moat and characterised by impressive towers, the Malpaga Castle differs from its peers in the sense that it wasn’t built on a […]

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The art of rejuvenation in Vorarlberg

I closed my eyes and took several deep breaths. Each time I exhaled, I gradually started picking up noises which I hadn’t noticed previously: the soft rustling of leaves in the trees and the faint sound of a cow moo-ing in the far distance. What struck me most was the overbearing sound of silence – […]

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Cool street art in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is best known for its spectacular setting, glorious beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana, the Sugarloaf Mountain, the iconic Christ Statue and the samba, but as you explore the city, one other thing will certainly grab your attention: the city’s stunning street art. I didn’t see much of it during my first trip […]

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Home in Amsterdam.

2015: my year of travel in Instagrams

Another year comes to an end and a fresh new year begins. 2015 was yet another tumultuous year, marked by horrific events. What with terrorist attacks around the world, the refugee crisis and man-made/natural disasters, it was sometimes hard to stay positive. Despite the somber mood, 2015 was, for me, an amazing year with many […]

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