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The magic of Rio de Janeiro in photos

Rio de Janeiro is a city of contrasts and great diversity. Squashed in between imposing mountains, the ocean and a massive bay, the city enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the world. There’s no denying that the city has a lot of issues – poverty, inadequate infrastructure, high prices and crime to name […]

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Wine-blending at Middelvlei Wines

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Almost every time I take a sip of a white or red blend, I try to differentiate the different grape varieties that have gone into the wine and their specific impact on the resulting bouquet, taste and finish. I’ve often wondered what my perfect wine would be and […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro

The best place for the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro is from atop the Corcovado Mountain at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the city’s iconic landmark. It can be a long wait for those who want to get up there (by train) – I suggest taking a taxi from the […]

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True bliss in Mauritius

Bliss is defined as perfect happiness or great joy. On my trip to Mauritius, that’s exactly what I experienced: a dream we all dream of having… every night This Vine was filmed while I sat on the soft white sands of the gorgeous St. Regis Resort at Le Morne, on the southwestern tip of the […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photos – Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a contemporary arts museum in this city in the Basque Country. Designed by one of my favourite architects, Frank Gehry, the museum, with its undulating titanium façade, is a sight to behold. Built in the 1990’s as part of a programme to breathe new life into the decrepit port area […]

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Autumn magic

Autumn, or fall, is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s a bit of a sad moment for those who crave the warmth of summer, whilst for the winter buffs, it’s an exciting time as the wait for the first snow begins. As for me, I love the autumn specifically because of the […]

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What paradise is like

This image will stay etched in my mind forever… Old friends, new friends, happy faces, rhum cocktails in hand, in the breathtaking crystalline waters of Île Plate (Flat Island) on the north coast of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Everyone has visions of what paradise is like, most of which involve tropical […]

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Velvet Moments: a sea of tulips

A walk around the tulips fields in Holland is one of my favourite things to do in spring. There are guided walks that will lead you through a dazzling sea of tulips. The most popular flower-growing area in Holland is around the town of Lisse (30 minutes drive, southwest of Amsterdam), also home to the […]

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Moments of luxury in Toronto

What is luxury travel? To me, more importantly than travelling like I’d just won the national lottery, luxury travel is all about the moments of beauty and indulgence. With this in mind, I set out on my latest mission with three other bloggers to discover Toronto’s luxury side. What we found was a city in the […]

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Picnic at Terra Remota

Terra Remota is a lovely winery located in the Emporda region of Costa Brava, about a two-hour drive northeast of Barcelona. The winery consists of a modern, bunker-like main building that’s surrounded by rows of vines, olive groves and fruits orchards. You can go for some wine-tasting and a tour of the winery when you […]

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